We are constantly trying to improve the quality of education that we provide. Below is a list of committees and some of the work that they are doing to improve the educational experiences at McHenry Community High School District 156.
Pilot integration of 21st Century technology in classrooms as an instructional tool, assessment tool, and method of improving communication between teacher and student
LATE START COMMITTEE
Designed and implemented late start program similar to other schools. Based off Professional Learning Community Model, which was implemented to continually evaluate and improve curriculum.
GOOD TO GREAT COMMITTEE
School improvement facilitated by Gary Fields, who was a district -hired consultant that analyzed all of our programs and departments. Utilized staff, student, and community feedback to develop and implement a plan.
Committees formed at both buildings in an attempt to improve the atmospheres at both East and West Campuses.
This committee was first developed to determine the direction of the district with regards to both staff and student technology improvements. It now meets quarterly and reviews the technology we have in place and looks at ways to improve it.
A committee that is focused on improving both academic and behaviorial supports for the students.
Develop philosophy for co-teaching in order to improve co-taught classes within our district.
Discuss anything related to the AP classes and tests, registration process, how to improve our AP program.
SPIRIT OF '24 COMMITTEE
A committee at East Campus that recognizes the contributions and accomplishments of its staff on a quarterly basis.
To clarify expectations and philosophy with grading and to perfect any programs involved with the new grading system (that is intended to provide clearer student feedback).
STANDARDS BASED GRADING COMMITTEE
On this committee, we meet once a month to problem-solve ways to incorporate standards based grading into our gradebooks, as well as problem solve and develop a common language so that all teachers are on the same page.
Review, revise and renew curriculum descriptors in District Curriculum guide.
IYS (Illinois Youth Survey)
This committee was focused on developing questions and analyzing data based on the results of the IYS (Illinois Youth Survey), which was an anonymous student survey that focused on student behaviors and perceptions.
This committee is looking at offering different types of diplomas that recognize student achievement across all disciplines.
A committee at West Campus to raise EPAS awareness among student body and staff and create links to careers with career fair in spring.
To review, revise and re-authorize student handbook policies each year