D214 and LWV Host Community Speaker Series
District 214 is partnering with League of Women Voters to host a series of guest speakers throughout the school year.
The next speaker in the series is Devon Alexander. Join us for a conversation about microaggressions and othering. The event will be held Wednesday, October 27 at Hersey High School. An ASL interpreter will be available.
Click here to register and to learn more about the series.
D214 Honors Orchestra Fall Concert
Treat yourself this Halloween to the spooky sounds of the D214 Honors Orchestra. The District’s top musicians will play creepy classics such as Toccata and Fugue by Bach, Funeral March and Prelude from “Psycho.”
The free concert begins at 3 p.m. on October 31 at Buffalo Grove High School.
Build Your Resume with a New Internship
The deadline to apply for an internship in the spring semester is Sunday, October 31. Juniors and Seniors have a chance to gain authentic, relevant and meaningful work experiences in the community.
Once the deadline has passed, interviews will be scheduled and take place at school when all forms have been received.
Click here to learn more about the requirements and to apply.
Seal of Biliteracy Language Testing Registration
District 214 students have the opportunity to earn the Seal of Biliteracy, the State of Illinois’s recognition for proficiency in English and one or more additional languages. District 214 is offering an opportunity for students to take the Seal of Biliteracy language assessments.
Visit the District 214 Seal of Biliteracy web page for more detailed information.
Register for the Seal of Biliteracy Language Test HERE
- Students must be a junior or senior and first meet the English criteria before registering for the Seal of Biliteracy language assessments.
- Test Options:
- At District 214 Computer Labs: November 18, 4pm-7pm.
- Test at home (more information on the registration site): Test window from November 29-December 14.
- Cost: $30 (Students on Free and Reduced Lunch should contact Julie Kim at firstname.lastname@example.org for a fee waiver)
- Registration open: October 20 - November 4.
Newcomer Center Renamed
On October 7, 2021, the District 214 Board of Education approved to change the name of the Newcomer Center to the International Newcomer Academy. The program serves high school students who have recently arrived to the United States and are new to the English language. The program provides students with personalized instruction with the goal to send them to their home schools within one to two years.
Newcomer staff say this new name better reflects the international variety of their students, and to the academic rigor that makes up the program.
Step 1: High School Enrollment Fall 2022 (October 5 - October 20)
Complete the High School Enrollment for 8th grade students entering high school in the fall of 2022.
Step 2: Students take PSAT 8/9 Placement Exam
Test Dates: Saturday, October 30, 2021 or Makeup Exam Saturday, November 6 Parents will choose a test date when the enrollment is completed.
Time: 8:00 a.m. - 12:10 p.m. (Plan to arrive by 7:45 a.m.)
Location: High School your student will attend based on your address. High School boundaries map: https://www.d214.org/Page/3649
For more information visit www.d214.org/assessments or contact the Assessment Center at your high school.
AP Exams are for students enrolled in an AP Course.
Test Dates: May 2 - May 13
AP exam registration takes place in the fall, even though AP exams will be given in May.
Cost: Each AP exam costs $96 (AP Seminar/Research $144). Students approved for free or reduced lunch will receive a reduced cost during registration.
If you have questions, contact the Assessment Center.
D214 Approves Budget for 2021-22
On August 12, 2021, the District 214 Board of Education approved a balanced operating budget for the 2021-22 school year.
The majority of the $295.8 million total operating budget is spent on personnel costs, and also includes funds for supplies and ongoing construction projects such as roofing and curtain walls district-wide.
The approved spending budget is about 7% greater than the 2020-21 fiscal year, but the District also has $11 million in increased revenue this year as a result of federal relief funds and from participating in the national school lunch program.
For the past eleven years, District 214 has been presented with the Meritorious Budget Award from the Association of School Business Officials.The complete budget report can be found here.
Two District 214 Administrators in New Roles for the 2021-2022 School Year
Keir Rogers, the current principal of the Specialized Schools, has been announced as the new principal of John Hersey High School effective immediately via an administrative reassignment. Valerie Norris, Assistant Principal for Students Services at Elk Grove High School, is being appointed as the new principal of the Specialized Schools. The unexpected moves come after Hersey Principal Gordon Sisson announced he will be taking a medical leave.
For more information, click here.
Masks are Required for All Students, Staff and Visitors
On August 4, 2021, Governor Pritzker mandated that all individuals within Illinois school buildings must wear a mask, regardless of vaccination status. As a result, masks must be worn by all students, staff and visitors, regardless of vaccination status, while inside D214 facilities.
2021-2022 Transportation FAQs
This fall, District 214 will continue with the shuttle model of transportation. We understand there are many questions. The Transportation Department has compiled a list of FAQs to address them. Should you still have any questions or concerns, please contact the Transportation Department at 847-718-7470.
Block Schedule Pilot
Having adopted block schedules during the 2020-2021 school year to better accommodate student and staff needs during hybrid learning, District 214 will now implement block schedules for all of its comprehensive high schools as a pilot program.
District 214 reached this decision after receiving positive feedback about this year’s schedule from students, parents and teachers and additional positive feedback by way of parent surveys. Additional details of the schedule and several potential advantages identified by District 214 may be found here.
After the pilot concludes, we will review data and once again survey students, parents and staff regarding future years’ schedules.