DEERFIELD – Township High School District 113 is moving along well with its searches for several leadership roles in the school district. The Board of Education is currently interviewing candidates for the position of Superintendent of Schools. Twenty-four applications were received through the recruitment and advertising efforts of the consulting firm of Hazard, Young, Attea, and Associates. The consultants interviewed 20 applicants and/or potential candidates who were recruited for the position. The pool of candidates included current as well as aspiring superintendents from seven different states representing both gender and racial diversity.
The Board reviewed 17 submitted applications and determined a slate of six candidates they desired to interview. Semi-finalist candidates will be identified by the Board and asked back for second interviews. A 22-member committee composed of students, parents, staff, and community members will also interview the semi-finalist candidates and provide feedback to the Board on each of the candidates they interview. The Board will determine their preferred candidate and hope to make an announcement in late January.
On December 8, HYA presented updated information to the District 113 Board of Education regarding the desired characteristics for the roles of Director and Student Services and principals for Deerfield and Highland Park High Schools. This report was based on 504 surveys completed and the feedback shared by 253 people who participated in personal interviews/focus groups in October and November. Recruiting and screening efforts will be conducted in January 2015 and interviews will be conducted in February. Stakeholder committees, along with the new Superintendent and the Board, will be involved with these interviews.
For further information on the search processes, please contact our consultant, Hank Gmitro, President of Hazard, Young, Attea, & Associates, at (847) 318-0072 or [email protected]
District 113 students named All-State musicians by ILMEA
Three DHS students and three HPHS students recently were named All-State musicians by the Illinois Music Educators Association (ILMEA).
From DHS, Lindsey Aaronson (horn) and Josh Kim (cello) will perform with the orchestra, and Zachry Molina will play piano in the jazz band.
From HPHS, Martin Gold will sing with the chorus, while Sean Knapp (double bass) and Isabel Tannenbaum (violin) will perform with the orchestra.
These six students already been selected to the all-district festival based on auditions in October. Because of their high scores at the district level, they will now join students from the entire state at the ILMEA convention in Peoria. They will participate in three days of rehearsals and clinics led by nationally-known music educators and perform in a festival concert in January at the Peoria Civic Center.
DHS inducts new members into Chinese Honor Society
The Deerfield High School Chinese Honor Society inducted new members at a candle-lighting ceremony on November 19, marking the 4th year DHS students have been selected for membership in the National Chinese Honor Society. Members were selected on the basis of outstanding academic performance in Chinese Language study.
Student performances and presentations at the inaugural ceremony included poetry readings, singing, drama, piano duet, introducing Basic Chinese to parents, Chinese YoYo (Diabolo) and Chinese fan dances. Following the ceremony, inductees, their families, and guests enjoyed a reception.
Newly inducted members to the Chinese Honor Society include Kevin Bartok, Hannah Byck, Jessica Chen, Ari Cohen, Jacob Daitch, Mason DuMonthier, Noah Feinberg, Palmer Gill, Rikki Glazer, Jack Goldberger, Natalie Goldstick, Nick Gomez, Andrew Grossman, Cole Hanusa, Marisa Houser, Julia Lackner, Sophie Lackner, Henry Laurich, Eli Lovejoy, Max Mansfield, Andrew Mehrholz, Emily Phillips, Will Sardi, Andrew Small, Sarah Stewart, Graham Tonner, Nick Tonner, Nickolas Valkanas, Kate Vivacue, Steve Vivacue, Mike Vranicar, Elias Wagman, Lucas Wathen, Hillary Wolff, Ricky Wong, Julia Yenakiy, David Zhao, Stella Zhao, Ying Zhou, and Ryan Zull.
Documentary filmmaker speaks to DHS Spanish students
Carrie Benito and Glorianne Hamm’s Spanish IV and V classes at DHS got a visit on November 21 from Oscar Torres, who wrote and produced the award-winning film “Innocent Voices.” The film, about a 12-year-old boy’s forced military service as a child soldier during the civil war in El Salvador and his eventual escape, was based on Torres’ own experiences.
“Torres really connected with the students and gave them many important messages, including: You must believe in yourself and never give up; never let anyone else tell you how you are supposed to act; and, you can’t be at peace with others until you are at peace with yourself,” Benito said.
In a reflection about Torres’ visit, student Alexis Karon wrote: “A message that I took away from him was that no matter what you have gone through in the past, there is always something to look forward to and to be grateful for tomorrow.”
Student Megan Rudd wrote that she found it inspirational that Torres was so spiritual and at peace with himself. “I hope that one day I have the ability to touch as many lives as he has with my own writing,” she shared.
DHS Chamber Orchestra to perform at Deerfield Public Library December 14
The Deerfield High School Chamber Orchestra will perform a holiday concert at the Deerfield Public Library, 920 Waukegan Road, on Sunday, December 14 at 2 p.m. Please register in advance to attend in person, by phone at (847) 945-3311 or online at www.deerfieldlibrary.org.
DHS staff to get ‘pied’ for School Chest on December 17
On Wednesday, December 17, during all four lunch periods (approximately 10:30-12:30), the Berghoff/Mocogni and Taylor/Nagle Homerooms will be sponsoring an event to raise money for School Chest. For a few dollars, students can buy a pie (whipped cream on a paper plate) to throw at a teacher. Plastic ponchos will be provided!
Submitted by Township High School District 113