From Principal Hamilton's "The Champion" newsletter that is sent to students, staff, and parents:
This has been a very difficult week for all of us. Not only is it difficult as we try to find our “groove” and build a routine around remote and hybrid learning, but there has been civil unrest near us and in our own town. The recent events in Kenosha have hit home and has increased the level of anxiety and fear that seems to surround us daily. I want to acknowledge those emotions and reassure you that I am here for you, our school is here for you, and our extended school community is here for you.
In uncertain times, the routine of learning and the return to what is known can serve as an anchor for us. In addition, these times also bring to light the need for us to treat each other with respect, responsibility, and pride. I do not write these words lightly, with all my heart I believe that if we focus on being kind to one another, showing respect, taking responsibility for ourselves, and having pride in who we are, we will come together as a learning community. We may not all agree with one another, but we can all care about one another. It is the disagreements and compromises that laid the foundation for our democracy. It is that same civil discord and respectful, difficult conversations that will move us forward.
As educators, we approach times like these with a focus on being there for our students, on being there for one another, and on using this time as a teachable moment. Our role is to teach our students how to engage in thoughtful conversations based upon evidence, while respecting the opinions of others. We teach students how to challenge one another, not for the sake of argument, but for the sake of moving the argument and discussion forward. We teach students to listen to one another and to be responsible in the creation of their opinion and to express it with pride and respect. Again, we may not agree with one another, but we can care for and about one another. Antioch
Community High School is a safe space for learning. If you have a need for emotional support, please reach out to your teachers, counselor, and/or an administrator.
We do not have one school color in our logo. Instead, we have several that come together to make a visual in which we can all have pride. Go Sequoits!
Community High School District 117 Students, Staff, and Families
Given the mandatory curfew declaration issued by the Mayor of Antioch, beginning at 8:00 p.m. this evening until 7:00 a.m. tomorrow morning, District 117 will be in full remote learning tomorrow, August 27th, 2020. No students will be in the buildings and there will be no transportation. This includes all athletic practices and school activities. All District buildings will be closed and all employees will be working remotely. Thank you for your cooperation and understanding.
The incidents in Kenosha are disturbing to all of us. The proximity of such events causes us to pause and appreciate the safety we have in Antioch and surrounding communities. We have received information that two individuals involved in a deadly incident reside in Antioch. However, they are NOT currently associated with Antioch or Lakes Community High School. One of the alleged individuals was enrolled at Lakes Community High School for a short period of time during the 2017 - 18 school year. We are thankful to our Police Departments’ efforts for increasing patrols and presence around the school to continue to provide the safest environment possible for our students, staff, and community.
For attendance, students need to use their school log in for Infinite Campus. If you are struggling with attendance, please see the video sent and/or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Students: As we prepare for the start of instruction on Monday, please check your school email. It is a main mode of communication from teacher to student!
Material Pick-up for Sophomores, Juniors and Seniors:
Curbside Material Pick-up will take place at the back athletic entrance, on August 12th, between 8am- 5pm. Staff members will greet you at your vehicle and provide materials required for your student’s courses.
Mr. Marvin Bembry kicks off the 2020/2021 School Year with a message to District 117 Staff. Watch the opening Institute Day session here: https://youtu.be/uYnfUT1LLis
First Day of School: August 17!
The first three weeks will be fully remote. Instructional Groups (for when we move to blended learning) are available on Infinite Campus. For details, see the Reopening Plan at https://www.chsd117.org/o/chsd-117/page/reopening
District 117 has just released a COVID Response audit.
The audit centers around our District's actions over the last five months after the order was given by Governor Pritzker to close schools. Read more here: https://www.chsd117.org/article/282059?org=chsd-117
Start of School Information: Student packets with information regarding the start of the 2020-2021 school year have been mailed. Materials are also posted to this site, by class, under parent and student links.
AP Literature students—school is coming soon! Have you read your summer novel yet?
District 117 releases a message to all families and releases a daily schedule for all students/staff for the fall. The start time for students is a little later start than our daily schedule in the past. Read more here:
2019-2020 yearbooks are here! Current students will receive them in class during the first week of school. Graduated seniors can come to the main office during regular office hours to pick up your yearbooks. Please remember your mask and observe all social distancing!
D117 Students and Parents, Each student will be in-person learning with the classroom teacher three times before we move to the rotation of one-week in-person learning and two weeks of remote learning. Expect to get textbooks and Chromebooks if you haven't been issued one then.