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Signs of the times: New principal works to build BHS pride

8/31/2016, 5 p.m.
The signs of a new principal at Bolingbrook High School are everywhere...literally and figuratively...as Dr. Jason Pascavage begins a personal ...
VVSD Superintendent Dr. James Mitchem admires the banner from his alma mater, DePaul, along with BHS Principal Dr. Jason Pascavage and students Jnaya Walker and Nana Wiefe-Akenten. Several dozen college banners have been added to BHS hallways.

The signs of a new principal at Bolingbrook High School are

everywhere...literally and figuratively...as Dr. Jason Pascavage begins a

personal drive to boost pride in the school.

"I want our kids to be excited to be here," Dr. Pascavage said. "I want

our community to support our school and I want people to be excited about

sending their kids here."

One of the first things the veteran administrator did was hang college

banners in the hallway.

"I want to get our students excited about college," he said. "People think

it's all about our high school graduation rate but for me it isn't. We

need to change our mindset from getting our students to graduate from high

school to getting them accepted in college."

Then he created signs displaying his new philosophy for the school

("Whoever you are, wherever you are, honor Bolingbrook, honor the

Raiders") and hung them everywhere inside the school and near athletic

fields.

"Before when you asked a Bolingbrook High School student what they liked

about the school, they talked about a class or a teacher but they never

talked about the school itself," Dr. Pascavage said. "I want to build a

culture where students, when they are 25 years old, they remember their

experiences at Bolingbrook High School. I want them to know they represent

the Raiders when they leave this place, whether they're at the gas

station, at the grocery store or at home.

"People need to know that when you go to Bolingbrook High School, you can

be extremely successful," he added.