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President's Message

Message to the Community

Dear Community Members,

Welcome to another exciting year in Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205! The Board of Education is proud to serve the over 8,500 students who make up our district. Our students are the center of everything we do, and the Board strives to allocate resources effectively and where it matters most – the classroom. We recognize the learning diversity represented in today’s classrooms and realize students have different learning needs, strengths, interests and styles. In addition, our world is rapidly changing, and the District is focused on teaching skills that will prepare our children not only for the types of jobs that exist today, but may exist the future. Our staff is working diligently to teach strong academic content and also critical thinking, creativity, communication, collaboration, character and citizenship.

I would like to take this opportunity to share a few recent developments in District 205. At the elementary level, the District launched new curricula in math and reading to promote active student engagement in rigorous and relevant learning. Our middle school students have an acceleration period every day designed to nurture students’ ability to lead their own learning. At the high school, more emphasis has been placed on career pathways and offering opportunities for students based on their particular interests. Please visit the Student Achievement and Learning and Teaching pages of this website to read more details about these and other initiatives that engage students and prepare them for college, career and life.

As Board members, a primary role is listening to community members and understanding their values and priorities for the District. We want to hear your thoughts and ideas and would like more community members to consider participating in the District’s community engagement sessions called Focus 205. Only by knowing the community’s needs and aspirations are we able to effectively serve and reflect those values in the District’s goals. Thank you for guiding our decisions for future generations.

We appreciate your trust and confidence in our district as we work to prepare the next generation of students for college, career and life. We are very excited about the future in District 205 and hope you are as well.


Shannon Ebner, President
Board of Education
Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205