The enthusiasm for dance is contagious! The ballet folklorico dance troupe has over 120 students from grades fifth through eighth grade participating and is led by Pilar Rocha who creates the choreography based on the students’ level of dance. Supporting Mrs. Rocha are Maribel Rivera, Luzma Fuentes, Martha Ayala, and Sal Tamayo.
Each week, students attend rehearsals on Tuesday and
Thursday at Leman Middle School. The
Ballet Folklorico Dance Troupe will perform this Sunday, March 4th at the Lion’s Pancake Breakfast held at the West Chicago High School. In addition, other performances are scheduled in the month of March including Northeastern University for the IALAS Conclave Conference.
The student’s hard work will culminate into an end of year performance on May 11 and 12, 2018. The dance troupe will highlight dances from the different regions of Mexico through ancient times to the present. A call out has been made asking teachers to volunteer and dance “La Llorona” and twenty teachers will be participating. In addition, we have a group of parents who are also excited about performing “La danza de la piña.”
Our end-of-the-year dance performance will be
Plans are underway to organize summer school. As in years past, summer school will be
combined with the DREAM program and held at Currier School from June 18th-July
19th. The theme for the
program will be related to STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, and
math) and weekly field trips held each Thursday that tie in with the theme of
the week. Students will explore many different engineering and science concepts through
hands on activities and projects. These concepts will be reinforced through
reading and math activities. Students will also participate in life
skills lessons, nutritional programming, and physical fitness games that are
related to the program science themes.
If you are interested in working summer school,
please contact Rocio Fisher/Jamee Kenney or Angelica Romano. We need teachers and support staff to run
In addition to summer school, the district will also
hold a BRIDGE program for rising 7th, 8th and 9th
Summer will be here before you know it! We look forward to working with the children
Library Media Specialist
In the fall, our
Library Media Specialists began full time at each elementary building. As
we continue to focus on Inquiry Based Learning, STEM, and 21st Century Skills,
we recognized the need to ensure our facilities directly correlate with our learning.
In the fall of 2017, the Board of Education approved the Long Range Facility
Plan. This plan includes the renovation of each elementary library.
Turner Elementary School is the first school that will undergo the library
renovation during the summer of 2018. The Library Media Center
Committee, consisting of 15 members, was developed to determine the vision for
the project. A lot of work has been put into place to ensure that
the new Library Media Center will facilitate the vision of innovation, collaboration
and critical thinking for students in the District 33. The space will
serve as the learning hub of each building. Library Media Specialists will
continue partnering with teachers to extend the focus on inquiry, problem-based
learning, technology and much more. We are looking forward to this very