School Calendar & News
7th Grade Girls Track & Field: Conference Champs
Boys Track & Field ties for 2nd place
The 7th Grade Girls Track and Field team headed to the 1-A Illini Conference Meet in Rantoul and came home as Conference Title Champions on Monday, May 4. The team accumulated 126 points and placed first in 5 events: hurdles, long jump, high jump, 200-meter dash, and the 4 by 1 relay. There were also numerous other top five places earned by the team. The 7th Grade Boys Track and Field Team also competed well and tied for 2nd place. The 1-A Sectional Meet is this Saturday, May 9, and is hosted by DeLand-Weldon in Colfax, Ill.
Scholastic Bowl Team wins Sectionals
Next Generation's Scholastic Bowl Team won their bid to the Class A State Tournament in overtime after a suspenseful three-way tie took place at the Sectional Tournament, Monday, May 4. After each of the top three teams, NGS, Homer Heritage, and Bismarck Henning, defeated one another, the Scholastic Bowl rules forced overtime tie-breaker matches of three toss up questions and their bonuses. Next Generation bested both Homer and Bismarck to take home the top prize as Sectional Champions. Homer came in second after defeating Bismarck.
The Class A State Tournament will take place on Friday, May 8, at the Peoria Civic Center. NGS will compete in Pool B with their first match at 1 PM versus Elmwood. Matches against Effingham St. Anthony and Normal-Metcalf will follow at 2 and 3 PM.
STEAM Studio featured on I-STEM website
This year, we introduced STEAM Studio by Next Generation School, an enrichment program for after school hours that engages students through lab-based projects, experiments, and research opportunities in the science, technology, engineering, art, and math fields of study.
In its inaugural year, not only has STEAM Studio filled a need for high-quality, STEAM-focused programming in the all-important after school hours, but now word has spread about the opportunities it affords NGS and area students, ultimately catching the attention of I-STEM, the University of Illinois’ family resource for STEM education.
We invite you to check out STEAM Studio’s feature as the lead story on I-STEM’s website. (Full Story) We are very excited about this dynamic and innovative program that allows our students’ curiosity and creativity to flourish while fostering their analytical and critical thinking skills necessary for success in the ever-changing landscape of the global community.
For more information on STEAM Studio by Next Generation School, feel free to contact Ms. Krystal Moya through email,
If you work in the fields above and have interest in being a guest speaker for our students, feel free to contact Ms. Krystal Moya through email,
SB Varsity Teams take home 1st, 3rd place at Springfield Tourney
The Next Generation Varsity Scholastic Bowl Team competed in Springfield Franklin Middle School's tournament on Saturday, April 18. The competition divided varsity into two independent teams who competed within Pools A and B. NGS was able to take home third place in Pool A with record of 3 wins and 1 loss. A Primary F student won MVP for that team for answering 13 toss up questions correctly.
Pool B won first place and remained undefeated throughout the tournament. Another Primary F student won MVP for this team for answering 14 toss up questions correctly.
The team will compete in the Regional Scholastic Bowl Tournament on Wednesday, April 29 at 4:30 PM. NGS hosts this tournament.
STEAM Studio coordinator featured in News Gazette Business Briefs
STEAM Studio coordinator Angela Nelson has made the news in a spotlight article featured in the News Gazette's Business Briefs. In it, Nelson's experience in the STEM teaching field is highlighted. You can read the article about Nelson here or read more about her in her NGS Bio.
NGS science teacher receives state teaching award
Congratulations, Mr. Bryant Fritz!
Next Generation School's middle school science teacher, Mr. Bryant Fritz, has received the Illinois Science Teacher Association and Exxonmobil Outstanding Teacher of Science Award. Mr. Fritz was nominated for this award by a member of ISTA and is one of only eleven Illinois teachers to receive the honor. The award recognizes teachers who exemplify "extraordinary achievements in the teaching of science."
Mr. Fritz joined NGS in the winter of 2011 and helped introduce the school's first-annual, all-school Science and Engineering Fair, an event that is now a highlight on the event calendar. His third school year was marked by managing the integration of the innovative Project Lead the Way curriculum, the nation's leader in STEM programs. Now preparing for his fifth year at NGS, Mr. Fritz has assumed the role of Middle School Coordinator and continues to be pivotal in implementing STEM education in the school's science instruction. In addition to his successes at NGS, Mr. Fritz was also recently chosen by the Illinois Department of Education to serve as the Engineering Specialist for the revision and writing of current and new middle school science curriculum standards and will continue to work on this project throughout the 2014-2015 school year.
NGS would like to congratulate Mr. Fritz for this OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT and looks forward to his continual efforts to provide cutting-edge science education for students at NGS!
"Six Musketeers" win award at State First Lego League Competition
Six students from Next Generation reformed their First Lego League team that originated last year and had an outstanding season! The students, classmates in Primary F (fifth grade), joined the Six Musketeers and competed in the regional tournament winning top honors in two categories, as well as placing in the top three teams and winning a bid to the state tournament. Awards at the regional competition were first place in Robot Performance and the Champion's Award.
They then competed against 64 teams at the 2014-2015 Illinois Central First Lego League Champion Tournament and won the Project Research Award. This award was for outstanding achievement in research and understanding of this year's topic -- Exercise's Effects on Learning. Congratulations on a great season, Six Musketeers!
STEAM Studio teams up with College Chef's
NGS's STEAM Studio has had its fair share of community experts engage participants in exciting lectures, labs and conversations. On guest speaker, Chef Stephen Cash from College Chefs, enjoyed his time with our after school scientists that he wrote an article for his organizations blog. To read this article follow this link. Cash worked with STEAM students during their nutrition sciences unit that took place during the Unit 4 Balanced Calendar Intercession. Coordinator Angela Nelson continues to draw from the community with guest speakers in STEAM's new unit "Bathroom Science," in which students are creating their own lotions, soaps, bath salts and more. They are presenting them to local business owners in a "Shark Tank" style presentation. To learn more about what STEAM Studio is doing or to be a guest expert please contact Next Generation School at (217) 356-6995.