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South School Teacher Receives Outstanding Teacher Award – South Elementary School first grade teacher Martyna Michalak received the Outstanding Beginning Teacher Award by the Illinois Association of Colleges for Teacher Education and Loyola University's School of Education. This is her third year teaching at South Elementary School. “The most rewarding part of teaching is seeing just how much student learning and growth can take place during only one school year. It is immensely rewarding when students look at me with wide eyes and speak with enthusiasm and eagerness because they just realized something,” she said. Ms. Michalak was recognized for her honor at the May 18 Board of Education meeting.

South student Lizmary Aponte, pictured here with art teacher Ward Smith, is recognized by Board of Education for her amazing artwork. Lizmary’s drawing will be displayed in the District 62 Gallery for the next two years. Congratulations Lizmary! We are so proud of you! - Read more...

This amazing Agents of Change video is part of the DEN-Discovery Education Voices Connect Project. Children all over the country learned, sang, and recorded this song. Eventually this, and others like it, will become part of a world-wide video showcasing all participants.

Kindergarten, First, and Second graders sang their hearts out at South School’s Holiday Sing. A special thanks to Ms. Abrams for putting together such a fabulous show!

Tis the season of giving all over the Des Plaines Community!

Sam's Club and American Legion

Members of Los Caballeros de Colon dropped by with a generous donation of jackets to help our students through the cold winter.

Sam's Club and American Legion

A special thanks to Sam’s Club and the American Legion for providing Turkey dinners to over one hundred of our families at South!

Veteran's Day, South School music and drama teacher featured veterans from Mt. Prospect and Des Plaines VFWs and the Mr. Prospect American Legion. Third-fifth grade students narrated and performed at this annual event.

Kiwanis Delivers Birthday Took Kit to Kindergarten Families – Des Plaines Kiwanis representatives Paul Hertel, Eldon Burke, and Brenda Murphy dropped off birthday bags for South Elementary School families in need to help celebrate their child¹s birthday. Last year, the group started this program at Plainfield Elementary School. Paul Hertel, Kiwanis president-elect, said that they plan to provide more than 100 bags during the 2014-2015 school year to Plainfield and South. Through the annual Peanut Day drive, Kiwanis also provides shoes and boots for students in need.

These amazing South students earned some time playing Games with the Principal for following South’s Promises last month! They played games, made crafts, and even had a little dance party! It pays to be safe, responsible and respectful!

Instructional Coach Promoted to Principal
DES PLAINES, IL (May 19, 2014) – Amy Garcia Cengel has been named the principal of South Elementary School in School District 62. Her appointment was unanimously approved at the May 19 Board of Education meeting. Cengel, who is a District 62 instructional coach, will replace Michelle Flores, who resigned to move to the St. Louis, MO area. Cengel began her career in education as a middle school social studies and science teacher at Perspectives Charter School in Chicago, IL. In 2006, Cengel began her District 62 teaching career at Chippewa Middle School, where she taught language arts, social studies, and English as a second language classes. In addition to her teaching duties, Cengel served as a new teacher mentor, a team leader, and on the “This We Believe” committee. In 2012, she was named an instructional coach. As an instructional coach, Cengel creates and leads monthly staff development workshops, designs and facilitates customized planning sessions for teachers, and supports the assistant superintendent of curriculum and instruction in the development and implementation of district initiatives including transitioning to standards-based grading and digital delivery of mathematics. Cengel completed her Type 75 certification in administration and leadership from National Louis University. She earned a masters degree in educational leadership and endorsements in language arts, social students, Spanish, ESL, and bilingual education from University of Illinois at Chicago and a bachelor's degree in Spanish and sociology from the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana. Cengel assumes the South Elementary School principal position on July 1, 2014.


South's Miguel Rios was recognized at the Board Meeting on Monday, March 17, 2014, for his selection as a Gallery 62 exhibitor. Congratulations Miguel - we are very proud of you! Learn more...

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Wednesday, March 12th was South's McTeacher Night. We had a tremendous turn-out. Thank you to our families for coming out and supporting our event to raise money for our all school field trip in the spring. Thank you to our teachers who worked hard at the Des Plaines McDonalds!

Fun Fair

On Thursday, February 27th was South's Annual PTO Sponsored Fun Fair! We had a huge turnout and the proceeds go to the PTO's initiatives to support South Elementary School. Thank you to the PTO and all the parents and teachers that volunteered. It was a fun night for all.

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Office Hours
Mon and Fri: 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Tues – Thurs: 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Absentee calls (847) 824-1566

Classroom Instruction Hours
Mondays: 9:00 a.m. - 3:15 p.m.
Tues – Fri: 9:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
(Mondays early dismissal 3:15 p.m.)

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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South Elementary School
1535 Everett Avenue
Des Plaines, IL 60018
847-824-1759 Fax

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