Hill First-Graders Up to the
employees visited Hill teacher Sandy Quintanilla's first-grade
class on Oct. 24 with pumpkins that needed carving. The students
were more than up to the task. Nicor, a new Hill business
partner, will be supporting learning activities for the children
through their own fundraising at Nicor. One of the Nicor
employees involved is a former Hill student.
Foundation Provides $24,600
Foundation for the West Aurora Schools is dispersing $24,642 to District 129
schools this year in support of 24 enrichment programs and services that
cannot be supplied by limited public resources.
These educational extras
can make the critical difference between a good school system and an
excellent one. Interested individuals can learn more about the mission of
the Foundation by contacting Pat Skeels at 630-301-5024.
Programs funded and dollar amounts are:
The First Tee, $1,000
Parenting Book Club, Fearn, $170
Enrichment Book Club, Goodwin, $500
Homework Club, Goodwin, $500
Fine Arts Week, Greenman*, $950
Continued Literacy Connections, Hill,
Buck-A-Book, Hill, $1,800
Community Kick-Off, Lincoln, $800
Fine Arts Festival, Nicholson*, $950
After School Sign Club, Schneider, $350
Sensory Lab, Hope Wall, $1,042
Art in Social Studies, Herget, $500
6th Grade Social Studies Reading
Curriculum Enrichment, Herget, $700
After School Sewing Club/After School
Cooking Club, Jefferson, $500
Show Choir, Jefferson , $500
Senior Citizen Breakfast and Band Concert,
Addition of Two Speakers/Costumes and Sets,
8th Grade World War II
Interdisciplinary Unit, Jewel**, $1,000
Star Party: Newtonian Telescopes, West,
Nexus Art Show, West*, $ 700
Games in the Nexus, West, $180
Project Excellence Tutoring, West**, $4,000
Building Team Attitudes/Leaders-Health
Occup. Academy, West, $1,800
Academies in Action, West, $1,000
*Funding made possible through the Sherry R.
Eagle Endowment Fund
**Funding made possible in part through the
Wadsworth Family Endowment Fund
Smith To Trim Class Sizes With State Grant
School District 129 has received an additional $175,000
to reduce class sizes under the states Class Size Reduction Pilot Program.
Smith Elementary School will use the grant to add four teachers and lower
class sizes to less than 15 students in kindergarten and second-grade.
The district already had been granted $150,000 for the
2006-07 school year to add three classrooms -- two first grades at Freeman,
and one second grade at Lincoln.
The grant, which the state awarded to 12 districts, is
part of a three-year project during which the state will research the impact
of small class size on student achievement. The district will have the
opportunity to apply for funding for the remaining two years of the project.
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