To:       David, Chuck, Fred, Phyllis, Onnie, Adair, Hank and Wes

 

From:    Buz

 

Re:       Board Recognition of individuals and groups

 

Date:    July 12, 2000

 

 

     More than a year ago I sent everyone a memo on my thoughts about the message the board of education sends by its example.  Specifically, I commented on the nature of the individuals and groups we had chosen to honor at board meetings.  Who they are and why we honor them says a lot about our values.  It says what we really care about. 

 

     I think Wes and Hank have tried to expand the kinds of groups we honor.  I applaud them for asking the groundskeepers and the Booster's Club leaders to appear, for example.  They are two groups who certainly deserve our thanks for their service to New Trier. 

 

     But what about service by New Trier?  I take as the standard our motto:  To commit minds to inquiry, hearts to compassion, and lives to the service of mankind.  How does who we honor match what we believe?

 

     I went through the board meeting binders for the last year to see who we have honored.  The first listing below is chronological by month.  The second listing is by the parts of the New Trier motto. 

 

     Sports and the arts do not fall easily into a motto category.  In a sense both, along with academics, are efforts by an individual or a group to perfect different aspects of the person: athletic in one; artistic in another; and academic in the third.  A review of who we have recognized demonstrates that we have chosen to focus on personal or group achievement.  Consequently I choose to put sports, arts and academics in the "inquiry" category. 

 

     Only the AALS Award donated by our librarians to Heffernan School seems to me to span all three parts of the New Trier motto.  The award was for achievement by the librarians specifically and New Trier generally; the library staff chose to share the award with those whose need is greater; and the purpose of the gift was to allow greater access to good libraries.

 

RECOGNITION BY MONTH

 

 

July 1999

 

Boys Baseball - Second in State

Julia Wilhelm - scholar athlete award

 

August 1999

 

None

 

September 1999

 

Lynn Duenow as Art Educator of the Year

Foreign Exchange Students

National Merit Semifinalists

 

October 1999

 

Lagniappe/Potpourri

 

November 1999

 

Boys Golf Team

1st place individual in golf - Michael Slaven

Girls Golf Team

2nd place individual Alexis Wooster

Girls Tennis

3rd place tennis doubles Elizabeth Snell and Lisa Spinney

4th place tennis doubles Erica Quandt and Lauren Stone

 

December 1999

 

Chris Chiaverina Elected President of Physics Teachers (AAPT)

Supervisor and Members of New Trier Grounds Crew - 1999 Field of the Year

3rd Place Boys Soccer Team

2nd Place Girls Swim Team

 

January 2000

 

Steve Malliaris - Siemens/Westinghouse Prize

 

February 2000

 

Mike Cantania's Advisory - canned food drive

Adopt a Family program - 89 families received gifts and meals

Gale Academy Book Drive - sophomore book collection project

 

March 2000

 

Grammy Award to Music Department

 

April 2000

 

Leaders of Booster Club

 

May 2000

 

Debate Team

 

June 2000

 

Grammy Award to Music Department

Girls Lacrosse Team  State Championship

Boys Tennis Team State Champions

Lauren Matic - 800 meter run at ISHA state championship meet

AASL Library Award donated to Hefferan School

 

 

 

RECOGNITION BY TYPE

 

 

Minds to Inquiry

 

Boys Baseball - Second in State

Julia Wilhelm - scholar athlete award

Boys Golf Team

1st place individual in golf - Michael Slaven

Girls Golf Team

2nd place individual Alexis Wooster

Girls Tennis

3rd place tennis doubles Elizabeth Snell and Lisa Spinney

4th place tennis doubles Erica Quandt and Lauren Stone

3rd Place Boys Soccer Team

2nd Place Girls Swim Team

Girls Lacrosse Team  State Championship

Boys Tennis Team State Champions

Lauren Matic - 800 meter run at ISHA state championship meet

 

 

Grammy Award to Music Department

Grammy Award to Music Department another month

Lynn Duenow as Art Educator of the Year

Lagniappe/Potpourri

 

National Merit Semifinalists

Steve Malliaris - Siemens/Westinghouse Prize

Debate Team

 

21 total

 

Hearts to Compassion

 

 

AASL Library Award donated to Hefferan School

Mike Cantania's Advisory - canned food drive

Adopt a Family program - 89 families received gifts and meals

Gale Academy Book Drive - sophomore book collection project

 

4 total

 

Lives to Service of Mankind

 

Foreign Exchange Students

Chris Chiaverina Elected President of Physics Teachers (AAPT)

Supervisor and Members of New Trier Grounds Crew - 1999 Field of the Year

Leaders of Booster Club

 

4 total

 

 

 

 

 

     There are 21 entries in the board binders during the past year for the category of inquiry and 4 each for the categories of compassion and service.  Our actions suggest that we think sports excellence is the most important value at New Trier, and that we think service is of least importance, particularly if we distinguish service to New Trier from service by New Trier.

 

     I think we can and should do a better job of living by our motto.  I think it is a good motto.  I propose that during this next year the board recognize individuals and groups in equal proportions to our tripartite motto.  I will propose such a resolution at our next meeting.  I hope it will have your support.

 

     Thank you for your time and attention.