Thursday, May 16, 2013
Michael Divincenzo faces eight misdemeanor charges related to reports of physical assaults at Maine West High School in Des Plaines in 2012, according to Cook County State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez.
A former varsity boys soccer coach and teacher at Maine West High School faces multiple criminal charges related to reports of bullying and hazing, Cook County State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez stated on Wednesday. Michael Divincenzo was charged with eight misdemeanor counts including three counts of battery, one count of hazing and four counts of failure to report abuse as mandated, in incidents on June 1, 2012, Aug. 31, 2012 and Sept. 26, 2012, according to court documents. Divincenzo is accused of threatening freshmen students to have the varsity players stick their thumbs up their buttocks if they did not communicate properly during a soccer drill, according to the charges. Freshmen team players were held down by varsity players against …
Wednesday, May 15, 2013
A former Maine West High School soccer coach, Michael Divincenzo, faces multiple misdemeanor charges related to reports of hazing at the Des Plaines high school, the Chicago Sun-Times reported.
Michael Divincenzo, the former varsity boys soccer coach named in a bullying and hazing lawsuit filed by current and former students and their families, was charged on May 15 with multiple misdemeanor charges related to the reports of hazing incidents, the Chicago Sun-Times reported. The criminal charges are separate from the civil lawsuit, which was filed by four current and former students. Antonio Romanucci, an attorney representing the students and their families, released the following statement in response to the criminal charges filed against Divincenzo: "The fact that Coach Divincenzo has been criminally charged brings no joy to the families whose children were brutally sexually abused while educators stood idly by allowing it to…
Friday, May 10, 2013
Dates and times for commencement ceremonies for Maine West High School, Maine East High School and Maine South High School students.
Friday, May 10
The following information was submitted by Ginny Edwards, assistant to superintendent for Maine Township High School District 207. Maine West High School Commencement Ceremony 2013 Maine East High School Commencement Ceremony 2013 Maine South High School Commencement Ceremony 2013
The attorney representing Maine West High School students in a hazing lawsuit stated a report from Maine Township High School District 207 does not address key issues.
The lawyer representing four current and former Maine West High School students and their families in a bullying and hazing lawsuit stated there were significant omissions in a report on hazing incidents in the school district. Maine Township High School District 207 hired an attorney to complete an independent investigation into hazing incidents and policies within the district, and report back to the board of education. That process concluded and D-207 released a copy of a report on the investigation and a statement about it this week. The report stated D-207 and Maine West staff responded properly and appropriately to reports of hazing in September 2012. Antonio Romanucci, the attorney representing the four students in the bullying and …
An independent investigator hired by Maine Township High School District 207 to review hazing incidents and policies within the district reported his findings to the board of education.
An independent investigator hired by Maine Township High School District 207 to review hazing incidents and policies within the district reported that district officials responded appropriately. Sergio Acosta, an attorney at Hinshaw & Culbertson, stated that D-207 and staff at Maine West High School in Des Plaines responded properly and promptly when reports of hazing were made in September 2012, according to a statement from D-207. "The Board is pleased to learn that administrative employees at both the building and District office levels responded appropriately to the hazing allegations," D-207 stated. "The Board isalso pleased to receive Mr. Acosta’s recommendations which will be carefully considered for implementation as part of the …
Wednesday, May 8, 2013
Two outgoing members are saluted and five members are sworn in; the board has a new president.
The Maine Township High School District 207 board of education said goodbye to two members and hello to two new members at its Monday meeting. The board honored Edward Mueller and Eldon Burk, who both stepped down, for their service. Sean Sullivan, who had served as president, gave the oath of office to Mary Childers, Jin Lee, Eric Leys, Margaret McGrath and Carla Owen. Leys and McGrath were re-elected on the April 9 ballot, and Childers and Lee were elected for the first time. Carla Owen had been appointed to the board last year and won election on April 9. The board then elected new officers, choosing McGrath as its new president and Donna Pellar as vice president. The newly-reorganized board carried on with the rest of the meeting…
Monday, May 6, 2013
Windows were broken at the Des Plaines high school over the weekend, Journal and Topics Newspaper reported.
Authorities are investigating a possible attempted arson incident at Maine West High School, which occurred over the weekend, Journal and Topics Newspapers reported. Windows were broken sometime between Saturday and Sunday at the Des Plaines high school, according to Journal and Topics Newspapers’ report. Updated, 10 p.m. on May 6: Staff at Maine West High School cleaned up the press box and near the gymnasium, near where the windows were broken late Saturday night or early Sunday morning, and removed the broken glass before police arrived on the scene, Des Plaines Police Chief William Kushner said. A charred neck from a Southern Comfort liquor bottle was recovered from the scene, Kushner said, but no evidence the building caught fire was …
Friday, May 3, 2013
A civil engineering student from Des Plaines is competing with her classmates in a concrete canoe competition.
Chances for success in a concrete canoe competition increase when your team includes someone who grew up along the Des Plaines River, or so it may seem following a recent win for a college in Indiana. Shannon Osiecki, 20, an alum of Maine West High School, with her approximately 25 teammates at the University of Evansville in southern Indiana, are ready to compete in a national concrete canoe meet at the University of Illinois in Champaign in June. Her crew received top honors in a regional competition between about 15 teams in April, Osiecki said, and more than 20 teams of college students will paddle for the top prize at the national competition. The concrete canoe competition has a long history, and this is the 13th year Evansville is …
Monday, April 15, 2013
The benefit was held April 4 at the Rosewood Restaurant.
The fifth annual Maine Township High School District 207 Educational Foundation Benefit Dinner, “A Night For The Books,” was held at the Rosewood Restaurant on Tuesday, April 4, and it certainly was one. The benefit helped raise $13,000 for District 207's foundation and was attended by 163 guests. Featured was entertainment by the Maine East Chamber Choir, the Maine West Jazz Band and the Maine South Chamber Orchestra. Recognized were the many District 207 Educational Foundation grant recipients, whose innovative and engaging learning activities have been supported since the last benefit. Recent grants helped groups of Maine West students take a service trip to a Native American reservation in the Black Hills, install a wind turbine on …
Wednesday, April 10, 2013
Three seniors selected by Maine Township High School District 207 as “207's Best” for April were recognized by the Board of Education.