Director of Communications
April 11, 2006
Education Partners, good afternoon.
- The Board of Education last night appointed Mike Ploszek to fill the
seat left open by former Board member Julie Hartig’s resignation in
- The Board also directed administration to begin the process to address
the district’s continued growth by redrawing K-12 attendance area
assignments for 2007-08 – and to forego any building referenda until at
least March 2008.
- And, the Board directed administration to present options for possibly
returning students to Corron Elementary School. Those options will be
presented to the Board at its April 24, 2006 regular meeting. Here is the
latest Board of Education Meeting Synopsis:
- Fresh from its 10-day trip/tour of Germany, the St. Charles North High
School Jazz Workshop learned last week that it has been selected to perform
at the 60th Annual Midwest International Band and Orchestra convention, to
be held in Chicago from December 19-23, 2006. This is a highly-prestigious
event. Last year, only two high school jazz ensembles WORLD WIDE were
selected to perform.
The performance will take place at the Hilton Hotel and Towers on Michigan
Avenue for more than 2,000 educators, administrators and family members. As
if more were needed, yet another affirmation of the high quality of District
303’s performing arts programs. Kudos to all.
- The Norris Cultural Arts Center is accepting applications for two
- The Becky Blaine Visual Arts Scholarships, recognizing the
contributions and dedication to the visual arts field by long-time St.
Charles East High School art teacher Becky Blaine. These scholarships are
available to 2006 St. Charles East and North high school seniors who will
be pursuing post-secondary education in the visual arts field at a
college, university or a recognized fine arts school. A total of $3,000
will be awarded to one or more students who have shown exemplary interest
and talent in the area of the visual arts.
- The 2006 Fine Arts Scholarships which are dedicated to the support of
the arts. These scholarships support one or more graduating seniors at St.
Charles East and/or North high school or students living in District 303
who are planning on pursuing further education in fine arts. A total of
$1,500 will be awarded to students who have shown exemplary interest and
talent in any area of the fine arts, including music, theater and visual
Applications for BOTH scholarships must be received by Wednesday May 1,
2006. Please call the Norris Cultural Arts Center for more information or
to request an application, at (630) 584-7200 ext. 14.
- Applications are due by April 15 for the Tyler Brett Caruso Memorial
Fund scholarships for graduates of St. Charles East and North high schools.
The scholarships provide a one-time award of $1,000, made payable to the
college or university of the recipient’s choice. The applicants must have
displayed exemplary achievements in many of the following areas: academics,
athletics, student leadership and school service, music, and community
The application process includes an application form, a 300-500 word essay,
a list of school and community activities, two recommendation letters, and a
copy of the applicant’s high school transcript. Students may obtain
application packets from their guidance offices. Applications should be
returned to The Tyler Brett Caruso Memorial Fund, c/o Anthony J. Caruso Jr.
and Marilyn F. Caruso, 1125 Crabapple Lane, St. Charles, IL 60174.
Have a great evening,
Director of Communications