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2010

Year in Review: A trying year for school finances

Posted: December 28, 2010

The Edwardsville District 7 Board of Education experienced a trying financial year in 2010. From the first board meeting in January through two special financing board meetings added to the December agenda, the board continually had to re-evaluate its financial situation as it adjusted to the economy and the state of Illinois’ continual late payments or its changes in funding. [more info]

Board Recognizes Nine District 7 Board Certified Teachers

Posted: December 21, 2010

Left to right: Deanna Dannenberg, Sarah Wright, Stacy Requarth, Tina Schickedanz, Traci Thompson, Adam Koester, Lynda Marshall, and Cynthia Overby Not Photographed: Stacy Berkel Nine District 7 teachers recently received notification that they completed all requirements for National Board Certification. Stacy Berkel, Lincoln Middle School; Deanna Dannenberg, N.O. Nelson Elementary; Adam Koester, Edwardsville High School; Lynda Marshall, Edwardsville High School; Cynthia Overby, Edwardsville High School; Stacy Requarth, Elementary Art; Tina Schickedanz, Lincoln and Liberty Middle Schools, Traci Thompson, Lincoln Middle School; and Sarah Wright, Edwardsville High School; were recognized at the District’s regular board meeting tonight. [more info]

 

Board Honors Nine Educators

Posted: December 27, 2010

Nine District 7 teachers, the most at any one time, recently received notification that they completed all requirements for National Board Certification. [more info]

Edwardsville Art Center Partners with District 7 to Develop Gallery

Posted: December 21, 2010

On November 8, 2010, representatives of the Edwardsville Art Center and District 7 proposed a partnership to develop an art gallery in the southeast corner of the D-wing of Edwardsville High School. [more info]

Fiscal stability is board's goal

Posted: December 16, 2010

The Edwardsville District 7 Board of Education discussed some possible revenue enhancements as well as some targeted possible expenditure reductions, together totaling about $4 million, at Monday night’s special board meeting. [more info]

Law and Order

Posted: December 16, 2010

Worden Elementary third graders participated in a mock trial at the Madison County Courthouse on Tuesday morning. [more info]

Delivery

Posted: December 16, 2010

Edwardsville's Liberty and Lincoln Middle School F.I.T. students made an early Christmas delivery to the Glen-Ed Pantry Wednesday, dropping off more than two tons of canned food items and over 1,500 toys collected during their annual food and toy drive this season to be distributed to children in need throughout the community. [more info]

Board passes measure on sales tax issue

Posted: December 14, 2010

The Edwardsville District 7 Board of Education took a stance Monday against the proposed Madison County School Facilities Sales Tax at the board’s special financial-update board meeting. [more info]

High tech makes learning history fun

Posted: December 14, 2010

When studying American history in junior high, back in the day, most would attest to the very boring task of reading chapter after chapter of a history book and listening to lecture after lecture. [more info]

Holiday concert

Posted: December 14, 2010

A multi-generational audience sat captive Friday morning as the Lincoln band, orchestra and choir put on a holiday concert. [more info]

District 7 receives donation from SCU

Posted: December 14, 2010

Scott Credit Union recently donated $675 to Edwardsville District 7 schools at the culmination of a month-long SCU program that helps schools raise funds when minors open accounts at the local credit union. [more info]

Board Position on the School Facility Sales Tax

Posted: December 13, 2010

[Presentation]

Special Board Meeting

Posted: December 13, 2010

[Presentation]

Out to lunch

Posted: December 7, 2010

Lincoln Middle School eighth grade G.O. students share a laugh and lunch with members of the Edwardsville Police and Fire Departments Wednesday. [more info]

Drama club taking show on the road

Posted: December 7, 2010

The Edwardsville High School Drama Club is taking its “Starmites” show on the road. [more info]

Helping Santa

Posted: December 3, 2010

Challenged with the task of helping a sick Santa get better in time for Christmas, Edwardsville High School drama students performed a Christmas inspired play for various elementary schools on Thursday. [more info]

2010 School Report Cards

Posted: December 2, 2010


District 7 officials leery of tax proposal

Posted: December 3, 2010

As the state of Illinois tumbles deeper into a financial abyss, some education officials are backing a proposal that might help schools start crawling back out. [more info]

December 1, 2010 - Message to Parents from the Board of Education

Posted: December 1, 2010

As you are aware, school districts throughout the State of Illinois continue to face financial challenges as a result of the state’s inability to meet its financial obligations and the growing state deficit, which is expected to increase from $13 billion in 2010-11 to an estimated $17 billion in 2011-12. [more information]

November 29, 2010 - Message from the Board of Education

Posted: November 29, 2010

Finances continue to be a priority for the District 7 Board of Education during these difficult economic times. As you know, the Board cut over $4 million prior to the start of the 2010-11 school year. Yet, the state currently owes the District over $2 million from the 2009-10 school year. The Board will continue to review its Three-Year Financial Plan and plan for the negative impact of the continued local economic downturn and the State’s $16 billion deficit. [more information]

Learning the history of Thanksgiving

Posted: November 30, 2010

Jeremy Heigert’s third grade class at Columbus Elementary School was learning about pilgrims and the history behind Thanksgiving earlier this week. [more info]

Students prep for toy and food drives

Posted: November 30, 2010

Liberty and Lincoln Middle School’s G.O. Team and F.I.T. (Friends in Touch) are sponsoring the 11th annual Toy and Food Drive for the holidays. [more info]

Music department plans EHS concert

Posted: November 30, 2010

The Edwardsville High School Music Department is hosting a special holiday fundraising concert for the Main Street Community Center in Edwardsville. The concert is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. on Dec. 8 in Lucco-Jackson Gym. [more info]

EHS club plans shopping event

Posted: November 30, 2010

Santa is teaming up with the Edwardsville High School’s Medical Careers Club to bring the community one-stop shopping with its Holiday Shopping Event from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Dec. 4 at the EHS Commons. [more info]

MEHS donation

Posted: November 22, 2010

Mrs. Angela Zywicki presents Kathy Turner, Executive Director of the Metro East Humane Society, with a check for $491 during the morning assembly Tuesday at Glen Carbon Elementary School. [more info]

Croft signs to play with Belmont

Posted: November 22, 2010

Edwardsville Tiger head volleyball coach Jami Parker has a long history with senior spiker Maddi Croft. [more info]

Got milk? Dairy tour visits LMS

Posted: November 19, 2010

Liberty Middle School students were reminded of the importance of dairy in their diets when the St. Louis District Dairy Council’s “Dairy Fully Fueled” tour visited the school Thursday. [more info]

Mentoring program gets under way

Posted: November 19, 2010

Prevention Counselors Matt Parker and Mark Tschudy of the Lincoln and Liberty Middle School Prevention Program have teamed up with the SIUE Athletic Department to develop a peer mentoring program between middle school students and SIUE student-athletes. [more info]

Story time

Posted: November 18, 2010

Fire Chief of Edwardsville Rick Welle reads to Columbus Elementary third graders on Tuesday afternoon. Gearing up for their Book Fair, Welle read to the students about Neil Armstrong from the book "Tales of Famous Heroes." Officers from the Edwardsville Police Department also read to students. [more info]

Doing the right thing

Posted: November 16, 2010

Several students from Edwardsville District 7 schools were recognized at the Edwardsville District 7 School Board Meeting with the “Do the Right Thing” award. [more info]

Pantry preps for holidays

Posted: November 16, 2010

The Glen-Ed Food Pantry is getting ready for the holiday season. On Wednesday, students from Lincoln and Liberty Middle School’s Friends In Touch club were at the Pantry helping the non-for-profit organization prepare for their annual Christmas Food Basket and Gift Drive. [more info]

EHS students address village board on emissions

Posted: November 15, 2010

Four members of the Edwardsville High School Emissions Control Campaign Group spread their desire for cleaner air into Glen Carbon Village Board Chambers on Tuesday. [more info]

Taxes the hot topic at board meeting

Posted: November 12, 2010

It was a busy night of recognitions and a short business meeting for the Edwardsville District 7 Board of Education Monday night. Several EHS fall sports teams, a Leclaire Elementary custodian with 36 years of service and the November “Do the Right Thing” award winners were recognized. [more info]

Veterans lunch

Posted: November 12, 2010

Local veterans help themselves to soup and sandwiches provided by Edwardsville High School Wednesday afternoon. The EHS Student Council, ELL Club, Breakfast Club and National Honor Society members also attended the lunch set aside to honor local veterans as well as veterans on staff at EHS for service to our country. [more info]

SWC restructures its rules for the future

Posted: November 12, 2010

The Southwestern Conference, formed in 1924, must look to its past roots to grow stronger over the future.  [more info]

Taxes the hot topic at board meeting

Posted: November 12, 2010

It was a busy night of recognitions and a short business meeting for the Edwardsville District 7 Board of Education Monday night. Several EHS fall sports teams, a Leclaire Elementary custodian with 36 years of service and the November “Do the Right Thing” award winners were recognized. [more info]

Veterans lunch

Posted: November 12, 2010

Local veterans help themselves to soup and sandwiches provided by Edwardsville High School Wednesday afternoon. The EHS Student Council, ELL Club, Breakfast Club and National Honor Society members also attended the lunch set aside to honor local veterans as well as veterans on staff at EHS for service to our country. [more info]

SWC restructures its rules for the future

Posted: November 12, 2010

The Southwestern Conference, formed in 1924, must look to its past roots to grow stronger over the future.

District 7 Superintendent Dr. Ed Hightower, spokesperson for SWC superintendents, hosted a special meeting for league principals, athletic directors, school board members and district superintendents at the Jon Davis Wrestling Center on Tuesday. [more info]

Audition

Posted: November 12, 2010

Members of the Lincoln Middle School Orchestra recently auditioned for All-District in the Illinois Music Educators Association. [more info]

Amusement park fun at Columbus

Posted: November 2, 2010

Alicia Carrico’s and Bethany Riechmann’s fifth grade students at Columbus Elementary were busy building an amusement park last week in Carrico’s classroom. [more info]

Show time

Posted: November 2, 2010

Performing their "Columbus Day" play, third graders from Columbus Elementary put on a show for the residents of Eden Village on Thursday afternoon. [more info]

Reducing emissions

Posted: November 2, 2010

On Thursday morning, members of the Emissions Control Campaign Group at Edwardsville High School held a press conference in the Media Center addressing a plan to educate students and the community in reducing air pollution emitted from idling vehicles. [more info]

EHS Drama Club to present "Starmites"

Posted: October 27, 2010

Each year Edwardsville High School’s Drama Club puts on a play to standing room only crowds. This year should be no exception when EHS presents "Starmites" at 7:30 p.m. on Nov. 12 and 13. [more info]

District to expand solar energy plans

Posted: October 27, 2010

Edwardsville District 7 is expanding its solar energy project through a grant it recently received. [more info]

Most students exceeding test standards

Posted: October 27, 2010

Edwardsville District 7 Assistant Superintendent Dr. Lynda Andre reported at the Edwardsville District 7 Board of Education meeting Monday night that the 2010 ISAT and PSAE scores overall showed that District 7 students consistently outperform the state average in both reading and math, but that one subgroup’s score did not meet the “No Child Left Behind” requirement and the district was notified that it did not make AYP (Adequate Yearly Progress). [more info]

Great Pumpkin Smash Bash

Posted: October 27, 2010

Cassen's Elementary students convened on the parking lot Monday afternoon for the Cassen's Great Pumpkin Smash Bash. The competition commemorated the kickoff of Red Ribbon Week, a national drug-awareness program. [more info]

District 7 participating in Red Ribbon Week

Posted: October 26, 2010

Edwardsville District 7 schools will be participating in the nation-wide drug-free campaign, Red Ribbon Week, Oct. 25 through Oct. 29. [more info]

Pet supply collection

Posted: October 26, 2010

Cassens Elementary third graders are collecting pet supplies for the local animal shelter as part of their class service project. [more info]

Update on 2010 ISAT and PSAE Test Results

Posted: October 26, 2010

A Report to the Board of Education Monday, October 25, 2010 [Presentation] - [Press Release]

Edwardsville District 7 Solar Project

Posted: October 26, 2010

A Report to the Board of Education Monday, October 25, 2010 [Presentation] - [Press Release]

Soybean books

Posted: October 21, 2010

Edwardsville High School FFA Chapter members Evonlea Schoenerberg (center left) and Katie Grimm (center right) presented "Soybeans an A-to-Z Book" and "Soybeans in the Story of Agriculture" by Susan Anderson and JoAnne Buggey to Glen Carbon Centennial Library Youth Services Director Magi Henderson (left) recently. Ross Prough (right), the Illinois Soy Bean Association Director at Large, was also present and addressed key points, teaching where production of our food comes from. [more info]

Coloring contest 1

Posted: October 21, 2010

The Regional Office of Education hosted a coloring contest for students in kindergarten through fifth grade in celebration of National School Bus Safety Week in Edwardsville District 7. Taking both first and second place in the contest were students from Mrs. Beth Langendorf's third grade class from Worden Elementary, pictured above at right. [more info]

Coloring contest 2

Posted: October 21, 2010

Standing amongst the rest of their class are first place winner, Tirah Lefler (middle right) and second place winner, Alyssa Sisk (middle left). Mrs. Julie White's kindergarten class at Leclaire Elementary, pictured below at right, also had a winner as Alaina Dunning (holding up her winning entry) took second place. Contest winners received prizes as well as donuts for the entire class. [more info]

Counting pumpkins at Midway

Posted: October 15, 2010

Nicole Mathews' kindergarten class at Midway Elementary sat on the carpet with wide eyes peering up at Mathews with wonder. [more info]

Students enroll for dual credit

Posted: October 15, 2010

Edwardsville District 7 Superintendent Ed Hightower reported in his superintendent’s report at Monday night’s Edwardsville District 7 Board of Education meeting that Edwardsville High School has 494 students enrolled in 46 dual credit courses this semester. Those are the largest numbers ever achieved by any high school in the Lewis and Clark District. [more info]

Fishing for an education

Posted: October 14, 2010

Woodland Elementary third graders (left to right) Kirsten Hale, Kailey Noud, Peyton Birkholz, and David Snyder pose with their blue gill as all four managed to hook into fish at the same time on Tuesday at Leclaire Park. [more info]

Robot camp

Posted: October 12, 2010

Scott Hagin, left, helps out fellow camper Ben Polo, age 10, with some minor adjustments to his robot. Hagin, a teacher at Edwardsville High School and coach of the computer team, along with several other EHS and SIUE students, hosted a carnival themed Robot Camp on Monday at the School of Engineering. [more info]

Coronation

Posted: October 12, 2010

Bridget Fisher and Jordan Orscheln were announced this year's Edwardsville High School Homecoming Queen and King Saturday night, receiving the crown and medal along with congratulations from last year's King and Queen, Kareem Lahai-Pumagoi and Tiffani Hyatt. [more info]

Learning economics the fun way

Posted: October 12, 2010

Worden Elementary third graders were busy last week trading their possessions. Vinny traded a starburst for two army men; another student traded a pack of stickers for Uno cards, but the fake teeth were the item in demand. [more info]

District 7’s FACES Program announce Parent Information Series

 

District 7’s FACES Program has announced its fall lineup of parent workshops. The FACES program (Family and Classroom Educational Services) serves families of District 7’s youngest students so all parents are successful, and all children are ready for school success. [more info]

Student in the running for award

Posted: October 12, 2010

Edwardsville High School’s Aja Saalfeld has been named a semifinalist in the 2011 National Achievement Scholarship Program. [more info]

Student in the running for award

Posted: October 12, 2010

Edwardsville High School’s Aja Saalfeld has been named a semifinalist in the 2011 National Achievement Scholarship Program. [more info]

District 7 approves budget for 2010-11

Posted: September 30, 2010

The budget for the 2010-11 school year was approved at Monday night’s Edwardsville District 7 Board of Education meeting. Although the budget is subject to additional changes due to the state’s ever-changing budget and late payments, the district’s budget has been approved with approximately $71.5 million in revenues and approximately $73 million in expenditures. [more info]

Benefit pays off

Posted: September 27, 2010

On Thursday morning, student Jimmy Stevens presented Rich Walker with a check in the amount of $10,400 raised from the Wildey Benefit Concert held last week at Edwardsville High School. Accompanying them are members of the Fine Arts Program that performed at the concert as well as Suzanne Nevins, Secretary of Friends of Wildey; EHS Principal Norm Bohnenstiehl; Orchestra director Angelina McLaughlin-Heil and Choir Directors Lynda Marshall and Stacey Ritter. [more info]

Celebrating the Constitution

Posted: September 23, 2010

The Lincoln Middle School Orchestra, under the direction of Linda Bristol, plays "Land of Liberty" in honor of Constitution Day as students gather in front of the building Tuesday morning. [more info]

Band director Andrew Gipson directs the Liberty Middle School band Friday morning during a ceremony recognizing Constitution Day. [more info]

Students seek "Whirled Peace"

Posted: September 23, 2010

“Whirled Peace” is the message that Woodland Elementary students in Edwardsville conveyed Tuesday when third graders made pinwheels with messages of peace and “planted” them around the school’s entrance. [more info]

Showtime for the Wildey Theatre

Posted: September 20, 2010

The Edwardsville High School Fine Arts Department put on quite a show for the Wildey. The students from the orchestra, choir, band and drama club conducted a benefit concert for the historic theatre inside the EHS Auditorium on Thursday night. The fundraiser not only showcased the talent of EHS students, but it also raised money for the reconstruction of the theatre currently in progress. [more info]

Guidance excellence at EHS

Posted: September 20, 2010

Edwardsville High School Guidance Counselor Sally Atwood is one of four guidance counselors to be honored with SIUE’s First Annual Guiding Excellence Award. Ryan Downey, SIUE’s Assistant Director of Admissions for New Student and Campus Visit Programs, said that incoming freshman students had the opportunity to nominate their high school counselor for the award at freshman orientation that occurred over the summer months. [more info]

Board recognizes Lincoln Middle School student for national science fair win

Posted: September 17, 2010

The District 7 Board of Education recognized Lincoln Middle School seventh-grader Tommy Giacobbe at its meeting on September 13, 2010. Giacobbe’s sixth grade science fair project earned the Grand Prize, a one-week trip to Space Camp in Huntsville, Alabama, in the 2010 AFCEA National Middle School Science Fair.

Giacobbe’s project, The Effects of Metal Types and Electrolytes on the Strength of a Voltaic Cell, was shown first at Lincoln Middle School, and then again at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville’s Science Fair. His showing at SIUE led to his nomination for the AFCEA award. The National Middle School Science Fair is sponsored by the Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association (AFCEA).

Giacobbe is the son of Dr. Ralph and Cheryl Giacobbe of Glen Carbon.

Singin' the anthem

Posted: September 16, 2010

In honor of National Anthem Day, students at Woodland Elementary gathered in the gymnasium to sing together as a group under the direction of music teacher Rob Campbell on Tuesday morning. Schools across the country joined in on the celebration.[Full Story]

Thompson given fond farewell

Posted: September 16, 2010

Retired Edwardsville High School Spanish teacher Marion Thompson, who retired from teaching in 2001, is retiring from her volunteer position with the EHS Drama Club.  [Full Story]

Middle schools to host annual welcome night

Posted: September 13, 2010

Making the transition from elementary school to middle school can be somewhat intimidating for some students. But the Liberty and Lincoln Middle Schools Prevention Program takes extra steps to assist sixth grade students in making this transition each year by hosting a sixth grade welcome night at each of the two middle schools. [Full Story]

Students helping out the Wildey

Posted: September 13, 2010

More than 200 Edwardsville High School students are volunteering their time and talents in order to save the historic Wildey Theatre in downtown Edwardsville. [Full Story]

District 7 releases student numbers

Posted: August 26, 2010

Although the “sixth day” of school, the traditional day when the start of school statistics are taken, fell one day after the Edwardsville District 7 Board of Education meeting, Superintendent Ed Hightower provided some preliminary “sixth day” figures and some start of school comments at the board of education meeting Monday night.[Full Story]

District 7 presented audit reports

Posted: August 25, 2010

Jim Torti of the audit firm Schowalter and Jabouri presented the 2009-10 audit results to the Edwardsville District 7 Board of Education Monday night. The firm, which has performed audits for the district over the last 14 years, gave a positive report. [Full Story]

District 7 receives 2009-10 audit results

Posted: August 24, 2010

Jim Torti of the audit firm Schowalter & Jabouri presented the results of this year’s audit to the Board of Education at its regular Board meeting tonight. The firm has performed audits for the District over the last fourteen years. [Full Story]

Helping our schools help themselves

Posted: August 24, 2010 by Edwardsville Intelligencer staff

Every year at this time, as parents pack sack lunches and kids pack their backpacks and head off to school, there is a sense of optimism - a sense that something exciting and new is happening.  [Full Story]

D.A.R.E. flourishing in district

Posted: August 23, 2010

Sunday is the 19th Annual Edwardsville Police D.A.R.E. Benefit Car, Truck and Motorcycle Show. [Full Story]

The lowdown on science, business

Posted: August 19, 2010

During the summer months, the Edwardsville District 7 Board of Education invited Edwardsville High School department heads to visit the monthly board meetings to speak about their department’s challenges and goals to prepare our youth for graduation and entering the workforce and give a general overview of their departments. [Full Story]

Back to school

Posted: August 18, 2010

With Tuesday being the first day of school, students at Lincoln Middle School file out into the parking lot in search of buses, parents or just a walk home. [Full Story]

A titanic first day at school

Posted: August 18, 2010

Liberty Middle School students on team 71 embarked on a special journey when school started Tuesday as they boarded the Titanic as passengers or crew – reliving the sinking of the famous ship. And they did it all from the comforts of their desk chairs. [Full Story]

District 7 celebrates 2009-10 hospital fundraising efforts

Posted: August 12, 2010

District 7 celebrated its 2009-10 fundraising efforts for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and Anderson Hospital at a reception in the EHS Commons last night. The District presented a check to St. Jude for $36, 971 and one to Anderson Hospital for $30,000. [Full Story]

EHS department heads report to the Board of Education

Posted: August 12, 2010

Edwardsville High School’s Science and Business & Applied Technology department chairs provided a status report to the District 7 Board of Education at its regular Board meeting tonight. [Full Story]

Standard & Poor’s Affirms District 7 “A” Bond Rating

Posted: August 12, 2010

On Friday, July 30, 2010, District 7 received notice from Standard & Poor’s that its “A” bond rating had been affirmed. [Full Story]

Honors Theatre Arts course proposed for EHS

Posted: August 12, 2010

The District 7 administration proposed the addition of Honors Theatre Arts III to the theater arts sequence of courses offered at EHS at its regular Board meeting on Monday night. The Board will act on the proposal at its next Board meeting on August 23, 2010. [Full Story]

Registration Reminder

Posted: August 5, 2010

Superintendent Ed Hightower wants to remind parents that school registration for 2010-11 is still underway. [Press Release]

Some good news for a change

Posted: August 11, 2010

After several months of Edwardsville District 7 Board of Education meetings dealing with budget cuts and discussions about the continuing financial woes of the state of Illinois, the school board meeting Monday night had a more positive tone as Edwardsville District 7 Superintendent Ed Hightower provided some financial “good news.” [Full Story]

Project pays off big time

Posted: August 10, 2010

Last year when Tommy Giacobbe was a sixth grade student at Lincoln Middle School, he participated in the school’s science fair “for fun” and “the experience.” [Full Story]

EHS grad earns Merit Scholarship

Posted: August 5, 2010

The National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC) announced its final award winners last week. Grace Harvey, a 2009 EHS graduate, was one of 30 St. Louis area students to receive the college-sponsored scholarship which she will use at Oberlin College in Ohio. [Full Story]

Summer school nears end

Posted: July 31, 2010

District 7 will be wrapping up another successful summer school session on Friday. Three summer programs served 700 students and included three programs: “Extended School Year,” “Summer Reading Program,” and the regular high school summer program.  [Full Story]

Board gets update on EHS activities

Posted: July 30, 2010

Edwardsville High School’s social studies, fine arts and foreign language department chairs visited the last Edwardsville District 7 Board of Education meeting to give an overview of each’s respective department as well as accomplishments and goals. [Full Story]

District 7: Living within its means

Posted: July 26, 2010

“Living within our means” continued to be the theme of the Edwardsville District 7 Board of Education meeting Monday night during the critically important financial update that has become a meeting staple due to the continuing state of Illinois' financial woes. [Full Story]

A Report to the Board of Education – Financial Update

Posted: July 20, 2010

[Presentation]

District 7 reinstates the Pre-K program

Posted: July 21, 2010

The Edwardsville District 7 Board of Education approved the reinstatement of the district’s pre-kindergarten (Pre-K) program at its regular board meeting Monday night. [Full Story]

District 7 reinstates PreK program

Posted: July 20, 2010

The District 7 Board of Education approved the reinstatement of the District’s Prekindergarten program at its regular Board meeting tonight. [Full Story]

EHS Social Studies, Fine Arts, and Foreign Language departments report to the Board

Posted: July 20, 2010

Edwardsville High School’s Social Studies, Fine Arts, and Foreign Language department chairs presented a report on their departments’ goals and challenges at the Board of Education tonight. [Full Story]

Helping hand

Posted: July 16, 2010

Seniors with the Edwardsville High School football team were out beautifying the exterior of the Main Street Community Center Wednesday morning, focusing on the landscaping by pulling weeds and adding mulch. This is the third year in a row the EHS football team has been doing community service during the summer for the MSCC. The team also spent the morning at the Edwardsville Moose Lodge, currently where the Edwardsville V.F.W. meets, working on the landscaping in honor of our veterans. [Full Story]

Family Circle's "10 Best Towns for Families: 2010"

Posted: July 6, 2010

Edwardsville Makes FC's Top 10 List

It was serendipity that led Ted and Jennifer Gianaris to Edwardsville. In 1996 Ted had just graduated from law school, and the couple was looking for an affordable community within driving distance of his new job in St. Louis, Missouri. Then they noticed the "For Sale" sign in front of a charming Victorian house with a park nearby and an elementary school around the corner for their 6-year-old, Annie. [Full Story]

District 7 celebrates Family Circle recognition

Posted: July 8, 2010

Superintendent Ed Hightower was pleased but not surprised by Family Circle’s recognition of Edwardsville as one of the 10 Best Towns for Families. “I think most of our residents would agree that this is an outstanding place to raise a family and educate our children.”

Family Circle contacted District 7 early on in the selection process, recognizing that a strong school district and strong community go hand-in-hand. According to Seema Nayyar of Family Circle, the magazine began its search with 1,700 towns. After extensive research, the pool was narrowed down to 25. From that point, the magazine conducted interviews with school district officials, community officials, and other local residents to determine their 10 best list.

The selection process was highly secretive – everyone involved was warned that all discussions had to remain confidential until Family Circle made its formal announcement. Any leaking of information to the press or public would have resulted in disqualification from consideration.

According to Nayyar, one of the most useful references they found was the District 7 website www.ecusd7.org. It served as a great window on the District 7 community, its students, staff, and parents and led the Family Circle staff to the kinds of information that cemented Edwardsville’s place in the top ten. [More Info]

District 7 announces substitute teacher training schedule

Posted: July 7, 2010

District 7 will host several training meetings for those individuals interested in becoming a substitute teacher for the 2010-11 school year. Attendance at the training is required in order to substitute teach in District 7, but there is no compensation for the training. [More Info]

School board presents revisions to handbook

Posted: June 29, 2010

The District 7 administration presented proposed handbook revisions to the Edwardsville District 7 Board of Education at its regularly scheduled meeting last week. The board was asked to review the proposed changes and approval of the 2010-11 handbook is slated for the July 19 board meeting. [Full Story]

Local teen taking action

Posted: June 29, 2010

We’ve all seen the horrific images coming out of the Gulf of Mexico of oil-coated pelicans, oil-stained seabirds and struggling sea turtles. While we cringe at the thought of the havoc the BP oil spill is wreaking on the sea ecosystem and feel helpless, Sara Ransick, an 18 year old 2010 Edwardsville High School graduate, is taking action. [Full Story]

District 7 board explores financial situation

Posted: June 23, 2010

Closing out the 2009-10 school year when state payments are lagging six months behind and trying to plan for the 2010-11 school year without knowing what level of funding to expect from the state were again topics of great concern at the Edwardsville District 7 Board of Education meeting Monday night. [Full Story]

Board Presentations: [2009-10 Financial Status] - [Proposed Revisions to the 2010-11 District 7 Handbook]

EHS Class of 2010 looks toward future

Posted: June 7, 2010

Edwardsville High School’s Class of 2010 is excited about the future, but it was clear on Saturday during commencement – members will not be forgotten in the hallways of EHS nor will they forget all they learned and shared together over the years there.  [Full Story] - [Graduates] - [Graduation Webcast] - [Photo Gallery]

Former EHS cheerleaders earn spot with Ole Miss

Posted: June 16, 2010

Edwardsville High School 2010 graduates and former varsity cheerleaders Alexis and Ashley Anzalone are now rebels – University of Mississippi Rebels – that is. The identical twins recently earned spots on the 2010-2011 Ole Miss cheerleading squad.[Full Story]

EHS grad receives merit scholarship

Posted: June 14, 2010

Edwardsville High School 2010 graduate Kyle Webb has been awarded a 2010 National Merit Scholarship. Kyle is the son of Melanie and Andy Webb of Edwardsville. He will be attending the University of Missouri in the fall and plans to major in aerospace engineering. [Full Story]

Order Your EHS Class of 2010 Graduation Video

Posted: June 9, 2010

To purchase the EHS Class of 2010 graduation video, contact ECTV at 618-692-7551 or jcunningham@cityofedwardsville.com.  The video is available in VHS and DVD formats.  The cost is $20.

130 seniors recognized at Senior Awards Night

Posted: June 9, 2010

One hundred-thirty seniors received one of 75 awards at Edwardsville High School’s annual Senior Awards Night held on Wednesday, May 19, in the EHS Auditorium.

Students were recognized for their academic achievements, which included the Illinois State Scholar Program and scholarships from local donors, including the Greater Edwardsville Area Community Foundation (GEACF). GEACF is a charitable trust that receives, manages, and distributes tax deductible, charitable contributions for the benefit of the greater Edwardsville area and its residents. In 2010, the GEACF awarded 25 scholarships to Edwardsville High School seniors. For more information, visit the GEACF website: www.edwardsvillefoundation.org.

Click here for a copy of the evening’s program. Click on the name of the award for photos of the award winners

 

 

EHS Class of 2010 looks toward future

Posted: June 7, 2010

Edwardsville High School’s Class of 2010 is excited about the future, but it was clear on Saturday during commencement – members will not be forgotten in the hallways of EHS nor will they forget all they learned and shared together over the years there.
[Full Story] - [Graduates] - [Graduation Webcast]

Students find flag's real meaning

Posted: June 3, 2010

There were a lot of American flags flying during the weekend’s Memorial Day festivities but one flag in particular gave the holiday an extra special significance for a group of fourth graders from Columbus Elementary. [More Info]

274 EHS students receive Tiger Choice Awards

Posted: May 28, 2010

The Edwardsville High School Renaissance Committee recognized 274 students at its 8th annual Tiger Choice Awards held on May 12, 2010. The Tiger Choice award is granted to any student nominted by one or more teachers. The purpose of the award is recognize students for any one or more of the following: citizenship, school spirit, academics (i.e., academic excellence, academic effort, academic improvement, etc.), volunteerism, character, perseverance, or any other quality the teacher deems appropriate for recognizing students. [More Info]

Pickup line

Posted: May 28, 2010

Leclaire Elementary School students try to pick marbles out of the water using only their feet Tuesday at the annual Ocean Olympics. Students spent most of the day outside playing water-related games in the warm sunshine. School ends Friday for students in Edwardsville District 7. [More Info]

Rain, rain go away

Posted: May 27, 2010

Matthew Huelsmann (27) and the Edwardsville Tiger baseball team had to wait an extra day to get the postseason under way as Wednesday’s semifinal round of the Class 4A Granite City Regional was postponed due to thunderstorms. [More Info]

Math teams celebrate success

Posted: May 28, 2010

The Edwardsville District 7 Board of Education recently recognized the math teams from Liberty Middle School, Lincoln Middle School and Edwardsville High School (EHS) during its monthly board meeting. [More Info]

GEACF honors contest winners

Posted: May 27, 2010

The Greater Edwardsville Area Community Foundation (GEACF) and the Edwardsville District 7 Board of Education recognized 16 first place winners in its annual Value of Education contest. The students received their certificates and a $100 cash prize at the district’s board meeting Monday night. [More Info]

A show of hands

Posted: May 27, 2010

Students at Albert Cassens Elementary School in Glen Carbon participated in a choreographed dance or routine Monday wearing pink gloves as part of the school’s “A Minute of Fame for the Relay for Life Campaign.” The school raised a total of $1,660. [More Info]

Be our guest

Posted: May 27, 2010

Grade student at Lincoln Middle School and G.O. member, brings a bottle of syrup to the table of hungry guests at the Main Street Community Center on Saturday morning. [More Info]

State brings out the best in EHS

Posted: May 27, 2010

The Edwardsville Tigers were pretty stoked about their performance at the Class 3A Track and Field State Meet Friday and Saturday at Eastern Illinois’ O’Brien Stadium in Charleston. [More Info]

So many books, so little time

Posted: May 27, 2010

Patrons to the Edwardsville District 7's first charity book sale browse more than 65,000 titles available for sale Saturday and Sunday at Goshen Elementary School. From fine arts to history or travel to science and nature, books, videos, DVD’s, comics, and CDs from every category imaginable were organized and displayed throughout the gymnasium and commons area. [More Info]

Students learn a sobering lesson

Posted: May 24, 2010

If seeing is really believing, then the seventh grade Liberty and Lincoln Middle School students got a big dose of “believing” this week when BJC Health Educator Kyle Klosterman showed the students a diseased human heart, lung, liver and stomach to drive the point home how alcohol and drug abuse affects our health and kills our organs. [More Info]

Volcanic eruption adds spice to local teacher's journey

Posted: May 19, 2010

When the volcanic ash cloud from the eruption of Eyjafjallajokul volcano in Iceland suspended air travel in Europe last month, Leclaire Elementary first grade teacher Sandra Henderson was preparing to return home to the states after a mission trip to Liberia, Africa. [More Info]

Elementary school staffs compete to “kick cancer”

Posted: May 14, 2010

When the Goshen Elementary Relay for Life team met to plan a fundraiser for this spring, members thought a kickball game among the Goshen staff would be entertaining for everyone involved – the staff members who would make up the teams and the students and parents who would cheer them on.

“We thought we’d sell tickets, conduct a raffle, and just have a fun time within the Goshen family,” Principal Tara Wells said. “But once the other elementary schools found out what we had planned, the event took on a life of its own.” [More Info]

 

 

District 7 Charity Book Sale donations top 65,000

Posted: May 18, 2010

District 7 will conduct its first charity book sale on May 22-23, 2010, at Goshen Elementary School. The sale will consist of donated items that include new/used hardback and paperback books (all genres), college textbooks, records, CDs, videos, DVDs, and comics. [More Info] - [Directions]

Catch and release

Posted: May 14, 2010

Loewy Noud, a third grade student at Woodland School jumps back in surprise as she attempts to remove a bluegill from a hook while fishing Wednesday morning at Leclaire Lake with other third grade students. [More Info]

Follow the leader

Posted: May 14, 2010

EHS junior drama students interact with Leclaire Elementary students during Leclaire’s Fine Arts Day recently. Leclaire Elementary School dedicates an entire day to the fine arts each year where students rotate through various fine arts activities involving dance, music, storytelling and art. [More Info]

Forty-nine EHS seniors win Silver Medallion Awards

Posted: May 12, 2010

The 22nd Silver Medallion Awards ceremony honored students from the top 8 percent of graduating seniors from 20 area high schools, including 49 students from Edwardsville High School. A total of 212 students were honored on Thursday, April 29, 2010 at Lewis and Clark Community College’s River Bend Arena. [More Info]

District 7 honors top performers

Posted: May 12, 2010

It was a night of recognitions at the Edwardsville District 7 Board of Education meeting Monday night. The board recognized Edwardsville High School All-State Musicians, the EHS National Honor Society, Liberty Middle School’s seventh and eighth grade volleyball teams, EHS football player Rodney Coe, EHS Athletic Director Brad Bevis and The May “Do the Right Thing” award recipients. [More Info]

Students find their inner musician

Posted: May 12, 2010

Third grade students from District 7 schools converged at the Edwardsville High School Commons last week for a unique tryout.  It wasn’t your typical tryout to make a team. It was a chance for the incoming fourth graders to try a variety of band and orchestra instruments to see which one they would like to begin playing next year. [More Info]

Middle schoolers plan MSCC event

Posted: May 12, 2010

The Main Street Community Center continues to get a helping hand from the community and even its youngsters. The G.O. Group of Liberty and Lincoln middle schools has announced it will host an event to benefit the Center on May 22 – a pancake and sausage breakfast. [More Info]

EHS orchestra welcomes guest

Posted: May 10, 2010

Each year the Edwardsville High School Orchestra performs its senior farewell concert. It’s the last performance of the year for all orchestra members and also a chance to recognize and say goodbye to the seniors who will be graduating. [More Info]

Habla espanol? District 7 says "Si"

Posted: April 30, 2010

With 329 million native Spanish speakers worldwide, the Spanish language ranks as the world’s number two language in terms of how many people speak it as their first language. [More Info]

Spring planting

Posted: April 29, 2010

In part with National Honor Society of Edwardsville High School and the Committee for AfterProm, nine trees were donated and planted in Joe Glik Park. [More Info]

Board recognizes winter sports teams

Posted: April 29, 2010

The Edwardsville District 7 Board of Education recognized Edwardsville High School’s Bowling, Dance, Wrestling, Boys Basketball and Girls Basketball teams at the Edwardsville Board of Education Monday night. [More Info]

Shampoo or Soap

Posted: April 29, 2010

Teacher and organizer of the Third Annual Liberty S.O.S. “Shampoo or Soap” Panthers Exhibition game, Brian Kamadulski plays offense against student Jordan Chappel, a member of the eighth grade boys basketball team at Liberty Middle School on Friday afternoon in the gym. [More Info]

Delivering a healthy message

Posted: April 27, 2010

"How much sugar is in a Snicker’s bar?" " How much fat is in a package of French fries or chicken nuggets from a fast food restaurant?" "When should you call 9-1-1 and what should you say when the dispatcher answers?" [More Info]

Essay writer boosts park project

Posted: April 26, 2010

The Edwardsville/Glen Carbon Junior Service Club got another big donation towards its proposed playground project for Township Park on Thursday. The non-profit women’s service organization, which has plans to construct a playground – an “inclusive playground,” open to all children, but built to accommodate children with special needs – at the park received $2,000 from the proceeds of the recent musical performed by Lincoln Middle School students “Lincoln Gives Back.” [More Info]

District seeks book donations for sale

Posted: April 26, 2010

District 7 is seeking donations for its first charity book sale that will take place on May 22 and 23 at Goshen Elementary School. Proceeds from the District 7 Charity Book Sale will benefit the victims of January’s devastating earthquake in Haiti, the new Dr. Melbourne and Cleora Grimm Intensive Care Unit at Anderson Hospital and other charities. [More Info]

EHS Interact Club plans fundraiser

Posted: April 22, 2010

Edwardsville High School students are still seeking sponsorships and donations for their fundraiser. On Saturday, the EHS Interact-Rotary Club will be raising money for the villagers of Malawi, Africa. The club members along with their friends and families will be completing exercises at the EHS track such as walking the distance villagers of Malawi walk every day to find clean drinking water. [More Info]

Read and Run

Posted: April 22, 2010

Glen Carbon Elementary School students bolt from the starting line Saturday as they wrap up their Read and Run, 26 Books and 26 Miles program. Beginning in November, students in grades kindergarten through second kicked off the program in which they read 26 books and did physical activity equivalent to 25 miles of running. Saturday, dozens of students elected to run the last mile on a course that wound through Old Town Glen Carbon and included a police escort. [More Info]

EHS royalty

Posted: April 19, 2010

Keeping with the Prom’s theme Swan Lake, seniors Taylor Martin was crowned Prince and Jenna Stroh crowned Queen at Edwardsville High School’s 2010 Prom conducted Saturday Night at Gateway Convention Center. EHS teacher Chris Head, who has coordinated the EHS prom more than 20 years, was crowned “eternal queen” as she will be stepping down from the position. Nearly 900 students were in attendance at the gala. [More Info]

Spelling bee winners honored

Posted: April 19, 2010

Edwardsville District 7 building spelling bee winners and runners up attended the Edwardsville District 7 Board of Education meeting Monday night to be recognized. [More Info]

Young Authors recognized

Posted: April 19, 2010

The District 7 Young Authors county and state representatives were recognized at Monday's Edwardsville District 7 Board of Education meeting. [More Info]

Lincoln students hit high notes

Posted: April 19, 2010

Lincoln Middle School choir, orchestra and band students competed recently in the 2010 Illinois Grade School Music Association (IGSMA) District Solo and Ensemble competition at Coolidge Middle School and many students received special recognition. [More Info]

EHS royalty

Posted: April 15, 2010

Edwardsville High School will be hosting its Prom, with the theme Swan Lake, on Saturday night at the Gateway Convention Center in Collinsville. Prom King and Queen Candidates include Emily Firsching, Jenna Stroh and Laila Jason, Steven Tutka and Joel Rogier, and Taylor Martin. [More Info]

Board OKs 2010-11 calendar

Posted: April 15, 2010

The Edwardsville District 7 Board of Education approved the 2010-11 school calendar at its meeting Monday night. [More Info]

2010-2011 District Calendar

Posted: April 13, 2010

The 2010-2011 district calendar can be viewed by clicking here.

An EPIC lesson in sticker shock

Posted: April 12, 2010

Edwardsville High School's Edwardsville Peer Influence Club (EPIC) members hit the streets Thursday. The members were fast and efficient. Travelling in a school bus, the bus would pull up to a pre-determined convenience store, gas station or grocer and the students would quickly exit the bus and enter the business. [More Info]

Student-fueled book drive set

Posted: April 12, 2010

District 7 will conduct its first charity book sale on May 22 and 23 at Goshen Elementary School. Proceeds from the District 7 Charity Book Sale will benefit the victims of January’s devastating earthquake in Haiti, the new Dr. Melbourne and Cleora Grimm Intensive Care Unit at Anderson Hospital, and other charities. [More Info]

EHS A.D. notches biggest assist yet

Posted: April 12, 2010

Dave and Kathy Gerber have been on hundreds of walks together, talking and enjoying each other’s company while exploring the sights around Dunlap Lake. [More Info]

Science stars

Posted: April 8, 2010

Pictured are the students who represented Albert Cassens Elementary at the 25th Annual SIUE Regional Science Fair in March. Kathleen McCracken received a special U.S. Army certificate of achievement to recognize outstanding projects. [More Info]

District 7 presents parent workshop: Fostering resiliency to bullying: Practical solutions for surviving the social world

Posted: April 8, 2010

District 7 will offer a workshop entitled Fostering resiliency to bullying: Practical solutions for surviving the social world on Wednesday, April 14, 2010, in the auditorium at the Jon Davis Wrestling Center from 6:30-8:00 p.m.  [More Info]

Aiming high

Posted: April 8, 2010

The Edwardsville NAACP sponsors students to participate in an ACT preparation and review course. The students met for five weeks on Saturdays for three hours at Edwardsville High School.  [More Info]

District 7 reduces budget by $3.1 million

Posted: March 22, 2010

Board approves a five-point action plan to stabilize district finances during the current economic crisis at its regular board meeting on March 22, 2010.

The District 7 Board of Education and administration established three central goals when reviewing and making recommendations for budget reductions: 1) To maintain class sizes within the contract limit throughout District 7 in order to provide quality student instruction 2) To preserve a safe and quality learning environment through the continued upkeep of school facilities and 3) To preserve extracurricular opportunities for District 7 students, including athletics, performing arts, and other clubs and activities. 

The five-point action plan includes:

  1. Continuing the freeze on all discretionary purchasing/spending unless funds are made available by outside donors, grants, or other contributions

   Freezing all salaries of administrators and exempt personnel for 2010-11

    Negotiating a contract with Edwardsville Education Association (EEA) using some of  the projected savings from the twelve (12) teachers now scheduled to retire at the conclusion of the 2009-10 school year

  1. Reducing operating expenditures by $3,117,750 million for the 2010-2011 school year while not increasing student fees such as textbook, activity, and meal prices

   Reduction of administrative positions

   Reduction of teaching staff through attrition and release of probationary employees

   Reduction of ESSPA staffing and decrease in work hours

  1. Preserving the District’s financial stability, including the maintenance of the current “A” bond rating

   Reducing expenditures through increased building and operational efficiencies and managing cash flow requirements

   To the extent possible, preserving working cash reserves for emergencies

  1. Maintaining a stable tax rate at or below $4.00 to ease the burden on District 7 taxpayers for the 2010-2011 school year
  2. Not requesting additional educational funding through a tax referendum during the 2010-2011 school year

[See full report]

Top Authors

Posted: March 26, 2010

Woodland Elementary Young Authors winners stand with their books during festivities conducted in their honor. Winners gathered together to celebrate, share their stories and create their own custom bookmarks on Friday morning.  [Full Story]

Service with a smile

Posted: March 26, 2010

Nelson Elementary School’s teachers and staff hosted a “Culver’s Night” Tuesday to raise money for Haiti’s rebuilding efforts. The fundraising event was the third “Culver’s Night” for Nelson and was hosted by the first grade teachers.  [Full Story]

Cassens student spells way to the top

Posted: March 22, 2010

Cassens Elementary School fifth grader Riley Kloostra was walking around the Maryville University campus last Saturday to get rid of the jitters. One of only 30 metro St. Louis students who qualified for the St. Louis area spelling bee final by earning a perfect 25 score on a written test, Riley was about to compete for a one in 30 chance to represent the St. Louis area at the 83rd annual Scripps Howard Spelling Bee in Washington, D.C.  [Full Story]

Aspiring authors

Posted: March 17, 2010

N.O. Nelson Young Author winners were honored at a Young Authors Tea Friday. Pictured from left are Spencer Sterns (county representative), McLain Oertle (County representative), Marian Steinmann (state representative) and Charlie Belobrajdic (county representative). The four students’ books were selected from 113 participants in the Young Author competition at Nelson school. [Full Story]

Group seeking shirts

Posted: March 15, 2010

When the seventh graders at Lincoln Middle School begin collecting shirts next month to benefit the Newborns in Need program, they’ll be hard pressed to top the 2,000 shirts they collected in the first semester of school. The school itself collected 2,878.  [Full Story]

Finding the fun in "Everyday Math"

Posted: March 15, 2010

There were 24 kids completely entranced watching their computer monitors. Some were cheering when they won a game and others were chattering with their partner as the excitement was building with the anticipation of winning.  [Full Story]

Midway students spend day in the office

Posted: March 15, 2010

Midway Elementary first graders Jayna Connoyer and Drew Law saw the school day a little differently last week. The two students were the lucky winners of a raffle drawing which gave them the opportunity to serve as the “Principal for a Day.”  [Full Story]

EHS prepares for PSAE test

Posted: March 15, 2010

For every college-bound high school junior, nothing is more anticipated than the ACT test. Scores can go a long way in determining which schools students may – or may not – be accepted to. [Full Story]

A shorter winter break has support

Posted: March 11, 2010

Edwardsville District 7 Superintendent Ed Hightower provided some preliminary survey counts for the two parent surveys – interest in summer school at a fee and the possibility of reducing the holiday break from 10 days to seven – during the Edwardsville District 7 Board of Education meeting Monday night. Several EHS sports groups were also recognized during the meeting. [Full Story]

Top authors

Posted: March 11, 2010

Glen Carbon Elementary’s Illinois Young Author’s Program award winners Hannah Garde, Claire Johnes and Jacob Crabtree were recognized at a young author’s celebration Friday in the Glen Carbon Elementary media Center. Hannah will be representing the school at the state competition in May. Before the party, the students gathered in the media center to hear, via Skype, about how children’s author Scotti Cohn researched, wrote, edited and found a publisher for her book, “One Wolf Howls.”[Full Story]

District 7 presents parent workshop: Teaching your child to love learning

Posted: March 11, 2010

District 7 will offer a three-part series entitled “Teaching Your Child to Love Learning” on Thursday, March 18, 25, and April 8, from 10:00-11:30 a.m. at the YMCA Meyer Center in Program Room #1.  [Full Story]

Board of Education recognizes students, employees

Posted: March 10, 2010

The District 7 Board of Education recognized Do the Right Thing and Good Employee Award winners for March and members of the EHS Ice Hockey, Boys Swim, and Cheerleading teams at its March 8, 2010, board meeting.  [Full Story]

Midway first graders play principal for a day

Posted: March 9, 2010

As part of the district initiative to raise funds for Anderson Hospital, students at Midway Elementary had the opportunity to serve as the “Principal for a Day.” Midway conducted a raffle for the prize. Students could purchase $2 tickets to enter their names into the drawing. Jayna Connoyer and Drew Law, both first graders at Midway School, were the lucky winners.

Both students had their day in the office last week. Jayna served on March 4 and Drew served on March 5. Both students fulfilled a variety of responsibilities on their designated days, including conducting school assemblies, observing in classrooms, monitoring lunch, inspecting the building for safety, and communicating with the staff. [Full Story]

EHS takes first at math competition

Posted: March 2, 2010

Edwardsville High School took first place in the Division 4AA of the Illinois Council of Teachers of Mathematics (ICTM) regional competition conducted recently at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. [Full Story]

Young Authors

Posted: March 2, 2010

Participants in the Illinois Young Author’s Program at Hamel Elementary School gather Thursday with their masterpieces in hand. Altogether 44 students took part in the program, sponsor Denise Clouser said. First grader Macy Updyke was named state representative for the school for her book “The Polar Bear’s Haircut,” and second grade Alexandria Hicks was named county representative for her book “The Girl Who Went Underwater.”  [Full Story]

23 EHS seniors earn scholarships

Posted: March 2, 2010

Christmas came early – real early – for 23 Edwardsville High School seniors. Twenty were named Wentz Family Award 2010 Scholarship winners and three were Dirty Dozen 2010 Scholarship winners. [Full Story]

District 7 presents parent workshop: “Raising Caring, Confident, Capable Children”

Posted: March 2, 2010

District 7 will offer a workshop entitled “Raising Caring, Confident, Capable Children” on Tuesday, March 9, 2010, in the Liberty Middle School Media Center from 6:30-8:00 p.m.

Preparing children to live and work in an ever-changing society takes love, hard work, and endless patience. It also requires a balanced education that combines academic achievement with social and emotional growth. This presentation will educate parents on the Social Emotional Learning Standards embedded in the District 7 Health curriculum. It will also provide parents with strategies to support healthy social and emotional development at school and at home.

To register for the presentation, call Sandrarae Hyatt at 656-1182. The workshop is for adults only; childcare is not available.

Young Authors

Posted: March 2, 2010

Participants in the Illinois Young Author’s Program at Hamel Elementary School gather Thursday with their masterpieces in hand. Altogether 44 students took part in the program, sponsor Denise Clouser said. First grader Macy Updyke was named state representative for the school for her book “The Polar Bear’s Haircut,” and second grade Alexandria Hicks was named county representative for her book “The Girl Who Went Underwater.”  [Full Story]

"Lincoln Gives Back"

Posted: March 2, 2010

Philanthropy is the theme of “Lincoln Gives Back,” which begins a three-day run on Thursday at the Lincoln Middle School auditorium. A rather mundane concept in the abstract, but it’s one that comes alive when the student cast members perform songs by pop stars such as The Black Eyed Peas and Natasha Bedingfield to drive home their message. [Full Story]

23 EHS seniors earn scholarships

Posted: March 2, 2010

Christmas came early – real early – for 23 Edwardsville High School seniors. Twenty were named Wentz Family Award 2010 Scholarship winners and three were Dirty Dozen 2010 Scholarship winners. [Full Story]

Liberty Math Team wins competition

Posted: March 2, 2010

Liberty Middle School’s Math Team won the regional MathCounts competition for the seventh year in a row. The students competed Feb. 6 at SIUE against approximately 18 other middle schools from the metro east area. [Full Story]

Anzalone receives cheer scholarship

Posted: March 2, 2010

For the third consecutive year, an Edwardsville High School varsity cheerleader earned the top scholarship prize of $4,000 from the Illinois Cheerleading Coaches Association during the state championships conducted in Springfield. [Full Story]

Shiver me timbers

Posted: March 2, 2010

Edwardsville attorney Bill Meacham, in full pirate mode, reads to a group of students and parents Thursday night at Woodland Elementary School as part of Read Across America. The March 2 birthday of noted children's author Theodor Seuss Geisel, better known as Dr. Seuss, spurred the establishment of Read Across America, an annual event in which students gather at schools to listen to stories and receive free books.[Full Story]

Exhibits spotlight Black History Month

Posted: March 2, 2010

Liberty Middle School brought its celebration of Black History Month to a close this year with a Black History Museum featuring exhibits made by its students. [Full Story]

Input sought on summer program

Posted: February 24, 2010

Edwardsville District 7 Superintendent Ed Hightower announced during the Edwardsville District 7 Board of Education meeting Monday night that District 7 parents will be surveyed to gain input about offering a limited reading summer school program for elementary and middle school students as well as surveyed about the possibility of changing the winter break from 10 school days off to seven. [Full Story]

Edwardsville National Guard soldier accepted to West Point

Posted: February 22, 2010

EDWARDSVILLE - Most high school seniors spend their final months before graduation thinking about prom, getting their diploma and college. An 18-year-old Edwardsville High School senior has visions of something bigger. [Full Story]

District enjoys recent accomplishments

Posted: February 22, 2010

In this time of economic crisis, which has been punctuated by an almost daily dose of bad economic news, it would be easy to focus on all things negative – what we can’t do because of funding shortfalls instead of what we have done and what we will continue to do. Though the crisis has led District 7 to make significant budget cuts over the last 18 months and is the driving force behind another $3.1 million in proposed budget cuts, it would be a mistake to push the District and the community’s accomplishments during this time into the background. [Full Story]

Presidents on parade

Posted: February 19, 2010

Ryan Strohmeier shows off his Franklin Roosevelt sign during a Presidential Parade Tuesday afternoon at Columbus School. The school’s third graders made sandwich boards with pictures, photos and facts about a president and paraded through the building. Friends and family members lined the main hall to cheer them on. [Full Story]

District 7 presents parent workshop: Is your toddler ready?

Posted: February 17, 2010

District 7 will host a program presented by Children’s Hospital called Diapers to Underpants. The class will be offered on February 25 from 6:30-8:00 p.m. in the Liberty Middle School Auditorium.

Of all the milestones of development, parents often feel the least-prepared and most anxious about toilet training. This class is designed to alleviate those worries and provide parents with strategies to use. Parents will learn to recognize the natural signs that their child is ready to begin toilet learning. There will also be a discussion of effective ways to help children achieve this important milestone.

Parents of toddlers who are ready or will soon be ready for this step are encouraged to attend. Please call Children’s Hospital at 800-678-5437 to register for Diapers to Underpants.

Workshop will turn out better parents

Posted: February 16, 2010

Better children require better parents. With that in mind, Edwardsville District 7 is offering a workshop series entitled, “How to Get them to Stop! Part I and II.” The workshops will be conducted from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 16, and Tuesday, March 2, at the Edwardsville High School Media Center. [Full Story]

Edwardsville District 7 plans kindergarten registration

Posted: February 16, 2010

The 2009-10 school year has passed the halfway point so it’s time to look toward 2010-11, particularly for those who will begin their first year of school. Edwardsville District 7 has scheduled spring kindergarten registration for the 2010-11 school year on March 10 at its primary buildings: Hamel, Midway, Nelson, Glen Carbon, Goshen and Leclaire elementary schools. Registration at each school will begin at noon and end at 7 p.m. [Full Story] - [Registration Flyer]

Simon shows up at "Woodland Idol"

Posted: February 16, 2010

"American Idol" may have topped the TV charts last week, but "Woodland Idol" was a smash hit with the Woodland Elementary students. During their school-wide morning meeting, the students watched their teachers and a few classmates participate in "Woodland Idol." The presentation was a part of the Woodland ISAT (Illinois Standards Achievement Test) committee’s school wide ISAT preparation activities that they have planned. [Full Story]

Worldly scholar

Posted: February 16, 2010

Austin Wang, a fourth grader at Albert Cassens Elementary School, is the school winner for the recent geography bee. Wang now takes a written qualifying test to see if he will qualify as one of 100 students to compete at the state bee on April 9. All state winners will advance to the National Geographic Society Bee in Washington, D.C., on May 25 and 26 where the winner will receive a $25,000 college scholarship. [Full Story]

Students raise $3,337.42 for Haiti earthquake victims

Posted: February 11, 2010

The Cougar Council of Albert Cassens Elementary School, under the sponsorship of teachers Adam Garrett and Lindsey Watts, organized a classroom coin collection to assist victims of the earthquake in Haiti. Cassens students contributed coins in the total amount of $3,337.42. The money was presented to Albert Bertram with the American Red Cross. Mr. Bertram thanked the students on behalf of the people of Haiti and said the money raised will go toward the purchase of water containers, cooking utensils, tents, mosquito netting, vaccines, and meals.

District 7 presents parent workshop

Posted: February 11, 2010

District 7 will offer a workshop series entitled How to Get Them to Stop! Part I & How to Get Them to Stop! Part II on Tuesday, February 16, 2010, and Tuesday, March 2, 2010, in the Edwardsville High School Media Center from 6:30-7:30 p.m. [More information]

Spelling Champs

Posted: February 11, 2010

Riley Kloostra, left, a fifth grader, is the first place winner and Ashley Siatkowski, right, a fifth grader, is the runner-up for the school spelling bee at Albert Cassens School. Both students will participate in the District Spelling Bee March 16 at Lincoln Middle School and Kloostra will also compete in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch Spelling Bee at Maryville University on March 6. [Full Story]

Goshen students reach out to Haiti

Posted: February 10, 2010

Goshen Elementary students and staff teamed up with Faith Lutheran Church Friday to make a difference in the lives of the children impacted by the recent earthquake in Haiti. Together they spent the day measuring and packaging meal pouches that will be sent to Haiti through a partnership with Kids Against Hunger.

During the week days, elementary students fill Goshen Elementary hallways, but on Sunday mornings, Faith Lutheran Church utilizes the building for its church services. Faith Lutheran has a main church site in Oakville, but also two satellite churches – one in Columbia and one in Edwardsville. [Full Story]

Goshen students emphasize recycling

Posted: February 8, 2010

Goshen Elementary students are seeing on a daily basis how they can make an impact on the environment through recycling. The students, kindergarten through second grade, are involved in a school-wide recycling program that began mid December. Together the students and staff have recycled 4,500 pounds of material since December that otherwise would have ended up in our local landfills. [Full Story]

2010-11 Kindergarten Registration Set

Posted: February 3, 2010

District 7 Kindergarten Registration has been scheduled for Wednesday, March 10, 2010, from noon until 7:00 p.m. All registration will take place at the child’s home school. Click [here] for additional information.

Summer school for students currently enrolled in grades 8-12

Posted: January 19, 2010

Registration for high school summer school begins on Monday, February 1, 2010, and ends May 7, 2010. Many students take advantage of summer school courses to free time in their schedules during the regular school year to pursue electives they might not have been able to fit in their schedules. [More Information]

Character Plus Parent Survey

Posted: January 4, 2010

Parents, please take a quick survey about your child’s school. Click here for the Madison County CHARACTERplus Way™ Parent Survey.

Students make shocking discoveries

Posted: February 2, 2010

What’s the best conductor of electricity? Metal? Plastic coated wire? Wood? And how exactly does an electromagnet work? These were just a few of the questions and concepts that the fourth grade students at Worden Elementary were learning about and answering while participating in several hands-on activities provided by The Magic House’s educational outreach program. [More Information]

Leskera accepted to West Point

Posted: February 1, 2010

Set to serve on a tennis court for the final season of his prep career at Edwardsville, Jordan Leskera recently learned his service game will not end there after being accepted into the prestigious U.S. Military Academy at West Point.

“I was extremely excited when I first found out and I’m still excited right now,” said Leskera, who discovered his acceptance on Jan. 23 during a ceremony at the East St. Louis armory. “West Point is the best military school in the world. It trains the best leaders and with me having the opportunity to go to the school, for sure West Point’s going to give me the opportunity to be a great leader someday.” [More information]

 

EHS Chamber Singers will perform in Peoria

Posted: January 28, 2010

The Edwardsville High School Chamber Singers are one of only six groups from across the state of Illinois that has been chosen to perform Friday at the Illinois Music Educators Association All-State Conference in Peoria. [More Information]

Worldly scholars

Posted: January 28, 2010

The Woodland School Geography Bee winners are pictured from left, with third place Sarah Goldacker, second place Matt Gregor, and first place Cam Potter. Potter has taken a written qualifying test to see if he will qualify as one of 100 students to compete at the state bee on April 9. All state winners will advance to the National Geographic Society Bee in Washington, D.C., on May 25 and 26 where the winner will receive a $25,000 college scholarship. [More Information]

Spelling champs

Posted: January 28, 2010

The winners of the Liberty Middle School Spelling Bee are Eric Gray, an eighth grader, with first place, and runner-up Erin Bailey, a sixth grade student. Both students will now have the chance to compete at the District Spelling Bee on March 16. Gray will also have the chance to compete at the St. Louis Post-Dispatch Spelling Bee at Maryville University on March 6. [More Information]

Busy bees

Posted: January 28, 2010

Woodland School Spelling Bee winners are pictured from left, third place Alex Daly, second place Greer DenHouter, and taking first place Oliver Knapp. The three finalists will have the chance to compete at the Edwardsville District Spelling Bee on March 16 at Lincoln Middle School. Oliver Knapp will represent the school in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch Spelling Bee at Maryville University on March 6.

It's fun to stay at the...

Posted: January 22, 2010

Mikala Marquez, in pink, an eighth grade language arts teacher at Liberty Middle School, leads a group of staff and students in singing “YMCA” karaoke-style during the lunch period at Liberty Thursday. Liberty and Lincoln middle schools have been conducting fundraising events this week to raise money to send to the Red Cross for Haiti relief. As of Thursday, the schools were very close to meeting and expected to exceed their goal of collecting $3,000.

 

Spelling champs

Posted: January 25, 2010

Miles Horton, right, a fifth grader at Columbus Elementary School, winner of the school spelling bee, and Collin Garvey, left, fifth grade and the runner-up, will be competing next in the District spelling bee March 16 at Lincoln Middle School. Horton will also have the chance to compete at the St. Louis Post-Dispatch Spelling Bee at Maryville University on March 6.

 

 

District 7 outlines proposed budget cuts

Posted: January 12, 2010

Superintendent Ed Hightower presented to the Board of Education for its consideration a five point action plan for 2010-11 at its regular board meeting on January 11. The plan addresses spending, financial stability, and maintaining a stable tax rate for District 7, which is currently the lowest in Madison County at 3.9594.
[Press Release] - [Presentation]

Students will raise money for Haiti

Posted: January 19, 2010

The devastation and crisis of the earthquake aftermath in Haiti have prompted the Liberty and Lincoln Middle School (LMS) students and staff to take action. Together they are hosting a variety of activities this week to raise money that will be donated to the Red Cross relief efforts in Haiti. [Full Story]

N.O. Nelson students dive into citizenship

Posted: January 12, 2010

It’s never too young to begin learning how to be a good citizen and Cathy Guennewig’s second grade students at N.O. Nelson Elementary School could easily host a refresher course on this subject. [Full Story]

District 7 presents parent workshop: “Helping Children Develop Self-Control”

Posted: January 12, 2010

The District 7 parent education staff will offer a two-part workshop entitled “Helping Children Develop Self-Control” on January 13 and 20, at the Jon Davis Wrestling Center Auditorium from 6:30-8:00 p.m. The workshops are designed to be taken together as a two-part series. [Press Release]

Students praised during mid-year report

Posted: January 4, 2010

In his year-end report to the board of education, Edwardsville District 7 Superintendent Ed Hightower praised the students for their community involvement, provided an update on the state’s financial situation, reiterated the district’s five point action plan and emphasized that they would not be seeking a tax levy increase for the 2009 tax levy. [Full Story]

Leclaire students thank police officers, firemen

Posted:  January 4, 2010

Leclaire Elementary students and staff expressed their gratitude to the Edwardsville Fire and Police Departments last week by hosting a “thank you” luncheon. [Full Story]

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