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It's an "Honor" to Honor Our Own!
On Tuesday, November 11, 2014, both Rutledge Hall School and Lincoln Hall Middle School held assemblies to honor our local military veterans.
This tradition started three years ago at Rutledge Hall School with Dr. Jean Weiss. The tradition continues at Rutledge Hall with Mrs. Carmody and now Dr. Weiss has added Lincoln Hall Middle School to the tradition. Instead of taking the day off of school, District 74 has taken pride in honoring our local veterans and teaching our students the true meaning of this holiday. There was much preparation by our students and staff to celebrate this special day.
At both assemblies, the Lincolnwood Police and Fire Honor Guard led the opening ceremony and then a short speech was given by Lincolnwood’s Mayor Turry. There was patriotic music sang by our students and played by our band and orchestra. Students also shared essays and poems about the meaning of being a veteran. Lincoln Hall’s assembly was attended by approximately 15 former and present members of the military and approximately 10 joined Rutledge Hall’s assembly. Each veteran shared their personal war story with the audience and explained how proud they were to be an American and of their veteran status.
One of our students read from his essay, “To me, a veteran is someone who has been through things that are indescribable, and someone who will forever live with dignity and honor.” Could not have been stated any better!
Thanks to everyone who made these assemblies very special for our students, staff, and our community. Also, we want to give a very special thanks to all of the veterans.
Summer projects completed with 30 percent savings
Using a non-traditional approach to project planning and construction, District 74 saved 30 percent of initial estimated costs in building renovations and grounds improvements completed this summer.
The figures were part of a cost recap at the Board of Education’s September Finance Committee and included in the 2014-15 budget approved Sept. 25.
TFS Alliance Group served as project manager to oversee summer improvement projects from bids to completion, which cost $905,000. The original project estimates came to $1.3 million. Terry Stoklosa draws on 15 years of school construction experience for TFS Alliance Group consulting services. Costs were saved in architect fees and service contracts.
Work completed this summer included:
- Lincoln Hall: Roofing and water main repairs, STEM lab construction and new lighting in both gymnasiums
- Rutledge Hall: Parking lot and sewer repairs, and new lighting in the multipurpose room and gymnasium
- Todd Hall: Interior painting throughout, new lighting and air conditioning installed in the multipurpose room and gymnasium
- All buildings: Improved security with new entry system and expanded wireless Internet access
- Landscaping improvements throughout the campus
Students Experience Pioneer Life
During the end of September, each 5th-grade class at Rutledge Hall visited The Grove in Glenview to experience pioneer life in 1856. Students' hands-on activities included candle making, churning butter and cooking. They also learned about rope making, tin punching and weaving at the Historic Kennicott House.
The field trip is a unique experience that is a tradition at Rutledge Hall. The program is operated by the Glenview Park District and is aligned to state learning standards in social studies of gaining understanding of individuals and the history of Illinois.
The Grove was a designated National Historic Landmark in 1976 and was the home of visionary horticulturist and educator Dr. John Kennicott. His accomplishments include an exhibition of his specimen collection at the Smithsonian and the founding of the Chicago Academy of Sciences, according to the park district's website.
For more photos, view the slideshow, taken Sept. 24.
Lincoln Hall Cultural Museum Decades Showcase
Eighth grade students at Lincoln Hall Middle School opened a Contemporary American Cultural Museum Decades Showcase for Parent Visitation Day on Sept. 19 . Students worked in teams to create exhibits and video podcasts.
The decades featured included '50s, '60s,'70s, '80s, '90s and '00s.
Play the slideshow to see more about the event.
Todd Hall Celebration for Good Behavior
Todd Hall students were treated to sidewalk chalk art time during the first PBIS celebration of the year for good behavior. They also were treated to watching their teachers get all wet! Teachers participated in the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge and spread awareness about the progressive neurodegenerative disease. Students learned in an age-appropriate way about the disease during the past week then celebrated as each teacher got the bucket of water over their head.
Watch the slideshow of the celebration (below) and the video of the Ice Bucket Challenge.