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Virtual Trivia Night Was Fun For All!

The District 39 Educational Foundation’s 9th Annual Trivia Night was held on Saturday, April 17th from 6:30 – 8 pm. The event looked different this year as it was the Foundation’s first Virtual Trivia Night. The Sporcle Trivia Master led 58 teams through multiple rounds of trivia spanning various topics involving point wagering and strategy. Even... <more>

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FOUNDATION AWARDS TWO SPRING GRIPP GRANTS!

Two Spring Gripp Grants totaling $8,705 were awarded to 12 teachers, library professionals, and administrators, which will positively impact every student in the District by addressing needs encompassing those resulting from the global COVID-19 pandemic.   Madeline Elman, 2nd grade teacher (Romona), along with library professionals Linda Diekman (Central), Lynn Mestanas (Harper),  Kate Johnston-Legg (McKenzie), Elizabeth Ceisel (HMS), Daphna... <more>

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Virtual Bingo Night Was A Success!

The District 39 Educational Foundation’s 7th Annual Bingo Night was held on Saturday, February 6th from 6 – 8 pm. Sponsored by North Shore Community Bank, the event looked a little different this year. It was the Foundation’s first ever virtual event, held on an especially chilly and snowy winter evening when staying home was... <more>

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Gripp Grants Enable New Ways to Experience the Digital World

Thanks to a D39 Educational Foundation Gripp Grant, we have brought innovative technology to our schools, allowing students to imagine and create in a three-dimensional world. Apps such as Tinkercad and CoSpaces empower kids to design and interact with structures and spaces using virtual modeling and programming. Merge Cubes bring augmented reality to the classroom by letting students hold virtual... <more>

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Fall 2020 Gripp Grant Awarded to Romona!

Kristin Johnson, Early Childhood LBS teacher, Elizabeth Foley, Early Childhood LBS teacher, Stacy Levine, Kindergarten teacher (Romona), Kristen Olsen, Comprehensive LBS (Romona), Stephanie Boron, Early Childhood SLP, Cindy Anderson, Principal (Romona), Lisa Anderson, Assistant Principal (Romona), and Amanda Barton, Early Childhood Coordinator, received a grant to build an all-seasons outdoor classroom to be used by... <more>

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Gripp Grants Making It Easier for Students to Stay in Shape! 

We are all motivated by the electronification of mileage trackers and step counters, and now, thanks to a D39 Educational Foundation Gripp Grant, students are able to track their Mileage Club progress through the innovative StrideTrack software. The card scanning system maximizes efficiency for educators, allowing for better reporting and the ability to create achievement... <more>

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Gripp Grants Fuel Innovation and Creative Learning

With mandatory masking and social distancing altering classroom structure, teachers are looking for new ways to engage students. Thanks to a District 39 Educational Foundation Gripp Grant, our four elementary schools are making great use of the QBall, a throwable, foam-covered, wireless microphone used in classrooms. Teachers use the Qball to amplify their own voices... <more>

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Foundation Awards Over $17,000 In Spring Gripp Grants!

Five Spring 2020 Gripp Grants totaling $17,104 were awarded to 12 teachers, positively impacting students and inspiring learners at each of the District 39’s six schools. Bonny Skutch, Differentiation Specialist Teacher at Central, received a grant to bring Tang Math ‘Math Mania Days’ to each of the District 39 schools, which will be co-funded by the... <more>

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