Superintendent's Message

A message from District 230 Superintendent Dr. James M. Gay about happenings at Sandburg, Stagg and Andrew High Schools
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School Board Honors 
It was a great School Board meeting last night where we honored a number of students for their outstanding accomplishments. 
Perfect 36 ACT score
The District 230 School Board recognized Sandburg High School student Ryan O'Neall for earning a Perfect 36 on the ACT. This score places him among the top 99th percentile of students in the country. Out of 1.84 million students who took the test, O'Neall is among the top 18,400. His success is a testament to his intellect, his parent's support and his school community's preparation.
23 ILMEA All State Musicians
The District 230 School Board recognized 23 students from Sandburg, Stagg and Andrew High Schools selected to perform at the Illinois Music Educators Association All State Festival. This is the largest contingency of District 230 students selected for this prestigious honor. It is also the first time District 230 students have participated in the music composition portion of the festival.

Each fall, high school music students in choir, orchestra and band audition in October to qualify for All-District music honors. ILMEA's nine districts statewide select the best students from their high school programs within their boundaries. Students who receive the honor of All-District then move on to perform at the All­-District festival in November, and the top performers of this group are selected to represent their districts at the ILMEA All-State Music Festival in January of each year. 

Their selection is a direct result of their talent and commitment, as well as their families' support and the outstanding music programs our staff makes possible.

  • Kevin Kuempel -All-State Band
  • Fred McClure-All-State Band
  • Amer Hasan -All State Honors Band
  • Nathaniel Vladic -All State Honors Band
  • Katie Hull - All-State Choir
  • Mac Harlin-All-State Choir
  • Ryan O'Meara-All-State Choir
  • Nick Orth -All-State Honors Choir
  • Emily Murray -All-State Orchestra
  • Michael Harms - All-State Honors Orchestra
  • Joseph Jaeger- All-State Honors Orchestra
  • Ryan O'Neall- All-State Honors Orchestra
  • Jake Marshall - All-State Composition
  • Inga Hokens -All-State Orchestra
  • Demetra Alikakos - All-State Honors Band
  • Joshua Melocoton - All-State Honors Band
  • Jason Kazin - tenor II - All -State Choir
  • Samuel Thomason- All -State Choir
  • Eliza Gallermo - All -State Choir
  • Phillip Baggio - All-State Orchestra
  • Cara Pris Daclan - All-State Chorus
  • Thomas Shermulis - All-State Honors Orchestra
  • John Sikorski - All-State Honors Band
Stagg's Team structure supports students
Members of the Stagg High School Pupil Personnel Services (PPS) team shared with the School Board how the school is using a team structure to help students feel connected and access the supports and services they need to be successful.

Social Worker Hilary Ortiz, Dean Kristyn Koss and Guidance Counselor Rich Kowalczyk explained that each student is assigned to a team that includes social workers, deans and guidance counselors. Even before they officially become Stagg Chargers, middle school students know what team they are on as they prepare for the transition to high school. On their first day as freshmen, they meet with their teams to begin what will become and four-year team experience. They know from the start who they can rely on for assistance.

Throughout the school year, the support personnel meet with their teams during Period 2 Advisory classes and provide individual support.
Taking Our Story to Springfield
I attended the Alliance Leadership Summit in Springfield this week where I had the opportunity to share District 230's story with elected officials and State education officials. 
State Superintendent Dr. Tony Smith, Governor Bruce Rauner, a panel including Senator Andy Manar, Senator Jason Barickman, Representative Richard Pritchard, and Representative Will Davis, and State Secretary of Education Dr. Beth Purvis were among the speakers who addressed the gathering of school leaders in the State Capitol.
Our goal as a Leadership Alliance is to assure our elected officials understand the impact of the decisions they will be making related to the State budget and other legislative matters that directly impact our students, staff, schools and community. 
I continue to keep a close eye on the happenings in Springfield and to assure that our elected officials know how their decision directly effect education here in District 230 and across the state.

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