SODA will be playing in the Village Gazebo as the first band in the Concert on the Green Line-up.
On May 10th, three OLHMS students, Cayla Fett, Adam Maugeri and Madeline Obrzut, presented on the topic of STEM education at the TECH 2016 event in Springfield, Illinois.
This year, OLHMS students learned about STEM education in the OLHMS Maker Space and in many of their classes. Cayla, Adam and Madeline presented a STEM overview and insight into the OLHMS Maker Space to our state officials. STEM stands for science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. Connecting these essential subjects together, students are learning to think critically and work collaboratively in groups.
A STEM education leads to great success with students in the workplace. “In 2013, there were 5.7 million job openings related to STEM.” Cayla lead the presentation and believes, “STEM skills are important to have because so many jobs connect to STEM. If we continue to teach STEM in schools we can better prepare our students for the future.”
Bringing tools from the Makers Space gave the state officials a great visual of what students experience at OLHMS. The STEM presentation included cubelets, little bits, coding applications, and the program for 3D printing. The students also discussed the educational benefits of STEM education and what OLHMS is doing to encourage these skills.
From our kindergarten classes to the eighth graders, students complete STEM activities in their daily lessons. In D123, our students are teaching and learning through 21st century ways of education. This connects to our D123 motto of “Learning Today for a Successful Tomorrow”!
Contributed by Social Club member: Michael Yerkes
PICTURED: OLHMS students Cayla Fett, Adam Maugeri and Madeline Obrzut share information about the OLHMS Maker Space with Illinois State Senator Bill Cunningham.
This year the National Junior Honor Society at Oak Lawn - Hometown Middle School was proud to induct 57 new members on May 11, 2016. As part of the petitioning process, each petitioning member prepared a digital portfolio which highlighted their scholarship, leadership, citizenship, character, and service. The digital portfolios were presented to a panel of teachers, administers, and even a few parents. In addition to the digital portfolio, both the petitioning and current members participated in a Capstone Project.
The purpose of the Capstone Project was to provide students with an opportunity to research and explore issues such as homelessness, health care, and our educational systems. The Capstone Project allowed students to work collaboratively, learn from guest speakers, and share their knowledge with their peers. This year we had a few guest speakers that engaged our students in conversations regarding these issues. Representatives from Girl Forward, a non-profit that mentors and provides educational opportunities to adolescent female refugees, was one of our guests this year. Through these opportunities, along with research and collaboration students learned about the political, social, and economic factors that impact these issues. The ultimate goal of the project was to raise awareness about these issues which impact local communities.
As the 2015-2016 school year concludes, our new members will already begin planning for next year's opportunities. The new members are looking forward to their future work volunteering and providing service to the community, as well as a new focus for next year’s Capstone Project.
PICTURED: This year the National Junior Honor Society at Oak Lawn - Hometown Middle School was proud to induct 57 new members on May 11, 2016.