Lake Zurich Community Unit School District 95
A Message from Dr. Kelley Gallt
September 23, 2020
Dear District 95 Families,
September has been a busy month as we have welcomed more of our Hybrid learners back to school. Our Kindergarten and 1st grade students started in-person learning on September 14th, while our 2nd and 3rd graders returned to the classroom this past Monday, September 21st. So far, we have been very impressed with our students who have shown remarkable resilience wearing masks, maintaining social distances, and working collaboratively with their eLearner classmates on Zoom.
We are excited to continue our staggered Hybrid in-person start schedule with grades 4-6 returning next Tuesday, September 29th, grades 7-9 returning on October 5th, and grades 10-12 returning on October 13th. We are working very hard to get students back to in-person learning experiences for those students who have selected this instructional model. Please help us to ensure the safety of everyone within our community and refrain from planning large get-togethers, including Homecoming events and Halloween parties.
Please enjoy the photos below from some of our elementary hybrid learners. We would also like to periodically include photos of our remote learners, so feel free to submit your eLearning photos to be used in newsletters or photo galleries through this link.
Happy Fall to all of you; keep up the great work!
Option to Switch Learning Models (Elementary)
As a reminder, during the 2020-21 school year, parents are able to make a change to their child’s learning model at the trimester for elementary students and at the semester for secondary (middle and high school) students. Please note that this will likely mean a change in teacher assignment and/or change in schedule.
Please be on the lookout for an upcoming communication from your building principal giving elementary students the opportunity to make a potential change to the instructional model (Hybrid or eLearning) at the start of the next Trimester which begins on Monday, November 9th. Look for this communication sometime next week with exact deadlines.
Redistricting School Boundaries
As mentioned in my last newsletter, the district is moving forward redistricting efforts as part of our strategic plan, Forward 95. The new boundaries will be in place for the 2021-22 school year and in conjunction with the opening of the new May Whitney Elementary School building.
The district administration is charged with developing and implementing a district enrollment map that enrolls student in schools according to criteria designed to maximize student and family engagement, student learning, and fiscal responsibility.
A committee has been formed which includes seven parent volunteers, one representing each elementary and middle school (the high school is not affected by redistricting) along with district administration. Additionally, to assist in the redistricting efforts, the Board has engaged the services of RSP & Associates. A webpage on the distict website has been created to keep the community informed of the redistricting efforts.
The next meeting of the redistricting committee is Thursday, October 1st. The community is encouraged to attend the meetings as options are being presented by RSP & Associates and the committee is providing feedback on these options based on pre-determined criteria. All meetings can be viewed via Zoom, information will be posted on our website next week. There will also be an opportunity for public input at two sessions in October.
Here is the schedule of upcoming meetings:
- Boundary committee Meeting – October 1st, 6:00 p.m., click here for the link to this Zoom webinar.
- Public Input Session – October 13, 7:00 p.m.
- Public Input Session – October 14, 7:00 p.m.
- Boundary Committee Meeting – November 19th, 6:00 p.m.
A final redistricting plan is planned to be presented to the Board of Education by the end of January 2021. Implementation of the plan is expected for the start of the 2021-22 School Year.
Reminder About Election Day
As part of Public Act 101-0642, November 3rd, 2020 has been declared a 2020 State Election Day school holiday and therefore will be a non-attendance day for students and staff. All District 95 buildings will be closed.
Any election related questions should be directed to the Lake County Clerk’s Office.
District 95 Educational Foundation - Diversity Poster Contest
The School District 95 Educational Foundation is pleased to sponsor a youth poster contest open to ALL students who live in District 95. The goal of the poster contest is to encourage students to celebrate the diversity in District 95 and reflect on how that makes our community stronger.
Prizes will be awarded for each of the three age groups: Elementary School (K-5), Middle School (6-8) and High School (9-12). For guidelines and information about the poster contest, please visit the District 95 Educational Foundation website at: www.district95foundation.org
Kudos to the LZHS Class of 2020
Traditionally, high school graduating classes purchase a gift to the school as their parting farewell. The Class of 2020 faced some unique challenges due to COVID-19, including ending their senior year remotely and celebrating graduation in creative ways such as a vehicle parade through the community. In a display of compassion for their District 95 community, the LZHS Class of 2020 chose to gift their senior class funds to Joanie’s Closet to assist under-resourced District 95 families.
The District 95 Educational Foundation joins Joanie's Closet leadership in thanking our graduates for their grace and charity!
In the very near future you will be seeing some changes to the district home page and the school home pages. News, calendar events, and important links will be available at your fingertips!
Feel free to email us with any feedback on the new enhancements at Feedback@lz95.org.