DGS March Principal Update

Warm wishes to our South High Students and Families!

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

Video message highlights:

  • Thank you to all of the students who participated in our Black History month activities! You can watch the play and read other highlights here. A special shout-out to senior Aamari Taylor, whose work was featured at a recent Village of Woodridge Meeting.
  • We have many people deserving of recognition:
  • Congratulations to South High staff member Amy Klug - recognized as an outstanding activity sponsor for Key Club
  • Congratulations to the five South High students named as National Merit Finalists - Luc Alvarez, Dyanna Boone, Jacob Poeschel, Christopher Sapinski and Jonah Sprandel
  • Congratulations to Maya Homberg for receiving an “Honorable Mention” in the Scholastic Writing Awards
  • Congratulations to South High’s speech team for finishing 3rd at sectionals and competing at state where they finished 7th as a team! Congratulations also to those who received individual medals:
    • Samantha Wiggins - 3rd place Original Oratory
    • Gwen Royle - 3rd place Humorous Duet Acting 
    • Sydney Richardson - 3rd place Humorous Duet Acting, 4th place Original Comedy
    • Kayte Salgado - 5th place Prose Reading
  • In an effort to help you develop better relationships with your students during these challenging times, District 99 has partnered with Alder Grove Counseling to offer a special webinar this week. “Just Talk to Me,” a webinar scheduled for Wednesday, March 3 from 7 to 8 p.m., will provide strategies for better conversations. All District 99 parents/guardians are welcome to attend. Check the email that you received to submit questions in advance.
    • Parents may also be interested to know that our friends at grit2 are hosting a webinar on Tuesday, March 9th with 360 Youth Services in Naperville on the topic of “Talking About LGBTQ+ Topics with Your Teen.”
  • The College and Career Center is hosting our annual College Exploration Night on Wednesday, March 10 at 7 p.m. It is open to all students and parents who are interested in learning about campus life, academics, and admissions at different types of colleges: highly selective; traditional, private, liberal arts; mid-sized private; large, public university; and community college. The representatives will speak about their type of college, although they might add some specific college information as well. Watch your email or check the school web calendar for a link to this session.
  • The week of March 15th, we will celebrate Respect Week. We will host a kindness challenge with the theme of the week being “You can’t mask respect.”
  • The following week is World Language week. The World Language Department and the Spanish, French, and German Clubs will have special activities.
  • Saliva Screenings are now optional for everyone except those who are in Behind the Wheel Driver’s Education. We do encourage everyone to participate as this screening will help us all stay safe and help us avoid having to return to remote learning.
  • With the new CDC guidance, we are working on a plan to expand in-person opportunities when metrics allow. We’ll share additional information before spring break.
  • Remember that there will be no school for students this Friday, February 26; it is a county-wide teacher institute day. There is no school on Monday, March 22 as it is a Remote Learning Planning Day for the staff. There will also be no school during spring break, March 29 through April 5. Classes resume on Tuesday, April 6.

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, or stop by the main office.

Have a great month of March!

Ed Schwartz

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