HIGHLAND PARK – 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]
Three HPHS student essays recognized by VFW
HPHS students Isa Spoerry, Daniella Cohen and Tayfun Sahin were recognized December 4 by the Veterans of Foreign Wars of Highland Park Post 4737 for their essay submissions to the Voice of Democracy Contest 2014. Spoerry received a first-place recognition and advanced to the district level of competition!
The theme for this year’s contest was “Why Veterans Are Important to our Nation’s History and Future.” Created in 1947, the Voice of Democracy (VOD) scholarship program is an audio-essay contest for high school students in grades 9-12 that annually provides more than $3 million in scholarships.
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.
HPHS selects Bear Necessities as Charity Drive recipient
HPHS students and staff have selected the Bear Necessities Pediatric Cancer Foundation as this year’s HPHS Charity Drive recipient. Voting took place on December 3. A variety of events will be hosted in February to benefit Charity Drive.
Bear Necessities is a national organization based in Chicago and founded in 1992 by Kathleen Casey. The mission of Bear Necessities is “to eliminate pediatric cancer and provide hope and support to those who are touched by it.” The organization is named in memory of Kathleen’s eight-year-old son, Barrett “Bear” Krupa, who was just three years old when he began his long, hard battle with pediatric cancer. He lost that battle on January 9, 1993. Before he died, Bear had the idea to start an organization to help kids fight cancer. Bear Necessities helps children via two major programs: Bear Hugs and Bear Discoveries. A Bear Hug is a special experience that brightens the life of a child going through cancer, and Bear Discoveries gives money to young researchers nationally who are trying to find creative ways to cure cancer.
Robotics Team earns berth at state
HPHS’s Team 3785 Beastie Bots had a strong showing at a robotics tournament in Peoria on December 6, earning a berth in the state tournament for the sixth year in a row.
The team entered the elimination rounds in third place and were one of four leaders. They allied themselves with the 16th ranked team and quickly won the first round, beating the second ranked team two matches out of three. The Beastie Bots lost the first match in the championship, but designed a creative and potentially dramatic defensive maneuver not seen in the previous 40 matches in three tournaments. The team was unable to implement it completely in the first round, but ended up winning the second round 168-164, setting up a surprising third match. This time the defensive maneuver was executed perfectly, and the Beastie Bots won the final match of the tournament handily. The team also was competitive in five award categories, taking home the Connect Award. Beastie Bots members include HPHS students Rory Miller, Sam Chase, Ben Rubin, Christian Knobloch, Alec Ratnaswamy and Justin Garfinkle.
HPHS DECA qualifies three students for international competition via online events
A team of three HPHS students have qualified to move on to the international DECA competition in April by finishing in the top two spots in a Virtual Business Online Event.
HPHS DECA is a competitive business club that culminates with the international competition in Orlando. Students can qualify for the international competition in several ways, one of which is finishing in the top two spots in a multi-state region in Round 1 of a Virtual Business Online Event. The team of Ari Mazza, Jake Mandel and Max Hyman qualified for the international competition with their finish in the Virtual Business Retail online event.
The online events are marketed and coached by HPHS students Jake Weiskirch, Sami Soren and Bradley Berkman.
HPHS DECA teams also placed very well at the state level in various Virtual Business Online Events as follows:
• Personal Finance Event—First in state
• Retailing Event: First in state, second in state, third in state
• Restaurant Event: Second in state
• Sports Event: First in state, third in state
HPHS maintenance worker earns certification
William Knesley, a second shift skilled maintenance worker at HPHS, recently achieved the designation of Certified Plant Supervisor (CPS), demonstrating his preparedness and proficiency in the facilities world of first-line supervision.
Facilities certifications, accredited by the Association for Facilities, allow participants to gain essential knowledge and skills in the areas of maintenance management as well as supervisory management. Some key areas targeted by the program include communication skills, leadership and motivation, time management, conflict resolution, team building and workplace safety.
“Knesley’s commitment to developing his skills and improving school district operations is to be commended,” said Dan Mortensen, Director of Facilities for District 113. “CPS certification is a highly valuable course, and I look forward to sending more of our dedicated facilities professionals to participate, particularly now that the Illinois Association of School Board Officials has worked to bring these facilities professional development opportunities to us locally.”
Dates to Note
- Thursday, Dec. 11—Band concert, 7 p.m.
- Friday, Dec. 12—Playback Theatre, 7 p.m.
- Dec. 15-19—Snowcoming week
- Monday, Dec. 15—Project Lead the Way open house, 7-8:30 p.m.
- Tuesday, Dec. 16—Choral concert, 7 p.m.
- Thursday, Dec. 18—Dance showcase, 6:30 p.m.