The Elmhurst Commission on Youth, along with the District 205 PTA Council and D205 Foundation, welcome former NBA player Chris Herren to a community event on Tuesday, November 29, beginning at 7 PM in the York High School Campbell (Green & White) Gym. Mr. Herren will share his story of overcoming drug addiction and finding the strength to define himself as a sober man. He has spoken to students and parents across the nation about healthy, real-life strategies for handling the pressures faced by today’s teenagers. To conclude the event, Mr. Herren will field questions from the audience. Following the presentation, Mr. Herren will greet anyone interested in speaking with him. The event will not be videotaped.
District 205 middle schools have committed to making this a "homework free" night, so that students and their parents can attend this special presentation.
Organizations providing informational tables that evening are Rosecrance, Linden Oaks - Elmhurst and Alexian Brothers Behavioral Health Hospital. Additional sponsors of the event include Kickoff for Kids, Straight Ahead Network, L. W. Reedy Real Estate and the York, Bryan, Churchville and Sandburg PTAs.
Chris Herren will also present to all York High School students in a first period assembly the following morning, November 30, where he will again emphasize the importance of being yourself and not using unhealthy coping mechanisms.
Please continue the community conversation by participating in the star step of our Focus205/Thoughtexchange survey. In step 2, participants will review ideas from other stakeholders and star the ideas you like best. This will help us to better understand what is important to you, both in your child(ren)'s school and in Elmhurst Community School District 205. To date, over 600 participants have shared over 2,400 thoughts.
Even if you could not participate in the first part of this process, you are invited to participate in this next step. Click here to self-register and be added to the Thoughtexchange process. To access frequently asked questions about the process, please click here.
Thoughtexchange invitations have been sent based on the various schools in which a family's children are enrolled and/or, in the case of employees, for as many connections - both professional and personal - as exist. People can opt out of any Thoughtexchanges they do not wish to be involved in at any time.
York High School Drama tackles yet another classic with its performance of the Shakespearean play about star-crossed lovers, Romeo and Juliet. Shows are 7:30 PM, Thursday through Saturday, October 27 - 29 and 2:00 PM on Sunday, October 30. All seating is reserved. Advanced tickets may be purchased at www.ticketpeak.com/events/yorkdrama.
The cast is as follows: (* Indicates Friday/Sunday cast)
Samson Matt Hauser & Eli Maricich*
Gregory Alana Klein & Erin Stone *
Abraham Danielle Fite & Ella Stanley *
Balthasar Joe Brown & Paul Campbell*
Benvolio Wilke Macariola
Tybalt Sam Griffin
Capulet Carina Kanzler & Emily Landreth*
Lady Capulet Ellie Ryan & Hanna Kikos *
Montague CJ Karwowski
Lady Montague Olivia Braun
Prince Kate Gehrke & Camille Butler*
Romeo Erik Martenson
Paris MikeBindeman & Billy Reich*
Peter/Servant Eileen King & Shamus McFarlane*
Juliet Erin Lee & Julia Doherty*
Nurse Madds Buckley & Katie Mitchell*
Mercutio Tatum Langley
Servants Bailey Maguire, Kevin Homan, Julia Lussow, Sebastian Rohn
Capulet Cousin Paul Campbell & Joe Brown*
Party Guests Izzy Dyer, Helena Koczur, Jackie Meyer, Julia Stone, Emily Walker
The District 205 Foundation for Educational Excellence unanimously approved to provide $50,000 to help fund the Future Ready Model Classroom project, a pilot program that will create three future ready classrooms at the K-2, 3-5, and 6-8 grade levels. The Foundation will use proceeds earned throughout the year to help fund the project, which began this summer and should be completed in late fall of 2016.
Foundation Chair Brian Bresnahan explains, “Our mission states that we are dedicated to innovations in education. Helping to move the District further along the spectrum of Future Ready Learning is definitely something we want to be involved with. I think the community will see the value in it and support us.”
Schools selected for project are Fischer (Dawin Strelow/ Kindergarten), Lincoln (Cecilia Dunn/third grade) and Bryan Middle School (Erin Fox/6th grade). In the spring of 2016, all three teachers, along with principals Jane Bailey (Fischer) and Jacquie Discipio (Bryan), as well as Mr. Bresnahan and Foundation Executive Director Lisa Fanelli, participated in Future Ready Model Classroom workshops, led by Wight and Company, the District’s architects. “You could feel the excitement in the room as teachers and administrators collaborated on a vision for the future that would permanently impact the classroom experience on a daily basis,” said Mrs. Fanelli.
Architectural firm Wight & Company was hired by the District as part of a process to develop a long-range Facility Master Plan. Wight has completed a facility study that resulted in an educational alignment guide. Findings and recommendations from this guide will be used to move forward. According to Wight, ready schools must be “agile” and accommodate small group collaboration, learning commons, hubs for social learning, tech-infused spaces, STEM and maker spaces, as well as addressing safety and security considerations, health and comfort, fitness/wellness and outdoor learning.
“The fact that we received multiple Thiems Grant applications requesting new types of seating options, desks and other furnishings, is evidence that teachers want their classrooms to evolve in order to meet current needs,” said Geri Sorrentino, Foundation Programs Chair and District REACH teacher at Hawthorne Elementary School.
These model classrooms will allow people to go beyond imagining what future ready learning environments could be and will actually make the vision come to life in these spaces. Both the Board of Education and Superintendent Moyer have expressed gratitude to the Foundation Board for their support in this project. “These classrooms will assist with future planning to ensure that, one day, all District 205 students will be afforded the opportunity to learn in an environment that promotes engagement, rigor, critical thinking, creativity, collaboration, communication and citizenship in the global information age,” commented Dr. David Moyer, Superintendent of Schools.
Following the completion of these model classrooms, the plan is to gather feedback from participating teachers and students to develop a recommendation toward a District standard for furniture, finishes and integrating classroom technology, as part of a visionary Facility Master Plan. These model classrooms will test and inform that process.
There will be a special public open house at Bryan Middle School on Monday, October 24, from 5:15 to 6:35 PM, just prior to the Focus 205 focus group meetings, held at the three District 205 middle schools from 7 to 8:30 PM.
"We are thrilled with the Foundation's support for Future Ready learning in the District. We could not be more appreciative and are excited for the potential that this project has to begin to shape future decisions about how we utilize space to support learning and teaching," noted Superintendent Dr. David Moyer.
This project is another example of supporting innovation and positioning the District for the future. The Foundation has funded and supported numerous pilots over the years, most of which have later been adopted to benefit teachers and students.
Detailed information about plans for the classrooms, as well as the opportunity to make a donation supporting the project, can be found on the District 205 Foundation website: www.elmhurst205.org/futurereadyclass
York Community High School will be holding its sixth annual all-school Veterans Day assembly on Friday, November 11. Any interested U.S. veterans, as well as current servicemen and women, are invited to come and be honored in York’s Campbell Gym. The assembly begins at 8 AM and will include speeches from selected veterans, as well as York students and administrators. Veterans are encouraged to arrive at 7:15 AM for coffee, pastries and bagels in the high school’s Yorker Room, 355 W. St. Charles Road, Elmhurst (please enter through the main door).
On Saturday, November 12, members of the York Student Council will serve a free breakfast to American veterans and their families from 9 to 11 AM in the high school cafeteria. Please contact York Student Council Advisor Matt Moran if you are interested in attending the assembly, the breakfast or both. Let him know how many people will be attending each event by sending an email to MMoran@elmhurst205.org or calling 630-617-2400, ext. 7285 and leaving a message.
After coaching the boys cross country teams for the past 60 years, York Community High School’s Joe Newton will be retiring at the end of the 2016 season. On Sunday, November 6 from 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM a celebration of his legendary career will begin with a cross country social/reunion in the Campbell Gym. All are welcome to attend and view the displays of cross country photos by the decades and catch up with fellow runners.
Coach Newton will attend the main celebration that afternoon from 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM in the Joe Newton Fieldhouse. The event will feature speakers, one of whom is Al Janulis, a former York Athletic Director and Newton runner. The public is invited to both events.
The mission of Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205 is to meet the educational needs of all students, challenging each to his or her full potential and ensuring a foundation for future success in life.
Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205 will be a national leader in educating children of all backgrounds and ability levels, promoting high individual student achievement. The district will incorporate student-centered decision-making, the highest academic standards, best practices in education, the highest caliber educational professionals, and leading edge resources to ensure an equitable education for all and success in a global society.
Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205 currently serves more than 8,000 students who reside primarily in the City of Elmhurst and small portions of Oak Brook, Bensenville and Addison. Approximately 93 percent of students live in Elmhurst with the remainder living outside of the City, but within the District 205 boundaries.