Terrace Gets Down with Yoga – Elementary physical education teacher Jay Lair recently brought yoga to Terrace Elementary School through a $250 grant from the Terrace Parent Teacher Council (PTC). The yoga mats were purchased through a grant from Illinois Park and Recreation Association. A certified, registered, yoga instructor taught yoga to students during the day, and conducted a special session for Terrace parents at night. Yoga instructor, Susy Goekle, taught yoga in every P.E. class. Classes are 30 minutes each. Every class participated at least once during the time Goekle was there.
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.
On Thursday, December 5, Terrace School’s PTC sponsored their annual Terrace Toyland Holiday store. Students did their holiday shopping for family and friends with their classmates and enjoyed the thrill of picking out and buying their own holiday gifts.
Terrace Salutes Veterans – Thursday, November 21, veterans from every branch of service were special guests of Terrace Elementary School at its annual veterans concert. "America the Beautiful" was launched with the American Flag Presentation by veterans from Des Plaines VFW #2992 and local Girl and Boy Scout troops. Each of the ten patriotic songs was introduced by students. Third-fifth grade students performed. Special songs, Taps and America the Beautiful, were played by fourth and fifth graders on recorders. The musical was directed by Mary Prost, Terrace music/drama teacher. Stage design, artworks, and installation by Mrs. Moravec and Mr. Mensching
The K-2 students of Terrace Elementary School put on a fabulous musical Go Fish! – It was about celebrating our differences, and if we were all the same, how boring life would be! All K-2 students memorized songs, lines, and choreography which they performed on May 9, 2013. Their music teacher, Mrs. Prost, directed the musical and is so proud of everyone!
Terrace School Gallery 62 Artist – Congratulations to our D62 Gallery Artist Julia Heslin, 5th grade. She created a beautiful watercolor winter cardinal painting. Julia’s artwork was framed and presented to the Des Plaines Board of Education. Her artwork will hang at the Administration Center for two years, from there it will return to hang at Terrace until Julia graduates from 8th Grade. She will be presented with her artwork at her 8th grade graduation.
The 2012 Terrace Spring Concert, This is America! was hit! The 4th and 5th grade students put on an excellent performance with a little help from their music teacher, Ms. Wuestenfeld. The program was dedicated to American Veterans and armed forces for their heroism and love for our country. Students demonstrated their talents with such songs as This is America, Livin' in the Heart of America, the Star-Spangled Banner, You're a Grand Old Flag, You Are Our Heroes, Mighty United, and Lights of Freedom. There was singing, dancing, and recorder...OH MY! The students enjoyed learning the meaning of their songs and were able to convey their understanding to the audience through their performance. Congratulations Terrace 4th and 5th graders for another great show
Concert Sets Holiday Tone – Jingle bells, hand-held instruments, glockenspiels, and chickens were the finishing touches on the annual Terrace Elementary winter concert directed by Mary Wuestenfeld. Almost 300 kindergarten through fifth grade students introduced, narrated, and performed songs of the season for parents, grandparents, as well as Terrace staff. Songs ranged from traditional songs such as "Jolly Old St. Nicholas" to country tunes such as "Grandma's Chicken Soup."
Terrace Principal Earns Doctorate
The School District 62 Board of Education recently honored Terrace principal Bradley J. Stein for earning a Doctor of Philosophy degree in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Illinois Chicago. Dr. Stein holds a master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction from Roosevelt University and a bachelor’s degree from Illinois State University.
Dr. Stein began his administrative career with School District 62 as the assistant principal of Algonquin Middle School in 2006. He was appointed principal of Terrace Elementary School in 2009. Prior to coming to District 62, Stein taught fifth grade at Thomas A. Edison School in District 69. In 2003 he won a National Education Association (NEA) Innovative Grant for a technology-immersion program that constituted a yearlong research-based project and culminated in an iMovie presentation by his students. Dr. Stein began his teaching career in 2000 as a Summer School Teacher and was later hired as a Permanent Substitute Teacher at Roosevelt Middle School in River Forest School District 90.
Community Consolidated School District 62 educates over 4,700 students in eleven K-8 schools. 773 certified and support staff work together to educate the district’s children.
The Terrace School Parent Teacher Council (PTC) celebrated the diversity in the Des Plaines community and helped students gain a more global view by hosting its first International Night. “Students and parents were able to participate and understand what makes all of us unique,” stated Terrace parent Lilia Ramirez, who organized the event. “It was quite a family event.”
The fun night with an international flair offered a natural way to encourage participation from parents of all backgrounds. Families or community groups worked together to create a variety of booths to visit, each with pictures, artifacts and snacks from a specific countries. Participants had their travel passport stamped as they visit each "country". A parade of traditional costumes and performances of songs and dances were the highlight of the evening.
Parent Night - Tuesday, September 7, 2010
At Terrace, parents have the opportunity to help out in classrooms and with special events. Many parents are members of the PTC and support various activities throughout the school year.
The students at Terrace Spring Concert with Ms. Mary Wuestenfeld, Music/Drama Teacher.
Terrace Students Come to America
The sounds of the ocean, a view of the Statue of Liberty, a promise of a new land, and a bevy of stations awaited Terrace fifth graders as they took a simulated journey to Ellis Island. The simulation, which included eight stations, was organized by Jennifer Sharko and several Terrace teachers. Parent volunteers also manned many of the stations. As students boarded the “ship,” they found out whether they were on the upper deck (the stage) or in the hold. Once they landed in America, costumed students carrying their luggage waited in line to have their passports and health checked. A few experienced the frustration and anxiety of being held while their papers were checked or being sent to the back of a line for insufficient information. Several were greeted by officials, but could not speak the “language".
Kimberly Roth's First Graders Welcome Mystery Readers Friday afternoon Mystery Reader is a new program this year for the first grade classes at Terrace School in Des Plaines. The program is designed to promote literacy by inviting working professionals, community leaders, and parents to visit the classes and read a story to the children. The readers supply four clues about their profession early in the week and the children try to guess who is coming to read.
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