Thank You From: Littlejohn Kindergarten Team

The generosity of our Donors allows DEF to support the community and to receive amazing letters like the one below from Littlejohn Kindergarten Team😊!!

 

 

 

Dear DeKalb Education Foundation,

A huge thank you to you for approving and funding our Kindergarten Hands-On Exploration grant during the 2017-2018 school year. The items that we were able to purchase for use in our classrooms impacted our students’ educational experience more than we can even begin to describe, and we are so appreciative of your generosity.

Our students were able to participate in hands-on experiences where they collaborated with their peers to make predictions and conduct investigations, discovered for themselves relationships between science concepts, made connections to the abstract concepts about which they were learning, and applied what they learned to help them understand the texts that we were reading during our integrated literacy block. The students were so engaged in learning and loved the opportunities to explore magnetism, and experiment with force and motion and ways to make objects move slower, faster, farther, etc. They were thrilled to plant seeds, track their plants progress, and explain to visitors all they knew about the parts of plants. And one of their favorite activities involved applying their knowledge of weather and wind to design and build their own wind-powered vehicles which we then “raced” in the hallway with the help of a fan.

Your generosity and commitment to the students of District 428 has made an enormous difference and has been hugely impactful on our students’ learning. Thank you!

Tracy Paszotta, Kelly Corral, Joan Boyce
Littlejohn Kindergarten Team

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Travis Erickson Wins 2018 Wirtz Award

DeKalb Education Foundation is pleased to announce the 2018 Wirtz Award Winner…    

Travis Erickson, DeKalb High School Music Educator!   

He was surprised with the award presentation this morning at DHS.

Travis’ ability to influence, inspire, and motivate students exemplifies the intent of this Wirtz family award. 

He will be recognized at the May 1st Board of Education meeting. 

Congratulations to Travis from everyone at the DEF!

 

 

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Thank You, Norm Stahl

Norm Stahl

  A NIU Representative on the Writz Committee is retiring this year after 20 years!!

On be half of the DeKalb Education Foundation and District 428, we would like to thank you for your service in the DeKalb Community.

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Scholarships

Applications are in the Student Services Office: They are Due to the Office by March 9, 2018

See Kathy Cebulski, counselor, with questions

 

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Wirtz Award for Excellence in Education

How to Nominate

Your Colleague for the Wirtz Award for Excellence in Education

 

Nominators

  • At the beginning of February, choose your nominee who has been exemplary in inspiring students and/or promotes a program that lifts students’ sense of human values and purpose as proposed by the Wirtz family for this award
  • Notify your nominee of your nomination
  • Complete nomination form
  • Solicit three (3) letters of support for your nominee from colleagues, family and/or students.
  • Submit the nomination form and three (3) letters to Jennie Hueber,

Education Center, by Friday, February 23, 2018 at 5:00pm.

Wirtz nomination form 2017-2018 

The Wirtz Committee will review all nominees and notify you if your nominee is selected the week of March 19th

 

Winning Nominee

  • You and your school principal will arrange for a surprise announcement for your nominee the week of April 9th. Contact Sheryl Nak, snak974@comcast.net, with your plans so a committee representative can be present.
  • The Wirtz Award plaque and honorarium will be presented to the nominee at the May 1st school board meeting.

On behalf of the Wirtz Committee, thank you!

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DEF Presents 2017 Scholarships

The DeKalb Education Foundation was honored to present $30,000 in scholarship awards to deserving DeKalb High School students as part of Senior Awards Night on May 24, 2017. Board members Sheryl Nakonechny and Julie Suter proudly represented DEF part of our Scholarship Committee at the ceremony. You can check out photos of all the award winners in this online gallery.

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Lisa Lenz Wins 2017 Wirtz Award

Lisa Lenz, special education teacher at Brooks Elementary, was surprised on Wednesday, April 12th at an all-school assembly with the news that she has been selected as the 2017 winner of the Wirtz Award. The Wirtz Award is presented to one District 428 teacher each year to honor their excellence as an educator. Lisa is pictured with her husband and getting a hug from her daughter, as well as receiving her award plaque and some flowers. Congratulations to Lisa from everyone at the DEF!IMG_1658 IMG_1665

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DEF Scholarships Due March 10th

DEF Scholarships are due to the DeKalb High School Student Services Office by March 10th.

See Kathy Cebulski, DeKalb High School counselor, for more information.

 

Are you an athlete, soccer player or a musician?
Check out this scholarship which is given to four seniors:
Emmette and Kathleen Land Memorial Scholarship: DEF Land Application 2017
The Christopher E. Anderson Memorial Scholarship is given to a senior: DEF Anderson Application 2017

Are you thinking about becoming an elementary education teacher?
See the Sharon L. Rosenow Memorial Scholarship, which is awarded to two students: DEF Rosenow Application 2017

Working toward a four year degree?
The Beatrice M. Stankus Memorial Scholarship and the Keith and Viella Glidden Scholarship are for you:
DEF Stankus Application 2017
DEF Glidden Application 2017

If a two or four year college is in your future plans, the Thomas R. Rauman Memorial Scholarship or Evelyn S. Nelson Scholarship could help out four seniors:
DEF Rauman Application 2017
DEF Nelson Application 2017

Or you could apply for the DHS College Support Scholarship: DHS College Support Scholarship Application

If you received special education services, the Steven Streb Memorial Scholarship could help you further your studies: DEF Streb Application 2017

Good luck with your future plans!

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How to Nominate Your Colleague for the Wirtz Award (due February 24th)

Nominators

  • At the beginning of February, choose your nominee who has been exemplary in inspiring students and/or promotes a program that lifts students’ sense of human values and purpose as proposed by the Wirtz family for this award
  • Notify your nominee of your nomination
  • Complete nomination form
  • Solicit three (3) letters of support for your nominee from colleagues, family and/or students.
  • Submit the nomination form and 3 letters to Jennie Hueber, Education Center, by Friday, February 24, 2017 at 5:00 p.m.

The Wirtz Committee will review all nominees and notify you if your nominee is selected the week of March 20th.

Winning Nominee

  • You and your school principal will arrange for a surprise announcement for your nominee the week of April 10th. Contact Sheryl Nak, snak974@comcast.net, with your plans so a committee representative can be present.
  • The Wirtz Award plaque and honorarium will be presented to the nominee at the May school board meeting.

On behalf of the Wirtz Committee, thank you!

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DEF Dedicates New Plaque to Honor Winners of the Wirtz Award

The DeKalb Education Foundation is proud to introduce a new plaque honoring all of the winners of the Wirtz Award for Excellence in Education. The plaque will be displayed at the DeKalb Education Center. Please stop by to have a look at the best of the best from District 428 going back to 1989.

The plaque reads, “The Wirtz Award was established to honor the memory of William Wilbur Wirtz, Alfa White Wirtz and Jeann Sohner Wirtz, for whom education in the DeKalb community was a lifelong interest and commitment.

“It is made available annually to recognize the distinguished service of an outstanding District 428 staff member who raises young people’s sights and/or who promotes a program or organization that lifts students’ sense of human values and purpose.”

The Wirtz Award plaque, which lists all of the outstanding educators who have won the annual award since 1989.

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