Author Archives: SCarlson

#LoveTeaching2019

I found myself reflecting on why I love working in the field of education this Valentine’s Day. Of course, it is rewarding to grow the next generation of confident and competent citizens. It provides me with purpose. As one of … Continue reading

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Hello from Camp Echo

This week’s polar vortex made it feel like Mrs. Fetzer, Mr. Pablo, and I were working at Camp Echo (the Rebel Alliance’s settlement on the planet of Hoth). I can’t remember a time when we experienced 3 closed school days … Continue reading

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Attendance Matters

The Illinois School Code defines a “chronic absence” as 10 percent or more of school days of the most recent academic school year, including absences with and without valid cause (Section 26-2a). Consistent attendance at school is critical to the … Continue reading

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Oh, Willowbrook!

Did you know Willowbrook has had 4 different school songs written over the past 50 years? The first song was written in 1971 by Lisa Arnold & Barbra Stern. The most recent version was added to our Friday flag raising this … Continue reading

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A Kindergarten Update

This is our 4th year of the full-day Kindergarten Program. We are very proud of the positive culture and high quality of instruction our teachers have cultivated for the students of District 30. Much of this was shared last night … Continue reading

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It’s the most wonderful time of the year

The holiday excitement is palpable at Willowbrook School. At this time in the year, we are all trying to stay healthy and wrap up our units of study before the winter break. The teachers are trying to hold off all … Continue reading

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5Essentials Survey

On behalf of the Illinois State Board of Education, the Illinois 5Essentials Survey will be administered online by UChicago Impact at the University of Chicago. The survey gathers data related to five indicators that can predict important student outcomes, including … Continue reading

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Willowbrook Story Project

In celebration of Willowbrook School’s 50th birthday, current students are collecting 50 years worth of memories from former students and staff. Do you know of someone who would like to share? They can click here to express interest in this project or … Continue reading

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If I Could Turn Back Time

The Willowbrook 5th grade gave an entertaining performance to students and parents this Tuesday. Their musical “The Time Solution”, helped us relive some school history. In addition to some great music and a zany script, the audience enjoyed performances from … Continue reading

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Daily Reading is Homework

Homework is a common topic addressed at parent-teacher conferences. Some parents want less homework sent home. Some parents want more homework. Homework can come in different forms (e.g., worksheets, activities). However, all teachers assign daily reading. Some grade levels may place … Continue reading

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