Thanksgiving Feast and Santa at Kerkstra
students from the CD and DESTINY Programs enjoyed a
wonderful Thanksgiving Feast on Tuesday, November 26th.
Students made Thanksgiving crowns and ate lots of
On Friday, December 13th,
the jolly big guy made a visit to the SW Cooperative
students at Kerkstra and Ridge Schools.
Students were able to make
their holiday gift requests, sit on Santa's lap and take
a candy cane back to class with them.
The students had a great
time with Santa, and they are all hoping that he will
come back again to see them next year!
LHS DHH Students Attend
On Friday, November 1, 2013, the Lemont
High School Deaf Academic Bowl team competed at Harper
College in Palatine for the 7th Annual Deaf
High School Academic Bowl.
Six schools competed in this mental
sharpening competition covering art/literature, deaf
studies, entertainment, math and technology, science,
and social studies.
The defending champion is Indiana School for the Deaf,
and our LHS team placed fifth, (two other teams tied for
sixth place). Congratulations to our staff and team
members! Good luck next year!
Braun Educational Center
Student Success Story
Recently, we had a pleasant visit at Braun when a recent
graduate returned to see some familiar faces and say
hello. Felipe graduated in December of 2012 and found
employment within one month of graduation at Toyota
in Orland Park! He is currently working full-time
as a Lube Tech and hopes to move up to a full-time
technician once he completes his certification at MVCC.
Felipe always expressed interest in working with
automotives during his time at Braun. He referred to a
time when he attended our College and Career Fair and
spoke with an auto mechanic whose display of numerous
car engine and motor parts really impressed him. Felipe,
with the help of his mom and Braun social workers, set
up coursework at MVCC during his senior year at Braun so
he could start earning credit toward his Automotive
Technician Certificate. Only 9 months since graduating
high school and Felipe has already completed 5 courses
toward his certificate!
Felipe wanted to thank his Senior Social Worker, Ms.
Ruggio, for all her support and good advice. He also
wants to thank his Senior Teacher, Ms. Geary, for
pushing him to work hard. Felipe’s advice for current
Braun students is “Stay focused. It’s easy to get
distracted by things in and out of school, but if you
start planning now, it is easier to focus on your goal.”
We wish Felipe all the best in the pursuit of his
career, and we look forward to inviting him back to
present at our upcoming Career Fairs!
Staff Needed to Teach CDCs
Do you have an educationally related skill or area of
expertise that you would be willing to share? SWCCCASE
is currently entertaining proposals for individuals who
would like to teach their colleagues in a 15 hour CDC
(Cooperative Development Credit) course. If you are
interested, please submit a proposal that includes:
1. An outline of the
topic and its relevance to
2. Your qualifications to teach the course;
3. The target audience
4. Necessary materials/resources; and
5. An agenda that includes assignments and an
outline of a final project.
Projects need to be submitted no later than Wednesday,
November 27, 2013 to Christina Sepiol. Those selected to
be CDC instructors will receive payment in accordance
with the Collective Bargaining Agreement.
Braun Food Drive
The students and staff have organized their Annual Thanksgiving
Food Drive! Room's 13, 9, and 10 have been working hard
to organize and motivate their classmates to donate any
food they can.
Ms. DeBiasio, Ms. Micks, and Mr. Sheehan, and the
students have been collecting food daily and sorting the
food to provide meals for needy families in our
community! The classes are decorating boxes for the food
to be delivered in, and creating holiday crafts to
brighten the spirits of our receiving families. We are
all enjoying giving our time to help those in need!!
Lemont High School Open House
On November 6th, the DHH
program invited all 8th grade students from
various feeder sites to join other future Lemont Indians
to an Open House. The activities for the evening
showcased extra- curricular activities that students
can participate in while in high school. The table was
manned by Jr. IAD President Ryan Glenn,
Vice-President Monica Krumrie, Sophomore Class
representative Kurt Bernabei. DHH Staff present during
the event included
Danielle Deguzman and Meg Healy-Frain. The display was
created by Joanna Toppett.
The DHH program showcased the following activities:
Sign Language club: This club meets bi-monthly
to teach sign language to Lemont general education
students. In addition to the instructional sessions,
the students also attend sign performances, silent
dinners and participate in activities with DHH peers.
Junior Illinois Association of the Deaf: This
Club is for the DHH students. The students participate
in monthly social activities in the community and
complete community service projects. Often the club will
coordinate activities with other DHH programs in the
area. The club officers are elected by the students.
Funds for all activities are raised by the students.
Deaf Academic Bowl Team: Students try out for a
position on the academic team. Yearly they participate
in the competition at Harper College. Five students are
on the team. They compete against other DHH programs in
Deaf Volleyball Team: Students in the DHH
program participate in the Waubonsee Deaf Volley ball
tournament in April each year. The students utilize
practice facilities at Lemont High School.
CD Students Blooming Beautifully
with Engaging Curriculum
Sharron Santefort of the
Andrew High School CD program did a very cool project
for her English III/IV class. They studied Romeo &
Juliet, then each student created a mask as a
reinforcement activity from their discussion about
masquerade balls during that time period. How engaging!
CD students are blooming in areas of general education
participation in such courses as Drawing, PE, Chemistry,
Animal Behavior, Geometry, Algebra, Fashion & Interior
Design, Child Development, Word Applications/Computer
skills. In addition, student club participation has
been up since last year, 3 students in Fashion Club, 2
students in Art Club, 2 students in Chess Club, and 1
student in Choir. Also, 19 CD students are in the CD
Gaming Club! Great job!
Student is Bengal ROAR Proud!
DESTINY Super Senior, Alfredo Hernandez, had the special
privilege of performing the Oak Forest HS Bengel ROAR
during the daily announcements this October. The Bengal
ROAR is usually done by the Oak Forest High School
Principal, Mr. Brad Sikora. Alfredo Hernandez, however,
wanted to have the opportunity to be heard across the
air waves throughout his school. So, after much
practice, he was able to “do the Bengal ROAR proud”.
Way to go, Alfredo!
Freedom Express Stops at Braun
Students at Braun were treated to a fun
and interactive History Lesson this week on the Freedom
Express. Each Junior High and High School class visited
the mobile exhibit on the First Amendment – Freedom of
Speech! One of the favorite areas of the exhibit was
exploring banned books and music where students could
read explanations of why each media was banned and could
listen on headphones to the banned song lyrics. Thanks
to Ms. Geary for coordinating this exhibit!
Braun Educational Center Annual Scholastic Fall
The Braun Book Fair is Monday, November
11th thru Thursday, November 14th
in the Braun Learning Center located at 6020 W. 151st
Street. The fair is hosted in Room 205 so please sign-in
at the Front Desk and come visit us.
Last year, SWCOOP staff and families helped us place 75
more books in the hands of children then the year
before. Let’s increase another 75 this year! Our goal is
to put 275 new books in our students’ homes, classrooms
Visit the Book Fair homepage at
for our scheduled times, previews of books at the fair,
and to track our goal progress.
If you have any further questions, please contact Ms.
Kmetty at 708-687-4971 ext. 302 or
Help us make this year’s Braun Book Fair another READING
Thank you in advance for your support,
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