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During the 2017-18 school year, Crystal Lake Elementary District 47 will engage in a comprehensive strategic planning process called "Forward 47.” Forward 47 will help shape the District’s vision and mission for the next five years. The process will be facilitated by the Consortium for Educational Change (CEC) and will involve the participation of individuals from all stakeholder groups -- parents, staff, students, administrators, board members and community members.
We are grateful to the individuals who expressed interest in and are willing to serve on the strategic planning team and invite the community at large to also participate in this process. There will be a total of five strategic planning meetings that will begin in August and end in December. Following each meeting, supporting documents and links to the outcomes of our discussions will be posted to our Forward 47 strategic planning web page. We encourage everyone to visit this page to review our progress, weigh in on our decisions and provide us with feedback.
We look forward to this challenging and invigorating endeavor and the opportunity to collaborate with our valued stakeholders. We are fortunate to be surrounded by a community that not only values education but is willing to get actively involved to ensure a successful outcome for all students. Reflecting on the past, evaluating the present and anticipating the future will help us define our strengths, prepare for challenges, set priorities and pave the road for a successful future, where we can continue to provide academic excellence for all students.
Please feel free to reach out to me or Denise Barr, our coordinator of community relations, with any questions, thoughts or ideas about the strategic planning process.
Your partner in education,
Kathy J. Hinz, Ed.D
Superintendent of Schools
Crystal Lake Elementary District 47
300 Commerce Dr.
Crystal Lake, IL 60014
Educational excellence for all students is our passion and commitment.
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With PBIS, behavioral expectations are taught in much the same way any core curriculum subject is taught – by modeling and reinforcing positive behaviors. Schoolwide expectations for behavior are set by a school’s PBIS team and put into a matrix (see example below). This matrix is then shared with students and staff and is posted throughout the building to keep expectations front and center. “I think of the matrix this way: ‘We are all part of a family. [North] is our house and these are our rules,’” says North principal Steve Scarfe. Scarfe, new to North this year, came from an assistant principalship at Kingsley Elementary in Evanston last year and has also served Rockford, Des Plaines and Belvidere school districts in a variety of administrative capacities and is well versed in PBIS. While completing his Type 75 internship at Belvidere Central Middle School, he set up their Tier 1 and Tier 2 PBIS programs. Tier 1 and Tier 2 refer to a basic principle of the PBIS approach, which identifies students at risk of behavior problems in one of three categories: primary, secondary and tertiary. To learn more about these categories, click here. INSERT LINK.
CORE Center & New Family Registration Summer Hours
New family registration will be held this summer at the District 47 CORE Center, 300 Commerce Drive in Crystal Lake. The CORE Center’s summer office hours and open registration windows are listed below. Registration is by appointment only. To register your child, please call 815.788.5000 to schedule an appointment. For registration forms and required documents, visit the Registration page of the District website.
June 26-July 7
CORE Center hours: Monday through Thursday: 7:30am to 3pm
Registration hours: Monday, Tuesday and Thursday: 7:30am to 2pm
Note: The CORE Center is closed Friday, July 7th.
July 10-July 21
CORE Center hours: Monday through Thursday: 7:30am to 4pm
Registration hours: Monday, Tuesday and Thursday: 7:30am to 3pm
Note: The CORE Center is closed Friday, July 14th and Friday, July 21st.
July 24-August 18
Core Center hours: Monday through Friday: 7:30am to 4pm
Registration hours: Monday: 7:30am to 3pm; Tuesday and Thursday: 7:30am to 5pm
8/1 - D47 school offices open
8/7 - TJA “Meet the Bus” event for incoming kindergartners (TJA bus garage, 1204 S. McHenry Ave., Crystal Lake)
8/14 - Teacher assignment and bus route information available on ParentVue
8/17 - Woods Creek 20th anniversary celebration, 4pm-7pm
8/23 - First day of school for students in grades 1-8; Early Release Day
8/24 - First day of kindergarten
8/28 - First day of Wehde Early Childhood Education
*Check middle school websites for locker set-up and other student orientation events in August.
9/4 - Labor Day (no school)
9/7 - Parent Night (K-5 schools)
9/11 - Parent Night (HBMS)
9/12 - Parent Night (LMS/RBMS)
9/14 - Parent Night (Wehde Early Childhood Center)
9/27 - Early Release Day
For the complete 2017-2018 calendar, visit the District website (www.d47.org) under the Parents tab.
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D47 Welcomes New Principals at Bernotas Middle School and North Elementary
District 47 is excited to announce leadership changes at Bernotas Middle School and North Elementary this fall. Steve Scarfe, principal at North Elementary for the past two years, is the new principal at Bernotas Middle School beginning with the 2017-18 school year. Dr. Jeff Prickett, former principal at Bernotas, has taken on a new role as principal for McHenry District 156 High School (East Campus) effective July 1, 2017.
Scarfe has worked diligently alongside staff building a favorable climate and culture at North, positively impacting student and family engagement. His previous teaching experience at the middle/high school levels along with his skills in the area of relationship building and student engagement make him a natural fit for middle school leadership. Scarfe’s restorative mindset for discipline and capacity to support students’ social-emotional needs will reinforce and enhance current initiatives being implemented at Bernotas. Scarfe and Prickett share an interest and expertise on the topic of restorative justice and together have presented on this topic around the state of Illinois on behalf of the Illinois Principals Association.
“We wish Mr. Prickett the best in his new career venture and have been blessed with his leadership at Bernotas for the past three years,” noted District 47 Superintendent Dr. Kathy Hinz. “The District has a vested interest in seeing positive change and initiatives carried out in our schools from year to year. Shifting building leaders utilizes the skills and talents of our current leaders and brings fresh perspective combined with familiarity and experience to help ensure a seamless transition.”
According to Scarfe, “I began my career in education as a middle school math teacher, so for me, this feels like coming home again. My own children attended Bernotas and I am very excited to be joining a great staff at a great school. Scarfe noted that Bernotas has made great strides in meeting the academic and social-emotional needs of all students the past few years with Mr. Prickett at the helm. “I look forward to helping guide the school towards that same vision,” he said.
Christina Moran will assume the principalship for North beginning with the 2017-18 school year having served as the school’s assistant principal for the past three years. Moran has been integral in supporting staff, students, and families in the design and creation of an educational environment that supports all learners. Serving in the role of principal will provide not only great leadership but continuity for the North school community as they continue to implement initiatives and set priorities to support and enhance teaching and learning.
“I am excited to serve the students, staff and families of North Elementary School as principal,” said Moran. “We will remain committed to providing a positive learning environment that supports the academic and social-emotional growth of all students.”
Ken Hommowun will be the new assistant principal at North for the 2017-18 school year. For the past two years, Hommowun has served as dean of students at Old Orchard Junior High School in Skokie. Prior to that he taught middle school music and drama in Des Plaines for several years and before that served as a music/choir teacher at several elementary schools in Oak Lawn and Joliet. Mr. Hommowun received his bachelor’s degree in music education at Illinois Wesleyan University and master’s degree in school leadership at Olivet Nazarene University.
"I look forward to joining North Elementary school and getting to know the staff, students and families who make up this great community,” said Hommowun. “I'm excited for the challenge and am looking forward to getting started!"
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Midwest Dairy Council Awards “Fuel Up to Play 60” Grants to D47 Schools
Students and teachers at Canterbury Elementary School and Lundahl Middle School were rewarded for their efforts to get active, eat healthy and make a difference in their school and community. Both schools were among 606 “Touchdown Schools” in the Midwest and 133 “Touchdown Schools” in Illinois to receive grant money to further enhance their health and wellness initiatives as a part of the Fuel Up to Play 60 program.
Fuel Up to Play 60 is an in-school nutrition and physical activity program developed by the National Dairy Council, Midwest Dairy Council and the National Football League (NFL), in collaboration with the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). The program is designed to fund and stimulate activities that lead to lasting change within the school environment.
To qualify, schools must be enrolled in the program, implement at least one of the program’s healthy eating and physical activity “plays,” participate in the National School Lunch Program and have a dedicated program advisor. Kathy Wicinski, who oversees District 47’s food service program through Sodexo, served as the District 47 program advisor and applied for the grants on the District’s behalf at Canterbury Elementary and Lundahl Middle School. According to Wicinski, to fulfill the physical activity grant requirements, five students at each school pledged to walk the equivalent of three marathons during the school year.
Student volunteers wore pedometers throughout the school year and counted their steps both in and outside of school to accomplish this goal. Wicinski noted that the healthy eating play at each school involved kick-off events at the beginning of the school year that promoted healthy eating to students by offering various taste testing opportunities. Students sampled blenderless smoothies, whole grains like cereal and granola, and even parfaits at the middle school level.
Through the grant, both schools initially received $500, which may be used to support a range of different program-related activities. District 47 also recently received an additional grant in the amount of $4,300 for the purchase of large equipment. With this grant, Wicinski plans to purchase milk barrel coolers (which hold 140 ½ pint cartons of milk) for Canterbury and a breakfast cart and milk crate cooler for Lundahl. The coolers provide efficiencies in keeping milk cold and allowing students to help themselves. The breakfast cart is used to bring breakfast to students as they get off the bus in the morning and head to class, an idea that has doubled student participation in the breakfast program this year.
Wicinski has worked closely with a coach from the Midwest Dairy Council on the grant application process and isn't done yet.
Sodexo's Kathy Wicinski collects feedback about menu options during a focus group with Hannah Beardsley students.
Midwest Dairy Council Awards “Fuel Up to Play 60” Grants to D47 Schools (cont.'d)
Next year she plans to apply for Fuel to Play 60 grants at several other District 47 schools -- Coventry and North elementary schools and Hannah Beardsley middle school.
“At Sodexo, we are focused on providing well-being solutions that enhance the learning environment and improve students’ lives,” said Wicinski. “The Fuel to Play 60 program allows us to actively support school activities that encourage healthy eating and make fitness a part of everyday life.” Sodexo has engaged in the USDA Fuel Up To Play 60 program by managing the healthy eating plays in many schools across the U.S., which includes activities such as expanding healthy snack programs, developing creative solutions to ensure more students start their day with breakfast, starting after school supper programs, and enhancing the healthfulness of school snacks and beverages.
“District 47 is fortunate to have such a strong partner in Sodexo and Ms. Wicinski,” said assistant superintendent Cathy Nelson, who oversees the District’s food service program. “Sodexo’s dedication to providing healthy options helps ‘fuel’ our students’ minds for a full day of learning.”
“We’re thrilled to be able reward these students and teachers for making healthy choices and setting examples in their schools and communities,” said Midwest Dairy Council Vice President of Health and Wellness Melissa Young.
For more information about the Fuel Up to Play 60 program, visit www.FuelUpToPlay60.com or www.midwestdairy.com.
In August 2016, the Crystal Lake Police Department, Crystal Lake Target and District 47 teamed up to provide backpacks and school supplies to 46 District 47 students in need before the start of the 2016-17 school year. In addition to receiving backpacks filled with school supplies, students received gift cards from a generous anonymous donor.
This year, the backpack program will expand to serve 87 students and will include an additional partnership with Crystal Lake churches. Students will receive the donated backpacks at an event held at Crystal Lake City Hall in early August.
According to District 47 Superintendent Dr. Kathy Hinz, “We are grateful for our partnership with the Crystal Lake Police Department for spearheading this effort, and appreciate the generosity of Target and Crystal Lake churches. This united community effort provides a brighter start to the school year for many of our students.”
Officer Ed Pluviose, community relations officer for the Crystal Lake Police Department noted, “The children in our community are our future leaders. We care about these kids and have a vested interest in keeping them engaged in school. We’re happy to give them the boost they need to start the school year on a positive note.”
Crystal Lake Police Department, Target and Local Churches Unite to Provide Backpacks and School Supplies for District 47 Students
In May, District 47 seventh graders participated in The Land Conservancy of McHenry County’s Project Quercus, an endeavor planned and led by The Land Conservancy of McHenry County and D47 science and math teachers. Through the program, students learned about our local/historic woodlands and their importance to the beauty and health of the environment. They then observed a planting demonstration before forming groups to cooperatively plant trees.
Bernotas seventh graders planted 75 oak seedlings at Lippold Park with support from the Crystal Lake Park District.
Lundahl seventh graders planted 75 oak seedlings at Fox Bluff with support from the McHenry County Conservation District.
Hannah Beardsley seventh graders planted 111 trees at Three Oaks Recreation Area with support from the City of Crystal Lake.
“The end result is a joyous activity,” said Dave Zeiger, Oak Conservation Outreach Specialist with The Land Conservancy of McHenry County. “It’s like a beehive where everyone is moving and applying themselves to the task - with a sense of fun! I can attest that every tree was planted with care.“
The Land Conservancy of McHenry County provided oaks seedlings, shovels, cages and posts for the planting. Other agencies provided planning for location, mulch, and water. Seedling oaks were grown from local acorns and nurtured by Glacier Oaks Nursery in Harvard.
D47 Middle Schoolers Plant Trees and Learn About the Environment
Through Project Quercus
District 47 Superintendent Dr. Kathy Hinz received several recognitions this spring. She was named a 2017 Woman of Distinction by Shaw Media, which owns and operates the Northwest Herald. This award celebrates women who have made a difference in McHenry County and who are role models and leaders in their fields and community. Dr. Hinz was honored at a luncheon on May 10, 2017, and her profile appears along with other nominees in the May issue of McHenry County Magazine.
In addition, Dr. Hinz and former District 47 Board President Jeff Mason were recipients of a Distinguished Service Award by the Illinois chapter of the National School Public Relations Association. Dr. Hinz and Mr. Mason, along with other school officials around the state, were recognized on May 5, 2017, for their efforts to consistently go above and beyond in support of public education, their school districts and communities.
McHenry County youth now have a new way to anonymously text concerns to and get help from licensed mental health professionals. To learn more, watch this video.
Pictured (left to right): Colin McCormick (TJA Assistant Director), Penny Fleming (TJA Director), Anna Lorenzin, Krista Huff, Dennis Graczyk, Betty Urias, Connie Martens, Karyn Wright, Mike Stevens, Sammie Futchko, Robert Crane. Not pictured: Rick Gardzelewski, Gary Leszczynski and John Cox.
TJA Bus Driver Recognitions
Districts 47 and 155 bus drivers were honored for their years of service and safety records at the Transportation Joint Agreement (TJA)'s annual employee recognition event on June 2, 2017. For the third year in a row, TJA ran its Employee of the Year contest during the 2016-17 school year. Drivers earned scores based on criteria such as attendance, maintaining a safe driving record, vehicle maintenance, and professional development. Pictured are top finishers in the contest, including this year’s “Driver of the Year” Connie Martens.
Playing with a Purpose: D47 Kindergarten to Launch New Pilot Program in Fall
Beginning with the 2017-18 school year, there will be more playtime in the classroom, at least in kindergarten. This is due to the implementation of a new “purposeful play” program that will be piloted this fall in many D47 kindergarten classrooms. Purposeful play is an emerging trend in education as it has shown to enhance school readiness by addressing children’s social, emotional, physical and academic needs.
During the 2016-17 school year, District 47 offered a book study and pilot program on purposeful play for kindergarten teachers. The pilot was based on a book called Purposeful Play: A Teacher’s Guide to Igniting Deep & Joyful Learning Across the Day by Kristine Mraz, Alison Porcelli and Cheryl Tyler. The authors of Purposeful Play stress that play actually serves as an effective vehicle for students to develop creativity and flexible thinking and enhances negotiation, collaboration, and empathy skills. Purposeful play can also help children explore interests; develop and strengthen vocabulary; and enhance communication, problem-solving, and social skills. In addition, many of the activities involved in purposeful play are aligned to the Illinois Learning Standards. Examples of such activities include completing phonetic spelling exercises, acting out favorite books, and following agreed-upon rules for conversation. Many purposeful play activities also align to the Illinois Social Emotional Learning Standards and include:
Developing self-awareness and self-management skills
Using social-awareness and interpersonal skills to establish and maintain positive relationships
Demonstrating decision-making skills and responsible behaviors
Thirty-six D47 kindergarten teachers participated in the book study and pilot program last spring. After receiving positive feedback and enthusiasm from the collective group about the pilot, District 47 made the decision to expand the pilot this fall. The program will launch in August and will consist of two to three 40-minute lessons each week.
“We are excited about this opportunity for our kindergarten students,” said Erin Anderson, Director of Literacy for District 47. “Purposeful play provides opportunities for students to express themselves in creative ways while engaging with their peers in a safe environment. We anticipate students will grow academically, socially, and emotionally because of this pilot.”
Anderson also noted that the purposeful play pilot will help prepare kindergartners and teachers for the new KIDS (Kindergarten Individual Development Survey) assessment, mandated by the Illinois State Board of Education for all kindergartners beginning with the 2017-18 school year. The KIDS assessment is a measure of school readiness and provides a snapshot of a student’s learning style, social/emotional development, language and literacy development, and understanding of mathematics.
New ventilation system at North Elementary
New sidewalk at South Elementary
D47 Summer Building Projects
District 47’s projected facility needs over the next five years include facility capital projects in addition to requirements following the results of our 10-Year Life-Safety Survey conducted by our architect as required by the Illinois State Board of Education last summer.
Results of the life safety survey indicate recommended building renovations, upgrades and repairs in order of priority to ensure a safe learning environment for all students and staff. Projects to be completed this summer across the District include HVAC mechanical system upgrades, roofing repairs and replacements, door replacements, fire alarm/intercom upgrades, flooring replacements, general remodeling, locker upgrades, masonry work and concrete/asphalt replacement. See below for photos of the work-in-progress:
Masonry repairs at Hannah Beardsley Middle School
What's Happening in State Government and the Potential Impact on District 47
The state of Illinois continues to face financial challenges that affect public education. We, like many school districts, have been closely monitoring recent legislative activity with regard to the budget crisis in Springfield. At the time of this publication, a balanced budget had not yet been reached. We will continue to follow this situation and keep our stakeholders informed as to the potential impact of budgetary changes on District 47. Other pending legislation that could also impact Illinois public schools pertains to education funding reform. (See the next page to learn about Senate Bill 1 and other bills.)
Unfunded mandates placed upon school districts by the state, the need for building improvements, and carrying out the District’s mission to provide educational excellence for all students becomes challenging as available resources are limited. As curriculum is updated to meet new Illinois Learning Standards, the District continues to explore grants and other partnerships to fund projects. In addition, the District is working on plans to complete approximately $48 million of capital projects across the District’s facilities over the next five years. School districts throughout Illinois rely on local taxpayer support at varying levels based on the current school funding formula and District 47 is no exception. Local financial support accounts for 79 percent of the District’s anticipated revenue for the 2017 fiscal year. (see pie charts on the next page).
The community is the backbone that supports the District during uncertain times at the state level, such as with the current budget impasse. We are grateful to our taxpayers for supporting our schools. To learn more about the District’s finances, we invite the community to review our current budget and annual financial statements by visiting our website.
Education Funding Reform
Senate Bill 1 (SB1), referred to as evidence-based school funding, recently passed both the House and the Senate. SB1 attempts to “level the playing field,” providing additional funding to school districts most in need, and raise all schools toward adequacy, providing a sufficient level of funding to deliver an adequate education to every student in the state. The funding formula creates an adequacy target for each school district by applying research-based elements to unique district demographics, such as percentage of low-income, bilingual, and special education students, as well as local capacity. The formula identifies the amount of money a school district has had distributed to them from the state as its “hold harmless” (minimum funding) level. Under the bill in its current form, the intent is that no school district would lose money. However, the state has not paid school districts across the state for millions of dollars vouchered and it is not clear if the word “distributed” in the bill would include the amounts vouchered but not actually received by the districts.
Districts are placed on a tiered adequacy scale (1 to 4) with “1” being the farthest from the adequacy target (greatest need) and “4” being at or above the target (least need). Additional funds would be allocated starting with the neediest (Tier 1) school districts. According to the formula, District 47’s adequacy target is estimated at 82 percent, which falls in the Tier 2 category. Based on projections for fiscal year 2017, this could mean a potential gain of $235,000 if our “hold harmless” figure includes monies vouchered but not received for the 2016-17 school year. If the state only includes monies actually received as the “hold harmless,” District 47 would receive over $4 million dollars less from the state annually moving forward.
Senate Bill 1124 was recently introduced by Republicans in response to school funding reform. This bill has many of the same attributes as Senate Bill 1, but adjusts how funding for Chicago Public Schools would be calculated. A companion bill -- House Bill 4069 -- was also included with this “capital compromise” and has additional costs related to pensions. At the time of publication, these bills had not passed the House or Senate.
According to the Illinois Association of School Business Officials (IASBO), “SB1 is the best and most comprehensive solution to school funding.”
Additional current financial topics that continue to be a part of the Illinois budget situation are pension reform, property tax freeze, and workers’ compensation. While resolutions to these issues have not passed the House or the Senate, these are topics that continue to surface in legislative discussions.
Fifth graders at Husmann Elementary created a wax museum where they researched, personified and presented on a famous person in history.
Canterbury Elementary created a Little Free Pantry this spring to serve food and other items to their families and the surrounding community.
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Glacier Ridge Elementary extended curriculum students studied weather patterns with their new Raspberry Pi weather station.
Coventry Elementary celebrated 50 years of educational excellence in May!
West Elementary students Sophia, Greyson and Lily had a "rockstar lunch" with Assistant Principal Mrs. Cruz after saving up their PBIS "Paw Pride" certificates!
South Elementary students Ben Freese and Zoe Bosonetta and their teachers Melissa Tatman and Heather Nelson pose for a photo with Illiois State Senator Karen McConnaughay and Representative Allen Skillicorn at the annual Tech 2017 conference in Springfield.
Second graders from Mrs. Sharp's class at Indian Prairie Elementary celebrated after earning a "Golden Paw" PBIS reward.
North fifth graders Daisy and Owen attended the Illinois Principals Association Kishwaukee Region Leadership Breakfast.
Wehde Early Childhood raised $17,000 during its annual Fun Fair in March.
This spring Lundahl Middle School raised $8,327 for the Pasta for Pennies campaign benefiting The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS).
Bernotas eighth grader Serena Huberty advanced to the Scripps National Spelling Bee in Washington, D.C. at the end of May.
Woods Creek fifth grader Ethan Laudick (pictured here with his family) won Sodexo's Future Chefs competition with his Poblano Popper recipe.
Hannah Beardsley eighth graders won the 30th annual McHenry County Scholastic Bowl in May.
District 47 Board of Education
The District 47 Board of Education meets on the third Monday of each month at the CORE Center, 300 Commerce Drive in Crystal Lake. In the months of September, February, and May, the Board of Education has an additional meeting on the first Monday of the month. Meetings are open to the public and open session starts at 7pm. For an overview of our Board members, as well as meeting dates, agendas and minutes, please click here or visit the District website at www.d47.org and click on “Board of Ed.”
BOARD OF EDUCATION
Crystal Lake Elementary District 47 Board of Education. Front row, left to right: John Pellikan and Jonathan Powell. Back row, left to right: Rob Fetzner (President), Eileen Palsgrove, Ryan Farrell, Dr. Betsy Les (Vice President), and Curt Wadlington.
Bernotas Middle School
Hannah Beardsley Middle School
Lundahl Middle School
Wehde Early Childhood Center
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