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5/25/16

When the 2016-2017 calendar was approved at the February 23, 2016 Board meeting, parent teacher conference dates were not ready to be presented. At its May 23 meeting, the Board approved the revised calendar, incorporating the parent teacher conferences. In doing so, an additional day needed to be added to the end of the year on both the high school calendar and the elementary/middle school calendar to account for the student non-attendance day added to accommodate parent-teacher conferences.

 

A copy of the revised calendar is posted at www.elmhurst205.org/events_calendar and linked below. It includes parent-teacher conference dates and times; student late arrival dates; and quarter/trimesters/semesters.

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5/24/16

LEGAL NOTICE  -- Pursuant to Illinois School Code 105 ILCS 122-50-4 Student Temporary Records of students who have graduated, transferred or permanently withdrawn from Elmhurst CUSD 205 on or before June 2, 2011 will be destroyed no earlier than June 16, 2016.
 

Student Temporary Records are all information contained in a school student record but not contained in the student permanent record.  Such information may include family background information, intelligence test scores, aptitude test scores, psychological and personality test results, teacher evaluations, and other information of clear relevance to the education of the student, all subject to regulations of the State Board.  The information shall include information provided under Section 8.6 of the Abused and Neglected Child Reporting Act.  In addition, the student temporary record shall include information regarding serious disciplinary infractions that resulted in expulsion, suspension, or the imposition of punishment or sanction.  For purposes of this provision, serious disciplinary infractions means:  infractions involving drugs, weapons, or bodily harm to another.
 

The school district shall maintain student temporary records and the information contained in those records for not less than 5 years after the student has transferred, graduated, or otherwise withdrawn from the school.
 

Persons who are the natural parent of the student or other persons who have the primary responsibility for the care and upbringing of the student shall be given an opportunity to copy the record and information proposed to be destroyed or deleted.   Eligible persons who wish to inspect records scheduled for destruction on June 16, 2016 can call the Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205 Student Services Department at 630-617-2490.

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5/23/16

Is there a new family in your neighborhood? Please let them know that families should enroll new students beginning Tuesday, July 12 at the District 205 Center. Information about documentation needed for enrolling students can be found on the New Student Enrollment page.
 

July 12, 8 a.m. - noon

July 14, noon - 4 p.m.

July 18, 8 a.m. - noon

July 20, noon - 4 p.m.

July 22, 8 a.m. - noon

July 26, noon - 4 p.m.

July 27, 8 a.m. - noon

July 28, noon - 4 p.m.
 

Grades 9-12:
York High School (by appointment, call 630-617-2487)

 

Pre-K:
Madison Early Childhood Center (by appointment, call 630-617-2385)

Evening enrollment hours will be held on August 2 and August 8 from 4 to 8 PM at the District 205 Center and at Conrad Fischer Elementary, 888 N. Wilson, during those same dates and times (for students attending Fischer only).

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5/23/16

Elmhurst District 205 offers the opportunity for all students in fourth grade and above to learn to play a string, woodwind, brass or percussion instrument through the Instrumental Music Program. Instruction on string instruments is offered through the orchestra program. Instruction on woodwind, brass, and percussion instruments is offered through the band program. For a description of the elementary instrumental  music program, please click here.

In August and September 2016, all fourth-grade and fifth-grade students will have the opportunity to enroll in the District 205 Instrumental Music Program. Students who are continuing into fifth grade will be automatically re-enrolled in the fall. Parents may pay the District fee online at the District Webstore or pay by check in September.

Current third-grade and fourth-grade students who are not in band or orchestra will be able to register in August and September. The three-step registration process is designed to give every student the opportunity to select an appropriate beginning instrument. Registration must be completed by speaking with a director by phone or at a registration night.

 

To learn more about the process, please click on the link below.

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5/17/16

On Tuesday evening, May 24, 2016, the Board of Education will be voting on a Memorandum of Agreement with the Elmhurst Teacher’s Council. The basis of this proposed agreement will clarify contract language regarding the Student Late Arrival days at all grade levels. The purpose of the change is to enhance the collaborative and educational instructional practice of our teachers in order to have a deeper impact on student learning and growth.

 

The proposed agreement would return Student Late Arrival days at York High School to a nearly weekly occurrence on Wednesdays. The agreement would leave monthly Student Late Arrival days on most Wednesdays at the early childhood, elementary and middle school levels. However, the duration of the collaboration meetings held on Student Late Arrival days would be extended from 70 minutes to 90 minutes at all levels.

 

Proposed times for 2016-17 Student Late Arrival days are as follows:

  • Madison ECC and Elementary: Student instruction begins at 9:45 AM
  • Middle School: Student instruction begins at 10:00 AM
  • High School: Student instruction begins at 9:25 AM

Due to the fact that District 205 uses the same bus company to transport students at all three levels – elementary, middle school and high school, there is some extra time built in to the Student Late Arrival days to allow for busing needs. Regular start times will remain the same as they were in 2015-16.

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5/16/16

The DuPage East Illinois PTA Reflections art competition selected nine Elmhurst School District 205 art projects to advance to the Illinois PTA Reflections competition, where students’ artwork and creativity were featured among the top young artists in the state. The PTA Reflections art competition annually invites students nationwide to reflect on a common theme and create original works of art in the categories of dance choreography, film production, literature, music composition, photography and visual arts. This year’s theme was “Let Your Imagination Fly…”

 

The following nine Elmhurst District 205 students advanced to the state competition:

  • Isabella DeBlasio Sandburg Middle School, in the Film category for her film, "A Dragon’s Story.” Isabella received Honorable Mention at State.
  • Ella Glosner - Jefferson Elementary School, in the Literature category for her piece, "If Animals Could Talk.” Ella received Honorable Mention at State.
  • Ella Glosner - Jefferson Elementary School, in the Visual Arts category for her artwork, "Rainbow Trees.”
  • Morgan Hrody - Jackson Elementary School, in the Literature category for her piece, "Limitless.”
  • Sydney Lee - Jackson Elementary School, in the Literature category for her piece, "Tour the World in an Elevator.”
  • Victoria Lynch - Edison Elementary School, in the Photography category for her artwork, "Come Fly With Me.”
  • Brigid O’Brien Sandburg Middle School, in the Visual Arts category for her artwork, “Limitless.” Brigid received Honorable Mention at State.
  • Noveena Thakar - Jefferson Elementary School, in the Literature category for her piece, “It’s A Big Surprise.”
  • Grace Wang - Hawthorn Elementary School, in the Visual Arts category for her artwork, "One Starry Night.”

Kudos to these District 205 students, who advanced to the regional competition:

  • Jackie Fisher, Julia Jardon, Kevin Schultz – Bryan Middle School
  • Angelica Palomino – Churchville Middle School
  • Madeline Hsieh - Edison Elementary School
  • Lilliana Costa, Oliver Jacobs, Cynthia Trajevski – Emerson Elementary School
  • Camryn Adams, Alexandra El Etr-Garofalo, Kieran Goldstein, Darby Helm, Miles Locigno, PJ MLafferty, Edith Piacenza, Keil Rosen, Casidy Wehrle - Field Elementary School
  • Mikayla Southwell - Jackson Elementary School
  • Ella Glosner, Nikhita Thakar - Jefferson Elementary School

Area students were recognized for their artistic achievement in the PTA Reflections program at a ceremony hosted by the DuPage East Region of Illinois PTA on May 11th at the Glenn Westlake Middle School in Lombard, IL.

 

by Michelle Wehrle, District 205 PTA Council Reflections Chairman

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5/13/16

This summer, when school is not in session, children ages 18 and under may receive healthy, free meals (breakfast and lunch) at Conrad Fischer Elementary and Churchville Middle Schools. Sponsored by the National School Lunch Program, these meals are available to all area children in need and will be served Monday through Thursday from June 8 to July 13 (with the exception of Monday, July 4).

 

Breakfast will be served at Fischer from 9:00 to 9:15 AM and in the foyer at Churchville from 9:30 to 9:45. Lunch will be served at Fischer from 10:45 to 11:00 AM and in the foyer at Churchville from 11:15 to 11:30 AM.

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5/12/16

Members of the District 205 Middle School Task Force (MSTF) presented their Annual Report to the Board of Education on May 10, 2016 regarding their work this school year, as well as the results of the recent District Management Council (DMC) survey of the parents of middle school students, 31% of whom also have children currently enrolled at York High School.

Superintendent Dr. David Moyer introduced his co-chair of the Middle School Task Force, Michele Bowles (Bryan), as well as Katy Padberg (Elmhurst Teachers’ Council President and a teacher at Sandburg), middle school principals Linda Fehrenbacher (Sandburg), Jackie Discipio (Bryan) and Gina Pogue Reeder (Churchville), along with presenters Michelle Kalchik (Bryan) and Dr. Carrie Emrikson (Sandburg). The MSTF includes additional staff from the three middle schools – six from each – who represent a variety of disciplines and all three grade levels, sixth through eighth.

The idea of a Middle School Task Force came out of the most recent negotiated agreement between the Board of Education and the Elmhurst Teachers’ Council. The purpose of the Task Force is to define the philosophy of the D205 Middle School Program. Facets of implementation and development of consistency across the middle schools shall incorporate the following guiding principles:

  • Use research-based, best practices for learning and teaching;
  • Consider individual needs of students while maintaining consistency across middle school buildings; and 
  • Communicate clearly the specific reasons for any changes.

The District Management Council’s proposal, presented to the Board of Education last September, was to:

  • Codify the school’s priorities and theory of action for serving students
  • Review each school’s program offering, use of time, and schedules
  • Review supports and services for struggling and gifted students
  • Review the cost-effectiveness of staffing patterns and practices
  • Create and help implement a phased-over-time plan for continuous improvement

MSTF timeline and process:

  • August: TA reached on certain contractual items, including Middle School Task Force
  • September: Board approves consulting contract with District Management Council
  • September: Communication with MS faculties (Bowles, Moyer, Padberg, Jim Woell)
  • October: ETC identifies members for MTSF to include representation from all buildings and content areas
  • October: Initial organizational meeting of MSTF
  • November: DMC conducts Focus Group interviews of approximately 100 employee and parent stakeholder groups
  • January: DMC conducts MS Time Study
  • January - March: MSTF studies District Student Achievement Objectives and best educational practices to include Professional Learning Communities, Effect Size Research, Assessment, Middle School Philosophy, Interventions, and identifies core values
  • March: DMC presents findings
  • April: Parents survey conducted to elicit feedback on findings of study; MSTF identifies current building practices related to interventions
  • May: MSTF begins action planning for next steps

Parent Survey Results:

  • the survey was sent to 3,157 unique email addresses, representing 1,999 middle school students; about 31% of the respondents also have a child at York High School
  • 390 parents took the survey (an approximately 12% return rate)
  • 38% of the parents ranked instructional coaching as the top opportunity for the District to consider pursuing
  • An overwhelming majority of parents expressed an interest in learning more about the four opportunities for growth presented in the survey
  • Open responses fell into five general categories
  • Results will be included into a final report, which will be posted publicly
  • Additional opportunities for input and feedback: Middle School Task Force Website and Fall parent meetings

The opportunities gaining the most traction among parents taking the survey were:

  • Coaching for general education teachers to support continued professional development in lesson planning and responding to a wide variety of students' needs in the classroom (known as differentiated instruction)
  • Creation of an intervention/enrichment block in order to provide dedicated time for struggling students to gain grade-level mastery, as well as opportunities for increased enrichment for students on or above grade-level.

Overall, parents expressed an interest in learning more; communication continues to be an important part of this work. Plans call for each middle school to hold parent information nights next fall to discuss the work of the Task Force, answer questions and gather ideas.

 

The Board took no action and will continue to hear reports and recommendations from the Middle School Task Force. The work of the Middle School Task Force (including a summary of survey results) is featured as part of the new District 205 Committees website. To access the Middle School Task Force tab directly, click here.

While the survey collected many open-text box comments from parents, which the District continues to read through and analyze in depth, there will be opportunity for further feedback through a comments box accessible from the Middle School Task Force pages. Parents are urged to share any and all ideas related to the Middle School Program on the comments page or submit a question to be added to the FAQ page.

To view the May 10 Board of Education meeting online, please visit http://elmhurstcusd205-il.admin.schoolloop.com/meetings.

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5/12/16

Friday, May 6th, began as usual for students and staff of Elmhurst District 205 schools, until District 205 Foundation Board members began paying surprise visits to extraordinary teachers who were awarded the Thiems Educational Grants they had applied for last semester. Throughout the day, several teams of Foundation Directors visited York Community High School, as well as every elementary and middle school, with bells and balloons awarding grants to happy teachers and excited students.  A total of 29 grants worth $54,990 were awarded this year for implementation next academic year.

 

York High School will benefit from over $15,000 in funding which will provide new books for their library, support Science Olympiad, rowing machines for the Fitness Center, an orchestral musical workshop, and multiple media and technology hardware that students need in order to work effectively within the current educational environment.

 

Other grant highlights include Ozobot kits for Bryan, Churchville and Sandburg Middle Schools to encourage exploration of STEM education; standing desks and alternate seating options; supplemental  math materials to assist young learners; and carts of ukuleles that will be used at all the elementary schools to introduce this instrument into the music curriculum.

 

The grant program is named after former District 205 Superintendent Dr. Russell Thiems, who was instrumental in in the formation of the Foundation for Educational Excellence, which has provided over $1.4 million dollars in grants to District 205 since 1989. To make a donation, and for a complete list of grants, including photographs of the award day, please visit www.elmhurst205.org/foundation.

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5/10/16

York High School is proud to present Songs for a New World, in concert with York alumni on Friday, June 3 at 7:30 PM in Baker Auditorium. This evening will showcase the talents of York graduates who are studying or have degrees in Musical Theatre and Vocal Performance.  Graduates Include:
 

  • Eddie Maciejewski (York Class of 2015, University of Oklahoma, BFA MT)
  • Grace Sopko (York Class of 2015, Drake University, BFA MT)
  • Zachary Triska (York Class of 2015, Cincinnati Conservatory, BFA MT)
  • Kristen Delahanty (York Class of2014, Manhattan Marymount, BA, Stage Management)
  • Jackie Salgado (York class of 2014, Illinois Wesleyan, BFA MT)
  • Laura Thoresen (York Class of 2014, Roosevelt University, BFA MT)
  • Helen Knudsen (York Class of 2013, Roosevelt University, BM Vocal Performance)
  • Emily Uddenberg (York Class of 2013, Cleveland Institute of Music, BM Vocal Performance)
  • Kelsey Roberts (York Class of 2012, Syracuse University, BFA MT)
  • James Mueller (York Class of 2012, Luther College, BA Vocal Performance and Dance)
  • Michael St. Peter (York Class of 2012, Juilliard, BM Vocal Performance)
  • Julie Peterson (York Class of 2010, The Boston Conservatory, BFA MT)
  • Keith Potts (York Class of 2008, the Boston Conservatory, BFA MT)

Songs For a New World, by Jason Robert Brown, is a beautiful theatrical piece with unforgettable music, performed by many of York’s finest alumni. Rebecca Marianetti, director, is thrilled to have students, ranging from ages 19 – 25, back on the York stage.
 

“Working with these actors, who are now adults, enriches the lives of all of us. These young men and women are graduating from the finest Conservatories and Universities in the country, and pursuing what they love. They are taking time out of their schedules, many of whom are leaving Chicago the day after the performance for professional productions, to finally be on the same stage together. Songs for a New World is a stunning piece of theatre. This will be an evening of immense talent, pure joy, and great love," noted Ms. Marianetti.
 

Michael St. Peter states, “Performing this amazing piece is the best way that we can give back to the incredible theatre program at York. It's an experience that's always emotional, explorative, and full of joy. Having the chance to work together with good friends after high school is rare enough as it is, but pairing that with the caliber of performing that Ms. Marianetti and Mrs. Pettitt  promote is truly one in a million."
 

Laura Thoresen reflects, “York Drama is so much more than an extracurricular activity, and a place to practice the arts. It's a family. Being a part of this community has proven to be one of the most fulfilling things in my life. Through York Drama, I have formed lifelong friendships and connections with so many incredibly gifted and amazing human beings. What I love about this production is that it allows all of us from separate classes, to unite and share an experience together, doing what we love. As artists, we are all storytellers. Be it singing, acting, or dancing, our mission is to share these stories with the world, and find the truth in these 'lies' that we're telling.

"The music in Songs For a New World gives us a glimpse into the lives of several very different individuals, with very different stories. I have always been moved by the message of this show, and I truly believe in it's ability to touch people. I am thrilled to be back, and feel so privileged to be working alongside my wonderful friends, peers, and mentors. I cannot wait to bring this story to life in a place that I call home,” she said.
 

Tickets are on sale starting Thursday, May 12 and may be purchased at http://www.ticketpeak.com/yorkdrama. All seating is reserved.
 

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