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On July 19, the District 205 Board of Education confirmed Mary Baum as the next Assistant Superintendent for Learning and Teaching, succeeding Dr. Michelle Fitzgerald. Ms. Baum has served as the principal of Mill Street Elementary School in Naperville District 203 for the past four years. She will begin her duties in Elmhurst on Wednesday, August 3.

Ms. Baum served as a teacher, assistant principal and principal in Palatine District 15 for 15 years and has both elementary and middle school experience. She will complete her Leadership in Curriculum and Instruction doctorate from Aurora University this year. She also holds a Master’s in Teaching from National Louis University and a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Rush University.

"Mary has a proven track record of cultivating collaboration, closing gaps, and communicating effectively,” noted Elmhurst Superintendent Dr. David Moyer.  “Her passion is contagious, and her commitment to instructional excellence unsurpassed.  We welcome her aboard with great enthusiasm."

Dr. Moyer also noted that Ms. Baum comes highly recommended and was the clear consensus candidate of the administrators and the teachers who served on the final interview committees. Her district-level leadership experience includes: director for AVID, District co-facilitator for the EC-5 Principal Professional Learning Community, Dual Language Committee member, Committee for Gifted Program Evaluation member, and mentor to aspiring principals through a partnership between District 203 and North Central College.

Ms. Baum has implemented professional learning communities in her building, supervised a dual language program, and has extensive experience utilizing and supervising instructional coaches.

“I am honored to be selected to lead the Department of Learning and Teaching in Elmhurst,” she said. “This is an exciting time to be in the District with the implementation of a new English Language Arts curriculum and the new instructional coaches. District 205 has an outstanding reputation, and the community is known for its support of schools and the high value it places on education. I look forward to serving the community and supporting our staff in the great work they do with students.”


The Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) has announced that it will provide the College Board’s SAT exam, including a writing component, at no cost to all public high school juniors during the 2016-17 school year. The SAT will replace the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) assessment as the high school accountability exam in Illinois.

“District and school administrators overwhelmingly agree with ISBE that every high school junior should have access to a college entrance exam, a policy that promotes equity and access and that provides each and every student with greater opportunities in higher education,” said State Superintendent of Education Tony Smith, Ph.D. “The SAT is aligned with the Illinois Learning Standards and will continue to empower educators to measure college and career readiness.”

Students in grades 3-8 will continue to take the PARCC assessment. The PARCC assessment is also aligned with the Illinois Learning Standards, and its results provide educators with data that may be used to provide individualized supports to students while preparing them for mastery of the state standards.

Access to a quality college entrance exam is essential in providing future opportunities to all students. The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), a bipartisan measure signed into law by President Obama on Dec. 10, 2015, focuses on the goal of fully preparing students for success in college and careers.

In the course of developing a state plan for ESSA, ISBE has conducted listening tours to obtain insight from stakeholders, including students, parents, schools, districts, educators, administrators, exclusive bargaining representatives, advocacy groups, and other interested parties. Stakeholders overwhelmingly emphasized the need for equitable access to a college entrance exam for all students. They also stressed that the amount of testing time and the number of assessments administered to students need to be reduced.

“We applaud State Superintendent Dr. Tony Smith and the State Board for listening to input from stakeholders around the state and coming up with this common-sense solution," said Dr. Brent Clark, executive director of the Illinois Association of School Administrators.

Most college-bound students must take an entrance exam for admission. The SAT will eliminate redundancy and maximize the value of their testing time. By administering the SAT in high school and PARCC in grades 3-8, ISBE continues to foster the conditions whereby educators can support students in becoming college and career ready.


On May 24, 2016, the Board of Education voted to approve a Memorandum of Agreement with the Elmhurst Teachers' 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 agreement returns Student Late Arrival days at York High School to a nearly weekly occurrence on Wednesdays (with October 19 being the exception, as it is the national PSAT testing day). The agreement maintains 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 will be extended from 70 minutes to 90 minutes at all levels.

Start times for 2016-17 Student Late Arrival days are as follows:

  • Elementary School: Student instruction begins at 9:45 AM
  • Middle School: Student instruction begins at 10:00 AM
  • High School: Student instruction begins at 9:25 AM

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.

As always, supervised student arrival will begin 15 minutes prior to start time. However, for families who need to maintain the same schedule for Student Late Arrival days this coming school year as last, supervision will be made available at 9:10 AM (which was the elementary Student Late Arrival schedule for 2015-16). Please understand that transportation will not be provided at this earlier time.


Below is a link to the updated 2016-17 (printable) calendar.


When the York High School Bookstore manager retired, taking with her more than 25 years of institutional knowledge, Elmhurst District 205 decided to issue a Request for Proposals (RFP) for bookstore management services, due to the following factors:

  1. Current system for processing transactions is antiquated.
    1. No computerized point of sale system
    2. No automated textbook inventory system
  2. Textbook industry is in transition from print to digital.
  3. Experience and knowledge in procurement process of digital resources.
  4. Experience and knowledge in moving from in-person to online transactions.

On May 10, 2016, based on its RFP, Beck’s Book Store – a family owned and operated Chicago-area company – was awarded the opportunity to operate the York Community High School bookstore beginning now through September 2019. Beck’s has served a wide spectrum of educational institutions in the Chicago area for over 60 years. Parents and students can expect:

  • Friendly and knowledgeable employees with bookstore management experience
  • An inventory and Point of Sale system that uses technology to create transaction efficiencies
  • Timely provision of course materials
  • Quick response time for all communications
  • A hassle-free return and exchange policy

Beck’s will begin its contract with Elmhurst District 205 by providing course materials to York Summer School students starting Wednesday, June 1st at York High School.

“Beck’s prides itself on customer service. Our plan is to provide excellent and prompt service throughout the school year, especially during critical campus events, i.e. book sale week, buyback, first week of classes, etc. We intend to do so while maintaining institutional procedures and protocols,” said Patrick Olson, Beck’s Vice President.

“Furthermore, we will be in constant contact with York’s leadership in order to ensure the best service possible. In the institutions we currently serve, we have cut down wait time and increased customer satisfaction during buyback and book week dramatically by increasing staff, as well as implementing Beck’s technology. We will invest appropriately on staff and technology to ensure a successful bookstore operation for York High School.”

While maintaining the traditional look and feel of the York Bookstore, Beck’s plans to offer:

  • Extended hours during critical times, i.e., book buyback, ticket sales for prom, homecoming, AP testing, etc.
  • An online fee payment option (under development during 2016-17)
  • York memorabilia sold online and in-store
  • Accurate reporting
    • Obligations tracked and reported 
  • Student support for all digital textbook platform
    • Help with accessing digital content
    • Maintenance & student roster upload for all digital platforms
  • Department and faculty support for digital content

Beck’s immediate goals are to increase digital content and decrease the cost of printed textbooks. Beck’s plans to lower the cost of course materials by using dynamic procurement methods. Their textbook management staff evaluates the average cost of textbooks (purchased from student buyback, online retailers, publishers and wholesalers). A given book is then priced according to both the contractual agreement and online competition, with the savings passed on to York families.

Textbooks, including books purchased for this year’s Summer School, Beck’s will buy back York adopted textbooks at the industry standard of 50% of the purchase price. With more used textbooks available, along with the move toward online and dynamic resources, families should experience an overall savings over time.



District 205 Food Services will continue to accept payments with MySchoolBucks®! This online payment service provides a quick and easy way to add money to your student’s meal account using a credit/debit card or electronic check. You can also view recent purchases, check balances and set up low balance alerts for free.

MySchoolBucks provides:

  • Convenience - Available 24/7 on the web or through the mobile app for your smartphone
  • Efficiency - Make payments for all your students, even if they attend different schools within the District. Eliminate the need for your students to take money to school.
  • Control - Set low balance alerts, view account activity, recurring/automatic payments & more!
  • Flexibility - Make payments using credit/debit cards and electronic checks.
  • Security – MySchoolBucks adheres to the highest security standards, including PCI and CISP.

Enrollment is easy!


1. Go to and register for a free account.

2. Add your students, using their school name and student ID.

3. Make a payment to your students’ accounts with your credit/debit card or electronic check. A program fee may apply. You will have the opportunity to review any fees and cancel if you choose, before you are charged.

If you have any questions, please contact MySchoolBucks directly:


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.

Grades 9-12:
York High School (by appointment, call 630-617-2487)


Madison Early Childhood Center (by appointment, call 630-617-2385)

Evening enrollment hours will be held on August 2 and August 8 from 4 to 8 PM at the District 205 Center and at Conrad Fischer Elementary, 888 N. Wilson, during those same dates and times (for students attending Fischer only).


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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