Palos 118’s West Elementary named National Blue Ribbon School

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Palos West Elementary School in Palos Consolidated School District 118 has been named a National Blue Ribbon School award winner by the U.S. Department of Education. U.S. Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona made the announcement on September 16. “This is a moment of extreme pride for us here in District 118,” said Supt. Dr. Anthony…

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Shepard cadets pay homage to fallen heroes


By Kelly White Shepard High School students took time to remember fallen heroes during a 9-11 Remembrance Ceremony last week. For the seventh year in a row, the U.S. Air Force Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps held the ceremony at the school, 13049 S. Ridgeland Ave., Palos Heights, on September 9. The school has been…

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Stagg, Sandburg students honored for powerlifting


By Jeff Vorva Stagg and Sandburg students made powerful statements at the first Consolidated High School District 230 meeting of the new school year. Board members honored the two schools’ powerlifting teams at the Aug. 25 meeting at Stagg High School in Palos Hills. Powerlifting is not an Illinois High School Association-sanctioned sport but the…

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Stagg’s Pupil Personnel Services Team wins award

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By Kelly White Since the pandemic’s onset, Stagg High School staff has been taking extra measures to assure its students are not only prepared for the classroom in a standard, structured way, but they are also going above and beyond to stay in check with students’ mental health. The Stagg Pupil Personnel Services Team at…

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Argo holds Walk The Halls Night

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By Carol McGowan Nearly 1,000 people were on hand last Friday evening for Argo Community High School’s second annual Walk The Halls Night. After a successful inaugural event in 2021, the Summit high school once again opened its doors for incoming students, their families, and the community to walk the halls and tour the campus.…

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Richards High School welcomes Blue Angels

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Despite a demanding schedule this coming weekend, members of the Blue Angels found time Friday morning to speak to a packed Performing Arts Center at Richards High School. After leaving Richards, the Blue Angels will prepare for their performance at the Chicago Air and Water Show, one of 32 festivals where they appear throughout the…

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Shepard High School welcomes new faculty

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Principal Dr. Jennifer Pollack and Shepard High School welcomed two new faculty members for the 2022-2023 school year. The new staff members include Family and Consumer Science teacher Jorie Martinez, who earned a bachelor’s degree from the Eastern Illinois University and special education teacher Justin Perkins, who earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of…

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Richards High School welcomes new faculty

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Principal Dr. Mike Jacobson and Richards High School welcomed several new faculty members for the 2022-2023 school year. The new staff members include foreign language teacher Blanca Alcantar, who earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; Aaron Griffin, Dean of Students, who earned a bachelor’s degree from North Park University and…

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SD218 Class of 2026 gets off to a fast, relaxed start

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Designed to calm their nerves and introduce them to all that high school will offer, Freshman Day in District 218 greets new students with a warm embrace. For a long time, researchers have known that ninth grade operates as a gateway: Students who succeed tend to excel in later years, while those who struggle tend…

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