Saturday, March 9, 2013
A fundraiser to support the School District 62 Foundation was held at Café la Cave in Des Plaines on Feb. 22.
Saturday, March 9
The following letter to the editor was submitted by Mindy Ward, spokesperson for Community Consolidated School District 62. On February 22, the School District 62 Foundation Board hosted the Reach to Teach Benefit Dinner at Café la Cave in Des Plaines. On behalf of the children in the District 62 schools, the Foundation Board members would like to thank all of the community members, businesses, local officials, teachers, and parents who supported this fundraising effort. The more than 200 supporters who attended enjoyed a lovely dinner, a silent auction, and raffles. Many thanks to all who attended and to our major donors — Café la Cave, Jeanine LaCerba of Gigi’s Blossoms and Baskets, R. C. Wahl Jewelers of Des Plaines, Franczek Radelet…
Tuesday, February 26, 2013
Band rehearsal, athletic events, more will not be held at Community Consolidated School District 62 schools Tuesday night or Wednesday morning, according to a spokesperson.
Before and after school activities for Tuesday evening and Wednesday morning for Community Consolidated School District 62 have been canceled due to inclement weather conditions, said Mindy Ward, spokesperson for the Des Plaines school district. Ward said class and bus schedules remained unchanged. “Right now we’re operating on a normal schedule,” Ward said. A concert, athletic events, club meetings and other after-school activities were canceled, Ward said, as were before-school activities including band and orchestra rehearsals. A winter weather advisory will be in effect today from noon until 9 p.m., with 3 to 6 inches of snow expected to fall on Tuesday. The Illinois Tollway mobilized its full fleet of 182 snowplows in response to …
Tuesday, December 18, 2012
Random school checks, safety plan reviews part of local reaction to Newtown shootings.
Des Plaines police have been in communication with local school districts regarding safety plans following the shootings in Newtown, CT, Des Plaines Police Chief William Kushner told city council members at a meeting Monday. “We’ve reached out this morning to all the district superintendents, both in the lower grades and the high school, to sit down and review all the school safety plans, and to consider doing training inside the schools either over the winter break or on weekends in the coming months to ensure that we not only have completely upgraded floor plans on all the schools, but that we also have familiarity by all the first responders to, God forbid we have to respond to a school for a situation,” Kushner said. Police responded …
Monday, November 19, 2012
Dr. Jane Beyer Westerhold, superintendent of Community Consolidated School District 62, was given special recognition by the Illinois Association of School Administrators.
The following information was submitted by Mindy Ward, director of community relations for school district 62. It is an announcement from the Illinois Association of School Administrators regarding the naming of Superintendent Dr. Jane Beyer Westerhold as Superintendet of the Year: Dr. Jane L. Beyer Westerhold, superintendent of Des Plaines Community Consolidated School District 62, has been selected the 2013 Illinois Superintendent of the Year by the Illinois Association of School Administrators (IASA). The award was presented Sunday (Nov. 18) during the Joint Annual Conference in Chicago co-sponsored by the Illinois Association of School Boards (IASB), the Illinois Association of School Business Officials (IASBO) and the IASA. “I am …
Sunday, September 30, 2012
Surveys completed online and sent by mail, covering five key areas, will be completed through Oct. 15.
District 62 is seeking input from parents, community members and businesses in a survey which will help inform new goals for the district, according to a statement from the administration on Friday. The survey, which will be mailed the first week of October, may be completed online or by mail, will cover five areas the board of education is considering in setting new goals: programs and services, communications, technology, facilities and overall satisfaction. Dr. Jane L. Westerhold, superintendent, said parents will be asked for additional feedback throughout the survey. “The reason for offering a survey is the need for inclusiveness,” Westerhold said, “We want to ask our stakeholders to give feedback on how the district is doing and plan…
Thursday, July 5, 2012
Students take the adaptive test online three times per year.
School administrators said the latest results from a computerized assessment indicate District 62 students are performing well when compared with other districts. Dr. Janice Rashid, assistant superintendent for instructional services, gave board members an annual update on the district’s performance in the Measures of Academic Progress, or MAP assessment, at their meeting June 18. Rashid told board members, based on MAP results, 72 percent of District 62 students are expected to meet or exceed standards on the reading part of the Illinois Standard Achievement Test, or ISAT, and 86 percent on the math part. Stay connected: Receive an email from Des Plaines Patch with headlines in the morning. In an interview with Patch, Rashid and Erica …
Saturday, May 12, 2012
After tragic accident, law student looks to go back to Columbia University.
Monday, April 23, 2012
Improvements include new computers, interactive whiteboards, projectors, iPads, a new student information system and video distribution server.
Community Consolidated School District 62 has completed most of a series of planned technology updates, and is on track to complete all of them sometime next year as part of the district’s master plan, Seth Bowers, director of information and instructional technology, told board members in a progress report at Forest Elementary School on April 16. The upgrades include new computers for teachers and students, interactive white boards, also known as SMART Boards, a school-wide audio system, increased bandwidth, full wireless access and other infrastructure improvements. Of the 2,000 computers dedicated for student-use in 2008, only 46 had the ability to read DVDs, Bowers told board members. “Now we can’t roll these things out fast enough,” …
Thursday, January 12, 2012
First cases reported in years.
In a previous story on whooping cough, we reported that Des Plaines was in the area of the state that has experienced the largest increase in reported cases of the disease, which is also known as pertussis. There have been six cases of whooping cough reported in Community Consolidated School District 62 so far this year, said Mindy Ward, director of community relations for the district. Ward said there were no cases reported in the 2010-2011 school year, and couldn’t recall a case being reported the year before that. In an email to Patch Ward wrote that the County Health Department notifies the district when a case is diagnosed, and the district sends a letter prepared by the health department to families at schools with reported cases. “…