Plainfield School Media Specialist receives prestigious Apple Distinguished Educator – Jason 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 www.apple.com/education/apple-distinguished-educator.
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.
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 8.5" x 11" piece of paper.
Cards may be handmade or computer generated.
Cards Only - We are unable to accept items other than holiday cards.
Promise Keeper Celebration – Every morning, Plainfield students make a promise. Right after we pledge allegiance to our flag, we make another pledge to ourselves and each other. The Plainfield Promise highlights our commitment to creating an environment where all students feel welcome and safe. It goes something like this:
I promise to try to do my best
every single day.
Being respectful, responsible and safe
when I work and play.
I'll listen when my teacher speaks
and follow every rule.
I'm proud to be a student here
at Plainfield School!
These words help define us as Peacemakers. Each student is learning that respect, responsibility, and safety are the result of the choices we make each day. When we make better choices individually, we grow as a community of learners collectively.
Children who keep their promise throughout the trimester are recognized and rewarded with an afternoon of fun. Today, 318 of Plainfield's finest enjoyed iPad puzzlers, free drawing, and a super high energy dance party.
Students were recognized as the peacemakers of the month. Peacemakers not only follow the three school-wide rules but they also go above and beyond to ensure that the environment at Plainfield is optimal for learning.
Plainfield's McTeacher Night – The Plainfield Mc Teacher Night was a success. Many families and staff visited McDonalds to show their support. Four teachers from Plainfield participated in a eating contest and the clear winner was Ms. Sypek! Thank you for showing your support!
Plainfield Sets Bessie's Table – Kudos to the Plainfield Elementary School Student Council for organizing a fundraiser that raised more than $300 for Bessie's Table.
21st Century Literacy – Students and parents attended an evening to learn the types of literacy that is available to their students. The school provided different types of technology devices such as iPads and E-Readers but students and parents were encouraged to bring their own and many did!
Amazing animals – Students learned about different animals, their eating habits, and their habitats during this assembly. Many students interacted with some of the animals. They either fed, patted, or held the animals!
PHOTO COURTESY OF THE CITY OF DES PLAINES
The City of Des Plaines and School District 62 acknowledged Arbor Day – April 26, 2013, with the signing of an official Proclamation and the planting of a Linden Tree at Plainfield School, 1850 Plainfield Drive. Accompanied by School District 62 Superintendant Dr. Jane Westerhold, Associate Superintendent Paul Hertel, Plainfield Principal Guillermo Heredia, Plainfield 5th Grade Students Marlene Tapia, Ruby Patino and Bryan Gomez, Acting Mayor Mark Walsten shoveled dirt onto the school’s newly planted tree acknowledging the day that celebrates trees “as a source of joy and spiritual renewal. “ Prior to the planning, coordinated by the City’s Public Works and Engineering Department with School District 62, an assembly was held at which time students sang a song about trees and Acting Mayor Walsten read a proclamation stating, “In 1872 J. S. Sterling Morton proposed to the Nebraska Board of Agriculture that a special day be set aside for the planting of trees.”
The City of Des Plaines has been recognized as a Tree City USA by the National Arbor Day Foundation for 26 years.
Parents Partner with Police Department – Des Plaines Police Officers Rob Fitzpatrick and J.C. Molina recently spoke to Plainfield parents about cyberbullying and gang prevention. Officer Fitzpatrick also serves as the District 62 Resource Officer.
The Book Buddy Program sponsored by Plainfield Elementary School has long promoted reading and friendships between third and fifth graders. The level of camaraderie was raised to a new level when composting in the classroom was launched with a mini-grant from the District 62 Education Foundation.
Plainfield colleagues, David Lynch and Diane Riportella, secured the grant to transform the Reading Buddy program into a project and common core based program. Urban Worm Girl visited classrooms and introduced students to the wisdom of the worms. Urban Worm Girl educated them about interconnectedness of a healthy planet, healthy food and healthy people. The representative brought worm bins, coconut coir bedding, additional trays and roof components to get the composting off the ground. The 3-tower worm bin can house up to 10,000 worms processing several pounds of kitchen waste daily. Worms are available in several different increments depending on the size of a household as well as the amount of kitchen waste. Students were informed of some simple facts:
1 pound = approximately 1,000 worms
1,000 worms consumes an average of 1 pound of waste per day (waste being paper and food scraps)
Though worms reproduce quickly, it is a good idea to start a bin with enough worms to sufficiently manage the amount of waste a classroom could produce on a daily basis.
The mission of the Des Plaines Community Education System is to equip our students with the skills necessary for their success as responsible citizens, productive workers, and lifelong learners by providing the best possible educational climate, curriculum, resources, and staff.
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