Aptakisic-Tripp CCSD 102

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                           Read how we're turning our Learning Vision into Action (LVIA).

Board Selects Dr. Lori Wilcox for Next Superintendent
The District 102 Board of Education is excited to announce its selection of Dr. Lori Wilcox to serve as our next Superintendent. Dr. Wilcox will succeed Dr. Theresa Dunkin who is retiring at the end of the 2015-16 school year.  Dr. Wilcox will officially assume her duties on July 1st, 2016. Dr. Wilcox stood out among a strong pool of candidates after a lengthy, national search.  She received both her B.A. in Linguistics and Psychology, Elementary Teaching Credentials, and Masters from the University of California, Los Angeles and her Doctorate in Education from National Louis University.


EL/Bilingual Parent Interactive Event
More than 50 parents attended the English Learner (EL) Interactive event on November 10. Using D102 laptops, Vernon Area youth services librarian Lisa Coleman showed parents how to navigate online library resources. The second portion of the event focused on building a comprehensive list of common questions parents ask about D102's EL program. Parents shared their questions in an app called Today's Meet. EL Coordinator Jon Valentino will add answers to the questions and post this resource on D102's website.

Famous Children's Author Visits Pritchett 
New York Times best selling author Todd Parr visited with Pritchett students on November 12. Mr. Parr read a few of his stories and shared his journey of becoming a children's author. His books are written around messages of peace, love, and diversity awareness. Children love his humor and connect with his stories. Mr. Parr's newest book, The Goodbye Book, was released on November 3.

D102 Teachers Embraced New Illinois Learning Standards in 2011, Students Benefit
"Math used to be hard for me," notes a seventh grader in Adam Rosenak's algebra class. "Our teacher makes everything so clear. He helps everyone understand how to figure things out rather than just telling us the answer."  The biggest change since D102 aligned its math curriculum to Illinois Learning Standards in 2011 is the way teachers teach. "Instruction used to be more about teachers lecturing and telling students the information. Kids were not tasked with discovering or explaining their thinking to others," notes Mr. Rosenak. 


AJHS Student Council Collects Food for Charity
Aptakisic Junior High collected 266.8 pounds of food during the last week of October. Approximately 60 Student Council members collected food prior to the school day, during lunches, and during trick-or-treating. The food will be donated to the Vernon Area Township and other local food pantries.

Pritchett Concert Celebrated Awesome Animals
On November 5, the second graders at Pritchett School performed a musical concert called Awesome Animals. The 2:00pm dress rehearsal was for Pritchett School and the 7:00pm concert entertained family members. The children sang songs around the theme of animals and the highlight was Rockin' Robin, a Pritchett School favorite. Thank you to music teacher Mrs. Rosemary Nelson for the fantastic concert and the second grade teachers for all the support with rehearsals.

Students Develop Analytical Skills with Read Aloud
Students benefit from teachers reading aloud in class. Reading aloud infuses energy into a story, helps children make connections, and develops a love of literature. In middle school, teachers sometimes use read aloud time to help students develop listening and analytical skills. In the above photo, Mrs. Brill posts a question to TodaysMeet, an app to manage a digital classroom. This online discussion board allows students to share comments, impressions, and feelings about what is being read. It is a platform for students to compare their thoughts and conclusions with classmates' impressions. It opens discussion on similar and differing points of view.

Workshop Focuses on Raising Resilient Kids
On October 29, nearly 100 parents attended Michael Brandwein's presentation on Bringing Out Their Best: How to Teach Your Kids Outstanding Skills for Life. Mr. Brandwein shared the where and how kids learn essential skills such as making and keeping friends, being team players, displaying initiative, persistence, patience, independence, and responsibility, communicating, and being respectful. His entertaining, no-nonsense approach models what to say and do to develop the skills that matter most. Watch the D102 calendar for future parent workshops. This program is supported and hosted by the Department of Teaching and Learning and District 102's PTO.

District Office
1231 Weiland Rd.
Buffalo Grove, IL 60089
847-634-5334 Fax

Aptakisic Junior High
1231 Weiland Road
Buffalo Grove, IL 60089
847-634-5347 Fax

Meridian Middle School
2195 Brandywyn
Buffalo Grove, IL 60089
847-634-4229 Fax
Pritchett Elementary
200 Horatio Blvd
Buffalo Grove, IL 60089
847-215-3259 Fax
Tripp Elementary
850 Highland Grove
Buffalo Grove, IL 60089
847-215-3268 Fax
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Aptakisic-Tripp Community Consolidated School District 102 does not discriminate on the basis of disabilities in the admission or access to its programs or activities. We invite individuals requiring reasonable accommodation to contact the Superintendent's Office (847).353.5660) at least 48 hours before the scheduled meeting time.