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Photo of Principal Dr. Bradley Stein talking to a group of students around a new tree that was planted for Arbor Day.
Photo of an Arborist from the Des Plaines Public Works showing students a tree bud on a branch
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School News

Field Day Fun!
Iroquois

Students at Iroquois Community School participated in their annual end of the school year field day this week.

  • Iroquois
Congrats To The 2024 Graduates!
Algonquin

On Wednesday, May 29, Algonquin Middle School celebrated the Class of 2024 with their annual promotion ceremony held at Maine West High School. 

  • Algonquin
Planting on the Cumberland Prairie
Cumberland

In honor of the 25th Anniversary of Cumberland Prairie, students in Ms. Sweeney and Mr. McKelvey's classes had the opportunity to help plant new greenery along the path of the prairie, which is located directly behind Cumberland Elementary School. 

  • Cumberland
Potato Olympics
Iroquois

Iroquois Community School recently held its first annual Potato Olympics.

  • Iroquois
Dr. Jones Visits OP
Algonquin

On May 7, Principal of Algonquin Middle School Dr. Don Jones paid a visit to the 5th grade class at Orchard Place.

Games and Goodies at the DPPL
Algonquin

The second Algonquin Middle School family library event, "Games and Goodies at the DPPL," was held at the Des Plaines Public Library on the evening of May 7. 

  • Algonquin
Cicada Art Imitates Life
Cumberland

Every student at Cumberland Elementary School is creating their very own cicada art project which will be proudly displayed in the halls until the end of the school year. 

  • Cumberland
Math Chicks Expo
Algonquin

Last week the Algonquin sixth grade girls participated in a fun and engaging Math Chicks Expo aimed at encouraging their interest and confidence in math. 

  • Algonquin
A Downtown Musical Adventure
Iroquois

Iroquois Community School band, choir and orchestra students ventured into downtown Chicago to attend a music performance at the Chicago Symphony Center on Wednesday, May 8.

  • Iroquois
4th Graders Publish Their Own Book!
Cumberland

Fourth graders in Ms. Jensen's and Mrs. Wasserman's class recently had the opportunity to write opinion essays, which were then complied and published into a book.

  • Cumberland
AMS Pays it Forward
Algonquin

Algonquin Middle School students recently participated in the Des Plaines Youth Commission (DPYC) Pay it Forward initiative.

  • Algonquin
Students Experience a PE Takeover
Cumberland

Cumberland students experienced a "PE Takeover" recently where guest coaches from two special recreation associations taught them about adapted sports.

  • Cumberland
International Culture Night
Iroquois

Iroquois Community School hosted its first-ever International Cultural Festival on Wednesday, April 24 and it was a huge success!

  • Iroquois
Arbor Day Festivities
Iroquois

Students, staff and city representatives celebrated Arbor Day at Iroquois Community School on Friday, April 26. 

  • Iroquois
Girls on the Run!
Algonquin

Girls on the Run is a program that meets twice a week and culminates in a 5K at Grant Park in Chicago with GOTR groups from all over the Chicagoland area.

  • Algonquin
Girls' Volleyball Teams Score Big On and Off the Court
Algonquin

The AMS girls' 7th and 8th grade volleyball teams showcased remarkable teamwork and determination this season, resulting in impressive victories that highlighted their individual skills and collective synergy.

  • Algonquin
Solar Eclipse, Moon Landings and More!
Cumberland

First grade students at Cumberland Elementary recently had an opportunity to meet Jace, a representative from the company Blue Origins. 

  • Cumberland
K-5 Winter Concert
Iroquois

Iroquois Community School recently performed the musical "Goal!" which showcased more than 250 students in grades kindergarten through 5th grade.

  • Iroquois
The Masked Reader Challenge
Iroquois

In preparation for Read Across America Week, Iroquois Community School students were challenged to read as many books as possible for a Masked Reader Challenge.

  • Iroquois
Middle School Students Visit Cumberland
Cumberland

Several Chippewa Middle School students who are part of the school's Newcomers Program visited Cumberland Kindergarten, 1st and 2nd graders this week to read to them.

  • Cumberland
Ralph Shayne Author Visit
Iroquois

Iroquois Community School students had the privilege of meeting and listening to Chicago-based author, Ralph Shayne.

  • Iroquois
Silk Screen Printing
Algonquin

Art Teacher Mr. Howard Kanter recently taught students how to print an image on fabric using a silk screening technique.

  • Algonquin
Jumping Jack Math Experiment
Algonquin

Students in Ms. Erin Purdue's math class participated in a jumping jack experiment recently.

  • Algonquin
Children's Author Stops by ICS
Iroquois

Iroquois Community School welcomed Chicago-based children's author Allan Woodrow for a visit on February 22. 

  • Iroquois
A Book Tasting at AMS
Algonquin

Algonquin Middle School seventh graders recently participated in a book tasting, which consisted of a literary exploration of free verse texts. 

  • Algonquin
Game Day at the LMC!
Cumberland

Fifth grade students had the opportunity to play various games before they checked out books at the Library Media Center this week. 

  • Cumberland
Cumberland Celebrates Mardi Gras!
Cumberland

Under the direction of Ms. Patrice Bell, 4th and 5th grade students celebrated Mardi Gras by putting on a parade for all of the students.

  • Cumberland
Bonding in the Buddy Program
Iroquois

Iroquois Community School has a unique Buddy Program in which every young Iroquois student is paired up with an older student, or "buddy" at the start of each school year. 

  • Iroquois
Cook County Judge Visits AMS
Algonquin

Cook County Judge Sharon Kanter visited Algonquin Middle School recently to talk to students about the US court system and her role as a judge.

  • Algonquin
ICS Jazz Festival
Iroquois

The Iroquois Community School Jazz Band recently participated in the Old Quarry Middle School Jazz Festival in Lemont, Illinois.

  • Iroquois
Using Math in the Stock Market
Algonquin

Gina DeRaimo, Senior Vice President and Head of the Options Institute at Cboe Global Markets, visited the AMS Math Chicks Club to talk about stocks, trading, and investing and how it relates to math.

  • Algonquin
Recorder Music Lesson
Cumberland

Students in Mr. Nathan Coon's music class practiced playing different musical notes on their recorders this week. 

  • Cumberland
Second Grade Art Club
Iroquois

Students in Ms. Valerie De Felice's second grade art club started a new project last week. 

  • Iroquois
Celebrating the Joy of Cooking!
Algonquin

Each month, Algonquin Middle School students have the chance to celebrate the joy of cooking!

  • Algonquin
The Juggler with the Yellow Shoes
Iroquois

Entertainer Dan Kirk presented his impressive juggling skills, along with a "STOP Bullying" presentation, to Iroquois students in kindergarten through fifth grade last Friday. 

  • Iroquois
AMS Food Backpack Program
Algonquin

The Community Backpack Project (CBP) is an outreach program of the Self-Help Closet & Pantry of Des Plaines.

  • Algonquin
An Art Lesson in Weaving
Cumberland

This week Art Teacher Ms. Jelena Todorovich taught Cumberland Elementary School third grade students the art of weaving.

  • Cumberland
Student Lead Craft Fair
Algonquin

On Tuesday December 12th, more than 10 students, and two school clubs, sold their wares at the first AMS Craft Show.

  • Algonquin
Student Council Clothing Drive
Iroquois

The ICS 4th and 5th Grade Student Council hosted a clothing drive to benefit the Des Plaines Self Help Closet and Food Pantry. 

  • Iroquois
Feed My Starving Children Field Trip
Iroquois

All Iroquois Community School eighth graders took a field trip to Feed My Starving Children in Schaumburg in December. 

  • Iroquois
AMS Girls Club
Algonquin

Recently the Algonquin Middle School Girls Club went to Forest Elementary School to read a book and complete a craft with the first grade classrooms.

  • Algonquin
Growth Through Music Therapy
Algonquin

Music therapy is offered at Algonquin Middle School through the Structured Teaching Education Program (STEP) every other week.

  • Algonquin
Nursing Home Music Tour!
Iroquois

Iroquois Community School's Concert Orchestra and Concert Band performed at Generations Oakton Arms Nursing Home in Des Plaines on Friday, December 8.

  • Iroquois
An Hour of Coding
Cumberland

Cumberland fifth graders in Library Media Specialist Sophia Garcia Smith's class recently participated in a wide range of coding activities.

  • Cumberland
ICS Student's Show Off Their Talents!
Iroquois

ICS Talent Show 2023 is a fabulous event that showcases 28 unique acts from singing, dancing, martial arts and magic.

  • Iroquois
Using Math in Exercise!
Algonquin

Former Algonquin Math Teacher and Founder and Head Coach of CD Fitness, Cheryl De Guzman Capadocia, stopped by AMS to talk to the sixth graders about how math can be used in exercise. 

  • Algonquin
4th Grade Culture Fair
Cumberland

Cumberland's fourth graders took part in a culture fair last week in which the students interviewed their family members about their cultural traditions, food, clothing, music and more. 

  • Cumberland
Students Take Flight!
Algonquin

Flight Club at Algonquin Middle School is all about aviation.

  • Algonquin
AMS Cheer Team
Algonquin

The 23-24 AMS Cheer Team has been working hard throughout the Girls and Boys Basketball seasons.

  • Algonquin
Beautification Club
Cumberland

Cumberland's Beautification Club designs and implements projects to make the school more inviting. 

  • Cumberland
STEP Program's Coffee Cart
Algonquin

The STEP program at Algonquin Middle School runs a coffee cart every Friday.

  • Algonquin
Astronomy Night at AMS
Algonquin

Algonquin Middle School hosted its annual Family Astronomy Night on October 24. 

  • CCSD62
ICS Halloween Ball
Iroquois

The Iroquois PTC hosted the school's annual Halloween Ball last week!

  • Iroquois
AMS PBIS Program!
Algonquin

This is the third year of our PBIS program here at AMS.

  • Algonquin
The Number Corner
Cumberland

Students in Mr. McKelvey's 5th grade class had fun with a Number Corner math activity this week.

  • Cumberland
ICS Warrior Showdown!
Iroquois

ICS recently hosted its first Warrior Showdown K-8 School Assembly of the school year on September 15th.

  • Iroquois
AMS Girls Basketball
Algonquin

The girls basketball season is wrapping up here at Algonquin and it has been a successful season overall for both 7th and 8th grade teams.

  • Algonquin
Practice Makes Perfect!
Iroquois

Iroquois intermediate orchestra students have been hard at work practicing for their upcoming concert! 

  • Iroquois
Full STEAM Ahead!
Algonquin

As part of their unit about microscopes, 7th grade science students in Mrs. Wiemann's and Mr. Yamane's classes participated in a STEAM project with our art teacher Mr. Kanter. 

  • Algonquin
Cross Country Collaboration
Iroquois

Iroquois 6th, 7th and 8th graders participated in a middle school meet at Maine West High School. 

  • Iroquois
Meet the Cougar Running Club!
Cumberland

All first through fifth grade students at Cumberland Elementary School have the opportunity to join the Cougar Running Club. 

  • Cumberland
Cross Country Collaboration
Algonquin

As we are approaching the halfway point through the cross country season, the kids are starting to see their hard work pay off. 

  • Algonquin
Former Navy Pilot Visits the Math Chicks Club!
Algonquin

In a continued effort to inspire girls to love math and support their college and career readiness, sixth grade girls met with a former Navy pilot on Wednesday 9/20.

  • Algonquin
Lessons in Second Grade
Cumberland

Second graders in Ms. Huffman's class spent time on a variety of fun lessons this week.

  • Cumberland
AMS Service Club!
Algonquin

AMS Service Club completed their first community outreach project this week in anticipation of fall conferences next week.

  • Algonquin
Flag Football Club!
Algonquin

This is Algonquin Middle Schools second year offering Flag Football. 

  • Algonquin
Hand Art Project
Cumberland

Students in art class at Cumberland this week worked on a creative hand design project. 

  • Cumberland
Intermediate Band Practice
Iroquois

Intermediate Band at ICS has been working on completing the Essential Elements for Band, Book 1 this year.

  • Iroquois
AMS Math Chicks Club!
Algonquin

Our 6th grade girls got a math boost this week when four professional women came for a visit to Algonquin!

  • Algonquin
Lightsabers in Music Class!
Cumberland

3rd grade Students in Mr. Coon's music class this week practiced singing and had the opportunity to use "lightsabers" (tuned percussion tubes).

  • Cumberland
AMS Open House
Algonquin

On Thursday August 24th, AMS held their annual open house for the 23-24 school year.

  • Algonquin
Welcome Back Cumberland Students!
Cumberland

Cumberland welcomed back their 1st-5th grade students on Monday and new Kindergarten students on Tuesday.

  • Cumberland
Welcome Back AMS!
Algonquin

Algonquin welcomed back 6th, 7th & 8th grade students this week.

  • Algonquin
Photograph of two students pushing a cart down the hallway
Iroquois

ICS students work hard all week following the Warrior Expectations!  

  • Iroquois
Photo of a student playing a trumpet
Iroquois

Under the guidance of Mr. Radtke and Ms. Todd, fifth grade students were excited to have the opportunity to try out different band and orchestra instruments this week.

  • Iroquois
First Week of School!
Iroquois

D62 welcomed back ICS staff on July 17 with 1st-8th grade students returning on July 19 followed by kindergarten students on July 20.

  • Iroquois
Image of students playing flag football outside
Algonquin

Twice per quarter, we take time to recognize and reward our students for their hard work and effort.

  • Algonquin
Drone Club
Iroquois

Stop by ICS and you might catch LMC Specialist Cathy Borge flying drones with students.

  • Iroquois
Photo of students and their teacher performing a concert in the Gym.
Iroquois

Each year Iroquois Community School opens it's doors to welcome family and friends of our K-5 students as part of their annual spring concert.

  • Iroquois
Photo of students lined up outside of Cumberland Elementary School to celebrate Rainbow Day
Cumberland

Rainbow Day is one of the days, part of our Cumberland School Countdown, that celebrates our pride in being a Cumberland Cougar.

  • Cumberland
2nd Grade Activities
Cumberland

2nd grade student's participated in an activity day.

  • Cumberland
The Amazing Anti-bullying BMX Assembly!
Iroquois

Matt Wilhelm came to Iroquois in May and shared his story of how one small act of kindness changed him from a bullied kid to a National Champion.

  • Iroquois
4th Grade Ukulele Club
Iroquois

Every Monday during lunch/recess Mr. Radtke runs a ukulele club for 4th grade students.

  • Iroquois
Students Enjoying Music Class
Cumberland

Students in Mr. Coon's music class experimented with different musical instruments.

  • Cumberland
St. Patrick's Day Art Lesson
Cumberland

Students in Ms. Todorovich's Art class worked on creating art related to St. Patrick's Day.

  • Cumberland
Springtime Serenade at ICS
Iroquois

Iroquois Community School's Spring Music Concert on May 15 showcased ten different ensembles performed by students in fourth through eighth grade.

  • Iroquois

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