Serena Hills School

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.

Donation of up to $200,000 for Serena Hills Smartlab announced

Serena Hills School alumnus Allan DiCastro has made another sizeable donation to the elementary school from which he graduated four decades ago.

DiCastro is donating up to $200,000 to fund a “Smartlab” at the school, one of five campuses in Flossmoor District 161. District officials announced the gift at the July 10 board of education meeting.

Teacher learns she’s Golden Apple winner at surprise ceremony

The surprise announcement was accompanied by balloons, flowers, camera, family members, small children — and tears. Andrea Beaty learned she was named one of the Chicago area’s top teachers when a parade of well-wishers burst into the gym at Serena Hills School on Friday.

District 161 Golden Apple finalist recalls journey to teaching excellence

Andrea Beaty, a fourth grade teacher for Flossmoor District 161 at Serena Hills School in Chicago Heights, will be among 34 finalists recognized for this year’s Golden Apple Awards for Excellence in Teaching.

Great experience at Serena Hills School in 1970s leads to $25,000 gift

Four decades after graduating from Serena Hills School, Allan DiCastro remembers his years there as an important part of his life. “Experiences in that school made me feel I could achieve what anyone else could,” DiCastro told the H-F Chronicle this week. “And then as I went out into the world that sense of worth stuck and grounded me so often.”

For Golden Apple finalist, it’s all about cooperation, collaboration

Janet Burke, a finalist for a prestigious Golden Apple teaching award, was honored Monday by District 161 officials and community members. Those present viewed a video that offered a look at Burke's classroom and a teaching style that is far removed from the rote desk work that many remember from their own school days.

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