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October 6, 2019

Leadership Team Memo

October 6, 2019

Hello Von Community (Español)!

We are half way through first quarter!  Progress reports have been printed! PAWS Tutoring after school has started!  And we hope that everyone has started to develop good habits and routines as a foundation to be more confident as a learner. And if you are struggling, it is important that you ask for help.  Students and parents make sure you are checking your grades and attendance on the portal often so that you can advocate for yourself, as well as make sure you are reaching your fullest potential. Our PRIDE focus this week is EFFORT--now is the time to put your effort into reflecting on your performance and being the best version of yourself!

Important dates coming up:

  • Monday, October 14th: No School--Indigenous Peoples Day
  • Wednesday, October 16th: PSAT Testing (for 9th, 10th, and 11th grades), Senior FAFSA Workshops
  • Thursday, October 17th: College Fair (11th & 12th grades) from 11am - 1pm, Homecoming Pep Rally (8th period) & Homecoming Football Game at 3:30pm
  • Friday, October 18th: Homecoming Dance from 7 - 10 pm
  • *******Please be advised that if there is a union strike, we will communicate adjustments to the schedule as soon as possible.******

Please remember being a student is your first responsibility at Von Steuben! Make sure your grades are on track and, as always,  you put forth your best effort! Next week, we will have an amazing spirit week to celebrate each of you making strides towards your future. Homecoming Dance ticket sales started last week. Please make sure you are doing your best to meet requirements: be in medical compliance, passing all of your classes, and have a 90% attendance rate. Know your data and buy your tickets early this year!

Parents, please make sure you have turned in your family income forms. The due date WAS Monday, September 30th. We are following up with families who did not turn in these important forms. They determine our funding and resources as a school and qualify students based on income status. Thank you for turning these in as soon as possible! Time is running out.

Please reach out to anyone on the leadership team if you have any questions or concerns!

Together, we are Von strong!

Jennifer Sutton, Principal,
Katie Hallberg, Assistant Principal,
Patrick Reget, Assistant Principal,
Israel Urbina, Assistant Principal,

What: FAFSA Completion Workshop

Who: All Senior students and families are invited

When: Wednesday October 9th, 2019  5:30pm-7:30pm

Where: Von Steuben room 116

Why: To qualify for (Federal Grants and Scholarships, Federal loans, and Institutional Money) - Money for College

Qué: Taller de finalización de FAFSA

Quién: Se invita a todos los estudiantes y familias de la tercera edad

Cuando: Miércoles 9 de octubre de 2019 5:30pm-7:30pm

Dónde: Sala Von Steuben 116

Por qué: Para calificar (Becas Federales y Becas, Préstamos Federales , y el dinero institucional) - Dinero para la universidad


Revised Schedule


Diverse Learner Parent Workshops

Thurs Nov. 7th - Executive Functioning
Thurs Jan. 30th  - Accommodations at the College Level
Thurs Mar 19th - Essential Elements of a Special Needs Plan
Thurs May 14th - Evaluating Guardianship 

ATTENDANCE RACE - By the Numbers

After our Five Week Challenge the Race was CLOSE but.....


FRESHMEN .... with.... 97.99%

Details of your prize day will be distributed during your division

in SECOND - Juniors with 96.96%
in Third - Sophomore with 96.98%
in Fourth - Seniors with 95.23% . (Most Improved)

Parent, please enroll in parent portal, it is the new ASPEN system and will allow you to check your students grades, attendance, tardies, assignments, contact teachers, set up alerts and pay school fees.  If you have not set up your account or your are having issues please fill our THIS form.  Email Ms. Hallberg with any questions.

Also if you missed our Business days you can pay your school fees via Parent Portal.

Padre, por favor inscríbase en el portal de los padres, es el nuevo sistema ASPEN y le permitirá verificar sus calificaciones de los estudiantes, asistencia, retrasos, tareas, contactar a los maestros, configurar alertas y pagar las cuotas escolares.  Si no ha configurado su cuenta o tiene problemas, rellene nuestro formulario ESTE.  Hallberg por correo electrónico con cualquier pregunta. 

Además, si se perdió nuestros días hábiles, puede pagar sus cuotas escolares a través del Portal para Padres.
Students if you receive a detention and think skipping is an option, you will then have to serve on FRIDAY - make the right choice and serve on your assigned day!

Los estudiantes si usted recibe una detención y piensa que saltar es una opción, entonces tendrá que servir en el VIERNES - tomar la decisión correcta y servir en su día asignado!
Mindfulness Leader    
After School Matters program at Von Steuben
Through interactive lessons, you will develop skills and strategies to learn how to cope with
the day-to-day challenges of school, family, future planning and stress. You will learn about
the tools for mindfulness that will bring balance to the areas of social awareness, self-
management, interpersonal skills, responsible behavior and decision-making skills. You will
engage in this work through various art projects such as vision boards, journaling, exercising
in gratitude and appreciation. Additionally, you will learn meditation.

Date Range 9/30/2019 - 12/12/2019
Days of Week M, W, Th
Time 3:45 PM - 6:00 PM

Apply online: 
Program name: Mindfulness Leader Contact:
The class is FREE and there is a stipend.


Internship at the 39th Ward

By working in an aldermanic office, interns will gain skills in constituent services and political communications while gaining an understanding of city government. This internship serves as a great way to experience the inside of City government. This highly interactive learning opportunity is designed to enhance and support an intern’s long-term professional success in public service and beyond.

Alderman Nugent is looking for a highly motivated, communicative and strategic thinkers to add to the 39th Ward Public Service Office. Please share the attached flyer with students and have any interested students send their resume to with the subject line "High School Internship: NAME." All resumes must be submitted by Sunday, September 29th. Click here for flyer and details.


Join the 33rd Ward Youth Council!

The 33rd Ward Youth Council is recruiting! Are you a rising 9th to 12th grader that lives in the 33rd Ward? Are you motivated to be the voice of your peers, to work with local government, and to enact the change you want to see in your community? Then please join the council! Please fill out the google application here:


Is your student compliant to attend school?
Two forms are CPS Mandates:

1) Family Income Form
2) Medical Compliance Form

Please make sure you have these completed and students can turn them into the Main Office or their Division Teacher the first day of school

¿Su estudiante cumple con las normas para asistir a la escuela? 
Dos formularios son CPS Mandatos:

1) Formulario de Ingreso Familiar
2) Formulario de Cumplimiento Médico

Por favor, asegúrese de que los ha completado y los estudiantes pueden convertirlos en la Oficina Principal o su Maestro de División el primer día de la escuela
All Forms should be turned in the first week of school to the main office or your division teacher!

¡Todos los formularios deben ser entregados en la primera semana de escuela a la oficina principal o a su maestro de división!

WORD of the Week…

One's ability to learn. grow, and develop requires effort. Through effort, we also accept challenges and persevere in order to become the best version of ourselves. 

La capacidad de aprender y desarrollar requiere esfuerzo. A través del esfuerzo, también aceptamos desafíos y perseveramos para llegar a ser la mejor versión de nosotros mismos.
This Week At @ Von
COLLEGE REP - St. Xavier University - Lunch
*Student Council Meeting @ Social Room 3pm
* Girls Swimming Vs Northside @ Northside 5pm
*Soph Football @ Taft 5pm
*FAFSA completion Workshop @ Von 5:30pm
* Cross Country @ Lane Tech 4pm
* Varsity Football @ Rockne Stadium 4pm
* Baseball Fall Camp @ NEIU 12pm
Want unique Von Gear?? Click HERE and for the Von Store!
Parent Advisory Committee!
Thanks to all the Parents that came out last Thursday!! Your Participation and Voice MATTERS!

The topics here are the workshops you chose this year: 

- College Night
- Financial Aid
- Mental Health
- SAT\PSAT\Khan Academy 
- Social Media
- Summer Programs
- Vapes and drug use

The Dates this year of our workshops are:

- September 26, 2019
- October 24, 2019
- Dec 5, 2019
- January 23, 2020
- February 27, 2020
- March 26, 2020
- April 30, 2020 
- May 28, 2020

Hibi Rizvi


Hiba Rizvi has been demonstrating PRIDE throughout this school year from start to now. She has been showing positivity by being motivational both to herself and others. She has been showing responsibility by making sure she’s on time and doing all her work. She has been showing inclusivity by working with people that she doesn’t normally work with. She has been showing determination by making sure she keeps her grades up. She has been showing effort by actively participating in class both by asking and answering questions. Overall, Hiba has been demonstrating our von PRIDE values, continue the great work and we are proud of you!

Hiba Rizvi ha estado demostrando PRIDE durante todo este año escolar desde el principio hasta ahora. Ella ha estado mostrando positividad por ser motivacional tanto para sí misma como para los demás. Ella ha estado mostrando responsabilidad asegurándose de que está a tiempo y haciendo todo su trabajo. Ella ha estado mostrando inclusividad al trabajar con personas con las que normalmente no trabaja. Ella ha estado mostrando determinación asegurándose de que mantiene sus calificaciones. Ella ha estado mostrando esfuerzo al participar activamente en la clase, tanto haciendo como respondiendo preguntas. En general, Hiba ha estado demostrando nuestros valores von PRIDE, continuar el gran trabajo y estamos orgullosos de usted!

If you know a student that deserves the spotlight you can nominate them by clicking HERE!

Commitment to a Safe Learning Environment
We are committed to creating a safe and supportive learning environment!  Please read the three Links for more information about our commitment to nondiscrimination:

Volleyball - The ladies had a close match against Whitney Young on Wednesday and defeated Lakeview on Thursday for Senior Night!

Football - Panthers win a thriller 34-20 over Phoenix Military Academy, as we were down 20-7 at halftime. The Panthers came roaring back in the second half out scoring the Firebirds 27-0.  Players of the game: Junior Oscar Medina led the defense with 9 total tackles.. Junior Jimmie Cole recovered a fumble and returned it for a touchdown, his second defensive touchdown on the season., Senior RB Moh Emrani with 2 rushing TD's  and Senior QB Peculiar Kolade 2 rushing TD's

Soccer -  Von Soccer come back from an 0-2 deficit to defeat Little Village 6-4! 



For 20 years, the Chicago affiliate of the national ACE Mentor Program has introduced thousands of students citywide to careers in architecture, engineering and construction management. During our free, after school program, high school participants gather at professional firms’ downtown offices where our volunteer architects, engineers and construction managers lead an exploration of careers in the design and construction industry through hands-on activities, field trips, and creating a team design project.
Students who successfully participate in ACE Chicago have an opportunity to apply for a college scholarship or summer experiences.  Since our inception, the Chicago ACE Mentor Program has awarded more than $1.5 million in college scholarships, 245 paid summer internships, and positions in summer architecture camps and our ACE Design-Build Workshop!

The deadline to apply is Friday, October 11, 2019  at Late registrations will not be accepted. Interested students should apply early to ensure that their applications are considered. Students will be notified by e-mail by the week of October 21st if they have been accepted, so they should supply a valid e-mail address that they frequently check. For information about the ACE Mentor Program and to view videos of ACE in Action, visit us at 

Watch the Video to learn more about the ACE Mentor Program
As we told you at Curriculum Night, students are not allowed to have nor use e-cigarettes or vapes (both nicotine and Marijuana) or have any paraphernalia associated with the use of these products. Not only because they are illegal for people under the age of 21 but because they have serious health risks. It is important that we create a safe learning environment for our students.  We want students and parents to be informed in the choices that they make.  Please click HERE for more information about the growing public health concerns around the use of these products and why we are taking it so seriously if they are brought into the building.

Como le dijimos en Noche de currículo, los estudiantes no pueden tener ni usar cigarrillos electrónicos o vapeos (tanto nicotina como marihuana) ni tener alguna parafernalia asociada con el uso de estos productos. No sólo porque son ilegales para las personas menores de 21 años, sino porque tienen graves riesgos para la salud y es importante que creemos un entorno de aprendizaje seguro para nuestros estudiantes.  Queremos que los estudiantes y los padres estén informados en las decisiones que tome. Por favor, haga clic AQUÍ para obtener más información sobre los crecientes problemas de salud pública en torno al uso de estos productos y por qué nos lo estamos tomando tan en serio si son traídos al edificio.

Panther PRIDE Newsletter

Want to share news, pictures, or upcoming events with students and parents? Send your update to Assistant Principal Katie Hallberg at

Want to nominate a student for the student spotlight?  Fill out this FORM

What’s coming up

October 14th:
   * No School--Indigenous Peoples Day
October 16th:
   * PSAT Testing & FAFSA Workshops
October 17th:
   * College Fair &  Homecoming 
October 18th:
   * Homecoming Dance 

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