Weekly Activities
From Mr. Flater
Monday 4/14/2014
4:30 PM BOYS BASEBALL FRESHMEN vs Johnsburg @ Baseball Freshman Field Re-scheduled 5/5 
4:30 PM BOYS BASEBALL SOPHOMORE vs Johnsburg @ Baseball Sophomore Field Re-scheduled 5/5 
4:30 PM GIRLS SOFTBALL SOPHOMORE vs Genoa-Kingston @ Genoa-Kingston HS Re-scheduled 5/16 
4:30 PM GIRLS SOFTBALL VARSITY vs Genoa-Kingston @ Genoa-Kingston HS  Re-scheduled 5/16  

Tuesday 4/15/2014
4:15 PM GIRLS TRACK and FIELD SOPHOMORES Stillman Invite @ Stillman Valley High School Re-scheduled 
4:30 PM BOYS BASEBALL FRESHMEN vs Mendota @ Baseball Freshman Field Re-scheduled pending
4:30 PM BOYS BASEBALL SOPHOMORE vs Oregon @ Mt Morris JH Re-scheduled 4/16 @ Mt. Morris 
4:30 PM BOYS BASEBALL VARSITY vs Oregon @ Oregon HS Re-scheduled 4/16 @ Oregon 
4:30 PM GIRLS SOCCER JV vs Rockford Lutheran @ Soccer Varsity Field
4:30 PM GIRLS SOFTBALL FRESHMEN vs Rock Falls @ Softball Freshman Field Cancelled
4:30 PM GIRLS SOFTBALL VARSITY vs Rockford Lutheran @ Lutheran HS Re-scheduled 9/9 @ Lutheran 
4:30 PM BOYS TRACK and FIELD VARSITY vs Central, Oregon, Rock Falls @ Rock Falls HS Re-scheduled  
6:00 PM GIRLS SOCCER VARSITY vs Rockford Lutheran @ Soccer Varsity Field

Wednesday 4/16/2014
9:45 AM GIRLS TRACK and FIELD VARSITY Le-Win Invite @ Lena-Winslow
4:30 PM BOYS BASEBALL FRESHMEN vs Winnebago @ Baseball Freshman Field
4:30 PM GIRLS SOFTBALL FRESHMEN vs Stillman Valley @ Stillman Valley HS Cancelled 

Thursday 4/17/2014
1:00 PM BNC Art Show @ High School Gym
4:15 PM BOYS TRACK and FIELD VARSITY vs Byron Relays @ Everett Stine Stadium
4:30 PM BOYS BASEBALL SOPHOMORE vs Oregon @ Baseball Sophomore Field
4:30 PM BOYS BASEBALL VARSITY vs Oregon @ Baseball Varsity Field
4:30 PM GIRLS SOCCER JV vs Mendota @ Soccer Varsity Field
4:30 PM GIRLS SOFTBALL SOPHOMORE vs Rock Falls @ Softball Sophomore Field
4:30 PM GIRLS SOFTBALL VARSITY vs Rock Falls @ Softball Varsity Field
6:00 PM GIRLS SOCCER VARSITY vs Mendota @ Soccer Varsity Field

Friday 4/18/2014
No School
4:30 PM BOYS BASEBALL FRESHMEN vs Rock Falls @ Rock Falls HS
4:30 PM BOYS BASEBALL VARSITY vs Byron Varsity Baseball Tourney @ Baseball Varsity Field

Saturday 4/19/2014
9:00 AM BOYS BASEBALL VARSITY Byron Varsity Baseball Tourney @ Baseball Varsity Field
10:00 AM GIRLS SOCCER JV vs Winnebago @ Soccer Varsity Field
11:00 AM GIRLS SOFTBALL SOPHOMORE vs Belvidere North @ Softball Sophomore Field DH
11:00 AM GIRLS SOFTBALL FRESHMEN vs Belvidere North @ Softball Freshman Field DH
11:00 AM GIRLS SOFTBALL VARSITY vs Belvidere North @ Belvidere North HS DH
11:30 AM GIRLS SOCCER VARSITY vs Winnebago @ Soccer Varsity Field

BNC Art & Design
From Mrs. Driscoll
BNC Art & DesignCome support visual art and design tomorrow evening at the BNC Art & Design Competition in the Byron High School gymnasium from 6:30-7:30. Each school in the conference submitted 50 works of art into this juried art show.

Judges will present the winners of the show at 7:00.

National Art Honor Society
From Mrs. Driscoll
NAHS In January the NAHS (National Art Honor Society) group conducted an Empty Bowls fundraiser in combination with the culinary occupations class who made the soup and key club who donated the bread. We were able to donate $280 to the Northern Illinois Food Bank! President, Miles Lindholtz, and VP, Emily Bauer, presenting the check to NIFB!  [Click image to enlarge]NAHS

March Students and Employee of the Month

March Students of the Month 
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Brent Baker from Byron Bank, and Marty Grant from Stillman Bank presented each of the March students of the month a gift card for their achievement.

Daniel HarringtonBrooklyn SeilerRaianda CorkranAustin Carlson Sydney Wise

Sydney Wise has been named March BHS Student Employee of the Month. Sydney delivers the high school announcements and works in the district mail room.

Wrestling Coaches Honored!
From Mr. Flater
Coach Elsbury

This past weekend, Byron HS Wrestling Coach Mike Elsburywas named the Illinois Class 1A Wrestling Coach of the Year by the Illinois Wrestling Coaches & Officials Association. The Tigers had an outstanding season, finishing 19-1 and Big Northern Conference Champions, 7 state qualifiers, 2 state champions, 2nd place and 4th place finishers.

Congratulations to Coach Bob Baker for being inducted into the IWCOA HOF this past weekend. Coach Baker compiled a 210-36-2 career record which included a 1995 State Championship team and a 1999 State runner up.

Coach Baker

Byron Foundation Annual Basket Fundraiser
From the Byron Foundation
Lego BasketThe Byron Foundation is a non-profit organization that helps provide Byron students with educational programs and services that are not funded with tax dollars. We have funded various activities throughout the district including iPads at Mary Morgan, Medieval Times trip at Byron Middle School, math programs at Byron High School, and PBIS at all three buildings. We are able to support these items and trips through our annual Basket Fundraiser!

Please purchase raffle tickets for $1 apiece, or buy $20 worth of tickets and earn 5 FREE tickets for any basket! Baskets are currently on display at Byron Bank and the Stillman Bank of Byron, where tickets can be purchased, until May 7. Baskets will be raffled off at the District Art Show on Thursday, May 8. Purchase your tickets today!  Thank you for your support!  [Click to View Baskets]

Parent Input Sought on Statewide Survey
Mr. Herkert
Illinois 5Essentials SurveyAll teachers and 6th through 12th grade students across Illinois will soon be participating in the Illinois 5Essentials Survey. This survey-based on the Five Essentials for School Success, an evidence-based framework developed by the University of Chicago-asks students about their experiences in school, and has teachers weigh in on their perception of climate, culture, and support. We are also inviting parents to participate in the process by completing the parent component of the survey. If at least 30 percent of a school's parents complete the survey, a supplemental report will be generated and sent to the school, providing an important perspective on how the school is viewed by the parents of the current students.

While participating in the survey, identities will be completely confidential. School personnel will never see individual responses to survey questions and will only receive aggregated information, and parental responses will never be connected to their child.

The Illinois 5Essentials Survey will be available through April 25, 2014. To take the survey:
1. Visit Illinois.5-essentials.org
2. Click on the "Take the Survey" button at the top of the page
3. Select "Parent Survey"

Byron PTA Educator of the Year Award!
From Byron PTA
Byron PTA Teachers of the Year!Byron PTA recognizes one educator from each of the three District buildings each year with an award for their dedication and service to our students in District #226. The PTA is seeking nominations for these awards from District students, parents, and residents.

A nomination may be made by providing the educator’s name, level or course being taught, and an essay describing the characteristics that have made this individual an outstanding educator. Nominations will be accepted at each of the District building offices, by emailing them to Sandy Brooks (uiteach5@comcast.net), or by mailing them to Sandy Brooks (8560 Verde Dr.). Please consider nominating an educator that you know has had a significant impact on a student or students in the Byron School District.  [Download Nomination Form]

Mandatory Senior Class Meeting!
From Mr. McFarron
"Seniors: There is a mandatory Senior class meeting on April 24 during third hour. At this meeting, commencement will be discussed. Following the meeting, seniors are invited to a free class cookout, where there will be food, soft drinks and games. Any absence must be excused".

PTA and USAgain Earth Day Challenge
From Byron PTA
Earth Month ChallengeThe Byron School District PTA is asking for your participation in the USAgain's Earth Month Challenge to raise funds and win cash prizes.  It's as easy as cleaning out your closet and depositing textiles in a green and white recycling bin located in the Mary Morgan School's parking lot. Bag up any surplus clothes, shoes or household textiles of any shape or size and put them in the bin. The items need to be in plastic bags.

The top five recycling schools will earn cash prizes of $1,000, $750, $500, $250, or $100! Money received is used to support school functions. According to the EPA, over 11 million tons of clothing and shoes end up in landfills each year. Don't throw away those surplus clothes - let's collect to use them again and win cash prizes for our school!  Earth Month is April 1-30.

Order Yearbook Online
From Mr. Gura

Seniors: Congratulatory ads for the yearbook are due March 7th. Parents can turn in the order form along with pictures of their choice to Mr. Gura, or can email pictures at agura@byron226.org. Order forms were mailed two weeks ago, but forms are also available on the school website.

Click on images below to view examples of senior congratulatory ads.  Download Order Form

KourtneyKaitlynLucasCongratulatory Ads

Costa Rica
From Mr. McFarron and Mr. Paulus
Coasta RicaThe Spanish department is pleased to announce a trip to Costa Rica for students enrolled in Spanish 3 and 4 during the 2014-2015 school year.
There will be informational meetings on February 11, 12 and 13 at 6:30 pm in Mr. McFarron's room (2406) at the high school. You only need to attend one meeting. If you are unable to attend this meeting please contact Mr. McFarron or Mr. Paulus at (815) 234-5491. There are also links to documents that will be presented at each meeting.

Informational FlyerParent PresentationBehavior Contract

Byron HS Inducts Twelve Into Class of 2013 Hall of Fame
From Mr. Flater
2013 Hall of FameThe Byron School District is pleased to announce the Hall of Fame Class of 2013. A school board appointed committee received and reviewed many nominations from friends, family, & community members. After deliberation and voting, the committee produced a list of 12 inductee. This year's members include ... [Read more]

The Class of 2013 was introduced at halftime of our first home football game on Friday, September 6, 2013. In addition, an induction ceremony for members of the Hall of Fame was held on Saturday, September, 7 at 7:00 p.m. in the Byron Forest Preserve Jarrett Center.   [Brochure]

Link to page for pictures and audio...

Pinnacle Internet Viewer  

Grade Viewer Link

This application allows you to view your student's grades and attendance in a real-time atmosphere. By using your student's id number and the password assigned by your school district, you will be able to view your student's current information as well as information from previous marking periods.

Download instructions [pdf]

Community Service  
From Mrs. McMullen

Community Service Click on the following links for your Community Service form. 
  • pdf format (FY2013 - 2014)

    When completed, the plan will provide at least 2.5 hours of charitable or non-profit service to others outside the home resulting in a tangible benefit to others. Community service must be completed outside of school hours.

    Service done prior to 5/24/10 cannot be proposed or accepted using this form.

Cartoon of the Day Link!
Today's Cartoon  Now you can get a little humor every day. Click on the cartoon picture and you can read a daily cartoon. Every day there will be a new one so check back often!