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Bloom Township High School District 206 will participate in a summer breakfast program through the NSLP Seamless Summer Option (SSO). A free breakfast, which meets federal guidelines, will be made available to students in District 206 summer programs and to all children (18 years of age and under) in the community.

Breakfast will be served from 7:00am – 8:00am, Monday through Thursday. The program will begin on Tuesday, May 29, 2018 and end on Thursday, July 12, 2018. Breakfast will be served in the student cafeteria at Bloom High School, 101 W. 10th St., Chicago Heights, IL.

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Desayuno servido durante el verano para todos los niños
El distrito escolar Bloom Township High School 206 participará en un programa de desayuno este verano a través de NSLP Seamless Summer Option (SSO). El desayuno, que cumple con las reglas federales, será gratis y disponible para estudiantes del distrito escolar 206 que están en el programa de verano y para todos los niños (de 18 años o menos) en la comunidad.

Desayuno se servirá de 7:00AM a 8:00AM, de lunes a jueves. El programa empezará el martes, 29 de mayo del 2018 y terminará el jueves, 12 de julio del 2018. Desayuno se servirá en la cafetería de estudiantes de Bloom High School, 101 W 10th St., Chicago Heights, IL.

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District Breaks Ground on Sarff Field Revitalization

4 months ago

Bloom High School’s Sarff Field will receive an extreme makeover with a number of improvements being made to the field, including new blue synthetic turf to match the school’s colors.

The turf retains the same sport performance and safety as natural grass while eliminating the use of potentially harmful pesticides and fertilizers while significantly decreasing maintenance cost. Turf also allows for more frequent field use without the needed rest time natural grass requires.

In addition, the revitalization will include a resurfacing of the track and reconstruction of the track event areas such as the high jump, long jump, triple jump, shot put and discus areas.

“We are excited to roll out these upgrades to the field ahead of the next school year," Bloom 206 Superintendent Lenell Navarre said. “Sarff Field has been a key part of Bloom’s history in athletics and continues to be a great place for students and the Chicago Heights community at large to enjoy.”

The project was possible due to the partnership between District 206 and Chicago Heights Mayor David A. Gonzalez’s administration, successfully obtaining a grant under the QSCB Program for renovations at the Bloom and Bloom Trail campuses.  

“I am thrilled to be a part of this groundbreaking event and to witness the start of these improvements at historic Sarff Field,” said Mayor Gonzalez. “It is a great day for the students, the District and our city.”

Along with Navarre and Gonzalez, participating in the groundbreaking were Bloom 206 Board President Henry Drake, Athletic Director Joe Reda, Business Manager Ken Korbel and Architect Mario Planera.

The natural grass will be transplanted into the Bloom courtyard and the district will maintain all monuments and structures donated by and dedicated to alumni classes. The District anticipates completing the project ahead of the 2018-2019 school year. The track is closed to the public during construction.

Ms. 1000, Tanea White signs with Roosevelt

Photo Gallery: South Side Irish Parade

5 months ago

Thanks Bloom Lunch Crew

Bloom Trail to Induct Three Graduates into Hall of Fame

9 months ago

Three graduates of Bloom Trail High School in Steger will be honored for their outstanding accomplishments and distinguished careers when they are inducted into the school's Hall of Fame in a March 10 ceremony.

The selection of Hall of Fame members is based on professional achievements, community leadership and service to others. Selected as the 2018 inductees are Cory Hardrict, Dr. Maria Acena Nagel and Terri L. Winfree, Ph.D.

Bloom Township High School District 206 Superintendent Lenell Navarre, EdD, said the 2018 inductees will join a group of 22 Bloom Trail Hall of Fame members. 

Brief profiles of the three individuals to be inducted follow:

Cory Hardrict, 1993 graduate, is a movie and television actor and producer. He began his career on television in the 1990s with appearances in prime time programs, including "Felicity" and "ER." He made his cinema debut in 1999 in the film "Never Been Kissed" starring Drew Barrymore. In 2008 he had a supporting role in the move "Gran Torino" starring Clint Eastwood. He had a lead role in the 2014 hit move "American Sniper." He also has appeared in the recently released films "All Eyez on Me" and "Spectral."

During his career, Hardrict has acted in approximately 60 television shows and movies. His television credits include programs such as "NYPD" and " CSI: Miami." Hardrict keeps ties to his alma mater, returning to speak to students at Bloom Trail. Hardrict is married to actress and model Tia Mowry. They have a son and live in Los Angeles.

Maria Acena Nagel, 1987 graduate, is associate professor of a research laboratory at the University of Colorado School of Medicine. Her responsibilities include managing multiple grants researching how the virus that causes chickenpox and shingles also may cause strokes. The university named Nagel an associate professor of neurology in 2015 and associate professor of ophthalmology this year. Her bachelor's degree is from the University of Chicago; she received her medical degree in 2002 from the University of Illinois.

Nagel has been recognized for her professional achievements, and during her career she has traveled to other countries to participate in medical conferences and events. She has authored 87 professional publications.  Dr. Nagel has two children and resides in Denver.

Terri L. Winfree, 1977 graduate, has been serving as president of Prairie State College in Chicago Heights since 2013. She joined the Prairie State administration in 2000 as an associate dean. Winfree was named dean of continuing professional education in 2004, and three years later was promoted to vice president of community and economic development at the college.

As a student, Winfree received an associate degree from Prairie State before attending Governors State University, earning both her bachelor's and master's degrees there. She completed her doctorate in education and human resources at Colorado State University. Winfree has been recognized with numerous awards. He lengthy career resume also includes publications, conference presentations and community involvement. She has two adult sons and lives in Tinley Park.

The Hall of Fame induction will take place at a dinner ceremony at Scrementi's Restaurant in Steger. Reservations for the event may be arranged by contacting Berda Kennedy at 708-755-7010, extension 1121, and forwarding a check payable to Bloom Trail High School. Reservations must be purchased no later than January 10. Social hour will begin at 6 p.m. followed by dinner at 7 p.m. The induction ceremony will immediately follow dinner.

Key Club Takes Calls for Channel 11
Key Club Takes Calls for Channel 11
Bloom Key Club at the live broadcast of "Hamilton's America" last night at WTTW Chicago. The kids took calls from people making donations and also got to meet 2 of the cast members from the Broadway show Hamilton. They did a great job and had a lot of fun while serving.
Choir Carols at Chicago Heights Tree Lighting

Veterans Day 2017

9 months ago

On November 11, 2017 (Veterans Day) Bloom Trail's 10 man color guard detail, commanded by Cadet Chief Petty Officer Jefferson Le, performed for the Veterans atSauk Village Municipal Center in front of approximately 80 guests. Cadet Le also performed an armed exhibition solo, which earned him praises by all in attendance. Also in attendance were Sauk Village Mayor Derrick Burgess, Illinois House Representative Elgie R. Sims, Jr. and Congresswoman Robin Kelly who all gave special thanks for our participation. Overall it was a very successful event honoring our veterans both past and present.

Bowling their Way to State
Bowling their Way to State
Tonight's basketball game vs Crete Monee is postponed due to weather related issues - the game is rescheduled for Tuesday, January 16th at 5 and 6:30 PM.
Wellness Committee Meeting November 2
There will be a Wellness Committee Meeting to review the current Wellness Policy this Thursday, November 2, in the cafeteria at 3:00 pm. We invite anyone interested to attend.
IHSA organizational Band Competition
IHSA organizational Band Competition
I want to thank everyone for your support of the band activities and your flexibility with band student schedules this year. I also want to thank everyone who helped us with our band raffle fundraiser. Between your support, flexibility and our students' hard work we had a very successful year. We demonstrated our success this past Saturday at Tinley park HS at the IHSA Organizational Competition.

The Bloom Township Concert Band received a Division II (excellent) rating. The students played exceptionally well and we are looking forward to returning next year and doing even better. Please take a moment and congratulate our band students on their hard work.

Again, I thank you all for all that you do to support us.
Michael Bielecki
Director of Bands
Regarding Bloom Student Passing
Recent news has revealed that Melanie Valencia, a Bloom High School sophomore, has died. The Bloom Township High School District 206 family is deeply saddened to lose Melanie and our thoughts and prayers are with her family during this troubling time. Our students are our world and Melanie was a special part of that world. We will miss her dearly.

If there are any students and staff in need of assistance processing this difficult news have been advised to speak with our counseling office. Counselors and social workers are on hand all day to provide assistance we we all work through this tragic news.
After School Program for 5th graders
After School Program for 5th graders
The Chicago Heights Park District will be hosting a new After School Program for 5th graders every Wednesday for FREE from 2:30 – 5:30 p.m. starting February 1st.
Bloom High School Drama Club Presents: Cinderella
Bloom High School Drama Club Presents: Cinderella
Friday 12/2, 7:00 p.m
Saturday 12/3 2:00 p.m and 7:00 p.m
Bring your kids to help support our kids!

The cost is $6 for adults, $5 for students, and kids under 5 are free. All Bloom Township staff members will receive one free ticket.
Parent University Second Annual Event a Great Success
Parent University Second Annual Event a Great Success
On behalf of Parent University Planning Committee,

We want to thank you for making our 2nd annual Parent University a success. The day ran smoothly, parents seemed to really enjoy themselves based on responses from, speakers, vendors, community partners, and parents. Parent University is a District event, it allows parents a valuable opportunity to engage and connect with other parents, community partners and staff while having access to numerous resources from the local community free of charge. We offered free classes for parents, that were aimed at meeting the needs of our families at District 206. This couldn't have been possible without the assistance of countless people who helped prepare ahead of time, work during the event itself and clean up afterwards.

Overall the day was a success, it was a community effort for sure from beginning to end.

Many of thanks to the following people & clubs:

Valerie Acosta
Marilyn Bittner
Sheva Franklin
Patty Martinez
Brenda Macon
Nathan Schmidt
Katherine Steward
Tony Townes
Sherman White

District 206-Superintendent's Leadership Team
District 206-Culinary Arts students
District 206-NHS students
District 206-Ambassador Leadership Team

Again, thank you for making Parent University a success,

Parent University Planning Committee

Looking Back on Manufacturing Day 2017!

7 months ago

Bloom 206 brought together several South Suburban manufacturing businesses to offer students a first-hand look at a field that helped build America.

On Tuesday, October 3, students from several middle schools across eight South Suburban districts will visited Bloom and heard from several manufacturing companies about the resurgence of industry and what it takes to enter the manufacturing field. Speakers at the event included Behr Paint Manufacturing Managers John Harmon and Matt Smith, as well as Prairie State College Dean of Career and Technical Education Janice Kaushal. Chicago Heights Mayor David A. Gonzalez was the keynote speaker.

After hearing from the businesses, students split up to take tours of 22 participating manufacturing facilities including the Ford Motor Company Stamping Plant, F.H.Ayer Manufacturing. and Do-Rite Die & Engineering. Students also visited Prairie State College’s manufacturing technology machine shop.

Manufacturing Day holds a special significance in Chicago Heights, says Bloom Township High School District 206 Superintendent Lenell Navarre.

“Manufacturing has seen a resurgence in the United States, and industry has always been deeply tied to Chicago Heights,” Navarre said. “It has been wonderful to see our event grow and evolve over the past four years, and seeing so many young people take an interest in industry makes for a promising future.”