During the 2014-2015 school year High School District 214 will celebrate 100 years of innovation in education. At last night's Board meeting members of the Community Engagement and Outreach Department announced official celebration events all designed to celebrate the past and look to the future.
Since its inception, District 214 has been making history. In 1914, the establishment of District 214 was a controversial proposition. At the time, the Supreme Court had not yet validated the Women's Suffrage Act, and consequently men and women's ballots were kept separate. More men voted against the proposition, but the women's vote helped pass the measure by 16 votes. There were 17 blank ballots, and the opposition claimed the proposition lost by one vote. Subsequently, the Supreme Court validated the election, the Women's Suffrage Act and the creation of High School District 214.
Since then, District 214 has grown from a single school to six traditional high schools and three alternative programs, encouraging innovation in the classroom and empowering teachers to become instructional leaders while helping students learn collaboratively, think critically, and reach their full potential. The District is nationally recognized, and works to create instructional models that are scalable and replicable across the country.
This year in particular, we celebrate our students and alumni for their continued achievement. We recognize our staff for their continued dedication. And we thank our parents, business partners and community members for their continued support.
All District 214 community members are invited to participate in celebration activities, including:
Arlington High School Event: On Saturday, September 27 from 9:30 am - 1:00 pm, District 214 will host an open house at the former Arlington High School (currently Christian Liberty Academy), inviting the community to visit the building that at one point was the District's only school.
District-wide Food Drive: Between November 9 and 23, the District's six comprehensive high schools and three alternative programs will collect food to benefit local food pantries. With more than 12,000 students, 1,500 staff and residents of eight communities participating, we can have a significant positive impact in our community.
District 214 Community Centennial Celebration: Join us on February 5, 6 and 7, 2015 for a three-day celebration showcasing 100 years of excellence in academics and co-curricular activities. All events will be held at Forest View Educational Center.
Thursday, February 5: The celebration will kick off with a reception prior to the scheduled Board of Education meeting. Guests will include former Board members and superintendents. During the Board meeting, students' academic achievements will be recognized.
Friday, February 6: The musical and theatrical talent of District 214 students has been recognized nationally time and time again. Join us for a free evening of performances, including band, orchestra, dance, acting and much more.
Saturday, February 7: Cheer on your favorite District 214 school as boys and girls varsity basketball teams take on one another in a daylong competition at the Centennial Classic. Simultaneous high-energy games, food and lots of cheering are on the schedule.
Additionally, throughout the year, District 214 will host academic symposiums bringing together educational leaders, policy makers, business leaders and more to discuss what public education looks like going forward. The first symposium will be in October and will specifically focus on interrupting the generational cycle of English Language Learners. In June 2015, the District will host an Innovation Symposium with the goal of examining the future of public education through a wide-range of lens, including curriculum, technology, business and engagement.
Please check www.d214.org
periodically for updates on Centennial events.