July 24, 2017

District looks into more P.E. waiver options

by Rosalie Chan, Web Editor District 214 voted Oct. 18 on a proposal that would allow students in marching band or Navy Junior Reserve Officer’s Training Corps (NJROTC) to have the option of a waiver out of physical education during the semester they participate in that activity. Since students receive exercise in marching band and NJROTC, the school board made this proposal on Oct. 4.  Results of the vote were not available by press time. “It was brought up to the board on Oct. 4 in response from what we heard from parents, teachers and students about the amount of…

School board passes controversial proposals on curriculum changes

by Rosalie Chan, Web Editor The school board passed the proposals to drop information processing as a graduation requirement and to allow students in marching band and NJROTC the option of exemption from physical education during the semester they participate in that activity. Many teachers from District 214 schools’ P.E. and computer education departments, as well as other departments, attended the meeting. Dr. David Schuler, superintendent, said the board will work with the Education Association on this waiver and make sure P.E. is a choice for the family, not an “automatic default.” The Illinois School Code allows application for waivers…

Activity fees rise to $50

One time activity fees prove beneficial to families by Solinna Chong, Associate Editor The activity cost this year has risen from $25 to $50 for students involved in sports and other competing activities. This year, the fee will be a flat total fee of $50 to join as many sports and activities as the student desires, instead of paying $25 per sport and a cap of $100. “This helps save money and allows more students to participate in multiple activities,” Dr. Steve May, assistant principal of student activities, said. Students can now participate in as many sports as they want…