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STEAM lab made possible by donor is up, running at Serena Hills

Students are learning in a brand new space at Serena Hills Elementary School with the STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math) Lab opened for instruction since the beginning of this school year.
 
Made possible by a donation of more than $275,000 from Serena Hills alum Allan DiCastro, the lab features a bay of computers that students use for technology-based learning like programming and animation, a 3D printer, a TV and a classroom pet — a bearded dragon named Stitch.

International STEM Learning Ecosystems awards Homewood Science Center membership

The Homewood Science Center is now part of STEM Learning Ecosystems, a national and international network working to change how students learn, educators teach and how businesses develop a workforce with 21st century skills.

H-F Finance Committee wants more time to study fine arts addition

District 233 Finance Committee members said they will continue to study the needs of the fine arts programs at Homewood-Flossmoor High School.
 
Tim Wenckus, chairperson, and Beth Larocca, newly appointed committee member, said they want to see charts that spell out what’s on the wish list of fine arts faculty so that they can determine how additional spaces will work for those programs.
 

New murals adorning Churchill School walls

When District 153 students in Homewood start the new school year Aug. 22, they’ll find two new murals decorating the walls of the fifth grade and third grade wings of Churchill. Principal Nikki Kerr said one message will be: “One kind word can change someone’s entire day” and the other is: “If you have to choose between being right and being kind, choose kind and you’ll always be right.”

Two films airing at GSU film festival

On Saturday, Aug. 4, the Chicago Southland International Film Festival will be held at Governors State University.
 
Two documentaries will be shown at the Center for Performing Arts on campus. Admission is free.
 
“Little Wounds Warriors” will be presented at 4 p.m. It is produced and directed by GSU alumnus Seth McClellan, who will conduct a question and answer session afterward.
 

Scenes from Trail Mix 2018

Theatre Arts Leadership Kouncil (TALK) held its third annual music festival rain or shine on Saturday, July 21. It got both. Organizer Steve Ploum said the morning and early afternoon rains kept the crowd sparse early on, but when the sun came out, more people arrived to enjoy performances from more than a dozen local bands and individual musicians. 

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Creativity abounds in STEAM Camp at James Hart School

The first District 153 STEAM Camp gave one student a chance to create replicas of Chicago’s downtown buildings, a team the opportunity to build a robot and another to produce a movie. It’s all part of STEAM — science, technology, engineering, arts and math.

Rep. Kelly welcomes winning artist to Capitol

Taylor Ausley, who graduated in June from Homewood-Flossmoor High School, met U.S. Robin Kelly, D-Ill., in Washington the week of June 25 and got to see her winning 2nd Congressional District art piece hung in the U.S. Capitol.

'The Lady with all the Answers' opens July 15 at Theatre at the Center in Munster

  Janet Ulrich Brooks plays Ann Landers in the 
  Theatre at the Center production of "The Lady
  With All the Answers."
(Provided photo)
 

New street fair format a hit with artisans, patrons

From a patron's point of view, Homewood's first Artisan Street Fair was a cornucopia of creativity and ingenuity. 

Booths lined Martin Avenue and Hickory Road with "cool stuff" — that was the name of Allison Burnett's booth at the corner of Martin and Hickory — made of myriad materials: clay, wood, metal, fabric and paper.

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