We've just passed the midpoint of first semester, and we are already having a great school year. Please read the rest of this message and the rest of this e-newsletter for some important updates, celebrations, and events.
NEW Equity Committee: We Need YOU!
You should recently have received a communication about the new Equity Action Coalition that is being formed to guide the creation of our new Educational Equity Action Plan.
We are looking for 25-30 representatives to serve on this committee, drawn from our own staff as well as parents and community members. This team will gather several times throughout the year to analyze data for causes of identified gaps in achievement, opportunity and access, in service of the creation of an overarching plan.
Below you will find the scheduled meeting dates and the link to apply to be a member. Applications are due October 30.
Meeting dates: November 6th, November 20th, December 11th, January 8th, January 22th, February 12th, March 11th, April 1st, May 6th, May 20th, and June 3rd.
Application: EEC Committee Member Application
If you have questions, please contact Dr. Rocio del Castillo, assistant superintendent for special services, at firstname.lastname@example.org or (847) 659-6157
Update on Destination 158
We have been thrilled with the turnout and quality of discussion we've had at our first two Destination 158 Community Engagement Sessions in September and October. We have had several hundred participants so far, and we hope to continue to see strong turnout at our future meetings.
Our next Community Engagement Session is scheduled for November 19, 7:00-9:00 p.m. at Huntley High School. Free childcare will be provided, and RSVPs are encouraged at bit.ly/destination158. Even if you have not attended one of our prior sessions, you are encouraged to come!
A note to our Sun City residents: The session originally planned for October 29 has been rescheduled for March 10 to better accommodate resident schedules.
Find full information, meeting summaries, and dates of future meetings at destination158.com.
Delayed Start Information
Another piece of information you should have received previously is an announcement on the delayed start option that our Board of Education approved for use when appropriate on days of inclement weather. The delayed start schedule will delay all bus route pickups and school start times by two hours. All schools will operate with a modified bell schedule in which all classes will be held in a shortened timeframe.
Please see full information on the new option at http://www.district158.org/?p=67521. This is also a great time to check and update as needed the contact information and preferences we have on file for you to receive alerts! Click here for instructions on checking and updating your information in the Powerschool Parent Portal.
2020-21 School Calendar
Another much-sought piece of information is now available to parents. The 2020-21 school year calendar has been approved by the Board and is available for download at www.district158.org/about/calendars.
We also are pleased to share below a few upcoming events for parents that are being held to help prepare you to help your child deal with some of the pressures and challenges of today's world. Please check out these important events below, and thank you for your continued commitment to OUR students!
Scott Rowe, Ed.D