Janet Caschetta talks with Beth McNamara while students Emily Doogan (from left), Alexis Crowhurst and Katelyn Shellhammer talk. | Supplied photo
Updated: July 24, 2013 6:02AM
In recognition of American Education Week, Lincoln-Way Community High School District 210 invited local business and community leaders to visit school for a day to see students, faculty and staff members in action.
“Lincoln-Way High School District 210 is proud of its educational programs,” Supt. Lawrence A. Wyllie said. “We believe it takes a commitment from every member of our community — from retired citizens and parents to business leaders and school board members — to make our schools the best they can be. We would be absolutely nothing without your support.”
Forty business and community leaders, including library officials, village clerks, doctors, medical professionals, park district representatives, school board members and chambers of commerce officials, attended the community leader event April 17 at Lincoln-Way Central.
Air Force Junior ROTC cadets greeted visitors at the door, and administrators escorted each one to class. The adults observed math, English, physical education, art, Spanish, science, social science, music, reading or early childhood development classes.
Afterward, they gathered in the school’s community room for lunch prepared by the cafeteria staff.
Students in the school’s “What’s for Dinner” class helped serve meals and prepared the dessert.
Missy Rowell, the family and consumer science department chair for Lincoln-Way Central and West, talked to the guests about the variety of foods classes offered at the schools and introduced the students who made and helped serve the Oreo cookie cheesecake squares dessert.
Student helpers were Emily Baker, Jessica Schury, Ryan Phelan, Diana Villagomez, Andrew Spesia, Conner Mikoff, Autumn Deacon and Aaron Pachol.
Wyllie discussed student achievement and the importance for educators to vary their lesson plans to include lectures, PowerPoint presentations and hands-on learning since all students learn differently.
According to the most recent Illinois State Report Cards, all four Lincoln-Way high schools rank in the top 9.8 percent of the 668 high schools in the Prairie State Achievement Exam test scores in Illinois.
“Each year, as the board of education sets goals for Lincoln-Way High School District 210, improved student achievement is always No. 1, along with fiscal responsibility,” Wyllie said. “Everyone has worked to help students improve their academic intensity, as we are seeing the results in improved student achievement since 2001.”