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Me April 24, 2014 at 04:40 pm
Why is Lake Bluff in a separate school district. If it was merged into District 67, most of theRead More administration could be absorbed resulting in a huge cost savings. These kids are together when they get to high school. It makes no sense at all to maintain a separate system for their elementary and middle school years.
Me April 24, 2014 at 04:41 pm
Unless of course you happen to have the easiest $200k/yr job in the country and a Board eager toRead More boost your salary to meet the bloated salaries of other North Shore superintendents.
Gary April 24, 2014 at 12:01 pm
Scott -- It may be mathematically impossible for us to be in the top 5. They are essentiallyRead More boosting the scores of students with poor parents, so that a school with many poor students will score above a school with many middle or upper class students even if the school's performance is the same. This is why the top 4 schools are Chicago magnet schools. They pick the best students from a region with high numbers of "economically disadvantaged students", and you get a perfect storm of good students combined with artificially inflated scores. These rankings have been skewed according to someone's idea of "social justice" and therefore are completely useless for those of us who want to know how our schools really perform without someone else's arbitrary distortion imposed on the results.
Gary April 24, 2014 at 12:11 pm
I take every opportunity to take the school board, the administration, and the teachers' unions toRead More task, but only when it's justified. This ranking provides NO justification for hassling any of these people or groups. We can not allow ourselves to burn time, energy, and money trying to solve a problem that doesn't exist. This is junk science. The only connection this ranking has to the real world is that it tells us how Universities see our children during the college admissions process. Our children get cheated during that process in the same way our school just got cheated in this ranking. We should spend our energy defending our children against the explicit discrimination they will face when entering college.
kate April 24, 2014 at 06:38 pm
Gary...check your facts.Stevenson ranks 5....Lincolnshire is not far off from LF MedianRead More income....They also have many special needs kids whose scores are included in the average. It is a very competitive school and LF could learn from their techniques.
Joseph R. Martan April 24, 2014 at 11:41 am
When I graduated from LT in 1967 we were told that we were the second best high school in IllinoisRead More (New Trier was number one) and among the top ten nationally. Now New Trier is #15 and LT is #40?!? What has happened in the intervening decades. If the proposal to do away with class rank is any indicator I suspect my alma mater is succumbing more and more to the trendy aspects of modern education and moving away from expecting accomplishment.
Geneva Taxpayer April 24, 2014 at 12:11 pm
@Herc, that's because Joliet high schools make you ready for McDonalds, not college.
Herc April 24, 2014 at 12:19 pm
LOL @Geneva, I don't think Geneva's are much better.
Bernard Johnson April 9, 2014 at 11:14 am
Not that Lake Forest isn't an excellent high-school, their physical facilities and arts programsRead More alone would qualify them as such; however, the so called 'list' is absurdly flawed and the resulting rankings utterly out of wack with reality. Where Deerfield High School is 'ranked' as the # 5 'best' high-school in Illinois in US News and World's most recent listing [with the four above it being either private academies or a magnet school - that pick and choose their student bodies, as opposed to Deerfield, for which eligibility to attend is premised exclusively based on residency within the District]; the Post's ranking puts Deerfield down at 35th - with quite few overtly... lesser achieving high-schools above it. Beware of lists and/or rankings, as they've each their own... quirks. Surely, the Post's listing is significantly out of context of the reality of high-school's relative strengths in Illinois.
Bernard Johnson April 9, 2014 at 11:24 am
Again, using Deerfield H-S as the basis for comparison, just look at the vastly lower ACT and SATRead More scores, lower graduation rates and lower percentages of those going on to attend four year schools of some of the other schools ranked above it, which can only lead an objective viewer to conclude that the Post's list is utterly out of wack. Heshey, Prospect, Grayslake, Evanston, Rolling Meadows, York, Elk Grove, et al, being ranked above Deerfield H-S - come on, let's get real here!
Gary April 9, 2014 at 03:32 pm
This ranking method is flawed. - "The ranking uses the number of college-level tests given atRead More the school divided by the number of graduates." - Simply taking a test does not imply that any level of competency has been reached. A better gauge would be to divide the number of students who achieve college credits on these tests ( a 4 or 5 if I remember right ) by the total number of students. Even that method would be flawed, but would still be a better indicator than what they're doing.
Orange County Sheriff's deputies conduct a bomb sweep at San Clemente High School earlier this month. | Patch photo credit: Penny Arévalo.
David Greenberg March 28, 2014 at 11:46 am
"Virtual walls"? Geezus... GPS spoofing is but one way around the geofence. The otherRead More is simply walking up to someone and saying "HEY *(&*(^^#&*(Y($*() !!!!!" Or use a different app created with a bogus email account... *sigh*. Sticks and stones people... sticks and stones... Walk it off and move on...
Stu Pidasso March 28, 2014 at 12:37 pm
thats for sure, this country is turning into a bunch of pansies!!
Stu Pidasso March 28, 2014 at 12:39 pm
my kid tells me that his buddy who lives over in Europe has a math book that shows a drawing of anRead More obese American eating a Cheeseburger with Plumbers Ass , as if we are a bunch of slobs over here!!! Is that nice or what???
Students in the 4-year-old classroom are doing a unit on restaurants and have asked their volunteer chef, Nabor Vasquez, to help teach them what they need to know. Courtesy of: Highland Park Community Nursery School and Day Care Center
Robert Hansen March 22, 2014 at 12:52 pm
Compliments to Mr. Vasquez for stepping in at a time of need. This is the kind of story thatRead More reminds us that the whole world hasn't gone to Hell as we read in daily papers and see on TV. There are good people out there like Vasquez who seldom are recognized for their good deeds.
Gary April 2, 2014 at 11:34 am
Laura - All I needed to know was that they were teaching Social Studies in Mandarin. What is theRead More world view of someone who wrote Social Studies text books in Mandarin? You are confirming what I feared.
Gary April 2, 2014 at 11:48 am
Laura - The whole point of this program was to enhance Andy Hendrikson's resume so he could move onRead More to a bigger pension somewhere else. Now that he got what he wanted it would be nice if we could bring some sanity back into the process. Keep up the good work Laura.
Laura Rukavina April 2, 2014 at 01:58 pm
Thank you Gary!!
Vicky Kujawa March 9, 2014 at 03:31 pm
"Great minds discuss ideas; average minds discuss events; small minds discuss people." -Read More Eleanor Roosevelt
Citizen Sane March 16, 2014 at 08:00 pm
You are are very far from acquiring my preference. I prefer much more intelligence and wit than wasRead More provided.
Citizen Sane March 18, 2014 at 10:21 am
Oh I get it now. Vicky thinks that only Chicago people are mean. No other areas have mean people. IRead More am leaning toward a preference now.
T McQuillen March 6, 2014 at 06:31 am
A vicious text? If kids today get upset by text messages, it's time to take away their toys. Grow upRead More kids. Parents too. Kids put your efforts into your school work, drop the smartphone nonsense. Do kids these days believe everything they read?
Stephanie Bragg March 6, 2014 at 09:52 am
T Mcquillen. Not a helpful comment. Did you see the texts that were being sent out? I agree thatRead More more attention needs to be given to class work, but it is not easy for the kids to just drop the smartphones. Bullying has reached a new level. Words can either build people up or tear them down. Yes, a vicious text is just like saying the words out loud. This is how this generation communicates with each other, through texting and other social media, and unfortunately with this app, they can do it anonymously.
Loose lips March 7, 2014 at 01:30 am
It stuns me that there is so much cruelty out there. We imposed no rules on our four children butRead More always emphasized manners and niceness. It would never dawn on any of our children to hurt another person either emotionally or physically (except in self defense). Parents, it's time to go back to basics.
T McQuillen February 25, 2014 at 10:15 am
How about a curriculum that focuses on reading, writing and arithmetic? These basic skills must beRead More mastered to compete in today's world. Any doubters? Have your child write you a short letter, you know, no spell check allowed.
Citizen Sane March 21, 2014 at 06:33 am
I suspect the current curriculum does, indeed, focus on the 3 R's.
Another Point February 14, 2014 at 10:15 am
Really? Perhaps you should reread my post because you are having trouble discerning its meaning. HowRead More many teachers or administrators do you know who would take the heat for allowing the students to take charge of their own learning? How many teachers or administrators do you know who love learning and the craft of teaching so much that he is willing to change an outdated method or lesson he has had in his repertoire for years? I'll answer the questions for you to make things easy: None who is a "card-carrying union member". Don't insult my intentions without analyzing the meaning of my post. In the end, who will choose whether or not there is a block schedule or a regular period schedule? I'll answer that for you too: the union. Why? Because the union does what is best for the adults and not the learners.
Me February 14, 2014 at 12:36 pm
@Another Point - Who are you replying to? So far, it is only you, Me and Mosober. My earlierRead More comment was directed at Mosober.
Loose lips February 16, 2014 at 01:03 am
I'm so glad to hear our children will dodge the block scheduling bullet, at least for another year,Read More so yes, hats off to the union for paralyzing this one. 21st Century learning should be all about learning at one's own pace via computer lectures from the finest teachers this country has to offer. On-site teachers could then be freed up for more one on one teaching and leading group discussions. Taking advantage of the advances in technology is a no-brainer; it would allow all children, whether from the richest or poorest school district, to have top-notched teaching and to learn at their own pace. I hope the teachers' union will find a way to embrace this move, not retard it. The fact that our administrators are fussing with concepts like block scheduling means that they are not pushing for the change that is really needed.
Mosober February 5, 2014 at 11:22 am
It was said they are going to make the decision without input. It will likely be option 1 or 4 givenRead More the supers goal to make his mark on the district. More of the same and the teachers get less time to teach and more time to complain. Net net it appears to be about 18 hours less teach time for the students. Great Idea? I dont think so......
SportsMan February 9, 2014 at 12:37 pm
The school leadership needs to answer the concerns that were not fully addressed in the parentRead More meeting. Why is fewer minutes per week in each class a good idea? Have they created a master schedule of courses for each plan to confirm that there will not be problems with students getting all their classes in? If the athletic waiver is really the issue, are there ways to help student athletes without changing the schedule for everyone & everything? My kids have taken full course loads in spite of the waiver existing for them. I don't see the issue.
strnad January 5, 2014 at 07:33 pm
Lake Forest Academy will be closed Monday
mhsperz January 6, 2014 at 07:36 am
The Lake Forest Library's Facebook page says they are closed today, January 6th, and will reopenRead More tomorrow January 7th @ 9am.
Cristel Mohrman (Editor) January 6, 2014 at 08:31 am
Thanks for all the updates!
Laura Rukavina December 30, 2013 at 05:20 pm
As far as I know the district has taken on more administrative salaries this year. They could notRead More keep Michelle Shinn as principal at both sheridan and cherokee- it would be illegal because the 2 schools are run completely different (back to the mandarin issues). It also looks like Andy moved positions from super of curriculum to HR, they hired Lauren Fagel as new super for curriculum. This is a big joke and nightmare left over from Harry, mandarin immersion, tho he started it without any BOE approval there are passionate parents. Did it tear a neighborhood school apart? Yes. Is there a mass exodus of LD children (roughly 1 in 5 of our children) from the school? Yes. Are the tradional children still getting the best education possible there? No, I can attest to that. What is our new superintendent going to do? Who knows, but grant money expires for the program this school year, then we all get to start paying for it. I appreciate reading the stories about Harry! I have never met him, but he sure has a lasting impact around here.
Me December 30, 2013 at 07:25 pm
@Laura - Sorry, you are on the wrong side of the Mandarin battle. Just because you don't want it,Read More there is no reason other families should be deprived of it. My kids don't play football but my taxes subsidize the team, my kids aren't special needs but my taxes pay for one-on-one assistants, my children don't play musical instruments but my taxes help to pay for the arts program. Your kids may not be in the honors math program but your taxes help to subsidize it. All of these CHOICES are what contribute to the opportunities our kids have in school. Had the Mandarin program been available when my kids were that age, I can assure you they would be in it now. A bloated administration is not a choice any one of us made. It was foisted on us by a manipulative superintendent and an asleep at the wheel Board. We have a new Board and a new Superintendent. It is time for some new policies.
Laura Rukavina December 30, 2013 at 08:40 pm
Thank you for saying sorry to me, Me, you are the first on other side to say that. I really dontRead More care what programs are offered, I care about how things are handled. I watched my LD child suffer at the school this year, then screamed bloody hell to get him out. If everyone was honest about circumstances, things would have been different. The program has been at the school for 3 years and the 2 groups in one school simply do not work. With so much support, there should be no problem housing it on its own. With all due respect, I really would like more people to understand that special services are not a perk, they are a right under the law.
AP Photo/Steve Ruark
Vicky Kujawa December 9, 2013 at 12:09 am
I plan on buying my sons workbooks to learn cursive at home.
Coco Monet January 14, 2014 at 12:39 pm
COMMON CORE IS UN AGENDA 21 Common Core is an integral part of UN Agenda 21/SustainableRead More Development: globalization is the standardization of systems. Whether the system is law enforcement or land use or government, the standardization, harmonization, and integration of all international methods of management is essential for total control. Education is the flash point for embedding system acceptance in all sectors of the population. Standardized propaganda is developed for pre-kindergarten to post graduate school; this is what is meant by 'Life Long Learning.' Breaking down traditional methods of learning in order to re-socialize the populace is the goal. Obedient, dependent people who are constantly being propagandized will provide the 'human capital' to fully implement UN Agenda 21/Sustainable Development. Regardless of the content of this nationalized and internationalized system of behavioral modification, the goal and outcome will be to fundamentally destroy the individual's rights. - See more at: http://www.democratsagainstunagenda21.com/common-core-is-agenda-21.html#sthash.Rmsuw5zP.dpuf