Students Share Why CCSD59 is One of the Best in the Nation
Devonshire students in the Talent Development Program (TDP) shared their current Project Based Learning Unit process at Monday’s board meeting. The unit, Community Photojournalism, was developed by TDP teachers and incorporates four media types: podcasts, articles, photojournalism, and documentaries. Superintendent Dr. Fessler challenged students to answer the question, “How can I tell an interesting story in my community that shows how CCSD59 is one of the best in the nation?”
Student presenters shared a "behind the scenes" look at the processes they are using to conduct interviews, take photos, write scripts, and bring all the components together into one final project. Audio clips for podcasts and clips from the documentaries were played, and each student explained his or her theme, topic, and the next steps to complete their project.
Along with eighth grade teacher Kristin Hahn, student Natalie McPherson from Friendship Junior High School presented a plan at the board meeting for recycling at CCSD59’s schools. Natalie's presentation was the result of an argumentative essay she wrote for a unit in advanced language arts, where students had to convince their intended audiences of their viewpoint. Natalie emailed her paper to the board of education and Dr. Fessler, urging the district to place recycling bins in all lunchrooms and to help students learn the importance of recycling. The board asked Natalie to present at the meeting on May 9, driving home the point that writers can and do help drive positive change in the community.
Andy Skic, the district’s Coordinator for Safety, Custodial and Facilities Operations, supported Natalie by informing the board of education of the district’s current refuse and recycling guidelines and practices. He suggested that with more education and supervision, the district can help increase student awareness of recycling district-wide. He commended Natalie for her interest in the environment and raising awareness of this issue.
Updated Learning Spaces Coming to All Junior High Schools
At Monday’s board meeting, the board voted in favor of updating classrooms at each of CCSD59’s three junior high schools. The project will take approximately two years to complete and will include updates to flooring, furniture, and wall surfaces in classrooms at each school. A successful prototype program has been in place for the last year to help determine what was needed and what works best for both students and teachers. The updates have the potential to transform the learning environment to meet the needs of modern learners and will enable teachers to engage with students in new and meaningful ways. Teachers will be provided the opportunity for choice in their classroom furniture to best meet the needs of their students.
Watch and learn how Mrs. Korunmus is preparing students to be successful for life.