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The City of Elmhurst’s Commission on Youth honored young volunteers at its annual Exemplary Youth Service Awards program held Wednesday, April 18, at Sandburg Middle School in front of a packed house. Ken Bartels served as Master of Ceremonies. District 205 Superintendent Dr. David Moyer and Elmhurst Mayor Steve Morley welcomed the honorees and their families.

The Exemplary Youth Service Awards program recognizes individuals who have demonstrated at least one of the following criteria through volunteer service: the level of involvement should demonstrate an exemplary commitment; the service must contribute to the health and well–being of a worthy individual or group or the community at large; the service should help promote the spirit of volunteerism.

The 83 honorees ranged in age from elementary through high school. Nine groups and 18 individuals were nominated for this year’s awards. Serving as distinguished judges were Elmhurst Police Deputy Chief Michael McLean, Deputy Fire Chief Bill Anaszewiczand Alderman Marti Deuter.Speakers for the evening included Exemplary Youth Service Award recipients from Kartwheels for Kids, a group of five York High School students who have been volunteering and fundraising together since they were fifth graders.

Other Exemplary Youth Service Award recipients included an elementary group known as the Sweet Treats and the following individuals: from Churchville Middle School – Jackie Cimino and Cayliann Gillie and from York High School – Sean Hayes, Dani Kolosiekeand Samantha Uditsky.

The program will air on Uverse Channel 99 and Comcast Channel 6 next month and will also be available for viewing at The program is linked below.

Youth Commissioners include: Jackie Tamer (Chair), Kim Brigman, Jan DeCoursey, Sharon Karpiel, Marisa Mancini, Patricia McKernan, Bob Rasho, Derek Schlager, Mark Soehn, Ann Zimmer, Dan Corrigan, Nick Waldenmeyer, Melea Smith and Alderman Dannee Polomsky.

Exemplary Youth Service Award winners Kartwheels for Kids

Exemplary Youth Service Award winners Sweet Treats


On Tuesday, April 24, at the D205 Board of Education meeting, there will be a presentation by architects Wight & Company, which will highlight various facility options, overlaid with findings from Focus 205. The meeting begins at 7:30 PM at the District 205 Administrative Center, 162 S. York. All community members are welcomed to attend. As a reminder, the new boundary report was presented by Cropper GIS at the April 10 meeting. To view other related presentations delivered to the Board over the last few months, please visit

There will be multiple opportunities to participate in Future Focused community meetings during the Master Facility Plan process. Please make an effort to attend one of these meetings so you are informed about proposed changes that may affect you.

  • Saturday, May 12, 9:30 – 11:30 am, York High School
  • Monday, May 14, 7 – 9 pm, Churchville Middle School
  • Wednesday, May 23, 7 – 9 pm, Bryan Middle School
  • Wednesday, May 30, 7 – 9 pm, Sandburg Middle School 

Your feedback and participation throughout this entire process is important. Come join the conversation!


The Illinois Athletic Directors Association has named York High School's Assistant Principal for Athletics, Rob Wagner, as the Class 3A & 4A Division 3 Athletic Director of the Year. He will be honored at an awards banquet that will be a part of the IADA State Conference in East Peoria on Saturday, May 5th at 7:00 pm at the Embassy Suites Hotel in East Peoria. Rob has been at York for 15 years. Eight years as the Athletic Director/Assistant Principal for Athletics. This is his second term in the athletic office.

  • He was a dean from 2002-2005
  • Athletic Director from 2005-2009
  • Assistant Principal for Student Services from 2009-2011
  • Assistant Principal for Finance and Student Activities from 2011-2014
  • Assistant Principal for Athletics from 2014- present

Rob Wagner




Tickets for the York spring musical Tuck Everlasting are sold out. HOWEVER, we encourage you to come to sign up for our wait list. The wait list will open 90 minutes prior to each show (6 PM Thursday - Saturday, April 19-21 and 12:30 PM on Sunday, April 22). You must be present to sign up for the wait list (no email entries will be allowed).

Tickets will be distributed on a first come first serve basis and you must be present to receive and pay for your ticket.  We have had success the last two years getting everyone into the show from the wait list and anticipate we will be able to do that again this year.  Thank you very much for your continued support of York Drama.  Please email us at if you have any questions. 


At Tuesday’s Board of Education meeting, the Board heard from three teachers and an instructional coach about how the infusion of technology via the District’s Mobile Learning Implementation has dramatically changed student engagement in their classrooms. They also provided teacher feedback samples on the topics of creativity, student-to-device ratios and device types.

A video created by the Communications Office demonstrated these new and exciting modes of learning and teaching. Assistant Superintendent of Innovation & Growth Dr. Mark Cohen noted that “these skills fit our concept of being future ready and future focused, allowing for collaboration in the digital space beyond the walls of the classroom.”




Nine York Community High School seniors named among the 16,000 National Merit Semifinalists identified by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC) this fall were recently confirmed as NMSC Finalists. They are: Hannah Cronin, Matthew Dardick, Linnea Dierksheide, Courtney Jope, Carina Kanzler, Luke Rozmus, Anshul Shah, Katherine Tomaska and Christopher Ziebert. These students were honored by proclamation of the Elmhurst District 205 Board of Education at its April 10 meeting.

“We are so incredibly proud of these students for their tenacious dedication to academia. They are being recognized for going above and beyond in an extraordinarily challenging selection process. I am thrilled for the students and the opportunities this will provide them moving forward,” said York High School Principal Erin DeLuga.

All NMSC Finalists will be considered for National Merit Scholarships offered in 2018. The selection of some 7,500 Merit Scholarship winners from the group of more than 15,000 Finalists is now in progress. Scholarship winners will be announced by NMSC in four groups from April through July.

Thus far, three York Finalists (Linnea, Carina and Katherine) have been named as recipients of $2,500 National Merit Scholarships. And two York Finalists have been selected as corporate sponsored scholarship winners: Anshul by Alliance Data Systems and Ashley by CDK Global, LLC.



The tradition continues with this year’s seventh Top Pizza Taste of Elmhurst event on Thursday, April 26, from 5:30-8:00 PM in the York High Campbell (Green & White) Gym. Local area restaurants and pizzerias will showcase their traditional and specialty variety pizza pies. The $10 entrance fee allows attendees to taste the variety of vendor offerings and vote for their favorites in a variety of categories. Past winners participating this year include Bacci, DiLeo, Fratello, Gulliver, Lou Malnati, Mama Maria and Roberto's. Newcomers include Aurelio's and Rosati's.

This is a great community fundraising event that allows families and friends to enjoy dinner and taste pizzas that are both familiar and new. For those families trying to juggle the Celebration of Learning night, it’s a great way to grab dinner before or after. Please note that the time has been extended to 8 PM so that you can continue the celebration.

Proceeds benefit District 205 Foundation programs that enhance education for our  EC-12 schools. For more information and to purchase entrance fee ahead so you do not need to wait in line, click HERE.




Superintendent Dr. David Moyer has posted a new blog entry on student engagement versus empowerment. "Much has been made about the difference between compliance and student engagement. Compliant students typically follow directions and appear engaged because they are 'doing' what they are asked. However, 'doing' is a lot different than thinking," he writes. District 205 follows Dr. Bill Daggett's Rigor and Relevance framework. Read about D205's two related primary student achievement objectives.

Follow Dr. Moyer's blog at


For the second time in the last three years, York’s Euro Challenge Team took first place in the Midwest Region competition, beating out eight other teams representing Illinois, Indiana and Minnesota. Participating students must be in either 9th or 10th grade.


The first-place York team is comprised of seven sophomores: Samantha Cruz, Emily Dow, Brian Kelley, Matt Kentra, Emmet McGovern, Ally Splitstone and Matt Splitstone. The team was presented with the challenge of choosing a country in the European Union, a problem the country has, and a solution to the problem. They chose to tackle Italy's high unemployment rate using monetary policy. The students were required to give a 15-minute presentation and participate in a 10-minute Q & A follow-up.


The final round takes place on April 26 at the New York Federal Reserve in New York City. There are 12 regions across the country; a total of 24 teams from across the country will be competing. The York team is coached by Tamra Carl.




At the Tuesday, March 20th Board of Education meeting, Dr. Mary Henderson, Assistant Superintendent for Learning and Leadership Development, presented an update on professional development and the instructional rounds process in District 205.

This is the second year of instructional rounds for D205. Last school year, emphasis was placed on learning targets. Dr. Henderson said that this school year, the focus has shifted to rigor. During instructional rounds, principals and district leaders look for high-level questioning, thoughtful work and academic discussion in the classrooms they visit.

When rounds are complete, individual schools can analyze the data collected from their building. They utilize their instructional coaches and time during student late arrival days for professional development and conversations on how to continue to improve rigor in the classroom.

To see how the instructional rounds process works in District 205, watch the video that accompanied Dr. Henderson’s presentation:




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.

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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.