With all eyes on the Cubs, I hope at least some of our parents and community members will find the time to read this latest update! At this fall’s opening administrator workshop, our leadership team developed four belief statements to support our work of Raising the Bar and Closing the Achievement Gap for All Students. They are: ALLstudents must learn and grow; we accept shared responsibility for student growth; we make decisions based on what is best for students; and, we are a future-focused community of learners.
These beliefs will guide the implementation of the District Student Achievement Objectives, individual school improvement plans, and future decision-making related to programming and professional development.
On September 22, the District welcomed Ray McNulty, a senior fellow for the International Center for Leadership in Education. He facilitated a Board Development session in the evening and a leadership workshop in the afternoon. McNulty is a former senior fellow for the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Commissioner of Education for the State of Vermont, and past president of the American Association of School Administrators. He works internationally with schools and districts to help them chart their path into the future. We were fortunate to welcome him to Elmhurst to support our work to become a National Leader in Future Ready Learning.
The timing couldn’t have been better, as on October 3, 2016 the District will host the fifth in a series of Community Engagement Sessions as part of the Focus 205 process. The program will review our work from 2015-16, celebrate District accomplishments, introduce/review Future Ready concepts, present information on the current District student achievement objectives, and provide additional details on the five priorities that emerged from the last year’s Focus 205 work. York High School will host the festivities in the Commons beginning at 7:00 p.m. We would love for there to be standing room only.
Monday's session will coincide with a community survey to help the District better gauge the community’s priorities. We encourage all of you to participate in the Focus survey.
This year, in an effort to support classroom teachers in their complex work, monitor implementation of key District instructional priorities (such as new English Language Arts units of instruction, the Eureka math pilot, Mobil Learning Implementation, etc.), ensure effective Professional Learning Community work throughout the District, and in the spirit of continuous improvement, administrators will be conducting instructional rounds in each other’s buildings. Teams of principals and coordinators will collect data and process the information together to inform decision-making. The instructional rounds will focus on learning targets, rigor, and student engagement.
A full-day kindergarten option, implementation of a formal STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) program, the addition of a dual language option, systemic interventions and/or enrichments and the addition of instructional coaches – these were the top educational priorities identified in Phase I of Focus 205 – a collaborative conversation between the community and Elmhurst School District 205.
District 205 launched this community engagement program last fall. Phase 1 involved four town hall-style meetings held September through December of 2015, focusing on next generation learning, future-ready educational environments and utilization of resources for maximum student success. The Focus 205 Findings Report summarizes the work of this phase.
Phase 2 began last spring with a comprehensive Educational Alignment study; an update was presented to the Board of Education on May 24, 2016.
Focus 205 continues this fall with two more community meetings on October 3 and December 5, beginning at 7 PM in the York High School Commons. We hope you will join us as we recap the work done last year, celebrate student achievement in District 205 and begin exploring options that will support educational priorities in Elmhurst for years to come. RSVP at (630) 617-2300 ext. RSVP (7787) or at www.focus205.org. Please indicate if you require childcare (for ages 3-12).
In between those meetings, District 205 will be gathering community input through an online, interactive and completely confidential survey administered by a company called Thoughtexchange.What is Thoughtexchange? Watch their one-minute video to find out.
This is your chance to share what you value about District 205 as a parent and/or community member, what your vision is for our students’ future-ready learning, as well as ask any questions or contribute any thoughts you might have regarding public education in Elmhurst. Watch for the link in early October. Join the conversation!
Get ready to share your thoughts beginning Monday, October 3 through an interactive Focus 205 survey, in order to help us better understand what is important to you, both in your child(ren)'s school and in Elmhurst Community School District 205.
Administered by a third-party company called Thoughtexchange, this is an online learning process that allows us to reach out to everyone affected by the decisions made in District 205. This process enables us to hear your thoughts and learn about your priorities.
There are three steps that you will be invited to participate in:
Share – answer three open-ended questions about education in our schools (through October 12)
Star – review ideas from other stakeholders and star the ideas you like best
Discover – learn what is important to the community as a whole
On October 3, parents, staff and D205 key communicators will receive an email with an invitation to participate. If you don’t receive this email, click here to self register and be added to the Thoughtexchange process. Please join the conversation!
Nineteen members of the York Community High School Class of 2017 have been named National Merit Commended Students, as recently announced by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC). The NMSC revealed the names of approximately 34,000 Commended Students in the 2017 National Merit Scholarship Program.
Recognized for their exceptional academic promise are the following York seniors: Eileen Baird, Spencer Bunch-Hotaling, Camille Butler, Ryan Casey, John Chlystek, Hanna Czeladko, Dominic Gatti, Abigail Gundrum, Rebecca Hammond, Lauren Heslop, Frank Luse, Ashley Mastronuzzi, Elizabeth Mazzocco, Magdalene McDonough, Ailie Orzak, Brian Strauch, Erin Strauss, Lauren Sussman and Gabriela Uribe.
Commended Students placed among the top five percent nationally of those tested. A letter of commendation from the NMSC and York High School was presented by Principal Erin DeLuga to each of these outstanding students.
“Although they will not continue in the 2017 competition for National Merit Scholarship awards, Commended Students have demonstrated outstanding potential for academic success,” said Michelle Cicirello, Executive Director of Scholarship Administration for the NMSC. “These students represent a valuable national resource. Recognizing their accomplishments, as well as the key role their schools play in their academic development, is vital to the advancement of educational excellence in our nation. We hope that this recognition will help broaden their educational opportunities and encourage them as they continue their pursuit of academic success.”
NMSC, a not-for-profit organization that operates without government assistance, was established in 1955 specifically to conduct the annual National Merit Scholarship Program.
This message serves as notification that TruGreen will be applying fertilizer, herbicide and vegetation control throughout Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205 grounds. Applications will be applied at all schools Saturday, October 1, 2016.
Due to decreasing budgets and limited available personnel, it is impossible for District 205 to prevent weeds without some chemical assistance. The best weed prevention is a healthy lawn and the majority of the applications will be feed for the grass. A limited amount of weed control will also be used in very low concentrations. All EPA guidelines will be followed. The chemical dries in less than an hour. For further information, please click on the links below:
Student Late Arrival Days provide time for certified staff and administrators to collaboratively review student data, discuss professional growth topics, problem solve, share best practices and continue the work of building a Professional Learning Community.
In October, the Student Late Arrival days vary by level and are as follows:
High School - October 5, 12 and 26
Middle School - October 6 and 19
Elementary and Early Childhood - October 19
The Student Late Arrival instructional schedule for 2016-17 is:
AM Early Childhood – 9:45 AM to 11:55 AM
PM Early Childhood – 12:55 PM to 3:00 PM
AM Kindergarten – 9:45 AM to 11:55 AM
PM Kindergarten – 12:55 PM to 3:00 PM
Grades 1-5 – 9:45 AM to 3:00 PM
Middle School – 10:00 AM to 3:25 PM
High School – 9:25 AM to 3:06 PM
Supervised student arrival will begin 20 minutes prior to these start times. However, for families of elementary students who need to maintain the same schedule for Student Late Arrival days this coming school year as last, supervision will be made available beginning 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.
The 2016-17 School Calendar - which provides a one-page overview of this information - may be found on the District 205 calendar page.
The Elmhurst Commission on Youth will host author Devorah Heitner in a presentation based on her newly-released book Screenwise: Helping Kids Thrive (and Survive) in the Digital Age on Tuesday, October 18 at 7 PM in the Sandburg Middle School auditorium,
Many parents feel that their kids are addicted, detached or distracted because of their digital devices. Media expert Dr. Devorah Heitner, however, believes that technology offers huge potential to our children—if parents guide them. In this presentation parents will learn about the digital world to help set kids up for a lifetime of success in a world fueled by technology. Hear about the concerns —and advantages—that teens experience thanks to this level of connection.
Dr. Heitner presents practical parenting "hacks" - quick ideas that can be implemented today to help understand and relate to "digital natives." Parents will be empowered to recognize that the wisdom they have gained throughout their lives is a relevant and urgently needed supplement to their children’s digital savvy and will better understand the skills necessary for managing the new challenges of parenting today. Dr Heitner offers a realistic and optimistic perspective, as well as practical advice, on helping kids navigate the friendship and identity issues that all young people face growing up in the digital age.
Dr. Heitner founded Raising Digital Natives to serve as a resource for schools and organizations wishing to cultivate a culture of responsible digital citizenship. Her book,
Screenwise is a useful resource for parents looking for a guide to mentoring their children on navigating friendships, school, and social media. Dr. Heitner's curriculum, Connecting Wisely: Social Emotional Insights and Skills for Plugged in Kids is
used by schools around the country. She has a Ph.D. in Media/Technology and Soceity from Northwestern University. She is delighted to be raising her own digital native.
Interested in running for the Board of Education? Although the school board election next April may seem a long way off, now is the time that candidates should consider their future plans. The Illinois State Board of Elections has established two critical deadlines:
The first day candidates can lawfully circulate nominating petitions for signatures is September 20, 2016.
The period for filing nominating papers runs from December 12 – December 19, 2016.
All nominating paperwork is handled through the DuPage County Clerk’s Office. Important Board Election information, including specific filing procedures, qualifications and materials can be found at www.iasb.com/elections.
Parent-Teacher Conferences will be held separately for all three levels of District 205 students this year - EC-5, middle school and high school.
Parent Teacher Conference Sign up Begins at 6:00 AM Friday, September 23, 2016 for Bryan, Churchville and York. The signup windows close on Thursday, September 29, at 11:55 PM. Parent Account Activation codes were sent via secure email on Tuesday September 20, 2016. If you did not receive a code, please contact your school office.
Instructions on PowerPTC conference sign up can be found here.
Parent-Teacher Conference sign-up for EC-5 students took place earlier in the fall at Open House events. Parents of these students may contact their child’s school with any questions.
Elementary Conferences will be held on Monday, November 21, from 4:30 to 8:00 PM and on Tuesday, November 22, from 10 AM to 6:00 PM. As a result, there will be no school for EC-5 students only on November 22.
Middle School Conferences are Wednesday, October 5, from 4:00 to 8:30 PM and Friday, October 7, from 8:00 AM to 3:00 PM. There will be no school for middle school students only on October 7.
High School Conferences are Tuesday, October 4, from 4 to 8:30 PM and Tuesday, October 11 from 12:00 to 7:00 PM. As a result, there will be no school for York High School students only on October 11.
Sandburg Middle School is holding student driven conferences this year. Sign up took place during Curriculum night in August.
Officials of National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC) recently announced the names of approximately 16,000 Semifinalists in the 62nd annual National Merit Scholarship Program. Among them are seniors Elizabeth Brown, Amy Choi, Emily Landreth, Kevin Lipkin, Maria Muehleis, Noah Neidigh, Amelia O’Halloran, Mateo Sanchez, Colin Sandstrom, Amalia Siavelis, Sehe Tinfang, Gavin Vandenberg and Flanagan Waldherr, representing York Community High School.
These academically talented high school seniors have an opportunity to continue in the competition for some 7,500 National Merit Scholarships worth more than $33 million to be offered next spring. To be considered for a Merit Scholarship® award, Semifinalists must fulfill several requirements to advance to the Finalist level of the competition. About 90 percent of the Semifinalists are expected to attain Finalist standing, and more than half of the Finalists will win a National Merit Scholarship, earning the Merit Scholar® title.
Scholarships are underwritten by NMSC with its own funds and by over 420 business organizations and higher education institutions that share NMSC’s goals of honoring the nation’s scholastic champions and encouraging the pursuit of academic excellence.
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.
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.
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.