For the last several years, students at Oak Terrace have enjoyed the annual Halloween Band Concert at Highland Park High School. It has been a wonderful experience for the students to hear symphonic music performed live. The high school students are dressed in costume and the theater is decorated with all kinds of fun and spooky props. The director, Dr. Jim Hile, dresses as Dracula and not only entertains the kids with funny dialog, but he explains the musical selections and history of the pieces. On some of the pieces, there is video, and on others, the audience is invited to dance or clap. Students are amazed and engaged for the entire 45 minutes of the performance. This year, our entire school attended and a good time was had by all!
During the first quarter, Lindsey Foreman read aloud to her seventh grade students the book The Testing by Joelle Charbonneau. After finishing, the students wrote friendly letters to the author, who in return responded to the students’ letters, answered all of their questions, and also tweeted about them on that same day! Now, the author is planning a visit to Edgewood Middle School to meet all the students and talk about her new book coming out on January 7. In the meantime the students in Lindsey’s seventh grade class have continued exchanging emails with Ms. Charbonneau, have received care packages, and have been following her on Twitter.
Please send us some pictures once you meet the author!
The ECO (environmental consciousness organization) Club from Edgewood Middle School meets weekly to plan green initiatives for the school. At the beginning of October the ECO members met to pick apples from the tree in the outdoor classroom. Last spring our librarian, Carolyn Lorence, passed away. The outdoor classroom was made in her honor.
The ECO students came in, outside of school, hours to prepare caramel apples to sell at lunch. The group raised more than $180.00 to fund sustainable plants for Carolyn’s Classroom and future Green projects at the school. We are proud of our students!
(The pictures below show the ECO students preparing the caramel apples.)
Oak Terrace students in Mrs. Brady’s 5th grade class are helping raise funds for Horizon House orphanage in Ethiopia. “Our class government is raising funds to sponsor a field trip for a class at the Horizon House orphanage in Ethiopia (a place where our class president once lived).” The class has raised over $80 and will continue to work toward the goal until the end of this presidential term (Nov. 22). Best of luck to Mrs. Brady’s 5ht grade class!
A local “baile folklórico” dance group as well as dancers from HPHS performed. The students and their families contributed to the “ofrenda” by bringing in flowers, sugar skulls, small pumpkins, gourds and pictures of loved ones.
David Rosenfelt, bestselling author, is coming to Highland Park for an evening of food, fine literature, and furry adoptable dogs, all to benefit Highland Park rescue Tails of Hope.
Join us on Sunday, July 28th
from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m at Port Clinton Square,
600 Central Avenue, Highland Park, for an event filled with books and dogs.
Celebrating the release of two new books, Rosenfelt will be talking about his life, his 29 (at this moment) dogs, his dog rescue, his writing, and his trip with those 29 dogs from California to Maine, the subject of his book “Dogtripping.”
Books will be available for purchase, and Rosenfelt will sign books after he speaks. There will be a silent auction and raffle, including a signed Rosenfelt book, signed books donated by other bestselling authors, a chance to bid to have a character in one of Rosenfelt’s future books named after you, and much more!
$25 per ticket
All proceeds benefit Tails of Hope, a no-kill, nonprofit animal rescue located in Highland Park. Their mission is to help the elderly, chronically ill, and terminally ill, find new homes for their pets.
David Rosenfelt Book Tour
The NSEA is now accepting applications from high school seniors who are alumni of District 112 schools and plan to enter college to pursue a future career in teaching. The successful applicant will receive a $2,000 scholarship to be used for college expenses.