A Queen of Peace education provides young women with the opportunity to design an academic experience centered in Gospel values and tailored to promote exceptional individual achievement.
First and foremost, it is my great pleasure to introduce myself to the Queen of Peace community as the new Principal for Queen of Peace High School. I am extremely excited about the possibilities and the potential successes that we have in store for your children here at Queen of Peace. That being said, we thank you for your previous support and continued dedication to our young women as they progress through their educational journey at Queen of Peace.
Due to our belief in our Dominican value of scholarship and pushing instructional outcomes at every opportunity, we are looking to realize significant gains in student performance in the 2015-2016 school year. Students will utilize critical thinking skills in all subjects as we push closer to our Full STEAM Ahead approach that pushes all students to engage in interdisciplinary problem solving. We are proud to announce important technological renovations as well as additional Project Lead the Way courses to make sure that our students are able to access curriculum and achieve.
We have a great, competitive faculty that wants the best for every single student at Queen of Peace. We are here to support all students and make sure that they are provided a rigorous college preperatory experience and a commitment to Sinsinawa Domican values of truth, compassion, justice, community and service. Students are engaged from the minute they enter Queen of Peace until the time they leave in an environment dedicated to creating exceptional outcomes as a scholar as well as a person.
I look forward to working with all of you as we push forward and excel. Be at Peace!
Hedi Belkaoui, Principal
February 2015 Press Release
QUEEN OF PEACE HIGH SCHOOL ANNOUNCES ILLINOIS STATE SCHOLARS
Illinois Student Assistance Commission Applauds the Success of 8 Queen of Peace Students
Burbank, IL – Queen of Peace High School Principal Mary Kay Nickels is pleased to announce that 8 Queen of Peace students from the graduating class of 2015 have been recognized as Illinois State Scholars.
The Illinois Student Assistance Commission (ISAC), the state agency committed to helping to make college accessible and affordable for Illinois families, bestows this prestigious recognition to top Illinois high school students annually. This year, over 18,800 elite honorees join the other top state students honored for their academic achievements since the designation was first introduced in 1958.
Illinois State Scholars represent approximately the top ten percent of high school seniors, hailing from 671 different high schools across the state. Selection is based on SAT, ACT or Prairie State Achievement Exam scores, and/or class rank at the end of the junior year. High school guidance counselors work with ISAC to determine the winners.
“These 8 students are a true representation of Women of Peace. We are proud of their achievements and look forward to their continued success in college and beyond!” said Mary Kay Nickels, Principal.
Rukayat Bello, Chicago IL 60638, Natalie Chraca, Lemont IL 60439, Sara Durkin, Chicago IL 60655, Marnee Fuertes, Burbank IL 60459, Victoria Graczyk, Chicago IL 60629, Alexandra Herman, Chicago IL 60655, Jocelyn Perez, Chicago IL 60629, Lauryn Walker, Chicago IL 60652.
“It is with great pride that we announce this year’s group of Illinois State Scholars,” said Eric Zarnikow, ISAC Executive Director. “In addition to congratulating our State Scholars for their commitment and hard work, we also want to commend their parents, teachers, coaches and mentors for helping these students achieve their goals. It really does take a village.”
Zarnikow continued, “ISAC wishes all of the scholars at [High School name] the best as they pursue their future education and careers.”
While this distinguished recognition does not include a monetary prize, recipients are encouraged to cite the honor on applications for college admission and scholarships. In addition, students are urged to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) as soon as possible after January 1st. The FAFSA determines eligibility for federal and state aid, including Illinois’ need-based Monetary Award Program (MAP) grant, as well as for many forms of aid offered through colleges.
A calendar of free financial aid and college access events, including FAFSA completion workshops to assist students and families with the form, is available on ISAC’s website, www.ISAC.org. Students can visit the agency’s website for a wealth of additional financial aid and college planning information and tools, as well as applications for grants and scholarships administered by ISAC. In addition, students can find out how to access free one-on-one assistance and mentoring in the college-going process.