March 2022 Phoenix Academy Newsletter
Carly Hernandez (Day Program)
Rochelle Township High School

"Carly has been a great student since she started with us last year. She is a positive influence and gives off positive vibes every day. She always wants to do the best on her work."
Mataisa Williams  (Day Program)
DeKalb High School

"Mataisa is new to our school this semester, and she has been a wonderful addition. She is polite and participates often in class, especially 1st period, which can be hard for students. She also goes above and beyond on her assignments and projects."
Diamonte Dailey  (2.0 Program)
DeKalb High School
"D (Monte) has done a wonderful job following through with the plan he set up to graduate this semester. He has all A's in his classes and has been working hard to complete his independent studies. I am very proud of his accomplishments and he deserves to be recognized for his success."
Helen Vazquez  (Night Program)
Sycamore High School
"Helen has been a great addition to the Op-Ed program. Since starting, her attendance has been great and she is working hard to earn the credits she needs. She has made friends with other students in Op-Ed and is working on balancing new friendships with school. Helen has a calm demeanor that encourages the students around her. I am pleased to see Helen become so comfortable in her new program."
February KEC Project of the Month:

Ms. Luoma's Black History Month Display

"Ms. Luoma created a wonderful display for Black History Month. Her students were engaged in the project-as evidenced when they wanted to work on them in my class. I love to see this level of enthusiasm. Thanks Ms. Luoma for the beautiful addition to our halls." -

"Ms. Luoma's cave paintings, sarcophagus, and heroes of color projects have been so cool to see and really seem to engage the students into history!"

"When I see our students spending time looking at Ms. Luoma's display and discussing the Heroes of know it's a great project."
Phoenix Academy goes to ICEARY
Phoenix Academy's Executive Director, Tom Crouch, along with Student Service Coordinator, Amber Holliday, and Phoenix Instructors, Laura Duffy and Brittany Johnson, presented at this year's Illinois Coalition for Educating At-Risk Youth (ICEARY) Conference.  The team discussed the innovative interventions offered in KEC's alternative education program that best serve the at-risk population.  Building relationships with homeschools, community members and of course the students were at the forefront of all conversations.  Walking through the resources and services available to our student population along with the various programming including Cooperative Education, Senior Seminar, OpEd, Phoenix 2.0, and Alternative PE received great feedback from the attendees of their presentation.  Phoenix Academy mirrors a small high school environment that serves between 150-175 students each year while providing additional support not found in a typical mainstream school day.  Phoenix Academy at KEC uses several unique interventions to help in their 93% average student success rate.
Click here to check out our flip book presentation from ICEARY!

Ms. Luoma's KEC Display Case

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