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Evergreen Park Dist. 124

School District 124 provides free vision, hearing, speech, language, basic concepts knowledge, and fine and gross motor skills screenings for children 3 to 5 years old who are not yet in kindergarten. Children eligible can qualify for special programs. For more information call Jean Hector at 423-0951, Ext. 2140.

High School Dis. 218

Community High School District 218 will hold its second All- Class reunion at 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 26 from 7 to 11 p.m. at 115 Bourbon Street in Merrionette Park. The Friends of District 218, an educational foundation, will sponsor the event as a fundraiser supporting college scholarships for students and grants for teachers. The event includes dinner, open bar (beer and wine), disk jockey and raffles. Tickets are $40 per couple, $30 per person.

Tickets are available at the District 218 Administrative Center, 10701 S. Kilpatrick Ave., or by calling 424-2000, Ext. 2500. Checks should be made payable to CHSD 218 Foundation. Tickets also are available in the main offices at Eisenhower High School, 12700 Sacramento Ave. in Blue Island; Richards High School, 10601 Central Ave. in Oak Lawn; and Shepard High School, 13049 Ridgeland Ave. in Palos Heights.

Moraine Valley

Moraine Valley offers online and Online and Web-assisted classes next spring include Spanish, General Sociology, World Religions, Environmental Science I, Introduction to Fiction, Beginning Algebra, Western Civilization I and II, Medical Terminology, Composition I and II, and General Biology. A complete listing of credit and noncredit classes can be found in the spring 2013 class schedule or online at morainevalley.edu.

Stagg High School

The Stagg High School Music Boosters art craft show will be held March 23, from 9 a.m. to 4 .pm., and March 24, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Artists/crafters wanted. Cost is $80. Call 974-7520 for information and application.

Stagg High School is located at 111th Street and Roberts Road in Palos Hills. The show is wellreceived and well-attended. Cost is $80 per 80 sq. ft. booth space for the two-day run of the show.

Honored Spartans

 

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  Oak Lawn High School recently recognized 29 students with the South Suburban Conference (SSC) Activity Academic All-Conference Award. The award recognizes students who have earned at least a cumulative 3.5 GPA and have at least one full season of varsity SSC Conference and/or state competition in chess, drama/group interpretation, journalism, Mathletes, forensics or Scholastic Bowl.

  The students honored are Emily Harris (from left), Kyle Cheng, Weronika Ciezczak, Fidencio Gonzalez, Sarah Ghouleh, Nicholas Contino, Nathaly Gal and Sean Dunne, top;
and Margaret Koll (from left), Jenna Hurckes, Nick Garcia-Lara, Megan Keane, Elizabeth Krizka, Karina Montelongo Martinez, Michael Winski, Joseph Saldivar, Christopher Rafacz and Yusra Sarhan, bottom.

Submitted photos

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District 230’s new website appears to be ‘all grown up’

  • Written by Jeff Vorva

  The new District 230 website was scheduled to go live this week and preliminary comments before the launch were encouraging.

  “It’s a completely different look,” District 230 spokeswoman Carla Erdey said. “Someone had described it to me as all grown up. I was excited to hear that.”
  Aside from the look, Erdey said the idea was to make it easier for residents to use.
  “You can find information a lot more readily,” she said. “It’s a much more sophisticated look. There are a lot of graphics and a lot more video and photo integration. We know that people communicate in different ways not just print and text.
  “We’ll have really big and bold pictures because we think it’s important to highlight the faces of our students and staff. There will be an improved search function and staff directory so you can find the contact information of a staff member more easily.”
  Access to the site is at district.d230.org.

Budget banter
  The 2013 budget was amended at the board of education meeting last Thursday the district saved $350,000 due to lower replacement salaries and not replacing three staff members after 24 staff members retired and received back payments from the state.
  They put that money to wipe out a $1.5 million debt to the Illinois Municipal Retirement Fund 5+5 program, for non-certified support staff with a minimum of 20 years of certified service and a minimum age of 50.

  “That program was at a 7.5 percent interest rate,” Board President Richard Nogal said. “Since the state made another tardy payment and some funds were available we thought it would be prudent to retire that debt that had a high interest rate.”

  Assistant Superintendent of business Steve Langert said by paying off the debt now the district will save close to $500,000.

Heading to San Diego
  Erdey and Superintendent James Gay will give a presentation on the district’s S4 Initiative, also known as Successful Schools, Successful Students, Monday at the National School Public Relations Association in San Diego.
  The initiative started in 2009 and had programs and seminars that hit hard on preparing students for the real word via talks with people in various occupations.
  “Various superintendents and [public relations representatives] from around the country and Canada come together and share the best practices and what’s going on,” Erdey said. “Dr. Gay and I will share our stories about the S4 Initiative so that others can learn.”