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GHS Honors German Students Experience German Culture in Chicago
Glenwood High School 3rd, 4th and 5th year Honors German students were able to experience two of Chicago’s most interesting and culturally inspiring venues, the Goethe Institute and Christkindlmarket. At the Goethe Institute, students participated in classes conducted entirely in German. They were shown a Powerpoint presentation and German movie, and played quiz games to practice their language skills. The Christkindlmarket offered students the opportunity to interact with numerous German speaking vendors and experienced authentic German traditions without having to travel any farther than the city of Chicago.The one-day trip was made possible by a “Beyond the Walls” learning grant from the Ball-Chatham Educational Foundation.
Your Opinions Matter!
As we enter this time of thanksgiving, I want you to know how appreciative I am of the feedback and insight I receive from so many of you throughout the year. We have much for which to be thankful in the Ball-Chatham community.
Of course, I am always looking for additional feedback because your insight helps direct our future, and celebrate our success.
Please take a moment to offer your thoughts through the following survey:
Thank you, and have a safe and happy Thanksgiving!
Carrie Hruby, Superintendent
Performing Arts Highlighted in December
You’re invited to attend the many winter concerts performed by our students this December! We kick off the season on December 3 with the Glenwood Middle School Band Concerts at 7 p.m., Tuesday, December 3 in the GHS auditorium. The seventh and eighth grade concert will feature performances by the jazz bands as well as the concert band and symphonic band.
Next, plan to attend the GHS Winter Band Concert, featuring both concert and jazz bands, beginning at 7:30 p.m. on December 5 in the school’s auditorium.
On December 8, the Chatham Community Christmas Celebration – featuring choirs from both the middle and high schools – will be at 4 p.m. in the Chatham Baptist Church.
The students at GIS have been working hard toward their first performances of the school year. These will take place December 11 at 6:30 p.m. in the GIS Fieldhouse with the Fifth Grade Band/Chorus Concert. At this concert everyone involved will be performing for the first time on their instrument or voice. On Thursday, December 12, the Sixth Grade Band/Chorus Concert will be held at 6:30 p.m. in the GIS Fieldhouse.
Finally, the GHS Vocal Music Winter Show will be performed on December 12 at 7 p.m. in the GHS Auditorium.
Village of Chatham Winter Recreation Program
Wondering what fun activities might be available to your children during the winter break? The Village of Chatham is offering a Winter Break Program full of fun and affordable classes and camps. Click here for details!
And Another Fun Community Event!
Light Up the Park is a holiday light festival proudly presented by The Chatham Friends of the Parks. The event runs every Friday and Saturday evening from Thanksgiving week until Christmas, 6 - 9 p.m. at Chatham Community Park (sometimes referred to as South Park.) Entrance to Light Up the Park is on Park St. on the East side of the park. Traffic will flow in one direction through the park, so the S. Main Street entrance will be closed to oncoming traffic. The Chatham Friends of the Parks is group of Chatham citizens dedicated to enhancing the green spaces and parks in Chatham, Illinois. The Light Up the Park display is a holiday light show created to fund park improvements. Details about the event are on Facebook at
https://www.facebook.com/events/380497358749280/386474701484879 and also on our page at https://www.facebook.com/chathamfriendsoftheparks
A $5 per car donation is kindly requested at the entrance.
News from the November 25 Board of Education Meeting
Next, trustees voted to approve the expulsion of “Student A” for acts of gross misconduct, and refer the student to the Sangamon County Safe Schools Program for the remainder of the 2013-14 school year and the 2014-15 school year.Next, under the “Good News” report:
- GIS "Bronze" Level Healthier Generation Award – Asst. Supt. Jill Larson publicly recognized GIS for being awarded the Bronze Level Healthier Generation Award and congratulated staff members Pat Bybee, Shelley Ebener, Nancy McCord and Roxanne Bush for their work on this initiative.
- Recognition of GHS Cross Country Team - State Qualifiers – GHS Cross Country Coach Mike Garber recognized this year’s 6th place girls team (best finish in the school’s history) and 12th place boys team (moving from 20th place last year to 12th this year).
- GHS Art Student, Guannan Liu, was recognized for having her painting “Bird Man” selected to display in Carnegie Hall, and also for her painting being selected for the cover of book "The Best Teen Writing of 2013" published by the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards.
- BCEF Sixth Annual Titan Trek – Supt. Carrie Hruby noted that over 300 men, women and children ran or walked in the Ball-Chatham Educational Foundation’s 6th Annual Titan Trek 5k Run/Walk, and inaugural Titan Trot event, held this past weekend at Glenwood High School. She then thanked the sponsors and participants for their support of this fantastic event. Special thanks to R.W. Troxell and O’Shea Builders for being our major sponsors. Nearly $30,000 was raised to help fund technology in our schools, innovative educational programs, and teacher grants.
- Ball-Chatham Named to 4th Annual AP District Honor Roll – GHS Principal Jim Lee noted that the College Board has named the Ball-Chatham School District to the 4th Annual AP District Honor Roll. A total of 477 school districts in the U.S. and Canada earned a place on this year's list. The AP District Honor Roll recognizes efforts to open AP classroom doors to a significantly broader pool of students, while maintaining or improving the percentage of students earning scores of 3 or higher. This is based on examination of three years of AP data: 2011, 2012 and 2013 data from all students who took AP examinations in May of those years.
- Presentation of Books for School Board Member Appreciation Day – District Principals presented books for the school board members to sign in recognition of School Board Member Appreciation Day. Read more...