This year, at Central School's opening assembly, students were surprised by a faculty "flash mob"!
Second-graders from Central Middle School learned an educational lesson by traveling all over the globe – by proxy of course.
Read Across America Assembly
March 2, 2011
Last year our fourth grade team of teachers and students had an outstanding success with learning about local ecosystems and the power of that ecosystem on the survival of a population of trout. Winnetka students this year faced a major challenge when their population died out. Read how our Wilmette team came to the rescue! (PDF, 106.49 kB)
Read about how Central School participated in International Walk and Bike to School Day on Wednesday, October 7th. Our crossing guard estimated that twice as many students walked to school than usual. Walking and biking to school may just catch on!!
"Wilmette School Embraces Green Awareness"
Quote from the Wilmette Life this month, "The U.S. Department of Education Tuesday named Central School in Wilmette District 39 to its prestigious list of Blue Ribbon Schools for 2009 based on its record of academic achievement and innovation."
Central falls into the "High performing schools" category because of the dedicated job of teaching from our staff. Once invited to apply the work of gathering documentation was extensive and contributed to our receiving the award. The hard work paid off.
Wilmette Lands the Blue Ribbon Award - Wilmette Life, September 17, 2009
Creative problem solving was the mindset that provided a meaningful experience for New Trier students and summer school students this past summer. What may have been a good learning experience for both groups also became a win-win for the keepers of the Central School garden. Caring for and maintaining watering and weeding has always been a scheduling challenge for those parents who have taken on the summer care of the 12 year old garden.
Sarina McBride, the faithful caretaker and PTA mom, found connections with New Trier and District 39 Summer School and the inventive plan all came together to provide the much needed care for the garden as well as good hands-on experiences for children.
Central will be celebrating a Garden Festival on October 4 from 1-4 p.m. for families and friends of the garden.
Summer Work in Central's Gardens TribLocal, September 14, 2009
Melanie Horowitz received the 2009 American Library Association National Distinguished School Administrator Award at this year's annual ALA convention held in Chicago July 10 - 14. Melanie was nominated by Central School's librarian, Barbara Ungar, in recognition of Horowitz's contributions to the operations of an exemplary school library media center and for advancing the role of the school library media center in the educational program as defined by the award's criteria.
Read the article from American Association from School Librarians.
Pictured: Melanie Goffen Horowitz, Principal, Central Elementary School and Paul Littlewood, ProQuest Company (sponsor of award)
As teachers we may never know what our students will be doing 10-20 years after they leave our classroom. In the case of Linda Garcia though, one of her students found her to interview her about the possible dying skill of cursive handwriting. Take a look.
Mourning the Death of Handwriting (Linda's thoughts begin on page 2)