Saturday, May 4, 2013
Sen. Kirk and Sen. Durbin make first joint appearance in state at Great Lakes school along with Rep. Schneider.
Sen. Mark Kirk (R-Highland Park) and Sen. Richard Durbin (D-Springfield) made their first joint public appearance in Illinois since Kirk returned to full time duty in the Senate in January at a Great Lakes charter school they helped create which is now being hurt by the Sequester. Durbin, Kirk and Rep. Brad Schneider (D-Deerfield) met with students at the Learn Public Charter School, a North Chicago public school on the Great Lakes Naval Base, to see the new institution and listen to the students. “This is our first public appearance in Illinois since Sen. Kirk returned to the Senate (in January after suffering a stroke a year before),” Durbin said. “We wanted it to be here because it is something we worked on together.” Sequester Reduces …
Wednesday, May 1, 2013
The Community High School District 155 Board at its Tuesday meeting approved appointments of new principals.
The Community High School District 155 Board of Education approved Scott Shepard and Dr. Steven Koch as the new principals for Crystal Lake South High School and Prairie Ridge High School, respectively. The appointments follow the February announcement that current principals Marsha Potthoff, at CL South, and Paul Humpa, at Prairie Ridge, will move into new positions for the 2013-2014 school year. The changes become effective on July 1, according to District 155 spokesperson Jeff Puma. District 155 conducted a national search that yielded nearly 80 qualified applicants for the principal positions. The extensive interview process included interviews with employees, parents and students, District 155 Board president Ted Wagner said. Scott …
Monday, April 29, 2013
A 14-year-old girl told police the monk called her beautiful and told her to get into his car. The girl refused and ran away.
A Benedictine monk from Wisconsin was arrested in Antioch Friday and charged with felony attempted child abduction and misdemeanor disorderly conduct for trying to lure a 14-year-old girl into his vehicle, reported the Daily Herald. Thomas J. Chmura, 57, who lived at St. Benedict's Abbey in Benet Lake, Wisc., is in jail on $50,000 bond. Chmura reportedly told police he had been offering teenage girls rides for the past six weeks, according to the Lake County News-Sun. The girl Chmura attempted to lure into his vehicle last Thursday night gave the police his description and a local bulletin was issued. On Friday afternoon, an off-duty Antioch police officer saw the vehicle pull alongside three females walking on the sidewalk and was able …
Sunday, April 28, 2013
Students and administrators have sometimes clashed over what is and is not appropriate attire for a high school dance.
Are high school dance dress codes out of control? In New Jersey strapless dresses were banned by the principal because he said they were "distracting" to boys, the Chicago Tribune reported. Earlier this year, 40 girls said they were subjected to "invasive" wardrobe inspections in California, Mission Viejo Patch reported. "They were so thorough," Lindsay Kamikawa wrote in the high school newspaper. "Girls were asked to lift their arms in the air, turn their backs to the administrators—some of [whom] were male—and walk back and forth. I saw at least three [girls] that were crying. They [school officials] took it to such bizarre extremes. The administrator looked at them from head to toe and pretty much at all angles." Local high schools have…
Saturday, April 27, 2013
Palatine High School hosted 16 boys and girls track teams at the event Saturday.
Palatine High School hosted 16 boys and girls track teams at the 81st Palatine Relays Saturday.
Friday, April 26, 2013
Wednesday, April 24, 2013
Crystal Lake South had five students receive medals at the state competition on April 20.
Five Crystal Lake South students were medalists at the state Science Olympiad championship on April 20 at the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana, according to a District 155 press release. Jeannie Van Vieanen and Lauren Barmore placed third in geocaching; Laura Deemer and Zach Clewell placed third in write it do it; and Andy Koltun placed fifth in green generation. The effort marked the highest-ever rankings for Crystal Lake South , according to the news release. The team finished eighth place overall while Stevenson High School took home the championship. The Science Olympiad pits schools against each other in multiple science-related events.
Tuesday, April 23, 2013
U.S. News & World Reports released its Best Public High School rankings today.
Tuesday, April 23
Cary-Grove Community High School is among one of the best public high schools in Illinois, according to rankings released today by U.S. News & World Report. Cary-Grove High School ranked 50th in the state, according to the rankings. U.S. News analyzes data from the 2010-2011 school year from more than 21,000 schools located in 49 states and the District of Columbia to determine the rankings. Nationally, the school came in as the 1,414th top school in the country. The school ranked above the state average for college readiness and math and reading proficiency though its student-to-teacher ratio, which was 18 students for every one teacher, was larger than the state average, according to the rankings. The top eight best high schools in …
Monday, April 22, 2013
New water bottle dispensers were installed at the beginning of the 2012-2013 school year.
Today is Earth Day, but students in Community High School District 155 have been acting "eco-friendly" all year. Last fall, new water fountains were installed at Crystal Lake Central, Crystal Lake South and Cary Grove high schools right next to the standard drinking fountains. The new fountains are similar to water dispensers featured on modern refrigerator doors. The "water bottle filler fountains" were designed so users can refill and reuse plastic water bottles or sports bottles, thereby eliminating refuse. The cool feature about the new machines is they calculate the number of plastic water bottles refilled, giving students and staff members a clear understanding of how much waste they've prevented. "In total, these stations have …
Sunday, April 21, 2013
Jacobs High School environmental club has refurbished a greenhouse not used since 1979. Students are growing plants for the Algonquin-LITH Interfaith Food Pantry.
What: Green Eagles Greenhouse Grand Re-Opening/ Open House When: 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. on Monday, April 22 Where: Jacobs High School, 2601 Bunker Hill, Algonquin Who: Open to the public ----------------------------------------------------- Most people don't realize Jacobs High School was built in 1976 with a greenhouse. The glass pane archway over the main entrance is not merely an aesthetic feature. The glass panes comprise the roof and sides of the greenhouse located above a second-story science classroom. The greenhouse essentially is a third level room, overlooking the school roof at 2601 Bunker Hill, Algonquin. "The greenhouse was built in 1976, and hasn't been used since 1979," said Terry Stroh, head of Jacobs science division. "Since …