Monday, October 30, 2017


Upcoming Calendar Events:

November 2 - V-Show Matinee 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM (see flyer below)
November 3 & 4 - V-Show 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM
November 5 - Daylight Savings Time Ends (turn clocks back 1 hour)
November 7 - Teacher Institute Day - NO SCHOOL
November 22 - Local Holiday- NO SCHOOL
November 23 - Thanksgiving Day - NO SCHOOL
November 24 - Local Holiday - NO SCHOOL

School News:

The PE Department Rocks! Kudos to the PE Department who did an AMAZING job turning this year's Rock-n-Run into a charity fundraiser with ME Cares. For those of you who have not heard, they earned almost $4000 in student contributions. Combed earnings this week with ME Cares' other fundraising efforts this year, we have already surpassed last year's $6500 total! 
I believe this is a throw down challenge to the other departments! 

2017 Rock-N-Run

Fine Arts: The Debate team had a very successful tournament this past weekend at the Niles North Viking Rumble.

In the Novice Division, Freshmen Bella Piekut and Nicole Piekut won the tournament, going undefeated and finishing in 1st place. Additionally, Nicole Piekut was awarded 4th Place Speaker & Bella Piekut was awarded 3rd Place Speaker in the Novice Division. Sophomore Parth Shah was awarded second place speaker in the JV division.

Way to go Debate Team!

Each year the Illinois Music Education Association (IMEA) hosts regional and state music festivals for outstanding students in Illinois.  This year, Maine East has six outstanding students who have been chosen by audition to participate in the regional music festival hosted at Glenbrook North High School on Saturday, November 11th.

IMEA District 7 Honor Musical Ensembles

Rachel Vaidya, bass clarinet

Von Vic Cayas, bass 1

Kevin OpeƱa. bassoon
Sarah Choi, percussion
Monica Stefaniak, violin
Oliver Talukder, oboe & English horn

Science: This year the science department is going to be generating four quarterly newsletters to keep everyone up to date on the latest science happenings.  In this edition, you can find information on placement for next years science course(s), Next Generation Science Standards implementation, the Oaktober Blitz, and the Exemplary Student Research Program at Argonne.  Please enjoy the first quarter edition of our Maine East Science Newsletter.

Social Science: On Thursday, October 19, nine alumni of Maine East returned to talk with students about their public service work in the areas of politics or economic development. The participants were:

Melissa Bean, '79; Hussain Bhanpuri, '00; Rachael Chaiken, '00; Trisha Chokshi, '03; Agostino Filippone, '03; David Hiller, '71; Ameya Pawar, '99; Keith Sokolowski, '14; Sam Yanover, '99.

Each of these distinguished alums has engaged civicly in the Chicago area.  Mr. Pawar is an Alderman in Chicago.  Ms. Bean was elected to the House of Representatives.  Ms. Chaiken works as a scheduler on Senator Dick Durbin's staff.  Mr. Yanover worked for the White House as an advance planner.  Mr. Bhanpuri works towards economic development in lower income areas of Chicago.  Mr. Hiller leads the McCormick Foundation, one of the largest supporters of education in the Chicago area.  Ms. Chokshi and Mr. Filippone work for the legal rights of immigrants.  Mr. Sokolowski works on organizing a gubernatorial campaign in the Maine Township area.

On October 19, they talked with Government and Economics classes about their careers and their work.  They gave advice to students who want to get politically involved, and offered volunteer and internship possibilities.  They also met with smaller groups of students to offer insight in how to connect with opportunities in public service.  The alumni also interacted with each other and discovered the incredible network of Maine East Blue Demons who are working in our political and economic spheres.

Pictured L-R: 
1) Ameya Pawar & Trisha Chokshi 2) Government ESL Class 3) David Hiller and Rachael Chaiken 
4) Sam Yanover 5) Hussain Bhanpuri, Keith Sokolowski & Agostino Filippone 6) Melissa Bean, Trisha Chokshi & Ameya Pawar

Dean's Corner: It is very important for parents and students to familiarize themselves with the Student Code of Conduct which is posted on our website, and is also in the Student Handbook.  Please be aware of items that cannot be brought to school which may be considered illegal and a violation of the Student Code of Conduct - such as, vapes, tobacco products, weapons such as knives, tasers, mace, etc. Our goal is to provide a safe educational environment for all students and staff, so it is important to have a conversation with your student to ensure they do not bring items which may result in fines, arrests, suspensions and/or expulsion from school. Please feel free to contact the Deans Office at (847) 692- 8327 if you have questions, or wish to clarify the policy.