Message from the Principal
This is the countdown as we approach mid year….
? 10 instructional days left and it’s Winter break! st? 17 instructional days and then it is 1 semester FINALS… January 13, 14, 15, 2010
? 84 instructional days left prior to the Juniors taking the ACT/Work keys Test.. April 28, 29, 2010
? 101 instructional days prior to the start of Senior Finals and 107 schools days and then GRADUATION! May 29, 2010 at 8:00 am at
the Sears Centre. nd? 112 instructional days left (if no snow days) to the end of 2 semester.
It’s a busy time of year, but not so busy to remember to stay focused on school. It’s important to build a solid foundational year as a freshman
academically and maintain that success up through graduation. As we approach the end of the semester I would like to remind students and ththeir families about our upcoming SIP (School Improvement Plan) Early release day, December 8 – Tuesday next week. Once a month South Elgin High School will use our SIP time to not only work with teams of teachers to collaborate about instruction and curriculum but we are organizing the 1 hour SIP time for students to access tutoring, career planning, college application assistance, homework time, and
wellness time with open gym time. The early release time will be at 1:55 and students that drive to school will have the option of leaving at that time. Students who take the buses will still leave the building at 2:55 and will be directed to access the tutoring program, use the career center, work on college applications, work on homework in the commons or use the open gym time to play a pick-up game with friends or walk for wellness. STUDENTS…This is a great time to access tutoring supports, work on computers to prepare or start on Finals and
Final Projects, or get in some much needed exercise.
Continue to send in non-perishable food items and new toys for tots as we partner with the South Elgin Lions Club this Holiday season as
they help many families in need in our community. Thank you for your continued support.
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Notes from the CTE Department
On December 14, 15, 16 the Family and Consumer Science Department will be conducting a Shop & Share fundraiser and all Jewel food
stores. Each time you shop at any Jewel Osco during these three days and present the cashier with a copy of the Shop & Share slipand Jewel will donate a percentage of your purchase to the Department’s Foods Lab bill. Simply follow the link below to print a copy of the form. Please keep us in mind as you are doing your holiday shopping. Thank you for your support. SHOP AND SHARE FORM
School District U-46 is pleased to announce that the Automotive Training Program at South Elgin High School in South Elgin recently
received certification by the National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation (NATEF) and the National Institute for Automotive
Service Excellence (ASE). In order to achieve this coveted recognition, the training program underwent rigorous evaluation by NATEF.
Nationally accepted standards of excellence in areas such as instruction, facilities, and equipment were used. Upon completion of the evaluation, NATEF recommended that South Elgin be certified by ASE, a national, non-profit organization which tests and certifies repair technicians in addition to certifying technician training programs. Through this program students will be assured of a quality education and shop owners will be assured of getting quality job applicants. A huge congratulation goes out to Mr. Steve Schertz and the whole Automotive Training Program at SEHS.
Thank you for working with ECC to provide early college credit opportunities for your students. This fall, 42 of your spring 2009 graduates were awarded 164 college credits for their successful completion of Tech Prep articulated courses taught at your high school.
Thank you for partnering with us as we strive to meet the goals of our PCCS Partnership—District 509/Region 110 Partnership for
College and Career Success.
Notes from the Guidance Department
thECC will have an ACT test prep program using Cambridge Educational Services. Students must register before Feb 11 to receive ththtextbook and materials by the first day of class. The course meets Saturdays from 9 am to 3 pm - Feb. 20 to March 20. Class fee is $199 and includes all materials needed for review.
Test scores for the Sophomore Plan and Freshman Explore will be returned to the students next week. Be sure to ask your student to see the report. These tests show how students compare with other students across the nation and give them an indication of their college
We just received certificates for 45 students who have been named Illinois State Scholars. Students are determined to be State Scholars by
their ACT score submitted in the spring of their junior year and their class rank at the end of their junior year. These students represent the top 10% of all Illinois seniors. Congratulations to…
Handley, David Ang, Jennifer Pitts, Stephanie Hicks, Ryan Averill, Shannon Pondel, Megan Hruska, Jeffrey Bermas, Yvonne Potts, Emily Jayara, Prabhat Bialek, Rachel Rueger, Rachel Johnson, Kyle Bohlin, Daniel Rydin, Samantha Khan, Arham Boston, Andrew Schieler, Abbey Krause, Alyssa Buss, Kevin Schooler, Benjamin Lee, Alex Chung, Timothy Schwarz, Alex Lenartowicz, Jessica Daffron, Ashley Sposito, Vincenzo Limbrunner, Nicolai Dela Merced, Mitchell Stancl, Cailey Lopienski, Michael Dhorajiwala, Asma Stevens, Brandon Lukose, Jeril Dineen, Kevin Stout, Melissa Mislevy, Lea Edson, Benjamin Sullivan, Shannon Naccarato, Ashley Folena, John Toppel, Jacob
Fu, Jeffrey Walters, Alan Oderinde, Jonathan
Notes from the Social Studies Department
SEHS U.S. History students recently had a history lesson that was very close to home. Students watched videos, produced by the Elgin Gail
Borden library, about the lives and experiences our very own Elgin Veterans had during the war. Students then wrote letters to these veterans
asking questions or sharing their thoughts about the experiences they witnessed. Each class watched a different video and over 500 letters
were mailed out to these 5 men and women. Be sure to ask your student about the hometown hero they wrote too.
Students in Economics are making money! Mrs. Upton-Dunmore has the top two spots in the National Stock Market Game. Students in Economics buy and sell stocks each Friday through this game. Rachel Bialek, Jequeline Alba and Cherie Greenwood are in 1st place and
Bree Smith, Megan Tierney and Lea Mislevy hold the 2nd place spot. Students compete with over 1000 other students in our region. The game ends Dec 11, 2009. Good Luck Girls and to the rest of the Senior Economic students!
stSouth Elgin High School Health Education students spent a part of 1 quarter learning about persuasive writing and using this skill to give back to the community. Students chose an organization they thought was important and wrote a persuasive essay trying to convince the class Notes for the Health Department why this organization should be focus of the class fundraiser. Students voted and each class collected money for 2 weeks. The following organizations were the recipients of our student’s efforts:
Susan G. Koman $176.00
Elgin Crisis Center $254.00
Child Fund International $237.93
Shoes for Smiles: $176.93
Leukemia and Lymphoma Society $359.09
To Write Love on Her Arms $273.44
National Coalition for Ovarian Cancer $193.62
World Vision $177.16
Notes from the Fine Arts Department
Hear ye, hear ye! Tickets are now available for the third annual SEHS Madrigal Dinner of Olde. Join us as we travel back to merry olde
England and celebrate the season with good food, good music, and a good time!
The Madrigal Court Singers
The Lords and Ladies in Waiting
Town Wenches and Serfs
December 10 and 11, 2009
South Elgin High School Castle
Doors open at 6:00 p.m. - The royal procession begins at 6:30 p.m.
Notes for the Boosters Club
SPIRIT WEAR MAKES GREAT HOLIDAY GIFTS!
For you holiday shopping, Spirit Wear will be sold on the following dates and times:
? Friday, December 4, 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. (Boys Basketball)
? Thursday, December 10, 10:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. (All Lunch Hours)
? Friday, December 11, 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. (Wrestling)
? Friday, December 18, 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. (Girls Basketball) Spirit Wear makes great gifts for students, siblings, mom, dad, and grandparents!
The recession has left many of our families without health insurance for the first time in their lives. Did you know that our community has
several resources to assist families in this situation with free or low-cost health, vision, dental, and behavioral health care? For more
information, visit the Nurse’s Office page on the SEHS website, or call Mrs. Olsta, School Nurse at (847)289-3760, X3504.
December 14, 15, 16 – Shop and Share Fundraiser December 10 & 11 – Madrigal Dinner December 8 - SIP Early Release day – Bell Schedule st1 period: 7:40 – 8:24 nd2 period: 8:29 – 9:11 rd3 period: 9:16 – 9:58 th4 period: 10:03 – 10:45 th5 period: 10:50 – 11:32 th6 period: 11:37 – 12:19 th7 period: 12:24 – 1:06
th8 period: 1:11 – 1:55
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