Chesterton High School Music Dept. will present its 41st annual Madrigal Dinners on Friday, Dec. 6, Saturday, Dec. 7, and Sunday, Dec. 8, in the school cafeteria. All seats are reserved and tickets are on sale for $30 per person at the CHS Music Office (Entrance 30 - Northeast side of the building across from the tennis courts). Tickets will be sold from 7:30-11:45 a.m. and 12:45-4:00 p.m. through Friday, Dec. 6. No phone orders will be taken and there will be no exchanges or refunds. Performance times are Friday, Dec. 6 at 8:00 p.m.; Saturday, Dec. 7 at 4:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m.; and Sunday, Dec. 8 at 2:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m.
The CHS Cafeteria will be transformed into a "Greate Hall" complete with Elizabethan settings and costumes for "Ye Olde Madrigal Christmas Feasts." The Madrigal is set in the 16th Century and represents the traditions of the Christmas season through spoken and musical offerings. The cast of approximately 100 CHS music students dressed in medieval costume sing, play, juggle, amuse and serve throughout each of the five performances. The students and their directors Vincent Arizzi, Kristin Morris, Julia Cardinale, Lisa Scheiber and Michael Scheiber all work each year to present a quality performance.
The dinner includes a relish tray, chicken breast, mashed potatoes, green beans, salad, wassail, and dessert. A nut-free plate or vegetarian plate including dessert will be available with your request at the time of ticket purchase. The meal is prepared each year by the CHS Cafeteria staff.
Emergency Procedures for Delaying/Closing Schools
The Duneland School Corporation recognizes the problems students, parents and employees encounter when a question exists regarding whether or not schools will be delayed and/or cancelled. The following guidelines will be used when determining a change in the starting time for school and cancellations:
1. The school administration will make a decision to delay or cancel school by 6:00 a.m. and announce the decision over designated radio stations, online at www.duneland.k12.in.us and through the Skylert calling system.
2. When a school delay is announced and inclement weather does not permit school to be in session for the remainder of the day, the school cancellation will be announced prior to 9:00 a.m. Efforts will be made to have students in school for a minimum of 3 1/2 hours for elementary/intermediate students and 4 hours for high school/middle school students which would negate the necessity for a make-up of time lost. On days when school is delayed, the following time schedule will be in effect:
High School 9:40 a.m. - 2:45 p.m.
Middle School 9:50 a.m.- 2:55 p.m.
Intermediate 10:15 a.m. - 3:05 p.m.
Elementary 10:00 a.m. - 2:25 p.m.
3. On school days with delayed start, school lunches will follow the regular school menu and there will be no morning YCare available.
4. When limited bus routing is ordered by the administration, transportation will be available at specified pickup points. Students transported to school by parents on limited routing days are to be transported home in the afternoon by parents.
5. Please do not call the Support ServicesCenter or Schools for information. Listen to the following radio stations: Valparaiso: WAKE 1500 AM and Indiana 105.5 FM; Michigan City: WEFM 95.9 FM; Chesterton H.S. WDSO 88.3 FM; WGN Radio 720; WBBM Newsradio 78; Chicagoland area TV station channels 2, 5, 7, 9, 32, CLTV news. Or visit online:
FOR YOUR INFORMATIONHoliday Concerts:
Mark your calendars for these upcoming holiday concerts.
Dec. 5 LIS/WIS Choral at LIS at 7 p.m.
Dec. 9 WIS Orchestra (Gym B) at 7 p.m.
Dec. 10 LIS Band/Orchestra at 7 p.m.
Dec. 15 CHS Music Concert at 3 p.m.
Dec. 16 CMS Choral/Orchestra at 7 p.m.
Dec. 17 CMS Band at 7 p.m.
Dec. 18 WIS Band (Gym B) at 7 p.m.
Dec. 19 CMS Bell Choir at 7 p.m.
All of these events are at the school listed unless noted otherwise. All concerts are free and open to the public.TONIGHT: Parenting Workshop:
Parents As Teachers and the Duneland YMCA will present a free parenting workshop, Behavior Management for Young Children, on Thursday, Dec. 5 from 6:30-8 p.m. at the Duneland Y Childcare Center at Chesterton Middle School, Door 8. Parents can attend this workshop on managing difficult behaviors in preschoolers. Experts on strategies for school and home will provide an interactive learning experience and take-home materials. Information on special needs such as ADHD will also be presented. Childcare will be provided. Please REGISTER at firstname.lastname@example.org or text 219.617.8861. Visit www.connectionsbehavior.com for more information about our presenters .Cookies with Mrs. Claus:
Parents As Teachers of Porter County will host their sixth annual "Cookies with Mrs. Claus" on Sunday, Dec. 15 from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. at the Waterbird Banquet Center in Chesterton. Tickets are $12 for adults, $8 for children (age 2 and under are free). Enjoy a brunch, cookie decorating, crafts for kids of all ages, musical entertainment, caroling, silent auction, third annual special art auction with items created by CHS Art Club and a special visit with Mrs. Claus. For more information on sponsorship or to purchase tickets, call 395-8412 or buy online at www.patpc.orgDuneland Swim Club:
On site registration for returning members is available at the CMS Pool. Parents may make a payment from 6-7 p.m. during regular scheduled practices. New swimmers can register on the Monday or Tuesday of the trial date at 3:45 p.m. at the CMS Pool or in advance of the start day from 6-7 p.m. on practice days.
Registration for the 2013-2014 three-week trial program: Trial #5-Dec. 9; Trial #6-Dec. 30; and Trial #7-Jan. 20, 2014.
For group swim times and more information visit the website at duneswim.com or contact Coach Christy at email@example.com.INTERMEDIATE SCHOOLS
LIS Students of the Month:
Liberty Intermediate School "Students of the Month" for December are fifth graders Barrett Church and Alyssa Montes-Atchison and sixth graders Ashlee Bakaitis and Ben Collins. Congratulations!CHESTERTON HIGH SCHOOL
The CHS annual Holiday Food Drive
continues through Dec.13 for the Westchester Food Pantry. Those who would like to donate are reminded that the greatest needs are for toiletries (shampoo, soap, toothpaste), baby food, main dishes, hearty soups and canned fruit. Cash donations will also be accepted. Just place your donated item in any classroom or give your donation to any staff member through Dec. 13. Questions can be directed to James Sensibaugh at 983-3730.3 on 3 Tournament:
The CHS Student Athletic Council is sponsoring a 3 on 3 Basketball Tournament on Saturday, Dec. 14 from Noon to 4 p.m. in the CHS Fieldhouse to benefit Toys for Tots. The tournament is open to all CHS and CMS students. Cost is $5 per person (up to 4 players per team). Please turn in your money and form into the Athletic Office by Monday, Dec. 9. Forms are available in the CHS and CMS Main Offices and online at each of the schools websites at www.duneland.k12.in.usMonth of Giving at CHS
: The CHS Student Council is hosting a Month of Giving during this holiday season.
Students kicked off the Month of Giving with a Thanksgiving Food Drive. The class that donated the most food was awarded a cupcake and juice box treat. Kayla Vodnoy's seventh block class won the event. The group is continuing to rally support for the ongoing CHS annual Food Drive that continues through Dec. 18 to benefit the Westchester Neighbors Food Pantry located in Chesterton.
The student council also asked all CHS winter sports, clubs, teams and organizations to participate in the Toys for Tots program by donating toys. The US Marine Corp. Reserve will collect our toys and give them to children through their program. In addition, the group is sponsoring a sock and mitten tree in the CHS Main Office for students, faculty and staff to donate socks, mittens and hats. Donations will be given to the Family House in Valparaiso to be distributed to families in need.
The community is welcome to assist with donations of non-perishable food and items for the food drive, as well as toys for Toys for Tots and socks, mittens and hats for the Family House. All donations can be brought to the CHS Main Office during school hours.
CHS Career Center:
The Jonathan R. Reynolds Young Writers Workshop at Denison University Jun 15-22, 2014 has applications available online at http://reynolds.denison.edu/. Deadline is March 3.
SAT/ACT Prep Programs. eKnowledge Corporation has partnered with the NFHS to provide students SAT and ACT preparation programs at a minimal cost. The links below are to documents explaining the programs. http://www.ihsaa.net/IHSAA0913.doc. http://www.ihsaa.net/IHSAADonation.doc.
National Civilian Community Corps and FEMA Corps are accepting applications. The programs are full-time 10 month team-based residential service programs. Apply at www.National Service.org.
RSL Hotline for free college counseling is available Wednesdays & Sundays from 6-8 EST at 469.546.5481.
Scholarship Info: See Mrs. Arthur in the CHS Career Center located in the Guidance Office for an application and more information.
Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship. Full tuition and fees for any Indiana college or university. Due to Mrs. Arthur by December 11.
AXA Achievement Scholarship available online at http://www.axa-equitable.com/axa-foundation/AXA-achievement-scholarship.html. Due Dec.15.
NFIB Young Entrepreneur Awards are open to any graduating senior who owns and operates his/her own business. Must also plan on attending an accredited two or four year university, college, or vocational/technical institute during the fall of 2014. Apply online at www.NFIB.com/YEA. Dec. 17
GE-Reagan Foundation Scholarship Program applications are available online at http://www.rmhc.org/rmhc-us-scholarships. Jan. 9
IAHPERD Scholarships are available for students who plan to major in health education, physical education, recreation or dance education at an Indiana college or university. Jan. 15
Ronald McDonald House Charities U.S. Scholarship Program application available at http://www.rmhc.org/rmhc-us-scholarships. Jan. 21
General Federation of Women's Club Art Scholarship. Must be planning on majoring in art. Jan. 30
Visiting Nurse Association Foundation Tricia's Scholarship. Must be planning on a career in nursing. Feb. 1.
Playing With Purpose Award. For requirements and application go to www.playingwithpurpose.org. Feb. 1
American's Farmers Grow Ag Leaders Scholarship is open to students planning on a degree in an agriculture related field. Application online at https://www.ffa.org/programs/grantsandscholarships/Scholarships/Pages/default.aspx. Feb. 1
AXA Achievement Community Scholarship application is available at http://www.axa-equitable.com/axa-foundation/community-scholarships.html. Feb. 1
Del Lonzo Memorial Scholarship. Must be a member or child of a member of First Trust Credit Union pursuing a 4-year college degree. Feb. 21
Virginia Stevens Memorial Career Scholarship Must be a member or child of a member of First Trust Credit Union pursuing an Associate's Degree, certification, or licensing in a specialized field. Feb. 21
General Federation of Women's Clubs Nurses Scholarship. Must be planning on a degree in the field of nursing. March 1.
General Federation of Women's Clubs Music Scholarship. Must plan on majoring in music. March 15.
Brown Mackie College-Merrillville President's Scholarship. May 1
Open Swim: Chesterton High School will offer open swim every Wednesday only from 7 p.m.-8:45 p.m. (pick-up by 9 p.m.). Open swim is for infants through 12th grade. Admission for adults is $2 and Duneland students $1 (no staff passes). Please bring bills smaller than $20 for admission. Towels are not provided. Small children with or without a floatation device must be with a parent or guardian at all times and be within arms reach at all times. Those attending should use Entrance 34.