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Parent-Teacher Advisory Committee Seeking Parents
12/02/2022
Waukegan Public Schools’ is seeking parents to join its Parent-Teacher Advisory Committee (PTAC). PTAC works with teachers, administrators, community members and the Board of Education to support the understanding and use of the Parent/Student Handbook on Rights and Responsibilities.
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Student Board Member Application Deadline Extended to Dec. 11
12/01/2022
The deadline to submit applications for Waukegan Public Schools’ Student Board Member position is being extended to Sunday, December 11. This is to allow students an extra weekend to complete required materials.
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December Waukegan Schools’ Holiday Concerts
11/30/2022
It’s the most wonderful time of the year for school concerts, and Waukegan Public Schools students have more than 20 shows planned in the upcoming weeks to fill you with holiday cheer.
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Reminder: Dec. 1 Strategic Plan Town Hall Meeting
11/30/2022
On Thursday, December 1, District 60 families will have the opportunity to share their feedback as we work to update our strategic plan, Destination 2028, during our first Strategic Planning Town Hall Meeting. The event will begin at 6 p.m. in the WHS-Brookside Campus, in the Brett Theater. This is the first of five in person and virtual events strategic plan town hall events scheduled for December.
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Student Food Service Survey
11/29/2022
We want to know your opinion on food service in Waukegan Schools. Our District is exploring the possibility of working with a new food service vendor, and as we begin this search we want to learn more about what is important to our students in grades 6-12.
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Notice of Possible Board Quorum
11/29/2022
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. On November 29 Board Members may participate in a Right to Read video discussion at the WHS-Brookside Campus. No business will be conducted by the Board of Education at this events, and they are posted only as a matter of public information.
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Recap of November 22 Board Meeting
11/23/2022
The Board voted to approve amendment 12 to the Superintendent's contract, setting forth her performance goals for the 2022-2023 school year. The Board of Education and the Superintendent have conferred and developed Performance Goals for the 2022-2023 School Year, pursuant to the requirements of her contract. The proposed action formally adopts the agreed goals as an amendment to her contract.
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Thanksgiving Break is November 23-November 25
11/22/2022
Waukegan Public Schools will be closed on November 23, November 24 and November 25 for Thanksgiving Break 2022. Classes resume on Monday, November 28.
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Join Us for Strategic Planning Town Hall Meetings
11/21/2022
In recent months our District has undertaken work on expanding our Strategic Plan, Destination 2022. We want to thank all of you who provided input earlier this fall through our strategic plan surveys. Those surveys provided valuable information to us about what our stakeholders value, and where you all feel our District has been successful, as well as where we have room for improvement.
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Notice of November 22 Board Meeting
11/20/2022
A meeting of the Board of Education will be held on Tuesday, November 22, 2022, 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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WHS Annual Madrigal Dinner on Dec. 2 & 3
11/17/2022
Hear ye, hear ye! Tickets are now on sale for the Waukegan High School Music Department’s annual Renaissance Feast (Madrigal Dinner) on Friday, December 2 and Saturday, December 3.
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District 60 Celebrates School Board Members Day 2022
11/15/2022
Waukegan Community Unit School District No. 60 joins school districts across Illinois in celebrating School Board Members’ Day. Board Members’ Day is celebrated annually on November 15. The annual event celebrates and thanks the unpaid volunteers who serve school districts across the state for the benefit of their stakeholders, and provide a voice for the communities they represent. The theme of this year’s event is “Partners in Excellence.”
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Student Board Member Search 2023
11/15/2022
The Waukegan Community Unit School District #60 Board of Education is looking for current WHS sophomores and juniors to apply for its soon-to-be open Student Board Member position for 2023.
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Waukegan High School’s College Prep Series
11/14/2022
Waukegan High School will host the first in a series of seminars designed to guide students through each phase of the college application process as part of the schools’ College Prep Series.
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Notice of November 15 Special & Committee Meetings
11/12/2022
A Special Closed Session Meeting of the Board of Education will be held on Tuesday, November 15, 2022. The meeting will be in Closed Session beginning at 5 p.m. On November 15, 2022 the regularly-scheduled Student Achievement and Operation Services Committee meetings will be held beginning at 6 p.m in the Lincoln Center Board Room.
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District 60's Guest Principal Day November 10
11/07/2022
Two dozen local officials, business leaders, community partners, and more will experience a day as Waukegan Public Schools principal during District 60’s annual Guest Principal Day on Thursday, November 10.
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Notice of November 9 Board Meeting
11/06/2022
A meeting of the Board of Education will be held on Wednesday, November 9, 2022, 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. The meeting was moved from November 8, because District 60 is closed for Election Day
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Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Nov. 5-6
11/01/2022
Waukegan High School students will perform Roald Dahl's Charlie and the Chocolate Factory at the Trapp Auditorium November 4 through November 6.
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Reviewing Policies and Practices
10/31/2022
As we begin our week, I want to take a moment to reflect on the concerning event that transpired last week, involving a physical altercation between a student and substitute teacher in one of our middle school classrooms​​. I know many of you were as troubled by the news of this incident as I was. The actions of the substitute teacher were inappropriate, unnecessary and as I stated last week, this individual will not be working for our District again.
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New State Report Card and School Designations
10/27/2022
New designations released by the Illinois State Board of Education this week show that Waukegan High School, along with all 15 District 60 elementary schools are rated in one of the State’s two highest designation tiers, with one school – Clark Elementary School – maintaining an Exemplary designation.
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Incident in the Community
10/26/2022
We are writing to make you aware of an incident that occurred this afternoon in the community, which resulted in several of our buildings being placed on lockdown. Shortly before 1:30 p.m. we received a report of a shooting in the area near several of our buildings.
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Incident at Jack Benny Middle School
10/25/2022
Earlier today there was an incident inside a Jack Benny Middle School classroom involving a physical altercation between a student and substitute staff member. Let me begin by saying that this type of behavior by any trusted adult in one of our schools is completely unacceptable, and any staff conduct that compromises the safety and well-being of students has not and will not be tolerated.
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Notice of October 26 Special Board Meeting
10/24/2022
The Board of Education will host a Special Meeting on ​Wednesday, October 26, 2022. The meeting will be in Closed Session beginning at 6 p.m. in Room 120 at Lincoln Center for the purpose of discussing annual contractual goals for the Superintendent. This meeting will be held in Closed Session. No official Board action will be taken at this meeting.
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Notice of October 25 Board Meeting
10/23/2022
A meeting of the Board of Education will be held on Tuesday, October 25, 2022, 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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Buddy Up Against Bullying Spirit Week
10/21/2022
Waukegan Public Schools will celebrate its first ever Bullying Preventions spirit week beginning Monday, October 24. Throughout the week staff and students will participate in themed events to promote kindness and positivity in Waukegan schools in observance of National Bullying Prevention Month.
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DL Skills for Effective Parent Advocacy Training
10/21/2022
District 60 will be hosting online informational presentations for Diverse learner families later this month to help train parents on a variety of skills and techniques that will allow them to more effectively advocate for their child.
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Notice of October 20 Special Board Meeting
10/18/2022
The Board of Education will host a Special Meeting on Thursday, October 20, 2022. The meeting will be in Closed Session beginning at 6 p.m. in Room 120 at Lincoln Center for the purpose of discussing annual contractual goals for the Superintendent. This meeting will be held in Closed Session. No official Board action will be taken at this meeting.
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Board Members Recognized by IASB
10/17/2022
The Illinois Association of School Boards (IASB) honored four Waukegan Public Schools Board of Education Members during the annual IASB Lake Division Dinner last week, in recognition of their dedication to learning and leadership.
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Notice of October 17 Board Workshop & October 18 Committee Meeting
10/15/2022
A Special Meeting of the Board of Education will be held on Monday, October 17, 2022, at 6 p.m. for Open Session. The purpose of the meeting is to conduct a Strategic Plan Board workshop. ​ On Tuesday, October 18, 2022 the Board will host its monthly Student Achievement and Operations Services committee meetings. Those meetings will begin at 6 p.m.
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Parent Teacher Conferences October 19, 20
10/12/2022
Waukegan Community Unit School # 60 will host Parent-Teacher Conferences on Wednesday, October 19 and Thursday, October 20. Conferences are returning to an in-person format this year.
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Recap of October 11 Board Meeting
10/12/2022
The Board of Education voted to approve the upgrade of the District's current security system at the following sites: WHS Brookside Campus, Warehouse, Operations, Cooke, McCall, Clark, Oakdale and Lyon. The quoted total is $323,425. The final total is $355,757.50, which includes a 10% contingency of $32,342.
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Fall Assessment Results This Week
10/11/2022
Students and teachers have been working hard this year welcoming students back, determining student needs, and planning and delivering instruction. This fall students participated in a variety of assessments in reading, math, and science. The results of those assessments will be shared with families this week
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WHS Teacher Honored by Bears
10/11/2022
Waukegan High School teacher Ms. Helene Duda was honored today by the Chicago Bears as a “Classroom Legend” during a special surprise ceremony in her classroom. The program, which is in partnership with CDW, celebrates Chicago area teachers who go above and beyond for their students.
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Notice of October 11 Board Meeting
10/09/2022
A meeting of the Board of Education will be held on Tuesday, October 11, 2022, at 7:00 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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Notice of November 2 Special Board Meeting
10/03/2022
The Board of Education will host a Special Meeting on Wednesday, November 2, 2022. The meeting will be in Closed Session beginning at 6 p.m. in Room 120 at Lincoln Center for the purpose of discussing annual contractual goals for the Superintendent. This meeting will be held in Closed Session. No official Board action will be taken at this meeting.
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Election Packets for 2023 BOE Candidates
09/23/2022
Nominating petition packets for the April 4, 2023, consolidated election for the Waukegan Community Unit School District #60 Board of Education are available through the Office of the County Clerk. Three seats on the seven-member Board of Education will be filled during the April election. All three seats will serve four-year terms expiring in April 2027.
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‘Celebration of Languages’ Reading Circle
09/07/2022
Waukegan Public Schools is teaming up with the Education Equity Program to host a special reading circle celebrating a variety of cultures later this month.
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Notice of June 14 Board Meeting
06/12/2022
A meeting of the Board of Education will be held on Tuesday, June 14, 2022, at 7:00 p.m. for Open Session, 5 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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Summer Family Field Trips 2022
05/31/2022
Waukegan Public Schools summer family field trips are returning! Our District’s Family and Community Engagement (FACE) Department has three trips planned for this summer for a variety of adventures. The Family Field Trip program is open to all WPS families. All three field trips will include free bus transportation to and from to the destination.
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Supports and Safety in Waukegan Schools
05/25/2022
It is with great sadness that I write to you all today, on the heels of another senseless and tragic school shooting.
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Recap of March 21 Special Meeting
03/22/2022
The Board of Education voted to approve the purchase of a 66-passenger yellow bus and two (2) 14-passenger activity buses. The buses will be used to shuttle between high school campuses, athletics, field trips and other transportation services as needed, at a cost of $147,500.
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Upcoming Illinois Science State Assessment
03/08/2022
During the week of March 14, students in grades 5, 8, and 11 will participate in the Spring 2022 Illinois Science Assessment administration. 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.
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Waukegan Schools Masking Survey
02/18/2022
As COVID-19 metrics continue to improve in Waukegan, Lake County and beyond, our school District will eventually begin to transition some of its COVID mitigation strategies. One potential change is our current requirement, which mandates that masks be worn inside all District 60 buildings. In advance of any change, we are seeking parent, student and staff feedback through a short survey.
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Notice of Jan. 19 Closed Session BOE Meeting
01/17/2022
A Special Closed Session Board Meeting to conduct individual interviews with the finalists for the Student Board Member position on Wednesday, January 19, 2022, at 6:00 p.m. The meeting will be held virtually in closed session.
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Recap of January 11 Board Meeting
01/12/2022
The Board of Education voted to approve the Emergency Contract Amendment request from Preferred Meals effective January 1, 2022, and ending on June 30, 2022. The amendment's estimated value is $330,877 based on projected meals counts for the Spring 2022 semester. The request is necessitated by industry cost increases for food, packaging, labor and transportation for delivery of goods.
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Notice of January 11 Board Meeting
01/09/2022
A Meeting of the Board of Education will be held on Tuesday, January 11, 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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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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District to Host Finance Information Sessions
02/08/2021
We are inviting you to attend a virtual Finance Information Session where our District’s finance team will present an overview of the District’s strong financial condition, and answer questions that you might present on the subject. These remote meetings will take place on the following dates and times:
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