Community High School District 117 Board of Education at the 85th Annual IASB Joint Annual Conference

Community High School District 117 Board of Education at the 85th Annual IASB Joint Annual Conference. Our schools and community thank you for your service and your support of our staff and students!

Posted: November, 18, 2017 - 2:21pm

85th Annual IASB Joint Annual Conference

Nearly 10,000 public school leaders attend the Joint Annual Conference of the Illinois Association of School Boards, Illinois Association of School Administrators, and Illinois Association of School Business Officials. This annual conference is the primary venue the Board of Education has for professional development. Board members participated in variety of learning sessions including: legal updates, school security, board governance, educational technology advances, and special education.

Recognized as one of the nation’s leading education conferences, the event is open to local school board members, superintendents and administrative professionals, school administrators, state and regional educators and officials, school attorneys, university professors, exhibitors, and guests. Community High School District 117 was well represented at this years event.

Our Special Education department presented a panel session entitled “Expanding Internal Capacity of District Transition Programs.” Presenters: Michelle Bank, Transition Specialist; Peg Larson, School Social Worker; Jenna Ludden, Transition Program Teacher; and Andrew Seketa, Transition Program Teacher.

Attendees of this panel discussion were able to discover how much District 117 values and expands opportunities for students with disabilities, ages 18-22, who need additional services after high school for developing skills in employment, recreation, and daily living outside the traditional classroom utilizing community resources. Attendees were also able to get a glimpse at how impactful this program has been for several current students in the program by watching a video during the presentation. This group of educators did an exceptional job of sharing out this programs success and vision for the future with conference attendees. Many thanks to our presenters for braving the weather to show off the great work happening in our District!

Pictured left to right, Andrew Seketa, Michelle Bank, Dr. Brie Cederna, Jenna Ludden, and Peg Larson

District 117 also partnered with Infinite Campus and Computer Information Concepts to discuss shared services and blending student information systems between local school districts. During a breakfast breakout session, Ryan Miles, Technology Director for District 117, shared lessons learned from a recent student system conversion of Emmons School District 33. Emmons 33 was in need a cost effective way to provide online registration and online fee payments to their families. Their current student system did not have these features turned on and turning them on was cost prohibitive. This past summer, District 117 and Emmons 33 completed a student system conversion where Emmons 33 blended into the District 117 Infinite Campus student system. This blending gave them the functionality they desired for their families in a cost effective manner. Sharing these types of services between community schools actually saves a considerable amount of money. These savings allow for more investment in the classroom and less registration headaches for parents and school registrars. A Win/Win for our students, teachers and our community!

We are also pleased to announce that two of our art students made a lasting impression through their creative works. For the past 5 years, the Illinois High School Art Exhibition has displayed student work during the Joint Annual Conference. The IHSAE is the premier forum for celebration and recognition of young artists. They feature over 500 juried student artworks from top public and private High Schools throughout Northern Illinois. Student artwork at IHASE demonstrates a respect for time honored traditional artistic practice and cutting edge contemporary issues and technologies. The diversity of experiences enjoyed by students in today’s best school Art programs speaks to the vital role of visual art in shaping both the national and local culture. At this years conference, 2 Lakes Community High School students work made it into the curation displayed for all attendees. Our District is very proud to announce that the work of Sophia Garcia and Noah Meltzer was on display. Congratulations and great work!

Many thanks to our Board of Education members, our staff and our student contributions at this years conference. Job well done District 117!

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