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.
Best,
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.
Back to the 80s!
Back to the 80s!
The District 206 Education Foundation and BTHS Booster Club present the Back to the 80s basketball game between Bloom and Rich South. Don't miss out!
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.
Alumni Chris Gonzalez wins USA Wrestling Trials
Alumni Chris Gonzalez wins USA Wrestling Trials
This weekend Chris Gonzalez made his dream a reality and won the U.S World Team Trials and solidified myself as a #1 wrestler in the country. Next month he will represent the United States of American in Budapest, Hungary at the 2016 World Championships.
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

Manufacturing Day Brings Together 18 High Schools

7 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

8 months 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. 

Good Communication

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. 

Athletic Accomplishments

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!


Seven Students Earn Teresa Barr College Scholarship
The Afro-American Club is pleased to announce that a total of seven (7) students received the Teresa Barr College Scholarship with a total award amount of $4000 for the 2015/2016 school year. A special thank you to the Bloom family who donated, to the students who worked to make this happen, and the King/Barr families for their work and dedication.
Back-to-School Event: Jammin' for Jesus
Back-to-School Event: Jammin' for Jesus
Join Grace United Church in Sauk Village on August 13th for this event, providing free school supplies, free haircuts and more!
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