Friday, February 1, 2013
Back in 1897, the original schoolhouse rang it. But then a principal gave it to a mother of eight, and about a century passed until it showed up Monday at Morton Grove's village hall. Here's the story.
A school bell that called children to class back in the 1800s was brought to Morton Grove's village board meeting Monday, where Park View School Superintendent Phil Collins and members of the Morton Grove School District 70 board came to the podium with smiles on their faces to accept it. Bill Sonne, whose family has been in Morton Grove since the 1870s and whose relatives have held onto the bell these many decades, came to the meeting to see it handed off to the school. "The principal of the school gave the bell to my grandmother and when she passed away, my dad (born in 1908) got the bell," Sonne said. "I knew what my dad's wishes were." Mayor Dan Staackmann, who has a keen interest in Morton Grove history, prepared the following …
Wednesday, November 28, 2012
Eleven youngsters and their families filled Village Hall Monday night as Fire Department staff handed out the awards for prevention posters.
Morton Grove's village council chambers were so packed with children and families Monday that, just before the board meeting began, Mayor Dan Staackmann joked, "Are you all here for the holiday sing-a-long?" Actually, they were there to get awards for the Morton Grove Fire Department's 2012 Fire Prevention Poster Contest. Capt. William Porter of the department explained that all Morton Grove schools were invited to participate, and that firefighters judged the entries on three criteria: the fire prevention message is correct, 2) the message is clear and 3) the quality of the artwork. Each student received a plaque with a copy of their artwork and a commemorative Ben Franklin half dollar. Like Niles-Morton Grove Patch on Facebook for …
Wednesday, September 12, 2012
Phil Collins (yes, the references to celebs keep on coming) has a wide-ranging background in top suburban school districts, and has been a teacher and administrator in elementary, middle and high school.
Patch sat down this week to get to know Dr. Phil Collins, who started at Morton Grove Elementary School District 70 in July. He succeeded Dr. Gary Zabilka at the district, which contains one K-8 building, Park View School. Patch: What have you done in your career up until now? Collins: For the last 10 years I’ve been assistant superintendent for curriculum and instruction in Glenview District 34. It’s a much bigger district, with 4,600 students, and eight schools. Get Morton Grove and Niles news in your email. It's like getting a free newspaper Before that I was a K-5 principal in Arlington Heights District 25, for seven years, as principal. I’ve also been at the middle school level in Mundelein as assistant principal and technology …
Thursday, August 25, 2011
This unusual program matches veteran parents with new ones.
Three years ago, Donna Van Swol moved from Glenview to Morton Grove, which meant moving her second grader to Park View School. “I was very nervous and I asked ‘Do you have a mentor program,” Van Swol said. “The answer was ‘No, would you like to start one?’ I said ‘Absolutely.’” Van Swol set up a program where families whose children are attending Park View for the first time are matched with veteran families who can answer their questions and ease their anxieties. “It’s all about making people feel more comfortable,” Van Swol said. Related: Share your first day of school photos. Park View’s program is the only of its type in Morton Grove's public schools. Superintendent Gary Zabilka said he thinks the program works very well at the small, …
Thursday, May 26, 2011
Park View School's third grade class raised money for the local food pantry with a in-house restaurant.
For the past three years, third grade teacher Chris Kennelly has taught his students how to serve people, literally. On Tuesday afternoon, a gaggle of eager kids took orders, served food and bussed tables for about 140 people at Park View School in Morton Grove. "In the past three years, we've raised $1,500," said Kennelly. All the proceeds go to Niles Township Food Pantry, where this year, the students took a tour beforehand to learn about civic engagement for their social studies class. For $6.95 a customer received a balsamic chicken sandwich, choice of pasta salad or fruit skewer, and lemonade, plus free cookies with every purchase. Burgers and turkey hot dogs were also on the menu. Top chefs in the house This year's restaurant, …
Friday, May 20, 2011
District 70 to spend about $214,000 to upgrade wireless and aging telephone systems.
Starting next fall, students at Park View School will be able to use the very air around them to study and learn about the world. At its monthly meeting Monday, the School District 70 Board of Education approved a project to install 34 wireless access points at Park View and overhaul the 15-year-old telecommunications system so users aren't randomly booted off the school’s voicemail program. The price tag is projected at just under $214,000. “Everyone remain seated,” Superintendent Gary Zabilka said in a joking mood to board members. “There are few occasions I’ve come to the board with something as monumental as this recommendation. We’re looking to replace our entire network.” But Zabilka said making the building wireless “will open many …
Thursday, May 19, 2011
The Congresswoman said she has seen photos of Osama bin Laden after his death.
A local politician became one of the few in the world to see Osama bin Laden's photos after his death, and she came away with strong opinions. "Having seen them, the more convinced I am, this is not something that should be circulated," said Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-9th). Schakowsky serves on the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, and is in the Oversight Subcommittee, according to her website. The Congresswoman spoke during a brief Q&A with middle school students at Park View School in Morton Grove on Tuesday. You can check out a video of the tough questions they asked her here.
Wednesday, May 18, 2011
Middle school students at Park View School in Morton Grove met with Congresswoman on Tuesday.
Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-9th) took some hard questions on Tuesday from about 200 middle school students at Park View School in Morton Grove. With questions ranging from subjects such as the Israeli-Palestine conflict to the photos of Osama bin Laden, Schakowsky said she was impressive with their line of questioning and thought the students at District 70 Park View School "certainly didn't hold back." Schakowsky also visited a nearby school in Skokie on Tuesday. Check out the video for a peek at the action.
Sunday, May 15, 2011
In our search for a possible reptilian roommate for my son, we look at turtles.
Our trip to The Grove in Glenview was an eye-opener to the world of reptiles that live just beyond our back door in the forest preserves that border our village. We saw staff wrangling over 20 water snakes into their new habitat. Even the snake handlers warned that these are nasty snakes that will bite if given the chance, so I was glad they were living behind a glass wall. I looked back at the turtle pond and found a new appreciation for these slow moving, quiet and toothless creatures. I asked around and did some research about turtle care. It turns out that besides providing an ample tank, light, shade, water and feeding every few days, these little (and some not so little) guys are pretty happy just hanging around. I won't try to give…
Thursday, May 5, 2011
The American chapter of Global Campaign for Education hosts an event at Park View School.
Students and teachers at Park View School participated in the Global Action Week campaign this past week, along with students from at least 100 countries. Teopista Birungi Mayanja, head of the Ugandan Teacher's Union, visited the school to talk about the importance of quality education. According to the Global Campaign for Education, almost 70 million children around the world do not have basic education, and more than half are girls. Click through the photos to see the students' blue ribbons, which will be sent to the U.S. Congress and the White House to advocate for education for all children. The event was a combined effort with RESULTS/RESULTS Educational Fund CARE, the National Education Association and the American Federation of …