Hannum students raise more than $18K for cancer research


  Hannum Elementary School hosted its secondPAGE-8-2-col-haircutThird grader Camila Nateras raised more than $2,000 as a shavee and also donated her hair to Locks of Love. Submitted photo. “Shave for a Cure” this past Friday night, March 14, raising over $18,000. That is $2,000 more than last year.
  “We had about 63 shavees, 30 dancers and so many people there to support this wonderful event,” said Hannum School Principal Anne Marie McGovern. “We even had one brave girl who shaved her head, along with raising over $2,000 herself, we were also able to donate her hair to Locks of Love!”
  The shavees were escorted into the gym by a professional Bagpiper. “Staley Da Bear” showed up to help shave some heads and sign autographs, and the 30 dancers on stage kept the party rolling as they danced the night away.


Bulletin Board from 3-27-14

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.
  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
  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 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

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 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . 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.

St. Laurence
  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
  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.

Campus Leaders from 3-27-14

 Olivet Nazarene University announced that the following area students have been named to the dean’s list for the recently completed fall 2013 semester: Joel Andrade of Evergreen Park, Philip Caffee of Oak Lawn, Stephanie Linquist and Dana McMahan of Worth, Gabrielle Metzger, Leslie Miller and Cecilia Pivarunas of Oak Lawn, Serena Procknow of Palos Hills, and Rebecca Timmer of Worth.

  To qualify for inclusion on the dean’s list, a student must have been enrolled as a full-time undergraduate student and must have attained a semester grade point average of 3.50 or higher on a 4.0 grading scale.

Campus Leaders from 3-20-14

In today’s competitive job market, college students recognize the value of high-impact learning experiences, like internships, study abroad and research. Several Augustana College students from the area gained experience from internships. Ashley Yaros from Palos Hills, a senior majoring in biology, took advantage of an opportunity to do an internship at Scribe America.
  Several students have been able to take advantage of internships because of Augie Choice. Augie Choice provides students a one-time grant of $2,000 to offset the expenses of an internship, study abroad or research project. Augie Choice was launched in 2009. To date, the program has helped 1,588 Augustana students through the distribution of $3,176,000. Augustana College is located in Rockford.
  In recognition of outstanding academic achievement, Trinity Christian College in Palos Heights released the college’s Adult Studies dean’s list for the fall. To earn dean’s list distinction, students in the Adult Studies programs must earn at least six graded credit hours with a term grade point average of 3.80 or higher.
  Local students earning dean’s list honors include: Joanna Kollpainter of Chicago Ridge; Thomas Litak, Cindy Lullo and Carrie Rader of Evergreen Park; Camille Bilotto of Hickory Hills; Margaret Greenfield, Marisol Quiroz, Maria Ramirez, Nesreen Saleh and Eric Sielaff of Oak Lawn; Tina Chiou of Palos Hills; and Katrina Johnson of Worth.

Conrady student show great chemistry in MVCC challenge

At the end of the first couple of rounds, page-8-3-col-chemistsConrady students did well in Moraine Valley’s chemistry question competition. Submitted photo.Conrady Junior High School students were rock solid, although they were successfully answering questions about liquids and gases as well.
Each of the school’s five eighth graders had correctly answered most of the initial 40 questions that had been posed to them during the annual “You Be The Chemist Challenge” recently at Moraine Valley Community College.
After the third round, the contingent from Conrady was still going strong among the 23 competitors from six schools.
 Conrady’s team consisted of Faisal Al-Qawasmi, Max Bauer, Rick Korolewicz, Arnas Liesis and Matt Stoch. Science teachers Becky Glaubke and Matt Offord worked with the students after school for the last few months.
While the five performed well in the competition, Matt Stoch did well enough to place third, which ensured him a seat at the State competition on April 27 at North Central College in Naperville.
The five from Conrady were selected from among a group of more than 20 of their classmates who participated in an after-school study group preparing for the chemistry challenge.
Matt, Faisal, Max, Rick and Arnas were selected based on the results of a test the group took that was provided by the Chicago Drug & Chemical Association, which sponsored the event.
Students were asked questions such as: “Which of the following are phase changes between gases and liquids,” with the answer being condensation and evaporation.
A follow-up question was: “A substance may undergo a phase change as a result of changing which of the following?” The answer was pressure.
Another question was: “Why is salt thrown on sidewalks in cold weather?” The answer was is that salt lowers the freezing point of water.
One last question that was posed to the students included: “Which is not a physical property?” The answer was electronegativity.

—Submitted by Jim Hook, School District 117