D62 Students and Staff Kick Off New School Year –
Early Learning Center to Be Named After Retiring Superintendent
A crisp morning breeze and sunny day greeted more than 3,700 first through eighth grade students on Monday, August 24, as District 62 teachers, staff, and administrators welcomed students to the first day of the 2015-2016 school year. PreK and Kindergarten students will begin on Wednesday, August 26.
Two weeks ago, thirty teachers started their District 62 teaching careers. Beginning teachers were immersed in a four-day orientation that connected them to seasoned teachers who will serve as mentors. The new class of teachers also received much needed time to plan lessons and prepare classrooms.
Preparations continued as district-wide institute days launched the new school year. The first day, administrators, teachers and staff participated in department and grade level curriculum meetings focused on the 2015-2016 district and instructional goals, professional learning communities, and teaching strategies. The day culminated in a 5K Walk/Run hosted by the District 62 Wellness Committee that benefitted the District 62 Foundation. Approximately 150 people participated.
Friday, following a food truck breakfast and a food drive for the Des Plaines Self-Help Closet and Food Pantry, the D62s, a band of District 62 teachers, brought attendees to their feet in a stadium wave with their renditions of “The Final Countdown” and “Celebrate.” Following new staff introductions and retiring staff recognitions, Stephanie Duckmann, District 62 Board of Education President, announced that the Early Learning Center would be named the Dr. Jane L. Westerhold Early Learning Center to honor Westerhold’s transformative leadership of the district. Westerhold announced this summer that she would retire at the end of the school year. Following remarks from association leaders, Discovery Education’s Senior Director of Global Learning Initiatives Hall Davidson challenged and encouraged the group to embrace digital transformation and the positive effect it has on student achievement and teacher participation. His presentation focused on the power of technology to transform teaching and learning and the importance of taking risks. The session closed with Dr. Jane Westerhold asking each staff member to continue to focus on what is best for the students of Des Plaines.
Later that afternoon, more than 25 community leaders joined Davidson for a discussion about the power of digital transformation for District 62 students and how digital textbooks have become backpacks with cameras, sensors, encyclopedias and much more.
Handbook & Supply List
2015-16 KINDERGARTEN HANDBOOK
Kindergarten Handbook – English | Español | Polski
Admission Procedure, Registration, Fee, Transportation, English Language Learning, Readiness Skills, Healthy Habits, Safety, Classes, FAQ, and more...
2015-16 Authorization for Student Internet Access & Student/Parent Handbook Acknowledgement Form / Autorización para Acceso al Internet para el
Estudiante y Formulario de Confirmación del Manual para Estudiantes/Padres / Formularz upoważnienia dla ucznia do korzystania z Internetu oraz potwierdzenie znajomości Instrukcji dla Uczniów i Rodziców
Photo and Video Permission – English | Español | Polski