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The last day of school was approved at the April 26 Board of Education meeting. Due to a mild winter, and no other weather-related incidents, the five emergency days, which are built into the school calendar, have not been used. Below are the student dismissal times. Also, you will find attached a day by day, end of the school year calendar. 

May 23

  • Freshman, Sophomore, Junior last day of school at the conclusion of exams.

May 26

  • Last day of attendance for early childhood and AM/PM kindergarten students.
  • Last day of attendance for 8th grade

May 27

  • Last day of school for grades 1-5.  Early dismissal at 11:15 a.m.
  • Last day of school for grades 6 and 7.  Early dismissal at 11:35 a.m.

The Elmhurst Art Museum hosts an annual K-8 exhibit of student work from District 205. Each elementary and middle school submits 12 works in a variety of media, selected by the art teachers. Coinciding with Art in the Park, this year’s exhibit will be on display April 29 to May 2, with an opening reception on Friday, April 29, from 3:30 to 5:30 PM at the Elmhurst Art Museum, 150 Cottage Hill Avenue.


Lincoln Elementary School has been educating Elmhurst children for 100 years! To celebrate this momentous occasion, the school is hosting an Open House for the entire community on Thursday, May 19, from 6:30 to 8:30 PM. Tour the school, enjoy a performance by the Lincoln Singers, watch a slide show documenting Lincoln history throughout the years and browse a collection of scrapbooks compiled by decades of PTA officers. Please share this information with fellow Lincoln alumni and former teachers in your network. All are welcome!


The Elmhurst Police Department will be offering free registration of bicycles for Elmhurst District 205 middle school students on three different dates over the next few weeks. Police officers will be present before school at each District 205 middle school to help students register their bicycles with the City of Elmhurst. They will also provide materials regarding Illinois Rules of the Road for Bicycles and other bicycle safety information. Officers will be on site at:

  • Churchville Middle School on Tuesday, April 26 – from 7:45 to 8:15 AM (with a rain date of April 27)
  • Bryan Middle School on Tuesday, May 3 – from 7:45 to 8:15 AM (with a rain date of May 4)
  • Sandburg Middle School on Wednesday, May 11 – from 7:30 to 9:00 AM (with a rain date of May 13)

Blank forms will be available for pick-up by students who do not ride to school that day, and registration forms are always available at the Elmhurst Police Department.

Every year about 1.5 million bicycles are stolen across the U.S.  The majority of these thefts occur when bicycles are left unlocked and unsecured; be it at local store’s bike rack or, left unattended in a residential yard.

Over the last 3 years, Elmhurst has averaged 32 bicycle thefts per year. And, while this number continues to decrease, your police department reminds you that the best way to prevent bicycle theft is to use locks or put bicycles away when not being used. As part of the registration event, bicycle locks will be given away as participation premiums to three lucky on-site registration participants, per school.

The Elmhurst Police Department would also like you to know that only 3 percent of the recovered bicycles, nationwide, are returned to their owner. The main reason is lack of information/proof of ownership. Bicycle registration helps the Elmhurst Police Department to return bicycles to their rightful owners.

Since implementing the middle school bicycle registration event, Elmhurst Police Department has been able to return bicycles that would otherwise go unclaimed. The EPD, in cooperation with District 205, would like to continue to make a major dent in the number of bicycle thefts reported per year with a strong education and registration campaign and that includes this 2016 event.



On April 12, the Board of Education approved the appointment of Melissa DeLaRosa as the new Assistant to the Principal at York Community High School, replacing Assistant Principal for Student Services Karla Goldman as of July 1. Mrs. Goldman has requested to return to the York Counseling Department for 2016-17.

“It is with great pleasure that we welcome Melissa DeLaRosa to our York community,” said Erin DeLuga, who will become the next principal of York High School on July 1. “Ms. DeLaRosa comes to us from Hinsdale South High School and the Hinsdale High School District 86 Transition Center. In her current role, she serves as a school psychologist with a multitude of leadership experiences, including leading PBIS, advising and leading the RtI process, and leading multidisciplinary teams with both special education and student services. Melissa possesses an extensive background in developing IEP plans and evaluation-based 504 plans based on data.”

Prior to her role in District 86, Ms. DeLaRosa served as a school psychologist at Woodlawn Middle School in CCSD 96. Her internship experience includes working at Stevenson High School, where she collaborated closely within data-driven Professional Learning Community (PLC) structures. Ms. DeLaRosa came to education after serving two years in the corporate world as Associate Portfolio Officer for Merrill Lynch.

DeLaRosa Headshot.jpg“Her colleagues refer to her as a visionary, a student-centered and collaborative leader, a strength in both the school and parent communities, and ‘one of a kind.’ These attributes came shining through during the interview process. A very warm welcome to Melissa!” Mrs. DeLuga said.

“I am honored to be joining the York High School and Elmhurst District 205 communities. It is clear to me that York has a dedicated, student-centered staff that is committed to the success of all learners. I am truly grateful for the opportunity to be a member of such an exemplary team,” said Ms. DeLaRosa.


On March 8, 2016, the new K-12 English Language Arts curriculum was presented to the Board of Education. This curriculum has been developed by District 205 teachers and is aligned to the new Illinois Learning Standards. The curriculum maps represent a guaranteed and viable curriculum which has been articulated kindergarten through 12th grade. For a detailed explanation, please see the Learning and Teaching Committee Report in the March 8 Board Highlights document.

Resources that will support the curriculum continue to be determined by the Curriculum Development Team. These will be presented to members of the Board on April 5 at the Learning and Teaching Committee meeting (6:15 PM), with a special Board of Education meeting following at 7:30 PM to approve the displaying of the resources. They will then be on display at the District 205 Center for the public to view during the month of April. Please contact Stephanie Chantos at 630-617-2308 or Vicky Cleary at 630-617-2307 in the Office of Learning and Teaching to make an appointment. The materials are slated to receive final approval at the May 10 Board of Education meeting.


The testing window for the spring 2016 administration of the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) assessment in District 205 will begin on Monday, April 4 and continue through Friday, May 6. These state-required achievement tests are being given to all eligible students. Students in grades 3 – 8 will be tested in reading and mathematics. At the high school level, the assessment is course based. York students enrolled in English 9 or English 9H will take the English assessment. Students enrolled in Algebra AB will take the math assessment. Your child’s school will share more specific information about when students are testing within this window.

Last year, the PARCC assessment was given during two separate testing windows. This year it has been consolidated into a single testing window and the total assessment time has been reduced by approximately 90 minutes. The assessment is still aligned to the Illinois Learning Standards and maintains its focus on critical thinking, concept mastery, and writing skills.

The Illinois State Board of Education expects to receive PARCC assessment scores more quickly than last year. We anticipate that we will be able to share score reports in the fall. The complete results of these state tests will be also reported on the School Report Card in the fall. We will review state tests results along with other information to help us improve our school program.

If you have any questions about the administration of the PARCC assessment, please contact your child’s principal.


The Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205 Summer Instrumental Music Program offers an exciting opportunity for all current 4th -8th grade band and orchestra students to continue with instrumental music instruction in June and July. Regular practice during the summer months is critically important for band and orchestra students in order to reinforce the concepts and skills that they have learned and practiced during the school year. Moreover, learning and playing music is an activity that should be enjoyed year round!


  • The Summer Instrumental Music Program will run from June 6 through July 8. (No class on Monday, July 4)
  • NEW this year, incoming 9th grade band and orchestra students may also register and participate in the sessions at York High School.
  • The registration fee is $92.00. The registration fee includes a Summer Instrumental Program T shirt.
  • Sessions for current elementary students (incoming 5th and 6th graders) will be held Monday through Thursday mornings at Sandburg Middle School. Each session is one hour. The final performances for the elementary sessions will be on FRIDAY morning, July 8.
  • Sessions for current middle school students (incoming 7th, 8th, and 9th grade students) will be held on Tuesday and Thursday evenings at York High School. The sessions at York also include an opportunity for students to participate in Jazz Band. See the attached program description for more details.


The District 205 Summer Instrumental Program is designed to accommodate students who go on vacation and/or participate in other summer activities. Students who can only attend part of the summer program are still strongly encouraged to register and attend whenever they can! Students who practice their instruments during the summer are much more likely to experience continued success in band and orchestra. We strongly encourage your son or daughter to participate as much as he/she is able!


Please see the attached summer instrumental music program description for more detailed course information, rehearsal times, and registration options. If you have questions, please contact me or your child’s band or orchestra director.


Registration for the Dist. 205 Summer Instrumental Music Program opened on March 7, 2016. You may register for the summer instrumental music program by using the Webstore (District) link on the District 205 website: The deadline for registration is Friday, May 6, 2016.


Last fall, the York Distinguished Alumni Program (YDAP) recognized and honored 8 Dukes of Distinction, alumni who have distinguished themselves through significant and extraordinary accomplishments or through service and an outstanding contribution to society. Please visit this link to read about the 2015 Dukes of Distinction. This was the third "class" of honorees. To nominate a deserving alum for 2016 and/or for further information, please visit the YDAP pageclick here for the nomination form, or contact Melea Smith /Debbie Hollstein in the Office of Communications/Alumni Relations at 630-941-4719. The nomination deadline for 2016 has been extended to April 30.

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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.