Bilingual Department Art Contest
THEME: A Season To Give Thanks
DESCRIPTION: The topic for the contest is A Season to Give Thanks. Create an artistic expression of things you are grateful for or thankful to have. How can you become a more giving person and member of our community? How can we create a community of giving?
Submit your student’s artistic, bilingual/bicultural depiction of what being thankful or giving thanks looks like to them.
Submission window opens: November 17
Window closes: November 27
Top 3 Winners announced: December 1
PRIZES: All submissions will be shown in a presentation at the Bilingual Department's Family Fun Night on December 1 at Harvard Junior High from 6-8 p.m. The top 3 designs will be published into thank you cards. In addition, the top 3 designs will each receive a $50 gift card for WalMart.
RULES: Only one entry per CUSD 50 student grades Pre-K thru Grade 12. The artwork must be completed on an 8.5x11 sheet of paper using any art medium (crayon, pencil, colored pencil, chalk, etc.). 3D pieces of art may be photographed and printed on an 8.5x11 sheet of paper. The artwork must include the artist’s signature. The original artwork and cover sheet can be mailed/delivered to:
Harvard CUSD 50
Attn: Amber Bowgren
401 N. Division
Harvard, IL 60033
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Concurso de Arte
TEMA: Una temporada para dar gracias
DESCRIPCIÓN: El tema para este concurso de arte es UNA TEMPORADA PARA DAR GRACIAS. Crea una expresión artística de las cosas que estás agradecido o de lo que muestra agradecimiento. ¿Cómo puedes ser una person que de más y miembro de la comunidad? ¿Cómo podemos crear una comunidad que de más?
Presente la representación artística, bilingüe/bicultural de su estudiante de lo que está agradecido o lo que le parezca dar gracias a ellos.
Fechas del concurso:
Trabajos de arte se aceptarán a partir de: noviembre 17
Última fecha que se aceptaran trabajos de arte: noviembre 27
3 primeros lugares serán anunciados: diciembre 1
PREMIOS: Todos los trabajos de arte se mostrarán en una presentación de PowerPoint la noche de diversión familiar (al menos que se indique de otra manera). Los tres primeros lugares serán publicados en tarjetas de agradecimiento y serán anunciados en el evento para la comunidad el 1 de diciembre en la escuela Harvard Junior High de la 6-8 pm. Además, los tres primeros lugares recibirán cada uno, una tarjeta de Walmart de $50.
REGLAS: Solo una entrada por cada estudiante del distrito 50 de los grados Pre-K al 12. El trabajo de arte tiene que ser dibujado en una hoja de 8.5x11 con cualquier medio de arte (crayola, lápiz, lápiz a color, tiza, etc). Piezas de 3D pueden ser fotografiadas e imprimidas en una hoja de 8.5X11. El trabajo de arte tiene que incluir firma del artista. EL trabajo de arte original y portada pueden ser enviados/entregados a:
Attn: Amber Bowgren
401 N. Division
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At last night’s Harvard CUSD 50 school board meeting, members recognized four exceptional students and one longtime staff member for achievement and service.
The board recognized Havard High School junior Angela Vetter for being selected for the Illinois Music Educator's District 7 Honor Band and senior Angelina Straus for being selected for the Illinois Music Educator's District 7 Honor Choir.
Recognition went to Girls Golf freshman Joelle McMillan for being named WHIW Sports Weekly Athlete of the Month for October and Harvard High School Football senior Brett Lehman for being named WHIW Sports Weekly Athlete of the Month.
Finally, Jefferson Elementary’s head custodian, Michael Tolbert, was recognized for his long-term service to the district. In the words of Principal Judy Floeter, “For 29 years, he has given his best effort, and there is no request that he will not fulfill. Jefferson is blessed to have Mike Tolbert.”
Today is School Board Members Day. Board members donate their time with the goal of improving education for all children of our district. Last winter, the Board built a deliberate Strategic Plan to address the issues facing our community. You can read the plan in detail here:
From the Illinois Association of School Boards:
Nearly 6,000 men and women serve on local public school boards in Illinois, governing the education of 2,041,779 students in 4,163 public schools across 855 school districts, and overseeing combined budgets of more than $31 billion. School board members are elected by their local communities during a consolidated election held the first Tuesday of April in odd numbered years. They serve four year terms.
The Harvard CUSD 50 School Board holds their monthly public meeting tonight at 7 p.m. at the Central Administration Center.
For the fifth year in a row, the district received a perfect score for its annual Health and Life Safety Inspections. The safety of students and staff is a primary goal of the district’s facilities department. Throughout the year, dedicated staff work to improve and maintain the five school buildings and central office that make up 445,902 square feet of buildings on 69.26 acres of land.
The annual process conducted by the McHenry County’s Regional Office of Education involves an audit to ensure all regular inspections, testings, and drills have been completed in accordance with state and federal laws. The ROE performs a walk-through of every building to confirm fire prevention, security, and safety procedures are in place.
Director of Facilities Management Steve Miller attributed the “Five for Five” score to the hard work and cooperation of all members of Harvard CUSD 50.
From the Illinois State Board of Education:
It was the tragic fire at the Our Lady of the Angels School in 1958 that led to the establishment of the Code drafting committee. In 1963, the State Superintendent issued Circular Series A-157 (Part 185), entitled, “Building Specifications for Health and Safety in Public Schools” and Circular Series A-156 Part 175), entitled, “Efficient and Adequate Standards for the Construction of Schools.” Currently Part 180, entitled “Health/Life Safety Code for Public Schools” is in effect for new schools.
You can learn more about Health and Life Safety programs at the Illinois State Board of Education’s website.
On Friday at 1:30 p.m. in Harvard High School’s South Gym, distinguished alumni of Harvard CUSD 50 will be inducted into the district’s Hall of Fame.
This year a former wrestler turned director of operations for Dean’s Foods, an epidemiologist at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Center of Health Statistics, a vice-president of Harvard Savings Bank, a firefighter battalion chief, and a decorated senior master sergeant in the United States Air Force are among the inductees.
The public is invited to join students and staff on Friday as we recognize these graduates that embody the phrase "Harvard Pride."
List of 2017 inductees:
Shawn Condon - Class of 1990
Dr. Steven Frenk - Class of 2001
Brenda (York) Gratz - Class of 1980
Matthew Haerter - Class of 1992
Air Force Senior Master Sergeant Pamela (Burnett) Kallio - Class of 1992
In this video, we share first quarter data from all five CUSD 50 schools. #GoHornets #cusd50
October 31, 2017
To all Harvard Families and Community Members,
I wanted to share important information with you about our district and our schools. Today, the Illinois State Report Cards were released to the public. You can find the full database of Harvard CUSD 50 schools here. As a first-year superintendent, I am compelled to share a few thoughts about these results and insights on how we will improve.
As a kid like me who grew up in Wyoming, we were taught to not whine about tasks that are challenging or rely on others to fix our problems for us. This report card is a challenge for me. To put it bluntly, the current school report cards of our schools are unacceptable, and we need to fix them.
Yet I want to express to you how optimistic I am about Harvard CUSD 50 at this very moment. Last year, I worked in a school district near the top of the report cards shared in the NW Herald. That being said, the current plans emerging to improve our schools are without a doubt equal to, or better than, McHenry County districts I’ve worked in previously. We are poised to see significant change.
Here are the reasons why we are standing on a launching pad of growth:
In some ways, I feel thankful that these scores have been released and it makes everyone a bit uncomfortable, if not a little angry. We embrace the raised expectation you have for us as a District. Partnering with our parents and community is vital. We want the same thing--a better system for the education of our students.
I understand any skepticism you might have, but I ask you for a chance to show it is going to be much better moving forward. I urge you to talk to our staff and gather a sense of the excitement that we have as our plans unfold. Please feel free to reach me and share your thoughts. July 1, 2017 was my first day as the superintendent, and I still have much to learn about our wonderful community. As a District, we know where our performance currently sits, and we have a plan to move forward sharing our progress. I live in this community, too, and want nothing more than for you to be immensely proud of your kids, our schools, and our tremendous community.
Dr. Corey Tafoya
Harvard CUSD 50 Superintendent
On Friday, November 10th, Harvard CUSD 50's Bilingual Department will host a free storytelling event at Harvard Diggins Library. Spanish writer and storyteller Margarita Del Mazo and local, Emmy-award winning author and storyteller Jim May will perform. The evening will include music, treats, and coffee. Each student that attends will also receive a book written by Margarita Del Mazo. This fantastic night of stories is open to all members of the community.
Doors open at 6 p.m. and the storytelling begins at 6:30 p.m. The library is located at 900 E McKinley Street in Harvard.
The evening is made possible through the support of our community partners Harvard Diggins Library, Firehouse Depot Coffee Shop, and Yeya Bakery.
El viernes, 10 de noviembre, el departamento bilingüe de Harvard CUSD 50 presentara un evento gratis de cuentacuentos en Harvard Diggins Library. La escritora y cuentacuentos española Margarita Del Mazo y el autor ganador del premio Emmy y cuentacuentos local Jim May actuarán. La noche incluirá música, antojitos y café. Cada estudiante que asista también recibirá un libro escrito por Margarita Del Mazo. Esta fantástica noche de historias está abierta a todos los miembros de la comunidad.
Puertas abren a las 6 p.m. y los cuentacuentos empiezan a las 6:30 p.m. La biblioteca se encuentra en 900 E McKinley Street en Harvard.
Este evento es posible gracias al apoyo de nuestros socios comunitarios Harvard Diggins Library, Firehouse Depot Coffee Shop y Yeya Bakery.