Northbrook District 27 welcomes new administrators
As the 2022-23 academic year begins, Northbrook School District 27 welcomes several new administrative appointments among its ranks.
Cari Beake is the new principal of Wood Oaks Junior High. The former assistant principal started her teaching career in Arizona, but has been in District 27 since 1996 as a science teacher at Wood Oaks. In 2006, she was appointed assistant principal.
Dr. Rob McElligott is the new director of District 27 Human Resources. He started out as a junior high math teacher in Maryland and Virginia, and became a math teacher at Northbrook Junior High in 2004. McElligott was appointed principal at Wood Oaks in 2012. Before he got into education, McElligott was a Nuclear Power School instructor and nuclear reactor operator aboard the U.S.S. South Carolina in the Navy.
Heather Miehl is District 27's director of Special Education. She's a 20-year veteran in special education, student services and administration, including six years as director of Programs and Support Services for the Northern Suburban Special Education District (NSSED/TruNorth). From 2015-17, she was an adjunct professor at Loyola University.
Paul Suminski was appointed to Beake's former position, Wood Oaks assistant principal. He came back to Northbrook after serving as a principal at a middle school in Mount Prospect. His early days in education included being a math teacher in Northbrook/Glenview School District 30.
Lauren Weingarten is the new assistant principal of Shabonee and Hickory Point elementary schools. Formerly a reading specialist in Lake Zurich elementary schools, the prior five years she was at Spencer Loomis Elementary School, where she was named staff member of the year for the 2020-21 academic term.
Young actors ages 8 to 13 are encouraged to audition for Northbrook Theatre Youth Company's fall production of "Newsies Jr.," inspired by the Tony Award-winning musical about New York City newsboys at the turn of the 20th Century.
Auditions will be held from 4-6:30 p.m. Aug. 22-23 at the theater inside the Northbrook Park District Leisure Center, 3323 Walters Ave. Preregistration is required at nbparks.org.
Callbacks will be from 2-4 p.m. Aug. 24. Those requested for callbacks will be notified by email.
Following casting, there will be three casts who will rehearse from 4:30-7 p.m. on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. Further rehearsals will be held in October, with a full schedule provided at the cast announcement.
Northbrook Theatre Youth Company, open to students in grades 3-8, is a recreational program that performs musicals appropriate for family viewing.
Tickets for "Newsies Jr." will be available starting Sept. 20 at nbparks.org. For information on the play or the theater, visit the website or call (847) 291-2995.
Glenbrook North High School psychologist Bridget Bucklin, an assistant instructional supervisor in Special Education for the school, as well as 504 coordinator, -- dealing with compliance with state and federal disability discrimination laws -- has been inducted as president of the Illinois School Psychologists Association.
Strike up the orchestra
The Northbrook Symphony Orchestra has announced dates and performances for its 43rd season, all of which will be at 4 p.m. Sundays in the Sheely Center for the Performing Arts at Glenbrook North High School, 2300 Shermer Road.
On Oct. 16, a family concert is scheduled titled "Mozart's Magnificent Voyage."
After winter break, on Feb. 26, Noah Chen will play a Schumann Cello Concerto and the Northbrook Symphony Orchestra will perform Brahms' "Serenade in D Major," conducted by NSO Music Director Mina Zikri.
On April 30, Maestro Robert Chen, concertmaster for the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and the NSO's artistic creative partner, will perform and also lead the NSO in playing selections from Mozart and Schubert, plus Piazolla's "The Four Seasons."
The season ends June 4 with Violins of Hope, a private collection of string instruments collected since the end of World War II. All of the instruments belonged to Jewish people before and during the war. The program includes soloist Masha Lakisova, winner of the Arkady Fomin Scholarship of the North Shore Chamber Music Festival, on Bruch's "Violin Concerto in G Minor." The NSO also will perform Dvorak's Symphony No. 9 "From the New World."
The NSO also plans a concert at an area school; details are forthcoming.
For subscription and ticket orders, call the NSO at (847) 272-0755 or email email@example.com.
Grapes & greens
The Northbrook Park District calls it "Sips & Tips," but either way a unique event is in store, by reservation only, Aug. 20 at Heritage Oaks Golf Club, 3535 Dundee Road.
A sommelier will provide several wines to sample. Then, people can select a favorite from among them as they move to the practice green to learn "short game" tips -- that's pitching onto the green -- from Heritage Oaks' staff.
The home pro will also field questions about the short game, or golf shots in general.
The Northbrook Park District recommends reservations no later than two days in advance -- Aug. 18. Register online at nbparks.org or call (847) 291-2351.
Speaking of golf at Heritage Oaks, the Hunger Resource Network has scheduled a unique fundraiser there on Sept. 7 -- a golf ball drop.
A thousand golf balls will be sold -- and later dropped on a green -- at four price levels from one ball for $10 to 15 balls for $100. There also are three levels of event sponsorship for the event.
Some of that money will come back to several lucky entrants in the form of first- through third-place prizes for the balls that land closest to the pin. The person who purchases the ball that winds up closest to the pin wins $1,000. There also is a $25 prize for the ball farthest from the pin.
Donations help support Hunger Resource Network's Community Outreach Day to help feed families in need. Winners of the golf ball drop don't need to be present at Heritage Oaks.
The event will be held from 5-7 p.m. Sept. 7. Attendance is free and light appetizers will be served.
To view the event and purchase the golf balls or sponsorships, visit www.hungerresourcenetwork.org, and reserve attendance by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.