District 123 band raises 8K for tornado victims


PAGE-8-4-col-123-bandThe District 123 band performs and makes money for students in Washington, Il. Submitted photo.  

The District 123 band raised $8,051.06 for music students affected by the November tornados in Washington, Il.
  The destruction left many families with very little, including their music students’ instruments and music supplies.
  “As a band teacher, I can’t imagine how difficult that must be, on top of everything else the families are dealing with,” expressed Mrs. Beth Lyons, former Washington summer band teacher and current band director.
  Lyons was joined by a variety of local performing arts booster clubs in raising money during their winter performances.
  “I feel really excited…because 100% of our money is going to the band boosters in Washington, Illinois and given directly to those students who need assistance,” she said.
  “Words cannot express how incredible our community has been in support of reaching out to our long-distance music families in Washington, IL. I am more proud than I could ever describe.”
  Contributors who helped make the effort a success were D123 bands, the Oak Lawn Hometown Middle School Choruses and Village Singers, the D123 Education Foundation, George Quinlan, Jr., the Oak Lawn Community High School Band, the H. L. Richards Band the St. Laurence Band, St. Rita Band, SXU Bands and Orchestra, the Marist Band the Brother Rice Band, the Mother McAuley Band and Raiders Social Athletic Club.
— Submitted by District 123


Campus Leaders from 1-16-14

Area Student Named to Dean’s List
  The following students have been named to the fall semester dean’s list at St. Norbert College: Matthew Menke of Evergreen Park, and Michael Myren and Jennifer Ward of Oak Lawn. A minimum 3.5 grade-point average is required for academic eligibility. The only Norbertine college in the world, St. Norbert is a four-year, Catholic liberal arts college, devoted to the Norbertine traditions of community, prayer and service to others. St. Norbert College is located on the banks of the Fox River in the residential community of De Pere, Wisconsin, neighboring Green Bay.

Graceland University Honor Roll Features Local Students
  Dariusz Obrochta of Oak Lawn was named to the president’s list and Brittani LaRusso of Oak Lawn was named to the honor’s list for Graceland University’s fall term. Students with a perfect 4.0 grade point average are named to the president’s list. Students with a GPA between 3.65 and 3.99 are named to the honor’s list. Students with a GPA between 3.25 and 3.64 are named to the dean’s list. Graceland University has two campuses, one in Lamoni, Iowa and one in Independence, Missouri.

Western Illinois University Names Local Residents to Dean’s List
  More than 1,730 undergraduate students enrolled at Western Illinois University were named to the fall dean’s list. The number includes 123 students at WIU-Quad Cities.
  To receive this award, an undergraduate student must earn at least a 3.6 grade point average on a scale of 4.0. Those earning academic honors include:

  • Rebecca Ann Dunterman, a sophomore from Chicago Ridge;
  • Brenna Catherine Smith, a sophomore from Evergreen Park;
  • Christina Nicole Makropoulos, a senior;
  • Amy Michelle Smith, sophomore, both from Hickory Hills;
  • Kyle Thomas Corbett, a senior,
  • Colleen Nicole Krasich, a senior;
  • Lauren Elizabeth Ward, a senior, all from Oak Lawn;
  • Megan Elizabeth Kelly, a senior from Worth.

Brother Rice Student Gains College Acceptance
  James Dwyer of Brother Rice High School has been accepted to Culver-Stockton College for enrollment in the fall 2014 semester. Along with acceptance to the college, Dwyer has been awarded the Hilltop Scholarship, a four-year award. Dwyer’s anticipated major is psychology.

Oak Lawn Woman Earns Academic Honors
  Lily Paterno of Oak Lawn qualified for the fall dean’s list at Belmont University. Eligibility is based on a minimum course load of 12 hours and a quality grade point average of 3.5 with no grade below a C. Approximately 30 percent of Belmont’s more than 6,900 students qualified for the fall dean’s list.

Palos Hills’ Korniejczuk Named To Dean’s List
  Freshman Melissa Korniejczuk of Palos Hills earned a spot on Beloit College’s dean’s list for the fall semester. To be eligible for the dean’s list, a student must carry a semester grade point average of 3.4 or higher, and take a minimum of three letter-graded units for the term.

Taste of ‘Bit of Germany’ at Shepard

  Shepard High School will host “A Little Bit of Germany” to support its exchange program this Saturday, Jan. 18, from 4 to 8 p.m.
  The fundraiser, which features German food, a folk band, dancing, and imported goods for sale, has set new attendance records the past two years. Nearly 350 people attended last year.

  Admission is $10 for adults and $5 for children age 12 and under. Ticket price includes a German dinner of bratwurst, sauerkraut, German potato salad, bread, and coffee, water or cider. Dinner will be served from 4 to 7 p.m. Soda and root beer will be available for purchase.
  The fun includes entertainment by the folk band Paloma from the Dankhaus German Cultural Center in Chicago.
  Next summer, teacher Jennifer Fischer and a group of German Club students will visit students from Johann Wolfgang Goethe Gymnasium in Germersheim. During their trip, Shepard students will attend classes at Goethe (German schools feature a full-year calendar), visit various cultural and historical sites, and, in general, live as Germans.
  Goethe and Shepard students have visited one another for more than 25 years.

Bulletin Board

Brother Rice

Brother Rice will host its eighth grade entrance exam on at 8 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 11.

Test-takers should bring their $25 test fee and two No. 2 pencils with them the morning of the test Checks made payable to Brother Rice High School. Pre-registration is not necessary. Calculators are not allowed for the entrance exam. Any student requiring accommodations should contact Admissions Director Tim O’Connell at 773-429-4312 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

All parents are welcome to join their sons for a welcome to Brother Rice on the morning of the exam. A quick presentation in the gym will follow, detailing the admissions process and next steps towards joining the Crusader family. Donuts and juice will be provided.


Marist High School’s entrance exam for current eighth grade students will take place on Saturday. Students should arrive at 8 a.m. and enter through the gym doors, located on the east end of the school. There is a $25 test fee, however pre-registration is not needed. Students should bring two No. 2 pencils and are asked not to bring a calculator. The approximate dismissal time is 11:45 a.m.

In order to be considered a candidate for 2014-15 admission at Marist, prospective students must test at Marist High School. For additional information, contact Alex Brown, Director of Admissions, at 773-881-5330.

Moraine Valley Spring registration

Moraine Valley Community College can help students realize their educational goals, pursue an associate’s degree and prepare for a successful future. Registration is underway for the spring 2014 semester, which starts Jan. 13 with on-campus credit classes. Off-campus credit classes and on-campus continuing education classes begin Jan. 21, and off-campus continuing education classes begin Jan. 27.

Some of the college’s courses are offered in different formats to accommodate the needs of students, making it easy for people to fit college classes into their life. These Flexible Learning Options include:

  •   Online and Internet Hybrid classes
  • Short-Term Classes
  • Weekend Classes
  • Off-Campus Classes
  • Evening Classes
  • One-Day-a-Week Classes

A complete list of credit and noncredit classes can be found in the spring 2014 class schedule or online at Registration is ongoing. Tuition is $109 per credit hour plus fees and books. Students who have applied to the college can register in the Registration Office, located on campus in the Student Services Center (Building S), 9000 W. College Pkwy. in Palos Hills; by phone at 974-2110 (TTY for the hearing impaired 974-9556); or online at

Moraine Valley Tinley Park campus spring courses

Looking for a shorter commute for classes at Moraine Valley Community College?

The college will offer 60 classes, beginning Jan. 21, at its Southwest Education Center (SWEC), 17900 S. 94th Ave. in Tinley Park.

Some credit classes include Keyboarding I, Art Appreciation, Introduction to Business, Composition I and II, Introduction to Criminal Justice, American History I, Medical Terminology, College Algebra, Music Appreciation, Introduction to Psychology, General Sociology, and Spanish. There are also several noncredit classes offered at SWEC including Plus 50 Internet Basics, Medicare Workshop, Hiring Employees, Food for Life, “Reel” Classic Films, and Beginning Conversational Spanish.

  A complete listing of all the classes at SWEC and credit and noncredit classes offered at all Moraine Valley campuses can be found in the spring 2014 class schedule or online at Registration is ongoing. Tuition is $109 per credit hour plus fees and books. Students who have applied to the college can register in the Registration Office, on the main campus in the Student Services Center (Building S), 9000 W. College Pkwy. in Palos Hills; by phone at 974-2110 (TTY for the hearing impaired 974-9556); or online at

Shepard brightens holidays for 40 needy families

  • Written by Bob McParland

  After final exams, students andSCHIOOL-PAGE-3-col-SHEPARDShepard High School teacher Erin McLean checks her list as student and staff volunteers organize donated gifts and food for the Adopt-a-Family project. Submitted photo. teachers at Shepard High School did not race to the parking lot to leave for winter break. Instead, they went to work.

  With the school’s Multipurpose Room brimming with food, clothing, and gifts, volunteers made final preparations for Adopt-A-Family.
  The next day, when more than 40 families would pick up the donations, they would have little time to organize: Last-minute contributions would arrive, and sometimes a desperate parent would call to plea for help.
  Today they needed to lay out the room with the gifts and food for each family at every table. When families arrived to pick up, volunteers would just need to direct them to the right table.
  Teacher Erin McLean walked the room checking her list and answering every question from student and staff volunteers. Teachers Brad Fisher, Gina Hanna, and Courtney Siska helped direct traffic as donations arrived and staff members and students asked what goes where.
  McLean kept the master list, matching the donations to each family’s needs.
  This year, Jewel Food Store in Palos Heights donated 20 turkeys to help complete the boxes of food. In addition to wrapped gifts for children, families received holiday meals with either a ham or turkey.