***** PRESS RELEASE***** DEKALB POLICE DEPARTMENT*****(815) 748-8400*****
The DeKalb Police Department is pleased to announce that on April 18 , 2013 we will launch our new smart phone application called
“iWatch DeKalb”. iWatch DeKalb is a free mobile application available for iPhone, Android, Blackberry and the web through app stores. It
will allow our Police Department to receive anonymous crime tips via phone, text, email, or a web-based form with the ability for the tipster
to attach multiple images and video to the information they send us. Tips may be received in 32 different languages and then translated into
English. All tips, regardless of the source, are 100% anonymous. Users can submit both new tips and tips that are related to prior
offenses. They can also track the tips they send. iWatch DeKalb permits two-way dialogue with the tipster (anonymous or full disclosure)
and multi-jurisdictional tip sharing without compromising privacy rights or investigational integrity.
Through iWatch DeKalb, users can subscribe to alerts created by our police department including prevention and awareness tips, public
announcements, weather alerts, community services, missing child/Amber Alerts, and more. We also plan on taking iWatch DeKalb a step
further and launching it as a way to support anti-bullying initiatives in our schools as well as helping us uncover and prosecute
animal crimes and animal cruelty cases in our community that may not have been reported using traditional methods. At the heart
of iWatch DeKalb is the idea of “See Something, Say Something”. Sometimes, people see things that don’t fit or make sense. They
may suspect somebody is selling drugs or engaging in inappropriate behavior. Or it may be a situation where something doesn’t feel
quite right but they’re not sure if they should call the police or not. iWatch DeKalb is a means for people to easily communicate
those things anonymously to law enforcement.
Our decision to launch iWatch DeKalb is a community initiative. We want people in our community to know that positive
communication with police is not merely acceptable, it is expected. We want teens, young adults, parents, everyone in our
community to know that they can use their phone to send us tips on suspicious or out of place activities and crimes, and that by
doing so they are responsibly contributing to a better community. iWatch DeKalb will enable our community and law enforcement
to collectively come together to help reduce crime through digital communication. We all know that digital information can be used
for both good and bad purposes. iWatch DeKalb helps people guard themselves digitally, and is a great example of how to use
technology and information for positive and safe purposes.
We want to stress that iWatch DeKalb is not to be used in emergency situations. There could be times when a tip will not be seen or
read immediately. If you are involved in, or reporting a situation that is an emergency, or if you or somebody else is in need of
immediate police assistance, do not use iWatch DeKalb. In emergency situations that require quick police response, call 9-1-1.
iWatch DeKalb is not for emergencies.
We encourage everyone to download our free app, iWatch DeKalb, for your smart phone. On April 18 , please visit
www.iWatchDeKalb.com for more information. We look forward to hearing from you. And thank you for helping to keep our
community a safer place to live.
Here is a link
to a picture slide show provided by the staff from CRMS.
Northern Illinois University is excited to announce our 2013 Academic Summer Camp line-up.
Please pass this message on to teachers, staff, administrators and parents who may be interested.
It would also be of great help to us if you could post a link to our website and include information on your Regional/district website/printed newsletter about our academic camp opportunities for students: http://www.niu.edu/clasep/camps/index.shtml
A full description of each camp can be found on our website along with our application packet, early bird deadline ends on May 15. Applying for camps can be done online or by downloading the application packet at: http://www.niu.edu/clasep/camps/index.shtml
We will have one need based scholarship opportunity of $250 this year for each camp. Global Leadership and Philanthropy Camp will be offered for a reduced fee of $250 before May 15 and $300 after due to grant funding.
2013 Residential Academic Camps for students entering grades 9, 10, 11, or 12:
Creative Writing Camp, June 16 – 21, 2013
Global Leadership and Philanthropy Camp, June 16 - 21, 2013
Film Camp, June 23 - 28, 2013
Speech Camp, June 23 – 28, 2013
*NEW Math Camp, July 7 – 12, 2013
*NEW Gay Straight Alliance: LGBTQA Leadership and Activism Camp, July 7 – 12, 2013
*NEW Journalism Camp, July 14 - 19, 2013
Broadcast Journalism Camp, July 14 – 19, 2013
2013 Day Camps for students entering grades 6, 7, or 8:
Creative Writing Day-Camp, July 29 – August 2, 2013
*NEW Film and Media Day-Camp, TBD
Summer Camp Residential Fee: Early Bird rate $525 ($575 after May 15, 2013); returning LA&S Academic Summer Campers, multiple campers from the same household, or NIU employees are eligible for an additional $5 discount on request.
For more information or to request a pdf copy of our summer camp flier please contact the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences External Programming at 815-753-5200 or email LASEP@niu.edu
You can also feel free to send a reply to this email. Thank you.
Mark Pietrowski Jr.
College of Liberal Arts & Sciences External Programming
Northern Illinois University
Monat Building #152
Our school has taken a big step in integrating technology into our classrooms. Atomic Learning is a key partner in our dedication to providing the highest quality technology training resources available. In addition to being a resource for our staff and students, our subscription to Atomic Learning is also available to all families!
How do I find it?
Go to www.AtomicLearning.com
You will also find this link on the district website under Parents and Students Links. In addition, you can access the link on the district homepage by clicking on the image of Atomic Learning.
How do I log in as a parent?
Log in with the following username and password:
User Name: dekalbcusd428
What will I find there?
Our subscription to Atomic Learning includes nearly 50,000 step-by-step tutorials on common software, workshops and technology integration projects on emerging topics, such as blogging and Internet Safety. Definitely check out the "Tutorials" tab to find training videos on over 215 different applications.
We invite you to use it as a resource for your household, and ask that you encourage your child(ren) to use it from home.
How do I log in as a student?
Log in with the following username and password:
User Name: Student ID number
Password: dekalbYYYYMMDD (birthday)
Dr. Doug Moeller
Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction
DHS Marching Band had a wonderful time in New Orleans and they have taken 1st place in all of the categories.
These are the following awards:
SUGAR BOWL PARTICIPANT, BEST MUSIC, BEST MARCHING, BEST COLOR GUARD, BEST OVERALL EFFECT, FIRST PLACE AND GRAND CHAMPION
With these awards, the DeKalb High School Marching Band was part of the opening ceremony of the Sugar Bowl game. January 2, 2013 at 7pm!!! DHS held the flag!
Below are videos that were posted to Youtube by one of the parents.
Sugar Bowl Field Show Competition
2013 Allstate Sugar Bowl
2013 Allstate Sugar Bowl Pre-game Flag Presentation
Congratulations to the students, staff, parents, and friends of the DHS Marching Band. Thank you for all your hard work.
Performance Dates and Locations:
December 15, 2012 at NIU Altgeld Hall
December 21 & 22, 2012 at DHS
Seating is 5:30 to 6:00 PM with Processional at 6:00 PM
Please read the ticket form for more information.
Board Meeting Highlights 11/13/12
The Board of Education recognized Roger Morgan, owner of Roger's Music, for his many years of support to DeKalb School District.
The Board of Education recognized the HMS 7th and 8th grade football teams for making Huntley Middle School history by being the first HMS football team to boast both a 7th and a 8th grade conference championship.
The Board of Education recognized Maria Gommel, a senior from Malta, IL, for being honored as the 2012 Lincoln Laureate at North Central College. (former DHS student)
The Board of Education recognized Brooke Condon, Assistant Principal at Clinton Rosette, for her behind the scenes work this past year in the establishment of a Community Network for Professionals Supporting LGBT (lesbian, gay, bi-sexual, transgender) Youth in DeKalb.
In honor of School Board Members Day, Thursday, November 15, 2012, our Board members were recognized for the countless hours they donate to the students and staff of the DeKalb.
FFA students, as well as Sarah Peterson, FFA advisor, thanked the Board for their support of their recent trip to the National FFA Convention. They shared some of the activities they had an opportunity to participate in.
Dr. Moeller, Chris Perkovich, Tim Vincent & Kevin Fuss (Kishwaukee College) shared a Career & College Readiness Committee Report on K-12 Math with the Board of Education.
Items approved by the Board:
The donation of $8,256.04 in grants from the DeKalb Education Foundation
Fundraising Request from DHS Marching Band for Trip to New Orleans Super Bowl
Founders Fifth Grade Students Field Trip
DHS Math Courses
Elementary Physical Education Curriculum
Purchase of Bucket Truck
Purchase of Pool Boiler Replacement
2012 Tax Levies
Property Tax Rebate to 3M Corporation
Property Tax Abatement to Panduit Corporation
Insurance Premium & Benefits
What is the Website?
What is the SIT Conference?
SIT is a conference presented by Higher Education and K-12 School Districts to provide a forum where kids in grades 3-12 can demonstrate technology tools they have learned in school or that they are interested in.
When is the SIT Conference?
The 2013 Students Involved with Technology Conference will be February 23, 2013 from 8:30-2:00.
Do presenters need a sponsor?
Yes. The sponsors’ role to make sure that the presenter is well-prepared to give their presentation. They are also in the room during the presentation in case the presenter needs assistance.
Do sponsors have to register? Is there a fee for them to register?
Yes. Sponsors need to register for the conference. They are also charged the $25 registration fee. As a sponsor they will receive a conference T-Shirt, bag, lunch and snack. They are not eligible for SIT prizes.
Can parents attend?
SIT is conference by kids for kids. If a parent wants to attend they can – but they have to register as a participant in order to attend. They will get a shirt, lunch and snack. Adult participants are not eligible for SIT Prizes.
Can I bring a child that is younger than 3rd grade?
No. Due to the nature of the conference, it is not geared for younger children.
What if I want to come see my child’s presentation?
You would need to register as a participant. Due to the safety and security of the students, only registered attendees are permitted at the conference.
Do I have to sign up in advance?
Yes. If you want to attend the conference you need to register by 1/28/2013. No on-site registration is accepted.
Is SIT fun?
Yes, it is! The conference in Normal celebrated its 12th anniversary – would anyone still be coming after 13 years if it wasn’t fun?!?
What topics are going to be presented?
Topics vary from year to year. We don’t know what the current topics will be until registration is complete. Consider visiting past SIT websites to see what has been presented in the past.
What will we eat?
Contents of the snack bags are typically a granola bar, chewy fruit snacks, chocolate, candy and bottled water. Lunch will be a sandwich (variety selected during registration from choice of ham, turkey or veggie), chips, cookie and bottled water.
What about peanut allergies?
We generally avoid all overt peanut items for food served at the conference. However, there is no guarantee that the food at the conference does not come in contact with peanuts in some way, shape or form along its way to our event as it is produced, packaged, processed and served. If your child has a severe peanut allergy, please fill out the conference registration form carefully and please consider sending your own (safe) food items for them (see “What Will We Eat” above for information on what we will be serving). We would be happy to refrigerate food you send with your child, if needed.
I want to present……but I’m not sure what to do!?!
Pick a technology-related topic you are familiar with or really interested in. Write out a short description of what you’d like to share with or show to your peers during a 25 minute presentation. Fill out the presenter section on the registration form with this description and your presentation title. Turn in the registration form and you’ll get more information closer to the conference about when your presentation is scheduled. If you have any special facility-based technology needs for your presentation, include that on your registration form and you’ll be contacted by a person from your conference site. If you need help selecting a topic, take a look at the 2011 Conference highlights to see pictures and a list of various presentation topics!
What do I need to know about giving my presentation?
Now that you’ve registered with a description and title for your presentation, it’s time to do the rest! Write and outline for your presentation. Do you want to use PowerPoint? Include some neat visuals in your presentation. Are these real objects you want to show or are they pictures or are they on the internet? Do you want to do hands on activity during your presentation – let us know so that we can schedule you into the right type of room?!? Practice, practice, practice! If you have handouts, make 25 copies (just in case your topic is popular!).
I can’t afford my child’s registration fee…
Please complete the conference registration form AND the conference scholarship form (on the Registration page) or complete the conference registration form AND send an email with details to firstname.lastname@example.org (the deadline is 12 noon on January 23, 2013). We’ll get back with you…
Board Meeting Highlights 10/25/12
• The Board of Education recognized the Huntley Middle School boys’ cross country team for taking second place at the Island Lake sectional meet on Saturday, October 6, which earned them a spot at the IESA state meet in Normal, IL on October 13. It was the first trip to state for the Huntley team in their seventh year competing in the sport.
The state-qualifying runners included sixth graders Zach Gratschmayr, Riley Marks, Sam Naftzger, and Jonathan Snow; seventh graders Christopher Allen, Henry Barnes, Lincoln Draper, and Nathaniel Harrison; and eighth graders Jacob Alvarez and Zach Gould. With 90 schools competing in sectional meets to try for a spot at the state meet, only 21 made it in, and the J-Barbs finished in 15th place. The team is coached by Kevin Beverly.
• The Board of Education recognized Amanda Anderson, Jefferson's Reading Specialist, for being honored by Office Max as a treasured teacher at Jefferson Elementary. Office Max presented her with a certificate, flowers and $1,000.00 worth of various office supplies for her to use with her students. She was selected because she dedicates so much of her energies to serve Jefferson's diverse population of students and she provides support to all of the Jefferson staff through her work on the BLT and the PBIS Green Team. She was instrumental in creating the Parent Resource Room at her school, which has increased Jefferson's positive, parent involvement and she also facilitates Jefferson's Reading is Fundamental Program and additional Title One events. In addition to the supplies given to Mrs. Anderson, Office Max provided Jefferson with $700.00 worth of various supplies to use with students, including several digital cameras! This is part of Office Max's campaign called, "A Day Made Better." They made these presentations to 1,000 teachers all over the United States.
• Anna Hoyou shared with the Board that the theme that has been inspiring Lincoln School this school year has been the book, One, by Kathryn Otoshi. Students from Lincoln read the book to the Board & Board members were given a gift bag from the school.
• Dr. Briscoe showed the Board a PowerPoint giving them an overview of the “2012 State of DeKalb School District.” (PowerPoint is available on Board Docs)
• Dr. Doug Moeller, Ms. Jessica Stewart, Ms. Val Bilek, Ms. Laura Edwards gave the Board an update on the DeKalb High School 3.0 Program.
• Dr. Doug Moeller gave the Board an update on our District Improvement Plan.
• T. J. Fontana shared a proposal with the Board for DHS math curricular changes.
• Kelly Zerby shared with the Board physical education curriculum approved by the ISBE (April 2012) that the PE teachers would like to adopt with minor modifications.
• Dr. Doug Moeller, Ms. Tamra Ropeter & Dr. Jennie Hueber shared a proposal with the Board for dual credit courses at DeKalb High School.
• Judy Stafstrom shared with the Board the guidelines that have been put in place regarding the administration of the Constitution test at DHS.
• Dr. Briscoe shared with the Board a possible agreement with Shodeen Development for a land swap.
Items approved by the Board:
• The donation of the Whole Kids Foundation School Garden Grant in the amount of $2,000 to Tyler Elementary
• Letter of Agreement with DFSA for Office Assistant Position at Education Center
• Letter of Agreement with DCTA for Additional Technology Representatives
• Contract for Convocation Center/DHS Graduation
• Provider Contracts for Supplemental Education Services (SES)
Board Meeting Highlights 10/02/12
The Board of Education recognized seniors Eliya Baker and Allison Duffin for being named as semi-finalists in the National Merit Scholarship Competition. The National Merit® Scholarship Program is an academic competition for recognition and scholarships that began in 1955. High school students enter the National Merit Program by taking the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test and by meeting published program entry/participation requirements.
The Board of Education recognized the following DCP/SAFE DeKalb High School students:
Amanda Hedberg (Co-President) Sammie Coakley (Co-President)
Abby Kuzmanich Angelica Garcia
Courtney Donnelly Kristin Johnson
Kelsey Grubbs (Secretary)
Madison Lord (daughter of School Board member Michael Lord) is also part of this group, but was unable to attend the meeting due to a volleyball game.
DCP/SAFE stands for DeKalb County Partnership for Safe and Active Family Environment. Their mission is to improve the environment of our school and community by encouraging healthy choices and lifestyles. Dennis Waymire, DHS School Counselor, is the group facilitator.
Dr. Briscoe showed the Board a PowerPoint detailing a proposed land swap with Shodeen Development.
Connie Rohlman shared with the Board overall demographic information on the 89 new employees that were hired this school year, broken down by gender, race, building, age & position.
Items approved by the Board:
The donation of $10,000 from an anonymous donor to our district for students with special needs
Letter of Agreement with DCTA
Agreement with Safe Passage
Back Up Snow Removal Services
Two-Way Radio Communication Proposal
2012-2013 Annual Application for Recognition of Schools
Rescheduling of the 10/15 Board meeting