411 on 115 10.25.22
Welcome to the 411 on 115!
I am thrilled to introduce a new communications tool with you - 411 on 115. This biweekly digital newsletter will hit your inbox every other Tuesday with important information that you need to know about our District. Check out our first issue below!
Matthew L. Montgomery, Ph.D
“Swatting” - A New Trend Disrupting Schools and Inciting Fear
Many of you may have heard of a recent increase in “swatting” incidents, or reports of false shooters or mass-casualty events at school districts across the nation, including Illinois. This trend, exacerbated by Tik Tok, involves individuals calling law enforcement to report false incidents in order to disrupt the school day, prompt lockdowns, and provoke a law enforcement response. Although most of these threats have been fake, district administrators, staff, and law enforcement are required to take these threats seriously. These hoaxes are not new to me, having led through a "swatting" incident response in my previous school district in Ohio. I can attest to the negative impact it had - and trauma it created - across our entire school community.
As Dr. Lenart always says, “we are better when we are one.” I share this with you today in hope that you will engage your students in conversation about this disturbing trend. Each “swatting” incident diverts and strains critical law enforcement and emergency service resources away from other legitimate needs and upends communities. Such behavior has consequences and, in line with our Code of Conduct, we expect all Scouts to represent the very best of our community by not participating in any behavior that would threaten the safety of Lake Forest High School students, staff, and community.
Here are additional resources for your families to lean on when discussing this topic:
News 19 WLTX “Talking with High School Students About Hoaxes, Swatting” [VIDEO]
District Administration: Active Shooter Hoaxes are Spreading Panic. Here’s How to Fight Back
NO SCHOOL on Tuesday, November 8!
Please note that in observation of Election Day, a new state holiday, there will be no school for students or staff on Tuesday, November 8, 2022.
About Project F_LL
Project F_LL is a tri-district partnership between School Districts 65, 67, and 115. A committee made up of students, staff, and parent volunteers from these three Districts coordinate efforts to collect and distribute food or donations to address food insecurity and shortages in Lake County and the surrounding areas. If you would like to make a monetary donation to Project F_LL, all donations will be used to support these efforts through a variety of programs and events offered throughout the school year, including food drives and community markets.
The Great Full Market 2022
On October 16, Districts 65, 67, and 115 co-hosted the second annual Great Full Market, a free farmers market and family festival for residents of Waukegan, with Beacon Place and Quest Food Management Services.
The Great Full Market provided members of the Waukegan community the opportunity to pick up fresh produce, dry goods such as beans and rice, and other pantry items, all at no cost. Families also enjoyed hot chocolate, churros, and activities including soccer, Lotería, face painting, and crafts led by Lake Forest and Lake Bluff students. This year, over 80 volunteers served over 500 people, distributing 8,000 pounds of fresh produce and dry goods, and hundreds of canned food items.
The number of Lake County residents suffering from hunger is 9% higher than prior to COVID-19, in 2019. According to Feeding America, approximately 27,130 residents, or 11.8% of the Lake County population are living with food insecurity. That equates to 1 in 8.5 Lake County residents.
College Visit Information
Counselors have been working with seniors to finalize their college applications and get their transcripts and teacher letters of recommendation submitted to the colleges they are applying to. This fall, 187 college admission representatives have scheduled appointments at LFHS to meet with our juniors and seniors. Our students are taking advantage of this opportunity to meet with the admission professionals in order to learn about a variety of schools and determine which schools will be the best fit for them. Counselors recently met with juniors in seminars and presented to the Junior Parents as well regarding the college search process. In early November, counselors will be meeting with Sophomores and will be doing a career activity with them.
When and How Do I Sign Up?
- Visits are occurring between August and early November.
- All of the rep visits are scheduled through Naviance and are open to juniors and seniors.
- The visits occur during the school day.
- Students need to sign up through Naviance 24 hours prior to the college meeting in order to meet with that particular representative, and also get permission from their classroom teacher to miss class (if the meeting occurs during a student's class time other than study hall).
- If students have questions, they can talk with their counselor or Jennifer Gleason, our College Resource Coordinator.