By Rob Parrott - Almond Campus Principal
The month of December is here and will go by quickly. It is a month full of events and activities that keep our staff and students rather busy. With final exams just a couple of weeks away, we know that our students will work hard to finish strong in their courses. Final exam review days are Monday, December 17 and Tuesday, December 18. Final exams run Wednesday, December 19 through Friday, December 21. You can view the exam schedule by clicking here. Please be aware that we do not allow exams to be taken early, and students should take final exams during their assigned exam time. If students do not complete an exam (due to an excused absence), there will be make-up exam times when we return from winter break.
Our juniors had a busy month with junior seminars and selecting courses for the 2019-2020 school year. Our post-secondary counselors (Mrs. Ecklund and Mrs. McGahan) met with junior students during their lunch periods to discuss post-secondary options and steps students can take now to prepare for their senior year. Our guidance counselors met with all juniors during their English class to make course selections for their senior year. All juniors will follow up with their individual counselor in January to confirm course selections and make sure they have the appropriate courses selected for their final year of high school.
Congratulations to Almond Campus physical development teacher, Mrs. Brianne Turano, who presented at the IAHPERD 2018 Convention at Pheasant Run Resort in St. Charles, Illinois a couple of weeks ago. Her presentation is a part of the grant she received to integrate FitStep Pro Pedometers into the PE classroom. She shared her experience in setting up and using the pedometers in her class as well how to analyze and use the data for instructional purposes. Great to see our staff leading other educators from around the state.
We have partnered with Timothy O’Toole’s Pub in Gurnee to create Warren Wednesdays! If you plan to eat out locally on a Wednesday night, please consider Timothy O’Toole’s Pub in Gurnee. They will donate 10% of the final bill from Wednesday evenings back to the school.
Almond Blood Drive:
Our Almond physical development department partners with Vitalant - Illinois to host a blood drive each semester for our students. Out of our 259 registrants, we had 215 students donate Whole Blood. Since one Whole Blood donation can save up to three lives, the 215 units that were collected at this drive will potentially save the lives of 645 patients! I appreciate the leadership of our physical development lead teacher, Mr. Brandon Schild, who organizes this event each year and the generosity of our students to give to a cause that can directly save someone’s life.
Perfect Attendance Winners:
As an incentive for students who maintain perfect attendance during the school year, we draw names at the end of each month from those students who had perfect attendance and award 20 of those students’ prizes. For the month of October, we had 561 students who had perfect attendance! Congratulations to the 20 students who were randomly selected.
Genevieve Berryman, Theresa Carpentier, Kiara Casapao, Matthew Dimillo, James Forbis, Fuad Hassan, Jack Hovey, Erika Jimenez, Alexandra Kolar, Victoria Kurisu, Precious Anne Mae Mago, Lauren Marsh, Nathan Mercado, Trevor Roma, Rutvik Sayankar, Isha Shah, Anastasia Smith, Gabriella Tomei, Derrick Toye, Harley Yoder
Almond A-Team Winners:
Finally, our staff recognizes students each month who exhibits one or more of the pillars of our A-Team, which include:
- Attendance – This is a dedication to being at school, in class, on time, each day.
- Attitude – This is a focus on choosing to get better every day. To choose an attitude that makes yourself and others better.
- Academics – This is a focus on taking active ownership of your learning and making positive progress academically.
- Acceptance – This is an appreciation for the diversity in our world and valuing the assets diversity brings to our community. It is a commitment to treating others as you would want to be treated; and even better, getting to know others so you can treat them how they want to be treated.
- Athletics/Activities – This is an engagement in the opportunities outside of the classroom that enhance student connectedness and contributions to our school community.
I am proud to recognize the following students who we honored on December 7, 2018, at our monthly A-Team breakfast at the Almond Campus.
OLIVIA ROEBUCK, ARTURO MUNOZ, GRACE BARBER, CHRISTOPHER NELSON, PAUL BARKER, SARA KLEIT, MARCHELLO FREEMAN, JOVAN SELAKOVIC, MICHAEL OSUJI, CATHERINE HOLT, KEVIN CZERWINSKI, TALEYA EZELL, ALLISON COFFELL, HAYLEY DAVILA, ATHIRAI AMBIKKUMAR, AND CARISSA BARKER.
Thank you and As Always, Go Blue Devils!