Education

September 2, 2014

Edwardsville High students design new logo for township

Three Edwardsville High School students -- Eden Vitoff, Jeff Schulz and Drew Brinkman -- designed the new Edwardsville Township logo.

Township Supervisor Frank Miles presented the new logo at the Aug. 26 meeting of the Edwardsville Township Board of Trustees.

In March, the township partnered with Edwardsville High to offer a logo design competition, which was open to students, clubs and organizations. The contest required the applicants to include research on the history and function of the township for incorporation of both into the design. Applicants also had to submit concept sketches and drafts along with their finished artwork.

The township received four entries, which were reviewed by a panel of local design professionals.

The winning design is comprised of a golden ring, surrounding an image of the A7 Corsair, which is on display at Edwardsville Township Community Park, with a backdrop of field-covered hills. The golden ring surrounding the image represents the warmth and unity residents feel as a part of community. The field-covered hills represent the geographical area in the township.

"We are thrilled with the quality of the artwork we received," Miles said. "All applicants did a great job researching the township and applying their research to their submitted artwork."

The new logo will be used by the township in its rebranding effort.

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State Superintendent of Education Christopher Koch invites parents to join him for a one-hour back-to-school webinar from 7 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 9. The session, held in conjunction with the Illinois PTA, will cover the following topics:

* Putting in place the new Illinois Learning Standards -- A discussion of how and why the standards drive new instructional approaches and lesson plans.

* PARCC 2015 -- Third-through-eighth-graders, as well as high school students, will take online state assessments for the first time this school year. Koch will discuss these new tests and the information they will generate about children's progress toward college and career readiness.

* Parental Engagement -- A discussion of state initiatives to promote the vital partnership between parents and the school community to achieve student success.

Participants will have the opportunity to ask questions. Registration information is available at http://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/185876249.

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East St. Louis School District 189 will hold the first of three Key Communicator Network meetings at 6 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 10. in the board room of the District's Administrative Office, 1005 State St.

Community members and parents can learn about what is going on in the district directly from Superintendent Arthur Culver. The purpose of the Key Communicator Network is to create opportunities to share information about District 189 schools and promote dialogue within the community.

To RSVP for the meeting, contact Kimberly Roberson, director of public information and community relations, at kimberly.roberson@estl189.com or 618-646-3092.

Future meetings will be held on the following dates: Dec. 1 and March 16.

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After a successful seminar in March, Sivia Business & Legal Services, P.C. is once again partnering with IMPACT CIL, and other local nonprofits, to sponsor a follow-up workshop for parents, teachers and caregivers of individuals with special needs. The fall workshop is scheduled for Sept. 13.

Confirmed speakers and topics include Ashley Day of SBLS, "When Guardianship is the Right Decision;" Sue Walters of Illinois Statewide Technical Assistance Collaboration, "Preparing for an IEP Meeting;" a representative from Developmental Disability Services of Metro East, "Available Adult Services & PUNS;" Deb Goodman of IMPACT and Kay Hymel of The Legacy Collaboration, "Job Skills Training."

The workshop will also take place at IMPACT, Inc.'s East Room located at 2751 E. Broadway in Alton. Doors open at 8:30 a.m. Presentations begin at 9 a.m. and last until 1 p.m. A question-and-answer session will follow the final speaker. Registration is free, and includes a continental breakfast and presentation handouts. A $5 per person donation is appreciated, and all donations exceeding event costs will be donated to the Special Olympics Southwestern/Area 12 chapter.

Registration is available online at http://www.sivialaw.com/specialneeds. Walk-ins are welcome to attend. For more information regarding the Special Needs Fall Workshop, call 618-659-4499.

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The 17th Street Corridor Neighborhood Association in Belleville is sponsoring a school supply drive to benefit area school children. The association is asking residents to donate school supplies and bookbags in an effort to ensure local students have the supplies they need throughout the school year. Members of the association will pickup the donations.

For more information or to donate contact Gloria Crowder at 618-234-6138 or gloriaa28@live.com. School supplies will be collected through Sept. 30.

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Unity Hospice of Greater St. Louis recently donated school supplies to the Venice Community School District 3. In the weeks leading up to the first day of school, the donated supplies were distributed to students at the board of education's annual back-to-school festival.

For this particular project, Unity Hospice employees gathered nearly $200, which purchased 460 pencils, 400 pens, 200 spiral notebooks, 136 two-pocket folders, 24 pencil boxes, 20 family-size boxes of Kleenex and 15 Lysol disinfecting wipes.

Each year, Unity Hospice participates in several community service initiatives that positively impact their community.

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