Spartan Showcase: March 9th, 2017

Spartan Showcase

March 9th, 2017 5:30 – 8:30

Lakeview Jr. High School

701 Plainfield Road, Downers Grove, IL

2017-2018 Nomination for Gifted Services

Nomination for Gifted Services

Nominations are now open for the 2017-2018 school year; completed nomination forms must be received by no later than February 10th, 2017.  We only accept nominations for students that are currently in 2nd – 7th grades. Please complete the parent nomination form if you believe your child is performing, or shows the potential for performing, at remarkably high levels of accomplishment when compared with others of their age, experience, or environment, and you would like your child’s performance and achievement to be reviewed to determine eligibility for gifted education services.  No action is needed if your child is already receiving gifted services.

Please click on this link:  Bright Child or Gifted Learner?  This is a list of differences to help you distinguish between a bright child and a gifted learner. The list does not describe all the traits and attitudes of gifted children, as all children are diverse in their characteristics; however, it is a good reference of distinguishing characteristics. For additional information visit our district website – Gifted Services.

Please click on the link below to access the Nomination Form.

Parent/Teacher/Community Member Nomination Form

If you have any questions, please contact your building principal, the Director of Curriculum, or the Gifted Coordinator.

Mr. Scott Lazar
Elizabeth Ide School

Mr. Mark Pagel
Prairieview School

Mr. Paul Windsor
Lakeview Jr. High

Dr. Kristen Ninni
Director of Curriculum

Mrs. Sheryl Sulima
Gifted Coordinator


Enrollment now open for 2017-2018 3 &4 year old preschool!

3 & 4 year old Preschool Program is NOW ENROLLING for the 2017-2018 school year. Contact Cheryl Novotny at (630)783-5162 or to enroll.

2017-2018 bell schedule

We wanted to let you know that we are adjusting the starting and ending times for our schools for the 2017-18 school year. We understand that any change we make to the daily schedule of our students will subsequently impact our families.  This is why we are letting you know of the changes well in advance of the 2017-18 school year.  These changes will have a slightly neutral impact on our K-5 students, while creating a much better situation for our students in grades 6-8.  The schedule changes are provided in the following document.

Bell schedules 2017-18

New Issue of the Spartan Scroll now available

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We are doing some amazing things!

Come take a look at what our teachers are doing in the classroom. They are doing some amazing things.

Optional Insurance Options for Mobile Devices

This year we are handling insurance a little different. We would like to welcome you to a new parent insurance portal. This portal gives you the opportunity to purchase the optional insurance for our devices. There are two plans depending on the type of device that your child will be using. One plan covers the Chromebooks and the other plan covers the iPads. Within each plan you will have two options. The first option is our basic plan, and it will cover accidental damage to the device. The second option is  our Ultimate plan which covers accidental damage, loss, theft, perils, burglary, and robbery. Please see the attached flyer for more information on ourinsurance options. You can click here to access the new insurance portal. Please know that any claims or repairs will still be handled by the district. You do not need to file a claim, you just need to have your child turn their device into the school and we will handle the rest. 

GoCare Insurance Portal

District 66 GoCare Insurance Flyer

Superintendent’s monthly newsletter is now available

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The SAMR Model

by Becky Foellmer

The what??? I’m sure you are thinking, “Oh, no, another thing on my plate!” The cool thing about the SAMR Model is that it isn’t something on which you have to be trained in order for it to improve your teaching and therefore the student learning in your classroom. The SAMR Model allows you to carefully consider how you are utilizing technology in your classroom and to, possibly, adjust your lessons to move further up the continuum.
Many of you have just begun the climb – most, if not all of the experiences in your classroom that involve technology are at the Substitution level – the technology replaces what you could have done without computers.
Others of you are beginning to climb and have reached the level of Augmentation for one or more of your lessons. At this level, technology is an effective tool to perform a typical task. Often times, there is a functional benefit here such as saving paper, and there begins to be an improvement in student engagement.
Some have reached the next level on the continuum, the level of Modification, where you are truly beginning to transform the learning. Student tasks require technology and the classroom becomes student-centric as the questions begin to be generated by the students.
And, lastly, there are some who have reached the ultimate goal – the redefinition of the learning, where the learning would be inconceivable without the technology; the students are fully engaged, collaboration is crucial, and the questions and discussions are almost entirely student generated.
One of the things I hope to be able to help you with this year is climbing higher!