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Union Ridge Recognizes Huskies of the Year

Union Ridge School recognized nine students as 2014 Timothy J. Corrigan Huskies of the Year during a recent all school assembly.  

 

One student per grade is selected for the important award that recognizes students in our school who possess the husky characteristics of being hardworking, determined, trustworthy, and loyal.

 

2013 Union Ridge graduate Karolina Podsada spoke to the students about the importance of the Husky Award.  “The students recognized today demonstrated kindness, determination, hard work, and many other Husky traits throughout the year, “ said Karolina.  She will attend the prestigious Illinois Math and Science Academy next year.

 

“I am so proud of our Husky Award winners, “ said Union Ridge Principal Mike Maguire.  “These students have shown that they will stand up for what is right, defend those in need, and make good choices for themselves.”

 

We thank all our parents who partner with us in stressing the importance of character and service.  We feel very fortunate to teach all these wonderful students and to work in a supportive community.

 

Hustle and heart set Huskies apart!

 
Miles of Smiles
Nearly 100 Union Ridge students received free dental exams from the Miles of Smiles organization.
 
We know that students with cavities and other dental issues cannot be at their academic best.  Our partnership with Miles of Smiles is reflective of our mission to bring out the very best in every child.   
 
Miles of Smiles partners with the Illinois Department of Public Health Division of Oral Health and the Illinois Medicaid program to provide preventative dental care for children in school. Miles of Smiles dentists and assistants provide each student an exam consisting of a cleaning, fluoride treatment, dental sealants, and oral health education.
 
Experienced dentists like Dr. Nelson, who came to Union Ridge, make sure that each child’s experience is fun and pain free.  He carefully demonstrates the equipment and explains each step in the process.   At the end of the visit, students receive gift bags -- toothbrushes and floss -- and each student is encouraged to take good care of their teeth.
 
In addition, Miles of Smiles has a network of dentists who will complete necessary follow-up care.
 
Kudos go to our school nurse, Ms. Kelly Borgardt, for bringing the program to Union Ridge and seeing to it that all students have access quality dental care.
 
Union Ridge performs with with Chicago Community Classical Guitar Ensemble
On Tuesday, April 22nd, the 7th and 8th grade guitar classes had the opportunity to perform  in a joint concert with Chicago Community Classical Guitar Ensemble (CCCGE) at Union Ridge.   

The groups performed separately, but the concert culminated with a combined piece that featured the CCCGE and the Guitar 2 Class.  The piece, "Simple Sample of Gifts," composed by the director of the CCCGE, Julie Goldberg, used a number of unique guitar techniques that she shared with the students over a FaceTime session during class a few weeks ago.  Each group practiced the piece separately and then rehearsed together for about ten minutes before the start of the concert.

It was a great opportunity for our students to connect with other musicians in the community.

Click here to view the video.  
 
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.    

 Here here  to view the slideshow. 

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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.

 
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