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Family Events

Next Generation provides a multitude of ways for families to engage in the school community. From the Preschool and Early Education's Fourth of July neighborhood parade to cheering on a U of I team in our own NGS section, there are many opportunities throughout the school year that allow parents, family members, and friends to participate in their child's daily school life and tie NGS to our greater C-U Community.

These events create an environment that not only allows a student to enjoy their NGS experience, but connects the whole family to the greater experience of being a part of the NGS family.

Upcoming Family Events

Commitment to our BIPOC Community

The recent, senseless deaths of Ahmaud Arbery, George Floyd, and Breonna Taylor, have sparked an outpouring of emotions and highlighted the inequities and injustices faced by people of color in our country.  We want to openly share that we stand united with our Black community at home and across the nation.  We repudiate systemic injustice that is rooted in racist ideology as well as the culture that allows that ideology to exist. We believe that racism and prejudice are unacceptable in our society and we grieve the losses and trauma that have resulted from decades of systematic racism in our country. 

It is with this in mind that we humbly reflect upon our mission statement for guidance: Preparing the leaders of tomorrow to have the curiosity to discover, the wisdom to learn, and the courage to lead.  It is our charge to help our children discover the value in all people, learn to love and respect one another, and lead us to a more just and equitable society so that the pain experienced by people of color in this generation will not be endured by the next.

As a school, we are not merely issuing a statement.  With the names of the victims on our lips, in our minds, and held close to our hearts, we renew our commitment to nurturing classrooms where diversity is lovingly welcomed, acknowledged, and celebrated.  We will continue to improve our teaching, our classrooms, and our school so that their deaths and the deaths of so many others are not in vain.


With love and solidarity on behalf of our entire staff and administration,


Chris Woller

Head of School


Sheena Segady


Preschool & Transitional Kindergarten


Chrissie McDaniel


Early Education


Angela Nelson


STEAM Studio

Van der Veen Team Teaches STEAM Studio Students Why Air Pressure Variations and Vacuums Warrant Wacky Weather
  • STEAM Studio

What happens to balloons in a bell jar when you remove the air pressure and create a vacuum? What happens to marshmallows? The liquid in a barometer? How do these relate to our weather?

A number of STEAM Studio third–fifth graders discovered the answers to these questions and more when two PhD students from Chemistry Professor Renske van der Veen’s lab visited on Wednesday, April 25th and Friday, April 27th. Because the goal of Next Generation Schools’ after-school program is to emphasize STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math [STEM], along with Art), Tyler Haddock and Ryan Cornelius dropped by to present some scientific demos about air pressure—and how these different air pressure and vacuum effects are related to the weather—as part of Steam Studio’s Wacky Weather Week.

Read on at I-STEM.

  • K-5
  • Science
  • STEAM Studio