Argo Parents and Guardians,
Argonaut Parents and Guardians,
The end of the school year is quickly approaching. Seniors are getting ready for finals and graduation, AP tests are wrapping up and underclassmen are finishing their assignments and preparing for their own set of final exams. There is a lot going on at Argo these days!
I would like to provide for you a little recap of the spring. We have had a great deal of success and a great deal to be proud of both in and out of the classroom. Here are just a few successes that we are excited to share with everyone:
- Both of our Water Polo teams have advanced to the Sectional Finals – this is the best performance in Argo History. Good Luck this weekend!
- Six students from our Robotics Club built an underwater vehicle as part of an International robotics competition. They took second place in our region and qualified to compete in the international competition later this summer. They are Melanie Eloiza, Brenda Escobedo, Daniel Herbert, David Uraski, David Wojtkewicz and Emily Dulgopolski.
- Thirty-two students earned the Illinois Seal of Biliteracy. This is a distinction given to students who score very well on reading, writing, speaking and listening tests in two or more languages. This high distinction is not only signified with a Seal on their diploma, but it also provides certification for future employers and colleges of literacy in multiple languages (often exempting students from taking language courses in college).
- • All students in Advanced Placement (AP) classes have finished testing. We had 55 more students taking AP tests than we had last year. This means that more Argo students are challenging themselves with college level material. Scores will not come out until July, be we are already proud of their accomplishments.
- One of our students, Brianna Plecki, brought home a 3rd place finish in Editorial Cartooning at the State Journalism Competition. This was Argo’s first-ever State place winner in Journalism.
Important information to keep in mind:
- There are alternate schedules for Final Exams – I have included this schedule below. It is the same as the schedule you were mail a few weeks ago.
o Senior Finals – May 16, 17, 18
o Graduation at Toyota Park – May 23
o Underclassmen Finals – May 24, 25, 26
- There are no more late arrival days this year. All school days begin at 8:00 until the end of the year.
- While we will NOT be giving out student schedules until registration next year, you can go into PowerSchool to view the courses that your child has requested. You should click on the link called “Class Registration.” Please remember: this is not your child’s schedule – but rather the courses that your child asked to take during the 2017-18 school year.
Save the Date – Registration for 2017-18
- We have shifted to a completely Online registration program for next year. Many families participated in the pilot last year. It went so well that we will ask everyone to register online for 2017-18.
- In the few weeks, you will receive a letter from Argo with instructions about how to register online. This letter will include a personal ‘snap’ code that you will need to register your child.
- In August, after you have completed the online registration, we will ask all parents and students to come to Argo to finish the registration process, get your student ID, your schedule, and pick up all student materials for the year – including all books, and for many, a Microsoft Surface Computer as part of our One2One Program.
- August Registration Dates:
| Monday, Aug 7th
12:00 – 6:00pm
| Tuesday, Aug 8th
1:00 - 7:00pm
|Wednesday, Aug 9th
12:00 – 6:00pm
| Thursday Aug 10th
9:00am – 3:00pm
- Please Note: All registration fees can be paid during online registration or when you come to Argo to finish the process in August.
I would like to conclude by offering my appreciation and profound respect for all Argo Mothers and Grandmothers. If your children are anything like mine, they do not spend enough time saying thank to their mom for all of the sacrifices made every day. There are so many quiet and special ways that you support and love your children that a single day or even a week’s worth of celebration is not enough. I have had the pleasure of meeting many of you on Welcome Back Night, during Parent Teacher Conferences, at Booster and PFA meetings when you volunteer your time and share your talents with the Argo community. Thank you for advocating for your children and teaching them the value of a good education and the importance of being good people. I know that I would not be the man that I am without the love and support of my mother. Thank you for the 1000s of times that you have helped your children without hearing thank you and the 1000s of times you have supported their dreams, quieted their tears, and encouraged them to try again. Argo thanks you for trusting us with your children every day and we thank you for the opportunity to work with the men and women you have raised. Happy Mother’s Day!
Dr. Chris Covino