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As a reminder - all District 62 schools will be in session Friday, May 22. The last day of school for 8th grade students is Monday, June 8, with promotion ceremonies occurring Tuesday, June 9. The last day of school for all K – 7 students is Wednesday, June 10.

Plainfield School Media Specialist receives prestigious Apple Distinguished EducatorJason Hanrahan, Library Media Specialist at Plainfield School in Des Plaines, was recently named a member of the 2015 Class of Apple Distinguished Educators.

“My first iPad sparked a passion that still burns - a deep desire to learn. My excitement over what was now possible led me down the rabbit hole of discovery,” Hanrahan wrote in his application. Mr. Hanrahan made it part of his personal quest to bring more technology into the school by writing grants and Title III federal funding applications. He leads professional development for District 62 helping other teachers bring more learning tools into their classroom. He also developed an App for his classroom.

He will represent District 62 when he attends a nationwide Apple Distinguished Educator Institute in July in Miami, Florida.

“The Apple Distinguished Educator (ADE) Program began in 1994, when Apple recognized K-12 and higher education pioneers who are using a variety of Apple products to transform teaching and learning in powerful ways,” according to an Apple release on the designation. “Today it has grown into a worldwide community of over 2,000 visionary educators and innovative leaders who are doing amazing things with Apple technology in and out of the classroom. Apple is pleased to welcome Jason Hanrahan to the ADE Class of 2015." Learn more about this group of innovative educators online at

District 62 Celebrates Volunteers Who Make A World of Difference – District 62 celebrated the amazing efforts of school volunteers and community partners during a special volunteer appreciation reception recently at Iroquois Community School.

The Kiwanis Club of Des Plaines was named the Students Succeed Partner of the Year for the Birthday Bag program they sponsor at South Elementary School, which has a large population of low-income families. To help the children, Kiwanis members visit the school each month and brings a bag filled with cake mix, balloons and a wrapped gift for each kindergartener celebrating a birthday that month. For many of the children, this may be the only birthday celebration they get. Brenda Murphy, former Board of Education President and Kiwanis volunteer, helped start the program. She accepted the award with Linda Traina, Norin Murphy, John Burke, and District 62 Associate Superintendent Paul Hertel.

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...

Superintendent Dr. Jane L. Westerhold receives the President’s Award May 1 from Nelson Gray, Illinois Association of School Business Officials President and District 62 Assistant Superintendent for Business Services, at the annual IASBO conference.

Superintendent Receives IASBO President’s Award – Superintendent Dr. Jane L. Westerhold received the President’s Award from outgoing president of the Illinois Association of School Business Officials Nelson Gray.

Gray, who is District 62 assistant superintendent for business services, concluded his year serving as IASBO president by presenting the award to Westerhold, his chief mentor.

“I have chosen to give this award to Dr. Jane L. Westerhold because she has provided guidance and support in both my professional career and in my leadership role at IASBO for the past six years,” Gray said.

Dr. Westerhold received the award May 1 at the closing general session of the state conference, which was held in Schaumburg. In addition to the award, Dr. Westerhold selected District 62 Education Foundation to receive a $500 donation in recognition of the honor.


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