Parents of incoming freshmen had an opportunity to get acquainted with their child’s school this month as the Lincoln-Way High School District 210 Board of Education hosted a series of informational meetings at the four high schools.
“You’re nervous; your kids are nervous,” Superintendent Lawrence A. Wyllie told a group of parents at Lincoln-Way North on Aug. 14. “When you leave here, we want you to feel a little more comfortable and a little less anxious.”
Every year, the Lincoln-Way District 210 Board of Education hosts a Straight Talk Breakfast with the Superintendent for parents of incoming freshmen at each school. This year’s breakfasts were held Aug. 7 at Lincoln-Way Central, Aug. 9 at Lincoln-Way West, Aug. 14 at Lincoln-Way North and Aug. 17 at Lincoln-Way East.
At each event, Wyllie provided an overview of the district, its goals, expectations and some of the 70 clubs and 28 athletic groups available to students at each school.
“We put so much emphasis on our kids being involved in extra-curricular activities,” he told parents. “We want them involved. Research tells us that the more involved they are, the better they do academically.”
Wyllie then introduced key administrators at each school, including the principal, associate principals, pupil personnel director and student activities coordinator, so parents can put a face to name.
He went on to talk about the Board of Education’s two goals (which are academic intensity and fiscal responsibility) and what Lincoln-Way is all about.
“We have a much different culture here,” the district leader told a group of Lincoln-Way East parents. “It’s tough, but good.”
Students will be expected to work hard, he added, and will have homework on a regular basis.
They also will be expected to dress appropriately each school day and show respect to their teachers and each other.
“We’re about improving student achievement,” said Wyllie. “We set very high bars for our kids and ourselves.”
He pointed how out Lincoln-Way High School District 210 ranks high in terms of state test scores but remains one of the lowest spending districts in the Chicagoland area when it comes to per pupil expenditures.
That fact was met with applause at Lincoln-Way East.
“We’re about kids and improving student achievement,” said Wyllie. “We pour every ounce of energy we have into student achievement.”
He concluded each discussion by encouraging parents to make use of the district facilities by lap swimming in the school pools or running/walking on the indoor tracks at each school.
“You paid for these facilities,” he said. “Use them.”