June 2015
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Superintendent's Message: 
Summer Suggestions


On June 1, 207 students graduated from Palos South Middle School. We're very proud of their accomplishments, and know they will go on to do great things in high school and beyond. I thank the parents for their support, and for understanding how vital education is to the success of their children. These students are accomplished young men and women because of the hard work and dedication of the teachers, administrators, board members, and support staff of Palos 118 over the past nine years.


The success of our graduates is a result of solid education fundamentals, with reading skills as an essential building block. Just because school has ended for the summer doesn't mean learning has to end too. Please encourage your children to continue reading - at least 20 minutes per day if possible - to keep them on track throughout the summer. Here are some links to reading suggestions:


The Illinois School Library Media Association (ISLMA) issues book awards annually for different age groups and always offers interesting reading selections. The  Rebecca Caudill award winning books are popular with middle-schoolers and adults. For recently graduated eighth graders or high-school age kids, the Abraham Lincoln Award: Illinois' High School Readers' Choice Award has many age-appropriate suggestions.  For K-3 elementary students, check out the  Monarch Award master list, and for kids in grades 3-5, the Blue Stem Readers' Choice list has many selections. Most of these books are available at your local library, or available to download on electronic reading devices.


If you want to provide enrichment for your child in other subject areas, there are many interactive sites such as hoodamath.com

aaamath.com, and arcademics.com.  All of these free sites offer skill-building math exercises in game formats for grades k-8. Kids will probably have so much fun playing online, they won't realize they're growing their minds. 


Whether near or far - wherever your travels take your family this summer - have a fun and safe vacation.


Warmest regards,


Dr. Anthony M. Scarsella, 

Superintendent of Schools

Summer Camps

Palos 118 summer programming is already in full swing. Listed below are upcoming programs. Consult the Webstore for more details. 


Girls and Boys Cross Country 
Grades 4 - 8
August 3 - 7 (8:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.)

August 10 - 12 (8:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.)


Beginning Band Camp (Incoming 5th grade)

August 10 - 14

Instrument specific times on Webstore


Percussion Ensemble Band Camp  
July 21 - 30; Tuesdays and Thursdays
8 a.m. - 10 a.m.


Concert Band Camp (Incoming 6th, 7th, and 8th grade)
July 20 - July 31; Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays

Instrument specific times on Webstore. 

Digital Suggestion Box


If you have suggestions for improving District 118's programs or operations, please use our new digital suggestion box and provide us with your thoughts as we prepare for next school year.

Palos South
Class of 2015

Palos South had a graduating class of 207.

Members of the Performing Arts Ensemble perform "Best Day of My Life."

Ashleigh Hughes delivers the welcoming address.

Person You Should Know
Palos South's 2015
Valedictorian & Salutatorian 

Maria DiCristina, Valedictorian

Maria was involved in student council, declamation, and Pacesetters while at South. She also plays vollleyball, basketball, and boxes. Her favorite class at South was Spanish. Maria will be exploring all of her options when considering her future college degree and career. What she will miss most about South is the sense of familiarity, having gone to school with many of her peers for seven years. Maria will be attending Marist high school in the fall, and plans on joining cross country, track, and student council.


Andrew Demma,


At South, Andrew participated in drama, jazz band, math club, cross country, track, and soccer. He also played on two basketball teams and on a church volleyball team. His favorite subject is science and would like to pursue a degree in biomedical engineering and possibly a career involving prosthetics. Andrew will be attending Stagg High School in the fall and will miss his friends that will be moving on to different high schools. He plans on being involved in band, drama, marching band and Mathletes in his high school career.


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