Top D89 school district officials receive a $61,000 presentation check from the Bosch Community Fund to support the district’s work in STEM education during an April 14 ceremony. | Courtesy Bosch
Thursday, April 21, 2016 || By COMMUNITY EDITOR
Leaders of Maywood-Melrose Park-Broadview School District 89 recently received a $61,000 grant from the Bosch Community Fund to support the implementation of Project Lead the Way (PLTW) Gateway, “an educational program focused on creating a foundation for students in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) learning and application,” according to an April 20 statement released by the fund.
The grant money given to D89 is part of more than $3.5 million given each year to a range of entities that provide STEM education.
Eunice Marriott, a regional business director for Bosch, said the company’s community fund was created “to help give back to the communities in which Bosch is located.”
Bosch, a leading technology and services firm, operates in 70 places, including Broadview, and employs nearly 28,000 people, in North America.
The PLTW Gateway program “provides engineering, biomedical and computer science curriculum for middle schools. Students get rigorous and relevant experiences through activity-, project-, and problem-based learning, engaging their natural curiosity and imagination.”
The students “use the same advanced software and tools utilized by some of the world’s leading companies.” In addition to technology, the Bosch grant can also be used to purchase new district-owned laptops for students.
“We are grateful to the Bosch Community Fund for its generous $61,000 grant,” said Barbara Dahly, D89’s assistant superintendent of curriculum, in the Bosch statement. “This exciting opportunity allows us to expand STEM learning for our middle school teachers and students. Implementation of Project Lead the Way will prepare our students of today to be the leaders of tomorrow — college and career ready!”
Next school year, D89 middle school students in an ENCORE STEM class will participate in PLTW units of study. The PLTW Gateway program aligns with the district’s “commitment to fostering student growth, setting high standards for learning and achieving results in high levels of academic achievement,” the statement notes.
District teachers and students also received new curriculum support in math and English Language Arts in alignment with Common Core Standards. Ahead of the 2016-17 school year, the district’s curriculum textbook selection committee will consider adopting new K-5 reading material.
D89 students qualify for the Destination Imagination State tournament
District 89 made a strong showing last month at the Destination Imagination Tournament’s regional round. The tournament requires teams of students to solve open-ended problems related to science, technology, engineering and math (or STEM for short).
Four D89 middle school teams each won their respective challenges, earning spots in the state finals held earlier this month. The district teams were led by D89 teacher Nicole Balaun, with the help of “many supportive parents working with students” in the after-school program that helped prepare the students for the tournament, a district statement noted. Click each image above to enlarge. Photos courtesy D89.
Loyola Monitoring Childhood Obesity Rates In D89
At a recent D89 principal meeting, Dr. Garry Sigman, pictured left, of Loyola University Medical Center, addressed district administrators about childhood obesity.
Loyola has been working with D89 schools to collect BMI (body mass index) data and will prepare a report this fall, the results of which will be compared with the previous year’s data, school officials say.
Support for the study was provided by a grant from CHE Trinity Health. The program was also supported by Loyola University Health System, Stritch School of Medicine’s Department of Public Health Sciences and Ronald McDonald Children’s Hospital.
Representatives from Proviso Partners for Health (PP4H), an initiative launched out of Loyola’s Stritch School of Medicine, also presented information about the organization’s health-related efforts in the district.
D89 partners with local libraries on Every Child A Reader program
All D89 preschool classes visited, or will visit, community libraries in the area as part of the district’s Every Child A Reader program. Families “had the opportunity to register for a library card, participate in story time and select books to be checked out,” a district statement noted. Upcoming Every Child A Reader events are below: VFP
Melrose Park residents: Melrose Park Library, 801 N. 19th Ave. Melrose Park || Thursday, April 28, 4:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Broadview residents: Broadview Public Library, 2226 S. 16th Ave., Broadview || Tuesday, May 19, 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.
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