Dear LFHS Parent/Guardian,
As we near the finish of our first week following break, I have a few updates and observations to share.
I want to commend our students, parents, teachers and staff for their perseverance this week as we continue to work through some technical issues with the Schoology platform. While our district has been an early adopter of e-Learning, more schools across the country are continuing to come online and, as they do, it puts additional strain on the platform. As you heard from Dr. Holland yesterday , Schoology engineers are working as quickly as possible to get the platform back to 100% functionality and we continue to identify and share short-term solutions with our teachers and students. In the meantime, I ask that we all remain patient and flexible.
As you may know, in mid-March, homes across the country began receiving invitations to complete the 2020 Census . The Constitution mandates that a census be taken every 10 years to count all people living in the United States. Getting a complete and accurate count of the population impacts the federal funds that communities receive each year for infrastructure, hospitals, fire departments— and schools . If you have not yet filled out your 2020 Census, you can do so online, over the phone or by mail. It’s easy and takes about the same amount of time as scrolling through your Netflix menu. Please don’t miss this important opportunity.
Caring for Each Other
It has been an inspiration to see our community finding so many ways to give back during this challenging time. Some of you have been asking us how you can help. In Lake County, school districts are partnering with other districts in close geographic proximity. Our neighbors in North Chicago are desperately in need of the basics. North Chicago Community Partners (NCCP) is currently accepting donations for emergency food kits, infant care, household hygiene, and/or family engagement such as books and puzzles. Thank you to our parent groups who have promoted this initiative. For more information please contact NCCP Executive Director Jennifer Grumhaus or visit www.northchicagocommunitypartners.org.
What we need most from our parents here in our own district is to keep doing what you’re doing, supporting your students’ emotional well-being, encouraging them to stay engaged, providing us with feedback, and continuing to champion our staff. You are truly the wind in our sails.
Finding the Positives
As we begin a new month of remote learning, I am struck by the resilience I see in our students, their families, our teachers, and staff. One key to resilience is remaining practical while also finding the positives in an unanticipated situation. With that in mind, our LFHS New Media students have begun producing a series called Inside-N-Out. In this video, junior Lauren Fabbri encourages us to “find those little things that make you happy in this complicated time.”
With Monday, April 6 , designated as a remote learning planning day for our teachers and a day of no course work for our students, I hope you will take some time to “find those little things that make you happy” and share them with the ones you love.
And while you’re at it, please consider sharing a few of the things that are making you “happy in this complicated time” at c firstname.lastname@example.org . I will include some of them in my future messages.
I look forward to communicating with you again next week.
Michael V. Simeck