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4 | January 25, 2018 | The Lockport Legend NEWS seesaw From Page 3 Students from three schools competed Jan. 10 in the National Fluid Power Action Challenge at the Lockport Township Government building. Photo submitted D92 students take part in national challenge Submitted by Will County District 92 The National Fluid Power Action Challenge is a competition that challenges eighth-grade middle school students to solve an engineering problem using fluid power technology. This year’s event was held Jan. 10 in Lockport Townships Government building’s community room located on Farrell Road. Oak Prairie and Deltol Fluid Products would like to thank the Township Supervisor Ron Alberico and his staff for all their help, and the District 92 Maintenance staff for transporting the tables and chairs to and from the event. The event was hosted by Deltrol Fluid Products, from Bellwood Illinois. Twenty-three teams competed from three schools in this year’s event. The event started at 9 a.m. when the teams build their fluid power device to meet this year’s challenge. They use wood, wood dowels, syringes and tubing to power the motions. The Action Challenge started at 1:15 p.m., and each team competed in two minute rounds to obtain the highest score possible. At the end of the day, three teams from Oak Prairie Junior High took home trophies. The trophy for “Best Portfolio” went to the team of Abigail Kreczmer, Lauren Connelly, Kaitlyn Mitchell and Eileen Ferriter. The trophy for “Best Machine Design” went to the team of Joshua Peterka, Matthew Rosier, Braeden Goebbert and Shane Nolan. And the trophy for “Grand Champion” was awarded to the team of Jacob Butera, Everett Baer and Jorge Barron. More information about the NFPA Action Challenge can be found at www.nfp pictures on there, they can upload, and their parents can have it on their cellphone, they can log into a computer, so it’s real time. Once they post, parents can see right away what they’re doing at school.” Both parents and teachers can comment on or “like” posts. Certain teachers have also allowed their students to comment on their classmates’ posts. Teachers can also see which parents have looked at their students’ work. “Often when kids come home from school, parents will ask, ‘Hey what did you do at school today? What happened? What was exciting?’ And many times the answer is ‘Well same as yesterday,’ or ‘Not much’ or ‘Nothing.’ Parents can say to a child, ‘Hey I saw today you were working on multiplication of fractions, I saw your video on that it looked great, tell me a little bit about it,’” Robinson said. Neil and her colleague Tasha Ohotzke, a third-grade teacher at Schilling, both use Seesaw and have their students post one to five times a day. “It’s just definitely a wonderful experience,” Ohotzke said. “I feel like it’s such a great time to be a student, and to even be a teacher because the capabilities that technology is affording is just amazing. What these kids are capable to do and how they can share their learning in a multitude of ways has just been an amazing experience for all parties involved — kids, parents, teachers.” Hayden Barnett, a fourthgrader in Neil’s class, said her mom talks to her about the posts she sees while at work. “[My mom] always goes [on] at work, because that’s the only time she can see my stuff, because it doesn’t Fourth-grader Giavanna Diciolla uses Seesaw during class. Jacquelyn Schlabach/22nd Century Media work on her phone, so she always is on it at work and is like ‘Oh I saw that you did this today and I thought that it was really cute that you did that,’” Barnett said. Barnett’s favorite part about Seesaw is making videos. “I really like how you can be yourself on it and you can take videos and you can just record how you want it to be and make it your own way that you like it to be,” she said. Barnett’s classmate Cole Danaher said his mom always comments on his posts because she likes them a lot. As the students progress in their studies, the digital portfolio of all the things that they have posted will carry with them to the next grade level. “They’re reflecting on their learning, it’s awesome,” Ohotzke said. “When they go back on their portfolio and they can look through and scroll through all the way back and say like ‘Whoa look at where I started at the beginning of the year and now I’m here.’” Every Monday, Neil has her students write a paragraph about what they did over the weekend and post it to Seesaw, saying it helps get them ready for typing in middle school. “It really is the educational technology grand slam,” Ohotzke said. Ohotzke said Seesaw has helped make her job easier because it allows her to see what students are thinking and what topics they are excelling in or need more help in. “I think it’s just helped my job to be a lot easier as well,” she said. “Seeing every student, not just the ones that raise their hand every day, but giving them all a voice for even my most shy, introverted kids. They have an avenue to share with me as well.” One of her students, thirdgrader Quinn Danaher, said doing an activity like the one they did in honor of Martin Luther King Jr., which required them to write at least six things they learned about him, helped him to better understand the material discussed in class. “They all love it,” Neil said. “The kids love to do videos and teach videos, they feel like it’s their own personal YouTube where they can teach others what they’re learning, and I think parents love to see their kids during the day. They don’t always communicate what they’re doing, but when they’re able to see the videos and read what they’re doing it’s a good snapshot into their day.” Robinson said all four grade schools will be using the school edition of Seesaw by the start of the 2018-2019 school year. “We’ll be excited when all of our elementary teachers are using it, and all families next year are in engaged in it,” Robinson said. Homer 33C’s focus is to implement Seesaw districtwide at the elementary level, and then work to get all teachers at Homer Jr. High and Hadley Middle School to use it. There are already a few teachers at Homer and Hadley that use the free version of Seesaw. “Sometimes the most successful initiatives are more grassroot initiatives, those that the teachers really see great value in and they get excited about, so that’s why this is kind of trickling from a few teachers to now four elementary buildings by the end of next year,” Robinson said. NEWS the Lockport Legend | January 25, 2018 | 5 lockport city Council Capital Improvement Program sparks discussion on funding options Jacquelyn Schlabach Assistant Editor A presentation of Lockport’s Capital Improvement Program for 2018 to 2027, resulted in a lengthy discussion between City Council members regarding project funding options at the council’s Jan. 17 committee of the whole meeting. Director of Public Works Brent Cann presented watermain needs, roadway needs and sanitary needs projects that he is looking to get done in the 10-year span. “I firmly believe that what we’ve put in here is a great document, it is very inclusive and it’s needs based,” Cann said. Projects in the CIP include water main work at various locations in the city, the installation of a deep well, Farrell Road resurfacing, Madison Street and 7th Street reconstruction, a Homer bike path along 159th Street, Division Street Sewer Treatment Plant extension, sewer lining and storm water projects. Because there are so many projects to be accomplished, there is not enough funding to complete them all. “When you look at the projections for this CIP, the amount of projects that we need to accomplish, there’s not enough funding appropriated to achieve it all,” City Administrator Ben Benson said. “We’ve budgeted and we have the projects for 2018. This is a discussion of what we’re going to do to try to accomplish those things after that.” Mayor Steve Streit made note that this discussion will continue over the next few weeks because there is a lot to figure out. “These are the decisions that are tough, and as citizens, legislatures that we are, we are representatives of our wards, our communities, that say OK, these are all the projects we have before us, we’ve asked our staff to compile that list and now it’s how do we want to move forward and pay for it,” Streit said. “What are our options? Do we spread these projects out over 20 years? Do we find different revenue sources? 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She proposed one idea as raising the water rate by five percent and increasing the surcharge rate from $7.50 to $10. Over the course of five years, the City would make $4.6 million from water rates and $2.5 million in surcharge. Another idea to get revenue included a gasoline tax, which eight surrounding municipalities have, including Homer Glen, Romeoville and Joliet, and would charge a five-cent tax per gallon. Heglund said she wanted to present as many options as possible so the council can get the whole picture of the different directions they can take. “I’ve asked staff to present these options, and these projects to us, and in the end we’re going to have to deliberate this and find solutions, but that’s what we do, we here to solve problems and find solutions,” Streit said. The next committee of the whole meeting on Feb. 7 will include further discussion of the CIP. Notvalid with anyother o er. Expires 2/15/18 $ 22 99 1038 E. 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