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1/17/18

District 205 Foundation's 2018 Thiems Grant Application deadline is fast approaching. The application has been streamlined to make it less labor intensive to apply. District 205 teachers, students, administrators, parents or community members are eligible to apply. Requested programs, projects, or instructional resources should enhance the educational experience of students, be clearly in support of and help to deliver relevant curriculum, and, ideally, demonstrate creativity/innovation.

Applications are due on Monday, February 12. Applicants requesting technology (including hardware, software, digital subscriptions, and audio/visual equipment) should review the Multimedia Recommendations and Computer Tech Options forms prior to drafting their proposals and must include the submission of a completed Thiems Grant Technology Review Form. Please review the Thiems Grant Application Guidelines and contact Executive Director Lisa Fanelli at ext. 2770 or lfanelli@elmhurst205.org with questions.

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1/15/18

With one member absent, the D205 Board of Education voted 6-0 to approve a Dual Language program at Conrad Fischer Elementary School for the 2018-19 school year. There was extensive discussion on the Dual Language program before the final vote. Jane Bailey, Principal at Conrad Fischer Elementary, discussed the issue of space. She said they are planning for five kindergarten sections for next year; the school currently has four sections. Mrs. Bailey said many rooms at the school are allocated for “resource rooms,” which is nothing more than office space. If those rooms were allocated to kindergarten classes, resource personnel who previously used those rooms could partner with a classroom teacher and co-teach and/or provide acceleration.

"No implementation is without growing pains, and this will be the growing pain, but I do think it will be worth it at the end of the day,” Mrs. Bailey said.

According to Principal Bailey, it is difficult to plan for potential space concerns further down the road than the first year of the program because it is still unknown how many students will participate. If there are too many Dual Language students to fit into Fischer, plans can be made to add a second location.

Regarding impact to the Fischer community, Dr. Henderson said the District will look to collect feedback from parents, students and teachers in a similar fashion to the way feedback is currently being collected for the Standards-Based Reporting system.

“It’s not something to be fearful of, because we have to think differently,” Ms. Bailey said. “If you're talking about opportunities in a global economy, then you need to be bilingual."

Dr. Moyer added that “There are benefits for both the native English speaking and native Spanish speaking students in this program, even though the rationale focuses more on native Spanish speaking students. It’s a phenomenal enrichment opportunity to truly allow all students to graduate bi-lingual, bi-literate and bi-cultural.”

Click here for details regarding the D205 Dual Language program planned for 2018-19 and Dual Language in general.

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1/14/18

The D205 Foundation is proud to announce Jill Riecker as this year's “Friend of the Foundation.” Jill's 20-year dedication to volunteerism and tireless commitment to providing Elmhurst students across all levels with opportunities and experiences both in and outside of the classroom are unparalleled. Jill's award will be presented as part of the festivities at the Foundation Gala -Empowering Futures to be held on February 10 at The Hyatt Lodge, Oak Brook.

This promises to be an amazing evening with the goal of raising funds that will enhance education and innovation in Elmhurst Public Schools.
Tickets are $175. Space is limited. Table and sponsorship opportunities are still available. If you cannot attend the event, consider supporting the Foundations efforts by purchasing a ticket for the Golden Raffle with a chance to win your choice of three great trips. Information about Mrs. Riecker's contributions, Gala and Raffle details and tickets are available at www.elmhurst205.org/2018Gala.

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1/12/18

Congratulations to Jacquelyn Discipio, Principal of Bryan Middle School, for being selected as the 2017-2018 Middle School Principal of the Year by the Illinois Principals Association DuPage Region. Ms. Discipio was selected from a pool of nominees from throughout the DuPage County region. She was honored by the District 205 Board of Education at its January 9 meeting.

She was nominated by Elmhurst District 205 Superintendent Dr. David Moyer, who stated in his nomination that “Ms. Discipio has been asked to lead monumental and transformative change in a short period of time, examples of
which include: a successful one-to-one personalized learning implementation utilizing Chromebooks in year one; implementation of a new English Language Arts curriculum and the addition of instructional coaches in year two; ongoing development of common assessments in all grade levels and content areas; and a major overhaul of the schedule to include dedicated time for interventions and enrichment and increased co-teaching for the 2017-18 school year.”

Ms. Discipio will be honored at the DuPage IPA’s annual Spring Student Recognition Breakfast on April 23. She will now be considered for a State award from among 20 nominees representing the other regions of the Illinois Principals Association. The state winners will be announced in the spring.

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1/9/18

In his latest Superintendent's column, Dr. Dave Moyer looks ahead to 2018, and details the latest developments on the Dual Language Program at Fischer Elementary School, all-day kindergarten and implementing Project Lead the Way in the 2018-19 school year. 

You can read the latest update at www.elmhurst205.org/Supt. Follow Dr. Moyer's blog at http://superchat205.blogspot.com.

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1/5/18

Legendary York Community High School Boys Cross Country coach, Joe Newton, died in the early morning of December 9 in Arizona. Mr. Newton was 87 when he retired at the conclusion of the 2016 season after 60 years of coaching. A celebration of his coaching career was held at York High School on November 6, 2016. To see an overview of his career, click on the link below. A memorial celebration is planned to honor Mr. Newton on Saturday, January 27, at 2 PM in the Commons of York Community High School.

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1/4/18

Rise up to the challenge of making a difference in the education of our children. The 2018 D205 Foundation Fundraising Gala, Empowering Futures, will take place on Saturday, February 10th beginning at 6:00 PM at the Hyatt Lodge in Oakbrook. The evening will feature a plated dinner, beverages, fundraising raffles and games, as well as a terrific mini and live auction. This year, the event has an added bonus with a post party that includes a deejay and dancing. Tickets are $175. Space is limited. Table and sponsorship opportunities available. More information and tickets available at www.elmhurst205.org/2018Gala

The Foundation's goal is to provide enhanced opportunities for students to learn and practice skills that will better prepare them for their future. Since its inception, the Foundation has awarded more than $1.9 million in educational enhancements that bring added resources and creative educational opportunities to the classrooms of Elmhurst District 205.

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12/18/17

Know an amazing kid? The City of Elmhurst’s Commission on Youth is currently seeking nominees for its annual Exemplary Youth Service Awards, which will be presented in April. Nominations are currently being accepted. The volunteer must be an Elmhurst resident (Elmhurst address), live within School District 205 boundaries or attend an Elmhurst school.

To nominate a worthy student, please visit www.elmhurst.org to download a form or complete the nomination online. The direct URL is www.elmhurst.org/youthaward. Nominees may be of elementary age through high school; their service must be voluntary and unpaid. Nominations will be accepted now through Friday, March 9, 2018. Hard copy forms should be submitted to City Hall, 209 N. York Street, Elmhurst, IL, 60126 and marked: Attention Exemplary Youth Service Awards.

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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.

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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. 

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