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This Week on #WorkforceWednesday: How to Use Your College & Career Center
Alex LeMoine

Each high school in district 155 is home to its own College and Career Center, a unique resource designed to help students prepare for life after high school. There students can begin applying to college, scope out internship or scholarship opportunities, discuss the many options that exist in the workforce, and much more.

“Even in the early stages if you just want to do exploration that’s what you can do here. You don’t have to know right off the bat and you don’t have to go somewhere right off the bat. Everything that you need can be found in this location,” said Samantha Allen, the College and Career Center supervisor at Crystal Lake Central High School. 

Allen offers her knowledge of college and career opportunities to students of all grade levels. She encourages students to start the process early and advises them to use Naviance, a career readiness program, to help narrow their interests. Even those students who are unsure about their path after high school can stop by the library at Central to meet with Ms. Allen and start the search process.

“We’re still learning a lot, but we’re excited to learn, so even if it’s something that we’re not sure about, we’ll find someone that can help with information, we’ll find a resource,” said Allen.

“I had no idea coming in freshman year what I wanted to do,” said Jess Anichini, a senior at Crystal Lake Central who plans to attend McHenry County College next year before transferring to a four-year university to study business. 

“Know that [Ms. Allen’s] door is always open,” said Anichini.

Jakhari Anderson, a senior at Crystal Lake Central, also took advantage of the College and Career Center. He credits Ms. Allen with helping him realize his interest in teaching. In addition to studying education, Anderson will also run track and field at the University of Dubuque after graduation.

“She asked me what I like to do and I told her I like helping children out, so I decided to become a teacher,” said Anderson. 

At Crystal Lake South High School, Karen Audette supervises the College and Career Center. She helps students with everything from taking the SAT and ACT, to building an outstanding resume. 

“I love to have students in here. I would love to have a full room all day long. Our district is unique in having these spaces available and we’re able to enhance what the counselors are doing,” said Audette.

In addition to meeting with the College and Career Center advisors, students can speak with representatives from four and two year universities, trade and technical schools, recruiters from the Armed Forces, and community members over the course of the school year.

“The name is College and Career Center, so a lot of people obviously may dismiss it and think it’s something for upperclassmen, but that’s not true at all. I view it more as a place to help you be successful in high school and beyond,” said Armin Daneshbodi, a senior at Crystal Lake South who has utilized the College and Career Center throughout the process of applying for scholarships. Daneshbodi will attend Yale University in the fall. 

“It never hurts to come in and ask because [Mrs. Audette] is very knowledgeable and she’s eager to help,” said Daneshbodi. 

For the rest of our conversation with Karen Audette on how to use your College & Career Center, listen to D155’s Workforce Wednesday podcast here.

#WorkforceWednesday is a marketing campaign that will provide valuable content to prepare students with life-ready skills and to initiate and strengthen workforce partnerships in our community which aligns with the district’s strategic plan.

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CLC Dean Named Dean of the Year
Shannon Podzimek

The Illinois Principal Association named Dave Shutters as Dean of the Year for the Kishwaukee Region. Shutters has been a dean at Crystal Lake Central since 1999.

“I was speechless,” said Dave Shutters, Dean at Crystal Lake Central High School. “I’m thankful for the staff at Central for supporting me and always being team players.”

Students and staff nominated Shutters for the award.

“Intervening and helping me stay in school each and every day is one of the greatest things that has happened to me throughout high school. I appreciate how selfless, forgiving, and open-minded you are,” one student wrote in a nomination letter.

Shutters has also initiated “Tiger Pride,” a referral system also known as “Bizarros.” When a teacher recognizes a stellar deed from a student, he or she fills out a form so Dave can give accolades to the student by means of a positive phone call home. 

“There is no stronger advocate for students than Dave. Time and again, he has taken some of our toughest cases and forged a relationship to help guide him or her onto the right path,” Christine Graham said in a nomination letter.

Shutters received the Dean of the Year in 2012, the Distinguished Service Award in 2011-2012, and the Recognition of Service Endeavors in 2015 from the Illinois State Deans Association. 

He was recently recognized by his peers at the IPA Kishwaukee Region meeting on January 29. He will now be considered a finalist for the statewide IPA Dean of the Year Award.

Central Presents "Fiddler on the Roof"
Shannon Podzimek

Fiddler on the Roof is a 9 Tony winning musical with music by Jerry Bock, lyrics by Sheldon Harnick, and book by Joseph Stein, set in Imperial Russia around 1905. It is a musical that, since its debut in 1964, has played every single day somewhere in the world, and it’s now time for Crystal Lake to help continue that Broadway theater tradition. The story revolves around Tevye, the father of five daughters, and his efforts to maintain his cultural traditions as outside influences encroach upon the family's lives. He must cope both with the independent minded actions of his three older daughters, who wish to marry for love (and how each one's choice of a husband moves further away from the customs of their Jewish faith and heritage), and an edict of the Tsar that is evicting the Jews from their villages across Russia.


Show Dates, Times & Ticket Information

March 12 – 7:00 p.m.
March 13 – 7:00 p.m.
March 14 - 7:00 p.m.
March 15 - 2:00 p.m.


Tickets are $10 per seat.

Tickets will be available to purchase February 4.

A special complimentary Senior Citizen show will be performed on Wednesday, March 11 at 1:30 p.m.  Reservations for the show and dessert can be made at 815-459-2505 x2200. A shuttle bus will run from the parking lot at Bethany Lutheran church beginning at 12:30 p.m.

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CLC Special Education Teacher Awarded ‘Teacher of the Month’
Alex LeMoine

Dan Badgley, a teacher at Crystal Lake Central High School, is the Star 105.5 and Home State Bank Teacher of the Month for December. He won the award after a parent of a current student nominated him. 

Mr. Badgley is a special education teacher at Crystal Lake Central where he teaches math, english and reading, and vocational skills in the Life Skills program. In the nomination letter, he is described as “looking out for his students for unselfish reasons, and gives them the high school experience that these kids deserve.”

“Thank you Mr. Badgley and the other teachers with CLC’s Life School Program, for helping our daughter be happy and grow as a person. You have no idea how you have helped our daughter and her family,” wrote Paul Hansen, parent of Crystal Lake Central junior Brianna Hansen, who nominated Mr. Badgley.

In addition to teaching, Badgley also coaches the Special Olympics program offered at Crystal Lake Central High School. The program offers Life Skills students the opportunity to participate in basketball and track and field. Games and athletic events for the students are held all across McHenry County.  

Representatives from Home State Bank, Star 105.5’s DJ Clinto, as well as Crystal Lake Central’s Dr. Eric Ernd and Lorrie Brandwein presented Badgley with a check and certificate for his achievement on January 7 at Home State Bank in Crystal Lake.

Student’s Work Selected for IAEA Art Show
Alex LeMoine

J. Arizaga was one of five 11th graders in the state whose artwork was selected for the Illinois Art Education Association’s Student Art Show. Arizaga created a digital illustration which was displayed at the fall conference in St. Charles in November. It’s also featured on the ILAEA website.

“The artwork I created was primarily done as an independent project for myself. It was very different from what I usually do. Sometimes I can’t believe I was selected, especially when I realized that mine was one of the few digital illustrations in the show,” said J. Arizaga, Crystal Lake Central student. 

This year 366 pieces of 2D art from students in grades kindergarten through high school submitted by 43 Illinois Art Teachers. Elementary, middle school and high school teachers served as judges for the art show. 

“The selection of J.’s artwork appropriately recognizes great artwork that is the result of consistent exploration by a great kid,” said Judd Shutt, Art and Design teacher at Crystal Lake Central.

Crystal Lake Central is the only school in the district that enters to be in the art show. The IAEA demonstrates the art experience and content that young people in Illinois are getting through their art programs at school.