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K – 5 Students Spread Cheer to
Injured Service Members

As we prepare for the holidays, Governor Quinn invites elementary school students across Illinois to help spread a little cheer this season by making holiday cards for our injured service members. Each year before the General Assembly reconvenes, Governor Quinn has made it a priority to personally deliver greeting cards from Illinois schoolchildren as a thank you to the troops for their courageous service. Governor Quinn welcomes your students to share in this holiday tradition. Cards can be turned into your school office by Monday, December 8, 2014.

General Guidelines:

  • Holiday cards of all types are welcome (i.e., Christmas, Chanukah, Kwanzaa, etc.)
  • Cards created by grade school students only.
  • Cards should be no larger than a regular 8.5x11 piece of paper.
  • Cards may be handmade or computer generated.
  • Cards Only - We are unable to accept items other than holiday cards.

Any questions about Governor Quinn's Holiday Cards to Troops Program can be directed to GOV.Cards4troops@illinois.gov.



Chippewa Middle School Student Wins 2014 Winter Card Design Contest

President Brenda Murphy awarded first place to Janejira Nasaree, Chippewa Middle School, in the 2014 District 62 Winter Card Design Contest. Learn more...



Rivers Foundation Grant Enhances
Student Learning

A grant from the Rivers Foundation will move Terrace Elementary School closer to reaching its technology goals, which are to:

  • Provide each teacher with a SMART interactive whiteboard to further enhance his/her instruction and his/her students’ abilities to interact with learning activities
  • Engage students with challenging academic skills that will lead to future success
  • Support the rigor of Common Core State Standards by infusing technology into each school day
  • Continue to transform our school into a 21st century learning environment
  • Prepare students for the digital age so that they will be college and career ready

Rivers Foundation members Jennifer Taylor, Jack Valadez, and Kate McMahon presented a check for $48,000 check to Dr. Bradley Stein, Terrace Principal, and Paul Hertel, Associate Superintendent.



ELL Parent Advisory Council Steering Members Recognized for Leadership

Milagros Bravo, Director of Second Language Programs, presented a program at the October 20, 2014 District 62 Board of Education meeting about the Title 3 ELL Parent Advisory Council (PAC) and Parent University. The goals of Parent University and PAC are to:

  • Align home practices with school
  • Build connections between home and school
  • Build capacity between parents and community

Parent University lasts two weeks. Participants enroll in classes that focus on technology, Common Core Standards, parenting, nutrition, mental health, Standards Based Grading, and home and financial management. Field trips to local and regional attractions are the highlight of Parent University. All activities and classes are organized to provide learning and structured play for all participants.

Bravo introduced members of the ELL PAC steering committee. President Murphy presented certificates to Cira Almaraz, Nerina Cabrera, Teresa Espinoza, Teodora Garcia, Maria F. Gonzalez, Jazmin Luna, Amada Rodea, Maria Cristina Ruiz, and Rosalba Herrera.


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