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Superintendent's Message

 
D230 posts 14th consecutive 
balanced budget
Highlighting the School Board meeting last night was the approval of a balanced budget for the fourteenth consecutive year in District 230.
 
In presenting the budget to the Board, Assistant Superintendent for Business Services John Lavelle remarked that posting a balanced budget for the fourteenth consecutive year is really good news. Nearly two-thirds of Illinois school districts are currently operating with deficit budgets. 
 
"The District 230 School Board takes our responsibility to taxpayers very seriously," said School Board President Rick Nogal. "We have requested zero percent tax levies over the past number of years and have kept fees for families stable. All while providing an excellent education for students at Sandburg, Stagg and Andrew High Schools."
 
District 230 Foundation 
recognized for community partnership

Last night, the School Board accepted a $25,000 donation from the District 230 Foundation to support innovative learning at Sandburg, Stagg and Andrew High Schools through Foundation Grants. These teacher-driven projects allow students to experience unique learning opportunities that otherwise would not be possible. We look forward to seeing the work of the grant recipients come to life this school year, including:
  • Sandburg's Christina Cumbo and Sarah Pulaski - Bringing RNBC Executive Functioning Program 
  • Stagg's Jen Baniewicz, Pete Gabel, Tim McAlpin and Lynn McGarel- American Service Memorial 
  • Stagg's Jennifer Baniewicz and David Podkul- Honoring America's Heroes 
  • Andrew and Sandburg's Laura Kirby and Jennifer Snyder - District 230 Commits to Conservation
  • Andrew's Guidance Department - Getting to Know You
  • Sandburg's Rene Murray, Carrie Jarosik and Kathleen Bobber - Riding the Wave: using Biofeedback to Assist Students to Self-regulate in the Academic Environment
  • District-Wide David Kreis - Sports Medicine Symposium
  • Stagg's Susan Kealy and Lauren Royer - Writing in the Real World
     
Support for the funding of Foundation grants comes from fundraisers throughout the year including:
  • $2.30 for 230 Employee Giving. If you aren't already, you are encouraged to sign up! It's as simple as having $2.30 deducted from your paycheck. If we all contribute this small amount, the Foundation could provide nearly $50,000 grants and special projects to our schools. To join us in the $2.30 for 230 Employee Giving Campaign, simply complete this form and return it to the main office at your school. If you are already giving, you don't need to do anything. Your deduction will continue.
  • Health and Wellness event on October 22 at Andrew High School. 50 vendors, healthy meal, Keynote Dr. Deanna Minich and more! Get your tickets today for this great event!
  • Whoop It Up NCAA semi-finals basketball party planned for April 1. Games on big screens, all you can drink, buffet, games of chance and more! The planning committee is looking for volunteers. LetCarla Erdey know if you'd like to join in the planning fun. 
  • Legacy Hall Nominations are being accepted for outstanding alumni from Sandburg, Stagg and Andrew High Schools.
National Merit Semi-finalists and Commended Scholars

The School Board honored some super smart students at last night's meeting, too. These students exceled on the PSAT/NMSQT exam last fall and are now among the brightest high school students in the country.
 
National Merit Semi-Finalists
Placing them among the top 1% of high schoolers in the country, these students performed incredibly well on the exam. They are now in consideration for National Merit Finalist status which opens the door to significant scholarship opportunities.
  • Sandburg High School
    • Harsh Khilwani
    • Jake Marshall
    • Zachary Marshall
    • Yaseen Mozaffar
    • Olivia Paraschos
National Merit Commended Scholars
Also excelling on the PSAT/NMSQT exam, these students were honored at National Merit Commended Scholars. While they will not be advancing in the National Merit program, they are eligible for a number of scholarships provided by corporations throughout the country.
  • Sandburg High School
    • Jenna Gonzales
    • Stephanie Hartman
    • Kathryn Hull
    • Aris Karnavas
    • Chirag Shah
    • Brian Taylor
    • Madeline Walter
  • Stagg High School
    • Nora Klein
    • Maciej Krzysiak
    • Cara Mahoney
    • Alexa Minervini
    • Jeremy Poynton
  • Andrew High School
    • Ryan Sadowski
    • Robert Slawik
    • Alexandria Vladez
 
REMINDER: In the State and District's switch to the SAT testing suite, all juniors will take the PSAT/NMSQT exam on October 19. Please encourage students to prepare for the exam using the Khan Academy resources that are available to them. The Guidance Office can help them get started, if they need some assistance.
 
Also, note that due to this testing, Wednesday, October 19 is NOT a late start. Classes will begin at 8 a.m. that day. Zero hour will NOT be held.
Curriculum Spotlight:
Art and Music

Students and teachers from the Andrew High School Art and Music Departments highlighted the Fine Arts curriculum. Andrew teachers Dave Carroll, Mark Iwinski and Chris Moan, along with Department Chairs Mary McCarthy and Doug Kaufman, showcased the offerings and accomplishments. 
 
Senior Emily Holzinger also shared her experiences of gaining confidence that has impacted her coursework in all of her classes through her participation in Art classes and special summer programs through the Art Institute of Chicago. Several of her photographs were on display at the meeting. As Mr. Carroll remarked, her photos are much like poems in visual form. 
 
Junior Hayley Thielmann spoke about the sense of family and community that comes from being in the band program. She also shared how the accomplishments of performance and competition spur her to take on new challenges both in music and in other academic settings.
 
These teachers and students should be commended for their dedication and hardwork that make our fine arts programs second to none!

 

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