Betsy Ross students in Elizabeth Seery’s second grade class got a chance to test drive District 91’s Google Chromebooks. This new technology was approved by the school board for this year.

Students will be using the Chromebooks to work on basic computer literacy skills like typing, visiting educational websites and online libraries, researching and reporting in the content areas, and even to access literacy interventions.

“This was their first interaction with the netbooks, and they were all very excited to try them out,” said Betsy Ross teacher Abigail Hibbits.

Meanwhile, first grade at Betsy Ross School celebrated the end of their first multidisciplinary unit on apples with their annual Apple Day Sept. 18. Throughout the afternoon, the first graders worked in groups to cycle through a variety of stations, run by parent volunteers, that presented tasks based on the different learning goals they have had thus far in first grade.

Stations included graphing tasks, counting, comparing and contrasting, as well as apple stamping, allowing the students to create an artifact showing the interior structure of the apple.

Jean Lotus loves community journalism. She covers news, features, two school boards, village council, crime, park district and writes obits for Forest Park Review. She also covers the police beat for...