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St. Joseph School boasts plethora of awards

What do you get when you

have four major awards given to

two people and one school? You

get St. Joseph School in Lockport!

St. Joseph School is a small

school in a small town, but has

a BIG collection of honors and

awards that has not been attained

by any other school in the State

of Illinois … or even the nation.

First came the National Blue

Ribbon School of Excellence

Award from the U.S. Department

of Education in 2010, then

came leadership awards both

for the pastor one year and the

principal the next year from the

National Catholic Educational

Association, and most recently

came the 2016 National Association

of Elementary School Principals’

“Distinguished Principal


St. Joseph has received four

national awards in just six years!

How can one little school earn

so many honors? Focus. Dedication.

Faith. The administration

and staff of St. Joseph put

their hearts into creating a strong

academic and faith-filled atmosphere

for students and families.

The best chefs know that the finest

meals are cooked in small

batches and so St. Joseph is able

to encourage the development of

each student through a blend of

rigorous course study and extracurricular

programs. This “home

away from home” is much more

than a school for children — it is

a community of caregivers that

wants the best for each child.

This is a promise that St. Joseph

School has honored for over 130

years and proudly honors today.

A family that has been a part of

the St. Joseph School community

for over a decade shares, “Our

children have been so fortunate

to have not only the academic

but spiritual guidance from the

teachers and staff at St. Joseph’s.

Our children are thriving because

of SJS. While strong academics

is obviously important to us,

a firm foundation in their faith

is probably more important, as

their beginning here encouraged

them to continue with Catholic

education in college. They still

acknowledge St. Joseph’s as

when they found their need for

faith and determined its importance

in their lives,” said Karen

Bartecki, mother of one current

SJS student and three graduates.

St. Joseph teachers use every

possible advantage to develop

the children’s talents with

a state-of-the-art technology

lab, interactive technology-rich

classrooms, a 1:1 Laptop/Tablet

Program for grades 5-8, and an

iPad program that begins in kindergarten.

Elizabeth Boba, assistant

principal and junior high

teacher, utilizes the advanced

technology skills of her students

daily. She remarked, “The 1:1

laptop program that St. Joseph

offers for our junior high students

provides countless enriching

educational experiences both

inside the classroom, as well as

at home. It is truly a blessing to

teach in such an innovative environment.”

St. Joseph continually focuses

on improving the school campus.

The newest upgrade includes a

complete remodel of expanded

Early Childhood classrooms.

The Early Childhood Program

is a great priority at SJS. As

Principal Scheffler shared, “As

our Early Childhood Program

continued to grow and develop

into additional part time and full

day programs, we determined

the need to expand the learning

environment for our youngest

learners. We completely remodeled

with enlarged classrooms,

new furniture, a ‘tree house’ -

our reading tree, and additional

hands-on materials that the students

simply can’t put down.

They are thriving in our interactive


The new improvements

brought great excitement for the

children and parents. As Alicia

(Nowak) Bothell, SJS Class of

1996, shared, “As an alumni, I

have always looked fondly on

my time at St. Joseph, and now

as a parent, it was without hesitation

that my husband and I

enrolled our daughter in the SJS

Early Childhood program. Her

enthusiasm for learning, and her

interest in faith, is a testament

to the wonderful teachers and

staff. She has also enjoyed the

newly remodeled classrooms,

her favorite being the reading


St. Joseph continues to rise to

the top in academics and faith.

As the community celebrates

and supports St. Joseph, the future

remains bright and filled

with opportunity.

Submitted by St. Joseph School, 529

Madison St., Lockport. For more information,

contact Principal Lynne

Scheffler at (815) 838-8173 or visit


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Queen of Peace educates,

nurtures young women

Queen of Peace High School

has been educating young women

for more than five decades

and has created an environment

that nurtures and empowers each

individual to become a confident,

competent and courageous

woman ready to succeed in the


The Queen of Peace STEM

curriculum provides students a

prelude to subjects that they typically

do not encounter until college.

This exposure allows these

young women to consider and

prepare for collegiate and professional

careers in what were

typically male-dominated fields

such as technology and engineering.

The focus on STEM has

resonated with incoming students

as Peace has seen increasing

numbers of students taking

the entrance exam and an incoming

frosh class that is the largest

in the last five years.

“Queen of Peace is committed

to offering a STEM (science,

technology, engineering and

math) education to young women.

We bring our curriculum to

life in many ways. Recently, we

added an AutoCAD computer

laboratory, partnered with Khan

Academy and enhanced our

commitment to Project Lead the

Way by adding additional engineering

courses,” said Queen

of Peace Principal Hedi Belkaoui.

“Current PLTW course offerings

include: Introduction to

Engineering Design, Principles

of Engineering, Civil Engineering

and Architecture and Biomedical

Science. Students who

successfully complete PLTW

courses have the opportunity to

earn transferable college credit

at the University of Iowa, one

of the top engineering schools in

the country.”

In addition to the STEM curriculum,

Queen of Peace offers

10 competitive sports, over 35

clubs and organizations and a

vibrant performing arts program

that includes the Peace Theater

Company and Peace Dance


Queen of Peace is sponsored

by the Dominicans of Sinsinawa.

Submitted by Queen of Peace,

located at 7659 S. Linder, Burbank.

For more information, contact Aubrie

Rizzo at rizzoa@queenofpeacehs.

org or (708) 496-4752.

Home of the Four Time National Award Winning School

The ONLY National Blue Ribbon School of Excellence in the Area

2015 Distinguished Pastor • 2016 NCEA & NAESP Distinguished Principal

Friends for Life

• Unmatched Curriculum. . . Unmatched Student Success Rates

• Half and Full Day Programs for Preschool 3 & Up

• Before and After School Extended Day Care Programs

• Top Tech Program Since 2010

• Fully Integrated PE, Music and Art Program

Call today for a tour 815-838-8173 • www.stjoeschool.com



Providence Catholic announces new scholarship program

Placement Exam

for eligibility to be

held Jan. 14

Providence Catholic

High School has implemented

a new academic

scholarship program that

will tremendously impact

the incoming freshmen

(Class of 2021) who enter

PCHS in the Fall of 2017.

The scholarships range

from $6,000 to $10,000

and are available to all students

who place in the Top

10 percent on the school’s

Placement Exam.

The Incoming Freshman

Placement Exam will take

place on Saturday, Jan.

14, beginning at 8 a.m.

The exam is open to all

eighth-graders interested

in attending Providence

Catholic for the 2017-

2018 school year. Pre-registration

is not necessary,

but there is a $25 testing

fee due on the day of the

exam. All testers are asked

to bring two No. 2 pencils

and a completed Student

Information Form, which

is available on the Placement

Exam page of the

school’s website. Calculators

are not allowed to be

used for the exam.

Providence is a Catholic,

co-educational, college

preparatory Augustinian

high school in New Lenox.

A dedicated and caring faculty

and staff integrate the

core Augustinian values of

truth, unity and love into

all dimensions of student

life. A demanding curriculum,

inclusive service

programs, competitive




A Queen of Peace education is a mission-based, rigorous

academic experience in a safe and nurturing environment.

We provide our diverse student body with an exceptional

education, which includes a STEM (Science, Technology,

Engineering and Math) curriculum. Queen of Peace is the

only all-girl school in the Chicago area and the second

all-girl school in the nation to partner with Project Lead

the Way and offer this program of study.

For more information on Queen of Peace High School or

to register for these events please visit www.queenofpeacehs.org/admission

or call 708.496.4752.

athletics and comprehensive

extracurricular offerings

challenge students in

a safe and nurturing environment.

One hundred percent of

the our recent graduates

continued their education

at a college or university

and earned scholarships

valued at more than $30

million. Eighteen percent

of these graduates were

named Illinois State Scholars.

Twenty-eight percent

of student-athletes signed

National Letters of Intent

or made commitments to

continue their respective

sports at the collegiate


Enjoy a personalized visit

Tours available

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level. These seniors performed

in excess of 25,000

hours of community service

during their high

school careers. In addition,

Providence Catholic recently

earned a state championship

title in baseball,

bringing the school to 30

state championship titles,

the most among private

high schools in the state of


Submitted by Providence

Catholic, 1800 W. Lincoln

Highway, New Lenox. For

more information, call (815)

485-2136 or visit www.provi



Live a Day in the Life of a

QOP Student

January 13



For more details on the these events or the entrance exam please visit

www.queenofpeacehs.org/admission for details or call 708-496-4752.

A college-preparatory high school sponsored by the Dominicans of Sinsinawa Queen of Peace High School @QoPPRIDE @QOPPride

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Chicago Christian boasts

athletic, academic excellence

Class of 2016

earned over $2.3

million in college


A Christ-centered learning community

intent on restoring God’s world

Chicago Christian High

School is a Christ-centered

learning community intent

on restoring God’s world.

CCHS has been accredited

by North Central Association

since 1931 and

Christian Schools International

since 2007. The high

school was established in

1918 in the city of Chicago

and moved to its present

location in Palos Heights

in 1963.

Through excellent academics,

athletics, the arts

and various other student

activities, the school is

committed to strengthening

the faith and expanding the

achievement of young men

and women. CCHS is part

of the Southwest Chicago

Christian School system

with three campuses – Oak

Lawn (preschool-8), Tinley

Park (K-8), and Palos

Heights (CCHS).

While many schools will

offer an excellent education,

the CCHS experience

demonstrates that students

not only receive excellent

preparation, they develop

a sense of calling. With

regular, Honors, and Advanced

Placement classes,

CCHS ensures an education

that prepares students

for college and for life. In

addition, CCHS is a Project

Lead the Way school,

fully certified to provide

STEM courses.

The average composite

score for CCHS students

has consistently been

above the State of Illinois

average score. The Class

of 2016 earned over $2.3

million in actual college

scholarship dollars.

CCHS participates

in the following IHSA


• Boys: football, golf, soccer,

basketball, track,

baseball, tennis and


• Girls: cross country, volleyball,

basketball, tennis,

cheerleading, softball,

soccer, bowling

and track.

CCHS Athletics has won

46 championships in the

last five years in 17 different


CCHS students are encouraged

to participate

in drama, DECA, student

council, Mock Trial, Fine

Arts Festival, pep band,

WYSE, mission trips and

other student activities.

Over 97 percent of

CCHS graduates go on to

post-secondary education.

Some of the colleges to

which recent CCHS grads

have been accepted include

Boston University,

Calvin College, Hope College,

Loyola, Northwestern

University, Purdue,

Trinity Christian, University

of Chicago, University

of Illinois, University

of Kentucky, Valparaiso,

Vanderbilt University and

Westmont College.

Submitted by Chicago

Christian High School,

located at 12001 S. Oak Park

Avenue, Palos Heights. To

learn more about CCHS, visit

www.swchristian.org or call

Wilma Persenaire at (708)

388-7656 to schedule a tour,

a shadow day, or learn more

about focused shadow day




Cardinal Bernardin Catholic School sets students up for success

Open house

scheduled for Jan. 29

Cardinal Joseph Bernardin

Catholic School,

recognized by the U.S.

Department of Education

as a Blue Ribbon School

of Excellence since 2008,

is proud of its commitment

to provide a top-rated academic

experience as well

as a safe learning environment

centered in faith.

CJB welcomes students

in 3-year-old Pre-K

through 8th grade with a

focus on developing each

student’s spiritual, intellectual,

emotional, creative,

physical and social needs.

As an academic institution,

CJB School is dedicated

to designing an individual

program of success

for each child. These learning

experiences include

opportunities to challenge

and enrich talents, strategies

to compensate for

weaknesses, and programs

designed to give children

the skills to succeed in the

21st century. Additionally

through fair, firm, and consistent

discipline, children

grow in responsible decision-making,


and self-respect. We believe

that the focus of the

Cardinal Joseph Bernardin

Catholic School experience

is to motivate students

to become self-confident

lifelong learners. Our

goal is to prepare students

to be responsible members

of their community, able to

interact with people of all

races and nationalities as

they go out into the world.

Through the example of

our staff and the daily

experiences of the curriculum,

children learn the

truths of our faith, participate

in parish life, experience

a variety of liturgies

and prayer services, and

respond to the call of service

to those in need.

Cardinal Bernardin students

develop their own

personal identities while

maximizing their Godgiven

talents. They are

expected to be respectful,

accepting, and cooperative

with each other and with

their teachers. Our hope is

that the Cardinal Bernardin

student approaches learning

with openness and eagerness,

while remaining

joyful in their endeavors,

appreciative of their opportunities,

and willing to

share with others as they

grow in faith and wisdom.

Recognizing that parents

are the primary educators

of their children, our staff

supports, supplements and

enriches all experiences of

family. Parents play a critical

role in the support and

enhancement of the educational

and faith development

of their child.

From academics to

athletics, from faculty to

facilities, from before-toafter-school

care, CJB is

the Blue Ribbon school of


Visit the school’s open

house, being held from 1-3

p.m. on Jan. 29. The Pre-K

presentation is at 1:15 p.m.

and the kindergarten presentation

is at 2 p.m.

Submitted by Cardinal

Joseph Bernardin Catholic

School, located at 9250 W

167th St., Orland Hills. For

more information, contact

Cynthia Devlin at (708) 403-

6525 ext. 127 or visit www.



Thursday, January 26, 2017

5:30pm - 7:00pm

Sunday, January 29, 2017 ~ 10:00am - noon

join us for our Family Mass

prior to Open House at 9:00am

14355 Highland Avenue

Orland Park, IL 60462


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St. Mary’s students rank above national average

Open house to be held

Jan. 29

St. Mary Catholic School, located

at 11409 195th St. in Mokena,

invites families to an open

house on Sunday, Jan. 29, from

noon-2 p.m. Come experience

our welcoming community, view

the advanced learning environment,

meet the dedicated faculty

and staff, and witness testimonials

from school families regarding

academic successes and lasting


Benefits of a learning

community focused on

academics, faith and family

St. Mary School is a vibrant,

warm and welcoming Catholic

school, serving students in preschool

through grade eight. Since

1949, teachers have been providing

an extraordinary, personalized

learning environment allowing

students to achieve their full

potential. As a result, St. Mary

students continue to consistently

perform above the national average

standardized tests. Eighthgrade

students receive academic

scholarships to Catholic high

schools based upon their high

performance on entrance exams.

School leadership provides an

environment that allows students

to understand and demonstrate

their role in carrying out Catholic

values and traditions. Catholic

beliefs are infused throughout

the curriculum. Students celebrate

the Catholic faith together

at weekly school Masses, prayer

services, Eucharistic Adoration,

service projects, and through the

school’s distinctive Faith Family

program. St. Mary School is

more than just a student’s academic

world, it is an extension

of their home, where they are

nurtured with the same values

and beliefs.

See the exceptional

learning environment

St. Mary School currently

accommodates one preschool

classroom as well as two kindergarten

through eighth grade

classrooms meeting the needs

of the community. Visitors

are always impressed with the

school’s facilities, which include

a music room, art room, library,

computer lab, science lab, and

a spacious gymnasium. The

one-to-one technology initiative

provides each student in grades

six through eight with an individual

iPad, a class set of iPads

for grades three through five, and

kindergarten through grade two

have designated classroom iPads

and SmartBoards for educational

use. Primary students also benefit

from a certified reading specialist

and teacher aides.

Learn about numerous

extracurricular opportunities

and more

St. Mary School offers band

through Music Education, chess

through Bright Knights, Bell

Choir, Drama Club, STEM,

yearbook, Scout groups, Student

Council, a running club, social

events and an extensive athletic

program. Before and After

School Care is available for a fee

from 6:45-7:50 a.m. and 2:40-6

p.m. Bus service is an option for

those families who reside in the

Mokena Public School District

#159 for a fee.

Learn about tuition assistance

St. Mary’s Catholic School

offers a special Tuition Transfer

Grant for up to $1,500 per family

($1,000 in year one, $500 in year

two) for students entering grades

1-7 who transfer from any private,

public, charter or home

school. Students transferring

from another Catholic school in

the Diocese of Joliet or neighboring

dioceses are not eligible.

Be part of the St. Mary’s


“As parents, we have an obligation

to provide our children

with education, love, and support

necessary to be successful,” stated

Carrie Sincak, St. Mary School

Board President and Mokena resident.

“Since our daughter was a

kindergartner, her teachers have

given her individual attention,

challenged her academically, and

provided a faith-based culture that

we believe are critically important

to her development. We could not

be more pleased with our decision

to send her to St. Mary Catholic

School in Mokena.”

Come for a tour. Join the community.

Submitted by St. Mary’s, 11409

195th St., Mokena. For more information,

call (708) 326-9330 or visit


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We invite you to experience the vibrant, warm and welcoming

environment at St. Mary Catholic School. See why students

succeed. Feel our sense of community. Meet faculty, teachers,

families, and students in Preschool through 8th grade.

Come see the difference.

Open House


+ Tours + Onsite Registration + Refreshments

www.stmaryschoolmokena.org • 11409 195 th St. • Mokena

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Saint Michael School boasts advanced

curriculum, leadership and faith

School to host

open house events

in January

Saint Michael School, a

2013 National Blue Ribbon

School, will host its

open house on Sunday,

Jan. 29, starting at 10 a.m.

at 14355 Highland Ave.,

Orland Park. The preschool

open house will be

held on Thursday, Jan. 26,

from 5:30-7 p.m.

Prospective families

will be guided through the

school by SMS junior high

students. The students give

parents their personal view

on SMS. They will also

introduce faculty, staff and

current SMS parents who

will explain academics,

extracurricular programs

and the SMS community.

Families can also speak

with the school’s principal,

Paul Smith.

“We have made the

school’s curriculum a primary

focus in the past two

years,” Smith said. “The

surrounding public schools

in Orland, Homer Glen

and Palos are great; however,

we have the competitive

and rigorous academic

program many parents are

looking for. Even though

it is a big school, we are a

tight knit community.”

Recently, SMS integrated

Chrome books and

Google Classroom for all

students in fourth grade

and up. In addition, the

school’s technology center

is home to 30 HP Business

Desktop Elite 8300 all-inone

computers. Students

attend weekly sessions

on keyboarding, wordprocessing,

blogging and

internet safety. They also

learn how to research and

develop multimedia presentations

and programming.

IPads and e-readers

are also a big part of the

technology program that

are used regularly in the

classroom. SMS also

boasts SMART Boards in

every classroom.

SMS is the only school

in Orland Park that has a

language program where

students study Spanish

from kindergarten through

eighth grade. The math

program continues work

with blended learning,

math vocabulary and math

facts. The teachers create

new and fun ways to learn

math so all students feel

comfortable and advance.

SMS is also working on

expanding its reading and

writing initiatives though

the Daily 5, Archdiocese

of Chicago National Certification

and Harvard Data

Wise program.

SMS is proud of its

virtues program which is

incorporated into daily

student life. The program

is a school-wide program

where the students study

one virtue per month, such

as respect, justice, studiousness

and many more.

“We are preparing our

students not only for high

school, but realistic life

experiences,” said Smith.

“They will not only be academically

prepared, but

socially as well. We want

all our students making

good life choices.”

SMS is proud to offer

an Extended Day program

and full-time school nurse

to meet individual family

needs. Other school features

include: art and science

clubs; yearbook; mock trail;

First Lego League; video

club; and many more. Students

interested in sports

can participate in basketball,

cheerleading, football,

golf, soccer and volleyball.

“We treat each other like

family here,” said Gloria

Hauter, a St. Michael parent

and open house committee

advisor. “We have a

strong community that is a

wonderful support system

for parents and students


With over 600 students

from Pre-K through eighth

grade, SMS is a leading

Catholic faith-based school

in the greater Chicago area.

Average class size at SMS

is 26 students. SMS students

continually exceed

national requirements on

standardized tests.

Submitted by St. Michael

School, 14355 Highland

Ave., Orland Park. For more

information, call (708) 349-

0068 or visit www.saintmike.


Noonan celebrates over 20 years of academic excellence in a Catholic community

Noonan Elementary

Academy is a private, independent

school with a classical,

Catholic curriculum.

Faith formation was the

inspiration for, and continues

to be, the purpose of the

school. Founded in 1995 by

Roberta and Joseph Noonan,

the academy has grown

from a few dozen families

to nearly 400 students enrolled

in preschool through

eighth grade.

Dr. Roberta “Bobbie”

Noonan says, “As the

founder of Noonan Academy,

I found it my vocation

to help guide children

spiritually and provide

the best educational experience.

It is here, in this

school, where students

will develop a foundation

needed to lead a successful

and fulfilling life. It is a

privilege to open the minds

and hearts of children to

the love of Christ. And I

am proud to say Noonan

Academy offers students

both a superior education

and the support of a warm

Catholic community.”

The academy, located in

Mokena, recognizes that

each child is unique. The

school is committed to providing

each student with

an individualized plan for

educational success and the

structure for development

of the complete person

— mind, body, and spirit.

Noonan Academy maintains

an environment that is

a catalyst to learning. They

have a teacher-to-student

ratio and various resources

that allow the gifted, average,

and at-risk students to

maximize their potential.

Noonan distinguishes itself

by providing the most

classroom time, smaller

class sizes, the broadest

curriculum, extensive extracurricular

activities, and

a culture that fosters strong

character formation and

spiritual growth.

Students at Noonan

Academy, on average, attend

school 185 full days

per year. This combined

with an extended school

day translates into as much

as 30 more days per year

or 20 percent more classroom

time than that of

other local schools. By the

time students graduate,

they will have benefited

from nearly two additional

years of instruction. Also,

Noonan offers before- and

after-school daycare.

Noonan Academy’s dedication

to the overall wellbeing

of children is evident

in its rigorous health

and safety programs which

include reverse osmosis

water system, HEPA filters

in the furnaces, high-shock

absorption flooring in the

gymnasium, and a very

detailed nutrition policy

that encourages healthy

choices by disallowing

foods containing excessive

sugar, artificial sweeteners,

colors and flavors, or

any other chemical additives.

We are a completely

nut-free school.

Noonan Academy will

be hosting an open house

from 12-2 p.m. on Sunday,

Jan. 29. All potential and

interested families are encouraged

to visit.

Submitted by Noonan Elementary

Academy, located

at 19131 Henry Drive in

Mokena. For more information,

or to schedule a visit,

call (708) 479-8988 or visit


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St. Jude takes science

instruction to new level

Open house


for Jan. 29


educational facilities

close to home

Moraine Valley’s


Education Center

offers proximity

for most

“I think people come to

Moraine Valley Community

College’s Southwest

Education Center because

it’s so accessible,” said

Nathan Lewis, the center’s

student development specialist.

“It might be closer

to where they live than our

main campus.”

Located in Tinley Park,

the center attracts many

students who live in Orland

Park and surrounding

suburbs, as well as Tinley

Park, due to the convenience

of proximity to

their homes.

“And, since we’re right

off I-80, it’s easy for people

who may be coming

from work to get here, as


The Southwest Education

Center has many of

the same amenities found

at Moraine Valley’s main

campus in Palos Hills, including

computer labs, a

testing center and classrooms

equipped with stateof-the-art


Students can take transfer

and career courses at the

center, and after they complete

a course or two, Lewis

says many of them continue

taking as many classes as

possible at the center.

“We have a great, welcoming

staff. Because

we’re smaller, we can really

focus on providing

that one-to-one attention,”

said Lewis, who assists

students with admissions,

registration, financial aid,

placement testing and


The facility is Moraine

Valley’s first LEED

(Leadership in Energy

and Environmental Design)

certified building. Its

many sustainable features

include an energy-saving

geothermal system, which

extracts power from heat

stored in the earth to make

heating and cooling more

environmentally friendly;

water-efficient landscaping,

vegetative bio-swales

and porous paving materials

to lessen water waste;

and daylighting, sun harvesting

and lighting controls

to reduce the need for

artificial lighting.

Lewis thinks it’s important

that the center emphases

sustainability and is a

LEED-certified building.

“I believe it shows Moraine

Valley cares about

the environment and the

community. And, the garden

on the rooftop is beautiful,”

he said.

Spring classes at the

center begin on Jan. 30 and

the schedule is currently

available at morainevalley.


Submitted by Moraine Valley’s

Southwest Education

Center, located at 17900 S.

94th Ave. in Tinley Park. For

more information, visit www.

morainevalley.edu/swec/ or

call (708) 974-4300.

St. Jude School is preparing

students for the

21st century by creating

STEM learning opportunities

at all grade levels. Getting

students excited about

interacting with Science,

Technology, Engineering

and Math is a major initiative

in this ever-evolving

educational community.

Primary grades have a

special visitor to the classroom

who brings amazing

scientific experiments with

her. She is affectionately

known as “Miss Science”

and visits the classroom

after coordinating with the

teacher to bring interesting,

fun, and sometimes

messy activities for the

students’ widening STEM

knowledge base. She has

explored states of matter

using origami boxes and

marshmallows, investigated

land forms with salt

dough clay, dug for fossils

buried in cookies, and

used flour and plastic shoe

boxes to allow students to

demonstrate how craters

form on the moon.

This year, there will also

be STEM nights for parents

and children to attend

and explore together. The

activities will be planned

by a committee of volunteers

including engineers,

technology specialists and

teachers. The goal is to expand

the students’ knowledge

of scientific principles

through experimenting and

problem solving.

St. Jude School is in the

second year of offering a

small engine repair class

for eighth-grade students.

Students learn scientific

principles hands-on from

taking apart and putting

together a 4.5 horsepower

lawn mower engine. Ken

Echternach, the teacher

of the class, has developed

a partnership with

the Brigg’s and Stratton

Corporation to provide an

engine and tools for each

pair of students to work

with and learn from.

We will be hosting an

open house on Sunday,

Jan. 29, from 10 a.m.

until 2 p.m. You will be

able to visit with teachers

from Preschool through

8th grade and learn more

about our program and

curriculum. We offer before

and after school care

along with bussing from

the New Lenox School

District for students in

grades K-8. Financial aid

may be available to help

offset tuition costs. Come

and join us in “Learning

and Living our Faith.”

Submitted by St. Jude

Catholic School, 241 West

Second Avenue, New Lenox.

For more information, call

(815) 485-2549 or visit www.


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9250 W. 167 th Street

Orland Hills, Illinois 60487

708-403-6525 • www.cjbschool.org



Sunday, January 29, 2017


Pre-K Presentation at 1:15pm

Kindergarten Presentation at 2:00pm

• Nationally-recognized Blue Ribbon School of Excellence

since 2008

• Committed to the highest standards of education and

grounded in the Catholic faith

• PK3 and PK4 (full day and half day)

• K (full day) through 8th Grade

• Before/After School Care (6:30-7:15am & 2:00-6:00pm)

• Cutting-edge technology including ChromeBooks, interactive

whiteboards and iPads

• Response to Intervention/Differentiated Instructional


• Inclusive Education Center/Special Education Director

• Successful Career and College Ready Aspire Test Results

• Spanish, Fine Arts Program and Physical Education (Pre-K

through 8th Grade)

• Library/Media Center for Student Broadcasts and Media


• Weekly Masses

• Parent-led Virtue Program

• STEM, Robotics and Technology Programs

• 6-Sport Athletic Program / IESA Chess and Cheerleading

(6-time State Champions!)

• Extra-curricular activities

• Hot Lunch Program

• Full-time Nurse

Online Registration for the 2017-18 school year can be accessed through our website at cjbschool.org

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