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Homer 33C opens classrooms for community observation

News Release

Homer CCSD 33C

Goodings Grove   Luther J. Schilling   William E. Young   William J. Butler

Hadley Middle   Homer Jr. High

 

Contact: Charla Brautigam, Communications/Public Relations Manager

cbrautigam@homerschools.org | 708-226-7628

 

For Immediate Release:

Nov. 21, 2016

Homer 33C opens classrooms for community observation

 

Community leaders returned to the classroom this month to see firsthand how Homer School District 33C is Preparing Future Ready Students.

 

“School has changed significantly since you and I were in school,” Superintendent Kara Coglianese told the group local bankers, first responders and elected officials on Nov. 17. “Students are more tech-savvy, using Chromebooks, iPads and other 21st century learning tools to help them prepare for the demands of tomorrow.

“We’re preparing students for jobs that haven’t been created yet,” she added.  “Coding is the new language out there. We need to get our children prepared for that.”

 

In conjunction with American Education Week, Homer School District 33C opened its classrooms for a morning of observation at Homer Junior High School and Hadley Middle School.

 

About a dozen village trustees, bankers and first responders accepted the district’s invitation to visit the schools and see how students learn today. The outreach program was sponsored by Countryside Bank.

“We want to showcase for the community what we’re doing here,” said Coglianese. “The school is the heart of a community.”

 

The morning began at the administration center with brief introductions and an overview of the district’s Future Ready initiative. Visitors were then divided into small groups and escorted to various classrooms.

 

Kathleen Robinson, assistant superintendent for instruction; Christi Tyler, assistant superintendent for business; Michael Portwood, human resources director; and Elizabeth Hitzeman, a retired teacher who now serves on the Board of Education, served as the escorts.

 

Among the classes they visited were Cathy Clayton’s Spanish class at Homer Junior High; Stephanie Moore’s STEAM lab at Homer Junior High; Celeste Rupsis’ technology class at Hadley Middle School; Joe Cernak’s reading/language arts class at Hadley Middle School; Kaleen DeFilippis’ math class at Hadley Middle School; and Andy Dole’s STEAM class at Hadley Middle School.

 

The visitors and escorts regrouped in the boardroom afterward to discuss what they had observed.

 

“I’m amazed,” Village of Homer Glen Trustee Beth Rodgers said after visiting a STEAM lab and Spanish class at Homer Junior High.

 

“I expected to see kids sitting at desks, looking in the same direction,” added Scott Hurula, director of educational partnerships for Olivet Nazarene University.

 

Instead, he found students helping each other and engaged in their learning.

 

“You’ve made the shift from traditional teachers (where teachers stand at the front of a classroom and lecture) to teachers being facilitators,” said Frank Perucca, Will County’s assistant regional superintendent.

 

Homer 33C has embraced the latest trends in education, agreed Coglianese, encouraging students to collaborate and use their creative thinking skills and critical thinking skills to solve problems.

 

“If they can think, they can handle anything thrown at them,” she said, explaining how teachers are no longer the “expert” but the facilitator who encourages students to ask questions and then research the answers together.

 

“It give them confidence to take risks,” she added.

 

Source: Will County News

Why we need the Electoral College

Why we need the Electoral College

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November 12, 2016

 

While Democrats were able to construct some 3 million votes through the voter fraud of illegals voting in the presidential election – which may serve to give the Witch from Chappaqua the most popular votes – they were not able to sustain their Electoral College math lead. That means that, barring some Electoral College shenanigans, Donald Trump will be elected president come December 19 when the electors meet.

So, with Democrats still reeling over the surprise (to them) election of Trump, Democrat Senator Barbara Boxer filed legislation Tuesday to abolish the Electoral College. A worse idea for a change in election laws could not be conceived.

Boxer’s legislative move was followed by the predictable propaganda, with author Lawrence R. Samuel writing in The Washington Postthat it’s time to not only end the Electoral College, but to do away with the notion of states altogether.

The Founding Fathers feared two things above all else: a democracy and an overly powerful executive. The Electoral College was designed to prevent both. For a good history of the Electoral College and its evolution over the years, read “Origins of the Electoral College,” by Randall G. Holcombe.

In Article II, Section 1 of the U.S. Constitution, the Founders established the method of electing the president, with electors from each state, not the people – the number of electors being equal to the states’ congressional delegations –casting their votes for president. The candidate getting a majority of the electoral votes would be named president. If no candidate received a majority the House of Representatives would select the president from the top three vote-getters.

The people played little part in early presidential elections. Instead, presidents prior to 1828 were selected by political elites.

The election process has drifted far from where the Founders intended. Still, the Electoral College is essential for preventing the U.S. from becoming a democracy with the president elected by popular vote.

Democracies are mob rule or groupism, as I explained in “How the anti-Trump crowd clamors for its own slavery.” Democracy is anathema to individual liberty. Democracy is tyranny with a pretty face.

Without the Electoral College a presidential candidate would merely have to win a big majority of the population in the five or six of the most populace states to carry the election – say California, New York, Texas, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Florida. As it is, Democrats hold a decisive advantage in the Electoral College math because they advocate for socialism, minorities love socialism, and minorities tend to congregate in the urban areas.

As a result, Democrats can win only about 20-30 percent of the counties of the America and still win the election, even with the Electoral College. Look at the map* below. It shows the counties won by Hillary Clinton (blue) and Donald Trump (red).

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Had Clinton been elected a vast swatch of Middle America – geographically speaking — would have been on the losing end of the election.

The globalist elites want to erase all borders in their move toward one world government, and the globalist elites love democracy as much as minorities love it. That’s because the principle of government is that political power is maximized by forcibly leveling every individual to the same status of conformity, collectivism, ecumenicalism and serfdom. But it must be done in such a way that the people who are being reduced never see it coming. That’s why it’s done with gradualism and by “the vote.”

Pretty soon people vote for their own slavery.

*Map created by Mark Newman, Department of Physics and Center for the Study of Complex Systems, University of Michigan
Updated: November 10, 2016

Source: Will County News

DHS shuts down aerial surveillance on border

DHS shuts down aerial surveillance on border

By   /   November 18, 2016  /   News  /   82 Comments

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security quietly shut down Operation Phalanx, an aerial surveillance program that intercepts drugs and illegal crossings along the Mexican border.

Rep. Henry Cuellar, D-Laredo, vows to challenge DHS’s move, saying Congress provided “full funding” for 2017.

Cuellar, a member of the House Appropriations Committee and the Homeland Security Subcommittee, is drafting a letter to DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson protesting the shutdown.

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott and Cuellar challenged Johnson last February when DHS reduced Phalanx’s flight operations.

This time, Cuellar is seeking reinforcements from Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, and Reps. Mike McCaul, R-San Antonio, and John Carter, R-Round Rock.

Cornyn sits on the Senate Judiciary Subcommittees on Immigration, Refugees and Border Security and the Terrorism, Technology and Homeland Security panel. McCaul chairs the Homeland Security Committee in the House and Carter chairs the Homeland Security Appropriations Subcommittee.

Abbott’s office declined to comment; Cornyn and Carter did not respond to requests for comment.

McCaul, who referred questions to the Homeland Security Committee, previously called on DHS to “develop a strategy to gain operational control” of the border.

“Over the last several years, Congress has provided billions of dollars to secure the borders, but without an end goal in mind,” McCaul said in a statement.

McCaul has authored legislation “to require the [DHS] secretary to gain situational awareness through the use of sophisticated technologies and other means, giving our border agents the ability to predict changes in illegal activity. “

DHS, which did not respond to Watchdog’s request for comment by deadline, asserts that illegal crossings have declined along the Texas-Mexico border.

But U.S. Border Patrol reports show that apprehensions in the Rio Grande Valley rose 27 percent in fiscal 2016 versus fiscal 2015.

In the smaller Laredo sector, Operation Phalanx accounted for 10,559 apprehensions and 4,007 “turnbacks” from March 2012 to December 2015. Phalanx was credited with seizing 12,851 pounds of narcotics during the period.

President Barack Obama established Operation Phalanx in July 2010 via executive order. The Army National Guard was authorized to provide up to 1,200 soldiers and airmen along the 1,933-mile southwest border to support U.S. Customs and Border Protection, a DHS agency.

Using advanced UH-72 helicopters, Phalanx flight crews generally consist of three National Guardsmen — two pilots and a sensor operator — and one Border Patrol agent.

Southwest border states of Texas, California, Arizona and New Mexico provided the bulk of Phalanx personnel from their local Guard units.

In addition to Texas National Guard manpower and resources dedicated to Operation Phalanx, the Lone Star State has committed nearly $1.7 billion in taxpayer funds to border enforcement since 2005.

President-elect Donald Trump has vowed to appoint more robust leadership at DHS, so Operation Phalanx could be back in business by January.

Kenric Ward writes for the Texas Bureau of Watchdog.org. Contact him atkward@watchdog.org and follow him on Twitter @Kenricward.

Source: Will County News

Strengthening Executive Functioning Skills Focus of next Homer 33C Parent Academy workshop

News Release

Homer CCSD 33C

Goodings Grove   Luther J. Schilling   William E. Young   William J. Butler

Hadley Middle   Homer Jr. High

 

Contact: Charla Brautigam, Communications/Public Relations Manager

cbrautigam@homerschools.org | 708-226-7628

 

For Immediate Release:

Nov. 21, 2016

 

Strengthening Executive Functioning Skills

Focus of next Homer Parent Academy workshop

 

   Come out and learn how you can help your child strengthen his or her executive functioning skills during a special workshop Dec. 15 at Hadley Middle School.

 

Organized by the Homer School District 33C Special Services Department, the workshop will offer tips and strategies parents can try with their children at home.

 

Dr. Gwen Grant, the district’s Behavioral Support Specialist, will lead the program, which begins at 6:30 p.m. in Hadley’s Multi-Purpose Room. It is open to all Homer 33C families.

 

“It is my vision as the Director of Special Services to cultivate a collaborative environment between school, parents and community agencies,” said Becky Cortesi-Caruso, the district’s Director of Special Services.

 

Future workshops include:

  • Autism Awareness — 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 26 at Young School Library
  • Strategies to Support Your Child with Anxiety — 6:30 p.m. Thursday, March 16, Young School Library
  • 1-2-3 Magic — 6:30 p.m. Thursday, May 11, Young School Library

 

For more information, call the district’s Special Services Department at 708-226-7649.

 

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Source: Will County News

Homer 33C shares how it’s preparing Future Ready Students at state conference

News Release

Homer CCSD 33C

Goodings Grove   Luther J. Schilling   William E. Young   William J. Butler

Hadley Middle   Homer Jr. High

 

Contact: Charla Brautigam, Communications/Public Relations Manager

cbrautigam@homerschools.org | 708-226-7628

 

For Immediate Release:

Nov. 21, 2016

 

Transforming a School District

Homer 33C shares how it’s preparing Future Ready Students at state conference

Educators from across Illinois are learning from Homer School District 33C and how it’s preparing students for the rigors of the 21st century.

 

This past Saturday (Nov. 19), Homer 33C administrators Arlene Siefert, Kathleen Robinson and Candis Gasa presented an overview of the district’s Future Ready initiative at the Triple I Conference in Chicago.

 

The presentation was attended by school leaders from across the State of Illinois.

 

“Homer 33C is committed to empowering student success by graduating responsible, globally-aware citizens who are passionate life-long learners, creative thinkers and independent problem-solvers,” said Robinson. “In addition, we are committed to providing technology that enhances learning, expands communication and promotes data-driven decision-making.”

 

The Triple I Conference was hosted by the Illinois Association of School Boards (IASB), the Illinois Association of School Administrators (IASA) and the Illinois Association of School Business Officials (IASBO).

 

This is the second year in a row that Homer 33C has been invited to present at the conference.

 

 

 

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Source: Will County News

Michael Shannon Has No Filter When Talking About Donald Trump Supporters

“It’s really weird, because it’s like the last eight years, now it feels like a lie.”

11/16/2016 11:04 am ET

Source: Huffington Post

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“I don’t know how people got so goddamn stupid,” Michael Shannon said in a recent interview, referencing Donald Trump’s election win.

In the wake of Donald Trump’s victory last week, plenty of celebrities have spoken out against the president-elect and his troubling campaign rhetoric. The latest to add their voice to the conversation is actor Michael Shannon.

In a recent interview with RogerEbert.com, the “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” star gave his two cents, making sure to hold nothing back with his criticisms of Trump voters.

“The big red dildo running through the middle of our country needs to be annexed to be its own country of moronic a**holes,” Shannon said. “You can call it the United States of Moronic F**king A**holes.”

He then provided some choice words for Trump supporters, saying, “I don’t know how people got so goddamn stupid.”

“It’s really weird, because it’s like the last eight years, now it feels like a lie,” he continued. “… Racists, sexists. And a lot of these people, they don’t know why the f**k they’re alive. They know it. They’re doing drugs, f**king killing themselves. Because they’re like, ‘Why the f**k am I alive? I can’t get a job, I don’t know anything about anything, I have no curiosity for life or the world.’ So this Trump thing is like getting a box of firecrackers, or something. It’s like, ‘Well, this will be fun for a little while, this’ll kill some time.’”

Shannon did admit, however, that he agrees “to a certain extent” with Trump on the issue of creating jobs.

“Yeah, NAFTA was fucked up and people need to have jobs,” he said. “People need to have a way of supporting themselves, they need a way of having self-respect, pride and dignity. You take that away from them, this is what you get.”

To read more from his interview, head over to RogerEbert.com.

 

 

 

Source: Will County News