Students Perform the Star-Spangled Banner

Recent Friendship Junior High graduates Gabriella and Marisa Mauro performed a beautiful rendition of “The Star Spangled Banner” for the board of education and attending audience members to open the June 8, 2015 CCSD59 Board of Education meeting.

Both of the students were members of the orchestra for the past three years and were involved in interscholastic athletics during their time at Friendship Junior High. Each received the Language Arts Excellence Award at their 8th grade graduation last week.

To watch Gabriella and Marisa’s incredible performance, click the link below.

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Update on the CCSD59 Instructional Coaching Program

Dr. Kim Barrett, director of literacy, and Ross Vittore, director of innovative learning, presented information to the board of education regarding the success of the district’s new instructional coaching program.

Coaches provide onsite professional development and supports by working with staff to incorporate research-based instructional methods into their classrooms. A variety of evidence was presented showing the effectiveness and success of the first year of instructional coaching. This year, coaches have provided extensive professional development opportunities and have significantly contributed to the CCSD59 mission of preparing students to be successful for life.

Updated School Start and Dismissal Times

In order to balance the needs of students, parents, and staff, the school start and dismissal times for students will change next year. For the 2015-2016 school year, all schools will start and dismiss 15 minutes earlier than what was in place for this school year.

The times below reflect the new 2015-16 start and dismissal times:

Junior High Schools:
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday: 7:45-2:50
Wednesday: 7:45-1:50

Elementary Schools (Excluding Ridge):
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday: 8:45-3:35
Wednesday: 8:45-2:35

Ridge Family Center for Learning:
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday: 7:50-2:40
Wednesday: 7:50-1:40

Early Learning Center:
AM Classes: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday: 8:15-10:45
AM Classes: Wednesday: 8:15-10:45
PM Classes: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday: 12:00-2:30
PM Classes: Wednesday: No School

Watch and learn how Mrs. Panek is preparing students to be successful for life.
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