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District 207’s Best for October – Community Service
On behalf of the faculty and staff of Maine East High School, I am pleased to name Bella Garcia as one of “District 207’s Best” for her outstanding work in community service.
With NHS, Bella has chaired a section of Haunted Hallways, our Halloween Open House for the community. She added her amazing gratitude to the Fuzzy February Fundraiser by handwriting a personalized thank you card to each staff member who participated. She organized a group of peers to make and served dinner to the Hephzibah Children’s home last year, and just did so again just a few days ago. She regularly helps at Bernie’s Book Bank and Maine Township Food Pantry. If there is a place where she can do good for others, Bella steps right up. Her heart is GOLD. It all comes from a place of genuine caring, not resume building. If I ever have a big philanthropy project for NHS, I know I can put it in her capable hands! – National Honor Society Sponsor Wendy Reitz
Bella is one of the most selfless students in this school. Our experiences with her last year in Junior Leaders class cemented our belief. During the school day, she led a group of leaders to the cafe on block days to promote the Kids Closet initiative. She taught her fellow leaders how to approach others and encourage students in need to take advantage. Her demeanor was welcoming and supportive to all students with whom she interacted. In addition, she was typically one of the first students in class to volunteer her time to assist with the blood drive. Bella has a heart that is 100% for others and when her goodness spreads, the ripple effect is astounding! – Theresa Bonifazi and Jon Kulesza, coordinators for the PE Leaders Program
Truly, Bella Garcia has made a significant and lasting impact on the lives and attitudes of so many students and adults at Maine East through her frequent acts of generosity. On behalf of Maine East, we are happy to celebrate her service and dedication by naming her “207’s Best”!
National Merit Commended Student
About 1.5 million high school students take the PSAT each year, and approximately 50,000, or 3.3%, qualify as Commended Scholars. This year, Maine East had 1 student qualify as a NMSC Commended Scholar, and we are extremely proud of her accomplishment! Congratulations to Anami P. on being named a National Merit Commended Scholar!
Maine East Homecoming Queen Bushra Khan & Homecoming King Juan Escobedo!
Students and staff enjoyed the fun activities and dress-up days during Homecoming Week!
The National Honor Society Presents…
Haunted Hallways and Mad Science
Friday, October 25th from 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM in the Maine East Science Wing (Door #7)
Healthy Hearts, Healthy Minds Campaign: The Physical Education/Health/Driver Education Department in conjunction with the American Heart Association have dedicated the week of October 15-October 18 as our Healthy Heart Awareness Week.
Kicking off the week will be a special call to action on the negative effects of vaping, and the importance of additional physical activity for overall life expectancy. A short video message from AHA will demonstrate the “challenge” followed up with a quick student survey.
Healthy hearts begin with aerobic conditioning and what better way then through ZUMBA! Midweek, students from every PE class will join in a 20 minute mega ZUMBA fitness activity. Students will also be able to dedicate their “my why____” messages of hope at our dedication table to salute and honor those who have been affected by cardiovascular disease. Their dedication cards will be displayed outside at Friday’s Rock – n – Run event. Friday, our Rock – n – Run culmination will be a 30-minute walk/run promoting health and physical activity. For every hour you exercise, you gain two hours of life expectancy. Walking is one of the simplest ways to get active and stay active. Walking has a significant impact on your health by lowering your chances of heart disease.
The AHA will be collecting donations from students and the community. Any donation received will go directly back to the American Heart Association to support training, education, and awareness. Here at Maine East, we were awarded free CPR training kits to further educate our students in both sophomore and junior leader classes, thanks to generous public donations. Donations can be made at www.heart.org/ahc. Scroll down to find your school and type in Maine East. Then click search.
Vaping Information for Parents
Parents looking for information about vaping and how to talk with their child(ren) about vaping can use this informational overview from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Career and Technical Education
CTE Students from Maine East competed in a STEM Competition at the IBEW Electricians Union school in Alsip last week. They were challenged to create a Solar Powered Electrical Plan for a residential home. Students then completed physical tasks typically found on job sites, including climbing scaffolding, setting up fall protection and walking on roofs, and bending conduit to specified angles. This was an excellent opportunity to take part in an engaging event focused on careers and post secondary educational opportunities.
Student Sabrina R. had this say say about her experience: “I really enjoyed going to the competition at the Technical Institute. I got to experience what it’s like to be an electrician, and overall it was an enjoyable experience!”
College and Career Resource Center
Many students and families think that our Career & College Resource Center is a place they should go to when they are a senior ready to apply to college. Although that is true, there is so much more to our CCRC than most students and families know about.
The CCRC has opportunities for every grade level. We help students explore career interests with interest and aptitude tests, field trips, job shadows, and internships. Students are also able to get help in finding jobs and completing their applications. The Career & College Resource Center isn’t just a place for seniors; it is a place for all Maine East students.
Lina N. is a student that truly brings her language learning to life. As a student of both Italian and Spanish here at Maine East, Lina makes it a priority to incorporate the languages she is learning every day, and not just within the classroom setting. Recently, Lina brought the Italian language “to life” by traveling to Italy on her own. There, Lina learned about life in Italy as a teenager, “hanging out” with her peers and putting into practice what she has learned about the Italian language and culture. Without a doubt, Lina has walked away with indelible experiences about bringing the Italian language “to life” through her travels and we are happy that she has shared those experiences with us!
Congratulations to these fine musicians – Telmen, Mark, James and Kevin – on their selection to the ILMEA District 7 Honors Festival!