NSA in the News

The Northshore Academy of Martial Arts is proud to be celebrating over 15 years of excellence in Lake County, Illinois. Our academy is dedicated to promoting a healthy lifestyle, teaching self-defense and building a strong community. Over the years we have been honored to receive numerous interview requests for our dedication and service to the Martial Arts community in Lake County, Illinois. Below you will find a few of our favorite print media, broadcast media, and Internet related news articles.




Martial arts workout can help kids with disabilities

Originally aired on ABC News  

Martial arts are good for your body and for your mind. For children with disabilities, it gives them confidence and a new outlook on life.

There are a number of martial arts programs adapted for children with disabilities. The NorthShore Academy of Martial Arts teaches traditional movements that are educational and, of course, fun.

The Chartier triplets are 13 years old and have been coming to NorthShore Academy of Martial Arts since they were 9. They all have cerebral palsy, says mom Peg.

“Spencer’s cerebral palsy’s the most involved,” said Peg. “It involves both of his legs and his left arm, so he uses a walker when he’s here at NSA. Jackson’s cerebral palsy is mostly confined to his legs and you’ll see some tightness. Corbin’s cerebral palsy is the exact opposite, where he has some muscle weakness in his upper extremities.”

Friends recommended martial arts to Peg.

“Their confidence has improved and their strength has improved, mostly Spencer, you can see he can lift his knees higher,” said Peg. “He just holds his head higher. I think it just is a confidence building activity for the boys.”

Olga Zorc’s 9-year-old son Jackson also has cerebral palsy. He has been coming here since he was 5.

“It’s been phenomenal for him, just he’s really learned how to control his body, because he didn’t have as much you know control of his lefts. He’s learned how to control his core,” Olga.

Owner and head instructor Marc Halleck is proud of these young students.

“They’re our poster children for martial arts,” said Halleck. “Spencer, Jackson– both Jackson and Corbin. When they first came here they were falling down all the time. They didn’t have good control of their bodies. They couldn’t kick. Now we have Spencer walking around, Corbin and Jackson and the other Jackson, they’re just running.”.

Halleck and his staff have found ways to accommodate children with different disabilities.

“There’s many ways to do the same techniques, so if someone can’t do something one way we come up with different ways for them do to it,” said Halleck.

Spencer says he is happy with his accomplishments.

“I’m almost to my black belt,” said Spencer. The NorthShore Academy of Martial Arts is located in Libertyville. They offer programs for children and adults.



Grants sponsored by Partners for Excellence in Education, a group of local business representatives who offer their time and financial donations

As Seen in Lake County’s Daily Herald  

Twenty-two Libertyville Elementary District 70 teachers have been awarded Partners for Excellence in Education grant monies this year to enhance education through innovative and creative new programs in their classrooms. Sixteen grants totaling more than $5,606 were awarded to progressive teachers in five schools. There were 20 applications for the grants.

The grants are sponsored by Partners for Excellence in Education, a group of local business representatives who offer their time and financial donations to District 70. This is the 17th year for the partnership’s “Mini-Grant Awards” program, which has awarded almost $100,000 over the years for direct use in the classrooms.

This year’s grants will go to fund such programs as using iPod touch applications to improve student problem-solving skills; reading books that feature protagonists with disabilities; buying Earthballs which float to be used in PE; creating an economics fair for students; games to enhance student vocabulary; audio books to help reluctant readers; and books.

“This funding opportunity provides wonderful extensions to classroom activities for our students,” Superintendent Dr. Guy Schumacher said regarding the mini grants. “This year the staff presented extraordinary grant ideas and the Partners were very invested in the decision making process.” The business partners make all the final decisions based on core criteria set up for the grants, which vary from $117 to $500.

The recipients are:

Adler Park School

• Erin Carr: Read & Feed. Third- through fifth-graders join a Read & Feed Book Club during lunch and review the books in a group.

• Teresa Gasick: Reading Every Nook and Cranny. Students use reading tablets/e-readers to increase reading skills.

Butterfield School

• Krista Panock, Amy Reichart, Lida Knoll, Lisa Wolf: Apps 4 Learning. Students use iPod Touch apps to improve problem-solving skills.

Copeland Manor School

• Julie Jermakowicz, Becki Jo Miranda, Amy Hay: Economics in Action: An Interactive Simulation of Supply and Demand. Third-graders set up an economics fair where they create products to “sell” to first grade students.

Rockland School

• Danya Greenberg: Continuing Our Journey With Positive Behavior at Rockland School. Introduce a new student behavior program to monitor student behaviors utilizing the SWIS data system, as well as celebrating positive student behavior. Year two.

• Mike Kolar: Earthball Mania. Earthballs range in size from two to six feet and float in the air. They will be used in PE class to team build.

• Debra Fagan: eBooks for Rockland. Reading tablets/eBooks for the school Learning Center to encourage reading.

• Danya Greenberg, Kara Graeb: Imagine a Community Where Everyone Gets the I.D.E.A! (Individuals with Disabilities Education Act.) Buy books featuring students with disabilities to create disability awareness.

• Dale List: Kindergarten’s Passport for Writing at Home. Students take home a stuffed animal as the class pet and journal about the adventures.

• Debra Fagan: Literacy Through Listening. Purchase playaways, which are pre-loaded with audio books to improve fluency.

• Debra Fagan: On the Air: Communicating in the 21st Century. Camera and microphone to use for morning announcements.

Highland Middle School

• Katie Michols, Linda O’Connell: Celebrating Differences — Providing Engaging Literature Titles that Feature Characters with Disabilities. Buy books to teach students about disabilities.

• Katie Michols, Linda O’Connell, Nicole Godzicki: Game On! Interactive Word Games to Enhance Students’ Vocabulary and Word Choice. Buy vocabulary and word card and board games.

• Erin Wyat, Lori Benjamin, Crysta Sharp: Listen Up: Reading Reluctant Readers with Audiobooks on Demand. Buy playaways or other audio delivering devices for audiobooks for students.

All Elementary Schools

• Cindi Sartain, Alicia Sather: Paperless Assessment and Sketch Ability … Dry Erase Boards for the Art Room. Purchase dry erase boards for the art rooms in the schools.

Local companies working as partners include: A Village Green Montessori School, Candlewood Suites, Cary M. Salm — State Farm Insurance, Cedar Roofing Co., Chicago Wind Soccer Club, City Subs and Smoothies, Core Martial Arts & Fitness Inc., Culvers Frozen Custard, David Adler Music & Arts Center, GreenAssociates, Improv Playhouse, Jets Pizza, Libertyville Bank & Trust, Libertyville Cooperative Nursery School, Libertyville Wellness Group, Marjo Graphics, Music Now DJ Group, Northshore Academy of Martial Arts, Nirvana Wine and Grillerie, Papa John’s Pizza, Retirement Plan Consultants Inc., Restorante Bottaio, Stephen Parker, DDS, Subway-Libertyville Crossing, Sunset Foods, Trattoria Pomigliano and Weppler Law Group.



Sunset Foods and District 70 partnership nets cash for schools

As Seen in Lake County’s Daily Herald  

A partnership between Libertyville Elementary District 70 and Sunset Foods in Libertyville has brought an additional $1,257 into the schools as customers shopped with reusable grocery bags last year.

The program, “Five for the Future,” kicked off two years ago at the Sunset Foods store at 1451 Peterson Road. In the program, for each reusable bag used for shopping, Sunset donates a nickel to the school district.

“Once again, we can’t say enough about Sunset Foods and how they help our schools and district,” said Superintendent Guy Schumacher. “They believe in giving back to the community and making a difference for our students. This is an exceptional business partnership. I’m both honored and proud that we are going into our third year of Five for the Future partnership.”

The almost $3,500 collected over two years from Sunset Foods is used in the District 70′s Partners for Excellence in Education for teacher mini-grants that focus on the environment, “going green,” and recycling.

Partners for Excellence in Education is a group of local business representatives that offer their time and financial donations to the district. This is the 17th year for the partnership’s “Mini-Grant Awards” program, which has awarded $100,000 over the years for direct use in the classrooms.

Sunset has been offering reusable bags for at least 20 years, said John Cortesi, president and CEO of the company. He also is a member of the Illinois Plastic Bag Recycling Task Force in Lake County.

By tying the reusable bag use to a cause, donating 5 cents for each bag to a school system, “it’s a win-win program,” Cortesi added.

“If we educate the younger kids about the environment, together we can create a bigger impact. This is a great program.”

Monies collected from Papa John’s pizza coupon and NorthShore Academy of Martial Arts for last year came to about $460. The monies will be used for mini grants. Coupons for Papa John’s Pizza, Trattoria’s and Mickey Finn’s came to almost $540, which will be used by Family Association’s of District 70.