Friday, April 25, 2008

DISTRICT 202 MEETING - SUPPORT DR. PASTERIS - PRINCIPAL AT PLAINFIELD NORTH HIGH SCHOOL

Please, show your continued support for Dr. Pasteris. District 202 school board is holding a meeting on Monday, April 28, 2008.

Administration Center
15732 Howard Street
Plainfield, IL 60544 (Map)

Board meetings begin at 6:30 p.m. with a closed session. The public portion of each meeting begins at 7:30 p.m.

ONLINE PETITION

An online petition has been created and your support and signatures are most appreciated. As of 4/25/08, there are 464 signatures.

"Reinstate Dr. Peter Pasteris - PNHS Principal"

http://www.ipetitions.com/petition/savedrp?e

This is an important cause and you are encouraged to add your signature, too. It's free and takes less than a minute of your time.If you would like to read comments by some parents and students, please follow this link:

http://www.ipetitions.com/petition/savedrp/signatures-1.html

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

HUGE TURNOUT FOR ZACH MCCULLOCH CULVER'S NIGHT

Based on the huge show of support for Zach McCulloch's Culver's night, it is safe to say the event was a great success.

It was so busy at times, the owner/manager threatened to close the registers because they couldn't fill all the orders. What a great turnout!

The McCulloch family greatly appreciates the generosity of Plainfield's citizens.

Thank You, Plainfield!

Please, check back for details on the Zach McCulloch Jewel Shop & Share!

Friday, April 4, 2008

Reinstate Plainfield North High School Principal Dr. Peter Pasteris

District 202 has, again, disregarded the wishes of students and parents. They lied to us about "family friendly' re-districting boundries. They split families and put siblings in different high schools. How is this "family friendly"?

And now, after a few private meetings, the school board voted to dismiss Dr. Peter Pasteris as principal of Plainfield North High School. This despicable board of education completed their witch hunt and fired Dr. Pasteris with no publicly disclosed reasons.

Here are a few of the accomplishments of this "mediocre" principal:

(1) PNHS has higher grade scores than the other three high schools

(2) PNHS has the highest enrollment

(3) PNHS has the highest state test scores

(4) PNHS has the most advanced placement classes

(5) PNHS students and parents respect and admire Dr. Pasteris

(6) Dr. Pasteris attends a multitude of school functions

(7) Dr. Pasteris has an open door policy with students, teachers and parents

(8) Dr. Pasteris continually shows his dedication to the school and its students

What more could you possibly want from a school administrator? Are we striving for excellence or mediocrity?

Enough is enough. District 202 is out of control and we need to voice our concerns.

ONLINE PETITION

An online petition has been created and your support and signatures are most appreciated. As of 4/15/08, there are 448 signatures.

"Reinstate Dr. Peter Pasteris - PNHS Principal"

http://www.ipetitions.com/petition/savedrp?e

This is an important cause and you are encouraged to add your signature, too. It's free and takes less than a minute of your time.

If you would like to read comments by some parents and students, please follow this link:

http://www.ipetitions.com/petition/savedrp/signatures-1.html

It is time to research the viabilty of impeaching some of the school board members and rid ourselves of Dr. Harper.

Wednesday, April 2, 2008

Please Help Zachary McCulloch on April 16, 2008

There will be a Culver’s night on April 16, 2008 to benefit Zach McCulloch and his family. It is the Culver's in Plainfield, IL at Route 59 and 135th Street. Please try to come out, and tell all your friends and neighbors.

Plainfield resident and local athlete, Zachary McCulloch was stricken with a rare form of cancer called Rhabdomyosarcoma. This cancer is diagnosed in approximately 350 children each year, the majority under 6 years of age. Teenagers and adults would represent about 40 of this total a year (rarest of the rare). Rhabdomyosarcoma is a highly malignant and relentless cancer. Zachary is now going into his third year of treatment. The family remained very anonymous during the first two years and tried to use the resources they had rather than ask for help financially. Now as they start the third year, the burden of carrying this financial weight has become overwhelming. Although the prognosis for a relapse of this type of cancer is not favorable, there still is hope.

WHERE THERE IS TREATMENT THERE IS HOPE

Zachary just spent 36 straight days in the hospital and still has many more to come. Zachary has been up to the challenge and continues to beat the odds. Any help for this family in need and part of our Plainfield community would be greatly appreciated. If you wish to read more and follow Zachary’s journey please go to http://www.carepages.com/. After you reach this site, create a user login, password and enter your information. After logging in, enter in the search function SublimeLBC. After this point updates are automatically sent through to your registered e-mail address.

Here are a couple of ways you can help:

Kathy Lopez is planning meals for every Tuesday and Thursday for the months of April, June and July. If anyone is interested in participating just let her know as she has some open spots.

Please e-mail subject: “Meals for Zach” to: kathylopez@comcast.net

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National City Bank at 135th Street and Rt. 59 is accepting and holding donations. Send donations to :

Zachary McCulloch Benefit Fund
National City Bank
24821 W. 135th Street
Plainfield, IL 60544

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Click on the following link for more information and other ways to help the McCulloch family:

http://www.plainfieldsports.com/help/zackm/index.htm

SPORTS BIO

Zachary’s sports career began in Bloomington, IL where he played both soccer and football.

After moving to Plainfield in 2001, Zachary gave up soccer to focus on football. He played football for the Plainfield Junior Cats Gold Varsity Heavyweights under the leadership of coaches Joe Hogan and Kevin Voda. He ultimately helped the team win the Superbowl Championship.

Upon his arrival at Plainfield Central High School, he joined the freshman football team. With school district changes, Zachary was forced to change high schools in his sophomore year and ended up at Plainfield North High School. Zachary’s hard work paid off and he landed the starting position of Offensive Guard under the coaching leadership of John Darlington.

In the middle of his sophomore season, the headaches and symptoms of his illness began to unfold. At first, his family and those around him thought he was displaying the typical “attitude” issues common to most teenagers. Zachary left the football team late in the season due to his loss of desire and his inability to focus. His lack of focus eventually ended up affecting his schoolwork and home life. His family searched for answers, but was not prepared for what was to become the fight of their lives.

Diagnosed with cancer, Zachary’s football career ended abruptly and he began a battle with the silent monster inside his body. He battles daily with doctors, hospitals, chemotherapy, tests, fatigue and frustration. Through it all, he continues to fight.

He still roots for his favorite teams; The Chicago Bears, The Indiana Pacers, The Detroit Tigers, The Detroit Red Wings and his favorite college teams from The University of Michigan.

Everyone who knows Zachary wishes him the very best and hopes that he will soon conquer the beast called cancer.