Empowering Students: Engaging, Supporting, Succeeding
December 2, 2022
What's Happening in December:
December 18-26: Hanukkah
December 18: International Migrants Day
December 25: Christmas Day
December 26: Kwanzaa Begins
December 2 (6-7:30pm), Friday: Kendall Co. Community Food Pantry Satellite Location Open at Old Traughber (Open to all!)
December 3 (12-4pm), Saturday: Oswego Vocal Music Department Boosters Holiday Gift Wrap
December 5 (7:15pm), Monday: Board of Education Meeting @ Oswego East High School (Community Room) and streaming live online at www.sd308.org.
December 9, Friday: Crosstown Basketball Game @ OE / Girls' Varsity @ 5:00 and Boys' Varsity @ 6:30
December 14 (6:00pm/Virtual)Wednesday: Community CHAT: Weathering the Storm Click Here to Register
December 14 (6:00pm), Wednesday: EL Parent Program Presented in Spanish: The Power of No: A Small Word That Will Give Wellbeing to Your Mental Health El Poder del ‘NO’. Una Pequeña Palabra que Te Dará Bienestar y Salud Mental
December 15 (5:00 pm), Thursday: Northern Illinois Food Bank's Mobile Pantry @ Lakewood Creek Elementary
December 22, Thursday: End of 1st Semester (Grades 6-12)
December 23 - January 6, 2023: No School Winter Break
For a complete District Calendar of Events, please click here.
DID YOU KNOW that each of our schools in our district have their own social media accounts which can be followed? That's right....Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Instagram, and their own webpage. "Follow" the social medium platform for your school TODAY.
From our Superintendent Dr. John Sparlin
As we near the holiday season, many of us look for extra ways to spread kindness and joy to others. Our district community is fortunate to have several local programs that help our students and families in need, both now and throughout the year. Two of these organizations, the 3:11 Project and Community Cares, are asking for our help as they assist area families, many of whom are SD 308 families, with gifts for the holidays.
There are numerous children and families left needing a sponsor this year, please consider getting together with colleagues, friends, or your family to provide gifts and household items for those needing some extra help this holiday season. Community Cares is also looking for volunteers to assist with sorting and delivering gifts.
Community Cares - Continuing the 38 year tradition of the Oswego Christmas Project known now as the Community Cares Holiday Project. Help bring cheer to local families by signing up to sponsor a family, or consider volunteering your time on December 17th to help with sorting gifts/and or making deliveries.
3:11 Project - Did you know that the 3:11 Project was initially created because the founder wanted to help families during the holidays? This organization provides assistance year-round to area families. Help 3:11 Project in their mission to create holiday joy for local children. Use this link to sponsor a child, the deadline to drop off gifts is December 4th.
I am always so proud of this district community each time opportunities like this arise; when we all give a little it adds up to a lot! If you choose to assist with one of these two organizations, or the countless other ways you can give back to our community, I thank you.
Expanding Student Voice
Interviews were conducted by members of the Superintendent Student Advisory Committee this week to add seven additional students to the group. Superintendent Dr. John Sparlin and Director of DEI Dr. Jadon Waller joined the students in reviewing applications and conducting in-person interviews with students. The goal of the committee is to grow membership in order to provide a vast representation of their student bodies at each high school, creating a conduit between students and district leaders. The committee meets on topics identified as most important by students through surveys.
The group provides the student perspective, brings forth questions, concerns, and feedback to the district's senior leadership team. From this committee, two Board of Education Student Ambassadors provide updates to the Board, and serve as the student perspective in discussion at Board meetings. The formation of this committee and the Student Ambassadors was started last year as part of the strategic initiative to include student voice in decisions that impact their educational journey.
PRIDE (Proudly Recognizing Individuals Demonstrating Excellence)
Congratulations to the November/December PRIDE winners! PRIDE stands for Proudly Recognizing Individuals Demonstrating Excellence and was established in 2015 to celebrate the many contributions made by teachers and employees around the district. TEACHERS: Stephanie Allen (Oswego East High School), Beth Prigodich (Oswego High School), Katelyn Willmann (Grande Park), Julie Wulff (Wolf's Crossing); EMPLOYEES: Kelley Budd (Lakewood Creek), Nicole Weaver (Fox Chase). These individuals will receive recognition at the Board of Education meeting on Monday, December 5. Thank you to Allied First Bank, Chick-fil-A, Huntington Learning Center, and Culver's for sponsoring this program.
NOMINATE a teacher or employee for the District’s PRIDE program by completing the online nomination form at: www.sd308.org/PRIDENomination.
Oswego Vocal Music Department Boosters Holiday Gift Wrap
Come out to OHS this Saturday, December 3rd (12-4 pm) and enjoy LIVE holiday music by the OHS choir students as your gifts are wrapped for you! Hot cocoa and treats available for purchase. Goodwill donations to the OHS Choirs appreciated. Please enter through the OHS Atrium- door 1. Click here for details.
Crosstown Basketball Games:
This year’s girls’ and boys’ basketball Crosstown games between Oswego and Oswego East High Schools will be on Friday, December 9th at Oswego East High School. The girls’ basketball varsity game will start at 5:00 with the boys’ basketball varsity game scheduled to tip off at approximately 6:30. The crosstown game has become very popular, selling out many years. Students, staff, alumni, parents, families, and the community are eager to show their school spirit and cheer on their favorite team. All tickets will be sold on GoFan. There will be no cash at the gate. Tickets go on sale Monday, December 5th at 8:00 AM. Tickets will remain on sale until they are sold out. Tickets sold on GoFan: OEHS / OHS
A German Christmas
You're invited to celebrate an evening with Sankt Nikolaus, Krampus, Knecht Ruprecht, and Perchta at A German Christmas at Oswego East High School on Friday, December 9 @ 5:30-7:30pm ($5/per person). The evening includes snacks, crafts, activities and the opportunity to explore several German Christmas traditions. Click here for more details.
Thrift Day is being held at Oswego East High School on December 10th
This is an event that will serve SD 308 families through generous clothing donations provided by other members of the community. Click here for more details. ALL are welcome to participate….whether you are in need of new clothes or if you just want a wardrobe update! We encourage donations of gently used clothing of all sizes and styles: Baby/Toddler, Youth, Teen, and Adult. The clothes will be free, but cash donations will be accepted at the event!
Foreign Languages Available on Our Website
Did you know you can now translate the website into 33 languages? Simply click on the “Translate” button at the top right of the page and then choose the language you prefer.