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Holmes' Heroes Presents to the Board

During the board meeting, a presentation was given by Holmes' Heroes, a problem based learning club where students identify a local or global problem, brainstorm possible solutions, create an action plan, and attempt to implement the solution. Students are currently working on issues such as providing clean drinking water, ending hunger, homelessness, domestic violence, bullying, and animal cruelty.

Yazan, an eighth grade student at Holmes, discussed his passion for finding clean drinking water in Mauritania, Africa. He presented his group’s action plan of taking salt water and converting it to fresh water by using reverse osmosis, which also distributes energy to those without power for their homes and businesses during the process.

The group spoke about “Service Day” at Holmes where an entire day of service is dedicated to helping others, and contemplated the bigger picture of what could be achieved if ‘Service Day’ was everyday, by everyone.

Board Approves 2015-2016 Staffing Plan

As part of the CCSD59 mission to prepare students to be successful for life, the CCSD59 Board of Education has approved a recommended staffing plan for the 2015-16 school year that will increase support for all students and their social/emotional and academic learning. The new plan will add psychologists, social workers, counselors, and other support staff to provide opportunities for all students to learn and develop strategies to successfully manage stress, emotions, and social situations to increase necessary skills for positive citizenship. These staff will also begin to build on a college and career readiness platform. Additionally, these positions would enhance school/district culture designed to ensure that all students can achieve optimal academic, social, and emotional growth during their experience in CCSD59.

Additionally, the Board of Education approved staffing plan also includes additional staff to support our shift to full-day kindergarten at all schools, complete the staffing of the Early Learning Center (ELC), and to continue to meet the needs of our students receiving services in special education programs.

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