Computer Technology Program

 

Computer class is offered at Daarul Uloom once a week to students in grades Kindergarten through 8. Younger students will learn the basics of computer use, operation, and keyboarding skills through fun and education games. Students will also learn the ability to recognize and use basic hardware while working their way up to the ability to perform operations in Microsoft Office such as Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. Along the way students are taught essential computer skills such as keyboarding, word processing, ethics of using a computer, appropriate internet use and safety, and a host of other basic computer knowledge that is essential in today’s growing dependence on computer technology.

Please visit http://www.schoolrack.com/smujeeb/welcome to view Mrs. Mujeeb’s Computer class website.

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Math Program

 

Singapore Math Information and Media coverage

http://www.singaporemathtraining.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=11&Itemid=27

http://www.singaporemath.com/Media_s/13.htm

http://articles.latimes.com/2008/mar/09/local/me-math9

http://www.singaporemaths.co.za/docs/sa_math_fact_sheet_june09.pdf

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Physical Education Program

 

Daarul Uloom Islamic School has a well developed Physical Education program. Our Physical Education classes are led by Coach Hassan Brik, an instructor who has a great deal of experience working with children in the field of sports.

All students at Daarul Uloom participate in Physical Education (PE) once per week. Organized physical education is required of the elementary students. The goal is to keep students active for an entire period. We do not view PE as recess. For our elementary students, it is a time for students to participate in organized “play with specific educational goals in mind”. These goals include fundamental movement skills, spatial awareness, and proper form with regard to basic skills. Students are also expected to learn the basics of nutrition, cooperation, self-control, rules, and of course the fun of athletic participation.

The middle and high school program is more rigorous. While attempting to instill those same qualities as the elementary students, Coach Hassan conducts workouts such as running and stretching exercises, learning the rules of team sports, and challenging the students to make exercise a part of their daily lives.

 

Character Education

 

At Daarul Uloom, Character Counts! is a character education program for the school year. Character education is the development of knowledge, skills, and abilities that enable students to make informed and responsible choices. It involves a shared educational commitment that emphasizes the responsibilities and rewards of productive living in a society. Character education enables students to come face to face with the realities of life, encourages them to think critically and then act responsibly.

Daarul Uloom will focus on the following character traits throughout the school year – respect responsibility, kindness generosity, effort excellence, reliability leadership, fairness patience, cooperativeness caring, empathy compassion, trustworthiness friendliness, and courage self-control. The character traits will be integrated across the curriculum, thus promoting high self-esteem and the acquisition of school success. Students will be given the opportunity to more clearly understand the meaning of success and what will be expected from them as they mature and become responsible citizens.

Students who are caught displaying “good character” will receive a “Character Counts!” slip. The student will be recognized during Friday morning assembly for his or her positive behavior and receive a prize from the Principal’s office. The “Good Deed” card will then be posted on the Star Student board for the parents to see.

Students who display inappropriate behavior will receive a Student Solution form that will be filled out by a student and sent home and discussed with parents. The student will identify the inappropriate behavior and determine a more acceptable course of action to take in the future. The form must then be signed and returned to the classroom teacher the following school day.

As parents you are an intricate part of this program because you provide the most constant and visible models of the behaviors associated with character development outside of school. You can help by modeling appropriate behavior associated with the character traits and by raising appropriate character-related issues in discussions of daily events. With the support of all the school community, we can make Daarul Uloom a safe and caring environment, and enjoyable place to learn.

Awards

 

Daarul Uloom Islamic School puts emphasis positive recognition for academic achievements and appropriate school behavior.  Special recognition is given to students who follow rules for safety and good citizenship on the school campus and field trips.

Daily/Weekly

  1. Each teacher has a student recognition program which will be shared with parents as part of the classroom rules and procedures during Orientation Night.  Examples are: Compliments, stars, sticker, stamps, tickets, certificates, special weekly awards, marble jars, treasures box, PAT Time (Preferred Activity Time is educational activities of their choice), positive phone calls home, etc.
  2. Character Counts Slips are given school-wide for appropriate behavior displayed throughout the school campus.  Students are then recognized in front of the school during Friday Morning Assembly.

Semester:  Honor Roll (Grades 1-8)

Students who demonstrate outstanding achievement by earning a 90% or above in all subject areas will be considered for the High Honor Roll.  Students must exhibit good attendance by attending a minimum of 90% of school days per semester in order to be considered for Honor Roll.

End of Year

A special awards assembly is held for students the last week of school.  Special awards are given by teachers and school administration to recognize year-long achievement, effort, progress, perfect attendance, Honor Roll recipients all semesters.

President’s Awards for Educational Excellence

Honoring student achievement and hard work is the purpose of the President’s Education Awards Program. Since 1983, the program has provided individual recognition from the President and the U.S. Secretary of Education to those students whose outstanding efforts have enabled them to meet challenging standards of excellence.

Purpose:  To recognize academic success in the classroom at each award level, elementary, middle, or high school.

Criteria: Students need to meet the following criteria

  1. Need to earn a GPA of A or 90 on 100 point scale (or a 3.7 on a 4.0 scale) in every grade of the award level i.e.  Grades 4 & 5 for elementary; grades 6, 7 & 8 for Middle; grades 9, 10, 11 & 12 for High school.   AND
  2. High scores (90th percentile and above) in Reading or Math in State or Nationally-Normed tests, such as ITBS, SAT, ACT OR
  3. If no State or or Nationally-Normed tests  are available, then two recommendations:
    1. One from the subject teacher such as English, Math, Science, Social Studies, Islamic Studies, based on consistent excellence in the teacher-made tests
    2. Second recommendation from homeroom teacher based on the excellent attendance, good behavior.

Illinois Principal Association Award

Illinois Principal Association (IPA) seeks to reward the contributions and efforts of young people in their pursuit for knowledge and a better world. Through honoring today’s outstanding youth, IPA hopes to empower students to make a difference in our society and inspire them to achieve.

Purpose:  To allow students the opportunity to receive positive affirmation for what is so important at this age, Grades 3 to 8: a willingness and excitement to learn, a desire to be involved, and an enthusiasm towards community service.

Criteria: The homeroom teacher should usually nominate the students for this award. Students need to meet the following criteria:

  1. Need to earn a GPA of B in letter grades or 80 on 100 point scale AND
  2. Exhibits good behavior with behavior issues AND
  3. Participates in extracurricular or afterschool programs sponsored by DU, such as Hifz Program, Leadership, Martial Arts, Fencing, Soccer, Basketball, Gymnastics, Art Club etc.

 

 

Coffee and Conversation with the Principal

 

Periodically throughout the school year, parents are invited to visit Daarul Uloom to talk with Principal Mona Rustom. These informal events provide parents with opportunities to get to know the principal, learn about happenings in the school, ask questions, provide feedback, and network with fellow DU parents.

Each parent/principal chat is scheduled to last for an hour and a half. Parents who want to attend a session but cannot stay for its duration are welcome to leave early as needed.

No R.S.V.P. is required for these gatherings; simply come if you can.

 

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