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 School District 117 is intentional about embracing and positively serving all of our students and families. We want our communities to feel welcome and regard our schools as safe, respectful and responsive learning environments; a place where our students and community look for guidance, reassurance, and inspiration. While we cannot always control the rapidly changing world around us, we do have significant influence on how our schools embrace change and the unknown. We are committed to our mission of igniting passion and discovery in every student. To that end, please do not hesitate to call upon our very capable staff to assist your student or family at any time.
On behalf my colleagues, at CHSD 117, I sincerely wish you a joyful holiday season.
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…