Athletic Field Ribbon Cutting Ceremony – Kirk School

September 16, 2017

Athletic Field Ribbon Cutting Ceremony – Kirk School

Thanks to creative ideas from Kirk staff, coupled with intense and generous fund-raising efforts over the past several years, the Kirk Athletic Field officially opened on September 16, 2017. Staff, families and partners of NSSEO attended the ribbon-cutting ceremonies which included recognition, celebration and fun activities that demonstrated the wonderful opportunities the Kirk athletic field will provide to students and our community for years to come.

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2017 NSSEO Family Safety Fair

September 14, 2017

2017 NSSEO Family Safety Fair

NSSEO’s annual Family Safety Fair was able to be held on September 14, 2017 through a collaboration with our community partners the Arlington Heights police and fire departments, State’s Attorney office, Northwest Central Dispatch and NSSEO volunteers.

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NSSEO Governing Board Congratulates Sue Ramstedt on her Retirement

September 6, 2017

NSSEO Governing Board Congratulates Sue Ramstedt on her Retirement

The NSSEO Governing Board celebrated the dedication and support of retiring NSSEO Foundation, Inc board member Sue Ramstedt.  Not only did she give tirelessly during her time at the Foundation, but she was also a part of the NSSEO family through years of service. NSSEO wishes Sue well in her retirement plans and will miss her!

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NSSEO Governing Board Recognized Summer Shining Stars

September 6, 2017

NSSEO Governing Board Recognized Summer Shining Stars

The NSSEO Governing Board recognized three students as the September Shining Stars – Kaleb, Brian and Teresa. “We appreciate the work our Summer Shining Stars completed. You developed skills, demonstrated initiative, communicated with supervisors, practiced flexibility, lead with on-time/on-task behaviors, and all with zero injuries. We recognize you as leaders in our NSSEO learning community. Your willingness to invest, to be role models, to practice excellence. Thank you for setting the bar high. Finally, and most importantly, we celebrate you and the career opportunities that await you. We welcome you as contributing members of our community. Please know that your talents are greatly needed.”

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Back to School!

August 24, 2017

Back to School!

Schools and Programs all over NSSEO are thrilled to have their students back at school.

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NSSEO Students and the Solar Eclipse

August 21, 2017

NSSEO Students and the Solar Eclipse

Students all over NSSEO programs and locations thoroughly enjoyed learning about and viewing the solar eclipse.

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Opening Day 2017

August 14, 2017

Opening Day 2017

Opening Day 2017 kicked off what hopes to be another successful year at NSSEO. We were all treated to spectacular speeches from students as well as hearing from NSSEO leadership. We listened to great keynote speakers Mike Berkson and Tim Wambach – Handicap This! We heard a parent’s perspective of how we effected their family’s life. It was great seeing old friends as well as meeting the 42 new staff members! As always, a nice way to get the year started.

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On-line Student Registration

July 31, 2017

On-line Student Registration

Register your child through the new On-line Student Registration portal accessed through NSSEO’s website.  Step-by-step instructions can be found on the website.

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Kirk Athletic Improvement Project

June 13, 2017

Kirk Athletic Improvement Project

The Kirk School Athletic Field Improvement project is underway!  The heavy equipment has moved in.  Stay tuned for additional updates as progress is made.

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Every Student has a VOICE

May 31, 2017

Every Student has a VOICE

Assistive and Instructional Technology Program teams have developed a Universal AAC Approach, to ensure that ALL students have a VOICE.  In an effort to provide that VOICE as soon as possible, the technology tool identified for instruction has been utilized to support communication.  This AAC device is an iPad with the TouchChat WordPower App.  Students learn this vocabulary and language through the models provided by their teachers and SLPs, as they use their own iPad with AAC to express themselves in the classroom.  School-wide coaching and professional development have been provided by AT Facilitators, as well as Innovative Learning Coaches, to positively impact success for students and staff.  Training has been provided for families to ensure use of AAC at home.  Although this means of communication meets the needs of most students, there were three students recognized as Shining Stars at the NSSEO Governing Board meeting for exceeding our expectations.

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Walk and Wheel-a-thon

May 21, 2017

Walk and Wheel-a-thon

One of the focuses of the annual Walk n Wheel-a-thon fundraiser held at Kirk school has been to raise funds for the Kirk Athletic Field Improvement Project. There have been many people involved in trying to make this project a realization. Through the incredible generosity of the Tobler family and the astounding PATHS team effort, as well as the vision of Nick Mueller, it was exciting on May 21, 2017 to be able to break ground on the project. Opening the ceremony was Principal Kim Dungan, Kirk School. Dr. Judy Hackett, NSSEO Superintendent was on hand to share her appreciation for the many contributions. In attendance was Palatine Mayor Jim Schwantz. NSSEO is thankful for all the determination and support of all the people inolved in making this project happen!

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Stride for Pride

May 20, 2017

Stride for Pride

True to their word – Come Rain or Shine – Miner School’s Stride for Pride walkathon has held on May 20th, 2017.

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Hersey High School Reporters on the Scene

May 11, 2017

Hersey High School Reporters on the Scene

Ace reporters Raquel and Andrew of the DHH program at Hersey High School were on the scene in Sugargrove capturing the building of a house for Tony Chobanov of “Soldier’s Journey Home”. Stay tuned to see their story on their Youtube channel for DHTV.

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NSSEO Athletics Participate in Special Olympics

May 7, 2017

NSSEO Athletics Participate in Special Olympics

Athletes from Kirk and Miner schools recently participated in a Special Olympics event.   Special Olympics is a global movement of people creating a world of inclusion and community, where every single person is accepted and welcomed, regardless of ability or disability.

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Boy Scouts Honored at Governing Board Meeting

May 3, 2017

Boy Scouts Honored at Governing Board Meeting

At the May 3rd Governing Board meeting, three Boy Scouts were honored for their contributions to various to NSSEO programs. Jacob constructed three fire pits at Sunrise Lake Outdoor Education Center. The fire pits will be used for many years to come by student groups making meals and enjoying S’mores. Jacob raised $870 which enabled the project to be completed on time and on budget. In addition, Jacob scheduled two work days and organized 33 hard working Boy Scouts and family members from your troop. Jeremy collaborated with Kirk School’s Adapted Physical Education teacher, Adam Peterson, to design and build adapted equipment which enables students at Kirk School with limited upper extremity mobility and strength to participate in throwing and archery activities. Zachary worked with the Timber Ridge administration to…

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NSSEO Annual STEM and Science Fair

April 27, 2017

NSSEO Annual STEM and Science Fair

This year’s annual STEM and Science Fair was held at Timber Ridge School.  Sixteen projects from Kirk, Miner, Timber Ridge and Riley were presented to the judges for review.  New this year was the chance for students to check out student-led demonstrations in the STEM Lab.  They were able to experience virtual reality, three different robotic coding activities,  as well as green screen technology.

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Board Members Take a Student Guided Trip

April 5, 2017

Board Members Take a Student Guided Trip

Timber Ridge students – Nicolette and Chris demonstrated to the NSSEO Governing Board how virtual reality (VR) works in the classroom. With the support of Pam Guio, Innovative Learning Coach and Krista Snowbeck, Timber Ridge teacher the students demonstrated how virtual reality supports the curriculum and differentiated learning. Virtual Reality (VR) is a new opportunity for students at Timber Ridge. Through the use of VR students are immediately engaged and able…

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Light It Up Blue

April 5, 2017

Light It Up Blue

NSSEO Governing Board Members showing their support of Light It Up Blue. Light It Up Blue is intended to raise international awareness of autism in support of both World Autism Awareness Day and Autism Awareness Month.

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Drumming their way to fitness

March 23, 2017

Drumming their way to fitness

Students at Timber Ridge school are drumming their way into fitness.  The addition of DrumFIT® into their PE class has been a huge success. What is DrumFIT®? DrumFIT® is a cardio drumming program that combines the mental health benefits of drumming with the overall health benefits of physical fitness for a full body workout. Why DrumFIT®? Everyone needs a chance to get their bodies moving and their minds engaged with physical activity, before sitting down to focus or learn.  DrumFIT® gets the entire body and mind working together in unison, allowing students to focus, become fully engaged and increase their performance in all subject areas.

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Daily Herald’s Constable: ‘Aging out,’ man with autism finds path

March 20, 2017

Daily Herald’s Constable: ‘Aging out,’ man with autism finds path

The following is from a Daily Herald article: Like a lot of 22-year-old suburban people finishing their formal educations, Ben Nicholas of Mount Prospect flashes an easy smile. In it, you see both satisfaction for what he has accomplished and anticipation for the adult path opening before him. School is finished, his part-time job is done, and Ben, a special-education student who falls somewhere on the high-achieving end of the autism spectrum, starts a full-time job Monday in a manufacturing career with endless possibilities. “And I’ve made a lot of friends,” he adds. He acknowledges that none of these things would have been possible without his past three years at Miner School, an Arlington Heights therapeutic day school that is part of the Northwest Suburban Special Education Organization (NSSEO) serving school districts in Wheeling, Arlington Heights, Mount Prospect, Palatine, Prospect Heights and elsewhere. “I want to thank all the teachers here at Miner for helping me get through all this,” Ben says during his “aging out” ceremony at the school the day before his 22nd birthday, when he becomes too old to receive educational…

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Spring Dance

March 9, 2017

Spring Dance

Miner school held their annual Spring dance.  This year’s theme was “Barn Dance”.  All the cowboys and cowgirls had a great time.

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NSSEO Student Achievement Showcase 2017

February 23, 2017

NSSEO Student Achievement Showcase 2017

NSSEO hosted another successful Student Achievement Showcase! The annual showcase highlights High School and Transition students’ accomplishments and skills in the areas of Employment, Education, Training, Independent Living, and Recreation/Leisure.     If you would like additional information, please contact Jill Anderson, Assistant Principal at Kirk School (847) 485-2600 or Jack O’Neal, Principal at Miner School (847) 463-8400  

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The Latest Edition of the Paw Print Press from Kirk School

February 22, 2017

The Latest Edition of the Paw Print Press from Kirk School

Kirk Paw Print Press →

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Annual Kirk Alumni Game

February 12, 2017

Annual Kirk Alumni Game

What a battle!  The score was very close throughout the 1st and 2nd quarters but in the 3rd quarter, the Green team started to take the lead.  At one point, they were leading by 10 points!  In the 4th quarter the Black team was able to rally and won the game…

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3rd Annual Winter Weekend

February 11, 2017

3rd Annual Winter Weekend

Even though we were without snow again this year, there was plenty to do outdoors at Sunrise Lake Outdoor Education Center at the 3rd Annual Winter Weekend. Checkout our Facebook page for additional photos.  

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TR Student Research Scientists

February 8, 2017

TR Student Research Scientists

Students at Timber Ridge school presented information regarding different essential oils. Photos represent the reports on Rosemary and Sweet Orange. At the beginning of the year, students smelled each oil (8 different kinds) and then hypothesized different information – what plant it came from, what region it’s from, what is it used for, and what mood it evoked. Students choose an oil, did research and then presented their findings. They compared their research to the prior hypotheses. Students worked in class and utilized technology and readings to do their research. Now that the research phase is complete, they will be using each oil to make stress-relief essential oil play dough in class!

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NSSEO Governing Board Celebrates Volunteerism

February 1, 2017

NSSEO Governing Board Celebrates Volunteerism

The Shining Stars for the month of February focus on a theme of volunteerism.  NSSEO would like to recognize a few of the students in our community that have had a profound impact on the academic and social growth of students at Kirk and Miner Schools.  Not only have these young adults served as role models by contributing to their community through their volunteer efforts, but they have inspired our students and staff to advocate for opportunities, embrace our differences, and build friendships. In the spring of 2015, an organization at Fremd High School in District 211 was formed by students who were moved to bridge the social gap between all people, hoping to create equal opportunities for students with and without disabilities to make friends.  For the last two years, the LYFE members have volunteered with Kirk’s basketball team, cheerleading squad, and track and field team by participating in the same activities as the Kirk students. Miner School and students from the Hersey High School “SOS,” or Service Over Self Program, have partnered up for the last several years to provide…

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January Shining Star

January 4, 2017

January Shining Star

Makenna, a second grade student at Salt Creek Elementary School in District 59, was recognized as NSSEO’s Shining Star for the month of January. She was recognized for her positive attitude and motivation to learn in school making her an outstanding role model for those around her. Makenna has a significant vision impairment, which means she is learning to read braille and use a white cane for safety as she moves around the school and community. She exhibits a high level of motivation to be independent, using her self-advocacy skills to help her grow academically and access her classroom safely and efficiently. Recently, Makenna gave a presentation to her 2nd grade class on White Cane Safety Day. Her presentation demonstrated Makenna’s confidence and knowledge of the…

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Cover Girl Finley

December 13, 2016

Cover Girl Finley

Finley and Alex, both students at Kirk School, were recently featured in an article in Solutions a Closing the Gap publication.   The article is in regard to The Communication Matrix “a free assessment tool created to help families and professionals easily understand the expressive communication status, progress and unique needs of anyone functioning at the early stages of communication or using forms of communication other than speaking or writing.”   “Finley has become a great communicator in her own right using very ‘unconventional’ communication methods. The Matrix has given us comfort to work within her strengths and abilities and not feel confined to standard methods.” ~ Parent of Finley

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Hersey Students of the DHH Program Win 1st Place in Film Festival

December 7, 2016

Hersey Students of the DHH Program Win 1st Place in Film Festival

Hersey High School students of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Program entered a documentary film into the Deaf Film Festival.  The documentary was in regard to their school incorporating deaf anchors into their school’s morning announcements.  The students sign the morning announcements to allow them to be accessible to every student and staff in the building.  their documentary won 1st place!

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Timber Ridge Students Take a Field Trip to France

December 6, 2016

Timber Ridge Students Take a Field Trip to France

Timber Ridge students experienced VR (Virtual Reality) for the first time as a part of their social studies class. Through the use of Nearpod, students were able to “travel” to multiple locations. The students voted on their desired destinations, with France being one of their first “ports of call”.

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Turkey Relay Race

November 23, 2016

Turkey Relay Race

During their adapted PE class, students in the NSSEO program at Riley school enjoyed a turkey relay race in anticipation of Thanksgiving.

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Positive Experiences for MacArthur Students of the DHH Program

November 11, 2016

Positive Experiences for MacArthur Students of the DHH Program

Positive things are happening for MacArthur students of the DHH Program. Belinda and Sergio were selected to say/sign the Pledge of Allegiance at the Veteran’s Day Assembly and Belinda started in her first game against Lincoln – scoring as well as rebounding!  Sergio made the Unified Soccer Team and they won the State Tournament!  Adrianna attended the Summit Conference for Special Olympics and enjoyed presentations from other students in attendance.  Stacey, Nadia and Diana all made the Unified Poms squad.

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Timber Ridge Students Add Their Voice

November 8, 2016

Timber Ridge Students Add Their Voice

Students at Timber Ridge added their voices to the Presidential Elections.

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Partnering with the Community

November 8, 2016

Partnering with the Community

We believe the strong partnerships between our programs and communities will continue to enhance opportunities that result in greater student job success.

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Hersey Students of the Deaf Academic Bowl Team Compete at Harper College

November 4, 2016

Hersey Students of the Deaf Academic Bowl Team Compete at Harper College

On Friday, November 4th the Hersey Deaf Academic Bowl team competed at the 20TH ANNUAL DEAF HIGH SCHOOL ACADEMIC BOWL held at Harper College in Palatine, IL. The team placed third overall with four team members advancing to the second round. Two team members – Andrew and James – were named All Stars. The event was sponsored by The Midwest Gallaudet University Regional Center. Congratulations to the students and coaches for their hard work and dedication!

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NSSEO Governing Board Celebrates Transition Student’s Growth

November 2, 2016

NSSEO Governing Board Celebrates Transition Student’s Growth

Allie is a wonderful example of successful transition programming by pulling an entire “village” together to achieve her goal.  The STEP program is a grant partnership between the Illinois Division of Rehabilitation Services (DRS), NSSEO and the member high school districts.  The purpose of this program is to provide services and programming in planning for post high school and developing the skills to become competitively…

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Kirk School’s Halloween Carnival

October 31, 2016

Kirk School’s Halloween Carnival

Students, staff and parents enjoyed Kirk School’s Halloween Carnival. Our students are our super heros!

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Kirk Tasting Fair

October 28, 2016

Kirk Tasting Fair

Students at Kirk school enjoyed celebrating diversity and exploring foods from different countries at the Tasting Fair.

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NIU STEM Outreach

October 26, 2016

NIU STEM Outreach

Students at Miner school were excited to see the NIU STEM Outreach program sponsored by PBIS.

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Miner School Fall Dance

October 26, 2016

Miner School Fall Dance

Students, families and staff had a wonderful time at their annual Fall dance at Miner school.

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Magic Show

October 23, 2016

Magic Show

NSSEO Foundation, Inc’s Fall Festival was Magical! NSSEO Foundation, Inc’s Fall Festival was Magical! The Great James Sanden entertained everyone with his magical skill. There were many Ability Arts, Crafts and Business owned and operated by individuals with disabilities and our very own students!          

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Community Connection

October 17, 2016

Community Connection

Miner school held a Job Ideas session for one of their students.  35 people gathered to discuss ideas and options.  Community support at it’s best!

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White Cane Safety Day: A Symbol of Independence

October 15, 2016

White Cane Safety Day: A Symbol of Independence

“The white cane in our society has become one of the symbols of a blind person’s ability to come and go on his own. Its use has promoted courtesy and special consideration to the blind on our streets and highways. To make our people more fully aware of the meaning of the white cane and of the need for motorists to exercise special care for the blind persons who carry it Congress, by a joint resolution approved as of October 6, 1964, has authorized the President to proclaim October 15 of each year as White Cane Safety Day.” – National Federation of the Blind White Cane Safety Day Video →

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Global Read Aloud Project

October 13, 2016

Global Read Aloud Project

We are excited to have classrooms in our NSSEO programs participate in the Global Read Aloud project.  The project was started by Pernille Rip in 2010.  “It has a simple goal in mind: one book to connect the world.  From its humble beginnings, the GRA has grown to make a truly global connection with more than 1,000,000 students having participated”. For more information on the books and making connections contact Pam Guio pguio@nsseo.org or Joan Obial jobial@nsseo.org

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Timber Ridge Family Reading Night

October 13, 2016

Timber Ridge Family Reading Night

Timber Ridge School’s Book-o-ween Literacy Night was a huge success.  Students and their families participated in a literacy trivia game, read alouds from multiple staff members, cookie decorating, Jack-o-lantern floats, raffle and raffle prizes.  Every student walked away with a new book to read at home.

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Human Resource Specialist of the Year

October 12, 2016

Human Resource Specialist of the Year

Linda Maine, Executive and Human Resources Assistant at NSSEO’s Central Administrative Office being presented with the Human Resources Specialist of the Year Award for Region 2.

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Bodies in Motion

October 7, 2016

Bodies in Motion

Bodies in Motion sidewalk chalk art at Riley school.

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Safety Fair Partnerships Recognized by NSSEO Governing Board

October 5, 2016

Safety Fair Partnerships Recognized by NSSEO Governing Board

At the October board meeting, the Governing Board recognized and thanked the Arlington Heights Police Department, Arlington Heights Fire Department, N.W. Central Dispatch, and the IL Office of the Attorney General for their support and collaboration on the annual NSSEO Family Safety Fair held at Timber Ridge School.  Student Safety Fair Ambassadors were recognized as well for their support throughout the day.

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Kirk School Open House

September 29, 2016

Kirk School Open House

Kirk School’s Open House is a time for celebrating parents’ commitment, involvement, and encouragement in their child’s education.

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Safety Fair

September 15, 2016

Safety Fair

In an ongoing commitment to safety the Northwest Suburban Special Education Organization (NSSEO) has once again partnered with the Arlington Heights Police Department, the Arlington Heights Fire Department, Northwest Central Dispatch, and the Illinois Office of the Attorney General to hold a Safety Fair for Timber Ridge School students and families. This is the third Safety Fair NSSEO has held in partnership with the area community agencies. The collaborative efforts of staff, Board members, parents, students, and department representatives have contributed to the development of this event.

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NSSEO Governing Board Recognizes Students

September 7, 2016

NSSEO Governing Board Recognizes Students

At the September board meeting, the NSSEO Governing Board recognized students for their work over the summer at Sunrise Lake Outdoor Education Center.

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Dr. Smith Visits NSSEO

May 25, 2016

Dr. Smith Visits NSSEO

Dr. Tony Smith, Illinois Superintendent of Education visited with students of NSSEO.

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