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  • Judge acquits ex-coach, saying he didn't know of Maine West hazing Jan 16, 2014 1:05 PM
    Former Maine West High School coach Michael Divincenzo was found not guilty of battery and hazing. The judge agreed that Divincenzo, 37, of Elk Grove Village, had no knowledge of the hazing. “It is obvious that some soccer players' conduct was bad and that's unfortunate,” said Divincenzo's attorney, Thomas Breen. “However, coach Divo had nothing whatsoever to do with that conduct.”

     
  • Maine West offers students cardiac screenings Jan 7, 2014 8:06 PM
    Maine West High School will offer free cardiac screenings to students on Feb. 27 and Feb. 28 as part of the Young Hearts for Life program.

     
  • Maine West hazing case delayed until January Dec 19, 2013 5:20 PM
    A legal issue related to the mandatory reporting of suspected child abuse will delay until January the remainder of the trial of former Maine West High School soccer coach Michael Divincenzo, who faces misdemeanor charges of hazing, battery and failure to report abuse.

     
  • Ex-player: Maine West soccer coach told team to ‘stop the horseplay’ Dec 19, 2013 5:50 AM
    A former Maine West High School soccer player testified Wednesday that his varsity teammates openly talked in front of then-coach Michael Divincenzo about hazing younger players, and his own hazing experience brought him “closer to the family.” How closely Divincenzo was paying attention to those conversations is a key disagreement.

     
  • Prosecutor: Maine West hazing culture 'rampant' Dec 18, 2013 10:02 AM
    Former Maine West High School soccer coach Michael Divincenzo perpetuated a culture of hazing in his program by doing nothing to stop initiation practices by his players, a Cook County prosecutor said as the former coach and teacher went on trial on multiple misdemeanor charges. Defense attorney Todd Pugh said holding Divincenzo criminally liable for actions of third parties is “morally and legally wrong.”

     
  • District 207 abates nearly $1.5 million Dec 11, 2013 4:17 PM
    Maine Township High School District 207 is abating $1,478,562 to taxpayers from tax proceeds collected in 2013. “We believe our financial management and cost-containment efforts have put us in a position that we can make this tax abatement without compromising the quality of our education,” Superintendent Ken Wallace said.

     
  • Dist. 207 planning $6 million of improvements at schools Dec 10, 2013 7:11 PM
    Maine Township High School District 207 officials are planning more than $6 million worth of facility improvement projects next summer at the district’s three schools as part of a 10-year capital plan. The work includes the installation of security cameras at all schools and the replacement of football stadium lights at Maine West and Maine East. “We’re starting to hear some themes, which is ‘replace’ (and) ‘50 years old’ on a lot of our equipment. Fifty years is a long time for some of this equipment,” said Mary Kalou, the district’s assistant superintendent for business.

     
  • Home-schooler petitions Dist. 207 to play sports Dec 4, 2013 5:28 AM
    As a home-schooled student, 15-year-old Nick Peterson was told he couldn’t join the Maine West wrestling team — unless Maine Township District 207 rules changed. That’s why Nick and his parents are appealing to school board members and district administrators to change a district policy that prevents home-schooled students from participating in interscholastic athletics.

     
  • DCFS campaign emphasizes anti-hazing message Dec 3, 2013 10:35 AM
    A year after the suburban hazing scandal at Maine West High School, the state agency responsible for safeguarding the welfare of children is renewing its push to educate school districts about the state's “mandated reporter” law and to empower students to speak up about abuse. “We've reached an estimated 1.5 million students statewide so far. It's an effort to speak directly to the students. ... It's also a message for (mandated reporters),” DCFS spokeswoman Karen Hawkins said.

     
  • Moylan visits Maine Community Youth Assistance Foundation Dec 31, 2013 11:07 AM
    State Rep. Marty Moylan, of Des Plaines, recently visited the Maine Township Community Youth Assistance Foundation, a nonprofit organization that promotes healthy choices among Maine Township’s youth, focusing on preventing the use of alcohol and other drugs.

     
  • Latino students inspired to success by Harper summit Nov 22, 2013 5:13 PM
    Nestor Zavala came to the U.S. at 10 years old knowing success would be a lot harder for him than most of his peers. His broken English attracted bullies. He didn’t particularly like school. His family was poor. It wasn’t until he attended one of the first Latino Summits at Harper College that he realized higher education would be the gateway. “I didn’t know what college was until that event,” Zavala said. “I was inspired. I told myself, ‘I want to be like that.’”

     
  • Maine East continues Oak Savanna restoration work Nov 22, 2013 3:38 PM
    Thanks to Maine East High School teachers and students, migrating and resident birds along with other wildlife received another home makeover in the Maine East Oak Savanna on a recent Saturday. The Maine East Ecology Club and other student helpers came out to help create and restore habitat for Maine’s wild animal neighbors.

     
  • 12th Latino Summit for Northwest suburban students Nov 17, 2013 4:47 PM
    Thirteen Northwest suburban high schools will participate in the 12th annual Latino Summit to be held 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday, Nov. 22, at Harper College. More than 400 Latino high school freshmen and sophomores will participate. The keynote speaker will be Jazmin Beltran, a multimedia journalist.

     
  • ‘Cans Across Des Plaines’ collects 7,000 items Nov 15, 2013 4:14 PM
    For the fifth consecutive year, Maine West High School students and staff assembled a half-mile long human chain Friday to help stock a Des Plaines food pantry at the Des Plaines Self-Help Closet at Algonquin and Wolf roads.

     
  • Maine South seeks alumni musicians for concert Nov 7, 2013 12:52 PM
    The Maine South Fine Arts Department is celebrating 50 Years of music, and they need you!!

     
  • December trial set for former Maine West coach in hazing case Oct 15, 2013 5:56 PM
    A jury trial has been set for December in the case of a former Maine West High School soccer coach accused of allowing hazing among his players. Michael Divincenzo, 37, is scheduled to face trial Dec. 17 on misdemeanor charges of hazing, battery and failure to report abuse stemming from a hazing scandal that cost him and an assistant coach their jobs and led to multiple lawsuits against Maine Township High School District 207.

     
  • Maine West hazing suit dismissed, but not over yet Oct 15, 2013 6:28 PM
    A Cook County judge on Tuesday dismissed a lawsuit against Maine Township High School District 207 brought by four student-athletes who say they were hazed at Maine West High School, but is allowing the plaintiffs a chance to refile their case. Judge Daniel Gillespie’s “ruling focused on the plaintiffs’ failure to allege facts sufficient to permit the lawsuit to go forward,” according to a district news release.

     
  • Dist. 207 superintendent gets five-year contract extension Oct 8, 2013 6:33 PM
    Maine Township High School District 207 Superintendent Ken Wallace has been at the helm of the district for more than four years, but perhaps it’s been the past 12 months that have been the most volatile. Wallace’s management of the district since a hazing scandal broke last fall — and the desire to ensure continuity in managing the fallout down the line — may have been one of the reasons school board members voted this week to give him a five-year contract extension.

     
  • Hall of Fame Maine Township HS baseball coach Carstens dies Oct 1, 2013 5:28 AM
    A former Maine Township baseball coach who holds a spot in Illinois High School Association record book as the only coach to win three state championships — including back to back titles in 1958 and 1959 — has died. Albert Carstens taught and coached for 31 years in Maine Township schools, including six at Maine East and 25 at Maine West. “He loved baseball, and he maintained a really strong bond with his former players,” daughter Carol Carstens said.

     
  • State's attorney investigates Dist. 207's handling of ex-teacher's case Sep 16, 2013 11:06 AM
    The Cook County state's attorney's office is investigating whether Maine Township High School District 207 failed to properly notify the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services about a former teacher accused of inappropriate conduct toward students in 2007. The allegations involved Mark Krockover, a former tenured Maine East High School chemistry teacher and cheerleading coach, who was allowed to resign in August 2007 after being accused of sexual harassment by several current and former female students, according to district records obtained through the Freedom of Information Act.

     
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