March 29, 2017

Activity, registration fees rise for next year

by Megan Jones, Editor-in-Chief All District 214 students will face fee increases in the 2013-14 school year as the school registration fee increases by $30, and student activity fees will be raised $15 each year for the next three years. According to Jim Perkins, school board president, the change is brought on as federal and state budgets are being cut, which make up 10 percent of the district’s budget. “We are trying not to make any effects on the classroom because of our budget. We have great partners that are helping us cover technology costs, and it helps that we’ve…

Dr. Lopez says farewell to WHS, moves higher into Dist. 214


by Megan Jones, Editor-in-Chief As students from WHS settled into class on Friday, April 5, Dr. Lazaro Lopez, principal, announced his promotion as he moves higher into District 214 as the Associate Superintendent for teaching and learning. His promotion is effective July 1. “The opportunity is very bittersweet; I really enjoy being principal of WHS as it’s been my identity for the last six years and I would gladly do it for many more,” Dr. Lopez said. “In reality, I’d love to do both jobs. I’m excited about the role I can play to foster partnerships, external experiences and career…

Orchesis goes on District 214 tour


District 214 celebrates student creativity in Fine Arts Anthology

by Erika Pogorzelska, Staff Reporter Several students’ art and writing have been published in this year’s District 214 Fine Arts Anthology, a literary magazine that collects students’ art and poetry from all of the schools in the district. Art and creative writing teachers submit a student’s writing or art entries.  Students who were published were recognized at a ceremony on April 10 at Forest View. “The nice thing about the magazine is how there’s no ‘Wheeling Section’ or ‘BG Section’; it’s a cohesive feature,” Laura Wagner, English teacher, said.

BREAKING NEWS: Dr. Lopez announces final year at WHS

by Megan Jones, Editor-in-Chief  In an announcement at 7:30 a.m. this morning, Dr. Lazaro Lopez, principal, announced that he will move on to Associate Superintendent for teaching and learning for District 214 and will no longer be WHS’s principal as of July 1.  “As I have been passionate, driven and fearless about my work here for each of you, what brings me some solace and excitement is the reality that I will still be doing what I do best with STEM (science, technology, engineering and math education), partnerships, grants and helping to support relevance in the classroom on a broader scale at all…

D214 Students Display Work in 2013 Traveling Arts Unlimited Photo Show

The work of District 214’s photography students is now on display in a traveling exhibit, the Arts Unlimited Photo Show, which began Wednesday, March 6, in Buffalo Grove High School’s (BGHS) Library. The exhibit is now making its way throughout all the other District 214 schools for viewing. Approximately 150 pieces are included in the show, which were judged by photographer and photo teacher, Jeff Dionesotes, on Friday, March 8. Dionesotes spoke to BGHS photography students on the day he judged the show, and discussed and shared both a sampling of his professional work, as well as work by his students at Barrington High…

Students participate in annual Creative Writing Day


Videos by Rosalie Chan, Web Editor The following videos are slam poetry performances of the two WHS students who performed: Perla Jiménez, senior, and Celine Dirkes, junior.

Programs help close Hispanic Achievement Gap

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by Rosalie Chan, Web Editor Throughout the Northwest suburbs, Hispanic students have improved on standardized test scores, but an achievement gap remains between them and their peers.  However, WHS has worked to close this achievement gap. On average, Hispanic students at WHS have performed better on standardized testing for math than Hispanic students in the district and state, with 56.3 percent of them meeting or exceeding expectations on the math portion of the PSAE, compared to 50.5 percent of Hispanics in District 214 and 36.2 percent in the state. WHS works to close this gap by offering courses with career…

District 214 ponders insurance options

by Megan Jones, Editor-in-Chief Gridiron Alliance, local advocates who reach out to paralyzed high school athletes, asked District 214 to consider a paid insurance policy that would cover student athletics in case of “catastrophic” accidents. The discussion arose at the school board meeting on Thursday, Oct. 18. “The district should look into more insurance policies because there are many families who may not have insurance at Wheeling, and it would be nice to have more protection at athletic events,” Chad Mikosz, senior, said. District 214 already offers optional student athletic insurance for in school and out of school hours. A…

Dussling receives Friend of Scholastic Journalism award

by Megan Jones, Editor-in-Chief William Dussling, District 214 board member, has been selected as one of the five “Friends of Scholastic Journalism” national honorees for 2012 by the Journalism Education Association (JEA). “Friend of Scholastic Journalism” Award recipients are nominated by JEA members for their support, service, financial sponsorship or personal dedication toward the betterment of scholastic journalism. Dussling was nominated by Stan Zoller, Rolling Meadow High School’s newspaper adviser. The honorees are known for helping strengthen the values of free speech and civic engagement. Dussling will receive his honor at an awards luncheon at the JEA and National Scholastic…