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Back to School Bash

All Smiles at Elementary North Back to School Bash

Parents and students had a blast at Friday’s combined Back to School Bash and Curriculum Night at Elementary North. Parents attended classroom presentations and then joined their children outside for a party with music and the local library’s bookmobile. Teachers joined in the fun as well.

Ellis Island

Welcome to Ellis Island

On September 8, the eighth-grade students in Ms. Balmes’ and Mr. McKenzie’s Social Studies classes learned about the immigrant experience. The students enjoyed role playing processors and immigrants as they made their way through the checkpoints of “Ellis Island.” Many students were able to pursue the “American Dream” and were welcomed as new citizens, while others sadly were deported for reasons such as health or character flaws. All in all, the students truly enjoyed this hands on step back into time and gained a lot of insight as well from putting themselves into someone else’s shoes.

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Kindergarten Kids Learn How to Ride the Bus

Children entering kindergarten are taking a big step in their lives. On August 18, many of them took practice rides on school buses to help them adjust. More than 150 children and parents road 18 buses. They were greeted by the principals and staff at their schools.  They received building tours and the children got to spend time playing outdoors before the buses drove them home. One Elementary North parent said, “I know my son is excited and anxious. This bus ride helps him adjust. Now he knows what a bus ride is like.”

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Students Honor Veterans

The Students of Hawthorn Middle School South greets dozens of local veterans this week during their annual Breakfast of Appreciation. The breakfast offered the students the opportunity to honor Vernon Hills local heroes, thank them for their dedication to this nation, and learn about their history.

 

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