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SIP Team posing with cupcakes

SIP Team

Thank you to the ISD SIP committee for all of your hard work towards CEASD accreditation!


Homecoming King, Queen, and Crown Bearers with Superintendent Nist

Homecoming

2018 Homecoming King and Queen, Jovany and Estrella, and elementary students, BJ and Delilah.


Students fist bump staff during opening day welcome back.

Opening Day

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 from PSD posing for a picture with Julee and others in front of ISD Main Building on his Route 66 fundraiser trip.

PSD Visits ISD

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.


Students performing during the ASL Celebration.

ISD students celebrate their language

Illinois School for the Deaf students gathered Friday, April 27, 2018 to celebrate their language and culture..


Group photo of the students and staff during ISD Strong day.

ISD Strong

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.


Students at the Legislative Breakfast

2018 Legislative Breakfast

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.


Collage of 3 pictures of students with the K9 Comfort Dog

K9 Comfort Dog assists ISD

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.


CEASD Logo

Conference of Educational Administrators of Schools and Programs for the Deaf

Please click here to view the full document.


Letters to Florida Shooting Survivors

Student Support Letters

ISD students write letters of encouragement to the Florida School suffering after the tragic school shooting.


Students posed for a picture are Hunter Engineering during a field trip.

Hunter Engineering Field Trip

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.


Students working together on an iPad.

Tech Friday

Teamwork at its best, starting at a young age.




Academic Bowl participants

Academic Bowl

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


Varsity Cheerleading Squad 2018 Dance

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.


Michaeel B displaying his engraved clipboard.

ITEI Class Clipboard

Michael B proudly displays his clipboard in which he designed himself using the laser engraver in Mr. Harper’s ITEI class.


Students posing on their field trip to Lincoln Land Community College

Field Trip!

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.

ITEI class Laser Engraver

Mr. Harper overseeing his ITEI student Michael B working with the new engraving machine.



Foods II Class posing with their appetizers they make for CTE Advisory Meeting.

Foods II class

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.

Cabinet Making I&II

Luis C and Miguel O made a beautiful rolling coffee cart for ISD Tiger Grounds.



The mission of the Illinois School for the Deaf is to educate students who are deaf or hard of hearing to be responsible, self-supporting citizens.