Tuesday, August 28, 2012
Patch sat down with North Principal Scott Kasik earlier this week to discuss what's ahead for the upcoming school year.
Monday marked the first day of school in Community High School District 99, where administrators spent the summer planning new goals and initiatives for the upcoming year. Last week, Patch sat down with the principals of Downers Grove North and Downers Grove South to discuss what's in store for each school, and what parents should know as their children head back to class. Today, we feature a brief Q&A with North Principal Scott Kasik. PATCH: What are your main goals or areas of focus for the 2012-13 school year? KASIK: One of our ongoing goals in student growth. We want to be seeing upward student achievement. We feel good about the growth we've had in the past few years, in terms of test scores and AP exams. We want to continue to raise …
Monday, August 27, 2012
Patch sat down with South Principal Steve Bild earlier this week to discuss what's ahead for the upcoming school year.
Monday marks the first day of school in Community High School District 99, where administrators have spent the summer planning new goals and initiatives for the upcoming year. Last week, Patch sat down with the principals of Downers Grove North and Downers Grove South to discuss what's in store for each school, and what parents should know as their children head back to class. Today, we feature a brief Q&A with South Principal Steve Bild. PATCH: What are your main goals or areas of focus for the 2012-13 school year? BILD: One of the things we'll be focusing on this year is getting students more involved in extracurricular activities. We want them to take advantage of everything our school has to offer, and have the richest experience …
Wednesday, August 15, 2012
As parents think "back to school," school lunch come to mind. Here are some new twists to supplement the trusty standby, PB&J.
Tired of packing up the same old brown bag lunches for your kids to head to school with? Here are HealthCastle.com’s picks for each course of a healthy, easy-to-prepare lunch: Main: Sandwiches. Skip the cake-like white bread and salty luncheon meat. Choose whole wheat or multi-grain bread and fill with chicken breast or the old favorite PB&J. Side: Fruit and veggies and dip. Low-fat sour cream, hummus and tzatziki are all healthy dip choices for veggies, or try low-fat yogurt for fruit. Cherry tomatoes, baby carrots, grapes and berries require no prep work at all. Dessert: Trail mix. Mix nuts, whole grain cereals, and dried fruits to add some sweet crunch to finish off your meal. Drinks: Water, juice or …
Friday, August 3, 2012
The fair is free but parents must bring proof of residency in DuPage County, identification for all family members and proof of family income.
The first day of school is right around the corner. Families living in DuPage County with low and reduced incomes have an opportunity to get their children prepared for the school year by attending the 22nd annual Back to School Fair, set from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday, on the DuPage County Fairgrounds, 2015 W. Manchester Road, Wheaton. Coordinated by Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Joliet, the fair offers a one-stop-shop for families with children ages newborn to 18-years-old. School supplies, dental and vision screenings, legal needs, voter registration, haircut coupons, information on nutrition, and much more will be available at the event. The fair is free but parents must bring proof of residency in DuPage County, …
Tuesday, July 31, 2012
Why jeopardize an entire classroom full of kids for a perfect attendance record. One sick kid can make an entire class sick.
The school desk. It’s the place where essays get written, books get placed and germs congregate. As Woodridge parents prepare to send the kids back to school with new clothes and a boatload of school supplies, it’s also a good idea to make sure that when the kids go back they know healthy classroom habits. The DuPage County Health Department offers a number of tips to help keep children healthy throughout the school year. Sleep and a good diet are not only helpful to keep kids engaged during class, but they also offer the one-two punch that helps kids fight germs, according to the DuPage County Health Department. Since little hands get into lots of germy things, making sure that children know how to wash their hands the proper way is …
Monday, July 30, 2012
From Facebook to apps, Woodridge Patch is here to help you stay in touch with your hometown when you go back to school.
It always feels good to bring along a little piece of home when you head back to school. Whether you’re an eager freshman or a wizened senior, let Woodridge Patch help you stay in touch with your hometown while you’re off living the collegiate life.
Monday, August 29, 2011
How to establish a homework-friendly environment.
The kids are finally back in school, which means homework season is upon us. I know my kids aren't crazy about it, but I make them hit the books as soon as they get home. They come in, get a snack and get started. Our schedules are so crazy that chances are we are running to some practice or event every night, and I do not want to deal with starting homework when we get home after 8 p.m. or so. They will grumble for the first few weeks but then it is second nature. To help make the homework experience easier and more efficient, consider the following suggestions and ideas:
Thursday, August 25, 2011
How to pack lunches in an environmentally friendly way.
Back-to-school displays are sprouting up in local stores, which means summer vacation is more than halfway over. The discounts are starting to roll in as well. There are more things to save than money when going green—you can save resources as well. If you can reuse it, then you obviously don't have to buy more of it. If you can recycle it, then you don't have to add more trash to a landfill. And if you can just do without, that's even better. According to About.com, the average American schoolchild generates about 67 pounds of waste from the packaging in lunches alone. So an Elementary School in the Capistrano Unified School District with 800 students would product about 54,000 pounds of waste per year. Looking at the larger picture: 52,…
From how much parents are cutting back to how many kids are in school, check out these facts in honor of the first week of school.
The new school year is here! If you're looking for some carpool line conversation starters or facts to keep the kids entertained at the breakfast table, look no further than these fun back-to-school facts: Crayons According to a study done by Yale University, the smell of a crayon ranks #18 on the list of most recognizable scents for adults. In the Color Census 2000, blue was voted the favorite color out of 120 choices. Bringing up the rear? Tan, tumbleweed and spring green. By the time a child celebrates their tenth birthday, they will have worn down 730 crayons. Combined, children in the U.S. spend 6.3 billion hours coloring each year. That's about 28 minutes per day, per child. Cutting back An American Express survey says 67 percent of …
Wednesday, August 24, 2011
Send us your first day of school pics to email@example.com.
It's the first day of school and emotions are running the gamut from excited to nervous to annoyed. These photos certainly tell that story. Send us your first day of school pics to firstname.lastname@example.org or upload them directly to this article. Please make sure to include who is submitting the photo. Thanks and have a great year!