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

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Celebrating student and staff stories of creativity and passion
WOW! What a Board meeting that was last night. We celebrated so many varied stories of students and staff creativity and passion. It's truly awe-inspiring to see the ways they are expressing themselves and committing themselves passionately to what brings them joy!
It was a great way to end the school year! I can't wait to hear the stories of how you follow your passions and grow as educators over the summer break. I know it's a busy time of professional growth and relaxation - both which are much deserved!
Photographers' work selected for national and state displays
Two Andrew High School photography students have had their art celebrated by being selected for display in prestigious ways. Stephanie Curtiss is the third Andrew student in as many years to win the Congressional Art Competition and will have her photo (left) displayed in U.S. Congress for the next year. She will travel to Washington D.C. to be honored by Congressman Bobby Rush. And, Emmily Rose Scumaci will have her photograph (right) displayed in Illinois State Superintendent of Schools Dr. Carmen Ayalla's office for the next year as a winner in the Illinois State Board of Education art contest. I am excited that they both presented prints to the Board which will be displayed at the Administration Center, as well.
Writer earns regional and national Scholastic Writing Keys
Sandburg High School's Brianna Yi earned a Regional Gold Key and National Silver Key for her journalism piece in the Scholastic Writing Competition. She joins a legacy of teens facilitating important dialogue through art and writing. The awards celebrate creativity and innovation of the next generation of great American artists and writers.
Scholars earn perfect 36 ACT scores
A Sandburg and a Stagg student are among the top less than 1% of scholars in the country as they both earned perfect 36 ACT scores. Sandburg's Michelle Barbaro and Stagg's Jeff Korbitz have shown great academic success in earning these top scores.
English teacher's passion earns selection to summer program
Sandburg English Teacher Traci Mitchell found a new passion for America history while visiting Colonial Williamsburg with her family. She channeled that enthusiasm into selection for the Colonial Williamsburg Teacher Institute where she will dive deeper into the historical perspectives which she will bring back to her AP Composition classroom to help students understand the historical context of subject matter.
Assistant Principal honored for student connection programming
Sandburg High School Assistant Principal Greg Gardner earned the Illinois Directors of Students Activities Award for his efforts to connect students and build school culture through a robust co-curricular program. His work with student advisory boards, eSports, marketing that builds community were celebrated.
Model UN Sponsor recognized for program growth
Sandburg's Model United National Sponsor Adam Osmanski earned the Illinois Directors of Student Acitivites Award for Sponsors. Adam has grown the school's Model UN program from around 35 students to over 100 who now successfully compete among the top Model UN programs in the country. He's built a network of alumni who are shaping the way the world views international relations and topics.
Activity Director supports students through clubs
Stagg High School Activity Director Gina Marinello was named Activity Director of the Year for her dedication to creating and supporting clubs and activities that connect students and grow their interests and for providing communication that empowers students to get involved. 
VOW students, teachers share eBook Kalon
Stagg High School Voice of Witness students Aarthi Kottapalli, Caroline Stoklosinksi, Israh Alwan, Normante Grabauskaite and Samantha Doherty and their teachers Chris Wendelin and Lisa Thyer shared their passion for building empathy and understanding through the creation of an eBook, Kalon. Meaning beauty that is more than skin deep, Kalon tells the oral histories of students and staff to showcase the diversity and beauty of the Stagg community.
Connect program creates a supportive environment for learning
Members of Stagg High School's Connect program, Speech Pathologists Kelly Fino and Margaret Lading, Special Education Teacher Shannon Stearns, Connect Student and Mentor Anthony Macino and Connect Student Ambassador Morgan Sukalo shared with the Board how they create a safe and supportive learning environment for students with Autism and with social-communication deficits. The program provides a sensory room, Connect Pass for students to access resources when they need them, community outreach including educating with local law enforcement about students' needs, and a fun club to engage with peers. They shared a video that highlights parent, staff and student response to the program.
Curriculum Director shares passion for curriculum development that prepares students for whatever path they choose
Curriculum Director Dr. Stacey Gonzales shared a passionate presentation with the school board about the three-stage curriculum development process teacher committees engage in. She articulated the steps of the development process and the passion shown by staff who engage in it. The ultimate goal is a guaranteed and viable curriculum that prepares students for whatever path they choose upon graduation.
School Board approves five-year contract with Teachers Association
I am incredibly proud of the collaborative work that went into negotiating a five-year contract with the Teachers Association. I echo the sentiments expressed by Board President Tony Serratore and Teachers Association President Michelle Etchason last night that we are truly blessed to work in a district where there is mutual respect and passion for serving the needs of our students, staff and community. Thank you to all involved in the negotiation process!

Below is the press release that was issued about the contract to provide further details.

District 230 School Board approves five-year contract with Teachers Association
The Consolidated High School District 230 School Board approved a five-year labor contract with the 550-member Teachers Association.
The agreement includes a 3.35% average annual salary increase over the course of the five-year contract. This is offset by the savings of 25 known retirees over the next two years, as well as additional retirements anticipated throughout the contract.
"This contract is a solid agreement that is both fiscally responsible to our taxpayers and indicative of the outstanding job our teachers do each day in our schools," said School Board President Tony Serratore. "The five-year agreement helps the district plan for the future in light of uncertainty in state funding and the current teacher shortage in Illinois. It fits our long-range fiscal plans and is supportive of providing an outstanding education for our students."
The teacher's association membership voted to ratify the contract Thursday afternoon.
"The District 230 Teachers' Association is vastly appreciative of its collaborative relationship with the administration and the board, an especially respectful and trustful partnership in light of the current political climate regarding unions," said Association President Michelle Etchason.
"I appreciate the professionalism and work completed by the negotiation teams," said Superintendent of Schools Dr. James M. Gay. "The strong relationships that the School Board and administration have with our staff were evident throughout the process. The end result is a fair contract that is respectful of our staff and of the community we serve."

Welcome Matt Fish to administrative team
Join me in welcoming Matt Fish to the administrative team at Andrew High School! Below is the press release that was issued announcing his hiring. We wish Jen Doede all the best as she moves into her new role as Athletic Director at Joliet Central High School!

Fish named Andrew High School Division Chair
The School Board approved the hiring of Matt Fish as Division Chair for Driver's Education, Health and Physical Education at Andrew High School.
Matt has taught in District 230 since 2004 as a physical education teacher, specifically with the strength and conditioning program at Andrew High School. He is the Head Varsity Softball Coach and has also coached football and track for the T-Bolts.  He also serves the school through roles on various committees, as well as being an Apollo/Endeavor mentor. Prior to joining District 230, Fish was a physical education teacher and coach in the Plainfield School District.
"Matt has been a member of our team for the past 15 years," said Principal Bob Nolting. "He has been an active participant in building committees, including our Safety Team, as well as taken steps to develop leadership skills working with our current team.  We know that Matt will bring his collaborative style and student-centered approach to this position."
Fish holds a Master's in Educational Administration from St. Xavier University and a Bachelor's in Physical Education from Eastern Illinois University, Minor in Health Studies with an endorsement in Driver's Education.