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2013 Ruth Strand Poster Contest

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School children took a very colorful and creative approach to depicting Elmhurst history as shown in the 356 entries that were submitted for the annual Ruth Strand Poster Contest.

Sponsored by the ...more

FCCLA Board Recognition

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Board of Education Recognition


On Tuesday, May 14, at the Board of Education meeting, 32 Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) students were recognized by the Board of Education and Administration for the awards ...more

Hawthorne School Outdoor Classroom Dedication

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Hawthorne Elementary dedicated its new outdoor classroom on Monday, April 22 – a gorgeous, sunny day – by thanking contributors in an all-school assembly and then inviting honored guests to take a ...more

IHSTCA names Tres Heimann Coach of the Year

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On January 25, 2013, the Illinois High School Tennis Coaches Association (IHSTCA) named York High School's Girls Tennis Coach Tres Heimann “Coach of the Year” for 2012. Each year, the organization ...more

Kickoff for Kids Star Educator for December is Sarah Iazzetto

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On February 26, 2013, Sarah Iazzetto was recognized by Kickoff for Kids as the "Star Educator" for December. Sarah, a seventh grade English teacher at Sandburg Middle School, was presented with a ...more

ILMEA Students Recognized by the Board of Education

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Thirty-two middle school students and seventeen York High School students were recognized with a proclamation at the District 205 Board of Education Meeting on January 22, 2013. Middle School ...more

Jefferson hosts Inaugural Spelling Bee

Jefferson hosts Inaugural Spelling Bee

Jefferson School hosted its inaugural spelling bee on January 15. There were 24 students participating from 4th and 5th grade. Maya Wlodarczyk was the winner of the bee and will be participate in ...more

College Board AP National Scholars

In May of 2012, 670 York Community High School students took a total of 1,239 Advanced Placement (AP) tests, with 89.7% of those tests resulting in a score of 3 or above (on a 5-point scale), ...more

Congratulations, Arianna!

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Arianna Kapotas, a fifth grader in Cindy Higgins’ class at Hawthorne School, won the 2012 McHugh Construction holiday card drawing contest. All elementary schools in District 205 are annually invited ...more

Kickoff For Kids Star Educator for October is Leanne Rider

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On December 12, 2012, Leanne Rider was recognized by Kickoff for Kids as the "Star Educator" for October. Leanne Rider, a REACH teacher at Field Elementary School, was presented with a plaque and ...more

Lincoln and Bryan Awarded U.S. Blue Ribbon School Status

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On Friday, September 7, U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan recognized 269 schools as 2012 National Blue Ribbon Schools, based on their overall academic excellence or for making progress in ...more

York Boys Cross Country Team Takes First in State - Again!

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York Community High School’s Boys Cross Country Team achieved its 28th Class 3A state title at the State Meet, held in Peoria at Detweiller Park on Saturday, November 3, 2012. With this ...more

York High School Celebrates Veterans Day 2012

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York High School students listened to stories shared by veterans, including York teachers, who represented different branches of the military during the all school Veterans' Day assembly on November 9.

Four from District 205 Named Those Who Excel Award Winners

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For the second year in a row, District 205 was represented by four honorees in the Illinois State Board of Education’s (ISBE) Those Who Excel awards program. This past Saturday, October 20, ISBE ...more

York Welcomes Elmhurst Chamber of Commerce

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On October 10, District 205 hosted 50 members of the Elmhurst Chamber of Commerce for breakfast, a brief program and building tours. Superintendent Dave Pruneau presented highlights regarding the ...more

Middle School Presidential Debate Event Held October 3

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One of the themes in the District 205 Social Studies curriculum for grades 6-11 is an introduction to the study of ideals, principles and practices of citizenship in a democratic republic (NCSS Theme ...more

York High School Mock Election Boasts Record Turnout

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A total of 1,679 York High School students from 63 social studies classes participated in the October 3 Mock Election, sponsored by the League of Women Voters and the York Social Studies Department. ...more

Class of 2013 National Merit Semifinalists Honored

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The York Community High School Class of 2013 has produced six National Merit Semifinalists, as announced by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC) last week. The NMSC revealed the names of ...more

York Disinguished Alumni Kick-Off Event Deemed A Success

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The York Distinguished Alumni Program (YDAP) Kick-Off Event was held on Friday, September 21, 2012.  For more information on the YDAP nomination process please visit the Alumni Page .

"Learn Not to Burn" Poster Contest Winner Named

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Lincoln 5th grader Katherine Casagrande was the winner of the Elmhurst Fire Department's Fire Safety Poster contest.

The poster contest is over 25 years old. All Elmhurst schools with students at the ...more

York Grammy Signature Gold School Presentation

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The GRAMMY Foundation® announced in late March that ten schools nationwide were selected as GRAMMY Signature Schools for 2013 and have been awarded cash grants totaling $56,000. Under the leadership ...more


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At the Board of Education meeting on Tuesday, May 14, two students were recognized by the District 205 Board of Education and Administration for the awards they received at the Illinois Drafting ...more

Dottie Jendreas - Kickoff for Kids Star Educator for May 2013

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On May 8, 2013, Dottie Jendreas was recognized by Kickoff for Kids as the "Star Educator" for May. Dottie, a Special Education teacher in an Instructional Classroom at Jackson School, was presented ...more

Kickoff for Kids Star Educator for March is Debbie Ruckstaetter

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On April 22, 2013, Debbie Ruckstaetter was recognized by Kickoff for Kids as the "Star Educator" for March. Debbie, a fourth grade teacher at Lincoln School, was presented with a plaque and gift ...more

York Students Place Second in Illinois Stock Market Game

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York Community High School business students Jake Gratzianna, Eric Hoff, Zac Miller, Niki Passaris and Jack Polte placed second out of 541 teams in the 2012-13 Econ Illinois Stock Market Game. ...more

Skills IDEA 2013

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Congratulations to York High School students for placing in the top 3 and qualifying for the State Illinois Drafting Educators Association (IDEA) Competition and  Skills USA State qualifiers.

Kickoff for Kids Star Educator for January is Nicole Glynn

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On February 13, 2013, Nicole Glynn was recognized by Kickoff for Kids as the "Star Educator" for January.  Nicole, a math and English teacher at Churchville Middle School, was presented with a plaque ...more

York NHS Recognized for Bell Ringers for Salvation Army

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Sue Linden from Salvation Army presented NHS with a certificate on January 24, recognizing their efforts to raise $1,051.00 over the holidays through the bell ringing program. Anyone interested in Bo ...more

Kickoff for Kids Star Educator for November is Kristin Weidner

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On December 21, 2012, Kristin Weidner was recognized by Kickoff for Kids as the "Star Educator" for November. Kristin, a first grade teacher at Jefferson School, was presented with a plaque and gift ...more

Sandburg MS Social Studies presents "Night at the Museum"

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In Social Studies classes, students have been learning about the turn of the 19th Century in the United States. They have completed research on a chosen topic from the late 1800s – early 1900s, and ...more

District 205 Holiday Card 2012

District 205 Holiday Card 2012

Artwork designed by Natalie Rohman,
Churchville Middle School 8th Grader.

Sandburg Class receives Donors Choose grant

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Sandburg Middle School math teacher Nancy Bensfield recently received a Donors Choose grant for 10 exercise balls to be used as chairs in her classroom.

"Math requires lots of seat work, and the ...more


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Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205 is providing leading-edge collaborative learning opportunities to students at York High School and Churchville Middle School through two new Media:scape ...more

Emma Fisher - Second Fastest Female at State CC Meet


York Girls Cross Country Team's lead runner, senior Emma Fisher, ran the second fastest time of any Illinois high school female runner at the Detweiller Park state course on Saturday, November 3, ...more

Jefferson Students Share Thanksgiving Feast

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Students at Jefferson School annually share a Thanksgiving feast while learning about the traditions of the holiday. For the 17th year in a row, second graders dressed as Pilgrims and took a place of honor on the school's stage. Fifth graders are paired with younger students to assist them with the meal.

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Students from York High School’s International Relations and AP European History classes attended a presentation by Asmaa Goda, a visiting scholar from Egypt. Ms. Goda is participating in a US State ...more

York Future Diplomats of America attend panel hosted by Chicago Global Affairs Council

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York students in FDA (Future Diplomats of America), International Relations, and AP European History attended a panel discussion hosted by the Chicago Council on Global Affairs entitled “Is War With Iran Inevitable” on October  24, 2012. After the discussion, Rhys Leahy (Class of 2013) met both Amabassador Thomas Pickering and Israeli Consul General Roey Gilad.

National Merit Commended from the Class of 2013 Honored

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The York Community High School Class of 2013 has produced 15 National Merit Commended Students, as recently announced by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC). The NMSC recently revealed ...more

Jefferson School Library receives set of Monarch Book award nominees for 2012-2013

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The Jefferson Elementary School Library was selected as one of 65 libraries in Illinois to receive a set of Monarch Book award nominees for 2012-2013 from the ISLMA/LBSS Endowment Fund. More than ...more

Kickoff for Kids Star Educator for September is Janet Gross

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On October 10, 2012, Janet Gross was recognized by Kickoff for Kids as the "Star Educator" for September. A second grade teacher at Edison School, Ms. Gross was presented with a plaque and a gift ...more


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All students and families of elementary and middle schools in Elmhurst District 205 were encouraged to participate in the 2012 International Walk and Roll to School Day, held on Wednesday, October 3. ...more

Boys Volleyball Team Earns Second AVCA Academic Award

American Volleyball Coaches Association Team Earns Second Academic Award

For the second year in a row, York’s Varsity Boys Volleyball team was selected for national recognition by the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA), which recently announced that 536 teams ...more

2012-13 J. Kyle Braid Scholars

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York Community High School students selected as Braid Scholars for 2012-13 were: Caitlin Blum
Joseph Helton, Rachel Iverson and Niall O’Brien. The mission of the J. Kyle Braid Leadership Foundation ...more

Emerson’s Earth Ambassadors Scarecrows at Arboretum


Students clockwise from left: Julianna Moran, Kristina Vezmar, 
Alexander Homolka, Nick Dobrowolski, Joshua Miller (on floor).

Twigs, Logs, Pigs and Frogs: Emerson’s Earth Ambassadors Scarecrow Takes a Comical Twist

In a comical twist on last year’s Muppets movie, Emerson Elementary School’s Earth Ambassadors presents “Miss ...more