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posted: 11/26/2013 12:46 PM

Students in District 21 show community what they do

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  • Fifth-graders Erick Garduno, center, and Erick Miranda, right, field a question from District 21 board President Bill Harrison. Garduno and Miranda, students at Twain School in Wheeling, presented their math tutorial videos, which they created to help peers learn multi-digit operations.

      Fifth-graders Erick Garduno, center, and Erick Miranda, right, field a question from District 21 board President Bill Harrison. Garduno and Miranda, students at Twain School in Wheeling, presented their math tutorial videos, which they created to help peers learn multi-digit operations.
    Photo by Kara Beach/District 21

  • Hudson Schulman, a kindergartner from Frost Elementary School in Mount Prospect, demonstrates a math counting game at the State of the Schools event. Prekindergarten through eighth-grade students in District 21 explained to parents and community members what they are learning in school and how it connects to the world around them.

      Hudson Schulman, a kindergartner from Frost Elementary School in Mount Prospect, demonstrates a math counting game at the State of the Schools event. Prekindergarten through eighth-grade students in District 21 explained to parents and community members what they are learning in school and how it connects to the world around them.
    Photo by Kara Beach/District 21

  • Third-grader Jisselle Gonzalez and kindergartner Harshadha Chaganti, both of Poe Elementary School in Arlington Heights, work together on a math game at District 21's annual State of the Schools event. Hundreds of people learned from students about their daily life in school.

      Third-grader Jisselle Gonzalez and kindergartner Harshadha Chaganti, both of Poe Elementary School in Arlington Heights, work together on a math game at District 21's annual State of the Schools event. Hundreds of people learned from students about their daily life in school.
    Photo by Kara Beach/District 21

 
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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.

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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."

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