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Audience: Jackson Elementary School, ~Demo: Elmhurst School, Emerson Elementary School, Fischer Elementary School, Bryan Middle School, Homepage, Homepage, ~ECUSD Demo School, Jefferson Elementary School, Hawthorne Elementary School, Edison Elementary School, Lincoln Elementary School, York Community High School, Field Elementary School, Madison Early Childhood Center, Churchville Middle School and Sandburg Middle School

On May 23rd, at approximately 3:36 p.m., the Elmhurst Police Department responded to Churchville Middle School, located at 155 Victory Parkway for a reported suspicious person. Upon the arrival of police, officers learned a 12-year-old female reported that while outside of the school shortly after dismissal, a male/Hispanic, approximately 35-40 years old, with short dark hair and a mustache, driving a Black Toyota Sienna minivan asked her if she needed a ride. The Toyota Sienna was parked in the pick-up lane of the school. The subject started to exit the vehicle and the female immediately ran away from the area. The area was checked by police, but was not able to locate the vehicle.

A school surveillance video captured a picture the vehicle in front of one of the doors. Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to contact Elmhurst Police at 630-530-3050.

 


 

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Posted by: Melea Smith, District Admin, Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205
Published: 5/23/18




Audience: York Community High School, Homepage and Homepage

U.S. News & World Report recently ranked York Community High School 17th within Illinois, awarding it a silver medal. Last year, York was ranked 18th in the state in this listing. Nationally, YCHS is ranked 703. Students have the opportunity to take Advanced Placement® (AP) course work and exams. The AP participation rate at York High School is 56 percent, with a 90% participant pass rate. The student body makeup is 51 percent male and 49 percent female, and the total minority enrollment is 25 percent. York Community High School is the only high school in Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205.

On May 9, U.S. News & World Report, the global authority in education rankings and civic journalism, released the 2018 edition of Best High Schools. The rankings evaluate more than 20,500 public high schools nationwide to identify schools that best serve all of their students – including historically underserved populations – and assess the degree to which students are prepared for college-level coursework.

"I am very proud of the work of our people at York High School and also across the entire District,” said Superintendent Dr. David Moyer. “This designation is a culmination of hard work by teachers at all grade levels and demonstrates a commitment to strong public education by the community of Elmhurst. The support of our parents and the residents of District 205 is unparalleled.”

Dr. Moyer noted “There have been many instructional improvements in this District in recent years, such as the 1:1 personalized mobile learning implementation and the addition of instructional coaches at all of our schools. The Board of Education has demonstrated incredible support for these forward-looking enhancements. All rankings are somewhat arbitrary and don't ever tell the entire story, but I am proud that we moved up a spot relative to last year, especially considering that nine of the schools ranked ahead of us are highly-selective magnet or private schools."

Top-ranked schools succeed in three main areas: exceeding expectations on state proficiency tests, offering challenging coursework and graduating their students. The Best High Schools rankings feature data on a number of factors, including enrollment, graduation rates, diversity, participation in free and reduced-price lunch programs and the results of state assessments, as well as Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate test data.

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Posted by: Melea Smith, District Admin, Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205
Published: 5/13/18




Audience: Jackson Elementary School, ~Demo: Elmhurst School, Emerson Elementary School, Fischer Elementary School, Bryan Middle School, Homepage, Homepage, ~ECUSD Demo School, Jefferson Elementary School, Hawthorne Elementary School, Edison Elementary School, Lincoln Elementary School, York Community High School, Field Elementary School, Madison Early Childhood Center, Churchville Middle School and Sandburg Middle School

Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205 is evolving in many ways as it seeks to prepare our students for a future we can only imagine. Future Ready is more than a catch phrase. It is a commitment to empowering and equipping our students with the knowledge, skills and abilities they need to be college, career and life ready.

Our District is working to deliver future focused curriculum and provide supportive learning environments for all students. In order to do that, we have embarked on a journey to address aging facilities and infuse our schools with the necessary tools to achieve that goal. The Focus 205 community engagement process, which began in 2015, was the first step. Master Facility Plan (MFP) work continues today; click here for more information and a meeting schedule.

Our community has long valued small class sizes and neighborhood schools. Elementary school class size targets are 25 in grades K-2 and 27 in grades 3-5. The current average class size in District 205 is 21.8. Occasional enrollment anomalies mean that class sizes are not consistent; some are below target and others are close to high end of the range. School capacity (percent of space that is being utilized) is another issue in District 205. Some of our buildings are overcrowded; others are operating at nearly full capacity, and some are underutilized. This poses instructional and staffing challenges that may increase as the community of Elmhurst continues to grow.

One potential component of the draft Master Facility Plan is boundary adjustments. The District realizes that any adjustments, even those that impact less than 5% of students, families, and/or houses, will be difficult. The options that have been presented to the Board of Education, and are being shared with the community, are preliminary. This is a work in progress and community feedback will be an important part of the process as we move forward.

Boundary adjustments can provide a long-term solution to overcrowding and student population “bubbles.” When schools are evenly sized and utilization is consistent, it is easier for the District to adhere to class size targets and maintain appropriate staff-to-student ratios. Consistencies like these help all students learn and grow.

D205 hired Cropper GIS in early 2018 to conduct a boundaries study. The primary goals were to increase space to accommodate All Day Kindergarten and balance class sizes across the District. The District asked the Cropper team to identify solutions that would affect the least number of families possible.

Two options (A and B) were presented to the Board on April 10. Both addressed ADK and balancing class sizes.  They also provided potential options for housing students during construction at Lincoln and Field Schools, two of our oldest buildings at 103 and 87 years old, respectively.

In response to feedback from the Board of Education and parents, the administration asked Cropper to see if there were alternative solutions that could meet the criteria and better preserve natural barriers such as train tracks and major roads. Two additional options (C and D) were developed and presented to the Board on May 8. Option D impacts the fewest students (3.6%), does not require busing students who currently walk, preserves natural barriers and does not send any students away from new construction, but also does not preserve contiguous boundaries.

Developing these additional options emphasizes the importance of community feedback. The plans remain a work in progress. No decisions have been made, nor will any changes be made in the immediate future. The Board will consider how it wants to move forward with the boundary discussion at its May 22 meeting. Options A, C and D are linked below.

Boundary adjustments would only be considered in a Master Facilities Plan that includes All Day Kindergarten. The District is committed to ensuring that current students will not be impacted by boundary adjustments and will be developing “grandfathering” provisions to minimize the impact on siblings and families. As with the entire process, we will be seeking community input on this portion of the plan as well. Our goal is to minimize the impact on individual families and achieve the goals outlined above.

Four community meetings have been scheduled. Draft plans, budgets, and potential boundary adjustments will be presented. The presentations will be followed by small group discussions. All attendees will have the opportunity to provide additional feedback via an electronic exit survey. Meeting dates:

  • Monday, May 14, 2018, 7 pm @ Churchville Middle School
  • Wednesday, May 23, 2018, 7 pm @ Bryan Middle School
  • Wednesday, May 30, 2018, 7 pm @, Sandburg Middle School

For additional information related to the development of the proposed MFP, please visit www.elmhurst205.org/MasterFacilityPlan.

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Posted by: Melea Smith, District Admin, Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205
Published: 5/12/18




Audience: Jackson Elementary School, ~Demo: Elmhurst School, Emerson Elementary School, Fischer Elementary School, Bryan Middle School, Homepage, Homepage, ~ECUSD Demo School, Jefferson Elementary School, Hawthorne Elementary School, Edison Elementary School, Lincoln Elementary School, York Community High School, Field Elementary School, Madison Early Childhood Center, Churchville Middle School and Sandburg Middle School

At Tuesday’s meeting, the Board of Education heard an update from the All Day Kindergarten Committee. In the state of Illinois, 79% of 859 districts are offering all-day programs, as of 2015.

“All Day Kindergarten educates the whole child in a developmentally appropriate manner,” said Lincoln Principal Jen Barnabee. “It enhances the legacy of Elmhurst by supporting students to reach their full potential. Children in full day classes excel in reading, number knowledge, writing and self-regulation versus their half-day peers. A full day program provides us the time to make the learning experience for our youngest students even better. They deserve the same robust, inter-disciplinary as the rest of our students receive.”

View the Kindergarten video created by D205 Communications Office here:
 

 

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Posted by: Kate Allt, District Admin, Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205
Published: 5/10/18




Audience: Jackson Elementary School, ~Demo: Elmhurst School, Emerson Elementary School, Fischer Elementary School, Bryan Middle School, Homepage, Homepage, ~ECUSD Demo School, Jefferson Elementary School, Hawthorne Elementary School, Edison Elementary School, Lincoln Elementary School, York Community High School, Field Elementary School, Madison Early Childhood Center, Churchville Middle School and Sandburg Middle School

District 205 is working to develop the next phase of its comprehensive facilities study and is creating a Master Facility Plan that will serve our community for many years to come. There are two community-wide Future Focused meetings remaining on the following dates and at these locations:

  • Wednesday, May 23, 7 – 9 PM, Bryan Middle School
  • Wednesday, May 30, 7 – 9 PM, Sandburg Middle School

Each presentation will be the same in content; please mark your calendar for the date that best suits you, and plan to join the conversation. All are welcome!

The remaining Future Focused school-specific informational sessions are:

  • Wednesday, May 23 at Bryan - 6:15 PM
  • Thursday, May 24 at Emerson - 8:30 AM
  • Wednesday, May 30 at Sandburg - 6:15 PM

More information is available at www.elmhurst205/masterfacilityplan.

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Posted by: Melea Smith, District Admin, Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205
Published: 5/8/18




Audience: Bryan Middle School, Homepage, Homepage, Churchville Middle School and Sandburg Middle School

York Drama is proud to present the return of the smash hit “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee” as its 2018 Alumni Production. This ONE-NIGHT-ONLY performance will take place on June 8th at 7:30 PM in the  Baker Auditorium at York High School. Tickets will be available beginning May 11 at www.Ticketpeak.Com/YorkDrama.

 

Originally performed at York in 2010, the alumni cast will feature original cast members Brian Kulaga (Class of 2010) and Brian Smith (Class of 2011), returning to their roles as William Barfee and Vice Principal Douglas Panch. Alumni Keith Potts (2008), Helen Knudsen (2013), Laura Thoreson (2014), Grace Sopko (2015), Kaitlin Cadagin (2016), Chris Knudsen (2016), Darcy Kummerow (2016), Tatum Langley (2017), Erik Martenson (2017) and Emily Landreth (2017) will also join the cast to present this hilarious, unforgettable, Tony Award-winning production! 

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Posted by: Melea Smith, District Admin, Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205
Published: 4/28/18




Audience: Bryan Middle School, York Community High School, Homepage, Homepage, Churchville Middle School and Sandburg Middle School

Elmhurst School District 205 ​is conducting ​an ​annual verification of residency for all incoming freshman students attending​ York High School AND families who have leases that expire prior to the start of school. This is to help ensure that only students who legally reside within the District’s boundaries receive educational services funded by District tax dollars. 

Residency Verification:

Residency documentation must be presented in person for every student. 

Proofs of Residency (A total of three proofs of residency are required as outlined below)

One of the following for the residence at which the student(s) reside(s):​

  • A current real estate bill showing parent/guardian as the owner (May 2018)
  • A current original signed lease showing the parent/guardian as the tenant 
  • A current mortgage statement showing the parent/guardian as the owner

AND

Two of the following showing the address for the residence at which the student(s) reside:


Preferred Documents: 

  • A current gas bill 
  • A current electric bill 
  • A current water/sewer bill 
  • A current cable bill 

Acceptable Documents: 

  • A current driver’s license (or State ID card)
  • A current home or apartment insurance certificate
  • A current Department of Immigration Letter

Please note the following: 

  • Original documents must be presented in person. Copies or mailed documents will not be accepted. We will copy your documents on the spot and return the originals to you. 
  • Partial documentation will not be accepted. All documents must be presented in order to be processed.

District 205 parents must bring verification to your child's current school between May 3 and May 31. ​

Failure to provide proof of residency will result in the student’s schedule being pulled and course selections removed. If you have any questions about residency verification, please contact ​your middle school directly.

If your student will not be attending York High School in the fall, please send an email to communications@elmhurst205. org and let us know.

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Posted by: Kate Allt, District Admin, Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205
Published: 4/26/18




Audience: Jackson Elementary School, ~Demo: Elmhurst School, Emerson Elementary School, Fischer Elementary School, Bryan Middle School, Homepage, Homepage, ~ECUSD Demo School, Jefferson Elementary School, Hawthorne Elementary School, Edison Elementary School, Lincoln Elementary School, York Community High School, Field Elementary School, Madison Early Childhood Center, Churchville Middle School and Sandburg Middle School

The final calendar of the 2017-18 school year was approved at the April 24 Board of Education meeting. Below is a list of last days and dismissal times. Both the calendar and last days are posted on the District website's calendar page. They are:

          May 24th:  Last day of school for Early Childhood students
          May 24th:  Last day of school for AM/PM kindergarten students
          May 24th:  Last day of school for high school students
          May 25th:  Last day of school for elementary school students (11:15 AM dismissal)
          May 25th:  Last day of school for middle school students (11:35 AM dismissal)

 

 

Calendario aprobado de fin de año
 

El calendario final del año escolar 2017-18 (final calendar of the 2017-18 school year) fue aprobado en la Reunión de la Junta del Consejo de Educación del 24 de Abril. A continuación se muestra una lista de los últimos días y los tiempos de salida. Tanto el calendario como los últimos días se publican en la página del calendario (calendar page) del sitio web del Distrito. Los días son:

  • Mayo 24th:  Último día de clases para estudiantes de preescolar.

  • Mayo 24th:  Último día de clases para estudiantes de Kinder AM/PM

  • Mayo 24th:  Último día de escuela para estudiantes de Preparatoria

  • Mayo 25th:  Último día de escuela para estudiantes de Primaria (Salida 11:15 AM)

  • Mayo 25th:  Último día de escuela para estudiantes de Secundaria (Salida 11:35 AM)

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Posted by: Melea Smith, District Admin, Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205
Published: 4/25/18




Audience: Jackson Elementary School, ~Demo: Elmhurst School, Emerson Elementary School, Fischer Elementary School, Bryan Middle School, Homepage, Homepage, ~ECUSD Demo School, Jefferson Elementary School, Hawthorne Elementary School, Edison Elementary School, Lincoln Elementary School, York Community High School, Field Elementary School, Madison Early Childhood Center, Churchville Middle School and Sandburg Middle School

The City of Elmhurst’s Commission on Youth honored young volunteers at its annual Exemplary Youth Service Awards program held Wednesday, April 18, at Sandburg Middle School in front of a packed house. Ken Bartels served as Master of Ceremonies. District 205 Superintendent Dr. David Moyer and Elmhurst Mayor Steve Morley welcomed the honorees and their families.

The Exemplary Youth Service Awards program recognizes individuals who have demonstrated at least one of the following criteria through volunteer service: the level of involvement should demonstrate an exemplary commitment; the service must contribute to the health and well–being of a worthy individual or group or the community at large; the service should help promote the spirit of volunteerism.

The 83 honorees ranged in age from elementary through high school. Nine groups and 18 individuals were nominated for this year’s awards. Serving as distinguished judges were Elmhurst Police Deputy Chief Michael McLean, Deputy Fire Chief Bill Anaszewiczand Alderman Marti Deuter.Speakers for the evening included Exemplary Youth Service Award recipients from Kartwheels for Kids, a group of five York High School students who have been volunteering and fundraising together since they were fifth graders.

Other Exemplary Youth Service Award recipients included an elementary group known as the Sweet Treats and the following individuals: from Churchville Middle School – Jackie Cimino and Cayliann Gillie and from York High School – Sean Hayes, Dani Kolosiekeand Samantha Uditsky.

The program will air on Uverse Channel 99 and Comcast Channel 6 next month and will also be available for viewing at www.ElmhurstTV.com. The program is linked below.

Youth Commissioners include: Jackie Tamer (Chair), Kim Brigman, Jan DeCoursey, Sharon Karpiel, Marisa Mancini, Patricia McKernan, Bob Rasho, Derek Schlager, Mark Soehn, Ann Zimmer, Dan Corrigan, Nick Waldenmeyer, Melea Smith and Alderman Dannee Polomsky.

Exemplary Youth Service Award winners Kartwheels for Kids


Exemplary Youth Service Award winners Sweet Treats

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Posted by: Melea Smith, District Admin, Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205
Published: 4/19/18




Audience: Jackson Elementary School, ~Demo: Elmhurst School, Emerson Elementary School, Fischer Elementary School, Bryan Middle School, Homepage, Homepage, ~ECUSD Demo School, Jefferson Elementary School, Hawthorne Elementary School, Edison Elementary School, Lincoln Elementary School, York Community High School, Field Elementary School, Madison Early Childhood Center, Churchville Middle School and Sandburg Middle School

On Tuesday, April 24, at the D205 Board of Education meeting, there will be a presentation by architects Wight & Company, which will highlight various facility options, overlaid with findings from Focus 205. The meeting begins at 7:30 PM at the District 205 Administrative Center, 162 S. York. All community members are welcomed to attend. As a reminder, the new boundary report was presented by Cropper GIS at the April 10 meeting. To view other related presentations delivered to the Board over the last few months, please visit www.elmhurst205.org/masterfacilityplan.

There will be multiple opportunities to participate in Future Focused community meetings during the Master Facility Plan process. Please make an effort to attend one of these meetings so you are informed about proposed changes that may affect you.

  • Saturday, May 12, 9:30 – 11:30 am, York High School
  • Monday, May 14, 7 – 9 pm, Churchville Middle School
  • Wednesday, May 23, 7 – 9 pm, Bryan Middle School
  • Wednesday, May 30, 7 – 9 pm, Sandburg Middle School 

Your feedback and participation throughout this entire process is important. Come join the conversation!
 

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Posted by: Melea Smith, District Admin, Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205
Published: 4/18/18




Audience: York Community High School, Homepage and Homepage

The Illinois Athletic Directors Association has named York High School's Assistant Principal for Athletics, Rob Wagner, as the Class 3A & 4A Division 3 Athletic Director of the Year. He will be honored at an awards banquet that will be a part of the IADA State Conference in East Peoria on Saturday, May 5th at 7:00 pm at the Embassy Suites Hotel in East Peoria. Rob has been at York for 15 years. Eight years as the Athletic Director/Assistant Principal for Athletics. This is his second term in the athletic office.

  • He was a dean from 2002-2005
  • Athletic Director from 2005-2009
  • Assistant Principal for Student Services from 2009-2011
  • Assistant Principal for Finance and Student Activities from 2011-2014
  • Assistant Principal for Athletics from 2014- present

Rob Wagner

 

 

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Posted by: Melea Smith, District Admin, Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205
Published: 4/15/18




Audience: Bryan Middle School, York Community High School, Homepage, Homepage, Churchville Middle School and Sandburg Middle School

Tickets for the York spring musical Tuck Everlasting are sold out. HOWEVER, we encourage you to come to sign up for our wait list. The wait list will open 90 minutes prior to each show (6 PM Thursday - Saturday, April 19-21 and 12:30 PM on Sunday, April 22). You must be present to sign up for the wait list (no email entries will be allowed).

Tickets will be distributed on a first come first serve basis and you must be present to receive and pay for your ticket.  We have had success the last two years getting everyone into the show from the wait list and anticipate we will be able to do that again this year.  Thank you very much for your continued support of York Drama.  Please email us at yorkdramatickets@gmail.com if you have any questions. 

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Posted by: Melea Smith, District Admin, Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205
Published: 4/13/18




Audience: Jackson Elementary School, ~Demo: Elmhurst School, Emerson Elementary School, Fischer Elementary School, Bryan Middle School, Homepage, Homepage, ~ECUSD Demo School, Jefferson Elementary School, Hawthorne Elementary School, Edison Elementary School, Lincoln Elementary School, York Community High School, Field Elementary School, Madison Early Childhood Center, Churchville Middle School and Sandburg Middle School

At Tuesday’s Board of Education meeting, the Board heard from three teachers and an instructional coach about how the infusion of technology via the District’s Mobile Learning Implementation has dramatically changed student engagement in their classrooms. They also provided teacher feedback samples on the topics of creativity, student-to-device ratios and device types.

A video created by the Communications Office demonstrated these new and exciting modes of learning and teaching. Assistant Superintendent of Innovation & Growth Dr. Mark Cohen noted that “these skills fit our concept of being future ready and future focused, allowing for collaboration in the digital space beyond the walls of the classroom.”

 

 

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Posted by: Kate Allt, District Admin, Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205
Published: 4/12/18




Audience: York Community High School, Homepage and Homepage

Nine York Community High School seniors named among the 16,000 National Merit Semifinalists identified by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC) this fall were recently confirmed as NMSC Finalists. They are: Hannah Cronin, Matthew Dardick, Linnea Dierksheide, Courtney Jope, Carina Kanzler, Luke Rozmus, Anshul Shah, Katherine Tomaska and Christopher Ziebert. These students were honored by proclamation of the Elmhurst District 205 Board of Education at its April 10 meeting.

“We are so incredibly proud of these students for their tenacious dedication to academia. They are being recognized for going above and beyond in an extraordinarily challenging selection process. I am thrilled for the students and the opportunities this will provide them moving forward,” said York High School Principal Erin DeLuga.

All NMSC Finalists will be considered for National Merit Scholarships offered in 2018. The selection of some 7,500 Merit Scholarship winners from the group of more than 15,000 Finalists is now in progress. Scholarship winners will be announced by NMSC in four groups from April through July.

Thus far, three York Finalists (Linnea, Carina and Katherine) have been named as recipients of $2,500 National Merit Scholarships. And two York Finalists have been selected as corporate sponsored scholarship winners: Anshul by Alliance Data Systems and Ashley by CDK Global, LLC.


 

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Posted by: Melea Smith, District Admin, Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205
Published: 4/10/18




Audience: Jackson Elementary School, ~Demo: Elmhurst School, Emerson Elementary School, Fischer Elementary School, Bryan Middle School, Homepage, Homepage, ~ECUSD Demo School, Jefferson Elementary School, Hawthorne Elementary School, Edison Elementary School, Lincoln Elementary School, York Community High School, Field Elementary School, Madison Early Childhood Center, Churchville Middle School and Sandburg Middle School

The tradition continues with this year’s seventh Top Pizza Taste of Elmhurst event on Thursday, April 26, from 5:30-8:00 PM in the York High Campbell (Green & White) Gym. Local area restaurants and pizzerias will showcase their traditional and specialty variety pizza pies. The $10 entrance fee allows attendees to taste the variety of vendor offerings and vote for their favorites in a variety of categories. Past winners participating this year include Bacci, DiLeo, Fratello, Gulliver, Lou Malnati, Mama Maria and Roberto's. Newcomers include Aurelio's and Rosati's.

This is a great community fundraising event that allows families and friends to enjoy dinner and taste pizzas that are both familiar and new. For those families trying to juggle the Celebration of Learning night, it’s a great way to grab dinner before or after. Please note that the time has been extended to 8 PM so that you can continue the celebration.

Proceeds benefit District 205 Foundation programs that enhance education for our  EC-12 schools. For more information and to purchase entrance fee ahead so you do not need to wait in line, click HERE.

 


 

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Posted by: Melea Smith, District Admin, Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205
Published: 4/6/18




Audience: York Community High School, Homepage and Homepage

York Community High School recently installed a concrete sidewalk compliant with American Disabilities Act guidelines in the courtyard outside the academic building. The York Administration and Building Manager Jerry Christopherson worked together to complete the work while students and faculty were on spring break.

Members of York Garden Club, its sponsors and Elmhurst Garden Club (EGC) mentors are thrilled with this development. They have collected enough money to pay back the school for its installation. This addition completes the design plan created four years ago by Lisa Peterson, a member of EGC who also serves as a mentor to the York Garden Club. She is the owner of Botanic Designs.

Additionally, the walkway received considerable funding from the District 205 Foundation, which has been vital in planting York Garden Club's growing spaces. It was the District 205 Foundation that provided "seed capital" to build the first raised beds and instructional gardens built at York in 2014 and 2015.


York faculty members Andrew Bendelow, Lauren Yun and Ronny Rayan are the Club’s sponsors. Norma Farrell and Jan Foster, along with Lisa, were original mentors. In the recent past they have been joined by Laurie Loresch, Juluia Lamb and Jill Johnston.

The mission of York Garden Club is to create engaging educational experiences for students of all abilities; to integrate students, staff, and community groups in growing projects; to grow produce for school food service, consumer sciences, and local food pantries; to learn square-foot and other efficient garden methods; to grow native, ornamental, and sensory plants; as well as to design gardens that are sustainable, maintainable and, in the long-term, profitable.

The three established gardens of York Community High School were on Elmhurst Garden Club's Garden Walk in 2017. These gardens were constructed though an award by Whole Kids Foundation and a company-sponsored work day by PT Holdings, Inc. of Addison, IL.

“We look forward to the gardens being accessible to all students and staff members. We hope that the space will be able to be used for rest and solitude, as well as an outdoor classroom,” noted Jan Foster.

Anyone interested in seeing the gardens, may contact Andrew Bendelow at abendelow@elmhurst205.org.

About Elmhurst Garden Club

Started in 1926, the Club is more than 100 members strong and is open to anyone interested in gardening. Annual dues are $35. Most meetings are held at Wilder Mansion on the first Monday of the month. Each month, a program on content of gardening, floral design, ecology and conservation is presented. To learn more about Elmhurst Garden Club, visit: www.elmhurstgardenclub.org or the EGC Facebook page: www.facebook.com/theelmhurstgardenclub.

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Posted by: Melea Smith, District Admin, Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205
Published: 4/4/18




Audience: Homepage and Homepage

Superintendent Dr. David Moyer has posted a new blog entry on student engagement versus empowerment. "Much has been made about the difference between compliance and student engagement. Compliant students typically follow directions and appear engaged because they are 'doing' what they are asked. However, 'doing' is a lot different than thinking," he writes. District 205 follows Dr. Bill Daggett's Rigor and Relevance framework. Read about D205's two related primary student achievement objectives.

Follow Dr. Moyer's blog at http://superchat205.blogspot.com.

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Posted by: Kate Allt, District Admin, Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205
Published: 4/2/18




Audience: York Community High School, Homepage and Homepage

For the second time in the last three years, York’s Euro Challenge Team took first place in the Midwest Region competition, beating out eight other teams representing Illinois, Indiana and Minnesota. Participating students must be in either 9th or 10th grade.

 

The first-place York team is comprised of seven sophomores: Samantha Cruz, Emily Dow, Brian Kelley, Matt Kentra, Emmet McGovern, Ally Splitstone and Matt Splitstone. The team was presented with the challenge of choosing a country in the European Union, a problem the country has, and a solution to the problem. They chose to tackle Italy's high unemployment rate using monetary policy. The students were required to give a 15-minute presentation and participate in a 10-minute Q & A follow-up.

 

The final round takes place on April 26 at the New York Federal Reserve in New York City. There are 12 regions across the country; a total of 24 teams from across the country will be competing. The York team is coached by Tamra Carl.

 


 

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Posted by: Melea Smith, District Admin, Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205
Published: 3/29/18




Audience: Jackson Elementary School, ~Demo: Elmhurst School, Emerson Elementary School, Fischer Elementary School, Bryan Middle School, Homepage, Homepage, ~ECUSD Demo School, Jefferson Elementary School, Hawthorne Elementary School, Edison Elementary School, Lincoln Elementary School, York Community High School, Field Elementary School, Madison Early Childhood Center, Churchville Middle School and Sandburg Middle School

Good Afternoon -

As most of you know, there was an increased police presence at York High School today, March 22, to ensure the safety of our students and staff in light of what the police have called "a suspicious threat" which they received. Classes at York proceeded smoothly today, and there were no incidents of any kind. There have been no reports that suggest a reason to be concerned at any of our other schools. I have been in contact with the Chief of Police throughout the day as we have been monitoring the situation.

School will be in session tomorrow, March 23, and it will be treated as a normal school day. There will continue to be a heightened police presence at York and additional security measures will be in place. Please be advised that all York students should be prepared to show their IDs when they enter the building tomorrow.

I would like to thank all of you who have expressed concern and support in this difficult time. Rest assured that if we believed students and staff were in imminent danger, we would not be holding school tomorrow. Whether or not you decide to keep your child(ren) home from school on Friday - or any other day - is a family decision.

Sincerely,

Dr. David Moyer
Superintendent of Schools

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Posted by: Kate Allt, District Admin, Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205
Published: 3/22/18




Audience: Homepage and Homepage

At the Tuesday, March 20th Board of Education meeting, Dr. Mary Henderson, Assistant Superintendent for Learning and Leadership Development, presented an update on professional development and the instructional rounds process in District 205.

This is the second year of instructional rounds for D205. Last school year, emphasis was placed on learning targets. Dr. Henderson said that this school year, the focus has shifted to rigor. During instructional rounds, principals and district leaders look for high-level questioning, thoughtful work and academic discussion in the classrooms they visit.

When rounds are complete, individual schools can analyze the data collected from their building. They utilize their instructional coaches and time during student late arrival days for professional development and conversations on how to continue to improve rigor in the classroom.

To see how the instructional rounds process works in District 205, watch the video that accompanied Dr. Henderson’s presentation:

 

 

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Posted by: Kate Allt, District Admin, Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205
Published: 3/21/18




Audience: Jackson Elementary School, ~Demo: Elmhurst School, Emerson Elementary School, Fischer Elementary School, Bryan Middle School, Homepage, Homepage, ~ECUSD Demo School, Jefferson Elementary School, Hawthorne Elementary School, Edison Elementary School, Lincoln Elementary School, York Community High School, Field Elementary School, Madison Early Childhood Center, Churchville Middle School and Sandburg Middle School

What you have been waiting for is almost here! The York ECO Club book sale starts Tuesday, April 3rd at 6PM in the York High School Commons. The sale will be open the rest of the week before school and during every lunch period. There are hundreds of boxes of books for you to choose from. Hardcover books are $1 each and paperback books are 50 cents each. Be sure to shop early, because there are many treasures to be found!

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Posted by: Kate Allt, District Admin, Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205
Published: 3/20/18




Audience: Jackson Elementary School, ~Demo: Elmhurst School, Emerson Elementary School, Fischer Elementary School, Bryan Middle School, Homepage, Homepage, ~ECUSD Demo School, Jefferson Elementary School, Hawthorne Elementary School, Edison Elementary School, Lincoln Elementary School, Field Elementary School, Madison Early Childhood Center, Churchville Middle School and Sandburg Middle School

The 22nd annual Elmhurst Student Chess Tournament was held at York High School on March 7, 2018. This year’s contest attracted 262 pre-registered players and meant another record turnout, with 242 sign-ins to compete.

Again this year, members of the York Chess Team assisted on the tournament floor. Organizers Chris and Debbie Khayat thank all of the parent volunteers, the judges (who do not have students in our community), food support team, technical support team, teachers and parents who supported these school clubs with their time.

Ranking in top positions for 2018 were:

2nd Grade:

1st Place: Emmett Carroll, Visitation
2nd Place: Sarah Abraham, Timothy Christian
3rd Place: Merritt Stolzenbach, Timothy Christian
4th Place: Samuel Scarlett, Immanuel Lutheran

3rd Grade:

1st Place: Nicholas Stangarone, Visitation
2nd Place: Gage Jacobs, Edison Elementary
3rd Place: Ben Ellens, Timothy Christian
4th Place: Anthony Carroccio, Visitation

4th Grade:

1st Place: Lukas Alexander, Lincoln Elementary
2nd Place: Hunter Sepanich, Jackson Elementary
3rd Place: Kevin Wheeler, Hawthorne Elementary
4th Place: Daniel Davies, Edison Elementary

5th Grade:

1st Place (tied): Brendan Carroll, Visitation
1st Place (tied): Grant Huckabee, Jefferson Elementary
2nd Place: Nathan Arcos, Timothy Christian
3rd Place: Patrick McGrail, Hawthorne Elementary
4th Place: Jake Wede, Visitation

Middle School:

1st Place: Elliot Mathew, Timothy Christian, 6th Grade 
2nd Place: John Dietz, Bryan Middle School, 7th Grade 
3rd Place: Trent Parker, Bryan Middle School, 6th Grade
4th Place: Zack Fidrocki, Bryan Middle School, 7th Grade

 

 

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Posted by: Kate Allt, District Admin, Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205
Published: 3/19/18




Audience: Jackson Elementary School, ~Demo: Elmhurst School, Emerson Elementary School, Fischer Elementary School, Bryan Middle School, Homepage, Homepage, ~ECUSD Demo School, Jefferson Elementary School, Hawthorne Elementary School, Edison Elementary School, Lincoln Elementary School, York Community High School, Field Elementary School, Madison Early Childhood Center, Churchville Middle School and Sandburg Middle School

The Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205 Summer Music Program offers an exciting opportunity for all current 4th - 8th grade band and orchestra students and all current 6th - 8th grade choir students to continue practicing in an ensemble during the summer. Consistent, regular practice during the summer helps students to retain and reinforce concepts and skills that they have learned during the school year and helps them continue to learn and grow as young musicians.

  • Summer Band and Orchestra for current elementary students will run June 4 through June 29 at Sandburg Middle School. Rehearsals will be held Monday through Friday mornings. Each rehearsal is one hour. The final performances will be on Friday morning, June 29 at Sandburg Middle School.
  • Summer Band, Orchestra, and Choir for current middle school students will run June 4 – July 6 at York High School from 6:30 – 8:00 p.m. Band and Orchestra rehearsals will be held on Tuesday and Thursday evenings. Choir rehearsals will be held on Monday and Wednesday evenings. There will be no rehearsals on July 3rd and 4th. The final performance will be on Friday, July 6 at York High School.
  • The registration fee for all levels is $92.00. The fee includes a Summer Music Program T shirt.
  • Middle School Summer Band and Orchestra students may also participate in Jazz Band at no additional cost.
  • Middle school students who register for summer band or orchestra may also enroll in choir at no additional cost.

The Dist. 205 Summer Music Program welcomes students who will be on vacation for some rehearsals 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 as often as they can! Students who practice during the summer are much more likely to experience continued success in band, orchestra, and choir. We strongly encourage your child to participate as much as they are able!

Please see the attached summer music program description for more detailed course information, rehearsal times, and registration options. If you have questions, please contact Brian Berg (bberg@elmhurst205.org) or your child's band or orchestra director.

Registration for the Dist. 205 Summer Music Program will open on Monday, March 19, 2018. You may register for the summer music program by using the Webstore at this link. The deadline for registration is Friday, May 4, 2018.

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Posted by: Kate Allt, District Admin, Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205
Published: 3/19/18




Audience: Jackson Elementary School, ~Demo: Elmhurst School, Emerson Elementary School, Fischer Elementary School, Bryan Middle School, Homepage, Homepage, ~ECUSD Demo School, Jefferson Elementary School, Hawthorne Elementary School, Edison Elementary School, Lincoln Elementary School, York Community High School, Field Elementary School, Madison Early Childhood Center, Churchville Middle School and Sandburg Middle School

Members of the District 205 Community Advisory Team (CAT) have been chosen and notified. With more than 125 applicants for a 30-member committee, the selection process was extremely difficult. We are grateful that so many residents are willing to help D205 in this important work!

A rubric was used to make sure that every school was represented, along with as many stakeholder groups as possible. The number of members was expanded from 25 to 33. We will be seeking to engage the remaining 93 applicants in other meaningful ways as the journey continues.

CAT members will be asked to:

  • Ensure that messages and materials related to the MFP are clear and easy-to-understand
  • Help anticipate and provide representative community questions and concerns
  • Offer suggestions to make sure the District is using every opportunity to reach stakeholders

While the CAT will assist the D205 administration with crafting clear communications for the community, it will not make decisions regarding the draft plan, as all community feedback will carry equal value and weight. The District plans to offer many opportunities for parents, staff and the community to weigh in on the Master Facility Plan.

The first CAT planning meeting will be on Monday, March 19. Please note that this is not a public meeting.

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Posted by: Melea Smith, District Admin, Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205
Published: 3/16/18




Audience: Bryan Middle School, York Community High School, Homepage, Homepage, Churchville Middle School and Sandburg Middle School

Nearly 50 organizations offered both employment and volunteer opportunities in the York Commons yesterday at the Teen Job & Volunteer Fair, sponsored by the Elmhurst Commission on Youth in partnership with District 205, the Elmhurst Park District, Elmhurst Public Library, YMCA, Elmhurst Junior Women’s Club and the Kiwanis of Elmhurst. Some 300 teens and pre-teens attended the 4th annual Fair.

Those who could not attend the Fair can access the booklet using the link below. The booklet lists vendors, contact information and minimum age requirements, along with other helpful information.

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Posted by: Melea Smith, District Admin, Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205
Published: 3/15/18




Audience: Jackson Elementary School, ~Demo: Elmhurst School, Emerson Elementary School, Fischer Elementary School, Bryan Middle School, Homepage, Homepage, ~ECUSD Demo School, Jefferson Elementary School, Hawthorne Elementary School, Edison Elementary School, Lincoln Elementary School, York Community High School, Field Elementary School, Madison Early Childhood Center, Churchville Middle School and Sandburg Middle School

What is a PLC? In District 205, PLCs play an important role in promoting student growth and building the capacity of our teachers. But what is a PLC and what is its function?

PLC stands for Professional Learning Community. PLCs are designed to ensure high levels of teacher collaboration focused on student learning. They can take many forms. Examples include ensuring that teachers of the same grade level or subject area, as well as instructional coaches, special education teachers and support staff, have time to analyze assessment data, share best practices for success, and plan for future learning.

PLC groups meeting during student late arrival days, institute days and also during the school day at various times throughout the week.

Watch the video below, and let our teachers show you how PLCs are utilized in D205 schools. 

 

 

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Posted by: Kate Allt, District Admin, Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205
Published: 3/12/18




Audience: Homepage and Homepage

There is a new message from Dr. David Moyer in the Superintendent's column. The latest column comments on the efforts underway to plan for the 2018-2019 school year, including the Dual Language program and Standards-Based Reporting. You can read the latest update at www.elmhurst205.org/Supt. Follow Dr. Moyer's blog at http://superchat205.blogspot.com.

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Posted by: Kate Allt, District Admin, Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205
Published: 3/7/18




Audience: Homepage and Homepage

A Community Advisory Team (CAT) including representatives from all schools and neighborhoods, parents, non-parents, and community leaders will be formed early in the engagement process. They will be charged with reviewing communication documents and presentations in early April before they are shared the broader community to:

  • Ensure that messages and materials are clear and easy-to-understand
  • Help anticipate community questions and concerns
  • Offer suggestions to make sure the District is using every opportunity to reach stakeholders

The District plans to offer many opportunities for parents, staff and the community to weigh in on the Master Facility Plan. The CAT is just one part of the engagement process, to help guide the District in communicating this work.

Selection process

The District is seeking 20-25 members to serve. The CAT team will be a diverse representative group of parents, staff and community members.

Volunteers will be recruited through social media and District communications. In the event the number of applicants exceeds the number of available slots, participants will be chosen via lottery. Priority will be given to applicants who represent more than one group and can attend the first meeting, set for Monday, March 19 at 7 PM in the District 205 Administrative Center, 162 S. York Street.

A well-balanced team will include:

  • Parents of:
    • Preschoolers
    • Elementary students
    • Middle school students
    • High school students
    • D205 graduates
  • York High School Students
  • Community members
    • Persons without children/students
    • Business Leaders
  • Community Partners
  • Municipal Employees
  • Staff

The District will seek applicants beginning March 6 with the following rollout:

  • A Talk 205 message
  • Website story
  • Social media post

Applicants will apply using a Google form http://bit.ly/2FUbShu_CAT. The deadline to apply is Wednesday, March 14 at 5 PM.

For more information on the Master Facility Planning process, please visit www.elmhurst205.org/MasterFacilityPlan.

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Posted by: Melea Smith, District Admin, Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205
Published: 3/6/18




Audience: Homepage and Homepage

See the creative work of District 205 students who were part of this year’s PTA Reflections Contest on display locally through March 9 at the Judith B Salon, 261 N. York St. (during business hours), with a closing reception held this Friday at 6:30 PM. Featured will be students performing their music composition entries.

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Posted by: Melea Smith, District Admin, Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205
Published: 3/5/18




Audience: Bryan Middle School, York Community High School, Homepage, Homepage, Churchville Middle School and Sandburg Middle School
On Thursday, March 15, from 7 to 8:30 PM, the Robert Crown Center for Health Education will sponsor Raising Healthy Teens in a Digital Age: Drug Abuse Prevention at the District 205 Administrative Center, 162 S. York (second floor). This presentation will outline the brain’s development related to decision making, share information on societal trends in drug use, explain skills to reduce use by our kids and explore ways to conversation action plan on a specific drug topic.

Additionally, this program will:
  • Identify what youth are seeing in regards to drug use, including current research, societal trends, and barriers to healthy choices
  • Describe why youth are vulnerable decision makers due to brain development
  • Develop skills on how to reduce the risk of youth drug use through healthy relationships and conversations
  • Identify drug abuse prevention resources
This program is being presented in conjunction with the District 205 Learning and Teaching Department.
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Posted by: Melea Smith, District Admin, Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205
Published: 3/3/18




Audience: Homepage and Homepage

Impact DuPage is a group of community leaders and organizations working together to understand the needs and priorities of DuPage County residents. As part of the Impact DuPage 2018 Community Assessment, the group is conducting a survey that asks about community themes and strengths that are important to the individuals in DuPage County.

 

DuPage County resident participation in this survey will help Impact DuPage improve the well-being of the community. The survey is open through March 30, 2018 and takes an estimated 3-5 minutes to complete.

 

This survey is available at the following links:

English: www.surveymonkey.com/r/impactdupage2018

Spanish: www.surveymonkey.com/r/impactdupage2018spanish.

 

Our goal is to hear one response from each DuPage County resident. If you have already taken this survey, thank you for your participation!

 

For more information about the survey, please contact impactdupage@dupagehealth.org.

 


 

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Posted by: Melea Smith, District Admin, Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205
Published: 3/2/18




Audience: Fischer Elementary School, Homepage, Homepage and Churchville Middle School

Learn about the Fischer Family at March 4th Gallery Talk, scheduled for 2 PM. Local historian and former Elmhurst History Museum curator Nancy Wilson will be in the Freedom Exhibit to share information about the Museum's collection of Civil War-era letters written by members of the Fischer family (early Elmhurst settlers). Topics include the family's life in Elmhurst, recurring themes found in the letters, and the process of preserving these unique letters for museum use and future generations. This event is free; no registration required.

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Posted by: Melea Smith, District Admin, Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205
Published: 3/2/18




Audience: Jackson Elementary School, ~Demo: Elmhurst School, Emerson Elementary School, Fischer Elementary School, Bryan Middle School, Homepage, Homepage, ~ECUSD Demo School, Jefferson Elementary School, Hawthorne Elementary School, Edison Elementary School, Lincoln Elementary School, York Community High School, Field Elementary School, Madison Early Childhood Center, Churchville Middle School and Sandburg Middle School

The next all-district Student Late Arrival Day will be this Wednesday, February 28. Certified staff and administrators will be using this time 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 addition, Friday, March 2 will be a Teacher Institute Day with no school for students.

 

The Student Late Arrival instructional schedule for 2017-18 will be as follows:

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

 

As always, supervised student arrival will begin 20 minutes prior to the above-listed start times. The 2017-18 School Calendar (which provides a one-page overview of this information), may be found on the District 205 calendar page.

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Posted by: Melea Smith, District Admin, Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205
Published: 2/27/18




Audience: York Community High School, Homepage and Homepage

Special education students and their families are invited to learn about educational programs and other services as they progress from school to adulthood during the ELSA Transition Fair and Information Session, to be held on Feb. 28 at Elmhurst College.
 

More than 20 agencies and organizations that provide education, job training, employment, living options, public transportation, and health services for adults with differing abilities will be at the fair. Some of these include the Ray Graham Association, Seguin Services, Aspire, Family Benefits Solutions, PACE at National Louis, Rubin Law, and the College of DuPage COACH program.
 

Attendees also can learn about the Elmhurst Learning and Success Academy (ELSA), Elmhurst College’s innovative program for young adults with differing abilities. ELSA is a four-year program that offers a full-time, post-secondary educational experience for young adults with intellectual or development disabilities. It focuses on academics and career exploration, independent living and social/recreational skills. Faculty and staff from ELSA will host an information session at 7:30 p.m.
 

The Fair’s keynote address, HOPE Handbook: A Guide to Disability Hiring, will be given at 8:00 p.m. by Tim Engstrom (director of supply chain & logistics at LA-CO Industries and adjunct professor of supply chain management at Elmhurst College) and Garrett Rosiek (ELSA career development coordinator). The handbook was created by Engstrom’s students in the Elmhurst College Supply Chain Management graduate program to help organizations interested in tapping the underutilized population of adults with disabilities.

 

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Posted by: Melea Smith, District Admin, Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205
Published: 2/25/18




Audience: REACH (Gifted and Talented), Homepage, Homepage and REACH (Gifted and Talented)

It was brought to our attention that there was an error in one of the REACH rubrics previously posted. That has now been corrected. Rubrics are posted to the REACH Identification page. Please note that there have been no changes made to the rubrics for this school year.

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Posted by: Melea Smith, District Admin, Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205
Published: 2/23/18




Audience: Bryan Middle School, York Community High School, Homepage, Homepage, Churchville Middle School and Sandburg Middle School

When: February 24, 3-5:30 PM
Where: York Community High School
Who: Any student, parent, staff member, community member or surrounding area 13 year old and up males and females. This event is great for family members, college students, current middle school or high school students! This workshop is geared towards anyone who is looking to learn to effectively protect themselves, students who have taken self defense at York, those who have not yet had the opportunity to take it, and those wanting to learn how to physically protect themselves.

You do NOT have to be an Elmhurst community member - everyone is welcome! Athletic attire is required (workout clothes/athletic shoes). This course will be taught by a 17 year police veteran, defensive tactics instructor, SWAT team members, KRAV Maga Defcon Instructor.


Bring a $25 check made payable to Jason Krueger and your signed waiver form on the day of the event. Click here for more information.

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Posted by: Kate Allt, District Admin, Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205
Published: 2/20/18




Audience: Jackson Elementary School, Jefferson Elementary School, Emerson Elementary School, Fischer Elementary School, Hawthorne Elementary School, Edison Elementary School, Lincoln Elementary School, Homepage, Field Elementary School, Madison Early Childhood Center and Homepage

The District 205 Board of Education has approved a Dual Language program at Conrad Fischer Elementary School for the 2018-19 school year. This program will be applicable to incoming 2018-19 kindergarten students. The deadline for registering is March 1. Parents who are interested in enrolling their incoming kindergartner for the Dual Language magnet program should click on the link below to complete the application form:

Dual Language Program Application 2018-2019


Click here for details regarding the D205 Dual Language program.

La mesa directiva del distrito Elmhurst 205 ha aprobado el programa de lenguaje dual en la escuela Conrad Fischer por el año 2018-2019. El programa es para los niños que comienza de Kinder. Haz clic por detalles sobre el programa de lenguaje dual.


Si está interesado en el programa de lenguaje dual para su hijo(a), haz clic debajo para completar la forma apropiada:

Solicitud para el programa de lenguaje dual 2018-19

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Posted by: Melea Smith, District Admin, Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205
Published: 2/14/18




Audience: York Community High School, Homepage and Homepage

York Community High School has named a total of 2,033 students to the first semester honor roll for the 2017-18 school year, based on their exemplary academic performance. Students achieving a 3.5 or higher are recognized with High Honors and students achieving 3.0 – 3.4999 grade point average are recognized with Honors. Please click on the link below to view the listing.

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Posted by: Melea Smith, District Admin, Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205
Published: 2/13/18




Audience: Bryan Middle School, York Community High School, Homepage, Homepage, Churchville Middle School and Sandburg Middle School

York Community High School will be celebrating its annual Fine Arts Week February 26-March 1. For over 30 years, Fine Arts Week has recognized the talents of York’s student musicians, dancers, actors, visual artists, singers, orators, poets and unique performance artists. In addition, several nationally and locally recognized artists and groups representing a wide variety of artistic endeavors host workshops that provide information and inspiration to the students.

This year’s Fine Arts Week community fundraising event will be held on Wednesday evening, February 28, at the new Brew Point Workshop located at 617 N York Rd @ Crestview. Modern Vices will be headlining the event, performing a live set with the Disciples of Rage and Sleeveless Jacket (both rock bands consisting of all York students). This event will be from 6pm-9pm and there will be a suggested donation of $5 at the door; all donations go toward funding for Fine Arts Week 2019.

One of the more popular attractions during Fine Arts Week is the Student Talent Show. York possesses such an eclectic mix of talent that there are four separate 50-minute segments. The Talent Show culminates with an evening Fine Arts Week Showcase open to the public on Thursday, March 1st at 7pm in York’s Merle E. Baker Auditorium. Tickets are $10, but admission is free for all District 205 students with a current student ID from York or any of the three D205 middle schools.

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Posted by: Melea Smith, District Admin, Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205
Published: 2/12/18




Audience: Bryan Middle School, York Community High School, Homepage, Homepage, Churchville Middle School and Sandburg Middle School

Middle and high school students are invited to attend the fourth annual Teen Job & Volunteer Fair, sponsored by the Elmhurst Commission on Youth and its partnering agencies – District 205, the Elmhurst Park District, Elmhurst Public Library, YMCA, Elmhurst Junior Women’s Club and the Kiwanis of Elmhurst. The Fair will be held in the York High School Commons, 355 E. St. Charles Road, on Wednesday, March 14 from 3 to 6 PM. There will be 40 different organizations participating. Students need not register to attend the Fair.

If your company or organization is interested in participating, Job Fair questions may be directed to Patty McKernan at Patricia@capitaltele.com; Volunteer Fair questions may be directed to Kim Brigman at brigmankb@yahoo.com.

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Posted by: Melea Smith, District Admin, Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205
Published: 2/10/18




Audience: Jackson Elementary School, ~Demo: Elmhurst School, Emerson Elementary School, Fischer Elementary School, Bryan Middle School, Homepage, Homepage, ~ECUSD Demo School, Jefferson Elementary School, Hawthorne Elementary School, Edison Elementary School, Lincoln Elementary School, York Community High School, Field Elementary School, Madison Early Childhood Center, Churchville Middle School and Sandburg Middle School

Please know that Elmhurst District 205 will only contact parents and staff when schools are closed or there is a late start called. In general (excluding other emergency situations), if there is NO announcement by 5:45 AM via the following methods, schools are open: phone, email and SMS text message (if you’ve signed up for this feature) in both English and Spanish; the District 205 website (when in doubt, check it out); the District 205 Facebook page - www.facebook.com/ElmhurstD205; the D205 Twitter account - www.twitter.com/ElmhurstD205. If your phone number has recently changed, please contact your child(ren)’s school so that they can update that information in PowerSchool.

Additionally, you may visit the Emergency Closing Center website - www.emergencyclosings.com (District 205 schools are listed alphabetically as DIST #205 (ELMHURST PUBLIC SCHOOLS).

We suggest downloading the Know Before You Go flyer and keeping it handy in paper form, especially during the winter months. If power is out, you may not be able to access the Emergency Closings page of the District 205 website.

In general, District 205 will not close school on a forecast, i.e., the inclement weather must be real and present. In cases where the area is hit hard by snow, it might be possible to make a call in advance (usually in the evening of the day before). Most of the time, that decision must be made early in the morning, based on conditions that have presented themselves overnight.

Temperature is only one factor. Wind chill is also taken into account. Generally, when “real feel” temperatures are -30 degrees or colder, school will be cancelled for the sake of students who ride the bus or walk to school, as frost bite can occur quickly under such extreme conditions.


When District 205 determines that weather conditions or an emergency situation warrant an Emergency Late Start Schedule, families will be notified in the same manner they would be notified in the event of a school closing. Each family will receive a phone, email or text notice (if you've opted in) from our rapid notification system. More information about the Emergency Late Start Schedule is available online.

On Emergency Late Start days, parents and staff are encouraged to monitor the District’s website for updates on the status of after-school activities. Information about York athletics would be posted on the York School webpage in the afternoon.

If an Emergency Late Start schedule is activated:

  • Classes will begin using the standard Student Late Arrival schedule
  • Buses will operate using the standard Student Late Arrival pick-up and drop-off times.
  • Parent should use the standard Student Late Arrival schedule for drop-off - 20 minutes prior to the start times below.

Emergency Late Start schedules are as follows (same as standard Student Late Arrival schedule):


Kindergarten and Early Childhood

AM Kindergarten and AM Early Childhood Classes - 9:45 AM to 11:55 AM

PM Kindergarten and PM Early Childhood Classes - 12:55 PM to 3:00 PM
All Day Early Childhood Classes - 9:45 AM to 3:00 PM


Elementary Schools

Grades 1 to 5 - 9:45 AM to 3:00 PM


Middle Schools

Grades 6 to 8 - 10:00 AM to 3:25 PM


High School

Grades 9 to 12 - 9:25 AM to 3:06 PM After school activities and athletics could remain as scheduled, weather permitting. 


Out-of-District Programs

If out-of-district programs are in session, transportation will proceed as normal.\


Before/After School RecStation

The AM RecStation program will not be offered on late start days. The PM (after-school) RecStation hours will remain as scheduled on late start days.


Before School Programs

All before-school programs, including but not limited to, orchestra, band, choir, clubs, athletic practices or student activities will be cancelled on late start days.


Field Trips

Any field trip scheduled on the day of a late start will be cancelled as would be the procedure on days when school is cancelled for emergency reasons.


Technology Center of DuPage (TCD)

Due to the modified schedule, only PM TCD students will attend TCD.


Este es un recordatorio que la información de Inicio Tardío relacionada con emergencias (que sigue el horario habitual de llegadas tardías de los estudiantes) está disponible en el sitio web del Distrito 205 en Recursos -> Enlaces Rápidos -> Cierres de emergencia. También se publicará información más detallada en el sitio web del distrito y el sitio web de las escuelas afectadas. Aquí puede encontrar documentos en español acerca de los cierres de emergencia.

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Posted by: Melea Smith, District Admin, Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205
Published: 2/8/18




Audience: Jackson Elementary School, ~Demo: Elmhurst School, Emerson Elementary School, Fischer Elementary School, Bryan Middle School, Homepage, Homepage, ~ECUSD Demo School, Jefferson Elementary School, Hawthorne Elementary School, Edison Elementary School, Lincoln Elementary School, York Community High School, Field Elementary School, Madison Early Childhood Center, Churchville Middle School and Sandburg Middle School

The 22nd annual Elmhurst Student Chess Tournament will be held on Wednesday, March 7th, beginning at 6:00 PM in the York High School Commons, 355 W. St. Charles Road, Elmhurst. Students will compete in the following six categories: 2nd grade, 3rd grade, 4th grade, 5th grade, 6-8th grade and high school. Last year, over 250 students participated in the tournament.

All students who attend school in Elmhurst – public or private – are welcome to participate with the completion and submission of a signed permission slip and tournament fee of $3.00. All participants will receive a certificate; the top four in each category receive ribbons; and the tournament champions receive a trophy.

The annual Student Chess Tournament is organized by parent volunteers, many of whom coach chess clubs at their children’s schools. Contestants will compete within the rules, playing five timed matches each. Volunteer judging is performed by independent chess experts who are brought in for this event. Snacks and drinks will be donated and provided. Pizza will be sold during the tournament.

The registration deadline is Thursday, March 1st. Interested families may contact their child’s school chess club leader for the permission slip and rules. Questions may be directed to Chris Khayat at 630-290-1504 (cell) or khayats@yahoo.com

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Posted by: Melea Smith, District Admin, Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205
Published: 2/6/18




Audience: Jackson Elementary School, Jefferson Elementary School, Emerson Elementary School, Fischer Elementary School, Hawthorne Elementary School, Edison Elementary School, Lincoln Elementary School, Homepage, Field Elementary School and Homepage

Parents of fifth grade students receiving special education services are invited to attend one of two meetings to answer any questions you may have as your child moves to middle school. The purpose of this meeting is to provide parents details on how special education services are implemented in the middle school setting. Answers to commonly asked questions about a "day in the life of a middle school student" will also be discussed. 

Each meeting will present the same information. The first meeting was held on February 8. The second meeting will be held on Monday, February 12, from 6-7 PM at the District 205 Center, 162 S. York St.

Slides from the presentation are linked below.
 

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Posted by: Kate Allt, District Admin, Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205
Published: 2/6/18




Audience: Jackson Elementary School, Jefferson Elementary School, Emerson Elementary School, Fischer Elementary School, Hawthorne Elementary School, Edison Elementary School, Lincoln Elementary School, Homepage, Field Elementary School, Madison Early Childhood Center and Homepage

Enrollment for 2018-19 incoming kindergartners and first grade students new to Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205 will take place on Tuesday, February 6, from 9:00 to 11:00 AM and on Wednesday, February 7, from 12:30 to 3:00 PM at the school of attendance serving their home address. On Thursday, February 8, from 4:00 to 7:00 PM, enrollment will only be offered at Conrad Fischer School (for Fischer students) and at the District 205 Center, 162 S. York (serving all District 205 elementary schools).

If you are enrolling your child in Kindergarten, please consider participating in our Dual Language program for 2018-19, which will be located at Conrad Fischer School. For more information, contact District 205 English Language Coordinator Ariana Leonard at aleonard@elmhurst205.org.

Students must be five years old on or before September 1, 2018, to be enrolled in kindergarten. (The student’s original birth certificate must be submitted as proof.) During the February enrollment, parents/guardians must present three proofs of residency. Additionally, a photo I.D. of the person enrolling the student must be produced for identification purposes.

For a complete list of enrollment procedures, acceptable proofs of residency and additional forms, please see the New Student Enrollment page linked from the District 205 homepage. Parents may contact the District 205 Center at 630-834-4530 to obtain the name and location of the elementary school that serves their home address.

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Posted by: Melea Smith, District Admin, Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205
Published: 2/5/18




Audience: Jackson Elementary School, Emerson Elementary School, Fischer Elementary School, Hawthorne Elementary School, Bryan Middle School, Edison Elementary School, Lincoln Elementary School, Homepage, Field Elementary School, Homepage, Churchville Middle School and Sandburg Middle School

Thank you to all who attended the February 1 evening information meetings at our three middle schools. If you were unable to attend, you may access recordings of the two Sandburg Middle School meetings at this link. As promised, links to the course selection forms are as follows:

Course selections for 7th and 8th grade are due Tuesday, February 13th. Course selections for 6th grade are due Friday, February 16.

If you have questions about course availability and/or course options for students, you may contact your middle school counselors, principal or Dr. Mary Henderson (mhenderson@elmhurst205.org) and Dr. Mark Cohen (mcohen@elmhurst205.org) of the Learning & Teaching Department.

Al final de este correo electrónico encontrará un enlace con los cursos de elección para la selección de los cursos de sus estudiantes del año escolar 2018-19.


Si no pudieron asistir a la presentación el 1 de febrero, pero le gustaría ver el video de las reuniones, por favor utilice este Enlace.

Una presentación realizada en google también se adjunta a este correo electrónico. Aunque hay cierto grado de personalización en cada escuela, los contenidos relacionados con lo académico y las opciones de elección es el mismo para las tres escuelas.

Si usted tiene preguntas acerca de los cursos de selección para su estudiante, por favor, póngase en contacto con el consejero/a de su escuela secundaria.

 

Forma de Curso de Selección – Grado 6

Forma de Curso de Selección – Grado 7

Forma de Curso de Selección – Grado 8

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Posted by: Melea Smith, District Admin, Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205
Published: 2/2/18




Audience: Jackson Elementary School, ~Demo: Elmhurst School, Emerson Elementary School, Fischer Elementary School, Bryan Middle School, Homepage, Homepage, ~ECUSD Demo School, Jefferson Elementary School, Hawthorne Elementary School, Edison Elementary School, Lincoln Elementary School, Field Elementary School, Madison Early Childhood Center, Churchville Middle School and Sandburg Middle School

Plan to attend the 17th annual Summer Recreation Open House, sponsored by the Elmhurst District 205 PTA. This is a FREE event open to all Elmhurst families and neighboring communities. Browse the tables of various organizations offering summer activities and camps for all ages and abilities. This popular event will be held on Tuesday, February 6, from 6-8 PM at York High School.

 

Be sure to support the Pot Belly Eat & Earn that same night from 5 to 8 PM at the St. Charles Road location. No flier or coupons are needed. PTA Council will receive a percentage of the total sales collected during those hours. Fundraising proceeds are used to provide scholarships to York High School seniors.

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Posted by: Melea Smith, District Admin, Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205
Published: 2/1/18




Audience: Jackson Elementary School, ~Demo: Elmhurst School, Emerson Elementary School, Fischer Elementary School, Bryan Middle School, Homepage, Homepage, ~ECUSD Demo School, Jefferson Elementary School, Hawthorne Elementary School, Edison Elementary School, Lincoln Elementary School, Field Elementary School, Madison Early Childhood Center, Churchville Middle School and Sandburg Middle School

Tickets to the District 205 Foundation Gala are now sold out. Please consider supporting the Foundation's efforts by purchasing a ticket for the Golden Raffle with a chance to win your choice of three great trips. Information about the Golden Raffle is available at www.elmhurst205.org/2018Gala.

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Posted by: Melea Smith, District Admin, Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205
Published: 2/1/18




Audience: Bryan Middle School, Homepage, Homepage, Churchville Middle School and Sandburg Middle School

Date: Thursday, February 1, 2018
Location: Your child’s middle school
Time: 5:30-6:30 PM for parents of current 6th and 7th graders, 7:00-8:00 PM for parents AND students of incoming 6th graders

The purpose of this meeting is to provide information and review the course options and choices available to your child for the 2018-19 school year. 
Middle School guidance counselors and administrators will be in attendance. 

Elective selection sheets will be distributed at this meeting. If you are unable to attend the meeting, a selection sheet will be available on the middle school websites following the meeting.


Course selection sheets are due Monday, February 12, 2018 for current 6th and 7th graders.

Course selection sheets are due Friday, February 16, 2018 for incoming 6th graders.

*Parents who were planning to attend the Dual Language presentation that evening may attend the same presentation on Monday, January 29th at Conrad Fischer Elementary School, beginning at 6:30 PM, or on Monday, February 13th at Madison Early Childhood Center, beginning at 6:30 PM.

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Posted by: Kate Allt, District Admin, Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205
Published: 1/24/18




Audience: Bryan Middle School, York Community High School, Homepage, Homepage, Churchville Middle School and Sandburg Middle School

Following two years of thorough study and planning, on January 23, 2018, the D205 Board of Education voted 7-0 to ratify the program changes indicated for year two of the middle school reorganization. These changes are consistent with the Middle School Task Force (MSTF) recommendations presented to the Board on March 21, 2017, and take into account recent adjustments, based on additional community feedback.

Year two programming includes the following modifications:

  • Incorporate Band, Orchestra and Choir into the school day (phase-in).
  • Add Project Lead the Way (PLtW) to the middle school curriculum.
  • Make World Language a choice and ensure that students who take three years in middle school obtain Level III standing as a freshman and that students who take two years in middle school obtain Level II standing as a freshman.
  • Authorize the creation of semester elective course in the Unified Arts for eighth grade students.

The phase-in of Band/Orchestra/Choir is being implemented in response to feedback from parents at the Learning and Teaching Committee held on December 13 and at the PTA Council’s Forum on January 16, in order to ease the transition for our middle school students. Working with the department chairs, it was discussed that this should be a two-year roll out.

Dr. Henderson noted that music sectionals will continue at all grade levels during the day, as they currently take place. Any change would be to improve the efficiency and scheduling to minimize educational impact. They will, however, ALL take place during the day as they do now.

“One of the things we need to be mindful of are special education or Tier 3 reading students. Decisions need to be individualized based on each student’s needs. That is a team decision, which parents are a part of,” she said.

The PTA Council produced a handout entitled Review of Phase I and Phase II Middle School Recommendations, which provides a general overview and a breakdown of requirements by grade level. It is posted below.

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Posted by: Melea Smith, District Admin, Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205
Published: 1/24/18




Audience: Jackson Elementary School, Jefferson Elementary School, Emerson Elementary School, Fischer Elementary School, Hawthorne Elementary School, Edison Elementary School, Lincoln Elementary School, Homepage, Field Elementary School, Madison Early Childhood Center and Homepage

The District 205 Board of Education has approved a Dual Language program at Conrad Fischer Elementary School for the 2018-19 school year. This program will be applicable to incoming 2018-19 kindergarten students. Click here for details regarding the D205 Dual Language program. There are two remaining parent information sessions: Thursday, February 1st from 6:30-7:30 PM at the District 205 Center (162 S. York) and Tuesday, February 13th from 6:30-7:30 PM at Madison Early Childhood Center (130 W. Madison).

Parents who are interested in enrolling their incoming kindergartner for the Dual Language magnet program should click on the link below to complete the application form:

Dual Language Program Application 2018-2019

La mesa directiva del distrito Elmhurst 205 ha aprobado el programa de lenguaje dual en la escuela Conrad Fischer por el año 2018-2019. El programa es para los niños que comienza de Kinder. Haz clic por detalles sobre el programa de lenguaje dual.


Hay dos más sesiones informativas para padres: el jueves, el primero de febrero desde las 6:30 hasta las 7:30 de la noche en el centro de distrito (162 S. York) y el martes, el 13 de febrero desde las 6:30 hasta las 7:30 de la noche en la escuela Madison (130 W. Madison).

Si está interesado en el programa de lenguaje dual para su hijo(a), haz clic debajo para completar la forma apropiada:

Solicitud para el programa de lenguaje dual 2018-19

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Posted by: Melea Smith, District Admin, Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205
Published: 1/23/18




Audience: Jackson Elementary School, ~Demo: Elmhurst School, Emerson Elementary School, Fischer Elementary School, Bryan Middle School, Homepage, Homepage, ~ECUSD Demo School, Jefferson Elementary School, Hawthorne Elementary School, Edison Elementary School, Lincoln Elementary School, York Community High School, Field Elementary School, Madison Early Childhood Center, Churchville Middle School and Sandburg Middle School

District 205 Foundation's 2018 Thiems Grant Application deadline is fast approaching. The application has been streamlined to make it less labor intensive to apply. District 205 teachers, students, administrators, parents or community members are eligible to apply. Requested programs, projects, or instructional resources should enhance the educational experience of students, be clearly in support of and help to deliver relevant curriculum, and, ideally, demonstrate creativity/innovation.

Applications are due on Monday, February 12. Applicants requesting technology (including hardware, software, digital subscriptions, and audio/visual equipment) should review the Multimedia Recommendations and Computer Tech Options forms prior to drafting their proposals and must include the submission of a completed Thiems Grant Technology Review Form. Please review the Thiems Grant Application Guidelines and contact Executive Director Lisa Fanelli at ext. 2770 or lfanelli@elmhurst205.org with questions.

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Posted by: Melea Smith, District Admin, Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205
Published: 1/17/18




Audience: Fischer Elementary School, York Community High School, Homepage, Field Elementary School, Homepage, Churchville Middle School and Sandburg Middle School

The statewide Illinois 5Essentials Survey will be closing on January 31. Please help our schools achieve the 20% parent participation necessary to receive a report. The survey only takes about 10 minutes. To participate, visit https://survey.5-essentials.org/Illinois and select the appropriate survey to begin. Schools requiring more parent participation in order to meet the 20% minimum include: Churchville, Field, Fischer, Sandburg and York.

All survey results will be presented as a school-wide aggregate, and your school and school district will never receive individual-level data. For more information about the Illinois 5Essentials Survey, or to view previous years’ reports, please visit https://illinois.5-essentials.org. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact 5Essentials Client Services at 1-866-440-1874 or 5essentials@uchicago.edu.

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Posted by: Melea Smith, District Admin, Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205
Published: 1/15/18




Audience: Jackson Elementary School, Jefferson Elementary School, Emerson Elementary School, Fischer Elementary School, Hawthorne Elementary School, Edison Elementary School, Lincoln Elementary School, Homepage, Madison Early Childhood Center and Homepage

With one member absent, the D205 Board of Education voted 6-0 to approve a Dual Language program at Conrad Fischer Elementary School for the 2018-19 school year. There was extensive discussion on the Dual Language program before the final vote. Jane Bailey, Principal at Conrad Fischer Elementary, discussed the issue of space. She said they are planning for five kindergarten sections for next year; the school currently has four sections. Mrs. Bailey said many rooms at the school are allocated for “resource rooms,” which is nothing more than office space. If those rooms were allocated to kindergarten classes, resource personnel who previously used those rooms could partner with a classroom teacher and co-teach and/or provide acceleration.

"No implementation is without growing pains, and this will be the growing pain, but I do think it will be worth it at the end of the day,” Mrs. Bailey said.

According to Principal Bailey, it is difficult to plan for potential space concerns further down the road than the first year of the program because it is still unknown how many students will participate. If there are too many Dual Language students to fit into Fischer, plans can be made to add a second location.

Regarding impact to the Fischer community, Dr. Henderson said the District will look to collect feedback from parents, students and teachers in a similar fashion to the way feedback is currently being collected for the Standards-Based Reporting system.

“It’s not something to be fearful of, because we have to think differently,” Ms. Bailey said. “If you're talking about opportunities in a global economy, then you need to be bilingual."

Dr. Moyer added that “There are benefits for both the native English speaking and native Spanish speaking students in this program, even though the rationale focuses more on native Spanish speaking students. It’s a phenomenal enrichment opportunity to truly allow all students to graduate bi-lingual, bi-literate and bi-cultural.”

Click here for details regarding the D205 Dual Language program planned for 2018-19 and Dual Language in general.

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Posted by: Melea Smith, District Admin, Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205
Published: 1/15/18




Audience: Jackson Elementary School, ~Demo: Elmhurst School, Emerson Elementary School, Fischer Elementary School, Bryan Middle School, Homepage, Homepage, ~ECUSD Demo School, Jefferson Elementary School, Hawthorne Elementary School, Edison Elementary School, Lincoln Elementary School, York Community High School, Field Elementary School, Madison Early Childhood Center, Churchville Middle School and Sandburg Middle School

The D205 Foundation is proud to announce Jill Riecker as this year's “Friend of the Foundation.” Jill's 20-year dedication to volunteerism and tireless commitment to providing Elmhurst students across all levels with opportunities and experiences both in and outside of the classroom are unparalleled. Jill's award will be presented as part of the festivities at the Foundation Gala -Empowering Futures to be held on February 10 at The Hyatt Lodge, Oak Brook.

This promises to be an amazing evening with the goal of raising funds that will enhance education and innovation in Elmhurst Public Schools.
Tickets are $175. Space is limited. Table and sponsorship opportunities are still available. If you cannot attend the event, consider supporting the Foundations efforts by purchasing a ticket for the Golden Raffle with a chance to win your choice of three great trips. Information about Mrs. Riecker's contributions, Gala and Raffle details and tickets are available at www.elmhurst205.org/2018Gala.

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Posted by: Melea Smith, District Admin, Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205
Published: 1/14/18




Audience: Jackson Elementary School, ~Demo: Elmhurst School, Emerson Elementary School, Fischer Elementary School, Bryan Middle School, Homepage, Homepage, ~ECUSD Demo School, Jefferson Elementary School, Hawthorne Elementary School, Edison Elementary School, Lincoln Elementary School, York Community High School, Field Elementary School, Madison Early Childhood Center, Churchville Middle School and Sandburg Middle School

Congratulations to Jacquelyn Discipio, Principal of Bryan Middle School, for being selected as the 2017-2018 Middle School Principal of the Year by the Illinois Principals Association DuPage Region. Ms. Discipio was selected from a pool of nominees from throughout the DuPage County region. She was honored by the District 205 Board of Education at its January 9 meeting.

She was nominated by Elmhurst District 205 Superintendent Dr. David Moyer, who stated in his nomination that “Ms. Discipio has been asked to lead monumental and transformative change in a short period of time, examples of
which include: a successful one-to-one personalized learning implementation utilizing Chromebooks in year one; implementation of a new English Language Arts curriculum and the addition of instructional coaches in year two; ongoing development of common assessments in all grade levels and content areas; and a major overhaul of the schedule to include dedicated time for interventions and enrichment and increased co-teaching for the 2017-18 school year.”

Ms. Discipio will be honored at the DuPage IPA’s annual Spring Student Recognition Breakfast on April 23. She will now be considered for a State award from among 20 nominees representing the other regions of the Illinois Principals Association. The state winners will be announced in the spring.

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Posted by: Kate Allt, District Admin, Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205
Published: 1/12/18




Audience: Bryan Middle School, Homepage, Homepage, Churchville Middle School and Sandburg Middle School

Join the Elmhurst PTA Council on Tuesday, January 16, beginning at 7:00 PM in the York High School Commons for an overview of the middle school recommendations. Mary Henderson, Ed.D, Assistant Superintendent for Learning and Leadership Development, will present a brief overview and answer the most frequently asked questions. Then parents will have the opportunity to ask District 205 administrators additional questions.

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Posted by: Melea Smith, District Admin, Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205
Published: 1/11/18




Audience: Homepage and Homepage

In his latest Superintendent's column, Dr. Dave Moyer looks ahead to 2018, and details the latest developments on the Dual Language Program at Fischer Elementary School, all-day kindergarten and implementing Project Lead the Way in the 2018-19 school year. 

You can read the latest update at www.elmhurst205.org/Supt. Follow Dr. Moyer's blog at http://superchat205.blogspot.com.

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Posted by: Kate Allt, District Admin, Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205
Published: 1/9/18




Audience: Homepage and Homepage

Due to a pipe break and subsequent water damage at the District 205 Administrative Center, 162 S. York, the building will not be fully staffed today. Water has been shut off until repairs are completed. Administrators will be available, but staff will be minimal. The main phone line will remain operational and all schools are in session.

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Posted by: Melea Smith, District Admin, Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205
Published: 1/8/18




Audience: York Community High School, Homepage and Homepage

Legendary York Community High School Boys Cross Country coach, Joe Newton, died in the early morning of December 9 in Arizona. Mr. Newton was 87 when he retired at the conclusion of the 2016 season after 60 years of coaching. A celebration of his coaching career was held at York High School on November 6, 2016. To see an overview of his career, click on the link below. A memorial celebration is planned to honor Mr. Newton on Saturday, January 27, at 2 PM in the Commons of York Community High School.

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Posted by: Melea Smith, District Admin, Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205
Published: 1/5/18




Audience: Homepage and Homepage

Rise up to the challenge of making a difference in the education of our children. The 2018 D205 Foundation Fundraising Gala, Empowering Futures, will take place on Saturday, February 10th beginning at 6:00 PM at the Hyatt Lodge in Oakbrook. The evening will feature a plated dinner, beverages, fundraising raffles and games, as well as a terrific mini and live auction. This year, the event has an added bonus with a post party that includes a deejay and dancing. Tickets are $175. Space is limited. Table and sponsorship opportunities available. More information and tickets available at www.elmhurst205.org/2018Gala

The Foundation's goal is to provide enhanced opportunities for students to learn and practice skills that will better prepare them for their future. Since its inception, the Foundation has awarded more than $1.9 million in educational enhancements that bring added resources and creative educational opportunities to the classrooms of Elmhurst District 205.

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Posted by: Melea Smith, District Admin, Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205
Published: 1/4/18




Audience: Homepage and Homepage

Know an amazing kid? The City of Elmhurst’s Commission on Youth is currently seeking nominees for its annual Exemplary Youth Service Awards, which will be presented in April. Nominations are currently being accepted. The volunteer must be an Elmhurst resident (Elmhurst address), live within School District 205 boundaries or attend an Elmhurst school.

To nominate a worthy student, please visit www.elmhurst.org/1291/Exemplary-Youth-Service-Award to download a form or complete the nomination online. Nominees may be of elementary age through high school; their service must be voluntary and unpaid. Nominations will be accepted now through Friday, March 9, 2018. Hard copy forms should be submitted to City Hall, 209 N. York Street, Elmhurst, IL, 60126 and marked: Attention Exemplary Youth Service Awards.

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Posted by: Jenna Ernst, District Admin, Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205
Published: 12/18/17




Audience: Fischer Elementary School, Homepage, Homepage and Churchville Middle School

On December 17, 2017, at 3:00 AM, Elmhurst police officers responded to a report of a 26-year-old male who was suffering from a heroin overdose in the parking lot at 841 N. York Rd. Police learned that a number of heroin packets and needles were dumped in a sewer on York Rd. and around a trash dumpster on the Churchville Middle School property.

Elmhurst police officers began a systematic search of the area and recovered 18 bags of heroin and parts of broken syringes in a sewer and in the area of the dumpster. Police K-9 dogs from the DuPage County Sheriff and the Elmhurst Police Department responded to the scene to search the area, but did not locate any additional contraband.

Due to the nature of this incident, police are asking that parents and students of Fischer Elementary (which is contiguous to the middle school property) and Churchville be vigilant for any contraband or suspicious items on school property and if observed, to immediately notify school officials or police by calling 9-1-1.

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Posted by: Melea Smith, District Admin, Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205
Published: 12/17/17




Audience: Jackson Elementary School, Jefferson Elementary School, Emerson Elementary School, Fischer Elementary School, Hawthorne Elementary School, Edison Elementary School, Lincoln Elementary School, Homepage, Field Elementary School and Homepage

Enrollment for 2018-19 incoming kindergarteners and first grade students new to Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205 will take place on Tuesday, February 6, from 9:00 to 11:00 AM and on Wednesday, February 7, from 12:30 to 3:00 PM at the school of attendance serving their home address. On Thursday, February 8, from 4:00 to 7:00 PM, enrollment will only be offered at Conrad Fischer School (for Fischer students) and at the District 205 Center, 162 S. York (serving all District 205 elementary schools).

Students must be five years old on or before September 1, 2018, to be enrolled in kindergarten. (The student’s original birth certificate must be submitted as proof.) During the February enrollment, parents/guardians must present three proofs of residency. Additionally, a photo I.D. of the person enrolling the student must be produced for identification purposes.

For a complete list of enrollment procedures, acceptable proofs of residency and additional forms, please see the New Student Enrollment page linked from the District 205 homepage. Parents may contact the District 205 Center at 630-834-4530 to obtain the name and location of the elementary school that serves their home address.

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Posted by: Melea Smith, District Admin, Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205
Published: 12/15/17




Audience: Homepage and Homepage

Notice is hereby given by the Board of Education of Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205, DuPage and Cook Counties, Illinois, that a public hearing will be held on Wednesday, December 27, 2017 at 9:00 a.m., at the District 205 Center, Rooms 215, 216 and 217, 162 S. York, Elmhurst, Illinois.  The purpose of this hearing is to seek a waiver of Illinois School Code (27-24.2) and a waiver of rules (Section 252.30(a)(3)) from the State Board of Education to allow for consideration of personnel costs in setting the District’s Driver Education fee and to assess a fee not to exceed $325.

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Posted by: Melea Smith, District Admin, Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205
Published: 12/13/17




Audience: York Community High School, Homepage and Homepage

Elmhurst District 205 is pleased to announce that 189 York Community High School students from the Class of 2018 have been recognized as Illinois State Scholars. This prestigious recognition, given annually by the Illinois Student Assistance Commission (ISAC), honors the academic achievements of over 19,000 high school students from across the state this year. They join the ranks of thousands of top Illinois students honored as State Scholars since the designation began in 1958.

Illinois State Scholars represent approximately the top ten percent of high school seniors from 738 high schools across the state. Illinois State Scholars possess strong academic potential and are chosen based on a combination of exemplary ACT or SAT test scores and/or class rank at the end of the junior year. High school guidance counselors work with ISAC to determine the winners.

York seniors named as Illinois State Scholars for 2018-19 are listed in the document linked below.


While this prestigious recognition does not include a monetary prize, recipients are encouraged to cite the honor on applications for college admission and scholarships, in addition to completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) as soon as possible. The FAFSA determines students’ eligibility for federal and state aid, including Illinois’ need-based Monetary Award Program (MAP) grant, as well as for many forms of aid offered through colleges.

Created in 1957, ISAC provides postsecondary students of all ages and backgrounds with resources and support to pursue higher education. ISAC offers free financial aid and college access events to assist students and families with the college-going process.

Students can also visit the ISAC Student Portal for college planning, financial aid and financial literacy information and free tools, as well as information on how to contact the ISACorps, a group of recent college graduates who act as near-peer mentors, for one-on-one assistance and mentoring.

Students can also
get answers to their college-going and financial aid questions sent directly to their phones by signing up for ISAC College Q&A, ISAC’s free text messaging service. Visit the ISAC Student Portal for more information at www.isac.org/studentportal.

 

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Posted by: Melea Smith, District Admin, Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205
Published: 12/12/17




Audience: Homepage and Homepage

Beginning December 11, 2017, the MySchoolBucks program convenience fee that parents pay increased from $1.95 per payment to $2.49 per payment. This is the result of an increase in card scheme fees. It is the first time in the company's 16-year history that they have raised this fee. All MySchoolBucks account holders were notified of this change via email on Monday, November 27. Please direct questions to the company at (855) 832-5226 or via email at support@myschoolbucks.com.

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Posted by: Melea Smith, District Admin, Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205
Published: 12/7/17




Audience: Homepage and Homepage

The Elmhurst Music Boosters' fundraiser set for this Friday, December 8, has been cancelled by the venue. Find the Elmhurst Music Boosters on Facebook or visit them at the EMB website.

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Posted by: Melea Smith, District Admin, Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205
Published: 12/6/17




Audience: Homepage and Homepage

Did you miss the district-wide Middle School Take-Home Chromebooks meeting on December 4 at Sandburg? If so, following are links to the information shared, including a video of the meeting: 

PowerPoint Slide Presentation

Student/Parent Information Packet

Escuela Secundaria Chromebook Información para Llevar a Casa 

Website with Tips and Instructions

Video of 12/4/17 Meeting at Sandburg Middle School

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Posted by: Kate Allt, District Admin, Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205
Published: 12/6/17




Audience: Jackson Elementary School, ~Demo: Elmhurst School, Emerson Elementary School, Fischer Elementary School, Bryan Middle School, Homepage, Homepage, ~ECUSD Demo School, Jefferson Elementary School, Hawthorne Elementary School, Edison Elementary School, Lincoln Elementary School, York Community High School, Field Elementary School, Madison Early Childhood Center, Churchville Middle School and Sandburg Middle School

The next all-district Student Late Arrival Day will be this Wednesday, December 6. Certified staff and administrators will be using this time to collaboratively review student data, discuss professional growth topics, problem solve, share best practices and continue the work of building a Professional Learning Community.

The Student Late Arrival instructional schedule for 2017-18 is as follows:

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


As always, supervised student arrival will begin 20 minutes prior to the above listed start times. The 2017-18 School Calendar (which provides a one-page overview of this information), may be found on the District 205 calendar page.

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Posted by: Melea Smith, District Admin, Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205
Published: 12/5/17




Audience: Homepage and Homepage

Reflections is the National PTA arts program that asks children to get creative. Students are invited to submit works of art in any of six different categories: dance choreography, film production, literature, music composition, photography and visual arts. The theme for the 2017-2018 program is "Within Reach."

Initial judging for Reflections was recently completed, with 48 entries advancing from the local level to the DuPage East District level. Regional judging will take place later this month with results shared in early January.

Congratulations to the following artists:


Bryan Middle School

Visual Arts: Mackenzie Johnston
Dance: Modde Devine
Literature: Sydney Lee

Churchville Middle School
Visual Arts: Saniya Mohiuddin, Kayla Tutunji, Angie Palmino
Photography: Ariela Asllani

Sandburg Middle School

Photography: Laney Toffler, Cassidy Wehrle, Jack Rosen
Music Composition: Rose Donato
Literature: Ellie Kness, Amelia Morrow
Visual Arts: Nikita Sidoryk

Edison Elementary School

Music Composition: Kenneth Gallwas, Joseph Gallwas

Emerson Elementary School

Visual Arts: Lilliana Costa
Literature: Elyssa Hall

Field Elementary School

Film: Emma Barron
Dance: Jacob Plattennberger
Literature: Elin Seiler, Calvin Schultz
Music Composotion: Dylan Bennett, Eden Brown
Photography: Linus Goetz, Moxey Wehrle
Visual Arts: Annabeth Goetz, Katie Larrick, Gavin Stotts, Lila Stanley, Ben Langan

Fischer Elementary School

Visual Arts: Gissel Ayala, Delilah Karmins

Hawthorne Elementary School
Literature: Rowan Hoppe

Jackson Elementary School

Dance: LilyaAnn Tompos
Visual Arts: Samantha Castillo, Olivia Silkaitis
Literature:  Nathan Markwald, Isra Jilani, Matthew Markwald, Ava Amendola, Sophia Amendola, Austin Lee

 

Jefferson Elementary School

Literature: Elias Tamer, Nikhita Thakar, Noveena Thakar

York Community High School
Literature: Nicole DeMare

Parent Michelle Wehrle again served as the Elmhurst PTA Council's district-wide Reflections chair. The Reflections Program was established in 1969 by the National PTA. Since that time, more than 10 million students have participated in this annual program.

 

Reaching for the Moon

Reaching for the Moon - Angie Palomino

The Sunset with Waves

The Sunset With Waves - Samantha Castillo
The World Is In Your Reach

The World Is In Your Reach - Lila Stanley

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Posted by: Melea Smith, District Admin, Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205
Published: 12/4/17




Audience: Jackson Elementary School, ~Demo: Elmhurst School, Emerson Elementary School, Fischer Elementary School, Bryan Middle School, Homepage, Homepage, ~ECUSD Demo School, Jefferson Elementary School, Hawthorne Elementary School, Edison Elementary School, Lincoln Elementary School, York Community High School, Field Elementary School, Madison Early Childhood Center, Churchville Middle School and Sandburg Middle School

The District 205 Foundation's 2018 Thiems Grant Application is now available. In consideration of the demands on your time, the application has been streamlined to make it less labor intensive to apply. We encourage you to get creative, innovate and collaborate, and apply for programs or enhancements that will help you deliver curriculum and engage students. Applications that contain technology or media components must include a Technology Review form.

District 205 teachers, students, administrators, parents or community members are eligible to apply. Requested programs, projects, or instructional resources should enhance the educational experience of students, be clearly in support of and help to deliver relevant curriculum, and, ideally, demonstrate creativity/innovation.

Applications will be accepted beginning Friday, December 1, and are due on Monday, February 12, 2018. Please review the Thiems Grant Application Guidelines and contact Executive Director Lisa Fanelli at ext. 2770 or lfanelli@elmhurst205.org with questions.

Since 1990, educational grants totaling nearly $1.5 million have been awarded through the Thiems Grant Program.

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Posted by: Melea Smith, District Admin, Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205
Published: 11/30/17




Audience: Homepage and Homepage

On Thursday, November 30, at 7:30 PM, the York Community High School Orchestras will present a Holiday Concert, including performances by the York Cadet, Concert and Symphony Orchestras conducted by Ray Ostwald. The orchestras will offer a mixture of classical and seasonal favorites. The concert will be in York’s Merle E. Baker Auditorium. Admission is free.

Senior bassoonist and concerto competition winner Nick Jack Agliata III will perform the third movement of Mozart’s Concerto for Bassoon. Other featured works include Dvorak’s Slavonic Dance No. 8, Johann Strauss Jr.’s Thunder and Lightning Polka, J. S. Bach’s “Contrapunctus No. 1” from The Art of Fugue as well as Baroque Christmas concertos by Arcangelo Corelli and Francesco Manfredini. Additional featured students include violinists Alex Boscov, Anita Wary, Adrian Zhuang, Elizabeth Yu, Maya Wlodarczyk, Dylan Mahoney and LiWen Hirt, along with cellists Gabby Mastro and Caitlin Forbes. Julian Wrobel and Alexandra Barishman will be featured on the harpsichord.

York Orchestra students will be collecting canned and non-perishable food items at the concert in the lobby to be donated to a local food pantry.


Bio for Nick Jack Agliata III:

York High School senior Nick Jack Agliata III is the principal bassoon in the York Symphonic Band and Symphony Orchestra. He studies with the assistant principal bassoon of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Bill Buchman, and previously studied under Dianne Ryan. Nick has also played with the Protege Philharmonic, Chicago Youth Concert Orchestra, Chicago Youth Philharmonic Orchestra, Chicago Symphonic Winds and his chamber ensemble, The Winds of Madness. As a sophomore and senior Nick was selected for the ILMEA District 1 Band, earning the principal chair this year.

Next year, Nick will pursue a double major in bassoon performance and musicology at the University of Memphis focusing on early music performance and the study of both the German and French system bassoons. Nick is currently working to become an orchestral librarian and hopes to one day return to Chicago to work with an orchestra.

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Posted by: Kate Allt, District Admin, Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205
Published: 11/28/17




Audience: Emerson Elementary School, Hawthorne Elementary School, York Community High School, Homepage, Homepage and Churchville Middle School

Elmhurst Police have three suspects in custody for investigation of burglary and auto theft that occurred in north Elmhurst. On Monday, November 27, 2017 at 5:00 AM, Elmhurst police officers responded to the area of 600 Fay for a report of a prowler in the garage. Responding officers observed two vehicles leaving the area and attempted to stop the cars. Both vehicles fled and struck a marked squad car in front of 429 West Ave., and the suspects fled the scene on foot. It has been learned that the vehicles were stolen from Villa Park & Elmhurst.

Elmhurst Police officers established a perimeter and with the assistance of surrounding police agencies began a systematic search of the area. The suspects were subsequently located at: 463 W. North Ave, North Ave & Ridgeland, and 400 block of West Ave. Police have recovered a loaded handgun from one of the suspects and are still looking for a fourth suspect who is believed to have left the area.

As a result, both Emerson Elementary and Churchville Middle School were operating under an emergency Late Start schedule this morning.

This investigation remains ongoing and at this point, it is believed that the suspects may have been entering unlocked cars and garages in order to steal items of value and cars with keys in the ignition.

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to contact the Elmhurst Police at 630-530-3050.

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Posted by: Melea Smith, District Admin, Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205
Published: 11/27/17




Audience: Jackson Elementary School, ~Demo: Elmhurst School, Emerson Elementary School, Fischer Elementary School, Bryan Middle School, Homepage, Homepage, ~ECUSD Demo School, Jefferson Elementary School, Hawthorne Elementary School, Edison Elementary School, Lincoln Elementary School, York Community High School, Field Elementary School, Madison Early Childhood Center, Churchville Middle School and Sandburg Middle School

Students, teachers and parents across Illinois have the opportunity to participate in the fourth annual statewide Illinois 5Essentials Survey. This survey allows you and your child (in grades 4 through 12) to share thoughts on important elements of school effectiveness at your child’s school. It asks students about their experiences in school and parents about their experiences with their child’s school, giving school leaders critical input to help develop school improvement plans.

On behalf of the Illinois State Board of Education, the Illinois 5Essentials Survey will be administered online by UChicago Impact at the University of Chicago. The survey gathers data related to five indicators that can predict important student outcomes, including improved attendance and larger test score gains. These five indicators that affect and predict school success are:

  • Effective Leaders
  • Collaborative Teachers
  • Involved Families
  • Supportive Environments
  • Ambitious Instruction

Prior research in more than 400 schools has shown that schools that were strong on at least three of these “5Essential” indicators were 10 times more likely to improve student learning gains in math and reading than those that were weak on three or more Essentials.

In March of 2018, reports will be sent to schools and districts that achieve the 20% participation threshold for parents and 50% threshold for students and staff. Data will also be included in the Illinois State School Report Card next fall.


Your identity and survey responses will be kept completely confidential and will never be connected to you or your child. Student participants will be required to log in using their student ID and birth date in order to complete the survey. Students’ identities will be completely confidential. Teachers or administrators will never see individual responses to survey questions and will only receive aggregated information, such as the total percentage of students who agree homework assignments help them learn the course material.

The parent survey takes about 10 minutes; the student survey takes about 25 minutes. To take the parent survey please visit https://survey.5-essentials.org/Illinois/ and select the appropriate survey to begin. The Illinois 5Essentials Survey was scheduled to be conducted in November. The survey will be open through January 31, 2018. We hope you will participate.

For more information about the Illinois 5Essentials Survey, or to view previous years’ reports, please visit https://illinois.5-essentials.org. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact 5Essentials Client Services at 1-866-440-1874 or 5essentials@uchicago.edu.

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Posted by: Melea Smith, District Admin, Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205
Published: 11/27/17




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In his latest Superintendent's column, Dr. Dave Moyer details an update on Phase II of Focus 205, including the findings of a telephone poll taken by District 205 residents. Dr. Moyer also explains the potential impacts of a property tax freeze in Illinois. 

You can read the latest update at www.elmhurst205.org/Supt. Follow Dr. Moyer's blog at http://superchat205.blogspot.com.

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Posted by: Melea Smith, District Admin, Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205
Published: 11/26/17




Audience: Homepage and Homepage

In my September State of the Schools address, I shared many recent District 205 accomplishments as well as glimpses of several exciting things are are currently in process or on the horizon in the near future. There is no question that we have many things for which to be thankful. I am very thankful for an outstanding senior leadership team that I would put up against any District in the state. And, of course, I am grateful for the teachers who are working hard to ensure that District 205 is a Leader in Future Ready Learning. None of this is possible without community and parent support, and the list goes on and on.

But, as I visit the buildings and follow the District's day-to-day happenings in on Twitter, it is clear what I am most thankful for--the amazing students that brighten our lives every day. Their smiles, hugs, jokes, struggles and triumphs are all part of our collective purpose. The District has four belief statements. One states simply that "We make decisions based on what is best for students." I am definitely thankful for them most of all.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Dr. David Moyer
Superintendent of Schools


View this address in video format

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Posted by: Melea Smith, District Admin, Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205
Published: 11/23/17




Audience: York Community High School, Homepage and Homepage

The Rotary Club of Elmhurst convened at York Community High School on November 16 to officially launch a program aimed at early intervention for students at risk for or engaging in substance abuse. The event occurred following year-long discussions between members of the Elmhurst Rotary and York High School administrators about a partnership to combat substance use and increase adolescents’ social and emotional skills.

The program included a luncheon at La Brigade, York’s student-run restaurant; a presentation by Melissa Moore, York Assistant Principal for Student Services; and the official dedication of a student group space at York. Both the early intervention program and the group space furnishings were funded by a donation from Elmhurst Rotary. “After meetings with city officials and its own research on the opioid crisis, the Rotary Club of Elmhurst wanted to make a difference in our own community by donating $10,000 to the plan developed by District 205 and York High School,” said Rob Kopecky, President of Rotary Club of Elmhurst.

The intervention program will allow students to be referred for an assessment conducted by a provider from Rosecrance Health Network. The results would be used to determine a student’s need for treatment and recommendations for level of care. While there is no cost associated with the assessment, the Rotary Club of Elmhurst has provided funding for York High School to offer an on-site counseling group as one of the potential intervention recommendations. The group will be co-facilitated by Matt Quinn, of Rosecrance Health Network, and Bonnie Salvo, York High School Social Worker, both of whom were in attendance at the November 16 event.

The day concluded with a ribbon-cutting ceremony and opportunity for members of the Rotary Club of Elmhurst to view the new group space at York, which will be used for students to meet with members of the York Student Services department. The groups will serve a variety of purposes aimed at supporting students’ social-emotional well-being, ranging from managing stress and anxiety to dealing with anger or navigating common high school experiences. The group space will also be used for the substance abuse counseling program.

Greg St. Laurent (second from left) presents a Rotary International plaque to Dr. David Moyer (far left), Melissa Moore, and Erin DeLuga (far right) during the dedication of the group space at York High School on November 16, 2017.


 

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Posted by: Kate Allt, District Admin, Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205
Published: 11/21/17




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November 15 is annually designated as School Board Members Day in Illinois. Elmhurst District 205 joins other districts across the State to thank these community volunteers for their commitment and contributions to our public schools. Nearly 6,000 people serve as elected school board members in Illinois.

Our Board of Education members 
serve without monetary compensation to make public education and District 205 the best it can be for every child. During these fiscal times, they develop policies and make tough decisions on complex educational and social issues that affect the entire community and the lives of individual students.

They bear responsibility and oversight for an overall annual budget of $150 million; almost 8,600 students from Early Childhood through 12th grade; nearly 1,000 employees; and 15 buildings that sit on 125 acres.

Preparing today’s students to be productive citizens and the leaders in a global economy is a tremendous task. As elected officials, school board members are the voice of their communities, serving first and foremost in the best interest of our schoolchildren.

Often we take for granted the service that these education advocates provide. Taking time out to say “thank you” is the least we can do, as they provide vision and leadership for student achievement, academic programs, district funding and school facilities. Their service ensures that decisions about Elmhurst public schools are made locally by those most familiar with the needs of our community.

School board members deserve recognition and gratitude for their unfailing commitment to the continuing success of our students now and in the f

uture. Many thanks to Board President Shannon Ebner, Vice President Margaret Harrell, Secretary Karen Stuefen and members Jim Collins, Chris Blum, John McDonough and Kara Caforio.


 

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Posted by: Kate Allt, District Admin, Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205
Published: 11/15/17




Audience: Homepage and Homepage

Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205 was well represented at the Illinois State Board of Education’s annual Those Who Excel Awards Banquet, held on October 28 in Bloomington-Normal. Six individual educators and one team received Awards of Merit and Awards of Recognition.

Honorees include Jane Bailey, Principal at Conrad Fischer Elementary School, Julie Deely and Margaret Rask, co-chairs of the Churchville Charge Amazing Race Event, Donna Dewar, librarian at Conrad Fischer Elementary School, Sharon Emmi-Iovielli, instructional coach at Conrad Fischer Elementary School, Dianne Schiltz, education assistant at Bryan Middle School, Karen Stezowski, District 205 parent and PTA volunteer and Cindy Villalobos, bilingual math teacher at Churchville Middle School.

For more background on the Those Who Excel honorees, click here.


 

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Posted by: Melea Smith, District Admin, Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205
Published: 11/14/17




Audience: Homepage and Homepage

The Tuesday, November 14, Elmhurst D205 Board of Education meeting will feature presentations on Middle School Acceleration and the Middle School Curriculum and Schedule Adjustments for 2018-19. For background information on the middle school recommendations, please reference this website created last year: http://bit.ly/2jsSl0r

The results of the recent Focus 205 Phase 2 telephone poll will also be shared. In addition, the Board will take a look at the first reading of five policy updates as suggested by PRESS (Policy Reference Education Subscription Service).

Initial policy readings are necessary to bring discussion regarding possible changes into the public forum. It is the starting point for official discourse. To that end, please understand that no decision has been made related to any of these items, including Policy #7:260 - Exemption from Physical Education.

To view the agenda items and supporting documents, visit www.boarddocs.com/il/elmhurst/Board.nsf/Public.

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Posted by: Kate Allt, District Admin, Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205
Published: 11/13/17




Audience: Homepage and Homepage

On Thursday, November 9, Elmhurst District 205 hosted arguably the most prominent world-wide educational thought-leader, Dr. Michael Fullan. Dr. Fullan was awarded the Order of Canada in 2012 for his work in transforming education in the Province of Ontario. His organization currently works with countries, states, jurisdictions, and districts in Ontario, California, England, Finland, New Zealand, Australia and Uruguay.

Seventy-five D205 administrators and teacher leaders were in attendance along with 50 other educators from six other Districts.

Dr. Fullan is a prolific author. His website features 34 of his books, but this number does not include many of his collaborative efforts, white papers, and other scholarly publications.

Over the past three years, the administrative team has studied his books Coherence: The Right Drivers in Action for Schools, Districts, and Systems (Fullan and Quinn), Professional Capital: Transforming Teaching in Every School (Fullan and Hargreaves), The Principal: Three Keys to Maximizing Impact and Cultures Built to Last: Systematic PLCs at Work (DuFour and Fullan).

The presentation focused on the elements of his recent work Coherence (Focusing Direction, Creating Collaborative Cultures, Deepening Learning, and Securing Accountability) with an emphasis on deepening learning and the implications of technology through the lens of healthy cultures. His practical approach creates and drives theory after consulting with successful practitioners in the field.

D205 Superintendent Dr. David Moyer commented, "Today was a great day for the future of Education in Elmhurst. Although Dr. Fullan has been awarded the Order of Canada, we’d like to think he is more proud of the recognition he received today when we memorialized him as an Honorary Duke. Michael is truly brilliant, but he can make the most complex concepts intuitive and accessible. Our administrators and teacher leaders were engaged in serious reflective thought about our role in society and moral obligation to ensure that all students learn and grow. I was extremely happy to partner with other area districts who, likewise, are committed to this principle.”

 

Dr. David Moyer and Dr. Michael Fullan
 

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Posted by: Melea Smith, District Admin, Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205
Published: 11/12/17




Audience: Homepage and Homepage

Pursuant to Illinois School Code 105 ILCS 122-50-4 Student Temporary Records of students who have graduated, transferred or permanently withdrawn from Elmhurst CUSD 205 on or before December 21, 2012 will be destroyed no earlier than December 21, 2017.

Student Temporary Records are all information contained in a school student record but not contained in the student permanent record. Such information may include family background information, intelligence test scores, aptitude test scores, psychological and personality test results, teacher evaluations, and other information of clear relevance to the education of the student, all subject to regulations of the State Board. The information shall include information provided under Section 8.6 of the Abused and Neglected Child Reporting Act.


In addition, the student temporary record shall include information regarding serious disciplinary infractions that resulted in expulsion, suspension, or the imposition of punishment or sanction. For purposes of this provision, serious disciplinary infractions means: infractions involving drugs, weapons, or bodily harm to another.

The school district shall maintain student temporary records and the information contained in those records for not less than 5 years after the student has transferred, graduated, or otherwise withdrawn from the school.

Persons who are the natural parent of the student or other persons who have the primary responsibility for the care and upbringing of the student shall be given an opportunity to copy the record and information proposed to be destroyed or deleted. Eligible persons who wish to inspect records scheduled for destruction on December 21, 2017 can call the Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205 Student Services Department at 630-617-2490.

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Posted by: Melea Smith, District Admin, Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205
Published: 11/10/17




Audience: Jackson Elementary School, ~Demo: Elmhurst School, Emerson Elementary School, Fischer Elementary School, Bryan Middle School, Homepage, Homepage, ~ECUSD Demo School, Jefferson Elementary School, Hawthorne Elementary School, Edison Elementary School, Lincoln Elementary School, York Community High School, Field Elementary School, Madison Early Childhood Center, Churchville Middle School and Sandburg Middle School

The fifth all-district Student Late Arrival Day will be this Wednesday, November 8. Certified staff and administrators will be using this time to collaboratively review student data, discuss professional growth topics, problem solve, share best practices and continue the work of building a Professional Learning Community.

The Student Late Arrival instructional schedule for 2017-18 will be as follows:

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


As always, supervised student arrival will begin 20 minutes prior to the above listed start times. The 2017-18 School Calendar (which provides a one-page overview of this information), may be found on the District 205 calendar page.

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Posted by: Melea Smith, District Admin, Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205
Published: 11/7/17




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For the first time in District 205, elementary Parent-Teacher Conference sign-up is taking place online. The signup portal opened on November 7 and will close on November 14 at midnight. A PowerSchool parent single sign-on (SSO) account is required in order to schedule a conference through PowerPTC.


Parents who have not yet created a SSO account received a separate communication with instructions. Please refer to these step-by-step instructions or contact the office of your child's school if you have questions. If you have an existing account for a high school or middle school student, you need to add the activation codes for the elementary school student to your existing account.


Parent-Teacher Conferences will take place on Monday, November 20 from 4:30 to 8:00 PM and on Tuesday, November 21 from 10 AM to 6 PM, with no school for elementary school students only that Tuesday.

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Posted by: Melea Smith, District Admin, Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205
Published: 11/6/17




Audience: Homepage and Homepage

SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) today released the 2017 Illinois Report Card. The annual Illinois Report Card shows the performance and progress of schools, districts, and the state overall on a wide range of educational metrics. Elmhurst School District 205's Illinois Report Cards are now posted on this website at this link.

The www.illinoisreportcard.com interactive website goes live on Friday, Nov. 3. The Data Quality Campaign and the Education Commission of the States have praised the Illinois Report Card as comprehensive and easy to understand.

State-level data on the 2017 Illinois Report Card show students achieved gains in a number of indicators from the 2015-16 school year to the 2016-17 school year. Student outcomes improved in English language arts achievement on the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) assessment, the four-year graduation rate, college enrollment rates, Advanced Placement participation and success, the community college remediation rate, ninth-grade students on track to graduate, and eighth-grade students passing Algebra I.  

 

“The 2017 Illinois Report Card demonstrates our students’ and educators’ tremendous capacity for growth,” said State Superintendent of Education Tony Smith, Ph.D. “We are making real progress. Our educators and educational leaders are diving into the data to uncover what’s working and to identify new strategies and partnerships to support the whole child. At the Those Who Excel banquet on Saturday, I had the opportunity to honor hundreds of extraordinary educators who are doing exceptional work. We have so much talent in our state. We need to accelerate the growth we’re seeing by facilitating connections and knowledge-sharing between schools and districts.

 

“The strengths and opportunities apparent in the data show that our balanced accountability system is looking at the right measures. Educators know how students’ attendance and success at critical transition points like the third grade, the ninth grade, and the first year of college strongly correlate to future success. Accountability starts with focusing on the numbers that matter for students. Illinois’ Every Student Succeeds Act Plan uses data and local context to drive appreciative inquiry and inform more holistic supports.

 

“Illinois’ educators and students worked incredibly hard under extreme financial uncertainty. Their passion and dedication is clear. The state is committed to exploring new ways to attract highly qualified and diverse professionals to answer the call to teach. With more equitable funding and our Illinois ESSA Plan in place, I believe we are on the right path to create the conditions for students to thrive.”

 

The 2017 Illinois Report Card includes data for the first statewide administration of the SAT. All 11th-grade students took the SAT in the spring of 2017 as both a free college entrance exam and Illinois’ high school accountability assessment for math and English language arts.

 

The new Illinois SAT Performance Levels, determined through an educator-led process, show how well Illinois students know the Illinois Learning Standards in math and English language arts. The four levels (Exceeds Standards, Meets Standards, Approaching Standards, and Partially Meets Standards) indicate different levels of mastery of the Illinois Learning Standards. Illinois educators use the Illinois SAT Performance Levels to see how well their curriculum and instruction align to the state’s learning standards. The Illinois Learning Standards and the Illinois SAT Performance Levels are intentionally rigorous to further the goal of reducing the number of graduates who need to take remedial courses in college.

 

State-level highlights from the 2017 Illinois Report Card include:
 

Academic achievement:

  • The spring 2017 statewide administration of the SAT established Illinois’ new baseline for high school student achievement: 39.8 percent of 11th-grade students achieved proficiency in English language arts and 36.4 percent achieved proficiency in math. Students will continue to have access to free, supplemental, online resources from Kahn Academy to improve their mastery of Illinois Learning Standards assessed by the SAT.
  • The percentage of third- through eighth-grade students meeting or exceeding standards in English language arts on the PARCC assessment increased from 36.5 percent in 2016 to 37 percent in 2017.
  • The percentage of third- through eighth-grade students meeting or exceeding standards in math on the PARCC assessment decreased from 31.6 percent in 2016 to 31.2 percent in 2017.

College enrollment and preparation:

  • The four-year high school graduation rate increased from 85.5 percent to 87 percent.
  • The percentage of students enrolled in college 12 months after graduating also increased from 67.8 percent to 69.5 percent.
  • The percentage of students enrolled in college 16 months after graduating increased from 71.4 percent to 73.2 percent.
  • The percentage of Illinois public high school graduates enrolled in Illinois community colleges taking remedial courses improved from 49.4 percent for the class of 2015 graduates to 46.8 percent for the class of 2016 graduates.
  • The number of students in the 10th, 11th, and 12th grades taking advanced coursework (Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate, and dual credit courses) increased from 154,290 in 2016 to 160,657 in 2017.
  • The number of students in the 10th, 11th, and 12th grades taking Advanced Placement courses increased from 112,156 in 2016 to 116,505 in 2017.
  • The number of Advanced Placement exams taken by the 12th-grade class at any point during high school increased from 155,180 in 2016 to 167,009 in 2017.
  • The percent of Advanced Placement exams passed remained stable, increasing slightly from 65.9 percent in 2016 to 66.4 percent in 2017 of all exams taken by the 12th-grade class.
  • The number of students in the 10th, 11th, and 12th grades taking International Baccalaureate courses increased from 4,466 in 2016 to 9,988 in 2017.

Student success:

  • The percentage of ninth-grade students on track to graduate increased from 82.4 percent in 2016 to 87.1 percent in 2017.
  • The number of eighth-grade students passing Algebra I increased from 28.4 percent in 2016 to 29.5 percent in 2017.
  • Concern: The rate of chronic truancy increased from 9.8 percent in 2016 to 10.8 percent in 2017. Chronic truancy measures the percentage of students who miss 5 percent or more of school days per year without a valid excuse.

Educator workforce:

  • The teacher retention rate increased from 85.8 percent in 2016 to 86.3 percent in 2017.
  • The principal turnover remained stable, increasing slightly from 1.9 principals at the same school in six years in 2016 to two principals in 2017.
  • Overall teacher diversity remained mostly unchanged. In the 2016-17 school year, 83.3 percent of Illinois teachers were White, compared to 48.5 percent of Illinois students.
  • The average teacher salary increased by $1,066 from $63,450 in 2016 to $64,516 in 2017.
  • The average administrator salary increased by $2,639 from $103,634 in 2016 to $106,273 in 2017.

Additional data and information, including a glossary of Report Card terms and FAQ, are available at www.isbe.net/ilreportcarddata.

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Posted by: Melea Smith, District Admin, Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205
Published: 10/31/17




Audience: Homepage and Homepage

All District 205 students and families are invited to help fill holiday food boxes by bringing their donations to their local school from October 23-November 17. There will also be collection bins at the Elmhurst Public Library, the YMCA and Park District locations. The donations will then be picked up and moved to the Elmhurst Public Works Garage, where they will be sorted and boxed for distribution in December.

The United Community Concerns Association gives assistance to Elmhurst school children and their families, providing food baskets and food certificates at Thanksgiving, Christmas and Easter. Last year UCCA assisted over 300 families throughout the holidays. Please see the related flyer posted on the D205 Virtual Backpack page.

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Posted by: Kate Allt, District Admin, Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205
Published: 10/30/17




Audience: Jackson Elementary School, ~Demo: Elmhurst School, Emerson Elementary School, Fischer Elementary School, Bryan Middle School, Homepage, Homepage, ~ECUSD Demo School, Jefferson Elementary School, Hawthorne Elementary School, Edison Elementary School, Lincoln Elementary School, York Community High School, Field Elementary School, Madison Early Childhood Center, Churchville Middle School and Sandburg Middle School

District 205’s Social Work Department presents "Well-parented Kids: 10 Anchors for Building Strong Families." This free program for parents will be held on Tuesday, October 24, from 12:30-2:30 PM in the Sandburg Middle School Auditorium. This presentation will identify the key elements of effective parent-child relationships including setting communication norms, modeling values, sponsoring constructive conflict resolution, maintaining respect and trust, facilitating growth, teaching coping skills and navigating change. Presenters are Katie McDougall, LCSW and Steve Ritter, LCSW. No reservations are needed. Please enter through door 2, in the auditorium. Parking is available in the back of the school, just be alert for students.

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Posted by: Melea Smith, District Admin, Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205
Published: 10/21/17




Audience: Bryan Middle School, York Community High School, Homepage, Homepage, Churchville Middle School and Sandburg Middle School

The City of Elmhurst's Commission on Youth welcomes Brent Sopel, former Chicago Blackhawk Stanley Cup champion, on Wednesday, October 25th, beginning at 7:00 PM in York High School's Campbell Gym. His presentation is most appropriate for students 6th grade and up.

A champion of causes, Brent fearlessly defends underdogs of all walks of life. He is no longer hiding “behind the stick” as he reveals his own hidden challenges. Winners and champions aren’t those without struggles; they are the people that overcome them.

The battles Brent fought on the ice left visible scars, but the invisible wounds he suffered cut deeper. Brent's personal story has directed him toward a path of advocating for others who are struggling with similar obstacles. As a result, Brent’s mission is to be:

  • A champion for Dyslexia and Dysgraphia Awareness
  • A champion for Alcohol and Drug Addiction Recovery
  • A champion for Youth Training and Mentoring

Email youthcommission630@gmail.com for more information or with any questions. Special thanks go to Rosecrance in their help sponsoring this event. They will lead a Q&A following Mr. Sopel's presentation that evening.Brent Sopel
 

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Posted by: Melea Smith, District Admin, Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205
Published: 10/20/17




Audience: Jackson Elementary School, ~Demo: Elmhurst School, Emerson Elementary School, Fischer Elementary School, Bryan Middle School, Homepage, Homepage, ~ECUSD Demo School, Jefferson Elementary School, Hawthorne Elementary School, Edison Elementary School, Lincoln Elementary School, York Community High School, Field Elementary School, Madison Early Childhood Center, Churchville Middle School and Sandburg Middle School

The purchase of an outdoor or beautiful indoor tree will benefit Elmhurst 205 schools and students long after the holiday is over. This pre-order fundraising sale supports the long-standing Elmhurst tradition of beautifully lit streets that line our neighborhoods during the holiday season. Trees can be purchased as part of a neighborhood group scheduled for delivery on November 25th, or ordered individually and picked up (or delivered for a $20 fee) on December 2nd.

The District 205 Foundation website contains all the tools you will need to be a tree captain for your block or to purchase a tree. Visit www.elmhurst205.org/HolidayTrees for more information or to place an order. Orders are due by Friday, October 27th. 

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Posted by: Kate Allt, District Admin, Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205
Published: 10/20/17




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Notice is hereby given by the Board of Education of Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205, DuPage and Cook Counties, Illinois, that a public hearing will be held on Tuesday, November 14, 2017 at 7:30 p.m., at the District 205 Center, Rooms 215, 216 and 217, 162 S. York Road, Elmhurst, Illinois. The purpose of this hearing is to seek a waiver of rules (Section 252.30(a)(3)) from the State Board of Education to allow for consideration of personnel costs in setting the District’s Driver Education fee and to assess a fee not to exceed $325.

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Posted by: Melea Smith, District Admin, Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205
Published: 10/19/17




Audience: York Community High School, Homepage and Homepage

More than 3,000 students from over 75 schools throughout Northeastern Illinois auditioned for the honor of being chosen for the All-District band, chorus, orchestra and jazz band. The selected York Community High School student musicians will perform at the Illinois Music Educators Association (ILMEA) All-District Music Festivals this November. ILMEA’s District I Jazz Festival will be Saturday, November 11, at Thornton Fractional South High School, located at 18500 Burnham Ave in Lansing, IL. The ILMEA District I Band, Chorus and Orchestra Music Festival will be Saturday, November 18, at Elmhurst College, located at 190 S Prospect Ave., Elmhurst, IL.

The Illinois Music Educator Association All-District I selectees from York Community High School are:

Nick Agliata, Bassoon

Katharine Bartosz, Soprano

Michael Bindeman, Bass

Olivia Braun, Trombone

Madds Buckley, Alto

Grace Clarke, Alto Sax

Matt Dardick, Alto Sax, Concert Band and Jazz Ensemble

Emily Dow, Cello

Kristen Drost, Soprano

Audrey Fatheree, French Horn

Danielle Fite, Alto

Lauren Hund, Flute

Rylan Johnsen, Viola

Carina Kanzler, Soprano

Helen Koczur, Soprano

Erin Lee, Soprano

Wilke Macariola, Tenor

Bailey Maguire, Alto

Lauren Makinney, Double Bass

Abigail Marianetti, Cello

David Menichini, Trumpet

Jackie Meyer, Alto

Chuck Miller, Tenor Sax, Concert Band and Jazz Ensemble

Siena Olson, French Horn

Nicole Polizzi, Soprano

Sebastian Rohn, Tenor

Erin Stone, Alto

Cece Stumpf, Trumpet

Tessa Vermeulen, Flute

Nick Villarreal, Clarinet

 

Members of the York Performing Arts Department include: Chris Gemkow, Rebecca Marianetti, Ray Ostwald, Michael Pavlik, Anna Sapozhnikov, Michelle Scurlock and Bill Riddle, Chair.

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Posted by: Melea Smith, District Admin, Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205
Published: 10/17/17




Audience: Jackson Elementary School, ~Demo: Elmhurst School, Emerson Elementary School, Fischer Elementary School, Bryan Middle School, Homepage, Homepage, ~ECUSD Demo School, Jefferson Elementary School, Hawthorne Elementary School, Edison Elementary School, Lincoln Elementary School, York Community High School, Field Elementary School, Madison Early Childhood Center, Churchville Middle School and Sandburg Middle School

The second “Coffee With the Superintendent” of the school year will be held on Monday, October 16 at Bryan Middle School, 111 W. Butterfield Road, Elmhurst, beginning at 10:00 AM. Come meet with Dr. David Moyer in an informal setting. This year’s coffee opportunities are again being organized by the PTA Council and are open to any interested District 205 parent or community resident. The remaining dates/times for 2017-18 are: January 16, 1:30 PM - York; February 21, 1:30 PM - Jackson; and April 26, 10:00 AM - Lincoln.

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Posted by: Melea Smith, District Admin, Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205
Published: 10/14/17




Audience: Bryan Middle School, Homepage, Homepage and Churchville Middle School

Bryan Middle School is planning a variety of Veterans Day activities, including writing thank-you postcards to veterans at Hines VA Hospital, a display of artifacts from veterans related to Bryan staff members, and a writing contest based on the prompt “Why do we honor veterans?” In addition, there will be a Veterans Recognition Breakfast on November 10 from 7:30 to 8:15 AM, sponsored by the Bryan PTA and KIDS Leadership group, with music from the school’s orchestra. From 8:45 to 9:45 AM, a Recognition Assembly will honor local veterans, with Bruce Harkin serving as keynote speaker. Bryan Boy Scouts will present and retire the flag; the band and chorus will perform patriotic music and the winning essays will be read. All interested veterans are invited to attend. Please contact James Tang at jtang@elmhurst205.org for further details.

Churchville Middle School will be holding its 9th annual Veterans Day Assembly and welcome veterans and their families to join them on Friday, November 10, from 2:00 – 3:30 PM. The location is 155 Victory Parkway, Elmhurst. Please enter through the main entrance (canopied) door. R.S.V.P. to Peter Richey at prichey@elmhurst205.org or call (630) 832-8682 ext. 3949 and let them know who will be attending the event. You will be contacted with further information about the event and have the opportunity to ask questions.

York Community High School will be holding its 7th annual all-school Veterans’ Day assembly on Friday, November 10. Any interested U.S. veterans, as well as current servicemen and women, are invited to come and be honored in York’s Campbell Gym. The assembly begins at 8 AM and will include speeches from selected veterans, as well as York students and administrators. Veterans are encouraged to arrive at 7:15 AM for coffee, pastries and bagels in the high school’s Yorker Room, 355 W. St. Charles Road, Elmhurst (please enter through main door, #3).

On Saturday, November 11, members of the York Student Council will serve a free breakfast to American veterans and their families/friends from 9 to 11 AM in the high school cafeteria. If you are interested in attending the assembly, the breakfast or both, please contact York Student Council Advisor Matt Moran via email at MMoran@elmhurst205.org or by calling 630-617-2400, ext. 7285 and leaving a message. Let him know how many people will be attending each event.

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Posted by: Melea Smith, District Admin, Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205
Published: 10/10/17




Audience: Jackson Elementary School, ~Demo: Elmhurst School, Emerson Elementary School, Fischer Elementary School, Bryan Middle School, Homepage, Homepage, ~ECUSD Demo School, Jefferson Elementary School, Hawthorne Elementary School, Edison Elementary School, Lincoln Elementary School, York Community High School, Field Elementary School, Madison Early Childhood Center, Churchville Middle School and Sandburg Middle School

The York Performing Arts Department is proud to present “From the Mainland to the Islands” featuring York alum Paul McDermand with a special performance by the York High School Jazz Ensemble on Tuesday evening, October 10, at 7:30 pm in the Merle E. Baker Auditorium. Tickets are $10.00 for adults (general seating) and children 18 and under are free! Click on the following link to purchase tickets www.ticketpeak.com/yorkdrama

Steel drum and marimba artist Paul McDermand, York Class of 1974, has appeared with some of the biggest names in music including Tony Bennett, Johnny Cash, Natalie Cole and the Moody Blues. Paul is surrounded by an all-star rhythm section culled from the stages of Stevie Nicks, Jerry Lee Lewis, Lyle Lovett and Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber. See a video clip at http://bit.ly/ElmhurstD205McDermand 

 

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Posted by: Kate Allt, District Admin, Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205
Published: 10/8/17




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This year’s Parent-Teacher Conferences at York High School took place on Tuesday, October 3 from 4 to 8:30 PM and will continue on Tuesday, October 10 from 8 AM to 3 PM, with no school for high school students only that day.

Middle school conferences are October 19 and 20, while elementary conferences are November 20 and 21. Signup for these conferences is also being done electronically through PowerPTC and a single sign-on parent account in PowerSchool. For more details visit: www.elmhurst205.org/PTC.

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Posted by: Melea Smith, District Admin, Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205
Published: 10/3/17




Audience: Jackson Elementary School, ~Demo: Elmhurst School, Emerson Elementary School, Fischer Elementary School, Bryan Middle School, Homepage, Homepage, ~ECUSD Demo School, Jefferson Elementary School, Hawthorne Elementary School, Edison Elementary School, Lincoln Elementary School, York Community High School, Field Elementary School, Madison Early Childhood Center, Churchville Middle School and Sandburg Middle School

Erin’s Law, House Bill 6193, became Illinois law in 2013. This legislation requires schools to teach age-appropriate sexual assault and abuse awareness and prevention for grades Pre-K through 12. In Elmhurst, we already have personal safety built into many grade levels’ health education curriculum. Beginning two years ago, after reviewing the requirements of the new legislation, we recognized that our students could benefit from additional information and strategies in order to consider past events and prevent future encounters. Our curriculum was enhanced at each grade level to cover the following:

  • Distinguishing different types of touch
  • Saying “NO”
  • It’s not the child’s fault if someone touches him or her
  • Identifying and telling a trusted adult

Again this year, an award-winning non-profit group, Imagination Theater, will deliver age-appropriate experiences for our students in 1st through 8th grade. Information about their program, called “No Secrets,” may be found by visiting www.imaginationtheater.org. A schedule of all elementary and middle school student assemblies can be found below.

Our school social workers will visit all of the Early Childhood and Kindergarten classrooms, as they did last year, to share age-appropriate read-alouds with students as a part of the Personal Safety Unit that is already in place at our schools.

York High School will be bringing in presenters from Elmhurst Hospital, as well as addressing the topic in multiple courses.

Please direct all questions about your school’s lesson(s) or assemblies to your child’s principal.

 

School Date Performance 1 Performance 2 Performance 3
Bryan MS 10/16/17 8:25 11:00 1:20
Churchville MS 10/12/17 8:25 11:00 1:20
Conrad Fischer 10/10/17 1:00 2:00 N/A
Edison 10/13/17 12:45 1:45 N/A
Emerson 10/17/17 12:45 1:45 N/A
Field 10/19/17 8:30 9:30 N/A
Hawthorne 10/17/17 8:30 9:30 N/A
Jackson 10/13/17 8:30 9:30 N/A
Jefferson 10/19/17 12:45 1:45 N/A
Lincoln 10/10/17 8:30 9:30 N/A
Sandburg MS 10/6/17 8:25 11:00 1:20
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Posted by: Melea Smith, District Admin, Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205
Published: 9/29/17




Audience: York Community High School, Homepage and Homepage

On Tuesday September 26, York Community High School’s entire sophomore class explored First Amendment rights as part of a day-long, interdisciplinary forum that centered on banned books, music, social media and the American flag. Examples were chosen based on their relevance to teenagers.

One First Amendment case involved re-creating a 1989 installation by Chicago artist Dread Scott, who was later part of a landmark U.S. Supreme Court decision protecting the right to free speech. Unlike the Scott example, York’s display was created to ensure the flag was not stepped on or defaced in any way. The goal was to create an authentic learning environment, and we are continuing to learn from this experience.

We ask our students to think critically about issues relevant to them and our society. At the same time, we understand that this demonstration caused some angst in the larger community and for that we deeply apologize.

York Principal Erin DeLuga shared the following information with families yesterday:

  • The purpose of the forum was to explore the complexities of the constitutionally protected right of free speech by examining real cases and encourage students to think critically about issues relevant to them and our society.
     
  • One of the cases was a recreation of Dread Scott's "What is the proper way to display a U.S. Flag?" The Scott installation featured the flag on the ground. The York display did not intend to disrespect the flag, the military, or the government; rather, it was used for students to reconcile their feelings about current issues and whether their 1st Amendment rights are protected.
     
  • Two of the students folded the flag and turned it over to a representative from the Elmhurst American Legion to ensure that it would be retired respectfully in accordance with proper flag etiquette.
     
  • We have these conversations in the school environment to foster greater dialogue when our students are in the community.

Yesterday afternoon and throughout the day today, York administrators have met with students to provide them with an opportunity to express their perspectives. Through these conversations, feedback has been gathered on how the administration and staff can ensure that all students' voices are represented through productive and respectful discourse going forward.

Our staff and students will learn from this week's lesson, and we will make changes to this forum in the future to ensure we do not disrespect the flag.

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Posted by: Melea Smith, District Admin, Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205
Published: 9/28/17




Audience: York Community High School, Homepage and Homepage

Twenty-two members of the York Community High School Class of 2018 have been named National Merit Commended Students, as announced by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC). The NMSC recently revealed the names of approximately 34,000 Commended Students in the 2018 National Merit Program.

Recognized for their exceptional academic promise are: Max Albers, Catherine Ayers, Timothy Baer, Nicholas Carrasco, Eric Doberstein, Corey Elliott, Ella Glabus, Brian Goldberg, Nathan Harris, Grant Hartlage, Colin Kelley, Martin Kelty, Ashley Kunesh, Linda Nguessan, Michael Pastuovic, Zorian Schiffman, Emily Schlect, Tyler Sidoryk, Siva Sreedhar, Daniel Sussman, Emma Tran and Anita Wary.

Commended Students placed among the top five percent nationally of those tested. A letter of commendation from the NMSC is presented to each of these outstanding students by York High School Principal Erin DeLuga.

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Posted by: Debbie Hollstein, District Admin, Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205
Published: 9/26/17




Audience: York Community High School, Homepage and Homepage

Officials of National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC) recently announced the names of approximately 16,000 Semifinalists in the 63rd annual National Merit Scholarship Program. Among them are seniors Hannah Cronin, Matthew Dardick, Linnea Dierksheide, Courtney Jopes, Carina Kanzler, Luke Rozmus, Anshul Shah, Katherine Tomaska and Christopher Ziebert 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 $32 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 in February they will be notified of this designation. All National Merit Scholarship winners will be selected from this group of Finalists. Merit Scholar designees are selected on the basis of their skills, accomplishments, and potential for success in rigorous college

studies, without regard to gender, race, ethnic origin, or religious preference.

 

National Merit Scholarship winners of 2018 will be announced in four nationwide news releases beginning in April and concluding in July. These scholarship recipients will join more than 330,000 other distinguished young people who have earned the Merit Scholar title.

 

Scholarships are underwritten by NMSC with its own funds and by approximately 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.

 

York's newly named NMSC Semifinalists are pictured in alphabetical order from left to right below:
 


 


 

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Posted by: Melea Smith, District Admin, Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205
Published: 9/19/17




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The Chicago Department of Aviation (CDA) is soliciting feedback regarding Fly Quiet Test #3, which is currently underway. The CDA is analyzing the last of three runway rotation tests in order to develop a permanent nighttime rotation plan that balances the noise impacts between communities surrounding O’Hare Airport.

 

Fly Quiet Runway Rotation Test #3 burdens Elmhurst with a disproportionately greater number of nighttime aircraft operations than other communities nearby O’Hare. Test #3 utilizes the runway directed at Elmhurst in 50% of all Fly Quiet nighttime operations. By contrast, Fly Quiet Test #2 only used that same runway in 25% of all configurations.

 

By voicing your concern through this survey, you are supporting equitable distribution of nighttime air traffic and helping ensure that students across our district attend school well rested and ready to learn. The survey will close on Monday, October 16th, 2017, after the conclusion of Fly Quiet Test #3.

 

• Learn more and take the O’Hare Fly Quiet Test #3 Survey

• Visit the Fly Quiet project website

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Posted by: Melea Smith, District Admin, Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205
Published: 9/17/17




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In response to concern for the welfare of its families and residents, the Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205 Board of Education of District 205 adopted a resolution at its September 12, 2017 meeting authorizing the execution of an intergovernmental agreement (IGA) between the City of Chicago and Elmhurst School District 205 for participation in the O’Hare Noise Compatibility Commission (ONCC).

This IGA permits and commits the District 205 Board to join the ONCC. The Board has appointed member Kara Caforio to serve as its initial representative.

The O'Hare Fly Quiet night-time runway rotation plan was implemented in an effort to "share the pain" and reduce the impact of overnight aircraft noise on neighborhoods surrounding O'Hare International Airport. However, under Runway Rotation Test 3, Elmhurst has been burdened with a disproportionately greater number of aircraft operations than other nearby communities. Compared to Rotation Test 2, the number of aircraft flying over Elmhurst during nighttime hours has doubled. O’Hare utilizes the runway directed at Elmhurst in 50% of all of Test 3 nighttime configurations.

“The Board of Education is committed to partnering with other governmental agencies to protect and support quality of life in Elmhurst,” said Board president Shannon Ebner. "We are particularly concerned about the potential of the inequitable flight allocations to interfere with student learning and achievement due to excessive disruptions of sleep and other family activities sustained over significant periods of time throughout the school year.”

The District 205 Board of Education has historically partnered with other community and government agencies to find solutions that benefit its families and all Elmhurst stakeholders. Its goal is always to improve the quality of life for students, their families and the community-at-large.

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Posted by: Melea Smith, District Admin, Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205
Published: 9/12/17




Audience: Jackson Elementary School, ~Demo: Elmhurst School, Emerson Elementary School, Fischer Elementary School, Bryan Middle School, Homepage, Homepage, ~ECUSD Demo School, Jefferson Elementary School, Hawthorne Elementary School, Edison Elementary School, Lincoln Elementary School, York Community High School, Field Elementary School, Madison Early Childhood Center, Churchville Middle School and Sandburg Middle School

The first “Coffee With the Superintendent” will be held on Wednesday, Sept. 13 at Hawthorne School, 145 Arthur Street, Elmhurst, beginning at 1:30 PM. Come meet with Dr. David Moyer in an informal setting. This year’s coffee opportunities are again being organized by the PTA Council and are open to any interested District 205 parent or community resident. The remaining dates/times for 2017-18 are: October 16, 10 AM - Bryan; January 16, 1:30 PM - York; February 21, 1:30 PM - Jackson; and April 26, 10:00 AM - Lincoln.

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Posted by: Melea Smith, District Admin, Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205
Published: 9/11/17




Audience: Jackson Elementary School, ~Demo: Elmhurst School, Emerson Elementary School, Fischer Elementary School, Bryan Middle School, Homepage, Homepage, ~ECUSD Demo School, Jefferson Elementary School, Hawthorne Elementary School, Edison Elementary School, Lincoln Elementary School, York Community High School, Field Elementary School, Madison Early Childhood Center, Churchville Middle School and Sandburg Middle School

Please plan to join us on Monday, September 18 at 7 PM in the York High School Commons, when Superintendent Dr. David Moyer will present a State of the Schools address, along with brief reports from the Learning & Teaching Department, principals, instructional coaches and teachers. Entertainment provided by York High School musicians. Come celebrate student and staff achievements, share our District goals for 2017-18 and talk about plans for Focus 205 Phase II.

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Posted by: Melea Smith, District Admin, Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205
Published: 9/6/17




Audience: Jackson Elementary School, ~Demo: Elmhurst School, Emerson Elementary School, Fischer Elementary School, Bryan Middle School, Homepage, Homepage, ~ECUSD Demo School, Jefferson Elementary School, Hawthorne Elementary School, Edison Elementary School, Lincoln Elementary School, York Community High School, Field Elementary School, Madison Early Childhood Center, Churchville Middle School and Sandburg Middle School

District 205’s three middle school student councils are fundraising to support the victims of Hurricane Harvey. Nearly 50 Houston Independent School District (HISD) schools have been flooded to some degree, other schools are being used as shelters, and a growing number of students and families have left their homes behind.

 

There are three ways you can help students in Houston:

1. HISD has an immediate need for children’s clothes of all sizes (clean and in reasonably good repair) and school supplies. Please bring donations to Bryan, Churchville or Sandburg and we will send them to Houston for you. If you prefer to send items directly, they can be forwarded to: HISD Harvey Recovery, ℅ Delman Stadium, 2020 Mangum, Houston, TX 77092

 

2. Drop off a monetary donation of any amount and we will forward funds to the Houston Independent School District Foundation.

 

3. The HISD Foundation has set up a special to provide assistance to their students and families. To read more about their effort and/or make an online donation, please visit www.houstonisd.org/Page/164281

 

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Lisa Kerins or Eric Gorton at Sandburg Middle School.

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Posted by: Melea Smith, District Admin, Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205
Published: 9/5/17




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Education leaders have been urging the State to pass a budget, and it did. So this is the good news and school districts are appreciative. At this time, sustainability of the initial influx of additional money in year one of SB 1947 is unclear, and the adequacy provisions in the bill are also problematic. School leaders advocated for the elimination of the bill's TIF provisions, which were removed. So that’s a good thing.

 

And, for the first time in a long time, there is some mandate relief in the bill, for which schools have been clamoring for years. This is also good news. A provision of this new bill will divert up to $75 million annually to non-public schools over a five-year period. This is concerning to Illinois' superintendents.

 

We are thankful there is a budget and a funding mechanism, so at least school districts around the State can plan. The bill was signed today by Governor Rauner.

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Posted by: Melea Smith, District Admin, Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205
Published: 8/31/17




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Congratulations to Elmhurst District 205’s 2017 Those Who Excel award recipients who will be recognized by the Illinois State Board of Education on Oct. 28 in Bloomington-Normal and by proclamation of the Elmhurst Board of Education in November. They are: Fischer Principal Jane Bailey, Churchville Charge-Amazing Race Team, Fischer Librarian Donna Dewar, Fischer Instructional Coach Sharon Emmi-Iovinelli and Community Volunteer Karen Stezowski, along with Recognition recipients Bryan Educational Assistant Dianne Schiltz and Churchville Early Career Educator Cindy Villalobos.

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Posted by: Melea Smith, District Admin, Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205
Published: 8/30/17




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The American public wants more than academic quality from its local public schools. It also places a strong emphasis on career skills classes, licensing and certificate programs, and technology and engineering classes. The public also wants educators to find ways to help students develop their interpersonal skills and limit standardized tests.

And if students need mental health programs and after-school programs, local school systems should provide such “wraparound services” and should be able to seek additional public funding to support them, according to public sentiment.

These findings are just part of the latest edition of the annual Phi Delta Kappa International (PDK) Poll of the Public’s Attitudes Toward the Public Schools, the defining public opinion survey on American public education for the past 49 years.

The poll also reveals that parents value racial/ethnic and economic diversity in their schools, although most aren’t willing to undertake a longer commute to reach schools that would provide that for their children.

The 2017 PDK survey finds that certain attitudes toward public education follow recent trends while others continue to challenge the thinking of education and government leaders. For example, reliance on standardized testing as a measure of school quality is drawing comparatively little support from the public. A majority of Americans continue to oppose using public funds to send students to private schools. And if the question is expanded to include religious schools as an option, voucher support declines and the public’s opposition rises to 61 percent.

“These and other results suggest that some of the most prominent ideas that dominate current policy debates – from supporting vouchers to emphasizing high-stakes tests – are out of step with parents’ main concern: They want their children prepared for life and career after they complete high school,” said Joshua P. Starr, the chief executive officer of PDK International.

PDK has surveyed the American public every year since 1969 to assess public opinion about public schools. The 2017 survey was conducted by Langer Research Associates of New York City. It is based on a random, representative 50-state sample of 1,588 adults interviewed by cell or landline telephone – in English or Spanish – in May of this year. The margin of sampling error for the phone survey is ±3.5 percentage points for the full sample, including the design effect. Error margins are larger for subgroups such as parents of school-age children. Additional poll data are available at www.pdkpoll.org.

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Posted by: Melea Smith, District Admin, Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205
Published: 8/29/17




Audience: Jackson Elementary School, ~Demo: Elmhurst School, Emerson Elementary School, Fischer Elementary School, Bryan Middle School, Homepage, Homepage, ~ECUSD Demo School, Jefferson Elementary School, Hawthorne Elementary School, Edison Elementary School, Lincoln Elementary School, York Community High School, Field Elementary School, Madison Early Childhood Center, Churchville Middle School and Sandburg Middle School

If you missed Dr. Bill Daggett's presentation, Why the Future of Education is Now, at York High School on August 14 you'll want to take a look at the attached file of his slideshow and check out this video of his keynote presentation at this summer's Model Schools Conference.

Dr. Daggett is the Founder and Chairman of the International Center for Leadership in Education. He has collaborated with education ministries in several countries, the Council of Chief State School Officers, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the National Governors Association. His System for Effective Instruction and Rigor & Relevance Framework have helped thousands of school districts throughout the country improve learning for students.

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Posted by: Melea Smith, District Admin, Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205
Published: 8/21/17




Audience: Jackson Elementary School, ~Demo: Elmhurst School, Emerson Elementary School, Fischer Elementary School, Bryan Middle School, Homepage, Homepage, ~ECUSD Demo School, Jefferson Elementary School, Hawthorne Elementary School, Edison Elementary School, Lincoln Elementary School, York Community High School, Field Elementary School, Madison Early Childhood Center, Churchville Middle School and Sandburg Middle School

The Harlem Wizards are back in Elmhurst on Saturday, September 30th to entertain the crowd with high-energy exhibition play and audience participation. Cheer on our team of Elmhurst school district principals and teachers as they challenge the Wizards in a basketball game that is sure to include wild antics and lots of laughs. The event will be held at York High School beginning at 5:00 PM. Concessions, merchandise and raffle tickets will be available for purchase. Proceeds from this family-friendly fundraiser support District 205 Foundation programs and enhancements that benefit all Elmhurst public school students. Click here to learn more and guarantee a seat at this popular Saturday event.

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Posted by: Melea Smith, District Admin, Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205
Published: 8/21/17




Audience: Jackson Elementary School, ~Demo: Elmhurst School, Emerson Elementary School, Fischer Elementary School, Bryan Middle School, Homepage, Homepage, ~ECUSD Demo School, Jefferson Elementary School, Hawthorne Elementary School, Edison Elementary School, Lincoln Elementary School, York Community High School, Field Elementary School, Madison Early Childhood Center, Churchville Middle School and Sandburg Middle School

The Elmhurst Commission on Youth, along with Linden Oaks Behavioral Health, part of Edward-Elmhurst Healthcare, will sponsor a presentation outlining when student anxiety becomes a problem. Hear about the effects of anxiety on learning, sources of anxiety in schools, and school refusal. Treatment requires a collaborative approach that includes the student, school staff, parents and mental health professionals. Dr. Laura Koehler, PsyD. Licensed Clinical Psychologist at Linden Oaks, leads the discussion on August 29, beginning at 7:30 PM (note change of time) at Bryan Middle School.

 

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Posted by: Melea Smith, District Admin, Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205
Published: 8/19/17




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Superintendent Dr. David Moyer, Board President Shannon Ebner, and Elmhurst Teachers Council President Max Schoenberg made visits to all 13 Elmhurst D205 schools, as well as the Transition Center, during the first week of school. Here they meet with one of five new elementary principals, Dr. Michelle Thompson of Emerson School. Other new principals include: Heidi Thomas at Field, Tim Riordan at Hawthorne, Christine Trendel at Jackson and Jennifer Barnabee at Lincoln. To view more Back to School pictures, visit Spotlight On 205.

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Posted by: Melea Smith, District Admin, Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205
Published: 8/16/17




Audience: Fischer Elementary School, Homepage and Homepage

Students from Fischer Elementary School demonstrated the Future Focused Learning they experienced over the past school year in a short video that was shared at the July Board of Education meeting. STEM was also the focus of the Title I Summer School, which also incorporated learning multi-age groups. Students in grades 3-5 chose their topic.

Here they meet with architect Michael Tzentis to look over blueprints and determine the strongest shapes to be used in building. (Hint: think triangles)

 

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Posted by: Melea Smith, District Admin, Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205
Published: 8/6/17




Audience: York Community High School, Homepage and Homepage

The College of DuPage Food Truck Rally & Sunset 5K has something for everyone: great food, a fun 5K, kid’s 100-yard dash and, new this year, an opportunity to fund a scholarship for York Community High School graduates attending COD. Sign up for the 5K Saturday, September 23, from 2 to 7:30 PM (race starts at 5 PM) and your registration fee will support a dedicated scholarship for a Duke at COD.

To register, visit www.cod.edu/5K. While you are there, check out the stellar lineup of outrageous food trucks. No need to register for a race to enjoy diverse cuisine from 18 phenomenal food trucks. Bring your family and friends! COD is located  at 425 Fawell Blvd., Glen Ellyn.

 

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Posted by: Melea Smith, District Admin, Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205
Published: 8/6/17




Audience: Jackson Elementary School, ~Demo: Elmhurst School, Emerson Elementary School, Fischer Elementary School, Bryan Middle School, Homepage, Homepage, ~ECUSD Demo School, Jefferson Elementary School, Hawthorne Elementary School, Edison Elementary School, Lincoln Elementary School, York Community High School, Field Elementary School, Madison Early Childhood Center, Churchville Middle School and Sandburg Middle School

On Monday, August 14, Dr. Bill Daggett, of the International Center for Leadership in Education, will speak in Elmhurst. In the afternoon, Dr. Daggett will be the keynote speaker at the District 205 opening faculty meeting. That evening, all interested parents, area educators, community members, elected officials and business leaders are invited to share a unique and exciting opportunity to experience his important message first hand when he presents Why the Future of Education is Now! Join us at 7 PM in the York High School Commons.

Dr. Daggett will discuss the concepts of rigor, relevance and relationships, as well as creating schools that focus on the future. Most importantly, attendees will be challenged to think about the role of public education as it relates to this country's future and the world economy.

 

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Dr. Bill Daggett is the Founder and Chairman of the International Center for Leadership in Education. He has collaborated with education ministries in several countries, the Council of Chief State School Officers, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and the National Governors Association. Dr. Daggett’s System for Effective Instruction and Rigor and Relevance Framework have helped thousands of school districts throughout the country improve learning for students.

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Posted by: Melea Smith, District Admin, Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205
Published: 8/6/17




Audience: Homepage and Homepage

Want to understand what your kids are learning? Thanks to a partnership between the Elmhurst Public Library and School District 205, evening technology classes are being offered to D205 parents on the following topics on these dates:

Chromebook Basics - 9/13 @ 7 PM
Google Chrome Browser and Extensions - 9/21 @ 7 PM
Assistive Chrome Extensions - 10/4 @ 7 PM


Other Google Classes Include:
Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides - 9/26 @ 7 PM
Google Calendar Basics - 10/17 @ 7 PM
Google Drive Basics - 11/7 @ 7 PM


Space is limited. Reserve your spot now at this link.

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Posted by: Melea Smith, District Admin, Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205
Published: 8/5/17




Audience: Jackson Elementary School, ~Demo: Elmhurst School, Emerson Elementary School, Fischer Elementary School, Bryan Middle School, Homepage, Homepage, ~ECUSD Demo School, Jefferson Elementary School, Hawthorne Elementary School, Edison Elementary School, Lincoln Elementary School, York Community High School, Field Elementary School, Madison Early Childhood Center, Churchville Middle School and Sandburg Middle School

The Illinois State Board of Education and the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) are reminding parents and guardians to check their children’s vaccination records to make sure they meet immunization requirements prior to the first day of school.

The federally funded Vaccines for Children program provides vaccines at no cost to children in low-income households. Families can call (312) 746-6050 in Chicago or (217) 785-1455 in all other parts of Illinois to learn about free vaccines.

“Immunizations are central to keeping students healthy and ready to learn,” said State Superintendent of Education Tony Smith, Ph.D. “Keeping children’s vaccinations up to date according to the recommended schedule is one of the most important things parents and guardians can do to protect the health of the youngest and oldest among us. Whether for a baby starting at a new child care facility, a toddler heading to preschool, or a student going back to elementary, middle or high school, I encourage parents and guardians to check their children’s vaccination records and, if necessary, schedule a visit with a physician or clinic. Doing so now will avoid a potential last-minute rush.”

Immunizations have eradicated several serious diseases, such as smallpox, polio, and diphtheria in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Instances of other serious diseases, such as measles and rubella, have dropped by more than 99 percent since the pre-vaccination era. Keeping students’ vaccinations up to date is especially important, as diseases can spread quickly among groups of unvaccinated children.

“Child care facilities, preschool programs, and schools are prone to outbreaks of infectious diseases,” said IDPH Director Nirav D. Shah, M.D., J.D. “Children in these settings can easily spread illnesses to one another due to poor hand washing, not covering their coughs, and other factors, such as interacting in crowded environments. When children are not vaccinated, they are at increased risk for disease and can spread disease to others in their child care centers, classrooms, and communities – including babies who are too young to be fully vaccinated and people with weakened immune systems due to cancer and other health conditions.”

View the Fall 2017 Minimum Immunization Requirements and other resources on the IDPH website at www.dph.illinois.gov/topics-services/prevention-wellness/immunization.

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Posted by: Melea Smith, District Admin, Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205
Published: 8/5/17




Audience: Homepage and Homepage

The summertime clock is winding down. Are you ready to go back to school? Check out the D205 Back to School page at www.elmhurst205.org/back2school for news you can use. York High School Book Week is August 7-11. See the York homepage at http://york.elmhurst205.org for the pre-pack only schedule on Monday and Tuesday.

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Posted by: Melea Smith, District Admin, Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205
Published: 8/4/17




Audience: Homepage and Homepage

On Saturday, September 9, Jarrett Payton will present his PROJECT: NO BULL to Elmhurst families at Sandburg Middle School, beginning at 9 AM. Sponsored by the Elmhurst Commission on Youth, this is an in-school anti-bullying program featuring personal appearances from Jarrett Payton which includes strong messaging and a lasting impact that seeks to create and maintain safe environments for our youth. Through PROJECT: NO BULL, all forms ofJarrett Payton bullying will be addressed, including cyber bullying.

Drawing from the latest research, the majority of the program highlights the role of bystanders and encourages young people to speak out if and when they see bullying occur, online or in person. Mr. Payton will also make a visit to District 205 middle schools on August 25 (Bryan and Sandburg) and August 29 (Churchville).

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Posted by: Melea Smith, District Admin, Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205
Published: 8/3/17




Audience: Buildings and Grounds, Homepage, Buildings and Grounds and Homepage

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 on Friday, August 4, 2017.

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.

District 205 Buildings and Grounds page - http://www.elmhurst205.org/B_G
The US EPA site – http://www.epa.gov/pesticides/health/human.htm#1
The National Pesticide Information Center (NPIC) – http://npic.orst.edu

If you have any additional questions, please contact the District Buildings and Grounds Office at 630-617-8326

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Posted by: Katherine Schroeder, District Admin, Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205
Published: 8/2/17




Audience: Jackson Elementary School, ~Demo: Elmhurst School, Emerson Elementary School, Fischer Elementary School, Bryan Middle School, Homepage, Homepage, ~ECUSD Demo School, Jefferson Elementary School, Hawthorne Elementary School, Edison Elementary School, Lincoln Elementary School, York Community High School, Field Elementary School, Madison Early Childhood Center, Churchville Middle School and Sandburg Middle School

The DuPage Regional Office of Education, in partnership with volunteers from the DuPage Credit Union and Catholic Charities (Diocese of Joliet), will sponsor the annual Back to School Fair for low-income families on Wednesday, August 2, from 11 AM to 6 PM at St. Francis High School in Wheaton.

This is an opportunity for families to meet with and learn about services provided by numerous agencies from DuPage County and the State of Illinois. Each K-12 student in attendance will receive free vision/dental screenings, plus free school supplies - even a free haircut, if desired. Visit the event website at https://catholiccharitiesjoliet.org/back-to-school-fair-2014-dupage-county.

 

Meant to be a fun day for kids, the Fair will offer balloon art, games and face painting. Books and novels will be given away, as well as coupons for free haircuts. The Fair, which is sponsored by Catholic Charities and the DuPage Regional Office of Education, is a totally free event, but participants must bring proof of residency in DuPage County, identification for all family members and proof of family income. For additional information, see the flyer(s) posted below.

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Posted by: Melea Smith, District Admin, Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205
Published: 7/24/17




Audience: Jackson Elementary School, ~Demo: Elmhurst School, Emerson Elementary School, Fischer Elementary School, Bryan Middle School, Homepage, Homepage, ~ECUSD Demo School, Jefferson Elementary School, Hawthorne Elementary School, Edison Elementary School, Lincoln Elementary School, York Community High School, Field Elementary School, Madison Early Childhood Center, Churchville Middle School and Sandburg Middle School

Is there a new family in your neighborhood? Please let them know that families should enroll new students at the District 205 Center. Information about documentation needed for enrolling students can be found on the New Student Enrollment page.

 

District 205 Center (162 S. York) (walk-in and residency)
 

1:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Wednesday, July 19

Tuesday, July 25

Thursday, July 27

 

9:00 AM – 3:00 PM 

Wednesday, July 26

 

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 1 and August 7 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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Posted by: Katherine Schroeder, District Admin, Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205
Published: 7/19/17




Audience: Jackson Elementary School, ~Demo: Elmhurst School, Emerson Elementary School, Fischer Elementary School, Bryan Middle School, Homepage, Homepage, ~ECUSD Demo School, Jefferson Elementary School, Hawthorne Elementary School, Edison Elementary School, Lincoln Elementary School, York Community High School, Field Elementary School, Madison Early Childhood Center, Churchville Middle School and Sandburg Middle School

Elmhurst District 205 is thrilled to welcome Dr. Bill Daggett of the International Center for Leadership in Education to the community on Monday, August 14. In the afternoon, Dr. Daggett will be the keynote speaker at our opening faculty meeting. That evening, we cordially invite all local parents, community members, school board members, business and community leaders, legislators, and area educators to share with us a unique and exciting opportunity to experience his important message first hand. The festivities begin at 7:00 p.m. in the York High School Commons.
 

Dr. Daggett will discuss the concepts of rigor, relevance and relationships and share some important concepts about his organization's Rigor and Relevance Framework. Most importantly, attendees will be challenged to think about the role of public education as it relates to this country's future and the world economy.  I predict that if you are able to join us, you will never think about "school" the same way again.
 

Clear your calendars now!  I hope to see you then!
 

Dr. David Moyer
Superintendent


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Dr. Bill Daggett is the Founder and Chairman of the International Center for Leadership in Education. He has collaborated with education ministries in several countries, the Council of Chief State School Officers, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and the National Governors Association. Dr. Daggett’s System for Effective Instruction and Rigor and Relevance Framework have helped thousands of school districts throughout the country improve learning for students.


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Posted by: Melea Smith, District Admin, Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205
Published: 7/12/17




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York Community High School has named a total of 1,945 students to the second semester honor roll for the 2016-17 school year, based on their exemplary academic performance. Students achieving a 3.5 or higher are recognized with High Honors and students achieving 3.0 – 3.4999 grade point average are recognized with Honors.

Congratulations!

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Posted by: Melea Smith, District Admin, Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205
Published: 7/2/17




Audience: Homepage, Homepage, Social Media and Social Media

The Illinois State Board of Education is behind $2.5 million in payments owed to District 205. Other State funding threats include a property tax freeze ($1.1M impact in 2017-18), a proposed new school funding formula and a possible pension cost shift.

A two-year property tax freeze has the following impact on Elmhurst School District 205.

 

Year     Amount lost in annual revenues

2018           $1.056 million

2019           $3.165 million

2020           $4.261 million

2021           $4.372 million

2022           $4.507 million

 

The cumulative impact on fund balances total $17.3 million in 2022.

A four-year property tax freeze has the following impact on D205.

 

Year      Amount lost in annual revenues

2018           $1.056 million

2019           $3.165 million

2020           $5.294 million

2021           $7.515 million

2022           $8.763 million

 

The cumulative impact on fund balances total $25.8 million in 2022. Read more at http://ctbaonline.org/

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Posted by: Katherine Schroeder, District Admin, Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205
Published: 6/26/17




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At its June 20 meeting, the Elmhurst District 205 Board of Education approved the appointment of Mariann Lemke as the new Executive Director of Research and Program Analysis effective July 14, 2017 at a base salary of $133,382.

Ms. Lemke comes to Elmhurst from the American Institutes for Research (AIR), where she has spent the last eight years as the Managing Director. She has nearly 20 years of experience managing large-scale research, evaluation and assessment projects in education at the federal, state and district levels. At AIR, Lemke leads and acts as senior advisor on projects related to the use of assessment data and educator quality. She served as a project director on an impact evaluation of principal preparation programs and principal investigator on an evaluation of a teacher residency and incentives program.

She also leads a project aimed at building capacity in districts to improve professional learning. She manages projects related to educator effectiveness, which includes current or past work for the Florida Department of Education, Baltimore City Public Schools, New York State Education Department, Delaware Department of Education, Texas Education Agency, and the Office of the State Superintendent of Education in Washington, D.C.


She joined AIR in 2009 from the Chicago Public Schools, where for two years she was the Director of Assessment and responsible for administering state and district testing, new test development and the district’s overall assessment strategy. Prior to that, Ms. Lemke managed the Program for International Student Assessment (PISA) and the International Adult Literacy and Lifeskills Survey at the National Center for Education Statistics, U.S. Department of Education for seven years.

Ms. Lemke holds a Bachelor of Arts in history from the University of Chicago (1993) and a master’s degree from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs (1998). A former elementary teacher, she is a published author and is fluent in Spanish.

"I could not be more excited about what Mariann brings to the table to help us move the academic needle in Elmhurst. She has exceptional knowledge, experience, and talent. Truth be told, we are lucky to find somebody with her expertise. But what is even more encouraging is that she speaks of teams and collaboration. She indicates a true desire to listen to people. I am excited to learn from her as we all work together to ensure that District 205 always reaches its fullest potential,” said Superintendent Dr. David Moyer.

 

 

 

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Posted by: Melea Smith, District Admin, Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205
Published: 6/21/17




Audience: York Community High School, Homepage and Homepage

This summer, York Community High School student Cate Ayers will travel to Urubamba, Peru with VISIONS Service Adventures, an international community service program for teens. Ayers will join other high school students from around the world in the historic Incan capital where the teens will live in the community, tackle ambitious service projects, enjoy adventures and explore the surrounding area, and get to know the local customs and traditions.

 

“Students arrive with the intent of contributing to underserved communities, and end up a part of that community,” says Katherine Dayton, Executive Director of VISIONS. “Here, students are able to build relationships with other participants, mentors, and community members, and they get to step out of their comfort zones, do something different, and have experiences that create lifelong impact.”

 

In Urubamba, students will build upon water conservation and irrigation work done by VISIONS and local partners for over a decade. The cement irrigation channels provide efficient access to water for farmers as they face years of increasing drought. Students will also do maintenance and expansion at VISIONS-built preschools in the Sacred Valley. This will be the 18th VISIONS Summer in Peru.

 

In the afternoons and on weekends, students have the opportunity to travel regionally and explore their home base area. In Peru, this includes a trip to Machu Picchu and other ruins, visiting historic Cusco, and hot spring soaks. The students will also have plenty of opportunities to practice their Spanish while they apprentice with local artisans, join pick-up soccer games, and shop at the food market.

All programs are overseen by adult leaders and long-time local partners, who guide and teach the students in hands-on construction and other development projects. Beyond completing service projects, the summer is an opportunity for students to explore the idea of community in both a local and global sense. “VISIONS is not about construction projects,” explains long-time program leader David Kramer. “It is about deconstructing how we view the world and then framing a new vision upon the foundation of real experience with a global perspective.”

 

VISIONS has been running high school and middle school volunteer travel experiences since 1989, and is well known for programs that are centered on ambitious projects in cross-cultural settings. Locations include Alaska, the British Virgin Islands, Cambodia, Mississippi, the Montana Blackfeet and Northern Cheyenne Indian Reservations, Myanmar (Burma), the Dominican Republic, Ecuador and the Galapagos, Nicaragua, Peru, and Guadeloupe.

 

For more information about VISIONS, visit www.visions-service.com, or contact the office at 406-551-4423

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Posted by: Katherine Schroeder, District Admin, Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205
Published: 6/13/17




Audience: York Community High School, Homepage and Homepage

York High School has been competing in the Capitol Hill Challenge for the last few years. This year, one of the York teams finished second in the country. The Capitol Hill Challenge is a national program that teaches middle and high school students the importance of saving and investing through a mock stock market game, while also giving them a better understanding of government, according to a release from Challenge sponsor SIFMA.

"Schools are awarded 10 teams which we have traditionally split between our Honors Personal Finance course and our Economics Club," said York Business Department Chair Jim Borel. "This year, 4 of our 10 teams finished in the top 1 percent of the 3,939 stock teams participating in the Capital Hill Challenge. The second place team in the country consisted of seniors Burke Corcoran, Kevin Lipkin, Mark Leali and junior Jason Kentra. This team was part of Tamra Carl's Economics Club." An awards reception will be held on June 21 in the Rayburn House Office Building on Capital Hill in Washington, DC.

In the Challenge, teams invest a hypothetical $100,000 in listed stocks, bonds and mutual funds, learning the value of the capital markets as they work together to maximize the return of their portfolios.

"Tamra does a great job and should be commended for our national second place finish. I will be accompanying the team on the trip to Washington, DC from June 20-22. Last year, we finished in ninth place in the country with a CHC team from the Honors Personal Finance course. This a great opportunity for our students to learn investing strategies. The trip is also a great opportunity for our students see our democracy in action," said Mr. Borel.

"I also want to note that this is a special accomplishment because three years ago members of this team were in line to make the top 10 in the nation and got bumped out the last night of the competition. It was their goal every year since then to place in the top 10," Mrs. Carl said. "I am so proud of them for working hard to strategically trade up until the very end of the competition, showing leadership to the Economics Club at our weekly meetings and meeting their objective!"

Middle and high school students from all 50 states, Guam, Puerto Rico, and the District of Columbia participated in this year’s competition. Montgomery Area High School in Pennsylvania was this year's winner of the stock market game.

 

Pictured below are Burke Corcoran, Jason Kentra, Mark Leali and Kevin Lipkin.

 

   
 

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Posted by: Melea Smith, District Admin, Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205
Published: 6/8/17




Audience: York Community High School, Homepage and Homepage

On June 5, at the Broadway Playhouse in Chicago, York Community High School’s rendition of “West Side Story” was named Best Production at the Illinois High School Musical Theatre Awards. “It is a humbling and incredible honor for all involved” said Director Rebecca Marianetti.

The Illinois chapter of the National High School Musical Theatre Awards (IHSMTA) - The JimmyAwards - serves as an annual national celebration of outstanding achievement in musical theater performance by high school students. IHSMTA categories include Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Scenic Design of a Musical, Best Direction of a Musical, and Best Overall Production.

Three York students were nominated as finalists for the Jimmy Awards: Tatum Langley, Erik Martenson and Carina Kanzler. There were 24 students selected in the state of Illinois to participate. Carina will be a senior at York. Tatum, a 2017 York graduate, was in the final round and will earn her BFA in Musical Theatre from Ball State University. Erik, also a 2017 YCHS graduate, will earn his BFA in Musical Theatre from Ithaca College, New York.

“In addition to our amazing actors, musicians and crew, the amount of support we have received from our team of talented and tireless faculty, administration and community has been phenomenal. To end the year with this honor is icing on the cake. We are proud to live in a community that understands education through the arts is essential," said Ms. Marianetti.

 

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Posted by: Melea Smith, District Admin, Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205
Published: 6/6/17




Audience: York Community High School, Homepage and Homepage

Even if your soon-to-be York High School freshman has been a District 205 student for years, he or she must prove residency for the 2017-18 school year. If you have any questions about residency verification, please contact York High School directly at 630-617-2400. Please bring all required paperwork to York High School (355 W. St. Charles Rd).

 

Daytime hours: 
Monday through Thursday
8 AM - 3 PM.

 

Evening verification will take place as follows:
June 27 | July 12 | July 20

5 PM - 8 PM


 

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Posted by: Katherine Schroeder, District Admin, Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205
Published: 6/2/17




Audience: Hawthorne Elementary School, Lincoln Elementary School, Homepage and Homepage

At its May 23, 2017 meeting, the Elmhurst School District 205 Board of Education voted unanimously to approve Dr. Christina Podraza as the new assistant principal at Hawthorne and Lincoln elementary schools, effective August 1, 2017 with a salary of $91,573. (See related news item on the District 205 homepage.) She replaces Tim Riordan, who was recently confirmed as the new principal of Hawthorne.

Dr. Podraza comes to Elmhurst from Naperville District 203, where she has served as the Learning Support Coach for Mill Street Elementary School since 2012. There she played an integral role in adoption and implementation of Professional Learning Communities (PLCs). She served on the School Improvement Team and was a member of the District 203 Service Delivery Design Committee and the Science Curriculum Committee.


“I am beyond thrilled to be a part of Elmhurst Community Unit District 205! I am looking forward to getting to know the Hawthorne and Lincoln staff, students and families and can’t wait to start my work as assistant principal. I hope that my passion for student engagement and instructional coaching background will be an asset to both buildings,” said Dr. Podraza.

Prior to her tenure in District 203, she was a fifth grade teacher at Schiesher Elementary School in Lisle for four years. There she developed multiple assessments aligned to Common Core, designed authentic, interactive programs which incorporated technology to motivate student learning. She used both qualitative and quantitative data to make decisions regarding curricular planning.

Dr. Podraza was also a classroom teacher in Bensenville District 2, in East Aurora District 131 and served as a long-term sub and reading improvement assistant at Armstrong School in Hoffman Estates.

She earned her bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Monmouth College (1999), her master’s in Elementary Education from DePaul University (2003) and her doctorate in Educational Leadership & Organizational Change from Roosevelt University (2014).

"I am excited that Christina is joining District 205. Her instructional knowledge, professional development experience and her ability to facilitate PLCs is timely and will help our staff provide exceptional learning experiences to our students,” said Riordan.

“Having Christina join the Lincoln and Hawthorne teams excites me! I am inspired by her energy, passion, and instructional expertise and look forward to working with her to support students, families, and staff,” said Jennifer Barnabee, who will be the new Lincoln Elementary School principal for 2017-18.

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Posted by: Katherine Schroeder, District Admin, Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205
Published: 5/26/17




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Friday, May 12th, began as usual for students and staff of Elmhurst District 205 schools, until District 205 Foundation Board members began paying surprise visits to extraordinary teachers who were awarded the Thiems Educational Grants they had applied for last semester. Throughout the day, several teams of Foundation Directors visited all thirteen schools from Madison Early Childhood Center to York High School with bells and balloons awarding grants to happy teachers and excited students.

A total of 25 grants worth $53,827 were awarded this year for implementation next academic year. The grant program is named after former District 205 Superintendent Dr. Russell Thiems, who was instrumental in in the formation of the Foundation for Educational Excellence, which has provided close to $1.5 million dollars in Thiems Grants to District 205 since 1989.

“The Foundation recently funded $23,000 in literacy resources,” said Brian Bresnahan, Foundation Chairperson, “and a large amount of 2017 grant dollars support science and technology that helps teachers deliver STEM-related curriculum.”

One highlight for this year is the awarding of several grants to help create Makerspaces at every elementary school library and two areas (Library and Lincoln Lab) at York High School. A makerspace is a collaborative workspace for making, learning, exploring and sharing. Spaces such as these support future-ready learning and allow teachers and students to embed creativity and innovation, critical thinking, problem solving and collaboration in learning experiences.

“Our donors have helped us enhance all curricular areas for students, including the arts and physical education,” commented Foundation Executive Director Lisa Fanelli, “and recently our focus has been on providing future-ready learning opportunities for students.”

Generous attendees at this year’s Foundation Gala, held in March, raised $106,000 that will go a long way in supporting Foundation programs. Recently funded enhancements include, three future- ready model classrooms in three different schools, Google Expedition Kits that bring the world to elementary classrooms through virtual field trips, Kano Kits that allow middle school students to build and program their own computer, and Dano App Crayons for use with iPads to help preschoolers learn to write.

In addition to the grants, the Foundation supports instructional programs, community programs and partnerships, as well as District initiatives, bringing the total over $2.7 million raised and funded. To make a donation, and for a complete list of 2017 grants, including photographs of the award day, please visit www.elmhurst205.org/foundation.

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Posted by: Melea Smith, District Admin, Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205
Published: 5/22/17




Audience: York Community High School, Homepage and Homepage

York High School Drama alumni will return to the York Stage for this one night only musical, Godspell, set for Friday, June 9 in York's Baker Auditorium. Tickets went on sale May 15 at https://www.ticketpeak.com/res/yorkdrama. Heading the cast are Michael St. Peter (BA, Vocal Performance, Juilliard) and James Mueller (BA, Dance, Luther) as Jesus and Judas.

The cast is rounded out with other phenomenal talent, including Kelsey Roberts (Syracuse University, BFA Musical Theatre), Grace Sopko (Drake University, Musical Theatre), Helen Knudsen ( Roosevelt University, BA Vocal Performance),  Darcy Kummerow (Ballstate University, Dance) Zachary Triska (College-Conservatory of Music,  University of Cincinatti, Musical Theatre), Chris Knudsen (Point Park University, Musical Theatre), Laura Thoresen (Roosevelt University, Musical Theatre), Eddie Maciejewski (Oklahoma University, Musical Theatre), Jackie Salgado (Illinois Wesleyan, Musical Theatre),  Kaitlin Cadagin and Brian Kulaga (Illinois State University), and Krissy Delahanty (Marymount Manhattan, Stage Management).




The York Drama Alumni Program was started to support our young actors who are pursuing a career in the arts. In a community that supports the arts to the fullest, it has been a spectacular and enriching opportunity for all involved.

James Mueller, as Judas, states “This program and the people in it have had a huge impact on me as an artist and as a person. Godspell is a show about building community. Through storytelling, the characters create a singular group identity through which they find compassion, support, and most importantly love. By nurturing these characteristics within each other we as the audience begin to see the characters change, grow, and let their light shine. This is also true of the Elmhurst community. We are all so fortunate and to be a part of it."

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Posted by: Katherine Schroeder, District Admin, Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205
Published: 5/16/17




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Two new principals were confirmed at tonight’s meeting of the District 205 Board of Education. Heidi Thomas will replace Field Elementary School Principal Tammy Poole, who has taken a job in another district. Tim Riordan will replace Hawthorne Elementary School Principal Nikki Tammaru, who was recently tapped to become the District’s new Director of Literacy. Mr. Riordan has served as the Assistant Principal at both Hawthorne and Lincoln schools this year.

 

A second career educator, Mr. Riordan came to Elmhurst District 205 last year from East Maine School District 63, where he taught at Melzer Elementary School for four years. He also served as an administrative intern and the facilitator of Melzer’s Building Leadership Team from 2014-2016, leading teacher teams in the use of qualitative and quantitative data to monitor and support the academic, social and emotional growth of students.

 

“I have enjoyed my first year at Hawthorne, and I am fortunate that I get to continue to work with a dedicated staff, amazing students, and supportive families. We made great progress this year, and I look forward to working collaboratively with all stakeholders to ensure the progress continues,” said Mr. Riordan.

 

"When we hired Tim, we knew he would be a good principal someday, and we are glad that day is here. He has been a leader in our Eureka Math implementation across the District, has excellent knowledge of the research, and his expertise with the Danielson model [The Framework for Teaching] has really helped support dialogue with teachers about high-quality professional practice,” said Superintendent Dr. David Moyer.

 

Mr. Riordan holds a Bachelor of Science in education from Northern Illinois University (2011) and a Master’s in Education Organization and Leadership from the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana (2016). He is a member of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics.

 

An assistant principal at Rupley Elementary School in Elk Grove Village Community Consolidated District 59 for three years, Ms. Thomas was a classroom teacher at Forest View Elementary School in District 59 for ten years, where she also served as an instructional resource teacher on the Math Resource and Talent Development team for one year. In addition, she was a member of the CCSD59 Technology Cadre for two years. She also taught fifth grade at Thompson Elementary School (Lake Villa School District 41) from 2001-2004.

 

Of her new position, Ms. Thomas said, “I am honored to be chosen as the Principal of Field Elementary School. I look forward to collaborating with the talented and committed staff, supportive parents, and empowering our students for success as we keep our mission at the forefront of all we do.”

 

She holds a degree in elementary education from Illinois State University (2001), a Master of Arts in Curriculum and Instruction from Chicago’s Concordia University (2007), as well as a Master’s degree in School Leadership from Concordia (2011).

 

"Heidi has excellent knowledge of curriculum and instruction and a passion for ensuring that students are engaged in their learning. She is on the front end of the curve as it relates to technology. She will certainly be an excellent addition to our leadership team. She is clearly ready to be a principal," said Dr. Moyer.

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Posted by: Katherine Schroeder, District Admin, Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205
Published: 5/10/17




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Elmhurst District 205 Superintendent Dr. David Moyer and Assistant Superintendent for Learning and Teaching, Dr. Mary Henderson-Baum, recently met with parents of current 4th – 7th graders to share information about the Middle School Task Force recommendations and implementation of the new schedule for 2017-2018.
 

Last month, meetings were held at each of the three District 205 middle schools. Parents were asked to submit questions on index cards, some of which were answered that night. As promised, the cards have now been recorded and sorted into categories to create a Frequently Asked Questions document. Categories include:
 

Core Subjects

 

Electives

  • ELA
  • Math
  • Science
  • Social Studies
  • Acceleration
  • General Questions
  • Professional Learning
  • Special Education
  • Band, Orchestra, Chorus
  • Unified Arts/Physical Education
  • World Language


In an effort to eliminate redundancy, while capturing the essence of the inquiries, we have consolidated some of the questions. To access the questions and answers, please visit this link: http://bit.ly/205MSFAQ. The presentation given at the meetings is also posted here.
 

If you feel your question has not been answered, please click here.

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Posted by: Katherine Schroeder, District Admin, Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205
Published: 5/5/17




Audience: Jackson Elementary School, ~Demo: Elmhurst School, Emerson Elementary School, Fischer Elementary School, Bryan Middle School, Homepage, Homepage, ~ECUSD Demo School, Jefferson Elementary School, Hawthorne Elementary School, Edison Elementary School, Lincoln Elementary School, York Community High School, Field Elementary School, Madison Early Childhood Center, Churchville Middle School and Sandburg Middle School

The last day of school was approved at the April 25 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 dates and times. The 2016-17 End-of-Year Calendar contains helpful information about final exams and 8th grade promotion times.

May 25 - Last day of attendance for York High School freshmen, sophomores and juniors at the conclusion of exams.

May 31 - Last day of attendance for Early Childhood and AM/PM kindergarten students. Last day of attendance for 8th grade students.

June 1 - Last day of school for grades 1-5; early dismissal at 11:15 AM. Last day of school for grades 6 and 7; early dismissal at 11:35 AM.

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Posted by: Melea Smith, District Admin, Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205
Published: 5/4/17




Audience: Homepage and Homepage

On Tuesday, April 25, the District 205 Board of Education voted unanimously (7-0) to approve the employment of current Hawthorne Elementary School Principal Nikki Tammaru as the new District 205 Director of Literacy, effective July 1, 2017.

Dr. Mary Henderson-Baum, Assistant Superintendent of Learning and Teaching said, “Ms. Tammaru has a strong background in both literacy and leadership. Her passion for literacy is evident in her daily work. Her ability to plan and lead professional learning will allow us to fully support our teachers at all levels in our continued work to improve instruction.”

Ms. Tammaru holds a bachelor’s degree in elementary education from Eastern Illinois University in Charleston (1995) and a master’s degree in reading (2001) and in administration (2006) from Northern Illinois University, DeKalb.

Prior to coming to District 205 in 2011, Ms. Tammaru served as Assistant Principal of the Americana Intermediate School in Glendale Heights’ Queen Bee District 16 for three years. From 2000 to 2007, she was a reading specialist and literacy coordinator for Lombard Elementary District 44 for one year; she worked in Aurora West District 129 as a reading specialist for four years. Previous to that, she was a third and fifth grade classroom teacher for four years in Lyons Elementary District 103, where she also served as a Title I teacher.

Her previous experience includes serving as a team leader and PBIS “Star School” recipient; designing and implementing school-wide guided reading for a building of 700 students; overseeing the collection and analysis of all literacy data to provide interventions for students in three tier levels; and providing on-going differentiated staff development.

At the Board meeting held on April 11, Dave Beedy was elevated from STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) Coordinator to the position of Director of STEM Education. “His leadership, initiative, and the quality of his work has been outstanding,” noted Dr. Moyer.

“Mr. Beedy is an accomplished leader who, most recently, has led the curriculum development team for our revised math curriculum. He is highly collaborative, seeks to build consensus and has worked to open access to challenging curriculum for all learners. He is consistently recognized by teachers in our district for his support, communication, and responsiveness to teacher questions and concerns.”

Prior to joining the Elmhurst team in July of 2014, Mr. Beedy served as Assistant Principal at Perspectives Charter School in Chicago. He was also the Science and Technology Instructional Leader there, and previously worked for Lake Forest and New Trier High Schools as a science teacher and Science Olympiad head coach.

Mr. Beedy was one of 41 educators chosen by the State Board of Education to develop a model science curriculum based on the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS), which are connected to the Common Core Literacy and Math standards. He holds a master’s degree in Earth Science Education from the University of Illinois (2002), and a Type 75 in Educational Leadership from DePaul University (2010).

Superintendent Dr. Dave Moyer made the recommendation to change the District STEM Coordinator and Literacy Coordinator positions to Director of STEM Education and Director of Literacy. To reflect Administrative Cabinet status, current Directors’ titles will be changed to Executive Director with no increased compensation. This takes effect July 1, 2017.

The new Directors will facilitate parent education, lead professional learning, supervise department chairs, other leaders and committee work, actively plan and coordinate curriculum development work, with a focus on interdisciplinary units of instruction, and play a more prominent role in the assessment development work in the District, which must be a top priority for the foreseeable future. As the District moves to more program evaluation, the Directors will support the Executive Director for Research and Program Analysis, Charles Sprandel, in this area.

Superintendent Moyer noted that “these recommendations are designed to strengthen the leadership and systematic coordination of District operations. As opportunities are presented, the Elmhurst District 205 Administration will continue to look for ways to improve its effectiveness.

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Posted by: Melea Smith, District Admin, Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205
Published: 5/2/17




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York Community High School ranked 18th in Illinois among U.S. News and World Report's Best High Schools list released April 25, 2017. York HS also ranked #687 in the National Rankings and earned a silver medal. Schools are ranked based on their performance on state-required tests and how well they prepare students for college. Read more about this year's ranking methodology.

Illinois has many schools ranked in 2017 among U.S. News Best High Schools, including 14 gold medal schools, 67 silver medal schools and 114 bronze medal schools. The award distribution is as follows:


Gold 2.4%
Silver 10.3%
Bronze 16.8%
No Medal 70.5%
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Posted by: Melea Smith, District Admin, Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205
Published: 4/28/17