Lake Zurich Community Unit School District 95
A Message from Dr. Kelley Gallt
December 22, 2021
Dear District 95 Families,
As we transition to a very well-deserved winter break, I want to share my deepest gratitude to our entire learning community for the commitment you each have demonstrated which has allowed us to maintain safe and healthy schools, especially over the past several months, amidst a lingering pandemic. I very much believe in the power of personal reflection, and there is no greater time to do so than during the holiday season.
We have experienced so many successes throughout the past several months. Our student athletes have enjoyed successful competitive seasons filled with substantial victories and personal best milestones. Our performing arts students have been able to have in person concerts and theatre performances, and students have participated in numerous activities and will continue to have more opportunities in 2022 (see below for information about the 10th Annual District 95 Film Festival and the Joanie’s Closet Valentine’s Dance). With great pride, the District resumed in-person Board of Education Recognition of students, staff, and parents to again showcase the unbelievable commitment and talent that permeates throughout our learning community. It is so important to remember that our student successes are due to incredibly talented teachers and staff, parents, and an involved community - with all making special contributions on a daily basis. As I take a final retrospective look back at our current school year and the end of 2021, I am grateful to our entire school community, which continues to demonstrate that we are better together, as the heart and strength of each of you has contributed to supporting our students to ensure their future success.
Please know it is my greatest wish that the winter break provides each of you the opportunity to relax, enjoy family, and celebrate the incredible hope a New Year brings.
Best wishes for a relaxing winter break, and a happy and healthy holiday season and New Year!
Dr. Kelley Gallt
District 95 Film Festival – 10th Anniversary!
Lights, Camera, Action!!! The District 95 Educational Foundation is proud to announce the 10th Annual District 95 Film Festival. Student filmmakers from District 95 schools are invited to submit documentaries, animations, comedies/dramas, or public service announcements for the upcoming Virtual Film Festival on February 15th. Class submissions are welcome and can be submitted by teachers.
Pre-registration is now open: https://forms.gle/5zfrqkXioCVuP6JHA
Click here to visit the Film Festival webpage for more information.
Health & Wellness Updates
In recent weeks, we have received an influx of questions related to the removal of COVID mitigation strategies - as well as questions and concerns about current practices in place, given the recent increase in cases within our District.
While we know we have faced challenges this year that we had not previously anticipated, we sincerely appreciate the flexibility, agility, and understanding that so many of our students, families, and staff have demonstrated through compliance with COVID mitigation protocols. It will be important that we continue a high level of commitment upon returning to school after break.
Please know that the health and safety of everyone within our school community is a top priority. It is also important to note that we have been actively advocating with the Lake County Health Department for the ability to make decisions at the District level about COVID mitigation measures (such as quarantine practices). We firmly believe that in-person learning for all students is the best way to provide the instruction needed to address academic and social-emotional learning gaps created as a result of the pandemic - and we continue to look for ways to minimize school disruption while still keeping everyone safe.
As we look ahead to 2022, District administration and staff look forward to our continued work meeting the academic and social-emotional instructional needs of our students, and less on COVID-related matters to the extent possible.
Kildeer Crossing Boundaries
Earlier this year the Village of Kildeer approved a housing development called Kildeer Crossings by Pulte Homes. The development is located at the Northeast corner of Rand Road and Cuba Road includes 91 single family homes and 5.6 acres of commercial lots. The developer anticipates the first homes will be occupied next summer.
The area of planned development currently falls into the May Whitney attendance area. As part of the enrollment boundary study future residential development was considered. However, it was not anticipated that this parcel would develop as residential and certainly not with this density. After reviewing the current enrollment of the elementary schools, current and future programming, instructional needs for specials teachers and the impact to Transportation bussing, the Board of Education approved the Administration’s recommendation to move the Kildeer Crossings development to the Sarah Adams attendance area. To maintain boundaries along major roads, Cardinal Drive will also move to the Sarah Adams attendance area (currently there are no students residing on this street).
Joanie's Closet Valentine's Dance...Save the Date!!
Mark your calendars for the Joanie’s Closet Valentine’s Dance on Saturday, February 12, 2022! Join us for this special family night out, for children 8th grade and younger with one or more adult family members. More information will be provided after winter break including links for ordering tickets!
A Day in the Class of…Ms. Lloyd, May Whitney Early Childhood
In this feature article, “A Day in the Class of…”, we will highlight the Superintendent as a member of a classroom for one full period. A different school and class will be highlighted each month, allowing readers a view into the classroom from a new perspective! Enjoy!
I walked into Ms. Lloyd’s PreK classroom to find a small green seat already labeled with my name! It felt great to enter such a welcoming room where children greeted me with the biggest smiles (I could tell by reading their eyes) and friendly quiet waves.
Ms. Lloyd introduced an exciting book called, If I Build a School, which offered students innovative ideas and possibilities of futuristic school classrooms. Everyone was able to share their preferred type of classroom represented in the book… even me! I picked an amusement park classroom, as I love roller coasters and rides. We also shared in other types of non-structured and structured learning experiences where I was able to build and knock down cup towers, use a kitchen area to make pretend food, and play many different types of games.
Lastly, Ms. Lloyd provided a snack opportunity where I had the chance to speak with each student and learn a little bit more about them through informal conversations. What an incredible hour we spent together… Ms. Lloyd certainly possesses an infinite amount of energy as well as excitement. This is definitely a classroom you would want to be in seven days a week!