Monday, May 13, 2013
Illinois state officials, non-profit administrators and union representatives will offer perspectives during the Illinois Pension Forum starting 4:30 p.m. Monday at Century Junior High in Orland Park. Join us for our live blog and weigh in.
Editor's Note: The live blog had to be cancelled due to a lack of any usable Internet connection at the location. I took copious notes, however, and I'll still be posting a recap. I'll add the link here once it is done. Thanks and sorry. A forum on Illinois pension issues will be held 4:30 p.m. Monday at Century Junior High, 10801 W. 159th St. in Orland Park. The following people are scheduled to speak: Join us for our live blog and offer your own thoughts on the points discussed. Orland Park Patch’s live blog through Cover It Live will provide minute-by-minute updates from the meeting on this page starting at 4:30 p.m. Look in the Cover It Live window above, and you’ll see an area where you can join in and offer your comments and …
Friday, May 10, 2013
The two area high schools will be hosting all night fundraising and awareness events sponsored by the American Cancer Society.
Carl Sandburg High School and Alan B. Shepard High School are hosting Relays for Life between Friday and Sunday. Relay for Life is an effort through the American Cancer Society to raise money for research and awareness about the disease, while honoring friends and loved ones lost to cancer. The events include overnight campouts around a track, where someone is always walking around the track. “We don’t sleep that night because cancer never sleeps,” Erica Gillian, American Cancer Society event organizer, said in a release. Here are the details for the two schools’ relays: 13300 S. LaGrange Rd., Orland Park Full event schedule is available online. Read the FAQ on the American Cancer Society’s website. Learn about a Sandburg student …
Thursday, May 9, 2013
The magazine's 2013 report out this week recognizes several south suburb schools.
On mobile? You can see interactive map here. Newsweek has ranked Amos Alonzo Stagg High School at number 993 among high school in the country. For its rankings, Newsweek sent out a survey to more than 5,000 high schools in the U.S., with about 2,500 schools responding in 2013. You can see the details about Stagg's ranking, and every other ranked high school by clicking on the markers in the interactive map above. The survey scores were then weighted and calculated using several criteria including on-time graduation and college acceptance rates. In addition, instead of averaging the number of courses offered, this year Newsweek considered the percentage of students enrolled in AP, IB or Advance International Certificate courses. The final …
Wednesday, May 8, 2013
Give a shout-out to a teacher who has made a difference in your or your child's life.
Teachers are pretty awesome. After all, it takes a special kind of person to spend the majority of their waking week, often in vain attempt to civilize our respective little hellions. And while teachers may be the backbone of modern human civilization's perpetuation, the job is frequently a thankless one. In honor of Teacher Appreciation Week, we want to spread some love to the teachers, past and present, who've made a mark on our lives. But we need your help. If you've ever had a teacher in the past or present who has inspired you, taught you something invaluable or has just been plain awesome, give them a shout-out down below. Thank you, teachers, for all you do! - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - Join Patch! Create a free user account and…
Sunday, May 5, 2013
High school-age couples were decked out in their finest May 3 for the 2013 Providence Catholic High School prom.
Young couples were decked in beautiful formal attire for the 2013 Providence Catholic High School prom. Here are some photos of couples gathered together May 3 in New Lenox before heading to Chicago Gaelic Park, 6119 147th St., Oak Forest. Get news alerts and Facebook updates from these Patch sites:
Friday, May 3, 2013
For the fifth year, Shepard High School will hold their camp for interested athletes at all levels. Watch video taken from last year's camp.
Shepard High School's youth football camp will be held Sunday afternoon at the high school football field. The camp is designed to help "develop football skills and teamwork," according to an event notice. There are no weight limits, and all experience levels are welcome. If rain falls, camp will be held in the school's gym. Watch video from last year's camp above. - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - There are plenty of ways to keep up on local news:
Monday, April 29, 2013
The Palos Park native is one of 24 state finalists competing for a chance to go to New York for the National High School Musical Theater Awards.
Allison Atkenson of Amos Alonzo Stagg High School is one of 24 finalists who competed Monday for a chance to represent the state in the National High School Musical Theater Awards. Top Chicago theater professionals judged Atkenson’s performance along with those of 11 other female actors and 12 male actors during today’s Second Annual Illinois High School Musical Theater Awards at the Broadway Playhouse in Chicago. One male and one female actor will be chosen from the group to win an all-expenses paid trip to New York where they will represent Illinois in the national competition. You can find more information on the Illinois High School Music Awards at the Broadway in Chicago website. Want to share your good news? Post it on Patch
Sunday, April 28, 2013
Amos Alonzo Stagg High School students celebrated their senior prom Friday in Chicago.
Amos Alonzo Stagg High School chose the River East Arts Center as the location for their 2013 senior prom soirée. Students packed the dance floor and made memories to last a lifetime. Patch was there to share some of their magical moments. Check out the gallery to see all the fun. See our past prom stories and prom galleries. - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - There are plenty of ways to keep up on local news:
Wednesday, April 24, 2013
Sandburg cross-country and track athlete Pat McMahon was awarded a scholarship from Foot Locker, for his athletic and academic accomplishments and his drive to overcome cystic fibrosis.
Pat McMahon thought he was in for another day in honors Spanish. The 18-year-old from Orland Park, and Carl Sandburg High School senior, was led with his classmates to the school’s Little Theater, under the notion that they would be learning about scholarships, when a few minutes into the presentation two men from Foot Locker presented him with a check for $20,000. Iran Pagan, district manager for Foot Locker, described McMahon’s accomplishments, including holding a 4.0 GPA while also excelling in track and cross country. McMahon ranks second in the state for the mile run, was all state last year in track, qualified four times for state in cross country and was diagnosed with cystic fibrosis when he was 2-years-old. “It’s a beautiful thing…
Saturday, April 20, 2013
A former Plainfield North gym teacher pleaded guilty to meeting a teen for sex. And that was just one of the things going on in court this week.
More than two years after the police caught her in a car with a half-dressed student from the high school where she was a teacher, Ashley Blumenshine copped a plea. Blumenshine, a 30-year-old former Plainfield North gym teacher, will have to do 11 days in jail. She will also spend two years on sex offender probation and 10 yeas on the Illinois sex offender registry. She tearfully apologized before she was taken into custody to start doing her time. Let's look at what else was going on in the area's courthouses this past week: Check out all these stories and more on our Facebook page.