Dundee Highlands going back to ‘64 start with mascot remake
By Erin Sauder For Sun-Times Media February 11, 2014 8:18AM
This updated piper design came about as a partnership between graphic designer Teresa Smith of In.cite Studio, who had two children who went to Dundee Highlands Elementaty School in West Dundee, and Lori Schutt, who had three children go through the school and has for years done the spirit wear for Dundee Highlands as one of the owners of Creative Promotional Apparel. | Submitted
Updated: March 14, 2014 7:14AM
WEST DUNDEE — What was old is new again for Dundee Highlands Elementary School.
In honor of the school’s 50th anniversary, officials have updated the original mascot used when the facility, located at 407 S. Fifth St., first opened in 1964.
At that time, a piper adorned the school’s sweatshirts, memo pads, folders and more.
When the school celebrated its 25th anniversary, officials adopted the motto “Education Rings at Dundee Highlands,” the result of a contest among the students, according to Joan Nagler, who was a physical education teacher at Dundee Highlands for 35 years before retiring.
The bell refers to the one that came from the former Dundee Grade School and now sits front of Dundee Highlands and rings on the first and last day of school. It was then used for the school’s spirit wear. A few years ago, the student council voted to use a dolphin for the mascot.
“When the committee started working on the 50th anniversary, we thought a change back to a piper was a good way to start the next 50 years,” Nagler said.
The updated piper design came about as a partnership between graphic designer Teresa Smith of In.cite Studio, who had two children who went to Dundee Highlands, and Lori Schutt, who had three children go through Dundee Highlands and has for years done the spirit wear for the school as one of the owners of Creative Promotional Apparel.
Schutt said it was important that the design encompass all the students’ ages.
“When you’re coming up with a logo for an elementary school, you’ve got to think of the older kids, too, especially fourth- and fifth-graders. They don’t want to wear cartoony things,” she said. “So we tried to come up with a piper that would work for all age groups and incorporate into a different layout that all ages would like, as well as the teachers.”
The updated mascot is just one of many initiatives that have been undertaken to celebrate the school’s 50th birthday.
A kick-off assembly was held on the 50th day of school in October, complete with bagpipers and a slideshow of the school’s last five decades.
Last fall, the school received a proclamation from the West Dundee Village Board recognizing its 50 years “of dedicated service in educating the children of West Dundee.”
In December, each classroom collected 50 items for the FISH (Friend I Shall Help) Food Pantry in Carpentersville.
And currently, the Parent Teacher Council of Dundee Highlands Elementary School is working to raise awareness about the 50th anniversary celebration dinner and auction set for March 1, at the Holiday Inn & Suites in Elgin, with the goal of raising $40,000 for new playground equipment.
The auction and dinner event will begin at 6:30 p.m. The evening will conclude with entertainment, a live auction and dessert starting at 9 p.m. A slide show of photographs taken during the past 50 years, a cash bar and 50/50 raffle also are scheduled. Tickets cost $50 per person or $95 per couple. Reservations are due by Feb. 14. Ticket forms or the link to purchase tickets online can be found on the Community Unit School District 300 main website at www.d300.org.
Additional information also is available by contacting Meghan Uhl at 847-915-1355 or email@example.com.