December 2018
Dear District 67 Community Member,
 
To keep you informed, we will be sending you the District 67 Board Report on a monthly basis. Please note: These are not the official minutes of the Board of Education. Minutes once approved, all board agendas, packets, and videos can be found here. 
President's Report
Mike Borkowski shared his comments from a recent staff gathering. Mike noted his view of District 67 as both a Board member and parent and commented that he has witnessed a complete transformation of how education is delivered. He reported that inclusion rates have risen dramatically over the past five years, co-taught classrooms have been introduced, and there has been a reduction in the use of the traditional pull-out model. Mike reported that teachers are literally creating brand new classes with new curriculum, in order to deliver instruction to students who have non-traditional learning styles.

Mike commented that at Board meetings it is regularly discussed how the District’s Vision is to meet every student where he or she is, and to provide individualized education - that is exactly what our teachers are doing: providing individualized and differentiated teaching to our 1,600 students every day.

Mike noted that the transformation requires money and the Board is committed to providing the financial resources to make this transformation a reality. The Board has provided resources for professional development, additional staff and coaches, and upgrading District facilities. The Board is currently reviewing plans for new science labs that many educators had a hand in designing.

Mike thanked the “incredibly awesome team,” who is living and breathing the District Vision that revolves around the central theme that every single student matters, and working incredibly hard to implement it every day. Mike noted he is grateful for many things this year, including working with six fantastic Board members, a great Superintendent, and a truly outstanding staff! View video for complete report
Superintendent's Report
Mike Simeck congratulated the Deer Path Robotics Varsity and JV LEGO Robotics Teams that recently competed in the regional qualifier. The DPM Varsity Team received the first place project award and also won second place overall. The Varsity Team will be competing in the State Championship in January. Mike also recognized Alexandra Makowiecki, Shalini Krishnaswamy, Alix Anderson, Taylor Ross, and Alia Attar who were all accepted into the American Choral Directors Association National Choir. These five singers will be representing our District at the ACDA National Conference in Kansas City and will perform in front of 2,000 choir directors.

Mike discussed the TASH Conference that was attended by teams of educators from both District 67 and LFHS. TASH advocates for the inclusion of students with significant learning differences. The findings from the conference included the data that no studies indicate that separation of students is beneficial and that there is a positive impact on all students when there is inclusion. View video for complete report
Assessment Report – Milestone 3
Susan Milsk, Director of Teaching and Learning, noted that the Assessment Report focuses on growth and proficiency. She commented that District 67 students continue to demonstrate a higher growth rate than both the state and nation and that math growth on the PARCC tests is on par with our peer districts. Susan noted that PARCC data provides actionable information for curricular alignment.
Strategic Plan Update
Kate Cavanaugh, Special Education Coordinator, overviewed the Foundations and CHAMPS programs and highlighted the continuum of student behavior supports. Kate commented that this is a proactive and systemic method of providing preventative measures of support to students. View written report View video
Education Committee
Jeff Folker reported that the Committee reviewed and provided feedback on the Academic Assessment Report. Susan Milsk will coordinate a field trip for Committee members to visit a classroom to observe co-teaching to gain a better understanding of how a co-taught classroom functions. View written report View video
North Suburban Special Education District (NSSED)
Alice LeVert reported that NSSED is looking for a new Chief School Business Officer. She commented that each month Dr. Schneider is providing professional development for the Leadership Council. Alice noted that the TASH Conference brings together the “best of the best” and looks for solutions, not barriers. NSSED enrollment is 365.7 students, 10.6 less than budgeted, but the current deficit should be eliminated by the end of the year. Alice provided information on IDEA Grants, the Assessment Schedule, office support professional development and a Policy Committee update.
Spirit of 67 Foundation
Suzanne Sands reported family participation district-wide is just over 62%. The Sheridan and Cherokee School communities have each reached participation rates of 80% or greater and as such have earned a $1,000 Founder’s Grant. Everett is approaching 70% and DPM 62% participation. Grant applications are due January 31, 2019. Visit the Spirit of 67 website at www.spirit of67foundation.org for more information. 
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Next Meeting
Tuesday, January 22, 2019, 7:00pm, Administration Center/West Campus, Board Room