English
  • Wireless Interactive Classrooms

     

    The English department will pilot a program making two classrooms fully wireless using WePresent presentation platforms which allow students and teachers to become more mobile, share work easier and enhance the collaborative nature of the classrooms. This will allow students to work individually or in small groups while providing immediate sharing of work and feedback.

    Submitted By: Amy Birtman, Kristen Carlson, Corey Holmer, Amy Zimmerman
    Liaison: Colette Mendelson
    Department: English
    Students Impacted: 150
    % of Funds Granted in Past: 4.7%

English/Journalism
  • LFHS Newspaper Magazine

    Journalism classes will have a renewal of funding for the first newspaper magazine of the year. This grant pays for the printing cost of The Forest Scout which is distributed to LFHS students, teachers and community members. As in 2016, the funding for this grant is a 50/50 partnership between the LFHS Foundation and LFHS Boosters.

     

     

    Requested By: Austin Scott
    Liaison: Colette Mendelson
    Department: English/Journalism
    Students Impacted: 50
    % of Funds Grant in Past: 4.7%

Science
  • Biotechnology Lab Equipment

    State of the art biotechnology instructional lab equipment will allow all biology classes hands-on lab experiences in biotechnology experiments.

    LFHS will offer a biotechnology class in 2018.

     

     

    Submitted By: Tamar Cooney, Science
    Liaison: Simone Asmussen
    Department: Science
    Students Impacted: 400
    % of Funds Granted in Past: 8.3%

  • Physics High Speed Cameras

    With the addition of three Sony high speed RX100 IV compact cameras, physics classes at LFHS will have the opportunity to study the motion they create. These devices capture 1000 frames per second. The images are then put together in an ultra-slow motion video enabling students to examine processes that are too fast for the human eye to see.

    Because they can be used in virtually any lab involving motion, in order to better analyze and understand what is happening, the goal is to utilize them in materials science, chemistry and robotics with physics as well.

    Submitted By: Matt Wilen, Matt Lowry, Megan Stoll, Jessica Nardulli
    Liaison: Simone Asmussen
    Department: Science
    Students Impacted: 340
    % of Funds Granted in Past: 8.3%

  • PASCO Devices & Software

    The physics classes will receive 21 PASCO 550 Universal Interface Boxes and PASCO Capstone software. This new technology will replace 20 year old, outdated hardware and software. The PASCO boxes incorporate cutting-edge educational technology into the physics curriculum so students can gather data from experiments. This information is critical for scientific understanding of many physics concepts. The new equipment will also be used by chemistry, biology and environmental science classes.

    Requested By: Matthew Lowry, Jessica Nardulli, Megan Stoll & Matt Wilen
    Liaison: Simone Asmussen
    Department: Science
    Students Impacted: 340+
    % of Funds Granted in Past: 8.3%

Social Studies
  • Newberry Professional Development

    The Newberry Teacher Consortium in Chicago offers a series of intellectually stimulating, content-based seminars led by scholars from area universities and colleges.

    The one-day seminars give teachers tools to enrich academic and curriculum delivery for students as well as opportunities to collaborate with peers from other districts in the Chicago area.

    Requested By: Administration
    Liaison: Jenny Zinser
    Department: Social Studies
    Students Impacted: 1680
    % of Funds Granted in Past: 14%

     

Art
  • Digital Cameras for Art

    To support Photography 1, 2, 3, & 4, Animation 1, 2, & 3, Yearbook, Animation Advanced Studies, Art Studio, Art Studio Honors and AP Art Studio, 28 Canon EOS Rebel T6 Digital SLR Camera kits with 18-55mm lens, 75-300mm lens, and camera cases have been granted to the Art Department.

    These next generation cameras will allow more students to have access to high quality cameras for assignments at school and on outside shoots. The new lens sets will allow students to shoot wider angles and zoom, giving students maximum creative control.

     

     

    Requested By: Jennifer Thomas & Carolyn Bielski
    Liaison: Holly Kyle
    Department: Art
    Students Impacted: 180
    % Funds Granted in Past: 7.1%

  • Art Room Redesign

    Art room 120 will undergo an extensive transformation which includes replacing outdated and immobile furniture with 25 new, adjustable drafting tables, adjustable stools, and compartmentalized storage cabinets giving students mobile, organized spaces for creating and safely storing artwork and supplies. New ceiling lighting will be added by District 115 to further enhance the space.

     

     

    Requested By: Darren Barndt
    Liaison: Holly Kyle
    Department: Art
    Students Impacted: 690
    % of Funds Granted in Past: 7.1%

Business Education
  • Business Education – Incubator Part 2

    The rapidly expanding Business Education Department will see Room 19 transformed into a 21st Century Learning Space matching the highly successful LFHS Business Incubator. This grant will allow students real-world business experiences and interactive collaboration using white-board surfaced technology tables with 40” TVs, 25 mobile task chairs, two storage systems, and a 60” commercial TV with Soundbar.

    The Business Entrepreneurship classes will utilize this classroom along with Fashion Merchandising, Business Management, Business Technology, Marketing, and Sports & Entertainment Management.

    Submitted By: Laura Clegg & Phil LaScala
    Liaison: Colette Mendelson
    Department: Business Education
    Students Impacted: 400+
    % of Funds Granted in Past: 6.0%

Administration
  • Executive Functions Workshop

    As a continuation of the Executive Functions workshops funded by the LFHS Foundation and implemented by the Rush Neurobehavioral Center in 2016-2017, 25 LFHS faculty members will attend one full-day, on-site workshop and receive two half-days of on-site coaching.

    Additionally, two parent/community meetings will be hosted by Rush to explain the premise behind Executive Functions curriculum and its benefits for our students. Studies show a clear link between Executive Functions and improved student performance in school, both academically and socially.

    Submitted By: Dr. Chala Holland
    Liaison: Jenny Zinser
    Department: Administration
    Students Impacted: 1680
    % of Funds Granted in Past: 14%

Library
  • Collaborative Learning Commons

    The library’s second floor tutoring space will transform into the Collaborative Learning Commons.

    This study area will become an exciting collaborative work space for students to engage in tutoring from both peers and professional educators as well as study during free periods.

    The Learning Commons will be staffed with professional tutors before and after school to increase academic support for all LFHS students.

    The space will be outfitted with new furnishing to encourage collaboration and flexibility in its use.

     

    Submitted By: Dr. Chala Holland
    Liaison: Jenny Zinser
    Department: Library
    Students Impacted: 1680
    % of Funds Granted in Past: 2.5%

  • WeVideo for Schools 2017

    A three-year renewal subscription for 500 transferrable licenses to WeVideo For Schools, a web-based video editing program that allows collaborative video editing, sufficient cloud storage, advanced video length and editing features, for all multimedia assignments and projects.

     

    Requested By: Laura Grigg, Corey Holmer & Jimmy Juliano
    Liaison: Holly Kyle
    Department: Library
    Students Impacted: 1680
    % of Funds Granted in Past: 2.5%

  • Collaboration Tables

    The library, which is visited by 800 students per day, will add four collaborative group tables with dry-erase surfaces, electronic displays, and charging capabilities compatible with any device. The tables will provide seating for five and include attached TVs allowing students to showcase their work and to learn together easily.

    By having collaboration tables in the library, students and entire classes will have access to technology integration workspaces previously limited to Social Studies, Business Education and World Language classes.

     

    Requested By: Monica Fumarolo, Laura Grigg, Corey Holmer & Jimmy Juliano
    Liaison: Holly Kyle
    Department: Library
    Students impacted: 1680
    % Funds Granted in Past: 2.5%

  • Library Sound Studio

    This grant provides LFHS with a multipurpose and professional sound studio to be housed in the library. Equipment includes microphones, audio cables, microphone stands, digital mixers and an Apple iMac desktop computer. In addition, 5 digital recording kits will be provided so that the audio-recording process is mobile. The sound studio will be used by students to record podcasts, presentations and other audio projects.

    Submitted By: Jimmy Juliano, Corey Holmer, Laura Grigg
    Liaison: Holly Kyle
    Department: Library
    Students Impacted: 1680
    % of Funds Granted in Past: 2.5%

Special Education
  • Emotional Disabilities Classroom

    The Learning Strategies Resource program would like to refurbish their classroom with new furniture and equipment that will address the educational needs of students identified with emotional disabilities. The new space, staffed by two SPED teachers as well as a social worker and behavior specialist, will encourage learning and create a welcoming and calming experience for students that have stress, anxiety and emotional challenges.

     

     

     

    Requested By: Graham O’Connor-Brooks & Michelle Lawrenz
    Liaison: Martha Avery
    Department: Special Education
    Students Impacted: 40+
    % of Funds Granted in Past: 2.3%

  • Social Thinking Clinical Training

    Four SPED teachers will attend the three-day Social Thinking Clinical Training Program. This out-of-state conference addresses the treatment and educational needs of individuals with a broad range of social and communication challenges. The training will allow therapists to further develop their skills while exploring options for expanding its use to more students. This grant also provides for three iPad Pros with Apple Pencils to be used for video modeling, video taping student groups, accessing videos online, teaching social skills, and collecting data.

    Requested By: Sherry Manzella, LeeAnn Carpenter, Marney Schager & Karen Shane
    Liaison: Martha Avery
    Department: Special Education
    Students Impacted: 75
    % of Funds Granted in Past: 2.3%

Wellness
  • Wellness Rollerblades

    To permit the continuation of a 20-year-old wellness unit that remains one of the most popular among students, 30 pairs of rollerblades and 30 sets of safety equipment will be provided to students in the Healthy Lifestyles classes.

    Submitted By: Chris Morehead, Wellness
    Liaison: Beth Laufenberg
    Department: Wellness
    Students Impacted: 250
    % of Funds Granted in Past: 6.5%

  • Wellness iPads

    Twelve 32 GB Wi-Fi iPads will be used daily by all Wellness teachers and coaches. With their expanded memory, these iPads will be excellent training tools allowing immediate feedback on skills and exercises for students and athletes. Teachers/coaches will create their own programs, project them onto monitors, and provide continuous visual representation of exercises thereby cutting down on explanations and demonstration time allowing students more activity time within class periods.

    This grant is a 50/50 partnership between the LFHS Foundation and LFHS Boosters.

     

     

    Requested By: Chris Morehead
    Liaison: Beth Laufenberg
    Department: Wellness
    Students Impacted: 1400
    % of Funds Granted in Past: 6.5%

Social Work
  • Student Services Suite

    The Student Services suite, one of the most utilized spaces in the building, will be reconfigured and redesigned creating a welcoming environment for students needing social and emotional support.

    In this partnership with District 115, the space will be staffed to ensure students are greeted upon entry, directed to the support they require, and provided with a private, comfortable area to decompress, work, and relax while waiting to see a social worker.

    Requested By: Dr. Chala Holland
    Liaison: Jenny Zinser
    Department: Student Services
    Student Impact: 1680
    % of Funds Granted in Past: 0.3%

Business Incubator
  • Business Incubator – MVP and Pitch Night

    This annual grant provides funding for each Business Incubator group to create a Minimum Viable Product (MVP) in order to determine viability of their business idea and gain knowledge regarding possible alterations necessary to develop their product or service. At year’s end, this grant supports next-step funding of up to $10,000 for the student group(s) chosen to move forward at Pitch Night in May.