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SIUE dedicates new nursing
school facility in Springfield

[MAY 11, 2002]  EDWARDSVILLE — With its reputation for community service and for sending well-educated, highly qualified graduates into nursing careers, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville’s School of Nursing is now able to offer classes from its new facility in Springfield. Southern Illinois University President James E. Walker and SIUE Chancellor David Werner were on hand to officially dedicate the building at 409 W. Calhoun on Tuesday, May 7, at 4 p.m.

"With the addition of this site in Springfield, we are now able to provide instructional sites across central, southwestern and southern Illinois," said Felissa Lashley, dean of the School of Nursing. "Our RN-to-bachelor of science classes are now taught at five sites, including the recent addition of classes in our new Springfield facility."

The SIUE School of Nursing assumed responsibility for the University of Illinois-Springfield nursing program in 1999, and under that agreement, the program was relocated from the U of I’s Springfield campus. SIUE planners decided that placing the nursing program in proximity to the SIU School of Medicine would allow for shared classroom space and mutual operational support.

In the fall of that year, the SIUE board of trustees approved construction of the $400,000 nursing facility, and the building opened its doors to students this past fall.

The Southern Illinois University Edwardsville School of Nursing enjoys a strong reputation throughout central and southern Illinois — a reputation reinforced by the accomplishments of its graduates, the recognition received by the faculty and the findings of accrediting agencies. Just four years ago, the school secured the highest accreditation possible from two accrediting associations.


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The nursing school is also the first four-year public university nursing program in the Midwest to employ the patient simulator, a computerized mannequin that simulates human medical conditions, as a teaching tool. The simulator is the focal point of the new psychomotor skills lab that opened two years ago on the Edwardsville campus.

Ninety-seven percent of School of Nursing graduates are employed in the nursing profession within six months of graduation, and nurse anesthesia students have achieved a 100 percent pass rate on their board exams.

Tuesday’s dedication, which included a brief ribbon-cutting ceremony to officially dedicate the building, was during the American Nurses Association’s Nurses Week, a week devoted to raising awareness of the value of nursing and helping educate the public about the role nurses play in meeting the health care needs of the American people.

[SIUE news release]

‘North American moms’ share
their hearts and homes

[MAY 11, 2002]  Every year we celebrate and honor our American mothers by sharing the day and giving special gifts to honor her and show our appreciation. This Mother’s Day, Priscila Suzuki of Brazil has given her host mother, Terese Galey, a special gift by asking if she can call her "Mom."

"This is the first student of many that our family has hosted to ever ask to call me mom," states Galey. "I was so honored to think that she wants me to be her North American mother!"

Suzuki states that they have Mother’s Day in Brazil. "We do the same in South America for our mothers that you do for your North American mothers. In fact, it is the same day, the second Sunday of May."

Galey has contact with Matsuco Suzuki, Priscila’s biological mother, by telephone and e-mail, and she believes this has helped in developing a deep bond with Priscila. "Every time we communicate, Matsuco thanks me for loving ‘our’ daughter!" says Galey.

Priscila’s North American "mother" experience was made possible by the SHARE! High School Exchange Program, sponsored by Educational Resource Development Trust, a nonprofit educational foundation that creates opportunities for greater understanding between peoples of the United States and peoples of the world


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Students attend local high schools and live with families of all types. Families with small children or teens, those with no children, "empty nesters" and single-parent families make great host families for international teens. Host families provide a bed and meals and are expected to treat their exchange students as family. Galey attributes these basic fundamentals with providing the rich experience she has had with Priscila.

Those interested in learning more about the student exchange program can contact Debbi Lerch at (217) 792-5492 or toll-free at 800-313-3738. The Midwest Regional Office can be reached at (800) 772-3738.

[Debbi Lerch, area coordinator,
Educational Resource Development Trust/
SHARE! High School Exchange Program]

Part 2

Central School principal will change,
but traditions will remain the same

[MAY 3, 2002]  The future holds many changes for District 27’s venerable Central School. The most obvious is the new building going up behind the old one, but another important change is coming too. Lenny Janet, who has been principal for 21 years, is stepping down, and Christa Healy, currently a special education teacher at Central, will take over the job as principal of both Central and Adams schools.

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Although he believes in giving plenty of TLC, Principal Lenny Janet also has high expectations for the youngsters at Central School. He doesn’t think children who have problems or children who need extra help shouldn’t be expected to be responsible or to accomplish things.

"I have high expectations for students and staff as well as for myself. When a kid has a problem, it’s an opportunity for teachers and principals to help that kid deal with that problem.

"When kids don’t get along, we sit down and talk about it in a caring way — not a lecture but rules for life. We really work on conflict resolution.

"When a kid comes to the principal’s office with a problem, it’s not the kid as an individual I don’t like, it’s what the kid did I don’t like. I don’t revisit the problem. I may discipline a kid at 8 a.m. and give the same kid a high five at 10 o’clock.

"I just really like kids. I don’t have negative feelings about even kids I have had problems with."

"One of the keys to success is parents. Parents need to know they can come in and talk to the teacher and be welcome. We can have a difference of opinion and that’s all right."


[Photos by Joan Crabb]

Janet doesn’t spend a lot of time in his office, even though it’s a friendly place, with the monkeys, the golf memorabilia, a radio tuned to a classical music station, and pictures of Central School, including a photo of a 1921 eighth-grade graduating class a former student found in the garbage and gave to him.

"It’s more important to interact with kids than to sit at the computer," he says. "The action is where the kids are. In a school this size, your impact on the kids is pretty important."

Even before he knew who would replace him, Janet was working on ways to make the transition as smooth as possible. Last September he began a task suggested by District 27 Superintendent Robert Kidd — keeping a journal to hand over to his successor. It starts:

"Congratulations! You are given the responsibility to inspire, guide, counsel and direct 400 students, 40 employees, and more than a thousand parents and grandparents. I know you are qualified and eager . . . "

In this journal he gives practical information to guide his replacement through the first year, such as reviewing physical checkups and immunization forms and monitoring student attendance, but he also provides insights and philosophy that have guided him through his teaching career.

He suggests the new principal be sure to understand the population he or she is serving. "Each school is unique. Central has a diverse population; it has the largest percent of special education students in the district."


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Another suggestion, later on: "A wise person once reminded me that one cannot understand and learn without being a good listener."

This quality, those who know Janet say, is one of his strongest assets. Says Joe Hackett, Central teacher and lifelong friend, "His big thing is being such a good listener. You can have a heated debate with him and he won’t hold it against you. He listens and then he makes decisions. They may not be favorable to your side, but you know he listens."

Janet also has advice about the way a principal should interact with his students and staff. "It is important to develop a psychological approach to teachers, parents and students that is positive and thoughtful," his journal says.


"He is very supportive of his staff," Hackett reports. "If he has any criticism, it will be said in private; he will not embarrass anyone in front of others. He has a sensitivity you don’t find in all principals. Children are number one with him. He wants to be sure we are developing good citizens."

Although Janet wasn’t sure last September that Healy would be the new principal who would be reading his journal, he’s very sure she can carry on the Central tradition.

The only downside of her appointment, he says, is the loss of an excellent special education teacher. "The Tri-County Special Education Co-op rates her right at the top as far as being an effective teacher is concerned," he said.

Although she will miss the classroom, Healy says, "I will still be in the school and have an opportunity to work with the kids. "I’ll have an opportunity to touch a lot more kids."

She intends to follow in Janet’s footsteps by not spending a lot of time in her office. She plans to keep on greeting kids at the door, go to classrooms to say hello every morning, and in general spend a lot of time with the students instead of staying in the office to do paperwork. She laughs and says, "I’ll be doing my paperwork at night."

She’s excited and a little nervous about her new responsibilities, but she also sees it as the opportunity of a lifetime.

"I’ll start in a school I’ve been comfortable in; then in January I’ll be going into a brand-new school. I’ll take with me what I’ve learned from Mr. Janet and use those skills as I develop myself as a principal."

"The parents love her, the teachers respect her, and the kids like her," Janet says. "I’m leaving Central School in good hands."

[Joan Crabb]

Part 1

Central School principal will change,
but traditions will remain the same

[MAY 2, 2002]  The future holds many changes for District 27’s venerable Central School. The most obvious is the new building going up behind the old one, but another important change is coming too. Lenny Janet, who has been principal for 21 years, is stepping down, and Christa Healy, currently a special education teacher at Central, will take over the job as principal of both Central and Adams schools.

[Photos by Joan Crabb]
[Principal Lenny Janet and
incoming principal Christa Healy]

Even though the top administrator will change and in a few short years the old building will be taken down, Janet and Healy both believe the essential character of Central School will remain the same.

"Central has traditionally been a strong school because we’ve had excellent teachers. Only the building is going down. The tradition of the school will go on. The quality will continue," Janet says.

"I really feel comfortable with Christa’s judgment and ability to maintain the high expectations we have at Central. I hired her and acted as her mentor through the years. I think she has the same type of nurturing approach I use with students and staff."

Healy, who will complete her degree in educational administration and foundation at Illinois State University this summer, has been a special education teacher at Central for the past eight years.

"I was hired the day before I graduated from college. It’s been such a great working environment I’ve never wanted to leave," she says.

She shares Janet’s educational philosophy. "We are both very nurturing and caring, but our goal is for kids to learn to be responsible and respectful so they can start establishing their own goals. We have high expectations for the children and hope they will in turn develop those expectations for themselves. Mr. Janet set the tone. I hope to carry it on."

One of the clues to Janet’s philosophy, and the atmosphere at Central School, is the collection of monkey figures in his office. Some of them are playing golf, one is an astronaut, and his coffee cup has a monkey face.

"The monkeys remind us not to get too serious about ourselves," he says. "Laughter is a very important quality to help us see things in the light of what they are. We need to be able to joke and laugh.


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"School is a serious thing, but kids enjoy a place where laughter is going on.

"Kids need laughter. Kids need to relax. Kids need to know the principal of their school is taking an interest in them."

So every morning Janet stands at the top of the stairway and greets the kids as they come in. After that he makes a tour of the building, going into every classroom, including the four special education classrooms, and saying hello. The youngsters return his greeting.

He usually has another word or two for them, asking if they’ve had a good weekend or how their class work is going. Most days, he makes a trip to Adams School and says hello to the children there, as well.

Janet grew up in Lincoln and went to Washington-Monroe and Central schools himself. He then got his associate degree at Lincoln College and both a bachelor’s and master’s degree in elementary education and curriculum instruction at Illinois State.

His family valued education, and many are or were teachers. His brother, George, who is retiring next year as regional superintendent of schools, started as a teacher in Logan County schools. He has uncles, cousins and nieces in the profession, and his younger daughter, Amy, plans to be an elementary teacher.

Janet himself has been in education in Lincoln for 34 years, but he started out disliking school.

"When I was growing up I didn’t particularly like school, because I felt many of the teachers were a little bit tough on kids. They didn’t have a real good sense of humor — everything was business. I needed a little more TLC.

"I was a very sickly kid. I had a lot of ear infections and couldn’t hear well, and I had bad asthma. I missed a lot of school. I weighed about 80 pounds when I was a freshman in high school

"I’ve had a lifelong fight against asthma, but I wanted to be active, so I worked out to build myself up. I ran and played baseball unless I was so sick I couldn’t. I didn’t want to be one of those people who feel sorry for themselves and give up. I had a lot of grit, and I was determined not to let illness prevent me from doing things.

"I think I probably understand kids who have problems and have more empathy with them because of my background."

(To be continued)

[Joan Crabb]

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Honors & Awards

Zion Lutheran scores high in state history fair

[MAY 10, 2002]  Zion Lutheran School sent 18 students to the state history fair yesterday at the Prairie Capital Convention Center in Springfield.  Most received either "Superior" or "Excellent" ratings.  Two of the Zion students received monetary awards as well. Annie Sheley won first place in the Illinois Education Association Awards; she received a certificate and a $100 savings bond for her project, “Underground Railroad Quilts.”  Sarah Walker won third place in the Illinois Society Colonial Dames XVII Century Awards; she received a $25 check for her project, “Kickapoo Creek Park.”

Illinois History Day Awards (exhibits)

Superior ratings:

Amanda Baker (8th grade)

Michelle Eack (7th grade)

Nathan Neal (8th grade)

Jenna Opperman (6th grade)

Amanda Podbelsek (6th grade)

Paige Podbelsek (8th grade)

Excellent ratings:

Sabra Boyd (6th grade)

Lindsey Boerma (8th grade)

Emily Grass (6th grade)

Kate Kastendick (7th grade)

Amy Schumacher (8th grade)

Annie Sheley (6th grade)

Isaac Sheley (7th grade)

Kristin Sullivan (6th grade)

Sarah Walker (6th grade)

David Williams (7th grade)

Good rating:

Allyson Fuiten (7th grade)


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Illinois History Day Awards (paper)

Superior rating:

Amy Schumacher (8th grade)



[Gina Sennett and press release]

Students headed to state history fair

[MAY 8, 2002]  Eighteen students from Zion Lutheran School received "Superior" ratings on their projects in the regional history fair. These students will be attending the state history fair in Springfield tomorrow.

Eighth grade

Amanda Baker, Dana Thomas House

Lindsey Boerma, Sugar Creek

Nathan Neal, Lincoln Christian College and Seminary

Paige and Amanda Podbelsek, Dixon Mounds

Amy Schumacher, Scully Estates

Kraig Sullivan, Wrigley Field’s History

Seventh grade

Michelle Eak, 1893 World’s Fair Columbian Exposition

Allyson Fuiten, Railsplitter Festival

Kate Kastendick, Chicago Race Riot

Isaac Sheley, Lustron Homes

David Williams, Postville Courthouse


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Sixth grade

Sabra Boyd, Turris Coal Mine

Emily Grass and Kristin Sullivan, New Salem

Jenna Opperman, Logan County Fair

Annie Sheley, Underground Railroad Quilts

Sarah Walker, Kickapoo Creek Park


[Photo by Bob Frank]

[Gina Sennett]


IMSA seeks educators
for summer PBL program

[MAY 3, 2002]  AURORA — The Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy is now accepting registrations from educators for its two summer programs that provide an introduction to problem-based learning, or PBL. The deadline for applications is June 15.

Problem-based learning is an educational approach that organizes curriculum and instruction around carefully crafted problematic situations adapted from real-world issues, such as groundwater contamination, air pollution and flood control. Learners gather and apply knowledge from multiple disciplines in their quest for solutions. IMSA’s PBL institutes empower teachers to design and implement this methodology in their classrooms.

The first summer program, Summer Sleuths Institute for PBL Coaching, will be July 15-19 and July 22-26. The first week, educators will immerse in a problem and then debrief and discuss the PBL process. The second week, educators will coach middle-school students (with help from a mentor coach) through the same problem. On the final day, educators and students will make formal presentations on their solutions.

The second summer program, Harris Institute for PBL Design, will be Aug. 5-8. Educators will begin the week immersed in a problem and will then design their own problems for classroom use with the assistance of a mentor coach.


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Information about these workshops can be found at www.imsa.edu/center/pbl/intro.html, and people interested can contact Deb Gerdes at (630) 907-5957 or dgerdes@imsa.edu.

Located in Aurora, IMSA is a learning enterprise that builds the capacity of students, teachers and policymakers to improve and transform mathematics and science teaching and learning. IMSA’s residential educational program serves Illinois students in grades 10 through 12 who are talented in mathematics and science; its professional development center serves schools, educational systems, teachers and students in Illinois and beyond.

[IMSA news release]

HCC Rotary scholarships

[APRIL 17, 2002]  NORMAL — The Bloomington Rotary Club is offering three scholarships to District 540 residents attending Heartland Community College during the fall 2002 semester that begins Aug. 15.

Two $750 scholarships are available to full-time students (12-18 credit hours). One $500 scholarship is available to a part-time student (less than 12 credit hours). Scholarships are renewable for one semester based on satisfactory academic performance.

The scholarships will be awarded based on financial need, evidence of community service and involvement, and satisfactory high school or college performance.

For consideration, students must complete the Heartland Community College scholarship application and address the scholarship criteria. Those interested can obtain an application from HCC’s financial aid office or at www.bccfoundation.org.

[HCC press release]

Logan County Soil and Water Conservation District junior high and high school camp scholarships

[APRIL 16, 2002]  Junior high school and high school students have an opportunity to attend summer camp offered by the Touch of Nature Environmental Center at SIU-Carbondale.

These camps combine adventure skills such as canoeing, caving, camping and hiking with a challenge to both physically and mentally develop an awareness and respect for our environment. Through a series of activities, campfire discussions and presentations, students are involved in current environmental issues, which will help them become problem-solvers of the future. This appears to be an excellent opportunity for any student interested in the field of conservation.

This year’s programs include Ozark canoeing expeditions for high school students and an Ozark Riverways canoe trip for sixth- to eighth-grade students. Program information has been sent to all high school and junior high schools in Logan County.


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The Logan County Soil and Water Conservation District will be sponsoring one full scholarship or two partial scholarships, depending on the number of applications received. Students interested in information concerning scholarship applications and funding should contact the district office, 1650 Fifth Street Road, Lincoln; (217) 732-2010, Ext. 3.

Students will need to submit a short description of their interests and why they would like to attend one of the workshops.

[SWCD news release]



Lincoln Elementary Schools


(Milk served with all meals)

Friday, May 10 — Cereal, peanut butter and jelly sandwich, juice

Monday, May 13 — Cereal, cinnamon toast, juice

Tuesday, May 14 — Cinnamon iced pastry, orange wedges

Wednesday, May 15 — Cereal, toast with jelly, juice

Thursday, May 16 — Scrambled eggs, potato smiles, fruit

Friday, May 17 — Cereal, graham crackers, juice

Monday, May 20 — Cereal, pop tart, juice

Tuesday, May 21 — Apple slices with peanut butter, toast

Wednesday, May 22 — Cereal, cinnamon toast, juice

Thursday, May 23 — Silver dollar pancakes with syrup, sausage or ham slice, fruit

Friday, May 24 — Cereal, peanut butter and jelly sandwich, juice


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(Milk served with all meals)

Friday, May 10 — French toast sticks with syrup, sausage patty, hash brown, pineapple-orange cup

Monday, May 13 — Ravioli with meat sauce, mashed potatoes, bread and butter, peas

Tuesday, May 14 — Hamburger on bun with cheese, potato rounds, corn, peaches

Wednesday, May 15 — Sausage pizza, lettuce salad, pudding, pears

Thursday, May 16 — Submarine sandwich, goldfish crackers, green beans, applesauce

Friday, May 17 — Turkey horseshoe with french fries and cheese sauce, carrot sticks, jello with fruit

Monday, May 20 — Hot dogs on bun, barbecued beans, celery sticks, peaches

Tuesday, May 21 — Sloppy joes, french fries, cole slaw, strawberry applesauce

Wednesday, May 22 — Macaroni and cheese, green beans and carrot sticks, bread and butter, fruit cocktail

Thursday, May 23 — Chicken and noodles, peas, bread and butter, pears

Friday, May 24 — Chicken strips with sauce, mashed potatoes, bread and butter, corn

May 28 and 29 — "Cook’s choice" days

New Holland-Middletown Elementary District 88

Two percent white or chocolate milk, bread, butter and peanut butter served daily.

Menu may be subject to change.

Friday, May 10 — Cheese pizza, lettuce salad, apple slices, no-bake cookie

Monday, May 13 — Hot dog, bun, corn, mandarin oranges, pumpkin bars

Tuesday, May 14 — Turkey and cheese sandwich, corn, peaches, Texas cake

Wednesday, May 15 — Sloppy Joe, bun, green beans, strawberries, chocolate pudding

Thursday, May 16 — Macaroni and cheese, peas, pineapple, chocolate chip cookie

Friday, May 17 — Nachos, lettuce salad, pears, sugar cookie

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Monday, May 20 — Hamburger, CB, bun, french fries, applesauce, brownies

Tuesday, May 21 — Pig in a blanket, peas, peaches, ice cream treat

Wednesday, May 22 — Pork tenderloin, bun, cheese mashed potatoes, strawberries, Texas cake

Thursday, May 23 — Soft shell taco, corn, applesauce, no-bake cookie

Friday, May 24 — Ravioli, green beans, pears, gushers

Monday, May 27 — No school

Tuesday, May 28 — Corn dogs, carrot sticks, dip, peaches, vanilla pudding

West Lincoln-Broadwell Elementary School District 92
(Milk is included with every meal.)

Friday, May 10 — Sloppy Joe on bun, potato rounds, lettuce salad, pears

Monday, May 13 — Barbecued chicken on bun, cheesy potatoes, corn, mixed fruit

Tuesday, May 14 — Breaded pork chop, potatoes and gravy, broccoli, applesauce

Wednesday, May 15 — Soft tacos, lettuce and cheese, nacho chips, cheese sauce, veggie sticks, cake with fruit

Thursday, May 16 — Chicken fillet on bun, french fries, green beans, pears

Friday, May 17 — Hot ham and cheese, bun, potato rounds, slaw, peaches


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Monday, May 20 — Breaded beef and cheese, bun, french fries, baked beans, peaches

Tuesday, May 21 — Creamed turkey on biscuit, potatoes, peas and carrots, apple crisp

Wednesday, May 22 — Ham horseshoe, french fries, lettuce salad, jello

Thursday, May 23 — Breaded pork sandwich, potato rounds, corn, mixed fruit

Friday, May 24 — Breadsticks with meat sauce, green beans, raw veggies, sugar cookie

Monday, May 27 — No school

Tuesday, May 28 — Chicken fillet on bun, nachos and cheese, peas, chilled fruit

Wednesday, May 29 — Sub sandwich, assorted chips, corn, fruit ice

Thursday, May 30 — Dismissal at 9 a.m.

Friday, May 31 — Have a safe and happy summer!

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