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By Community Contributor
MAYWOOD | School District 89 hosted the Illinois Association of School Boards (IASB) West Cook Division Meeting, as well as the Pre-Meeting: Briefing for Candidates at Stevenson Middle School in Melrose Park.
As attendees arrived, they were greeted at the entrance by students in the Safety Patrol Program. Once registered, attendees were invited to take student led school tours around the building showcasing student work and after school activities. During the tours, participants were able to listen to student compositions from the music theory classes as well as listen to selections from the orchestra and band. Tours also included viewing student paintings, drawings, and sculptures from the art classes, observing as students built complex machines, and exploring some of the many clubs that are an active part of Stevenson Middle School.
Ms. Kathryn Larson from the IASB commented, “We love having our events at the schools when the students are able to show off their work. We all really like seeing what the students are learning, and this gives the students a chance to show off what they can do.”
During the Pre-Meeting: Briefing for Candidates, Director of Field Services (IASB), Mr. Perry Hill, IV, presented an overview of the roles and responsibilities of elected school board members. Participants embraced the knowledge, and were grateful for this opportunity.
Later in the evening, the West Cook Division Meeting was presented by Dr. Patricia Viniard, Superintendent of LaGrange-Highlands School District 106 and Ms. Amanda Davey, representing the Illinois Association of Gifted Children (IAGC). Davey provided an overview sharing the basis for empowering high ability and gifted students, along with options of support available to districts.
Dr. Viniard concluded by presenting a compilation of program philosophies, services, and practices that school districts can consider to ensure full development, as well as continued academic engagement of high ability and gifted students.