Wheeling Township Elementary District 21 invited family, friends and community members to each of its middle schools to showcase student learning at State of the Schools events held during first two weeks of November.
Through student performances and a curriculum showcase, the "Celebration of Student Learning" gave students the opportunity to explain what they have learned, how they learned it, and how it connects to learning standards and to the world around them.
Superintendent Kate Hyland welcomed parents and community members and presented a video explaining the various state and federal mandates placed on schools, and District 21's commitment to internal professional development and high achievement of all students.
Students from prekindergarten through eighth grade explained what they are learning and student performance groups showcased their talents.
"Seeing the variety of exhibits and performances, and the excitement and confidence in each of the students, was awe-inspiring," said LaVonne Knapstein, principal of Field Elementary School in Wheeling.
Hundreds of family and community members participated in the showcases.
"These events were a fabulous opportunity for parents and community members to engage with students and hear directly from students," said Rita Janus, principal of Twain Elementary School in Wheeling. "I'm so proud of the hard work done by our students and teachers, at State of the Schools and every day."