Author Archives: SCarlson

Butterfly Garden

Our 1st grade students had an opportunity to help plant a beautiful new garden in the front of the school today. A butterfly garden was brought to Willowbrook School courtesy of the district’s Environmental Awareness Committee. Committee representative Melanie Roth … Continue reading

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A window into the classroom

More than ever, teachers are providing parents with a window into the classroom with social media and other web-based applications. Many teachers are empowering their students to contribute or direct aspects of the classroom communication. Students are motivated by working … Continue reading

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A special student recognition

A very special student and his talented Willowbrook teaching team was recognized at the North Suburban Special Education District’s Leadership Council Meeting tonight. Second grader Jonathan Ortega and his teachers Brittany Brown, Lauren Randazzo, and Ann Angel were presented with … Continue reading

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Grade 4 Energy Vlogs

Our 4th grade students explored renewable and non renewable resources in their most recent science unit.  Among other learning standards, this activity was aligned with Next Generation Science Standard 4-ESS3-1. Obtain and combine information to describe that energy and fuels … Continue reading

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IPA Student Recognition Breakfast

Mia Hermann and her parents joined me yesterday at the 8th annual Student Recognition Breakfast of the North Cook Region of the Illinois Principals Association.  The event was held at the Metropolis Ballroom in Arlington Heights.  We enjoyed music from … Continue reading

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Coping with Grief

You may have read my parent letter or heard the sad news from a friend.  Two of our 4th graders lost their mother yesterday.  I am not surprised by the immediate compassion and care our community has shown.  I know … Continue reading

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Book Madness at Willowbrook

We are just a few days away from the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament #selectionsunday.  Maybe your bracket manager has already emailed you… Meanwhile, Librarian Eichmiller has brought Book Madness to Willowbrook School!  Students and staff have nominated 32 books for … Continue reading

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Future Chef Recipes

Our school district’s food service provider has held an exciting cooking competition for our 4th and 5th grade students over the past few years.  Unfortunately, this year’s Future Chef competition was cancelled.  I want to share the creative and delicious … Continue reading

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Random Acts of Kindness Week

The Willowbrook Spirit Committee invites the whole school community to participate in Random Acts of Kindness Week (February 11-17).  This student video reminds us that it doesn’t take much to spread a little extra kindness.

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Big Ideas in Math

As you may know, District 30 adopted a math curriculum and a set of materials that place a strong emphasis conceptual reasoning.  Our program is rooted in the concrete, pictorial, abstract (CPA) approach developed by American psychologist Jerome Bruner.  Each … Continue reading

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