Woodlawn Principal's Blog 2/7/20

Friday is here and our last group of students are heading to the ski trip.  Special thanks to Ms. Gordon and all of our chaperones who have helped out, allowing almost 300 Woodlawn students to spend a fun Friday night with their classmates.  Yes, Woodlawn is solid on academics, but the atmosphere created by the staff and the focus on the social/emotional needs of this age group is amazing. I love hanging around the hallways or getting into classrooms to see the interactions between students and staff.  That isn't just principal talk, it is the truth!  

Band Festival

Our 7th- and 8th-grade band students participated in a districtwide after-school Band Festival held at Twin Groves on Jan. 31. Students worked with Howard Green, director of the Buffalo Grove Symphonic Band, and also received instruction in instrumental sectionals led by six guest clinicians. SEE PHOTOS of the Band Festival, organized by KCSD96 Band Directors Chad Craw (Woodlawn) and Dan Nagle (Twin Groves).

African American History Month

February is African American History Month.  We are celebrating this month not only as African American History but as an all culture month here at Woodlawn.  We have displays up in our library focusing on culture, we will be adding photos and biographies of influential historical figures and I will be adding links to articles that catch my eye.  Beginning with Brig. Gen. Charles McGee, who was honored this week at the State of the Union address by President Trump, he is a 100 year old Tuskeegee Airman who served in WWII, Korea and Vietnam.  This video interview through NASA, takes you through his experiences as an American hero.  


Missed Opportunity

Sunday was 02 02 2020.  The first time we have had a world wide number palindrome in 909 years.  I didn’t know that this was happening before Sunday. I love this kind of stuff. 

Valentines Week

This week, our Student Council, we will be hosting a series of events.   Students will be writing positive messages, giving compliments, making Valentines for the LG Nursing Home, decorating a door with a kindness theme and wearing pink or red on Friday.  Maybe this will catch on and middle school students will be positive all of the time. Here is to dreaming!  

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Regarding the Coronavirus: Info and Guidance for Schools

The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) has issued this information and guidance–including Frequently Asked Questions regarding the coronavirus–for families whose students attend Illinois Kdg–Grade 12 schools.

The info includes this related link to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website, which is frequently updated.

The IDPH continues to advise that the best way to prevent infection by this virus is similar to the precautions recommended to avoid the seasonal flu, including frequent hand washing.

Respecto al Coronavirus: Información y Guía para las Escuela

El Departamento de Salud Pública de Illinois (IDPH por sus siglas en Inglés) ha emitido  esta información y guía–incluyendo Las Preguntas Más Frecuentes sobre el coronavirus  (Spanish)–para familias cuyos estudiantes asisten a las escuelas de Illinois de los grados Kdg a 12.

La información incluye este enlace al sitio web de los Centros de Control y Prevención de Enfermedades (CDC por sus siglas en inglés) el cual se actualiza con frecuencia.

El IDPH continúa aconsejando que la mejor manera de prevenir la infección de este virus es similar a la de las precauciones que se recomiendan para evitar la influenza, incluyendo lavarse las manos con frecuencia.

KCSD96 Offers a Dual Language Opportunity

Parents are invited to consider the Dual Language Program for their incoming Willow Grove kindergartner. The program’s purpose is to give children the opportunity to develop a deep academic proficiency in two languages. Fifty percent of the academic day instruction is delivered in Spanish and 50 percent in English. Following their kindergarten year at Willow Grove, Dual Language participants continue at Country Meadows for Grades 2–5 and transition to Woodlawn for Grades 6–8.

 To be included in the public lottery that will be used to select the 2020–21 Dual Language kindergarten class, an Interest Form (ENGLISH  or  SPANISH) is due to the Willow Grove Early Learning Center office by 3 p.m. on Mar. 18.

 LEARN MORE about the KCSD96 Dual Language program and attend a Parent Education Evening on Feb. 12 or Mar. 16 at 6:30 p.m. at Willow Grove Early Learning Center to hear a presentation from District faculty/administrators and ask questions.


KCSD96 Ofrece una Oportunidad de Lenguaje Dual

Invitamos a los padres a que consideren el Programa de Lenguaje Dual para los estudiantes que entrarán al kindergarten de Willow Grove. El propósito de este programa es darle la oportunidad a los niños para que desarrollen una capacidad académica profunda en dos idiomas. Cincuenta por ciento de la enseñanza académica se implementará en Español y 50 por ciento en Inglés. Después de kindergarten en Willow Grove, los participantes continuarán en en Programa de Lenguaje Dual en Country Meadows para los grados 2–5 y pasarán a Woodlawn para los grados 6–8.

 Para poder ser incluido en la lotería pública que se usará para seleccionar la clase de kindergarten de Lenguaje Dual del año escolar 2020–21, debe completar el Formulario de Interés y entregarlo en la oficina de Willow Grove Early Learning Center para el 18 de marzo a las 3 p.m.

 APRENDA MÁS sobre el programa de Lenguaje Dual de KCSD96 y asista a la Noche de Educación para Padres el 12 de febrero o el 16 de marzo a las 6:30 p.m. en Willow Grove Early Learning Center para la presentación de los profesores/administradores y para hacer preguntas.

Finally, I have had some things on my mind…

  1. The front right tire on my car has been a problem since I bought my car.  It is currently losing air and I just haven’t had the time to take it in and have it looked at.  My buddy (great guy, has every tool known to man), is usually my go to if I need anything, espeically a little air in my tires, but I feel like I cannot keep going back to him.  He gets car judgy. The thing that fills me disgust and some rage is that I have to pay for air when I go to a gas station. I am not proud of this, but I have tried to time it and follow someone who just paid for air, by quickly pulling in behind them. Unfortunately, I have been unsuccessful.  So for now, I pay for air.  

  2. The term “educated guess”.  What if I take that educated guess and I am wrong?  Does that make me uneducated? Devonshire Elementary, South Middle School, Arlington High School, Mac Murray College, St. Xavier, Loyola and Northern Illinois Universities (now i'm just bragging) would have something to say about this.  

  3. Michelle Garlick and I had this talk.  We rarely seek out a donut on our own, YET, presented a donut, we even more rarely turn it down.  

  4. I have recently discovered extra large kleenex. 75 % larger.  I feel like it fits my nose better and that makes me feel bad about myself.  

  5. Not sure why this happens but when I see a bug in my house or here at school, I approach it like I am on the hunt (which is weird because I have never hunted).  After I eradicate the bug, I often trash talk it and say, “Let this be a warning to your friends.”

  6. I was recently at a wedding in Superstition, Arizona.  When driving by the high school, it started my thinking.  What nickname/mascot would I give this school? Different things come to mind like the Broken Mirrors, Lucky 13’s, Ladders, and Shamrocks, but the most logical choice would be the Black Cats or on that line, the Panthers.  I was so disappointed to find out that they are the Bulldogs. What?!? That is terrible. Put some effort into it.  


Have a good weekend!