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The York Community High School Music Department will present two performances next week. On Tuesday, May 10, at 7:30 PM, the York Cadet and Concert Orchestras will honor members of the graduating class of 2016 and will feature a variety of music, including the music of Gustav Mahler, Johann Sebastian Bach, Georg Frideric Handel and Arcangelo Corelli, as well as music from Jurassic ParkBeauty and the Beast and Harry Potter. Featured soloists include violinists Maya Toffler and Kate Caforio, cellist Sidney Valdez and Gabbie Walker on the harpsichord. Three student chamber ensembles will also perform short trios and quartets.

On Thursday, May 12, at 7:30 PM, the York Symphony Orchestra will honor the graduating class of 2016 and will feature junior Concerto Competition Winner Andrew French performing the third movement of Ludwig Van Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 1 in C Major. The Orchestra will perform the “Pas de deux” from Piotr Tchaikovsky’s ballet The Nutcracker, Percy Grainger’s Irish Tune from County Derry, and Erik Satie’s Gymnopedie No. 1. Senior principal oboist Lena Sojiljkovic will perform “Gabriel’s Oboe,” from Ennio Morricone’s soundtrack to the movie The Mission. The concert will also highlight the music of Leonard Bernstein, including Candide Overture and music from West Side Story. Other featured student musicians include harpists Julia and Linnea Dierksheide, Tessa Vermeulen (flute), Alaina Bottens (bassoon), Brian Strauch (horn) and Amy Choi (piccolo).

The York orchestras are directed by Ray Ostwald. Both performances, held in Baker Auditorium, are free and open to the public. Following each concert, a reception honoring the student musicians will be held in the York Cafeteria.


Elmhurst District 205 honored its mentors and volunteers for the 2015-16 school year on April 29, 2016. A total of 41 non-parent mentors and volunteers were recognized for the selfless dedication of their time and talents on the behalf of our students. They serve in elementary, middle and high school, as well as the Transition Center.

They were treated to a special lunch prepared by York High School Food and Restaurant Management students under the direction of their instructor, Wendy Albert, Division Chair for Technology & Applied Arts. Served at La Brigade, the high school’s authentic culinary lab and restaurant, the luncheon is a small token of appreciation for the hundreds of hours donated by community volunteers this school year.

As part of the recognition program, a total of 14 volunteers were honored with one, three, five, ten or 15-year service pins, which were awarded as follows:

  • One Year – John Osbolt (Churchville Mentor) and Stacy Wrasse (York Mentor)
  • Three Years – Patt Gutierrez (Sandburg Mentor), Paul Heinz (Bryan Mentor) and Jim Bursch (Sandburg Mentor)
  • Five Years – Lucy Bruzas (Jefferson Classroom), Chris and Debbie Khayat – Jackson Chess Club
  • Ten Years – Leslie Leader (York Mentor), Connie Nestler (York Mentor), Chuck Malefyt (Transition Center Mentor) and Karen Nishimura (York ELL Program)
  • Fifteen Years – Jack Island (Bryan Mentor) and Anna Locascio (York Mentor)

This group alone has given a total of 95 years of volunteer service to the children of District 205. (Here, Jack Island is honored for his 15 years of service as a mentor.)

The mentor program is coordinated by the District’s middle and high school social workers, with support from building administrators, under the auspices of the Communications Office, which also assists in placing school volunteers.

School social workers involved in the program include: Denise Gulotta (Bryan), Bill Denny (Churchville), Mel Phillips (Sandburg) and Teri Finley (York). Melea Smith is the Director of Communications and Public Relations for District 205; Debbie Hollstein serves as administrative assistant for the Communications Office.


The last day of school was approved at the April 26 Board of Education meeting. Due to a mild winter, and no other weather-related incidents, the five emergency days, which are built into the school calendar, have not been used. Below are the student dismissal times. Also, you will find attached a day by day, end of the school year calendar. 

May 23

  • Freshman, Sophomore, Junior last day of school at the conclusion of exams.

May 26

  • Last day of attendance for early childhood and AM/PM kindergarten students.
  • Last day of attendance for 8th grade

May 27

  • Last day of school for grades 1-5.  Early dismissal at 11:15 a.m.
  • Last day of school for grades 6 and 7.  Early dismissal at 11:35 a.m.

The Elmhurst Police Department will be offering free registration of bicycles for Elmhurst District 205 middle school students on three different dates over the next few weeks. Police officers will be present before school at each District 205 middle school to help students register their bicycles with the City of Elmhurst. They will also provide materials regarding Illinois Rules of the Road for Bicycles and other bicycle safety information. Officers will be on site at:

  • Churchville Middle School on Tuesday, April 26 – from 7:45 to 8:15 AM (with a rain date of April 27)
  • Bryan Middle School on Tuesday, May 3 – from 7:45 to 8:15 AM (with a rain date of May 4)
  • Sandburg Middle School on Wednesday, May 11 – from 7:30 to 9:00 AM (with a rain date of May 13)

Blank forms will be available for pick-up by students who do not ride to school that day, and registration forms are always available at the Elmhurst Police Department.

Every year about 1.5 million bicycles are stolen across the U.S.  The majority of these thefts occur when bicycles are left unlocked and unsecured; be it at local store’s bike rack or, left unattended in a residential yard.

Over the last 3 years, Elmhurst has averaged 32 bicycle thefts per year. And, while this number continues to decrease, your police department reminds you that the best way to prevent bicycle theft is to use locks or put bicycles away when not being used. As part of the registration event, bicycle locks will be given away as participation premiums to three lucky on-site registration participants, per school.

The Elmhurst Police Department would also like you to know that only 3 percent of the recovered bicycles, nationwide, are returned to their owner. The main reason is lack of information/proof of ownership. Bicycle registration helps the Elmhurst Police Department to return bicycles to their rightful owners.

Since implementing the middle school bicycle registration event, Elmhurst Police Department has been able to return bicycles that would otherwise go unclaimed. The EPD, in cooperation with District 205, would like to continue to make a major dent in the number of bicycle thefts reported per year with a strong education and registration campaign and that includes this 2016 event.



The testing window for the spring 2016 administration of the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) assessment in District 205 will begin on Monday, April 4 and continue through Friday, May 6. These state-required achievement tests are being given to all eligible students. Students in grades 3 – 8 will be tested in reading and mathematics. At the high school level, the assessment is course based. York students enrolled in English 9 or English 9H will take the English assessment. Students enrolled in Algebra AB will take the math assessment. Your child’s school will share more specific information about when students are testing within this window.

Last year, the PARCC assessment was given during two separate testing windows. This year it has been consolidated into a single testing window and the total assessment time has been reduced by approximately 90 minutes. The assessment is still aligned to the Illinois Learning Standards and maintains its focus on critical thinking, concept mastery, and writing skills.

The Illinois State Board of Education expects to receive PARCC assessment scores more quickly than last year. We anticipate that we will be able to share score reports in the fall. The complete results of these state tests will be also reported on the School Report Card in the fall. We will review state tests results along with other information to help us improve our school program.

If you have any questions about the administration of the PARCC assessment, please contact your child’s principal.


The Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205 Summer Instrumental Music Program offers an exciting opportunity for all current 4th -8th grade band and orchestra students to continue with instrumental music instruction in June and July. Regular practice during the summer months is critically important for band and orchestra students in order to reinforce the concepts and skills that they have learned and practiced during the school year. Moreover, learning and playing music is an activity that should be enjoyed year round!


  • The Summer Instrumental Music Program will run from June 6 through July 8. (No class on Monday, July 4)
  • NEW this year, incoming 9th grade band and orchestra students may also register and participate in the sessions at York High School.
  • The registration fee is $92.00. The registration fee includes a Summer Instrumental Program T shirt.
  • Sessions for current elementary students (incoming 5th and 6th graders) will be held Monday through Thursday mornings at Sandburg Middle School. Each session is one hour. The final performances for the elementary sessions will be on FRIDAY morning, July 8.
  • Sessions for current middle school students (incoming 7th, 8th, and 9th grade students) will be held on Tuesday and Thursday evenings at York High School. The sessions at York also include an opportunity for students to participate in Jazz Band. See the attached program description for more details.


The District 205 Summer Instrumental Program is designed to accommodate students who go on vacation and/or participate in other summer activities. Students who can only attend part of the summer program are still strongly encouraged to register and attend whenever they can! Students who practice their instruments during the summer are much more likely to experience continued success in band and orchestra. We strongly encourage your son or daughter to participate as much as he/she is able!


Please see the attached summer instrumental music program description for more detailed course information, rehearsal times, and registration options. If you have questions, please contact me or your child’s band or orchestra director.


Registration for the Dist. 205 Summer Instrumental Music Program opened on March 7, 2016. You may register for the summer instrumental music program by using the Webstore (District) link on the District 205 website: The deadline for registration is Friday, May 6, 2016.


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.