As 2010 draws to a close, here are some of the highlights of the year at Wilmette Public Schools District 39.
Students raised more than $70,000, and collected 1,500 pairs of shoes and 1,100 stuffed animals to help Haiti following the tragic earthquake.
Teacher mentoring moved forward with the inclusion of a one-on-one mentoring opportunity for new teachers.
Thirteen District 39 teachers achieved National Board Certification.
Wilmette Junior High students again participated in an essay contest sponsored by the Daughters of the American Revolution. The topic focused on the experience of building or using the first transcontinental railroad.
District 39 hosted a Parent and Community Technology Education Night to give adults the chance to learn some of the technology that students are using.
A new five-year strategic plan was developed and implemented, focusing on 21st Century learning.
SMART Boards are in all District 39 instructional classrooms, thanks to the generosity of the District 39 Educational Foundation, the school PTO/PTAs, and federal grants.
The district began the school year with a deficit and implemented careful budget reductions while developing a plan to balance the budget for the next school year. The budget has been the focus of Board of Education meetings this year.
The District 39 Educational Foundation provided grants to support programs throughout the District and brought the Kelly Miller Circus back to Wilmette.
The district conducted a communications survey to determine if it was meeting the needs of the community. Most respondents were satisfied, and some improvements have been implemented based on suggestions.
Dr. Crystal LeRoy joined District 39 as the business manager.
The district website was redesigned.
The summer enrichment program served almost 800 students who were able to choose from more than 115 classes.
Chicago magazine ranked all six District 39 schools in the top 20 in suburban Cook County.
District 39 students performed well on the ISAT tests with 96 percent of students meeting or exceeding state standards.
The annual student government program was held, in conjunction with the League of Women Voters.
The WJHS dance team is selected to perform at the Liberty Bowl in Memphis on Dec. 31.
Wilmette Junior High was honored with a National Blue Ribbon Award, the second one for WJHS and the third for District 39 in the last 10 years.
Central School was the setting for an upcoming movie, "Contagion", starring Matt Damon.