Paxton-Buckley-Loda High School “Excellence Through Rigor

Paxton-Buckley-Loda High School
“Excellence Through Rigor, Relevance, and Relationships.”
Ne ws le tte r Fe b ru a r y 2 0 1 5
Pri n ci p a l T r av is D u le y
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Principal’s Message
 February 11th
Incoming Freshmen
Orientation Night
 February 13th
Teachers Institute
No Student
 February 14th
FFA Toy Show
 February 16th
Presidents Day
No School
Hopefully everybody’s second semester has gotten off to a
great start! Between basketball, wrestling, show choir, FFA,
scholastic bowl, and numerous other activities, things have
definitely been busy around the high school since returning from
winter break.
As we head into February, there are a couple of items I
would like all of you to take a look at: the 5Essentials Survey and
Vision 20/20. I believe that both of these items are valuable in
their own way, so please take the time to learn a little about
them by reading below.
Additionally, I would like to remind all parents and students
that the dates for ACT and PARCC are quickly approaching. These
dates are in March, but they are very early on in March, so I don’t
want to wait until next month to remind you about them. ACT
will be administered at school to all juniors on Tuesday, March 3rd,
and PARCC will be administered at school to all students in Math I
(this includes Math I, Block Math I, and Math I/II) and freshmen
level ELA (this includes English 101 and English 102).
That’s all for now.
Your partner in education,
Travis Duley
Travis Duley, Principal
Paxton-Buckley-Loda High School
Phone: (217) 379 - 4331
Go Panthers!
School Successes
In the Section FFA Public Speaking contest, Kade Hill placed first place in the Varsity
Prepared Speaking Contest and Michael Curry placed first in the JV Prepared
Speaking Contest. Both will represent our section in the District contest in April.
Aaron Slack placed 2nd in the FFA Section District Job Interview contest. Aaron
followed this up with a 4th place finish in the FFA District Job Interview event & has
qualified for state.
The Special Olympics Basketball team won both of their games in order to win the
District Tournament on Sunday, January 18th in Bloomington at the Shirk Center.
They will now be going to the State Tournament in March!
The FFA Novice Parliamentary Procedure Team won district on Thursday, January
22nd in order to qualify for state. Members of the team and places were as follows:
Austin Potter top chairperson, Kalista Klann top secretary, Jake Watts and Ben
McClure 2nd & 4th place floor members, respectively.
The Scholastic Bowl Team won their kick-off tournament by going 5-0 against teams
from the SVC.
Mr. R. Anderson’s 3rd period Custom Cabinetry class completed five book shelves for
the Illini Reading Council, who will be donating them to Habitat for Humanity.
5Essentials Survey
Over the past week, students and teachers have been taking the 5Essentials survey.
This survey, which is designed to provide an opportunity for students and teachers to have
a voice in improving our school, is required of schools every other year. Survey completion
can help district and school leaders identify areas of strength and those in need of
support. The 5Essentials system is based on more than 20 years of research by the
University of Chicago Consortium on Chicago School Research on five components found to
be critical for school success:
1. Effective Leaders: The principal works with teachers to implement a clear and
strategic vision for school success.
2. Collaborative Teachers: The staff is committed to the school, receives strong
professional development, and works together to improve the school.
3. Involved Families: The entire school staff builds strong relationships with families
and communities to support learning.
4. Supportive Environment: The school is safe and orderly. Teachers have high
expectations for students and support students to realize their goals. Classmates
also support one another.
5. Ambitious Instruction: Classes are academically demanding and engage students by
emphasizing the application of knowledge.
In addition to the student and teacher portions of the survey, there is also a parent
portion. I want to encourage all parents to take this survey by going to and then clicking the “Start Here” button under “Parent Survey.”
By taking this survey it is allowing you the opportunity to express to me and other leaders
within our school what you feel we are doing well and what you feel we need to improve
PBL Supports Vision 20/20
Please note that the information and most of the
wording below were taken from the Vision 20/20 website.
Vision 20/20 is an idea that has been in the news quite a bit over the past few
months. Vision 20/20 is supported by PBL, and we are asking that all of you take a look at it
and decide if you support it as well. The idea behind it is simple, many times statewide
organizations are better known for what they oppose rather than those things for which they
stand. In November 2012, the Illinois Association of School Administrators (IASA) initiated a
visioning process in partnership with the Illinois Principals Association (IPA), the Illinois
Association of School Business Officials (IASBO), the Illinois Association of School Boards
(IASB), the Superintendents’ Commission for the Study of Demographics and Diversity
(SCSDD), and the Illinois Association of Regional Superintendents of Schools (IARSS) to unite
the education community and to develop a long-range blueprint for improving public
education in Illinois. Together we stand for excellence in education for all Illinois children.
Saying that we stand for excellence is education in easy though. After all, who is
going to say they want anything other than an excellent education for themselves or their
child? The real ideas in Vision 20/20 are that, no matter where we live or what our political
affiliations are, education plays a critical role in ensuring equal opportunity. It is our
collective duty to do all we can to guarantee every student, no matter his or her
demographic or geographic identity, has equal access to a quality education.
As public educators, we believe public education works. We reject the premise that
education in Illinois has failed but recognize its impact has not been equitably delivered to
all student populations and that there are opportunities for continuous improvement. Now is
the time to act. Our vision forward is clear.
We believe the key to continuous improvement in public education relies on the
wisdom and innovation of public educators who work with students every day. This is a
continuous process. We are educators because we care about the future of each and every
student and for the opportunity to teach and shape the next generation.
Through the Vision 20/20 process, four areas for prioritization emerged: highly
effective educators, 21st century learning, shared accountability, and equitable and
adequate funding.
Educators understand the importance of statewide education policy. However, that
policy should be crafted to provide districts the flexibility and autonomy to best meet the
needs of the students they serve. Statewide, process specific mandates in education, similar
to over-regulation in the business world, do not result in the innovation needed to improve
education and do not recognize the state’s diversity. We believe educators should be held to
the highest standards and be given the flexibility to apply their experience and knowledge to
match local needs in order to best support each individual student.
If you would like more information about Vision 20/20, please click the link on the
picture above.