DGS Principal Video and Message

Greetings South High Students and Families!

Despite the obvious challenges, the 2020-2021 school year is moving along. It’s been wonderful seeing a few students and staff back in the building recently.

If you have a few minutes, I hope you’ll watch my short October video message here

Video message highlights:

  • Thirteen South High seniors were recognized in the National Merit Scholarship Program for their excellence in academics.  More than 1.5 million students took the 2019 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT) in the fall of their junior year. Eight of our students earned Commended status, scoring in the top 3% of test takers.  Five students; Luc Alvarez, Dyanna Boone, Jacob Poeschel, Chris Sapinski, and Jonah Sprandel are National Merit Semifinalists.  Congratulations to all!
  • We also named our 2020-2021 Student Representative to the Board of Education.  Congratulations to Zoe Boyd on representing the South High student body in this important role.
  • Thank you to all of the students who participated in the virtual homecoming activities.  The virtual rally will be released on YouTube on Friday afternoon at 3:30 p.m. Check this Student Activities page or the students’ email for a link and the ability to see the talents of the students, staff, and alumni of South High...and find out about the 2020 Homecoming King and Queen.
  • We have been working at getting students back into school.
    • Small groups began learning in school for half days this week.
    • Next week we will welcome freshmen for a couple of days each.
    • The week of October 12th has two key events, details of which are forthcoming:
      • Seniors will take the required SAT on Wednesday, October 14, 2020.  All other students will work on normal classroom assignments that day.
      • Parent Teacher Conferences will occur during the evening of October 15 and the morning of October 16. 
  • Beginning on October 19, we are excited to see students through the Modified Hybrid Schedule.  We will send reminders out prior to that date.
  • Though getting back to school in person is a great first step, it’s important that students recognize that it will not look the same as it does normally.  Students will not be allowed to gather in groups in the hall and socialize.  They will certainly be able to say hello in passing, but grouping of students will not be possible.  Let’s make the best of the uncertain situation!

As always, please feel free to call or email me with any questions or concerns. I can be reached at 630-795-8511 or at eschwartz@csd99.org; students are welcome to email me, talk to me in the hallway (from a social distance), or stop by the main office.

Have a great month of October!

Ed Schwartz

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