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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 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.


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



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.

District 205 Superintendent Dr. David Moyer has been in touch with the Newton family regarding a memorial celebration of Mr. Newton's life that is tentatively planned for sometime in January at York High School. Details will follow once they have been determined. Our condolences go out to all who knew and loved him.


Beginning Monday, December 11, 2017, the MySchoolBucks program convenience fee that parents pay will increase 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


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

Website with Tips and Instructions

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


The District 205 Foundations'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 with questions.

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


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 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 If you have any questions or concerns, please contact 5Essentials Client Services at 1-866-440-1874 or


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 Follow Dr. Moyer's blog at


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.


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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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.