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Welcome to the 2018-19 School Year!

To all new and returning D205 students and families,

Welcome to the 2018-19 school year!

The Class of 2031 enters kindergarten as classroom doors open on August 15. Similarly, the Class of 2019 will prepare to close a chapter and launch into the world. I have every confidence that kindergarten through 12 grade, our students will emerge college, career, and life ready!

Our student’s success is intentional. This month, Niche ranked Elmhurst D205 among the Top 10 School Districts in Illinois. Similarly, in recent polls conducted by Strategies 360, community satisfaction with D205 has rated over 80 percent in 2017 and 2018. I love the direction that we are headed and honestly believe that we have just scratched the surface.

I am very proud of our teachers, who have worked so hard over the past couple of years to ensure that District 205 will be A National Leader in Future Ready Learning. On Monday, August 13, our teachers will come together with a keynote address by Eric Sheninger, renown educator and author of Learning Transformed. Sheninger also will return to work with York teachers and administrators three days throughout the year.

Future-ready learning merits future-ready classrooms. On August 14, the Board will decide whether to move forward with a November referendum. Members will vote whether or not to build a new Lincoln and Field School, renovate and expand Edison, ensure spaces for all-day kindergarten, improve safety and security, add future-ready learning spaces and media centers to all schools, renovate the York auditorium and make site specific improvements at schools across the District based on need.  

These are exciting times of learning and growth. Just last year, many projects successfully moved underway, most notably a systematized approach to interventions in grades 1-8, full implementation of Eureka Math in grades K-8, and year one of the middle school reorganization, which included Acceleration Time and more minutes for math instruction.  

Greater enhancements await this year such as implementing two-way, dual-language-immersion programming at Fischer (a District program), de-leveling multiple subject areas at York High School, introducing STEM-based education through Project Lead the Way at the middle school level, and standards-based reporting at the elementary level. D205 will continue its focus on rigor and student empowerment as well the 6Cs of creativity, critical thinking, communication, collaboration, character, and citizenship.

As York High School celebrates its centennial on September 27-30, we are grateful that our parents, educators, residents, and community partners remain faithful supporters, ensuring that our children have the very best opportunities possible. Together, we are setting the course of education for Elmhurst and all of D205 for decades to come.

Have a great school year. Go 205! Go Dukes!

Dr. David Moyer

Updated August 13, 2018

You can follow the excitement at our individual school sites on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook, and you can catch the District action by following us on Facebook or on Twitter at @ElmhurstD205 and our hashtag #IgniteD205.

Posted by: Kate Allt Published:8/13/18
Audience: Superintendent and Superintendent