Tuesday, October 3, 2017


Greetings everyone, and welcome to the Maine East News Blog - We are launching the Principal's Newsletter in a blog format this year, and we hope that you find it useful, and more user-friendly. Our goal is to bring you school news, information, and events more frequently which you can access easily from your home computer or your mobile device.

I encourage you to check back regularly for new information, or you can sign up for email updates to be notified of new posts. Please take a few minutes to read through the news items to learn about the great work our students and staff are doing at Maine East!

Dr. Mike Pressler, Principal

Upcoming Calendar Events:

October 9 - Columbus Day - NO SCHOOL

October 10 - NO SCHOOL - Parent Teacher Conferences can be scheduled during either of the 2 sessions which run from 2:00 - 5:00 PM, and 6:00 - 9:00 PM. Detailed information and scheduling instructions are available in the Parent Letter which was mailed home, and on the Maine East website.

October 11 - Half-day testing for all Freshmen, Sophomores and Juniors Only:
Seniors will not be in attendance on this day. Freshman will take the PSAT exam, and Sophomores and Juniors will take the PSAT/NMSQT exam. Additional information can be found in the Testing Flyer, or on the Maine East website. The cafeteria will not be open, but cereal and bagels will be available for breakfast before testing begins.

October 16 - 20 - Homecoming Week

  • Monday: Sleeping Beauty - Wear you PJs!
  • Tuesday: Class Colors Freshmen Sophomores Juniors Seniors
  • Wednesday: Goofy Day - Be Wacky!
  • Thursday: Disney Day - Dress as your favorite Disney character!
  • Friday: Spirit Day - Wear Blue and White!
October 21 - Homecoming Dance

School News

Harshita Padiyar
District 207's Best:Congratulations to Harshita Padiyar, who was named as District 207's Best for Academic Achievement at the October Board meeting. Among her many other accomplishments, Harshita was also named as a National Merit Semi-finalist this fall. We are proud of her and confident that a bright future lies ahead.

The Maine East Library as acquired a new database called the Testing and Education Reference Center (TERC) in order to help serve our students with the most up-to-date test preparation available for the SAT, ACT and Advanced Placement tests. TERC offers the following benefits for students and parents:
  • Enhanced test preparation through full-length practice exams and diagnostic pre-tests for AP, ACT, SAT, PSAT, GED, TOEFL, U.S. Citizenship test, and much more.
  • Bette college planning through and easy-to-search database of more than 4,000 accredited schools.
  • Essential financial aid tools to help quickly search for scholarships/awards that meet your needs, and tips on filling out the FAFSA application.
  • A Career Assessment and Resume Builder tool in which students can map a career path, match occupational interests, and build interviewing skills.

We encourage students and parents take advantage of this valuable resource. Please use this link to watch the Instructional Video. You may also contact librarians Rummanah Aasi raasi@maine207.org, or Pamela Morgan pmorgan@maine207.org, for more information.

Physical Education-Junior Leaders: The school year is off to a great start, and our current Junior Leader Program consists of 78 students. The focus of the Junior Leaders program is built around a leadership model which consists of the following principles.

Our first unit of instruction was team building;a unique opportunity for our students to build self-awareness, establish a communal trust among peers, and an understanding of their leadership potential through various team building tasks and challenges.

We capped our unit on Thursday, September 14, with a leadership teams course trip to the Barrington Park District. The Leaders brought all of their team spirit and energy to the outdoor teams course, and it was a full day of challenging and problem solving initiatives for the students. While the day was an amazing end to the unit, it also laid the ground work for what will be an amazing school year!

The Fine Arts Boosters' Annual Cheesecake Sale is underway again this year! Surprise your guests with a special treat for Thanksgiving or the Winter Holiday, or indulge your family's sweet tooth with one on these delicious cheesecakes. Order forms and payment are due by October 30th with pick up on either November 9th, or December 7th. Please see the Product Description sheet for information and prices, and you may send/bring payment (please make check out to Maine East Fine Arts Boosters) to Maine East. If you have any questions please call the Maine East Fine Arts Department at (847) 692-8500.

Athletics: During the Spring of 2017, 7 Maine East Varsity Teams earned the IHSA Team Academic Achievement Award (up from 6 the previous year). To earn this award, a Varsity team must average a GPA of 3.0 or higher. Overall, Maine East had 14 teams earn the award during the 2016-2017 school year-which is up from 2015-16 (12) and 2014-15 (9).

Antoine Kelly

Maine East senior Antoine Kelly had a busy and eventful off-season. The standout pitcher was invited to participate in a number of All-Star and Exposure Events which included pitching in front of fans and scouts at Kansas University, Guaranteed Rate Field, and Wrigley Field.

Follow Maine East Athletics:

Web - http://il.8to18.com/maineeast/
Twitter - @MEHSBlueDemons
Instagram - mehsbluedemons

Seniors - Sign up now for FAFSA!

Career Resource Center (CRC): Seniors who will be attending college for the 2018-2019 school year should fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) ASAP. Students and parents are encouraged to drop by the CRC at any time to file the FAFSA, or you may attend the special FAFSA completion session on Saturday, October 21st from 10-12. You may contact Mr. Ibrahimovic at (847) 692-8514 or aibrahimovic@maine207.org if you have questions, or check the CRC website for additional information.