International honors were bestowed on the Lockport Township High School Wind Symphony Band when the group was chosen to perform at The Midwest International Band, Orchestra and Music Conference, which was held Dec. 19 at McCormick Place in Chicago.
The LTHS Wind Symphony Band was one of only 40 organizations chosen from around the world to perform at the prestigious event, which included 17,000 attendees from more than 30 countries.
Musicians, educators and spectators from around the world filled the auditorium as the LTHS band took the stage with much anticipation in the air.
The band’s program included the world premiere performance of “Shadow Falls”, by Julie Giroux, which was commissioned for the 2013 Lockport Wind Symphony Midwest Clinic Performance.
LTHS Band Director and Conductor Brian Covey led the performance, along with Associate Director Andrew Beckwith and guest conductors James F. Keene, Thomas E. Caneva, and John Cody Birdwell.
Members of the 2013 LTHS Wind Symphony include Weronika Abram (flute), Michelle Alano (French horn), Andrew Ascencio (percussion), Louis Austin (trombone), Courtney Baltzer (bassoon), Tyler Barrett (trumpet), Scott Bauer (French horn), Matthew Becker (tuba), Brian Bednarz (percussion), Madison Bohlin (trumpet), Joseph Bordenaro (percussion), Kaity Bricker (piccolo), Raquel Caneva (French horn), Hannah Dado (euphonium), Stephan Del Rio (percussion), Amanda Dewey (tenor saxophone), Lauren Finnegan (clarinet), Alex Garcia (clarinet), Cathy Gende (alto saxophone), Gabriella Gervasio (clarinet), Ryan Gorz (flute), Trevor Gorz (trombone), Miranda Gurra (baritone saxophone), Erica Hetrick (clarinet), Wyatt Hylaszek (bass clarinet), Kaitlin Jaros (flute), Zachary Keefe (string bass), Brendan Keska (alto saxophone), Maddi Kopija (flute), Kelsey Maes (oboe), Kenny Marcin (tuba), Zach Matushek (trombone), Dan Michalik (trumpet), Dana Mikolajczak (clarinet), Emma Mueller (French horn), Jennifer Mulhall (clarinet), Mallory Murphy (clarinet and Eb clarinet), Anna O’Shea (clarinet), Matt Pilot (bass trombone), Patrick Piwoni (bass clarinet), Matt Ploger (trumpet), Tara Reimer (French horn), Gabby Rodriguez (oboe), Elizabeth Rutter (clarinet and piano), Ellie Savant (bassoon), Alex Schneider (percussion), Ciara Smith (percussion), Brianna Snead (euphonium), Nick Spontak (French horn), Joanna Surowka (trombone), Sophie Svoboda (percussion), Alexis Swanson (clarinet), Jessie Uhrenbacher (trumpet), Joshua Windsor (tuba), and Heather Worth (trumpet).
Students Earn Porter Pride Awards
At a special student breakfast on Oct. 24, Lockport Township High School named the recipients of the Porter Pride award, which acknowledges students who are exceeding expectations in various areas.
Students and their parents were invited to the recognition event, where they were presented with certificates and character t-shirts to mark the honor.
Recipients include Margot Stevens, activities; Amanda Witsaman, athletics; Vince Dietz, college and career applications; Michael Gurule, English; Noah Masa, guidance; Tyler Leitelt, mathematics; Miguel Solorzano, media information services; Melissa Dudek, physical education; Samantha Mitchell, ROTC; Eric Cuevas, science; Madeline Kopija, social studies; Alyssa Abrahamson, special education; Jennifer Pintoy, visual and performing arts; and Anthony Storcz, world language.
Clean up begins at home
When Adventure Physical Education teacher George Pohlmann noticed the garbage and overgrown landscaping in the small patch of woods located at Lockport Township High School’s East Campus, he knew he had to do something about it.
More than 180 Adventure Ed students joined Mr. Pohlmann in a week-long restoration project to beautify the area and return it to its original condition.
The students collected more than 15 industrial-sized bags of garbage, 100 pounds of disposable refuse including scrap metal and plastic, and restored the gravel trail network.
The land once again can be used for educational purposes not afforded in the classroom.
New School Report Card Preview
The Illinois State Board of Education will unveil a new, simplified, and more consumer-friendly School Report Card that will better inform community members about the academic performance, school climate and learning conditions of all state schools.
The redesigned report card reflects comprehensive change underway in Illinois public schools to ensure students meet higher expectations and ultimately are ready for college and careers. It emphasizes measuring and reporting student, school and district progress rather than just a snapshot-in-time score from an annual standardized test. It captures more elements about school life, from safety issues and school leadership to the extracurricular activities, honors and awards that make our schools unique.
The new Illinois report card features:
· At-a-glance information about school performance, school climate and learning conditions.
· Consumer-friendly data on school awards, special programs of study, advanced coursework and extracurricular programs.
· Measures of student college and career readiness.
· Growth measurements that will show both how much progress students make and how schools’ academic results are improving over time.
The new report card is one of several changes underway in Illinois schools to prepare all students for college and the workforce. In 2010, Illinois adopted the more rigorous Common Core State Standards, which establish clear expectations for what students should learn in English language arts and mathematics at every grade level from pre-kindergarten through 12th grade. These standards emphasize mastering and applying knowledge.
In 2013, Illinois raised performance levels on the Illinois Standards Achievement Test (ISAT) to align with the higher Common Core standards as well as the Career and College Readiness benchmarks of the Prairie State Achievement Exam (PSAE), which includes the ACT. These higher performance levels mean educators, parents, and students will now know earlier whether or not a student is on track to succeed after high school graduation.
The new School Report Card will be accessible October 31 at http://illinoisreportcard.com.
Boys Soccer wins first-time conference title!
The LTHS Boys Varsity Soccer team earned first place in its conference for the first time in school history!
The team was undefeated in conference and is heading to regional playoffs, where they will face Marist for the championship title.
The Boys Varsity Team includes Chris Czaja, Greg Zieba, Nate Stojak, Raffa Chavez, Dan Michalik, Matt Cavanaugh, Tom Boland, Kizie Nwachuku, Gozie Nwachuku, Vince Smithwick, Mike Holguin, Justin DeYoung, Jack Dilger, Angelo DeMarco, Sean McCaffrey, Gustavo MAso, David Dordacza, Ray Navarro, Chris Monte, Jack Brassil, Andrew Buchheit and Christ Budz.
Congratulations and Go Porters!
National Merit Scholarship Winners
Nine students at Lockport Township High School earned high honors in the 2014 National Merit Scholarship Competition.
Semifinalists include Andrew P. Ascencio, Sara N. Koniewicz and Jenna Sobczyk.
Commended students are Samuel R. Johnston, Scott J. Krynski, Lindsay M. Martin, Jenna L. Mitchell,
Alexander A. Rodriguez, and Clarke K. Smith.
The students and their families were recognized at the Oct. 21 Board of Education meeting, where they were presented with certificates to commemorate the honor.
Marching Band Earns First in State Class
The LTHS Marching Porters were named 6A First Place State Champions at the State Marching Band Competition held on October 12 at the Hancock Stadium at Illinois State University.
The Marching Porters were credited with high marks in High Achievement Visual and High Achievement GE.
The group earned sixth place overall in the state championship.
Wind Symphony "Earns national “Mark of Excellence
The Lockport Township High School Wind Symphony has been selected as a National Winner in the Mark of Excellence/National Wind Band Honors project.
This year, 178 musical ensembles entered the competition and only six were chosen in the Class AAAAA as winners. LTHS is the only band in the state to earn the honor.
The honor was awarded by the Foundation for Music Education, which is dedicated to the support and advancement of music education.
PE Grading Policy Changes Focuses on Student Growth
The Physical Education Department at LTHS has made grading policy changes that focus on student growth.
For the first time, the PE Department will use a rubric to track student growth from semester to semester and freshman to senior year, according to PE Department Chairperson Todd Elkei.
Students’ growth will be tested in cardiovascular (pacer), muscular strength (push-ups), muscular endurance (sit ups), and flexibility (sit and reach).
School Report Cards Include New ACT Scoring Changes
Newly-designed Illinois School Report Cards, which are easier to read and navigate for users, are being released Thursday, Oct. 31 at http://www.isbe.state.il.us/.
The Annual School Report Card will announce the Graduating Class of 2013 composite ACT test score along with other school assessment, attendance, demographic, and financial data.
As part of the required Prairie State Assessment Exam (PSAE), all junior level students in Illinois must take the ACT test in April. The ACT portion of the PSAE exam is administered on day one of PSAE testing. The ACT test includes an assessment of student college readiness in reading, math, English, and Science. Day two of the PSAE exam includes the WorkKeys assessment, which measures student career readiness and employability, and a State of Illinois drafted science test.
The ACT scores from the PSAE assessment and the final score from any subsequent ACT test taken by any individual student in the Class of 2013 comprises the composite average and the Graduating Class of 2013 composite ACT score.
In the past, ACT and the Illinois State Board of Education only reported the composite score of all ACT exams taken under standard testing conditions. ACT scores of students who tested with accommodations, extended time, were not included in the final composite determination and not reported to the public on the annual School Report Card.
Beginning with the Graduating Class of 2013, the Illinois State Board of Education will include all students whose scores are reportable, including those tested under both standard and extended time testing conditions, in the annual School Report Card. As a result, the score reported for the Graduating Class of 2013 from LTHS will indicate a decrease in student ACT performance, the first decrease in LTHS ACT scores since 2006 to 2007 and the lowest composite ACT score reported since the Graduating Class of 2008. The Graduating Class of 2013 composite ACT score for all students is 21.8.
However, when comparing the Graduation Class of 2013 composite score with previous years using the same measurement, standard testing conditions, the composite is 22.7. This score would represent a 0.3 increase over the Graduating Class of 2012 (22.4), and the sixth consecutive year of ACT composite score increases for LTHS.