November 30, 2011 7:46AM
Updated: January 29, 2012 2:14AM
Concerts: Grayslake Central High School’s Choir Concert will perform Dec. 6 at 7:30 p.m. and Grayslake North High School’s Choir Concert will perform Dec. 7 at 7:30 p.m. All concerts will be held at the Grayslake Central Theatre, 400 N. Lake St. Tickets are $3, $2 for senior citizens, and free to Choir and Band Booster members, and for District 127 students with ID. To reserve online, visit d127.org. Details, (847) 986-3300 ext. 5693.
Competition: Grayslake High School Student fiction writers attended the Creative Writing Festival in Whitewater, Wis. recently. Students submitting original manuscripts for critique and competition during the conference were: Meredith Carroll, Brett Furey, Sara Lewis, Nicole Wilkins, Adrienne LaRose and Mara North. Grayslake Central High School senior Meredith Carroll earned second place in the Prose Poetry/Flash Fiction category for her submission. D127 students joined over 500 other high school student writers from northern Illinois and Wisconsin.
Dinner/Concerts: The annual Lake Forest High School Spaghetti Dinner and Holiday Concerts will be held Dec. 11 at 1285 N. McKinley Road. The Band and Orchestra Holiday Concert will begin at 3 p.m. followed by the spaghetti dinner with open seating from 4:45 to 6:45 p.m., ending with the Choral Holiday Concert at 7 p.m. Dinner and concert tickets are available on-line at www.LFHSapplause.org.
Competition: Recently, 15 students of Woodlands Academy of the Sacred Heart joined physics teacher Matt Wilen’s new Robotics Club and the group engineered their way to triumph and distinction in their first regional tournament and is now headed to state. The only all-girls team in the 18-team competition, Woodlands Academy finished the FIRST ® Tech Challenge regional tournament with the number one ranked individual robot and second best alliance. Woodlands also finished in the top three for three different awards based on innovation, design, ingenuity, spirit, and enthusiasm. For taking on challenges well beyond the program, Woodlands brought home the “Inspire Award,” FTC Robotic’s most prestigious award. The Robotics Team includes Team Co-Captains Katelyn Hughes, Cora Ives, and Jennifer Rush; Emily Bartusiak, Bridget Bourbon, Alexis Gonzalez, Mercedes Jasso, Hayley Lovell, Kiara McKinley, Bridgett Riverol, Emma Rodriguez, Alexandra Vela, Dan Lin Huang,Laura Bartusiak and Gabriela Reid. Physics teacher Matt Wilen is moderator. The girls designed and built a robot robust enough to push a bowling ball uphill, yet agile enough to pick up racquetballs, place the racquetballs into crates, then stack the crates.
Concert: The Mundelein High School instrumental music department will present its free annual Holiday Concert Dec. 8 at 7 p.m. at 1350 W. Hawley St. The concert will feature performances by the Wind Ensemble, the Symphonic Band and the combined Varsity and Concert bands. The program will include selected holiday favorites in addition to pieces for wind. Holiday treats will be available after the concert. Details, (847) 949-2200.
Collection: The Goddard School located at 34638 North Highway 45 was the host to collecting canned goods for Central High School/Lions Club recently, collectiong several boxes of food that were decorated by the students. The Goddard School opened in 2005 and is owned and operated by David and Donna Raye. The school accommodates all children, ages six weeks to 6 years old.
Concert: Waukegan High School’s Music Department will present its free Holiday Band Concert Dec. 5 at 7 p.m. in the Trapp Auditorium, 2325 Brookside Ave. Details, (847) 782-3213.
Volunteers: Waukegan Community Unit School District 60 is looking for parents and community members to join its Student Discipline Committee. The small panel, made up of administrators, teachers and parents/community members, is responsible for reviewing the District’s student disciplinary policy, and providing feedback, input and suggested changes to the Board of Education. The Student Discipline Committee meets three to four times a year. Anyone interested in joining the committee is asked to contact Dr. Mark Neiberg, Coordinator for Student Discipline, Support Services and Section 504 at (847) 263-2126.