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District 99 adopting modified hybrid schedule effective Oct. 19

Superindent Dr. Hank Thiele explains the district's new hybrid schedule to board member Nancy Kupka.

Luc Alvarez, Editor-in-Chief

September 22, 2020

Beginning the week of Oct. 19, District 99 will move to a modified hybrid schedule. Over a two-week span, each student will have one in-person class for each of their class periods with the rest of their class periods occurring remotely. Every third week will remain fully remote. Teachers will te...

Technology and Zoom create problems in the virtual classroom

The virtual classroom continues to cause problems for students and teachers.

Andrew Calek, Features Editor

September 22, 2020

In the first four weeks of school since District 99 announced they were beginning the school year fully remote, both students and teachers have had technology troubles with Zoom. Teachers and students have had to work through some troubleshooting with Zoom and their own technology. Librarian Christopher...

District 99 Board of Education shares new guidelines that will shape future hybrid learning plans

New CDC and IDPH guidelines will shape new hybrid learning plans.

Kassem Ossman and Jacqueline Barba

September 16, 2020

On Aug. 14, the District 99 Board discussed the possibility of reopening the school and rethinking the hybrid schedule. New guidelines provided by the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and the Illinois Department of Health (IDPH) provide the board with gauges as to whether they stand in the minimal, moderate...

DGS students, administration respond to “Zoom bombing” incidents

Zoom bombers pose a threat to the privacy and security of remote learning.

Alex Miranda, Editor-In-Chief

September 9, 2020

Since the beginning of the semester on Aug. 17, instances have occurred where unauthorized individuals entered scheduled Zoom calls and engaged in inappropriate behavior. The offense, coined “Zoom bombing” by students and staff, has raised questions related to security and ethical concerns in the...

District 99 starting 2020-2021 school year fully remote

In an email to the District 99 community, Superintendent Dr. Hank Thiele announces the new plans for the beginning of the 2020-2021 school year.

Luc Alvarez, Editor-in-Chief

August 14, 2020

On Aug. 12, District 99 announced via email that the district will be going fully remote to begin the school year due to updated, more restrictive ISBE health guidelines. Sports and activities will continue as scheduled and a combined pick-up day for PPE and school materials is currently being planned...

District 99 Board approves hybrid learning plan for 2020-2021 school year

Following revisions over the past few weeks, Superintendent Dr. Hank Thiele presents the hybrid plan to the District 99 Board of Education.

Luc Alvarez, Editor-in-Chief

August 4, 2020

At the Aug. 3 District 99 board meeting, the board voted unanimously to begin the school year with the proposed hybrid plan, where students will learn part in-school and part remotely. Because of staff limitations, the school year will begin with one week of hybrid learning and two weeks of fully remo...

May 12 Downers Grove village council meeting recap

Mayor Robert Barnett is preparing to start the council meeting.

Vincent Llanes, Copy Editor

May 15, 2020

On May 12, 2020, the Downers Grove council had a remote meeting led by mayor Robert Barnett. This meeting took place in the village hall of downtown Downers Grove. The council ensures viewers that high quality equipment was used to capture both the video and audio of the meeting. Most of the meeting’s...

DGS building repurposed to help community during COVID-19; MFP work continues while students are away

The meal pick-up initiative, face shield production and master facility plan construction are three of the most prominent projects occurring within the DGS building.

Jacqueline Barba, Alex Miranda, and Luc Alvarez

April 23, 2020

As of April 23, 41 days have passed since the student body has attended class within the walls of the DGS building. While the hallways may appear deserted without thousands of students to fill them, the campus is anything but abandoned. With meal preparation and packaging in the kitchen, 3D printers...

State mandate suspends in-person learning for the year, remote learning to continue

“It's sad that we won't be able to wrap up the year in person as we normally would -- seniors certainly have it the worst -- but we're doing what needs to be done,” Haywood said.

Tatum Mitchell, Print Editor-in-Chief

April 21, 2020

Remote learning will continue throughout the remainder of the semester as all in-person instruction in Illinois has been suspended due to COVID-19, according to Governor JB Pritzker’s state-wide mandate. “[A number of] challenges weighed heavily on me as we came to this decision – but my priority...

District 99 confirms first COVID-19 case within school community

Alex Miranda and Jacqueline Barba

March 24, 2020

On Mar. 24, District 99 alerted via email the first confirmed case of COVID-19 within the District 99 and District 58 community. The affected individual is not a student or staff member. As of Mar. 23, The DuPage County Health Department (DCHD) reported 95 total cases within the county; this number is...

SAT and ACT cancelled; AP Exams online amid COVID-19 outbreak

In the midst of the COVID-19 outbreak, standardized and AP testing are faced with changes.

Jacqueline Barba, Managing Editor

March 23, 2020

On Mar. 20, the Trump Administration announced that they will not be enforcing standardized testing requirements for the 2019-2020 school year. With the closing of many schools across the country due to the COVID-19 pandemic, all SAT and ACT testing has been cancelled through May and an online version...

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