To Our District 120 Families:
I am writing today to keep you informed about the direction of our learning environment as the school year progresses. The administration and union representatives will meet on September 15 to begin a process towards a return to in-person instruction. As time goes on, more and more families have expressed an interest in having students return to school in a hybrid model, which means a combination of in-school and remote learning.
The Board of Education will meet next on Tuesday, October 6, to discuss the idea of moving toward a hybrid model in the near future. The MHS administration is preparing information for that meeting based on discussion and research of area schools who are considering or who have already adopted a hybrid model for their students and staff.
Parents, staff and students will need to be surveyed in the next several weeks to determine the amount of support in our District for a partial return to in-school learning. Our goal is to provide a possible start date for the hybrid combination and to identify which student groups will return to the building first.
We are all looking forward to having our students and staff return to campus soon. As we continue to operate in this “new normal,” we will keep you updated on our progress toward reaching that goal.
Kevin Myers, PhD
The staff and administration of Mundelein High School are very pleased with how the first week of school via remote learning has progressed. Unlike last spring when we had to quickly adapt to remote learning, the staff was able to spend part of the summer and five days of intense preparation the week before the start of this school year. Eighteen staff members and community members led professional development sessions to help prepare our teachers to effectively engage students in robust remote learning. Staff members have commented about how supported they feel and how they are much better prepared for the upcoming school year. I am incredibly proud of how everyone is working together to ensure our students have the best possible remote learning experience this year.
During this first week of school with students, teachers have led a variety of relationship building activities to create positive classroom climates and peer-to-peer connections. Students are interacting with one another and their teachers in a virtual setting through both whole class instruction and small breakout groups.
As superintendent I am proud of how our own students, staff and administration are making our remote learning classes work. I appreciate the hard work and the adaptability that you are showing as we navigate through a successful opening of the 2020-2021 school year.
I want to specifically give a shout-out to all of our parents for supporting our efforts and truly making this a positive start to this very unique school year.
Let’s keep up the good work, and … GO MUSTANGS!
Kevin Myers, PhD