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11/16/17

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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11/15/17

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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11/12/17

Beginning this month, students, teachers and parents across Illinois will have the opportunity to participate in the fourth annual statewide Illinois 5Essentials Survey. This survey will allow 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.

All teachers, parents, and 4th through 12th grade students will be asked to respond to this survey (Elmhurst D205 is participating in the grades 4-5 pilot). Reports will be sent to schools and districts in March 2018, and data will also be included in the State School Report Card.


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 November 15 through January 18, 2018. Due to a data glitch, the survey will be delayed about a week. We will announce the new start date when that has been determined. 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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11/12/17

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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11/10/17

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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10/31/17

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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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.

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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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Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205 currently serves more than 8,000 students who reside primarily in the City of Elmhurst and small portions of Oak Brook, Bensenville and Addison. Approximately 93 percent of students live in Elmhurst with the remainder living outside of the City, but within the District 205 boundaries.