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Excellence in Elmhurst

Spirito! Singers Announce Three York Seniors As Scholarship Winners

The Dolores Stedman Shaheen Scholarship for Choral Excellence

Purpose/Mission: The Dolores Stedman Shaheen Scholarship for Choral ...more

York Team Takes Second in Illinois Stock Market Game

York High School students in Jim Borel’s 7th period Intro to Business class finished in 2nd place out of 541 teams in the Econ Illinois Stock ...more

York Model United Nations Sends Delegation to Canadian-American Security Councils Conference

York Model United Nations sent a delegation of 12 students to the Canadian-American Security Councils ...more

York’s Model UN Club Attends UN Conference

York Community High School recently sent a delegation of thirteen students to the St. Ignatius Model UN conference. Meg and Catie Grasse both earned ...more

York's Math Team Scores a Win over Prospect High School

York Community High School's Math Team scored a win on their first meet this year, beating Prospect High School by just two points. A record 15 ...more

15 York Seniors Named Commended Students by NMSC

Fifteen members of the York Community High School Class of 2013 have been named National Merit Commended Students, as announced by the National Merit ...more

Six York Seniors Named National Merit Semifinalists

The York Community High School Class of 2013 has again produced six National Merit Semifinalists, as announced by the National Merit Scholarship ...more

Recent York Graduate Tessa Kroll Named to Tribune Scholar-Athlete Team

York Community High School recent graduate Tessa Kroll was named to the elite 2011-2012 Chicago Tribune Scholar-Athlete Team. The ...more

Sandburg Contest Winner Named "Mayor for a Day"

With an emphasis on respectful leadership, Shelia Evans of Sandburg Middle School penned the first-place winning entry to the Character Counts! 2012 “May ...more

Hawthorne Student Poets Published in Poetry Anthology

Ten Hawthorne Elementary fourth-grade REACH Expressways students were published in the anthology A Celebration of Poets after their entry in a ...more

Three York High School Seniors Awarded Spirito! Singers Scholarships

Spirito! Singers recently announced the recipients of its Dolores Stedman Shaheen Scholarship for Choral Excellence and Florine ...more

York Symphonic Band Performs at SuperState Concert Band Festival

Upon invitation, the York Community High School Symphonic Band participated in the prestigious SuperState Concert Band Festival, held ...more

Senior Athletic Recognition Night Hosted by York Athletic Boosters

The York Athletic Booster Club hosted their annual Senior Athletic Recognition Night at York High School on May 16. Varsity athletes, ...more

York High School Students Earn Top Achievement on National Spanish Exam

Twenty-one York Community High School world language students recently attained national recognition for excellent performance ...more

National Merit Scholarship Corp. Names Merit and College-Sponsored Award Winners

The National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC) named the National Merit $2,500 Scholarship as well as the ...more

Jacob Ruprecht Named Principal’s Leadership Award Winner

The National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP)/Herff Jones in April announced the 2012-13 Principal’s Leadership Award ...more

Illinois Golden Apple Scholars Represent York Community High School

Golden Apple announced the selection of its 2012 Golden Apple Scholars. Representing York Community High School are Kelly O’Ryan ...more

Jeremy Paschke Named Outstanding HS Physics Teacher


The Illinois Section of the American Association of Physics Teachers (ISAAPT) strives to advance the teaching of physics and also furthers an ...more

D205 Elmhurst Library Poetry Contest Winners Announced

The Friends of Elmhurst Public Library recently held its 8th Annual Poetry Contest for students in 4th through 12th grades. The contest was open ...more

District 205 Students Excel at State Science Olympiad

Teams from more than 46 middle schools and 48 high schools participated in the State Science Olympiad competition, held at the University of ...more

Rush Anatomy Lab field trips both captivate and educate

Nearly two dozen high school students are circled around an examination table in Rush’s human anatomy lab as James Williams, PhD, the lab’s ...more

York National Technical Honor Society inducts six members

Thousands of schools and colleges throughout the U.S. and its territories have a chapter of the National Technical Honor Society (NTHS) on ...more

York Youth & Government Team realizes success in Springfield Legislative Assembly

On March 17, 2012, the York High School's Youth and Government Team season culminated in a statewide Legislative ...more

Five York Seniors named National Merit Finalists

The National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC) program has recently determined which of the 16,000 Semifinalists named in September of 2011 have met ...more

District 205 to be represented by three of its schools at State Science Olympiad event

More than 65 students from Elmhurst, including teams from York High School, Bryan, Churchville and Sandburg ...more

York High School Science Olympiad Team places 4th at Regional Contest

The York Science Olympiad Team placed 4th in the competitive College of DuPage Regional event held March 10, where more than 20 ...more

Sandburg MS Science Olympiad Team also ranks 4th

Members of the Sandburg Science Olympiad team also placed 4th at the March 10 Regional competition. Student interest in the Science Olympiad program at ...more

Churchville MS Science Olympiad Team ranks 6th

Churchville Middle School coaches Heather Wrzensinski and Anthony Petersen had a great Science Olympiad season, medaling in nine varsity events, ...more

York Students compete at Regional IDEA Competition

Computer Aided Drafting students from York High School competed at the Regional IDEA State Qualification Competition on March 9. The following ...more

York’s Ken Ross named CISCO Educator of the Year

The Construction Industry Service Corporation (CISCO) recently announced its Project of the Year award winners. The Pride in Construction Program, ...more

District 205 National Board Certified Teachers Announced

Four teachers from Elmhurst District 205 are among the 461 members of this year’s class of Nationally Board Certified Teachers (NBCT) in ...more

Hawthorne Fifth Grade REACH Language Arts Students' Poems Published

This fall, nineteen Hawthorne fifth grade REACH Language Arts students entered a national poetry contest sponsored by Creative ...more

128 York seniors named 2012-13 Illinois State Scholars

The Illinois Student Assistance Commission (ISAC) recently recognized 17,515 students from 773 different high schools across the State as ...more

34 Middle School Students Represent District 205 at IMEA Jr. Festival in November

On November 5, 2011, the Illinois Music Educators Association Elementary and Junior High Division held its annual ...more

Four National Advanced Placement Scholars Recognized at November 15 Board of Education Meeting

The College Board Advanced Placement Program recognizes high school students who have demonstrated ...more

Four District 205 Staff Members Receive Those Who Excel Award From ISBE

The Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) honored nearly 200 educators and community members for their outstanding service to ...more

44 York Musicians Named IMEA All-District Selectees

More than 3,000 students from over 75 schools throughout Northeastern Illinois auditioned for the honor of being selected to the Illinois Music ...more

Cathleen McGovern Earns $10,000 Nordstrom Scholarship

On September 27, 2011, a “prize patrol” of Nordstrom executives surprised York High School senior Cathleen McGovern with the news that she had ...more

Six York Students Named as National Merit Semifinalists and 8 Named as Commended Students

The National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC)recently announced six National Merit Semifinalists from York ...more

York Students Recognized as J.Kyle Braid Scholars

York Community High School students Grace Haggard, Billi Marquess, Matthew Parks and John Shipman were recognized by a Proclamation of the Board of ...more

York Boys Volleyball Team Win Academic Award

The York Boys Volleyball team was recognized by a Proclamation at the August 16, 2011 Board of Education Meeting by the Board and Administration. The ...more

Jefferson Elementary School fifth grader, Meghan Quinn, takes third place in State bike poster

The Board of Education and Administration recognized by Proclamation the accomplishment of Meghan Quinn ...more

Boys and Girls Track Team Honored at Board of Education Meeting - June 14, 2011

Members of the York Community High School Boys and Girls Track Teams, as well as their coaches, were honored by ...more

York Honors 70 Seniors at Scholarship Awards Night

Seventy members of the York High School Class of 2011 received 29 senior awards and/or scholarships at the annual Scholarship Awards Night held on ...more

Kick Off For Kids Presents Star Educator Award

Kindergarten teacher Tammy Dospoy, of Edison Elementary School, was honored on May 4 with the Star Educator Award, which includes a $300 check to be ...more

York Italian teacher selected as NEH Summer Scholar

Maria Barbanente, who teaches Italian at York High School, was one of 25 from across the country selected to participate in the National Endowment ...more

York sophomore Consetino takes 2nd in State CAD Contest

York sophomore Nick Cosentino placed second in the Introductory CAD (Computer Aided Drafting and Design) category at the State contest sponsored ...more

31 from York Named State Winners in FCCLA Competition

The Family Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) State competition took place in Springfield on Friday, April 8. Thirty-one York ...more

York Career and Technical Education Honor Society Inductees Announced

In April, the following York High School students were inducted into the National Technical Honor Society for 2010-2011: Kelsey ...more

Four York Students Earn State SkillsUSA Medals; One Headed to Nationals

Fifteen York High School students competed in the State SkillsUSA competition in mid April, earning four medals. In the category ...more

Pat Masterton Named IASBO Service Award Recipient

District 205 Assistant Superintendent for Finance and Operations will soon be honored by the Illinois Association of School Business Officials (IASBO) ...more

PTA Reflections Winners for 2010-11

Each year, the PTA Reflections Program challenges students to create art inspired by a specific theme.Themes are selected from hundreds of ideas submitted by ...more

District 205 Named to College Board's AP ® Achievement List

Elmhurst District 205 was one of 388 school districts in the nation honored by the College Board this year with a place on its AP ® ...more

J. Kyle Braid Leadership Foundation announces York High School Leadership Scholars

In March, the J. Kyle Braid Leadership Foundation announced the newly selected Leadership Scholars for 2011. ...more

Elmhurst District 205 Earns Bright Red Apple Award

SchoolSearch has awarded Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205 with a 2010 Bright Red Apple for educational excellence. Out of 868 school ...more

Freshman Orientation Program Highlighted at State Conference

York High School counselors Karla Goldman and Amy Thompson, and York School Psychologist Linda Johnson presented recently at the state ...more

York Students Win Poster Contest

Two York High School students, Alex Rebek and Alexa Drake, were recent winners in the annual poster contest sponsored by the Illinois First Amendment Center. Alex ...more

Eight District 205 Schools Recognized with ISBE Academic Excellence Awards

This month the Illinois State Board of Education IISBE) will be honoring 834 schools that have been named to the 2010 ...more

York Senior, Tori Larson, Honored at Jan. 25th District 205 Board Meeting for IHSA Girls Swimming Achievement

Tori Larsen, York Community High School senior, recently earned two medals at the ...more

District 205's National Board Certified Teachers Honored at January 25th Board Meeting

Five teachers from Elmhurst District 205 are among the 771 members of the 2010 class of National Board Certified ...more

Edison Elementary School Honored at District 205 Jan. 25th Board Meeting as National Blue Ribbon School

This year’s national Blue Ribbon Schools were announced on September 9, 2010. U.S. Secretary of ...more

District 205 Assistant Superintendent for Student Services Meg Schnoor Awarded 2010-11 William H. Ott Memorial Scholarship

Meg Schnoor, District 205’s Assistant Superintendent for Student Services and ...more

Safe Routes to School Award

The Safe Routes to School Committee was formed this fall, with the charge of creating Safe Routes to School (SRTS) in Elmhurst. The SRTS Committee is comprised of ...more

Work of York Artists Exhibited and Juried

Elmhurst College hosted its 12th Annual High School Art Exhibit from January 5-19, 2011. A reception to honor the student artists was held on January 12. This ...more

District 205 Middle School IMEA Students Recognized at January 11th Board of Education Meeting

On November 6, the Illinois Music Educators Association Elementary and Junior High Division held its ...more

117 York seniors named 2011-12 Illinois State Scholars

The Illinois Student Assistance Commission (ISAC) recently recognized 17,335 students from 749 different high schools from across the state as ...more

2010 National Board Certified Teachers Announced
Five teachers from Elmhurst District 205 are among the 771 members of the 2010 class of Nationally Board Certified Teachers (NBCT) in Illinois. They ...more

December 14 Board of Education Meeting Recognition for York Students

In Elmhurst District 205, 422 York Community High School students took a total of 884 Advanced Placement (AP) tests in May of 2010, ...more

December 14 Board of Education Meeting Recognition for Sandburg Eighth Grader

Clara Stezowski , an 8th grade student at Sandburg Middle School, has been selected to represent the State of Illinois at ...more

National Commended Students Honored

Five members of the York Community High School Class of 2010 have been named as Commended Scholars in the 2011 National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC) ...more

District 205 Schools Listed in Chicago Tribune and Sun-Times Academic Rankings

Every October, when the Illinois State Report Cards are released, the Chicago Tribune and Chicago Sun-Times set about ...more

York High School Boys' Top Athletic Accomplishments

A proclamation will be read at the November 16 Board of Education meeting honoring the York High School Boys Cross Country Team for winning the ...more

York High School Girls' Top Athletic Accomplishments

York’s Girls Volleyball team won the Class 4A Super Sectional against New Trier last weekend, earning their first trip to the Final Four on Friday ...more

York High School IMEA Participants

More than 3,000 students from over 75 schools throughout Northeastern Illinois auditioned for the honor of All-District band, chorus, orchestra and jazz band ...more

District 205 Middle School IMEA Participants

On Saturday, November 6, the Illinois Music Educators Association (IMEA) Elementary and Junior High Division held its annual District I Music Festival at ...more

3M Bestows Star in the Classroom Award to York High School Social Studies teacher

James Borel has been recognized for his effective implementation of Econ Illinois programs in the classroom, helping ...more

“Best of the Best” honored in Illinois School Communications Contest

The Illinois Chapter of the National School Public Relations Association (INSPRA) presented 114 awards to 34 school districts on ...more

District 205 Earns SchoolSearchTM Academic Award

For the ninth consecutive year, Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205 has received the SchoolSearchTM Bright A+ Award, based on the 2009 Illinois ...more

Four York students honored as J.Kyle Braid Scholars

The J. Kyle Braid Leadership Foundation mission is to identify and select young adults who exhibit leadership potential, have a strong sense of ...more

Physical Education teacher, Jeremy Thomas, named Teacher of the Year by IAHPERD

The Illinois Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance, was founded in 1931 by a group of ...more

York Class of 2010 Student wins STAR gold medal at FCCLA conference

The 2010 Family and Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) national conferencewas held in Chicago in July. More than 6,100 ...more

Jefferson Elementary School awarded Jaffarian Award by the American Library Association

The American Library Association (ALA) Public Programs Office (PPO) announced that the Jefferson Elementary ...more

Mike Torney - Social Studies teacher named Teacher of the Month by WGN
High School Social Studies Teacher Mike Torney was recently named the WGN Teacher of the Month and was featured on the news ...more

Churchville Counselor receives Counselor of the Year Award

Ramona Osgood has received the Middle School Counselor of the Year Award from the Illinois School Counselors Association. Honorees are ...more

District students named National Merit Finalists

All eight York Community High School students who qualified as National Merit Semi-Finalists last fall were recently named Finals for the 2009-10 ...more

York High School announces record number of Illinois State Scholars

York Community High School is pleased to announce that 148 students have been recognized as 2010 Illinois State Scholars. This is ...more

District school nominated for national Blue Ribbon status

Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205’s Edison Elementary School has been nominated by the Illinois State Board of Education for the ...more

District 205 awarded Certificate of Excellence for financial reporting

Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205 won the Association of School Business Officials (ASBO) International Certificate of ...more

York cross country team named Boys’ Team of the Decade

ESPN Rise Magazine named the York boys’ cross country team the “Boys’ Team of the Decade” in their recent publication highlighting high school ...more

York students chosen to attend Illinois Music Educators All-State Festival in Peoria
York students Kate Burnier, Alto (vocal); Lois Cha, Chello; Trace Gaynor, Violin; Kristina Murray, flute; Cassie ...more

York's Tori Larsen takes third place at Illinois state swim meet
York's Tori Larsen took third place in the Illinois state swim and diving meet in the 50 M freestyle. The state swimming and diving ...more

Wrestling coach Terry Clarke to be inducted into IWCOA Hall of Fame
Terry Clarke has been selected for induction into the Illinois Wrestling Coaches and Officials Association Hall of Fame. Inductees ...more

Amy Thompson named School Counselor Advocate of the Year
The Illinois School Counselor Association has named Amy Thompson, a York Community High School counselor, School Counselor Advocate of the ...more

J. Kyle Braid Leadership Scholars Receive Board of Education Recognition
The mission of The J. Kyle Braid Leadership Foundation is to identify and select young adults who exhibit leadership potential ...more

York Boys Cross Country Team comes in third at state meet
The members of the York Community High School boys cross country team have won third place standing in the state finals. The team is coached ...more

Two York track coaches inducted into Hall of Fame
York Coaches Stan Reddel and Annette Schulte will be inducted into the Illinois High School Association’s (IHSA) Track Coaches Hall of Fame this ...more

District 205 receives highest level of financial recognition
For the third consecutive year, Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205 has earned the highest level of financial recognition from the ...more

District teacher named Illinois Outstanding Biology Teacher for 2009

District receives the 2009 Bright A+ Award
SchoolSearch has honored District 205 with a Bright A+ Award for 2009. The Bright A+ Award is given to those school districts with the highest academic ...more

Students earn top national academic awards
Eight York High School students including David Baker, Gavin Fahey, Rachel Nelson, Mark Nosek, Will Ritter, Kyle Ann Sebastian, Thomas Speers and David ...more

Two students earn national gold medals in interior design
York High School seniors Lucy LaPalermo and Kendra Mills won gold medals in Interior Design at the National Family, Career, and Community ...more

District earns top state-wide recognition for public engagement campaign
Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205 earned top honors from the Illinois Chapter of the National School Public ...more