August 2017
Message from the Superintendent

Summer, as always, has flown by.  This summer was particularly active.  Summer learning opportunities existed through Destiny: Imagination, STEM Camp, Extended School Year, and a variety of S.O.A.R. classes.  There was a little bit of something for everyone.  Based on feedback from the surveys, we will continue to strive to maintain the things that went well and improve on the areas for growth.  

Teachers were involved in professional development ranging from learning more about the new technology programs at Park Junior High to learning Orton-Gillingham Reading Strategies and Structured Word Inquiry strategies.  By the end of next summer we will have all of our Kindergarten through Grade Two teachers trained in Orton-Gillingham Reading Strategies.  This will help us as we strive for our District Goal that all children will read at or above grade level by the end of Third Grade.

Our incredible maintenance staff has been cleaning the buildings and getting them ready for the start of school. Congress Park received an incredible Playground facelift over the summer, thanks to the Congress Park PTO with a huge shout out to Shannon Kudia for her work in organizing a large portion of this project! Ongoing painting and updating continues to occur at each of our schools in order to keep them looking fresh and inviting for our students. 

It is going to be a spectacular year. As we continue to address the goals in our Strategic Plan, we will keep the community updated through the district website and monthly newsletters on our progress, hurdles, and successes. With the current state of affairs in Springfield as they relate to school funding, there is little more that we can say that you haven't already seen in the media. We continue to encourage all parties to come together and pass a new school funding formula that will benefit all of our students and districts to ensure that all students have the opportunities and experiences that will prepare them for the future. We will keep the community updated with any changes that may directly impact District 102.

We look forward to seeing all of the students back at school for a half-day on Wednesday, August 23. Enjoy the remaining weeks of summer!

Welcome New Staff

We will welcome several new people to the district this year.  You will read more about the 14 new teachers in each of the school newsletters throughout the year.  In addition we welcome: 

Diana McCluskey - Assistant Superintendent for Finance and Operations, CSBO
Kateri Quiñónez - Director of Special Education
David Holt - HR Manager
Amy Becker - Administrative Assistant to the Superintendent and Curriculum
Claudia Jiménez - Congress Park Principal
Joe McCauley - Ogden Principal
Jerry Luterman - Chief Custodian, Park
Mary Luxem - Assistant Secretary, Ogden
Register for August S.O.A.R. Enrichment Classes Today! 

There's still time to enroll in S.O.A.R. classes!  Sessions take place at Park Jr. High the week of August 7th.  Visit the district's website and click on Aestiva 102 for detailed information on the classes.  


If you have questions, please contact Dr. Randy Lange at
Special Education Department  

We are looking forward to the start of school, although it seems as if we just completed our Extended School Year (ESY) program. Many thanks and appreciation to the teachers and paraprofessionals who devoted five weeks of their summer vacation in providing services to our students!  I will be sharing the results from our parent survey on the ESY program in the September newsletter, as we continue to receive them by mail. 

We welcome the following new staff members to the Special Education Department: 

Tina Biel, Psychologist ( Forest Road)
Kathryn Champagne, Occupational Therapist ( District)
Cara Gray, Psychologist ( Park Junior High)
Claire Fleming, Special Education Teacher ( Barnsdale Connections)
Julie Nicholson, Special Education Teacher ( Congress Park)
Mary T. Santucci, Speech Pathologist ( Barnsdale ECE & Forest Road Primary Connections)  
Nicole Skiniotes, Special Education Teacher ( Forest Road Primary Connections)

Although not new to SD102, Kateri Quiñónez will begin as Director of Special Education.

Additional information on the department will be forthcoming in the September newsletter and on the district webpage for special education.

Dr. Joyce Powell
Assistant Superintendent for Special Education
Right At School Open House on August 7th

Right At School's Open House is taking place on Monday, August 7th from 1-3pm at Ogden Avenue School's playground! Open to all District 102 families, sample Right Club curriculum with fun activities, meet the staff and enjoy a cool treat! To view flyer, please click here.
See the August 21 Eclipse Live Via LTTV

On August 21, 2017, millions of people across the United States will have an opportunity to see a total eclipse of the Sun. The Moon completely blocks the Sun, daytime becomes twilight, and the Sun's outer edge barely visible in the darkened sky. 

With the "Great American Eclipse" less than one month away, LT astronomy teacher Kevin Murphy and LTTV manager Bill Allan have partnered and are in the process of finalizing the Astronomy Club Field Trip to southern Illinois for the solar eclipse. They plan to view the eclipse from the town of Vienna, with LTTV live streaming the event, including shots of the eclipse, plus behind the scenes footage showing LT students following the event and Murphy's narrative as he updates his students. Conditions and technology allowing, they will live-stream the eclipse to a variety of social media channels. The eclipse will hit their site at about 1:20 CDT and last for about 2 ½ minutes.
Dates to Remember  
(Please visit a school or the district site for additional dates.)

August 3: Walk In Residency Check, Park Jr. High, 11am - 7pm

August 8: Walk In Residency Check, Park Jr. High, 10am - 6pm

August 10: Special Board Meeting, Park LRC, 4:30pm, Topic:
                    Board Self Evaluation

August 14: Make Up Residency Check, Park Jr. High, 8am -

August 16: 7th Grade Orientation Day at Park Jr. High, 9am  

August 18: Meet the Principal at Ogden, 10:30am-Noon

August 20: Cossitt PTC Back to School Party, 1:30pm 

August 21-22: Staff Institute Days (No Student Attendance)

August 22: Meet the Principal at Ogden, 6-7:30pm

August 23: First Day of School (Half Day), Dismissal at 11:20am

August 24: Board of Education Meeting, Park LRC, 7pm
                    Forest Road Back to School Party, 5:30pm 

August 25: Congress Park PTO Back to School Bash, 6pm 

August 28: PreK Classes Begin

La Grange School District 102 | 708-482-2400 | 333 N. Park Road |
La Grange Park, IL 60526 |

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