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Posted on: January 19, 2018

Westmont’s CUSD201 Earns Regional & National Accolades

CUSD201 Awards
Village of Westmont
Date Issued: January 19, 2018

“We’ve really had an incredible year,” said CUSD201 Board President Marie Charlton. “I’m very proud of our teachers and staff for receiving these well-deserved recognitions.  I feel this success speaks to our high level of commitment to excellence for our entire school district.  An education in Westmont schools is now a sought after choice for parents and families.”

Over the past year, three CUSD 201 administrators earned exciting honors.  Westmont Jr. High School Assistant Principal Amy Quattrone earned the distinction of the Illinois Principal’s Association 2017 Assistant Principal Award in DuPage County, while John Jonak earned the Illinois Principal’s Association in DuPage County 2016 Principal Award.  Also, Jack Baldermann earned the title of Illinois Principal of the Year on behalf of the Illinois Principal’s Association and was listed as one of the top 3 High School Principals in the country.

“Jack, John, and Amy are three great examples of the excellent staff we have at CUSD201,” said Superintendent Kevin Carey.  “Our district did not earn these honors by coincidence.  I feel we have created an environment for success throughout our organization from our elected officials and administrators to our teachers and support staff.  And we continue to push ourselves to do even better.  It makes our jobs fun when hard work pays off with the ultimate reward being a great education and school experience for our students.”

Following are a few of the accomplishments of the CUSD201 staff:

Westmont High School Principal Jack Baldermann

  • 2017 Illinois Principal of the Year
  • One of three finalists for National Principal of the Year - 2018
  • Westmont High School – top 1% in Illinois and United States for Graduation rate
  • Westmont High School – most improved Advanced Placement program in Illinois
  • Baldermann has made over 325 presentations in 44 different states and Canada
  • Baldermann has helped dozens of schools across the country in making significant student achievement gains

Westmont Jr. High School Principal John Jonak
  • 2017 DuPage Principal of the Year
  • Helped cultivate the success of the Westmont Junior High's before school E-period program which allows students to get additional help in Reading/Math as well as provide enrichment opportunities including interaction with local professionals
  • Fostered the Student Service Learning Commitment (SSLC) which creates a volunteer partnership with local service organizations and requires Jr High graduates to complete over 30 hours of local or world-wide service
  • According to the 5Essentials Survey, which measures the essential components for school success, WJHS has continued to improve over the past 5 years, leading to high ratings in 2017
  • WJHS has created a school-wide 1:1 program and the Bring Your Own Device program which integrates technology into the curriculum
  • Jonak created and facilitated the Local Principal Professional Learning Network which is hosting an Edcamp at WJHS on March 2nd, 2018

Westmont Jr. High School Vice Principal Amy Quattrone
  • 2017 DuPage Assistant Principal of the Year
  • National Board for Teaching Professionals Certification
  • Adjunct Professor at Benedictine University in Reading and ESL Master’s Degree Programs
  • Quattrone has made several educational presentations at the State and local level including a presentation about the WJHS reading intervention program at the Illinois Reading Conference Statewide conference in fall of 2016
  • Received state recognition for the highest rating on the 2015-2016 (5) Essentials Survey 
  • Received rating of top 12% of Illinois Middle Schools on  www.niche.com site for the 2016-2017 school year 

Congratulations to CUSD201 on your amazing success - keep up the great work!

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Contact: Larry McIntyre
Village of Westmont Communications Director
630-417-0280, lmcintyre@westmont.il.gov
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