Superintendent unveils new metrics for college, career readiness
Superintendent David Schuler presented a new multi-dimensional approach to assess college and career readiness to the District 214 Board of Education.
The initiative, called Redefining Ready!, uses multiple measures - including completion of Advanced Placement and dual credit courses, AP exam scores, community service hours, career interest identification and co-curricular participation - to determine college and career readiness after high school.
The metrics are designed to replace the approach of using a single test score, like the ACT, to determine readiness, and were developed using research that showed such indicators pointed to increased success and persistence in college.
Redefining Ready! already has been endorsed by AASA, The School Superintendent's Association.
"Our students learn in a variety of ways," Schuler told the board. "They should be able to demonstrate readiness in a variety of ways."
The Board of Education will vote on a resolution supporting the new metrics at its next meeting Thursday, February 4.
Board recognizes student achievements
The Board recognized several students for their achievements in community service, leadership and journalism. To view pictures, click here
Daily Herald Northwest Suburban Leadership Team
Annually, the Daily Herald celebrates students whose volunteerism and participation goes beyond the classroom. This year 10 students, including three District 214 seniors, were selected from area public and private schools as members of the Northwest Suburban Leadership Team.
Rolling Meadows' Natalie Brady has organized and served in multiple student-run volunteer weeks for both local and international groups through the Interact-Rotary Club, her junior leaders class and other activities. She was instrumental in raising more than $35,000 dollars collectively for St. Baldrick's Day, local families, as well as international organizations over her four years in high school.
Buffalo Grove's Kristina Dominguez was selected for her leadership in student council, Relay for Life and the Leukemia Research Foundation. Sponsor Rich Schram said Dominguez, president of the Buffalo Grove student body, is "one of the most dedicated and persistent students I have had the pleasure to work with, and I have also seen her develop into a strong, passionate leader."
John Hersey High School's Julia Niklewicz helps organize the Hersey food and blood drives, coordinates the SuperBuddies program with Career Life Skills students, has been a counselor at Camp Soar in the summer and volunteers at the Lutheran Home in Arlington Heights. Julia now is starting a lunchtime program that brings together students with special needs and regular-education students to make new friends.
Journalism Education Association/National Scholastic Press Association
Hersey senior Julia Hapanowicz took top place with a Superior Rating in the News Writing competition at the Journalism Education Association/National Scholastic Press Association convention in November. Julia, along with more than 100 of the top high school news writers in the country, wrote a spot news story after hearing a speaker on the topic of NASA's space mission to Mars.
At the same convention, Hersey sophomore Joshua Irvine took a top place with his Superior Rating in the Review Writing competition. He was one of two students to earn this rating in this contest. Around 100 writers from across the country wrote a review on the spot after watching a magician perform for 15 minutes.
Columbia Scholastic Press Association
The entire staff of The Prospector and its website, ProspectorNow.com, was recognized in 2015 by the Columbia Scholastic Press Association (CSPA) for excellence with a Silver Crown award as a hybrid publication that combines online and print forms of media to keep the Prospect community informed.
The Prospector has earned a pair of Crown awards in the past decade - one Gold and one Silver - for its print publication, but this Silver Crown means even more because it is the first time the website has been recognized on a national scale. It is also an indication that the print publication continues to excel at a national level, recognizing Prospect as one of the elite journalism programs in the country.
In the CSPA's Gold Circle competition, Prospect seniorLauren Miller took third place in Photo and Audio Slideshow for her boys volleyball story. Lauren took the risk of telling a story through a photo slideshow that included voiceovers. Her story was a unique blend of broadcast and photo media that led to a great story.
In the same contest, Prospect senior Shreya Thakkarreceived a certificate of merit for her news feature "Faking the Grade." Shreya reported diligently to nail down her feature story on academic honesty. She handled the controversial subject incredibly professionally, informing the community of a problem and helping to solve it.
In addition to Lauren and Shreya, two other members of the Class of 2015 earned awards in the CSPA Gold Circle contest, the most Prospect has ever achieved.