Justin Jankus powers through the finish line Friday, capping an impressive first-place finish in the mile run in which he never relinquished the lead. Several of Jankus’ Conrady teammates also finished strongly in the distance event held at Stagg. Conrady participants in the relay teams, long jump, high jump, and sprint races also had notable finishes. Congratulations to all of the competitors for their efforts on a cold and blustery day. The team’s next meet will be held Tuesday at Reavis High School in Burbank
What started out as retaliation for losing a debate has spun into a demonstration of skills for three 8th grade classes. Approximately 80 students from Ms. Sweiss’ Language Arts classes and Mr. Mateja’s Social Studies classes will participate in the first 8th Grade Symposium this May.
Important Reminder to Students
The Lady Jaguars battled back after an early goal to tie the squad from Grissom Junior High Tuesday, but lost in penalty kicks, 2-1. The girls won in penalty kicks Thursday against Tinley during a hard-fought contest at Stagg. The boys’ team picked up two wins this week, including a dominating performance against Grissom (9-0) and a nail-biting 1-0 victory against Tinley. The squads play again Monday at Liberty Junior High in Burbank.
Conrady’s Dance teams took center stage this past weekend at the spring dance show, “Can’t Stop the Feeling.” An enthusiastic crowd of more than 250 got to see the Jaguar Black, Gold, and White Division squads as well as some fantastic individual routines. Coached by Rebecca Dankowich, Gina Mastie and Samantha Sincock, the teams performed to a variety of pop tunes both classic and modern. Congratulations to all who participated.
One of the rites of passage for many a junior high school student is frog dissection. Textbook drawings are fine, but nothing can take the place of actually seeing the organ systems and the way they work together. Seventh grade students in Dr. Draguesku’s and Mrs. Ball’s science classes worked after school this past week to put their fears aside and really get inside the topic, as these three students showed.
More than 100 parents, students, and staff turned out for Conrady’s Family Literacy Night Thursday for a well-orchestrated evening of pizza, improv, and fun. Led by Katherine McKnight, an author, teacher, and nationally recognized expert in adolescent literacy, Conrady teachers got a quick lesson in using improvisational lessons to foster student involvement. By the time parents and students finished their pizza dinner in the school cafeteria, McKnight and her charges were ready for a round of improv games. McKnight’s classroom-tested strategies use improvisational techniques to develop language and literacy skills. And while teachers can appreciate how the interactive exercises can boost student learning in listening, teamwork, and communication, most in attendance could agree on one thing: they were fantastically fun for everyone.
They say you can’t go home again, but sometimes home can come to you, as Conrady Principal Andy Anderson witnessed Thursday night. Anderson’s alma mater, Lapel High School in Indiana, brought its famed Show Choir to Conrady for a performance. Conrady Choir students also performed a song-and-dance number with the choir, but not before Anderson was brought onstage and outfitted in leather jacket, shades and halo for a rendition of the 1960s classic “Johnny Angel.” Jeanine Terhune, the Show Choir Director and Anderson’s former teacher, was also in attendance.
Congratulations to Peter Onjack! The Conrady 7th grader just learned he will be advancing to the state level competition in the National Geography Bee. Onjack, who won the schoolwide Geography Bee held in January, will compete in the Illinois Geography Bee to be held in Springfield on March 31. One champion from each state and territory will advance to the National Geographic Bee Championship, which will be held May 14-18 at the National Geographic Society headquarters in Washington, D.C. The national winner receives a $50,000 college scholarship.
2:30 PM - 4:00 PM 7, 8 band rehearsal
2:30 PM - 4:00 PM Track practice
4:00 PM - 6:00 PM Soccer Game @ Liberty
2:30 PM - 4:00 PM ART CLUB MEETING
2:30 PM - 4:00 PM Jaguar Band
2:30 PM - 4:30 PM Play Rehearsal
4:00 PM - 6:00 PM Soccer Game @ Palos South
4:15 PM - 6:30 PM Track meet @ Reavis H.S.
2:30 PM - 4:00 PM ART CLUB MEETING
2:30 PM - 4:30 PM Girls/Boys Soccer Practice