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You’re invited to a special event this Saturday.
We are thrilled to partner with McHenry County College for an informative event on Saturday, September 14 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at our Central Office.
Do you have a plan after high school?
If you’re a junior or senior in high school and aren’t sure what you want to do next year, come to MCC in Harvard this Saturday.
Are you looking to further your career?
Do you feel stuck in your current position? Do you want to earn more money, but don’t know how? Come to MCC in Harvard this Saturday.
Do you want to obtain your High School Equivalency?
Did you never finish high school? Did life get in the way? Come to MCC in Harvard to learn how you can complete your High School Equivalency Diploma (formerly known as the GED).
Have you always wanted to further your education, but you thought you were too old or it was too late?
It’s not too late. Come to MCC in Harvard this Saturday to learn more.
I HIGHLY recommend going to this event and signing up for the free MCC 101 Class! If you’ve ever considered going to college or going back to college and you’re not sure where to start, this is for you. If you have a junior or senior in high school and you don’t know how to apply for financial aid, how to apply to MCC, or how college works, this is for you. One of the best decisions I have made as an adult!Heather Kriete, MCC 101 Student
SET YOUR SIGHTS ON YOUR FUTURE…
In Harvard! McHenry County College is bringing the college experience to you. Get a taste of college life and learn about setting your educational goals—and how they can impact your career, earning potential, and future!
The event will provide an introduction to McHenry County College for students, parents, and community members.
- Free food!
- Learn how you can enroll in a FREE MCC 101 class in Harvard
Saturday, September 14 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Harvard CUSD 50 – Central Office
401 N. Division Street
You’ll be able to register for MCC 101: The College Experience which is a free class offered this summer right in Harvard. MCC 101 is a course dedicated to exploring and explaining MCC’s support services. If you’re a current student, a recent graduate, or a working adult looking to further your career, this event is a terrific opportunity.
Harvard CUSD 50 and MCC are dedicated to removing obstacles that may have prevented you from furthering your education in the past. Everyone is welcome!
They discuss the upcoming event, the importance of being able to communicate, and the power of connecting through a common/shared memory.
The event is on October 3 at Harvard High School at 6:30 p.m.
For organizations interested in sponsoring Harvard Mic Drop, please contact Amber Bowgren at 815-943-4022 Ext. 2103 or email@example.com.
Harvard Mic Drop is a school and community event created to raise awareness of the importance of oral language development. Participants will be coached through a cycle that includes: taking one’s thoughts, putting them to paper, and then performing the work on stage in front of an audience. Harvard Mic Drop is a grassroots effort led by passionate educators and community members that believe in developing our scholars’ oral language, self-confidence, social-emotional development, and public speaking skills. Participants can express themselves through various modes such as poetry, storytelling, rap, slam poetry, creative writing, descriptive art, sign language, and more!
Harvard CUSD 50’s very first Harvard Mic Drop is October 3, 2019. This event is open to all High School and Junior High students and members of the Harvard community. We believe learning is a two-way street in which our scholars can learn from the messages of our community members and our community members can learn from the messages of our scholars.
Take the Stage! Become a Participant in FIVE EASY STEPS!
- Express interest with your classroom teacher or one of the lead developers.
- Think about your topic or theme that you are passionate about and which language you will perform with. (English, Spanish, English/Spanish, American Sign Language, or others)
- Choose your mode of expression: poetry, storytelling, rap, slam poetry, creative writing, descriptive art, sign language, or other.
- Forecast how long you envision yourself ‘on the mic.’
- Complete the registration form.
JOSÉ OLIVAREZ is the son of Mexican immigrants and the author of the book of poems, Citizen Illegal, a finalist for the prestigious PEN/Jean Stein Book Award. In 2018, he was awarded the first annual Author and Artist in Justice Award from the Phillips Brooks House Association. Along with Felicia Chavez and Willie Perdomo, he is co-editing the forthcoming anthology, The BreakBeat Poets Vol. 4: LatiNEXT. He is the co-host of the poetry podcast, The Poetry Gods and a recipient of fellowships from CantoMundo, Poets House, the Bronx Council on the Arts, the Poetry Foundation, & the Conversation Literary Festival. José is a master teaching artist. in 2017-2018, he was the Lead Teaching Artist for the Teen Lab Program at the Art Institute in Chicago, IL. In the past, he has led writing workshops & diversity training for institutions such as: Lincoln Center, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Studio Museum of Harlem, The Adirondack Center for Writing, Inside Out Literary Arts, & many more community organizations & universities. His work has been featured in The New York Times, The Paris Review, Chicago Magazine & elsewhere.
LUIS CARRANZA is from the southwest side of Chicago. He is a writer, community organizer, and activist. Luis was captain of Little Village High School poetry slam team, and a Louder Than A Bomb semi-finalist. He has performed at Villapalooza, Art Institute of Chicago, Mamby on the Beach, and Open Books. Luis works with an organization called Young Chicago Authors and Through creative writing, they help young people from all backgrounds to understand the importance of their own stories and those of others, so that they can pursue the path they choose and work to make their communities more just and equitable.Click here to REGISTER!
An Emmy award-winning storyteller and writer, Jim May’s stories are hilarious, touching, and filled with the many characters who populated the Illinois farming community where his family has lived since the 1840s. His story collection,The Farm on Nippersink Creek, won a best book award from the Public Librarian Association, and his book, Trail Guide for a Crooked Heart: Stories and Reflections for Life’s Journeys received a 2017 the prestigious ANNE IAZARD AWARD from the Westchester County, NY Library Foundation, also a Storytelling World award.
May has shared his work throughout the U.S. and abroad, and is the recipient of the National Storytelling Association ORACLE Circle of Excellence award (Hall Of Fame).
“You could call Jim May a modern-day Homer if the Greek had told stories about farm life.” – The Chicago Sun-Times
The State of Illinois’ evidence-based funding model for schools sends more resources to under-resourced districts, including Harvard District 50.
Superintendent Dr. Corey Tafoya sees the funding as transformational for the community. “The funding has had an incredible impact on our students and families,” Tafoya said.
“Last year the district added teachers to lower class sizes, social workers, counselors, an elementary art program, a junior high activities facilitator, and a district behavioral specialist to address the needs of our kids.”
For 2019, Harvard hired six instructional coaches to improve classroom learning and support teacher development.
The funding goes beyond the regular school day. During the summer, Harvard offered a summer education program with a camp-like culture. Later this fall, Harvard will debut an after-school enrichment program to provide families with expanded learning activities and recreation.
“The state recognizes Harvard’s adequacy-level for funding at 57%. When it comes to proper resources for our students, we are the eighth-lowest district, and the lowest unit district,” Tafoya said.
But even with additional funding needs, Tafoya is thrilled with the increased opportunities for students. “We’ve expanded our AVID program, AP classes, and are committed to growing our trades classes,” Tafoya said. “Whether students graduate wanting to work immediately, pursue college, military, or a vocational school, we’re focused on ensuring every student is prepared for life after high school.”
Funding has also been used to make building improvements. The district completed a much-needed new junior high parking lot over the summer.
With a growing population, Harvard performed a Kasarda demographic study last fall to understand spacing requirements. A facility planning report will be presented to the board in December.
For the 2020 fiscal year, Harvard is expected to receive an additional $1.6 million from the state. Mike Prombo, the district’s chief financial officer, presented a tentative budget at the board’s August public meeting. “The fixed funding formula means more resources for students without increasing the burden on local taxpayers,” Prombo said.
Learn more about evidence-based funding at the Illinois State Board of Education’s website.
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Music teachers Ms. Schmitt and Mr. Kibbler discuss the addition of Orff instruments to their classrooms at Crosby Elementary School. The purchase of the instruments was made possible through a grant from the Harvard Community Education Foundation. The teaching combines music, movement, drama, and speech that are similar to children’s play.