Dist. 123 students have great ideas at Invention Concention

  Do your shoes have an umbrella? Do you have a fan on your cell phone? D123 students did and showed their creative ideas off at the ninth annual eighth Grade Invention Convention on Dec. 12.
  Students showed their creativity through the originality and production of their prototypes. Each student’s personality was allowed to come out in their advertisement and sales pitch.
  Students started the project with identifying a problem that their invention would solve. They conducted a patent search and made changes to their designs if they found similar inventions already on the market or already holding a patent.
  These young entrepreneurs worked hard on their sales pitch in hopes of catching the attention of potential investors (other students). After a hands-on demonstration, anyone interested could view a presentation on the inventor’s netbook.
  Throughout the day, students enjoyed viewing demonstrations of some unusual, but innovative, products. These potential investors then voted on the best invention.

—Submitted by District 123

Traffic may have caused Stagg evacuation

  • Written by Jeff Vorva

  District 230 officials are not 100 percent sure what caused a strange smell that led to the evacuation of Stagg High School on Dec. 4 but they have some theories.
  Stagg Principal Eric Olsen sent out a phone message and letter to parents about what may have happened and research showed it could have been an outside force.
  “Based upon all available information, we cannot be certain as to the cause of the carbon monoxide exposure students and staff experienced…however, given the weather conditions on Dec. 4, it is possible that due to the warm, foggy air that was stagnant in the morning, carbon monoxide from local traffic around the building may have built up and been pulled into the school’s fresh air intake for the HVAC system on the affected side of the building,” Olson said.
  “Although the cause of the incident is not definitive, the district has decided to place carbon monoxide detectors in several fresh air intakes surrounding the building that would notify personnel if carbon monoxide levels were detected and would shut down outside air intake. While this process is being completed, school personnel will regularly check the carbon monoxide levels in the building to ensure student and staff safety.”
  First responders arrived on the scene that day shortly after the 1 p.m. emergency phone call was made, and the Palos Hills Police Department had blocked off Roberts Road, south of 111th Street, with the school being on the southwest corner of that intersection.
  Besides the North Palos Fire Department, several surrounding area first responders arrived on site including: Orland Park, Evergreen Park, Hometown and a HAZMAT team from Bedford Park. EMS first responders also arrived on site from surrounding areas, including: North Palos, Roberts Park, Bridgeview, Chicago Ridge and Palos Heights. Three Nicor trucks also responded to the call, according to Stagg school officials. The emergency vehicles began leaving the school grounds shortly after 2 p.m., according to school officials.
  Seven people were transported by ambulance from the school — six students and one staff member. These individuals were transported as a precaution.
  The school reopened to students the next day.
  Public safety agencies found no gas leaks inside Stagg, Olsen noted.
  “Carbon monoxide has never been detected inside of the school building by district, emergency, or outside environmental and mechanical engineering personnel,” Olsen said. “However, District 230 has always believed that the safety of everyone who utilizes our facilities is paramount, and we believe that the steps we are taking in consultation with experts in the field are a proactive measure to assure student and staff safety.’’

Bulletin Board from 12-5-13

Lewis University
  Heritage Theatre Company will celebrate the season with the 9th Annual Holiday Spectacular. Performances will be at 7:30 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and 4 p.m. on Saturday.
  Fun for the whole family, the show will deck the halls with 90 minutes of music, skits, and merriment. The Holiday Spectacular is a non-stop sleigh ride of heartwarming moments filled with singing, dancing, and laughter. A special feature this year will be the return of the Snowflake Auditions sketch.
  Digital photos for $5 on stage with Santa and his holiday helpers will be available 30 minutes prior to show time. The proceeds from concessions and the photos go to the Theatre Scholarship Fund.
  This year’s show features a cast of 36 Lewis students and alumni. Tyler Senjanin of Evergreen Park is an actor in the production.
  Tickets are $10 for the general public, and $2 for the members of the Lewis community. Half price tickets are available with a donation of non-perishable foods going to local shelters.
  Seating is general admission and ticket reservations are recommended. Tickets may be purchased at the Philip Lynch Theatre box office in advance during regular box office hours Monday through Friday, from 1 to 4:30 p.m. E-mail the box office at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 815- 836-5500 for tickets.

Moraine Valley
online/hybrid courses
  Moraine Valley offers online and Internet hybrid learning for college credit.
  More than 275 classes are offered during the 2014 spring semester.
  Online classes are taught primarily over the Internet, while Internet hybrid courses are taught through a combination of classroom and Web-based instruction. Both types allow for students to attend all or part of their class via the Internet with the ability to access the instructor, classmates and course materials. Access to a Web-equipped computer is required.
  Some of the online and Web-assisted classes this spring include Arabic, General Sociology, World Mythology, Introduction to Fiction, Beginning Algebra, Western Civilization I and II, Medical Terminology, Composition I and II, and General Biology, among others.
  A complete listing 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
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

  The Alan B. Shepard High School Fall Arts, Crafts and Vendor Bazaar will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday in the gym, 13049 S. Ridgeland Ave., Palos Heights. The entrance is at door number 12 at the back of the building. Admission is $2 per person, but parking is free. Sponsoring the event are the Athletic Boosters and it features more than 150 crafters. Concessions are available all day. For more information, call 371-1111, Ext. 3871.
Shepard Choir
spaghetti pasta dinner
  The Shepard High School Choir Department will serve its first spaghetti pasta dinner on Saturday, Dec. 14, from 4 to 8 p.m., in the Alan B. Shepard main cafeteria, 13049 S. Ridgeland Ave. in Palos Heights.
  The dinner will include spaghetti/mostaccioli, tossed salad and Italian bread with butter. The cost is $10 for adults and $5 for children 6 and under. Enter at Door 12 in the back of the building. Enjoy music from DJ as well as performances from choir classes.
  E-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information.

St. Xavier University
  Saint Xavier University announced that highly regarded documentary photographer Fr. Don Doll, S.J., will receive an honorary doctorate and deliver the commencement address at the University’s 2013 Winter Commencement on Sat., Dec. 14. The ceremony is scheduled for 10 a.m. in the Shannon Center at SXU’s Chicago campus, 3700 W. 103rd St.
  Fr. Doll is a Jesuit priest whose work has been featured in National Geographic and a number of the “Day in the Life of...” book series created by Rick Smolan. A two-year project titled “The Jesuits” has taken him around the world. One of his stories from this project, “Finding Ernesto,” aired on ABC’s Nightline with Ted Koppel in 1999. Doll has photographed for the Jesuit Refugee Service in Uganda, Southern Sudan, Burundi, Rwanda, the Congo, Chad, Southeast Asia, and the Middle East since 2005.

Richards jazzes up EIU festival

  • Written by District 218



Submitted Photo. Richards High School students Madeline Doon (left) and Roxanne Segina were selected to participate in the Eastern Illinois University Music Department Jazz Combo Honor Day.


Senior Madeline Doon and junior Roxanne Segina from Richards High School recently won selection to participate in the Eastern Illinois University Music Department Jazz Combo Honor Day.

  Doon, who plays piano, and Segina, a trombone player, needed to audition to earn their invitations.

  The festival invites “talented high school students from across the state to participate. The day will include rehearsals, private lessons, and opportunities to play and perform with other participants,” according to the university.



Astros get a little goofy after Mixer win

  • Written by District 218


Submitted Photo. Shepard High School speech team members got bit silly after winning first place at the very difficult Downers Grove North Mixer, a tournament the team had never won previously.

The varsity speech team from Shepard High School opened its 2013-2014 competitive season in with a pair of tournament championships.

The Astros took first place at the Huntley Fall Fest then won the championship at the Downers Grove North Mixer, one of the state’s toughest regular season tournaments. Shepard had never won this tournament before.

After the DG meet, the group blew off a little emotional steam with a silly posed photo.

At the Huntley tournament, Shepard delivered a dominant performance with champions in six of the 14 categories.

Medal winners were:

Champion — Enrique Montoya, Original Oratory; Jonathan Randich and Liam McCool, Humorous Duet Acting; Lindsie Bliss, Oratorical Declamation; Mariana Reyes, Poetry Reading; Shana Woodland, Prose Reading; Riley McDermott and Tyler Doidge, Dramatic Duet Acting;

Second — Kimmy Rinck, Prose Reading; Mike Reddy, Radio Speaking; Nick Martinez, Humorous Interpretation; Tasha Wierzal, Special Occasion Speaking; Tyler Doidge, Original Comedy;

Third — Jada Scott, Dramatic Interpretation; Leeana Skuby, Extemporaneous Speaking; Lindsie Bliss, Informative Speaking (INF); Riley McDermott and Tasha Wierzal, Humorous Duet Acting; Tasha Wierzal, Impromptu Speaking;

Fourth — Antonio Martinez and Enrique Montoya, Dramatic Duet Acting; Enrique Montoya and Nick Martinez, Humorous Duet Acting; Leeana Skuby, Impromptu Speaking;

Fifth — Bridget Curry, Informative Speaking; Eva Adomaityte, Poetry Reading; Mariana Reyes, Dramatic Interpretation; Riley McDermott, Oratorical Declamation;

Sixth — David Donnick, Original Comedy; Jonathan Randich and Mike Reddy, Dramatic Duet Acting; and, Kim Kosman, Oratorical Declamation.

Shepard bested many of the best programs in Illinois at the Downers Grove North Mixer: Richards, Sandburg, Downers Grove North, Downers Grove South, Hinsdale Central, Thornton, and many others. Medal winners for Shepard included:

Champion — KimmyRinck, Prose Reading; Lindsie Bliss, Informative Speaking;

Second — Leeana Skuby, Impromptu Speaking; Lindsie Bliss, OD; Mike Reddy, Radio;

Third — Mariana Reyes, DI;

Fourth — Bridget Curry, INF; Antonio Martinez and Enrique Montoya, DDA; Enrique Montoya and Nick Martinez, HAD; Tyler Doidge, OC; and,

Sixth — Jada Scott, DI; Mariana Reyes, Poetry.