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Campus news Feb. 2, 2017

2/2/2017, 1:45 p.m.
A round up of news from area schools.
Top row from left: Assistant Coach Alicia Headrick, Savannah Holtsclaw, Cheyenne Eads, Carissa Joss, Zoe Zaffer, Sofia Mejia and Head Coach Erin Locke. Middle row: Emma Holcombe, Tessa Benson, Savanna Medina, Alyssa Anderson and Haley Nurczyk. Bottom row: Baylee Foreman, Kylie Jackson, Assuntina Grassano and Emily Dow.

Fraction Action nights begin Tuesday for B.J. Ward parents, students

In an effort to help parents support students with their learning efforts in math, B.J. Ward Elementary School has scheduled seven “Fraction Action” nights.

Parents and their 4th or 5th grade students are invited to attend from 5 to 6 p.m. on the following dates:

•Jan. 31 and Feb. 2—Simplifying fractions, adding and subtracting fractions

•Feb. 7 and 9—Word problems involving fractions

•Feb. 16—Changing improper fractions to mixed numbers (4th grade) and Fraction and decimal equivalency (5th grade)

•Feb. 21—Comparing fractions and making equivalent fractions

•Feb. 28—Multiplying fractions (4th grade) and Multiplying and dividing fractions (5th grade)

Pizza will be sold in the cafeteria from 6 to 6:30 p.m. each night

Troy Middle School Varsity Cheer Team earns 3rd at State

The Troy Middle School Varsity Cheer Team, pictured here, placed 3rd at the IESA State Cheerleading Competition this month. Top row from left: Assistant Coach Alicia Headrick, Savannah Holtsclaw, Cheyenne Eads, Carissa Joss, Zoe Zaffer, Sofia Mejia and Head Coach Erin Locke. Middle row: Emma Holcombe, Tessa Benson, Savanna Medina, Alyssa Anderson and Haley Nurczyk. Bottom row: Baylee Foreman, Kylie Jackson, Assuntina Grassano and Emily Dow.

Cold shooting night ends Brooks 7th grade basketball season

Brooks Middle School’s 7th grade boys basketball squad couldn’t overcome a poor shooting performance Thursday afternoon as Rotolo Middle School of Batavia upset the top-seeded Bulldogs 36-22 in the IESA regional finale.

Rotolo advances to the Brooks sectional Wednesday evening against Martino Junior High of New Lenox.

Brooks (18-3) never lead in the contest with the winners sprinting to an early 5-0 lead before Matthew Langit’s 3-pointer got the Bulldogs on the board with 3:32 left in the first quarter. A Samarian Head put-back and Mateo Askew’s layup off a nifty pass by Kyle Thomas made it 8-7 but that was as close as Brooks got.

Rotolo (16-3) led 18-13 at halftime and built a 26-13 advantage in the third quarter as Brooks went scoreless until Head and Thomas registered a pair of put-backs with 2 minutes to go.

The Bullldogs frantically tried to rally in the final stanza when a Jaydin Dunlap free throw and Jayden Cummings’ steal and layup made it 30-20 with 4:25 left. But they couldn’t pull any closer.

Askew led Brooks with 8 points and two steals. Head added 4 points and 6 rebounds. Langit and Dunlap chopped in with 3 points each. Thomas (4 blocks, 5 rebounds) and Cummings each hit a bucket.

Photo—Jane Addams 6th, 7th and 8th grade spelling bee winners

Brooks, Addams winners qualify for Feb. 7 VVSD spelling bee

Following fierce competition, both Jane Addams Middle School and Brooks Middle School crowned their grade level spelling bee champions Thursday afternoon.

The Brooks’ Bee went 29 rounds with 7th grader Camille Ogunleye winning the school title by correctly spelling “flaxen”. She qualifies for the Feb. 7 VVSD Spelling Bee at Humphrey Middle School along with 6th grade winner Elias Chavez and 8th grade winner Eric Bebenov.