May 2nd - May 13th ~ AP Test Dates
--Wednesday, April 13, 2016
AP Exam Registration has now ended. Required Pre-administration session will take place on Wednesday, April 13th at 7:30 AM in the main gym. Test dates will take place from May 2nd to May 13th -More
LHS Graduation 2016
--Wednesday, April 20, 2016
Congratulations Class of 2016! LHS Graduation Ceremony will take place at the Sears Centre Arena on Friday, June 3, 2016 at 7:00 P.M.-More
Host a High School Student from Spain!
--Wednesday, April 27, 2016
Libertyville High School Teacher Among 2016 Golden Apple Award for Excellence in Teaching Recipients
--Thursday, April 14, 2016
Golden Apple, a leading nonprofit committed to celebrating and developing great teachers with the ability and passion to make life-changing differences in the lives of students, today surprised Libertyville High School AP Chemistry Teacher Sherri Rukes with the prestigious 2016 Golden Apple Awards for Excellence in Teaching. -More
April Students of the Month
--Thursday, April 14, 2016
Congratulations to the April Students of the Month: Elizabeth Shipman, Allison Flores, Emily Baumstark, Mason Reyes, Johann von der Wense, Jackson Goodman, Grant Spaulding, Sarah Leonard, Mia Akers, Julia Cleary and Elliott Knauff. April Student of the Month video.

School News

May 2nd - May 13th ~ AP Test Dates

AP Exam Registration has now ended. 

Test Dates: 
May 2, 2016 to May 13, 2016.

Mailing with registration material was sent to AP students February 4. AP Information:  LetterAP Bulletin and Registration Form.

May 3rd ~ Spring Band Concert

The LHS Bands will perform on May 3rd at 7:30pm in Butler Lake Auditorium for their final performance of the year.  Performances include traditional and contemporary band literature and senior concerto winner Sam Clawson performing the Gregson Tuba Concerto. This concert will also stream live

Tickets are $3 for Adults and $1 for Students/Seniors. 

May 7th ~ Care in Color Fun Run

Libertyville High School's Care in Color Fun Run/Walk 2016 ~ May 7th

Libertyville High School Student Council is thrilled to announce that our 2nd annual LHS Care in Color Run will take place on Saturday, May 7, 2016 from 12:00 p.m -2:00 p.m. This annual event is only successful with the support from our wonderful community. Last year, we exceeded our goal of raising $1,000 and actually raised $4,000, which allowed us to buy 40 water filters for children in Kenya through the organization Safe Water Kenya. This year we’re shifting our focus to a domestic organization with roots near to our community. We are proud to announce that 100% of race proceeds will be donated to Michael Matters, a foundation dedicated to providing medical treatment, grants, and research to those with Glioblastoma, a lethal brain tumor. We hope that you’ll join us in making a difference.

The Michael Matters Foundation, Inc. was founded in honor of Michael P. Schostok, a local man who passed away fighting a Glioblastoma, a cancerous brain tumor. The foundation’s mission is to increase public awareness of brain cancer, and raise funds to provide desperately needed financial assistance to Chicago area individuals and their family members who suffer from the inevitable impacts of the disease.  We at Libertyville High School have a special connection to this foundation  as Michael was from the Libertyville area, his children went to Libertyville and Carmel High Schools, and the family remains very involved in the community.

Our goal for this year is to raise $8,000, doubling what we raised last year! Please join us in what is quickly becoming one of our favorite traditions and help us Care in Color!

Please print and fill out ​the following waiver FOR EACH PARTICIPANT and bring it with you to the race.

Sign up at the Webstore.

Color Run Participant Waiver 

LHS Graduation 2016

Congratulations Class of 2016! 
LHS Graduation Ceremony
Sears Centre Arena
Friday, June 3, 2016 ~ 7:00 P.M.

Graduation Packet Information

Graduation Party Letter

Graduation Speaker Tryouts

Graduation DVD Information

 

Seniors ~ Order your cap and gown online at Herff Jones. For questions, contact Herff Jones at 815-756-4743.

2016-17 Senior Parking Sticker Information

2016-2017 parking ​sticker registration is now closed. On Friday, April 15th, 2016 all incoming seniors received an email to their student email account ~ Senior Parking Sticker Information.

During the week of May 2nd, we will use a random lottery to determine eligibility for the parking sticker. You will receive an email in your SCHOOL EMAIL ACCOUNT that week which will let you know the status of your submission.

Please contact me at 847-327-7006 or diana.gratz@d128.org with any questions.
 

Thanks.
Diana Gratz
Assistant Principal’s Secretary

 

D128 April 29 ePawPrints

Visit this link to read this week's edition of ePawPrints.

April Parent CATS Newsletter

Visit this link to read the April edition of the Parent CATS Newsletter.

Libertyville High School Teacher Among 2016 Golden Apple Award for Excellence in Teaching Recipients


Award recognizes outstanding instruction, passion and dedication in the classroom

Golden Apple, a leading nonprofit committed to celebrating and developing great teachers with the ability and passion to make life-changing differences in the lives of students, today surprised Libertyville High School AP Chemistry Teacher Sherri Rukes with the prestigious 2016 Golden Apple Awards for Excellence in Teaching. The awards recognize and honor outstanding teachers for their role in building a stronger, better-educated society. The recipients were selected from a pool of more than 400 nominations, and represent 9th-12th grade teachers throughout Chicago and the surrounding suburbs. Recipients are nominated by their students, community members/parents and colleagues who have directly engaged with them and benefitted from their talent and passion.

Rukes, who has taught in Community High School District 128 since 1997, holds degrees from Nova Southeastern University and University of Illinois. She takes an adage to heart, “Students don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care.” With this in mind, she makes it a priority to get to know her students by attending their athletic, fine arts and other activities. She fosters a classroom environment where students not only learn about chemistry, but feel comfortable talking about what is important to them. She coaches the Robotics Team and volunteers countless hours with the Science Olympiad and Math Team. Rukes is motivated by what she can learn to improve her students’ understanding and enjoyment of chemistry. To remain abreast of the latest classroom content, she regularly attends and presents at local and national conferences. As a result, her students see her as more than a teacher, but also as a model of learning. She is also a 13-time winner of Innovation Grants from the District 128 Foundation for Learning.

"What stands out most about Sherri is her amazing passion," said LHS Principal Marina Scott. "Many teachers are passionate about their students or the subject matter that they teach. But Sherri exudes an extraordinary passion for both, as well as having a passion for giving back to her profession. She is truly a gift to have on our staff."

As part of the awards selection process, distinguished retired teachers, college/university professors, administrators, and former Golden Apple Award recipients served on Golden Apple’s selection committee. Committee members applied research-based professional standards to identify teachers who exemplify the highest standards and practices of the teaching profession. The selection process included classroom observations of the finalists and interviews with colleagues, administrators, students, and parents.

"Research has shown that teachers set the course for student success and have the greatest effect on student learning," said Dominic Belmonte, president and CEO of Golden Apple. "Through their dedication, resourcefulness, inspiration, and genuine caring demeanor, this year’s award recipients have created meaningful learning experiences that have changed their student’s lives. On behalf of Golden Apple, we salute the 2016 Golden Apple Awards for Excellence in Teaching recipients.”

For more than 30 years, Golden Apple has recognized outstanding teachers throughout Illinois each year. Created by founders Mike and Pat Koldyke, Golden Apple’s mission is to inspire, develop and support teacher excellence in Illinois. Each Golden Apple Award recipient receives a tuition-free, spring quarter sabbatical to study at Northwestern University. Each recipient also receives a $5,000 cash award. Perhaps most importantly, award recipients become Fellows of the Golden Apple Academy of Educators, giving them a stronger voice and a larger stage from which to make a difference in education within Illinois and nationally.

Golden Apple award recipients play a critical role in furthering the programs of Golden Apple, particularly as members of the faculty who help prepare the Golden Apple Scholars of Illinois program’s aspiring teachers to serve in high-need schools. The Scholars program provides extensive preparation, advising and financial support to aspiring teachers in college and mentorship throughout their early years of teaching. Golden Apple recruits for the program from the same communities and schools-of-need where Scholars will teach. Eighty percent of Scholars who enter the profession remain full-time teachers beyond their program commitment of five years, despite the challenging environments in which they work. The Golden Apple Awards for Excellence in Teaching and Leadership program strengthens the ecosystem of excellent educators who are committed to advancing the field through coaching, collaboration and inspiration of future teachers.

Golden Apple also soon will be awarding the recipient of the 2016 Stanley C. Golder Award, which honors an exceptional principal/head of school.

The 2016 Golden Apple Awards for Excellence in Teaching and Leadership recipients will be honored at an awards ceremony on May 20 at WTTW/Channel 11 Studios in Chicago. The dynamic program will highlight the incredible work of the recipients and all they do to transform teachers and teaching, enriching both students and teachers lives. The event will be live streamed, and include live interviews with former students and guests of the award recipients. WTTW will broadcast the awards in a one-hour television program following the event. Check goldenapple.org/awards for updated information on the broadcast dates.

Congratulations, Ms. Rukes!

Libertyville High teacher wins Golden Apple Award ~ Daily Herald - Russell Lissau

LHS Athletes of the Week

Congratulations to the
LHS Athletes of the Week

Andrew Fink, Boys Water Polo
This past week, Andrew held Glenbrook North to 7 Goals and he also made 14 saves. His work in goal helped the team defeat bothGlenbrook North and Hersey this week. The team's next match will be on Wednesday at Highland Park.

Riley Gowens, Baseball
This past Wednesday, RIley helped the team defeat Stevenson by a score of 10-1 in an NSC Conference game. The Wildcats handed Stevenson its first conference loss of the season. Riley pitched 6 innings giving up only 4 hit, striking out 5 and walking only 1 batter. Riley is currently 4-0 on the season for the Cats.
The baseball team plays on Saturday vs. Rockford East at 11:00am

Melissa Manetsch, Girls Track & Field 
Over the course of the last two weeks, Melissa not only has become the top miler and two miler on the team, she has some of the top times in the state. At the Warren meet, Melissa ran a two mile time of11:09 (3 seconds faster than state qualifying) and at the Vernon Hills meet this last weekend, she ran a mile time of 5:04 (7 seconds faster than state qualifying).The Girls Track & Field team will compete this Saturday at the Palatine Invite.

Natalie Seitz, Girls Lacrosse
On Monday against Carmel, Nataliehad her strongest game of the season in goal. She only allowed six goals and made 18 saves. Her presence and voice in the goal was a critical component in the team's win over Carmel. The Girls Lacrosse team will play again on Saturday at Fremd at 12:00pm

Jack Stevens, Boys Volleyball 
In the past three volleyball matches, Jack Stevens has led the team in aces, kills, and hitting efficiency. Jack has tallied 6 aces, 27 kills, and 12 digs with a .454 hitting efficiency. Jack is a huge part of the volleyball team's success, currently 3-0 in conference matches, with a big win over Vernon Hills this week. The volleyball team will be in action again at 6pm on Wednesday, April 27th against Stevenson.

Taylor Underwood, Girls soccer
This past week, the Girls Soccer team defeated Lake Forest by a score of 2-0 and Warren by a score of 3-0. In the Warren game Taylor had 2 assists to help improve the teams record to 7-3 while 2-1 in NSC Conference play. At the midfield position, Taylor has helped on both the offensive and defensive ends of the field. The soccer team will play again on Tuesday, April 26 at Zion-Benton.

GO CATS!!  
April Students of the Month

Front row:  Elizabeth Shipman, Allison Flores, Emily Baumstark, Mason Reyes, Johann von der Wense

Back row:  Jackson Goodman, Grant Spaulding, Sarah Leonard, Mia Akers, Julia Cleary, Elliott Knauff

April Student of the Month Video

LHS Grad Receives "Best I Can Be Award"

At tonight's Board of Education Meeting, D128 Special Services Director Kelli Hartweg introduced LHS 2013 graduate Andrew Robinson. Andrew was nominated by his SEDOL teacher to the North Suburban Chapter #336 of the Illinois Council for Exceptional Children for the Larry Putterman Best I Can Be Award. The award is presented to those who "possess excellence of character, kindness, and empathy towards others, as well as have high motivation. He will receive this award during the chapter's Exceptional Children's Week Awards Ceremony on May 1. Congratulations, Andrew!

D128 Students Selected for NTHS Induction

Congratulations to the D128 students selected for induction into the National Technical Honor Society (NTHS). LHS students Anthony Johnson and Daniel Oquendo (not pictured) are among the 134 Lake County High Schools Technology Campus students selected for this honor in the 2015-16 school year. NTHS recognizes outstanding students enrolled in career and technical education programs. Students must have maintained a minimum 3.66/4.0 grade point average for three semesters preceding nomination, and consistently demonstrate leadership qualities including pride in skilled craftsmanship. The students will be inducted to the Tech Campus NTHS chapter during the Tech Campus Student Awards Night on May 10 at College of Lake County.

Wake Up Wildcats for LHS Clubs or Sports

Are you an LHS school club or sport interested in having a segment in Wakeup Wildcats?  If yes, please complete the form here.  Please note, we film one week in advance of the video.  You will need to take this into consideration when completing the form.  Thank you!  (Note: this form is not intended for the use of any outside organization, business or other...)

LHS Ranked Among the 'Most Challenging' High Schools in State ~ Washington Post

In Illinois, College Prep School of America, a private school in Lombard, was ranked as the most challenging school in the state. Locally, Libertyville High School was ranked as the 20th most-challenging high school in the state.

Read more here

LHS Receives Silver Medal Status in US News & World Report 2016 Best High School Rankings

LHS and VHHS have have received silver medal status in the U.S. News & World Report's 2016 Best High School Rankings that were released today. LHS ranks 18th in Illinois and 554th in the nation, while VHHS ranks 21st in Illinois and 588th in the nation. Both LHS and VHHS were awarded silver medal status based on their performance on state assessments, graduation rates and how well they prepare students for college.

The U.S. News rankings include data on more than 21,000 public high schools in 50 states and the District of Columbia. More than 6,000 schools were awarded gold, silver and bronze medals in this year’s national rankings.

Read more about this year's rankings at U.S. News.

LHS Monitoring Flu-like Illnesses

LHS and the Lake County Health Department working together to track flu-like illnesses

District 128 is working with the Lake County Health Department this flu season, to help track flu-like symptoms.  This will be important information as the county and state monitor the occurrence of flu and similar illnesses.  Parents can help us by reporting these symptoms as they notify the school of a student’s illness/absence.  No names or identifying/personal information will be shared.

If your student has a fever over 100, and has a cough and/or sore throat, please report this with your attendance call in the morning.  Please remember, students should stay home until they are fever-free for at least 24 hours, without the use of fever-reducing medications (Tylenol, Motrin, Advil, etc.).  

If you have any questions, please contact our nurses, Cameron Traut and Alisa Wasserman, in the Health Office at 847-327-7016.

District 128 Board of Education Approves $4 Million Tax Abatement for 2015

The Community High School District 128 Board of Education has voted to abate, or not collect, $4 million (4.97%) in property taxes this year. Following months of financial analysis and discussion, the Board voted to approve the 2015 abatement at its Nov. 16 meeting.

Over the five-year period from 2011-2015, the D128 Board has abated, or not collected, $18.6 million less in property taxes than allowed under Illinois Property Tax Extension Limitation Legislation (PTELL), which includes Bond and Interest abatements of $15.8 million and a $2.8 million reduction in the Operating Fund Levy in 2014. Like all public school districts, D128 receives the largest amount of its operating revenue through property taxes. D128 Superintendent Prentiss Lea stated, "We are not aware of any other Illinois property taxing body that has abated, or not collected, as much property tax over a similar period as the D128 Board has abated."

The D128 Board, administration and staff are thankful for the tremendous local support of the district and its two world-class high schools and also realize the burden of property tax on constituents. D128 Board President Pat Groody noted, "Balancing the needs of all of our constituents is at the heart of everything we do. The generous support provided by our taxpayers has been key to the success of building the strong programs we offer in D128. Using reserves in place of incremental tax revenue to pay down our debt provides some measure of tax relief and is the prudent thing to do in this economic environment."

LHS Spirit Store Hours

Spirit Store Hours
Wednesday and Friday
12:30 - 3:30pm

LHS Athletic History Touchscreen and Website

An exciting new addition to LHS this school year is the LHS Athletic History touchscreen. With a touch of the screen, users can view the accomplishments of LHS athletic teams, All-State athletes, and Newsom Award winners. The touchscreen is located in the LHS front foyer. The information is also accessible online.

Thanks to LHS Athletic Director Briant Kelly and Coach Dale Eggert for their work in making this project possible!

LHS Showcase Video

Watch our first-ever school showcase video here courtesy of Wildcat Productions!

Wildcat Productions DVDs Available on Webstore

LHS Wildcat Producations  DVDs are now available at the LHS Webstore

Upcoming Events

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Spring Band Concert @7:30 PM
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Late Start
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NSC Girls Track at Wauconda @Wauconda
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Student of the Month @2:00 PM
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Midsummer's Night Dream @7:30 PM @Studio Theatre
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Color Run @12:00 PM
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Midsummers Night Dream @7:30 PM @Studio Theater
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BOE Committee Meetings
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Late Start
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Parent Cats @7:00 PM
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Parent Cats @7:00 PM