AFC Jr/Sr High School
Week of February 15th
Save the Date for Upcoming Ceremonies
- Scheduled for May 12th
- May be a virtual event and/or in-school assembly
- More details will be forthcoming!
8th Grade Graduation*
- May 26th
High School Graduation*
- May 22nd
* More information will be forthcoming and we will adhere to the applicable COVID-19 guidelines. These students WILL be recognized during a ceremony that allows for parents/guardians to attend.
March 1st: No School
March 12th: Scholarship Applications Due
March 12th: End of 3rd Quarter
March 29-April 5th: Spring Break
Safer Internet Week
5 Essentials Survey
Beginning February 3, students and teachers across Illinois will have an opportunity to participate in the ninth annual statewide Illinois 5Essentials Survey. This survey is designed to generate a detailed picture of the inner workings of your child’s school. As a parent, this opportunity will allow you to share your thoughts on the important elements of school effectiveness in a survey about your child’s school.
On behalf of the Illinois State Board of Education, the Illinois 5Essentials Survey will be administered online by UChicago Impact at the University of Chicago. The survey gathers data related to five indicators that can predict important student outcomes, including improved attendance and larger test score gains. These five indicators that affect and predict school success are:
• Effective Leaders
• Collaborative Teachers
• Involved Families
• Supportive Environments
• Ambitious Instruction
Prior research in more than 400 schools has shown that schools that were strong on at least three of these “5Essential” indicators were 10 times more likely to improve student learning gains in math and reading than those that were weak on three or more Essentials.
All teachers and 4th through 12th grade students will be responding to this survey. 5Essentials Reports will be generated for schools if their teachers and/or students meet the response rate threshold of 50 percent. These reports will be sent to schools and districts in May 2021 and will also be included in the State School Report Card.
Additionally, your district has chosen to provide the optional Parent Supplement survey. If at least 20 percent of AFC parents complete this survey, a parent supplement report will also be generated. The parent data will not be reported on the State Report Card.
Your participation in the parent portion of the survey will help us understand the conditions at your child’s school and guide improvement. Your identity and survey responses will be kept completely confidential and will never be connected to you or your child.
The Illinois 5Essentials Survey for students and teachers will be conducted February 3, 2021 through April 2, 2021. The Parent Survey Supplement will be conducted during that same timeframe. To take the survey please visit https://survey.5-essentials.org/Illinois/ and select the appropriate survey to begin.
For more information about the Illinois 5Essentials Survey, or to view previous years’ Reports, please visit https://www.5-essentials.org/illinois. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact 5Essentials Client Services at 1-866-440-1874 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Michael Lindy, Superintendent
AFC #275 Schools
12th Grade Student of the Week
Garrett Sage was nominated by his teachers as our 12th Grade Student of the Week! His teachers had the following to say about him:
Garrett is an extremely dedicated student who always gives his best effort and goes above and beyond on assignments. He is extremely knowledgeable, kind, respectful, and has a very bright future ahead of him.
Garrett is an excellent student and active in school activities.
Garrett is an excellent student who leads by and example and takes charge of his own learning. We would be lost without him in our band.
Garrett puts on a good front like he doesn't care, but he really does. He wants to understand the material and works hard to make sure he is doing it correctly. He participates in class. He does announcements and is very concerned that he sounds professional when he does them.
Garrett is extremely smart, always personable, is a hard worker, and has a great sense of humor.
Congratulations, Garrett! We will be recognizing a 7th grader next week.