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  • The Vanguard program has been temporarily relocated to a new space. As a result of a plumbing issue, the classrooms were relocated to the second floor of the building the school occupies in the Forest View complex shortly after winter break.  The offices have remained in tact at their normal location.  The work is scheduled to be complete Wednesday, January 31, 2018.  When construction is complete, a plan to move to the school's first floor space that will create the least disruption to teaching and learning will be finalized.  The forecast is that classes will resume in the school's first floor space on Monday, February 5, 2018. 

  •  Vanguard, A School of Personalized Learning, is planning it's 19th annual trip to the University of Wisconsin, Steven's Point Treehaven outdoor Education Center.  The bulk of the time on this trip is spent outdoors including snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, tubing, ice skating, broomball a trip to Teaching Drum and more.  The trip includes presentations about plant and animal life, history, astronomy and survival in the Northwoods.  On this 4 day trip, students will travel in school vehicles leaving Vanguard at 8:30 a.m. on February 20 and returning to school on Friday, February 23, 2018, at 3 p.m. The trip is designed for 4 staff members and 18 students.  Campers will stay in a dormitory setting.  The $100 fee will cover transportation, meals, lodging, classes, and activities.  Meals are served cafeteria style.  Students who attend this trip will be given an opportunity to journal their activities.  By successful completing and turning in their journal at the end of the trip, academic points can be earned in science, health, art, history, and English.  In addition, campers who participate in all activities can earn up to 40 PE points.  Winter clothing is essential.  A detailed list of things to pack and other important information will be given at the mandatory pre-Treehaven meeting for students and parents (at Vanguard on Tuesday, Februrary 13 at 7 p.m.) . Students interested in participating should submit the signed permission slip and payment (check made payable to District 214) to Mr. Kain.  For more information, contact Trip Sponsor, Patrick Kain, 847-718-7870. 

  • Our success depends upon the success of our students, while at Vanguard and long term.  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.  Information and sign up for opportunities are in Team.  Upcoming opportunities include:

    • The Early College Center is now accepting applications for second semester.  The ECC has on-line classes offered by Arizona State University with support from District 214 staff.  The ECC is in the the Forestview complex.  Contact a counselor or ECC coordinator, Elizabeth Owens-Scheile to for more information or to apply.

    • Robert Morris Scholarship - as a result of District 214's partnership with Robert Morris University, Vanguard School has two full scholarships awarded each year.  To be eligible, students must have a 2.5/4.0 grade point average and they must apply to Robert Morris on-line.  Students should apply if they are interested in one of the majors/academic programs offered.  There is a $25 application fee to apply.  Students with a fee waiver can apply through the fee waiver application section.

    • ISA Corps Thursday morning workshops at Vanguard. Topics such as completing the FAFSA; seeking financial aide, completing a college application and more.  Sponsor:  Patrick Kain 

    • Sign up now for fall dual-enrollment Harper classes.  Students enrolled in a Harper class attend school mornings as usual.  Dual-enrollees attend one of more than a dozen Harper course options at their Palatine campus.  Application, enrollment fees, tuition, books and transportation are paid for by District 214 and arranged by program sponsor, Natalia Negron.  See Ms. Negron or Mr. Kain for information.

    • Students interested in exploring a career path in automotive technology are encouraged to attend one of the upcoming Autos Program Open Houses at 7 p.m. at Triton College:  Tuesday, February, 6, 2018 or Wednesday, March 7, 2018.  For information, call (708) 456-0300, extension 3456 or visit www.triton.edu/auto

  • 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. 

  • All students are on a Line.  Students set micro goals weekly with their Team Leader during their meeting.  Students who are working to achieve their goals are on the Silver Line.  Students earn the privilege and take the responsibilities of the Blue Line when they have achieved their goals.  Lines are dynamic changing based on goal achievement .  Goals are individual to a student helping them to focus on taking steps to grow or to improve in areas in which they are struggling or deficient.  

  • 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.  In addition, for every 70 hours of volunteer service, student earn a  a .5 elective credit. Students learn about opportunities, sign up to volunteer and check their current point total during their weekly meeting with their Team Leader or at any time with Mr. Scholten.     Upcoming service opportunities include:

    • volunteering at the local Food Pantry every Tuesday, Vanguard sponsors: Matt Wrobel and Elizabeth Meister;

    • packing meals for children in impoverished countries at Feed My Starving Children; once per month, Vanguard Sponsor, Elizabeth Meister;

    • volunteering at Wings (a social service agency which provides resources people affected by domestic violence, ) in their resale shop, weekly, Vanguard sponsor:  Amy O'Neill;

    • clean up at Busse Woods, weekly when weather permits, Vanguard sponsors:  Natalie DeMeo and Amy O'Neill;

    • reading and writing with grammar school children who are behind in those areas with "Lunch Buddies" (coordinated by HandsOn Suburban Chicago) biweekly, Vanguard Sponsor:  Kara Franco;

    • sorting and packing new and used books for at-risk children at Bernie's Book Bank, Vanguard sponsor:  Amy O'Neill.

    • Quarterly opportunities to volunteer at SCARCE (School & Community Assistance for Recycling and Composting Education) in Glen Ellyn. Vanguard sponsor:  Keith Healy;   

  • 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.  

  • 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 the second quarter will begin at the end of September.  Contact your home school counselor or the Vanguard office for information.