Manufacturing Day Brings Together 18 High Schools
11 months ago
Bloom Township High School District 206 celebrated National Manufacturing Day on Wednesday, October 5.
The event was inclusive to 18 participating south suburban high schools, bringing together 345 students. The day began in Bloom High School’s Workman Auditorium with a welcome address from Mayor David A. Gonzalez, followed by informative and encouraging words from eight other speakers, including Park Forest Mayor John Ostenburg and State Representative Al Riley. After the kick-off event, the students dispersed into groups to go on tours of 22 manufacturing facilities, completing their last tour at their local community college.
The purpose of Bloom 206’s Manufacturing Day event is to address the common misperceptions about manufacturing by giving industrial companies an opportunity to open their doors and show high school students their operations. By working together manufacturers were able to address the skilled labor shortage they face, connect with future generations, take charge of the public image of manufacturing, and ensure the ongoing prosperity of the whole industry.
Among the participating manufacturers were Esmark Steel and FH Ayer in Chicago Heights, Universal Steel in Crete and Sterling Lumber in Phoenix. Besides Bloom and Bloom Trail high schools, participating schools included Homewood-Flossmoor, Rich East, Tinley Park, Oak Forest and more.
Accomplishments of the 2015-2016 School Year
about 1 year ago
As we head into the next school year, it is important to look back at the accomplishments of last year and appreciate the achievements of students, teachers and families throughout the district.
In the Bloom Township Communications Department, the school district reached new heights, successfully established a Reading department boasting ten new literacy courses aligned to the College and Career Readiness Standards for Reading.
The department also held eight district-wide Creative Writing workshops throughout the school year, taught by college professor and author Mort Castle.
“If I'd called central casting and said, ‘Send me a bunch of bright, talented, and attentive student types,’ I couldn't have found a better crew,” Castle said of the students. “They are knowledgeable about the elements of literature, are writing thoughtfully and with purpose--and are beautifully supportive of one another's efforts.”
Proof of the students’ dedication, Bloom Trail High School finished first in the state of Illinois in the vocabulary.com Vocabulary Bowl and thirty-fourth in the nation out of 23,000 schools. The department also successfully completed ACCESS testing on 132 ELL/LEP students.
Big Bloom on Campus!
Last year, for the first time ever, an impressive 26 students from Bloom and Bloom Trail received both high school and college math credit. The students received transferable college credit from Prairie State College for Math 115 General Education Statistics.
Special Education Highlights
Bloom Township Special Education noted several great accomplishments over the last school year, including collaborating with the Bilingual Education Department staff to provide services and supports to English-language learners with disabilities.
The Bloom graduating class of 2016 included a total of 29 special education students. One student was offered more than $627,000 in scholarship funding.
An increased number of special education students enrolled in the least restrictive environment, including Honors and Advance Placement classes.
For the 2016-2017 school year, special education students will have an opportunity to participate in the early college entry (Dual Credit) program.
A Great Alternative
Under the leadership of Principal Michael Campbell, the Bloom Township Alternative School successfully reintegrated more than 50 students to the Bloom and Bloom Trail campus.
The alternative school also graduated 11 students in the Class of 2016, earning a graduation rate of 75 percent. Additionally, the students participated in six (6) interactive field trips with our staff.
Bloom Township had five teams win conference titles this season!
The baseball team captured the 1000th win in the history of the program. Their back-to-back 20-win season marked only the second time this has been accomplished in the team's history.
The boys’ soccer team won their tenth straight Southland Athletic Conference championship. The boys’ cross country team won its fourth title in the past five years. Girls cross-country took its seventh championship in the past eight years.
Boys track athletes accomplished several personal best, culminating in the team winning the SAC conference meet. The team also placed third in the IHSA sectional and sent 12 runners to the state meet. Girls softball scored a four-game winning streak at the end of the season to capture their first conference title in seven years.
Girls track placed sixth at the IHSA state meet in Charleston. Sophomore Hannah Morris won the state championship in the long jump. Junior Jalena Rowe placed second in the high jump and Nebraska-bound senior Kierra Griggs placed second in the 400-meter run. All three ladies are headed to the New Balance National Track championship in Greensboro, North Carolina this summer.
And don’t forget our teachers!
The teachers of District 206 deserve special recognition for all their hard work, building strong curriculums, encouraging their students and communicating with parents.
The teachers completed a four-day training in Springfield, Illinois for an exciting new interdisciplinary course we are offering named "Geometry in Construction". Students will be discovering Geometry and Construction topics incorporating academic and work-related contexts through the building of a capstone project.
As we head into the next school year, the district administration, principal, faculty and staff have great plans for the future. We thank the students for their hard work and commitment to their own education, and we thank the families that support them.
Here's to another great year!