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Communication Arts Department

The Communication Arts Department offers a wide variety of courses that focus on developing students’ reading, writing, speaking, listening, and viewing skills. In addition, students learn how to acquire, assess, and utilize information from a variety of sources. The goal is to create critical thinkers who use their literacy skills to make meaning of the varied texts that they encounter. Department curriculum “recognizes the recursiveness of literacy skills […] and fosters increased independence of the learner” (District 203 Literacy Philosophy).

Students must earn four Communication Arts credits in order to meet graduation requirements. To obtain these credits, students complete a series of core classes that provide a solid foundation in reading and analyzing fiction and nonfiction texts, writing and speaking in various modes (narrative, expository, and persuasive), and assessing information for merit. Students have many weighted and non-weighted course offerings to choose from; furthermore, intensive reading courses and seminars exist to help students reach success. Within the curriculum, students also have the opportunity to take courses that foster an interest in the performing arts, film, and journalism. In addition, two Advanced Placement (AP) courses (AP Language and Composition and AP Literature and Composition) provide students with an opportunity to take exams that may lead them to earn college credit.

The Communication Arts Department utilizes a college preparatory curriculum that serves students well as they move forward in their academic careers and lives. From American literature to world literature, students will experience many of the great authors and literary works that have influenced human thought and society.

Contact Information

Mike Doman
Instructional Coordinator
Heidi Sieben
Administrative Assistant

Comm Arts Department Photo

Comm Arts Department Photo
First Row (l-r):   Sarah Kandl, Nicole Weiss, Kelyn Tuggle, Maxyne Granatelli, Nicole Figi, Annette Hennessey, Rachel Brodeur
Second Row:  Taryen Polykandroitis, John Hayward, Claudia Winterrowd, Michelle Konrad, Mary Wilkerson, Sarah Albiniak, Jennifer Blaskovitz, Megan Plackett, Jeremy Lin, Mike Doman
Third Row: Keith Carlson, Jeff Plackett, Marissa Freese, Laura Starke, Barry Baldwin
Back Row:  Rick Bain, Dan Tompkins, Kim Eriksen, Tom Ulbrich, Tom McGrath, Adam Freed

Comm Arts Staff Directory

Teacher's First Name Last Name Phone 1 (630)- Email
Sarah Albiniak 369-2178
Richard Bain 369-5967
Barry Baldwin 579-7657
Jennifer Blaskovitz 778-3108
Rachel Brodeur 369-5924
Keith Carlson 369-6894
Carrie Davis 369-4429
Kim Eriksen 369-5971
Nicole Figi 369-6108
Adam Freed 369-4431
Marissa Freese 420-6302
Maxyne Granatelli 369-4463
Annette Hennessy 369-5987
Sarah Kandl 369-2180
Michelle Konrad 369-4463
Jeremy Lin
Tom McGrath 369-6115
Jeff Plackett 369-6164
Megan Plackett 369-6160
Taryen Polykandroitis 369-5965
Marybeth Reilly 369-5994
Laura Starke 369-5978
Daniel Tompkins 369-6197
Kelyn Tuggle 369-5934
Tom Ulbrich 420-3885
Nicole Weiss 369-5961
Mary Wilkerson 579-7153
Claudia Winterrowd 778-3151