Thursday, May 9, 2013
Thirteen Lake Zurich Middle School North students advance in reading and writing competition.
Thirteen Lake Zurich Middle School North students were chosen as Illinois Semi-Finalists in the “Letters about Literature Competition.” Students were asked to write letters to authors about how their works changed and shaped the students’ views of themselves and the world. They reflected on their reading experience and thought about what they learned both personally and globally through the words of the author. This competition is a national reading and writing competition. These students stood out from among the 6,100 letters received in the State of Illinois alone. In the five years that MSN students have been entering this competition, this was the highest number of students recognized for their writing about literature. Entry is simple…
Wednesday, May 8, 2013
LZACC Young Entrepreneur Tom Stawinski, of Buffalo Grove, is marketing a bandana that keeps sweat out of your eyes and honors U.S. troops.
Tom Stawinski, a Stevenson High School senior, has had the entrepreneurial spirit for some time. As a sophomore, he started a clothing company with his best friends, Swanky & Co., which was a balance between class and street wear. Now Tom has created Battlefield Bandanas as part of his involvement with the Lake Zurich Area Chamber of Commerce Young Entrepreneurs Academy. Read about Tom and his Battlefield Bandanas in this Q&A: Tell us about yourself: As a kid I have always loved being outdoors and playing sports…My biggest childhood accomplishment would have to be going down to Daytona Beach, Florida with my football team and winning the National Youth Football Championship…Two years in a row! Besides football, I’ve played soccer, …
Lake Zurich and Stevenson High Schools were ranked among the best high schools in the nation. Click on the red dots for more details.
On mobile? You can see the interactive map here. Lake Zurich and Stevenson High Schools made Newsweek’s 2013 Best High School list, which the magazine released Monday. Stevenson ranked 128, and Lake Zurich ranked 489 among the magazine’s ranking of the best 2,000 public high schools in the nation. Both schools were recently ranked among the best in the state by U.S. News and World Report. Weigh in: Do you agree with Newsweek’s ranking? For its rankings, Newsweek sent out a survey to more than 5,000 high schools in the U.S., with about 2,500 schools responding in 2013. You can see the details about the other ranked high schools by clicking on the markers in the interactive map above. The survey scores were then weighted and calculated …
Monday, May 6, 2013
May 7 is National Teacher Appreciation Day. How has a teacher impacted your life?
Teachers make an impact on our lives from early childhood through college and beyond, but a new survey reveals that 75 percent of adults don’t express appreciation to their former teachers. This Tuesday, May 7, marks National Teacher Appreciation Day: a time to say “thank you” to teachers across the country for everything they do to educate our nation. How has a teacher impacted your life? Share your stories with us in the comments section. Kars4kids, national educational non-profit, prepared a national survey measuring how teachers impacted American adults and ways they have expressed their appreciation. Looking for ideas to celebrate the teachers in your life? Here are some options from the National Education Association: Share …
Saturday, May 4, 2013
Sen. Kirk and Sen. Durbin make first joint appearance in state at Great Lakes school along with Rep. Schneider.
Sen. Mark Kirk (R-Highland Park) and Sen. Richard Durbin (D-Springfield) made their first joint public appearance in Illinois since Kirk returned to full time duty in the Senate in January at a Great Lakes charter school they helped create which is now being hurt by the Sequester. Durbin, Kirk and Rep. Brad Schneider (D-Deerfield) met with students at the Learn Public Charter School, a North Chicago public school on the Great Lakes Naval Base, to see the new institution and listen to the students. “This is our first public appearance in Illinois since Sen. Kirk returned to the Senate (in January after suffering a stroke a year before),” Durbin said. “We wanted it to be here because it is something we worked on together.” Sequester Reduces …
Wednesday, May 1, 2013
College of Lake County seats new trustees and elects board positions.
Lake Zurich resident Amanda Howland has been chosen as the new chairman of the College of Lake County Board of Trustees. Howland, an attorney with the Children's Law Group in Chicago, has served on the CLC board since 2009. She is also a former elementary school assistant principal and principal. "I am looking forward to working with everyone," said Howland. She praised outgoing chairman, Richard Anderson, whom she described as having "worked harder for the college than anyone." Trustee Jeanne T. Goshgarian, of Round Lake, was chosen to serve as vice-chairman. The board also seated its newly elected trustees—incumbent Barbara D. Oilschlager, of Grayslake, who has served since 1989, and Dr. Philip Carrigan, of Waukegan, who previously …
Three schools will get new entryways that will improve security, the Chicago Tribune reports.
Three District 95 schools will be getting security upgrades this summer at the cost of $224,000, the Chicago Tribune reports. Isaac Fox Elementary, Middle School South and Seth Paine Elementary will get new entryways that will bring visitors through school offices before they enter the rest of the school area. Sarah Adams Elementary and May Whitney Elementary will also get similar entrance designs next summer, the newspaper reports.
Monday, April 29, 2013
Alex Levy of Stevenson High School is a finalist in the Illinois High School Musical Theatre Awards.
A Stevenson High School student is among 24 finalists in the 2013 Illinois High School Musical Theatre Awards, the Daily Herald reports. Alex Levy of Buffalo Grove will audition today at Broadway Playhouse in Chicago. One actor and one actress will then be selected to had to the national finals in New York this summer, the newspaper reports. The Illinois High School Musical Theater Awards (IHSMTA) began in 2012 to recognize outstanding student achievement in musical theater.
Lake Zurich resident honored at University of Vermont.
Margaret Schirmann of Lake Zurich was inducted into Beta Gamma Sigma National Honor Society during ceremonies conducted by the School of Business Administration at the University of Vermont earlier this spring. Chartered in 1791, UVM was the first college or university in the United States that did not give preference to a religious sect in its charter. UVM now has nearly 10,459 undergraduates in seven schools and colleges, 1,540 graduate students and 449 medical students. As a small, comprehensive university, it blends the academic heritage of a private university with service missions in the land-grant tradition.
Sunday, April 28, 2013
Students and administrators have sometimes clashed over what is and is not appropriate attire for a high school dance.
Are high school dance dress codes out of control? In New Jersey strapless dresses were banned by the principal because he said they were "distracting" to boys, the Chicago Tribune reported. Earlier this year, 40 girls said they were subjected to "invasive" wardrobe inspections in California, Mission Viejo Patch reported. "They were so thorough," Lindsay Kamikawa wrote in the high school newspaper. "Girls were asked to lift their arms in the air, turn their backs to the administrators—some of [whom] were male—and walk back and forth. I saw at least three [girls] that were crying. They [school officials] took it to such bizarre extremes. The administrator looked at them from head to toe and pretty much at all angles." Local high schools have…