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 territory, in the District, be represented by at least two members on the Board of Education. Some past Board of Education elections have had no candidates from the District’s unincorporated area, which then requires the District to recruit and appoint a candidate. This process has become very time consuming and increasingly more difficult. Moreover, the Board of Education prefers that Board members be elected by residents rather than appointed. Voter approval removes the requirement that the unincorporated territory in the District be represented by at least two members on the Board of Education; and would make the election of Board of Education candidates less restrictive and more probable of filling all open seats.
Typically, questions on the ballot ask residents for more money through a tax increase. It is important to note that the District is NOT asking for additional financial support, rather a change in process to better ensure sufficient candidates for all Board seats up for election; hence “At-Large”.
Yours in Education,
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…