English

Department Chair
Dr. Tim Pappageorge
847-803-5739

Administrative Assistant
Debra Golojuch
847-803-5738

Liana Bracker
Chris Brassell
Matt Ellefson
Brian Getz
Dan Gonzalez
Charles Gray
Jenny Gustavson
Margie Hiselman
Ryan Klatt
Seth MacLowry
Kristen Marshall

Laurie McGowan
Zanfina Rrahmani
Todd Ruder
Gus Segovia
Jennifer Struebing
Anthony Tavano
Joel Walsh
 
Teacher Assistants:
Angelica Corbett
Irene Koliopoulos
Leila Noelle

National English Honor Society

Applications for membership in the National English Honor Society are being accepted through Friday, September 7. 

The mission and purpose of this organization shall be literary and educational. NEHS shall strive to confer distinction upon secondary school students for high achievement in English Language Arts; encourage interest in the English Language Arts; promote exemplary character and good fellowship among its members; and serve society by fostering literacy.

What are the requirements to become a member of NEHS?

Candidates must have completed the equivalent of two semesters of English prior to induction as members.
Candidates must have achieved a minimum overall grade point average of a 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale – unweighted) prior to induction as members.
Candidates must have achieved a minimum English grade point average of 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale – unweighted) prior to induction as members.
Candidates achieving the minimal requirements will be invited to apply for membership in NEHS. The application process will require candidates to demonstrate their desire to be a member of NEHS by:
meeting the G.P.A requirements.
submitting a writing example.

Additional details may be found on this information sheet.

Summer 2018 Reading Program
Maine West English Department Chair Dr. Tim Pappageorge has announced the 2018 Summer Reading Program. All students are asked to select one book from this list and to read it during the summer.

For all English classes, students will read one of the books from the all-school list and be ready to discuss their selection when school resumes in August.

In addition to reading a book from the all-school choice list, Accelerated and Advanced Placement English students will read an additional book and complete an “Accel & AP English Assignment” as listed here.

Department Information
Engagement as a citizen, in a career, and as a lifelong learner, requires strong literacy skills, and English classes provide a deep foundation for students with reading, writing, listening, and speaking. English classes range from focusing on reading and understanding fiction and non-fiction text, conducting original research, and writing and speaking for a variety of audiences. Additionally, there are a number of courses that offer college credit as part of successful course completion through both Advanced Placement tests as well as through dual-credit with Oakton Community College.

The major goals of English classes are that students will be able, at various levels of skill development to…

  • read with understanding and fluency
  • understand the expressed meaning in literature representative of various societies, eras, and ideas
  • write in order to communicate for a variety of purposes
  • listen and speak effectively in a variety of situations
  • use reading, writing, listening, and speaking skills to research and apply information for specific purposes.

Regardless of the course selected, students will have experiences leading them to the successful accomplishment of these five goals.