Observations from an Old Department Chair


In my time in District 86, I have attended numerous board meetings and have interacted with several board members. Throughout those encounters, I am always impressed with the great responsibility that board members possess while…

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Statement to the Board


President Carpenter, Superintendent Law, members of the Board of Education and Administration: My name is Andy Laux. I’m co-President of HHSTA, and I’ve proudly taught in District 86 for more than two decades. Given the…

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Extracurricular Activities and Athletics Link to Academic Success and More (Part 3 of 3)


Participating in Hinsdale Central’s & Hinsdale South’s music programs enriches students’ high school experience and, according to research, correlates with increased academic success. “An examination of 2001 SAT scores revealed that music students scored about…

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Extracurricular Activities and Athletics Link to Academic Success and More (Part 2 of 3)


Participating in clubs at Hinsdale Central & Hinsdale South leads to lifelong friendships and, according to research, correlates with positive social behaviors in high school and adulthood. Examination of data from the National Longitudinal Study…

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Resolve to Participate in Activities & Sports this Year (Part 1 of 3)


Participating in student activities helps cultivate new interests and, according to research, correlates with academic success. This post is the first in a three part series. “Students who participated [in extracurricular activities] were three times…

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