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  • School resumes on Wednesday, August 16, 2017 at 8:30 a.m.  School staff returns and the office will be open on Monday August 14.  Bus information has been provided.  Schedules will be distributed in morning Team.  All students should be registered on-line through their home school.  Vaccinations and related medical forms must be completed and submitted prior to the first day of school.   Vaccinations and physicals will be offered to students who have not yet met this requirement with parent permission. Students must have a completed signed permission slip in English or Spanish to take advantage of the free physicals.  
  • A historic eclipse of the sun will occur on Monday, August 21 during the school day.   District 214 has purchased glasses for students to view the eclipse safely.  Only students who have a completed parent permission slip will be able to take part in the viewing.  If you have not completed a permission slip, please complete it and return it to the Vanguard School office before Monday to ensure your student can take place in this historic event.
  • The groundwork for the school year is laid during the first three crucial days.  Plan to be at school, on time, to start the school year.  Staff members will be available at check-in to provide Team assignments and location for new students.  Lunch, in the form of an all-school bbq in the FVEC courtyard will be provided.  Students should dress comfortably to be outdoors.  Vanguard ID photos and team composite photos will be taken on the first day of school.  All students can also get an ID from their home school.  Contact the school make arrangements for home school IDs.
  • Lines of privilege and responsibility are determined each week.  All Vanguard students are on one of three "lines."  Students earn their line through their achievement/performance in 5 categories:  academic classes, attendance; involvement in groups, service, college and career exposures and clubs; PE participation; and leadership/behavior.  Team leaders meet individually with each member of their Team every week.  These meetings serve the role of conferences and counseling sessions.  Team leaders chart the student's progress on their goals; talk about any issues a student may have, discuss college and career aspirations; make recommendations for groups, trips, service opportunities etc.; and work the student to establish goals for the week ahead.  Team leaders and house counselors meet weekly to discuss and implement line changes.  Students can also advocate for line changes themselves by completing a Level Up Form and having it signed by their class teachers.
  • Service is essential at Vanguard.  All students are enrolled in a service learning elective course.  Service offers students the opportunity to preview a career, learn about social issues and their root causes, gain valuable work experience, develop and enhance communication, collaboration and leadership skills and more.  In addition, service experiences help build a student's resume and are an asset when completing a college application.  Service offerings are very diverse allowing students to try something new or select opportunities that align with their interests.  Students learn about and sign up for service opportunities in Team. 
  • All students are enrolled in a "Life and Career Planning" elective class.  Students are expected to attend school sponsored college visits, career treks, trade school visits, industry speaker events, job shadowing opportunities, internships and more.  Students learn about and can sign up for these opportunities in team. Our personalized learning format makes it possible for students to attend these offerings without falling behind in their coursework.   
  • There's a group for everyone.  Vanguard offers a variety of counseling groups each with unique goals and focus.  Each group is facilitated by a member of the school student services team.  Students are encouraged to join a group for personal growth. Groups meet weekly. 
  • The 2016-17 SPARK pilot was a great success.  We are excited about the improvements and changes to this platform for the year ahead.  Curriculum for all core classes is presented to students on the web-based SPARK platform.  Vanguard teachers have the ability to customize the SPARK curriculum offerings to align with their objectives and State standards.   SPARK was key to making our transition to personalized learning both feasible and successful.  Students can access and work on their SPARK courses at any time from any location with an Internet connection.  The on-line platform offers many benefits including the flexibility for students to get involved in service offerings, life and career planning opportunities and counseling groups and educational field trips without missing out on coursework.  Students are assigned to a classroom and have a teacher for every SPARK class.  Students who have earned Blue Line status have the privilege of checking-in at the beginning of the class and choosing any appropriate workspace in the school to do their work on days that teachers are not offering direct instruction, labs or need to communicate to their class as a whole.  To maintain Blue Line status, students must check in in the classroom with their assigned teacher for each scheduled class.  Our personalized learning platform makes it possible for students to work independently at their own pace: upon successful completion of a course, a student can be immediately enrolled in the next course without the limitation of quarters or semesters.   SPARK also makes it possible for teachers to work individually with a student when they struggle.  We are very excited about how SPARK personalized learning experience evolved during the 2016-17 inaugural school year and about our plans will continue to improve and expand it's capabilities in the year ahead.  
  • Progress Days were established in the fall when the SPARK curriculum had taken root.  Most Tuesdays and Thursdays are 'progress days.'  On a progress day, students meet in their Team for the first hour of the school day.  Team leaders meet with each student to establish a personalized schedule for the day.  This allows students the ability to focus on a class in which they need more time, take advantage of additional PE opportunities, allow for groups, service trips, and life and career planning events without missing regular class days.  Progress days allow teachers the flexibility to offer cross-curricular opportunities, meet with students for longer periods of time, and work with individually with students who are struggling in their classes.   
  • After school activities and clubs are offered most Wednesdays after school.  All students are encouraged to take advantage of these offerings.  Late buses are available at 4 p.m. for students who need transportation.  Activities and clubs have included:  art club, music club, homework hangout, fitness center workouts, cooking club, yearbook, gaming club, PE group activities such as soccer or basketball.  Clubs and activities evolve based on student interests and needs.  Students learn which activities offered on a specific week in Team.   To participate, students sign up for an activity and a late bus by noon on Wednesday.  There is something for everyone after school on Wednesdays.  
  • Attendance is the foundation of success at Vanguard.  Aside from greatly enhancing the likelihood of success, attendance is a criteria for most privileges and honors.  Please contact the school office at 847-718-7870 before 8:30 a.m. on any day your student will not be in attendance.
  • Welcome new students!  Vanguard welcomes new students at the start of the school  year and again at each academic quarter.  Students are referred by their home school counselor or have the ability to apply to come to Vanguard.  A member of the student service staff arranges for a tour and interview for all prospective students.  Intakes  for students who will start at Vanguard on August 16, 2017 were held at end of the last school year and over the summer.  Intakes for the second quarter will begin at the end of September.  Contact your home school counselor or the Vanguard office for information.