High School District 214
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District 214 to Revamp Cafeteria Menus for 2014-2015 School Year, Opt Out of National School
Lunch Program  

High School District 214 currently participates in the federal National School Lunch Program (NSLP). As
a participant, the District receives monetary subsidies
and is required to follow federal nutrition requirements.


In June 2013, the federal government released new nutrition guidelines and regulations that mandate all
foods available on campus from midnight until 30 minutes after school ends, must meet the federal government's minimum nutrition standards. This would include food sold as fundraiser items, in vending machines and at school stores, as well as in cafeterias, including the a la carte menu items.  


Foods that do not meet the new federal snack guidelines and cannot be served include hummus, yogurt, pretzels and hardboiled eggs. The new rules go into effect
July 1, 2014.


Following a careful review of the new federal regulations, an in-depth analysis of our current cafeteria meal programs and solicitation of student and staff feedback, District administrators recommended to the Board of Education that District 214 not participate in the NSLP beginning with the 2014-2015 school year.


By opting out, District 214 will have more flexibility in
meal offerings. Our staff is committed to serving students nutritious meals, while maintaining variety to keep students satisfied. The District's Department of Food
and Nutrition is in the process of developing a new menu with more daily choices that continues to be balanced and healthy. For example,
grilled chicken breast or falafel
with rice pilaf, pasta primavera with grilled veggies, Mediterranean hummus wraps, or apple, feta and edamame salad.
It is anticipated that the new, enhanced menu will increase use of our cafeterias.  


Additionally, opting out of the program will allow student activity food-related fundraisers, to continue without substantial changes.


Eligible students will still receive free meals based on federal income guidelines.


Several of our neighboring high school systems, including Maine Township District 207, Glenbrook District 225, Stevenson District 125 and Niles District 219, have also opted out of the NSLP program.


The Board will vote on the matter at the May 8
Board meeting.
District 214 Recognitions


The extraordinary talent of High School District 214 students is amazing. At Thursday's Board of Education meeting students from across the District were recognized for their achievements in academics, athletics and fine and performing arts. Highlights include:


Illinois High School Dance Festival

The Illinois High School State Dance Festival will be held at Stevenson High School in May. This year, District 214 Orchesis programs will perform six of the 11 pieces at the festival. Members of the Orchesis teams include:


Buffalo Grove High School

- Madelyn Draftz

- Sean Frenzel

- Brittany Hinkle

- Marina Petrushin

- Lauren Sada

- Anne Welbel 

- Sam Welbel  

Orchesis Directors: Michelle Carrison
and Jamie Kapsimalis


John Hersey High School

- Allysia Demma   

- Abbey Farrell

- Alisyn Greenfield  

- Casey Gunther  

- Morgan Havel  

- Stephanie Herrera  

- Clare Johlie  

- Katie Kowols, choreographer

- Gretchen Lundstrom

- McKenzie Mauer  

- Emily McCluskey  

- Megan McKee  

- Maddy Miklautsch

- Samantha Schiller  

- Bailey Street

- Abby Wendell

Orchesis Director: Jennifer Foss


Prospect High School

- Lauren Alberts

- Jill Brinati

- Demi Burikas

- Mikylah Chidester

- Sarah Greising

- Dana Iverson

- Stephanie Kies, choreographer

- Victoria Lipinski

- Claire Marzolf

- Monika Orzel

- Allison Ristau

- Maddy Robertson

- Jennifer Ruda

- Clare Schroeder

- Eileen Sledz

Orchesis Director: Kristin Burton  


Wheeling High School

- Patricia Bahena

- Anna Gleyzer

- Aaron Jung

- Olga Karplyuk

- Nisha Karwal

- Paige McCoy

- Tegan Reschke

Orchesis Director: Diane Rawlinson

Assistant Director: Crystal Ellis-Abdullah


National High School Dance Festival

The Prospect and Wheeling Orchesis teams performed
at the National High School Dance Festival in Miami
in early April.


Prospect High School

This was Prospect's first time participating in the
National Festival. Members of the team include:  


- Lauren Alberts

- Grace Berry

- Jill Brinati

- Demi Burikas

- Maggie Hindmand

- Dana Iverson

- Gabby Ives

- Stephanie Kies

- Claire Marzolf

- Olivia Mcaleer

- Monika Orzel

- Aleks Schillmoeller

- Clare Schroeder

- Carley Walker

Orchesis Director: Kristin Burton


Wheeling High School

Wheeling Orchesis is the only traditional public school in the country to be selected for main stage concerts in four consecutive festivals. Members of the team include:  


- Daniela Alvarez

- Melody Beltran

- Anna Gleyzer

- Aaron Jung

- Molly Kalmes

- Nisha Karwal

- Paige McCoy

- Melissa McGuinn

- Tegan Reschke

- Faye Tsogas

Orchesis Director: Diane Rawlinson

Assistant Director: Crystal Ellis-Abdullah  


IHSA Solo/Ensemble Perfect Score and
IMEA Honor Jazz Choir

- Elk Grove senior Trent Cwiok earned a perfect score
at the IHSA solo/ensemble competition. Trent is directed by Band Director Ron Fiorito.


- Elk Grove junior Pascal Pahl was selected as one of
the top two tenors in the state of Illinois for Vocal Jazz. Pascal is directed by Choir Director Sarah Catt.


IMEA All-State Conference Performance:  

Honor Vocal Jazz Ensemble

The Elk Grove High School Vocal Jazz Ensemble
was selected to perform an hour-long set of music at the prestigious Illinois Music Education Association's
All-State Conference in January. Members of the
jazz ensemble include:     


- Lilly Banach

- Trent Cwiok

- Jeremy Dembowski

- Tommy Dowd

- Bill Frentzas

- Olivia Fritz

- Nicole Miceli

- Jordan Niebuhr

- Matthew Nowak

- Eddie Pacquer

- Pascal Pahl

- Peter Pendowski

- Jeffrey Scala

- Katie Skoufes

- Brandi Weik

Choir Director: Sarah Catt


IHSA State Diving

Prospect junior Dana Liva placed fourth at the state diving competition. Dana is supported by Dive Coach Antonino Bondi and Prospect Head Swim Coach Alfonso Lopez.


DECA State Competition

Prospect seniors Julia Backes and Jack Tuttle both advanced to compete at the International Career Development Conference, where Jack earned first place overall in Principles of Finance and Julia earned fourth place overall in Principles of Business Management.
Both Jack and Julia will compete at the international competition. Prospect DECA advisors are Paul Hennig and Cathy Fortuna.


IHSA Congressional Debate Team

The IHSA Debate Finals were held in Springfield in March. More than 165 students from across the state entered, and the students competed for a total of 13 hours over two days. District 214 debaters included:


Wheeling High School

- Senior Alex Gleyzer

Coach: Mike Hurley   


Buffalo Grove High School

- Senior Ani Biswas, placed 7th in the All-State Public Forum Debate Team

- Zach Mellow, placed 3rd in the Lincoln Douglas debate All-State Team

Coach: Tracey Repa

Assistant Coaches: Rachael Krulewich, Nirmal Ghuman and Andrey Privin


John Hersey High School

Hersey debaters scored an unprecedented victory when they swept the three top spots in the final round and the top three places in the All-State competition. Six of the
16 finalists were from Hersey. No other debate team in IHSA history has ever shown such dominance.


- Ben Goldberg, IHSA Congressional Debate
State Champion

- Dan Niersbach, State Runner Up

- Melanie Cohodes, placed third 

IHSA Congressional Debate: All-State

- Mike Miller, placed first

- Ben Goldberg, placed second

- Mike Feltes, placed third  

Coaches: Tom Smith, Ryan Danzinger and Angela Weiner


Rolling Meadows Girls Basketball

The Rolling Meadows Girls Basketball team took second place in the IHSA class 4A State Championship game.



- Jamie Berry

- Alexis Glasgow

- Sami Kay

- Allie Kemph

- Jackie Kemph

- Megan King

- Hannah Mickey

- Ashley Montanez

- Katherine Nolan

- Eliana Psarros

- Nora Rasche

- Katie Shewmon

- Kyra Spiwak

- Elizabeth Vasilogambros

- Jenny Vliet 

Team managers:

- Emily Gruettner

- Nikko Koutas

- Cal Skwerski 



- Head Coach: Ryan Kirkorsky

- Assistant Coach: Nick Nichols

- Assistant Coach: Anthony Jagiello


Click here to see photos of these outstanding students being recognized by the Board of Education.

About High School District 214
We are the second largest high school district in Illinois, serving more than 12,000 students from eight communities. Our nationally recognized district includes six comprehensive high schools and four alternative programs, offering more than 600 academic courses and 140 co-curricular opportunities.

Friday, April 18, 2014

After the Gavel

Board action included:


The Board voted to approve the 2014-2015 Northwest Suburban Special Education Organization (NSSEO) budget. The budget was discussed
at the Board of Education's April 3 meeting.  


­Click here to learn more.


Administrative Appointments:


The Board named Jeffrey Smith Director of Research
and Evaluation to replace Steve Cordogan who is scheduled to retire in June.


The Board named Greta Rakow Division Head for Social Science, World Language and English Language Learning at Rolling Meadows High School.



Jessica Thunberg
Director, Community Engagement & Outreach
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