Stagg’s new PTO helps with 50th anniversary
By tina akouris firstname.lastname@example.org February 27, 2014 7:38PM
Updated: February 28, 2014 2:13AM
Stagg High School is turning 50 this year, and with the anniversary come celebrations and the return of an organization that has been missing from the Palos Hills school.
The Stagg Community Organization was formed this school year by a group of parents under the direction of Principal Eric Olsen. It had been close to a decade since Stagg had a parent-teacher organization, and Olsen thought it was time to restore one.
He said it’s easier for parents to get involved in a PTO when their children are in elementary school rather than high school.
“As students get older, they distance themselves from their parents, and their parents distance themselves from the schools,” Olsen said. “We want to break down the barriers and get them involved in important activities.”
He said it was more difficult to establish the Stagg Community Organization than he thought. Many parents did not feel comfortable running the SCO by themselves and needed a major task as an impetus — a need met by Stagg’s 50th birthday party at the University of Chicago on April 12.
It’s a way to honor the school’s namesake, Amos Alonzo Stagg, who was an associate professor and athletic director at the university and its head football coach for 40 years. The event is being hosted by the SCO and will feature performances by the high school’s Madrigal singers and jazz band.
There will be a tour of architectural landmarks at the U of C and then a reception from 6 to 8:30 p.m. at Bartlett Hall, where Stagg had his office from 1892 to 1932. Tickets are $40 and on sale until April 1. For more information, email Stagg
The SCO also is sponsoring Stagg-A-Palooza on May 17, featuring a 5K run and a stage show at the school’s football field.