Jen Baniewicz, Pete Gabel, Tim McAlpin
and Lynn McGarel
American Service Memorial
The American Service Memorial project
is dedicated to the alumni of Stagg High School who have lost their lives while in service to our cuntry. The memorial will
honor fallen military personnel, police, firefighters, first responders and government officials by name and graduation year.
Students will lead a committee to research Stagg graduates involved in American service as well as lead education, communication
and continued development of the memorial.
Baniewicz and David Podkul
Honoring America's Heroes
Students in U.S.
History and Psychology classes will honor local veterans through two field trips. The first will be to the National Veterans
Arts Museum in Chicago to learn about current veteran expereinces in war and how they use art to express their feelings and
cope with PTSD. The second field trip will be to welcome home WWII and Korean veterans from an Honor Flight at Midway Airport.
Cumbo and Sarah Pulaski
Bringing RNBC Executive Functioning Program
will bring the Rush Neurobehavioral Center to Sandburg High School to trian special education staff on Executive Functioning
research and how to incorporate strategies and resources into the classroom. The program will provide teachers with a systemaic
approach to helping students with materials management, planning and time management, study strategies, understanding learning
strengths, goal setting and decision making.
Andrew and Sandburg
Kirby and Jennifer Snyder
District 230 Commits to Conservation
The grant is
a partenership betwen Andrew, Sandburg and the Orland Grassland-Forest Preserve Dirstrict of Cook County. Together, they will
restore and monitor prairie habitat to increase both biodiversity and conservation awareness. Students will plant native cuttings
on land provided by the Orland Grasslands. They will monitor the site year after year, collect data on invasive plant species,
soil conditions, fuana identification and other biotic and abiotic features. The data will be shared between the schools for
ongoing educational purposes.
Andrew Guidance Department
to Know You
The grant will equip Andrew's College and Career Center with career and interest inventories
to assist students in identifying college and career goals. The Strong Interest Inventory and the Myers-Brigs Type Indicator
will give students insights into themselves, their strenghts and their personalities as they set future-focused goals.
Murray, Carrie Jaroski and Kathleen Bobber
Riding the Wave: Using Biofeedback to Assist Students
to Self-Regulate in the Academic Enviornment
This grant will help students struggling with the ability
to self-regulate their emotions and lessen the negative impact on their academic performace and interpersonal relationships.
Through the use of emWave, a heart-rate variability monitor, students will learn to regulate their body's reactions when presented
with stressful enviornment stimuli.
Continuing its success, the Sports Medicine Symposium brings together students to learn
from numerous professionals in the sports medicine field. The symposium connects students with practicing professionals to
give insights and hands-on training to potential occupations. It helps students narrow their search for a future field of
study and career.
Susan Kealy and Lauren Royer
in the Real World
Through this grant, students interact with and learn from published poets. The authors
will do readings, answer student questions and conduct writing workshops. This project raises awareness of the importance
of writing and the differences it can make in a sometimes confusing world.
All Three Campuses
John Bartgen, Jim Corcoran, Brian Jackson,
Dave Arndt and Scott Plasier
Helping Preserve Lake Sedgewick for Tomorrow's
Students from all
three high schools will learn the importance of natural resource conservation through their involvement in several hands-on
preservation activities. Students will be involve with stocking Lake Sedewick, removing invasive plant species and replacing
them with appropriate vegetation, placing additional fish habitats and monitoring fish populations in the lake. They will
work alongside professionals from the Department of Natural Resources.
All Three Campuses
Lynn Robinson, Laura
Schmuck and Nitya Viswanath
Parlons francais! A French immersion night in
Students enrolled in French
classes at Sandburg, Stagg and Andrew High Schools will be immersed in an evening of activities completely in French. Activities
will generate authentic communication among students including making a meal, directing a blindfolded partner through an obstacle
course, and problem-solving with QR video clues during a scavenger hunt…all while only speaking and reading French.
Dan Roche, Laurei Genslinger and Lisa Mondragon
Read and Ride
Based on brain research, students in the PALS program will use desk
cycles to improve academic and behavioral growth. The added movement of using the desk cycles provides increased engagement
with content, heightened awareness of executive functioning skills, longer periods of focus and improved mood.
and Dana Birch
Backyard Birds in the OLC
Building on the success of the Outdoor Learning
Center at Andrew, students and staff will establish a habitat to benefit native bird species and encourage citizen science
among students. In collaboration with funding from the Illinois Department of Natural Resources to build birdhouses and bird
feeders, this grant will provide bird seed, a bird bath and additional plantings to entice birds into the habitat.
Claire Dovantzis and Christin Mozden
Community-based Instruction for Instructional Level Students
Andrew High School students special needs students will access community
resources to learn functional life skills including using public transportation, accessing local public library resources,
banking responsibly, shopping safely and planning and preparing meals. These skills will assist students as they transition
from the school setting to independence.
Heart rate Monitors in Physical Education
The use of heart rate monitors in Andrew High School physical education
classes will increase the quality of physical activity students experience during class and will serve as an objective assessment
tool for students. The monitors provide real time feedback and help students track their performance long-term and ultimately
improve their overall health and wellness.
Mary McCarthy, Tim Dalton, Natacia Campbell and Doug
The New Literacy Center
The New Literacy Center will integrate English, math, science and world language resources
into one center to better serve the academic needs of Andrew High School students. Student tutors will be trained to assist
their peers in improving reading, writing, critical thinking and study skills in all disciplines.
Hoven, Micki Bohac, Lisa Swan-Kana
Sensory and Executive Function Reading
The Sensory and
Executive Function Reading Intervention Room will support academic and social-emotional learning for students with disabilities.
The specially designed space and reading materials will provide opportunities for students to balance the rigorous demands
of the curriculum, improve reading and writing skills, and allow students greater choice and control within the learning environment.
Kathyrn Guelcher and Tom Maguire
Visiting Writers Series
Visiting Writers Series grant broadens and deepens the school’s historic literary tradition by bringing writers into
the school to do a reading, speak with students, lead a writers’ workshop and judge a student writing contest. Students
are actively involved in planning the visits that help them to develop leadership and organizational skills, as well.
Mary Pat Carr,
Jessica Nelson, Allan Williams and Shannan Sisk
Charger University is a monthly series dedicated to social-emotional
learning. Each month a guest speaker informs, educates and provides an interactive forum for students to learn about significant
topics facing teens including health concerns, mental health topics, current social issues, and social media.
White Wall Project - Phase Two
The White Wall Project is a creation of the Stagg Climate Committee to motivate students
and visually enhance the school environment. Students will suggest inspirational quotes that will be developed into displays
by art students and then installed throughout the campus.
Susan Kealy and Lauren Royer
Writing in the Real World:
A Year of Poetry
Writing in the Real World grant continues an outstanding program that connects students with published writers. It raises
awareness of the importance of writing and the differences it can make in a confusing world. The program also inspires students
and staff in many facets of educational and personal growth. This year the grant will focus on connecting students with real
world poets including academic and page poets, slam and performance poets.
Adam Clendenning and Maureen Moran
Social Emotional Learning
The Social-Emotional Learning
Lab will teach special services students coping strategies and allow them to experience activities that help them regulate
their emotions and behaviors. It will teach students about building respectful relationships, accountability for their actions,
as well as decision-making and communication skills.