High School District 214
Highlights from the Board of Education Meetings
GPA scale to change from 5.0 to 4.0 
Starting with the 2017-2018 school year, the Grade Point Average (GPA) in High School District 214 will change from a 5.0 scale to a 4.0 scale. Students in the classes of 2018, 2019 and 2020 will have their GPA converted.

The District's decision to modify the GPA scale follows a survey of surrounding school districts showing nearly all area high schools use a 4.0 scale. 

Converting the GPA creates consistency and has numerous benefits. The conversion will make it easier for families to understand college admissions and requirements for scholarships, which typically use a 4.0 scale. At the same time, since most U.S. public high schools use the 4.0 scale, colleges and scholarship providers will be able to more easily evaluate our students' GPAs and understand the strength of District 214's students' transcripts.

The change will not affect grades students have earned, nor how more rigorous coursework impacts the GPA. Advanced Placement and Honors classes will continue to be weighted.
School Calendar Discussion 

The District's Calendar Committee on Thursday recommended calendars for the 2017-2018 and 2018-2019 school years that call for starting school in mid-August and moving first semester exams before winter break.

The recommendation follows extensive feedback from staff, students, current and future parents and community members in an online survey and four public listening sessions. Those who weighed in overwhelmingly agreed students should start school earlier in August and take finals ahead of the winter holidays.

The committee also will investigate starting the school day a little later, between approximately 8:00 a.m. and 8:30 a.m., and ending between approximately 3:15 p.m. and3:45 p.m. for all schools beginning in the 2017-2018 school year.

The committee also recommended moving parent-teacher conferences from first to second semester, and adding a morning parent-teacher conference time for parents who may work or have other commitments in the evening.
Spring Break will continue to take place during the last full week in March and the school year will finish with final exams for underclassmen the week after Memorial Day weekend. As part of the recommendation, graduation would continue to occur the weekend prior to the school year ending.

The Board of Education is scheduled to vote on the recommendations at its January 28 meeting. To view the proposed academic calendars for 2017-2018 and 2018-2019, click here.
Superintendent's report
Superintendent David Schuler informed the Board that longtime Board member Bill Dussling will receive the Legislative Award this month from the Illinois Music Education Association.

The Legislative Award is awarded to a state legislator, United States legislator, or other member of local, state or federal government who is deserving of special recognition for outstanding service to music and music education. Dussling was nominated by more than half a dozen District 214 fine arts teachers for his dedication to and support of music education. 

Dussling will be honored Thursday, January 28 in Peoria at the Illinois Music Education Conference.
About High School District 214
We are the second largest high school district in Illinois, serving 
more than 12,000 students from eight communities. Our nationally recognized district includes six comprehensive high schools and four alternative programs, offering more than 600 academic courses and 140 co-curricular opportunities.

Monday, January 11, 2016 

After the Gavel
The Board of Education approved the 2016 Summer School Program, school start times for the 2016-2017 academic year and exchange trips to Japan for Elk Grove High School and Italy for Rolling Meadows and Wheeling high schools. 

For the 2016-2017 school year, school start times will not change.

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