Community Consolidated School District 146
Making Slime
The Horizon
August 2019
Dr. Jeff Stawick, Superintendent
From the Superintendent

I hope you have all had a fun-filled and restful summer. We can’t wait to welcome back our students for the 2019-2020 school year! The new school year also brings some changes to District 146.

The construction at the four elementary schools has been complete. We are excited for students to learn in the new classrooms and resource spaces, play in the new playgrounds, and eat in the new cafeterias. I hope you all take the opportunity to attend the Open House events at each of the buildings to tour the new additions.

We also have new faces in our buildings. In addition to the new teachers and support staff your students will encounter, Fulton, Kruse, and Memorial students will also meet new administrators. Along with two new District administrators, the new two new Principals and a new Assistant Principal are introduced later in the newsletter. 

I look forward to seeing the positive impact the new space and administrators will have on our students.


Dr. Jeff Stawick
2019-2020 Breakfast and Lunch Fees
For the first time in seven years, the District’s milk, breakfast, and lunch fees will be increased. The new fees will be in effect for the 2019–2020 school year.

Milk: $.35
Breakfast: $1.25
Elementary Lunch: $3.50
Middle School Lunch: $3.75

The District partners with PushCoin so families can monitor balances and instantly add funds to their child’s debit card as necessary.

Please click here to access the free and reduced lunch applications. Completed forms can be submitted to the District 146 administration office. If you have already received an email regarding your student’s lunch status, you do not need to complete a form.
New Faces Join the D146 Family
The District welcomed five new administrators over the summer. Although two will be familiar to many, their new positions offer exciting opportunities for the District. All five have hit the ground running and fit in perfectly with the District 146 family.
Wendy Wolgan
Wendly Wolgan
Director of Curriculum

Mrs. Wolgan joined the District in July. She has been an administrator for 15 years and keeps students at the heart of her educational decision-making. She has experience in fostering collaborative professional learning communities, a model embraced by District 146.

I am excited to join the District 146 family," said Mrs. Wolgan. "I am committed to partnering with students, staff, and families to ensure that all students reach their potential.

Mrs. Wolgan has completed doctoral course work in Curriculum and Instructional Leadership and is currently completing her dissertation focusing on research related to problem solving in mathematics.
Kelly Volvia
Kelly Voliva
Director of Student Services

After two years as the Principal of Memorial School, Mrs. Voliva moved to the District office in July. She brings experience managing special education, school psychology, multi-need, English language learner, early childhood, and kindergarten programs.

I am thrilled at the opportunity to work alongside so many wonderful families across the District," said Mrs. Voliva. "I will miss my Memorial family but am very excited about helping families in every school."

Mrs. Voliva has a bachelor’s degree is special education, a master’s degree in school psychology, and has completed doctoral course work. 
Megan Mitera
Megan Mitera
Principal, Fulton

Many will recognize Mrs. Mitera, who was the Assistant Principal at Fulton since 2015 and the Assistant Principal at both Fulton and Kruse for the 2018-2019 school year. Before becoming the Assistant Principal, she was a Speech-Language Pathologist at Fulton for 13 years.

“I look forward to seeing all of our Fulton students grow and achieve at high levels each year,” said Mrs. Mitera. “We will continue our high academic and social-emotional standards to help prepare our students for their bright futures.”

While with District 146 Mrs. Mitera has coordinated the Extended School Year program, been active in special education planning, and is co-leading the District’s social-emotional committee this year. 
Joe Trsar
Principal, Memorial

Mr. Trsar comes to Memorial with experience teaching language arts, English language learning classes, foreign languages, and early learning. He has also been an assistant principal in two school districts.

“My goal as principal is to facilitate the critical relationships between the school, families, and community, to support and help all our students succeed academically, socially, and emotionally,” said Mr. Trsar.

Mr. Trsar has a bachelor’s degree in international business and German, and two master’s degrees in the education field.
Assistant Principal Kim Hartnett
Kimberly Hartnett
Assistant Principal, Fulton and Kruse

Mrs. Hartnett joined the District this July as the new Assistant Principal for Fulton and Kruse.

“I look forward to building strong connections with everyone in the Fulton and Kruse communities,” said Mrs. Hartnett. “I truly love the relationships I make with students, staff, and families. I learn so much each year through those collaborations.”

Mrs. Hartnett has a bachelor’s degree in elementary education and a master’s degree in educational leadership. She became a first-grade teacher in 2005, and an Assistant Principal in 2017.
Tag, You're Fit!
In this edition of the D146 Wellness Committee's newsletter: the dangers of energy drinks, tips to build strong bones, and a summer burger recipe!

Click below to read this quarter's edition!
A Familiar Face is the Newest Face on the District 146 Wall of Fame
Patty Champ has been a member of the District 146 staff for 34 years. She will continue to be a familiar face at District 146 as the newest addition to the District’s Wall of Fame.

“Patty has been a staple at Fulton and invaluable to the District for many years,” said Dr. Jeff Stawick, Superintendent. “She has touched the lives of so many students, parents, staff members, and administrators. Her impact will be felt by many people for years to come."

The Board of Education unanimously accepted the resolution to add Mrs. Champ to the District’s Wall of Fame at its June meeting. She becomes the 18th person added to the Wall.
Patti Champ with members of the Board of Education
According to the resolution, read by Board Secretary Julie Berry, Champ was being recognized as a truly inspiring and exemplary teacher that has been an outstanding role model for students.

The resolution also described Champ as tolerant, kind, and patient with a combination of fairness and understanding that has helped her meet her goal of success for all students. She was also recognized as being a benefit for not only students, but also parents and colleagues.

“I want to thank Dr. Stawick and the Board of Education for this award and recognition,” said Champ. “Honestly, it’s been an honor and privilege to work at District 146 all these years. I’d also like to thank Mr. Gonser for the nomination and for his leadership and friendship throughout the years.”
Alumni Spotlight:
Joe Matise (Kruse, CMS '92)
Joe Matise
After spending some time in the corporate world, Joe Matise was looking for a career with a little more meaning to it. Two years after he received his business degree, he decided to get into the education field. He graduated from Northern Illinois University in 2002 and has been a 4th and 5th grade teacher, an Athletic Director, an Assistant Principal, Business Manager, and a Principal. Last year, he became the Superintendent of Ridgeland School District 122 in Oak Lawn.

Not only did Joe attend District 146, but his son, Jacob, is a current student. Last year Jacob attended Memorial, but will move to Central this fall. We caught up with Joe to talk a bit more about his time at District 146 and to see what he has been up to since graduating.

Were there any specific D146 staff members who had a direct impact on you?
Absolutely. There were, and are, very good teachers at District 146. Kelly Menter and Peg Sheehan were awesome teachers. Also, Sue Hollenbeck had a great impact on me. Last year I attended the ceremony when she was inducted onto the District 146 Wall of Fame.

What is one of your favorite memories from your time at D146?
When I was at Kruse, three of my best friends and I were asked to do a Christmas rap during the Christmas Program. At the end, we all posed and someone snapped a picture. To this day, we reenact that photo every time we are together. 

What is the best part of your job?
I love being in the classrooms and working with our kids. I truly enjoy seeing the smiles on their faces and the excitement when they learn something new. Being in education is all about relationships, as well. I really like building relationships with students, staff, families, and the community. It is great. There is no other job like this.

What advice do you always give your students?
I don’t know if I’d call it advice, but I always like to give economic lessons when I visit the classrooms. It is the business side of me coming out. I like to teach the importance of money, how banks work, and things like that. I find fun ways to teach them something that they may not learn in the classroom otherwise.

What advice would you give D146 students?
Enjoy your time in these schools. This is a great District with great teachers and great people. You will meet some of your lifelong friends at District 146. I met two of my best buddies in 2nd grade. We have stood up at each other’s weddings and became Godfathers to each other’s children. I would never move out of District 146; it has become a home away from home. 
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Upcoming Events

19: NO SCHOOL- Institute Day
20: NO SCHOOL- Institute Day
20: Fulton Open House/Picnic
21: Memorial Kindergarten Meet & Greet
21: Fierke Kindergarten Meet & Greet
21: Fulton Kindergarten Meet & Greet
21: Fierke Open House/Curriculum Night
21: Kruse Open House
27: Fulton Curriculum Night
29: Memorial Curriculum Night
29: Kruse Curriculum Night
29: Kruse Kindergarten Meet & Greet
30: Pre-Kindergarten Screenings

2: NO SCHOOL- Labor Day
3: Board Committee of the Whole Meeting
4: Kruse Special Persons Day
4: Central Middle School Open House
9: Board of Education Meeting
10: Kruse Ice Cream Social
19: Kruse PTA Meet & Mingle
19: Early Learning PAC Meeting
27: Pre-Kindergarten Screenings
Building benches in summer school
Our Schools

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Board of Education

John Malloy

Darcy Nendza
Vice President

Julie Berry

Vince Aiello

Dean Casper

Julie Jackson

Rick Lloyd

Dr. Jeff Stawick

Mrs. Wendy Wolgan
Director of Curriculum

Mrs. Kelly Voliva
Director of Student Services

Mr. Vern Bettis
Director of Technology

Mr. Jeff Charleston
Director of Business Services/CSBO

Mrs. Joanne Clyde
Director of Bilingual Education

Mr. Matt Shanahan
Director of Buildings and Grounds
Community Consolidated School District 146
Phone 708-614-4500 | Fax 708-614-8992