As we near the end of another school year, our students and staff have much to be proud of! I’d like to share some of the Points of Pride from the 2015-2016 school year.
We started out the school year by distributing more than 8,000 chromebooks to our Naperville Central and North High School students.
We look forward to expanding our Digital Learning Initiative to all five junior highs in the upcoming 2016-17 school year and the elementary students in the 2017-18 school year. Visit our website for more information on the Digital Learning Initiative
Once again, our schools rank among the top in the nation and the state. U.S. News and World Report unveiled their 2016 Top High Schools with Naperville Central ranking 997 (38 in Illinois) and Naperville North 1,006 (40 in Illinois), Niche.com ranked all five Naperville 203 Junior Highs among the top 15 in the state, and Meadow Glens Elementary School was recognized as a U.S. Department of Education Blue Ribbon School.
Our students continue to amaze both in and out of the classroom.
This year, 18 Naperville 203 seniors were named 2016 Presidential Scholarship nominees. Thirty-eight seniors were named 2015 National Merit Scholarship finalists, 17 NCHS and 21 NNHS seniors were named as Semifinalists. NNHS seniors Samantha Barrera and Gabriela Gallegos and NCHS seniors Carlos Garcia and Benjamin Osorio were named as National Hispanic Scholars in the 2015-16 National Merit Scholarship Competition. Congratulations to them all for their achievements!
In addition to performing academically, our students take the skills they gain in the classroom, and apply them to the real world. Adarsh Mattu and Prateek Dullur from NCHS and Aditya Ramachandran from NNHS were honored guests at the 2016 White House Science Fair. As eighth graders, they placed first in the 2015 eCybermission national championship for creating an electricity-free device to prevent basement flooding even during power outages.
This year was the first time Naperville 203 partnered with the City of Naperville and the Naperville Development Partnership to allow NCHS and NNHS architecture students to gain real world experience by re-envisioning the Iroquois Shopping Center on Ogden Avenue.
The project provided hands on experience for students to understand what it takes to develop a city.
NCHS's Central Times received a High School Gold Hybrid News Crown from the Columbia Scholastic Press Association, NCHS junior Akshay Punukollu placed first in Hotel and Lodging Management at DECA's International Career Development Conference, and Kennedy Jr. High’s eighth grade team placed first in the nation at Wordmasters Challenge.
Naperville 203 students also excel athletically, NNHS senior Judy Pendergast set a new state record at 2015 IHSA Girls Cross Country meet. NNHS took second place as a team. NCHS Sydney Dusel placed first at IHSA Girls Diving state meet, NCHS Boys Swimming paced second in IHSA State with the boys 200 free relay and 400 relay also placing second.
I hope you enjoyed just a sampling of what makes Naperville 203 an exceptional school district. Naperville 203 is proud of the many achievements of our students, teachers, administrators and community supporters. We look forward to continuing to be a District where students excel both in and out of the classroom.