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Congratulations Graduates! – Iroquois Community School promoted 54 students to high school on June 9 in an emotional ceremony at the school.

Part of the tradition of promotion ceremonies at Des Plaines District 62 is returning student art work to the parents that was featured in Gallery 62. This year’s honorees are Gabriella Keets and Pavani Jairam.

Maxwell Romza received the Christina Everly Memorial Award. Students are nominated by teachers, and the winner is selected by student council members of the seventh grade. Maxwell is the symbolic representative of the class of 2015 for demonstrating high moral standards, strong academic performance, strong work ethic, cooperative spirit and desire to help others. The award was created in 1998 to honor student Christina Everly, who passed away during the school’s first academic year. Maxwell’s name will be included on a plaque displayed at the school.

Other nominees were: Seirra Brannan, Patricia Evangelou, Pavani Jairam, Gabriella Kic, Dylan Macariola, Donica Roque and Kamila Szwedo.

    Patrick Boswell, an eighth-grade student who was slain in January, was remembered in several ways. A Chicago Bulls uniform was folded and placed on top of athletic shoes on an empty chair in the front row, center stage, with the members of the eighth-grade class.
    Class President Gabriella Kic remembered Patrick’s kindness toward her when she was in sixth grade. Patrick was present on the minds of many of the speakers as they reflected on his life and the impact of his death on the class and the school. His name was read as the first graduate of the class.

The Iroquois Community School Class of 2015 achieved the following:

  • Warrior Leaders collected and donated winter wear to the Des Plaines Self-Help Closet and Food Pantry.
  • The Class of 2015 participated in the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation fundraiser in honor of former student Samantha Lehman.
  • Warrior Leaders and the student government collected personal care items for woman housed at the Greenhouse Women’s Shelter.
  • All eighth graders participated in Oneder (“wonder”) Buddies, a program that partners eighth graders with first grade students. Support, tutoring, and guidance are provided.
  • Thirteen students were inducted into the Paul W. Jung chapter of the National Junior Honor Society.
  • Eighth graders attended a two-day outdoor education program and successfully completed several academic classes and team building activities.
  • Some students participate as patrols, in school-sponsored basketball, volleyball, cross country, the Spirit Team, chorus, orchestra, and band.
  • Some students participate in Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts of America, as youth church leaders, in community service projects, in baseball, softball, soccer, swimming, gymnastics, golf, football, basketball, and dance.
  • Six students were recognized as “Middle School Students You Should Know” by the Board of Education.

Dr. Michael Amadei closed the ceremony. “Go do something big with your life,” he said.


Juhi Soni presented her invention, the SCOOTLE, at a semifinal investment panel in Boca Raton, Fla. Nine students participated in the Des Plaines Chamber of Commerce Young Entrepreneurs Academy this year. The students and the business partners will be recognized by the District 62 Board of Education on June 15.


Youth program unleashes entrepreneurial spirit

The District 62 Young Entrepreneurs Academy class of 2015 will be recognized by the Board of Education June 15.

Sixth-grade Iroquois Community School student Juhi Soni captured top honors in the Des Plaines Young Entrepreneurs Investment Panel to advance to the semifinals. She recently presented her invention, the SCOOTLE, in an Investment Panel in Boca Raton, Fla.

The SCOOTLE is a flexible, bendable scoop that can fit into a bottle of any size. The tool will recover all of the product from the bottom of a bottle – saving money and avoiding waste.

Juhi was one of nine District 62 middle school students who participated in the Young Entrepreneur’s Academy sponsored by the Des Plaines Chamber of Commerce. Through weekly lessons over six months, and with the assistance of instructors, guest speakers and mentors, the students each designed a product and a marketing plan. Chamber members contributed a total of $6,000 in the nine businesses developed by students.

Both the business partners and the students will be recognized by the Board of Education on June 15.

The District 62 YEA Class of 2015 includes Ann Kalena, owner of Dry-it! Herb Dryers; Sam Hooson, owner of Skyline Smokehouse; Riley Whittenhall, owner of Gossip Girls Nail Art; Karina Pittro, owner of Presto! Pocket; Kayla Linse, owner of Nailed-it!; Juhi Soni, owner of Scootle; Alan Arzimendi, owner of Iso-Typical Tutoring; Casey Fitzgerald and Ethan Giovanni, owners of Slap Stick Hockey.


ICS Scholars to Be Honored

Thursday, May 21 at 7pm, Iroquois Community School will honor 13 eighth grade students who have fulfilled the requirements to be inducted into the Paul W. Jung Chapter of the National Junior Honor Society. Candidates are nominated based on maintaining a 3.6 grade point average throughout their middle school career and adherence to the ideals of character, leadership, citizenship and service. Sierra Brannan, Grace Carlino, Patricia Evangelou, Pavani Jairam, Gabriella Kic, Sarah Lane, George Lesiak, Suha Lim, Dylan Macariola, Marina Orrico, Maxwell Romza, Danica Roque, Stefan Stojanovic

ICS will also honor 19 seventh grade students who have fulfilled the scholarship requirement of NJHS. They have earned a grade point average of 3.6 or above so far during their 6th and 7th grade years. If they maintain that average as well as meet the standards in the areas of character, leadership, citizenship and service through the first three quarters of their eighth grade year, they will be eligible to become full members of the National Junior Honor Society. Samantha Bahena, Zoe Boulamatsis, Amanda Byrne, Ashley Carlino, Lyris Daker, Carter Dvorak, Rachel Kim, Whitney Le, Makayla Marroquin, Ryan Merlin, Alexandra Renoult-Orlandini, Laura Okrzesik, Claire Padar, Carmin Racit, Sumeet Saini, Taylor Sobjack, Lauren Staunton, Zaphillia Yost


ISBE Summer Learning

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Iroquois Community School music teacher Amy Lewis was selected by the Illinois Education Association as Teacher of the Year.

Lewis has been a music teacher for five years at the K-8 year-round school. She is band director for beginning, intermediate, concert and jazz bands. While at Iroquois, she has also taught part-time at Urban Prep Academies.

Lewis received the Bob Haisman Teacher of the Year Award April 16 in front of 1,600 delegates at the state conference held in Rosemont. The award is named after the former IEA president.

“I nominated Amy because she is an amazing educator and constant contributor to our school community and our local and state associations,” said Anne Beranek, who teaches physical education at Iroquois.

In a release announcing the award, IEA President Cinda Klickna said, “Amy Lewis is a first-rate educator and an inspiration to other educators. She’s a leader who enriches the lives of students every day through the power of music and great teaching.”

Lewis has been selected to present at the Illinois Music Educators Conference. In 2012, she received the District 62 Lighthouse Award and also received the Award of Excellence for the Those Who Excel Award from the Illinois State Board of Education.



Iroquois receives grant for classroom technology – Rivers Foundation representatives Jackey Valadez and Jill Wilcox, back row from left, visited Iroquois Community School where they presented a $50,000 check to District 62 Associate Superintendent Dr. Paul Hertel and Dr. Michael Amadei, Iroquois principal. The funds will be used to purchase 12 interactive white boards and 22 Apple TV devices. The technology will enhance classroom instruction with interactive learning activities. Iroquois students participating in the check ceremony were, front row from left, Kyler Polovchak, Olivia Diaz, Bruktawit Yigzaw, Zonna Todorovska, Nathan Fowler.


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