Lincoln-Way High School District 210 Newsletter

From the Superintendent
On October 31, the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) released the Illinois Report Card for the 2017-2018 school year. We are proud to announce that all three Lincoln-Way high schools ranked among the top 10% in the state, all three earning summative ratings of Exemplary, the highest ranking ISBE offers. This status is based upon a number of factors including SAT scores, Graduation Rate, and Freshman on Track. Lincoln-Way students’ SAT scores were the highest in the Southwest Suburban Conference, and Lincoln-Way Central, East and West all scored among the top four schools in Will County. Lincoln-Way’s Graduation Rate is 97%, compared to the state’s 85%, and 95% of freshmen are on track to graduate, compared to the state’s 86%. We are extremely proud of this Exemplary designation from the State, and would like to thank our students, staff, parents, and the entire community for their support and commitment to excellence.

While the focus at Lincoln-Way continues to remain on academics and student achievement, the District has also continued to improve its financial status.

The results of the District’s fiscal year 2018 annual financial statement audit was presented at the October 18 Board of Education meeting. In fiscal year 2016, the District had 16 recommendations for improvement cited in the Management Letter from the external auditors. Since then, administration has worked diligently to resolve these comments over the course of the past two fiscal years. As a result, the fiscal year 2018 Management Letter from the auditors contains just two remaining comments from the original sixteen. This shows significant improvement in the financial health of the district.

Also demonstrating financial improvement is the all-funds surplus of $7,667,917 in 2017. This is the second consecutive year the District has reported a surplus, after nearly a decade of deficit spending. According to Dave Meyer of Wermer, Rogers, Doran & Ruzon, LLC, the district went from the prior several years of having fund balance decreases, to two years of fund balance increases, which was “…quite a turnaround for the District. The District is definitely heading in the right direction from a financial standpoint.”

The audit also showed that Lincoln-Way spends less per student than the majority of high school districts in the state. Out of 96 that reported, there are 77 districts that spend more than us per student, yet Lincoln-Way still maintains the academic rigor and achievements of the higher spending districts.

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In addition to our academic and financial accomplishments, our students and staff have excelled extra-curricularly as well. Highlights just this fall include:

* The Lincoln-Way Marching Band had an incredible competition season: Grand Champions at the 2018 State of Illinois Marching Band Championships, as well as a third consecutive Class 6A first place victory; Fourth place overall finish (out of 74 bands) at the BOA St. Louis Super Regional; Class Champion and overall Grand Champion at both the 2018 Naperville Central Invitational and Andrew Invitational; and Overall High achievement in Music, Visual, General Effect, Percussion and ColorGuard at both competitions.

* All three football programs once again earned their way into the IHSA Football State Playoffs.

* In Boys’ Golf, Lincoln-Way Central’s Sean Curran placed second in the state in the individual state competition. Lincoln-Way West’s Boys’ Golf team won their first golf regional championship in program history.

* The Lincoln-Way Central Girls’ Golf team finished third in the IHSA State competition. Individually, Brianne Bolden placed second and Grace Curran finished seventh.

* Four Lincoln-Way students competed in the IHSA Cross Country Individual State Finals. Lincoln-Way East junior Brett Gardner finished 14th in the 3A Cross Country State meet, earning all-state honors. Lincoln-Way Central senior Andrew Englert placed 57, and junior Jared Kreis placed 123. For the girls, Lincoln-Way Central's Merrigan Allen placed 201.

* All three Lincoln-Way high schools had a successful Homecoming 2018 weeks. It was a week full of school spirit as students and staff enjoyed a wide variety of events from parades, pep rallies, team Olympics, football games, and of course Homecoming Dances. Lincoln-Way Central honored local military and first responders through "A Hero's Homecoming." It was a "wild" week at Lincoln-Way East for their “Jungle Jam” theme, while Lincoln-Way West visited the Land of Oz for "There's No Place Like Homecoming."

As we enter into the holiday season, we look forward to finishing our first semester strong, and look forward to many more accomplishments to come.

My best to you,
Dr. R. Scott Tingley

The Lincoln-Way Foundation for Educational Excellence celebrates its 25th Anniversary!

The Foundation started in 1994 with the mission to creatively generate financial support with which to enrich and enhance the opportunities and educational experiences of Lincoln-Way High School District 210 students. In 2018, donations included $15,000 in scholarships to graduating seniors, $7,500 to the Lincoln-Way Marching Band and $43,741 to assist the Art, Industrial Tech, Instructional Tech, Math, Media Center, Music, Science, Library, Social Science and Special Services areas. For 2019, we have budgeted $21,000 in scholarships, the most in our history.

Please “Save the Date” of 2/8/2020 to attend our Annual Dinner Gala next year. The 2019 Gala was a huge success with over 250 attending at the Odyssey C.C.

With warmer weather in mind, come out to CD & ME on Friday, June 28, 6pm for the 2019 Lincoln-Way Foundation Summer Fest featuring Maggie Speaks and an opening band TBD! Buy your $30 tickets today at CD & ME, Ticketmaster or any main office of the three Lincoln-Way schools, or $35 at the door. Tickets include live music, heavy appetizers by Gatto’s Italian Restaurant & Bar, plus access to raffles/prizes. Desserts by Nothing Bundt Cakes will be available for purchase with profits split with the Foundation. This rain or shine event is for folks 21 and older with a cash bar. For tickets, table reservations and sponsorship opportunities, visit for information.

Lace up your running shoes for the Lincoln-Way Foundation Half Marathon & newly added 10K on Saturday, September 14. Kick-off is at 7 a.m. at the Breidert Green in beautiful downtown Frankfort for this rain or shine event. Runners, volunteers, and sponsors can visit for more information.

Please call Bob Kennedy, Executive Director, at 815-462-2976 about volunteer opportunities or event information. We sincerely thank you for your continued support.

Department Spotlight:

Social Science

This May, Lincoln-Way students took more than 4,000 Advanced Placement (AP) tests. This national test prepares our students with the academic skills needed for college, and depending on their scores, students can earn college credit while still in high school.

Sixty percent of the 4,233 tests taken in the 2018-2019 school years were done by students in our Social Science classes.

Students have the opportunity to take a wide variety of courses such as AP US History, AP Macroeconomics, and AP Psychology. This year was Lincoln-Way’s first opportunity for freshmen to get AP credit, with the addition of Honors World History and Geography.

Our students and teachers spend months preparing for their AP tests by attending mock exams, “Bagel and Review” sessions, and review games before, during, and after school.

“Here at Central, we host morning and after school review sessions and many others in class review,” said Marty Dykas, Lincoln-Way Central Department Chair. “We also have had several practice tests on weekends that have had more than 100 students show up.”

“AP teachers spent hours preparing materials and activities for the review sessions. Teachers donated their time to hold sessions before zero hour, before first hour, after school, evenings, and on weekends. For AP U.S. History, sessions began as early as the end of February!” said Michelle Graham, Lincoln-Way East Department Chair.

In April, students competed in the fourth annual Lincoln-Way Psychology Bowl, hosted by Lincoln-Way East. Twelve teams competed in two rounds of scholastic bowl-style competition. Lincoln-Way Central teacher Bobbi Pehle said “This friendly inter-district competition is a great way for students to review for the AP Psychology test.”

Many teachers incorporated technology in addition to in person review sessions. Many created online Microsoft Team accounts for students to access review material and communicate online with the instructor in conversation accounts. Teachers also designed Microsoft Forms to generate quizzes for review and instant feedback for students.

“Our students have a plethora of opportunities to take practice exams and interact with faculty outside of regular classroom hours. It is our hope that they take advantage of as many of these opportunities as they can in order to give them the best chance to achieve success during AP testing,” said Dave Gallagher, Lincoln-Way West Department Chair.

Table Talk
Table Talk is designed to foster family conversation around the Lincoln-Way Asset of the Month. Whether it be sitting around the dinner table, in the car between errands, or a quick chat before school, we encourage you to take some time to talk with your teen(s) about the Asset of the Month.

June’s Asset of the Month is Caring Environment. Kids place high value on helping other people.

Some suggestions for how to make this Asset happen at home:

• Regularly spend family time helping others.
• Volunteer at a shelter, soup kitchen or nursing home.
• Show care and concern for you neighbors.
• Establish an atmosphere of mutual caring and helpfulness within your home.

“We rise by lifting others.” – Robert Ingersoll

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