In August 2016, we rolled out an Activity Handbook for Sponsors of Clubs and Activities to explain the high standards District 117 holds for their sponsors when conducting meetings and events for District 117 students.
In late August 2016, Activity Directors worked in conjunction with District 117 employees to help mainstream the fundraising documents when requesting and reconciling fundraiser for clubs, activities, and athletics. These improvements have have assisted when auditors check on financial aspects of these organizations.
In Early September, Activity Directors implemented the first online registration to sign the Activities Code of Conduct. Parents used the online program 'R School' to submit information that allows their child to participate in Clubs and Activities that they choose.
August 18, 2016, the newly formed NLCC, Northern Lake Country Conference, hosted the inaugural Leadership Conference at the College of Lake County. This is the first year that students from clubs and activities have joined students from athletics to attend this conference. Students worked with others from all 8 schools in the conference to discuss leadership fundamentals that they hope to use throughout the year.
NLCC Activity Directors met monthly to discuss the 8 Activity Events and that were being implemented for the 2016-2017 school year. These meetings allowed each director to gain ideas from others and discuss challenges that each are facing.
Throughout the year, students initiate the process to develop a new club/activity to enhance opportunities to increase student involvement. The Activity Directors assist the students in the process to allow a club to be formally presented to the Board of Education for final approval. The following clubs were added during the 2016-2017 school year Chess Team, Smash Brothers Club, Gaming Club, Bass Fishing, and a writing/poetry club.
In April, Activity Directors attended the IDSA, Illinois Director of Student Activities, to recognize sponsors for outstanding achievements and look for new ideas to assist sponsor and implement back in the school. This year the focus was to find ways to increase positive school spirit.
Activity Directors brought the ideas of using a program for ticket sales and other incentives for our students to get involved. District Technology staff purchased the 5 Star program and will be looking to find a couple of ways to use it during the 2017-2018 school year.
Each Club and Activity has a place on the School Website to share information about meeting times, place, and general club information. Throughout the year, Clubs and Activities looked to add pictures and continue to add information to share with students, parents, and community members.
Eligibility is checked on students for competitive activities. Students who are not passing 5 classes with a 2.0 are not eligible to compete or perform in their events. Students can reference the Activity Code of Conduct for more information.
On August 17, 2017, 120 students from Lakes and Antioch attended the NLCC Leadership Conference where they were able to hear motivational guest speaker Aaron Davis. Students from Activities learned ideas from other schools that they were able to take back to their school to look to implement.
Antioch and Lakes held Activity Fairs during lunch hours in September to promote the Clubs and Activities offered at each school. Upperclassmen members were able to recruit members by showing what their Club and Activity has to offer. Freshman and Sophomores attended during their lunch study hall.
On September 25, 2017, Ms. Klobnak held the first Student Activity Leadership Group meeting. These leaders were selected by their sponsors to represent them at the NLCC Leadership Conference and were able to share ideas from the conference and look into ideas that they want to begin.
October 25, 2017, a leadership group attended the Josten's Renaissance Tour in Rockford to hear Mike Smith's story and others to discuss challenges to students face and improve leadership throughout the school.
Student Council at Lakes and National Honor Society at Antioch used 5 star to track attendance and involvement throughout the 17-18 school year. Tickets were sold using 5 start for Homecoming and the Winter Dance to track students who attended.
Antioch hosted the 1st NLCC Chess tournament that included 5 schools.
In January, the Board of Education approved 2 new clubs at Antioch High School for the 2018 semester. Sports Medicine Club will allow students to learn medical information to help in the Athletic Training room and assist athletes as the gain more knowledge of the overall body. Ski Club will allow students to go visit local ski mountains as a group.
In its 2nd year, NLCC Activity Directors met monthly to discuss the 12 Activity Events and that are being ran for the 2017-2018 school year. These meetings allowed each director to gain ideas from others and discuss challenges that each are facing.
Throughout the year, students used R School to register to become involved in a club or activity. Students work with parents to sign the code of conduct to participate in Clubs and Activities that they choose.