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Students Participate In Engineering Presentation

 The advance placement math students of Union Ridge School took part in an “Introducing Students to Engineering” presentation given by Becky Cvikota Goduto.

Becky is a mechanical engineer with ExxonMobil and came to speak with the students about numerous careers in engineering. Mrs. Goduto has worked for ExxonMobil for the past 6 years and is an alumni of Resurrection High School and the University of Illinois.

In her presentation, she shared with the students what she loves about the engineering field and what they need to do to become an engineer.

Students then participated in a design activity. Working in small groups, students learned to “think like an engineer” and test their engineering designs in a design competition! Afterwards, students gave their feedback on what they had learned and had the opportunity to have questions answered.    

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Union Ridge Helps the Earth!

 Through donating clothing and other textiles to the Union Ridge USAgain bin, the community has already helped the earth.   

Union Ridge received a certificate from USAgain which shows how we have already helped the planet. We collected 3,406 pounds of clothing and other textiles which will be reused by other or recycled into other products.  

Through this collection, we have already conserved 4,768,400 gallons of water, saved 19.5 cubic yards of landfill space, prevented 23,842 pounds of the greenhouse gas carbon dioxide from being released into the atmosphere, and the use of an entire garbage truck was prevented.  

Great job Union Ridge community!  Let's continue helping the planet by reducing, reusing, and of course contributing to our USAgain bin which is located in our parking lot.

 
Harwood Heights Park Project (HHPP) Dedication Ceremony
 Union Ridge School completed work on a new early childhood playground and family park on the grounds of Union Ridge School.

A dedication ceremony to formally open the park was attended by the Union Ridge School Board, Harwood Heights Village Officials, and Norwood Park Township trustees.

The Harwood Heights Park Project (HHPP) advisory committee has been raising funds and making plans for the park for the past year.    

“This park is a shining example of our supportive community,” said Union Ridge Superintendent John Kosirog. “We worked, all of us together, to plan, design, and raise funds for this wonderful space. It took vision, creativity and lots of hard work for the park to become a reality, and for this I am very grateful for all your efforts.”

The park project transformed an unused blacktop section of school property into a new, beautiful green play space for children and families. The design for the park includes many shady areas with benches for families to gather, a butterfly garden and wetlands area for exploration, and a new playground designed for physical skill development.

According to Union Ridge Principal Michael Maguire, “We have a growing student population, especially in preschool and early grades. The park is especially designed to create many active learning experiences for our youngest children. The park will be a great asset to our program.”

The park is a community asset, and we are relying on the citizens of Harwood Heights to protect and care for the new plants and equipment. The park is open for public use after  school hours from dawn to dusk.

“From the beginning, the cornerstone of this new park and playground project has been community," said Kosirog. "It shows that our community cares about children and families and cares about its future.”
 
State Representative Martwick visits with Union Ridge Students

 Union Ridge 7th and 8th grade students were very fortunate to have State Representative Robert Martwick visit with them.  He provided examples of legislation that he has been involved in and emphasized the importance of young people getting involved in the legislative process. They were really impressed with how much he loves democracy and the importance of the democratic process in our country.

Representative Martwick encouraged students to enter the Create-a-Bill contest that he is sponsoring.  Students will have the opportunity to write their own bill and be recognized with a special certificate from the House of Representatives in Springfield. He also stated there is a possibility that he would introduce the winning bill in the House of Representatives as a real bill. Students were very excited about the possibility that their bill could become a real law.

“The best part about meeting Representative Martwick was having him explain what a state representative does.  I liked being able to hear things from his perspective.  It was interesting to have an inside look at being a state representative,” stated an 8th grade student.

 
Appreciation For Principals

 In celebration of National Principals Month, Union Ridge School recognizes the many contributions from our outstanding school administrators, Principal Mike Maguire, and Assistant Principal Julie Mensik.

Our principals are responsible for implementing our school mission to ensure the success of every child, every day. They work tirelessly to organize the school's education programs, hire outstanding teachers and staff, and establish positive school environment.   We appreciate their compassionate approach and caring support for entire Union Ridge family.

Please take a minute to thank them for their many contributions to our Blue Ribbon, Union Ridge community. 

 
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