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 …
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,” …
Wednesday, April 18, 2012
Friends, family and others filled Forest Elementary’s gym on Monday for the annual Lighthouse Awards ceremony.
Forest Elementary School’s gymnasium was packed with District 62 faculty, administrators, their families and friends, parents, students and others to honor the 2012 Lighthouse Award recipients on Monday. The district gives the annual awards to honor district employees for outstanding contributions. Mindy Ward, community relations director, Brenda Murphy, president of the board of education, and Dr. Jane Westerhold, superintendent of schools, presented the awards to about 20 recipients to a thunderous applause. “The Lighthouse Award honors achievement and excellence in education, particularly with how this year’s nominees had affected the curriculum, student learning, learning environments, staff morale and community,” Ward told the crowd. …
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. “…