203 Educator Orientation
This morning, District 203 welcomed over 60 new teachers and staff at the district’s New Educator Orientation. Superintendent Dan Bridges and other administrative staff introduced the group to 203’s mission and discussed the start of the school year. Tomorrow will conclude the two-day orientation, with breakout sessions for educators to work with those in the same grade level and departments.
Prairie Elementary Principal
Continuing with District 203 news, at last night’s Board of Education meeting, Brian Zallis was appointed the new principal at Prairie Elementary School. Zallis had been the assistant principal at the school and has been in the district for nearly ten years. He will replace principal Tracy Dvorchak, who is moving to Naper Elementary School.
NCC Women’s Basketball
North Central College has its new head women’s basketball coach. Yesterday, Maggie McCloskey-Bax was named the 11th head coach in program history. The Loyola-Chicago graduate takes the reigns from Michelle Roof, who stepped down in May after an eight-year career as head coach. McCloskey-Bax has experience in the CCIW, spending four seasons as an assistant with Carthage College. The Cardinals finished last season tied for eighth in the conference, but the team did make the NCAA tournament in 2015.
Remembering John Jackson
And condolences to the family of former Plainfield Central and Naperville North football coach John Jackson, who died over the weekend after a long battle with cancer. Jackson coached football for more than three decades and became the head coach at Plainfield Central in 1997. After retiring from that position two seasons ago, Jackson returned as an assistant coach at Naperville North. His Wake will be held this Thursday, from 4 to 9 p.m. at Overman-Jones Funeral Home in Plainfield and Mass is at St. Mary’s in Plainfield on Friday at 10:30 a.m. Jackson was 58 years old.
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