Des Plaines School Board President receives Thomas Lay Burroughs Award
DES PLAINES – The Illinois State Board of Education named Brenda Murphy of Des Plaines Community Consolidated School District 62 as the 2013 recipient of the Thomas Lay Burroughs Award. The ISBE award annually honors an outstanding school board president in the state. Murphy has served nine years as president of her local school board and 14 years total on the board.
“We are honored to present this award to Brenda, who stood out among some very strong candidates for this year’s award,” said State Board of Education Chairman Gery J. Chico. “Under her leadership, the Des Plaines district is helping students make academic gains, and importantly, closing the achievement gap with improved technology, an emphasis on early learning education and many more initiatives.” – Learn more... | Watch award video... | Chicago Tribune...
North Assistant Principal Named
Stephen Scarfe has been named the assistant principal of North Elementary School in School District 62. His appointment was unanimously approved at the October 21 Board of Education meeting.
Scarfe served as the assistant principal at Guilford High School, Rockford, IL. He held that post since 2011. Scarfe began his career in education as a Response to Intervention (RtI) teacher for grades six-eight in Belvidere District 100 in Belvidere, IL. He also taught 8th grade math and language arts in Belvidere. Scarfe holds primary certification is secondary math, and endorsed in middle school language arts.
Scarfe earned a master’s degree in educational administration from St. Xavier University, a master’s degree in teaching from Rockford College, and a bachelor's degree in communications studies from the Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, Va. He is currently enrolled in a educational leadership doctoral program at Concordia University.
Scarfe assumes the assistant principal position immediately. He is filling a position at North that was created because of rapidly growing enrollment.
Community Consolidated School District 62 educates almost 5,286 students in eleven preK-8 schools and employs more than 770 certified and support staff.
Principal Leads by Example
Dr. Howard Coleman, North Elementary School principal, was honored by the District 62 Board of Education for successfully defending his doctoral dissertation and demonstrating the importance of lifelong learning. In December, Dr. Coleman will receive his doctorate degree from Chicago State University.
North Fifth Graders Cruise Chicago River Provided by Abraham Lee, North Elementary School – Friday, May 10, North Elementary School fifth grade students took an architectural boat tour in Chicago. The cruise featured histories of many famous buildings that grace the Chicago skyline. While the students were boating, the Willis Tower could not boast the distinction of being the tallest building in the Western Hemisphere because the final spire was installed on the Freedom Tower of One World Trade Center in New York City. It was a spectacular moment. Prior to the tour, fifth graders learned about some renowned Chicago architects such as Daniel Burnham, Louis Sullivan, Frank Lloyd Wright and created their imaginary cityscapes in art class based on the two point linear perspective drawing technique. After the boat tour, the students had a quick visit to the Art Institute of Chicago to view the Thorne Miniature Rooms Gallery. North School expresses its deepest gratitude to the District 62 Foundation whose mini-grant made this memorable and meaningful trip possible.
Thirty-one students from North participated in Math Kangaroo 2013, which was held at Maine West High School on March 21st. Math Kangaroo is an international math competition for grades 1 to 12 held once a year during the third week of March. This year there was a high number of North students participating, and each student contestant received a t-shirt, a certificate of participation, and a little gift on the testing day. Mrs. Barbara Mikunda and Mrs. Ruth Conklin coordinated the competition at North.
PHOTO: THE GALLERY 62
Jeremiasz (Grade 5, Mr. Lisy) was selected as this year’s Gallery 62 recipient representing North School. Artist Jeremiasz patterned fish on a holographic paper with sharpie markers. He decorates the background with metallic colored pencils. He even incorporates motherland Poland’s flag colors in the fish tail. Jeremy was honored at the school board meeting on March 17th. Jeremiasz’s artwork will be on display at the Administration Center for two years and then will be moved to Chippewa School where he will be attending next year.