UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS LABORATORY HIGH SCHOOL
This past year has been one of significant achievement at Uni High. Together with their teachers, our students reached new heights—accomplishments that are only attainable because of the loyalty and generosity of the Uni High community. Many of you have given your time, talent, and treasure to Uni, thereby ensuring a wonderful future for our students. Put simply, it was a great year.
Please join us in celebrating our accomplishments in the Annual Report 2015-2016.
Jeff Walkington, Ph.D.
of current parents made a gift to the school in 2015-16.
gave the suggested donation of $3,750 or more.
The percentage of giving to the Parent Fund increased this year, while giving from alumni and alumni parents to the Annual Fund decreased by 4.2%.
was pledged in FY16 in support of the Innovations in Learning initiative to renovate and create active learning spaces, up from $156,750 in FY15.ADD YOUR GIFT
96 years of academic excellence begins in 2017
3 Nobel Prize winning alumni
5 ExploraVision International Championships, including 2016
Math team took 1st Place in regionals
719 Alumni (23%) made a gift in FY16
5 Presidential Scholar candidates
18 students qualified as National Merit Semifinalists
13 students selected for ILMEA All-State Music Festival
15 students competed in the IHSA journalism sectionals
Uni recognized in the Washington Post as a top performing school with elite students
9 Faculty/Staff members with a PH.D.
234 Student athletes; 4 News-Gazette Athletes of the Year; 7 All-State Performances; 18 New School Records Set
32 Average ACT score for class of 2016
125 alumni, parents and friends attended the Uni High Gala
Through the Innovations in Learning fund, we built a prototype active learning classroom, with technological advances for the experimental teaching and curriculum Uni embraces. We are actively pursuing our goals of having ongoing innovations in our curriculum and having our students explore learning in modern, flexible spaces.$1,318,100
Total gifts pledged to Innovations in Learning in FY16$1.25 million
Largest Innovations in Learning pledge*
*Largest single pledge in Uni High historyINNOVATIONS IN LEARNING FUND
Six Uni students, working with Biology teacher Dave Stone, took first place honors nationally in the 2016 Toshiba/NTSA ExploraVision competition. The competition involves small groups of students collaborating in the development of a future technology prototype. The students research what would be necessary for their proposed technology to become a reality, and develop papers, videos and web sites.4
Exploravision teams to place first internationally6
Exploravision teams to place first regionallyEXPLORAVISION ONLINE
More than 125 people joined the University of Illinois Provost, student speakers Chris Bauer and Ellen Rispoli, and a representative of the new Uni Alumni Association at the fifth annual Gala April 16. The annual event, held this year in the new ECE building on campus, honored James Tobin, one of Uni’s three Nobel Prize recipients. The event marked the 35th anniversary of Tobin’s Nobel Laureate in Economics. Alumni who have received the James Tobin Social Studies award at Uni joined the Gala as honored guests, along with several major donors.
Participation in sports remains at high levels, and our teams continue to improve. Our students made regular appearances at state-level championships this year, as well as in The News-Gazette as athletes of the year and on all-area teams.234
New school records set in 2015-167
All-state performancesUNI HIGH ATHLETICS
Our recently updated library is the social hub of Uni in addition to being the focal point of the school for research, books and a quiet place to study. The library is a critical element of Uni’s active learning focus, with everything from discussions to outside speakers on a variety of issues, to a “relaxation station” during finals.46%
Library usage and circulation of materials, has risen steadily over the past few yearsUNI HIGH LIBRARY
This year, Uni freshman teachers came together to create our first an end-of-year interdisciplinary project. After learning about various aspects of the Boneyard creek, students explored the site, did background research and produced projects ranging from tri-fold displays to apps, podcasts and videos.FRESHMAN TEACHERS INTRODUCE INTERDISCIPLINARY BONEYARD PROJECT
The fine arts department this year produced Romeo and Juliet in the fall and Fiddler on the roof in the spring, along with several student-led projects. The Spring semester also featured Brushes and Sticks, an evening gallery of visual art and music. The orchestra, chorus, jazz bands and madrigals performed throughout the year as well.
Uni’s innovations span the curriculum, with many faculty embracing active learning strategies. Poetry students created projects including public events at community venues to a magnetic poetry board in the kitchen to a web site dedicated to exploring the visual aspect of poetry through graphing.PUBLIC POETRY PROJECT
Studying groundwater lithium and neurodegenerative diseases, polishing creative writing portfolios and creating original jazz compositions aren’t on typical high school transcripts, but Uni’s Senior Project class gives second-semester seniors the opportunity to create self-directed experiences like these.13 STUDENTS COMPLETE SENIOR PROJECTS
The Uni High Alumni Association is an independent organization founded and run by alumni from the 1960s to the 2010s. The alumni association connects alumni with each other and with the school, and hopes to give Uni the support that such a unique institution deserves.JOIN OUR FACEBOOK PAGE MORE ABOUT ALUMNI ASSOCIATION WWW.UNIALUMNI.ORG
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