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Bulletin Board from 1-30-14

Chicago Ridge School District 127.5
  Registration Coming Up for 2014-2015 Kindergarten Enrollment.
  Kindergarten Enrollment for Chicago Ridge School District 127.5 will be held from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. and from 5 to 8 p.m. Monday, Feb. 17 at Ridge Central School, 10800 S. Lyman Ave. and Ridge Lawn School, 5757 W. 105th St. For more information, call Ridge Central at 636-2001, or Ridge Lawn at 636-2002.
  A child must be 5 years old on or before Sept. 1 to be eligible for kindergarten. Parents must bring the child’s original birth certificate and three proofs of residency.
  Birth certificates for children born anywhere in Cook County may be obtained from the FifthDistrict Courthouse Building, 10200 South 76th Ave., Bridgeview. For more information call 470-7233. Parents also may go to any local currency exchange and request a birth certificate. For children born within Illinois but outside Cook County, parents can contact the Division of Vital Records, 605 W. Jefferson, Springfield, or call 217-782-6553.

Oak Lawn-Hometown Elementary School District 123
  Schools registering kindergarteners and preschoolers.
  Kindergarten Registration will take place from 1 to 6 p.m. Friday, Feb. 14 at Hometown Elementary School, 8870 S. Duffy Ave. For more information and an appointment, call 857-5020.
  Kolmar Avenue School, 10425 S. Kolmar Ave., Oak Lawn, is hosting preschool registration from 9:15 to 11:15 a.m. and from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 28 at the school. For more information, call 422-1800.

St. Patricia
  St. Patricia Grade School, 9000 S. 86th Ave., is hosting a Big Game Day open house from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday. Parents and children are invited to take a tour to meet with students, faculty, staff, and parents and get a better sense of what St. Patricia has to offer. St. Patricia educates students in pre-kindergarten to eighth grade and offers before and after school care. For more information, call 598-8200, or visit stpatriciaparish.com.

Moraine Valley
  Moraine Valley Community College Earns Honorable Mention.
  Moraine Valley Community College, with its main campus at 9000 W. College Parkway, Palos Hills, was among 10 community colleges nationwide recognized for its effort to enhance the quality of higher education at two-year institutions in the U.S.
  The college received an honorable mention in the National Council of Instructional Administrators 2013 Exemplary Initiatives Competition. A panel of community college practitioners from across the country evaluated the entries and selected five institutions for recognition as winners of the competition and five institutions for honorable mention recognition.
  Moraine Valley was recognized for its Diversity Dialogue, an annual fall conference that brings together faculty, staff, students, and community members. Since the first dialogue in 2010, participants have focused on diversity and inclusion and diversity and leadership. The 2013 challenge was to enhance the mindset of inclusive leaders and the participants’ effectiveness at their own organizations. The dialogue is an outlet for state government officials, mayors, school administrators, nonprofit personnel, religious leaders, community members, and the college to build on the progress made at the community dialogues over the last three years and continue the conversation about creating opportunities to foster and advance diversity and inclusion throughout the 26 communities in the college’s district and the region.

Oak Lawn Community H.S.
  A Candlelight Bowl will take place at 8 p.m. Saturday, March 22 at Fox Bowl, 1101 Butterfield Road, Wheaton. Money raised will fund The Tim Nickos Memorial Scholarship, which will grant one $2500 scholarship to an OLCHS student to help with college tuition. The winner will be announced at the spring sports award ceremony.
  Tickets are $25 for students, or $30 for adults. The ticket price includes three games of bowling and dinner. There will also be a cash bar, raffle prizes and split the pot. For more information, visit olchs.org.
  Tim Nickos was an individual who lived every day to the fullest by inspiring and motivating others through his contagious smile and great sense of humor. Nickos was to be the captain of the Oak Lawn Community High School varsity swim team his senior year. He was a member of the OLCHS band. Nickos always provided for everyone around him. He died in his sleep at the age of 17. He had a heart condition called cardiomegaly (enlarged heart) that went undiagnosed. This led to cardiac arrhythmia, which ended his life on June 28, 2011.
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  Each year, LifeSource offers area high schools the opportunity to earn scholarship money. Oak Lawn Community High School has earned the scholarship money for the past five years. The school will host its annual winter blood drive Friday, in the Spartan Gym. Students are encouraged to donate blood during their gym period. Students must be at least 16 years old. A parent permission slip is required for students who are only 16-years old. Parents and community members are encouraged to visit a community donor center or mobile blood drive when eligible. Individuals are eligible to donate blood every 56 days. Be sure to mention donor code OL94 when donating blood.

Queen of Peace
  Kristine Owens, a history instructor at Queen of Peace High School, has been recognized for her achievements with the 2014 Distinguished Service Award. The award recognizes an outstanding school employee who has demonstrated exceptional dedication, leadership and veteran service of 10 or more years in Catholic education. Owens coordinates all the service opportunities for the Queen of Peace students, but also has earned high marks as an world history and social studies teacher. She is known for challenging students on a daily basis, and leading discussions and lessons about social justice. Owens is known for being the first one to offer anyone in the school assistance without being asked, and the last one out the door at night. She has also chaperoned numerous trips out to Nazareth Farm. Owens will be honored at an awards dinner sponsored by the Catholic Schools where she will receive her award.
Saint Xavier
  Saint Xavier University will host an art exhibit celebrating African-American spiritual music through expressive calligraphy from this Wednesday to Wednesday, Feb. 19. The exhibit, titled “Bound for Glory” by Timothy R. Botts, will be on display in the SXU Gallery, located in the Warde Academic Center at the university’s Chicago campus, 3700 W. 103rd St. A presentation by the artist and a reception will be held at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday in the Gallery.
  Botts’ work combines contemporary graphic design principles with letterforms as old as the first century. He said his work draws influences from traditional African art and writing systems, urban graffiti, and American quilts. Botts is a resident of Glen Ellyn. He has a bachelor’s degree in fine arts in graphic design from Carnegie-Mellon University, during which time he apprenticed in calligraphy with Arnold Bank. He spent three years in Japan teaching conversational English and was influenced by the rich tradition of their brush writing. He designed more than 600 books for Tyndale House Publishers near Chicago where he was senior art director before retiring in 2012. Ten books of his own work are published, including “Doorposts,” “Messiah,” and a Bible illustrated in his calligraphy. He is a part-time instructor at College of DuPage.
  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., and Saturday, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The gallery is closed on Sunday. For more information, please contact the gallery at 773-298-3081.
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  Brother Guy Consolmagno, S.J., Ph.D., a research astronomer and planetary scientist at the Vatican Observatory, will speak about the connections between science and faith at Saint Xavier University’s Sweeney Family Lecture. The lecture, which is free and open to the public, is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 19 in McGuire Hall, located in the Warde Academic Center at SXU’s Chicago campus, 3700 W. 103rd St.
  Consolmagno’s lecture, titled “Faith and the Scientist,” will explore his conviction that believers can be scientists and scientists can be believers. He will discuss his views about how both religion and science explore the universe seeking to understand and interpret natural phenomena, and how they offer not oppositional but rather complementary approaches to reality.
  Br. Consolmagno holds a Ph.D. in planetary science from the University of Arizona, as well as a master’s degree and a bachelor’s degree from Massachusetts Institute of Technology. In 1989, he entered the Society of Jesus, and took vows as a brother in 1991. He was assigned as an astronomer to the Vatican Observatory and also serves as curator of the Vatican Meteorite collection, one of the largest such collections in the world. In addition to his continuing professional work in planetary science, he also has studied philosophy and theology.
  The Sweeney Family Lecture is sponsored by SXU’s Center for Religion and Public Discourse, and funded by a gift from the John and Barbara Sweeney Family.
  For more information, call the Center for Religion and Public Discourse at 773-298-3981, or email Kathleen Mareska at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Scholarship Opportunity
  Applications for the 2014 Orland Township Scholarship Program are now available at the Township Office, 14807 S. Ravinia Avenue, Orland Park. This year’s scholarship program will give numerous awards to the class of 2014 totaling $16, 500, with one $2,000 scholarship, eight $1,000 scholarships and 13 $500 scholarships.
  Scholarship applications completed in their entirety must be delivered to Orland Township, 14807 S. Ravinia Avenue, Orland Park, IL 60462, by Friday, Feb. 28. Orland Township is open Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and Tuesday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. For more information, call 403-4222.
  An additional scholarship opportunity is available at Orland Township. Applications for the Township Officials of Illinois Scholarship are available at orlandtwp.org, or at the Orland Township Office. Applications are due by Saturday, March 1, 2014 and should be mailed to Township Officials of Illinois, Attention Scholarship Committee, 3217 Northfield Drive, Springfield, IL 62702.

These kids were caught being good

  To help develop a positive feeling among students,Page-8-2-col Worthwoods School staff continues to hand out “Worthwoods School Wildcat Reward Bucks.’’ These reward bucks are given to students who show that they are going above and beyond the regular expectations of good grades and doing their homework on time.
  Students helping others without being asked, being polite, and holding a door open for someone are some of the ways students can receive reward bucks from any staff member at any time. During the Student of the Month assemblies, these reward bucks are put into a raffle and two winners are chosen and prizes are awarded. Pictured here is December Reward Buck winners, Michael Gasinski and Asmaa Qabalawi with Principal Tim Hathhorn.

Campus Leaders from 1-23-14

 

Area Students Earn Bachelor’s Degrees
  A number of area students earned academic degrees after the fall semester at Western Illinois University. Included in that list were:
  • Matthew J. Swiatkowski of Evergreen Park, Bachelor of Arts, English;
  • Angelo Nicholas Makropoulos of Hickory Hills, Bachelor of Arts, music;
  • Kevin Stephen Jarzabkowski of Oak Lawn, Bachelor of Science, law enforcement and justice administration;
  • Brian Koltz of Oak Lawn, Bachelor of Science, law enforcement and justice administration;
  • Megan Marie Landis of Oak Lawn, Bachelor of Science, zoology
  • John Henry Veres of Oak Lawn, Bachelor of Arts, general studies; and
  • Shonda L. Smith of Worth, Bachelor of Science, psychology.

Indiana State University announces dean’s list
  Katheryne Barrow of Oak Lawn earned a place on the Indiana State University dean’s list for the fall semester. To be eligible for the dean’s list at Indiana State, students must maintain a cumulative grade point average of 3.5 or higher on a 4.0 scale.

Hickory Hills Woman Named to Dean’s List
  Victoria Kulbokas of Hickory Hills was named to the Upper Iowa University fall dean’s list. To be honored, the undergraduate must have earned a minimum 3.50 grade point average for the semester and be enrolled as a full-time student.

EP Woman Earns Dean’s List Recognition
  Melanie Doweiko of Evergreen Park has been named to the fall semester dean’s list at Ohio Wesleyan University. To qualify for the dean’s list, Ohio Wesleyan students must achieve a grade point average of 3.5 or better on a 4.0 scale in all applicable classes.

Marquette announces its fall Dean’s List
  The following local students have been named to the Dean’s List for the fall 2013 semester at Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wis.:
  • Matthew Deal of Evergreen Park who is pursuing a Bachelor of Science in athletic training;
  • Emily Lajeunesse of Evergreen Park who is pursuing a Bachelor of Science in elementary/middle Education; and
  • Tara McQuillan of Evergreen Park who is pursuing a Bachelor of Science in finance.
  • Austin Lenz of Oak Lawn who is pursuing a Bachelor of Science in accounting;
   • Khader Zahdan of Oak Lawn who is pursuing a Bachelor of Science in biomedical engineering in biomechanics;
  • Patrick Bangs of Oak Lawn who is pursuing a Bachelor of Science in business administration;
  • Ryan Haberkorn of Oak Lawn who is pursuing a Bachelor of Science in electrical and electronic engineering;
  • Cody Haberkorn of Oak Lawn who is pursuing a Bachelor of Science in electrical and electronic engineering;
  • Andrew Roberts of Oak Lawn who is pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Electrical and Electronic Engineering;
  • Jonathan Eskra of Oak Lawn who is pursuing a Bachelor of Science in exercise physiology;
  • Brendan McCarron of Oak Lawn who is pursuing a Bachelor of Science in finance;
  • Michelle Nudo of Oak Lawn who is pursuing a Bachelor of Science in nursing;
  • Mary Sullivan of Oak Lawn who is pursuing a Bachelor of Science in nursing; and
  • Kyle Kalchbrenner of Oak Lawn who is pursuing a Master of Physician Assistant in physician assistant studies.
  • Christian Villanueva of Hickory Hills who is pursuing a Bachelor of Science in nursing.

Chicago Ridge Resident Receives University Scholarship
  Taylor Sonichsen, a 2014 graduate of Harold L. Richards High School, and daughter of Mark and Judy Sonichsen, has been awarded the Vision Scholarship by Mount Mary University for the 2014-2015 school year. The Vision Scholarship is presented to students who are empowered to carry out the vision of the university as established in 1913. Mount Mary University is recognized as a diverse learning community that works in partnership with local, national and global organizations to educate women to transform the world. Taylor will be a freshman at Mount Mary this fall and plans to major in dietetics.

 

Bulletin Board from 1-23-14

Brother Rice
  Reservations are needed by Monday for the Brother Rice Alumni Mothers’ Club’s second annual Trivia Night at 7 p.m. Saturday, at Brother Rice High School, 10001 S. Pulaski Rd., Chicago. The cost is $15 per person. Participants are welcome to bring their own snacks, and pizza orders will be taken. This is a 21 and older event; beer, wine, and pop will be available for purchase. Due to our liquor license, no outside liquor is allowed. For more information and reservations, call Peggy Gannon at 773-239-6399, or email her at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Mother McAuley
  Mother McAuley High School welcomed students from more than 114 grammar schools for the High School Placement Test Jan. 11. Mother McAuley is dedicated to continuing the work begun by our foundress, Catherine McAuley, nearly 170 years: to provide young women with an education that prepares them to meet the challenges of the fast changing world as decision makers and leaders guided by strong Mercy values. This is the lifetime advantage of a McAuley education.
  The administration, faculty and staff at Mother McAuley understand that a Catholic education is a big commitment for families, and know parents have a choice in where to send their daughters. They are looking forward to embracing this group of women who, as the leaders on the stage, on the field and in the classroom, will be enjoying not just equal opportunity, but every opportunity

Moraine Valley
  Women are asked to dig through their closets and pull out gently used prom and bridesmaid dresses to donate to Moraine Valley Community College’s Dream Come True Project. Dresses of all styles and sizes that are in good condition will be accepted. Shoes, purses, jewelry, and other accessories also will be accepted. Donations can be brought to the Multicultural Student Affairs Department in Room 201, on the second floor of Building S, between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.
  The dresses will be given away free of charge to local high school girls from 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday, March 22 in Building S, Room 117, on the main campus, 9000 W. College Parkway, Palos Hills. The Dream Come True Project is sponsored by the college’s Women’s Celebration Month committee and the Celebrating Diversity Task Group. For more information, call Nereida Perez at 974-5475.

Oak Lawn Community H.S.
  Each year, LifeSource offers area high schools the opportunity to earn scholarship money. Oak Lawn Community High School has earned the scholarship money for the past five years. The school will host its annual winter blood drive Friday, Jan. 31 in the Spartan Gym. Students are encouraged to donate blood during their gym period. Students must be at least 16 years old. A parent permission slip is required for students who are only 16-years old. Parents and community members are encouraged to visit a community donor center or mobile blood drive when eligible. Individuals are eligible to donate blood every 56 days. Be sure to mention donor code OL94 when donating blood.

Queen of Peace
  Queen of Peace High School will sponsor a Leadership Conference for fifth, sixth and seventh grade girls on Saturday, Feb. 8. Eighth grade girls who have already taken the entrance exam at Queen of Peace may also attend. The purpose of the conference is to provide leadership training for female student leaders as they prepare to assume leadership roles in the next few years. The cost is $5. The Queen of Peace Leadership Conference will concentrate on training emerging leaders, as well as provide current leaders new tools in how to lead effectively. For more information, or to register, call Mary Kate Love at 496-4753, or email her at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Scholarship Opportunity
  Applications for the 2014 Orland Township Scholarship Program are now available at the Township Office, 14807 S. Ravinia Avenue, Orland Park. This year’s scholarship program will give numerous awards to the class of 2014 totaling $16, 500, with one $2,000 scholarship, eight $1,000 scholarships and 13 $500 scholarships.
  Scholarship applications completed in their entirety must be delivered to Orland Township, 14807 S. Ravinia Avenue, Orland Park, IL 60462, by Friday, Feb. 28. Orland Township is open Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and Tuesday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. For more information, call 403-4222.
  An additional scholarship opportunity is available at Orland Township. Applications for the Township Officials of Illinois Scholarship are available at orlandtwp.org, or at the Orland Township Office. Applications are due by Saturday, March 1, 2014 and should be mailed to Township Officials of Illinois, Attention Scholarship Committee, 3217 Northfield Drive, Springfield, IL 62702.

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