English and Communications

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The major goal of the Department of English & 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.

Freshmen through Juniors 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, drama, radio, television, and humanities. Seniors may elect from a large group of courses, some of which satisfy the language arts requirement, some of which offer general credit.

As students and parents discuss courses during the registration process, the following links will provide an overview of the possible courses available through the English and Communications Department:

Are you a current student interested in moving to English Honors or AP next year? 
Click this link to read the letter for more information on how to apply. 
If interested, please complete the Google Form that is linked at the top of the letter before 3:30pm on 12/1/20.
 

Incoming Freshmen Honors English Placement Essay Update - as of Oct. 29, 2020

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.

Information

Department Chair
Tracy Sebastian

Department Administrative Assistant
Janet Boone

Department Office
Room B325
630-795-8870

2021-22 Academic Planning Guide

2020-21 Academic Planning Guide


Staff

Kari Alore

Faculty

Janet Boone

Administrative Assistant

Barbara Cassidy

Faculty

Michelle Davis

Faculty

Thomas (Jack) Foote

Reading Paraprofessional

Valerie Hardy

Faculty

Alison Helms

Faculty

Markus Indreika

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Zachary Kuhn

Faculty

Christi Littell

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Mary Long

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Riley Love

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Daniel Maas

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Michelle Meuer

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Trevor Parker

Faculty

Nicole Proimos

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Ryan Reyes

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Tiffany Rubin

Faculty

Tracy Sebastian

English & Communications Department Chair

Amy Stoops

Faculty

Lori Vanek

Faculty