Superintendent's Note

From the desk of Jim McKay

Posted: August, 9, 2017 - 11:44am

Welcome Back and While You Were Away

Let me be the first to say welcome back, we are honored and happy to serve you and our communities!
I would like to welcome the incoming Freshman Class of 2021!  We also welcome our upperclassman and anyone new to Community High School District 117; we truly look forward to ensuring that every student is offered the opportunity to grow and learn in a positive, safe, and engaging environment. Our dedicated and talented staff strives to realize our mission of Igniting the Passion and Discovery of Every Student.  We are very proud of our unwavering commitment to student growth and place no limits to academic success for all students. 
Former President of the Illinois Association of School Administrators Steve Webb provides a good perspective on schooling… “Schooling is about opening the doors to thousands of students and greeting them with adults who have pledged their life and their very being with providing our next generation of politicians, educators, engineers and all other change agents with a fighting chance at success.” 
While you were away…
While there have been significant legislative changes over the summer (http://www.ilga.gov/) and despite pending legislation that may negatively impact our schools and communities, the District commitment to continuous improvement is unwavering.  It is our hope that Senate Bill 1, School Funding Reform, (SB1 Tutorial) will be supported by the Governor so that we receive our full General State Aid to help educate our students this school year.  If the Governor does not sign some form of this Bill, adjustments to our budget will be required and will likely have a negative impact on student programing.
Not surprisingly, many people are unfamiliar with the hectic schedule of schools over the summer months.  As a natural part of our continual improvement process, summer is the time that major renovations occur in our facilities, curricular improvements and updates, hiring of staff, policy updates and planning for the upcoming academic year is the focus of our work. 
The following are some of the changes made to our facilities to better serve our students: Antioch Community High School received necessary heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) upgrades, roof repairs, newly renovated Family and Consumer Science classroom equipped with new kitchen appliances and technology; additionally, a badly needed gym floor replacement and a fresh coat of paint in the auditorium.  Lakes Community High School required significant exterior brick work and needed improvements in various learning spaces. A new, larger and more functional press box at the Polley Field Stadium was also constructed.  Additionally, approximately half of the District Tennis facility surface was repaired and updated.  Lastly, both schools also received significant internal and external safety/security improvements.  Consistent with our District Strategic Plan (http://www.chsd117.org/index.php/strategic-plan/ ), these upgrades in both buildings were made to improve the learning environment for our students.
We believe that parent/guardian involvement and strong school/home relationships are essential for student success. We encourage you to partner with us to provide the best possible educational experiences for your student. We are excited to begin another school year filled with opportunity and dreams.  Educating youth is an awesome responsibility that the District takes very seriously and requires the collective support of our communities. On behalf of the Board of Education, administration and fine teaching staff, welcome back!
Yours in Education,
Jim McKay

 

 

 

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  • Posted: August, 9, 2017 - 11:44am

    Welcome Back and While You Were Away

    Let me be the first to say welcome back, we are honored and happy to serve you and our communities!
    I would like to welcome the incoming Freshman Class of 2021!  We also welcome our upperclassman and anyone new to Community High School District 117; we truly look forward to ensuring that every student is offered the opportunity to grow and learn in a positive, safe, and engaging environment. Our dedicated and talented staff strives to realize our mission of Igniting the Passion and Discovery of Every Student.  We are very proud of our unwavering commitment to student growth…

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  • Posted: August, 7, 2017 - 4:55pm

    State Funding for Schools

    I want to provide residents of Community High School District 117 information regarding state funding for schools in Illinois for the 2017-18 school year as you may be familiar with this issue through the news media and other sources.

    Due to the inequality associated with the current Illinois school funding formula and its significant adverse consequences particularly to school districts with the greatest economic need, the legislature has developed a new funding formula designed with evidence based criteria to equitably support state funding for schools.  To date, the legislators…

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  • Posted: May, 31, 2017 - 11:36am

    EVERY STUDENT SUCEEDS ACT (ESSA)

    ISBE submitted the ESSA State Plan for Illinois to the U.S. Department of Education (ED) on April 1, 2017.  On April 10, 2017, ED identified a section of the plan that it considered incomplete.  This section included measurements of interim progress for academic attainment, graduation rate, and English Learner proficiency.  In the plan submitted on April 1, 2017, ISBE stated that it intends to develop measurements of interim progress based on three-year baseline data and that this data is currently unavailable due to not having three years of data from which to determine a baseline…

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  • Posted: April, 24, 2017 - 10:43am

    State Budget Impasse

    There is an effort statewide by many in a variety of public and private sectors including educators currently encouraging our state legislators to formulate and pass a responsible and responsive state budget. Below, are some of the consequences and concerns shared by many as a result of the current budget impasse.

    All areas of society, including Illinois public school students, have suffered the consequences of Illinois’ financial problems over the past couple decades. For nearly the past two years, Illinois has operated with just a partial budget for education and “stopgap”or band-aid…

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  • Posted: January, 5, 2017 - 11:51am

    Community High School District 117 asks the voters at the April 4th Election

    The Board of Education passed a resolution (December 8, 2016) that places a question on the ballot of the April 4th, 2017 election.  The question asks voters of the District whether all Board Members should be elected At-Large.  District residents will have the opportunity to cast their vote regarding this question at the Tuesday; April 4th, 2017 consolidated election.

    The reason for the question stems from the current difficulty in sustaining representation from the unincorporated areas of the District.  Since at least 1965, it has been required that the unincorporated…

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  • Posted: November, 28, 2016 - 1:59pm

    Positive Power of Our Schools

    The holiday season should be a positive, sentimental and enduring time filled with family gatherings and friendship.  Unfortunately, too often, this idyllic time is not enjoyed by our students or families but rather represents a time of struggle both financially and emotionally.  Compounded with the unprecedented negative rhetoric of recent political campaigns and the ongoing pockets of civil unrest, in our country, our students may be even more vulnerable. 

    That is why it is critically important to reaffirm the strength and positive power of our schools. Community High…

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  • Posted: September, 30, 2016 - 12:00am

    Far Too Common!

    On September 29th, the national evening news reported once again on a tragic school shooting at Townville Elementary School in South Carolina. The threats of violence in schools and society are becoming far too common and sadly, in my opinion, creating a new “normal”.  While Community High School District 117 encounters threatening situations occasionally, it never becomes easier for parents, students, staff or our greater community to accept.  These threats of violence are senseless and require immeasurable resources on the part of our schools and communities.  We take these…

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  • Posted: August, 30, 2016 - 11:02am

    Illinois Class of 2016 average ACT score up slightly as national average declines

    SPRINGFIELD — Results released today in ACT’s annual score report, “The Condition of College & Career Readiness 2016,” show Illinois’ graduating seniors achieved an average composite score of 20.8, an increase of 0.1 over last year’s score. The national average composite score on the ACT fell from 21.0 to 20.8.

    “Our graduates continue to show progress,” said State Superintendent of Education Tony Smith, Ph.D. “The work of improving opportunities for all students and increasing the pace of progress is one we approach with urgency.”

    Illinois’ graduating…

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