SMITH SCHOOL PROJECT: A 21st CENTURY CLASSROOM
On Feb. 17, Smith School staff members, along with parent
volunteer Susan Manning and fifth grade students, participated in the 2006
Illinois Online Conference. During the first session, INTEGRATION at the
ELEMENTARY SCHOOL LEVEL, staff members presented a variety of ways in which
they are integrating technology to address concerns such as managing parent
expectations and enhancing participation, improving student literacy,
preparing students for statewide exams and connecting traditional
curriculum with innovative instructional strategies through the use of
The second session, The SMITH SCHOOL PROJECT: A 21st CENTURY CLASSROOM,
focused on the design and implementation of a technology-integrated
classroom and lab. The discussion included the change in student motivation,
self directed learning and new pedagogies for working with at promise
Panel members included parent volunteer Susan Manning; LMC
director Teresa Baumert; Principal Kathleen DeTolve; and classroom
teachers Renee Dyche, Haylee Kalkman, Maria Lopez, Colleen Gawlik and
student teacher Dana Herbert.
Jefferson Saunders, Catalina Campos, and Erendira Franco shared a students
perspective of being involved in a tech-integrated classroom.
WEST HIGH POMS TAKE FIRST, QUALIFY FOR STATE
The West Aurora High School varsity and junior varsity pom squads both took
first place at the Glenbard East Invitational Halftime Illinois competition on Jan. 28.
The varsity squad, which won in the small group jazz category, scored high
enough to qualify for the State Competition, which will be held March 5 at
Benedictine University. The varsity squad includes: Krystal Coppes, Melissa
Shoemaker, Jasmine Brown, Lauren Fox, Maggie Day, Nicole Oros, Kristen
Schmied, Kim Golden, Amy Kluber, Shannon Fritz, Zoee Weiss and Ana Gatze.
The junior varsity took first place in the JV-pom category. The squad
includes: Breanna Lange, Justine Johnson, Amanda Messman, Jenny Beatty,
Amanda Haley, Brittany Kennedy, Brittany Pozzi, Heather Pozzi, Tina Perez,
Pilar Perez, Jerlisa Mitchell, Becca Sintes, Kim Yario, Amy Pierce and
Lindsay Townsend is the head coach and Mary Mungia is the assistant coach.
The pom squads perform at West High during home basketball games. The next
competitions for the squads are Feb. 19 at Maine East High School and Feb.
26 at Lyons Township High School.
WEST GIRLS CAPTURE REGIONAL
West Highs girls basketball team clinched the regional championship
16 with a 49-30 win over East Aurora.
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