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"Our Central Story" - 10/11/19
"Our Central Story" - 10/11/19
Central SD 51
Friday, October 11, 2019
  • October is Fire Prevention Month!  The goal of Fire Prevention month is to raise awareness about fire safety and help ensure your home and family is prepared in the event of an emergency.  CPS Kindergarten, 1st, and 2nd grade students visited the Washington Fire Department.  Kindergarten is looking good as fire station Dalmatians.
  •  Students in Mr. Dalberg's PE class were practicing their best dance moves this week.  The students engaged in Just Dance as an activity that integrated technology in PE.  Outside the box thinking with engaging activities make PE at Central Primary School awesome!
  • The CIS Fall Choir concert took place on Monday, October 9th. Fifth through eighth grade students worked hard to prepare a variety of songs. The end of the concert even featured two songs by all choir students in fifth through eighth grades. Congratulations to Mrs. Randolph and our students on a great first concert! The Sixth Grade Art Show was a fantastic complement to the CIS Fall Concert. Sixth grade Name Symmetry, String Art, Reverspective Art, and Caricatures were featured. We are so thankful for our art program and our new CIS art teacher, Mrs. Kinder.
  • Sixth grade student, Lyla Allen won an artist of the week contest hosted by Artsonia, the site that CIS uses to have students create digital portfolios. Lyla’s reverspective project from art class was the winning project!   During the contest, Lyla received 689 votes from website visitors! In addition to a plaque, Blick Art Materials has generously donated $100 gift certificates to the winning teachers and $50 to the winning artists.   Be sure to check the Artsonia homepage at and search Lyla2153 where you will see Lyla's artwork featured for the next few days.
  • On Central 51's October 11th Institute Day, teachers engaged in a variety of professional development opportunities.  Jim Burgett, a 38-year veteran in education, Teacher of the Year, Illinois Superintendent of the Year and Administrator of the Year, spoke to our teachers about the impact they are making on the lives of our students.  Teachers then analyzed the 5 Essentials Survey that parents, students and teachers took in the spring of 2019.  The survey provides great information on how we can improve our schools and the district.  Teachers spent the rest of the day collaborating in their teams on homework/grading practices and questioning techniques to enhance student engagement. Paraprofessionals also were provided training to support the work they are doing in our buildings each day.   A Flu Shot Clinic was also offered for our teachers and staff.