For the latest on our 2020-21 Return to School Plan and remote learning supports, please click here: Read More
English
Español
¿Por qué no se ha traducido esta página?

Search Staff DirectoryBúsqueda en el Directorio del Personal

CCSD59.org

Harper College Visits CCSD59 Students to “Do More” Activities

English|Español|Polski

Like many who have the good fortune to celebrate their golden anniversary, Harper College is celebrating 50 years in their community among friends, including those at CCSD59.

As part of their year-long celebration, the college started “Doing More Together,” an initiative where local schools requested assistance from Harper College on projects “that would engage with students and help them be successful.” Harper provided faculty and staff volunteers to assist feeder school districts with eleven project ideas submitted by the schools. The volunteers selected which projects they were interested in.

Harper College actually selected three projects submitted by CCSD59 schools for their “Do More” week. First, on Monday, October 23, Harper volunteers were at Juliette Low Elementary helping to pass out free coats provided by Operation North Pole, a not-for-profit organization that gives free winter coats to children. On Tuesday, October 24, Harper’s volunteers were at Grove Junior High School, and participated in an interactive college and career exploration event where volunteers led discussions and activities about various work and educational opportunities. Finally, on Wednesday, October 25, the Ridge Family Center for Learning was assisted by Harper’s volunteers with Ridge’s Fall Fest event.

At Fall Fest, twelve Harper volunteers hosted fall-themed activity stations for kindergarten and fifth grade students in a buddy program. Ridge teachers Beth Soreng and Andrea Crone, who facilitate the program at the school, had submitted their idea for the Fall Fest to Harper College. The activities they suggested were designed to help build a positive relationship between the buddy students, and had educational themes with a strong social emotional learning (SEL) component.

First, the students all met to read the story Spookley the Square Pumpkin, a Halloween tale that follows the difficulties of being a square pumpkin in a world where the “best” ones are round. After finishing the book, students discussed the story, including what they learned about respecting differences, standing up to bullying, and how being unique can be an asset.

After the book discussion, students visited four different stations that had fall themes in math, art, cooking, & STEM. Fifth grade students and their kindergarten buddies each went to all four stations and performed the activities together.

At the math station, students used straws and pipe cleaners to create square pumpkins and decorated them with eyes, stems, and leaves. The art station had students tearing up paper and then gluing it to a base to create a mosaic pumpkin. Students put on their engineering hats at the STEM station, where they used toothpicks and pumpkin gummies to try to build the tallest tower possible. Finally, students were able to enjoy creating a treat at the cooking/writing/SEL station with graham crackers, frosting, and edible accessories for eyes and leaves for their pumpkins. Once students completed the creation of their edible decoration, they explained how their pumpkin was unique, and then enjoyed eating it with their station friends.

Harper volunteers assisted at all stations, providing supplies and advice to both the older and younger students, encouraging teamwork, and lending a hand wherever one was needed. They helped students reason out how to build the tallest towers, encouraged creativity in decorating their artwork, and supported working together on their projects.

Community Relations Manager at Harper College, Amie Grainger, said Harper’s staff enjoyed the collaboration with CCSD59’s students. “The Harper volunteers had a great time and were touched by the hospitality of both the faculty/staff and the students,” she said. “The event provided the opportunity for people who may normally not be able to get off campus and interact with younger students to experience the excitement younger students have about college.”

Soreng, who teaches fifth grade, said her students liked working with everyone at once. “It was great to see everyone interacting with each other. The students really enjoyed working with the volunteers, and talking to them about what they did in their careers at Harper,” she said. “At the end of the day, the fifth graders asked when the volunteers were coming back because they want to work with them again.”

Attendees of all ages had a great time, as the kindergarten students commented on it, too. One particularly enthusiastic kindergartener turned and waved to the volunteers before walking out the door, saying, “Thanks for helping us today, it was really fun! Come and hang out with us again any time you want to.”

Boy decorating pumpkin cookie

  • winter weather cover 2021
    2021 Winter Weather GuidelinesPautas para el clima invernal

    2021 Winter Weather GuidelinesPautas para el clima invernal

    With winter weather now upon us, CCSD59 would like to update you on our plans related to inclement weather days, decisions that contribute to closing…Con el clima invernal ahora sobre nosotros, CCSD59 quisiera actualizarle sobre nuestros planes relacionados con los días de clima inclemente, las decisiones que contribuyen al…

    Continue ReadingSiga Leyendo
  • dl night cover
    Spanish Two-Way Dual Language Program Virtual Parent Information NightNoche de información virtual para padres del programa de lenguaje dual en español

    Spanish Two-Way Dual Language Program Virtual Parent Information NightNoche de información virtual para padres del programa de lenguaje dual en español

    If you would like to hear more about the opportunities and benefits of the Spanish Two-way Dual Language Program in CCSD59, and you have an…Si tiene un estudiante que ingresará al kindergarten y desea enterarse de las oportunidades y los beneficios del Programa de Lenguaje Dual Bidireccional en español…

    Continue ReadingSiga Leyendo
  • community support story cover
    CCSD59 Communities Show Strength in Generosity During PandemicLas comunidades de CCSD59 muestran fortaleza en generosidad durante la pandemia

    CCSD59 Communities Show Strength in Generosity During PandemicLas comunidades de CCSD59 muestran fortaleza en generosidad durante la pandemia

    The COVID-19 pandemic has presented challenges for millions of people across the country and altered lifestyles around the world. As students and families in CCSD59…La pandemia de COVID-19 ha presentado desafíos para millones de personas en todo el país y estilos de vida alterados en todo el mundo. A…

    Continue ReadingSiga Leyendo
  • Grove Courtyard Cover 2
    Grove Expands Courtyard Dedication to Honor District FamilyGrove expande la dedicación del patio para honrar a la familia del distrito

    Grove Expands Courtyard Dedication to Honor District FamilyGrove expande la dedicación del patio para honrar a la familia del distrito

    Having 65 years worth of service to a school district in a single family is a remarkable feat. Several members of the CCSD59 administration feel…Tener 65 años de servicio en un distrito escolar en una sola familia es una hazaña notable. Varios miembros de la administración de CCSD59 sienten…

    Continue ReadingSiga Leyendo
  • Park Thumb
    CCSD59, Elk Grove High School Communities Collaborate for New Playground at Oasis Mobile Home ParkLas comunidades de Elk Grove High School CCSD59 colaboran para una nueva área de juegos en Oasis Mobile Home Park

    CCSD59, Elk Grove High School Communities Collaborate for New Playground at Oasis Mobile Home ParkLas comunidades de Elk Grove High School CCSD59 colaboran para una nueva área de juegos en Oasis Mobile Home Park

    Ricky Castro has carried the desire to build a park and playground at the Oasis Mobile Home Park for years. Residents of the park, including…Ricky Castro ha llevado el deseo de construir un parque y un área de juegos en Oasis Mobile Home Park durante años. Los residentes del…

    Continue ReadingSiga Leyendo
  • sparks cover
    John Jay students turn homes into science labs with new programLos estudiantes de John Jay convierten sus hogares en laboratorios de ciencias con nuevo programa

    John Jay students turn homes into science labs with new programLos estudiantes de John Jay convierten sus hogares en laboratorios de ciencias con nuevo programa

    Science is naturally a hands-on subject, but students at John Jay Elementary are taking it to another level this year. They have been able to…La ciencia es, naturalmente, una materia práctica, pero los estudiantes de John Jay Elementary la llevarán a otro nivel este año. Han podido ver cómo…

    Continue ReadingSiga Leyendo
  • twe cover
    ISBE recognizes CCSD59 through Those Who Excel AwardsISBE reconoce CCSD59 a través de los premios Those Who Excel

    ISBE recognizes CCSD59 through Those Who Excel AwardsISBE reconoce CCSD59 a través de los premios Those Who Excel

    CCSD59 constantly seeks out ways to provide our students, families, and community with the best educational experience possible. This year, staff members were once again…CCSD59 busca constantemente formas de brindar a nuestros estudiantes, familias y comunidad la mejor experiencia educativa posible. Este año, los miembros del personal fueron seleccionados…

    Continue ReadingSiga Leyendo
  • Veronica Story Cover
    ISBE Honors Veronica Rodriguez, Juliette Low, as Illinois Bilingual Teacher of the YearISBE honra a Veronica Rodriguez, Juliette Low, como maestra bilingüe del año de Illinois

    ISBE Honors Veronica Rodriguez, Juliette Low, as Illinois Bilingual Teacher of the YearISBE honra a Veronica Rodriguez, Juliette Low, como maestra bilingüe del año de Illinois

    Veronica Rodriguez carries the mindset that one educator can change the trajectory of a child’s life. She experienced that as a young student, and that…Verónica Rodríguez tiene la mentalidad de que un educador puede cambiar la trayectoria de la vida de un niño. Ella experimentó eso cuando era una…

    Continue ReadingSiga Leyendo
  • inspra cover
    CCSD59 Communications Department Honored by INSPRAEl Departamento de Comunicaciones de CCSD59 honrado por INSPRA

    CCSD59 Communications Department Honored by INSPRAEl Departamento de Comunicaciones de CCSD59 honrado por INSPRA

    The CCSD59 Communications Department has been recognized by the Illinois Chapter of the National School Public Relations Association (INSPRA) as part of its annual Communications…El Departamento de Comunicaciones de CCSD59 ha sido reconocido por Illinois Chapter of the National School Public Relations Association (INSPRA, por sus siglas en inglés)…

    Continue ReadingSiga Leyendo
  • Good News Cover
    Students Earn Reporting Tips, Learn to Find Good News in Summer CourseLos estudiantes obtienen consejos para informar, aprenden a encontrar buenas noticias en el curso de verano

    Students Earn Reporting Tips, Learn to Find Good News in Summer CourseLos estudiantes obtienen consejos para informar, aprenden a encontrar buenas noticias en el curso de verano

    Joy is all around you, and if you try hard, you can find a lot of it. That is the sentiment of Yukthi, a fifth…La alegría está a tu alrededor, y si te esfuerzas, puedes encontrar un montón. Ese es el sentimiento de Yukthi, un estudiante de quinto grado…

    Continue ReadingSiga Leyendo
  • BoardUpdateThumb 5
    CCSD59 Awarded Certificate of Financial Excellence for 37th Consecutive YearCCSD59 recibió el certificado de excelencia financiera por 37 año consecutivo

    CCSD59 Awarded Certificate of Financial Excellence for 37th Consecutive YearCCSD59 recibió el certificado de excelencia financiera por 37 año consecutivo

    CCSD59 has been awarded with the FY 2019 Certificate of Excellence in Financial Reporting Award (COE) from the Association of School Business Officials International (ASBO).…CCSD59 recibió el certificado de excelencia en el informe de información financiera (COE, por sus siglas en inglés) del año fiscal 2019 de la Asociación…

    Continue ReadingSiga Leyendo
  • success for live story cover
    CCSD59 Alumnus, Illinois Deputy Majority Leader Become Inaugural Award RecipientsExalumno CCSD59, Líder adjunto de la mayoría de Illinois se convierten en ganadores del premio inaugural

    CCSD59 Alumnus, Illinois Deputy Majority Leader Become Inaugural Award RecipientsExalumno CCSD59, Líder adjunto de la mayoría de Illinois se convierten en ganadores del premio inaugural

    From an early age, Daniel Salgado-Avarez has been drawn to libraries. He has never shied away from reading two or three books per day, because…Desde una edad temprana, Daniel Salgado-Alvarez fue atraído a las bibliotecas. Nunca ha evitado leer dos o tres libros por día, porque eso es lo…

    Continue ReadingSiga Leyendo