World-Renown Symphonic Band to Perform with Algonquin Musicians
Contact: Melissa Legutki, firstname.lastname@example.org or 847-824-1205
Northshore Concert Band (NCB), one of the most influential and respected symphonic bands in the world, under the direction of Dr. Mallory Thompson, will perform at Algonquin Middle School, in Des Plaines, IL, on Tuesday, April 26th in the gymnasium.
NCB is composed of 110 dedicated volunteer musicians, ranging in age from 20 to 85, with an average tenure of 15 years. Approximately half are professional music educators, while the rest present a diverse set of occupations including business executives, attorneys, and physicians.
The event begins at 6:30 pm in the Algonquin Middle School Gymnasium at 767 East Algonquin Road in Des Plaines, IL with the Algonquin 7th/8th Grade Band performing March on a King’s Highway by Pierre LaPlante and Zeal by Rob Grice. After, Dr. Thompson will work with middle school students, providing expert instruction and analysis for musical improvement.
Following the clinic portion of the concert, Northshore Concert Band will perform a combined piece with the Algonquin students under the direction of Dr. Thompson. They will perform Country Wildflowers by Larry Daehn.
The concert will conclude with Northshore Concert Band performing the following pieces: Liberty Fanfare by John Williams, arr. Jay Bocook ; Amazing Grace arr. William Himes; Candide Suite by Leonard Bernstein, arr. Clare Grundman and Americans We by Henry Fillmore.
This Northshore Concert Band Educational Outreach concert is funded in part by the D62 Foundation. This event is free and open to the public.
Parents of 8th grade students please note: All 8th grade students will be taking the Illinois Youth Survey in their homerooms on January 4th. If you wish for your child not to participate, please request a denial form and have your child return it to the office by Friday, December 11th. For more information on the survey, you can visit https://iys.cprd.illinois.edu/. Please let us know if you have any questions. Thank you.
Los padres de los estudiantes de 8º grado: Todos los estudiantes de octavo grado tomarán la Encuesta de Juventud de Illinois en su clase de asistencia el 4 de enero. Si usted desea que su hijo/a no participe, por favor solicite un formulario de negación y pídale a su hijo/a de regreso a la oficina por el viernes, el 11 de diciembre. Para obtener más información sobre la encuesta, se puede visitar https://iys.cprd.illinois.edu/. Por favor, háganos saber si usted tiene alguna pregunta. Gracias.
Photos courtesy: Erin Wengerhoff, AMS LMC Specialist
Foundation Grant funds Author’s Visit to D62 Middle Schools
Author, Liesl Shurtliff, visited Algonquin and Chippewa Middle School on Friday, October 23rd. Shurtliff shared what her life was like growing up, how she struggled with reading, and how she eventually became an author because she enjoyed creating stories. She described the writing process and how important it is to revise your writing and ask others help you with the process. During two presentations, Shurtliff and some of the middle schoolers staged a Reader’s Theatre about the fairy tale “Rumpelstiltskin”:, which is the story her book “Rump” is based on. Erin Wengerhoff and Emily Conti, D62 LMC Specialists, worked together to plan these events and bring Shurtliff to Chippewa and Algonquin.
Thank you to Liesl Shurtliff for appearing at AMS & CMS. Thank you to the D62 Foundation for the generous grant to bring Shurtliff to District 62.
Algonquin Eighth Graders Celebrate "The Best Day Ever"
Congratulations to the Algonquin Middle School Class of 2015! – AMS promoted 214 students to high school on June 9 in a music-filled celebration in the Maine West High School Auditorium.
Representatives of the Class of 2015 welcomed attendees in their native languages, speeches and poems were recited, and the chorus and the eight grade band and orchestra performed.
Part of School District 62’s promotion ceremonies is the tradition of returning Gallery 62 art work to the parents of the students that were featured in the exhibit. School board members, Ronald Burton and Beth Morley, spotlighted AMS 8th graders, Nicholas Wojtan and Arline Vargas.
Stephanie Duckmann, Board of Education President, congratulated the eighth graders and thanked parents for partnering with District 62 to mold and prepare their children for high school and beyond. She listed many of the accomplishments of the Class of 2015. They are:
- Two students participated in the Young Entrepreneurs Across America Program this year and promoted their businesses at the Young Entrepreneurs Across America Expo at Woodfield Mall on May 2, 2015.
- 61 students were inducted into the National Junior Honor Society.
- One student advanced through three competitions and took second place in the National Hoop Shoot free throw contest sponsored by the Elk’s Club.
- Five students were honored as “Middle School Students You Should Know” by the Board of Education.
- Many students were involved in intramurals, park district sports, and Junior Warriors football and basketball.
- 25 girls attended the Futures Unlimited Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math Conference at Oakton Community College.
- Two students participated in the UOP “You Be the Chemist” Challenge. Two students competed at the regional level and one student participated at the state level.
- Students participated in numerous fundraisers, including Relentless for Hope Kids and St. Baldrick’s Foundation.
- AMS Principal John Swanson recalled conversations that he had with many of the eighth graders. He reminded the Class of 2015 that “Today is the best day, ever.”
Catherine Hanley and Dorothy Henson Algonquin Middle School: These two classroom teachers engaged the staff, students and community on a video project that resulted in a $60,000 technology grant for the school called “Tech Tech Baby.” >>Watch the video...
6th-grade student ready to go “Bald for Baldricks” – Cancer had taken away Samantha Poplawski’s father before she knew him. Now as a 6th-grader at Algonquin Middle School, she is going to go “Bald for Baldricks” and shave her head in his memory to raise money for St. Baldrick’s Foundation.
St. Baldrick’s Foundation started after three friends made a bet to shave their heads for childhood cancer research and raised over $100,000, according to the foundation’s website. Now it’s Sam’s turn to “Brave the Shave” in an all-school assembly at 2 p.m. March 27 in the school gymnasium.
Sam’s goal is to raise $1,000 this year and to start a new tradition at Algonquin Middle School.
“I want to make Dad proud even if he’s not here,” Sam said.
She’ll have two more years to build the event into a school-wide campaign with many more boys, girls and adults willing to go “Bald for Baldricks.”
For more information on Sam’s campaign visit her web page.
When Veronica Kleinschmidt competed last year in the “You Be The Chemist Challenge,” she lost in the fifth round. This year as an 8th grader she took that loss to heart and studied again. Harder. That extra work paid off March 3 when she beat out 39 competitors from 14 schools to win the area You Be The Chemist competition. She will be representing Algonquin Middle School and District 62 in the state championship April 25, 2015 at Benedictine College. Read more...
Algonquin Wins! Congratulations to Algonquin Middle School for winning the Grand Prize for grades 6 – 8 in the 2014 Compass Learning Classroom Refresh Contest for their video Tech Tech Baby. Thank you to everyone who voted for the AMS team.