May 2013
presidents report calendar recognition board business  pfa/fdn

From the Desk of Dr. Dubec

Our last annual Board of Education Awards Meeting highlighting student achievement was held Tuesday evening at East. Parents, families, and friends filled our gyms at each award night. Thank you to everyone who came out to these events to support our students. I am happy to announce that collectively, 233 Palos 118 fifth and eighth graders have earned the President's Academic Award. This award recognizes academic excellence and requires a student to have a 3.5 grade point average for the past two years, and achievement in the 85th percentile or higher in math or reading on Scantron for the current school year.  The district uses GPA, ISAT, and Scantron assessments to track this information.   We commend and celebrate the hard work and accomplishments of our students.


As the school year comes to an end, I want to take this time to thank our parent volunteers and district organizations, including the PFA and Educational Foundation for all they do throughout the year.  We are grateful for all of their support, which enables us to provide the best opportunities for our students.


It seems like we just enrolled our graduates in kindergarten, and now we are sending them off to high school.  Our eighth graders will be graduating at Stagg High School on May 30, and we wish them well as they continue their education.  


Enjoy a safe and relaxing summer, and please encourage your children to read.




Joseph M. Dubec, Ed.D., J.D.

Superintendent of Schools

terri dodds
Terri Dodds 
Named Palos East Assistant Principal
Mrs. Terri Dodds has been appointed the new assistant principal at Palos East School for the 2013-14 school year. Mrs. Dodds has taught special education at East for the past 11 years, and   demonstrates strength in her understanding of student discipline and her ability to work with special needs pupils in both conduct and instruction. She received her bachelor's degree from Valparaiso University in Elementary Education and her master's degree in Educational Leadership from St. Francis University. Mrs. Dodds lives with her husband and two children and enjoys spending time with family and friends. She also likes to visit museums, restaurants, sightsee in Chicago, and attend Cubs games. We welcome Mrs. Dodds to her new leadership role at Palos East for the upcoming school year.

Registration Discount Ends June 1



Savings of $25 per student if fees paid  
before June 1, 2013


Infosnap, our new online returning-registration program is being implemented for the upcoming 2013-14 school year.  


Look for your family's personal "snapcode" on the back of the registration letter that was mailed last month to begin the registration process. 


Visit our website at www.palos118.org and click the REGISTRATION link. Simply enter the requested information along with your "snapcode"  on the back of the registration letter that was mailed last month.


Complete registration and pay fees before June 1, 2013 to receive a $25 per student discount.

August 21, 2013
5:00-7:30 p.m. at South

Contact Yvonne Leschkies to volunteer:

Palos East Honors Award Recipients 

east young authors
East Young Authors

east pres award
East Presidential Academic Award

The Palos 118 Board of Education recognized Palos East awards winners last night for various academic achievements. Pictured above are Young Authors and a sampling of  the President's Academic Award winners.

For a complete list of high achievers, including the Presidential Academic Award winners, visit the recognition link.
People You Should Know...New Palos 118 Board of Education Members 
meredith marran


Meredith Marran has  spent time volunteering in Palos 118 classrooms assisting teachers with crafts, reading, math facts, and room parties.  She holds a BS in Nursing from St. Mary's of Notre Dame, and an MS in Nurse Anesthesia from Webster University.  Mrs. Marran was a Pediatric and Neonatal ICU Nurse at Hope Children's Hospital, and is currently a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist. She and her husband Jeff and have three children in Palos 118 schools.  Mrs. Marran is an avid runner, and a two-time participant in the Palos Heights Half Marathon. She also enjoys spending time with her children and family, vacationing in Mexico, and gardening. 
Currently reading: "Lucky Girl" by Mei-Ling Hopgood and "The Four Agreements" by don Miguel Ruiz.
katie thomason  
Katie Thomason
has served on the District 230 Student Services Committee, and the Registration and Advancement Chair for Cub Scout Pack 3699.  She has also volunteered for many PFA activities, including Sham-Rock-n-Roll, Art Awareness, Hot Dog Day, Mother-Son Bash, and Daisy Scouts.  Mrs. Thomason has a BS in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Illinois, and an MBA from the Kellogg Graduate School of Business at Northwestern University.  She is currently a Supplier Business Unit Manager with Illinois Tool Works Inc. She is a married mom of five, with her oldest at Stagg and younger children at South and West.  Her favorite pastime is going with family and friends to their favorite vacation spot at Lake Wildwood near Starved Rock State Park.
Currently reading: "Gone Girl" by Gillian Flynn and "You Can't Make Me" by Cynthia Tobias.

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