Presidents’ Message

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Dear Students, Parents, Staff, Alumni and Community Members,

We are writing this letter after an incredibly unique and challenging year. The initial spread of Covid-19 in 2020 and the global response forced every individual to dramatically change their daily life and interactions with regards to work, social interactions, and family. Students and teachers experienced unprecedented disruption to traditional in-person education.

Throughout District 113, our administrators, teachers, students and their families worked tirelessly to adjust to this massive disruption and to make remote learning work as best as possible. It was a remarkable challenge with no lead time for planning, and meeting numerous challenges on a daily basis.

Our mission to support innovative educational opportunities took on new meaning and importance. We asked ourselves as well as administrators at DHS and HPHS, “How can we help?” In response to their answers, we opened a new round of grants during the summer months to support technologies identified by our teachers and administration that could aid in a remote setting and be funded and available in the fall. We awarded $12,800 in summer adaptive grants.

We had also already approved funding for the first year’s use of Pear Deck, a technology that connects every student and teacher in D113 providing real time interaction and collaboration. According to teachers, this technology turned out to be the most useful tool D113 has for remote learning! Our summer cycle funded:

  • NoRedInk —Tool for Personalized Learning for Students in English 1
  • Deltamath —Tool allowing teachers to personalize education by mixing and matching problem sets, controlling the rigor or work, and varying due dates
  • ThisIsLanguage.com —Tool for an Authentic Learning Experience for world language students
  • eLearning and eCulture for Hebrew Language Acquisition Tool to further strengthen our Hebrew language curriculum, which is highly regarded and unique in the North Shore

We thank our generous community for the support and trust you place in us. Our work to support innovative educational opportunities at both Deerfield and Highland Park High Schools continues to be hugely impactful as we face new challenges moving back to in-person learning.

We would love to have you participate and help us make a positive difference for all members of our community. Please consider applying to become a member of our Foundation, or support our wonderful events including:  Honor an Educator, D113 Education Foundation Virtual Auction, Broadway in Chicago, Pizza Bowl, and our Annual Appeal.

Thank you again, we look forward to continuing to advance our mission as well as earn your trust and support.

Yours Truly,

Yumi Ross
Co-President
Mary Beth Arzac
Co-President