Welcome to 2017! 2016 was an exciting year for all of us at VJA, and 2017 is sure to be another outstanding chapter to our story. Speaking of our story, this is an anniversary year for Victor J. Andrew High School - we will be turning 40 in the fall! As we celebrate our successes as a school over the next 12 months, we will also reflect on our school’s history as a foundation on current success.
January is action packed with activity. As a school, we begin to shift a bit of our focus to next year as we begin the high school and 8th grade registration process. We encourage our students and parents to project on their future and align course selections to: a) courses that will help them reach their post-secondary goals, b) expose students to curriculum that match their talents and interests, and c) courses and levels that will challenge and stretch them as individuals. Challenging ourselves and going outside of our comfort zone is a vital skill all our kids should have in life - and life starts at Andrew. Specifically, for January, we host our annual Step Up Days on January 20th and 27th, as well as our Open House on January 30th. This is a great opportunity to meet our newest T-Bolts and get them ready for a fast and furious four years!
We are excited to have one of our trademark events in January - the 25th Annual “History of Rock n’ Roll” Variety Show. The show runs January 10th-14th with up to five shows. This allows our students to let their hair down, dance, sing, and make us laugh. Not only is it a great event, but it also is a huge fundraiser for our Athletic Booster Parents. Thanks to all of them for their support of this event!
Even though we still have a semester to go, we do have a small number of the Class of 2017 who are saying good-bye a bit early. On January 11th, District 230 will host our Mid-Year Graduation at Amos Alonzo Stagg High School. We anticipate about 17 students who will begin their post-graduation plans a semester early. Several students are starting coursework at Moraine Valley, others are expanding their work hours to pay for college, a handful are early enrollees at universities like St. Xavier. We wish all of our T-Bolts the best of luck!
Finally, January starts a fast and furious time where we have several students participating in performance or competitive events at the state level. This includes the start of the IHSA state series for Bowling, Competitive Dance, and Competitive Cheerleading. Additionally, we have students participating in All-State Theater and beginning the pre-legislative work for Youth in Government. Most notably, we have four students who were selected, and will perform at, the All-State Music Festival. Those individuals are: Cara Daclan (senior): All-State Chorus; John Sikorski (sophomore): All-State Band; Phillip Baggio (junior): All-State Orchestra; and Thomas Shermulis (senior): All-State Orchestra. I would like to congratulate all of them on this outstanding honor!
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