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4/13/18

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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4/12/18

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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4/10/18

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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4/6/18

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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4/4/18

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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4/2/18

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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3/29/18

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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3/21/18

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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3/19/18

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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3/15/18

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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Mission Statement

The mission of Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205 is to meet the educational needs of all students, challenging each to his or her full potential and ensuring a foundation for future success in life.

Vision Statement

Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205 will be a national leader in educating children of all backgrounds and ability levels, promoting high individual student achievement. The District will incorporate student-centered decision making, the highest academic standards, best practices in education, the highest caliber educational professionals, and leading edge resources to ensure an equitable education for all and success in a global society. 

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