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Libertyville High School's Care in Color Fun Run/Walk 2016 ~ May 7th
Libertyville High School Student Council is thrilled to announce that our 2nd annual LHS Care in Color Run will take place on Saturday, May 7, 2016 from 12:00 p.m -2:00 p.m. This annual event is only successful with the support from our wonderful community. Last year, we exceeded our goal of raising $1,000 and actually raised $4,000, which allowed us to buy 40 water filters for children in Kenya through the organization Safe Water Kenya. This year we’re shifting our focus to a domestic organization with roots near to our community. We are proud to announce that 100% of race proceeds will be donated to Michael Matters, a foundation dedicated to providing medical treatment, grants, and research to those with Glioblastoma, a lethal brain tumor. We hope that you’ll join us in making a difference.
The Michael Matters Foundation, Inc. was founded in honor of Michael P. Schostok, a local man who passed away fighting a Glioblastoma, a cancerous brain tumor. The foundation’s mission is to increase public awareness of brain cancer, and raise funds to provide desperately needed financial assistance to Chicago area individuals and their family members who suffer from the inevitable impacts of the disease. We at Libertyville High School have a special connection to this foundation as Michael was from the Libertyville area, his children went to Libertyville and Carmel High Schools, and the family remains very involved in the community.
Our goal for this year is to raise $8,000, doubling what we raised last year! Please join us in what is quickly becoming one of our favorite traditions and help us Care in Color!
Please print and fill out the following waiver FOR EACH PARTICIPANT and bring it with you to the race.
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Congratulations Class of 2016!
LHS Graduation Ceremony
Sears Centre Arena
Friday, June 3, 2016 ~ 7:00 P.M.
2016-2017 parking sticker registration is now closed. On Friday, April 15th, 2016 all incoming seniors received an email to their student email account ~ Senior Parking Sticker Information.
During the week of May 2nd, we will use a random lottery to determine eligibility for the parking sticker. You will receive an email in your SCHOOL EMAIL ACCOUNT that week which will let you know the status of your submission.
Please contact me at 847-327-7006 or email@example.com with any questions.
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Award recognizes outstanding instruction, passion and dedication in the classroom
Golden Apple, a leading nonprofit committed to celebrating and developing great teachers with the ability and passion to make life-changing differences in the lives of students, today surprised Libertyville High School AP Chemistry Teacher Sherri Rukes with the prestigious 2016 Golden Apple Awards for Excellence in Teaching. The awards recognize and honor outstanding teachers for their role in building a stronger, better-educated society. The recipients were selected from a pool of more than 400 nominations, and represent 9th-12th grade teachers throughout Chicago and the surrounding suburbs. Recipients are nominated by their students, community members/parents and colleagues who have directly engaged with them and benefitted from their talent and passion.
Rukes, who has taught in Community High School District 128 since 1997, holds degrees from Nova Southeastern University and University of Illinois. She takes an adage to heart, “Students don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care.” With this in mind, she makes it a priority to get to know her students by attending their athletic, fine arts and other activities. She fosters a classroom environment where students not only learn about chemistry, but feel comfortable talking about what is important to them. She coaches the Robotics Team and volunteers countless hours with the Science Olympiad and Math Team. Rukes is motivated by what she can learn to improve her students’ understanding and enjoyment of chemistry. To remain abreast of the latest classroom content, she regularly attends and presents at local and national conferences. As a result, her students see her as more than a teacher, but also as a model of learning. She is also a 13-time winner of Innovation Grants from the District 128 Foundation for Learning.
"What stands out most about Sherri is her amazing passion," said LHS Principal Marina Scott. "Many teachers are passionate about their students or the subject matter that they teach. But Sherri exudes an extraordinary passion for both, as well as having a passion for giving back to her profession. She is truly a gift to have on our staff."
As part of the awards selection process, distinguished retired teachers, college/university professors, administrators, and former Golden Apple Award recipients served on Golden Apple’s selection committee. Committee members applied research-based professional standards to identify teachers who exemplify the highest standards and practices of the teaching profession. The selection process included classroom observations of the finalists and interviews with colleagues, administrators, students, and parents.
"Research has shown that teachers set the course for student success and have the greatest effect on student learning," said Dominic Belmonte, president and CEO of Golden Apple. "Through their dedication, resourcefulness, inspiration, and genuine caring demeanor, this year’s award recipients have created meaningful learning experiences that have changed their student’s lives. On behalf of Golden Apple, we salute the 2016 Golden Apple Awards for Excellence in Teaching recipients.”
For more than 30 years, Golden Apple has recognized outstanding teachers throughout Illinois each year. Created by founders Mike and Pat Koldyke, Golden Apple’s mission is to inspire, develop and support teacher excellence in Illinois. Each Golden Apple Award recipient receives a tuition-free, spring quarter sabbatical to study at Northwestern University. Each recipient also receives a $5,000 cash award. Perhaps most importantly, award recipients become Fellows of the Golden Apple Academy of Educators, giving them a stronger voice and a larger stage from which to make a difference in education within Illinois and nationally.
Golden Apple award recipients play a critical role in furthering the programs of Golden Apple, particularly as members of the faculty who help prepare the Golden Apple Scholars of Illinois program’s aspiring teachers to serve in high-need schools. The Scholars program provides extensive preparation, advising and financial support to aspiring teachers in college and mentorship throughout their early years of teaching. Golden Apple recruits for the program from the same communities and schools-of-need where Scholars will teach. Eighty percent of Scholars who enter the profession remain full-time teachers beyond their program commitment of five years, despite the challenging environments in which they work. The Golden Apple Awards for Excellence in Teaching and Leadership program strengthens the ecosystem of excellent educators who are committed to advancing the field through coaching, collaboration and inspiration of future teachers.
Golden Apple also soon will be awarding the recipient of the 2016 Stanley C. Golder Award, which honors an exceptional principal/head of school.
The 2016 Golden Apple Awards for Excellence in Teaching and Leadership recipients will be honored at an awards ceremony on May 20 at WTTW/Channel 11 Studios in Chicago. The dynamic program will highlight the incredible work of the recipients and all they do to transform teachers and teaching, enriching both students and teachers lives. The event will be live streamed, and include live interviews with former students and guests of the award recipients. WTTW will broadcast the awards in a one-hour television program following the event. Check goldenapple.org/awards for updated information on the broadcast dates.
Congratulations, Ms. Rukes!
Congratulations to the
LHS Athletes of the Week
Avryl Johnson, Girls Track & Field. Last week, Avryl competed in the 800 meter run at an elite meet at Palatine that included some of the best from the Chicagoland area. Not only did she place 3rd at that meet, but she broke the school record with a time of 2:15.33. This past Friday at the Lake County meet, Avryl won the 800 meter run with a time of 2:17.36 and helped the team to a 5th place finish.
Brian McAuliffe, Boys Lacrosse. Last week, Brian had 1 goal and 1 assist in an 11-7 loss versus top ranked Loyola. Brian stepped up as the man initiator of the offense in the game and really took charge in an excellent offensive performance by the team.
Jon Schlapper, Boys Lacrosse. The previous week, Jon helped the Boys Lacrosse team to a 10-5 victory over conference rival and the #6 team in the state - Lake Forest. Overcoming an injured ankle part way through the first half, Jon tallied 5 points with 3 goals and 2 assists in a big win over a highly ranked Lake Forest team. The team was in action this past weekend at the Midwest Championship tournament where both Jon and Brian led the team to the championship game.
At tonight's Board of Education Meeting, D128 Special Services Director Kelli Hartweg introduced LHS 2013 graduate Andrew Robinson. Andrew was nominated by his SEDOL teacher to the North Suburban Chapter #336 of the Illinois Council for Exceptional Children for the Larry Putterman Best I Can Be Award. The award is presented to those who "possess excellence of character, kindness, and empathy towards others, as well as have high motivation. He will receive this award during the chapter's Exceptional Children's Week Awards Ceremony on May 1. Congratulations, Andrew!
Congratulations to the D128 students selected for induction into the National Technical Honor Society (NTHS). LHS students Anthony Johnson and Daniel Oquendo (not pictured) are among the 134 Lake County High Schools Technology Campus students selected for this honor in the 2015-16 school year. NTHS recognizes outstanding students enrolled in career and technical education programs. Students must have maintained a minimum 3.66/4.0 grade point average for three semesters preceding nomination, and consistently demonstrate leadership qualities including pride in skilled craftsmanship. The students will be inducted to the Tech Campus NTHS chapter during the Tech Campus Student Awards Night on May 10 at College of Lake County.
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LHS and VHHS have have received silver medal status in the U.S. News & World Report's 2016 Best High School Rankings that were released today. LHS ranks 18th in Illinois and 554th in the nation, while VHHS ranks 21st in Illinois and 588th in the nation. Both LHS and VHHS were awarded silver medal status based on their performance on state assessments, graduation rates and how well they prepare students for college.
The U.S. News rankings include data on more than 21,000 public high schools in 50 states and the District of Columbia. More than 6,000 schools were awarded gold, silver and bronze medals in this year’s national rankings.
Read more about this year's rankings at U.S. News.
LHS and the Lake County Health Department working together to track flu-like illnesses
District 128 is working with the Lake County Health Department this flu season, to help track flu-like symptoms. This will be important information as the county and state monitor the occurrence of flu and similar illnesses. Parents can help us by reporting these symptoms as they notify the school of a student’s illness/absence. No names or identifying/personal information will be shared.
If your student has a fever over 100, and has a cough and/or sore throat, please report this with your attendance call in the morning. Please remember, students should stay home until they are fever-free for at least 24 hours, without the use of fever-reducing medications (Tylenol, Motrin, Advil, etc.).
If you have any questions, please contact our nurses, Cameron Traut and Alisa Wasserman, in the Health Office at 847-327-7016.
The Community High School District 128 Board of Education has voted to abate, or not collect, $4 million (4.97%) in property taxes this year. Following months of financial analysis and discussion, the Board voted to approve the 2015 abatement at its Nov. 16 meeting.
Over the five-year period from 2011-2015, the D128 Board has abated, or not collected, $18.6 million less in property taxes than allowed under Illinois Property Tax Extension Limitation Legislation (PTELL), which includes Bond and Interest abatements of $15.8 million and a $2.8 million reduction in the Operating Fund Levy in 2014. Like all public school districts, D128 receives the largest amount of its operating revenue through property taxes. D128 Superintendent Prentiss Lea stated, "We are not aware of any other Illinois property taxing body that has abated, or not collected, as much property tax over a similar period as the D128 Board has abated."
The D128 Board, administration and staff are thankful for the tremendous local support of the district and its two world-class high schools and also realize the burden of property tax on constituents. D128 Board President Pat Groody noted, "Balancing the needs of all of our constituents is at the heart of everything we do. The generous support provided by our taxpayers has been key to the success of building the strong programs we offer in D128. Using reserves in place of incremental tax revenue to pay down our debt provides some measure of tax relief and is the prudent thing to do in this economic environment."
An exciting new addition to LHS this school year is the LHS Athletic History touchscreen. With a touch of the screen, users can view the accomplishments of LHS athletic teams, All-State athletes, and Newsom Award winners. The touchscreen is located in the LHS front foyer. The information is also accessible online.
Thanks to LHS Athletic Director Briant Kelly and Coach Dale Eggert for their work in making this project possible!