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.
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School Code 105 ILCS 122-50-4 Student Temporary Records of students who have graduated, transferred or permanently withdrawn from Elmhurst CUSD 205 on or before June 2, 2011 will be destroyed no earlier than June 16, 2016.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contained in those records for not less than 5 years after the student has transferred, graduated, or otherwise withdrawn from the school.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.
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.
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.
To learn more about the process, please click on the link below.
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:
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.
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:
Kudos to these District 205 students, who advanced to the regional competition:
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
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.
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.
The District Management Council’s proposal, presented to the Board of Education last September, was to:
MSTF timeline and process:
Parent Survey Results:
The opportunities gaining the most traction among parents taking the survey were:
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.
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.
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:
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.
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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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.