Technology Center of Dupage (TCD)

  • 10/27/2020

    Message from TCD:

    If you hope to switch from virtual learning at TCD to in-person learning at TCD (minus Criminal Justice, Early Childhood Education and Care, Healthcare Foundations, and Medical Terminology), you must submit a request to WWS staff first BEFORE you attend TCD in-person. Please email Mrs. Ehrhardt (kelly.ehrhardt@cusd200.org) to submit that request. We will coordinate with TCD to find out if there is space for you in your program. There may not be, due to COVID restrictions.

    If you plan to switch from in-person learning at TCD to virtual learning at TCD, you need to confirm with WWS staff. Please email Mrs. Ehrhardt (kelly.ehrhardt@cusd200.org) if you are moving from in-person learning at TCD to virtual learning at TCD.

    TCD students are expected to “attend” their TCD classes 5 days a week. On days students are not in person at TCD, students are still expected to login to class remotely. This looks slightly different for each program. Students should ask their teachers about the attendance expectations for their programs if they are unsure.


    10/22/2020

    REMINDER ON TCD BUSES: students who are taking the bus will first follow the WWS bus route to get to school. Those routes are posted here: https://www.cusd200.org/domain/375 When you arrive to WWS, you will then get on the TCD bus to head to TCD. When TCD ends, you will either take a bus home or back to WWS. This was communicated on October 16th. Let us know what questions you have!

    COSMETOLOGY: you are working remotely from home this week for periods 1-4. If you plan to still attend classes at WWS, you can take the WWS bus to WWS and remain in the auditorium periods 1-4. You will return to your program next week.

    ALL OTHER REMOTE PROGRAMS AT TCD: you are still working on TCD remotely until further notice. We have heard no changes to this plan.


    9/16/2020

    From Jason Hlavacs, Principal, TCD

    FYI from TCD's Principal today at 2pm. I have an email to him to ask if all TCD students and families have been made aware:

    In August when TCD announced our shift to “remote learning” to start the school year we stated we were hoping for students to return to TCD for some type of in-person instruction (hybrid) on September 21st.  Unfortunately, we will not be able to meet that goal.  We will need one additional week for logistical/planning purposes due to finalizing and balancing numbers for social distancing. The complexity of working with 34 different high schools that have different remote learning schedules has proven to be a challenge. We greatly appreciate all of the efforts our sending schools have gone through in providing TCD with the data we have requested. All schools are facing different challenges we have never faced before, we understand that gathering this data, and information was not easy.  The data that has been provided has helped us devise a plan that emphasizes safety for everyone, permits us to create a schedule that follows the IDPH guidelines, and allows for equity for our students. 

    To summarize:

    • TCD Students will continue full Remote Learning through September 25th
    • Monday September 28thTCD will start a Hybrid schedule for remote and in-person learning

    We are finalizing our plans and will provide the full details of our plan no later than the close of business on Monday September 21st

    If you have, any questions regarding TCD’s plan for our Hybrid model feel free to email me (jasonh@tcdupage.org) or call me at 630-691-7581.

    If students are having login issues for schoology or their TCD email they should send an email to elearning@tcdupage.org and the IT staff will assist them.  Make sure they send their full name in all emails to TCD staff.


    8/18/2020

    From Jason Hlavacs, Principal, TCD

    This email is regarding the time schedule for TCD students.
    This year TCD is working with students coming from 34 different high schools. It is a big challenge to work remotely and try to meet the new remote learning schedules of all of our sending schools. The schedule TCD instructors will be following is our simple 5 day a week schedule. Students will be required to login daily to record attendance by 1:15pm.
     
    • The AM session starts at 8:00am and ends at 10:40am.
    • The PM session starts at 11:45am (noon) and ends at 2:40pm.
    • Teachers will be available to their students during these times daily and will communicate to their students any other availability.
    • TCD teachers will have a minimum of 3 live meetings with students each week for synchronous (live) instruction. These meetings will be recorded and made available to students who may not have been able to tune in to the session due to a schedule conflict with the block/hybrid model their home school is using.
    • TCD teachers have been busy recording demonstrations and lectures for asynchronous learning as well. They may also use prerecorded material from third parties for additional asynchronous learning.
     
    TCD teachers are aware that home schools are running different schedules and will communicate with students about specific meeting times for their classes. The start times for these meetings should be consistent and communicated by the individual teachers. Live instructional session lengths will vary and look different from day to day.  
     
    TCD is a career learning center. We expect students to notify their teachers at least one day in advance when they have conflicts so teacher can communicate the expectations for that day. The goal with our model is not to overburden our students but to spread out content across the week. The session times above are our normal session times when students are physically in our building and do not reflect a constant lecture period of 2 hours and 40 minutes. Our teachers will provide lessons, work, and activities that would occupy a similar amount of time for students if they were at TCD in-person. 
     
    Login information should have arrived by mail. If you have not received this letter, please email jasonh@tcdupage.org or call 630-620-8770 and press 5 for the principal’s office. 
    If your district is on the text below, please follow the instructions that follow.
    “For Lisle CUSD 202, Downers Grove District 99, Naperville CUSD 203, Hinsdale Township HS District 86 and DuPage HS District 88 please completely log off from your Chromebook and login with TCD provided credentials. This will give you access to TCD resources.” 
     
     
    Saludos a los estudiantes, padres y tutores de TCD,
    Este correo electrónico se refiere al horario de los estudiantes de TCD.
    Este año, TCD está trabajando con estudiantes de 34 escuelas secundarias diferentes. Es un gran desafío trabajar de forma remota e intentar cumplir con los nuevos horarios de aprendizaje remoto de todas nuestras escuelas de envío. El horario que seguirán los instructores de TCD es nuestro sencillo horario de 5 días a la semana. Los estudiantes deberán iniciar sesión diariamente para registrar la asistencia antes de la 1:15 pm.
    • La sesión de la mañana comienza a las 8:00 am hasta las 10:40 am.
    • La sesión de la tarde de la tarde a partir de las 11:45 pm (mediodía) hasta las 2:40 pm.
    • Los maestros estarán disponibles para sus estudiantes durante esos horarios todos los días y comunicarán cualquier otra disponibilidad.
    • Los maestros de TCD tendrán un mínimo de 3 reuniones en vivo con los estudiantes cada semana para la instrucción sincrónica (en vivo) que se grabará y estará disponible para los estudiantes que pueden no haber podido sintonizar la sesión debido a un conflicto de horario con el modelo de bloque / híbrido que está usando su escuela local.
    • Los profesores de TCD también han estado ocupados grabando demostraciones y conferencias para el aprendizaje asincrónico. También pueden estar utilizando material pregrabado de terceros para un aprendizaje asincrónico adicional.
    Los maestros de TCD son conscientes de que las escuelas en el hogar tienen diferentes horarios y se comunicarán con los estudiantes sobre los horarios de reunión específicos para sus clases. Los horarios de inicio de estas reuniones deben ser coherentes y deben ser comunicados por los profesores individuales. La duración de las sesiones de instrucción en vivo variará y se verá diferente de un día a otro. TCD es un centro de aprendizaje de carreras. Esperamos que los estudiantes notifiquen a sus maestros cuando tengan conflictos al menos un día antes, para que el maestro notifique al estudiante sobre las expectativas para ese día. El objetivo de nuestro modelo no es sobrecargar a nuestros estudiantes, sino distribuir el contenido durante la semana. Los tiempos de sesión anteriores son nuestros tiempos de sesión normales para cuando los estudiantes están físicamente en nuestro edificio y no reflejan un período de clase constante de 2 horas y 40 minutos. Nuestros maestros brindarán lecciones, trabajo y / o actividades que ocuparían una cantidad similar de tiempo que sus estudiantes si estuvieran en TCD en persona.
    La información de inicio de sesión ya debería estar en su buzón de correo. Si no la ha recibido, envíeme un correo electrónico a jasonh@tcdupage.org o llame al 630-620-8770 y presione 5 para la oficina del director. Si su distrito está en el texto a continuación, siga las instrucciones a continuación.
    “Para Lisle CUSD 202, Downers Grove Distrito 99, Naperville CUSD 203, Hinsdale Township HS Distrito 86 y DuPage HS Distrito 88, cierre la sesión por completo de su Chromebook e inicie sesión con las credenciales provistas por TCD. Esto le dará acceso a los recursos de TCD ".
     

    8/17/2020

    From Jason Hlavacs, Principal, TCD  

    The Technology Center of DuPage (TCD) will be switching to remote learning to start the school year on August 19 with a target date of moving to a Hybrid Schedule on September 21.  TCD serves 14 DuPage area school districts with 24 high schools in those districts.  We also work with additional schools outside of the DuPage area districts.  As we have tried to work with all our schools over the last few weeks to determine which students would be selecting online and which would like the opportunity to attend in-person, it has become difficult to have this information in time to properly plan for conducting in-person learning next week.  In addition to that, some new Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) Guidelines were released on August 12 regarding in-person learning that we need some additional time to implement.

    •  August 19 will be TCD’s first school day unless your home school starts at a later date.  TCD students are allowed to login and participate prior to their school’s start date if they choose to do so.  
    • Remote learning will include scheduled synchronous learning sessions as well as asynchronous learning opportunities.  We will be analyzing our partner schools remote learning plans to see how we can work with the schedules the home school district has set for their students.    
    •  Login information for our Gradebook, Learning Management System (LMS) - Schoology, and TCD student email were mailed today.  If you have not received them by 12:00pm (noon), Tuesday August 18, contact Dr. Jason Hlavacs by email (jasonh@tcdupage.org) or by phone 630-620-8770 and press 5 for the principal’s office.  

    One of the questions I am sure you have is why did we pick to have remote learning until September 18?  The reasons are:

    • This date puts TCD’s new date for in-person after several Districts are planning to start their Hybrid Schedules
    • TCD usually spends the first 4 weeks primarily in the classrooms where students are learning safety and introduction to the career program.  This would allow us to move right into the lab areas where we have more space when we return to a Hybrid schedule on September 21.
    • Extra time is needed to get information from each District on whether a student is going to be remote only or will attend some days in-person.  We need time to make adjustments and schools have not had enough time to work this out because they have been trying to figure out what they are doing in their own building.
    • Gives TCD more time to prepare for in-person learning based on new guidelines from IDPH that were released on August 12
    • This is the best option at this time: the situation continues to change.  This is best for TCD

    We understand this is not what anyone was hoping for and we will continue to update everyone as the school year progresses.


     

What is TCD?

  • Technology Center of DuPage (TCD) is the high school’s center for advanced career and technical education. TCD offers solid preparation for fields such as culinary arts, cosmetology, engineering, auto body, and early childhood education and care to name just a few. Available to juniors and seniors, TCD provides 24 career electives and 24 pathways to college/career success. Additional information about TCD can be found on the TCD website, www.tcdupage.org. Questions? Ask you counselor!

TCD Attendance & Bus Information

  • If you're absent: you must call both TCD (630-691-7529) and WWS (630-784-7203) attendance lines. 

    If you miss the bus TO TCD: you will remain at WWS for the day. Check in with Mr. Hines in the Dean's office.

    If you miss the bus FROM TCD: check in with the Student Services Office at TCD. It is your responsibility to find a ride back to WWS.

    Wednesdays: NO LATE START, you will still attend TCD as normal. 

    Morning Assemblies at WWS: You are required to attend TCD.

    Final Exams: Final exam schedules will be posted on the TCD website after the WWS final exam schedules have been announced.