District 218 officials say Shepard, Richard students using lunch-time tutoring

By Laura Bollin

Community High School District 218 officials are reporting that data from the first semester of the 2012-13 school year shows students are using a lunch time tutoring program known as the Cool Place.

The program is offered at all three District 218 schools including Shepard High School in Palos Heights and Richards High School in Oak Lawn. The Cool Place which allows students to get help in any one of 15 subjects including English and driver's education while they eat, and is staffed by part-time and retired teachers.

Students during the first semester logged 17,000 visits, including multiple or regular visits by the same student, officials said. The figure represents an increase of nearly 3,000 visits from last school year, when visits during the first semester numbered 14,243.

Juniors have used the center the most this year with 5,744 visits, compared to 5,613 for sophomores, 3,263 for freshmen and 3,183 for seniors. Most students sought help in mathematics, with 8,450 visits across all grade levels. The second-most visited subject was English, with 5,415 visits.

In a memo to the school board, District 218 director of data assessment Kathleen Gavin stated "the program meets the goal of a high percentage of usage," and that current educational literature says it is important to give students an opportunity to receive tutoring during the school day.

"This support, embedded during the school day, may provide students with increased confidence and motivation to take ownership over the learning," Gavin wrote.

This week in THE REPORTER history

News and events from our archives

50 years ago
Jan. 24, 1963

Worth School District 127 broke groundon Terrace School, 115th Street and Beloit Avenue, and Worth Junior High School, 112th Place and Nagle Avenue.


The Chicago Ridge Village Board granted part-time police officers a 15-cent per hour raise, bringing their wages to $1.65 per hour. The raise was applicable to officers with two years of experience. Those with fewer than two years of experience started at $1 per hour, with incremental raises until they reached $1.65.

25 years ago
Jan. 28, 1988

Worth residents asked the Village Board for sidewalks near schools to be built or improved.

Residents were concerned about areas that lacked sidewalks, like the intersection of 115th and New England Streets. Board members cited concerns about the cost of such work and the removal of trees as reasons they were hesitant about improving the sidewalks.


The Community High School District 218 board of education voted to adopt a resolution to allow students from Calumet Park to be bussed to Richards and Shepard high schools, despite complaints from more than 500 concerned parents and students. Sophomores and incoming freshmen would be bussed in for the 1988-89 school year, with all 468 Calumet Park students being bussed into the district by the 1990-91 year.

Cheerleaders vie in IHSA state finals

Sandburg takes 4th; Providence wins top trophy

By Jeff Vorva

Some of the best cheerleaders in the area were not cheering on their basketball teams on Friday or Saturday.

Instead, they were the athletes being cheered on.

Three of the top four teams in the large school division in the Illinois High School Association Competitive Cheerleading state finals at U.S. Cellular Coliseum in Bloomington had area ties.

Providence Catholic, which features a host of athletes from Orland Park, won the event for the first time with a 93.72, edging out Marist, which finished with a 93.02.

Sandburg, the defending large school champion, finished fourth with a 92.54 in a tightly-packed field.

Stagg, which made its first trip to the state meet for the first time since 2007, didn't make it to the championship round on Saturday but had its best showing in school history with a 14thplace finish.

Providence figured to have a deduction from its score due to a tumbling violation. But they jumped for joy and surprise when they were announced as the winner.

"They were surprised, but I prepared them for anything," Celtics coach Laura Duesing said. "I prepared them for either way. We didn't do all that well in preliminaries on Friday but we weren't nervous on Saturday. We knew we had to just go out and do what we had to do and I'm just so happy they were able to do that."

Members of the Celtics squad include Bailey Sineni, Lauren Murphy, Roslyn Parayo, Taylor Vennetti, Allysa Meurer, Courtney McEnery, Alyssa Gialamas, Meghan Marth, Morgan Duesing, Brianna Chibe, Gabriella Senese and Skyler Evans.

Also on the roster are Brittany Charnot, Brittany Charnot, Tori Vennetti, Allison Bebar, Maryssa Presbitero, Dana Joseph, Carson Sineni, Sera Cummings, Nicole Glynn, Bridget Fudala, Shannon Gilboy, Jonelle Karpen and Alexis Klotz.

Marist has qualified for the state meet in all eight years of the meet's existence and finally brought home its first trophy after finishing in third place last year.

The Redhawks were No. 1 after the preliminary round but were edged out in the finals by the Celtics and still came up with its best finish in school history.

Members of the Redhawks roster include Brenna O'Connor, Paige Ziemba, Kaila Case, Rachel Morris, Kara Case, Megan Doah, Michaela Ryan, Emma Flosi, Anne Marie Zielinski, Kristen Gaynor, Rachel Davidson, Katie McGrath and Ashley Duffin.

Also on the roster are Valerie Minnick, Emily Erickson, Alaina Bergamini, Caitlyn Cummings, Marykate Davidson, Laura Murphy, Lexi Lewkowicz, Beth Finn and Meghan Malloy.

Sandburg, which won a national competition in Dallas in January, has been to the state meet all eight years and enjoyed a top-10 finish all eight seasons.

Members of the Eagles roster include Courtney Conway, Taylor Crump, Natalie Noonan, Samantha Milwit, Sammie Frank, Nicole Chiappetti, Carley Popowski, Ellie Machala, Mary Carol Barkowski, Emily Barkowski, Haley Tarr, Megan Matre, Grace Call and Epiphany Cano.

Other members are Meghan Cescato, Peyten Cronin, Gabby Papierski, Hollie Mulcahy, Natalie Alfono, Meaghan Ryan, Ashley Offerman, Kathleen Schofield, Katie Cardinal, Lauren Hetzler and Isabella Berardelli.

Stagg coach Bridget Guzior, a former cheerleader at Sandburg, said she hopes the appearance in the preliminaries will lead to more success down the line.

Members of the Chargers team include Attia Huizinga, Kimberly Williams Brittany Fane, Danielle Klimas, McKenzie Busch, Kayla Haas, Madison Busch, Gabia Zemetis and Melina Sapokaite.

Other members are Heather Watson, Morgan Minik, Delaney Harty, Tiara Patterson, Marissa Campbell, Vanessa Minik, Maggie Hynes, Paige Pierson, Brittany Klimas, Alexa Kruszynski and Tyler Powell.

Snow falls for Winterfest

A well-bundled Killian Luckhead, 3, of Evergreen Park, takes a ride on a pony. (Photos clockwise from above)

Tyler Borgland, 12, of Hickory Hills, tries out a pair of snowshoes, right, last Saturday at Lake Katherine Nature Center & Botanic Garden's 20th annual Winterfest. The Southwest Suburbs, devoid of any measurable snowfall for the entire winter, finally got some snow in time for the event that features pony rides, ice sculpting and ice bowling, among other activities and attractions.

Molly Julien (left), 5, of Chicago, and Hollyn Nolte, 7, of Hickory Hills, pet the soft fur of a Flemish giant, the world's largest domestic rabbit species.

Michael O'Donnell, 7, of Worth, gets a kick out of the head-bobbing, win flapping antics of a parrot.

Our Neighbors

Oak Lawn Park Board Commissioner and Park Board Secretary Donald V. Andersen has been appointed chairman of the Illinois Association of Park Districts board of trustees. Andersen is a founding member of the Oak Lawn Parks Foundation, and served as the group's vice chairman for the past eight years.