Under the direction of Harvard Junior High’s STEM lab teacher Susan Iles, eighth graders Kasen Mortimer and Evan Lich created a stop-motion film mixing their STEM studies with the creative arts. Both students participated in FUSE challenges throughout their first quarter. FUSE is an interest-driven learning experience developed by researchers and educators at Northwestern University. The program incorporates adaptive problem-solving into coursework and leveling-up challenges that require students to build upon knowledge from previous projects.
For the end of the quarter, Mrs. Iles developed a series of “beyond FUSE” challenges for her students. Given the option to make a stop-motion film, the two students jumped at the chance.
Using an iPad, the students painstakingly photographed clay figures, adding slight movements between individual frames. The completed photographs were combined in the video editing program Splice, creating the illusion of motion. With an abundance of yellow clay, Kasen knew that their story's hero should resemble a famous video game character from the early 1980s.
The final project, which utilized math, science, art, and a bit of eighth grade humor, can be viewed here:
Through the Parents as Teachers Quality Endorsement and Improvement process, Washington School's Parents as Teachers program has earned the Blue Ribbon Affiliate designation. This designation is the highest standard of achievement. Parents as Teachers promotes optimal early development, learning, and health of children by supporting and engaging their parents and caregivers.
Principal Steve Torrez stated that the recognition is “directly due to our two outstanding birth to three staff, Veronica (Morales) and Alma (Pelayo), who go into families homes and support healthy parenting every day.“
Washington’s Parents as Teachers Program currently provides services to 24 families from birth to three years old in Harvard. The Blue Ribbon status will remain with Harvard's program through 2021 and will help the district as Washington looks to expand the program to support even more families.
Last week Harvard CUSD 50’s Bilingual & Dual Language Coordinator Amber Bowgren spoke with seniors about the State Seal of Biliteracy. Qualifying students have the opportunity to earn college credit.
What is the State Seal of Biliteracy?
The State Seal of Biliteracy is a recognition given to high school seniors who have studied and can exhibit the ability to communicate in two or more languages (including English) by their senior year of high school. The State Seal of Biliteracy is highlighted on high school diplomas and serves as a statement of accomplishment for college admission and future employment.
Why implement the State Seal of Biliteracy Initiative?
Harvard CUSD50 considers this program to be consistent with our district’s priorities promoting multilingualism, biliteracy, and inter-cultural flexibility as key contributors to students’ success in college, career, and life. This recognition is not solely based on a students’ current language proficiency, but also in the continuing development of that language throughout Harvard's Dual Language Program during their elementary and middle school years in preparation for high school.
Interested scholars should contact Mrs. Amber Bowgren, District Bilingual & Dual Language Coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
On Tuesday, October 24th, McHenry County College will be hosting a financial aid information session and FAFSA completion workshop at Harvard High School.
Students and parents will be able to finish their 2018/2019 FAFSA with the help of financial aid experts! MCC will cover grants, the work-study program, student loans, scholarships, financial literacy, and FAFSA tips.
This opportunity is a great resource to learn more about how to make college affordable and the many options available to families. The high school will have Spanish translation available.
You can learn more about the event on the high school's Facebook page.
At the September 20th, 2017 Harvard CUSD 50 School Board meeting, a new fee structure for junior high and high school athletics was approved. These changes were made to lower costs of participation and simplify the payment process. The first video below explains the updates to fees, and the second provides an overview of the payment methods available.
Access the Harvard Athletic Department's 8 to 18 website here: http://il.8to18.com/harvard
Questions? Call the Athletic Office at 815-943-6461 Ext. 2281.
The Harvard CUSD 50 Bilingual Department is offering free Spanish and English language classes for parents. You can start as early as next week!
For more information, contact CUSD 50's Bilingual and Dual Language Coordinator, Amber Bowgren, at email@example.com or 815-943-4022 Ext. 2118.
McHenry County College is hosting a college fair on Thursday, Oct. 5th from 6-8 p.m. They will have representatives from over 120 colleges and universities. This event is an excellent opportunity to learn more about colleges from all over the United States. They will also have a financial aid presentation from 6:30-7:30 p.m. at the fair.
Free transportation from Harvard High School will be available. Students interested in taking the bus should sign up in the Harvard High School Guidance Office by Friday, Sept. 29th. Please see Mrs. Buchanan (firstname.lastname@example.org) in Guidance if you have any questions.
Go to www.mchenry.edu/collegefair/ to see a list of the colleges that will be there.
General Consul of Spain in Chicago, Federico Palomera, and his wife Asa Palomera visited Harvard’s Jefferson School last week. Students enjoyed learning about geography and literature with our guests.
Asa Palomera is a playwright. Her play “The Curious Lives of Shakespeare & Cervantes” opened at Edinburgh’s Adam House Theater. Federico Palomera is the author of El Cuaderno del Pendolista. After spending the day with 4th and 5th grade students, the Palomeras expressed their support for our teachers and the Harvard Dual Language Program.