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CMMS Ribbon Cutting
District celebrates the newly redesign expansion of
Crete-Monee Middle School at grand opening event

Cutting the ribbon
CMMS Grand Opening & Ribbon Cutting: Crete-Monee School District 201-U superintendent, Dr. Nathaniel Cunningham, Jr. (center) officially cuts the grand opening ribbon for the newly redesigned expansion of Crete-Monee Middle School in University Park. He is joined by Crete-Monee Middle School principal, Mrs. Kokona Chrisos; CM 201-U board member, Mr. Christian Anderson; CMMS students, Makia Jackson and Dezirae Langreder; CM 201-U Board secretary, Mrs. Kimberly Sanders; Board president, Dr. Nakia K. Hall, Village of Monee Mayor Jay Farquhar, CM 201-U board member, Mrs. Jeanine Galbraith; Village of University Park Mayor Vivian Covington; CMMS student Tirriney Humphrey and Angelique Craft and CM 201-U Board vice president Maurice Brown. Parents and community members from each of the four communities the district attended the event on Thursday, September 29, 2016 at the school as well as guided tours of the new building. View more images from the event...

The air was all abuzz with anticipation and excitement at the Grand Opening & Ribbon Cutting ceremony at Crete-Monee Middle School in University Park on Thursday, September 29, 2016. Dignitaries, community members, parents, staff and students joined the celebration as the CM 201-U Board of Education officially opened the new facility.

There was a special performance by the CMMS Choral Group, under the direction of Mr. Eric Rehm, who delivered a stirring rendition of “America the Beautiful.

Eighth grader Nadia Perdue, who served as one of the new school’s Junior Architects, delivered an inspiring student address to thunderous applause from guests. “When I think of the term ‘out of this world,’ I think of reaching greater heights. I think of excelling in school and shooting for the stars and beyond. I think about July 20, 1969, when Neil Armstrong became the first person to land on the moon. I also think about my school today, September 29, 2016, and the state-of-the art features that I am being exposed to,” she said.

“Nearly 100 years ago, a one-room schoolhouse was the norm for American students,” Nadia said. “. . . Today, every child should be given the opportunity to have technology at his or her fingertips and be in a classroom environment that values cultural diversity and international studies. Crete Monee Middle School is that place for future scientists, artists or even the next president. We have state-of-the-art courses, a vibrant and beautiful learning environment, technology-based curriculum and a future with the International Baccalaureate Organization,” Nadia added.

Mayor Vivian Covington (University Park) and Mayor Jay Farquhar (Monee) addressed the crowd and congratulated the district, board and administration for working to create a space where all children can learn and grow. Board president Dr. Nakia Hall extoled members of the Board of Education for their sacrifice of time and tireless efforts to bring the project to fruition. She recalled meetings that lasted into the late night and early morning.

The event ended with Board Secretary Kimberly Sanders leading the distribution of eight awards to members of the CMMS Design Team – a mix of staff, students and parents who consulted with DLA Architects on designs for the new building.

After cutting the ribbon, guests were treated to refreshments and student-led guided tours of the building. “This is unbelievable,” said one smiling parent in awe as she spun in a circle to view the new indoor Amphitheater.

“Yeah, it’s out of this world,” said the student. Indeed!

New CMMS Expansion Exterior
New CMMS Expansion Amphitheater
ABOVE: The CMMS expansion creates an engaging space for approximately 1,100 of the district’s 6th-8th graders. With a design driven by the school’s global curriculum, the new CMMS integrates technology, design and open spaces.

LEFT: The new CMMS features an indoor Amphitheater with 120 capacity seating.

CMMS New Chill Space
Created with input from the CMMS Design Team, open space and diversity in color inspired what is known as the school’s “Chill Space.”
CMMS New Rotunda
Both floors of the new expansion feature a Rotunda with a floor-to-ceiling view, colorful seating and digital television screens.

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