Attention Parents and Community Leaders
District No. 118 is excited to announce that on Saturday, January 11, 2014, we will be launching our new Parent University with a kickoff event. A bridge between home and school, Parent University will empower parents and community members to support District No. 118 students through direct involvement in their children's education.
This event will be held at Life Church, 2105 N. Bowman Ave., in Danville from 9:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. The day will be filled will inspiring messages, informative breakout sessions, entertainment from some of our talented music students... and yes, even a free lunch!
Click here for a printable schedule of the day.
For more information including an online and printable registration form, click here.
We hope to see you there!
Julius W. Hegeler II To Give $1 Million to Danville Public School Foundation
Bob Richard, Executive Director, of the Danville Public School Foundation announced that Julius W. Hegeler II will leave $1 million to the Foundation at his death. This bequest will be the largest ever made in the history of the school foundation. The announcement was made on the evening of December 12 at the North Ridge Middle School cafetorium. Over 80 individuals attended, including Mr. Hegeler, Lois Wise, foundation board of directors, School District No. 118 board of education members, District No. 118 administrators and staff, and friends of Mr. Hegeler and the school foundation. Mr. Hegeler was honored by Bob Richard as well as Charles Hall, president of the school foundation board. Mark Denman, superintendent of the Danville Schools, made these closing comments:
“To whom much is given, much is expected.” This paraphrased quotation from the Book of Luke comes to my mind this evening as we honor Mr. Julius W. Hegeler II. On behalf of Danville Community Consolidated School District No. 118, I wish to thank Mr. Hegeler for his generous bequest to the Danville Public School Foundation. A gift of $1 million – the largest donation ever made to benefit local public school children.
Mr. Hegeler’s family came to this area over 100 years ago – serving as one of the area’s largest employers and providing work for several generations in our community. They made a mark on Danville – one that is still evident today. The present generation of the Hegeler family is represented by our guest of honor tonight, Mr. Hegeler - a 1946 graduate of Danville High, School, honored veteran and war hero, business owner and leader, philanthropist, and member of the DHS Wall of Fame.
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Start Time Committee
On November 18, 2013 the Start Time Committee held a forum to look at the current start/end times for staff and students at all levels in the district. This committee was co-chaired by Chris Rice (Principal-North Ridge), Angelique Simon (Assisant Principal-North Ridge), and Phil Cox (Principal-Danville High School). Parents and teachers from all three levels were present at the meeting. Click here for the minutes.
We will be holding our third meeting Thursday, January 9, 2014 at North Ridge Middle School beginning at 6:00 p.m. in the school library. If you have any questions or concerns regarding school start times, you may contact one of the following committee chairs at their respective schools.
Chris Rice – North Ridge Middle School 444-3400
Angelique Simon – North Ridge Middle School 444-3400
Phil Cox – Danville High School 444-1500
District Committee announces the 2013 Wall of Fame Inductees.
Carl B. Fliermans attended Roselawn School and graduated from DHS in 1962. At DHS, he was a member of Maroon & White, the Dramatic Club, A Cappella Choir, and the golf team. As he grew up, he admits, “I always had bugs, worms, snakes, and a variety of biologs in my pockets. I was probably the classic case of the late bloomer, but along the way, a few people took the time to believe in me and give encouragement…Two people in my early years were my champions, my grandmothers and my scoutmaster, Albert Greene of Troop 19.” He earned his undergraduate degree in biology at Asbury College, his master’s degree in soil microbiology from the University of Kentucky, and his doctorate in microbiology from Indiana University in 1972. He worked as a postdoctoral fellow at the National Institutes of Health at the University of Minnesota from 1972-1974. He began his 30 years association with the Westinghouse Savannah River Company/Savannah River National Laboratory in 1974. From 1974-2004, he advanced from microbial ecologist to microbial ecologist advisory scientist, the position he held at retirement. He has served as an adjunct research professor in biology at the University of South Carolina (Aiken) since 1980 and in toxicology at Clemson since 1990. He was senior vice-president and chief scientist of Environment America from 1989-1990. Since 1978, he has been President/CEO of Ecological Microbes Unlimited of Augusta, GA, and also since 2004, partner and microbial ecologist.
Dr. Fliermans is a noted microbiologist. He has published over 100 scientific publications , filed numerous patents, and earned many awards in the field of environmental and microbial ecology. One of his main areas of expertise is in the ecology of the bacterium that causes Legionnaires’ Disease; he was the first to define the environmental habitats where the bacterium lives and was the first to isolate the bacterium from its natural environments. His seminal research paved the way for the understanding of the disease, the successful treatment of the facilities that harbor the bacterium, and the definition of guidelines for the safe treatment of water systems for the Cooling Tower Institute and the American Society for Heating, Refrigeration, and Air Conditioning Engineers . His basic work in this area has been distinguished by being responsible for promoting the awareness of the bacterium and of mechanisms for its survival, growth, dissemination, and removal. His work has been useful in the saving of many lives. He has served as an expert witness for numerous cases throughout the nation for both the defense and the plaintiffs. His career of three decades at the Savannah River National Laboratory has earned him numerous awards and his work has been funded for over $100 million by both private and public institutions. His research has taken him to over 47 nations with the basic research in the microbiology of landmine detection, designing probes in the search for extraterrestrial life for the Mars probe, defining the existence for life in extreme environments of high temperature and high radiation fields, and probing for the presence of microbiological life thousands of meters below the earth’s surface.
Dr. Fliermans has this advice for current DHS students: “Choose something that you love and devote yourself to it. Go as far as you can go in your education because the higher one goes, the more autonomy and freedom one can achieve. Don’t restrict yourself to working 8 hours/day because that will restrict what you can do and what you can be. Work hard and wherever you are, be all there. Enjoy life. You get only one and that purpose is to glorify God Who made you and enjoy Him now and forever.”
John Stevenson attended Washington Grade School and graduated from DHS in 1955. At DHS, he earned nine athletic letters in baseball, basketball, and cross country and was a key player on eight teams that won district and state titles. Baseball team captain, an editor of Maroon & White, class officer, and honor student, he compiled a strong record at DHS before he continued his studies at the University of Illinois where he earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees and was a member of the varsity baseball and basketball teams. He was a member of the Naval Reserve from 1954 through 1963 and served on the aircraft carrier U.S.S. Bennington and participated in the Korean War Conflict.
A leader and innovator in business and industry, Stevenson rose to the position of Vice-President and Director of Marketing for AT & T Consumer Products after serving in a variety of positions of increasing responsibility at Illinois Bell and AT & T from 1962 to 1985. He introduced AT & T into the retail marketing world, opening the first phone center retail phone center in the Chicago-area Woodfield Mall that was followed by the opening of 800 additional stores across the nation. He was selected as one of five officers to be in the presidential potential officer class. He served at AT & T until 1985 when he was asked by the President of the University of Illinois to head a new industrial program. Stevenson served from 1985 until 2007 as corporate officer of the National Center of Supercomputing Applications (NCSA) at the U of I. He worked to meet and exceed the Center’s mission to “Improve the Competitiveness of American Industry.” He developed the market plan for the program, obtained the approval of university administration and the director, and introduced and supported a comprehensive partnership program to teach corporations the value of supercomputing. He successfully marketed the program to over 20 corporations in 13 business sectors and managed the partnerships for 20 years. Each of the participating corporations succeeded in making major competitive breakthroughs that resulted, not only in increased revenues, but in significant improvements that have helped mankind. In 1996, Fortune magazine featured Stevenson’s accomplishments at the Center. He was recognized as improving the way American industry does research.
In 1988, Stevenson met then-U.S. Senator Al Gore at a press conference at the National Center of Supercomputing. Stevenson developed a relationship with Gore which led him in helping to get two major bills passed in Congress – the 1988 National High Performance Computer Act and the 1992 Information Infrastructure and Technology Act which, along with the Center’s introduction of MOSAIC software in 1993, contributed to the opening of the internet. Gore shared, “The magnitude of Mr. Stevenson’s contributions towards the passage of these bills was tremendous. The combination of high-level corporate experience and personal leadership style that he brought to the NCSA helped create the type of systemic impact that forever changed and improved the way both corporations and individuals process information.”
Upon learning of his induction to the Wall of Fame, Stevenson stated, “This is an incredible honor. The teachers and coaches taught me the fundamentals that have proven to be the drivers in my accomplishments. I referred to the principles they taught me throughout my life and especially in the tough business challenges I faced. They proved to be right over and over. I am deeply indebted to DHS. In fact, I am trying to teach my children the same principles.”
Strategic Plan Update
In 2011, Danville Community Consolidated School District No. 118 adopted a five-year strategic plan after extensive community and staff input. The 2011-2016 plan can be found at this link: Strategic Plan/Goals & Accomplishments.
On this link, you may also view the annual updates of progress made towards accomplishing the goals of the plan. Updates are included for the 2011-2012 and 2012-2013 school years. Thank you for your interest in and support of our school district and in improving the opportunities for our children.
2013 State School Report Cards
The 2013 school report cards for each school and the school district have been released by the State. In January, 2013, the Illinois State Board of Education raised the performance level cut scores for the Illinois Standards Achievement Test (ISAT) for mathematics and reading in grades 3-8. The performance level cut scores were raised to support more rigorous curricula and instructional approaches that meet Common Core State Standards that better equip our students with the knowledge and skills necessary to effectively pursue higher education or successfully enter the work force. Due to these higher expectations on the reading and mathematics ISAT assessments, there was a significant decrease statewide in the percentage of students meeting and exceeding standards at the elementary and middle school grades. The change in performance in grades 3-8 does not mean our students know less or are less capable than they were in previous grades. This decline also is not a reflection on teacher performance. Instead, the Illinois State Board of Education is raising the bar on what students must achieve in order to be ready for success in college and careers.
The Illinois State Board of Education has prepared a traditional report card, as well as a user-friendly and easy to read report card summary for each school, the Illinois Report Card at a Glance. The new Report Card at a Glance includes summarized information, details on school programs and awards, as well as a link to data from the 5Essentials survey about the district’s learning conditions.
Please click here to view the Report Card at a Glance and/or the traditional school report card for each Danville School District No.118 school.
2011-2013 School Improvement and Rising Star Improvement Plans
Please click here to view the most current School Improvement Plan, Rising Star Improvement Plan, or School Restructuring Plan for each Danville District No. 118 school.