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8/29/16

“Welcome to Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205” premiered at elementary and middle school Curriculum Night events last week. It features the voices of D205 students who are also members of the Elmhurst Children’s Theatre. The two-minute video is an overview of the District’s educational priorities, punctuated with images of our students and staff at work and play. It reminds viewers that District 205 is a student-centered, future-focused community which believes all students can and must learn and grow.

Thanks go to the principals and staff of York High School, Churchville Middle School, as well as Lincoln and Field Elementary Schools, for making time in their busy May schedules to accommodate the camera crew from Motion Source. Produced by the Communications Office, the video is posted above and can also be found on the District 205 YouTube channel.

 

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8/28/16

On August 25, 2016, Standard and Poor’s Global Ratings assigned its “AA+” rating and stable outlook designation to Elmhurst School District 205’s 2016 general obligation (GO) refunding school bonds and affirmed its 'AA+' rating, with a stable outlook, on the District's existing GO debt. District 205 has maintained this bond rating since 2008. Prior to that the District was not rated and purchased “AAA” bond insurance on its bond issues.

“This rating is a reflection on the continuous effort toward making prudent financial decisions and providing the Elmhurst community with a great value in their schools,” noted Chris Whelton, D205’s Assistant Superintendent for Finance and Operations.

The “AA+” bond rating is one notch below the “AAA” bond rating which is the highest possible rating. Standard and Poor’s commented on the District’s strong management of its operating fund balances, low unemployment, strong home values and median income as well as its close proximity to the City of Chicago and the greater metropolitan area. Areas to monitor include continuing declines in equalized assessed valuation, offset by the fact that new property growth seems to be returning to the area including residential teardowns. Standard and Poor’s gives the District a management score of “Good” which is third on a four point scale.

The GO debt rating reflects S & P’s opinion of the District's:

  • Participation in the deep and diverse Chicago metropolitan area economy
  • Very strong income and extremely strong market value per capita
  • Very strong reserves and good financial management practices under our Financial Management Assessment (FMA) methodology, and
  • Moderate overall debt.

The District's legally available funds secure the certificates. The stable outlook reflects S&P Global Ratings' opinion that the district will likely maintain its very strong reserves in accordance with its reserve policy and that S&P Global Ratings does not expect to change the rating during the two-year outlook period. The outlook also reflects our view of the District's participation in the diverse Chicago metropolitan area economy, which continues to support stable enrollment and employment.

Factors that could improve the bond rating include increasing the District’s fund balances and increases in equalized assessed valuation.  The factors that could negatively impact the bond rating are annual deficits that erode the fund balances.
 

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8/24/16

ACT has just released this year’s scores for the Class of 2016. At the state level, average composite scores on the ACT college entrance exam increased slightly from last year's 20.7 to 20.8. Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205 saw students’ scores increase from 24.2 to 24.7, a new all-time high in the history of the District. York Community High School ACT scores have been trending upward over the past five years.

A total of 156,403 students were tested in Illinois, including 655 from York. Following is the breakdown of the four areas tested, along with the State and District average composite scores:

Subject

Illinois 2016

District 205 2016

English

20.5

24.6

Mathematics

20.6

24.8

Reading

21.0

24.7

Science

20.6

24.1

Composite Score

20.8

24.7

 

“We are extremely pleased that our district has set a high-water mark with the ACT, and equally pleased at the growth we have seen in last year's senior class throughout their high school career,” said Superintendent Dr. David Moyer. “This is reflective of both the hard work of these students and the support they have received from of all of our staff over the years they have spent with us.”

The Class of 2016 was the last graduating class in Illinois that was required to take the ACT as a part of the Prairie State Achievement Exam (PSAE). The Illinois State Board of Education has decided to transition from the ACT to the SAT as the required measure of college readiness for Illinois juniors beginning in the spring of 2017. District 205 will continue to report the performance of its students on the ACT, but will also transition to the SAT with the rest of the state.

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8/20/16

District 205 elementary schools are seeking caring, out-going individuals to serve as lunch and playground supervisors. The main job duties are to provide a safe, nurturing environment where students can eat, play and socialize in positive and productive ways. Expectations include the development of professional relationships with students, as well as teaching and reinforcing the behavioral expectations for the playground, lunchroom and transitions in between. Effective communication and management strategies are required to be successful in this position. This role functions as a part of a team of staff members who support students.

Regular daily hours for the position involve one two-hour shift (to be determined by each building) on all full school days when students are in attendance. The rate of pay for a lunchroom supervisor is $13.31 per hour. Lead lunch supervisors are paid $15.19 per hour. For more information or to complete an application, visit www.elmhurst205.org/employment.

 

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8/20/16

The City of Elmhurst is now hiring part-time School Crossing Guards. Open positions are available for Regular and Relief Crossing Guards during the 2016-17 school year. Lead a safe environment for our children and become a staff member of the Elmhurst Police Department.

The safety of our school children is a concern for the City of Elmhurst, District 205 school personnel, all parents and citizens. Training and safety equipment are provided. Applications may be obtained at the Elmhurst Police Department, 125 E. First St, Elmhurst, IL or interested candidates may apply online at 
this link. Offers of employment are subject to successful completion of a background check and pre-employment drug screen/physical. The City of Elmhurst is an equal opportunity employer.

 

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8/18/16

Please join Edward-Elmhurst Healthcare for a discussion on "The Heroin Crisis - Out of the Shadows" at Courts Plus Fitness on Thursday, September 22, 2016 at 7 PM. Carol Harman, BA, CADC from Linden Oaks Behavioral Health will be presenting. Please register by calling Courts Plus (630)833-5064, emailing courtsplus@epd.org or registering in person at the Courts Plus Service Desk.

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Carol Harman graduated from Washington University in St. Louis with a degree from Department of Psychology and Brain Sciences. In her 27 year career, she has done all levels of substance treatment, including inpatient detox, men’s and women’s inpatient rehab treatment, and all levels of outpatient substance treatment with both adults and adolescents. Currently she is a clinical therapist who runs the Adult Chemical Dependency Intensive Outpatient Program at Linden Oaks Behavioral Health in Hinsdale. She has been with Edward-Elmhurst Health for 14 years.

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8/18/16

Young Hearts for Life returns to York High School on Thursday, October 6 to provide free ECG heart screenings to all students who are registered. The screening is offered during the school day. To sign up your child,please go to www.yh4l.org and click on the drop down button that says Registration & Events. Click on Chicago Metropolitan Region and then choose your child's school.

In order to make this event successful, we need to have parent/community volunteers. All volunteers must attend one of the training sessions. We're using SignUp.com to register volunteers. Please sign up for York Community High School!

Here's how it works in 3 easy steps:

1. Click this link to access our invitation page: http://vols.pt/k5ATGg:

2. Enter your email address: (You will NOT need to register an account on http://vols.pt/k5ATGg)

3. Choose your spots. Be sure to sign up for your training session as well as the shift you will work at the screening. Please consider joining us for the entire day. SignUp.com will send you an automated confirmation and reminders.
 

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8/12/16

On August 11, Newsweek released its annual America’s Top High Schools list for 2016. York Community High School ranked 186 in the nation out of 6,477 public high schools that met the criteria to be considered, with 4,452 making the cut for another list of schools “beating the odds.” York was ranked 188 on that list.

Ranking is based on six measurements that Newsweek weighted to achieve a “college readiness index.” The rankings show how well high schools prepare students for college. Those measurements and their weight are:

  • Holding power: 10 percent
  • Ratio of counselor/full-time equivalent to student enrollment: 10 percent
  • Weighted SAT/ACT: 17.5 percent
  • Weighted AP/IB/dual enrollment composite: 17.5 percent
  • Graduation rate: 20 percent
  • College enrollment rate: 25 percent

To access the complete methodology used for this ranking, click here.
 

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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.

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. 

About Us

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.