West Central High School is this months School Spotlight!
The AM 1330 WRAM & Sunny 97.7 WMOI School Spotlight is on West Central High School led by Principal Ben Rees. West Central is proud to offer their variety of creative educational activities to their students. Career day had over 45 speakers, with opportunity for students to find jobs or careers.
Several high school students recently participated in 2 different art events. 3 of 8 students that represented west central in the town & country art show received blue ribbons for their excellent work. Also two students that represented in The Lincoln Trail Conference Art Festival received 2nd place ribbons & two received 3rd.
As a reward 96 students that made the 3rd quarter pride list will be attending a Burlington Bees Baseball Game. The Burlington Golf Club hosted the 2017 prom “A Night In Hollywood.” All The Glitz & Glamour.
Our Teacher Spotlight is Jane Alexander
Not only does Mrs.Alexander teach family & consumer science she is also the teacher association co-president & part of numerous committees where she puts countless hours.
Mrs.Alexander is truly deserving of this honor and deserves to be recognized for all of the hard work and effort she puts in for the lives of our students, faculty & our community.
Congratulations to Lynn Finch , our Teacher Of the Month for April!
Lynn provides art instruction to approximately 600 students between two buildings. She has been instrumental in providing high quality art instruction for over 31 years for the Monmouth and Monmouth-Roseville School Districts. Ms. Finch reaches the inner artist of her students, even those who don’t feel they are artistic. Her passion for her profession is second to none. Kristyne Gilbert, Executive Director of Buchanan Center for the Arts, shared the following regarding Ms. Finch and her passion for art: “Lynn Finch has been instrumental in the academic and artistic success of hundreds of students in the Monmouth- Roseville school district. For decades she has served the students through her excellence in teaching and passion for the arts. “
Each year she goes above and beyond to support her students’ creative abilities and ensures each student has an opportunity to enter their work in the Buchanan Center for the Arts annual Town & Country Exhibition.
The BCA Town & Country Exhibition would not be possible without the leadership, hard work, and creativity demonstrated by Lynn. Currently in the BCA gallery, the 2017 exhibition features the artwork of students from Henderson, Mercer, and Warren Counties and of the 650+ pieces of artwork entered, Lynn’s students represent more than half of the artwork in our exhibition. The artwork is well executed and is quite a wonderful collection and expression of all mediums in both 2D and 3D work.
Lynn is a caring and inspiring instructor. When her students come to visit the gallery to see their work on display, they share with me as the gallery director, how much they “appreciate her and how great a teacher” she is. She is a remarkable instructor and member of our community.
And this our School Spotlight, Harding Primary School
Harding, as well as the district, has gone through some very positive changes this year. New faces, new curriculum, new cooperative learning strategies and some cosmetic updates have made a great impact this year. The schedule was also restructured creating larger blocks of uninterrupted instructional time.
The GO MATH K-8 curriculum was rolled out benefiting student achievement. We feel a strong, viable curriculum across the board is a very positive direction our district is travelling. Our teachers have also been working tirelessly on developing a new ELA curriculum. With guidance from a reading specialist we feel we are getting great things accomplished.
After school pickup procedures have also changed. As a staff we felt the previous dismissal procedure created a dangerous environment for students being picked up. The teachers and principal met prior to the start of the school year and developed a plan. We have worked the kinks out and now feel we have a smooth process. Last fall we captured video of the system to share online and at backpack night next August with new parents.
St. Jude Mathathon- We raised enough money to cover one day of chemo for one patient. In the years we at Harding have done these events we have raised over $25,000 for St. Jude.
Past Teacher of the Month Winners
West Elementary School Spotlight-Video
Congrats to our SCHOOL SPOTLIGHT United West Elementary School, West is a Pre-K through 5th grade school, proud of it’s five core values: compassion, collaboration, creativity, integrity and life-long learning. These values form the foundation of what we believe as a staff in order to meet the needs of our families.
-K-1 “Pete the Cat” Field Trip at the Orpheum Theatre- March 8 (12:152:45)
-Read with a Buddy- March 17 (2:00-2:30)
-5th Grade Band Concert- March 21 (6:30-7:15)
-P.T.O. Meeting- March 21 (6:00)
-V.I.P. Day- April 11 (12:45-2:30)
-P.T.O. Meeting- April 18 (6:00)
-Young Authors Night- April 27 (North Elementary-6:30-8:00)
United West Elementary School with three staff members who are retiring at the end of the year. Each of these ladies emulate our core values and do an outstanding job in making United West a
special place to be:
Mrs. Jan Martin- Kindergarten,
Mrs. Judy Eyler- Library/Technology Paraprofessional, and
Mrs. Wanda Cook- Pre-K Paraprofessional.
Thank you ladies for your dedication and service!
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Flowers Are Us
- Watch Dog program – where dads and other male role models come into our building to support students
- Kagan Cooperative Learning School – all classrooms focus on creating a class community with classbuilders, teambuilders, and structures that increase student engagement.
- Got to send a group of teachers to Florida this past summer for Kagan Cooperative Learning training.
- Tutoring, Chess Club, and Drama Club held on Tuesday and Thursday night for students
- Student Leadership Team – led by our school counselor Mrs. Thornton
- Hour of Code was kicked off in December – where students had the opportunity to code
- All classrooms at Central are equipped with student chromebooks – all students have access to technology.
- Every morning we kick off with “Morning Meeting” it is a 20 minute block where teacher teach social skills and create opportunities for community building
- New ELA and Math curriculum this year.
- Operation Backpack is implemented at Central
- Every Wednesday morning we have a school-wide assembly.
- We have had two family engagement nights: In the Fall we served Hot Dogs and had Bully Buster Bingo and STEM activities. In December, the students decorated cookies with their families.
- Our 6th grade students designed adult coloring books to be sold to help purchase a new piano for our music program.
- Several of our 5th and 6th students participate in band
- We have 4 students attending State Chess in Peoria
Each day of the week is a new theme:
- Motivation Monday – we inspire our students with motivational quotes, stories, and even music.
- Teamwork Tuesday – we give teamwork challenges for the classrooms.
- Wellness Wednesday – staff dress in “comfy” clothes so they can get their kids up and moving more.
- Tough Moment Thursday – we share stories of individuals who have experienced tough moments in the life but have overcome those. We teach character skills in our stories.
- High Five Friday – we lined our kids up and give have a parade down the hallway to celebrate our weekly accomplishments
And our Teacher Spotlight is Nicole Hull – innovative, compassionate. and dedicated. She has embraced 21st century learning by incorporating technology into her lesson plans. She has hands on science projects for her students, and she always celebrates small wins in her classroom. She has been a go to staff member because she is always willing to help teach others about the great things happening in her classroom.
Regional Office of Education
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Flowers Are Us
Students have the opportunity to take part in a variety of Homerooms throughout the year depending upon their specific interests.
Extra opportunities for math and reading instruction are provided throughout the day through our RTI program.
Students take five core classes and two semester-long courses which include Health and Technical Writing at the 7th grade level and Agriculture and Art at the 8th grade level.
Every student receives 80 minutes of English/Language Arts instruction everyday.
New curriculum is being implemented in the areas of Reading and Math.
The English Language Learners program continues to grow and now accommodates students from all four corners of the globe.
We are fortunate to have a very active music program at both the vocal and instrumental levels. Preparation is currently underway for IESA solo and ensemble contest and organizational contest.
The District Band Extravaganza Concert is scheduled for March 30th with a guest conductor contest between the five building administrators. Students vote with their money for the administrator they want to see conduct the final selection of the concert. Proceeds will go to St. Jude’s in honor of the students and family members of Monmouth-Roseville who have received services at St. Judes.
Once again, our Jr. High Madrigals assisted with the annual High School Madigral Program. They not only serve the meal but also provide musical numbers during the intermission.
8th graders have the opportunity to take part in the annual Real World Experience. This allows students to have an occupation, receive a paycheck, pay bills, and other various real life tasks.
Our school-wide behavioral program PBIS is in it’s 15th year at the Jr. High. It allows us to focus on our students’ positive behaviors and attributes.
With the guidance of Mrs. McCance, we have a very active and involved Student Council who do a variety of tasks around the building.
The Jr. High is a member of the Prairieland Conference which consist of five other area schools and provides interescholastic competition in Football, Volleyball, Wrestling, Boys and Girls Track, Boys and Girls Basketball, Cheerleading, and Scholastic Bowl. Our Band and Chorus are also involved in the annual conference band festivals and chorus concert.
The MRJHS Cadettes perform at home football and basketball games.
Under the guidance of Doug Dennison, our students have the opportunity of taking part in the VOICE program that meets every night after school. Along with time spent on homework, students can also participate in woodworking, cooking, art, chess club, and sewing.
At Christmas time, students participated in a food drive for local pantries and also collected blankets, scarves, hats, gloves, and supplies for the homeless in Chicago.
Besides 7th and 8th graders, MRJHS also houses twenty pre-K students!
MRJHS is blessed to have 250 students and 38 Faculty and Staff.