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Bloom Trail to Induct Three Graduates into Hall of Fame

about 1 month 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.

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.
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

about 1 month 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.

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.
Bloom Twp Remembers
Bloom Twp Remembers
Bloom and Bloom Trail remember the victims and heroes of September 11th.
Bloom 206 takes Gold in Special Olympics
Bloom 206 takes Gold in Special Olympics
Special Olympics was held June 9th thru the 11th down at ISU in Bloomington, IL.

Dalila Williams won a gold medal in the 50 meter run. Leshawn Day won a 4th place ribbon in the softball throw. Reggie Cooper won gold in the 50 meter run. Tamara Bibbs won gold in the 50 meter non motorized wheelchair 50 meter. Armon Jamison won gold in the softball throw, and Tyrise Burnap also took a gold in the softball throw.

Congrats to all these wonderful athletes who give their all in everything they do! Go Bloom Township!
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.
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

about 1 year 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. 

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 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!