Health Education Wins the Blue Ribbon

Congratulations to the Health Education Program on the fourth consecutive Blue Ribbon Award for Excellence in Education. The Illinois Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation & Dance awards the Blue Ribbon recognition for excellent health education programs. All Illinois schools grades 9-12 are eligible for this honor. This award would not be possible without the group of dedicated educators who represent the Stagg Health Department: Division Chair Doug Bozych, and teachers: Mary Gaido, Abby Degilomini, Mary Swanson, Jordan Kelley, Jacob O'Connor, Vanessa Smurzynski, Kristin Pila, and Brian Jackson. The Health Team will be presented the award in December at the state convention.

Intervention News in Careers Program

The Business Department will once again provide the opportunity for students to meet with speakers from a variety of careers via the I.N.C program., Intervention News in Careers. Speakers meet with students to share about their own journey and experiences in their fields. So far, our students were able to meet with the following guest speakers: Karolina Johnson, a managing actuary from Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois, Becky Sabella, a dental hygienist from Family Dental, Elizabeth Pater, a software engineer from Accenture, and Dalton Stegich, a technology consultant. Registration details can be found in the daily announcements. Anyone interested in volunteering as a guest speaker, please contact Weronika Trzaska (

Illinois Science Assessment

On October 5, all seniors took the ISA (Illinois Science Assessment). This test is designed to mirror experiences that students encounter in their sciences classes. The assessment was administered in an online format and is aligned to the Illinois Learning Standards for Science incorporating the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS), which were adopted in 2014. During the test, students were given the opportunity to engage with science and support their answers with evidence and reasoning. Current juniors will tentatively take this test in April 2022.

Science Course Happenings

All levels of Anatomy and Physiology classes are watching open heart surgeries via video links through Advocate Christ Medical Center and The Museum of Science and Industry. Chemistry classes are currently diving into chemical reactions and naming compounds, which could lead students to finding applicability between school and what they could find at home. In our AP Physics classes, circular motion is coming up, which brings in one of the most iconic activities of the year, stay tuned.

Superintendent Visits Social Studies

Dr. Nolting visited AP Economics and AP Government classes to discuss the district budgeting process. Students learned about where school revenue comes from, how it is spent, and much more. These topics connect to both our Economics and Government courses. Thank you to Mr. Durbin, Ms. Smith, and Mr. Zmuda for participating with our students and thank you to Dr. Nolting for visiting our students!

Seal of Biliteracy Testing

Students in our World Language Courses have started testing in pursuit of the State Seal of Biliteracy. Over 130 Stagg students are testing to earn this recognition. The Seal of Biliteracy and the Commendation Towards Biliteracy are awards given in recognition of students who have attained a high level of proficiency in English and another world language by high school graduation.

Senior English Offerings

Seniors are able to choose from a variety of English classes during their last year of high school. When current juniors begin the registration process to determine their senior English classes, they are encouraged to choose a course that aligns with their interests. Currently, students can choose from the following senior English classes: Film as Literature, Rhetoric and Composition, Creative Writing, Classic and Modern Mythology, Choices in Literature, Chicago Literature, Graphic Novels, Language, Power, and Social Justice, Sports Literature, AP Literature and Composition. All these courses provide student opportunities to think critically, problem solve, and refine their reading, writing, speaking and listening skills.

Spectrum Concert

The music students are preparing for the upcoming Spectrum Concert scheduled on December 9th and 10th. The students and staff are thrilled to perform in person this year. The student performances are located around the entire performing arts theater, not only on the stage. The various bands, choirs, ensembles, duets, and soloists will be stationed from the stage to the aisle to the balcony. There are no breaks during each performance which makes the show flow seamlessly. Tickets are free and must be purchased online prior to the performance.

Math in Construction Class

Our Math in Construction class is off to a great start and the students currently have several projects they are working on for Stagg, including: building a stage/platform in the rock courtyard, building convertible furniture that can go from benches to picnic tables, and planning for a greenhouse in the prairie courtyard.

Media Center

The Stagg Media Center has been a busy place this fall! In the past three months over 2,300 books have been circulated. Many students have been visiting the Media Center with their classes to both check out books and work on projects. Freshmen and Heritage Spanish students completed a Day of the Dead project and several English classes completed Crucible character silhouettes. Recently we hosted both a Veteran's Day program and a Literature Magazine conference. Just a reminder we are open every morning at 7am and close at 3:30.

Underclass Recognition Event

The annual Underclass Recognition Event was held on Thursday, November 18th and Friday, November 19th. The event recognized over 400 students for their accomplishments during the 2020-21 School Year in areas including: Top 20% of their class, Tutoring in the Charger Learning Center, perfect attendance, and service learning hours. The event included opening remarks from Mr. Olsen and staff speakers, Mr. Durbin and Mr. Zmuda, who shared a special message with our awardees. Congratulations to all students who were recognized at the event!

Final Exam Information

Final Exams are scheduled for December 17, 20 & 21, the daily schedule is linked HERE. Students are expected to be in attendance for each of the days. Any student who has a pre-planned absence that has already been communicated to the Dean’s Office and needs to reschedule an exam for either an earlier or later date should notify, in writing, Ms. Zito in the Main Office ( Any exam that needs to be rescheduled is assessed a fee of $58 per exam.