Wednesday, April 24, 2013
Congratulations to Taylor Widman, of Libertyville, whose essay about her brother—who died of cancer when she was just a toddler—won a student writing contest. Read her essay on Patch.
Copeland Manor School fourth-grader Taylor Widman's essay about the big brother she lost to neuroblastoma cancer in 2005 was among the winning entries in a student writing contest sponsored by Creative Communication. Taylor's essay, "My Brother's Fight," received a Top Ten award in the third through sixth-grade age division. "Taylor wrote about her brother (Jake) who died of cancer and the impact it's had on her young life," said her father, Matt Widman, who with his wife, Ann, established the non-profit Super Jake Foundation to help families with children fighting pediatric cancer. Here is Taylor's essay: "My Brother's Fight" It all started when my brother, Jake, was diagnosed with neuroblastoma cancer. He just had a simple stomach ache …
Thursday, January 17, 2013
Adler Park School ranked at first place for schools smaller than 450. Congrats, District 70!
Thursday, January 17
All five Libertyville Elementary District 70 schools ranked in the top 10 for the 24th Annual Lake County Elementary School Fall Attendance Week. Ranking in the top 10 slots for schools smaller than 450 was first place Adler Park with 99 percent attendance, third place Rockland with 98.4 percent attendance, and tied for fourth place was Copeland Manor with 98.32 percent attendance. For Medium sized elementary schools, Butterfield School ranked ninth in the top 10 with 97.33 percent attendance. Highland Middle School was named to first place in the top 10 for large elementary schools with 98.32 percent attending. It is the second year in a row that Highland has been in first place. All Lake County elementary schools are eligible to be …
Monday, May 14, 2012
Copeland Manor School held its annual Exploration Day May 11.
Make your own bug-infused candy, design your own Zen garden, build a birdhouse, play a game of cricket, learn how to be an auctioneer, learn the Haka war dance, or make some pop art were just some of the options on May 11 at Copeland Manor School’s Exploration Day. The Libertyville school held its seventh Exploration Day so that students could learn about careers, crafts, hobbies and sports skills. This year's theme was "Cougie World Tour." Cougie is the name of the schools cougar mascot. During the day, students attended four classes where they were taught anything from lacrosse to making clay pots, to living in Argentina, learning about farming or serving in World War II, to learning all about chewing gum. Students also could make a …
Thursday, March 8, 2012
A group of Copeland Manor students have made face pins to raise money for the Wounded Warrior Project.
Copeland Manor student Jamie Mullen saw a pin that his art teacher was wearing and decided he wanted to make similar pins to raise money for the Wounded Warrior Project. “I told Mrs. (Cindi) Sartain that we had to do it because they saved my grandpa when he was in World War II,” Mullen said. Sartain, an art teacher at Copeland Manor, said she liked the idea and asked fifth-graders at the school to make pins of faces. The pins will be on sale at the school’s fun fair from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. March 12. Proceeds from the pins will benefit the Wounded Warrior Project, which honors and empowers wounded veterans. With the help of his art teacher, Mullen set up the Face Pin Committee to coordinate the effort. “At first we decided to do plain face …
Monday, March 5, 2012
Libertyville fifth-grader Reese Dannenfeldt recently won first place in the Illinois Arts Education Poster Contest. She shares her art inspiration with Patch.
A painting by Copeland Manor School fifth-grader Reese Dannenfeldt has won the first place award in the Illinois Arts Education Poster Contest in downstate Springfield. Dannenfeldt’s artwork will be turned into a poster to be displayed throughout the state in all public and private schools during Illinois Arts Education Week, which runs from March12-18. Rockland School fourth-grader Eli McEwan won an honorable mention for his artwork. The theme this year was Be Art Smart. “This is great news, I’m giddy over it,” said art teacher Cindi Sartain, who selected and submitted the student artwork. “Talk about shooting for the stars! Seemed like a bit of a long shot knowing how many school children in Illinois might have tried this but Reese had a…
Tuesday, February 21, 2012
Copeland Manor student Scott Criel donated all of his birthday presents to A Safe Place, a charity that helps women in need.
For Copeland Manor student Scott Criel, the hardest toys to donate were LEGO sets he received for his seventh birthday. He said he wanted to play with them but he decided to “just let it go.” “It would make a lot of kids happy and it would make me happy,” Criel said of his decision to donate presents to A Safe Place, which provides shelter, counseling and legal advice for women who are victims of domestic violence. He dropped off all 19 of the presents he received and remembers seeing some broken bikes and a plastic table where kids could play. “I didn’t see any toys,” Criel said. “I only saw my toys.” Copeland Manor School Principal Erik Youngman said he was proud of Criel. "It's pretty neat to have a first-grader come up with this type …
Friday, February 3, 2012
Libertyville Elementary School District 70 held a workshop showcasing the benefits of setting restrictions for children.
How do you set appropriate limits to balance love and affection with rules and discipline for your children? Those were just some of the point discussed at Wednesday’s “Limit Setting With Your Child” workshop hosted by Libertyville Elementary School District 70. Four district psychologists and social workers — Gwen Travelstead, Leah Shepard, Abby Vaughan, and Ashley Batson — presented the workshop at Copeland Manor School. They explained that setting limits for children is important because they help ensure safety, promote respect, and help children feel secure. “When kids are younger, we set all of these limits for them to help them develop what that structure feels like,” Batson said. “And hopefully as they get older, we continue to set …
Tuesday, January 17, 2012
Highland Middle School eighth-grader was crowned the school champion in the National Geographic Bee.
Tuesday, January 17, 2012
Eighth-grader Will Maes was recently crowned the school champion of National Geographic Bee for the second year in a row at Highland Middle School. The nationwide contest sponsored by National Geographic Magazine tests students’ knowledge of geography. Preliminary competitions was held in the classrooms at Libertyville Elementary School District 70 schools to determine two semi finalists from each class. The final round for Adler Park School students was held in December with Andy Liu being named school champion, said Learning Center Director Erin Carr. Nathan Schleiden was awarded second place and Thomas Hubbard was listed in third place. Other semi-finalists included Keith Allen, Amy Almer, Lina El Kouhen, Marek Fackert, Joey Hampton, …
Monday, December 19, 2011
Copeland Manor School hosted its biannual science night Dec. 15. Paper airplanes zipped around the school as students and parents worked together to learn the wonders of flight.
Thursday, December 8, 2011
Artwork from dozens of Libertyville Elementary School District 70 students, under the theme Giving, are on display at Libertyville High School until Dec. 15.
Nearly 75 pieces of art from students in Libertyville Elementary School District 70 schools, as well as Oak Grove, Rondout, and Libertyville High School, will be on display at the high school's art gallery. This is the second year that Libertyville High School has featured future students’ work. The theme for this year’s exhibit was “Giving.” “They had always wanted it to be a community gallery, and have some community artists and student work, including the kids that would feed into the high school,” said Cindi Sartain, District 70 art teacher who participates in the Libertyville High School Fine Arts Committee. Sartain and other district art teachers helped choose the pieces of art exhibited. She believes the strong art program at …