EHS Announces Second Semester Honor Roll

Edwardsville High School has released the names of students named to the school’s Honor and High Honor Rolls.

Students earned a place on the Honor Roll by attaining a grade point average (GPA) of 3.5 to 3.999, while students on the High Honor Roll attained a GPA of 4.0 or higher.

View the HONOR ROLL

View the HIGH HONOR ROLL

 

EHS Baseball Wins Illinois Class 4A State Championship

The EHS baseball team won the Illinois Class 4A state championship on Saturday, June 11, defeating Mundelein, 4-3.

The Tigers rallied for the win by scoring two runs in the top of the seventh inning.

It was the fourth state championships in program history.

EHS finishes the season with a 36-4 record.

EHS Softball Finishes Third at State

The EHS softball team earned a third place finish at the Illinois Class 4A state championship this weekend.

The Tigers rebounded from a 2-0 loss to St. Charles North in Friday evening’s semifinal to take the consolation game and the third-place trophy with a 4-3 win over Barrington on Saturday.

EHS ends its season with a 33-4 record.

 

Lincoln Middle School Teacher Faith Jordan Overcomes Challenges to Find Home in District #7

Lincoln Middle School math teacher Faith Jordan has her dream job, is living in a community she loves and will soon have a new home that she can call her own.   

The path to get here, however, has been far from easy.  

In 2018, Jordan’s life fell apart. She had moved to Colorado with her then husband and three daughters but ended up getting divorced, which left with her little money and bad credit.  

“We were transient for a couple years. We stayed with a family for a few months until we could make it back to my parents in St. Louis and then stayed with another family.” 

All while that was happening, Jordan finished her degree at UMSL to teach middle school math. She did her student teaching at Ferugson Middle School but had gotten her provincial license so she could get paid while teaching.  

Her goal during this time was to return to the Edwardsville/Glen Carbon area and to work for District #7.  

“We were living in Ferguson when everything happened with the riots and were not safe. My children are bi-racial, my now ex-husband is black and my father is a white police officer in a neighboring community to Ferguson.” 

The family left Ferguson to stay at a friend’s house in Glen Carbon.  

“I fell in love with the people and the community. So, when everything in Colorado fell apart, my number one goal was to get back there.” 

After Jordan finished her degree, she was able to get a townhouse in Glen Carbon, and while she and her three daughters have made the two-bedroom place work, it’s been tough.  

A conversation with a friend led to Habitat for Humanity and Jordan looked into the organization and was able to get her application submitted just in time. Out of the many applications received, Jordan’s was selected. Habitat for Humanity selects families based on need, ability to pay and willingness to partner.  

Ground was broken last fall on land less than three minutes from Lincoln, while the building began in March. The house is expected to be completed around Thanksgiving.  

“One of the biggest misconceptions about Habitat for Humanity is that they give free houses. They don’t. Instead, they work with you to build one and make it financially sustainable.” 

There is also the sweat equity obligation, meaning Jordan must put in 200 hours working on her own house.  

Jordan has also had to help Habitat for Humanity with many fundraisers, including several through area restaurants. The next scheduled fundraiser is a 5k at Airplane Park in Edwardsville on June 18. All money raised goes directly to the building of Jordan’s home.  

There is still a lot of work to do before the Jordan’s move in, but they are all excited about the house that will become their own home.  

“I’m looking forward to having our own space. To be able to decorate it and to be much closer to school. It’s our forever home. I never imagined I’d be able to be in a place that’s mine – even when I was married. But now I get to do that in this amazing community. We are in a good place, and this is the start of the next chapter, and it’s a beautiful chapter.” 

Hubbard Named Director of Security

Edwardsville Community Unit Schools District #7 has named Chief Michael Hubbard as the Director of Security.    

Hubbard’s hire was approved May 23 by the District #7 Board of Education. The position comes after District #7 restructured its school resource officer (SRO) program with the City of Edwardsville to have four SRO officers. Hubbard will help revise school crisis plans and will work on security and safety measures throughout the district.   

Hubbard retired with the rank of Chief of Police in September 2017 after a 22-year career with the East St. Louis Police Department. During his career, he operated in various capacities within law enforcement from basic patrol, narcotics investigations, criminal investigations, firearms instruction, field training and leadership and command.   

“I am excited to be a member of the Edwardsville Community Unit School District family and am also excited to be able to assist in the continued development of its exceptional school safety department,” said Hubbard.  

Upon his retirement, Chief Hubbard served with the East St. Louis School District 189 as Supervisor of School Safety and Security from August 2017 to December 2021 where he developed a professional and cohesive security department as well as established working relationships with federal, state and local law enforcement agencies.    

Throughout his career, Chief Hubbard has been committed to the philosophy and principles of community policing, inclusion, diversion and deflection and community engagement and partnerships. This philosophy was part of the department’s organizational plan and has continued to guide Chief Hubbard’s leadership efforts throughout my career. 

He also has extensive knowledge in security measures ranging from physical security to technical security with a working knowledge of executive protection measures, leadership, grant and budget management. 

Chief Michael Hubbard holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Law Enforcement Administration from Western Illinois University and a Law Enforcement Officer Certification from Southwestern Illinois College.  

He is a member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity Incorporated, Belleville O’Fallon Alumni Chapter where he previously served as Guide Right Chairman, the fraternities youth mentoring program.  

Chief Hubbard currently serves as a board member on the State of Illinois Restore, Reinvest and Renew (R3) Board which is led by the Lt. Governor of the State of Illinois.  

He is also the executive pastor of the Morning Star Missionary Baptist Church of East St. Louis, Ill., where he assists the senior pastor in running the business and ministerial operations of the church.  

Chief Hubbard has been married for 17 years to his wife, Joann Hubbard, and the couple has two children, Makayla Hubbard and Michai Hubbard. Makayla will soon be attending Veterinarian School at Tuskegee University and Michai will be attending Kentucky State University in the fall of 2022.  

EHS Graduation Set for Saturday

EHS will hold its 2022 Commencement on Saturday, May 28 at 1 p.m. in the Lucco-Jackson Gym in the Edwardsville High School.

The graduation ceremony will be live streamed at https://youtu.be/H4Tu9nY7LWM.

 

 

Worden’s Langendorf Named Madison Communications Teacher of the Year

Congratulations to Worden Elementary 3rd grade teacher Beth Langendorf on being named a 2022 Teacher of the Year by Madison Communications! 

The Teacher of the Year program, now in its 17th year, annually presents an award to three teachers. Teachers employed at school districts within Madison’s service areas are eligible to be nominated for this award. The contest takes place from March 1st to May 2nd and is divided into the nomination and voting phase. During the month of March Madison received a total of 140 nominations and during the month of April, they received over 12,000 votes. The three teachers who received the highest number of votes are named Teacher of the Year. 

Each winner received $500 to go toward future student advancement projects, a $100 donation to the club or sport of their choice, a personalized Teacher of the Year plaque, and a classroom pizza party hosted by the Madison Marketing Team. 

District #7 May Updates

Watch a video version of this communication here

Dear District #7 Families,   

We are only three days away from the end of the 2021-2022 school year and I know you’re all looking forward to some time away from school. The past 10 months have taken us through the most challenging school year we may ever encounter, and despite all those challenges, today is the most exciting time to be part of District #7! 

At the monthly Board of Education meeting last night, the Board unanimously approved the 2022-27 Strategic Plan that has been in development since last September. We’ve received input from hundreds of community members across District #7 and we are excited about the five goals and the potential outcomes of the strategic plan. Each goal area – Student Success, Thriving Workforce, Safe and Supportive School Climate, Family and Community Engagement and Efficient and Effective Operations – will contain action steps and strategies that, in some cases, will have an immediate positive impact on students.  

For example, we already have developed more pathways for student experiences through our partnership with Lewis and Clark Community College, where students can participate in welding, fire science, and industrial technology. And as a part of the Safe and Supportive School Climate team, work is already underway to provide students and families new to our schools with a new first day experience for the 2022-2023 school year. I’m looking forward to sharing even more about our plan in the coming months, and more information will continue to be available on our website. You can view a PDF of the strategic plan here. 

Last night, I also announced a slight change in the start times for each of our schools for next year. Over the past several months, I have been working with First Student, our transportation provider, to reduce the number of buses which arrive after the school day has ended, which causes students to be late arriving home. District #7 covers 185 square miles and drivers cover 1.3 million miles per year, or an average of 7,500 miles a day, and the increased traffic within the District #7 footprint continues to make transporting our students more challenging than ever before. 

However, moving our start times is only a short-term solution. I’ve also asked First Student to conduct a comprehensive review this fall of the bus routes, start times, and tiers of transportation and provide us with a recommendation that is efficient but also honors the many activities, instructional day, and developmental needs of our students. I look forward to providing an update to the Board this fall. 

School start times for the 2022-23 school year will be:  

Finally, I would like to congratulate all the graduates who will be completing their journey in District #7 this weekend. The class of 2022 has endured all kinds of challenges and yet has provided us and continues to provide countless success stories that will provide them with memories for a lifetime. We’re proud of you and excited to watch you as you continue to represent District #7 proudly.  

I hope each of you has a wonderful end to the school year, and I look forward to seeing you on August 17 for the start of the 2022-23 school year. 

With Tiger Pride,  

Patrick Shelton, Ed.D.
Superintendent

 

Rusti Blount Named Lincoln Middle School Principal

Edwardsville Community Unit Schools District #7 has named Dr. Rusti Blount as principal of Lincoln Middle School. 

Blount’s hire was approved May 23 by the District #7 Board of Education. She will take the school’s helm beginning with the 2022-23 school year.  

“Dr. Blount is a proven educator who has the knowledge, dedication and commitment that will be valuable in leading Lincoln Middle School,” said District #7 Superintendent Dr. Patrick Shelton. “We look forward to seeing our staff and students at Lincoln thrive under her leadership.” 

Blount has served as a special education teacher at the elementary, middle, and high school level, while her previous leadership roles include serving as an elementary school principal and a program specialist for special education.  

“I am excited to join Lincoln Middle School and look forward to working with the staff and families to empower each student to meet their success.” 

As a military spouse, Blount’s career in education has taken her across the country and around the world, serving as an educator in Texas, Montana, South Korea, and Georgia.  

Blount possesses a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, a Master of Education in Special Education, and a post graduate principal certification from Wayland Baptist University. She recently completed her Doctorate in Educational Leadership with a specialization in Transformational Leadership from Concordia University in Texas.  

Blount and her husband, Tom, of 22 years are the proud parents of four children, including son Dalton (20), who started his service in the United State Air Force in April; son Wyatt (19), a student at the University of North Georgia as part of the Boar’s Head Brigade, an Army ROTC program; son Truett, a rising sophomore; and daughter Reese, a rising eighth grader.  

District #7 Honors Employees at Recognition Banquet

Edwardsville Community Unit School District #7 honored several of its outstanding employees and recognized the contributions of those employees with 25 years of service as well as its retirees on Thursday night during its Employee Recognition Banquet.  

The honorees included teachers, principals, custodians, cooks and paraprofessionals, along with so many others.  

Rookie of the Year Finalists 

Sara Radae, Glen Carbon Elementary (special education)
Riah Martin, Albert Cassens Elementary (3rd grade)
Erica Bailey, Columbus Elementary (3rd grade) 

Rookie of the Year: Riah Martin, Albert Cassens Elementary (VIDEO) 

Riah Martin, Rookie of the Year

 

Educator of the Year Finalists (classified)
Tina Issac, Albert Cassens Elementary (SSO)
Sheree Zoelzer, Columbus Elementary (instructional assistant)
Kayla Mensen, Edwardsville High School (bookkeeper)
Keith Sternberg, Glen Carbon Elementary (program assistant)
Jen Atchison, Goshen Elementary (principal’s secretary)
Kindra Beys, Hamel Elementary (secretary)
Alicia Sadaka, Leclaire Elementary (CASTLE program assistant)
Jack Sassen, Liberty Middle School (classroom assistant)
Sandra Barr, Lincoln Middle School (program assistant)
Caroline Cline, Midway Elementary (head cook)
Jeri Cullen, Nelson Elementary (head cook)
Wendy Sanders, Woodland Elementary (FLS program assistant)
John Grindstaf, Worden Elementary (SSO)  

Educator of the Year: Wendy Sanders, Woodland Elementary (VIDEO) 


Educator of the Year
(certified)
Lauren Heigert, Albert Cassens Elementary (5th grade)
Kumar Bhooshan, Edwardsville High School (special education) 
Melissa Unger, Columbus Elementary (special education) 
Cindy Johnson, Glen Carbon Elementary (nurse)
Alli Hiller, Goshen Elementary (2nd grade)
Nicole Matthews, Midway Elementary (kindergarten)
Anna Kruthoff, Nelson Elementary (psychologist) 
Amy Nunn, Hamel Elementary (1st grade)
Casei Benton, Leclaire Elementary (2nd grade)
Jenny Mulvihill, Woodland Elementary (social worker) 
Sarah Brown, Worden Elementary (3rd grade)
Kyle Lask, Liberty Middle School (6th/8th grade math)
Kalan Gott, Lincoln Middle School (special education)  

Educator of the Year: Kumar Bhooshan, Edwardsville High School (VIDEO) 

2022 Educator of the Year: Kumar Bhooshan

 

25-Year Honorees 

  • Lisa Allen, reading specialist (Leclaire Elementary School) 
  • April Chapman, payroll coordinator (Hadley House) 
  • Lora Connor, head cook (Worden Elementary) 
  • Jeri Cullen, head cook (Nelson Elementary) 
  • Tracey Fleming, program assistant (Edwardsville High School) 
  • Cindy Johnson, school nurse (Glen Carbon Elementary) 
  • Beth Lagendorf, 4th grade (Worden Elementary) 
  • Amy Macias, challenge teacher  
  • Nicole Mathews, kindergarten (Midway Elementary) 
  • Mary Miller, assistant principal (Edwardsville High School) 
  • Beth Renth, principal (Worden Elementary) 
  • Teresa Riddle, 1st grade (Goshen Elementary) 
  • Missy Sanders, health education (Edwardsville High School) 
  • Dot Schroeder-Kraus, kindergarten (Glen Carbon Elementary) 
  • Bridget Steiner, kindergarten (Nelson Elementary) 
  • Julie VanVoorhis, kindergarten (Nelson Elementary) 
  • Barbara Wellen, special education (Leclaire Elementary) 
  • Marvin Battle, assistant principal (EHS South) 
  • Heather Clausen, special education (Edwardsville High School) 
  • Kelly Gleason, 5th grade (Columbus Elementary) 
  • Heather Haskins, language arts (Edwardsville High School) 
  • Paul Johnes, PE (Liberty Middle School) 
  • Denise Martinussen, foreign language (Edwardsville High School) 
  • Kevin Paur, social science (Edwardsville High School) 
  • Karen Sardigal, monitor (Columbus Elementary) 
  • Vanessa Sims, special education (Worden Elementary) 
  • Melissa Unger, special education (Columbus Elementary School) 
  • Angela VanBuskirk, math (Edwardsville High School) 
  • Tricia Young, special education (Woodland Elementary School) 
  • Leslie Zuber, 3rd grade (Cassens Elementary School) 

Retiree Honorees 

  • Leslie Pirok, 4th grade (Worden Elementary) 
  • Keith Morgan, science (Liberty Middle School) 
  • Donnell Duncan, math (EHS) 
  • Lori Blade, PE (EHS) 
  • Beth Prewitt, 4th grade (Columbus Elementary) 
  • Susan Converse, principal (Woodland Elementary) 
  • Tonya Gurley, 5th grade (Worden Elementary) 
  • Susi Miller, Business Office (Hadley House) 
  • Barb Johnson, Curriculum Office (Hadley House) 
  • Kelly Baird, special education (Woodland Elementary) 
  • Robin Quade, custodian (Nelson Elementary) 
  • Leslie Zuber, 3rd grade (Cassens Elementary) 
  • Janet Wiltshire, secretary (Hamel Elementary) 
  • Debbie Clemings, secretary (EHS) 
  • Sharon Andre, math (Liberty Middle School)