District Connection

A message from Superintendent Dr. James M. Gay

November 6, 2020

Students singing praises of D230 staff and making music on the field

I've had the great privilege of holding Google Meets with my Student Advisories at each of the schools on Wednesday mornings. These students get up earlier than they have to on Late Start Wednesday to meet with me, their principal, Chief Technology Office John Connolly, and Director of Communications Carla Erdey to share their insights on their schools.

While every year these conversations are important, this year they hold an even greater weight as we navigate the pandemic. And, thankfully, the students share very openly how they are doing.

A common theme in each of the meetings has been how incredibly appreciative they are for the teachers and support staff who are making this school year possible. They give kudos to teachers who have adapted to hybrid teaching, are offering evening review sessions, and who are looking out for their wellbeing. Whether they are fully remote or hybrid, they recognize just how hard their teachers are working so they can learn. They are quick to point out the improvements in how classes work as we've all learned and grown. They share how their school counselors continue to support their academic planning including virtual college visits. They also sing the praises of technology staff who have supported learning through technology tools and curricular support.

The pride they express in their schools because of our staff is remarkable. This truly makes me #D230Proud.


Dr. Jim Gay

Marching Band Performances

As our schools have tried to keep some sense of normalcy for students, our marching bands did an excellent job when they hosted socially distanced performances last month. I appreciate the efforts of our Band Directors Stewart Bailey, Brian Hillhouse, Bob Mecozzi, and Mark Iwinski in making sure these musicians had a finale to their seasons and remained safe.

At Sandburg High School's performance, senior drummer Carter Schott was honored by the IHSA with the NFHS Heart of Arts Award for overcoming incredible adversity and going above and beyond for his peers. As Carter says, if you can't stand up, stand out! He most certainly has as an accomplished musician and student.

Sandburg Marching Band
Stagg and Andrew Marching Band