ISD is GREAT!

This video was created by ISD students from Mrs. Mansell, Mrs. Van Valey and Mrs. Williams’ 5-8th grade classes. Check out the reasons these students want you to know why ISD is GREAT!


Superintendent Wish List

This video was created by ISD students from Mrs. Meyer and Ms. Sutton’s 6-8th grade ASL class. Watch and learn what qualities they would like to see in our next superintendent at ISD!


Paint Night

While parents attended a presentation regarding IEPs and Parents' Rights, their children enjoyed Paint Night led by local artist Adam Cisne and former ISD educator Jeannie Jones. Jadyn Roebuck, Elvis Garcia, and Catavia Griffin are rightly proud of their creations.


Academic Bowl Winners

Four ISD students successfully emerged from the Midwest Regional Academic Bowl competition in Ohio this December and will proudly represent their school at the National competition this spring at Gallaudet University in Washington, D.C.
Kudos to team members (front row, left to right) Lillie Brown, Julissa Howle, Michael Lapa, and Makayla Leverich. Shown in back row are Gallaudet University President Dr. T. Alan Hurwitz, Coach Raquel Humphrey, Coach Lori Niemann, and Gallaudet University Midwest Regional Center Director Sheri Cook.


Technology Winners

Three students who were exposed to science, technology, and art concepts during ISD's STEAM camp joined forces to express why ISD deserves to win a full-blown 3D printer— a MakerBot Replicator, valued at $2,899.00.  Score! The Makerbot printer, accessories, and plastic filament arrived! Above is Lillie Brown, video producer, and collaborators/video stars Loden Hoyt (left) and Ian Fraas (right).
See their entry here.​  and Lillie's thank you here.


Student Spotlight

“It ain't what they call you, it's what you answer to.” ― W.C. Fields    Felix will soon be answering to "Tech whiz," "3D champ," and "brainiac" after successfully completing the design, troubleshooting, editing, and printing skills that resulted in an awesome 3D namesake during Mr. Dan Snyders' AutoCAD class. With the recent addition of a 3D printer, students who have mastered basic computer-assisted design techniques now get the satisfaction of actually creating three-dimensional replicas of their efforts. Stay tuned for additional student projects!


Boys' Track Team National Champs

Selected 2015 Team of the Year by the National Deaf Interscholastic Athletics Association, this marks the eighth national championship the boys have earned since 2002. Coaches from 34 deaf schools across the nation submitted athletes' best times and distances throughout the season. Athletes earn points based on where their times and marks rank compared to other athletes. First-place individual finishers earning All-American status include Andre Murphy/100 m dash; Jordan Manges/200 and 400 m dash; Jamal Garner/110 m high hurdles, shot put and high jump (tied for first); and the 4x100 m relay team.


The mission of the Illinois School for the Deaf is to educate students who are deaf or hard of hearing to be responsible, self-supporting citizens.