Did you know...
That three district committees were created last year to study long- and short-term solutions to the issues related to Conrady Junior High School. The committees eventually recommended that the board of education place a referendum on the ballot asking the community to decide whether to build a new junior high school.
That the Conrady boys volleyball team in the last three years has won two conference championships and one tournament championship.
That the Conrady Drama Club has about 100 members each year who learn basic acting techniques as well as communication and improvisational skills. The school has no stage, no rehearsal room, no facilities to learn stagecraft set construction and other crew skills.
That the Conrady Dance Club has more than 120 members who have won numerous competitions over the last several years and have been asked repeatedly to perform at Stagg High School as an exhibition team during dance competitions. However, because of a lack of space at the junior high school, the three Conrady dance teams (cadet, senior cadet and Jaguar) can practice one or two times a week since they all need to share space in the cafeteria.
That Hickory Hills' Mayor Mike Howley has come out publicly in support of the need for a new junior high school.
That five Conrady Junior High School students recently competed in a "You Be the Chemist" challenge at Moraine Valley Community College. Two of Conrady's five students were among the top four students who advanced to April's state competition at Northwestern University?
That District 117 encourages family and stakeholder participation and holds numerous events throughout the year to include them in an effort to strengthen student learning?
That Dorn School holds an annual Autism Walk to raise money and awareness for the developmental disorder?That all three of our schools that qualify (Conrady, Glen Oaks and Oak Ridge) have consistently received the Academic Excellence Awards?
That the district has experienced an increase of nearly 400 students within the last nine years?
That the district encourages participation among its stakeholders, especially parents, to assist whenever possible?
That the District and its five schools, teachers, staff and everyone associated with the district works daily to "create a positive and caring learning environment that fosters excellence and active student participation and to ensure that every student will realize his/her full potential as a socially responsible lifelong learner."
That the Conrady Boys' Soccer Team has won the championship once and has advanced to the finals twice in its first three years in existence? The boys' soccer program is extremely popular and has a turnout of more than 100 boys and 100 girls each year who try out for the team? Soccer has more students try out than any other sport at the school?
That Conrady Band students have performed concerts in New York City, St. Louis, Cleveland, Indianapolis and other cities.
That Conrady's current facility does not support the number of students interested in the art program.
That Conrady Junior High School competes with many other schools ins ports, academics and fine arts – and has won numerous championships – yet the building is not equipped to host competitions in all these areas?
That Glen Oaks School's Fast Track Math classes are participating in the statewide Illinois Council of Teachers of Mathematics winter competition? The top 10 individual and top two team scores per grade level are combined to derive a school's score.
That some of our young artists from Dorn and Sorrick schools have artwork displayed at the Kiwanis Showcase of Talent at Stagg High School?
That Conrady's Art Club currently has 41 members, but has a waiting list of 40 more students who want to join but can't because of space restrictions?
That Conrady's Boy's Softball teams have been conference champs two of the last three years?
That students throughout the district remain socially conscious while participating in numerous events that raise awareness, and money, for those less fortunate?