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: October, 9, 2018 - 10:22am

    Both Antioch and Lakes Community High Schools earn an Exemplary School designation from The State

    Every School in the state of Illinois will receive a designation on their annually issued school report card.  The Illinois State Board of Education’s vision of Illinois is a state of whole, healthy children nested in whole, healthy systems supporting communities wherein all people are socially and economically secure. Bringing this vision into reality requires all of us—the state, districts, schools, educators, families, and communities—working together. Illinois’ system of support and accountability helps us identify which schools need the greatest assistance to meet our shared…

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  • Posted: August, 10, 2018 - 8:03am

    Welcome Back And While You Were Away

    This is my 9th year of having the privilege to be the first to say welcome back; we are honored and happy to serve you and our communities!
    This time of the year is always invigorating and full of possibility.  Welcome the incoming Freshman Class of 2022!  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…

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  • Posted: February, 20, 2018 - 5:29pm

    School Safety Letter To Familes

    To our District 117 Families,

    Our hearts go out to the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School community and all the families affected by the senseless shooting. We are greatly saddened by another instance of school violence that has devastated the community of Parkland.

    For Community High School District 117, the safety of students and staff continues to be a top priority.  As a District, we have built strong relationships with the Antioch, Lake Villa and Lindenhurst Police and Fire Departments. We are grateful for their leadership and input which helps guide our mission for…

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  • Posted: October, 31, 2017 - 10:13am

    2017 Illinois Report Card shows upward trends

    The Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) today released the 2017 Illinois Report Card at http://webprod.isbe.net/ereportcard/publicsite/getSearchCriteria.aspx. The annual Illinois Report Card shows the performance and progress of schools, districts, and the state overall on a wide range of educational metrics. The www.illinoisreportcard.com interactive website will go live on Friday, Nov. 3. The Data Quality Campaign and the Education Commission of the States have praised the Illinois Report Card as comprehensive and easy to understand.

    State-level data on the 2017 Illinois…

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  • Posted: September, 29, 2017 - 7:56am

    Advanced Placement data show results of state’s focus on equity

    SPRINGFIELD – The College Board released non-accountability reports of Advanced Placement (AP), SAT, and PSAT results from Illinois students statewide. State Superintendent of Education Tony Smith, Ph.D., issued the following statement:

    “The Advanced Placement (AP) data released by the College Board show increases across the board in the numbers of students taking AP exams and in the percentages of students performing well. The State Board committed to increasing access to AP classes and exams, especially among underrepresented student groups. School teams across the state embraced…

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  • Posted: September, 7, 2017 - 3:07pm

    U.S. Department of Education approves Illinois ESSA Plan

    SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WAND) - The Illinois Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) Plan has been approved by the U.S. Department of Education.

    Illinois State Board of Education officials say the state’s ESSA Plan incorporates feedback gathered from thousands of online comments and 100 in-person forums and meetings.  Under the Illinois ESSA Plan, multiple indicators of school quality and student growth will be collected and examined, and will be used to help schools perform better under a plan that specifically meets their unique needs. 

    Additionally, the Illinois ESSA Plan…

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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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    Community High School District 117

    1625 Deep Lake Road

    Lake Villa, Illinois 60046

    Phone: 847-395-9001

    Fax: 847-395-7553

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    Antioch Community High School

    1133 Main Street

    Antioch, Illinois 60002

    Phone: 847-395-1421

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    Lakes Community High School

    1600 Eagle Way Drive

    Lake Villa, Illinois 60046

    Phone: 847-838-7100

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