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SPRING 2021: We Are Winning the Race Against Uncertainty - Spectrum Has Stayed Connected and Engaged

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Imagination without bounds. Joy in Learning.

Wonder at their fingertips. Learning through their lens. Friendship in community.

These are just some of the foundational themes driving a small school in the Midwest to do all they can to ensure that their students do not have a “lost year” during this COVID pandemic.

SPRING 2021 NOTE: SEE THAT OUR YEAR WAS NOT LOST! HELP US CELEBRATE OUR GREAT SUCCESS! 

Rockford, IL May 21, 2021 

For Immediate Release: Spectrum School of Rockford announced today that it will be holding an exciting, circus-themed field day to celebrate the end of its tumultuous yet successful year of instruction in the COVID context.

“We are celebrating having had in-person instruction all year, pivoting to virtual instruction for individuals and cohorts when necessary, “ explains Spectrum’s Financial Director and COVID protocol queen Marci Hallgren. “We had very few instances of required quarantine, which we consider a great success.” Hallgren, who along with key staff and Board members, planned and led the  GREATEST FUN RUN FIELD DAY.

Some of the games include an obstacle course designed by the Middle School students, a Human RIng Toss game, mini-golf, Bozo Buckets, and the Limbo. There will also be a photobooth and lots of hula hooping. “The GREATEST FUN RUN FIELD DAY event signals a return to closer to normal,” says Hallgren, “which is something for which every school and family has been waiting.”

Schoolwide and community/parent events have been strictly limited during the year, with zero PTO meetings and only virtual fundraising. However, with this year's schoolwide theme of INNOVATION, teachers have found creative ways to maintain important school routines and community learning opportunities. “Band concerts were repeated for each cohort, which gave the band plenty of play time,” says band director Sue Puetz. The nine spring band concerts occurred earlier this week. Puetz received national recognition in December for orchestrating a unique holiday program , with videographer Rickey Barnett splicing music videos from outdoor performances. Barnett taped each class separately due to COVID protocols.  The video Innovative Elves was then shared virtually with the whole community.

Today's event continues to creatively respect COVID-related protocols. “We will have adapted levelled skills games and challenges. Everyone will be outside with staggered starts at different stations in order to remain  in classroom cohorts and socially distanced. We’ll end with personalized snack bags and a LIVE magic show by Zack Purcell of TNZ Magic.”

Play-based learning is key to Spectrum's success. "School should be fun because learning is fun," emphasizes Spectrum principal Dr. Mary Beth Cunat.


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PLEASE NOTE TEAM PAGES HAVE BEEN UPDATED FOR OUR FINAL PUSH AND WE ARE EXCITED TO HAVE AND APPRECIATE ALL YOUR SUPPORT. EVERY LITTLE BIT HELPS SPECTRUM STAY CONNECTED AND STRONG!

Teachers and staff from Spectrum School, a small non-parochial, nonprofit school in the Midwest refused to let their students miss a beat when the pandemic shut down in person learning in the Spring of 2020. Immediately following the stay at home order, teachers and staff made the collective decision to morph their spring break into a virtual workshop that enabled the school to pivot into online learning. The transformation allowed students to come back as scheduled to a stellar experience with 100% classroom participation.

For over 50 years, Spectrum School  has provided a unique learning environment that offers each student various challenges in order to experience success in their educational journey. 

In 2020-21, we have had a Prek-8th grade enrollment of 80 students, limiting class sizes in order to provide a safe and healthy school full-time in-person, as well as a full-time virtual option. 

What we are accomplishing would be remarkable in any context, but the personal, often outdoor, engaged, and active learning happening despite the COVID circumstances is beyond impressive. 

See our stories on the team pages. As a member of the Spectrum community, either as family, friend, or alumni, know Spectrum is alive and well, but there are extensive costs to staying Spectrum-successful in this context.

This Go Fund Me campaign is set up to offset the costs of additional staffing to maintain small cohorted classes, virtual learning resources, virtual specialist instruction, technology, supplies, and cleaning.

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