Wednesday, December 19, 2012
A special meeting for the Maine Township High School District 207 Board of Education is scheduled for 6 p.m. on Dec. 19.
A special meeting of the Maine Township High School District 207 Board of Education to discuss personnel matters related to the investigation into bullying and hazing allegations was scheduled for Wednesday. The meeting will include an opportunity for public comment, said David Beery, spokesperson for D-207. The board will go into closed executive session, Beery said, return to open session and take a vote, if needed, on any personnel matter. Five D-207 employees were reassigned following the allegations of bullying and hazing. Michael Divincenzo and Emilio Rodriguez have teaching contracts with D-207 and are coaches at Maine West High School in Des Plaines. Divincenzo and Rodriguez were reassigned with pay, pending the result of D-207’s …
Friday, December 14, 2012
Maine West faculty, students, families and community members will gather in the Des Plaines high school’s auditorium on Sunday for the annual showcase of talent.
Friday, December 14, 2012
The following information was submitted by David Beery, spokesperson for Maine Township High School District 207, which includes Maine West High School in Des Plaines, Maine South High School in Park Ridge and Maine East High School in Niles. An annual community favorite – the Maine West High School Prism Concert – will be presented twice on Sunday, Dec. 16, with the first presentation beginning 2 p.m. and a second performance set for 4:45 p.m. Featuring West’s talented students in band, orchestra and choral ensembles, the concert is unique in that it features 90 minutes of continuous music. The minute one song ends, the next one begins, as directors and students make use of multiple performance locations within the auditorium. Among the …
Tuesday, November 20, 2012
The mother of a Maine West High School student filed a complaint with the Circuit Court of Cook County alleging hazing at Maine Township High School District 207.
The parents of a Maine West High School student filed a lawsuit on Nov. 19 that accuses the school district, faculty and staff of allowing their son to be physically and sexually assaulted as part of a known hazing ritual for the boys' varsity soccer team. The hazing ritual was ordered and witnessed by several coaches, according to the complaint, when, on Sept. 27, Michael Divencenzo, varsity soccer coach, Emilio Rodriguez, freshmen soccer coach, and other coaches ordered a “campus run” after the freshman soccer player was promoted to the varsity squad. During the “campus run” the boy’s teammates grabbed him, according to the complaint, tore off his underwear, held him down so he could not resist, grabbed his testicles and sodomized him …
Thursday, October 11, 2012
The Warriors finished their stellar season, 17-1-3, with a win, 4-0, over St. Patrick’s on Wednesday.
The Warriors finished the best season in Maine West High School soccer program’s history, 17-1-3, with a decisive victory against St. Patrick’s Shamrocks, 4-0, in their last regular season game at home on Wednesday. The team appeared energized after the win, despite a recent change in the lineup and coaching staff, and a game that was as much about playing through emotions as it was about putting balls in the net, both of which the Warriors seemed to have no problem doing. Michael Divincenzo, varsity soccer coach, Emilio Rodriguez, freshman soccer coach and three other coaches that are not teachers in the district, were temporarily reassigned with pay to duties outside the classroom, and a number of players on the varsity team face …
Monday, October 8, 2012
Several students face disciplinary action and will not be allowed to play, pending the outcome of the investigation, according to a statement by Maine Township High School District 207.
Reports of inappropriate conduct by several players on Maine West High School’s boys’ soccer team are being investigated by the high school, school district, Des Plaines Police Department and the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services, according to a statement released by Maine Township High School District 207. The Maine West soccer players who face disciplinary action will not be allowed to play, pending the outcome of the investigation, according to the school district’s statement. Michael Divincenzo, varsity soccer coach, Emilio Rodriguez, freshman soccer coach and three other coaches that are not teachers in the district, were temporarily reassigned with pay to duties outside the classroom, pending the investigation …
Thursday, January 12, 2012
First cases reported in years.
In a previous story on whooping cough, we reported that Des Plaines was in the area of the state that has experienced the largest increase in reported cases of the disease, which is also known as pertussis. There have been six cases of whooping cough reported in Community Consolidated School District 62 so far this year, said Mindy Ward, director of community relations for the district. Ward said there were no cases reported in the 2010-2011 school year, and couldn’t recall a case being reported the year before that. In an email to Patch Ward wrote that the County Health Department notifies the district when a case is diagnosed, and the district sends a letter prepared by the health department to families at schools with reported cases. “…
Monday, January 9, 2012
Last case reported in December at Maine West High School.
There has been an increase in the number of whooping cough cases in the suburbs of Chicago, the Chicago Tribune reported. Illinois healthcare providers treated about 1,400 cases of the disease in 2011; a decade before that the number of cases was less than 100. For the story, visit the Chicago Tribune’s website. Of the 264 cases of pertussis reported in 2011 in the four districts, 174 were reported in the North District, which includes Des Plaines. In the West District, 46 cases were reported, in the Southwest, 27 cases, and in the South District 17 cases of whooping cough were reported. Earlier: Vote for this week’s Athlete of the Week. One case of whooping cough was reported at Maine West High School in December, and no new cases have …