Norman Rockwell Elementary received a signed copy of the “Freedom From Want” painting from Danny Galieote, a prominent artist who re-created Norman Rockwell paintings to represent the current cultural and social transformation in America today.

Belen Mendoza Molina Mann Elementary

Belen Mendoza Molina had the best all-around score in the nation for her age group in competitive sport stacking. A student from Horace Mann Elementary, she ranked number one in the nation overall at the live-streamed competition and ranked seventh in the nation for all age groups in the all-around female division.

Thoreau third grade book project

In this time of remote learning, Thoreau Elementary teacher Caroline Amundsen inspired her third-grade class to explore their creativity and hone their writing skills. Over the course of the fall, the students learned the fundamentals of writing and spent weeks drafting, revising, editing and illustrating their stories. 



    Ben Rush Elementary hosts “PJ Read-in Night” to promote reading

    Rush PJ Story Night

    Ben Rush Elementary hosted its annual Read-A-Thon from October 21 - November 8. The campaign encourages students to develop good reading habits. It’s also part of a fundraiser sponsored by Rush’s Parent-Teacher Association (PTA). One of the events during the campaign is the “PJ Read-in Night.” Students showed up in their pajamas and brought their blankets, stuffed animals and flashlights. Mrs. Schroeder, Rush’s librarian, and Ms. Vacknitz, a third-grade teacher, took turns reading stories to the children. They read “The Sunflower Sword” and “The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore.” 

    For three weeks, students and staff members participated in a “School Read-In.” Classes spent 20 minutes reading each day. On “Literacy Character Dress Up Day,” students dressed up as their favorite book character, including Harry Potter, The Cat in the Hat and more.