3/15/2019

A message from District 230 Superintendent Dr. James M. Gay about happenings at Sandburg, Stagg and Andrew High Schools

 
 
District 230 Band Showcase at Wentz Hall
I was absolutely floored by the amazing talent of the Symphonic Bands from each of our high schools during the District 230 Band Showcase held at Wentz Hall on the North Central College campus Wednesday night. This event made possible through a District 230 Foundation grant gave our student musicians the opportunity to perform in one of the finest acoustic venues in the Midwest. And, each group had a guest conductor for one song on the program, Dr. Elizabeth Peterson from the University of Illinois. 
 
Our bands always sounds phenomenal when they perform, but this performance was something special to see and hear! Congratulations to our musicians and their directors Bob Mecozzi, Mark Iwinski, Stuart Bailey and Brian Hillhouse on this spectacular performance!
 
Taking our story to Springfield

As an active member of the Illinois High School District Organization, I took the District 230 story to Springfield this week to meet with elected officials. Over those two days we were able to have private meetings with House Leader Will Davis, House Majority Leader Greg Harris, House Minority Leader Jim Durkin, Deputy Governor of Education Jesse Ruiz and attend the Senate Education committee in the Capitol.  We also heard a presentation from Jessica Handy, who is the Government Affairs Director for "Stand for Children."
 
Representing our district and bringing topics specifically unique to high school districts to the attention of decision makers in Springfield is an important part of the outreach we do with elected officials. I continue to tell the story of our students, staff, schools and communities so they know how the decisions being made impact the people they serve. 
 
 
District 230 Foundation Grants Applications, Whoop It Up!, Legacy Dinner & Grant Showcase 

Spring is a busy time for the District 230 Foundation! This volunteer board has many outstanding activities planned!
 
March 15 - Grant Application Deadline
Be sure to submit your grant application for an innovative idea by March 15. Get details about grant opportunties and the application process here. When you are ready, complete this Google form. Grant recipients will be announced at the Spring Institute Day.
 
April 6 - Whoop It Up!
This NCAA Final Four viewing party is great fun as the games are on giant screens, excellent food and beverages are served, silent auction and raffle baskets are won, and someone goes home with the $5,000 top raffle prize! Raffle tickets are just $25 and event tickets are $50. Buy tickets at www.d230foundation.org or from Tim Dalton, Mark Fertel and Craig Ebel.
 
April 12 - Legacy Dinner
Each year the Foundation honors outstanding alumni who have gone on to do amazing things in the world. Many of the inductees will speak with students during the school day on April 12 about their career paths and how their District 230 education prepared them. Then, they will all be honored at the Legacy Dinner that night at Silver Lake Country Club. You're invited to join us as we celebrate these outstanding alumni. Tickets are $45 and can be purchased at www.d230foundation.org
 
April 17 - Grant Showcase
Celebrate your colleagues and the innovative learning they've made possible with the assistance of a Foundation Grant. On April 17 from 6-7 p.m. in the Stagg High School Commons each of the grants implemented this year will be featured with an open house format.