Northbrook School District 28 News

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Release March 26, 2009


          Northbrook Junior High School seventh graders Ethan Matlin, Ross Steinberg and Daniel Nibeck won Honorable Mention for their documentary, “Healthcare – Is it a Right?” in C-SPAN’s 2009 StudentCam competition.  C-SPAN received a record number of entries this year – nearly 1000 – so the selection process was especially competitive.
            Students in Mindi Rench’s  seventh grade EXCEL language arts classes participated in the competition, which invited students to create a video documentary examining an issue they believe President Barack Obama should tackle as high priority during his first year in office. Students researched a variety of issues – including health care, energy resources, and national security – and also interviewed experts, teachers, and their fellow students to learn more. The students used iMovie video-editing software to create their documentaries, which were submitted to C-SPAN. The Northbrook Star previously profiled the students’ projects in a feature story.
            The Northbrook Junior High School eighth grade Child Development class is seeking preschool-age children from the community to participate in Preschool Day April 28 at Northbrook Junior High, 1475 Maple Avenue.
            Junior high students in the class will create different learning stations for the preschool children to experience, including dramatic and imaginary play, literacy, sensory and construction activities, and social interaction with other preschool children. Sessions will be available from 10:14 a.m. to 10:55 a.m. or from 2:32 p.m. to 3:12 p.m. April 28. To sign up, e-mail or call Rebecca Kyrouac, the child development class teacher, with your preferred time and how many children will be participating in the activities. An adult must accompany all children during the entire session, and the children should be between the ages of 3 to 5 years old. Parents will be asked to sign a permission slip for their children’s participation on the day of the event. Space is limited, so parents are encouraged to sign up as soon as possible. The deadline to sign up is March 27. Kyrouac can be reached at, or at (847) 504-3544.

            The Northbrook Junior High School 7th Grade “Common Good” service-learning classes will continue collecting canned/boxed food items for the Northfield Food Pantry through the end of March. A marked box is available for donations in the main lobby of Northbrook Junior High School, 1475 Maple Avenue.
            The students in the class are also continuing last year’s recipe collection, with the goal of creating an NBJH Cook Book. All junior high families are encouraged to provide a favorite recipe. Submissions should include the student’s name, the recipe’s name, and the category (appetizer, entrée, etc.), as well as the number of servings the recipe makes. Families are asked to place their recipe in an envelope marked “NBJH Cookbook” and drop them off in the school office.
            The School Board has approved the appointment of two longtime administrators – both recently retired from the District – to fill two upcoming maternity leaves.
            Susan Slagle, the District’s retired Director of Student Services, will take over for Director of Student Services Heather Miehl, when she goes on maternity leave in late April. Slagle will be working part-time.
            Alice Gruenberg will fill in part-time as Meadowbrook School’s Assistant Principal when Courtney Nordstrom begins her maternity leave, also in late April. Gruenberg was principal of Prairie School, a K-5 school in Buffalo Grove, for 15 years, before taking on the role of Assistant to the Superintendent in our District.
            Superintendent Larry Hewitt said the district is fortunate to be able to tap two veteran administrators – with years of firsthand experience in the District – to take on these roles.
            Westmoor School students have been helping out in the community, as part of the Westmoor PTO’s “Community Connections” activities. The first graders made birthday boxes for the Northfield Food Pantry. These boxes provide cake mix, frosting, candles, balloons, and a small treat for children celebrating their birthdays.
A group of fifth graders recently visited Pathways – a Glenview facility for children with special needs – to decorate for their holiday party held in January.
For Valentine’s Day, the second graders made centerpieces for the tables at Covenant Village Retirement Community.
            Third graders made Valentine’s Day hands with lotion for the residents at Crestwood Place, a retirement home, and some of the students delivered them. Many Westmoor classes wrote Valentine’s letters to troops serving in Iraq.

            Spring Recess runs from Monday (March 30) through April 3, with school re-opening April 6.  The District office will be open during the break.









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