Dr. Martindale and Dr. Yonke provided the Board of Education with an update on the status of the Notification System repair project that began in April. At this time, the project is still in progress. While the work on the public address (PA) system completed during the summer remedied issues in areas with known problems, other problems in new areas have since emerged. The goal of the project was clearly defined when it was approved by the Board of Education in April– the PA system would be fully functional in all areas of both Deerfield High School and Highland Park High School. The administrative team and the Board of Education are working directly with Gilbane and Perkins + Will, the architects and construction managers contracted with this project, to remediate this issue immediately. Additional methods of communication are in place in the event that an emergency arises and students and staff need to be notified.
2018 School Report Card
Dr. Elizabeth Pérez Robertson, Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment, presented information about the 2018 Illinois School Report Card. The report card creates a picture of our schools at a moment in time, displaying a variety of metrics for academic performance and student success. The District has exceeded expectations in many areas, confirming that our students are receiving an outstanding education provided by our highly qualified educators.
This year, as part of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), the Illinois Report Card will include a summative designation for each school. The goal of the designations is not to rank schools, but instead, to identify which schools require the greatest assistance. Details on the four designations can be found on the ISBE Support & Accountability website. Deerfield High School earned an Exemplary designation and Highland Park High School earned a Commendable designation. The data published in the Illinois Report Card will help identify areas of growth, although the report card demonstrates just one way in which student success is measured. The District will continue to strive to meet the needs all students and to provide all students with the best educational opportunities and the resources that will enable them to achieve their greatest potential.
Social Emotional Learning Project
Tiffany Chavez, Director of Student Support Services, presented a proposal for a Social Emotional Learning Project. The goal of the project is to implement social-emotional learning strategies across the curriculum in order to help build students skills of self-awareness, self-management, relationship-building, and responsible decision-making. A Steering Committee will develop an Action Plan for SEL implementation and will also work closely with sender districts to ensure program alignment.
Complete minutes for this meeting will be posted upon Board approval at the next Regular Board of Education meeting.