Students and teachers enjoyed a day at Dave & Busters in Orland Park to play games and enjoy each other's company. Afterward, we all ate a delicious pizza lunch at Aurelio's Pizza in Tinley Park. Students ended the day with celebratory cupcakes and watched the video montage from Student Achievement Night. We are so grateful to both establishments for welcoming us and treating us so well.
The CD Classic Program held it's 13th Annual Student Achievement Night on Thursday, May 10th. There were close to 100 guests to celebrate the hard work of all students and to also acknowledge and congratulate our graduating class. The evening was filled with emotion, as we honored the theme, "This Is Me" and listened to the farewell speeches of the seniors. To conclude the night, the crowd watched a special musical video montage of photographs from this year made by Ms. McGreal. Lastly, we had cake! It was a wonderful way to end the school year!
The CD teachers are very proud of all of the students!
Congratulations to all!
The students in Mrs. Lavery's, Life Science class love the new unit they just started on Fossilization. This unit uses a multi-modality approach to learning, but there will be many hands on activities. Today the students learned how detailed a Paleontologist's job is by having to extract chocolate chips out of a cookie. They needed to do this without breaking the chocolate chips. It was not easy, but they did awesome!
Mrs. Lavery's class just finished learning all about genetics. The students had a great time with the final project of creating their own monster using various genetic codes. They did an awesome job!
Mrs. Nagy's English class ended their unit on the Harlem Renaissance where they studied the history, writing, art, and music of the time period by having an open mic poetry event. The other English classes were invited and were able to sit and relax in a calm candlelit environment, eat, and enjoy their peers' read poems written by poets of the Harlem Renaissance era. They were also able to walk around and see their peers' paintings and oil pastel artwork they created. The second half of the event, all students and staff were able to write their own poems and come up to the mic and read them. Mrs. Nagy's English students worked really hard throughout the whole unit and preparing for this culminating activity!
We were so proud to send off the basketball players to their State Championship weekend! Both teams won and are now state champs! We are so proud of our T-Bolts!
The month of April focuses on Autism Awareness. Since, we were on Spring Break for World Autism Awareness Day (April 2nd), we celebrated on April 3rd. Many students and teachers showed their Autism pride by wearing blue or an Autism T-Shirt. We celebrate our learners with Autism and all of our diverse learners!
Mrs. Kellermann and Mrs. Granato-Wagner, along with Ms. Gortowski did a hands on lesson to teach their third hour Future Focus/IA 1 class more about the brain. Students had to use skewers to pick out pieces of paper deep within the jello molded brain. Then, they categorized what part of the brain that behavior was from. Students enthusiastically participated in this activity and are beginning to understand how powerful their brain is!
Mrs. Lavery and Mrs. Granato-Wagner's English class has been reading a novel, Survivors Blizzard: Colorado, 1886 by Kathleen Duey and Karen Bale. The book has 2 main characters who are teenagers. One character, Hadyn made a poor choice to leave his cousin's house and finds himself lost in a forest during a blizzard. His cousin, Maggie, tries to find him. Hadyn sees a mountain lion in the forest and is frightened. Our art project used small squares of colored tissue paper to represent the background and an outlined picture of a mountain lion.