Superintendent's Message

Indian Lake Community, 

Despite much uncertainty, Indian Lake School was fully open for in-person instruction for the entire 2020-2021 school year. Our students also participated in extracurricular activities and many events continued with restrictions. This was a true testament of the collaboration and grit of a committed staff and exceptional student body with support from our fantastic community.  As we begin 2021-2022, there is still much uncertainty surrounding the Covid pandemic. However, the Board of Education and ILS staff remain fully committed to providing safe in-person instruction.

Although the pandemic created a variety of challenges, it has also provided opportunity for growth and progress. Staff engaged in extensive professional development to improve instruction using technology and the district is now fully 1:1. Federal Covid funding enabled the district to update its HVAC system, replace 24-year-old carpet in the high school, install interactive flat televisions in classrooms, and to purchase software, technology, and diagnostics that will enhance the educational experience.  Additionally, our five-year, $850,000 21st Century Grant that provides a variety of after-school learning opportunities for students in grades 5-12 continues this school year.  21st Century Grant offerings include: tutoring, welding and carpentry, art club, science club, robotics, wellness activities, parent engagement, a wetlands project, and more. 

Social and emotional learning skills are more important than ever to ensure success in school and beyond. Therefore, the district continues its R-Factor program, the Lake Effect, that teaches children and adults discipline-driven behavior to respond appropriately to events to receive the positive outcome they desire (E+R=O).  Also, thanks to a partnership with the Mental Health, Drug, & Alcohol Board of Logan & Champaign Counties, ILS will have a mental health case manager for 2021-22 at no cost to the district.  This person should complement the many programs, support systems, and exceptional guidance counselors who provide mental health services to our students. 

Although we live in ever-changing and uncertain times, our goal is to capitalize on opportunities and prepare our students to be the future problem solvers in our society.  The Indian Lake Board of Education, administration, teachers, and staff are excited to collaborate with families, community leaders, and businesses to utilize innovative solutions that improve the educational experience enabling Lakers to excel now and in the future.  

Robert J. Underwood