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Right On Target
These 8th grade students are the recipients of the "Right on Target" Award for first quarter. The students were recognized for their outstanding character, positive attitude and general role model status. They received a certificate and gift certificate to Burger King.

Brainetics Learning Program
Learning Ignited by Memory Expert

Two of the most fundamental challenges educators face are helping kids become excited about learning and helping kids improve their minds and memory so they can see that they are capable of amazing things. Last week, Catherine Wiemann and Tina Beer, Algonquin Middle School teachers, focused on both of these issues by having Mike Byster present his amazing and unique Brainetics learning program to Algonquin students. Byster and his Brainetics program were featured in September, 2007 on ABC’s 20/20 news program, and you can see that segment online at

Byster has conducted more than 5,000 classroom sessions with kids over the past decade, and students were amazed with their math abilities when he was done. Byster created a system for solving complex math problems by using a series of patterns and short cuts that demystify how numbers work. He demonstrated how to solve complex math problems in their heads, and challenged them with fun and exciting math games. You can learn more about Mike and the Brainetics program at

Byster never charges schools for his presentations. His primary goal is to have the greatest impact on each child’s future education. Parents were also invited to attend. Mike believes that children get their information at school, but they acquire their learning habits from home!

Byster has a waiting list of hundreds of schools across the country to present his learning system.

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Algonquin Hosts Arbor Day Celebration
It has been over 135 years since J. Sterling Morton founded Arbor Day. His simple idea of setting aside a special day for tree planting is now more important than ever. Algonquin Middle School students, District 62 administrators and the school board presiden, and Des Plaines elected officials joined thousands of school students, administrators and elected officials across the country in celebrating Arbor Day.

The Chanticleer Pear, which was donated by Lurvey Garden Center and planted by the Des Plaines Public Works Department, will serve as a reminder of the seeds of wisdom that are planted every day in our schools.

DES PLAINES, IL (April 20, 2009) – Karen Tilden, a middle school assistant principal from Mannheim School District 63, was appointed by the School District 62 Board of Education to fill the assistant principal position at Algonquin Middle School. Tilden replaces Bradley Stein, who was promoted to the principalship of Terrace Elementary School. She started July 1, 2009.
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Instruments and Voices Combine for MW Music Festival
On Saturday, January 24, District 62 band, orchestra and chorus students participated in the 10th Annual District 62 Music Festival at Maine West High School. Student musicians practiced and performed with other students from School Districts 62 and 211. The morning began with rehearsals designed to prepare students their 3 p.m. concert. Algonquin, Chippewa and Iroquois students combined to create district band, orchestra and choral ensembles. Each ensemble performed three selections. Maine West’s Chamber Choir, Symphonic Orchestra and Wind Ensemble also performed. Not only was the festival a way to encourage D62 students to continue participating in band, orchestra and chorus at Maine West, but the event also encouraged collaboration in the areas of curriculum and instruction between District 62 and 207 staff.

Jennifer Richardson, Fine Arts Coordinator, expressed her gratitude to the District 62 and 211 staff that coordinated the festival.

Algonquin Rolls Out Red Carpet
Recently, Algonquin eighth grade students went "Hollywood" with the premier of movies they created as part of their Language Arts and Literacy classes. Awards were presented in several categories, including best picture, best story adaptation, and best costumes. The event included a walk down the red carpet as students entered the Library Media Center where the movies were shown and the awards presented.

The project was directed by Dianna Addante and Anna Petelle, AMS teachers, to encourage students to practice the writing process (drafting, editing, and publishing) and hone their communication skills through drama. The project began with students writing a 500 word mystery in Language Arts class. Groups of three selected a story to adapt, scripted the i-movie, and directed and edited the final versions. Students were encouraged to "dress".

Algonquin Sixth Grader Places Second in Design Contest
School District 62 recently announced the winners of the 2008 Winter Card Design Contest. Board of Education President Brenda Murphy presented each with a ribbon and a plaque. The first place winner is featured in cards sent by the District during the holiday season.

Stephanie Delles, Iroquois Community School fifth grader, captured first place with her drawing of a child who finds a snowman warming his hands in front of the fireplace.

Namitha Abraham, Algonquin Middle School, and Bailey Radnitzer, Forest Elementary School, placed second and third, respectively.

More than 60 students entered the contest, which was judged by members of the Des Plaines Arts Council. All entries will be on display from Wednesday, December 3 through Monday, January 5 at the Des Plaines Public Library.




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