Wednesday, August 1, 2012
Construction projects continue in anticipation for the 2012-2013 school year.
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Wednesday, August 1, 2012
Similar to the village's plan to install permeable pavers on Grove Street from Main to Carpenter, North High is choosing permeable pavers over asphalt or concrete for its east parking lot. From District 99: Improvement work is continuing at North High School to prepare for the 2012-13 school year. The first day of school for students is Monday, August 27, 2012. On the east side of the school, workers are currently laying permeable pavers as the surface for the new, enlarged parking lot. Rather than installing an asphalt or concrete parking lot, District 99 decided to install permeable pavers in order to save taxpayers between $40,000 to $100,000 in overall project costs. Before the start of the project, half of the land east of the school…
Friday, July 27, 2012
Downers Grove resident Greg Ktistou juggles playing basketball in Europe and running a skills development business locally.
Greg Ktistou is at a crossroads. Unlike many metaphorical crossroads, though, whichever road Ktistou chooses will lead to him living out his dreams. Born and raised in Downers Grove, 32-year-old Ktistou just finished his 7th year of playing professional basketball in Europe. Within a couple of weeks, he'll find out whether he'll return for an eighth. If he does, it'll mean a higher level of competition. If he doesn't, it'll create an opportunity for him to expand his basketball skills development company, 'Breakaway Basketball'. Ktistou attended Downers Grove South High School and attended Eastern Illinois University on a Division 1 basketball scholarship. After his sophomore year, he transferred to and eventually graduated from Carthage …
Monday, July 16, 2012
Tonight's meeting, in brief.
D99 will meet tonight for its regular board meeting at 7 p.m. at the Administrative Service Center. Here are a few highlights from tonight's proposed agenda: Recommendations and Reports of Superintendent • End of Year Financial Report • State of the District Report. From the report: The State of the District Report contains two components: 1) a brief summary of the work and accomplishments for each strategic goal area included in the 2011-2012 District Goals and 2) data sets that support the summaries. The State of the District Report will not contain student achievement data from standardized testing such as the Prairie State Achievement Exam (PSAE), Advanced Placement Testing (AP), and the ACT as this data is not yet available for …
Friday, July 13, 2012
A collection of Mike Amrhein memories from our readers.
When North High teacher and baseball coach Mike Amrhein passed away at the age of 37 on July 5, many in the community shared with Patch their memories of Amrhein and the impact he had on their lives. We've centralized those sentiments here to make it easier for people to find and we encourage our readers to continue to share memories of Amrhein in the comments section. Amrhein was a graduate of Oak Park and River Forest High School. He attended the University of Notre Dame on a college scholarship, graduating in 1997. After graduation, he was drafted by the Chicago Cubs in the tenth round and played six years in their minor league organization, eventually working his way up to AAA, according to Amrhein's profile on the Booster Club site. …
Tuesday, July 10, 2012
Funeral services private but memorials to benefit Amrhein's children can still be made.
Funeral services for North High baseball coach and teacher Mike Amrhein were held in private by the family, but memorials in benefit of Amrhein's children can still be made. According to an obituary through Knollcrest Funeral Home in Lombard, memorials to benefit Amrhein's two daughters—Alexis (Ally) and Michaela (Ella) Amrhein—can be made at any 5/3rd Bank branch. Amrhein, who passed away at the age of 37 on July 5, worked in the Special Services department at North High for six years and was an assistant varsity baseball coach. The cause of death is not being released. "Mike was a dedicated employee, and always served as positive example to our students," District 99 superintendent Mark McDonald wrote in a statement. "He was a wonderful …
Sunday, July 8, 2012
Students needing support in wake of North High coach Mike Amrhein's passing are encouraged to come to North High Monday morning.
District 99 and North High school are inviting students who may need support in the wake of teacher and baseball coach Mike Amrhein's passing to come to North High on Monday morning. From 10 a.m. to Noon on Monday, July 9 in the North High Alumni Room, counselors will be available for students needing support. Amrhein worked in the Special Services department at North for six years and was an assistant varsity baseball coach. He passed away on July 5. Funeral arrangements have not yet been announced by Amrhein's family.
Friday, July 6, 2012
District 99 superintendent Mark McDonald releases statement on what it was like to work with North High teacher and baseball coach Mike Amrhein, who passed away on Thursday.
Calling Downers Grove North High School teacher and baseball coach Mike Amrhein a "positive example" and "dedicated employee", D99 superintendent Mark McDonald released a statement Friday about Amrhein's contributions to North. "Mike was a dedicated employee, and always served as positive example to our students," McDonald wrote. "He was a wonderful leader to other staff members as well, excelling in every position he held at District 99." According to McDonald, Amrhein served as an active member of North's Parent University planning group and was a "key member of both the literacy liaison and mentor committees." "It was truly a privilege to have him as part of our team," McDonald said. "Our thoughts and prayers are with his family at this…
Thursday, July 5, 2012
Assistant Varsity Baseball Coach Mike Amrhein died Thursday.
Downers Grove North High School teacher and baseball coach Mike Amrhein died Thursday, according to an email sent by Principal Scott Kasik. Amrhein worked in the Special Services department at North for six years and was an assistant varsity baseball coach, according to a DGN Boosters Club website. "(He) was loved by all who knew him," Kasik said in his email. "… Please keep Mr. Amrhein’s family in your thoughts and prayers." Kasik also said counselors will be available at the school next week to support grieving students. A graduate of Oak Park and River Forest High School, Amrhein attended the University of Notre Dame on a college scholarship. After graduating there in 1997, he was drafted by the Chicago Cubs in the tenth round and …
Monday, June 25, 2012
The D99 Honors Band went to Europe and they blogged about it.
Did you spend the weekend in Europe? The District 99 Honors Band did, and to show everyone who didn't go how fun of a trip they had traveling through Rome and Germany, they kept a blog. So start your work week off by living vicariously through the band and their European antics! You can find the blog here.
Thursday, June 14, 2012
Wins four games in first season with new head coach, programs