Mr. Dwyer's Board Report

We started out the year with a pep assembly where we were able to celebrate our accomplishments from last year including: last year’s academic underclass award winners, IHSA/TRAC award winners, ACT/SAT award winners (80% of the senior class received an award), our 4th quarter awards (no tardies, no unexcused absences, no discipline, no library fines, all A’s & B’s, and no more than 2 excused absences). 100 students out of the senior, junior and sophomore classes qualified for awards. Congratulations to Cole Jennings, Molly Sharp, and Grace Wainwright for being chosen by the staff as the top 4th quarter student for their respective classes.

All fall sports have been practicing and preparing for their first events. Our first football game will be on August 30th at Kewanee High School. Due to IHSA playing regulations- football will not have FS games on Friday- these games will be held on Monday from now on. Varsity games will kick-off at 7pm every Friday night. Both boys’ and girls’ golf started the season last week. Soccer and volleyball begin their regular seasons this week with home games (tonight for soccer; tomorrow for volleyball). I am extremely pleased with the number of student-athletes trying out for our high school sports this fall season. Our coaches have all reported healthy numbers, and by all accounts- expectations are high that we will field competitive teams. Good luck to all our fall sports and extracurricular activities!

We are very pleased with the construction of our new science labs. Our new secured entrance-way is functioning- feel free to stop by and tour the science labs if you haven’t already!

Plans are currently underway for our third annual pre-game tailgating party during homecoming. We are planning a pulled-pork meal deal, along with numerous games/activities in and around the tennis courts. The plan is to run games from 5- 6:30 pm in advance of the varsity football game. We are hoping to encourage the fans to come out early to enjoy the pre-game festivities after we complete our homecoming parade downtown. Spread the word!

Our SIP team has worked hard the past few years trying to refine our RTI program at the high school, and I am extremely excited about the new life goals class that all our 9th and 10th graders will experience. This class will focus on building a road map for young students to begin planning their futures, as well as infusing some social emotional learning to help them make better decisions as they progress through high school. In addition, our 8th hour “Opportunity Hall” will allow one teacher from each grade level to work on supporting students who have fallen behind in regards to school work. We now have “Mandatory Monday” grade checks for all students. We are going to track the D/F list data all year to see if we decrease our numbers of students struggling with this new RTI program!

I distributed all Chromebooks to incoming freshmen students last week. We met with groups of students and went through all the rules and regulations, along with offering advice regarding how to take care of the devices. So far, students seem to be comfortable with the idea of taking them home, charging the devices, and bringing them back each day to use in classes. In my opinion, this is a step in the right direction regarding helping all our students to become more college and career ready by helping them learn how to responsibly take care of their technology devices. A big thanks to all my secretaries, along with Karen Searl, who helped with the distribution and tracking process.