D128 DARING: The Podcast

Each episode of D128 DARING: The Podcast takes listeners on a deeper dive into the exciting, sometimes challenging, but always DARING happenings in Community High School District 128, Libertyville High School and Vernon Hills High School.

D128 DARING: The Podcast has been recognized for excellence by the Illinois Chapter of the National School Public Relations Association (INSPRA) in its 2022 Communications Contest, and by the National School Public Relations Association (NSPRA) for distinguished achievement in Audio/Podcast category of the 2022 and 2021 Communications Contest Publications and Digital Media Awards.




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Episode 13, May 4, 2023

Focus on ECOS: LHS Student Club Making a Difference on the Butler Lake Shoreline and Beyond

Libertyville High School ECOS club and their advisor have spearheaded a project to restore the shoreline of Butler Lake which borders the north side of the high school. Learn more about this and the other work ECOS has done to make a difference in the Libertyville environment and beyond.

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Episode 12, April 11, 2023

Civil Rights Tour Experience Influences Upcoming VHHS Choir Concert

The upcoming choir concert at Vernon Hills High School will be a unique experience for those attending. In addition to the choir performing songs of the American Civil Right Protest Movement, the April 19 event will include student video projects highlighting heroes of the civil rights movement. Learn more about the concert from participating students and hear how Choir Director Jeremy Little's inspiration for the concept came from last year's D128 Civil Rights Tour for staff. 

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Episode 11, February 15, 2023

D128 Begins Initial Implementation of New Strategic Plan

Following more than a year of development, Community High School District 128's new Strategic Plan is approved and ready for initial implementation. Listen as each goal area leader discusses the action plans for each of the plan's three goal areas: Equity and Inclusion; Explore Multiple Paths; Health and Wellbeing. 

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Episode 10, December 6, 2022

Students Enhance Leadership Skills through Wildcats Will Program

Libertyville High School offers many opportunities for students to hone their leadership skills and live the D128 DARING mission. On this episode, we welcome back members of the Wildcats Will program to showcase the program and how it helps students excel as leaders in all aspects of their lives.

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Episode 9, November 21, 2022

Not Your Parents' Library: Getting to Know the Award-Winning VHHS LMC

The Vernon Hills High School Library Media Center - LMC - is award-winning for a reason! Listen to students and staff discuss all of the amazing resources and activities that await students at the VHHS LMC.

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Episode 8, April 21, 2022

The Community High School District 128 Foundation for Learning supports opportunities for Libertyville High School and Vernon Hills High School students through its DARING Innovation Grants for teachers, the Students in Need Program, and scholarships. Learn more about these programs, the upcoming BIG Event, and other ways you can volunteer and support the Foundation's mission.

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Episode 7, March 23, 2022

Libertyville High School offers many opportunities for students to hone their leadership skills and live the DARING mission. This episode showcases the Wildcats Will program and how it helps students excel as leaders both on and off the playing field.

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Episode 6, March 10, 2022

From the staff of color affinity group, and running student groups like Black Student Union (BSU) and Latin American Student Association (LASO), to experiences with Courageous Conversations affinity groups, VHHS and LHS staff members have dedicated much time to developing groups that focus on the unique needs and experiences of the diverse student and staff populations at our high schools. Learn more about this important work, its ties to the D128 DARING mission, and its impact on the school community.

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Episode 5, January 10, 2022

The new STEM Capstone Course at Vernon Hills High School gives students the opportunity to conduct independent research and connect with mentors through the Mentor Match Engine--all in the school's new STEM lab. Learn more about the lab and the new course that allows students to explore their own interests and research. 

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Episode 4, December 15, 2021

Learn more about the D128 Career and Technical Education Departments (Applied Tech, Business Ed, and Family and Consumer Sciences) and hear from two amazing student entrepreneurs who have been positively impacted by the skills they learned through CTE classes at LHS and VHHS.

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Episode 3, October 7, 2021

This summer, D128 welcomed Denise Herrmann, Ed.D. as the district's new superintendent. As Dr. Herrmann nears her 100th day in the district she joined us to chat about her background in education and the transition to her new position.

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Episode 2, June 10, 2021

Learn more about Vernon Hills High School's efforts to move toward zero waste, composting, recycling and donating unwanted food items to local food pantries.

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Episode 1, May 3, 2021

Enjoy a conversation with D128 theatre directors about the challenges and opportunities the pandemic presented for this year's spring musicals, Shrek the Musical and The Institute.

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