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Online Contest--Vote before noon Monday!

Vote for South High and senior Shannon Snyder!

 

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SHREK: The Musical runs this weekend!

A slightly fractured fairy tale with loads of laughs and lots of heart, Shrek is big-sized fun for all ages.

 

“Pizza Wars” to be held on Thursday, January 16!

Make a new year's resolution to try new pizza! Sample eight different pies from area pizzerias! All are welcome--families, students and the community members!

 

School resumes on Wednesday, January 8

It's a late start on Wednesday--classes will resume at 10 a.m. Final exam dates have been pushed back as a result of weather.

 

Learn More About TCD in an On-Line Feature

Addison Community Television presents "Future Ready at TCD," starting tonight at 7:00 p.m. Click the headline for details.

 
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English Honors Information for Incoming Freshmen

Evaluation testing to be held for students who will be freshmen in the 2014-15 school year

 

Supplemental Educational Services

Click here for information about Supplemental Educational Services (SES), including an application to participate and a list of providers...

 

Voter Registration Drive

On Tuesday, September 24, both North High and South High are holding Voter Registration Drives. These are for students only--they are not open to the public.

 

District 99 Speech and Debate Teams Receive National Awards

The speech and debate teams at North High and South High Schools in Downers Grove received numerous awards at the 2013 National Forensic League National Tournament.

 

Summer School Returns to North on Friday 6/28! – Power Restored!

Summer school classes will be held at North High.

 

Girls Lacrosse Clinics Planned

All high school girls interested in learning lacrosse basics and sharpening up their skills are invited to sign up for four summer clinic sessions!

 

District 99 Names Three New Leaders for 2013-14 School Year

At its business meeting on May 20, 2013, the District 99 Board of Education approved three new appointments for the 2013-14 school year.

 
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Dr. Ken Sorensen will become North High’s new associate principal on July 1, 2013

New Associate Principal Named at North High

Dr. Ken Sorensen will become North High’s new associate principal on July 1, 2013.

 
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South Students to Unite for CommUNITY program

On Thursday, February 28 at 6:30 p.m., students will present “Cultural CommUNITY Connections: A Celebration of African American Culture."

 

North High Provides Hurricane Relief Support

North High will host a tent at the North High/Benet football playoff game on Saturday, November 10, to raise money for hurricane victims. All proceeds will benefit the American Red Cross.

 

Musical “Guys and Dolls” to Run at North High on November 2-4, 2012

Students at North High School in Downers Grove will present the musical “Guys and Dolls” on November 2 through November 4, with evening performances on Friday and Saturday at 7 p.m. and a performance on Sunday at 3 p.m.

 

Teacher to receive 3M Star in the Classroom Award

Career and Technical Education teacher Patrick Fardy will receive the 3M Star in the Classroom Award, sponsored by 3M and Econ Illinois.

 
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North High Raises Cancer Awareness

North High Students Use School Spirit to Bolster Cancer Awareness

On Friday, October 12 as its team faces rival Hinsdale Central in football, the North High student spirit organization called “N-Zone” hopes to generate excitement for the game--as well as awareness about cancer. October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

 
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South High science classes will benefit from a new ‘energy bike’ like the one pictured here, which will be funded by the District 99 Education Foundation. Energy bikes illustrate fundamental concepts of and the relationship between energy and electricity

District 99 Education Foundation Awards nearly $20,000 in Grants to Schools, Selects Math and Science Scholarship Recipient

The District 99 Education Foundation will award nearly $20,000 in grants to benefit the two schools of Community High School District 99, North High School and South High School in Downers Grove.

 
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Play “Lend Me a Tenor” to Run at North High on April 27 - 29

Students will present the comedy “Lend Me a Tenor” on Friday, April 27 and Saturday, April 28 at 7 p.m., and Sunday, April 29 at 3 p.m. The community is welcome to attend.

 

Open House Planned for Former North High Science Teacher

North High friends and colleagues will honor former science teacher and swimming coach Tom Redig on Thursday, April 19 with an open house from 7 to 9 p.m.

 

The Business of Burgers

North High and South High invite the community to come out on Wednesday, April 18 from 5 to 9 p.m. to Tom & Eddie’s restaurant, located at the Yorktown Center in Lombard.

 

News@99 - April 2012

Read the latest District 99 news and events in the April 2012 edition of our newsletter, News@99.

 
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New North High English Department Chair Christopher Bronke

North High School Names New English Department Chair

Starting with the 2012-13 school year, Christopher Bronke will serve as North High's new English department chair. The Board of Education approved his appointment at its regular business meeting on March 19, 2012.

 

News@99 - March 2012

Read the latest District 99 news and events in the March 2012 edition of our newsletter, News@99.

 

District 99 to Host Northern Illinois University Jazz Ensemble

On Thursday, February 2, 2012, District 99 in Downers Grove will welcome the Northern Illinois University Jazz Ensemble, directed by Ron Carter, to perform a concert.

 

Open House - October 27, 2011

Are you curious about the upcoming outdoor improvements planned at North High School? If so, please attend our Open House on Thursday, October 27.

 

Bite-Sized Wisdom for Parents of Teenagers - Special Parent Presentation on October 25

Do you ever worry about what kind of teenager your child will become? Or what's ahead for your high schooler? If so, you'll want to attend "Bite-Sized Wisdom for Parents of Teenagers" (or "Yikes! A Teenager Lives in My House!") with parenting expert Tyler Durman.

 

National Hispanic Recognition Program Scholars

South High senior Karyna Rodriguez and North High senior Roman Rivera have been named National Hispanic Recognition Program Scholars in the 2012 National Hispanic Recognition Program (NHRP).

 

News@99 - September 2011

Find District 99 news and updates about our students, staff and Board of Education in our interactive, e-newsletter--News@99.

 

District 99 Receives Certificate of Excellence Award in Financial Reporting

District 99 has received the Certificate of Excellence Award in financial reporting from the Association of School Business Officials (ASBO) International.

 

10 District 99 Students Named 2012 National Merit Semifinalists

Ten students at Community High School District 99 have been designated as semifinalists in the 2012 National Merit Scholarship Program, an academic competition for recognition and scholarships sponsored by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation.

 
Aug 24, 2011 05:00 AM

Bus Issues to be Corrected Tomorrow, August 25, 2011

District 99 is aware that many of our students received poor bus service today for the first day of school. We apologize for this unfortunate occurrence.

 

District 99 Board of Education Approves Tentative Budget

The District 99 Board of Education gave its tentative approval to the balanced 2011-12 budget presented on Monday, August 15, 2011.

 
Jul 21, 2011 07:52 PM

State of the District 2011

At the regular Board of Education meeting on July 18, 2011, the District 99 superintendent presented the 2011 State of the District Report.

 
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North High School Names New Science, Physical Education/Health/Driver Ed Department Chairs

North High School announces that starting with the 2011-12 school year, Michael J. Heinz will serve as the new science department chair and Mr. Courtney D. White will serve as the new physical education/health/driver ed department chair.

 
Jul 19, 2011 05:00 AM

District 99 Board of Education Approves Administrator Compensation

At its regular business meeting on July 18, 2011, the Community High School District 99 Board of Education approved a two percent increase in total administrative compensation for the 2011-12 school year.​

 
Jun 27, 2011 05:00 AM

2011 Graduate Haley Sims Makes Chicago Tribune Scholar-Athlete Team

North High graduate Haley Sims is one of 20 area seniors to make the Chicago Tribune Scholar-Athlete team.

 
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Jun 23, 2011 08:01 PM

Storm Damage to District 99 Facilities

The severe storm on Tuesday night, June 21, 2011 caused damage to the outdoor environment and facilities at District 99. Trees were damaged or lost, multiple roofs were impaired and other equipment, such as fencing, temporary bleachers and sheds, were affected.

 
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South High School Speech and Debate Team, Coach Receive National Awards

The Speech and Debate team at South High School in Downers Grove received the “School of Excellence Award in Speech” at the 2011 National Forensic League (NFL) National Tournament, which was held June 13-18, 2011 in Dallas, Texas.

 
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Jun 21, 2011 08:04 PM

South High School Names New Social Studies Department Chair

South High School in Downers Grove announces that starting with the 2011-12 school year, Dr. Christopher Esposito will serve as the new social studies department chair. The Board of Education approved his appointment at its regular business meeting on June 20, 2011.

 
Jun 21, 2011 05:00 AM

District 99 Board of Education Approves Contract for Support Staff

On June 20, 2011, the Community High School District 99 Board of Education approved a three-year contract with the D99 Support Staff Association, which includes non-certified staff at North High School, South High School, and the Administrative Service Center.

 
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May 26, 2011 08:04 PM

District 99 Names New Director of Special Education

Community High School District 99 announces that starting with the 2011-12 school year, Evan Whitehead will serve as the new director of special education. Whitehead will begin his duties on July 1, 2011.

 
May 19, 2011 08:06 PM

Over 80 Recognized

Over 80 North High and South High students and staff were recognized at the Board of Education meeting on May 16, 2011.

 
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May 13, 2011 08:07 PM

Paleontologist Dr. Neil Shubin to Visit North High School

Renowned paleontologist Dr. Neil Shubin will visit North High School in Downers Grove on Wednesday, May 25 from 2:30-3:30 p.m.

 
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May 09, 2011 08:10 PM

District 99 Education Foundation Awards $15,350 in Grants to Schools, Scholarship

The District 99 Education Foundation announces that it will give away $15,350 in grants this month to benefit the two schools of Community High School District 99, North High School and South High School in Downers Grove.

 
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May 04, 2011 08:11 PM

District 99 Names Seniors in the Top Two Percent of the Class of 2011

Community High School District 99 in Downers Grove recognizes 25 seniors, including students from North High School and South High School, who are part of the top two percent of their senior classes academically in 2011.

 
May 04, 2011 05:00 AM

South High School's Jazz Ensemble Performance to be Webcast

South High School’s Jazz Ensemble NYC performance will be webcast on May 14 at 12:10 CST. The ensemble was also selected to perform at the Midwest Clinic and IMEA Conferences.

 
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May 03, 2011 08:13 PM

District 99 Begins Outdoor Improvement Projects with Groundbreaking Ceremonies

On Friday, April 29, Community High School District 99 held two groundbreaking ceremonies to signal the start of the Master Site Plan (MSP) improvements.

 
Apr 28, 2011 08:17 PM

Bilingual Family Dinner Dance - May 13 at 6 p.m.

Please join us at South High School for the Sixth Annual Bilingual Family Dinner Dance!

 
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Apr 26, 2011 08:41 PM

Students from South High School in Downers Grove Receive Medals at State FCCLA Competition

Eight students from South High School in Downers Grove won medals at the state leadership conference and competition of Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA), held April 7-9, 2011 in Springfield, Illinois.

 
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Apr 26, 2011 08:35 PM

North High Students Visit D.C., Congresswoman Judy Biggert

From April 10 -15, 15 North High School students and Social Studies Teacher Amy Wlodek-Holland traveled to Washington D.C. as part of the “Close Up” program. Close Up is the nation’s largest civic educational organization.

 
Apr 26, 2011 05:00 AM

State Championship Success for SkillsUSA Students at North High School in Downers Grove

At the SkillsUSA Illinois State Championships held on April 14-16 in Springfield, Illinois, students from North High School in Downers Grove were successful in the “Technical CAD,” “3D Design and Animation,” and “Java Programming” competitions.

 
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Apr 20, 2011 08:41 PM

South High School in Downers Grove Awarded Blue Ribbon for Health Programs

The Illinois Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (IAHPERD) has awarded a blue ribbon in health education to South High School in Downers Grove for 2011-14.

 
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Apr 20, 2011 08:21 PM

North High School to Present Spring Play, "Antigone"

"Antigone" is the story of a young girl grappling with the common conflict of doing what's right in her heart, even though she knows the consequences will be tragic.

 
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Apr 19, 2011 08:20 PM

State Championship Success for SkillsUSA Students at South High School

At the SkillsUSA Illinois State Championships held on April 14-16 in Springfield, Illinois, students from South High School in Downers Grove were successful in the “Architectural CAD,” “3D Design and Animation,” and “Job Interview” competitions.

 
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Apr 14, 2011 08:45 PM

Fashion Students at South High School Sew for Smiles

Students from three fashion classes at South High School in Downers Grove are sewing up a storm to help cheer the spirits of children with cancer.

 
Apr 13, 2011 05:00 AM

2011-12 Preschool and Playgroup Openings

The preschool programs at North High School in Downers Grove, including its Preschool and Playgroup, have openings for the 2011-2012 school year!

 
Apr 11, 2011 05:00 AM

Student Musicians from Germany to Visit District 99 Schools, Perform

On Saturday, April 16, 2011, 65 high school student musicians from Germany will visit South High School and North High School in Downers Grove and perform two concerts.

 
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Apr 06, 2011 08:47 PM

North High School Principal Maria Ward Named “Principal of the Year”

Maria Ward, principal at North High School in Downers Grove, was named “Principal of the Year” by the DuPage Region of the Illinois Principals Association, and also served as the region’s nominee for the state award.

 
Apr 06, 2011 05:00 AM

New Board of Education Members for District 99

Community High School District 99 in Downers Grove congratulates Mike Davenport, Nancy Kupka and Keith Matune for their successful campaigns to become members of the District 99 Board of Education.

 
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Mar 24, 2011 08:50 PM

Two South High School Students Receive National Art Awards

Two South High School students received national recognition for their works of art by receiving three awards from the 2011 National Scholastics Art and Writing Awards.

 
Mar 22, 2011 08:52 PM

Over 300 Recognized

At the Board of Education meeting on March 21, 2011, over 300 students and staff were recognized for their achievements.

 
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Mar 18, 2011 08:54 PM

North High School Teacher Named “Law Educator of the Year”

Among teachers nationwide, North High School Social Studies Teacher Janet Emond has been named "Law Educator of the Year" by Street Law, Inc., for demonstrating excellence and devotion to teaching law-related subjects.

 
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Mar 18, 2011 08:53 PM

North High School Student Serves as State Reader for Abraham Lincoln High School Book Award

North High School senior Mandy Winslow was selected to serve as one of six official state readers for the Abraham Lincoln Award: Illinois’ High School Readers’ Choice Award.

 
Mar 14, 2011 05:00 AM

Dance Team Wins State Titles

The South High Fillies won the state championship of the AAA open pom division at the TeamDance Illinois State Finals.

 
Mar 14, 2011 05:00 AM

Architecture Competition Success for Students at South High School in Downers Grove

Congratulations to the SkillsUSA students and their success in the IDEA (Illinois Drafting Educators Association) Regional Drafting competition at College of Dupage.

 
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Mar 09, 2011 09:56 PM

South High School Names New Science Department Chair

South High School in Downers Grove announces that starting with the 2011-12 school year, Karen Eder will serve as the new science department chair. The Board of Education approved her appointment at its regular business meeting on February 28, 2011.

 
Mar 09, 2011 06:00 AM

South High School Raises $42,000 for Cancer

NBC 5 aired a story about a District 58 second grader who will be shaving his head in recognition of a young friend who battled cancer. See a replay here!

 
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Mar 03, 2011 09:57 PM

Eight District 99 Student Artists to be Honored by Elmhurst Art Museum

The Elmhurst Art Museum has selected the portfolios of eight District 99 students to be featured in its fourth annual portfolio exhibition for artistic teens.

 
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Feb 25, 2011 02:18 PM

Jazz Ensemble from South High School in Downers Grove Selected for NYC Festival

The jazz ensemble from South High School in Downers Grove, directed by Craig Roselieb, has been selected as one of only 15 finalists in the 16th Annual Essentially Ellington High School Jazz Band Competition & Festival being held in New York City, New York on May 12-14, 2011.

 
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Feb 25, 2011 02:17 PM

North High School in Downers Grove Celebrates Black History Month

North High School in Downers Grove celebrated Black History Month throughout the month of February with daily reminders of African American contributions to history as well as two student assemblies. ​

 
Feb 24, 2011 02:19 PM

Master Site Plan Q&A

On January 31, 2011, the District 99 Board of Education gave District 99 its unanimous approval to move forward with Master Site Plan (MSP) improvements.

 
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Feb 23, 2011 02:21 PM

17 South High Students Inducted into National Technical Honor Society

Seventeen seniors from South High School in Downers Grove were inducted into the inaugural chapter of the National Technical Honor Society (NTHS) on Thursday, February 17, 2011.

 
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Feb 22, 2011 02:26 PM

South High School Wins State Championship in Speech, Receives 11 Medals

The speech team at South High School in Downers Grove won the Illinois High School Association (IHSA) Individual Events Team State Championship at the state meet in Peoria, Illinois on February 18 and 19, 2011.

 
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Feb 22, 2011 02:22 PM

Speech Team at North High School Places Eighth, Receives Four State Medals

The speech team at North High School received four medals, including one first place finish, at the Illinois High School Association (IHSA) state meet in Peoria, Illinois on February 18 and 19, 2011. ​

 
Feb 17, 2011 06:00 AM

North High School Receives $5,000 Grant from Global Hope, Inc.

Global Hope, Inc. of Downers Grove has made a $5,000 donation to North High School in Downers Grove to support a variety of the school’s prevention programs.

 
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Feb 16, 2011 02:27 PM

North High Students Headed to DECA State Competition

A record number of North High students involved in DECA, an organization that prepares emerging leaders and entrepreneurs for careers in marketing, finance, hospitality and management, are headed to state.​

 
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Feb 15, 2011 02:30 PM

South High School Caribbean Soul Dance Team to Perform

Members of the South High School Caribbean Soul Dance team were selected to perform at the Chicago International Salsa Congress on Sunday, February 20, 2011 at 4 p.m.

 
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Feb 15, 2011 02:29 PM

District 99 Student Artists Win 138 Scholastic Art Awards

Community High School District 99 student artists claimed 138 awards at the 2011 Scholastic Art competition held in January.

 
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Feb 14, 2011 02:31 PM

North High School in Downers Grove Placed on DuPage Honor Roll

On Friday, February 4, 2011, North High School in Downers Grove was recognized by Regional Superintendent Dr. Darlene Ruscitti at the DuPage Regional Office of Education’s annual “Equity and Excellence for All” conference in Glen Ellyn, Illinois.

 
Feb 14, 2011 06:00 AM

Missing Cash at North High School

On January 4, 2011, approximately $2,000 in proceeds from athletic events held over winter break were discovered missing from the safe located in the North High athletic office.

 
Feb 10, 2011 06:00 AM

District 99 Students Advance as National Merit Finalists

Seven students at Community High School District 99 have been designated as finalists in the 2011 National Merit Scholarship Program.

 

State of the District - January 2011

District 99 Superintendent Dr. Mark McDonald has issued the second of four quarterly reports to the Board of Education. He outlines the many strategies that District 99 staff members are using to reach the three overall goals set forth in the annual plan for the 2010-2011 school year.

 
Feb 01, 2011 06:00 AM

State of the District - January 2011

District 99 Superintendent Dr. Mark McDonald has issued the second of four quarterly reports to the Board of Education. He outlines the many strategies that District 99 staff members are using to reach the three overall goals set forth in the annual plan for the 2010-2011 school year.

 
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Jan 31, 2011 02:35 PM

Two North High School Students Selected for Daily Herald Leadership Team

Two North High School seniors, Kirsten Keller and Caroline Sterr, have been selected as two of ten students to represent the 2010-2011 DuPage County Daily Herald Leadership team.

 
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Jan 31, 2011 02:34 PM

Two National Achievement Award Finalists at District 99

Two students, Joseph Bayer and Abigail Gardner, from Community High School District 99 are finalists in the 2011 National Achievement Scholarship Program.

 
Jan 27, 2011 06:00 AM

South High School to Celebrate College Athletics Signing Day

South High School will hold a Division I and II College Athletics Signing Day on Thursday, February 10, 2011 in room D180 at 7:15 a.m. at the school.

 
Jan 25, 2011 05:09 PM

Master Site Plan Presented

At the Board of Education meeting on January 24, 2011, District 99 presented a comprehensive overview of the Master Site Plan.

 
Jan 25, 2011 06:00 AM

Award-Winning District 99 Jazz Bands to Perform Special Concert

The community is invited to hear the award-winning South High and North High School jazz groups on Thursday, February 3, 2011 at 7 p.m. in North High's Clarence Johnson Auditorium.

 
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Jan 07, 2011 02:36 PM

District 99 Names New Principal of North High School

Community High School District 99 announces that starting with the 2011-12 school year, Scott Kasik will serve as the new principal of North High School.

 
Jan 06, 2011 06:00 AM

86 New Members Admitted to the National Honor Society at Downers Grove South

Downers Grove South High School congratulates 86 new members of the National Honor Society. They were initiated during a formal ceremony on Wednesday, January 5.

 
Dec 28, 2010 06:00 AM

District 99 Pool Facilities Q&A

District 99 is working on how to add new administrative and management responsibilities and safety measures in order to support "cost neutral" swim programming.

 
Dec 28, 2010 06:00 AM

Downers Grove South High School to Hold Athletic Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony

On Saturday, January 8, Downers Grove South High School will welcome 23 new members to its Athletic Hall of Fame.

 
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Dec 27, 2010 02:37 PM

Open Swim Over Winter Break

The Boys Swimming and Diving Team is hosting an Open Swim this Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday

 
Dec 20, 2010 06:00 AM

Candidates File for District 99 Board of Education Openings

Six candidates have filed to run for the District 99 Board of Education election on April 5, 2011.

 
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Dec 17, 2010 02:39 PM

BOE Meeting Highlights from December 13, 2010

Read more about the recent BOE meeting, including information about new courses for 2011-12, summer school, recognitions and more.

 
Dec 16, 2010 02:46 PM

District 99 Business Days and Hours

Notice of office days and hours during the 2010-11 winter holiday period for receipt of objections to nominating petitions for the upcoming election.

 
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Dec 14, 2010 02:47 PM

Downers Grove South High School Gives Back

On Thursday, December 9, students and staff at Downers Grove South High School collected gifts for 85 children in need.

 
Dec 13, 2010 06:00 AM

Downers Grove South Welcomes Girls' Basketball Alumni

Calling all girls' basketball alumni! On Friday, December 17, 2010 the Downers Grove South Girls’ Basketball Program will welcome back its basketball alumni.

 
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Dec 07, 2010 02:48 PM

Downers Grove North High School Swim Team Receives Three All-State Awards

At the annual all-state awards banquet for swimming on December 6, 2010 in Elmhurst, the Downers Grove North Swim Team received three prestigious honors.

 
Dec 06, 2010 06:00 AM

Supporting Needy Families

On Thursday, December 9 starting at 8 a.m., students and staff at Downers Grove North High School will assemble in front of the school to fill a full-sized school bus with gifts they have collected for 152 children and 20 senior citizens in need.

 
Dec 03, 2010 06:00 AM

31 District 99 Students Selected to Perform at IMEA All-State Conference

A total of 31 student musicians from Community High School District 99 were selected to perform at the prestigious 2011 Illinois Music Educators’ Association All-State Conference in Peoria in January.​

 
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Dec 01, 2010 02:50 PM

Downers Grove High Schools to Host Holiday Concerts (with Celebrity Artist Sam Stryke) and Art Shows

The week of December 6 will be filled with holiday music and art shows at both North High and South High.​

 
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Nov 24, 2010 02:53 PM

Teacher Recognized as National Board Certified

Fine Arts Chair Brayer Teague at North High School was recognized by the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards as a National Board Certified teacher.

 
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Nov 24, 2010 02:51 PM

South High School Students Participate in Snowball Weekend

Last weekend was unseasonably balmy, but that didn’t prevent 330 students and staff from South High School from participating in Snowball.

 
Nov 23, 2010 06:00 AM

District 99 Seeks to Support All Eligible Students

District 99 has petitioned the U.S. Department of Education for a waiver of the Title I determination criteria of Section 1113(a) of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act.

 
Nov 22, 2010 06:00 AM

Success for Girls Swim and Dive Team at North High

The 2010 girls swim and dive team at North High School placed fourth at the IHSA state meet on Saturday, November 20 at Evanston Township High School.

 
Nov 17, 2010 06:00 AM

Highlights from the Board of Education Meeting

The Board of Education met on Monday, November 15, 2010. Some of the topics covered included the school improvement plan for South High, the 2010 tax levy and the State of Illinois Library grant.

 
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Nov 16, 2010 03:00 PM

Downers Grove North Celebrates Collegiate Athlete Signings

Anthony Ciango will play baseball for Northern Illinois University and Haley Sims will swim for Stanford University.

 
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Nov 15, 2010 02:58 PM

Two North High Students Honored at Radio Awards

Eareen Yambao and Shane Gustafson were honored on Saturday, November 13 at the John Drury High School Radio Awards, hosted by North Central College.

 
Nov 15, 2010 06:00 AM

District 99 Recognizes American Education Week

"There are so many people who go above and beyond on a daily basis so that our students receive a high quality education," says Superintendent Dr. Mark McDonald.

 
Nov 12, 2010 06:00 AM

Downers Grove South Celebrated College Athletics Signing Day

Downers Grove South High School hosted its Division I and II College Athletics Signing Day on Wednesday, November 10, 2010 at Downers Grove South High School in room D180 at 7:30 a.m.

 
Nov 12, 2010 06:00 AM

Downers Grove North Band Close to Reaching Fundraising Goal

The Downers Grove North Marching Band has nearly reached its goal of raising $460,000 for its trip to London.

 
Nov 09, 2010 06:00 AM

Downers Grove South Receives Donation

Global Hope of Downers Grove has donated $5,000 to the school's after school, yoga and prevention activity programs.

 
Nov 05, 2010 05:00 AM

District 99 Names New Communications Director

Jill Browning has been selected as the new Communications Director for Community High School District 99.

 
Oct 22, 2010 05:00 AM

District Seeks input on Strategic Plan

Community members are invited to provide input for the District 99 Strategic Plan. An Open Community Focus Group will be held Thursday, October 28, 2010 from 7:00-9:00 p.m. in the Choir Room (136) at North High School. All are welcome to attend.

 
Oct 22, 2010 05:00 AM

“Astounding” increase in Advanced Placement program

Students in District 99 are taking more Advanced Placement (AP) classes, more AP tests and are getting higher scores. The report on the AP program underscored the increasing achievement level of District 99 students, mirroring strong gains in ACT and PSAE test scores.

 
Oct 19, 2010 05:00 AM

Statement on theft at South High School

Community High School District 99 notified the Downers Grove Police Department that approximately $4,000 in cash was taken from receipts from the South High Homecoming Variety Shows held on Sept. 22 and 23.

 
Oct 18, 2010 05:00 AM

Statement on theft at South High School

Community High School District 99 notified the Downers Grove Police Department that approximately $4,000 in cash was taken from receipts from South High.

 
Oct 07, 2010 05:00 AM

Fundraiser for high school student cardiac screening program

Young Hearts for Life, a cardiac screening program for teenagers, including District 99 North and South High students, is holding a casual night of fun and entertainment Oct. 21 at Hyatt Lodge in Oak Brook.

 
Oct 05, 2010 05:00 AM

Two capital projects on horizon

A preview of two major capital projects were presented to the District 99 Board of Education at its workshop meeting Monday. A massive project to replace the boiler and HVAC system at South High is at the top of the priority list. Another is the Master Site Plan to improve overused, inadequate and aging outdoor fields and related facilities.

 
Sep 24, 2010 05:00 AM

League of Women Voters Candidates Fair

The League of Women Voters of Downers Grove/Woodridge/Lisle and the League of Women Voters of Naperville invite the public to a Candidates Fair on Sunday, October 17, 2010, from 2 – 4 p.m. on the lower level of the Downers Grove Park District Recreation & Fitness Center.

 
Sep 23, 2010 05:00 AM

Board adopts budget and looks at financial forecast

The Board of Education on Sept. 20 adopted a balanced budget and also looked ahead at finances in the next five years.

 
Sep 23, 2010 05:00 AM

Congratulations to National Merit Semifinalists

Nine National Merit Semifinalists were named this week. They are among the top 1 percent of high school seniors in the state.

 
Sep 15, 2010 05:00 AM

Test scores show impressive gains

The Community High School District 99 Class of 2010 showed impressive gains on the ACT, both in a year and over five years, with increases four-fold the state's gains. PSAE results also showed steady gains with the highest percentage of students meeting or exceeding state benchmarks in math and the second highest in reading in District 99 history.

 
Sep 10, 2010 05:00 AM

Alumni sought for Alumni Band and Homecoming performance

Calling alumni to participate in the Alumni Band and perform along with the Trojan Marching Band during the Homecoming football game Oct. 1. Deadline to register is Sept. 17.

 
Aug 18, 2010 05:00 AM

Board approves tentative budget

It is a difficult year for school finances, but District 99’s 2010-11 budget, presented to the Board Aug. 16, is balanced and fund balances are stable.

 
Aug 11, 2010 05:00 AM

Board accepts Appellate Court rulings in Woodridge land case

The Board of Education at its special meeting Aug. 11 decided not to appeal the Appellate Court rulings that allow the Village of Woodridge to proceed in the eminent domain of 45 acres of land in Woodridge.​

 
Aug 06, 2010 05:00 AM

Special meeting set Aug. 11 to discuss Appellate Court ruling

The Community High School District 99 Board of Education set a meeting at 7 p.m. Aug. 11 to discuss an Appellate Court ruling in the eminent domain case regarding the 45-acre site in Woodridge.

 
Jul 29, 2010 05:00 AM

Appellate Court affirms Woodridge property case

The Illinois Appellate Court returns ruling regarding eminent domain case of 45-acre vacant site in Woodridge.​

 
Jul 21, 2010 05:00 AM

Year-end report shows stable finances

District 99’s finances remain stable despite state funding that is not only in arrears but the furthest behind in history. If the state funding is forthcoming, the District expects to close the books on 2009-10 with an $800,000 surplus.

 
Jun 23, 2010 05:00 AM

Public input to be sought in strategic planning process

Community High School District 99 will seek the opinions of community members, parents, business owners, students, teachers and staff as part of its strategic planning process, which will be launched this summer.

 
Jun 22, 2010 05:00 AM

Newsweek ranks North among top public high schools

District 99 North High was named among the best high schools in the nation, according to Newsweek magazine’s annual ranking of high schools. It is ranked among the top six percent of public high schools in the nation.

 
Jun 11, 2010 05:00 AM

Two top administrators announce planned retirements

Community High School District 99 will see two of its administrators retiring at the end of the 2010-11 school year. Mary Biniewicz, assistant superintendent for student learning, and Maria Ward, principal of North High School, announced their retirements effective at the end of the next school year, July 1, 2011.

 
Jun 02, 2010 05:00 AM

Board approves support staff contract extension

A one-year contract extension for the support staff of Community High School District 99 was approved Tuesday by the Board of Education. Both parties agreed that in light of the unknowns of state funding and current economic conditions, a one-year extension was in the best interest of the both the District and the Support Staff Association.

 
Jun 01, 2010 05:00 AM

Allyn Barnett seated at Board meeting

Allyn Barnett was sworn in and seated at Tuesday's Board of Education meeting. He will serve the remainder of a seven-month vacant term.

 
May 25, 2010 05:00 AM

Board selects Allyn Barnett to open Board seat

The Community High School District 99 Board of Education on Monday appointed former board member Allyn Barnett to fill the vacancy on the Board of Education. Barnett, of Woodridge, is a 23-year resident of District 99 and former District 99 Board of Education member. Board President Julia Beckman praised the caliber of applicants for the board seat.

 
May 18, 2010 02:07 PM

Board of Education to interview three candidates

The Community High School District 99 Board of Education will interview three of 10 candidates who applied to fill a vacancy on the Board. All 10 candidates had "very impressive" credentials, said Board President Julia Beckman.

 
May 18, 2010 05:00 AM

99PLUS Education Foundation awards grants

Community High School District 99 students will benefit from grants awarded by 99PLUS, the Education Foundation that supports North and South High Schools. The grants were presented and the recipients were recognized at a meeting of the District 99 Board of Education May 17.

 
May 17, 2010 05:00 AM

Top two percent of Class of 2010 named

Congratulations to the top two percent of students from the Class of 2010 from North and South High Schools. The students were honored at the Board of Education's recognition ceremony May 17.

 
May 04, 2010 02:08 PM

Board sets timeline, application for Board of Education vacancy

The Board of Education is seeking interested persons to serve an unexpired term on the school board. Interested persons are asked to fill out and submit an application that details their interest, experience and qualifications and return it by 4:30 p. m. May 13.

 
Apr 30, 2010 05:00 AM

Board of Education member Robert Lemke submits official resignation

As expected, Robert Lemke submitted his official resignation letter, dated April 30, 2010, resigning his position as a member of the Community High School District 99 Board of Education. He had announced at the April 19 Board meeting his intent to officially resign on April 30. At its upcoming May 3 meeting, the Board will review the timeline for appointing Lemke’s successor, an application for persons interested in being considered for the position and the Board’s requirements for applicants.​

 
Apr 18, 2010 05:00 AM

4/16/10: Progress on District Goals

Here is a quarterly update on progress made toward the District goals for 2009-10 and 2010-11. DISTRICT GOALS FOR 2009-10 By June 30, 2010, the reading and mathematical skills of 77.5% or more of all students will meet expectations for the Illinois Learning Standards as measured by the Prairie State Achievement Examination (PSAE). This goal is derived from NCLB standards. The most recent PSAE scores (2009) show 74% of all students in District 99 met or exceeded state standards in reading and 75.8% met expectations in mathematics. Both scores show improvement over 2008. As our junior students prepare to take the 2010 PSAE, our goal is that at least 77.5% will meet or exceed state standards in both reading and mathematics. Such has been a key District goal since 2007.

 
Apr 18, 2010 05:00 AM

Progress on District Goals

Click the title of this news article for a quarterly update on progress made toward the District goals for 2009-10 and 2010-11.

 
Apr 06, 2010 05:00 AM

April 10 Bagels with the Board has been rescheduled

Due to Board member attendance at the National School Board Convention, the April 10 Bagels with the Board has been rescheduled to April 17 at the Downers Grove Library from 9:00 a.m to 11:00 a.m.

 
Mar 30, 2010 05:00 AM

Non-tenured teacher evaluation

Recently the Board of Education and I have received questions from a number of community members about how District 99 evaluates its non-tenured or “probationary” teachers. More specifically, the questions concern the content and process of evaluation, the standards used, and the support systems available to non-tenured teachers during the process, the role of the building administration in the process, and the factors used/considered when making decisions about retaining or releasing non-tenured teachers from the District. I would like to offer a summary of my responses to those questions here as well as to provide links to specific documents and sources for those individuals interested in greater information or detail.

 
Mar 16, 2010 02:12 PM

Nearly 200 students, faculty honored after successful winter season

Nearly 200 District 99 students and faculty members were honored at the March 15 Board of Education meeting after a successful winter season of student and team competitions.

 
Mar 16, 2010 05:00 AM

District 99 announces National Merit Finalists

District 99 congratulates seven students who advanced to National Merit Finalist standing.

 
Mar 16, 2010 05:00 AM

Change in pool agreement

District 99 and the Downers Grove Park District did not renew the pool agreement that covers rentals, lessons and open swim at North and South High School pools. District 99 is exploring how to provide future programming for community members at the two pools.

 
Feb 24, 2010 06:00 AM

Board addresses state funding crisis

Bracing for up to a $2 million loss in state funding, the District 99 Board of Education took steps at its meeting Monday, Feb. 22 to mitigate the effect of the state’s funding crisis. They also looked at innovative learning strategies using new technology in the classroom.

 
Feb 19, 2010 06:00 AM

Board of Education meeting location changed

Monday's Feb. 22 Board of Education meeting has been changed from the Administrative Service Center (ASC) to South High to accommodate a potentially larger audience.

 
Feb 04, 2010 03:13 PM

State funding hampers District 99 budget

With state funding in jeopardy, the District 99 Board of Education is reviewing potential budget cuts and revenue enhancements. A Community Engagement process has also been launched to obtain feedback on the budget changes.

 
Dec 21, 2009 06:00 AM

School in District 99 is cancelled today

Due to the inclement weather, classes are cancelled at District 99 North and South High Schools today, DATE.

 
Dec 14, 2009 06:00 AM

District 99 North High is ranked among America’s best schools

North High was named a Silver Medal School by U.S. News & World Report, an honor that places it among the top, large public high schools in the country.

 
Dec 08, 2009 06:00 AM

Carols, chorals and concerts Dec. 8 and Dec. 10

As in seasons past, hundreds of student musicians will entertain during the holidays. The North High Mosaic Concert will be held 5:30 and 8 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 8 in the Clarence Johnson Auditorium. The South High Holiday Concert will be held 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 10 in the South High gymnasium. The concerts coincide with student art shows at both schools. The public is invited.

 
Dec 08, 2009 06:00 AM

Communication procedures for potential school closing

With the arrival of winter weather, we wanted to review our communication procedures with District 99 families in the unlikely event that we will have to close North and South High Schools. An announcement of a potential school closing will be communicated to District 99 families in multiple ways: District 99 webpage, E-News message to subscribers, automated phone call to District 99 families and via TV and radio announcements.

 
Dec 02, 2009 06:00 AM

Board of Education hears update on facility agreements with Downers Grove Park District

The District 99 Board of Education met Nov. 30 to hear an update on negotiations with the Downers Grove Park District on the joint agreements to share facilities.

 
Nov 23, 2009 03:15 PM

Board adopts tax levy, reviews calendar and capital improvements

The Board of Education sets tax levy, with the smallest increase to taxpayers in history. It also reviews next year's school calendar and capital improvement projects.

 
Oct 23, 2009 02:16 PM

H1N1 update, county sets vaccination schedule

A small number of flu-like symptoms and probable H1N1 cases continue to be reported in District 99 high schools. Also, the DuPage County Health Department sets vaccination schedule.

 
Oct 22, 2009 02:18 PM

Board of Education reviews state Report Card, honors achievers

The Board of Education reviews the District's 2009 State School Report Card, which shows continued increases on the Prairie State Achievement Exam, and honors students and staff.

 
Oct 14, 2009 02:19 PM

Additional cases of H1N1 at both schools

We wanted to further update District 99 families on H1N1 in District 99 schools. This afternoon (Oct. 14), we learned of additional probable cases and/or confirmed cases of H1N1 flu at North and South High Schools. Based on information from the DuPage County Health Department, schools throughout DuPage, including District 99, should expect more probable and confirmed cases among its students and staff for the next several days.

 
Oct 13, 2009 05:00 AM

Update on H1N1 flu and District 99 schools

This afternoon (Oct. 13, 2009) we learned that a South High School student has a confirmed case of H1N1 flu. The student is currently hospitalized. We also learned of another “probable” case of H1N1 flu at South High; that student has not been hospitalized and is being treated at home. The DuPage County Health Department has informed school districts that as the flu spreads in DuPage County, there will be more cases, however, most will not be tested or confirmed because they do not reach the level of hospitalization.

 
Oct 08, 2009 05:00 AM

Outdoor facilities a concern; more study is needed

Board members heard a lengthy report Monday on fields and outdoor facilities at both schools and gave the initial go-ahead to study the issue further. Board members said that safety, crowding and aging facilties were all concerns and that further study was needed.

 
Sep 24, 2009 05:00 AM

Queen's emissary extends invitation to North High marching band

Lord Roger Bramble, the Deputy Lieutenant of London—Her Majesty The Queen of England’s Representative—visited District 99’s North High School on Wednesday, Sept. 23 to personally deliver an invitation for the school’s marching band to perform in the 2011 London New Year’s Day Parade. It is a celebrated honor for the school to perform in the London parade, and one that was given to South High in 2005.​

 
Sep 18, 2009 05:00 AM

Student scores continue gains

District 99 students were characterized as “doing exceedingly well” on state tests and in other areas during a presentation on student achievement presented to the Board of Education at its workshop meeting on Monday, Sept. 14.

 
Sep 17, 2009 05:00 AM

Subscribe to E-News from your school

Community High School District 99 is now offering a subscription e-mail notification service to help keep parents and residents informed about the District, North and South High Schools and the Board of Education. Click on E-News on the upper left hand corner on either the District 99 homepage or North or South web pages.

 
Sep 10, 2009 05:00 AM

District 99 statement on MRSA

Before the school year began, North High received word from the DuPage County Health Department that two North High football players had contracted MRSA prior to the opening of school. In addition, District 99 received word that an incoming North High freshman had contracted MRSA. All three students contracted MRSA outside of North High School and prior to the opening of the school year. All three students received appropriate medical treatment and are currently in school.

 
Sep 08, 2009 05:00 AM

President Obama's speech to students

Today, President Obama will make an address to school children across the United States. District 99 will not make a special schedule or other arrangements to allow all students to view the address as it is broadcast. However, classroom teachers may show the address live in their classrooms.

 
Sep 04, 2009 05:00 AM

Despite economic decline, District 99 to post surplus budget

District 99’s budget for the 2009-10 year is one of the few school district’s budget in the state that is balanced and even shows a small surplus. A public hearing on the budget will be held at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 21 at the Administrative Service Center, 6301 Springside Ave., Downers Grove.

 
Aug 27, 2009 05:00 AM

District 99's steps to slow spread of H1N1 flu this fall

With the schools opening this week, Community High School District 99 wanted to give students, parents and friends of District 99 an update on the H1N1 flu and steps the District is taking to prevent the spread of the flu.

 
Aug 24, 2009 05:00 AM

ACT scores continue upward trend

Students from Community High School District 99’s Class of 2009 posted strong scores on the ACT, eclipsing state and national averages and in all areas showing significant growth.

 
Aug 23, 2009 05:00 AM

District 99 cookbook features "celebrity" book signers at Anderson's Bookshop

Three “celebrity” book signers will be on hand Saturday, Aug. 29 to sign the newly published cookbook A Taste of District 99…Food for Thought. The signing will be held 11 a.m. -2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 29 at Anderson’s Bookshop in downtown Downers Grove.

 
Jul 29, 2009 05:00 AM

Your feedback needed for communications survey

If you are a resident of District 99, please take a few minutes to participate in a brief communications survey designed to measure community satisfaction with District 99 communications efforts.

 
Jul 23, 2009 05:00 AM

Board of Education reviews finances, intervention program and bids

The District 99 Board of Education hears a report on the District's successful intervention program, reviews the year-end financial report that shows stability in the face of an uncertain economy, and approves bids that amount to $50,000 in savings.

 
Jul 18, 2009 05:00 AM

District 99 students are national winners in forensic league tournament

Eighteen students from North and South competed in the National Forensic League Tournament last month. Among the national winners are two South High recent graduates.

 
Jun 29, 2009 05:00 AM

Two recent graduates honored as Scholar-Athletes

Two Community High School District 99 North High graduates, Burke Sims and Douglas Rybar, were named to the Chicago Tribune’s 2008-09 Scholar-Athlete Team. They were named along with 21 others “who stand out from the rest” based on their academics and athletics.

 
Jun 16, 2009 05:00 AM

Newsweek magazine puts North on "best" list

Community High School District 99 North High is among the best high schools in the nation, according to Newsweek magazine’s annual ranking of high schools.

 
Jun 09, 2009 05:00 AM

The 2009-2010 school year in review

As we come to the end of the 2008-2009 school year, I would like to take stock of some of the things District 99 accomplished during the school year.

 
Jun 08, 2009 05:00 AM

Commencement ceremonies held

The commencement ceremonies for Community High School District 99 North High and South High seniors are steeped richly in tradition. But the accomplishments of the 2009 graduates are anything but average.​

 
May 22, 2009 02:21 PM

State wins, top 2 percent of students and more awards

The District 99 Board of Education on Monday honored more than 80 students and their coaches, sponsors and teachers. The honorees included the top two percent of students during their four years of high school, state champion athletes, Skills winners, Athenas state awards and many more.

 
May 22, 2009 05:00 AM

Students to benefit from Foundation grants

Students at both North and South will benefit from new technology, thanks to grants recently approved by the District 99 Education Foundation, 99PLUS. The 99PLUS Board approved $4,640 in Learning Grants and $14,135 for the larger 99 PLUS grant.

 
May 06, 2009 05:00 AM

Updated Swine Flu Information

This afternoon, the Illinois Department of Public Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued updated guidance on school closures in relation to the outbreak of H1N1 Influenza (Swine Flu).

 
May 05, 2009 05:00 AM

Board lauds retiring members, welcomes new members

The Community High School District 99 Board of Education welcomed new members Debbie Boyle and Bill White and incumbents Julia Beckman and Terry Pavesich. All four were sworn in and seated at the Board’s meeting Monday, May 4.

 
May 01, 2009 05:00 AM

Precautions and planning in the event of an outbreak of the swine or H1N1 flu in District 99

This morning I attended a meeting sponsored by the DuPage County Regional Office of Education and DuPage County Health Department. Click this article for key results of this meeting.

 
Apr 30, 2009 05:00 AM

Important information for District 99 families regarding swine flu

District 99 would like to share important information regarding swine flu. We continue to work closely with the DuPage County Health Department and the Regional Office of Education to obtain the most current and accurate information about swine flu in our area.

 
Apr 24, 2009 05:00 AM

Board adopts minimal fee increases for next year

The Community High School District 99 Board of Education on April 20 adopted small student fee increases, saying it wanted to keep pace with inflation but also minimize the effect on families. Fees will go up between $1-$5 and some won't increase at all.

 
Apr 09, 2009 05:00 AM

Board Workshop Cancelled

The meeting scheduled for Monday evening, April 13, has been cancelled.

 
Apr 08, 2009 05:00 AM

School Board Election

Unofficial results - 4 seats

 
Mar 24, 2009 05:00 AM

Safety Drills Conducted at District 99 Campuses

This morning both North and South High Schools held practice lockdown safety drills.

 
Mar 18, 2009 05:00 AM

Impressive events at the Board’s March business meeting

First, the Board awarded approximately 180 certificates of achievement to individual students and staff members for their awards and honors over the last three months of the school year. The second impressive presentation was made by representatives of the South High Biology Professional Learning Community (PLC) team and its work in improving students’ learning about using and interpreting graphs and analyzing data.

 
Mar 17, 2009 05:00 AM

Twelve students named National Merit Finalists

District 99 North and South High Schools announce the names of students who were selected as Finalists in the National Merit Scholarship competition.

 
Feb 25, 2009 06:00 AM

South Speech Team wins sixth State Championship; North comes in Fifth

The District 99 South High School Speech Team captured an unprecedented sixth consecutive State Speech Team Championship Feb. 21. Also, the North High Speech Team placed Fifth in the state finals.

 
Feb 24, 2009 06:00 AM

Speech Team Places 5th at IHSA State Finals

This weekend your Downers Grove North speech team placed 5th at the IHSA state speech meet in Belleville, IL.

 
Feb 24, 2009 06:00 AM

Board reviews budget cuts for next year

The Board again took another look at next year’s budget, which will likely include substantial cuts to balance expenditures and revenues. The downturn in the economy will result in lowered revenues from a tax levy that is based on an extremely low consumer price index (.1 percent) and a $400,000 loss in interest.

 
 
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