April 6, 2022
Board recognizes middle school state wrestling champions
At the April 5 Barrington 220 Board of Education meeting, the Board recognized two middle school wrestlers who won the state championship last month in their weight class.

  • Saul Ramirez, an 8th grade student at Station, is the state champion in the IESA Class AA 95 pound weight class.

  • Brennan O'Donnell, an 8th grade student at Prairie, is the state champion in the IESA Class AA 90 pound weight class.

Countryside student selected "Star-Spangled Student"
At the April 5 Board meeting, Countryside Elementary student Hamza Siddiqui led meeting attendees in reciting the Pledge of Allegiance. This is part of an initiative at Board meetings called the "Star-Spangled Student" which recognizes exemplary students. Hamza is a 1st grade student in the Foundations Program at Countryside, which focuses on teaching students independence, functional skills, and social pragmatics. The staff describe him as a great role model for all students, as Hamza always follows classroom and school expectations. He also has excellent math and art skills. Congrats Hamza! You can view the Star-Spangled Student beginning at 22 seconds in the meeting video.
Board recognizes elementary teachers who earned math micro-credential
At the April 5 Board meeting, the Board recognized more than 40 Barrington 220 elementary teachers who have earned a math micro-credential. A micro-credential is a short, competency-based recognition that allows teachers to demonstrate mastery in a particular area that supports students' success. It required a commitment of at least 30 hours of professional learning and gave teachers the opportunity to learn more about Math In Focus 2020, which is the district’s new elementary math curriculum this year. Click the video link above to learn more about the process! You can view the recognition beginning at 15:14 in the meeting video.
At the April 5 Board meeting representatives from educational consulting firm Hazard, Young, Attea & Associates (HYA) gave a presentation to the Board which included the data collected during the first phase of the district's strategic planning process "Framework 220".
During Phase 1, HYA conducted seven focus groups with about 260 district stakeholders, as well as interviews with Board of Education members and district leaders. In addition, all community members had the opportunity to complete an online community questionnaire about the state of the district. A total of 3,751 stakeholders completed the questionnaire. Click here to view the results from Phase 1.
Phase 2 "Learner Profile Development" will engage a small group of stakeholders this month to help create a draft of a learner profile that articulates the critical skills Barrington 220 aspires to develop within its students. 
Phase 3 "Strategic Plan Development" will engage a large group of stakeholders in a two-day summit on April 29 and April 30 that will focus on the development of the district's mission, vision and strategic priorities.

Board approves new Sunny Hill Principal
At the April 5 Board meeting, the Board approved Lizzeth Fausto as the new principal of Sunny Hill Elementary. Fausto comes to Barrington 220 from Elk Grove District 59, where she currently serves as an elementary Assistant Principal. Prior to her time in Elk Grove District 59, she worked in Bensenville School District 2 where she served as an Assistant Principal and Bilingual Consulting Teacher. Fausto earned her bachelor's degree in Bilingual/Bicultural & Elementary Education and a master's degree in Educational Leadership from Northeastern Illinois University. She will begin her new role in Barrington 220 on July 1, replacing Dr. Cynthia Armendariz-Maxwell who is retiring in June.
New district school resource officer
At the April 5 Board meeting, Dr. Hunt introduced the district's new School Resource Officer, Eve Gaitan. Gaitan joined the Barrington Police Department in December 2020. Prior to joining BPD, Gaitan worked for the McHenry County Sheriff's Office, Rosemont Public Safety, McHenry West Campus High School, and Grant Community High School. She will begin in her new role this summer.
Annual spring curriculum update
At the April 5 Board meeting, the Department of Teaching & Learning shared its annual spring curriculum update with the Board. The presentation highlighted the critical work accomplished in the areas of teaching and learning, as well as reviewed the district's established curriculum cycle which includes four stages: Research & Plan, Develop, Implement, and Monitor & Refine. This process is used to review and create new curriculum for every grade level.