COMMUNICATIONS PROFESSIONALS RECOGNIZED FOR EXCELLENCE

More than 100 Illinois school communication professionals will be recognized for their exceptional communications efforts on Friday, September 10 at Maggiano's in Oak Brook by the state’s school public relations association.

 

Golden Achievement - Excellence

  • District 109 Community Update - Eric Steckling, Holly Mohr, Deerfield Public Schools District 109
  • Increasing Awareness Of Board Of Education Decisions - Alex Mayster, APR, Evergreen Park School District 124

Golden Achievement - Merit

  • District 62 COVID-19 Communications Campaign - Jennifer Tempest Bova
  • COVID-19 Relief Efforts: Helping Those Most in Need - Brett Clark, APR
  • U-46Engage: What You Need to Know -  Karla Jimenez and Ruby Maruffo

 

Annual Report - Merit

  • Annual Report 2020 - Carol L. Smith, Director & Janelle Magana, Communications Assistant; Community Unit School District 303

 

Annual Report - Excellence

  • D155 Annual Report - Alex LeMoine & Caitlin Rausch, Community High School District 155
  • District 99 Community Report - Jill Browning, Kristin Kelly & Liz Shields, Community High School District 99
  • 2020-2021 Community Report All In This Together - Deborah Keegan, Stephanie Helfand & Kate Donegan, Kenilworth School District 38
  • Naperville 203 Comprehensive Equity Plan - Naperville 203 Diversity and Inclusion and Learning Services Departments, Naperville Community Unit School District 203
  • Naperville 203 2020 Report to the Community - Naperville 203 Communications and Community Relations Team, Naperville Community Unit School District 203
  • LEARNERS - Trisha Kocanda, Katharine Hughes, Brad Goldstein, The Winnetka Public Schools

Calendar/Handbooks - Merit

  • 2020-2021 Guide - District 36 Central Office Team, The Winnetka Public Schools

Calendar/Handbooks - Excellence

  • Discover Your Future: Academic Handbook Redesign - District 214 Community Engagement Team, High School District 214

Marketing Materials - Merit

  • District 228 Summer Program Marketing - Jamie Bonnema, Bremen High School District 228
  • Birth to Three Program Brochure -  Keegan Kociss, Adelicia Brienzo, School District 146
  • Impact the Future Recruitment Materials - District 54 Community Relations Team, School District 54

Marketing Materials - Excellence

  • Sharing Our Story: Discover 214 Magazine - D214 Community Engagement and Outreach Team, High School District 214 
  • LEARNERS - Trisha Kocanda, Katharine Hughes, Brad Golstein, The Winnetka Public Schools

Newsletter (Electronic) - Merit

  • CCSD21 Family Newsletter - Kara Beach, Community Consolidated School District 21
  • Let's Celebrate Blog - Alex LeMoine & Shannon Podzimek, Community High School District 155
  • District 99 Facility Friday - Jill Browning, APR, Community High School District 99
  • District 109 Community Update - Eric Steckling, Holly Mohr, Deerfield Public Schools District 109
  • 58 Connects Staff Newsletter - Megan Hewitt and the District 58 Central Administrative Team, Downers Grove Grade School District 58
  • Telling Our Story: D214 Electronic Newsletter - D214 Community Engagement and Outreach Team, High School District 214 
  • Weekly Staff Newsletter - Superintendent Tony Sanders and Tara Burghart, School District U-46

Newsletter (Electronic) - Excellence

  • Communicate 58 - Megan Hewitt, Downers Grove Grade School District 58
  • LEARNERS - Katharine Hughes, Trisha Kocanda, Brad Goldstein, The Winnetka Public Schools

Newsletter (Printed) - Merit

  • District Newsletter - Brett Clark, APR, Maine Township High School District 207

Newsletter (Printed) - Excellence

  • D86 Forward Print Newsletter - Chris Jasculca, Chris Koutavas and Xenia Demo, District 86 and Moox and Haddon Studio
  • Morton Connection - Aracely Gutierrez and Darrielle McCord, J. Sterling Morton High School District 201
  • LEARNERS - Katharine Hughes, Trisha Kocanda, Brad Goldstein, The Winnetka Public Schools

Podcast/Audio - Award of Merit

  • D128 DARING: The Podcast - Mary Todoric and Kevin Phelan, Community High School District 128 
  • A Conversation about Black History and Poetry - Dr. Jason Pearson, Carol L. Smith, Elin Foreman and Isabella Adriatico, Community Unit School District 303

Social Media Campaign - Merit

  • D86 Employee Recognition - Alyssa Groh and Chris Jasculca, District 86
  • Naperville 203 Retirement Campaign 2020 - Naperville 203 Communications and Community Relations, Naperville Community Unit School District 203
  • Naperville 203 Optimistic School Community with #BeTheSpark - Naperville 203 Communications and Community Relations, Naperville Community Unit School District 203
  • Grab and Go Free Meal Campaign - Linda Taylor, Alyssa Groh, Kelly Larson, Plainfield School District 202
  • We See You Campaign - Nicole Eimer, Valley View School District 365U
  • Parent Workshops - Carolina Fabian & Nicholas Alatzakis, Waukegan Public Schools
  • Foreman Frankie - Nicholas Alatzakis, Mitchell Riportella, Kevin Kruckeberg & LeBaron Moten, Waukegan Public Schools
  • Woodland Celebrates Staff with #LifeintheW #FridayFeature - Brooke Hagstrom and Dr. Lori Casey, Woodland D50

Social Media Campaign - Excellence

  • #ThankfulThursday - Shannon Podzimek & Alex LeMoine, Community High School District 155 
  • #214Learns: Telling Our Story Through Social Media Engagement - D214 Community Engagement and Outreach Department, High School District 214

Special Purpose - Merit

  • CCSD21 School Reopening Summary - Kara Beach, Community Consolidated School District 21
  • DPS 109 Reopening Scenarios - Eric Steckling, John Filippi, Joanna Ford, Scott Schwartz, Dale Fisher, Danielle Arnold, Greg Himebaugh, Ryan Kuo, Deerfield Public Schools District 109
  • Happy National Hispanic Heritage Month - Rozana  Johnson, Dr. Kevin B. Russell, Justin Sisul, EL/DL Team and featured District 58 Students and Families, Downers Grove Grade School District 58
  • Passing STEM Center Referendum During the Pandemic - Shelia Friday, Elementary School District 159
  • Inside the Classroom - Linda Taylor, Alyssa Groh, Kelly Larson, Plainfield School District 202
  • Hybrid Learning Student & Family Guidebook - Karen Warner, Kathryn Anderson, Chris Koutavas, Township HSD 113

Special Purpose - Excellence

  • District 228 Reopen CommunicationJamie Bonnema, Bremen High School District 228
  • Return to Learn Plan - Alex LeMoine & Shannon Podzimek, Community High School District 155
  • The District 300 COVID-19 Communications Plan - Anthony McGinn, Shannon Caputo, and Nallely Coria, District 300
  • Increasing Awareness Of Board Of Education Decisions - Alex Mayster, APR, Evergreen Park School District 124
  • Culture and Practice of Equity and Belonging Journey - David Larson, Peg Mannion , Josh Chambers, Janet Cook, Chris McClain, Melissa Creech, Patrick McGill, Raquel Wilson, Daria , Corbett, Antoine Anderson, John Mensik, Sandra Coughlin, Peter Monaghan, Donna Gastel, Susanna Melónm Glenbard Township High School District 87
  • Reopening D54 Guide - Terri McHugh, School District 54

Video (In-House) - Merit

  • D62 COVID-19 Journey: A Year in Review - Dan Chianeli, Pablo Sands, Paul Hertel, Community Consolidated School District 62
  • Claymation at Home - Rhys McIntyre & Carla Erdey, Consolidated High School District 230
  • Foran Traveler: Art on a Cart - Eric Steckling, Elizabeth Foran, Deerfield Public Schools District 109
  • Sights & Sounds of the First Week Back! - Eric Steckling, Holly Mohr, Deerfield Public Schools District 109
  • Envision Our Future in 109 - Eric Steckling, Mike Simeck, Deerfield Public Schools District 109
  • York Distinguished Alumni Program 2020 - Jenna Ernst, Kate Sampson, Elmhurst District 205
  • Growing Relationships through Career & Community Connections - Janine Wheeler, Eric Slager, Deanna Gregorich, Lockport Township High School
  • District 207 During the Pandemic - A Year in Review - Dan Kolen and Brett Clark, APR, Maine Township High School District 207
  • Fulton School Flash Mob - Jill Adams, Joe Glase, Anne Jackson, Dan McLaughlin, Michael Benz, Fulton Staff, School District 146
  • 2020 and 2021 Retiree Recognition - Keegan Kociss, School District 146
  • 60 in Sixty - Week of May 3, 2021 - Nicholas Alatzakis, Mitchell Riportella, Andrew Aiello, Kamika Hopkins-Bey, Waukegan Public Schools

Video (In-House) - Excellence

  • One Year Later: The COVID-19 Pandemic in D155Alex LeMoine, Community High School District 155
  • Staff Appreciation Message from Dr. Pearson - Carol L. Smith and Janelle Magana, Community Unit School District 303
  • Stagg Females & Computer Science - Rhys McIntyre & Carla Erdey - Consolidated High School District 230
  • Tumbling & Designing - Rhys McIntyre & Carla Erdey, Consolidated High School District 230
  • DPS 109 Graduation Montage 2021 - Eric Steckling, Holly Mohr, Deerfield Public Schools District 109
  • Remembering, honoring and celebrating the life of District 88 Superintendent Dr. Scott Helton - DuPage High School District 88, in loving memory of Superintendent Dr. Scott Helton, DuPage High School District 88
  • Safety Procedures in District 205 - Kate Sampson, Elmhurst District 205
  • Start Your Journey With the Geneva Early Learning Program - Laura Sprague & Geneva Early Learning Program, Geneva CUSD 304
  • Scholarship Surprise: Using Zoom as a Pandemic Video Answer - D214 Community Engagement and Outreach Team; High School District 214 
  • LTHS Getting to School Safely - Janine Wheeler, Eric Slager, Deanna Gregorich and Zsaquitha Barnes; Lockport Township High School
  • Porters Doing Their Part - Preparing for School Reopening - Janine Wheeler, Deanna Gregorich, Eric Slager; Lockport Township High School District 205
  • My Plan, My Story: Nicole Filip - Dan Kolen and Brett Clark, APR, Maine Township High School District 207
  • STEM - Dan Kolen and Brett Clark, APR, Maine Township High School District 207
  • Positive Impact Series - Vincent Baran, School District 54 Community Relations Team

Videos (With Outside Contractor) - Merit 

  • We Wrote and Filmed Our Own Musical! A behind-the-scenes look at the making of The Institute - Andrew Russell, Vernon Hills High School Fine Arts Department Supervisor, and Sylvia Springer, Video Producer, Community High School District 128
  • Master Facility Renovations Video Tour: South High School in Downers Grove - Jill Browning, Kristin Kelly, Em Hall, Troels Soendergaard and Jonas Vandall, Community High School District 99
  • Naperville 203 Return to Learn Video Series - Naperville 203 Communications and Community Relations, Naperville Community Unit School District 203
  • Graduation 2021 - GREENROOM Video and the School & Community Relations Team, School District U-46
  • Equity Survey - Imago & The U-46 School & Community Relations Team, School District U-46
Videos (With Outside Contractor) - Excellence
  • Master Facility Renovations Video Tour: North High School in Downers Grove - Jill Browning, Kristin Kelly, Em Hall, Troels Soendergaard and Jonas Vandall, Community High School District 99
  • D86 Equity Statement Video - Chris Jasculca, Twyler Jenkins, Peggy Austin, Miguel Cisneros, District 86 and GoldStar Communications

Website - Merit 

  • EPCHS Website - Superintendent Tom O'Malley, Evergreen Park Community High School
  • Return To School Website - Darrielle McCord, Aracely Gutierrez, J. Sterling Morton High School District 201
  • Maine 207 District Website, Brett Clark, APR , Maine Township High School District 207
  • Family Resources Website, Valley View School District 365U

Website - Excellence

  • #BeWell34 Wellness Web - Cathy Kedjidjian, APR; Sarah Gebhardt, PhD, NCSP; Maria Feitlich; and Joshua Sauer, APR, of JS Productions, Glenview Public Schools District 34
  • Discovering Who We Are -  D214 Community Engagement and Outreach Team, High School District 214 
  • Lockport Township High School District 205 Website - Janine Wheeler, Deanna Gregorich, Eric Slager, Lockport Township High School District 205
  • School District 54 Website - District 54 Community Relations Team, School District 54
  • District 427 Website Redesign - David Olson & Hunter Thomas, Sycamore Community School District 427

Writing - Merit 

  • District 228 StorytellingJamie Bonnema - Bremen High School District 228
  • Virtual Enterprises Students Place 3rd in Nation - Laura M Sprague, Geneva CUSD 304

Writing - Excellence

  • It's Time for ChangeSamantha Ptashkin, Barrington 220 School District
  • INSPRA Annual Meeting President's Speech, Carol L. Smith, Community Unit School District 303
  • March/April 2021 IASB Journal Article - Facility Master Plan Community Engagement Process, Carol L. Smith - Community Unit School District 303
  • Several GHS Music Students Recognized by ILMEA for Talents - Laura Sprague, Geneva CUSD 304
  • Newsletter writing in District 36 - Kate Hughes and Trisha Kocanda, The Winnetka Public Schools
  • Messages from the Superintendent - Trisha Kocanda and Katharine Hughes, The Winnetka Public Schools
  • District to Host Finance Information Sessions - Brandon Ewing, Gwen Polk, Joseph Clary & Nicholas Alatzakis, Waukegan Public Schools