Thursday, May 16, 2013
Lincoln Way Special Education District 843 students in the autism class at Mokena Intermediate School work to raise funds for research.
The students from one Lincoln-Way Special Education District 843 STEP class took the lead in a fund-raising effort on behalf of Walk Now for Autism Speaks. The STEP class for children with autism at Mokena Intermediate School worked for a week, crafting and selling blue puzzle pieces—the symbol selected to represent the need for autism research, funding and family services. The puzzle pieces are part of a theme, "Light it up Blue," which aims to draw attention to the statistical reality that 1 out of every 54 boys and 1 out of 88 children are affected with autism, according to the Autism Speaks website. Autism Speaks has organized Walk Now for Autism Speaks events nationwide in May and June. Chicago's Walk Now for Autism Speaks …
Wednesday, March 27, 2013
A fourth-grader donned the top hat for a day.
Fourth grader Ben Osowski got his chance March 25 to be principal for a day at Mokena Intermediate School. As part of the November 2012 Fall Fling sponsored by the Mokena PTA, Osowski won the opportunity to participate in this event. Osowski's parents won the silent auction so that he could work alongside Principal Eric Melnyczenko. During his tour of duty, Osowski was given his own office, attended a meeting with other district administrators, walked into some classrooms, supervised students at lunch and recess, and made some building-level decisions. Reflecting on the experience, Osowski said, “My favorite part of being principal for a day was getting my own office because having a phone to make calls to call my parents and then having …
Monday, November 5, 2012
The Mokena boutique rang in the holiday season with style at Sunday's event.
Pink Slip Boutique hosted “The Nutcracker (Not So) Suite,” its seventh major fashion show, on Sunday at Mokena Intermediate School. The show promoted Pink Slip’s holiday and prom collections by telling the classic Christmas story of the Nutcracker with a punk rock twist and showcasing styles from casual separates to prom dresses. Dancers from Stage Door Dance Academy in Oak Forest performed and 70 volunteer models walked. Local singer Alyssa Barron served as the narrator, while a remix of the original Nutracker Suite backed the models as they flaunted the featured fashions. Get news alerts and Facebook updates from these Lincoln-Way Patch sites:
Friday, November 2, 2012
"The Nutcracker (Not So) Suite" fashion show will ring in the holiday season with style.
This holiday season, the Nutcracker will be rocking a leather jacket, while the sugar plum fairies sport converse sneakers. Pink Slip Boutique is hosting “The Nutcracker (Not So) Suite,” its seventh major fashion show, on Sunday at Mokena Intermediate School. The show will promote Pink Slip’s holiday and prom collections by telling the classic Christmas story of the Nutcracker with a punk rock twist. The shop will present two showings of the event over the course of the afternoon and estimate that 700-800 people will attend. Boutique owner Lauren McKeague said the show will have a loud, bright, punk rock aesthetic. The styling of the event is based on McKeague’s college practicum doing window design for Macy’s while studying fashion design…
Thursday, October 18, 2012
A new bullying survey, in both electronic and print forms, will be available on the district’s website this Friday.
Students and parents will soon be able to alert Mokena School District 159 officials about cases of bullying in any of the district's three schools via the internet. On Wednesday, the Board of Education was presented with a preview of the new online bullying survey. It is scheduled to be posted on the district’s website by late Friday afternoon. Superintendent Steve Stein said the idea came about a few months ago after some parents expressed concerns about the limited ways bullying could be reported. “It’s kind of one of those things that you know always exists, but a lot of times I think kids are apprehensive to report incidents of bullying," he said. "They think that it’s going to make things worse for them.” Stein is hopeful that the …
Wednesday, September 12, 2012
Negotiations have broken down between D159 and the Mokena Park District regarding leasing space at Mokena Elementary School for the park district's preschool programs.
Mokena School District 159 has yet to finalize an agreement to lease out classroom space at Mokena Elementary School due to a breakdown in negotiations with the Mokena Park District. "We still haven't been able to finalize an agreement with regard to housing any of their pre-K programs here yet, but I don't think it's anything that we've totally given up on," D159 Supt. Steve Stein said. The idea of renting out classroom space at the school was proposed as an alternative to closing and leasing out Mokena Intermediate School last year. The park district was in talks with D159 to sign an addendum to the intergovernmental agreement between the two bodies—which currently allows for the sharing of facilities like gymnasiums and fields, but not …
Thursday, July 19, 2012
Hired July 1, new MIS principal Eric Melnyczenko has spent his time learning the ins and outs of his new building and is eagerly awaiting the first day of school.
There's another new face in Mokena School District 159 and he's just around the corner from fellow newcomer, Anna Kirchner. New Mokena Intermediate School principal Eric Melnyczenko started the same day as Kirchner—July 1—and is currently getting his feet wet at MIS while waiting for the school year to begin. “It's been great [starting at MIS] … I've just been kind of going through things back here, learning handbooks, procedures and policies,” Melnyczenko said. “I'm looking forward to the first day of school.” Melnyczenko was formerly an assistant principal in Lansing, and before that a math teacher in Steager. He earned a bachelor's degree in elementary education and master's degree from Governor's State University. He is also currently …
Patch is making a list—and you're checking it twice—of all the supplies your student(s) will need this year at Mokena Intermediate School.
With Mokena area schools preparing to open their doors in just about a month's time, school supplies will soon be flying off the shelves. In case you're wondering what your kiddo needs, Patch has compiled a list, according to each school's requirements. Fourth Grade Fifth Grade: Additional materials may be requested by individual teachers during the course of the school year. Please label all supplies with the student's name and homeroom. The school asks that you check periodically during the year to see if supplies need replenishing. Be sure to check back later this week, as Patch continues its school supply listings for other schools in Mokena.
Wednesday, March 28, 2012
The three District 159 schools raised more than $2,200 for the Make-A-Wish Foundation by paying to wear blue jeans and Disney clothes.
A week ago today, Mokena School District 159 students blue jeaned and Disneyed more than $2,200 for children with life-threatening conditions. That was the day Mokena Elementary School, Mokena Intermediate School and Mokena Junior High School participated in Jeans for Wishes 2012. In the fundraiser for the Illinois Chapter of the Make-A-Wish Foundation, teachers could wear blue jeans or Disney wear if they donated $5 or more. Children could wear the clothes if they donated $1 or more. The three schools raised a total $2,213.20. Check out our photos of the MES students who participated in the cause. Sign up for a Patch user account to congratulate the students in the comments below.
Tuesday, March 27, 2012
Both Mokena Intermediate School and St. Mary's are up for one of three $15,000 prizes from Cartridge World. But they need your vote.
Have 30 seconds? You can help Mokena Intermediate School and St. Mary School win $15,000. Both MIS and St. Mary's are in SaveVoteWin.com, a contest sponsored by Cartridge World. Schools from across the U.S. and Canada are competing for online votes. The top three vote-getters will win $15,000 each to be used to buy computers, technology, books or supplies. You can vote once every day, so vote often. Voting ends March 31. The winners will be announced by April 30. Vote for Mokena Intermediate School or St. Mary School to win $15,000.