One of the great highlights of my trip was being able to visit our sister school, Dore Elementary, in Chicago. About twelve moths ago we set up a global linkages partnership with Dore, allowing our students (and staff) the opportunity to make contact with kids and teachers from the other side of the world. The opportunity to visit the school whilst I was in the USA was too good to pass up!
Hello Dore Elementary!
On the Friday morning of our visit, I caught the “Orange Line” train out into the suburbs and was met by the Principal of Dore, Dr Liz Alvarez, who showed me through the school. Even though my timing wasn’t great (the students and teachers were on their looooong Summer break) it was still a great opportunity to see the school and to meet Liz and Tai Basurto, Dore’s Assistant Principal. In the States, an Assistant Principal is the equivalent of a class-free Deputy in NSW.
With Liz Alvarez, Principal of Dore Elementary.
The obvious difference between Dalmeny and Dore is the way the school is set out. The majority of the classrooms are all in one, long central block. A hallway ran through the middle of the building with the classrooms, offices, foyer and even the cafeteria accessed along the corridor. At the end was the school gym. Two other smaller blocks were added to house the students in Years 5 to 8.
The internal hallway, with rooms and offices accessed along the corridor.
A welcome sight… Our flag proudly hanging in the foyer! Dore’s celebration and recognition of our global partnership.
Liz thought it a little funny (maybe a strange Aussie custom?!?!) that I took a photo of the boiler room. This was a point of interest as for me as the boiler room provides the school’s central heating, needed to cope with the freezing Winter temperatures which often bring metres of snow!
Welcome to Dore… The boiler room and gym.
After our visit, Liz and Tai took me out to lunch for a genuine Chicagoan hotdog at Portillo’s. The dog included celery salt, tomatoes, relish and pickles. Yum!
Our day concluded at 3:00pm with Liz driving me back into central Chicago. That night Nikki, Eli and I went on a fantastic cruise along the Chicago River and into Lake Michigan. A wonderful experience!