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Notice of September 28 Board Meeting
09/26/2021
A Meeting of the Board of Education will be held on Tuesday, September 28, 2021, at 7 p.m. for Open Session, 6 p.m. for Closed Session. The meeting will be conducted in-person in the Lincoln Center Board Room, 1201 N. Sheridan Road. Closed Session will occur in Room 120.
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The Sweet Sounds of WHS Concert on October 7
09/24/2021
Waukegan High School’s annual Pasta & Pops concert is back with a new name and sweeter theme. The Waukegan Association of Music Partners will host “The Sweet Sounds of WHS” on Thursday, October 7 in the Trapp Auditorium.
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Response to Today’s Incident at WHS
09/23/2021
I am writing today in light of an alarming and disappointing event that occurred at one of our schools this morning. As many of you may be aware, there was a heavy police presence at the Waukegan High School-Washington Campus in response to a potential threat on campus
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WHS to Hold FAFSA/RISE Completion Event
09/22/2021
Next month Waukegan High School is hosting a FAFSA/RISE Completion Event to help support WHS seniors as they complete their financial aid documents.
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Diverse Learners Special Education Resource Fair
09/20/2021
Waukegan Community Unit School District #60 is giving parents of Diverse Learner students the opportunity to learn more about the various resources available to them during its Diverse Learners Special Education Resource Fair next month.
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Notice of Sept. 20 and Sept. 21 Board Meetings
09/18/2021
The monthly Operational Services & Student Achievement committee meetings of the Board of Education will be held on Tuesday, September 21, 2021, at 6 p.m. The meeting will be conducted in-person in the Lincoln Center Board Room, 1201 N. Sheridan Road.
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New Quarantine Support Plan for Students
09/16/2021
Earlier this week we publicly unveiled our Quarantine Support Plan, to support our students during required COVID quarantine periods. We recognize the importance of providing our students with instructional support while they are complying with required quarantine, and we appreciate our community’s patience as we finalized this important plan.
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District 60 Earns Communications Awards
09/15/2021
Waukegan Community Unit School District # 60 was recently recognized with four communication awards in the Illinois Chapter of the National School Public Relations Association's annual communications contest.
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Notice of Board Quorum Week of Sept. 13
09/15/2021
Members of the Board of Education are dedicated to the students of Waukegan, and to the community itself. Board Members routinely attend special events throughout the school district and the community. At times a majority of a quorum of Board of Education members may be in attendance at the same event. From September 15-18 six Board Members will be attending the Annual CUBE conference in Atlanta. No business will be conducted by the Board of Education at this event, and it is posted only as a matter of public information.
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Recap of September 14 Board Meeting
09/15/2021
The Board of Education voted to approve the purchase of new athletic uniforms for John R. Lewis and Edith Smith Middle School students. The total cost is $53,503. Due to the renaming of Jefferson and Webster Middle Schools to John R. Lewis and Edith Smith Middle School, the athletic uniforms will have to be updated as well to reflect the change.
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Early Release Change at 6 Schools for Sept. 15
09/14/2021
Waukegan Public Schools is making an emergency change to the early release time of six elementary schools for tomorrow, Wednesday, September 15. As a result of bus shortages and scheduling conflicts, Cooke, Glen Flora, Greenwood, Hyde Park, North and Whittier, will now dismiss only an hour earlier than scheduled, as opposed to the normal two-hour early dismissal.
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Notice for Sept. 13 and Sept. 14 Board Meetings
09/11/2021
A Meeting of the Board of Education will be held on Tuesday, September 14, 2021, at 7 p.m. for Open Session, 5:30 p.m. for Closed Session. The meeting will be conducted in-person in the Lincoln Center Board Room, 1201 N. Sheridan Road. Closed Session will occur in Room 120.
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WPS New Black Parent Network Welcome Meeting
09/10/2021
As part of our District's ongoing efforts to build a culture of equity and inclusion for all students, employees, and community members, our District is excited to announce the establishment of a new Black Parent Network (BPN).
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District 60 to Host Hispanic Heritage Celebration
09/10/2021
As part of its Districtwide observance of Hispanic Heritage Month, Waukegan Community Unit School District #60 will be hosting its annual Hispanic Heritage Month Celebration later this month.
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Still Accepting Homecoming Parade Entries
09/08/2021
Organizations interested in participating in this year's Waukegan High School Homecoming Parade still have time to submit their entry.
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Vaccination Requirements for Staff
09/08/2021
Last month Governor Pritzker announced that all school employees in Illinois must be vaccinated against COVID-19 or be tested weekly. The mandate requires that those working in our schools, including contracted employees and regular volunteers, be vaccinated or submit to weekly screening.
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Illinois Science State Assessment
09/07/2021
Last school year the state science assessment administration were postponed until this fall due to the on-going pandemic and the district’s hybrid focus. During the week of September 13, students in grade 6 will participate in the Illinois Science Assessment administration. Students in grades 9 and 12 will take the Illinois Science Assessment on September 29. The Illinois Science Assessment is given yearly to measure student proficiency in general science. The results of this assessment will provide information that district staff can use to inform appropriate curricular decisions. Please ensure that your student is aware and in attendance for the week.
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Volunteer Through F.R.I.E.N.D.S Program
09/07/2021
Waukegan Community Unit School District #60 and John R. Lewis Middle School is inviting the community to take part in the middle school's official renaming ceremony this weekend.
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Enter our Homecoming Decorating Contest!
09/02/2021
As part of District 60’s annual Homecoming celebration, this year our Family and Community Engagement (FACE) department is giving community members the chance to express their Bulldog pride by participating in the 2021 Homecoming Decorating Contest.
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Special Message - August 31
08/31/2021
This afternoon we were made aware that a driver working with our District’s contracted transportation company has been arrested and charged with criminal sexual assault. According to law enforcement officials, the charges stem from the individual’s misconduct with a minor relative.
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COVID Communications, Quarantine & Instruction
08/27/2021
During our Board of Education meeting earlier this week we shared information about COVID cases in our schools. Since that time, I have received questions from many of you seeking clarity about communication in these instances.
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ACCESS for English Learners State Assessment
08/26/2021
Last school year two state assessment administrations were postponed until this fall due to the on-going pandemic and the district’s hybrid focus -- the ACCESS for English Learners and the Illinois Science Assessment. The Illinois Science Assessment will be administered to students in grades 6, 9, and 12 next month in September.
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Recap of August 24 Board Meeting
08/26/2021
The Board of Education voted to approve the Board Resolution - Annual Waiver of Facilities Use Fees for Certain Non-Profit Organizations. This Resolution will establish an efficient means of granting annual facilities-use fee waivers to non-profit organizations who use District facilities on a regular basis.
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Professional Learning Days Schedule 2021/2022
08/25/2021
All Waukegan Community Unit School District # 60 schools are again participating in Professional Learning Days this school year. These days will allow for additional professional development opportunities for staff members, and will result in altered bell schedules on these days.
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PreK Registration Roundup on August 28
08/24/2021
Parents wishing to enroll their children in Waukegan Public Schools’ EPIC PreK program will have the opportunity to complete the registration process in one stop during the District's PreK Roundup event later this month.
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Notice of August 24 Board Meeting
08/22/2021
A Meeting of the Board of Education will be held on Tuesday, August 24, 2021, at 7 p.m. for Open Session, 6 p.m. for Closed Session. The meeting will be conducted in-person in the Lincoln Center Board Room, 1201 N. Sheridan Road. Closed Session will occur in Room 120.
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BPAC Welcome Meetings This Week
08/18/2021
Parents of Bilingual and Multicultural enrolled students are invited to learn more about the various resources available to them during our virtual Bilingual Parent Advisory Committee welcome meetings this month.
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My Stop Bus App is Now Live
08/17/2021
Waukegan Public School’s Versatrans’ “My Stop” bus tracking app is now live for the 2021-2022 school year. My Stop” can be accessed from any smartphone or tablet by downloading the app on Apple's App Store and Google Play, as well as from any computer at: https://vto.wps60.org/onscreen/Login.aspx
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PreK Informational Facebook Live Event on Aug. 19
08/17/2021
This Thursday, August 19, District 60 will host a informational PreK Facebook live event to assist parents who have yet to complete the registration process for the 2021-2022 school year.
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Notice of August 17 BOE Committee Meetings
08/15/2021
The monthly Operational Services & Student Achievement committee meetings of the Board of Education will be held on Tuesday, August 17, 2021, at 6 p.m. The meeting will be conducted in-person in the Lincoln Center Board Room, 1201 N. Sheridan Road.
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District 60 to Host Onam Celebration August 18
08/13/2021
Waukegan Community Unit School District # 60's Family and Community Engagement department will host a community-wide Onam Celebration on August 18 on Lincoln Center's lawn.
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Recap of August 10 Board Meeting
08/11/2021
The Board of Education voted to approve the renewal and expansion of Becoming a Man (BAM) in the amount of $931,616.15 for the 2021-2022 SY. Additionally, the Board approved the purchase of Working on Womanhood (WOW) for the 2021-2022 SY in the amount of $691,547.
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Welcome to the 2021-2022 School Year
08/11/2021
Ahead of our official first day of classes tomorrow, I want to wish everyone well as we begin the 2021-2022 school year. It is extremely exciting that in less than 24 hours we will be welcoming all of our families and students back into our buildings. I’m eager to experience the energy of our buildings tomorrow with everyone under one roof.
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Accommodation Requests for Masking and Attendance
08/10/2021
Waukegan Public Schools will begin the school year on August 12 with students reporting for full time in-person instruction. In accordance with District policy, and State of Illinois requirements, all students will be required to wear masks while inside our schools. Parents may request that their child receive accommodations for wearing a mask or attending school, based on a medical disability. Supports will also be made available to students for whom mask compliance is a concern for non-medical or behavioral reasons. Information on these requests can be found below.
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Notice of August 10 Board Meeting
08/08/2021
A Meeting of the Board of Education will be held on Tuesday, August 10, 2021, at 7 p.m. for Open Session, 6 p.m. for Closed Session. The meeting will be conducted in-person in the Lincoln Center Board Room, 1201 N. Sheridan Road. Closed Session will occur in Room 120.
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John R. Lewis Middle School Renaming Ceremony
08/05/2021
Waukegan Community Unit School District #60 and John R. Lewis Middle School is inviting the community to take part in the middle school's official renaming ceremony this weekend.
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Complete the Preparing for School Survey
08/05/2021
As we enter the final days prior to the start of the 2021-2022 school year, we know that many of our parents are experiencing a broad range of feelings as they prepare to send their children back to in-person instruction. For many of our families, this will be the first time in more than a year that their children will return to our buildings, and one of our foremost concerns is ensuring a smooth and comfortable transition back into the classroom.
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Join Us to Discuss the Upcoming School Year
08/03/2021
As the new school year draws closer we know there is a lot of information for our families to digest. Students will be back in our classrooms on August 12 in an environment that will look different than it did in the spring, and will certainly look and feel different than what many of our students may remember from the last time they attended school in-person back in March of 2020.
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Notice of Aug. 3 Special Meeting & Budget Workshop
08/01/2021
A Special Meeting of the Board of Education will be held on Tuesday, August 3, 2021, at 6 p.m. for Open Session. There will be no closed session. The meeting will be conducted in-person in the Lincoln Center Board Room, 1201 N. Sheridan Road. The regularly-scheduled Budget Workshop will follow the meeting.
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ESSER Return Continuity Plan
07/30/2021
On March 11, 2021, the American Rescue Plans (ARP) was signed into law. In it, the U.S. Department of Education is providing an additional $121.9 billion for the Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief Fund (ESSER III Fund). Waukegan Community Unit School District 60 (WPS60) is allotted a total of $50,586,354 in ESSER III (ARP). A total of $43,375,340 was made available directly to the District with a requirement that 20% of that amount must be spent to address learning loss. The remaining allocation is considered state level reservations for learning loss, summer enrichment and after school activities in amounts of $5,150,724, $1,030,145 and $1,030,145, respectively.
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Recap of July 28 Special Board Meeting
07/29/2021
The Board of Education voted to approve revisions to the following policies: Policy 5212 Grading; Policy 5213, Final Examinations. The Board of Education voted to approve the amendments to the Parent/Student Handbook on Rights and Responsibilities for the 2021-2022 school.
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Expected Health Protocols for Upcoming School Year
07/29/2021
Our first day of school is two weeks away, and we have some important information to share regarding expected health and safety protocols we will be following as we begin the 2021-2022 school year. The information in this letter mirrors health and safety details we presented to our Board of Education on July 28.
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Returning Student Registration Underway
07/28/2021
Families who missed the spring registration period will need to contact their child's school beginning Wednesday, July 28 to complete registration for the 2021-2022 school year.
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WPS to Host HVAC Contracting Presentation
07/26/2021
Waukegan Community Unit School District #60 is partnering with Johnson Controls to give local contractors the chance to learn more about opportunities related to the District’s 2022 HVAC upgrades.
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Summer School Graduation July 23
07/21/2021
Waukegan High School will celebrate the summer class of 2021 graduates this Friday, July 23, in the Trapp Auditorium.
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Reminder About Student Appearance Policy Changes
07/21/2021
As families prepare for the upcoming school year, we want to remind parents of elementary and middle school students that our schools no longer require students to wear uniform dress colors.
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July 31 Back to School Resource Giveaway
07/15/2021
We are writing to invite you to this year’s Back to School Resource Fair on July 31. The event will look and feel different this year, as the District continues to follow various COVID-related safety protocols.
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Edith Smith Middle School Renaming Ceremony
07/13/2021
Waukegan Community Unit School District #60 and Edith Smith Middle School is inviting the community to take part in the middle school's official renaming ceremony this weekend.
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SOPPA and Information About Students
07/01/2021
Our District has created an informational page on our website for our students and families to learn more about personal information associated with students under the Illinois Student Online Personal Protection Act (SOPPA).
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ESSER Funds Usage Survey
06/08/2021
Earlier this year President Joe Biden signed the American Rescue Plan (ARP) into law. The rescue plan included $122 billion in Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (ESSER) funds for school districts across the country.
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Chromebook Upgrades for Eligible Devices
06/07/2021
Our District’s Information Technology Services department will be beginning the process of upgrading student Chromebooks on Tuesday, June 8. This initiative will run through the end of July, and parents will have several opportunities to upgrade their child’s District-issued Chromebook.
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District 60 Summer Meals Program Begins This Month
06/03/2021
Waukegan Public Schools’ Summer Meals program will begin later this month at 18 school sites across the District. During the Summer Meals program, all Waukegan children, including those enrolled in the District's summer programming, will receive free breakfast and lunch.
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Notice of June 1 Board Equity Workshop
05/30/2021
A Special Equity Workshop for the Board of Education will be held on Tuesday, June 1, 2021, at 6:00 p.m. for Open Session. The meeting will be conducted in-person in the gymnasium of Whittier Elementary School, 901 N. Lewis Avenue.
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Wrapping Up the 2020-2021 School Year
05/28/2021
I hope this message finds you all well, and you are enjoying your final day before summer vacation. Today marks the conclusion of a school year that none of us will soon forget. So much has taken place between the beginning of the school year, and today.
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Recap of May 25 Board Meeting
05/26/2021
Special Presentations and Recognitions -The Board recognized former Board Member, Mr. Edgar Castellanos for this service on the Board from 2020-2021. -Representatives from the Waukegan High School JROTC recognized Board Member Ms. Lucy Leguizamo with its June Maguire Leadership Excellence Award. Additionally. Ms. Carolina Fabian was recognized with the JROTC Challenge Coin for her support of the organization’s Valentine’s for Vets program.
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Screening Day Added for WPS Accelerated Programs
05/25/2021
Waukegan Community Unit School District # 60 will offer an additional day of screening this Friday, May 28, for families interested in admission to the Project Discovery, GAP, and Cooke Magnet accelerated programs. Please click here to request a time slot.
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June 5 Vaccination Event at Waukegan High School
05/24/2021
On Saturday, June 5 we will be partnering with Walgreen’s to host another COVID-19 vaccination clinic at Waukegan High School’s Brookside Campus. This opportunity is available to anyone ages 12+ to receive their first dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine.
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Notice of May 25 Board Meeting
05/23/2021
A Meeting of the Board of Education will be held on Tuesday, May 25, 2021, at 7 p.m. for Open Session, 6 p.m. for Closed Session. The meeting will be conducted in-person. In an effort to safely accommodate the Board, staff, and members of the public, and to comply with Restore Illinois capacity limits, the meeting will be conducted in the Trapp Auditorium of the Waukegan High School Brookside Campus, 2325 Brookside Avenue. Closed Session will occur in Room E101.
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Food Service Distribution Changes for Summer
05/20/2021
Las Escuelas Públicas de Waukegan están haciendo cambios en su distribución de comidas al final de este mes.
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Special May 22 Closed Session Board Meeting
05/20/2021
A Special Meeting with Closed and Open Session of the Board of Education will be held on Saturday, May 22, 2021, at 9:00 a.m. in the Board Room at Lincoln Center. ​ Pursuant to 5 ILCS 120/2 (c) (16) the discussion will be held in Closed Session. The subject will be self evaluation conducted by a representative of the IASB. No action will be taken during the brief open session.
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WHS Graduation Ceremony Postponed to 6:30 p.m.
05/19/2021
Waukegan High School’s graduation ceremony for today, May 19, is being postponed an hour to 6:30 p.m. due to rain in the forecast.
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WHS Students Win Congressional Art Contest
05/19/2021
Two Waukegan High School students were recently announced as winners of Congressman’s Brad Schneider’s Congressional Art Competition. Seniors Kate Salinas and Kimberly Lagunas took first and second place respectively for their pieces, both of which were created with the theme “Unity.”
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Community Clothing Drive Events Planned
05/18/2021
Several Waukegan Community Unit School District #60 schools will be hosting clothing donation events as part of a Community Clothing Drive in the upcoming weeks.
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Class of 2021 Graduation Information
05/17/2021
Waukegan High School will host its 148th commencement exercises on Wednesday, May 19, Thursday, May 20 and Friday, May 21. The events will begin each evening at 5:30 p.m. at Weiss Field. An expected class of more than 700 students will make up Waukegan High School’s Class of 2021.
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Notice of May 18 Board Committee Meetings
05/16/2021
The monthly Operational Services & Student Achievement committee meetings of the Board of Education will be held on Tuesday, May 18, 2021, at 6 p.m. The meeting will be conducted in-person. In an effort to safely accommodate the Board, staff, and members of the public, and to comply with Restore Illinois capacity limits, the meeting will be conducted in the Trapp Auditorium of the Waukegan High School Brookside Campus, 2325 Brookside Avenue.
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Middle School 8th Grade Promotion Events
05/14/2021
Waukegan Public Schools’ five middle schools will host drive-through promotion events for 8th grade students on Monday, May 24. Each middle school will host separate events on school grounds to celebrate students’ matriculation to high school. Additional information on each schools’ celebration can be found below.
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Sports Programs for 5th-12th Graders
05/13/2021
Registration for our Athletic Department's FREE Summer Registration for our District's Sports Programs for 5th-12th grade students is now open. Families are encouraged to select as many sports as their schedule allows.
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Recap of May 11 Board Meeting
05/12/2021
Special Presentations -Representatives from Bravo Waukegan gave a presentation detailing some of the organizations' work with Waukegan students during the last year.
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May 25 Public Meeting for Home-Schooled Families
05/12/2021
On Tuesday May 25th, 2021 at 11:00 AM, a meeting conducted by Waukegan Community School District, will be taking place to discuss the District’s plans for providing special education services to students with disabilities who attend private schools or are home schooled within the District for the 2021-22 school year.
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Summer School Information Session
05/11/2021
This Thursday, May 13, our District will be hosting a live summer school information session beginning at 5 p.m. on the District's Facebook page.
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Infinite Campus Parent Portal Workshop
05/11/2021
This week our District will be hosting an Infinite Campus Parent Portal Workshop at Vertical Encounter Church in Waukegan. The event will take place Thursday, May 13, at 6:30 p.m., during which District staff will instruct parents on how to navigate the Infinite Campus Parent Portal.
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Notice of May 11 & May 12 Board Meetings
05/09/2021
A Meeting of the Board of Education will be held on Tuesday, May 11, 2021, at 7 p.m. for Open Session, 6 p.m. for Closed Session. The meeting will be conducted in-person. In an effort to safely accommodate the Board, staff, and members of the public, and to comply with Restore Illinois capacity limits, the meeting will be conducted in the Trapp Auditorium of the Waukegan High School Brookside Campus, 2325 Brookside Avenue. Closed Session will occur in Room E101.
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Vaccine Opportunity for Students Ages 12+
05/07/2021
In anticipation of Pfizer-BioNTech receiving Emergency Use Authorization from the Food and Drug Administration for its COVID-19 vaccine for children ages 12-15 next week, we have partnered with other districts in our area, to schedule a vaccine clinic in partnership with Walgreens to vaccinate students ages 12 and older.
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FAFSA Help for Seniors
05/07/2021
Waukegan High School will host special events next week to help seniors complete their required FAFSA forms. All students in the Class of 2021 are also required to complete the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) Application to graduate OR complete a non-participation form.
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Accelerated Programs Facebook Live Event
05/05/2021
On Thursday, May 6, District 60 will host a Facebook Live event focused on Accelerated Programs beginning at 6 p.m. During the informational event District staff will familiarize parents with our Accelerated program offerings, as well as how to complete the application process.
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Summer School Enrollment Open for Grades PreK-8
05/05/2021
Registration for Waukegan Public Schools’ summer program is now open for students enrolled in grades in pre-kindergarten through 8. Parents can enroll their children by clicking here. Parents may also contact their child’s school by May 18.
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Teacher Appreciation Video 2021
05/04/2021
Our school leaders have some special video messages for our amazing teachers today in honor of Teacher Appreciation Day!
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2021 Graduation Requirements Policy Revisions
05/03/2021
Last week our Board of Education took action to amend graduation requirements for the Waukegan High School Class of 2021. We know our students, families and the nation as a whole have been greatly impacted by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, as well as social unrest in our country. This year's graduates have completed the last 15 months of high school under extraordinary circumstances, including extended school closures and a fundamental change in how instruction is delivered through remote learning for the majority, if not all, of their Senior year.
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New Board of Education Members Seated
04/29/2021
The Waukegan Community Unit School District # 60 Board of Education officially seated four members on Wednesday, April 28. Mr. Jeff McBride, Ms. Anita Hanna, Mr.Brandon Ewing and Ms. Adriana Gonzalez were sworn in during a special organizational Board of Education meeting.
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Kinder & Returning Student Registration Event
04/28/2021
On Thursday, April 29, District 60 will be hosting a virtual Kindergarten and Returning Student Registration tutorial beginning at 5:30 p.m. on the District's Facebook page.
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Information about WPS60 Accelerated Programs
04/28/2021
Waukegan Community Unit School District # 60 offers accelerated programs for students in grades kindergarten through 8th grade. Those programs are spread across three buildings. Project Discovery is housed in Little Fort Elementary School and serves students in grades 3-5. The GAP program is housed in Thomas Jefferson Middle School and serves students in grades 6-8. The accelerated program at Cooke Magnet Elementary School serves students in grades K-5.
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Recap of April 27 Board Meeting
04/28/2021
The Board of Education voted to establish a COVID Carry-over Leave Bank with individual employee vacation balances as of 6/30/21 which is defined as employee earned vacation days in excess of 10 days that can be used during their tenure in District and/or unused days paid post termination, resignation or retirement at the FY 2020-2021 base rate of pay. Due to COVID19 and responsibilities associated with increased workloads, employees were not able to take allotted leave during SY2020-2021.
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Waukegan Virtual Middle School Art Show 2021
04/27/2021
Waukegan Community Unit School District #60 is excited to announce the winners of its 2021 Middle School Art Show.
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BOE Organizational Meeting on April 28
04/27/2021
Waukegan Community Unit School District # 60 will host a Special Board of Education Organizational Meeting on Wednesday, April 28 at the Brookside Campus’ Trapp Auditorium, 2325 Brookside Avenue.
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Hotspot Audit Events for Families
04/27/2021
I hope this message finds you well. When we began our transition into hybrid learning last year, our District provided extra supports for families, in order to help bridge the technological gap, and ensure everyone had access to the resources required to participate in online learning.
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Hotspot Recovery Events This Week
04/26/2021
Waukegan Public Schools will be hosting a series of Hotspot Recovery events this week. Any family that has a District hotspot that is inoperable, or is no longer needed, is encouraged to bring the device to the Welcome Center during one of the events below between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m.
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Notice of April 27 Board Meeting
04/25/2021
A Meeting of the Board of Education will be held on Tuesday, April 27, 2021, at 7 p.m. for Open Session, 6 p.m. for Closed Session. The meeting will be conducted in-person. In an effort to safely accommodate the Board, staff, and members of the public, and to comply with Restore Illinois capacity limits, the meeting will be conducted in the Trapp Auditorium of the Waukegan High School Brookside Campus, 2325 Brookside Avenue. Closed Session will occur in Room E101.
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WHS Students Earn Art Scholarships
04/23/2021
Waukegan High School students collectively earned more than $1 million in scholarships in recognition of their artwork recently as part of the annual Illinois High School Art Exhibition (IHSAE).
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District 60, Sen. Johnson Work on Legislation
04/23/2021
Waukegan Community Unit School District # 60 and State Senator Adriane Johnson have teamed up on legislation that could benefit school districts across Illinois. Senate Bill 813 (SB 813) will protect public schools from harsh financial penalties associated with COVID-related enrollment issues. Yesterday (April 22, 2021), the bill sailed out of the Illinois Senate in Springfield with overwhelming bi-partisan support (49 Yes, 6 No). The bill now goes to the Illinois House of Representatives.
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38 WHS Students Named State Scholars
04/22/2021
Nearly 40 Waukegan High School seniors were recognized this month by the Illinois Student Assistance Commission (ISAC) as “Illinois State Scholars.”
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Returning and New Student Registration Open
04/20/2021
A reminder that the registration process for returning students and incoming kindergarten students is currently underway.
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District 60 to Host Employment Facebook Live Event
04/20/2021
District 60 is teaming up with the College of Lake County to host a Facebook livestream this week highlighting the various employment resources available to parents, as well as how to find and apply for District jobs.
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Today’s Verdict and Support for Families
04/20/2021
This afternoon the world watched as the verdict was announced in the trial of Derek Chauvin, the former police officer charged in George Floyd’s death. Mr. Floyd’s tragic and unnecessary death was the catalyst of social justice demonstrations last summer, and people around the world came together and used their collective voice to speak up against racism and to demand justice.
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Notice of Monthly Board Committee Meetings
04/18/2021
The monthly Operational Services & Student Achievement committee meetings of the Board of Education will be held on Tuesday, April 20, 2021, at 6 p.m. The meeting will be conducted in-person. In an effort to safely accommodate the Board, staff, and members of the public, and to comply with Restore Illinois capacity limits, the meeting will be conducted in the Trapp Auditorium of the Waukegan High School Brookside Campus, 2325 Brookside Avenue.
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High School Bus Transportation
04/15/2021
In response to COVID-19 capacity limits, there will be a change in how students who normally ride PACE bus transportation will be picked up for school.
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Vaccine Interest Questionnaire for Students
04/15/2021
Earlier this week we shared exciting information about an upcoming vaccine opportunity for Waukegan Public Schools’ students 16 and older to receive a free COVID-19 vaccine at upcoming events at the Waukegan High School - Brookside Campus. These student vaccinations are being made possible thanks to a partnership with Passport Health, and collaborations with Deerfield High School, Highland Park High School, North Chicago High School and Zion-Benton High School.
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Board Officially Renames Jefferson, Webster
04/14/2021
The Waukegan Community Unit School District # 60 Board of Education officially voted to rename Thomas Jefferson Middle School and Daniel Webster Middle School during its April 13 Board Meeting.
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Recap of April 13 Board of Education Meeting
04/14/2021
The Board of Education voted to approve the purchase of 75 iPads and cases to be used in conjunction with the Crisis GO Safety iPass software for scanning WPS60 staff, students and visitors upon entry to all buildings. The estimated cost is $25,000.
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Important Information about Spring Assessments
04/13/2021
The end of the school year is fast approaching, and with that comes State-required Spring assessments. Each Spring, students across the nation participate in standardized assessments in various subject areas to measure student proficiency on State standards. Large-scale standardized assessments are one lens through which students, parents, teachers, and administrators can view progress towards proficiency alongside classroom level assessments.
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Vaccination Opportunity for Students
04/13/2021
We are writing today to inform you of an exciting opportunity for eligible Waukegan High School students to receive a free COVID-19 vaccination. Thanks to a partnership with Passport Health, WHS students 16 and older will be eligible to receive the Pfizer vaccine at WHS-Brookside Campus beginning the first week of May.
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District to Host Mindfulness Facebook Live Event
04/13/2021
Waukegan Community Unit School District #60 is teaming up with the Waukegan-based Lakes Behavioral Hospital to help teach parents about practicing mindfulness with their children.
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Notice of April 13 Board Meeting
04/11/2021
A Meeting of the Board of Education will be held on Tuesday, April 13, 2021, at 7 p.m. for Open Session, 6 p.m. for Closed Session. The meeting will be conducted in-person. In an effort to safely accommodate the Board, staff, and members of the public, and to comply with Restore Illinois capacity limits, the meeting will be conducted in the Trapp Auditorium of the Waukegan High School Brookside Campus, 2325 Brookside Avenue. Closed Session will occur in Room E101.
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April 12 is an Institute Day
04/09/2021
I hope this letter finds you well. As we transition to in-person learning for those families who choose to, I’d like to share my appreciation for the resilience and patience displayed of our school communities. For more than a year, our teachers have worked tirelessly to effectively adapt and refine their virtual instruction, and to implement new technologies designed to better engage students.
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The Importance of Safety Protocols
04/09/2021
As we wrap up our first week of Hybrid learning, I want to express the pride I feel for families and staff for your efforts to make these first days a success. It was amazing to visit schools this week and see teachers and students back in the same classroom for the first time in more than a year. Though the classrooms were smaller than we were used to, with less than 40 percent of our families opting for hybrid learning, this week gave me confidence that we can continue our transition moving forward.
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Apply to Join the Equity Advisory Council
04/08/2021
District 60's Department of Equity and Inclusion will be establishing an Equity Advisory Council.
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2021 Virtual Elementary Art Show
04/07/2021
Waukegan Community Unit School District #60’s annual Elementary Art Show has gone virtual this year. The District-wide 2020-2021 art show is a snapshot of the amazing artwork created virtually by Waukegan elementary students this year.
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April & May Virtual Parent Training Events
04/05/2021
Waukegan Public Schools is partnering with the Waukegan Public Library to host five more weeks of informational live streams for parents throughout April and May. These events, which will be conducted in English and Spanish, will cover a wide variety of topics related to the District’s technology.
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Beginning our Transition to Hybrid Learning
04/04/2021
The day we have been anticipating for more than a year is here -- tomorrow is our first day welcoming students back into our buildings for in-person learning. The last year has been challenging for all of us, but throughout this process I have been continuously inspired by our amazing Waukegan Public Schools community, and the strength of our spirit.
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Changes to Food Distribution Schedules
04/01/2021
Waukegan Public Schools is making a change to its community-wide meal distribution schedule, to coincide with the start of hybrid instruction.
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Safety iPass - Our Student Screener
03/31/2021
With in-person attendance beginning next week, we want to introduce our families to Safety iPass, our District's new staff, student and visitor screener tool. This tool is used to screen all staff, students and visitors to ensure everyone entering our buildings is healthy and not subject to COVID restrictions. Safety iPass is created by CrisisGo, a platform we already use in our District. We officially launched the program this week with our staff and visitors, and next week we will begin the screening of students as well.
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Recap of March 30 Board Meeting
03/31/2021
The Board of Education voted to approve the professional development contract for Spring of 2021 with GLAD-Guided Language Acquisition Design to train 118 teachers at a cost of $128,400. The Board of Education voted to execute the purchase of professional development fees for Instructional Leadership Team members to attend the Writer's Institute at Teacher's College of Columbia University for Lyon Magnet School for a total of $5,950.
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Kindergarten and Returning Student Registration
03/30/2021
Waukegan Community Unit School District # 60’s online kindergarten registration for the 2021/2022 school year will open Thursday, April 1. Returning student registration will begin April 5. More information on these registrations can be found below.
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March 29 Hybrid Learning Q&A
03/29/2021
District 60 will be hosting another Hybrid Transition Q&A at 5 p.m. this evening. This week's session will cover the District's CrisisGo Safety iPass certification system and more.
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Notice of March 30 Board Meeting
03/28/2021
A Rescheduled Meeting of the Board of Education will be held on Tuesday, March 30, 2021, at 7 p.m. for Open Session, 6 p.m. for Closed Session. This Regular meeting was previously scheduled for March 23, 2021. The meeting will be conducted in-person. In an effort to safely accommodate the Board, staff, and members of the public, and to comply with Restore Illinois capacity limits, the meeting will be conducted in the Trapp Auditorium of the Waukegan High School Brookside Campus, 2325 Brookside Avenue. Closed Session will occur in Room E101.
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District 60 Awarded Meritorious Budget Award
03/23/2021
Waukegan Community Unit School District # 60 has again been recognized with a Meritorious Budget Award (MBA) for the 2020-2021 budget year, from the Association of School Business Officials International (ASBO).
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Student Hybrid Assignments Now Available
03/22/2021
I hope you are all enjoying your Spring Break. We are writing today to inform families that ‘A’ and ‘B’ schedule assignments for students who have opted into Hybrid Learning are now available for parents to view. Our school district has finalized the assignment of students into A schedule (Monday and Wednesday), B schedule (Tuesday and Thursday), or fully virtual schedule, based on parents’ structure preference.
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March 23 Board Meeting Moved to March 30
03/21/2021
The Board of Education meeting scheduled for Tuesday, March 23, 2021 has been moved to Tuesday, March 30, 2021, to accommodate the District's Spring Break. Open session for the March 30 meeting will begin at 7 p.m. An agenda for that meeting will be forthcoming in the days prior to the meeting’s date.
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March 22 is Spring Break Week
03/19/2021
Waukegan Community Unit School District # 60's official Spring Break will be the week of March 22. During this week, schools will be closed, and there will be no instruction. The week of March 29 will be dedicated to staff orientation and training, ahead of the start of Hybrid Learning. On March 29-April 1, staff will be in attendance, but there will be no student instruction, or student attendance. April 2 is Good Friday, and our District will be closed. Instruction resumes on Monday, April 5.
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No Meal Distribution During Spring Break
03/17/2021
Waukegan Public Schools will be modifying its meal distribution services in advance of Spring Break, in an effort to support students while schools are closed during the week of March 22. No meal distribution events will be hosted during the week of March 22, however, we are doubling the amount of meals families receive this week.
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Staying Safe During Spring Break
03/16/2021
Next week our District will begin its Spring Break. As I am sure you’re aware, as part of our transition to Hybrid Learning, this year's Spring Break for students has been extended by an extra week while staff prepare for the return to in-person learning. This means Spring Break will begin Monday March 22, and instruction for students will not resume until Monday, April 5. During the week of March 29, staff will return to our buildings for a week dedicated to orientation, safety protocols and professional development.
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Watch our March 15 Hybrid Transition Q&A
03/16/2021
Last night our District hosted a Hybrid Transition Q&A on our our Facebook page. Anyone who missed the stream, but is still interested in watching it can do so here.
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Summer School Interest Survey
03/15/2021
Waukegan Public Schools will be offering all students in grades PreK-12 the opportunity to participate in a summer school program for Summer 2021. To assist with planning, we are requesting that all families complete a brief survey, so we can gauge parent and student interest in attending one of our summer programs.
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District to Host Live Hybrid Transition Q&A
03/14/2021
On March 15, our District will host a live bilingual Hybrid Learning Transition Q&A for our families.
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District to Resume In-Person Board Meetings
03/12/2021
The undersigned President of the Board of Education, hereby gives notice that beginning the week of March 15, the Board of Education for Waukegan Community Unit School District # 60 will resume in-person public meetings. Meetings will also continue to be broadcasted live on the District’s YouTube channel.
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Lyon Accepting Student Applications for 2021-2022
03/11/2021
The fall registration period for enrollment in Lyon Magnet School has begun. Enrollment is open to all WPS students living within the district's attendance boundaries. Families interested in enrolling in Lyon Magnet are required to submit an application, which can be found at the school, or can be downloaded here: application
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Waukegan Community Unit School District # 60’s Birth to Three Program recently received a “Quality Confirmation” designation for its early childhood Baby TALK program.
Birth to Three Program Earns Quality Conformation
03/10/2021
Waukegan Community Unit School District # 60’s Birth to Three Program recently received a “Quality Confirmation” designation for its early childhood Baby TALK program.
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Recap of March 9 Board Meeting
03/10/2021
Members of the Jefferson renaming committees gave a presentation detailing the process they undertook to to rename the schools, and three finalists were presented to the Board of Education. Finalists or Jefferson include: Barack and Michelle Obama Middle School, John Lewis Middle School, and Dolores Huerta & Cesar Chavez Middle School. Finalists for Webster include: Ellen Ochoa Middle School, Katherine Johnson Middle Schools and Edith Smith Middle School.
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Announcing the Start of Hybrid Learning
03/09/2021
Over the last 12 months, our District has worked to adapt to a new way of life. We’ve been forced to radically change how we learn, teach, and support our families through this global pandemic. We know this prolonged uncertainty has made life challenging for all of us, but throughout this process I have been continuously inspired by the resilience and adaptability of our amazing Waukegan Public Schools community, and the strength of our spirit.
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Information about the Pandemic EBT Program
03/08/2021
The Illinois Department of Human Services is again sharing some valuable information for families regarding the State’s Pandemic EBT (P-EBT) program. P-EBT is a food assistance benefit for students who receive free or reduced-price meals in schools under the National School Lunch Program. P-EBT benefits will help Illinois families buy food during the COVID-19 pandemic.
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Notice of March 9 Board Meeting
03/07/2021
A Regular Meeting of the Board of Education will be held on Tuesday, March 9, 2021, at 7 p.m. for Open Session, 6 p.m. for Closed Session. The meeting will be conducted entirely remotely via GoToMeeting. Members of the public can join the meeting from a computer, tablet or smartphone by visiting https://global.gotomeeting.com/join/423225093. There is also an option to dial in using your phone by calling (571) 317-3129. When prompted, enter the access code: 423-225-093.
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Cooke Accepting Student Applications for 2021-2022
03/05/2021
Waukegan’s Cooke Magnet School is now accepting applications for entrance testing for the 2021-2022 school year, for students entering kindergarten through grade 5. Limited enrollment opportunities are available for students entering grades 1-5. ​
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Hybrid Learning Check-In
03/04/2021
Last month we announced that our District’s Hybrid Plan schedule could be beginning as early as mid-March. Determining timelines for announcements regarding Hybrid instruction is never an easy task, and oftentimes we lack the clarity we hoped for as a targeted date approaches.
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Discover UWLC's 211 Helpline
03/03/2021
Tomorrow, March 4, our District's Family and Community Engagement Department is teaming up with the United Way of Lake County for this week's Family Workshop. Tune in at 5:30 p.m. to our Facebook page to learn more about the resources available to families who use the UWLC's 24-hour information and referral 211 hotline.
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Flor Carter Named Golden Apple Finalist
03/02/2021
Ms. Flor Carter, interim principal at Waukegan Public Schools’ Alternative/Optional Education Center was recently announced as a finalist for the 2021 Golden Apple Awards for Excellence in Leadership.
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District 60 Hybrid Safety Videos
02/26/2021
Following several months of planning, our District is in the process of finalizing our preparations for the eventual return of students and staff to our buildings. While this planning process has been all encompassing across our District’s departments, our largest emphasis has been centered around implementing new ways to ensure the safety of our students, staff and visitors upon their return.
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Recap of February 23 Board Meeting
02/24/2021
Special Recognitions and Presentations - Representatives from Waukegan to College gave a presentation about the organization and its goals. - District leadership gave a presentation celebrating District principals and assistant principals for their continued efforts during the ongoing pandemic.
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WHS Program PLACCE's Mask Up For Love
02/23/2021
Students in Waukegan High School's Program PLACCE recently delivered 125 masks to Bayside Terrace, LLC. in Waukegan. As part of a class project called "Mask Up for Love," students and staff members worked collaboratively to make and deliver the masks to the residents at the facility.
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Notice of February 24 Special Meeting
02/23/2021
A special Meeting to review the Superintendent's evaluation, will be held on Wednesday, February 24, 2021, at 6:00 p.m. primarily in Closed Session. The meeting will be conducted entirely remotely via GoToMeeting. No action will be taken during a brief open session.
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Spots Still Available for Paint & Celebrate Event
02/22/2021
There's still time to reserve a paint kit to participate in our District's virtual Paint and Celebrate event this Thursday, February 25.
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Notice of February 23 Board Meeting
02/21/2021
A Regular Meeting of the Board of Education will be held on Tuesday, February 23, 2021, at 7 p.m. for Open Session, 6 p.m. for Closed Session. The meeting will be conducted entirely remotely via GoToMeeting. Members of the public can join the meeting from a computer, tablet or smartphone by visiting https://global.gotomeeting.com/join/423225093.
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