Everett Weekly 3.10.23
International Wonderwoman's Day
International women’s day was Wednesday and I don’t think the APT could have found a more inspiring virtual speaker for their meeting this week. We welcomed Rebecca Calder, who was the first female Top Gun flight school graduate. Her message was Just Say Yes. Her story began as a young high school athlete who just wanted to play basketball. She committed to Navy as her choice for college, NOT because she wanted to be in the military, but because she wanted to play basketball. As a result, her life was transformed. She was a phenomenal basketball player whose number was retired recently for Navy in Annapolis, she entered the military, made it to the Top Gun school, graduated, served our country in 3 missions during the Iraq war, and is now a mom to 3 young girls. If she hadn’t said YES, she wouldn’t be where she was with all of the amazing adventures she has lived. Megan Engelberg said, “WOW, you were so brave to say yes to all of these challenges.” Rebecca said, “more like crazy.” I say, maybe a little of both, but I believe we need to be a healthy mix of brave and crazy as we take on the next chapters in our lives.
3 ½ years ago, I was presented with the opportunity to go through my program at Western Illinois University to get my superintendent’s certification and my doctorate. I didn’t think too hard and I just said yes. Throughout the last 3 ½ years, I have questioned my decision, wanted to quit, failed, navigated the pandemic, cried, thought I couldn’t do this, gave up weekends, struggled through assessments, cried some more, and here I am today. I am almost finished. I just submitted my dissertation yesterday for my defense in two weeks. If I had thought too much about this decision, not been brave, and not been a little crazy, I wouldn’t be here.
I see this daily at Everett. Our teachers and students are brave and our own version of superheroes! I invite you to launch yourself into the weekend thinking of an opportunity to which you will Just Say Yes. How about for starters, you Just say YES to a few days off!
IAR Testing Coming Soon
District 67 students in grades 3-8 will take the Illinois Assessment of Readiness (IAR) April 11-21. IAR participation rates are used by the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) when calculating ELA, math, and science proficiency scores. We must have 95 percent participation in all areas to receive the maximum points possible. Proficiency scores are used to calculate an overall Summative Designation for each school. Illinois has 4 summative designations: Exemplary, Commendable, Targeted, and Comprehensive. ISBE includes school summative designations annually in the Illinois Report Card. A participation rate lower than 95 percent negatively impacts the Summative Designation for each school. Schools that have less than 95 percent participation are ineligible to receive an Exemplary designation.
Congratulations to Mary Dana Maggiolino
We are so happy to welcome Mary Dana Maggiolino as the new APT president for the 2023-2024 school year. We will miss Holly and we are so thankful for the wonderful service she brought to Everett under her leadership.
District 67 Board of Education Meeting
The next regular meeting of the District 67 Board of Education will be held on March 14, 2023 in the Board Room at Lake Forest High School West Campus, 300 S. Waukegan Rd. (2nd floor) beginning at 7:00pm. Additional information and the meeting agenda is posted on the D67 Board webpage prior to each meeting.
Spotlight on Early Childhood at District 67
Community of Learners is Lake Forest School District 67's early childhood preschool program for students ages 3-5 year-olds residing within the District 67 school boundaries.
The program utilizes a blended model in alignment with District 67’s philosophy of inclusion. Special education and related services are provided within the general education classroom setting as much as possible. The Community of Learners uses the Creative Curriculum for Preschool and thematic units are carried over in our different interest areas around the classroom. Students develop through play-based learning as well as teacher-led activities. Typically, developing peers benefit from being taught by experts, enjoy leadership opportunities, and learn within a small student-to-teacher ratio.
Want to Learn More?
The video below contains testimonials from our own parents who share their thoughts, and the experiences of their children who are part of the program.
In Case You Missed It!
- Don't Delay - Register for District 67 Kindergarten. Parent/guardian of incoming kindergarten students for the 2023-2024 school year are invited to visit the Registration page of the District website to enroll your student by completing the online pre-registration process. Families new to the District or who have never used Powerschool Registration will need to first create an online account. Completing the pre-registration process now will help us to plan for upcoming school year.
4th Grade District Art Show and Reception: The Annual 4th Grade Student Art Show, featuring works from every 4th Grade Student in District 67, will be held March 14 - April 6, 2023 at our very own Gallery 300. Opening Reception on Thursday, March 16, from 6:00 PM-7:00 PM at Gallery 300.
D115 Referendum Information
Ask the Chief Operating Officer!
We checked in with Dr. Jennifer Hermes, District 67 and 115 Chief Operating Officer to answer another question from you about the D115 Referendum.
This week, Dr. Hermes answers "Why are taxpayers being asked for such a large sum of money to maintain the high school rather than making these capital improvements on a more gradual basis?"
Dr. Hermes has a Ph.D. in Educational Leadership and Administration. She is the Vice Chair of the Illinois School District Liquid Asset Fund and the Vice Chair of the Collective Liability Insurance Cooperative (CLIC), in addition to sitting on the Executive Committee of the Northern Health Insurance Cooperative. She has previously served as the President of the Illinois Association of School Business Officials. She is also an adjunct faculty member at Concordia University Chicago. Dr. Hermes’s role at the District includes several key functions including budgeting and finance, Board relations, employee and labor relations, and the oversight of District 67 and 115 facilities, transportation, food services, technology, and early childhood programs.
Your Referendum Questions Answered
Why do the proposed improvements cost so much?
The proposed improvements within the 88-year-old high school include the renovation of 130,000 square feet of the school, including approximately 54 learning spaces throughout the building (approximately 50% of the total amount of learning spaces). The scope of the proposed improvements includes:
Strengthening safety and security, including adding a rapid-lockdown system, exterior door sensors, and partition systems to prevent full access to the high school after hours.
Replacing major mechanical systems that are more than 30 years old, including HVAC, plumbing, and electrical.
More than 90 pieces of HVAC equipment need to be replaced, including unit ventilators, rooftop air handling units, boilers, cooling towers, sump pumps, exhaust fans, and chillers
Approximately 50 electrical panels have reached the end of their useful life
Fire suppression sprinklers through the high school need to be extended
Aging windows and doors would be replaced
Updating almost every restroom in the high school
Addressing ADA upgrades throughout the historic building
Reconfiguring student support service spaces
Improving acoustics and replacing outdated lighting, technology, and furniture in more than half of the instructional spaces, including all labs as well as classrooms not addressed by the previous referendum
The cost to update the high school is significantly less expensive than replacing all or parts of the building.
Why not build a brand new building instead of renovate the existing one?
It is far more cost-effective to maintain the existing building. Lake Forest High School’s East Campus is about 500,00 square feet in size. In order to build just the school building alone, without any furnishing or amenities, it would cost roughly $250M to build a brand new building.
Why not use existing tax revenues to address the proposed improvements?
The District has worked hard to maintain Lake Forest High School within its current operating budget. However, there are major capital facility investments and building updates that fall outside the scope of standard yearly maintenance projects, such as replacing outdated plumbing, electrical, and HVAC systems.
Why not simply use existing savings?
District 115 carries very little in cash reserves relative to its peers. This is intentional as it was/is the Board’s desire not stockpile taxpayer money. They instead judiciously ask taxpayers to fund capital projects when needed. We have a BOE policy on fund balance that outlines a floor AND ceiling to our fund balance. Even if we were to deplete all of our current reserves, it wouldn't even be a drop in the bucket compared to what is needed.
Draining District savings to address capital facility needs would be a mistake. These funds play an important role in the strength of our Aaa bond rating and in our ability to borrow at the lowest possible cost.
For answers to additional questions, visit the Referendum FAQ webpage.
Categories of Improvement: Specialty Spaces
The Lake Forest Community High School District 115 Board of Education is pursuing a $105.7M referendum on the April 4, 2023 Lake County election ballot.
One of the main categories of improvements is traditional classrooms including science labs. Suggested improvements include the improvement of outdated labs and bringing the last remaining classrooms to the same capabilities as those updated in 2006, including acoustics, lighting, instructional technology, furniture, and related upgrades.
Many Ways to Vote
Vote by Mail
You Can Now Request Your Vote by Mail Ballot. Mail in Your April 4 Election Ballot Ballot Before Spring Break!
Vote by mail application requests are now available HERE. The Lake County Clerk will start sending out vote by mail ballots on March 17 to the address you provide.
Vote by Mail applications can be requested until 5pm on March 30. Get your request in now to vote by mail and ensure your vote counts in the April 4 election
Early voting in Lake County begins Monday, March 20 and runs through Monday, April 3, 2023. Early voting at Lake Forest City Hall begins Monday, March 20 and runs through Saturday, April 1, 2023. For more information on early voting, visit the Office of the County Clerk, Lake County.
Thank you to our Teacher Appreciation Committee, Megan O’Malley, Jennifer Cisternino, and Brittany Smith, for the teacher dinner before conferences.
Please fill out the form for next year’s Everett APT volunteering.
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Tuesday, March 21 7-8pm Community Safety Series at DPM gym Topic:What Parents Need to Know About Fentanyl
Wednesday, April 19 9:15-10:30 Everett APT Meeting in the library.Everyone is welcome to come!
❣️Wear Red on Fridays❣️Everett Spirit Days are always on Fridays. Wear red or any Everett clothing on Fridays!
Do you have an incoming 2023-2024 kindergartener? Please consider sharing your contact information with the Everett APT and learn about future kindergarten events! Everett Kindergarten 2023-2024 APT Parent/Guardian Form
Spirit of 67 News
Rock the Spirit Sponsorships and VIP Tickets are Now Available!
Visit https://e.givesmart.com/events/vqi/ for details and secure your VIP tickets! General Admission Ticket Sales will begin on March 20.
CONGRATULATIONS SHERIDAN SCHOOL!
Sheridan has officially joined Everett and Cherokee by meeting its Crosstown Competition Goal of 80% of its school families donating to the Spirit of 67 Foundation this year! Sheridan will receive $1,000 in prize grant award money for meeting the goal. Thank you Donors!
Deer Path Middle School still has time! With a deadline of April 29, If 70% of Deer Path families make a donation to the Spirit of 67 before the deadline, DPM will also be awarded $1,000 in prize grant award money for 5th and 6th grades AND $1,000 in prize grant award money for the 7th and 8th grades! DPM only needs 38 more families to donate! Donate here https://spiritof67foundation.org/donate/.
As a reminder, the Crosstown Competition ends on Grant Day, April 20, and the school with the highest participation will get their school’s name engraved on the prestigious Crosstown Trophy and a school-wide popsicle party!
Community News & Events
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Lake Forest Civic Orchestra March Concert
March 12, 2023 - Symphonic Drama
Ruth Kim, Soloist
Gorton Community Center
400 E. Illinois Road
Lake Forest, IL 60045
The Lake Forest Civic Orchestra offered solo performance opportunities to 3 high school students this season, including the upcoming concert on March 12 featuring Ruth Kim, a senior from Stevenson.
1111 Everett School Rd.
Lake Forest, Illinois 60045