Principal's Message

Greetings Eagle Families & Friends:

First, I want to convey my gratitude to all parents who completed this year’s 5Essentials survey.  As I mentioned in previous communiques, 5Essentials requires schools to meet 20% participation rate in order to produce a report for the school.  We landed at a little better than 23%, so thanks to all who took the time to share your thoughts.  I’ll be sharing the results once we receive them and how they impact next year’s school improvement planning.  

While February was a short month, it was packed with activities and events that we highlight in this issue.  For example, Student Council started a new tradition of “Carl Cares Week” leading up to Turnabout.  The Council dedicated each day to a specific charity and all proceeds of color coded wristband purchases benefited organizations including Neat Repeats, the American Heart Association, Greenpeace, and the Alzheimer’s Association.  I take this moment to thank Student Council for creating an opportunity for our student body to think about important issues that affect all of us and how we, as a school community, can contribute to and influence positive change.  

As February closed out, so, too, did the winter athletic and Speech seasons.  At our Winter Recognition and St. Baldrick’s Assembly on March 24th, we will celebrate the accomplishments of all of those involved students, including Junior Hunter Morris who finished 2nd in State for Original Comedy; Sophomore Patrick Nolan who took 5th in the 120 pound wrestling weight division; and Senior Patrick Brucki who is the 2017 State Wrestling Champion in the 195 weight class.   In addition, Junior Sophia Jablonski made State of Illinois history last month by capturing the State title as its first-ever girls’ wheelchair bowling champ.  Thirteen Sandburg musicians advanced to ILMEA All State, and our Cheerleaders took 3rd in State this year and watching them twirl and flip on each other’s palms gave me goosebumps.  What a great honor all of these students bring to our school!

We recognized and celebrated the academic accomplishments of many members from the Class of 2017 at the annual Senior Honors Recognition Night on February 28th.  Our academic departments recognized a senior student who met the established criteria for excellence in each particular content area.  In addition, students in the top 1%, top 5%, and 10% were honored for their high academic standing, and we commended our PSAE Scholars, National Merit Commended, Semi-Finalist and Finalist Scholars, and  Outstanding Eagles.  Through their many achievements, these students will leave a lasting and memorable impression for future graduates.  We congratulate them and their families.

As we transition out of the worst of the winter months weather-wise (even though we can’t complain this year), Sandburg’s student body, including incoming freshmen, has completed course registrations for the 2017-18 school year.  The registration process is informed by student need and interest.  How students have registered drives all of the next steps in the master schedule process, so from now until the end of April, we will begin building both student and teacher schedules.  This process is carefully completed within a context of fiscal responsibility and prudent resource allocation.  

And so we welcome the next season of this school year and all that it has to offer our staff and students - even the new SAT test on March 1st.  The March schedule of events is listed on the back of this newsletter, but I do want to add a plug here for the Music Boosters’ upcoming Craft Fair on March 11 and 12.  Lots of great shopping and even better company!  For those families who really like to plan ahead, next year’s calendar is now posted to the website.  I repeat information from last month that we will celebrate Columbus Day and President’s Day on the actual Monday holidays next year and will move parent-teacher conferences to the Tuesdays following those holidays.  In addition, there will be no school on the Wednesday before Thanksgiving.   

Welcome Spring and Go Eagles!

Deborah D. Baker


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