“The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.”
– Mahatma Gandhi
November 22, 2023
Dear North Shore School District 112 Staff, Families, and Community,
As we approach the Thanksgiving holiday this year, I want to share a message of gratitude on behalf of the Board of Education and the leadership team of North Shore School District 112. We serve you as part of our calling to help make the world a better place; like Gandhi’s quote, we seek to know who we are as we help our students learn and grow.
I am so thankful daily when I reflect on our service and work. I am lucky to work with many talented, professional, and effective educators in such an engaged and thoughtful community! As I celebrate my 19th year of service to the Board, sixth as your superintendent, I am so thankful for every one of you and for the honor of service to our children, staff, parents, Board, and community!
We have accomplished so much in our years together. The COVID-19 Pandemic, the mass tragedies we have endured, global strife, national conflict, and so much more continue to challenge and stress our minds and hearts. Throughout all of this, though, you demonstrated resilience, hope, love, care, and support to me. It matters, and please know I and we SEE YOU. It’s incredible that after all we have been through, recent state performance data ranks District 112 in the 90% percentile based on last spring’s math performance, for example, compared to all other districts in Illinois.
Thanks to you, we’re on our way to modernizing & updating more of our schools and continuing to improve our safety and security measures at all campuses. We are optimistic that our community’s future will be bright and exciting! As you know, we are on a proud journey of continuous improvement. The vital work we do puts our children on the path to success.
A snapshot of the pressing issues on our agenda includes:
Constructing, modernizing, and renovating Indian Trail and Ravinia Schools
- Using Elm Place for Indian Trail School and Green Bay for Ravinia
- Planning for Sherwood, Braeside, and Wayne Thomas Construction
- Amending our social media approaches based on input from the staff and parent communities
- Increasing parent education and mental health approaches
- Looking forward for growth and enhancement in student learning, selecting updated resources for reading and writing
- Measuring and reporting on input from students, families, and English Learner families
- Using Parent Square to share “what’s going on in our schools” with imagery and stories of learning, teaching, and growth is amplified.
We are stronger together, and we take great pride in serving you and the students of District 112. We firmly believe in educating all children in a learning environment with high expectations and access to rigor for each child every day. As the center of our community, District 112 schools are honored to Inspire, Innovate, and Engage all students daily. Our vital work is designed to put each child on the path to success.
Thanksgiving is an excellent opportunity for me to give thanks to my wife, children, dogs, family, friends, and the North Shore School District 112 brothers and sisters with whom I serve and lead daily.
Collectively, we are grateful to our teachers, support staff, parents, grandparents, community members, administrators, business owners, and members of our Board of Education. We wish you and your family a happy and healthy Thanksgiving holiday season!
Michael Lubelfeld Ed.D.
Superintendent of Schools