Whether public or private, wealthy or not so wealthy, all schools work to prepare their students to compete in the global marketplace through careers and education. The school accountability movement has led to substantial increases in standardized testing to measure the extent to which schools are preparing students to be successful. While the pros and cons of the standardized testing will not be discussed here, there is a growing number of politicians, educators, and parents who recognize that in many instances, standardized test scores are not an accurate representation of schools as a whole, students’ individual cognitive and intellectual abilities, nor the quality of their teachers. There are other indicators that demonstrate students’ proficiency in what they learn in the classroom.
Last weekend, five students from the Thornton Fractional Center for Academics & Technology placed in the Skills USA competition including Jacob Kowlyk (third place Collision Repair), Grace Asiegbu (first place Practical Nursing), Yvette Nunez (second place Practical Nursing), Logan Copeland (3rd place Practical Nursing), and Mayra Mozqueda (third place Plumbing). The competition is a showcase of how well career and technical students are able to apply what they have learned in the classroom. The District 215 nursing students placed thrd in the Illinois Skills USA Health Knowledge Bowl and Grace Asiegbu qualified for the national Skills USA competition.
Thornton Fractional North’s Arielle Bogard was selected to participate in the highly selective Minority High School Scholars Actuarial Academy, sponsored by Illinois State University. Arielle, a high-performing junior who excels in math, will spend part of her summer at ISU in this all-expenses paid institute learning how she can translate her mathematical prowess into a career in actuarial science.
If you would like to get a first-hand experience of how well the Thornton Fractional South choral students are performing, you are welcome to attend the Spring Choral Concert at 7 p.m. May 8 in the T.F. South auditorium, 18500 Burnham Ave. Awards will be distributed to the school’s outstanding, high-achieving and high-performing students at its honors night ceremony at 7 p.m. May 7 in the auditorium.
T.F. South teachers Sandy Shaughnessy and Jen Gross will take a group of students to Ultra Foods in Lansing next week to learn how to read nutritional labels and choose healthy foods. This field trip is sponsored by a grant from Fuel Up to Play 60, an initiative to get students to eat healthy and get more physically active.