Mr. Rogers' Neighborhood Update

May 11, 2021

Mr. Rogers' Neighborhood Update May 11, 2021


Many questions will linger at the close of this most exasperating school year; inquiries about masks, vaccinations, social distancing, etc. But the most pressing examination having great bearing on tomorrow is, DID YOU GROW? Ultimately, this is what matters most. Many hide from this type of self-reflection; it's scary but we can't be pressed forever.

  1. What have you learned that will help you navigate the world?
  2. Have your problem solving skills improved?
  3. How are you more equipped to make a positive contribution to your community?
  4. What have you done to take more ownership of your future?

The media somewhat controls our social narrative. It shapes much of society to a degree. Think about the role of entertainment and music in your life; is it significant? Does it inspire quality character? How about your acquaintances? Do you feel good about the people with whom you hang or is your integrity put aside so you can fit in? We've all been there, but what's important is that we don't stay there.

Adverse life experiences, tragedy, and heartache also play a part in how we develop as community members. That pain can slow our growth and hold us back if we're expecting a miracle solution. GIRD UP! You have the strength within you to move beyond where you are right now. I felt ZERO hope as a child and teenager. I'm thankful someone encouraged me to see beyond the ugly and see myself as a 20-30-40-50 year old and beyond.

Again I ask, Have you grown during this pandemic?

Important Details

Students will be dismissed at 12:20 PM on Thursday, May 27 and Friday, May 28. The final day for Life students will be Wednesday, May 26; they will be dismissed at 12:20 PM. Please ensure that all outstanding fees are addressed as soon as possible.

Student Vaccinations

D214 is partnering with Passport Health to offer vaccinations for students. Please click HERE sign up and register for your appointment. Click on your home school logo and follow the instructions. Please be sure to register by 3 p.m. on Wednesday, May 12.

Here a few important reminders:

  • The clinics are for D214 students only (16 and older on the vaccination date)

  • Students do NOT need insurance for the vaccine - for families that have insurance, we ask that you enter the information during the registration process

  • Transportation will be provided from the home school to the vaccination location (please be sure to indicate during the registration process in the designated field)

  • Wheeling High School will host on May 18 for Wheeling, Buffalo Grove and Hersey students

  • Prospect High School will host on May 19 for Prospect, Elk Grove and Rolling Meadows students

  • Very important - the consent form must be completed by a parent/guardian or no vaccine will be administered

Passport Health medical professionals will be onsite to administer the vaccine. District 214 staff will be assisting with the logistics of the event, including our Health Services Supervisor. We look forward to assisting our students with this important step in fighting this pandemic. If you have questions or concerns, please contact Melissa Sawadski, Health Services Supervisor at or Chris Uhle, Director of Administrative Services at

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The Class of 2021

Graduation for The Academy will be held on Tuesday, May 18th at 10:00 AM. The Vanguard graduation will begin at 1:00 PM. Both ceremonies will be held in the large courtyard at the Forest View Educational Center located at 2121 South Goebbert Road in Arlington Heights. Please plan to park in the front parking lot and enter Door #1 or #2. Graduates will be allotted four tickets per family to ensure we maintain appropriate social distancing guidelines. We plan to live stream for graduates who are unable to attend in person. Families will receive the link to view prior to the event.

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