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District Announcements
WYSE Winners
WYSE Team Competes at State
The GHS WYSE Team competed at the State finals held at the University of Illinois on April 14.  Results from the competition include earning three medals:  Stephanie Chou (6th place Chemistry) and Thara Nallamothu (5th place Chemistry and 4th place Biology).  Team members pictured are: Ellen Costic,
Kaitlyn Fleigle, Thara Nallamothu (medalist), Maryam Siddique, Kate Lytchakov, Tommy Yang, Matt Mancewicz, Lauren Taylor, James Nie, and Alvin Huang (not pictured: Tariq Issa, Eric Hudec, and Ben Luebkemann). Congratulations to the entire WYSE team on their incredible season

Recycling Event Draws Near
Key Club Community Recycle
Event April 25

Glenwood High School Key Club will once again be hosting its annual community Recycling Day on Saturday April 25, from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. in the west parking lot of the high school. Directly after, join the Chatham Kiwanis and American Legion for a Mostaccioli dinner fundraiser at the Chatham American Legion (206 W. Chestnut) to benefit the Honor Flight - 4 to 7 p.m.

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Glenwood Hall of Fame Reservations Being Taken
Reserve your spot now for the Glenwood Hall of Fame Banquet scheduled for 12 Noon, April 26 at Glenwood High School. The cost is $15 for adults, $5 for children (12 and younger). Call the GHS Athletic Office at 483-2424, ex. 5, or e-mail kmidden@chathamschools.org to RSVP. 

The event will begin with a catered banquet and will conclude with a ceremony honoring the 2015 Hall of Fame Class of inductees: Service – Jim Fox, 1956-64 Head Boys Basketball Coach; Achievement – Robert Fielding, Class of 1955; Lifetime Recognition – Pam Charlson Speer – Class of 1967; Team – 2005 Boys Soccer State Champions; and Posthumous – Chad Young, Class of 2003.

The Glenwood High School Hall of Fame, which includes students who have graduated from Ball and Chatham High Schools, was created to honor those individuals or groups whose actions or achievements in their chosen fields bring honor and distinction to the heritage of Glenwood High School. Categories of recognition include: Achievement, Athletics, Service, and Lifetime Recognition.

Glenwood Athletic Booster News
Athletic Boosters Plan “Takeover Night” at Buffalo Wild Wings April 27
The Glenwood Athletic Boosters are planning a fundraiser at Buffalo Wild Wings on April 27th.  Present a ticket from the attached flyer and Buffalo Wild Wings® will donate 15% of all pre-taxed food sales, for dine-in and carry-out orders, to the Athletic Boosters. Guests must present a ticket in order for their food purchase to count towards our donation to the boosters. One check per ticket. For example, if a family of four pays on one check, they only need to have one ticket.
Takeover Night groups may not pass out tickets to guests who are arriving or who are already in the restaurant (this includes the parking lot and any BWW property in general); this is considered solicitation and it is prohibited. Any solicitation that occurs on Buffalo Wild Wings property will result in forfeiting of the donation from the Takeover Night. 

GHS Band Back from Disney World
GHS Marching Titans Learn Much from
Disney Experience

The Glenwood High School Marching Titans traveled to Walt Disney World in Florida during spring break to march down Main Street in the Magic Kingdom parade, take part in an instrumental workshop, and enjoy the sights and sounds that Disney offers. GHS Band Director Gina Coonrod noted that while in the workshop, students practiced a section of The Lion King theme song. Then Disney professionals put their music with the animation. She said it was quite a learning experience to see how this was accomplished.
 
Students in the marching band have been fundraising for the Disney trip for over four years.  Band members would like to thank their parents and supporters for helping give them this amazing opportunity to make memories that will last a lifetime.

Mark your calendars - Parade of Pigs is Back!

BCEF's Parade of Pigs Fundraiser Coming in May

The Ball-Chatham Educational Foundation's spring fundraiser aims to help enrich the creativity and innovative potential of our students by collecting donations in piggy banks specially painted by some of the district’s most talented artists! Monies raised will help fund each school's art program.  The ceramic pigs are now placed at the host sites until May 22nd to collect donations from our generous community. The host sites are: 


 

  • Island Bay Yacht Club
  • Chatham Library
  • INB-Chatham
  • UCB-Chatham
  • BOS-Chatham
  • County Market-Chatham
  • Powerworks Fitness
  • Edgar's Coffee House
  • Casey's General Store, and
  • All Ball-Chatham schools
On May 29th, the banks will be auctioned off at a cookout on the patio at Island Bay Yacht Club. 

This year's sponsors are: O'Shea Builders; Maddox Dentistry; Shelley Ebener; Jane Hay Sales & Staging; Ed Clark Photography; Chris and Joan Parks; Dr. Sarah Fowler & Chris Chambers; Formea Insurance Group; Steven Koch, CFP, Ameriprise Financial Services; and Kevin Floyd, DDS. In-kind supporters are: China Towne, Frye-Williamson Printing, and Ben Ladage Auctions.

Contact BCEF Director, Julie Nortell-Briggs at BCEFDir@chathamschools.org if you would like to purchase tickets to the cookout at Island Bay on May 29. $25 per person.

2015 GHS Summer Sports Camps
Glenwood Sports Camps Announced!
The Glenwood High School Sports Camps have been announced for this summer! Click here for details on all the camps and the registration form. Registration is due by May 8. Registrations received after May 22 are subject to a $5 per child late fee.

Village of Chatham Summer Program
Village of Chatham Summer Recreation Program Announced
The Village of Chatham Summer Recreation Program information is now available! There are programs for children and adults alike. Also included this year are the GHS Summer Sports Camps details. Click here for details!

District Perspectives – April 2015
By Supt. Carrie Hruby

​From the moment I was honored to accept the Ball-Chatham Superintendent position, we have navigated difficult terrain.  One of the most difficult matters is the reduction of state funding to Illinois schools.  This year is no different.  Last week there were hundreds of legislative bills considered in committees at the Capitol.  Action was taken to address the state’s budget deficit for the remainder of this fiscal year.  HB 317 and 318 are expected to close a $1.6 billion budget deficit by reducing dedicated state funds and cutting 2.25% of all other state budget line items. This equates to a $150 million loss for public education in the state. Those bills became Public Act 99-0001 and Public Act 99-0002 when the Governor signed them.  http://www.iasb.com/govrel/alr9912.cfm.
 
In addition, the State has released anticipated reductions based on SB1 (School Funding Reform).  The impact to Ball-Chatham could be a $1.2 million overall annual reduction in State funding. Further, we’re hearing that school districts should not count on receiving one, or even possibly two, of the four categorical payments owed by the State. The loss of these would further add to our current year (14-15) deficit by $630,000 - $1.25 million. And then there’s pension reform, which is still an unknown at this time but could increase our expenditures significantly going forward. Read more...

Athletic Booster Golf Outing May 31
Glenwood Athletic Booster Golf Outing May 31
The Glenwood Athletic Boosters invite everyone to participate in their annual golf outing May 31 at Piper Glen Golf Course. Please plan to arrive by 11:30 a.m. for registration and lunch. Shotgun start at 1 p.m. $100 per golfer includes: 18 holes with cart; lunch; two on-course beverage and game areas; dinner and prizes. Checks should be made payable to the Glenwood Athletic Boosters. Registration form and payment, due by April 30, can be returned to the high school Athletics Office, or mailed to GHS, 1501 E. Plummer in Chatham. 

District Announcements
Negotiations - Announcements

Stay Up-to-date with Contract Negotiations
The Board of Education is in the process of negotiating a contract with the BCEA.  Meetings are held in closed session, and details of progress remain confidential until the contract is ratified and approved.  Both the Board of Education and the BCEA agree that it is in everyone's best interest that progress be reported regularly. 

Update

We'd like to hear from you!
Have a Great Idea to Improve Our Schools? 
Please feel free to email community@chathamschools.org with any and all ideas. Administrators will give each idea or recommendation their full consideration.

Ball-Chatham Supports Vision 20/20!

Watch informational video below, featuring many Ball-Chatham classes and activities:
 

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