Friday, February 22, 2013
The League of Women Voters and American Association of University Women will host Lake Forest-Lake Bluff candidate debates March 3rd and 10th.
Lake Forest and Lake Bluff candidates in the April 9 consolidated election will participate in two candidate debates sponsored by the League of Women Voters and American Association of University Women (AAUW) on March 3 and March 10. Sunday, March 3, 1:30 to 4 p.m. Lake Bluff Recreation Center, 355 W. Washington Ave., Lake Bluff Candidates: Sunday, March 10, 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. Lake Forest Library - Children's room, basement, 360 E. Deerpath, Lake Forest Candidates: For those who cannot attend, the debates will be videotaped and shown on LFTV channel 17 or 19, the League website www.lwv-lflb.org, and YouTube, reported the Chicago Tribune.
Wednesday, February 20, 2013
Arbitrary "cut" scores are changing to align ISAT scores with ACT and PARCC assessments. That means students' and schools' performance grades are likely to drop in the categories of English and math.
Don't be surprised if your Lake Forest elementary or middle school child drops from "exceeds standards" to "meets standards" or from "meets" to "below" standards in the upcoming Illinois Standard Achievement Tests (ISAT). The Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) last month approved new cut scores that will help align the ISAT results with those of the Prairie State Achievement Exam (PSAE) — colloquially called the ACT test — given to 11th graders, and establish a foundation for the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) exam set to debut in the 2014-15 school year. The higher expectations of the new ISAT cut scores will cause a downward shift in the number of students who meet or exceed standards. …
Tuesday, January 29, 2013
Five Lake Forest and Lake Bluff area schools were given the honor for sustaining high academic performance for three consecutive years.
Tuesday, January 29
Elementary schools in Lake Forest School District 67 and Lake Bluff School District 65 were given high honors by the Illinois State Board of Education this week. The following schools were named to the Academic Honor Roll and given the 2012 Academic Excellence Award. Cherokee Elementary, Deer Path Middle School East, Everett Elementary and Sheridan Elementary in District 67 and Lake Bluff Elementary in District 65 are among 454 Illinois schools receiving the award. The schools honored all sustained high academic performances over the past three years. According to the Illinois State Board of Education, schools who receive the Academic Excellence Award must have at least 90 percent of elementary and middle students meeting or exceeding …
Thursday, January 17, 2013
Residents should expect lower property taxes when bills arrive from Lake County.
Budget cuts by the District 65 Lake Bluff School Board and sufficient reserves led to a reduction of the 2012 Real Estate Tax Levy by $3,178,010, according to a news release issued Wednesday by the District. A spokesperson for the District was unable to quantify the amount of any property tax reduction but any savings will show on the first half property tax bill. Want more Lake Forest-Lake Bluff business news? Sign up for our free newsletter. The Board cut its operating budget by $2 million for the coming fiscal year and will take approximately $1 million earmarked for debt service from cash reserves. The total levy of $12,953,000 is $3,178,010 less than last year. The Board considered a number of options and held a town hall meeting to …
Monday, September 10, 2012
School Districts 67 and 65 are providing free educational screening on Friday, September 28 for preschool-age children who reside in Lake Forest and Lake Bluff.
Lake Forest School District 67 and Lake Bluff School District 65 are providing free educational screening on Friday, September 28 for preschool-age children who reside in Lake Forest and Lake Bluff. Three, four, and five year-old children who have not entered Kindergarten are eligible for the preschool screening. The purpose of screening children is not for advance placement in school, but to help parents identify development lags in their children. Developmental delays can be observed in a child’s speech and language, fine and gross motor skills, learning ability, or emotional and social growth. Nurses also complete a brief vision and hearing screening. Screening in all areas is optional. In order to participate, a child must be …
Friday, September 7, 2012
Dr. Jean Sophie takes over district and deals with academic and financial questions.
It’s a new chapter for Lake Bluff School District 65. There is a new superintendent in place with hopes of bringing an era of stability. The formalities are out of the way, now the hard work is in place. District 65 is now under the direction of Dr. Jean Sophie, hired earlier this year with the hopes of stifling a tumultuous period for the District given that she is the fourth superintendent since 2003. She has plenty of work ahead as some parents have grown weary of the merry-go-round in the superintendent’s office. “I would love to see our district have some leadership,” acknowledged PTO President Kate Amaral. “Our district has not had had good leadership for six years and one that offers continuity. We’ve had a lot of changes with new …
Saturday, August 18, 2012
Check here for the times and dates Lake Forest and Lake Bluff Schools open.
Monday, July 30, 2012
We've got dates and times for the start of the public schools in Lake Forest and Lake Bluff for the 2012-2013 school year.
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Monday, July 30, 2012
Wondering how much summer you've got left before school starts in Lake Forest and Lake Bluff? Patch has you covered. First through eighth grades in Lake Forest School District 67 begin August 29 with a varied start for Kindergarten. Lake Bluff School District 65 begins August 24 while Lake Forest High School opens the school year August 27. We know there are private schools around, too. If you're a parent or staff member at one, feel free to jump in the comments section and add in the start times to share the information with the rest of the community. For more news and updates from Lake Forest-Lake Bluff Patch, subscribe to our daily e-newsletter, ”Like” us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.
Friday, March 23, 2012
Lake Bluff's new superintendent sees similarities to her current district.
Everything about Jean Sophie’s background suggested bigger was better. Lake Bluff School District 65's recently hired superintendent grew up in Palatine, attending Palatine High School. She returned to her roots to teach at Palatine High School, served as assistant principal and principal at the junior high level, then as assistant superintendent in Palatine Community Consolidated School District 15. But in the last four years as superintendent in Westchester District 92 ½, Sophie has found smaller school districts create big opportunities as well. “Small districts definitely appeal to me,” said Sophie, who takes over in Lake Bluff on July 1. “It’s easier to develop a relationship to do what’s best for kids. You can make a bigger impact …
Monday, February 27, 2012
New hire will be present for Board's vote.
The Lake Bluff School District 65 Board of Education will approve the hiring of its new superintendent at Tuesday night's (Feb. 28) board meeting at Lake Bluff Village Hall. The new superintendent will succeed John Asplund, who resigned in May to accept a similar position with Farmington Central District 265 in downstate Illinois. The Board hired Ben Martindale to serve as interim superintendent starting July 1. The board's approval will close a six-month process dating back to Aug. 17 when search firm interviews were first conducted. The new superintendent's three-year contract begins July 1 and pays $178,000 a year. The District will also pay for a term life insurance policy in the amount of $150,000; a $475 monthly vehicle allowance; …