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6/30/16

On June 28, 2016, Superintendent David Moyer received an official letter of resignation from Dr. Michelle Fitzgerald, Assistant Superintendent of Learning and Teaching. She has accepted a position as the Area 5 Superintendent for the Hillsborough County Public Schools, headquartered in Tampa, FL, where she will oversee 23 schools, supervising the day-to-day operations of the schools and the school budgets for a specific geographic area, assuring proper implementation of school board policy and procedures. Relocating to Florida has been a personal goal of hers, and the time is right for her family to make this move.

Dr. Fitzgerald will be in Elmhurst next week to assist with interviews for District 205’s newly approved instructional coaches. Final interviews for her replacement are scheduled for July 11. It is anticipated that a recommendation will go to the Board of Education on July 19.

"I have enjoyed the short time Michelle and I have worked together and appreciate all she has done to help us improve our approach to learning and teaching,” said Dr. Moyer. "I wish her nothing but the best, as she and her family are very excited about pursuing this opportunity in Florida.”

In her two years with Elmhurst District 205, Dr. Fitzgerald is credited with overseeing the new English Language Arts curriculum development, which will modernize literacy instruction; shepherding the Mobile Learning Implementation on the instructional side; and refining the District's approach to its school improvement plan.

“As I reflect on the last two years in Elmhurst, I am in awe of the work that was accomplished by the staff and principals. All of this work, while not always easy, was considered through the lens of what is best for students. I will take the passion that I have seen during my time here with me as I begin a new journey in Florida. Thank you to everyone for continuously thinking, reflecting on, and doing what is best for students,” said Dr. Fitzgerald.
 

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6/27/16

The City of Elmhurst and Elmhurst Park District are sponsoring an Elmhurst Indoor Sports Facility Study. The Park District and City hired Convention Sports and Leisure International (CSL), a planning and advisory firm, to conduct a market demand and financial feasibility study for an indoor sports facility with aquatics, gymnasiums, turf, and ice in Elmhurst. The feedback from community members is vital for determining if there is enough interest and demand to support this type of facility both operationally and financially.

To gather additional feedback for the Study, the Park District and City of Elmhurst have a survey available on their websites, which may be accessed at the following link: www.epd.org/indoor-sports-facility-survey. The survey includes questions on the respondent’s use of these types of facilities in and outside of Elmhurst, his/her level of interest in new indoor sports facilities in Elmhurst, and the types of funding that he/she would support to fund this type of facility. Please share your thoughts with CSL. The survey will be open until Friday, July 15.
 

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6/22/16

In continued support of District 205 teachers, the Mobile Learning Implementation (MLI), improving student achievement and the overall learning experience, the Board of Education approved the addition of up to 12 Instructional Coaches for 2016-17 at its June 14 meeting. As Board member John McDonough stated, there will always be problems to solved, but this is an opportunity to be grasped - one that impacts every school every teacher and ultimately, every student.

This is not something new to District 205. Instructional Technology Coaches have been part of the multi-year Technology Plan for about three years*. And certainly, the Learning & Teaching Department has long recognized the value of cognitive coaching.

"Instructional coaching is all about asking the right questions, as well as providing the theory, demonstration, practice and feedback - which creates transfer of learning. It’s also about relationship building with staff and students, and our coaches must have the opportunity to build those relationships by being single building-based," said Dr. Michelle Fitzgerald, District 205 Assistant Superintendent of Learning and Teaching.

"We have been successfully employing coaches; this year’s ITCs have been fully embraced and tremendously successful. We just recently held focus groups to assess their effectiveness. We have talked about adding more coaches for some time. This concept emerged through the initial stages of the Middle School Study, and we talked with our community about it, through the Focus 205 community engagement process, and heard from them that this was important – among the top five educational priorities in Elmhurst."

As District 205 approached the close of fiscal year 2016, it received a final payment from the State which was neither expected, nor budgeted. In a recent conversation with the Board, Superintendent Dr. David Moyer was asked what he felt would provide the most "bang for the buck," were the District to invest $1 million. His answer was instructional coaches. Research shows that this is the single best way to support a dynamic curriculum, 21st century teachers and future ready learners.

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When considering applications, District 205 will be looking for a strong technology background, but the emphasis will be instructional and include the ability to lead adult learning. "We know many of our teachers would make excellent instructional coaches, and we hope they will apply," said Dr. Fitzgerald.

The application is available on the District website under Job Opportunities. The category for the instructional coaches will be Instructional Support. Interviews will occur the week of July 5. If you are not available to interview that week and you are interested in the position, please contact Dr. Fitzgerald at mfitzgerald@elmhurst205.org to work out an alternative process.


If you have additional questions about the role, you may view the job description on the application page or contact Dr. Fitzgerald.

All Instructional Technology Coaches will now become Instructional Coaches. The District will hire up to 12 additional coaches who will perform as a whole team. While they will be assigned to one building, they will be not be applying or interviewing for a particular building. Chosen candidates will be placed in one school building.

 

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*In February of 2014, as part of a Board discussion about the Mobile Learning Initiative, Dr. Terri Bresnahan, Director of Technology for District 64, Park Ridge-Niles (and a District 205 parent) was invited to present on Instructional Technology Coaching. According to Dr. Bresnahan (who is now a superintendent), high-quality professional development must be: job-embedded, sustained over time, individualized, include follow-up at the time of implementation and opportunity for feedback (both provided by the coach and given by the participant). Peer coaching provides a 95% return rate in the areas of knowledge, skill and transference.
 

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6/8/16

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.

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6/7/16

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.

 

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6/6/16

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 www.MySchoolBucks.com 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:

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5/25/16

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 24 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.

The revised calendar includes parent-teacher conference dates/times; student late arrival dates/times; and quarter/trimesters/semesters. It is posted at http://www.elmhurst205.org/events_calendar.

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5/23/16

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)

 

Pre-K:
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).

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5/23/16

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.

In August and September 2016, all fourth-grade and fifth-grade students will have the opportunity to enroll in the District 205 Instrumental Music Program. Students who are continuing into fifth grade will be automatically re-enrolled in the fall. Parents may pay the District fee online at the District Webstore or pay by check in September.

Current third-grade and fourth-grade students who are not in band or orchestra will be able to register in August and September. The three-step registration process is designed to give every student the opportunity to select an appropriate beginning instrument. Registration must be completed by speaking with a director by phone or at a registration night.

 

To learn more about the process, please click on the link below.

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5/13/16

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.

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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.

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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.