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Gift to Cumberland

Classes begin at Iroquois Tuesday, July 15th


Gift to Cumberland

Grant Powers Up Technology – On the last day of school, Rivers Foundation representatives Kate McMahon, Jill Wilcox, and Jackey Valadez made a very important visit to Cumberland Elementary School. Wilcox and Valadez presented a $39,300 check to Colleen White, Cumberland principal, to expand the number of digital devices available to students for classroom instruction and testing. Cumberland students presented thank you cards to the representatives. Cumberland's technology goals are:

  • To provide a personal technology device to each student while at school
  • To engage students in challenging academic skills that lead to future success
  • To support the rigor of Common Core State Standards by infusing technology into each school day
  • To enhance daily instruction for all children through the use of technology
  • To transform the school into a 21st Century learning environment
  • To prepare students for the digital age so that they are career and college ready


Class of 2014 Celebrates Educational Journey

Promotion from middle school to high school marks an important part of the transition into adulthood. While high school graduation celebrates a student's completion of basic education and introduces him or her into a world of adult decisions and growth, promotion from eighth grade celebrates a student's journey through elementary and middle school.

Thursday, May 5th, 513 District 62 middle school students were promoted. The evening featured two ceremonies in the Maine West Spectator Gym, and one at Iroquois Community School. Music, speeches, and the final walk of each student to receive their promotion certificate from school board members and administrators were the highlights of each ceremony.


Algonquin Middle School

  • 228 students were promoted.
  • 17 students earned Presidential Academic Excellence Awards.
  • 36 students were inducted into the National Junior Honor Society.
  • Students participated in the 12th Annual Academy Awards.
  • The District 62 Board of Education honored four students as Middle School Students You Should Know.
  • 25 girls attended the Futures Unlimited Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math Conference at Oakton Community College.
  • 100% of the students passed the constitution test.
  • Eleven 8th graders auditioned and made it into the Honors Orchestra Ensemble.
  • Students participated in the You Be the Chemist Challenge sponsored by UOP.
  • Many students played in intramurals, Des Plaines Park District sports, and Junior Warriors football and basketball.
  • Students supported Philippine Relief, Nothing by nets for Malaria Prevention, and Relentless for Hope Kids fundraisers.

Chippewa Middle School

  • 239 students were promoted.
  • Three students were selected as Middle School Students You Should Know.
  • 14 students were in chorus; 22 students were in band; and 20 students were in orchestra.
  • Eight students contributed to and reported for Chippewa 411.
  • Students participated in the Prairie Lakes, Des Plaines Public Library, Maine East and Maine West art shows.
  • 52 students were inducted into the National Junior Honor Society.
  • 25 girls attended Futures Unlimited at Oakton Community College.
  • Students raised more than $2,328 for Illinois tornado relief and $2,500 for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society and donated toys and books to the needy.
  • Students submitted greeting card designs to the 2014 Winter Card Design Contest sponsored by District 62.
  • 45 students passed the Algebra high school placement test.
  • 100% of the students took the Olweus anti-bullying oath.
  • 100$ of the students passed the constitution test.

Iroquois Community School

  • 46 students were promoted.
  • 15 students were inducted in to the National Junior Honor Society.
  • Bhagirath Mehta won the Christina Everly Memorial Award.
  • Warrior Leaders collected winter wear for the Des Plaines Self Help Closet and Food Pantry; comfort and personal care items for the Greenhouse;
  • The Class of 2014 collected more than $500 for The Cystic Fibrosis Association in honor of former student Samantha Lehman.
  • All 8th graders participated in Oneder Buddies, a program that partners them with first grade students to provide academic tutoring.
  • Some compete in school and community sponsored sports such as basketball, volleyball, cross country, baseball, softball, swimming, gymnastics, golf, football, and the Spirit Team.
  • Students attended a two-day outdoor education program.
  • One student completed a rigorous online high school science course.
  • The District 62 Board of Education recognized three students as Middle School Students You Should Know.
  • Two students won 2nd place in the D62 Halloween Basketball Tournament.
  • Four students received ICS music awards.

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District 62 Drives Digital Transition with Expanded Discovery Education Partnership

New Professional Development Program Develops Teacher Leaders to Actively Participate in the District’s Digital Transition.

Silver Spring, Md. (June 11, 2014) – Illinois’ Des Plaines Consolidated School District 62 today announced an expanded partnership with Discovery Education, the leading provider of digital content and professional development for K-12 classrooms. The expanded partnership will include an extensive professional development program which will develop teacher-leaders to serve as change agents powering the district’s digital transition. District 62 educators are participating in Discovery Education’s recently launched Digital Leader Corps (DLC), a new multi-year professional development program that builds and nurtures a network of teacher-leaders to design and implement successful and innovative teaching strategies that can be shared with their peers. Learn more...


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