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TONIGHT - Town Hall Meeting Focuses on Full-Day Kindergarten

At the November 24 Board of Education meeting, the Board unanimously approved the following recommendation by district administration:

"The administration recommends that the Board of Education approve the engagement of FGM Architects, for an amount not to exceed $10,000, to study and develop concepts to explore space options that would allow District 41 to add full day kindergarten, right size elementary schools, eliminate all elementary portables, and expand special education programming. FGM has already studied a K-5 school and now will study:
  • Early Learning Center on the former Spalding site
  • Modify existing building classroom and core spaces to accommodate full-day kindergarten"
Superintendent Gordon will host a Town Hall Meeting TONIGHT, December 3, 6 p.m., Hadley Junior High Library Media Center, 240 Hawthorne in Glen Ellyn. Dr. Gordon will start the meeting by engaging the community on the topic of full-day kindergarten. A comments/Q&A will follow the kindergarten conversation. Please join us!

Hadley Speech Team Takes First Place

The Hadley Junior High Speech Team won 1st place in their division at the Illinois Elementary School Association (IESA) State Speech Competition on November 15. They received 38 first place medals and 13 second place ribbons in solo acting, storytelling, duets, improv duets, team improv, original poetry, impromptu speaking, and small group performances.

The 1st place winners are: Elizabeth Bassett, Julia Brosnan, Brennan Cairns, Katie Chism, Carter Elias, Elyssa Fisher. Jason Jeffers, Eliza Kochert, Madison Hacker, Kirsten Halverson, Finola Hammersmith, Mara Ideler, Iris Joseph, Maja Jukic, Lauren McGrath, Morgan Mead, Carlie Olsen, Sarah Pasinski, Audrey Pauer, Will Rozak, Amanda Scheller, Courtney Schoen, Eve Shanahan, and Amy White.

2nd place winners are: Julia Brosnan. Katie Chism, Meg Clements, Kirsten Halverson, Samantha Hedley, Mara Ideler, Maya Jukic, Lauren McGrath, Morgan Mead, Sarah Pasinski, Kaylee Phillips, Colleen Shanahan, and Amy White.

Fifteen of the performers also received the Judge's Choice Award which is a distinguished award designating them as the judge's top speech performer from all of the participants. The following Hadley speech students received Judge's Choice Awards:
  • Carter Elias - Solo Performance
  • Courtney Schoen, Kirsten Halverson, Iris Joseph, and Maja Jukic - Small Group Performance
  • Mara Ideler and Sarah Pasinski - Improv Duet
  • Julia Brosnan, Katie Chism, Lauren McGrath, Morgan Mead and Amy White - Team Improv
  • Elizabeth Bassett and Katie Chism - Team Improv
  • Morgan Mead and Audrey Pauer - Duet Acting
  • Madison Hacker - Impromptu Speaking

Congratulations to the entire Hadley Speech Team! Way to go!

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