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posted: 5/6/2013 10:34 AM

Iroquois School in Des Plaines hosts open house

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Iroquois Community School will showcase student science demonstrations and feature a local science expert during a FOSS science night and open house at 6 p.m. Thursday, May 9. The event will give school officials a chance to show off the 45-year-old school, which was recently renovated.

Principal Michael Amadei said the public is invited to tour the school, 1836 Touhy Ave., Des Plaines, and attend a presentation by Mr. Freeze of the Fermilab Cryogenic Show.

"Our open house will feature student science demonstrations, tours, and refreshments," Amadei said.

Jane Westerhold, superintendent of schools for Des Plaines Elementary District 62, said the school received needed upgrades, including interactive technology, fresh paint and flooring, HVAC and lighting systems. The most impressive difference is the installation of exterior windows providing more natural light. She said that technology wiring and bandwidth were greatly improved. Some classrooms were converted to Technology Integrated Learning Environments.

"When you combine the exterior windows with an open TILE and bright new finishes, the school shines," she said.

The school was one of three renovated during Phase III of the District 62 Master Plan. On Tuesday, May 21, Orchard Place Elementary School will host a community open house.