Another school year is underway at ISD! Tradition continued this year with staff greeting students with fist bump welcome. Eleven new students and four new educators were quickly welcomed to the ISD family by joining in this tradition. Smiles were contagious and the energy was positive as we kicked off the 2018-2019 school year.
Peter Bailey, Head of School at the Pennsylvania School for the Deaf, stopped by ISD during his Route 66 Trip. The trip was one of PSD 200 fundraising events, which they will officially be celebrating in April 2020. One of the goals on the Route 66 was to try and stop by the Deaf schools if it is on the way per students' request. Fortunately, Peter was able to stop by 7 schools and ours was one of them.
Thank you to the entire ISD team for making ISD Strong Day a success! So many hands behind the scenes made this day possible. As a result of this team spirit, our students were able to celebrate kindnesses throughout the whole week culminating in an afternoon of connectedness.
PREK-8 students attended the Illinois Special Education Advisory Council Legislative Breakfast at the Illinois State Capitol on April 18. Students had the opportunity to talk with their home district Senators and Representatives about the excellent education they receive attending the Illinois School for the Deaf.
ISD contacted the Lutheran Church Charities K-9 Comfort Dog Ministry to provide some much needed down time with a comfort dog. Thursday, April 12th was the night we met Dinah, a 2 year old Golden Retriever and her handlers. They arrived to campus providing compassion to students who just needed a moment to relax. Dinah can be seen in the pictures with several of the high school girls and a few of the boys. Staff and students enjoyed Dinah’s calm demeanor, soft coat, gentle eyes and hugs.
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ISD students write letters of encouragement to the Florida School suffering after the tragic school shooting.
The students in the Transportation, Distribution, and Logistics Program of Study (Automotive) along with their teacher Mr. MJ Martin and Printing Instructor, Mr. Dennis Daniel, toured the Hunter Engineering facility on February 27, 2018 as part of CTE Month.
Teamwork at its best, starting at a young age.
The 2018 Regional Academic Bowl competition was held at Iowa School for the Deaf in Council Bluffs IA. IL School for the Deaf placed 4th, advancing to Nationals which will be held at Gallaudet University in Washington D.C. April 14th – 17th.
Back Row – left to right: Bobbi Cordano, Raquel Humphrey, Lori Niemann, Sheri Cook, Julee Nist,
Front row – left to right: Ian Fraas, Dahlia Hernandez, Michael Lapa, Libby Scott
Five varsity cheerleaders performed during the ½ time of the last home varsity boys’ basketball game honoring senior players, managers and cheerleaders on Feb 15, 2018.
Michael B proudly displays his clipboard in which he designed himself using the laser engraver in Mr. Harper’s ITEI class.
Lincoln Land Community College Workforce Development Center field trip.
Left to Right: Ryan D, Victoria B, Trashauna T, Shavon T, Xavier M, Kyla C
Mr. Harper overseeing his ITEI student Michael B working with the new engraving machine.
Isabella G, Taya T, Tierra B, Lesley A and Jazmin C pose with their delicious appetizers they made for the CTE Advisory meeting.
Luis C and Miguel O made a beautiful rolling coffee cart for ISD Tiger Grounds.