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District 215 Board appoints Charles Townsend to fill vacated seat--The Lansing Journal, October 2023

TF North girls tennis partners end successful season at state--The Lansing Journal, October 2023

T.F. North speech team brings home awards in first try at national competition- Chicago Tribune, June 2022

TF North students travel to Louisville for national speech and debate tournament- The Lansing Journal, June 2022

TF South celebrates fourth annual signing day- The Lansing Journal, April 2022

TF North teachers racing to raise money for student scholarships- WGN TV, April 2022

It's official- TF South's nickname is now Red Wolves- Lansing Journal, April 2022

TF South picks Red Wolves as new nickname- NWI Times, April 2022

TF South adopts Red Wolves as new mascot- ABC7 Chicago, April 2022

TF North teachers run to raise scholarship funds- NWI Times, April 2022

TF South community remembers coach and teacher Lori Potacki- The Lansing Journal, April 2022

TF South to honor late teacher, coach- NWI Times, April 2022

D215's Lavish Barber & Cosmetology Studio celebrates grand opening- The Lansing Journal, March 2022

Karina Hernandez-Cazarez hired as Spanish interpreter and outreach specialist for District 215- The Lansing Journal, Feb. 2022

TF South Dance earns third place trophy at state- The Lansing Journal, Feb. 2022

Freshman brings the Wright stuff for TF South girls basketball- NWI Times, Feb. 2022

Girls Basketball secures conference title for first time in decades- The Lansing Journal, Feb. 2022

Adonis Wilson wins weight class for TF South WrestlingThe Lansing Journal, Feb. 2022

District 215 students can earn college credit from respected universities in new program- The Lansing Journal, Feb. 2022

District 215 students earn free college credits with top universities via partnership-  NWI Times, Jan. 2022

Superintendent Jones gets a haircut, and other news from the CTE Showcase- The Lansing Journal, Jan. 2022

TF South's Xavier Lewis is more than just a basketball star - NWI Times, Dec. 2021

TF North flutist selected to play at Illinois Music Educators Association Festival -The Lansing Journal, Nov. 2021

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District 215 honors new teachers in pinning ceremony- The Lansing Journal, Oct. 2021

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TF South hosts Hispanic Heritage Month celebration- The Lansing Journal, Oct. 2021


District 215 launches initiative to better help students prepare for college or trades- NWI Times, Sept. 2021

Ethan Modjeski named all conference golfer- The Lansing Journal, Sept. 2021

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District 215 electrical, barbering, cosmetology, and education programs put focus on career development- The Lansing Journal, Sept. 2021


50 years after launching his namesake meet, retired TF South cross country coach Rich Dust not slowing down- NWI Times, Sept. 2021

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Lansing police score more runs, but everybody wins in softball game between LPD and TF South- The Lansing Journal, July 2021


TF South seniors graduate at outdoor commencement after unprecedented year- The Lansing Journal, June 2021


TF South boys track to bring eight events to state competition, most in school history- The Lansing Journal, June 2021

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Joseph Ogunbode is first all-state jumper in TF South history- NWI Times, June 2021


TF South boys track rolls to fourth consecutive conference championship- The Lansing Journal, June 2021

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TF South's Shanera Cambric heading to state in long jump- NWI Times, June 2021



TF South girls track wins conference championship, advances to sectionals- The Lansing Journal, May 2021

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TF North teachers, athletes, community team up to raise funds for scholarships- NWI Times, May 2021

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TF South baseball bests TF North in annual game at U.S. Steelyard Stadium in Gary- The Lansing Journal, April 2021


District 215 breaks ground on home for new barbering and cosmetology studio- NWI Times, April 2021


District 215 breaks ground on new cosmetology and barber studio- The Lansing Journal, April 2021


Christopher Dodd is first African American man to serve on District 215 board- NWI Times, April 2021

District 215 appoints local pastor and parent Christopher Dodd to school board- The Lansing Journal, April 2021

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TF South students to benefit from new college credit program and program for future teachers- The Lansing Journal, March 2021


Barbering and cosmetology training available to District 215 students in the fall- The Lansing Journal, March 2021


District 215 to launch barber and cosmetology program- NWI Times, March 2021


District 215 receives state grant to recruit future teachers- NWI Times, March 2021

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TF District 215 has opening for school board member- NWI Times, March 2021


District 215 Board President resigns, Board seeks to fill seat- The Lansing Journal, March 2021

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District 215 Board approves re-opening plan- The Lansing Journal, March 2021

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TF North students excel in state speech contest- NWI Times, March 2021


Local high schools celebrate and educate during Black History Month- The Lansing Journal, March 2021

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T.F. North Students place in state speech competition- The Lansing Journal, Feb. 2021

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T.F. South COVID-19 Vaccination Site Press Conference- Lansing News Network, Feb. 2021


17-year-old Korey Ziemkowski is helping those in need with "micro-pantries"- WGN Radio, Feb. 2021

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Thornton Fractional South administrators deliver encouragement, essentials to students daily- ABC7 Chicago, Feb. 2021
T.F. South is first pilot educational POD in Cook County- The Lansing Journal, Feb. 2021

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COVID-19 vaccination site opens at T.F. South High School in Lansing, gets high marks from area educators- The Chicago Tribune, Feb. 2021


TF South becomes designated vaccination site for District 215 personnel- The Lansing Journal, Feb. 2021


TF North Students Receive Prestigious Posse Scholarships- The Lansing Journal, Feb. 2021


TF North's Barraza and Valdivia receive prestigious Posse Scholarships- Chicago Tribune, Feb. 2021

District 215 Announces Return to Athletics, The Lansing Journal, January 2021


Southland Students Earn Full Ride Scholarships to Prestigious Universities Through QuestBridge, Chicago Tribune, January 2021


TF South theater students present play via Zoom- NWI Times, December 2020

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TF North student shows everyday heroes in winning Illinois Tollway map art contest- Chicago Tribune, December 2020

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TF South's Fernando Lopez lands full scholarship to Yale- NWI Times, Dec. 2020
TF South senior Fernando Lopez to attend Yale on scholarship- The Lansing Journal, December 2020

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TF District 215 to stick with remote-only learning through early March- NWI Times, December 2020
TF South Hosts Virtual Theater Productions- The Lansing Journal, Dec. 2020

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TF South student helps make Thanksgiving brighter for Lansing students- NWI Times, Nov. 2020

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TF North Graduate, Parent of Student Named to District 215 School Board- NWI Times, Nov. 2020

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School Boards Appoint New Members in Lansing, Lemont, and More- Chicago Tribune, Nov. 2020
TF North Thanksgiving Dinner Giveaway Goes On Despite Pandemic- NWI Times, Nov. 2020

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District 215 Encourages First Time Voters With Kits and Signs- The Lansing Journal, Nov. 2020

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TF South Student, Lansing Church, Team Up for Food Giveaway-NWI Times, Oct. 2020


Renaming Rebels- Process Begins at TF South- The Lansing Journal- Oct. 2020


Amid Pandemic, TF South Connects with Students via Get Out the Vote Drive, Virtual Homecoming- NWI Times, Oct. 2020

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New York Times Bestselling Author Speaks to TF South Students- The Lansing Journal, Oct. 2020

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Thornton Fractional to Continue Remote Learning into Second Quarter- NWI Times, Sept. 2020


TF North Partners with Hartgrove Behavioral Health System to Increase Student Access to Mental Health Services- The Lansing Journal, Sept. 2020



TF South School Year Begins Without Students on Site- The Lansing Journal, Sept. 2020

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District 215 Board Votes to Dissolve Rebels Nickname- The Lansing Journal, Aug. 2020

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"If Not Now, When?" TF South Drops Rebels Nickname- NWI Times, Aug. 2020

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Results Shared from TF South Student Survey- The Lansing Journal, Aug. 2020

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Thornton Fractional District 215 Adopts Equity Plan of Action- The Lansing Journal, July 2020

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Thornton Fractional District 215 to Reopen Virtually for First Quarter of School Year- NWI Times, July 2020
Teacher's Efforts to Help Immigrant Students Land Him on the Sidelines of a Bears Game and $20k for His School- Chicago Tribune July 2020


Symetra Awards $20,000 Grant to TF North- June 2020

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District 215 Appoints Dr. Sophia Jones-Redmond as Superintendent- The Lansing Journal, May 2020


Black Males United- The Lansing Journal, May 2020


District 215 Holds First Virtual Meeting- The Lansing Journal, March 2020

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Two TF North Seniors Named Posse Scholars- The Lansing Journal, March 2020


District 215 Superintendent Teresa Lance Appointed to American Institutes for Research Advisory Board- The Lansing Journal, Feb. 2020

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District 215 Staff Members Receive Prestigious Awards- The Lansing Journal, Jan. 2020

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Students Acknowledged for Achievements on AP Exams- The Lansing Journal, Oct. 2019

District 215 Receives Property Tax Relief Grant- The Lansing Journal, Sept. 2019


Julie Venem Retires After 40 Years With the District- The Lansing Journal, Sept. 2019

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TF South's Jen Gross Wins Excellence in Education Grant- The Lansing Journal, Sept. 2019