MORTON HIGH SCHOOL DISTRICT 201
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ISSUE 22 202015-2016 21 2015-2016 2015-2016
A MESSAGE FROM YOUR LEADERS:
Every Student Succeeds
On behalf of the J. Sterling Morton Board of Education, we
thank all teachers and staff for their professionalism and tireless efforts to prepare our students for the future. In July, our school district was recognized in front of thousands nationwide at the Advanced Placement (AP) Annual Conference as the best AP District of the Year. Furthermore, our AP Spanish Language and Culture Courses saw an approximate 98 percent success rate in the number of students earning college credit. Also, one of our teachers is a finalist for the 2017 Teacher of the Year Award presented by the Illinois State Board of Education. Not only do we see positive results in our AP Program but also in our core classrooms as well. Overall, student grades have improved. Some of the reasons we’ve accomplished this are attributed to our administrators and faculty continuously working to enhance professional development and curriculum design. We would also like to express our gratitude to our students’ parents and guardians for their hard work at home. Let’s continue working together to ensure every student succeeds.
Jeff Pesek School Board President
Improving Our Students’ Surroundings
One of the Board of Education’s five goals is to “Provide safe and
well-maintained schools to enhance learning”. We continue to make several upgrades throughout the school district to this end. This past summer we improved several classrooms for Career and Technology Department and added an AP Computer Science Course. We have reconfigured four Morton East classrooms into two large rooms for aerobics and dance, as well as a fitness studio. Morton East and Morton West each opened the school year with renovated science labs. We are replacing and refurbishing seats, as well as repairing murals and painting the ceiling, as restorations of our historic Chodl Auditorium continue at Morton East which is recognized in the National Register of Historic Places. I look forward to reporting more positive changes as the 2016-17 academic year progresses.
Dr. Mike Kuzniewski Superintendent
Your Board of Education | La Junta de Educación Jeff Pesek Kasumba “Kal” Lwanga PRESIDENT
Jessica Jaramillo-Flores Mark D. Kraft SECRETARY
Lido Manetti MEMBER
Margaret Kelly MEMBER
Giovanni Mendoza STUDENT BOARD MEMBER
Sandra Tomschin MEMBER
Unity Students Get a Head Start in High School With Collaborative STEM Classes The Morton Freshman Center welcomed 46 eighth graders from Unity Junior High School into its classrooms this year to help increase college and career readiness among younger generations. The participants are picked up from their home school every morning to learn about advanced concepts in Integrated Math 1 STEM Honors and Physics STEM Honors. The Math and Science classes are taught as combined and separate courses depending on the activity for the day. Students learn about the scientific writing process and analyze data with scientific software. Upon successfully completing both subjects, students earn two high school credits, and the grades they earn will be reflected on their GPAs at each school district.
Morton Mustangs Celebrate the New School Year Morton celebrated homecoming with a week full of memorable festivities. The Morton Luau (Hawaiian: lūau) featured everything from Class Pride Day and the Houby Bowl on Monday to Spirit Wear Day and the football game on Friday. All Mustang alumni came home on September 23rd to showcase their school spirit. The morning’s cloudy sky didn’t stop Morton students, faculty and staff from shining with Morton Pride dressed in Hawaiian-themed clothes. By the afternoon, the sun’s rays beamed down as students from all campuses rose up to kick off homecoming day with a parade down the streets of Cicero and Berwyn, followed by the pep rally and tailgate party before the game. Congratulations to the 2016 Homecoming Court and thank you to all the participants.
Morton Boys’ Soccer Wins Pepsico Showdown Championship Morton Soccer Player is ‘Making a Difference on and off the Field’ A Pepsico Showdown representative surprised a Morton East Senior during class to present the “Making a Difference on and off the Field” award. Gabriela Gamboa received the special recognition because of her effort over the years to help collect food and clothes for families in need through St. Anthony’s Church. The National Honor Society member is a senior defender on the girls’ soccer team and serves as the team manager for boys’ soccer during the offseason. The award was presented by Buddy’s HELPERS and Pepsico Showdown.
The Morton Boys’ Soccer Team is unstoppable. In early September the varsity soccer team won the Red Devil Cup Championship against Hinsdale Central. Then, our boys succeeded again by winning the Pepsico Showdown Championship on September 24th, the nation’s largest varsity soccer tournament. This season, they’re not only the best in the state but also take first place in national high school rankings. Community members have a chance to support our soccer players during sectionals the week of October 24th at the Morton Stadium. Please visit the Morton201.org Athletics page for more information.
Morton East Students Visit Peru for International STEM Academy Debut The Northeastern Illinois University’s TRIO Upward Bound Math and Science Program invited three Morton East Seniors to join its first International STEM Academy in Peru. Attendees Gilberto Pineda, Isaac Munoz, and Arileny Chavarry participated in several academic activities during their time in Lima, Peru. They presented handson activities to local students, including underwater robotics, and led workshops during the STEAM Conference. They also had the opportunity to hike the Incan Andes Mountains and visit Machu Picchu.
October Is Illinois College Application Month Tuesday, Oct. 18 Senior College Day Campus Visits
(Morton East and Morton West)
A Morton Senior Is WGN Radio’s ‘Kid of the Week’
Wednesday, Oct. 19 6–7 p.m. FAFSA Workshop
A Morton Senior, Juan Valdez, was highlighted on the morning of September 27th during the Steve Cochran radio show for his accomplishments as a student, leader, mentor, soccer player, and community member. Juan is the National Honor Society President and vice president of the Freshman Mentor Program. He also serves as a staff leader in the Sociedad Honoria Hispánica. Besides being active in several clubs and sports, the Youth Crossroads Advisor volunteers at several community organizations. During Chicagoland’s “Kid of the Week” segment, Juan spoke about Morton High School offering one of the nation’s best AP Programs, and how the #MortonPride hashtag positively influences our schools. Listen to the conversation by visiting http://trb.tv/qbGkj.
Thursday, Oct. 20 6–8 p.m. FAFSA Workshop (Morton East)
Morton Rugby Players Tour South Africa Two Morton Rugby athletes, Ivan Delgado and Julio Garcia, proudly represented Morton High School at the Newlands Stadium in Cape Town this summer. The Morton West Seniors went sight-seeing and experienced life on the other side of the world while playing with the Rugby Illinois Tornadoes in South Africa.
Wednesday, Oct. 26 10:30–11:30 a.m. FAFSA Workshop (Morton West)
Thursday, Oct. 27 6–8 p.m. FAFSA Workshop (Morton East)
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Morton District 201 Teacher Is a Finalist for Illinois Teacher of the Year #MORTONPRIDE #ORGULLOMORTON
J. Sterling Morton High School District 201 is home to one of the 10 finalists for
the 2017 Illinois Teacher of the Year Award, presented by the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE). The annual educator recognition program acknowledges the contributions and accomplishments of educators and school personnel throughout the state. After reviewing more than 250 entries, a Morton District 201 Spanish Language Teacher is a contender for the prestigious award. Under the instruction of AP Teacher Elizabeth Mendoza, the school saw a 100 percent pass rate among AP Spanish students for two consecutive years. The positive results translated to more students earning college credit. Elizabeth Mendoza joined district officials at the College Board’s Annual AP Conference, where the school district received a 2016 AP District of the Year Award. ISBE will name the Illinois Teacher of the Year during the “Those Who Excel” banquet on October 22nd.