Thursday, May 2, 2013
Stop by the Dole Mansion and Lakeside Legacy Arts Park today from 5 to 8 p.m. to see artwork made by District 47 and Creative Artistry School of Fine Arts students.
Today is First Friday at Lakeside Legacy Foundation at the Historic Dole Mansion in Crystal Lake. The public is welcome to attend this free, family-friendly event from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Dole, 401 Country Club Rd., Crystal Lake. Tonight's event will feature art works made by District 47 students and students from Creative Artistry School of Fine Arts. The McHenry County Youth Orchestra and District 47 students will provide the live music for tonight's gathering. There'll also be face painting and coloring activities. “May's First Friday is a highlight of our gallery calendar,” said Siobhan Cottone, Lakeside’s executive director. “The walls come alive with the talents of emerging artists. At Lakeside we strive to inspire and encourage …
Tuesday, April 9, 2013
Crystal Lake preliminary election results from April 9, 2013.
UPDATE: 12 a.m. Wednesday, April 10 Crystal Lake voters opted to keep their City Council as is, but selected newcomers for the District 47 School Board. With unofficial votes tallied, voters re-elected incumbent city councilmen Jeffrey T. Thorsen (1,841 votes), Ralph Dawson (1,808 votes) and Cameron D. Hubbard (1,798 votes). The three council members faced a considerable challenge from local resident James Tomasello, who ran a stealthy campaign with a plethora of large election signs posted throughout the city. Tomasello received 1,394 preliminary votes. Another challenger, Charles Ebann, who serves on the Crystal Lake Library Board, was unsuccesful in his bid for a seat, receiving 987 votes. Two incumbents lost their seats on the District…
Monday, April 8, 2013
Consolidated Election day is Tuesday, April 9, 2013.
Your vote is important tomorrow... "Four District 47 School Board seats are a part of this election. However, there are two candidates who are running for these seats on a platform that I find disturbing. Their agenda is to prevent the implementation of Character Counts and the Common Core. These two candidates are Donna Ricci and Eileen Palsgrove. I hope that you will take the time to read all of this because I want you to base your decision on facts. Character Counts (CC) is a program that District 47 recently adopted to help us prevent bullying and reinforce positive and appropriate behavior in our schools. It is a framework centered on basic values called the Six Pillars of Character: trustworthiness, respect, responsibility, …
Sunday, March 31, 2013
Six candidates are running for four seats on the District 47 School Board in the April 9, 2013 Consolidated Election.
Letter to the Editor: "Character Counts on School Board Attending a District 47 Board meeting in the Fall, I witnessed two citizens express their objection to implementing in our schools Character Counts, a program founded upon the tenets of caring, respect, fairness, responsibility, trustworthiness, and citizenship. These citizens, Eileen Palsgrove and Donna Ricci, are running for open Board positions this month. Their concerns? These character aspects should be taught at home and teachers cannot be expected to support them in school in a way the administration intends. Clearly these foundations should be taught at home, but considering our children spend roughly half their waking hours during the week in school, why would we not want …
Tuesday, March 19, 2013
About 50 students will be affected by the change, according to the Northwest Herald.
Tuesday, March 19
About 38 children living in the Lake in the Hills "Presidential" neighborhood will switch elementary schools next year under boundary changes approved Monday night by the District 47 School Board, according to the Northwest Herald. The students currently attend Canterbury Elementary School, 875 Canterbury Dr., Crystal Lake, which is overcrowded, the story said. Next year they will attend Indian Prairie School, which is located at 651 Village Road on the south side of Crystal Lake and is much closer to Presidential neighborhood - an older part of LITH with streets named after U.S. presidents. The neighborhood is located northeast of Randall and Miller roads near the LITH Fen. Another 11 students living in an apartment complex off Virginia …
Sunday, March 17, 2013
Arbitrary "cut" scores are changing to align ISAT scores with ACT and PARCC assessments. That means students' and schools' performance grades are likely to drop in the categories of English and math.
Don't be surprised if your son or daughter drops from "exceeds standards" to "meets standards" or from "meets" to "below" standards in the upcoming Illinois Standard Achievement Tests. The Illinois State Board of Education in January approved new cut scores that will help align the ISAT results with those of the Prairie State Achievement Exam — colloquially called the ACT test — given to 11th graders, and establish a foundation for the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers exam set to debut in the 2014-15 school year. In recent weeks, elementary school children throughout the area took the ISATs. The higher expectations of the new ISAT cut scores will mean fewer students are expected to meet or exceed standards…
Wednesday, March 6, 2013
The Daily Herald reports there is a higher percentage of six-figure pension payments being doled out to retired educators in six suburban counties, including McHenry County.
Compared to the rest of the state, a higher percentage of retired McHenry County educators are receiving six-figure pension payments, according to a Daily Herald article. In District 155, 21.9 percent of retired educators received a pension over $100,000 in 2012 and on average, received pension payments of $72,058.77, according to an interactive graphic on the Daily Herald. The average pension payment for retired District 26 educators was $51,210.12 last year and the average pension for District 47 educators was $47,213.43, according to the Daily Herald. While six-figure pensions make up seven percent of the total pension payments in Cook, DuPage, Kane, Lake, McHenry and Will counties, less than one percent of retired educators in the …
Saturday, February 16, 2013
Despite declining enrollment, District 47 leaders said closing a school will not occur this year.
Saturday, February 16
Crystal Lake School District 47 will not close any of its buildings in the near future, the Northwest Herald reports. The district's Demographic Committee met earlier this week to review enrollment numbers, which have begun falling. Serving approximately 4,863 students this year, the district expects enrollment to drop by 347 students in 2015-2016, the Herald reports. While District 47 does have a few open classroom spaces spread among its schools, most those rooms will be used for full-day kindergarten and special education students, the story stated.
Wednesday, January 30, 2013
The Illinois State Board of Health recently approved the new requirements. So far this year, 30 cases of whooping cough have been reported in McHenry County while 299 cases were reported in 2012.
High school students will need to get a whooping cough vaccine next school year under new requirements recently approved by the Illinois State Board of Health. All sixth through twelfth grade students will be required to receive one booster shot of Tdap, which is an immunization against tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis (whooping cough) for the 2013-14 school year, according to the McHenry County Department of Health press release. Last year, students in sixth through ninth grades were first required to get the vaccine before the beginning of the 2012-2013 school year, according to a District 300 press release. “Immunization is a shared responsibility,” said Patrick J. McNulty, administrator for the McHenry County Department of Health (…
Monday, August 27, 2012
School starts today, Monday, Aug. 27 for high school students in District 155, and tomorrow, Tuesday, Aug. 28 for children in K-8 in District 47.
- THE NEIGHBORHOOD FILES
Monday, August 27, 2012
Today is the first day of school for the approximately 7,000 students in Community High School District 155. Tomorrow, the slightly more than 9,000 children in Community Consolidated School District 47 begin the new school year. Their outfits may be new and clean (not sure for the high schoolers!), the hair is perfect and their smiles are big — a perfect photo opp for many parents. Share your photos with the community and make your child feel extra special by posting his/ her picture on Patch. Feel free to include your child's name, grade and school with the picture, if you'd like. Here are some easy ways you can submit your photos: We look forward to sharing your photos on Patch.