Weekly Messenger: May 3, 2021


May 5

  • Freshman Class Fundraiser

May 15

  • Prom

May 27

  • Virtual Senior Awards Night

May 30

  • Graduation

June 4

  • Last day for student attendance


Golden Apple Awards

Teacher Appreciation Week is the week of May 3, and we would like to acknowledge teachers you feel provide a positive learning experience or go the “extra mile” for your student. Teachers will receive the Golden Apple Award during Teacher Appreciation Week.  

To submit a teacher’s name and to write a brief description on why you want them to get the award please complete the Golden Apple Form below.


Freshman Class Fundraiser - May 5, 2021

The Freshmen Class is holding a take- out- only fundraiser through Raising Cane’s on Wednesday, May 5 from 4-9pm. To help support the class of 2024, mention the fundraiser at checkout with your takeout order. 15 % of all proceeds go to the Freshmen Class. We appreciate your support.


Illinois Science Assessment

In compliance with federal testing requirements, Illinois will administer a science assessment for grades 5, 8, 11.  The assessment will be administered in-person on the student's Chromebook.  It is aligned with the standards for Science as well as the Next Generation Science Standards.  

  • Juniors with the last names A-L for in-person learners Wednesday, May 5 periods 1st-3rd
  • Juniors with the last names M-Z for in-person learners Thursday, May 6, periods 1st-3rd
  • Juniors with the last names A-Z that are remote learners, Friday, May 7, periods 1st-3rd

Students will be testing in the auditorium.  Please make sure they bring their Chromebook charged.


SHS Prom - Game Night in Vegas

When: Saturday, May 15

  • 6:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. Grand March: Introduction of Guests 
  • 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. Game Time
  • 9:00 p.m. – 9:15 p.m. King and Queen Coronation
  • 10:00 p.m. End of Festivities

Where: SHS Field House

Cost: $40

Ticket Sales: May 5-7 and May 10-12 during lunches outside the athletic office and after school for remote students from 3-4 PM at the security desk.

Senior Scholarships

There are still a few active scholarships available in Naviance for our seniors. Check them out because due dates are coming up! Students who have applied and are chosen for awards that are given at Senior Award Night will be notified to watch the virtual award presentation. Announcements of winners will be made during the virtual event on Thursday, May 27. 

Summer School Registration

Deadline to register for summer school is May 1. You can register online, or submit your downloaded application and payment to Mr Balster. Applications are also available in the guidance office. Courses fill up. Payment is due at the time of application to get on a class roster. Courses available are: Drivers Education, Speech, Government, Consumer Economics, PE, Dual credit college Speech, Credit recovery. Please be sure to download the correct application. 

In person students must maintain 3 ft social distancing, and wear a mask at all times.

Seniors: You can’t graduate if you haven’t completed your FAFSA or FAFSA Waiver

All SHS seniors must meet the graduation requirement regarding completing the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) or sign a FAFSA Waiver.  Be sure to fill out the FAFSA for 2021-2022. Students should talk to their counselor with any questions. The FAFSA can be completed at

If you would like individual help, please reach out to our ISAC (IL Student Assistance Commision) representative. She can do virtual help sessions to walk you through the entire process. Jenna Roecker, Illinois Student Assistance Commission Book an appointment:


Benefits of Doing a Proper Shutdown

Did you know that just closing the lid on your Chromebook is not a shutdown.  Chromebook's have what is called an Embedded Controller (EC). An embedded controller has some of the following tasks:

  • Receiving and processing signals from the keyboard
  • Receiving and processing signals from the touchpad
  • other buttons and switches (e.g. power button, Chromebook lid switch)
  • Turning the Chromebook on and off

When you do a proper shutdown, it reinitializes the EC. Since the EC controls the keyboard, touchpad, battery and all other on-board peripherals, performing a proper shutdown will potentially fix a wide range of problems. One of the common problems we find students are having is a no charge, no power issue. If you do a proper shutdown of your Chromebook before you plug it in to charge for a while it resets the EC and proper charging can take place. More times than not, when you are having problems with Technology a proper shutdown will usually fix the issue.