Stagg High School's mascot was at the Oct. 27 board meeting and horsed around a little during a part of it as Board President Tony Serratore looks on. (Photo by Jeff Vorva)
SD230 post-pandemic scores buck national trend
By Jeff Vorva
The pandemic may have helped to lower test scores in math and language areas throughout the nation, but Consolidated High School District 230 scores remained level.
Assistant Superintendent of Instructional Services Katie McMillan reported to the board on Oct. 27 that a national report card had the district scores close to 2019 standards.
McMillan said that the Annual Summative Designations were calculated for the first time since 2019 and changed since that time to respond to the impact of the pandemic on schools.
“Our math scores have gone up, but our language arts scores took a little bit of a dip,” she said. “But that calculation has changed. We have to take a little bit of time to dig into how the state is scoring it so that we can see what it is that got us that way.”
Board President Tony Serratore said that given the large national dips among fourth-graders and eighth-graders, this was good news.
“We’re the same or a little better,” he said. “Most scores are going down, but we were able to keep the same or go up.
“I think it’s fantastic and it says a lot about our teachers and students and staff in the face of the adversity they have gone through. It’s remarkable and we should be proud about that.”
Legacy Hall ready to roll
One of Consolidated High School District 230’s biggest bashes of the school year is the Legacy Hall celebration, which was held last week at Silver Lake Country Club in Orland Park.
Inducted this year were Sandburg’s Brian Forystek (Class of 1996), and Mike Probasco (1983); Stagg’s Milly Nagle (2011), Brian Sladek (1997), Max Strus (2014), Lauren Vollinger (2009) and Bobby Wooten (2007) plus Andrew’s Carolyn Marie Ganser (1993), Jack Kinsella (1995), Colleen Fashing Reaney (1997) and Lisa Vucksko (Bastin) (1990).
Tickets can be purchased at d230foundation.org/legacy-hall.
Several students were recognized for academic achievements.
AP commended students from Stagg were Kylie Autullo, Isabelle Lepkowski, Konrad Poradowski and Adrian Sojka.
Sandburg commended students were Dean Bruton, Thomas Durkin, Maya Elifson, Anthony Galan, Jurgen Gonzalez, Rosella Irfan, Alaina Kovacevic, Areen Krikorian, Connor O’Sullivan, Megan O’Sullivan, Madeline Peterson, Kethan Polavarapu, Sameer Pradhan, George Pytel, Yashvardhan Rao and Sameesa Vasi.
Nikolas Delis and Ethan Marshall were named National Merit Semifinalists for Sandburg.
Students going places
The board gave a green light for Sandburg’s band to participate in the London New Year’s Day Parade in 2024. There will be no cost to the district as the cost will all be footed by fundraising.
Sandburg students will also travel to Ann Arbor Mich., on Jan. 12 for a United Nations at the University of Michigan program.
Stagg’s baseball team will travel to Orange Beach, Alabama, March 25 for a tournament.
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