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There are amazing milestones and achievements happening in our schools throughout Lombard District 44 each day. While many of these are captured in real time and shared via our social media channels, we recognize not all of our public may be social media users or like to receive information in that way. Therefore, this section is dedicated to preserving and sharing those unique moments. 
 
If you are interested in sharing your own unique moment, please e-mail communications@sd44.org. This section will be updated monthly with any and all good news items shared with the district by our parents, teachers and staff members. 
 
 
September 2018

Stakeholders Come Together to Chart Future of District 44 

Members of Connect 44 -- a 44-person team made-up of stakeholders from throughout the community--took the first step Wednesday toward designing a new future for Lombard District 44.

 

Wednesday was the first meeting for the strategic planning process. The team began their time together by engaging in a discussion about the "ideal graduate" of Lombard District 44. The purpose of this activity was to develop a picture of what experiences, accolades, skill sets and accomplishments students would need to attain or be exposed to throughout their time in the district in order to be best prepared for success.

 

This vision helped provide a clear focal point regarding the needs of students and will directly drive the work of the team over the next several months.

 

Superintendent Ted Stec also helped provided a current picture of the district. That was followed by the team digging into the results of the surveys that were recently pushed out district-wide as well as the results from the roundtable discussions that took place for staff on Opening Day. From that, they were able to understand the needs and priorities of staff, parent and community members and begin to populate an environmental scan that captures the strengths, weakness, opportunities and threats of Lombard 44.

 

An executive summary of the survey results can be found by clicking here. Members of the Connect 44 Team appreciate those of you who completed the survey.

 

For further meeting highlights, please click here.

 

 

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Student Artwork to be Part of Traveling Exhibit 

Glenn Westlake student Erica L. was recently selected to have her artwork be part of a traveling display that will visit several notable places throughout the state of Illinois.

 

More specifically, the artwork will appear at the Illinois Art Education Association state conference, Springfield State Capitol as part of Advocacy Day and the Illinois School Board Association conference.

 

 

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District 44 Staff Rallies Around Village Blood Drive

Dozens of staff members from throughout Lombard District 44 showed their support to the annual Village of Lombard Blood Drive. Through their donations, the village was able to collect the highest donation volume since January of 2013.

 

Staff visited both the mobile unit at Yorktown Mall as well as Village Hall. It is estimated that more than 300 lives will be saved by the volume estimates alone.

 

Employees at Westlake were some of the largest contributors to the effort, which is a testament to both their passion in wanting to give back to the community as well as to honor Westlake Principal Mike Fumagalli’s late wife who greatly benefited from several rounds of blood transfusions. It was after a courageous and valiant 27-day battle with colon cancer that Kirsten Fumagalli passed away on March 14, 2018.

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Madison’s Learning Garden Provides Education, Fresh Food Options

Thanks to the generous support of the Madison PTA as well as the hard work of several students, the school’s Learning Garden has produced some impressive produce as well as educational experiences.

 

On Thursday, September 13, two third grade classrooms helped harvest vegetables and herbs that were donated to the Lombard/Villa Park Food Pantry. Students collected bags of fresh items, including carrots, celery, tomatoes, peppers, kale, lettuce, Swiss chard, cucumbers, squash, basil, thyme, oregano and chives. Although this was the Learning Garden's fourth donation to the food pantry, this was the first time a classroom was able to help with the harvest as the other collections occurred before the school year began.

 

The Learning Garden at Madison School was first installed in the spring of 2017. The garden initially included eight raised beds and two in-ground areas for planting vegetables and herbs. This summer, thanks to the support of the PTA, it was able to expand by four additional raised beds.

 

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Westlake Hosts Red Carpet event in celebration of STEAM

Glenn Westlake Principal Mike Fumagalli welcomed two special guests to his school on September 12 – and all in celebration of the school’s growing focus on STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math).

 

On September 12, Westlake students and staff came together in a school-wide assembly to hear from the stars of the film “Happy Accident.” The movie, which focuses on the critical role of STEAM in extreme sports like skateboarding, made its official debut during the assembly. This was the first time the film was publicly viewed, with it soon to be released on Netflix.  

 

Jeremy Bout, the producer, as well as Prof. Paul Schmitt, the main character of the film, were in attendance at the launch party and spoke to the role of STEAM in the skateboarding industry.

 

The school-wide assembly directly followed experiences teachers from all subject areas integrated into their curriculum rooted in STEAM. For example, in math, students designed skateboard jumps, measuring the distance skateboards would need to travel and height they could reach based on different design elements.

 

For more information on the film, please visit http://www.edgefactor.com/coming-september-2018-happy-accident-skateboarding-film/.

 

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Students bring new meaning to “farm to table” food offerings for Lombard families in need

Thanks to the efforts of several students who participate in the Park View Elementary Garden Club, Lombard families had greater access to organic, fresh food options.

 

Recently, the school partnered with Garden Works to build several garden beds in which they grew a variety of different fruits and vegetables to be donated to the local food pantry. The GardenWorks Project seeks to “empower, educate, and promote organic suburban agriculture to improve the wellbeing of our community, the environment, and families facing food insecurity.”

 

Students worked diligently at tending to the garden in order to grow seasonal produce. In total, the Park View Garden Club grew over 230 pounds of fresh produce, 120 of which was donated to the York Township Food Pantry. 

 

Currently, students are engaged in growing pumpkins just in time for the fall harvest!

 

 

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Summer Reading Program Helps Prevent the Summer Slide

Coined the Green Bag Book Club, students at three schools in Lombard District 44 greatly benefited from a summer reading program that took place throughout the months of June, July and August.

 

This is the second year for the Green Bag Book Club, which took place at

Butterfield, Madison and Manor Hill schools. Students could sign up to participate and were provided books to read over the summer. At the end of this successful program, Title I teachers Stephanie Ganakos from Butterfield, Kristin Adams from Madison and Laurie Polanski from Manor Hill held an activity night where the students were invited to their school to turn in their book bags and participate in a variety of celebratory activities.

 

The Green Bag Book Club was created to help students avoid the “summer slide” and encourage them to continue reading over the summer as well as complete the journal and activity sheets that accompanied the books at each grade level.

This program is federally funded for the Title I schools in the district.

 

Photo Caption: Manor Hill Principal Eric Haren poses with Clifford the Big Red Dog. Clifford was a special guest at one of the culminating events for the Green Bag Book Club.

 

 

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Chicago Magazine ranks Butterfield School as a top school in DuPage County

Chicago Magazine's recent release of its annual rankings of best public schools in the state included one of Lombard’s own -- Butterfield Elementary School.

 

Butterfield came in at No. 6 out of 10 for top elementary and middle schools in DuPage County. It is in good company with schools from throughout the area including Hinsdale, Oak Brook, Wheaton and Clarendon Hills.