Dear Oswego East Parents,
Hopefully everyone enjoyed a well-deserved spring break and you were able to spend some quality time with family and friends. For some, it is a time to travel while for others it is a time to relax and get things done that often escapes us during the school year. Regardless of your activities during the break, I hope was productive and rejuvenating. You may have noticed that Oswego East is in full swing with our spring calendar which is full of busy classroom projects, theater performances, field trips, athletic events, as well as special events sponsored by our after school clubs and organizations. Please continue to monitor all of our social media sites and our school calendar to stay in tune with the wonderful events we offer at Oswego East High School.
While on spring break, many of our students were representing Oswego East as they participated in new experiences. Our choir students, under the direction of Chelsea Rhoades, traveled to Walt Disney World and participated in the Disney Sings workshop. This workshop provided our students the opportunity to learn songs from a Disney movie and provide a sound track and sound effects for part of a movie. Choir students also performed at Disney Springs before heading back north from their amazing trip. OEHS band students, under the direction of Kelly O’Neil and Stevan Rextroat, traveled to St. Louis where they visited the Scott Joplin House, the National Blues Museum, the Economy Museum, the St. Louis Zoo, and took a sightseeing cruise on the Mississippi River. In addition, band members performed at Ballpark Village and enjoyed the musical, Motown the Musical. These two groups sure know how to celebrate spring break!
Just before spring break we received wonderful news that Reese Rousseau received a Gold Medal and American Vision Medal through the Scholastic Art and Writing National Competition. Reese is the first student from our school to receive such accolades and will be honored at Carnegie Hall in New York this summer. Congrats to Reese on this amazing accomplishment! To learn more about Reese’s accomplishments, as well as the accomplishments of Danielle Thorne, Alex Colwell, Marco Rodriguez, Claudia Seinolfson, Jor Gray, Maryam Fazal, Kaitlin, Mikrut, Riane Human, Grace Thueson, and Rebecca Lawlor, please read the Student Achievements section of our newsletter.
Oswego East High School is celebrating our recent recognition of being in the top 100 high schools in the state of Illinois, according to the Niche Report. Please click on the link to learn more about our ranking and how we fair against other high schools. As you know, we are constantly working to improve as a school in order to provide a rigorous, relevant and relationship-driven educational experience for all students. With your input on such reports like the Niche Report or the 5 Essential Survey, we are able to celebrate our successes and grow in the areas that require improvement. Because of wonderful families, teachers and staff, and students, we will continue to climb in the rankings and continue to a top school in the state.
I would like to thank all of the families, students and staff who so generously gave to the Verner family after the loss of Darion Verner. The family is truly amazing and they are very grateful for the donations and show of love and support from the school community. During such times of loss, it truly does remind us all of precious life is and how important it is for us to embrace each moment offered to us and make a difference in the world much like Darion did. Your support and generosity truly make up the true foundation of Oswego East High School. Please continue to keep the Verner family, as well as all of our families who have experienced loss, in your thoughts and prayers.
As always, please feel free to contact me or any member of our amazing staff if you need assistance. I am honored to serve you and the entire Oswego East community as your principal. I am looking forward to an awesome month of April and I hope see many of you at various events throughout the remainder of the school year.
Yours in service,
Scott L. Savage, Principal