English & Communications

The major goal of the Department of English and Communication is to assist students in their development as articulate, effective speakers and writers of English, and to foster in them an appreciation of classic and contemporary literature. Four units of language arts credit are required to complete the language arts requirement. Additional credits may be selected to meet college entrance requirements, career goals, or interests.  In grades nine through eleven, students may choose from a small group of courses which have been designed to respond to a variety of needs of students at each grade level. In addition, students in these grade levels may also concurrently enroll in some electives: journalism, speech, radio, television, and humanities. In twelfth grade, students must elect from a large group of courses, including an Expression course and a Literature course. Students may also elect additional Language Art courses.

There are three core values that drive the work of the English Department. To learn more about our values, please click here.

8th Grade Students - Honors English Information for 2021-22 School Year

Given the nature of school right now and the restrictions placed upon schools with regards to large groups assembling, and uncertainty moving into the winter, the District 99 English Departments will not be offering/requiring the Honors English placement essay like in previous years.  We will continue to rely upon any/all data we receive from the sender school as well as the teacher recommendation. We appreciate your understanding given the constraints placed upon us this year.  If you/your student is interested in honors, they should be sure to communicate that with their current 8th-grade teacher.

8th Grade Students - Learn more about our Interdisciplinary Studies Program

Click here for more information on our senior English classes and/or our electives.

Information

Department Chair
Chris Bronke

Department Administrative Assistant
Maria Georgiou

Department Office
Room 268
630-795-8270

2021-22 Academic Planning Guide


Staff

Jena Abrahamsen

Faculty

Christian Acuna

Radio Station Supervisor

Rebecca Banc

Faculty

Dana Briggs

Faculty

Chris Bronke

English & Communications Department Chair

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Melissa Carlson

Faculty

Maria Georgiou

Administrative Assistant - English & Communications

Matt Greaney

Faculty

Alexa Harris

Faculty

Melissa Jacobs

Faculty

Eric Landschoot

Faculty

Jeanette Lawler

Faculty

Elizabeth Levin

Faculty

Michael Melie

Faculty

Britni Mitchell

Faculty

Tyler Noe

Reading Paraprofessional

Eliza Palumbo

Faculty

Chloe Penny

Faculty

Elaine Simos

Faculty

Kathy Smith

Faculty

Marjorie Thomas

Faculty

John Waite

Faculty