- English – Surround Sound SystemsYear: 2015
Two classrooms will be outfitted with Surround Sound systems and Blue Ray players. This technology will enhance all film, music and auditory presentations enabling students to hear auditory details and clearly view visual details that are not possible with the existing equipment.
Granted — FALL 2015
- English Curriculum Review >>Year: 2011
The English Department conducted a review and redesign of key elements of curriculum, including the Freshman Foundation Unit, Skills Level 9-12, and the Departmental Common Assessment. This series of workshops ensures that the English curriculum supports new District goals and provides students with a challenging and effective program.
- SMART Board™ Interactive Whiteboards (Pilot and Phase I) >>Year: 2012
SMART Board™ technology was awarded to the English department. With the successful implementation of two systems awarded as part of a Fall 2011 pilot, five additional systems were awarded for a department total of seven systems. Students and teachers now can use SMART Board technology to explore language in an interactive setting.“Since so much of literature discussion is of an abstract nature, making ideas concrete through visualization (relationships, forces of conflict, plot development, artistic strategies, etc.) is a tremendous boon to all learning types, especially to students who struggle with simply hearing a discussion. The visual the SmartBoard provides gives them another way into the meaning and artistic appreciation of a text. This also applies to discussions of grammatical structures and sentence correctness.
“As a tool that informs writing instruction, the SmartBoard is highly valuable. Student (or teacher) models of writing can be placed on the board, and elements of the piece can be manipulated to demonstrate the effect and impact of specific revisions for the sake of clarity, cogency, and other aspects of effective communication.”
—Diane Clark, English Department Chair
- National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) Conference >>Year: 2012
Twelve LFHS English teachers attended the annual conference of the National Council of Teachers of English. “Reading the Past, Writing the Future,” which was held in Chicago in November 2011. The valuable insights and new methods of teaching acquired by this group of teachers will be shared with the entire department, allowing all students to benefit."The convention provided much food for thought, from new classroom techniques and approaches, to rethinking one's own instructional strategies, to contemplating new directions as professionals. Sharing ideas with colleagues and experts across the nation is a rich and inspirational experience that has a direct impact on what happens in the classroom.”
—Diane Clark, English Department Chair
- Literacy Coach >>Year: 2012
A professional literacy coach is training teachers, who work with Skills-level students in English 1, 2, 3 and 4, on how to develop a structured, comprehensive vocabulary curriculum. Another part of the training is to create assessments and strategies to move these techniques to all levels of English instruction.
This grant was co-funded with the Lake Forest-Lake Bluff Learning Disabilities Association.
- National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) Conference >>Year: 2012
Twelve LFHS Math teachers attended the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics regional conference which was held in Chicago in November 2012. The valuable insights and new methods of teaching learned by this group of teachers will be discussed with the entire department, so that all students will benefit.“The teachers have described how useful it is to learn strategies from teachers across the country. As the conference is math specific, the material presented is very relevant and can be implemented quickly into the classroom. New assessment strategies result in improved class warm-up problems, exit slips, and methods for checking students' understandings of the period's lessons. All 10 teachers greatly appreciate the opportunity to attend and will share their learning with their peers at LFHS.”
—Tom Meagher, Math Department Chair
- Prairie GardenYear: 2016
This student grant provides for the installation of a native plant landscape on the south side of LFHS. The prairie garden will allow environmental studies and biology students to study biodiversity first-hand.
- Phase Contrast Digital Microscope with Slides >>Year: 2011
The Science Department was awarded a phase contrast digital microscope with camera, as well as several sets of prepared specimen slides, for use by all Biology students. This advanced biotechnology allows classes to capture and manipulate images with much greater precision, enabling greater depth of learning. When used in conjunction with existing SMART Board technology, the microscope promotes interactive data sharing and research capabilities.
- Pasco Colorimeters >>Year: 2012
Six Pasco Colorimeters add real-world research capabilities to the Chemistry curriculum. Colorimeters measure the absorption of light at many specific wavelengths and work with the SPARKS learning system, a Foundation grant award from 2009. Through classroom investigation, students also have the opportunity to participate in a research project, supported by Northwestern University and led by LFHS teacher Michael Kollasch.
- SMART Document Camera™ for Flipped Classroom >>Year: 2012
Two SMART Document Cameras that work with SMART Board technology and Camtasia software create a Flipped Classroom, which inverts traditional teaching methods by delivering instruction online outside of class, while “homework” is done in the classroom. This technology allows teachers to record lectures that can be viewed at home, resulting in more opportunities for inquiry and hands-on investigation in the classroom.“The document cameras are used every day in the classroom. One of the most useful features of this camera is its ability to interact with the SmartBoard™. We place an image under the document camera, and students enter in their data on the SmartBoard™ for everyone to see. We can then capture the image to share as a PDF file. This is very useful in collecting and sharing class data from lab activities. The camera also connects with a microscope, allowing magnified specimens to be projected on the big screen.”
—Tamar Cooney, Science Teacher
- Disarticulated Human Skeletons >>Year: 2012
Two sets of real human bones enable in-depth group study and hands-on learning by students in Anatomy/Physiology and Biology classes. Because the skeletons are disarticulated — separated at the joints — individual bone systems can be studied and manipulated in greater detail.“The Anatomy-Physiology program at LFHS depends on hands-on laboratory work. The excitement of actually being able to get outside of the textbook and explore these activities is fantastic. This is the most generous and impactful grant — my thanks to the LFHS Foundation!”
—Elizabeth Wolfe, Science Teacher
- FLIR Infrared Camera >>Year: 2012
The FLIR Infrared Camera allows students to directly visualize the concept of heat transfer. This camera helps Chemistry and Physics students investigate the subtle thermal effects present in many everyday technologies. Students can devise their own controlled experiments to research concepts such as conduction, convection, and radiation.“The camera allows a real-time demonstration of non-visible light in the electromagnetic spectrum. It allows for students to visualize heat transfer or related effects that would not be visible otherwise. It is definitely a piece of technology that hits the "cool" factor for students!”
—Matt Lowry, Science Teacher
- Newberry ConsortiumYear: 2016
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 seminar gives 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.
- 21st Century Learning LabYear: 2016
A double classroom will be transformed into a “Learning Lab” that enhances project based learning and creativity such as cyber field trips, audio & video production, digital storytelling, and global classroom connections. This space will include WePresent wireless presentation system, a 65” Display TV, Teaming Tables with monitors, a Green Screen and 2 Cannon Camcorders with Tripods.
- TEDxYear: Fall 2014
A 70” flat screen TV and cart along with two Canon 7D cameras to provide live streaming of the TEDx presentations throughout the school. Beyond TEDxLFHS’s IDEA event, the flat screen television and cart will allow for enhanced curricular opportunities for students and teachers in the library year-round.
Department: Social Studies
- Scholar Software LicensesYear: 2014
Scholar software licenses were purchased for 710 social studies students. Scholar is a cloud-based platform for cutting-edge “social knowledge” — sort of an academic twist on the social networking sites that students are so familiar with. Accessible from the school or home, Scholar transforms a class into a peer-to-peer learning environment that encourages participation from all students. This platform also can be used to link interdisciplinary projects, e.g., a paper for English and social studies.
- SMART Board™ Interactive Whiteboard Systems (Phase II) >>Year: 2011
Three additional SMART Board™ systems were awarded to the Social Studies department. This grant allows full use of interactive technology throughout the Department, bringing dynamic learning opportunities to all students.
- MacBook Laptop Lab >>Year: 2011
Based on the success of the 2009-2010 MacBook Mini-Lab Pilot, Social Studies was awarded sixteen additional laptops, bringing the total number of laptops to 24. This full classroom set will enable every student in a class to work independently on developing intuitive and creative projects, using interactive technology. By taking a more active role in learning, students enhance their understanding of facts and concepts.
- iPad Learning Centers >>Year: 2012
A total of 60 iPads were preloaded with World Civilization e-textbooks and related apps, providing a complete digital tool for two Social Studies classrooms every class period. In addition to the e-textbook, the iPads allow students to highlight digitally, take notes, and create online study cards. Interactive maps, diagrams, photos, and videos enhance the interactive learning experience and create a collaborative web to share findings and discuss conclusions. The iPad sets also are available to other Social Studies classes.“Student research is no longer dependent upon finding an open computer lab, as that research can now be completed in class. The teacher is free to offer quality advice and direction. The classroom has become a true learning environment with students engaged in reading, critical thinking, and high-level discussions about information they have just researched. The students are very comfortable and adept with this technology!”
—Jim Gantt, Social Studies Department Chair
"This is great! I get to see the pictures that help explain what I am researching. That’s key to understanding new concepts.”
—Social Studies Student
- SMART Board™ Interactive Whiteboard Systems (Pilot and Phase I) >>Year: 2011
SMART Board™ technology was awarded to the World Language department. Two systems were awarded as part of a Fall 2010 pilot and, based on a successful implementation, six additional systems were awarded for a department total of eight systems. Students and teachers will now be able to use SMART Board™ technology to learn language and explore culture in dynamic and innovative ways.
- SMART Board™ Interactive Whiteboard Systems (Phase II) >>Year: 2012
With these three additional SMART Board systems, all classrooms in the World Language Department have full use of interactive technology, bringing dynamic learning opportunities to all students.“We can hardly imagine what we did before we had the SmartBoards! They are used every day in just about every language class. Daily plans, assignments, activities, games, and projects are all now shown and used through SmartBoard technology. This is really 21st century learning. Our teachers are spending a lot of time creating new activities to use in the classroom.”
—Mary Kay Koerner, World Language Department Chair
- RoboticsYear: 2015
Start-up kits and robot supplies support a new Robotics course offered in the Applied Technology Department. The Robotics Club also will use the kits. Kits include 10 TETRIX Education Base sets, 10 TETRIX Resource set controllers/sensors, and a storage cabinet for the supplies. The new course provides a unique STEM learning opportunity and allows more students to learn about this growing field.
Department: Applied Technology
- Vertical Panel and UpCut SawsYear: 2014
This new machinery will provide a safer and more efficient working environment in the woodshop. The new vertical saw also can accommodate large sheets of plywood used in table projects.
- RoboticsYear: 2014
Robotic kits, laptops, and registration fees support three teams in the newly formed Robotics Club at LFHS. Teams are responsible for designing, building, and programming robots based on engineering principles and strategy. Teams have the opportunity to compete in an alliance format against other high school teams.
- Laser Engraver >>Year: 2011
The Laser Engraver helps students master 21st century skills in woodcraft and manufacturing. Other departments, including Math, CAD, Business, and Art, also can make use of this computer-integrated technology to enhance the complexity and effectiveness of design and entrepreneurial projects. In addition, the Laser Engraver supports the Toys for Tots campaign, a signature LFHS community service initiative.
- CNC Router >>Year: 2011
The Computer Numeric Control Router helps students master 21st century skills in woodcraft and manufacturing. Other departments, including Math, CAD, Business, and Art, also can make use of this computer-integrated technology to enhance the complexity and effectiveness of design and entrepreneurial projects. In addition, the CNC Router supports the Toys for Tots campaign, a signature LFHS community service initiative.
- 3D Printer >>Year: 2012
This state-of-the-art printer transforms the CAD Engineering and Architecture programs at LFHS. The ability to create professional grade, durable 3D models enables students to successfully design a model, print the design, conduct evaluations and redesign based on results, then print a new model for further testing and analysis.“This grant allows our students the opportunity to see their designs come to life as a working prototype that is strong enough to handle and reliable enough to perform whenever a student has a new idea to test. The CAD Engineering students have utilized the technology for their first design project and will be developing a working case for a cellular phone later this semester.”
—Todd Johnson, Applied Technology Teacher
- Digital CamerasYear: 2014
Four additional high-quality 35mm SLR digital cameras were awarded for photography classes. These cameras give students unmatched exposure to advanced photographic principals and techniques, strengthening the curriculum. The cameras are available for student use both inside and outside the classroom, making photography classes accessible to more students. Students and teachers in other art classes also will benefit from the equipment’s extremely high-resolution images, which are essential to creating and displaying artwork.
- iMac ComputersYear: 2014
Three iMac computers have been added to Art Department classrooms. Digital photography and graphic design students can use the iMacs to create portfolios and edit work without having to leave the classroom.
- Photography Printer >>Year: 2011
The Art Department was awarded a printer for use in all Photography classes. Visual clarity is critical for displaying and archiving photographic images. This equipment enables students to produce high-quality projects.
- iMac Computers (Phase III) >>Year: 2011
Three iMac computers were granted to the Art Department for the Studio classrooms, completely outfitting all department studios and labs with industry-standard technology. All Art students will now benefit from having the same technology that artists in the creative industry use on a daily basis for use in research and project design.
- Digital Camera >>Year: 2011
Website projects, creation of design images, and artist portfolio management are just a few of the ways the new Digital Camera enhances student learning in Drawing, Graphic Design, Ceramics, and Crafts. High-quality image capture is critical to the creation and display of artwork, and this advanced camera ensures that student work is documented as realistically as possible.
- SMART Board™ Interactive Whiteboard Systems >>Year: 2012
One SmartBoard™ is in the main Art classroom and is used by multiple disciplines. The technology allows interactive demonstrations of drawing techniques and instant access to art history media and modern references.
- Business Incubator Start-Up CourseYear: 2014
The business incubator start-up course is a new curriculum designed to expose students to all aspects of entrepreneurship and enterprise. Through community collaboration, students are mentored by real entrepreneurs and business experts. Teams are guided through the Lean start-up process of ideation, market research, and business model development. The incubator model includes 172 lessons plans that can be personalized by the coaches/mentors. The physical classroom setting is designed to ignite brainstorming and encourage creativity in developing products and services for the real world. The course will culminate in a Shark Tank-style presentation to gain funding to take the business to market. This grant was funded in collaboration with LFHS Administration.
- iMac Computers >>Year: 2012
Twenty iMac computers outfit every classroom in the Music department with industry-standard technology. Music Department students benefit from having access to powerful software tools, like Sibelius 7, allowing for more complex compositions and improved performance feedback.
“The kids love working on the new computers! The user experience is a huge improvement over the laptops. The larger screen can show full sheets of music. Students also can hear their own compositions played back with high-quality sounds. Now they can spend more time writing music and completing assignments instead of dealing with hardware issues. Complex pieces of music that would have made the old laptops crash are now playable!”
—Robert Bassill, Music Department Director
- Studio Lighting System >>Year: 2011
A permanently installed LCD Studio Lighting System elevates the quality of production in the Telecom studios, improves safety for production teams, and allows increased utilization of studio space. In addition to Telecom coursework, the newly outfitted studios are used by the English, Social Studies, and Science departments, as an increasing number of LFHS students are using visual technologies for term papers and other research projects.
- Executive FunctioningYear: 2016
A professional two-day seminar for 50 LFHS faculty members across all departments will be held at LFHS. It will include a key note address, a parent meeting to explain Executive Functions curriculum, and an Executive Functions Workshop curriculum binder for each workshop participant. Executive Functions are cognitive processes responsible for problem solving, evaluating choices, planning, organizing, making decisions, paying attention and regulating behavior. Studies indicate a clear link between Executive Functions and student success in school, both academically and socially.
- SAT Prep ClassYear: 2016
200 SAT Test Prep Class Study Guides will be provided to support the SAT Test Prep Class being offered by LFHS.
This grant is a partnership between the LFHS Foundation and the LFHS Administration.
- Sidewalk Sign HoldersYear: 2016
Seven sidewalk sign holders will increase advertisement of school events and activities at LFHS.
This grant is a partnership between the LFHS Foundation, APT, Applause and Boosters.
- Chromebooks for 1:1 Computing InitiativeYear: 2014
A total of 75 Google Chromebooks act as a “lending library,” in support of the school’s 1:1 computing initiative. This pool ensures freshman have uninterrupted access to the seamless connectivity of a Chromebook. Other students also can check out a Chromebook to collaborate with others and share their work wirelessly via Chromecast.
- iPad Catalog StationsYear: 2016
Three iPad Airs with charging units, Apple Care protection plans, and three wall mounts with security locks will replace the Library’s current information catalog system and will provide compliance with the ADA.
- WeVideo for Schools
- SMART Board™ Interactive Whiteboard Systems (Phase II) >>Year: 2011
One additional SMART Board™ system was awarded to the Library, ensuring that every Library classroom is equipped with the technology necessary for students and teachers to work collaboratively in a research setting.
- Nook® eReader/Tablet Technology >>Year: 2012
Thirty Nook eReaders and 15 Nook tablets offer multiple options for students to access literature and conduct Internet research. In addition to standard titles, the eReaders will be preloaded with the 2013 Illinois Abraham Lincoln award nominees and Michael Printz award winners. The eReaders can be borrowed by students for use at home or by English teachers for use in the classroom. All tablets remain in the Library to be used for research projects. A successful 2011 LFHS pilot demonstrated the benefits of the readers and tablets in all learning environments — the classroom, the library, and at home.“More students are able to access the web, videos, e-books, and e-magazines than ever before. Another benefit is for struggling readers and/or boys showing an interest and desire to read. Keeping the book title private gives these students the confidence to read more. They also love that the page size is smaller than a print book, so they are "turning the page" more often. Even though e-books are exactly the same as print books, having fewer words on a page seems more achievable.”
—Kerry Littel, Head Librarian
Usage statistics from Library log:
- Nook tablets checked out 250 times in month of December
- 65 Nooks checked out and brought home in past 3 months
- 5 English teachers check Nooks out for classroom use on a regular basis
- Enhancements to College Counseling and Resource Center (CCRC)Year: 2015
Four MacBook Air computers, an interactive projector, a LED TV, white board and modular furniture to re-energize and improve the space configuration and facilitate new programmatic offerings for the College Counseling and Resource Center. The updated space will support a series of new programs that will be offered in the CCRC for all grade levels as well as specific workshops for students to ask questions, research and explore the college process. It also will enhance presentations by college admissions representatives and create a resource center where students can investigate college and careers.
Department: Student Services
- Career Scope >>Year: 2011
Career Scope is an innovative web-based career assessment resource that provides an individualized profile to each student, based upon a combination of interests and aptitudes. Students receive an assessment report immediately upon completion of the questionnaire, which can be used as a starting point in the search for careers or college majors.
- Large-Format Screen and Projector for the Raymond Moore Auditorium >>Year: 2011
A Large-Format Screen and Projector was installed in the Raymond Moore Auditorium, supplementing existing projection equipment. This new technology accommodates more school and community multimedia events and improves the quality of all presentations. This grant was co-funded with the LFHS APT Board.
- Online Learning Center >>
The Online Learning Center consists of five workstations, five MacBook laptops, and a printer. The Center offers students an improved option for recovering course credit or completing courses necessary for timely graduation. Because the Center will be housed at LFHS, students will receive personal support, leading to greater success.
- TEACCH® Tasks KitYear: 2014
TEACCH — Training and Education of Autistic and Related Communication Handicapped Children — is a model for providing special education services for students with autism and intellectual disabilities. The TEACCH tasks kit helps teachers assess and build students’ emerging skills on 370 specific tasks. The program also includes materials to practice and master skills in each identified area. This grant was co-funded with the Lake Forest-Lake Bluff Learning Disabilities Association.
- MyLab Software Programs >>Year: 2012
A one-year MyLab software license was awarded to the Special Education Department to address the unique needs of students who need additional assistance in language arts and math skills. The software also helps prepare Senior-year students for the transition from high school to college or work.“Students are interested in the age-appropriate material and more willing to spend time working in the programs. Teachers are very enthusiastic about the software and appreciate the ability to meet individual student needs at four different grade levels in a single classroom.”
—Deb Schneider, Kim Jones, Special Education Teachers
- Life Skills iPad Technology >>Year: 2012
Based on a successful NSSED pilot program, 12 iPads were awarded to the Special Education Department to support the Life Skills curriculum. Students participating in this program require intensive support and instruction on social communication, leisure, and vocational skills. The iPad’s tactile features, video capabilities, and text-to-speech apps for nonverbal students offer reinforcement in classroom and community settings. This grant was co-funded with the Lake Forest-Lake Bluff Learning Disabilities Association.“The iPads have considerably increased student independence among the Transition students, who are moving toward independent living. They are very useful for both vocational and daily living skills. In the Applied Learning program, the iPads have significantly enhanced students’ academic, functional, communication, and social skills. Students really appreciate the dignity and privacy that the iPads offer vs. the traditional learning materials.”
—Sandra Horan, Special Education Teacher
- SMART Board™ Interactive Whiteboard Systems (Pilot) >>Year: 2012
In collaboration with the Lake Forest-Lake Bluff Learning Disabilities Association, the Special Education Department was awarded two SMART Boards™. The pilot program looks at how increased access to this technology improves learning for students who possess a broad range of learning styles and educational requirements.
- East Campus Athletic EquipmentYear: 2015
Updated weight equipment in the East Campus Fitness Center for use in year-round wellness classes and by students, athletes, teachers and coaches. The new equipment will include seven new machines (chest, shoulder, row, squat, functional Life, dual cross cable and leg Press) as well as seven free-motion Genesis Weight training components. The grant was co-funded with LFHS Boosters.
Department: Health and Wellness
- Assisted Pull Up and Dip Circuit Training Machine >>Year: 2011
This addition to the Wellness Department’s Circuit Training rotation enables students to increase strength necessary for success in Fitness Testing and many Wellness Department classes.
- iPad Technology for Wellness >>
One iPad, Projector, and Apple TV provide Wellness instructors with a tool to help streamline fitness instruction and evaluation. Exercise techniques and routines are projected on the screen and run continuously for better student viewing and retention. Timing and video capabilities provide immediate feedback on skill acquisition. This grant was co-funded with the LFHS Boosters.
Co-funded with Lake Forest High School Boosters“Class development and preparation time has been greatly reduced. More time is now spent on class management and supervision instead of demonstration. This is a very successful pilot program that we want to expand.”
—Chris Morehead, Wellness Department Chair
- Newberry ConsortiumYear: 2015
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 content and curriculum delivery for students as well as opportunities to collaborate with peers from other districts in the Chicago area.
Department: Professional Development
- Polzin Teaching Assessment and Mentoring Program >>Year: 2011
The Polzin Teaching Assessment and Mentoring Program is an integral component of the professional learning community at LFHS. Teachers continually monitor, evaluate, and revise instructional practices through personal reflection and assessment, as well as through peer collaboration and communication. Workshops held throughout the year focus on specific, strategic instructional techniques and enable new and veteran teachers to learn alongside one another in a supportive environment.
- Newberry Consortium >>Year: 2011
Offered annually by the Newberry Library in Chicago, The Consortium offers teachers a series of intellectually stimulating and content-based seminars led by scholars from area universities and colleges. The goal is to inspire and educate, as well as give teachers the opportunity to collaboration with peers from other districts in the Chicago area. LFHS students in English, Social Studies, Science, and World Language classes benefit from teachers who have a deeper knowledge of their curricular area.
- Advanced Placement Institute >>Year: 2011
LFHS teachers participated in in-depth Advance Placement workshops, designed to broaden course subject knowledge and offer new instructional strategies. While students in AP classes directly benefit, students in all levels of curriculum benefit from teachers who are continuously seeking to improve their effectiveness in content delivery and assessment.
- Polzin and Newberry Programs >>Year: 2012
The Polzin Teaching Assessment and Mentoring Program is an integral component of the professional learning community at LFHS. Workshops held throughout the year focus on specific, strategic instructional techniques and enable new and veteran teachers to learn alongside one another in a supportive environment.
The Newberry Consortium offers teachers a series of intellectually stimulating, content-based seminars led by scholars from area universities and colleges. The goal is to inspire and provide the opportunity for professional growth, as well as to give teachers the opportunity to benefit from collaboration with peers from other districts in the Chicago area.