As we continue the journey of Hybrid & Remote Learning in 2021, we'd like to continue to share the innovation and collaboration between our outstanding staff and students. We will share stories of creativity, positivity and ingenuity in the classroom every week, and we hope you will share your successes with us along the way. Any idea, big or small, is welcome! Let's continue to INSPIRE, EMPOWER & NURTURE.
Happy Teacher & Staff Appreciation!
This week, we asked students and parents to help us celebrate Teacher & Staff Appreciation by sharing messages of gratitude for all that you have done for them over the course of the year. THANK YOU for ALL that you do!
Why are you thankful for your teachers this year?
"They have been so supportive and helpful this year and have truly gone above and beyond!"
"My daughter's teachers went above and beyond to engage their classes during remote learning!!"
"Going the extra mile in an effort to make online classes engaging!"
Which teachers made your year better?
"Mrs. Vetta! She is really nice and she shows that she really cares about her students. She is awesome."
"Shoutout to Mr. Walsh. He's been helping me out so much, he's just the best teacher."
"Mrs. Scherrer. She's so sweet and always helps students in need."
"Mrs. Powe because she has always been so positive and supportive."
Cary-Grove Musical Debuts Tonight
Cary-Grove's spring musical, "A Chorus Line" begins streaming this weekend! The cast and crew is celebrating with an outdoor red carpet premiere at Cary-Grove tonight. Break a leg, Trojans!
Congratulations to Josselin Gonzalez Diaz! Josselin will be attending attending National Louis University with a four-year full-ride tuition grant.
"I’ve always enjoyed school and have been dreaming of going to college. With this award, I will be attending National Louis University and I couldn't be more excited to join the family. I’m hoping to pursue law and criminal justice. I wish to become an immigration and criminal justice lawyer."
Congratulations to Litzy Lopez! She will also be attending National Louis University with a four-year full-ride tuition grant!
"My parents immediately called my grandparents from mexico. When my dad called his 85 year old father from Mexico, my grandpa's reaction was priceless. And that's when it hit my dad that I got a full ride scholarship. We all started crying."
This year, D155 honored 20 retirees and 21 staff members with 25 years of service at the annual Retirement Luncheon. Thank you to all these members of the D155 family for their service and contributions over the years. You will be missed! Enjoy a well-deserved retirement!
Crystal Lake Central Theater Presents: "The Laramie Project"
Top 5 Teams Selected in ISU Red Bird Sales Challenge
The top five teams in the ISU Red Bird Sales Competition are set! Next up, the final round of marketing presentations on Wednesday, May 5 from 9:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Be sure to wish these students good luck!
CLC's Special Olympics Hosts Track Meet
Ellen Hopkins Returns to Haber Oaks
CLC Volleyball Finishes Undefeated Season as Conference Champions
Prairie Ridge Hosts Career Matchmaking Event
On Wednesday, April 21, representatives from 30 area businesses and approximately 100 Prairie Ridge students participated in our first-ever Career Matchmaking Event. The business representatives shared information about their personal journeys in their industries, aspects of their businesses, and connections to our career pathways. One goal of this event was to assist in connecting students with local businesses for opportunities to job shadow, acquire part-time jobs, and future internships. Everything was done virtually this year with the hope that we will be able to conduct it in person in the future. It was a great collaboration between our Prairie Ridge staff, Pam Cumpata, and local businesses.
An ACES State Champion at Cary-Grove!
CLC Debuts Spring Musical, "Working" Tonight!
Congratulations to the cast and crew on this year's performance! Check out the trailer above and head to the CLC website to grab your tickets if you haven't already!
CLS and CLC Host SpringComing Car Parades
Chemistry Students Experiment with Tie-Dye
PR Student Council Organizes Staff Appreciation Event
CLS Gator Kids Program Comes Full Circle
D155 Art Students Earn Over $2.1 Million in Scholarships
Seniors from Cary-Grove, Crystal Lake Central and Prairie Ridge earned over $2.1 million in scholarships through the IHSAE Senior Scholarship Exhibition. Several students also have their artwork displayed in the prestigious IHSAE General Exhibition. This work is selected from the best student artists at over 100 high schools in Illinois.
D155 Teams Place Top 3 at MCC Marketing Challenge
Crystal Lake South Team #1: William Wickersty, Anna Change, Elise Gorman, and Gabriella Polus
Crystal Lake South Team #2: Victoria Bishop
Cary-Grove: Julia Howdeshell, Katie Zurzolo, Blake Stawarz, and Lukas Etter
CLS Student Earns Full-Ride Scholarship to Central Michigan University
Frida Ferrusquia, a junior at Crystal Lake South High School was awarded the Multicultural Advancement Award of Distinction at Central Michigan University. She will receive a full tuition scholarship to Central Michigan University and will attend as an undergraduate student after graduating from Crystal Lake South in 2022. The Multicultural Advancement Award of Distinction is a competitive scholarship that recognizes a select few high school graduates for their dedication to promoting underrepresented groups in America while seeking inspiring and academically successful individuals. The scholarship application requires multiple essays and letters of recommendation.
During her time as a Crystal Lake South student, Frida has felt supported and at home. Due to her passion for other cultures, she participates as a leader in both the Spanish and German clubs. Congratulations to Frida and thanks to South principal, Josh Nobilio, for sharing this story of success!
“I dedicated a lot of time and effort to it, but in the end I realized that thanks to all the fundamentals that my educational institution has given me, this process was very efficient, since in reality what the scholarship was looking for were qualities that I have already acquired little by little throughout my life.”
Frida Ferrusquia, Junior, CLS
Activist Mary Beth Tinker Visits Prairie Ridge Students
This afternoon, students in Alia Bluemlein's AP U.S. Government and Politics class were visited by the first amendment activist Mary Beth Tinker, who was a part of the groundbreaking 1968 U.S. Supreme Court ruling in Tinker v. Des Moines, which set the standard for free expression among students. Her case began when, at just 13 years old, she decided to protest the Vietnam War with other students by wearing black armbands to school. Mary Beth was suspended by her school at the time, until the Supreme Court reversed the ruling and deemed her suspension unconstitutional. Mary Beth discussed how students can use their first amendment rights to make a positive impact on the world, talked about the spirit of young people and offered book recommendations. Students even discussed the organization of a new Diversity and Culture Club at Prairie Ridge to promote inclusivity. Thanks to Alia for setting up this wonderful opportunity!
"As students of AP U.S. Government and Politics, we have studied the landmark case Tinker v. Des Moines, so I was thrilled when (after reaching out) Mary Beth was gracious enough to accept our invitation."
Alia Bluemlein, Social Science, PR
CLC's Unlikely Collaboration Between Biology & Culinary Class
Biology students at CLC have begun the process of incubating chicken eggs as part of their annual lab. A webcam allows students to watch the chicks hatch in the incubator. Once hatched, the chicks will stay in class and be monitored by students for about 3 weeks. When their time at CLC is done, these chickens go into the care of Doug Wilbrandt, where they can roam on his property and have access to their own coop. After 6 months, they begin to lay up to 275 eggs a year. Then, those eggs are brought back to Central for use in Kelli Claps' culinary class! This year, new eggs are going to arrive after spring break and this process and unique partnership will begin anew!
Congratulations to CLC senior and AVID® student Lesly Ortiz on being selected as one of the nation's Dell Scholars! Lesly is one of just 500 students selected nationwide. She will receive $20,000 and additional support through the Dell Scholars program to pursue her college education. She was one of approximately 10,000 applicants across the nation. A special thanks to Kim Bromley for sharing this impressive accomplishment!
“Winning the Dell Scholarship has helped me become more confident in my path to transitioning to and paying for college. I have always wanted to become a teacher, so I plan on going into secondary education as well as starting or working with a non-profit organization for children one day.”
Lesly Ortiz, Senior, CLC
The PRHS Band hosted a virtual trombone masterclass with Master Sgt. Tim Dugan of the United States Marine Band "The President's Own." The 25 member meeting was composed of instrumentalists from Prairie Ridge, Crystal Lake Central, Hannah Beardsley and Prairie Grove. Students discussed a healthy routine for personal practice, trombone section performance, Marine Band experiences, and our favorite marches. Thanks to Marykate Kuhne for sharing this exciting experience for her students!
CG NHS students partnered with the Northern Illinois Special Recreation Association (NISRA) to have a Virtual St. Patrick's Day Party! Our NHS students prepared a St. Patrick's Day project, Bingo game, and dance party to celebrate virtually with members of NISRA. Tessa Chen was the student organizer for the event, and party leaders included: Alex Litgen, Chloe Sorensen, Samantha Christensen, Ashton O'Rourke, Lauren Wiseman, Gwenn Moran, Maddie Dolezal, and Lizzy Fournier. Thanks to these Trojans and Karah Veldhoff for organizing such a great event!
Crystal Lake South Staff Recognizes Students on Tour of Community
This week, 18 CLS staff members recognized 21 students at their homes through a student recognition tour. Staff contacted families ahead of time, arranged for a time to come to their homes to surprise the students, and then took groups of teachers out into the community during their free periods. Students received balloons, a sign, and t-shirts hand delivered by the teacher who nominated them for their work. Thanks to Lori Ratliff for sharing this community effort at CLS!
Students from Crystal Lake Central and Prairie Ridge had their artwork displayed at the district office at Tuesday night's Board of Education meeting. Their artwork was also broadcast over the board meeting's livestream for those attending virtually. Thank you to our many talented artists and to Kerry Parrish and Aaron Cummins for organizing the second installment of our D155 Board Art Show!
CLC's Audrey Mazzuca Named Outstanding Activity Sponsor
Congratulations to CLC’s Audrey Mazzuca for her award as a 2020 Outstanding Activity Sponsor from the Illinois Directors of Student Activities. She was nominated by Principal Eric Ernd and Activities Director Keith Levin for her excellence as our National Honor Society and JV Scholastic Bowl sponsor. We are so lucky to have such a talented and hardworking person on our team who continually motivates students to give their best. Congrats Audrey!
PR Students Earn Automotive Service Excellence Certification
This semester, Autos students at Prairie Ridge have the opportunity to complete their Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) certification, a program for professionals in the automotive industry. The autos curriculum prepares students for the ASE tests, and thanks to Stiljan Agolli, PR is now a certified testing center for the ASE Entry Level Program. Seven students in Agolli's Autos Seminar recently passed their Maintenance and Light Repair test and are on their way to becoming industry ready. Way to go!
This week, band students at CLS had the opportunity to meet Colonel Jason Fettig, the conductor and commander of "The President's Own" United States Band. Fettig discussed his journey serving in "The President's Own", what is involved in performing for the president, and how the COVID-19 pandemic has shaped their mission of musical support and outreach. He discussed his favorite piece of music with students and offered advice for those playing an instrument beyond high school. Thanks to the CLS team for sharing this enriching experience!
"This was an incredible experience for our students to get to meet a conductor at the highest level of professional wind bands in the world!"
Cody Halberstadt, CLS
1st - Avnish Khandeshi (CLC)
3rd - Sarah Lanza (PR)
4th - Brady Seaburg (CG)
5th - Laney Borg (PR)
1st - Caden Alexander (CLC)
2nd - Daniel Vega (CLC)
3rd - Trini Feng (CLS)
4th - Philip Schmidt (CLC)
6th - Kevin Koch (PR)
Individual Algebra 2:
2nd - Michael Kreiger (CG)
5th - Jackson Schuetzle (CLS)
Individual Pre Calculus:
2nd - Steve Schmidt (CLC)
4th - Paul Lim (PR)
5th - Alex Godsell (CLS)
6th - Katie Lanza (PR)
Students Graduate from Leadership of Greater McHenry County Youth Program
Four student leaders from District 155 recently graduated from the Leadership of Greater McHenry County (LGMC) Youth Leadership Program. The program aims to build community awareness and knowledge, develop leadership skills, and empower individuals to become committed and engaged in our community. Kudos to these students for representing D155!
Welcome to D155!
Chicks on the Way at CLS
UPDATE: They Have Arrived!
Students in Bio 304 at Crystal Lake South are preparing to hatch chicks! Laura Schaffer and Kelly Wolpaw shared some photos of the process and have been tracking the stages of development with students by candling the eggs. The chicks are a part of daily biology lessons, and the class has even created a blog devoted to tracking their progress. Stay tuned for some cute photos!
Staff Delivers Meals to Families in Need at Prairie Ridge
Tickets to stream the premiere of Prairie Ridge's spring musical, "Curtains", go on sale today! Purchase your pass to watch a recording of their performance below. Streaming will be held March 19, 20 and 21 at 7:00 p.m. Break a leg, Wolves!
Thank You to Our Maintenance Crews!
Twenty-two high school students who have been remote and hybrid learning are now planning their own lessons for virtual preschool for kids in our communities. At Crystal Lake South High School, 22 students plan art, math, music, reading and gross motor activities weekly. Each week has a theme and lessons are published to a website by 8 a.m. every Monday. Twenty-eight preschool students are participating in virtual preschool this year.
"My students are working so hard on lessons in preschool lab to provide our community with a free virtual preschool program and the feedback from our families has been amazing!"
Michelle Dobler, CLS
Twenty-two Cary-Grove students are also offering virtual preschool to 33 students. High school students have recorded voice over stories, created fun crafts and digital worksheets for students to learn numbers and letters.
"I am so proud of all of the hard work that the high school students are doing. It's been difficult for me to teach virtually and these high school students are knocking it out of the park."
Laura Jacobson, CG
CG NHS Delivers Valentines to First Responders
This year, the Cary-Grove National Honor Society decided to celebrate Valentine's Day with a visit to the community's first responders. Students delivered hand-made cards and treats to the Cary Fire Department, Cary Police Department, Fox River Grove Fire Department and Fox River Grove Police Department. Thanks to these students for showing their gratitude to the community and a special thanks to the first responders for all they do to keep us safe!
This week, the CLC Percussion class had Dr. David Constantine, a percussionist with the US Marine Band “The President’s Own,” present a live virtual masterclass. He shared his career experiences with the class, including insight on his recent performance at the presidential inauguration! He also offered students many playing tips. Thanks to Keith Levin for sharing this visit with us!
"It was an invigorating and refreshing day for our students!"
Keith Levin, CLC
We'd like to extend a huge thank you to our D155 nursing staff and the administrative team that made the first round of COVID-19 vaccinations today at Huntley High School possible. We could not have taken this first step towards a safer learning environment without the tireless efforts of so many behind the scenes. Join us in this exciting celebration!
"I just feel like this is a legendary experience for everyone and I'm grateful to be part of it. I hope this wonderful feeling carries through to our schools, students and community."
Martha Manno, CG
"It was amazing how efficient this whole thing was. I don’t feel like I stopped once till I sat down for the vaccine. Very simple, easy, pleasant experience."
Craig Kingston, CLC
"The exuberance of all the people here is great. Everyone's happy to be here. Good vibes all around."
Linnae Babick, CLS
"It’s a huge relief for me to get the vaccine and not worry."
Lisa Abraham, HOC
Sophia Manera, a senior at Crystal Lake South High School, was selected as a National Horatio Alger Scholar and will receive $25,000 towards college tuition. The award is part of one of the largest college financial aid programs in the country and focuses on character, perseverance, and applicants’ experience with overcoming adversity. Only 106 high school students were selected nationwide.
"I feel so seen and supported as a part of the CLS community and am surrounded by adults that I know genuinely care about me as a person. I want to give a shoutout to my school counselor Mr. McCaugh for being absolutely amazing and going above and beyond for me."
Sophia Manera, Senior, CLS
CLC's Jamie Carlson Earns Meritorious Service Award Through ISBE
A heartfelt congratulations to Mrs. Jamie Carlson for earning a Meritorious Service Award in the Illinois State Board of Education Illinois Teacher of the Year program, which recognizes the best of the teaching profession in Illinois. Now everybody knows what WE already knew! Jamie makes a positive difference each day and we are so lucky to have such a positive and influential teacher as part of the D155 community.
CLS Staff Delivers Handwritten Letters to Juniors
For the past four years, Crystal Lake South High School has established a tradition of sending handwritten notes of inspiration from staff members to students in their junior year. This year, teachers and staff at South wrote and delivered over 340 individualized cards. Students enrolled in hybrid learning received their messages at school, while administrators hand delivered notes to students in full-time remote learning. Kudos to the entire CLS staff for continuing to spread encouragement and positivity when students need it most!
"Students are always surprised when they receive a handwritten card. They truly appreciate that there is an adult in the building that cares about them"
Patrick Frett, Crystal Lake South
CG Student Awarded Next Gen Personal Finance Scholarship
A senior at Cary-Grove High School, Abigail Williams, was awarded $1,000 in the annual Next Gen Personal Finance (NGPF) PAYBACK Challenge Scholarship contest. Williams was one of 45 students across the country who received Honorable Mention and one of just two selected in Illinois.
Scholarship recipients were asked to respond with a video or essay to discuss the impact the COVID-19 pandemic has had on the college selection process. Over 210,000 students engaged with the PAYBACK Challenge and nearly 1,000 teachers selected outstanding student responses to be submitted.
Cary-Grove's math and literacy coach, Maggie Wilhelmi, sponsored Williams’ video entry. Thanks to Theresa Miller for sharing the good news!
CLS Theatre Presents: A Virtual Whodunnit
A Visit to Little Board Woodworking
Steve Karlblom's Career Internship course at Prairie Ridge has had to get creative with student placements this year. Devin Lessner, a junior at PR, was able to secure a spot as an apprentice at Little Board Woodworking in Lake in the Hills, a local company founded and run by Crystal Lake Central graduate, Matt Kebr. Kebr started his business in the area over 3 years ago and now makes a wide range of custom pieces of furniture. After getting connected with staff at Prairie Ridge, he has now offered internship opportunities to current D155 students like Devin, who are interested in the trades. Thanks to Steve for helping us promote this valuable connection between our alumni and students!
This certification shows employers that these students have mastered the necessary computer skills needed in the workplace. Congratulations to the CLS students below and thanks to Shane Finley for sharing the great things going on in the business department at Crystal Lake South!
Another Round of #AVIDAchievements!
A Return to Hybrid Learning
Thank you to our entire staff for a smooth return to Hybrid Learning this week. We are always grateful for your time spent in the classroom, but especially so when students are able to join you in-person. Thank you for your continued dedication and flexibility!
Karina Bueno, a senior at Crystal Lake South, reached out to her administrators in order to better mentor incoming CLS freshmen at 8th Grade Night. Though the event was virtual this year, Karina and a friend came up with a way to offer Zoom tours of the building. While masked and distanced, they walked students (with the help of Mr. Scotty) through the building and offered valuable advice. Kudos to these students for supporting the Gator family in a creative and safe way!
This Friday, Bryan Peckhart's marketing classes at Prairie Ridge engaged in a networking event over Gatherly, a tool that allows several students to participate in different, smaller conversations with multiple guest speakers: Chris Lindauer and Emily Housey. Students were able to navigate from one presentation to the next via the platform as two entrepreneurs shared their business models and experience, the lessons they learned along the way, and took time to answer questions from students. What a great way to create virtual networking opportunities!
Meet the First Class of AVID® College Graduates!
Stay tuned as we continue to celebrate an AVID® graduate from Crystal Lake Central every Friday. We're excited to feature the first class of college graduates from the AVID® program at CLC and all they have achieved, including college experiences, career aspirations, and their current places in the world. Visit CLC's Facebook page to see the #AVID®ACHIEVEMENTS campaign and don't forget to drop a like! A special thanks to Shannon Levitt for sharing her students' stories!
CLC Graduate to Appear on American Idol
Grace Kinstler, a 2018 Crystal Lake Central graduate, is set to compete in the upcoming season of American Idol. Grace has made it into the live rounds of the show and her audition with Idol judges Katy Perry, Luke Bryan and Lionel Richie is even featured in this season's first promotional video above (she appears at 29 seconds). The first episode will air on February 14, so be sure to tune in! American Idol contestants progress with live audience voting, so let's all to our part to support this amazing D155 grad! Congratulations to Grace and thank you to CLC's Kim Scherrer for sharing this exciting news.
CLS Students Selected to Perform in Chicago Shakespeare Slam
This week, 10 Crystal Lake South students and 2 staff members, Ben Stoner and Stephanie Hatfield, were chosen to participate in the Chicago Shakespeare Slam. CLS was among 39 Chicagoland high schools and 250 students who were cast in two 90-minute productions of Shakespeare's Hamlet. Crystal Lake South took part in the performance made up of pre-recorded Zoom calls and student videos, which was aired virtually on Wednesday, January 13. Their portion of the performance can be found at 1:25:55. Kudos to our creative students on their performance and this recognition from Chicago Shakespeare Theater!
Custodial Crew Continues Daily Deep Cleaning
As we prepare to welcome students back to the building on Tuesday, January 19, the district's custodial crew is continuing deep cleaning and sanitization procedures throughout all of our buildings. Second shift custodians use EPA approved sanitizers and battery powered sanitizing sprayers to clean classrooms, restrooms and shared spaces. In addition, based on the recommendation from the district's engineers, ventilation systems in all of our buildings have been transitioned to "occupied" mode. This means our ventilation units are running 24 hours a day to bring outside air into each building. Thank you to the tireless work of our operations crew who continue to ensure our buildings are clean and safe for our staff and students.
D155 Nurses Receive COVID-19 Vaccinations
Vaccinations continued for our nursing staff this week as they shared photos of the experience and a few words about what the vaccine rollout means for the future of the COVID-19 pandemic.
"I feel so hopeful for the future! The distribution of this vaccine is a positive step for our community, and I am optimistic about what's to come!"
Andrea Miculinich, Crystal Lake South
What a reason to celebrate! This week, District 155's nurses received their first round of COVID-19 vaccinations. D155's physical therapists, occupational therapists, and speech and language pathologists are also eligible to receive their vaccines. We have added two additional nurses since the beginning of the 2020-21 school year, a substitute nurse and a contracted nurse. Though we still have many obstacles to face in our classrooms and community, we're excited to celebrate this first step towards the promise of a safe learning environment for our students, staff and families. A special thanks to our nursing staff for their continuous and tireless efforts to keep us all safe, and for their willingness to bring us along on this memorable experience!
"I believe that vaccines are a positive path to achieve protection against COVID-19 as opposed to the disease itself. I feel blessed, amazed, and relieved to receive my first vaccination against COVID-19. I have high hopes for the swift, safe, and effective distribution of vaccines within our community."
Martha Manno, Cary-Grove
"At this moment I feel so grateful for all of our researchers who developed this vaccine! Remain hopeful, stay strong, be humble and kind."
Colleen Wing, Crystal Lake South
"We are in this together! Let's do it!"
Linda Haman, Crystal Lake Central
"It was a great experience. The process was easy. The room was filled with hope and optimism. Can’t wait to get my next one. I feel great!"
Kimberly Morris, STRIVE Program
The Haber Oaks Christmas Store Returns
Happy Holidays from the Cary-Grove Swing Choir
Check out this festive and impressive holiday greeting from the 2020-2021 CG Swing Choir! Thanks to Rob Boncosky and the choir department for sharing!
PR Business Incubator Students Pitch to Local Entrepreneurs
The district's first ever "Board Art Show" went off without a hitch! Thank you to Wendy Guss, Lindsey DiLeo and Taylor Smith for setting up some amazing artwork from CG students at the district office and thanks to all those who tuned in virtually ahead of Tuesday's Board of Education meeting to see their creations!
Lisa Abraham's Civics class at Haber Oaks Campus gathered donations from staff and families for the Bickford Senior Center in Crystal Lake. In total, they delivered 68 cards, 16 puzzles, 10 packs of coloring utensils, and 55 coloring/puzzle books to 61 residents, including a goodie bag for each resident containing one candy cane, a bag of tea, a mini-puzzle, a cookie, and an ornament-- each packed by Civics students. Way to go, Haber!
"This holiday season is one that is sure to be different from years past, and we feel beyond proud to be a part of a community so ready to brighten the days of others."
Lisa Abraham, Haber Oaks
Despite the circumstances of this year, the Crystal Lake South German Club was able to sell Advent calendars as part of their charity efforts. They raised over $300! Students decided to donate this year's dollar amount to CLS families in need for the holidays. Thanks to Maria Besten for sharing this cause with us and to the entire CLS team for their generosity!
In addition to their yearly bell ringing, these outstanding National Honor Society students from CLC put together and delivered care packages for first responders at Advocate Good Shepherd Hospital in Barrington and Northwestern Medicine Hospital in Huntley.
Special thanks to Audrey Mazzuca for sharing their efforts!
Santa, is that you?! Cary-Grove Student Council members greeted teachers on Friday morning with some holiday music, inspirational quotes and notebooks to send them off into the new year. We'd like to commend these students for their thoughtful gesture and extend a thank you to the entire CG staff! We loved the festive cameo from a familiar face, as well...
Cary-Grove Student Constructs Moving Robot from Scratch
This week, James Janke, a junior in Katie Hatters' Robotics & Drone Technology class, stopped by CG to give a demonstration with the moving robot he constructed from scratch out of parts. Students and staff got to witness his robot in-person and over Zoom. James also took a moment to answer a few questions about his experience in Mrs. Hatters' class and to tell our incoming 8th graders why they should consider taking Robotics & Drone Technology, too. Thanks to James and the CG staff for sharing this impressive accomplishment! See his robot below!
Thank you to Prairie Ridge's Aaron Cummins for organizing this virtual art show to showcase the talents of students across the county! And thank you to all our art educators for promoting the winning designs. See a brief description of the show below:
The McHenry County 4 x6 Mini Show was a show created to celebrate the creativity of our students at the beginning of the year. The original show required all work to be no bigger than 4 inches by 6 inches. This year was the second year for the show and due to Covid was held virtually and with a focus on a 4 x 6 ratio for the work. The show was open to any high school or middle school student who lived in McHenry County. There were over 130 submissions!
Students submitted work in the following categories: Traditional Arts, Digital Art, Digital Photography, Triptych and Future Artists 6-8th grade. The show was juried by local educators and artists. Please check out the McHenry County 4X6 Facebook page to see the winning artwork. Winners will receive their prizes through the mail.
Congratulations to our winning students! Check out some of their artwork...
Ellen Hopkins Visits Haber Oaks
"Virtually Impossible" to Debut November 13, 7:30 p.m.
During this unprecedented time in our world, we have seen the theatre community innovating and adapting to provide a new - VIRTUAL - theatre experience. We are so excited to follow their lead with our CG Drama fall play. This year, our students have written and filmed 30 short plays to be which can be watched in any order, following the model of the Neo-Futurists, creators of Infinite Wrench.
So pop some popcorn, get comfortable, and enjoy VIRTUALLY IMPOSSIBLE!
Tiger Marching Band Takes the Field
Dracula: A Radio Play with Action News!
Crystal Lake Central proudly presents: Action News by Jonathan Rand & Dracula: A Radio Play by Philip Grecian. To be streamed for one week only, October 31 - November 6. Patrons will stream these shows from the comfort of their home. When you purchase your spot, you’ll reserve your virtual seat by receiving a special Ticket Code. To unlock, you’ll simply enter your Ticket Code when it's time.
Cary-Grove Art Department Celebrates National Arts & Humanities Month
Hybrid Learning: The Week in Review
THANK YOU! Hybrid Learning is officially underway and we'd like to take a moment to thank you for your tireless efforts in making it possible. As we continue to progress through the semester, we are committed to documenting your successes in the classroom. We recognize the countless hours and ongoing flexibility that has been required of our staff, and we are continuously inspired by you!
"I again want to offer a sincere thank you to all of you for creating a positive environment for our students to learn and shouldering the tremendous responsibility we possess in forging a partnership with our students and families of District 155."
Steve Olson, Superintendent
As the rest of the district moves to Hybrid Learning, many of our specialized programs have been working with students in the classroom since August. They have been able to innovate and provide quality instruction to students with a wide range of needs. Take a look at their newest innovation: personalized buttons to help students recognize their teachers while masked and wearing proper PPE. We don't get to see smiles as often these days, but these friendly reminders certainly go a long way! Thank you to all our SPED departments for their continued creativity!
Crystal Lake South Students Work on Tesla in Autos II
Haber Oaks Students Attend VAT at CLS
CLS Wellness Uses 'Blended Format'
The CLS Wellness department has been very busy connecting students while in the remote setting. All lessons have been teacher created and student centered in regards to personal fitness through activity as well as concepts, all while teaching them low risk opportunities that they could participate in within McHenry County. Daily expectations center around a type of “workout” that students track through an app on their phone, through the use of a smart watch, or through an online website that was recommended by the teacher. Data collection/Fit evidence/Journal reflection was the formative assessment in regards to daily logging of fitness activity. While doing all of these different elements of physical education they kept a consistent connection with the GATOR Learner characteristics. Through collaborative efforts of all members of the department, the physical education courses at CLS have now taken on a “Blended” format.
Mrs. Esquivel assembled evidence kits for her forensic students at Cary-Grove to take home this week. Students received materials to practice properly handling evidence and experiment processing and lifting latent fingerprints. Some of the materials included starch, paintbrushes, and a "ransom note" to work with while learning from home.
"I am proud of my students' resilience and creativity and their efforts are deserving of celebration."
Danica Esquivel, STEM, Cary-Grove
Mrs. Miller's Business Law students received 34 lesson packets with information on the 1963 Supreme Court case known as Gideon vs. Wainwright. Students will be working through the case and recreating parts of the trial with scripted parts during remote learning. Mrs. Miller also took the time to attach a hand-written note to each packet!
Wellness Division at Prairie Ridge Implements PLT4M
Approximately 20 Crystal Lake Central students, including Mr. Dominici's students pictured here, are coming into the building to participate in their Autos II classes. Across the district, our staff has initiated hands-on experiences for 250 students in a variety of classes, including autos, culinary, fashion, construction, and more. We are looking forward to creating more of these experiences for our students as the semester progresses. Thank YOU for making it possible!
Prairie Ridge Twitter Takeover
“Everybody’s always trying to find the next and best thing, which is amazing, and everybody’s sharing all the wealth. We’re also communicating with the local colleges and trying to figure out what is best for kids. We’re always striving for the best.”
-Stiljan Agolli, Autos, Prairie Ridge
Last week we traveled over to Prairie Ridge to get a behind the scenes look into Mr. Agolli's virtual classroom. His use of a GoPro to film live demonstrations and lessons for his students in Autos I, Advanced Autos, and Autos Seminar is just one example of the ways D155 teachers are stepping up and creating unique experiences for students. Take a look at the video!
The district's College & Career Center supervisors collaborated to create relevant content for students as they approach the college admissions process this fall. Be sure to encourage your students to follow @chsd155 on Instagram to get informed about college & career readiness, stay up to date, and hear from Mrs. Hayes, Mrs. McKenna, Mrs. Audette and Ms. Sinitean!
CLC AVID Students Remain Future-Focused
This Friday, all of Crystal Lake Central's AVID 12 students had the opportunity to apply to University of Illinois-Springfield for free with admissions counselor, Aaron Boettcher. The CLC AVID program provides our college-bound students wonderful opportunities like this throughout the year as we strive for 100% of our AVID students to apply to a 2 year college, 4 year college, trade school, or enter the military. Thank you to Mrs. Levitt for sharing her students' success as they prepare for the future!
Woods and Art Classes Distribute Drive-By Supplies at CLC
Woods classes and arts classes at Crystal Lake Central distributed supplies to students this week in a drive-up format. In woods 1, Tim Bacak's students are using balsa wood to build a scale version of a garden shed, advanced woods students are building an entire scaled house out of balsa wood. About 80 kits were handed out to students. Kerry Parrish also handed out art kits to her students and set them up with equipment to use for class at home.
CLS Leadership Crew Follows Friday Tradition and Greets Staff
This morning, Crystal Lake South celebrated Friday in a familiar way. Students from the Gator Leadership Crew donned their masks and lined up to greet staff members as they arrived. Students cheered and waved as staff drove up and entered the building. They certainly embodied the Gator spirit and started this Friday off on the right foot!
Crystal Lake Co-op Girls Swimming Season Off to Fast Start
The Crystal Lake Co-op team, coached by John Valentine, has started their season off with three wins. The girls varsity and JV won against McHenry High School on September 2 and are gearing up for their next meet on September 14 facing Cary-Grove. Way to go, girls!
STRIVE students at Prairie Ridge High School are beginning this semester with a new form of in-person learning. Thirty-three students who are a part of the district's 18-22 transition program are coming to school this fall. District 155 is working to serve our specialized programs safely and effectively and we want to commend the teachers and staff who make it possible.
Haber Oaks Campus has 27 students who have opted into an in-person instruction model this semester. Teachers and staff at Haber Oaks are working hard to synchronously serve students both in the classroom and at home. Students in specialized programs throughout the district are also learning in-person with increased safety measures and precautions. Kudos to our entire staff for making learning happen for ALL our students!
Redefining Your Classroom
Kim Scherrer, the choir director at Crystal Lake Central High School, has gotten creative with her Madrigals students. During Enhanced Remote Learning, Scherrer has moved practices outside so her students may continue to rehearse as a group in-person. Students maintained a distance of 10 feet between their chairs and must be temperature checked before joining practice. Be sure to give them a wave or listen in the next time you drive by CLC!
Culinary Kits Delivered to Students at Home
Courtney McKnight, a culinary arts teacher at Cary-Grove High School, has gone above and beyond for her students to create relevant cooking experiences for them from home. Ninety-five of these culinary "to-go kits" went out to students in Culinary I, Culinary II, and Nutrition & Wellness classes! The kits included dry ingredients and non-perishable items for students to use as they follow recipes at home during Remote Learning. McKnight packaged ingredients for students to make cakes, breads, and pasta, such as garlic knots, key lime pie bars, heart ravioli, and so much more!
Her Nutrition & Wellness students received kits with sleep masks, essential oils, healthy snacks, affirmation cards, and other supplies. Thank you to all our culinary teachers who have put in so much effort behind the scenes to prepare their students for the year. If your students are cooking or creating from home this semester, send us pictures of their progress to firstname.lastname@example.org!
Girls Tennis is Underway: CG and CLC Face Off in the Heat
Crystal Lake Central and Cary-Grove competed on Thursday in the heat for the second girls tennis match of the 2020 season. Cary-Grove Varsity won the match 4-3 while Crystal Lake Central's JV team took home a 6-1 win. Thank you to our incredible coaches and everyone who came out to support our athletes while following proper safety guidelines. We look forward to a safe and successful season!
Thank you to our dedicated staff who made food service possible throughout the spring and summer and distributed over 72,000 meals! We are so proud to have been able to continue serving our students and families during the COVID-19 pandemic. We appreciate everyone who made this possible and all those who continue to serve our students!