Overview of Our School Background
Grove Intermediate Schoolserves grades third through fifth. Over
the years, many basic characteristics and values of the school and
school community have remained constant. At the same time, the school
faculty and community have worked steadily to remain responsive
in addressing the uniqueness of each year, each family, anhd each
and highly valued characteristic of the school continues to be its
diverse population. Students of varied socioeconomic, racial, ethnic
and residential backgrounds attend the school. Our neighborhoods
include the Glen (former Naval Air Station), single family homes
and various apartment complexes.
the majority of Glen Grove students are white non-Hispanic, approximately
37% of our students are Black, Hispanic or Asian. Bilingualism among
students is also a common characteristic, with well over 18 languages,
in addition to English, spoken by students and their families. The
most common of these languages are Korean, Spanish and Russian.
In responding to the challenge of this diversity, a particular focus
of the school has always been to promote acceptance and appreciation
of diversity throughout the school and community.
This school fully implements the standard district curriculum. Copies
of the specific expectations can be found on the district web page.
All students at Glen Grove fully experience the district curriculum.
At the same time, students are grouped in teams, each of which develops
its own unique personality and approach. While our teams approach
instruction differently, in keeping with our belief that children
learn best in different ways, it is to be noted that the specific
goals and objectives for the children are uniform throughout the
school, regardless of the team. Further, all classrooms are equally
equipped with technology.
third graders are placed in this team, except those who are in the
TREE team. We are eager to begin this year and have already planned
many exciting units and activities including rotations for the human
body, Native Americans, and weather. We are planning several engaging
field trips to support these units, as well as projects that incorporate
technology in our classrooms.
We are all looking forward to a fun and productive year in the third
The Kaleidoscope Team is a fourth/fifth grade looping team that
celebrates and recognizes our differences. Like a real kaleidoscope,
the Kaleidoscope Team encourages students to express and explore
their own unique views.
We are a flexible team, where students' needs, interests, and learning
styles are respected and viewed individually. We cultivate an academic
community that encourages students to work independently, work collaboratively,
take risks, and learn about themselves.
Students in third, fourth, fifth grade comprise the student community
in this team. Students in this multi-age setting work in advisory
groups and remain with this team for three years at Glen Grove.
The Voyager team is a team of students and teachers journeying through
the learning experience that began in the fourth grade and continues
on its educational course through the fifth grade.
the primary years of their education voyage, skill development has
been a key component of student education. As students venture into
fourth grade, finding their educational bearings, their scholastic
journey begins to deepen as they engage in the application of their
acquired skills. Throughout the fifth grade, students both hone
and refine their scholastic abilities, independently applying themselves,
as the horizon of their next scholastic voyage comes into view.
Ahoy Voyager! We’re ready to set sail for the year.
The Fine Arts Team at Glen Grove consists of weekly General Music,
Visual Art, and Drama classes. Dance is integrated through the
P.E. and Music curriculum. The curriculum for the fine arts program
reflects the Illinois State Goals and Standards for Fine Arts,
as well as the National Standards for Art Education.
In addition, Instrumental Music instruction, Chorus, Art Club, and
Grade Level Music/Drama programs are strong components of the Fine
School Programs and Services
and other support services are provided within and outside of the
regular classroom as appropriate. These include programs such as
the library-media center, speech and language, health services and
services for students whose growth needs further attention. Students
receive 90 minutes per week direct instruction in Art, Music-Drama
and Health. Other voluntary programs in the school include Chorus,
Student Council, Instrumental Music and Art Club. Many special programs
occur throughout the year. Typically, these fairs and celebrations
provide opportunities to showcase the unique accomplishments of
students. Others enable students to benefit from the larger community.
We actively participate in Character Counts and support efforts
to foster student learning through service.
Providing the appropriate educational experiences and support to
assure appropriate social interaction is an important aspect of
school. Over time this has been a priority at Glen Grove School.
Efforts to improve our program and approaches have changed as we
learn more about brain research, emotional intelligence and the
various social challenges facing youth today. Last year we placed
a greater emphasis on the social development of our students.
educational component in the mid-years of a child's elementary schooling,
the faculty and staff remain acutely aware of their unique obligation
to continue the nurturing of the primary years while preparing students
for the challenges of later education, all in the context of helping
each student find great joy in a present time of learning and exploring.
Our faculty strives to foster growth in student independence and
responsibility for self, the maintenance of a strong self-image
in these early years of peer consciousness, the birth of interest
in more specialized study and cooperative, constructive relationships