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The Elmhurst Commission on Youth will host author Devorah Heitner in a presentation based on her newly-released book Screenwise: Helping Kids Thrive (and Survive) in the Digital Age on Tuesday, October 18 at 7 PM in the Sandburg Middle School auditorium,
Many parents feel that their kids are addicted, detached or distracted because of their digital devices. Media expert Dr. Devorah Heitner, however, believes that technology offers huge potential to our children—if parents guide them. In this presentation parents will learn about the digital world to help set kids up for a lifetime of success in a world fueled by technology. Hear about the concerns —and advantages—that teens experience thanks to this level of connection.
Dr. Heitner presents practical parenting "hacks" - quick ideas that can be implemented today to help understand and relate to "digital natives." Parents will be empowered to recognize that the wisdom they have gained throughout their lives is a relevant and urgently needed supplement to their children’s digital savvy and will better understand the skills necessary for managing the new challenges of parenting today. Dr Heitner offers a realistic and optimistic perspective, as well as practical advice, on helping kids navigate the friendship and identity issues that all young people face growing up in the digital age.
Dr. Heitner founded Raising Digital Natives to serve as a resource for schools and organizations wishing to cultivate a culture of responsible digital citizenship. Her book,
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Screenwise is a useful resource for parents looking for a guide to mentoring their children on navigating friendships, school, and social media. Dr. Heitner's curriculum, Connecting Wisely: Social Emotional Insights and Skills for Plugged in Kids is
​u​sed by schools around the country. She has a Ph.D. in Media/Technology and Soceity from Northwestern University. She is delighted to be raising her own digital native.

Interested in running for the Board of Education? Although the school board election next April may seem a long way off, now is the time that candidates should consider their future plans. The Illinois State Board of Elections has established two critical deadlines:

  • The first day candidates can lawfully circulate nominating petitions for signatures is September 20, 2016.
  • The period for filing nominating papers runs from December 12 – December 19, 2016.

All nominating paperwork is handled through the DuPage County Clerk’s Office. Important Board Election information, including specific filing procedures, qualifications and materials can be found at


Parent-Teacher Conferences will be held separately for all three levels of District 205 students this year - EC-5, middle school and high school.


Parent Teacher Conference Sign up Begins at 6:00 AM Friday, September 23, 2016 for Bryan, Churchville and York. The signup windows close on Thursday, September 29, at 11:55 PM.
Parent Account Activation codes were sent via secure email on Tuesday September 20, 2016. If you did not receive a code, please contact your school office.

Click here to sign up (Activated Accounts)

Click here to sign up (To Activate your Account)

Click here to email (if you are having issues with sign up).


Instructions on PowerPTC conference sign up can be found here.

Parent-Teacher Conference sign-up for EC-5 students took place earlier in the fall at Open House events. Parents of these students may contact their child’s school with any questions.

Elementary Conferences will be held on Monday, November 21, from 4:30 to 8:00 PM and on Tuesday, November 22, from 10 AM to 6:00 PM. As a result, there will be no school for EC-5 students only on November 22.

Middle School Conferences are Wednesday, October 5, from 4:00 to 8:30 PM and Friday, October 7, from 8:00 AM to 3:00 PM. There will be no school for middle school students only on October 7.


High School Conferences are Tuesday, October 4, from 4 to 8:30 PM and Tuesday, October 11 from 12:00 to 7:00 PM. As a result, there will be no school for York High School students only on October 11. 

Sandburg Middle School is holding student driven conferences this year. Sign up took place during Curriculum night in August.


A full-day kindergarten option, implementation of a formal STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) program, the addition of a dual language option, systemic interventions and/or enrichments and the addition of instructional coaches – these were the top educational priorities identified in Phase I of Focus 205 – a collaborative conversation between the community and Elmhurst School District 205.

District 205 launched this community engagement program last fall. Phase 1 involved four town hall-style meetings held September through December of 2015, focusing on next generation learning, future-ready educational environments and utilization of resources for maximum student success. The Focus 205 Findings Report summarizes the work of this phase.

Phase 2 began last spring with a comprehensive Educational Alignment study; an update was presented to the Board of Education on May 24, 2016.

Focus 205 continues this fall with two more community meetings on October 3 and December 5, beginning at 7 PM in the York High School Commons. We hope you will join us as we recap the work done last year, celebrate student achievement in District 205 and begin exploring options that will support educational priorities in Elmhurst for years to come. RSVP at (630) 617-2300 ext. RSVP or at Please indicate if you require childcare (for ages 3-12).

In between those meetings, District 205 will be gathering community input through an online, interactive and completely confidential survey administered by a company called Thoughtexchange.
What is Thoughtexchange? Watch their one-minute video to find out.

This is your chance to share what you value about District 205 as a parent and/or community member, what your vision is for our students’ future-ready learning, as well as ask any questions or contribute any thoughts you might have regarding public education in Elmhurst. Watch for the link in early October. Join the conversation!


Officials of National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC) recently announced the names of approximately 16,000 Semifinalists in the 62nd annual National Merit Scholarship Program. Among them are seniors Elizabeth Brown, Amy Choi, Emily Landreth, Kevin Lipkin, Maria Muehleis, Noah Neidigh, Amelia O’Halloran, Mateo Sanchez, Colin Sandstrom, Amalia Siavelis, Sehe Tinfang, Gavin Vandenberg and Flanagan Waldherr, 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 $33 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 more than half of the Finalists will win a National Merit Scholarship, earning the Merit Scholar® title.

Scholarships are underwritten by NMSC with its own funds and by over 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.


For the sixth year in a row, York Community High School’s Boys Volleyball Team has been honored as an All-American Academic team by the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA). The AVCA honors teams with at least a 3.3 cumulative GPA on a 4.0 scale. The York Varsity team, which maintained a 3.81 cumulative GPA during the 2015-2016 school year, is one of only 23 boys volleyball teams in the nation to receive the award and one of seven in Illinois to be so honored.

Congratulations are extended to coach Ken Dowdy and assistant coaches Brian Fisher and Taylor Stipe, as well as team captains Gordon Johnson, Bobby Kissinger and Jacob Wendell, along with team members Daniel Bolivar, Rio Diaz, John Goehl, Evan Haug, Colin Hobin, Zachary Hughart, Sam Jordan-Wood, Dylan Kalchik, Andrew Lewand, Michael Pennel, Jake Privett and Andrew Weber for their outstanding performance during the 2015 season.


Join other parents at the Elmhurst Public Library on Tuesday, October 18 from 12:30-2:30 PM when Jacqueline Rhew from Alexian Brothers will be presenting Intervention Strategies to Engage Students with Parents Struggling with School Anxiety and School Refusal. Sponsored by District 205 Social Workers, this program is free, but limited to the first 70 in attendance.


Para más información, comuníquese con Maria Gallegos al (630) 832-8682 ext. 3710

Para solicitar traducción al español en este evento, confirme asistencia a Maria antes del 14/10/16


“Welcome to Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205” premiered at elementary and middle school Curriculum Night events last week. It features the voices of D205 students who are also members of the Elmhurst Children’s Theatre. The two-minute video is an overview of the District’s educational priorities, punctuated with images of our students and staff at work and play. It reminds viewers that District 205 is a student-centered, future-focused community which believes all students can and must learn and grow.

Thanks go to the principals and staff of York High School, Churchville Middle School, as well as Lincoln and Field Elementary Schools, for making time in their busy May schedules to accommodate the camera crew from Motion Source. Produced by the Communications Office, the video is posted above and can also be found on the District 205 YouTube channel.



The York Distinguished Alumni Program (YDAP) Committee announces its 2016 Dukes of Distinction honorees. YDAP was created to recognize York Community High School alumni who have distinguished themselves through significant and/or extraordinary accomplishments, service and/or an outstanding contribution to society. This is the fourth “class” of inductees, bringing the total to 30. On Thursday, November 3, the following Dukes of Distinction for 2016 will be honored:

  • Dan Konopka, Class of 1993
  • Jack Lavin, Class of 1980
  • Judd Lofchie, Class of 1976
  • Tekki Lomnicki, Class of 1974
  • Barbara Kegerreis Lund, Class of 1955
  • Bob Nottelmann (deceased), Class of 1943
  • Allan Tereba, Class of 1965

Please mark your calendar and plan to join us for a reception in the York Commons at 6:30 PM, followed by a program at 7:00 PM. This event is free and open to the public; no tickets are required. To read more about this year’s honorees, click here. Visit and like the YCHS Facebook page at


Mark your calendar now for Thursday, September 29, when the Elmhurst District 205 Foundation will again be hosting a Family Night of basketball slams and jams featuring the Harlem Wizards at York High School. They will be playing against our own “D205 All Stars” made up of Elmhurst faculty and staff. Raffle prizes, concessions and awesome merchandise will be offered for sale. Proceeds benefit all Elmhurst public schools through Foundation programs. Get your tickets early to be sure you get the best seats in the house! Limited number of courtside and reserved seating available. Buy tickets now at

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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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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.