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Springfield, IL 62703
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Ball Charter students enjoyed a wonderfully informative and engaging visit from local beekeeper, Gil Opferman, who provided facts, pictures, and actual bees for the crowd.  The students were able to see the bees up close in a protective box and even taste honey made from the bees.  His stories were interesting and humorous as the students learned all about the hive. Mr. Opferman is a retired principal who also has interests in gardening and participates extensively in local theatre. 

BEEKEEPER, GIL OPFERMAN, VISITS THE BALL CHARTER SUMMER LEARNING PROGRAM

Jul 2, 2019 Ball Charter students enjoyed a wonderfully informative and engaging visit from local beekeeper, Gil Opferman, who provided facts, pictures, and actual bees for the crowd.  The students were able to see the bees up close in a protective box and even taste honey made from the bees.
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Students who achieved 700 reading steps this year (10,500 minutes) enjoyed a fun-filled celebration that included the Noonan Game Trailer and Go Noodle activities!  In total, they have read over 3,507,000 reading minutes this school year!  Special thanks to Noonan Grand Rentals!

BALL CHARTER 700-STEP READING CELEBRATION

May 29, 2019 Students who achieved 700 reading steps this year (10,500 minutes) enjoyed a fun-filled celebration that included the Noonan Game Trailer and Go Noodle activities!  Our students have read over 3,507,000 minutes this school year!  Special thanks to Noonan Grand Rentals!
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Mr. Shanklin, who has been an educator in District 186 and is now a published author, has recently unveiled his new book “Seasoned” at a reception held at the Kidzeum Museum.  He visited Ball Charter School on Tuesday, May 21st for two assemblies.  He read his book to our K-5 students and provided some background in why he wrote the book and the challenges of publishing your own book.  He shared the same information with our 6th - 8th graders, but also spoke at length about becoming anything you want to be and having the work ethic to achieve your goals.  Autographed copies of his book ares available for sale (see Wednesday folders).

Local Author, Leonard Shanklin, Sr. Visits Ball Charter

May 22, 2019 Mr. Shanklin, who has been an educator in District 186 and is now a published author, has recently unveiled his new book “Seasoned” at a reception held at the Kidzeum Museum.  He visited Ball Charter School on Tuesday, May 21st for two assemblies.
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Beta students spent a year making blankets to donate for community service. The students donated over 30 blankets to Memorial Behavioral Health, Memorial Emergency department, and St. John

SBCS Beta Students Provide Donations

May 16, 2019 Beta students spent a year making blankets to donate for community service. The students donated over 30 blankets to Memorial Behavioral Health, Memorial Emergency department, and St. John's Children Hospital. 
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The 29th annual TECH 2019 student technology showcase will be held on Tuesday, May 7, 2019 from 9:00am-3:15pm at the Illinois State Capitol Building in Springfield where hundreds of students and teachers will represent schools from throughout the state. At the event, students will show the public and members of the Illinois State Senate and House of Representatives how technology is being used in the classroom to increase student engagement and improve achievement.
During the event, K-12 students and teachers will demonstrate engaging projects that utilize 3D printers, video, graphic design, robotics, animation and more. Legislators are invited to attend the event to see first-hand the importance of technology in education today and to interact with students and their teachers.
This year we are adding a new element to the day’s events. A TECH Talk assembly between sessions will allow all attendees to hear from legislators and young innovators like themselves who will inspire the students with what they have learned in the classroom and how they utilize that to influence change outside the classroom.
Taking part in the demonstrations locally from Springfield Ball Charter School are Erin Sullivan, Maggie Mathenia, Broden Duecker and Josey Grant. They will be presenting a joint project they created in Art and Technology classes. The project is Doll-E 1.0 inspired by the book by Shanda McCloskey. The students created a doll in Art class and a program to make it speak in Technology class. 
According to TECH 2019 Co-Chair, Joanna Carroll, “Personal devices, the internet, and digital content are the enabling tools of the modern learning environment, expanding the boundaries of the classroom while promising to transform all aspects of learning: teachers, students, and parents are provided access to tools and resources that promote accountability, communication, collaboration, creativity, and critical thinking; digital resources and curriculum offer dynamic, engaging, and affordable content to enhance or even replace traditional print-based resources; and blended and flipped classrooms extend the classroom beyond the limits of the school day, promoting increased student-centered and self-directed learning opportunities that put educational resources directly into the hands of students.”
TECH 2019 is presented by Illinois Computing Educators (ICE), a statewide 503(c) non-profit organization dedicated to leadership in education through technology. Formed in 1986 by a group of 30 educators, ICE has grown to over 12,000+ members comprised of teachers, technology coordinators, library media specialists, administrators, higher education representatives, school support staff and other stakeholders in Illinois education. ICE continues to reach out to educators and partners who share the philosophy and dedication of developing leadership in education technology through the support and development of professional learning opportunities that provide growth and use of technology in all facets of the educational process.
For more information about TECH 2019 or ICE, please contact us at info@iceberg.org or check out our website at www.iceberg.org.

TECH 2019 STUDENT TECHNOLOGY DEMONSTRATION AT ILLINOIS STATE CAPITOL MAY 7, 2019

May 8, 2019 The 29th annual TECH 2019 student technology showcase will be held on Tuesday, May 7, 2019 from 9:00am-3:15pm at the Illinois State Capitol Building in Springfield where hundreds of students and teachers will represent schools from throughout the state.
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Gibson the Dog is visited Primary students in our library on Wednesday, April 24th.  Gibson is a therapy dog whose "job" is to help with emotional support. Gibson

GIBSON THE DOG VISITS BALL CHARTER PRIMARY STUDENTS

Apr 29, 2019 Gibson the Dog is visited Primary students in our library on Wednesday, April 24th.  Gibson is a therapy dog whose "job" is to help with emotional support.
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Hundreds of middle school girls from @SchoolDist186 attended "The Future is Female" event sponsored by the Tri Sigma Sorority at #UISedu today. Girls learned about fitness, college readiness, women

FUTURE IS FEMALE 2019

Apr 29, 2019 Hundreds of middle school girls from @SchoolDist186 attended "The Future is Female" event sponsored by the Tri Sigma Sorority at #UISedu today.
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Thank you to our amazing PTO for hosting such a wonderful event.  Everyone looked stunning and there were many special memories made as students danced with their guests, enjoyed refreshments, and took pictures at our "Under the Sea" backdrop.

KIDS PROM WAS A HIT!

Mar 25, 2019 Thank you to our amazing PTO for hosting such a wonderful event.  Everyone looked stunning and there were many special memories made as students danced with their guests, enjoyed refreshments, and took pictures at our "Under the Sea" backdrop.
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