OLHMS receives state recognition for their conservation efforts
The Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) announced the state’s three winners of the Illinois Green School Award program. One of the three winning schools is Oak Lawn-Hometown Middle School in Oak Lawn.
Mount Assisi Academy
The program recognizes schools that save energy, reduce costs, protect student and staff health and wellness, and offer environmental education. The other two recipients are Woodland Primary School in Gages Lake and Evanston Skokie School District 65 in Evanston.
Students and staff at Oak Lawn-Hometown Middle School enjoy filtered drinking water fountains, which protect users from ingesting potential contaminants. Thanks to two refillable water stations, the school has seen a reduction in the amount of plastic bottles discarded and ultimately being taken to landfills. Their paper- recycling program along with a 1:1 netbook program has significantly reduced the school’s paper consumption. They are currently working on the implementation of alternate sources of energy to further reduce environmental impact.
Mount Assisi Academy Looking For Fair Participants.
Mount Assisi Academy is hosting a Career, Volunteer, and Job Fair for their students on from 12:30 to 2:20 p.m. Monday, May 5. The school is looking for:
• Businesses that need to fill jobs, to host a table, have our students fill out applications, and conduct mini interviews on site.
• Organizations who need volunteers to host a table and encourage our students to sign up for volunteer opportunities.
• Professionals to come and share their experience in a particular field, answer questions, and schedule shadow days or internships with our students.
For more information, call Marina Tadros at 630-257-7844, ext 239, or email
Oak Lawn Community H.S.
Oak Lawn Community High School will host its Relay for Life for the 12th year in a row. Relay for Life is an organization dedicated to raising money and awareness for cancer research. This year’s Relay for Life will take place Saturday, May 17. Per Relay tradition, the faculty, staff and students painted the gym purple on Feb. 7 by wearing purple T-shirts during the varsity basketball game. Relay for Life coordinator Thaddeus Zuzga said that OLCHS raised more than $1,500. These funds will be used to cover all of the extracurricular activities at this year’s Relay For Life Event on May 17, 2014. It is not too late to register teams or participants for the event. For more information, call 424-5200.
Stagg High School will celebrate its 50th anniversary with a namesake event Saturday, April 12 at the University of Chicago’s Bartlett Hall, where Amos Alonzo Stagg served as associate professor and director of athletics.
Tickets, which cost $40 per adult, will be sold until April 1. A shuttle bus from Stagg High School costs $5. For more information, email
. The community, alumni, parents, faculty, staff and retired employees are welcome.
The celebration begins with a tour of architectural landmarks at 5 p.m. starting at the Ratner Athletics Center, followed by a reception from 6 to 8:30 p.m. in the hall. The celebration will feature hors d’oeuvres, cash bar and desserts.
The event, hosted by the newly formed Stagg Community Organization, incorporates the talents of students. The Stagg Madrigal Singers and Stagg Jazz Band will perform, and students in the culinary department will make desserts. In addition, art students are involved in creating the tickets and graphics for the program’s ad book, and graphic arts students will help produce material for the event.
Stagg served the University of Chicago from 1892 to 1932, and his office was in Bartlett Hall. The high school proudly displays one of those doors in its Stagg History Room, obtained when renovations took place at the hall. A pioneering college coach, especially in football, Stagg brought innovation to the game, inventing the lateral pass, huddle, uniform numbers and the tackling dummy. He helped organize the Western Conference, predecessor to the Big Ten Conference. He was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1951 both as a player and as a coach. The Division III championship game for the NCAA is known as the Stagg Bowl.
Stagg High School serves the communities of Palos Hills, Palos Park, Palos Heights, Hickory Hills, Bridgeview, Worth, Willow Springs, and Orland Park.
Alumni Memorial Mass Planned At St. Laurence.
St. Laurence High School and the Office of Alumni Relations will host its annual solemn mass of remembrance, honoring deceased alumni of the school, at 4:30 p.m. Saturday, April 26 in the school’s library, 5556 W. 77th St. (77th Street and Central Avenue), Burbank.
Father Norm Trela, from St. Symphorosa Parish, and the school’s chaplain, will celebrate the Mass of the Resurrection. A wreath-laying ceremony will take place at the outdoor memorial, weather permitting. Following the liturgy, snacks and refreshments will be served.
Family, friends, and relatives of deceased alumni of St. Laurence are welcome to attend this liturgy. For more information and reservations, call Ed Kozak in the Office of Alumni Relations at 458-6900, ext. 244.
St. Xavier University will host “Chapters,” an art exhibit by Kelly Harris and Amara Hark-Weber open now until Tuesday, April 1. The exhibit will be on display in the SXU Gallery, located in the Warde Academic Center at the University’s Chicago campus, 3700 W. 103rd St. The exhibit will be closed from March 10 to March 16 for spring break.
The SXU Gallery’s hours are: Monday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Wednesday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Saturday, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.; and closed on Sunday.
Harris holds a master of fine arts degree in visual communications design from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and a bachelor of arts degree in visual communications design with minors in fine arts and biology from Purdue University.
Hark-Weber holds a master of fine arts degree in visual communications from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, a master of science degree in development studies from the London School of Economics, and a bachelor’s degree in history and Africana studies.