Six Highland Park Elementary Schools Named to State Academic Honor Roll

Six elementary schools in North Shore School District 112 were given the honor for sustaining high academic performance for three consecutive years.

North Shore School District 112 has been given high honors by the Illinois State Board of Education this week. The district has six schools named to the Academic Honor Roll and given the 2012 Academic Excellence Award.

Braeside Elementary, Indian Trail Elementary, Lincoln Elementary, Ravinia Elementary, Sherwood Elementary and Wayne Thomas Elementary are among 454 Illinois schools receiving the award. The schools honored all sustained high academic performances over the past three years.

According to the Illinois State Board of Education, schools who receive the Academic Excellence Award must have at least 90 percent of elementary and middle students meeting or exceeding state standards in reading and math for three straight years. At the high school level, at least 85 percent of the students must meet or exceed standards on the Prairie State Achievement Exam given in 2010-2012.

Susan Kozloff January 30, 2013 at 04:44 PM
Years ago when property values in the Northwood school boundries were not keeping pace with other neighborhoods, my real estate office asked the district superintendent to speak to us about the district's future plans so that we would know how to tackle the public's tough questions. At this time there was a quite militant group at Oak Terrace asking for the redistribution of their students into all Highland Park Schools. Their demands often made the press so the questions were out there.I will NEVER forget her answer to us about this plan's possibility...she said AND I QUOTE: If you don't like it...MOVE! Would you receive the same answer today?
William d Brown January 30, 2013 at 05:16 PM
Fact is 111 was poorly run And reflected the attitudes of enough of its residents that it wasn't up to 107 and 108 standards. 112 new dist has minimized the poorly run ( and I am NOT talking about the teachers) 111 We are skating around the issue but fact is for the students whose parents care about education no matter which school in 112 they attend will experience a quality education. They will make sure. AND the students who come from homes where parents are not involved with the process have a greater chance of not meeting standards NO MATTER WHAT 112 School they attend. Community support of all kids is important. And no matter what Carl says HP / HW is still one of the best places in the USA to raise kids. I hope all will rally round continued improvement for all students.
Moe @ the Buck January 30, 2013 at 05:44 PM
Keep your kids in school. Don't sell your homes. Your children are in perfectly fine schools. Everyone is so quick to blame schools and districts and teachers, yet never have time to help their own children. Do you really think because you buy a nice home, in a nice area, with nice schools, your children are going to be success stories. I was a troubled child with a single mother growing up in a community of wealth. I was told by my 3rd grade teacher I was going to be a comedian, or end up in jail. I was pushed through the system along with a handful of other problem students so we wouldn't tarnish our schools "perfect" record. In highschool, I was made to believe that if I wasn't going to be a doctor, lawyer, or an accountant, that I would be nothing. Maybe I am nothing to most, but at least Im here to help my kid get by in her mediocre, non award winning school. BTW, the Ghetto of HP is and always will be the lower East side, Sunset Woods region.
Larry Jones January 30, 2013 at 06:13 PM
not true about happy, property values down because of the school and families staying away fro buying in the area
Susan Kozloff January 30, 2013 at 06:33 PM
William...having lived in this area for 36 years, I can tell you that district #111 was not poorly run..in fact it was at one time the richest of the HP districts. When the federal government changed its funding formula for the military students the district faced a monetary crisis as the tiny district was now responsible to pay vast amounts for an equally large amount of fort students which clearly it could not afford. It then petioned the other districts to combine and luckily consolidation prevailed. One other district (was it #107?) was near bankrupcy at one time and the main money was in the third (#108 ?) who did not want to see their dollars diluted....thus the uproar on consolidation. HOWEVER...this was years earlier than what I spke about above....this was much more recent...within the last 13 years or so...... And I agree.....parental involvement is key....and all kids still receive a private school education here if families take advantage of the resources offered.
Walter (Tripp) Hainsfurther January 30, 2013 at 06:58 PM
Mr. Brown: You do not know what you are talking about. 20 years ago (yes, its been that long) before there was a single district, the Federal Government paid (and still does) a small fraction of what it costs our districts pay to educate the students of military dependents. This created a significant budget deficit for 111. Then, like now, the taxpayers of the district were forced to subsidize the difference. 112 just spreads that amount over a larger number of taxpayers.
Larry Jones January 30, 2013 at 07:55 PM
Erica Howard Metz should not even be a District 112 School Board member. He is an attorney whose job is working with school boards all over. This is definitely a conflict of interest and Im hoping he does not get elected. I have family at Red Oak and the problem is the neighborhood kids do not go to Red Oak so the neighborhood Red Oak kids do not get a chance to make life long friends in their neighborhood because because most of her classmates are not from the area. Why should Red Oak be the bussing school. Get rid of howard and we move on
William d Brown January 30, 2013 at 08:34 PM
Perhaps my history predates Walter and Susan's I said NOTHING of the Reagan Monetary Abandonment of its obligation to our Military Families My reference was to its School Board and their views on preparing their students to compete As The 4th of 5 generations I speak over a longer period than you.
Stuart Senescu January 30, 2013 at 09:06 PM
Mr. Jones are you saying that because its hard to make friends with classmates who live outside the neighborhood (how big in area do you think HP is? are people being bussed 20 miles to school?) that testing scores are lower? What does bussing have to do with learning. They probably spend the same amount of time in the bus as they do mom's suv on the way to ballet, soccer, baseball, religous schools and music lessons. HP neighborhoods are not inner Chicago neighborhoods by a long shot. They will meet up with neighbors in middle school and high school. That gives them many opportunities to make life long friends from their little neighborhood, if those kids' parents don't move,or they don't go to the same college or trade school or military service. Let the parents focus on the education of their children and not on who they sit next to on the bus. D111 was well run and had a lot of innovative programs and involved parents, but there were only 3 schools with a significant amount of Fort kids getting great opportunities for an upper/middle class education without having to foot the bill. The Feds paid 'average' subsidies while D111 spent more than average on the education of all the students. It was the slow fall over the fiscal cliff from subsidizing that forced the consolidation of D111 with 107 and 108. (The blame was always placed on the Federal government, the students from the Fort brought diversity and different life experiences to the cloistered suburban kids.)
Larry Jones January 30, 2013 at 10:30 PM
Stuart: You are entitled to your opinion My kids went to elementry and then HS with kids in the neighborhood and they are to this day best friends. A child living in the Red Oak district and in thos childs classroom is one child from the nieghborhood and the rest bussed. Those bussed kids will not go thru grades with the Red Oak kids they will move around. thats my point., Without a doubt somebody reading this will say i am a racist because I dont want the kids bussed, I am not. You and the others if you think that young families moving to HP are not staying away from the Red Oak area then you are the ones that need an education and it also works in the reverse where families who live in the RO district are trying to sell and they cant because of RO.
Walter (Tripp) Hainsfurther January 30, 2013 at 10:40 PM
Hmmm. My children, my niece and nephew all went to schools in the north part of town and did very well, thank you. They were well prepared for high school and college. In fact, if you talk to teachers at the high school, it was virtually impossible to tell which of the feeder districts they came from, Mr. Brown. Do you have some evidence to the contrary? Mr. Jones, I would like to know what neighborhood you get students from to populate Red Oak? Do you take them out of Sherwood? Then how do you fill Sherwood? There are simply not enough to fill two K-5 buildings 500 feet apart in the southwest of Highland Park , and that is the problem.
Mary T. January 30, 2013 at 11:32 PM
I always thought that RO was a " bussed to' school because it had low enrollment in it's own right? Surely there must be a good proportion of students who go to RO who actually live in it's catchment area? This whole issue of kids in your school coming from a different neighborhood is very confusing. How relevant is it? If the busing stopped could RO have enough students to justify staying open? It is outrageous that these poor kids are getting so much bad press.
A January 30, 2013 at 11:35 PM
You talk about parental support, but Red Oak is a school where the staff, programs and curriculum change. There has not been one ounce of stability at that school and until somebody decides to fix that problem, you can have the most involved parents, and Red Oak certainly does, but they are battling new teachers, lack of consistency, student mobility and student learning issues on all levels of the spectrum and no one seems to understand how to differentiate in order to teach and manage all the students. Red Oak is a classic microcosm of all the issues rampant to some degree at all the 112 school but has everything in concentration combined with staff in flux, students in flux and programs in flux,. You try to raise scores in that environment. And no one wants to openly discuss it, the PTA won't talk about it and no one is screaming STOP, so everything remains status quo while parents who care about their children's education quietly go about their business of hiring tutors so their kids can compete. Have a nice day. As to the money trail: We have not received millions by now of impact aid from the government for the children we school from the Fort. We are in a hole both financially where that money is concerned and academically where our children are concerned. Wake up.
Larry Jones January 30, 2013 at 11:49 PM
Tripp, would it not make good sense to close either Red Oak or Sherwood and combine seeing they are a few blocks from each other
Larry Jones January 30, 2013 at 11:54 PM
You said it better then me
Shannon January 31, 2013 at 12:30 AM
Sunset woods is the ghetto? Who knew.?? I live there and am from Detroit and boy our idea of ghetto sure is different.
Moe @ the Buck January 31, 2013 at 01:21 AM
Shannon, it was only a joke my friends and I would laugh about when we were growing up. That area was a melting pot. We loved it there. Sorry if I drove down your property value. Now, are you from Detroit, or a suburb of Detroit? Because most people say their from Chicago, when really they live in a suburb of Chicago. Big difference. Anyway, Sunset Woods/Walter's field area is the greatest place in HP to grow up. It's not the Ghetto of HP.
A January 31, 2013 at 02:44 AM
Mary, Red Oak is and was a "bused to" school under the watchful eye of a school board and administration that never changed boundaries to offer a healthier population from its surrounding contiguous area, borrowing from Sherwood, Braeside and Ravinia. Each and every time parents from Red Oak try to address this very real, very impactful issue, other people want to shut them down as if it's their fault their school's numbers are too small. Instead of taking responsibility for the problem at the district level, years ago, programs started coming into the building, bringing kids with them. There used to be admin offices, a pre school, special ed strands, and dual language. The admins are gone, the pre-K is gone, special ed has shifted somewhat and only dual language remained, but since there were still available seats in the building, the board decided to send numbers of children coming in from the Fort to Red Oak, rather than shift boundaries to allow them to attend schools closer to where they live. Before you scream this is about the students themselves, its more than that, everyone knows it, but it's easier to hide behind calling people monsters for simply wanting equity, change and what's right academically, socially and emotionally for all the students. Period. Change is needed and the whole of HP/HW/FS needs to take care to affect that change. It's clear Red Oak isn't working in its current configuration and concentration of students and programs.
theboysdad January 31, 2013 at 11:49 PM
I find it very sad to hear people talk badly about military families when I know for a fact that a majority of the military members are active volunteers within our community. Remember that when you are pointing a finger, there are three pointed right back at you. Don't speculate about "subgroups" unless you can prove your claims.
JILL February 01, 2013 at 02:34 AM
so basically the military kids are the "problem" here??? nice.
Larry Jones February 01, 2013 at 06:25 PM
So who said anything bad about the Military Kids. Military Mom has a problem maybe she should ask to be transferd to a base where kids like those that live in HP, my kids and grandkids, don't live
Moe @ the Buck February 01, 2013 at 08:33 PM
Military Mom, will you please tell us what a true Ghetto is? Also, from my experience, Militairy kids were treated different in most cases. People definitely labeled them. However, everyone had a label. The jock, the cheerleader, the nerd, computer geek, the fat kid, the class clown, the artist, the fort kid, the skids, the class clown. I always made the friends with the fort kids cause the were down to earth. I'm sorry to hear your kids are being treated that way. Not everyone's like that.
Proud Military Family February 01, 2013 at 11:40 PM
We are a proud military family of 19 yrs and I was warned about snooty HP people. I can honestly say that I LOVE Highland Park. We live on poverty level pay. Yes. According to what the government labels us, it is poverty level. Yet, we make it work. We don't try to keep up with any "Jones" family. We support our communities and give back where we can. I am a sahm of 12 yrs. I can't volunteer like I have in the past because I have a little one at home. However not one time have any of the HP residents whether adults nor children treated us rudely. The only kids who are rude are the few military ones. Why? Because parents don't supervise their kids. I am tired of kids being bullies, but clearly they learn it from their parents because I have read far too many comments. How about you show some appreciation for what our military does. We sacrifice a lot, but I love our life. We have a beautiful home a block from the Lake. I drive our kids to and from school every day. Yes! 3 hours out of my day. Why? Because I am a sahm and I don't need to spend school resource money that can be used elsewhere. I love the schools here!! The teachers are amazing!! I thank HP and Highwood for allowing us in your community. We fell in love the first few days and have not had a single bad experience.
Larry Jones February 02, 2013 at 01:35 AM
Your writing brought tears to my eyes. I would be proud to be considered a friend of yours
Proud Military Family February 02, 2013 at 02:54 AM
Thank you, Larry!! Maybe we can meet one day. It is a small town after all. :)
John Delk February 02, 2013 at 06:09 AM
I've served in the military for over twenty years willing to give life and limb for our country, I have traveled many places throughout my Army career, a few I would rather not see again, and I feel I am truly blessed to be an American. I could have easily chosen a different career path yielding me grater financial gain for myself and my family but instead I've chosen the path of selfless service and I have no regrets. My wife and I have been blessed to see our oldest son graduate from HP, who is now a honor student in his sophomore year at college. We also have a senior attending HP and yet another in grade school. All of our children are bright, well rounded, open minded and disciplined who have many friends from not only the Fort but the outer HP area as well. For those that feel that our service members children have negatively affected the school districts or housing markets I apologize. But please keep in mind that being a Soldier we seldom have a choice where we are stationed! I thank God every day for giving my family the opportunity to be here in HP long enough to see two children graduate and the other attend such a great school district. I might not be as lucky in my next assignment and I never know when duty will call me away from my family... But I'm a Soldier and upholding our nations freedoms and values is what I swore to do, in life or death.
Larry Jones February 02, 2013 at 06:05 PM
What bothers me here is I have not seen one negative comment about Military Kids. My kids went thru HPHS with them and they were great, played along side them in all sports. Eventually if we are down to 7 schools in Dist 112 everyone will be bussed
Samantha Stolberg February 04, 2013 at 02:59 AM
Military Mom- I would really like you to join me for coffee and discuss your experience in District 112. Can we meet sometime this week? Samantha Stolberg samanthastolberg@gmail.com
Abecedarian February 07, 2013 at 01:31 AM
There is only one s in busing.
Chnaridr February 26, 2013 at 07:35 PM
Thank you so much for standing up and being heard! I am a life long resident of this city with kids in Red Oak in the dual language program. I welcome your kids, Hispanic kids and all kids in what I am proud to call my school. Sure there are problems in my school and perhaps their "test" scores (which I question their metrics) are lower but we are still talking a first rate education at my school. Thank you most of all for the diversity that you bring to the community at large and in particular to our classrooms. I chose the dual language program because I want my child to experience that diversity and not just master a second language.I feel that threads such as this give these "better" schools a bad name and worsens the stigma that is Highland Park. Disgusting!


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