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Twenty-two members of the York Community High School Class of 2018 have been named National Merit Commended Students, as announced by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC). The NMSC recently revealed the names of approximately 34,000 Commended Students in the 2018 National Merit Program.

Recognized for their exceptional academic promise are: Max Albers, Catherine Ayers, Timothy Baer, Nicholas Carrasco, Eric Doberstein, Corey Elliott, Ella Glabus, Brian Goldberg, Nathan Harris, Grant Hartlage, Colin Kelley, Martin Kelty, Ashley Kunesh, Linda Nguessan, Michael Pastuovic, Zorian Schiffman, Emily Schlect, Tyler Sidoryk, Siva Sreedhar, Daniel Sussman, Emily Tran and Anita Wary.

Commended Students placed among the top five percent nationally of those tested. A letter of commendation from the NMSC is presented to each of these outstanding students by York High School Principal Erin DeLuga.


Officials of National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC) recently announced the names of approximately 16,000 Semifinalists in the 63rd annual National Merit Scholarship Program. Among them are seniors Hannah Cronin, Matthew Dardick, Linnea Dierksheide, Courtney Jopes, Carina Kanzler, Luke Rozmus, Anshul Shah, Katherine Tomaska and Christopher Ziebert representing York Community High School. These academically talented high school seniors have an opportunity to continue in the competition for some 7,500 National Merit Scholarships worth more than $32 million to be offered next spring.        


To be considered for a Merit Scholarship® award, Semifinalists must fulfill several requirements to advance to the Finalist level of the competition. About 90 percent of the Semifinalists are expected to attain Finalist standing, and in February they will be notified of this designation. All National Merit Scholarship winners will be selected from this group of Finalists. Merit Scholar designees are selected on the basis of their skills, accomplishments, and potential for success in rigorous college

studies, without regard to gender, race, ethnic origin, or religious preference.


National Merit Scholarship winners of 2018 will be announced in four nationwide news releases beginning in April and concluding in July. These scholarship recipients will join more than 330,000 other distinguished young people who have earned the Merit Scholar title.


Scholarships are underwritten by NMSC with its own funds and by approximately 420 business organizations and higher education institutions that share NMSC’s goals of honoring the nation’s scholastic champions and encouraging the pursuit of academic excellence.


York's newly named NMSC Semifinalists are pictured in alphabetical order from left to right below:




The Chicago Department of Aviation (CDA) is soliciting feedback regarding Fly Quiet Test #3, which is currently underway. The CDA is analyzing the last of three runway rotation tests in order to develop a permanent nighttime rotation plan that balances the noise impacts between communities surrounding O’Hare Airport.

Fly Quiet Runway Rotation Test #3 burdens Elmhurst with a disproportionately greater number of nighttime aircraft operations than other communities nearby O’Hare. Test #3 utilizes the runway directed at Elmhurst in 50% of all Fly Quiet nighttime operations. By contrast, Fly
Quiet Test #2 only used that same runway in 25% of all configurations.

• Take the O’Hare Fly Quiet Test #3 Survey

     * Question 15 asks if you would like a temporary Fly Quiet plan in place.

     * Question 21 asks if you would like the Fly Quiet plan to be the Test 3 configuration.

Fly Quiet project website

City of Elmhurst Fly Quiet information


By voicing your concern through this survey, you are supporting equitable distribution of nighttime air traffic and
helping ensure that students across our District attend school well rested and ready to learn.


In response to concern for the welfare of its families and residents, the Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205 Board of Education of District 205 adopted a resolution at its September 12, 2017 meeting authorizing the execution of an intergovernmental agreement (IGA) between the City of Chicago and Elmhurst School District 205 for participation in the O’Hare Noise Compatibility Commission (ONCC).

This IGA permits and commits the District 205 Board to join the ONCC. The Board has appointed member Kara Caforio to serve as its initial representative.

The O'Hare Fly Quiet night-time runway rotation plan was implemented in an effort to "share the pain" and reduce the impact of overnight aircraft noise on neighborhoods surrounding O'Hare International Airport. However, under Runway Rotation Test 3, Elmhurst has been burdened with a disproportionately greater number of aircraft operations than other nearby communities. Compared to Rotation Test 2, the number of aircraft flying over Elmhurst during nighttime hours has doubled. O’Hare utilizes the runway directed at Elmhurst in 50% of all of Test 3 nighttime configurations.

“The Board of Education is committed to partnering with other governmental agencies to protect and support quality of life in Elmhurst,” said Board president Shannon Ebner. "We are particularly concerned about the potential of the inequitable flight allocations to interfere with student learning and achievement due to excessive disruptions of sleep and other family activities sustained over significant periods of time throughout the school year.”

The District 205 Board of Education has historically partnered with other community and government agencies to find solutions that benefit its families and all Elmhurst stakeholders. Its goal is always to improve the quality of life for students, their families and the community-at-large.


Congratulations to Elmhurst District 205’s 2017 Those Who Excel award recipients who will be recognized by the Illinois State Board of Education on Oct. 28 in Bloomington-Normal and by proclamation of the Elmhurst Board of Education in November. They are: Fischer Principal Jane Bailey, Churchville Charge-Amazing Race Team, Fischer Librarian Donna Dewar, Fischer Instructional Coach Sharon Emmi-Iovinelli and Community Volunteer Karen Stezowski, along with Recognition recipients Bryan Educational Assistant Dianne Schiltz and Churchville Early Career Educator Cindy Villalobos.


The Harlem Wizards are back in Elmhurst on Saturday, September 30th to entertain the crowd with high-energy exhibition play and audience participation. Cheer on our team of Elmhurst school district principals and teachers as they challenge the Wizards in a basketball game that is sure to include wild antics and lots of laughs. The event will be held at York High School beginning at 5:00 PM. Concessions, merchandise and raffle tickets will be available for purchase. Proceeds from this family-friendly fundraiser support District 205 Foundation programs and enhancements that benefit all Elmhurst public school students. Click here to learn more and guarantee a seat at this popular Saturday event.


Mission Statement

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.

Vision Statement

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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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.