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With the first quarter completed, we are well on our way into the school year! The first quarter at Maine West High School brought myriad activities that engaged students in significant ways and often resulted in exemplary performance for which our students were recognized.

The National Merit Scholarship program, for example, recognized four Maine West seniors for commendation as a result of the PSAT/NMSQT scores they earned on the test taken in the fall of their junior year.  With one semi-finalist, Veronica Kleinschmidt, and three commended scholars, Kara Dempsey, Pavani Jairam, and Anastasiya Sahayda, the class of 2019 distinguished itself admirably. Furthermore, Davis Parks, senior, was recognized as 207’s Best in the area of Academic Achievement for Maine West and was honored at the October 1 Board of Education meeting. The West staff shares in the excitement and pride felt by the families represented by these talented students.

In the area of Fine Arts, too, West will be well represented at the Illinois Music Educators Association (IMEA) with students Holly Bleeden, Phoebe Kohl, Logan Kulbersh, Ryan Spero, and Zach Ward selected for their respective music ensembles; they will perform on November 10th at New Trier High School in the ILMEA District 7 Senior Festival. Additionally, our theatre program presented the creative, energetic, and well-performed Peter and the Star Catcher on September 27-29.

In athletics, our girls’ golf team broke the record for wins in a season this year, and we commend them on their incredible season. The team also had two sectional qualifiers, Katie Benziger and Anastasia Peric. Additionally, the boys’ golf team had one sectional qualifier, Luke Rothweiler. The girls’ tennis team had one state qualifier, Maja Kozerski, qualifying for state competition in back-to-back years. Furthermore, our football team has a 7-1 overall record to date and is undefeated in conference. The team has qualified for the IHSA State playoffs in consecutive years for the first time in school history. The fall season is not yet over, and we anticipate additional achievements from our fall athletes. 

And with national school tragedies in the news more often than we ever thought possible, we would like to share with you what we are doing in the area of school safety. We will have ALICE (Alert, Lockdown, Inform, Counter, Evacuate) training for all staff on Tuesday, November 6, an Institute Day when students are not in attendance. ALICE supports and instructs the new recommendations from the US Department of Education.

Looking ahead, I would like to remind all parents of upcoming dates/events: October 22-26 is Red Ribbon Week, a week to celebrate a drug-free lifestyle – follow Twitter for dress-up days. Additionally, our annual food drive for the Des Plaines Food Pantry begins Monday, October 22.  Students can bring non-perishable food items to their 1st-period class, or parents can drop them off at the front entrance. We will attempt to fill a school bus on Friday, November 2, with our donations. Also of note: October 26 is the due date for Pass/Fail petitions, and the Veteran’s Day assembly will be held on Thursday, November 8 at 7:45 a.m. Thanksgiving break begins on Wednesday, November 21; school resumes on Monday, November 26.

The next Parent Meeting with the Principal will be held on Monday, December 10, 6:00-7:00 p.m. in Room H-106.

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We look forward to seeing you in the building!

Marina Scott and Maria Ward
Interim Principals