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Westmont students simply amazing

Aug 06, 2015 09:20AM ● By Neighbors Magazines

The Destination Imagination team brought home a 10th place finish

Westmont Junior High celebrates accomplishments

Pasta for Pennies—This year, Westmont Junior High School students participated in the Pasta for Pennies fundraiser that benefited the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. Students collected pennies, nickels, dimes, and quarters throughout a three week period. The winning class won a free pasta party lunch courtesy of Olive Garden. Mr. Prysny’s class was this year’s big winner raising $207.06. Overall, Westmont Junior High School was able to raise $ $662.30!

Young Authors—Three students were selected by a staff panel from nine students who submitted original work. They traveled to Illinois State University with Dr. Burisek for the 41st Annual Young Authors’ Conference. The yearly conference provides young authors (K–8) the opportunity to craft, share, and discuss their work with other young authors from across the state. Young Authors also “talk writing” through small group and panel discussions with published authors. The day ended with a ceremony, where the Young Authors received a certificate.

The chess team finished third at the conference level.

 Early Act—The Early Act students, with Ms. Kosin, have been especially busy this year! They volunteered at the Westmont Food Pantry every other Thursday evening, the Lion’s club pancake breakfast, Holly Days breakfast with Santa, Polar Express, Rotary Basketball Tournaments, Wii Tournament vs. Mayslake seniors, and assisted at childrens’ workshops as well as decorating the Westmont Public Library. Their Hats Off for Cancer event raised $657 towards children’s cancer research. They decorated hair for $5 a person for the St. Baldrick’s event in March. They donated two big garbage bags of pop tabs to Ronald McDonald House and a large box of Campbell soup labels to St. Jude’s. They helped the People’s Resource Center by filling two SUVs with food for the pantry, collecting and wrapping four boxes of books for children in need during the holidays, and donating $138 raised by charging WJHS staff $5 to wear jeans for a day. Within the district, members chaperoned famous Illinois authors at the Illinois Reads event, many will help with the Miller ice cream social, and certain 8th graders were chosen to be the 5th grade tour guides during their visit to the junior high. Other volunteer opportunities included working the lemon shake-up booth at the Red, White, and BBQ in May as well as the Taste of Westmont in July.

We Day participants learned how to make changes for good.

 We Day—On April 30, several 7th and 8th graders were invited to participate in “We Day,” held at the Allstate Arena. We Day educated the students about leading global change. Participants were able to see world leaders and entertainers that celebrated WJHS students’ ability to create change. The students were also inspired for another year of action. On Aug. 21, ABC will host a show about the event.

Destination Imagination—The WJHS Destination Imagination Team brought home a 10th place finish at globals in Tennessee (out of about 85 teams)! The Destination Imagination program is a hands-on system of learning that fosters students’ creativity, courage and curiosity through open-ended academic challenges.

Chess Team—The chess team competed in the conference tournament Jan. 31. With an undermanned team due to many members attending Snowflake, the Panthers accomplished an amazing feat—winning a third place trophy!

Mayor’s Classic—The 8th grade boys’ basketball team won the Mayor’s Classic at Walker Athletic Center on the weekend of Jan. 24, knocking out Jefferson, Burr Ridge, and Herrick. The team ended up second in the entire conference after an amazing game with over 140 WJHS students cheering them on!

Cusd 201 to improve safety and security of buildings

CUSD 201 is moving forward with a plan that will improve the safety, security, and learning environments of Manning, Miller, Westmont Junior High School, and Westmont High School. The projects will be completed over the next few summers. During the summer of 2015, door handles in all classrooms will be changed to be ADA compliant. The door handles will also be able to be locked from inside the classroom in building lockdown situations. All schools will be equipped with ID scanners in order to quickly perform background checks on school visitors.

In 2016, additional fob access doors will be added at Manning and Miller to help secure the academic wings. Work will begin at the junior high and high school to enclose open classrooms and to create a more secure visitor entrance at the high school.

Westmont High School receives national recognition

Each year the Washington Post publishes the “High School Challenge Index.” The index ranks high schools across the nation and is based on the number of AP tests taken divided by the number of seniors who graduated. AP is considered the most rigorous curriculum students can be exposed to in high school. Students, who take AP courses and take an AP exam regardless of how well they perform, are more likely to be successful in college.

Based upon the Washington Post “High School Challenge Index” rankings, Westmont High School is ranked 18th in the state and second in DuPage County. Nationally, Westmont High School ranks in the top 3% of all high schools.

In addition, CUSD 201 was notified by Newsweek Magazine that Westmont High School has been identified for inclusion in their ranking of “America’s Best High Schools.” This is a first for CUSD 201 and Westmont High School. The official rankings will not be available until the fall of 2015. Inclusion in the Newsweek rankings translates to Westmont High School being in the top 10% of high schools in Illinois.

CUSD 201 teacher receives Golden Apple Award

Lillian Tsai, early childhood teacher at South School, has been named a Golden Apple Award for Excellence in Teaching recipient.

The Golden Apple Award Committee surprised Lillian and presented her with the award on Tues., May 12. There were 600 pre-K through third grade teachers nominated throughout Chicago and the surrounding suburbs. Lillian is one of ten teachers selected to receive the 2015 Golden Apple Award. The CUSD 201 School Community celebrates Lillian’s accomplishment.

CUSD 201 2015-2016 registration information

CUSD 201 registration will take place on Aug. 10 from 2pm until7 pm at Westmont Junior High School. All families with children attending CUSD 201 schools must attend registration to provide residency verification. A late fee will be assessed to any family that does not register on one of these dates. Online pre-registration will once again be completed prior to the registration dates using Skyward Family Access. More information regarding online pre-registration will be available in the registration materials sent home to families.

CUSD 201 Dual Language Program

In 2013 CUSD 201 offered an optional Spanish/English Dual Language Program for the first time. Through the course of the 80/20 program, children are shown age appropriate bilingualism and bi-literacy. Students receive instruction in both English and Spanish every day. The program started with Kindergarten and in 2015 continues to roll up through second grade.

There is much research to support the benefits of learning another language at an early age.

Non-Spanish speaking children will learn a second or third language at a very early age. Children will continue to grow in English while learning another language.

Spanish speaking students will continue to develop their native language while building academic success in English.

If you would like additional information about the CUSD 201 Dual Language Program, please contact Edith Rivera at Miller Elementary School, 630-468-8300.