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Are you a business owner or entrepreneur? We need you!

York High School will be hosting an information session for individuals interested in volunteering on Monday, April 29, at 6:30 p.m in the Learning Commons (2nd Floor). To RSVP or ask questions, please contact Carrie Ricchetti at cricchetti@elmhurst205.org or call (630) 617-2307

Beginning this Fall, students at York will have the opportunity to participate in a business incubator through curriculum from INCubatoredu. INCubatoredu offers an authentic entrepreneurship experience as students build a business in this year-long course. Throughout this hands-on course, students ideate, develop, and iterate their own product or service startup in an attempt to gain investment funds in a final pitch event.

Real entrepreneurs and business experts serve as volunteer coaches and mentors guiding student teams through the processes of developing hypotheses about a business concept, testing those hypotheses, adapting, and continually learning and improving. We need individuals with business experience that are willing to work with students and share their knowledge and expertise as they create their own business and minimum viable product.

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Posted by: Bev Redmond, District Admin, Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205
Published: 3/26/19




Audience: Homepage and Homepage

From Grammy, Emmy and Academy Award-winning Steve Martin and Grammy Award-winning Edie Brickell, this sweeping tale of love and redemption set against the rich backdrop of the American South in the 1920's and '40s unfolds as a rich tapestry of deep emotion, beautiful melodies and powerfully moving performances. YOU DO NOT WANT TO MISS THIS AMAZING SHOW!

Exact dates and showtimes are as follows:
Thursday, April 11 at 7:30pm
Friday, April 12 at 7:30pm
Saturday, April 13th at 7:30pm
Sunday, April 14th at 2pm

Tickets will go on sale to the public on April 1st and cost just $10 plus a $1 processing fee (same price Senior/Adult/Student/Child). *Recommended for children ages 10 and older.  
Tickets tend to sell very quickly so be sure to visit www.ticketpeak.com/yorkdrama on April 1st at 6am to purchase your tickets. Don't hesitate to email us with your questions at yorkdramatickets@gmail.com. We are so excited to see you at the show!

 

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Posted by: Bev Redmond, District Admin, Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205
Published: 3/20/19




Audience: Bryan Middle School, York Community High School, Homepage, Homepage, Churchville Middle School and Sandburg Middle School

Calling all teens seeking job and volunteer opportunities!

What: Elmhurst Commission on Youth Teen Job and Volunteer Fair

When: 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm Wednesday, March 20th

Where: York Community High School - Commons 355 St. Charles Rd. Elmhurst, IL 60126

The Elmhurst Commission on Youth, along with its participating event partners, is dedicated to ensuring that qualified individuals have the opportunity to connect with Elmhurst area establishments seeking employees and volunteers. Partnering organizations include: Elmhurst Park District, Elmhurst Public Library, Elmhurst YMCA, The Kiwanis Club of Elmhurst, Elmhurst Junior Women’s Club, and District 205.

Job Fair questions may be directed to Patty McKernan at 630-878-7622 or patricia.mckernan@att.net. Volunteer Fair questions may be directed to Kim Brigman atbrigmankb@yahoo.com.

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Posted by: Jenna Ernst, District Admin, Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205
Published: 3/19/19




Audience: Jackson Elementary School, ~Demo: Elmhurst School, Emerson Elementary School, Fischer Elementary School, Bryan Middle School, Homepage, Homepage, ~ECUSD Demo School, Jefferson Elementary School, Hawthorne Elementary School, Edison Elementary School, Lincoln Elementary School, York Community High School, Field Elementary School, Madison Early Childhood Center, Churchville Middle School and Sandburg Middle School

D205 is pleased to announce the launch of its newly redesigned website on April 1, 2019. When families return from Spring Break, they will experience the updated look and feel of the main district website as well as all 13 school sites.

Originally created in 2007, our current sites received a much needed refresh and contain several great new features including:

  • ADA Compliance Through AudioEye®
  • Modern Design & Branded Look
  • Better Organization & Streamlined Content
  • Improved Navigation and Search Functions
  • Flexible, Responsive Design to Any Device
  • Find it Fast and Familiar Drop Down Menus
  • News and Events
  • Quick Links & Parent Resources
  • Calendars

Take a moment on Launch Day, April 1, 2019, to navigate around our new district and school websites. If you have any questions or comments regarding the content contained on the new website, info@elmhurst205.org. Our website will always be a work in progress. We will continue to make updates regularly in order to continue to share the great happening in our schools.

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Posted by: Jenna Ernst, District Admin, Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205
Published: 3/18/19




Audience: Homepage and Homepage

York’s Mock Trial team won their State competition this past weekend in Springfield. York won the title after a tough competition Sunday evening against Glenbard East High School.

In addition to the team award, York also received 6 individual awards. 

Lexi Lukose was the only student in the state to score a perfect score on the exam.

Katy Clugg, Lexi Lukose, Andrea Gurau received recognition for Best Attorney. While Katy Clugg and Anthony Aguilar received Best Witness. 

Maya Iyer, Sarah Martich, Ava Gehrke, Anika Jacob, Vanessa Bardoshi, and Elinor Kness all played key roles in the team’s success. 

Congratulations to all these amazing students and their coaches, Amy Mueller and Elizabeth Birchler. 

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Posted by: Kate Allt, District Admin, Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205
Published: 3/11/19




Audience: Homepage and Homepage

Presenter: Dr. Aaron Weiner
Date: April 17, 2019
Time: 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Location: York High School Commons

Aaron Weiner, PhD, ABPP is a board-certified Psychologist and the Director of Addiction Services at Linden Oaks Behavioral Health.  He earned his doctorate from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and completed his fellowship in Addiction Psychology at the VA Ann Arbor Healthcare System.  He is a strong advocate for evidence-based care in treating chemical dependency and behavioral addictions, as well as a proponent of integrating behavioral health services into medical settings.  Dr. Weiner is passionate about educating both healthcare providers and the general public about the nature and treatment of addiction —helping medical teams provide compassionate, competent care, and empowering patients to be informed consumers about their addiction treatment options.  Dr. Weiner is a member of the Board for the Society of Addiction Psychology, and on the Science Advisory Board for Smart Approaches to Marijuana.

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Posted by: Bev Redmond, District Admin, Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205
Published: 3/8/19




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Congratulations to the York High School March 2019 Students of the Month! The students are: 

  • Family & Consumer Sciences - Chelsea Roman
  • EL- Nelson Fabian Ramos
  • Visual Arts -Shayari Liyanapatabendi
  • Science - Kelly Martich
  • York Athletics - Madilyn Maucieri
  • English- Isabelle Mitchell
  • Mathematics - Lance Dudley
  • Business & Technology - Matthew Fehlberg
  • Performing Arts - Dylan Mahoney
  • York Activities.- Marie Grasse
  • Industrial Technology - Joseph Orrico
  • York Student Services.-.Paul Rosland III
  • Social Studies - Copper Stone
  • PE/Health/Drivers Ed - Grace Wright
  • World Language - Sara Krissinger
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Posted by: Bev Redmond, District Admin, Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205
Published: 3/4/19




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Congratulations to York High School Business Department Chair Jim Borel on being named the Junior Achievement Educator of the Year for DuPage County.  Retired educator and volunteer Rich Rosenberg was also named Junior Achievement Volunteer of the Year.  Both gentleman run the JA Titan simulation with York's Honors Business Management class since 2008.

 

JA Titan is a on-line business simulation where students run virtual companies and make decisions regarding price, marketing, research and development, capital investment and charitable giving.  These decisions are changed up to 12 times to simulate a 3 -year business cycle.  The computer then ranks the companies by their total amount of retained earnings. 

 

"It's a great simulation and Rich is awesome relating his experiences with our students. We are both very proud to represent York and the Elmhurst community," Jim said.

 

Like the many other volunteers, the duo helps JA Dupage County reach more than 88,000 students

 

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Posted by: Bev Redmond, District Admin, Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205
Published: 3/4/19




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District 205 and York High School would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to the Elmhurst Chapter of 100+ Women Who Care. The group of over 150 local women voted for York High School to be the recipient of a $14,600 donation that will benefit The Duke Depot, a program that just started this school year. 

The Duke Depot is a resource for any York student with a need, whether it be for food, clothing, school supplies, personal hygiene items and more. The program was made possible from donations by York staff and community members, so the donation from 100+ Women Who Care will go a long way towards making sure every York student has the tools they need to succeed in school. 

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Posted by: Bev Redmond, District Admin, Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205
Published: 2/28/19




Audience: Homepage and Homepage

As promised, in connection with the passage of the 2018 Referendum, the D205 School Board will vote on March 19 on a minor Boundary Adjustment as recommended by Superintendent Dr. David Moyer during Tuesday night's Board Meeting (February 26, 2019). If approved, the adjustment would take effect on June 1, 2022. Until that time, no boundary changes will take place. No current students will be impacted.

The proposed change will help boost enrollment at Edison Elementary School and further help to balance class sizes throughout the district. The recommended adjustment is as follows:

Effective June 1, 2022, any family that purchases a home on the east side of York Avenue and north side of St. Charles Road and either side of Harrison Street, going north to the south side of Butterfield Road will be subject to the five provisions listed below.

The new boundary provisions supported by the Board include the following:

  1. Boundary adjustments will take affect based on purchase date of the home. Homes purchased on or after June 1, 2022 will be subject to the new boundaries (The June 1, 2022 date is subject to Board approval at the March 19th meeting.)
  2. Families that purchased their homes prior to June 1, 2022 that live in the affected boundary areas outlined below will have the choice of attending Edison Elementary School or their current school
  3. Families in the current Hawthorne Elementary School attendance area who reside on the east side Kenmore Avenue will attend Edison. Families who reside between the east side of York Road and the west side of Kenmore Avenue that currently attend Hawthorne will have the choice of attending either Hawthorne or Edison
  4. Families living on either side of Harrison Street, going north to the south side of Butterfield Road, that are currently bused to Jackson, will be bused to Edison
  5. Affected families in item four (4) will have their choice of attending either Bryan or Sandburg middle schools

Upon approval, the District Office administration will begin a process of communicating with the school community, particularly those affected as well as local realtors, and answer any questions related to the change.

 

 

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Posted by: Bev Redmond, District Admin, Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205
Published: 2/28/19




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Autumn English, Ben Rogers, David Imundo, Hannah Graber, Katherine Gobber, Kyle Johnson, Libby Wagner, Samantha Uditsky, Scarlett Hoffer from York Community High School have been selected to showcase artwork at the 6th Annual Illinois High School Art Exhibition (IHSAE) and qualified to earn one of the available college scholarships. The total senior scholarship amount for York Community High School is approximately $1,071,296 

The shows run through Friday, March 8th at the Zhou B Art Center and Bridgeport Art Center in Chicago’s Bridgeport neighborhood.

The Illinois High School Art Exhibition is a not-for-profit with a mission to enhance the creative educational landscape, giving student and teacher artists agency to succeed by connecting them to a variety of remarkable exhibitions, opportunities, and programs, while advocating for and reinforcing the power of art in their lives. Developed by teachers for students, the organization is run by full-time art educators who collaborate with corporate sponsors, art schools/colleges/universities, and participating city, suburban, public and private high schools to celebrate and award the artistic talents of Illinois high school art students. The IHSAE cultivates further connections through a variety of programs, such as the Art Educator and Central Illinois High School Art Exhibitions, Small Works Show, IHSAE Traveling Show, Capitol Building Art Show, Mini-Portfolio Days, Blick in-store events, presentations for art teachers at venues such as School of the Art Institute of Chicago and the National Art Education Association Conference, school programming support, collaborative connections with Illinois School Boards, Art Educator Grants and more. For more information, go to www.ihsae.org.

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Posted by: Bev Redmond, District Admin, Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205
Published: 2/26/19




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The York  Math Team had a very successful Division 4A Regional meet. The team finished first overall allowing them to continue onto the State meet in May.

The team had first place finishes by the Algebra 1, Algebra 2, Frosh-Soph 2 person, and the Junior-Senior 2 person teams. They also had second place finishes by the Geometry, Pre-Calculus, Frosh-Soph 8 person,  Junior-Senior 8 person and the Orals teams.

Individual places, scores and team score are listed below.

The York Math Team also will next be competing in the North Suburban Math League Conference meet on March 6th at Glenbrook South High School

 

Algebra 1 - Score: 118 - Place: 1

Place

Score

Name

1

34

Andrew Brooks

2

32

Jericho Calago

7

28

Clark Mahoney

10

24

Maddie Fine

15

20

Javier Carreon

18

18

Jessica Morey

 

Geometry - Score: 68 - Place: 2

 

Place

Score

Name

6

18

Aaron Taub

6

18

Jackson Lukas

8

16

Adrian Zhuang

8

16

Nate White

8

16

Stephanie Yang

13

12

Veeral Shah


Algebra 2 - Score: 126 - Place: 1

 

Place

Score

Name

1

38

Dylan Mahoney

2

32

Joey Gemini

7

28

James Sampson

7

28

Greg Hradil

10

26

Emily Dow

16

22

Karlene Stanton

 

Pre-Calculus - Score: 72 - Place: 2

 

Place

Score

Name

3

24

Jacob Witt

6

18

Jack Rosenberg

6

18

Joseph Black

17

12

JD Devine

19

10

Justin Pajak

26

8

Will Phillips


In other contests the team finished very strong. Here are the rest of the scores and places.   

 

Competition

Place

Score

Frosh-Soph 8

2

65

Junior-Senior 8

2

60

Calculator

4

45

Fresh-Soph 2

1

40

Junior-Senior 2

1

32

Oral

2

40

 

 

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Posted by: Bev Redmond, District Admin, Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205
Published: 2/26/19




Audience: Homepage and Homepage

The City of Elmhurst Youth Commission invites you to participate in the Teen Job/Volunteer Fair: 

What: Teen Job and Volunteer Fair

When: 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm Wednesday, March 20th

Where: York Community High School - Commons 355 St. Charles Rd. Elmhurst, IL 60126

The Elmhurst Commission on Youth, along with its participating event partners, is dedicated to ensuring that qualified individuals have the opportunity to connect with Elmhurst area establishments seeking employees and volunteers. Partnering organizations include: Elmhurst Park District, Elmhurst Public Library, Elmhurst YMCA, The Kiwanis Club of Elmhurst, Elmhurst Junior Women’s Club, and District 205.

Job Fair questions may be directed to Patty McKernan at 630-878-7622 or patricia.mckernan@att.net. Volunteer Fair questions may be directed to Kim Brigman at brigmankb@yahoo.com.

 

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Posted by: Bev Redmond, District Admin, Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205
Published: 2/26/19




Audience: Hawthorne Elementary School, Homepage and Homepage

“A Million Dreams", the student created documentary about Hawthorne School, is now available to watch on YouTube. As a part of a 5th grade club run by Assistant Principal Dr. Podraza, the students spent months recording, editing and producing the video about current instruction and future dreams for our school. The students and Dr. Podraza are incredibly thankful to the teachers, students and parents who contributed their ideas to this film.

Click here for the link to the full-length video.
Click here for just the ending including the vocal track and credits.  

 

 

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Posted by: Kate Allt, District Admin, Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205
Published: 2/26/19




Audience: York Community High School, Homepage and Homepage

Starting on Monday, February 25th, York Community High School will be celebrating Fine Arts Week! This tradition is over 30 years old, and recognizes the talents of York’s student musicians, dancers, actors, visual artists, singers, orators, poets and unique performance artists.

On Friday, March 1, YORK LIVE will feature a variety of student performances during three 50-minute live shows. Tickets are $10, but York students or any D205 middle school students get in free with a D205 ID.

This year's fundraising event will be Wednesday, February 27 at Elmhurst Brewing Company from 7-10 PM. There is a suggested donation of $5 at the door, with every cent going toward funding for next year's Fine Arts Week.

Please join us in celebrating all of York's outstanding young artists!

For more information on the week's events, please click here or visit http://yorkfaw.com/

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Posted by: Bev Redmond, District Admin, Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205
Published: 2/22/19




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The 23rd annual Elmhurst Student Chess Tournament will be held on Wednesday, April 3rd, beginning at 6:00 PM in the York High School Commons, 355 W. St. Charles Road, Elmhurst. Students will compete in the following six categories: 2nd grade, 3rd grade, 4th grade, 5th grade, 6-8th grade and high school. Last year, over 250 students participated in the tournament.


All students who attend school in Elmhurst – public or private – are welcome to participate with the completion and submission of a signed permission slip and tournament fee of $3.00. All participants will receive a certificate; the top four in each category receive ribbons; and the tournament champions receive a trophy.

The annual Student Chess Tournament is organized by parent volunteers, many of whom coach chess clubs at their children’s schools. Contestants will compete within the rules, playing five timed matches each. Volunteer judging is performed by independent chess experts who are brought in for this event. Snacks and drinks will be donated from parents and provided. Pizza will be sold during the tournament. Raffle prizes awarded are donated by It's Good to be King here in Elmhurst.

The registration deadline is Friday, March 29th​. Interested families may contact their child’s school chess club leader for the registration form and rules. Questions may be directed to Chris Khayat at 630-290-1504 or khayats@yahoo.com.

 

 

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Posted by: Bev Redmond, District Admin, Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205
Published: 2/22/19




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Young artists at Churchville Middle School had the opportunity to partner with two local veterans who are also artists to create a piece of work. During their Acceleration class, CMS students were mentored by Veteran Artist Dawn Radford throughout the month of December to create the original artwork. Their piece was unveiled during a reception at the National Veterans Art Museum in Chicago on February 20th.

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Posted by: Kate Allt, District Admin, Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205
Published: 2/21/19




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District 205 is one of 40 schools nationwide invited to join the National Innovation & Transformational Leadership Network. The Network is hosted by the American Association of School Administrators and the Successful Practices Network, an arm of the International Center for Leadership in Education. The D205 Innovation Team is comprised of Superintendent Dr. David Moyer, Learning and Teaching Committee Chair Jim Collins, Assistant Superintendent for Innovation and Growth, Dr. Mark Cohen, Field Principal Heidi Thomas, and Sandburg English Department Chair, Frank Dahlman.

Started last fall, the cohort is a year-long experience during which superintendents and their leadership teams are­ supported to apply innovative best practices toward redefining what it means to be successful in school.

Dr. Moyer said, “The top three characteristics of innovative districts from across the country, based on the research of the Successful Practices Network, are that they all have a system of standards based reporting, focus on personalized learning, and commit to tending to the behavioral health of their young learners.”

Building on the success of innovative classes like Project Lead the Way, which blends real-world, project-based, applied learning experiences with the core subjects at the middle school level, the Innovation Team has identified the area of interdisciplinary learning as an innovation priority. Next school year, D205 will pilot several interdisciplinary experiences for learners in second grade at Field Elementary; eighth grade at Sandburg, and for juniors and seniors at York High School.

These experiences will feature key elements such as:

  • Flexible Class Time

  • Blended Learning Opportunities - Combining traditional classroom work with online and independent study.

  • 21st Century Learning Skills like Communication, Collaboration, Leadership, Creative and Critical Thinking, and Information and Technology Literacy

  • Supports for Student Behavioral Health Needs i.e. Stress, Anxiety

Former Program Director for Education for the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and current President of the Successful Practices Network Dr. Ray McNulty travels extensively to mentor school districts like D205 as part of the Innovation Network.

“The world of learning is not what it used to be. There are many more ways to learn than ever before, and education systems need to prepare their learners (students) for success in the world in which they will live and work,” Dr. McNulty said.

"District 205 is rapidly becoming a national leader in future-ready learning. Our focus on interdisciplinary learning and behavioral health will help improve rigor, relevance, and student engagement. I can't wait for it to manifest itself in classrooms across the District," Dr. Moyer concluded.

 

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Posted by: Bev Redmond, District Admin, Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205
Published: 2/19/19




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On Saturday, January 26th, a group of eighth grade girls from Churchville and their mothers were able to attend the annual Dare to Dream Conference. At the conference, the girls attended career and school panels led by Latina women, who shared their own experiences of overcoming obstacles and the steps they have taken to pursue higher education. Mothers attended workshop sessions in which they gained insight on how to support and encourage their daughters.

At the end, all girls and their mothers participated in a powerful activity where they exchanged letters. The Churchville girls left the conference feeling empowered, stepped out of their comfort zone, and made connections with other girls their age. They all look forward to receiving their certificates of participation from State Representative, Kathleen Willis.

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Posted by: Kate Allt, District Admin, Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205
Published: 2/6/19




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Sam Walsh was named "Athlete of the Month" by the Chicago Tribune this week for the month of January.  Country Financial recognized Sam Walsh for this great award and presented the boys' basketball program with a $500 donation at the York/ IC Prep game on Monday, February 4th.  

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Posted by: Kate Allt, District Admin, Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205
Published: 2/6/19




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All after-school activities and events after 6 p.m. tonight (February 5, 2019) at the elementary and middle schools, as well as York High School, have been canceled in anticipation of inclement weather and road conditions.

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Posted by: Kate Allt, District Admin, Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205
Published: 2/5/19




Audience: Homepage and Homepage

Due to the extreme weather conditions, school is being canceled for Thursday, January 31, 2019. Please note that any student who receives transportation through District 205, including those who attend the Technology Center of DuPage and out-of-district special education programs, will not be transported as a result. Students who are affected will receive an excused absence.

 

However, York after-school events, activities, and practices may continue as scheduled. Coaches and sponsors will notify parents should there be any changes. The District 205 Administration Center will be open on Thursday, January 31, 2019.

 

For updates, please check the District website at http://www.elmhurst205.org.

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Posted by: Kate Allt, District Admin, Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205
Published: 1/29/19




Audience: Homepage and Homepage

Due to the extreme weather conditions, school is being canceled for tomorrow, January 30, 2019. Please note that any student who receives transportation through District 205, including those who attend the Technology Center of DuPage and out-of-district special education programs, will not be transported as a result. Students who are affected will receive an excused absence.

All elementary, middle school and York after-school activities and practices are also canceled for January 30th. The District 205 Administration Center will be closed.

For updates, please check the District website at www.elmhurst205.org.

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Posted by: Kate Allt, District Admin, Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205
Published: 1/29/19




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All after-school and evening activities at York High School have been canceled for today (January 28, 2019) due to inclement weather and travel conditions.

Debido al tiempo inclemente, y condiciones de viaje, todas las actividades extraescolares, (después del horario escolar) por el día de hoy, 28 de Enero, 2019, han sido canceladas.

 

 

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Posted by: Bev Redmond, District Admin, Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205
Published: 1/28/19




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Due to inclement weather, school has been canceled for Monday, January 28. Please note that any student who receives transportation through District 205, including those who attend the Technical Center of DuPage and out-of-district special education programs, will not be transported as a result. Students who are affected will receive an excused absence. The District 205 administration center will be open today.

If improved weather conditions allow for after-school and evening activities at York to be held later today, that information will be posted on the District website by 2 PM. That address is www.elmhurst205.org.

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Posted by: Kate Allt, District Admin, Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205
Published: 1/28/19




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If you are interested in enrolling your incoming kindergarten student into the Dual Language Program at Conrad Fischer Elementary, please watch the video below for some great information about our Two-Way Immersion program. An informational meeting for parents interested in learning more about the program will now be held on Wednesday, January 23rd at 6:30 PM at the District Office (162 S. York). This is rescheduled from Tuesday, January 22 due to a conflict. Applications for the program are due by March 1. Depending on the number of applications received, a lottery may take place in mid-March. 

 

 

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Posted by: Kate Allt, District Admin, Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205
Published: 1/18/19




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Elmhurst D205 is proud to announce that York High School Business Department Chair Jim Borel has been named the 2019 Junior Achievement for the Educator of the Year. Former teacher and Elmhurst Kiwanis President Rich Rosenberg also has been named Junior Achievement Volunteer of the Year. Both gentlemen received their honor for their co-sponsorship of JA Titan Simulation with the York H.S. Honors Business Management class.  The duo has run JA Titan with this class since 2008. 

JA Titan is an on-line business simulation, where students run virtual companies and make decisions regarding price, marketing, research and development, capital investment and charitable giving.  These decisions are changed up to 12 times to simulate a 3-year, business cycle.  The computer then ranks the companies by their total amount of retained earnings. 

“­­­It's a great simulation and Rich is awesome relating his experiences with our students.  We are both very proud to represent York and the Elmhurst community,” Borel said.

Junior Achievement will honor both award recipients on February 28, 2019 at the JA DuPage Annual Fundraiser. JA DuPage serves more than 88,000 students with the help of teachers and volunteers like Jim Borel and Rich Rosenberg.

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Posted by: Kate Allt, District Admin, Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205
Published: 1/18/19




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Elmhurst District 205 salutes three of its teachers, who recently earned their National Board Certification. Congratulations to:

  • Stephanie DiPaolo - Generalist/Middle Childhood

  • Patricia Rowe - Exceptional Needs Specialist/Early Childhood Through Young Adulthood

  • Shelley Rzewuski - Literacy: Reading-Language Arts/Early And Middle Childhood 

Considered by many to be the gold standard in teacher certification, becoming a NBCT can take anywhere from a year to five years to complete and costs nearly $2,000.

 
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Posted by: Bev Redmond, District Admin, Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205
Published: 1/18/19




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Congratulations and job well done to all York High School First Semester High Honor and Honor Roll students.

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Posted by: Bev Redmond, District Admin, Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205
Published: 1/18/19




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Congratulations to our Elmhurst D205 artists whose entries have advanced to state-level competition:  Elizabeth Anderson, Emma Barron, Annabelle Belich, Dylan Bennett, Ronan Bishof, John Carey, Franchesca Cortes, Nicholas Deligiannis, Rose Donato, Alexandra El Etr-Garofalo, Elyssa Hall, Mason Hildy, Elizabeth Isyanov, Delilah Kamins,  Courtney Kutza, Austin Lee, Jack Mathias, Luke McCarthy, Chelsea Pinto, Scarlet Prunty, LilyAnn Tompos, Drew Walker, Victor Walkowiak, Moxey Wehrle

 

The Elmhurst PTA also is hosting an Elmhurst Reflections Exhibit celebrating the accomplishments of our artists with the community.  Come see the creative work of our District 205 students. D205 had 111 entries in the program this year.  The exhibit is free and open to the public at the Judith B Salon, 463 N York St. We are kicking off our exhibit with an Opening Celebration on Friday, February 22nd 6:30-8:00pm.  Entries will be on display throughout the public space, musicians will play their pieces and dance and film videos will be on the big screen. 

 

If you cannot make it on February 22nd, don't worry!  You can still visit!   The display will be open from February 22 through March 30 during normal business hours. Questions?  Please contact Michelle Wehrle at michellewehrl@yahoo.com.

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Posted by: Bev Redmond, District Admin, Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205
Published: 1/18/19




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Congratulations to the Elmhurst Chamber of Commerce for celebrating 100 years and more. Click here to watch their video highlighting Elmhurst businesses and residents. Thank you for all your support in our referendum campaign last fall! 

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Posted by: Kate Allt, District Admin, Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205
Published: 1/16/19




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This morning, Superintendent Dr. David Moyer addressed District 205 staff as part of Institute Day. That presentation has been posted here.

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Posted by: Kate Allt, District Admin, Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205
Published: 1/14/19




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The City of Elmhurst’s Commission on Youth is currently seeking nominees for its annual Exemplary Youth Service Awards, on Wednesday, April 17, 2019, at 7:00 PM at Bryan Middle School. All volunteers, nominators, and their guests will be invited to the City of Elmhurst Exemplary Youth Service Awards ceremony and all nominated volunteers will be recognized as part of the program, which will be presented and honored by Mayor Morley. There are some amazing kids doing wonderful service for others in Elmhurst. Please consider nominating an individual or group, elementary school through high school. For more information and to obtain the nomination forms, please visit: 

http://www.elmhurst.org/1291/Exemplary-Youth-Service-Award  

The youth commission will coordinate the review and selection of Exemplary Youth Service Volunteers by a panel of independent judges from city officials. The nominations will be reviewed and scored by independent judges using a rubric that includes the criteria reflected in the application. Selection of exemplary volunteers is done via a blind review process. Nominations will be accepted until March 9, 2019. Questions email Jackie at youthcommission630@gmail.com.

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Posted by: Bev Redmond, District Admin, Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205
Published: 1/8/19




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Kiwanis is offering scholarships to students, who will be enrolling for the first year of full-time study at a university, vocational school or community college. This application is for a scholarship in the amount of $1,000 and is paid directly to the educational institution the recipients will be attending this fall on a full-time basis.

Two recipients will be chosen based upon volunteerism, leadership roles, honors and awards, employment, personal statements, scholarship achievement and references.  Specific questions can be found on the application. Each scholarship awarded is made on merit with a focus on community service.  Scholarship criteria are:

·         Graduate of York High School and Member of Key Club

All awards will be based upon evaluation of the information that is submitted on the application.  Scholarship award recipients will be notified by Kiwanis Club of Elmhurst Key Club Sponsors, Jennifer Dunham or Eric Porter.

Applications are also available at www.kiwanisclubofelmhurst.org or click here for the link.

Please contact Angie Flesch at aflesch@ymcachicago.org or Hosi Mehta at hosimehta@aol.com for more information.

 

 

 

 

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Posted by: Bev Redmond, District Admin, Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205
Published: 1/7/19




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Registration will open at 9:00 am on Tuesday, January 8 for 24 hours.  During this initial registration period you may only register a student for one semester class with the exception of math classes where you may register for 2 semesters.  There will be no wait lists created during the first 24 hour registration period.  The 2nd registration period will open on Friday, January 11, with no restrictions.  At that time you will be able to put a student's name on a waitlist if the class is full.

 

Please click here for all of the 2019 summer school information.

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Posted by: Kate Allt, District Admin, Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205
Published: 1/3/19




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Dear D205 Staff and Families,

As classes wrap up for 2018 and our students head home to spend time with their families, we would like to take a moment and say, Thank You. 

We are incredibly grateful for the entire District 205 community. The commitment, dedication, and generosity that is shown each and every day throughout District 205 makes this such an exemplary community. Thank you to our leaders, teachers, and staff, who create an outstanding environment each and every day for our 8,500 students. And, thank you to the families and community members, who tirelessly support students and make sacrifices in order to prepare them for the future. 

It is truly an honor to live and serve in such an amazing community. We look forward to continuing our mission for the students of District 205 in 2019.

May this season be one of love, joy, and peace. Enjoy Winter Break!

Warm Wishes,

The Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205 Board of Education 

Chris Blum, Kara Caforio, Jim Collins, Shannon Ebner, Dr. Margaret Harrell, John McDonough and Karen Stuefen

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Posted by: Bev Redmond, District Admin, Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205
Published: 12/21/18




Audience: York Community High School, Homepage and Homepage

Congratulations to Sam Uditsky, Winner of Best Photography at the IHSAE Small Works Show at Blick in Lincoln Park, Chicago!

The Small Works Show is on Exhibition through March 2019 at BLICK in Lincoln Park, and is sponsored by IHSAE (Illinois High School Art Exhibition) and the IAEA (Illinois Art Education Association). 

 

For more information about the IHSAE and to see art from all 2018 winners, visit https://www.ihsae.org/gallery

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Posted by: Jenna Ernst, District Admin, Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205
Published: 12/18/18




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Elmhurst D205 and York High School salutes the Best of Show winners from the 2018 York High School Art Show on last evening (Dec. 13, 2018). The annual show was held at York High School and is the 38th year for the event. This year’s Best of Show recipients are:

 

Best of Show

1st Libby Wagner

2nd Ben Rogers

3rd Hannah Graber

4th Kyle Johnson

5th Autumn English

6th Helena Koczur

7th Annelies Vermeulen

8th Katie Gobber

Madison McGreal

9th David Immundo

10th Jared Frank

 

In addition to the honor, these talented student artists will go on to display their work at Osio-Brown Studios here in Elmhurst. The professional art gallery and production studio, owned by Penelope and Adam Brown, will host a special reception for the Top 3 Best of Show winners, Libby Wagner, Ben Rogers, and Hannah Graber, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, December 19.

 

Congratulations to these fine students on their incredible work, and special thanks to Osio-Brown Studios for supporting their work.

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Posted by: Bev Redmond, District Admin, Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205
Published: 12/14/18




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Congratulations to York High School’s December 2018 Students of the Month. Each month, students are selected by department based upon criteria such as: level of contribution, achievement, improvement, or community stewardship. Recipients are recognized at a monthly breakfast and awarded a certificate. The honorees for this month are:

 

Social Studies - Annalise Belzile

Visual Arts - Caroline Dorion

EL- Oseas Garcia Ramos

EL- Oliber Morales Ramos

EL - Marvin Ramos Jimenez

Industrial Technology - Joseph Jurczyk

Science - Lauren Keith

York Student Services - Cristian Lepore

Business & Technology - Katherine McDonald

Mathematics - Rose Menichini

PE/Health/Drivers Ed -Thomas Milutin

World Language - Katrina Sales

Family & Consumer Sciences - Kendall Bolt

English - Katherine Clugg

York Activities - David Hansen

Performing Arts - Ashley Homolka

York Athletics - Krystyna Panek

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Posted by: Bev Redmond, District Admin, Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205
Published: 12/13/18




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Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205 has announced dates for 2019 Kindergarten Registration. Please share this information with any prospective D205 parents you may know:

  • Tuesday, February 5, 2019 – 9:00 to 11:00 a.m. (All D205 Elementary Schools Participating)

  • Wednesday, February 6, 2019 - 12:30 – 3:00 p.m. (All D205 Elementary Schools Participating)

  • Thursday, February 7, 2019 - 4:00 - 7:00 p.m. (Conrad Fischer for Fischer students only. Spanish translator available)

  • Thursday, February 7, 2019 – 4:00 – 7:00 p.m. (District 205 Center for All other elementary schools)

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Posted by: Kate Allt, District Admin, Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205
Published: 12/11/18




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Elmhurst District 205 and York High School is pleased to announce that seniors from the graduating Class of 2019 have been recognized as Illinois State Scholars. Illinois State Scholars represent approximately the top ten percent of high school seniors from 757 high schools across the state. Illinois State Scholars are chosen based on a combination of exemplary ACT or SAT test scores and sixth semester class rank. Please see the listing of student honorees attached.

 

Principal Erin DeLuga shared her pride in the Class of 2019, “As the Principal of York High School, I continue to be blown away by the talent and commitment of our students across the board.  Our Illinois State Scholars are no exception.  They continue to be shining role models to their peers and I extraordinarily proud of their accomplishments."  

 

"We are very proud of all of our students and fortunate that we can offer so many amazing options for students.  These young men and women have excelled academically in their areas of interest, and we recognize all the hard work that has gone into this culminating honor, said Superintendent Dr. David Moyer.

 

The Illinois Student Assistance Commission (ISAC), the state agency committed to helping to make college accessible and affordable for Illinois families, confers this prestigious recognition to top Illinois high school students annually. This year, more than 21,000 honorees join the other top students who have been honored for their academic achievements since the designation was first introduced in 1958.  

 

Honorees will receive a congratulatory letter from ISAC and a personalized Certificate of Achievement. Honorees can also download a digital Illinois State Scholar badge that can be displayed on their online profiles and social media platforms, and shared with high school counselors, prospective colleges, employers, family members and others.  A complete list of the 2019-20 Illinois State Scholars can be found on ISAC’s website.

 

 

 

 

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Posted by: Bev Redmond, District Admin, Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205
Published: 12/11/18




Audience: York Community High School, Homepage and Homepage

York Parents and Guardians:

This afternoon, a 911 call was placed to Elmhurst Police Department, regarding the possible presence of a weapon in the building. The call follows a similar tip from a student. We immediately alerted Elmhurst Police Department, and our School Liaison Officers responded immediately to investigate. No weapon has been found. Instead, the noise reported has been confirmed to be a student playing a video game in a bathroom stall.

However, we continue to remain vigilant and alert. Officers will maintain a presence at the building though dismissal. The safety of our students and campus is of the utmost importance. We take seriously any tips or reports from our school community. All matters are shared with Elmhurst Police Department and our School Police Liaisons and thoroughly investigated.

We appreciate the swift and thorough action of our police department and the actions they take to keep our students and community safe. 

Thank you,
York High School Administration

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Posted by: Kate Allt, District Admin, Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205
Published: 11/30/18




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Dr. Moyer has shared a holiday message with the District 205 community in his latest Superintendent's Column post. 

You can read the latest update at www.elmhurst205.org/Supt. Follow Dr. Moyer's blog at http://superchat205.blogspot.com.

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Posted by: Kate Allt, District Admin, Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205
Published: 11/30/18




Audience: Bryan Middle School, Homepage, Homepage, Churchville Middle School and Sandburg Middle School

Thank you to all the families who attended the middle school course selection meeting on Tuesday, Nov. 27. For those who were not able to make it, materials shared at the meeting are available below: 

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Posted by: Kate Allt, District Admin, Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205
Published: 11/28/18




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Due to the extreme weather conditions, school is being cancelled for tomorrow, November 26. Please note that any student who receives transportation through District 205, including those who attend the Technical Center of DuPage and out-of-district special education programs, will not be transported as a result. Students who are affected will receive an excused absence.

All elementary, middle school and York after-school activities and practices are also cancelled. The District 205 Administration Center will be open.

For updates, please check the District website at www.elmhurst205.org.

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Posted by: Kate Allt, District Admin, Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205
Published: 11/25/18




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Students in the 3rd Grade LA REACH class at Hawthorne School participated in a two-week, donation drive to raise money for 'Ryan's Well', a charitable organization which digs wells to bring clean water to towns in Uganda, Africa. The class exceeded nearly doubled its goal, raising a grand total of $1838.38!  This includes over $200 from a student, who asked guests at her weekend birthday party to bring cash donations for Ryan's Well instead of presents! Thanks to the tremendous generosity of all Hawthorne families!

 

See the LA REACH students explain the lesson learned during the project: https://youtu.be/dp9QxQ6D9Wo  

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Posted by: Bev Redmond, District Admin, Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205
Published: 11/20/18




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Do you know a York Community High School graduate, who has made an impact? Elmhurst CUSD205 encourages you to submit a nomination for the York Distinguished Alumni Program’s 2019 Dukes of Distinction at http://bit.ly/2DK7aVm.

 

Nominees must be a York Community High School graduate of 10+ years (2008 or earlier), who have distinguished themselves through significant and/or extraordinary accomplishments, service and/or an outstanding contribution to society. Candidates must serve as a positive influence, while exemplifying the honored York traditions of teamwork and selflessness and embody the ideals of YCH and School District 205.

 

Anyone over the age of 18 may nominate a distinguished alumnus; nominator does not need to be a York graduate. Posthumous nominations will be accepted. Self-nominations will not be accepted. Note: In case of multiple nominations for the same person, all will be considered. Please be as specific as possible when submitting the application and include as much biographical information about the nominee as possible. Nominations must be received by April 30, 2019, to be considered for a Fall 2019 York Distinguished Alumni Award. Those received after April 30, 2019, will be considered for the following year.

 

For more information, call the D205 Communications/Alumni Office at 630-941-4719

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Posted by: Bev Redmond, District Admin, Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205
Published: 11/19/18




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On Thursday, November 29, 2018, at 7:30 PM, the York Community High School Orchestras will present a Holiday Concert, including performances by the York Cadet, Concert and Symphony Orchestras conducted by Ray Ostwald. The orchestras will offer a mixture of classical and seasonal favorites. Senior concerto competition winner Rylan Johnsen will perform the first movement of Carl Stamitz’ Concerto for Viola. Other featured works include Georges Bizet’s Farandole from L’Arlesienne, music from A Charlie Brown Christmas as well as music of J. S. Bach, Ottorino Respighi and W. A. Mozart.

 

The concert will be in York’s Merle E. Baker Auditorium. Admission is free.

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Posted by: Jenna Ernst, District Admin, Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205
Published: 11/19/18




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Congratulations to Bryan Middle School Teacher and Math Team Coach Heather Bolur on her Math Team’s first place win in the ICCP Math Contest over last weekend.

There were 17 schools and 89 students participating in the contest this year. Individually, Joe Drewno placed second among all 8th grade students and Lanz Galdo placed first among all 7th grade students.

The Bryan Math Team also is coached by Tara Nunes. Congratulations to all of our students who participated!

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Posted by: Bev Redmond, District Admin, Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205
Published: 11/14/18




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Congratulations to Hawthorne Custodian Ramon Alcantar and Sandburg Educational Assistant Chris Malave were honored with the D205 Shining Star recognition at the November 14 Board of Education meeting by Board President Kara Caforio. The internal recognition is awarded by the BOE based upon nomination for exemplary performance by a staff member.

 

Read Ramon's Nomination:

 

Nominated by Tim Riordan and Elizabeth Franks

 

Ramon truly exemplifies the true meaning of going above and beyond, dedicating his work each and every day to the students at Hawthorne.

 

When a special needs student was having difficulty carrying a lunch tray from the lunch line to her table, her teacher looked to find adapted lunch trays with handles to assist.  When she was unable to find anything that met her needs, she conferred with the OT who then asked Ramon if he had extra cabinet handles in the basement, not really knowing what would be done with them. An hour or so later, Ramon came into the classroom with an adapted lunch tray that he had built with handles he had found on an old toy kitchen in the basement. 

 

This student can now independently carry her lunch tray from the lunch line all the way across the gym to her lunch table and set it down, completely unassisted.  Although this may have seemed like a small undertaking for Ramon, it was a big moment for the student and will have a big impact on her for years to come.

 

Read Chris' Nomination:

 

 

 

Nominated by Jason Vanderplow, Jeff Gail, Linda Fehrenbacher

 

Each and every day Chris demonstrates an above and beyond demeanor and attitude whether it is moving an immobile student from a wheelchair to calming a student who is reacting to a situation. His work is unique with the students he serves – whether it is in toileting, feeding, changing students, helping them with functional life skills or academics, he is respectful, dignified and exemplary at what he does and who he is.

 

His job is extremely important to meet the unique and sometimes complicated needs of the students.  He always looks for and assumes what is best for students.  He works well with a large team of teachers and assistants.  He makes everyone better through his commitment to those who need him!

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Posted by: Bev Redmond, District Admin, Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205
Published: 11/14/18




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Elmhurst District 205 is pleased to announce York High School’s National Merit Commended Students for the 2019 National Merit Scholarship Program. Commended Students are recognized for the exceptional academic promise demonstrated by their outstanding performance on the qualifying test used for program entry.

 

These 21 exceptional and noteworthy York High School scholars are:

 

Benjamin Airdo

Nicole Bednarik

Alexander Boskov

Isabella B Filosa

Michael Flisk

Marie Grasse

David Hansen

Sean Hayes

Asha Labine

Bridget Lindgren

Manu Mehta

Emaan Mohsin

Nathan Moskal

Alexander Norgle

Emma Radcliff

Ryan Rask

Jackson Rosenberg

Artemis Siavelis

Rene Sieracki

Nicholas Ward

Jacob Wit

 

York’s students join the more than 30,000 high performing Commended Students across the nation. The journey began last October as over 1.6 million students took the 2017 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT®) and entered the National Merit Scholarship Program, a nationwide competition for recognition and awards conducted by National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC).

 

In April 2018, NMSC identified the 50,000 highest scorers and notified their high schools. Some 16,000 of those high performers were recently designated Semifinalists on a state representational basis. Their schools were notified a few weeks ago and NMSC released their names to news media on September 12. Only Semifinalists have an opportunity to continue in the Merit Scholarship® competition and advance to Finalist standing by meeting a number of additional requirements.

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Posted by: Bev Redmond, District Admin, Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205
Published: 11/14/18




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National Letter of Intent Signing Day is Wednesday, November 14th.  To date, the following York High School student-athletes have committed to participating in a collegiate sport next year:

 

Julia Derkowski                St. Lawerence University                  Softball

Katherine Karnatz             Univ. Missouri-Kansas City              Softball

Birgitte Kammerdiener     Youngstown State                             Diving

Carolyn Fritsch                  Drexel University                               Lacrosse

Sofia Glabus                      Gannon University, PA                      Volleyball

Jessica Levy                      Case Western, OH                             Volleyball

Sarah May                          Grand Valley State                             XC/Track

Aidan Mann                        Colorado Mesa University                Golf

Ryan Ross                          Cornell University                             Baseball

Izzy Smith                           Northern Illinois University              Softball

Ian Steinorth                      North Central College                        Baseball

Sam Walsh                         Merrimack College, MA                     Lacrosse

 

Congratulations Dukes!

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Posted by: Bev Redmond, District Admin, Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205
Published: 11/12/18




Audience: Superintendent, Homepage, Superintendent and Homepage

Dear Elmhurst D205 School Community,

On November 6, the community approved a $168.5M referendum to build two new schools, improve safety and security across the District, provide the space for all-day kindergarten, add future ready learning spaces at all school sites, and meet many other existing maintenance and infrastructure needs at all of its campuses.

Thank you for valuing education. Thank you for the commitment you have demonstrated for current and future generations of learners. Thank you for allowing our students and employees to learn together in safe environments. Thank you for ensuring that our amazing education professionals are able to do the work to support our vision of all students graduating college, career and life ready. Thank you for doing your part to help D205 secure a place as a National Leader in Future Ready Learning.

Election Day was the culmination of years of tireless work by hundreds of people, beginning with Focus 205, which started in the spring of 2015. Over the past four years, there have been large group meetings, focus group meetings, meetings at every school site, community forums, coffees, special engagements, two quantitative phone surveys, an online interactive survey, an all-day kindergarten study, and an educational alignment study. All of this helped inform the administration and Board as to the District’s needs and community priorities and likewise provided information to help the community make an informed decision.

There are too many people to thank, and yet I cannot bring this to a close without extending my deepest gratitude to some amazing individuals. Board President Kara Caforio co-chaired the Focus 205 Facilitating Team with John Morrissey.  The referendum’s passage simply would not have happened without her undying commitment and support. Her leadership guided the D205 Board of Education, which had the courage to take the question to the community. The BOE’s commitment to study, at length, D205’s facilities needs, both current and future, was a massive undertaking that will ensure the legacy of our great schools for generations to come.

A special thanks goes to former board member Emily Bastedo, who chaired the Ballot Initiative Committee. She led the “Yes” campaign with an unparalleled vision, skill, drive, and a passion for education. My gratitude extends even further to the BIC team of volunteers, who put their lives aside for three months for this valuable work. You are absolutely amazing!

The business community also rallied to support D205. Two people, Elmhurst Chamber of Commerce and Industry CEO, John Quigley, and Chairman of the Board, Ken Bartels, were instrumental to the cause and encouraged their constituency to formally endorse the referendum. Thank you!

Finally, the endorsements and recommendations from parents, administrators and staff, principals, residents, retired educators, area professionals and advisors, PTA groups, the Elmhurst Teachers’ Council, the D205 Foundation and so many others gave the Master Facility Plan validity.

I look forward to working with the community in the weeks and months to come to bring the Master Facility Plan to reality for our students, who now have a brighter future today, than they did yesterday.

Sincerely,
Dr. David Moyer
Superintendent
Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205

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Posted by: Jenna Ernst, District Admin, Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205
Published: 11/12/18




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There is no school at Lincoln today, Friday, November 9, 2018 due to a power outage.  We apologize for the late notice and inconvenience this will cause.  Please look for additional information to be sent soon.  Again, there is NO SCHOOL at Lincoln today!

Thank you,

Jennifer Barnabee
Principal

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Posted by: Jenna Ernst, District Admin, Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205
Published: 11/9/18




Audience: Jackson Elementary School, ~Demo: Elmhurst School, Emerson Elementary School, Fischer Elementary School, Bryan Middle School, Homepage, Homepage, ~ECUSD Demo School, Jefferson Elementary School, Hawthorne Elementary School, Edison Elementary School, Lincoln Elementary School, Field Elementary School, Madison Early Childhood Center, Churchville Middle School and Sandburg Middle School

It’s time for the York Holiday Apparel Sale! The Athletic Boosters have a fabulous collection of York swag, just in time for holiday gift giving. Visit the online store today and place your order for these items which are only available to purchase through November 16th, 2018. Your order can be picked up during the Holiday Apparel Open House at York on Dec 13th from 11:00 a.m-2:30 p.m and 7:00 p.m-8:30pm. 

 

On the pick-up date, the Athletic Boosters will also have the entire inventory of items available for sale. New for this year, orders can be mailed directly to you for a flat $15 charge.

For more details, visit the Athletic Boosters/Apparel page on the York web page or visit online store.

Questions, please contact Christine CLJuneman@gmail.com.
 

Visit the store online at: https://patriciasspiritwear.tuosystems.com/stores/yorkholiday


 

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Posted by: Jenna Ernst, District Admin, Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205
Published: 11/8/18




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Voters approved a $168.5 million referendum to improve District 205 schools. As of 10 p.m., the ballot measure passed receiving nearly 63% of voters' support. The school community pledged over 10,500 votes “yes” to support the measure to enhance safety and security, rebuild and renovate school buildings, and create future-ready schools.

 

"I would like to thank all of the people who worked so hard to make this a reality that not only addresses our long term facility issues but also provides modern, safe, high quality learning spaces for our children to learn and our employees to effectively facilitate personalized learning opportunities for all children.  The outcome today reinforces the community's value on the importance of education.  This is a banner day for Elmhurst that will help ensure a healthy, vibrant community for decades to come," Superintendent Dr. David Moyer said.

 

Board President Kara Caforio added, “The Board of Education is grateful for the outpouring of support by our community for our schools. The results of the vote exhibit our community's continued commitment to providing excellent education for both current students and generations of students to come.  We look forward to working with the community as the Master Facility Plan now becomes a reality for our students."

 

The Board of Education along with Dr. Moyer will address future steps for the school district during the next regular BOE meeting at 7:30 p.m. on November 13, 2018.

 

Tonight’s decision culminates nearly four years of community engagement, originally called Focus 205, that was born out the school community’s desire to approach vast building improvements in a comprehensive way. On Aug. 20, 2018, D205’s Board of Education voted 7-0 to place a Master Facility Plan on the ballot that would rebuild an aging Field and Lincoln Elementary Schools, expand and renovate Edison Elementary School, and make room for All-Day Kindergarten as well as make substantial maintenance and future-ready improvements across the school district. The plan is set to address D205’s building needs for the next 20 years.

 

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Posted by: Bev Redmond, District Admin, Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205
Published: 11/6/18




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York High School Celebration – Friday, November 9, 2018
York High School will be holding its annual all-school Veterans Day assembly on Friday, November 9th. Any interested veterans are invited to come and be honored in front of the students in the York Campbell Gym. The assembly will include speeches from U.S. veterans and York students/administrators.

Date: Friday, November 9, 2018
Time: 8- 9 am (veterans are encouraged to arrive at 7:15 am in the Yorker Room for coffee, donuts, pastries, and bagels).
Where: York Community High School - Campbell Gym

355 W. St. Charles Road Elmhurst, IL

*Please enter through main entrance door for the celebration and/or breakfast. R.S.V.P. requested for both events. Contact Student Council Advisor Matt Moran at MMoran@elmhurst205.org or 630-617-2400 x7285 (Please leave a message with how many people will be attending. Return calls will not be made unless questions arise).

Veterans Day Breakfast - Saturday, November 10, 2018
Come and celebrate the holiday with the York High School Student Council and enjoy a wonderful breakfast.

Date: Saturday, November 10, 2018
Time: 9-11 am
Cost: Free for veterans and their friends/families
Where: York Community High School Cafeteria
355 W. St. Charles Road Elmhurst, IL

*Please enter through main entrance door for the celebration and/or breakfast. R.S.V.P. requested for both events. Contact Student Council Advisor Matt Moran at MMoran@elmhurst205.org or 630-617-2400 x7285 (Please leave a message with how many people will be attending. Return calls will not be made unless questions arise).

10th Annual Churchville Middle School Veterans Day Progra

Honoring Those Who Serve! The 10th Annual Churchville Middle School Veterans Day Assembly will be held on November 9th at 2pm.

The assembly is designed to honor or veterans and allow students to an understanding of what it means to be a veteran. The assembly includes performances by the school band, choir, and orchestra; stories from veteran guests; Colors presented by students in the school’s local Boy Scout troop; and Taps played by a guest from the organization Buglers Across America.

Join CMS in person or watch the live feed at:  http://bit.ly/CMSVetDay2018. If you are or know a veteran that you would like to join us and honor, please contact Peter Richey at prichey@elmhurst205.org.

Bryan Middle School Veterans Day Breakfast and Assembly

Bryan Middle School will honor servicemen and servicewomen with a Veterans Day Breakfast and Assembly from 7:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Each veteran will be treated to a photo on the “blue carpet” upon arrival for this special morning program. For more information, contact Jim Tang at jtang@elmhurst205.org.

 

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Posted by: Kate Allt, District Admin, Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205
Published: 11/6/18




Audience: Homepage and Homepage

The College Board recently honored eight York scholars as part of its National Hispanic Recognition Program. The invitation to the program was extended to students who scored in the top 2.5 percent of Hispanic and Latino PSAT/NMSQT test takers in the region. Those students submitting applications were evaluated and the following York students were recognized:

Chloe Gomez

Eva Jacobsthal

Justin Pajak

Edgar Roman

Lissandra Martinez

Sidney Valdez

Jacob Wit

Christian Glosner

Participation in the NHRP is completely free of charge and enables students to highlight their outstanding educational achievements to top colleges and universities. For more information visit www.collegeboard.org/nhrp.

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Posted by: Kate Allt, District Admin, Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205
Published: 11/2/18




Audience: Homepage and Homepage

A new message from Dr. David Moyer is now posted in the Superintendent's Column. The latest column details the upcoming referendum before the Nov. 6 vote, provides insight into the state's new school report card system, as well as shares other updates from across the district.

You can read the latest update at www.elmhurst205.org/Supt. Follow Dr. Moyer's blog at http://superchat205.blogspot.com.

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Posted by: Kate Allt, District Admin, Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205
Published: 10/31/18




Audience: Homepage and Homepage

The Illinois State Board of Education has released the 2018 school report cards. These report cards are produced every year and provide a variety of information about student and school performance and environment. This year, report cards also include an overall rating as part of the state accountability system for schools.  All Elmhurst CUSD 205 schools received a rating of “Commendable” from the State BOE.

The following video link provides a brief overview of the new rating system.
Visit D205’s School Rating site to see each school’s rating and report cards.

The goal of state’s designation is to provide transparency for families and communities as well as identify the highest-need schools to receive additional supports through the IL-EMPOWER school improvement process.

D205 Superintendent Dr. David Moyer put the State BOE’s new rating system into context for parents:

"The District is adjusting to the new State Report Cards and continued changes in the state testing system.  We are focusing our efforts internally on supporting our vision of all students graduating college, career, and life ready.  As we continue to do so, we believe that our learners will continue to grow on both standardized measures and in the areas of creativity, critical thinking, communication, collaboration, character and citizenship.  These are the skills that students will need to be successful in life, not 'at school.'  We don't view this as 'either-or,' but rather as 'both-and,' and we will continue to work hard to meet the needs of all students."

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Posted by: Kate Allt, District Admin, Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205
Published: 10/31/18




Audience: Jackson Elementary School, Jefferson Elementary School, Emerson Elementary School, Fischer Elementary School, Hawthorne Elementary School, Edison Elementary School, Lincoln Elementary School, Homepage, Field Elementary School, Madison Early Childhood Center and Homepage

All elementary parents, Early Childhood-Grade 5, are invited to attend Parent Teacher Conferences! In order to sign up for a conference, parents who haven't already created a PowerSchool single sign-on account need to do so no later than Sunday, November 4.

 

Conference sign up begins at 6 a.m. November 5 until midnight November 9. When sign-up opens, first log in to PowerSchool and you will see a parent-teacher-conference sign-up link adjacent to your child’s photo. Click the sign-up link and you will be able schedule all of the EC-5 children in your family.

Conferences will be from 4:30 - 8:00 p.m. on Monday, November 19, 2018, and from 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. on Tuesday, November 20, 2018.

Visit the 2018 Parent Teacher Conference page for more information.

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Posted by: Kate Allt, District Admin, Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205
Published: 10/30/18




Audience: Homepage and Homepage

On October 31, the Illinois State Board of Education will release 2018 school report cards. These report cards are produced every year and provide a variety of information about student and school performance and environment. 

 

This year, report cards also include an overall rating as part of the state accountability system for schools. This Elmhurst-produced video provides a short overview. 

 

You also can view school report cards at https://www.illinoisreportcard.com/

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Posted by: Bev Redmond, District Admin, Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205
Published: 10/30/18




Audience: Homepage and Homepage

York High School will be holding its annual all-school Veterans Day assembly on Friday, November 9th. Any interested veterans are invited to come and be honored in front of the students in the York Campbell Gym. The assembly will include speeches from U.S. veterans and York students/administrators.

Date: Friday, November 9, 2018
Time: 8- 9 am (veterans are encouraged to arrive at 7:15 am in the Yorker Room for coffee, donuts, pastries, and bagels).

Where: York Community High School- Campbell Gym

355 W. St. Charles Road Elmhurst, IL *please enter through main entrance door. R.S.V.P. Student Council Advisor Matt Moran at MMoran@elmhurst205.org or 630-617-2400 x7285 (Please leave a message with how many people will be attending. This helps to get a rough estimate of how much food to prepare. Return calls will not be made unless questions arise).

Veterans Day Breakfast- Saturday, November 10, 2018
Come and celebrate the holiday with the York High School Student Council and enjoy a wonderful breakfast

Date: Saturday, November 10, 2018
Time: 9-11 am
Cost: Free for veterans and their friends/families
Where: York Community High School Cafeteria
355 W. St. Charles Road Elmhurst, IL *please enter through main entrance door R.S.V.P. Student Council Advisor Matt Moran at MMoran@elmhurst205.org or 630-617-2400 x7285  (Please leave a message with how many people will be attending. Return calls will not be made unless questions arise).

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Posted by: Bev Redmond, District Admin, Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205
Published: 10/19/18




Audience: Homepage and Homepage

Join us for Superintendent's Coffees with Dr. David Moyer this Thursday, 10 a.m. at Courts Plus in Elmhurst and The Abbey at 9:45 a.m. this Friday. Dr. Moyer will answer questions about District 205 and the upcoming referendum. All community members are welcome!

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Posted by: Bev Redmond, District Admin, Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205
Published: 10/16/18




Audience: Homepage and Homepage

Spark Curiosity. Ignite Passion. Unleash Genius. Hawthorne Elementary is pleased to welcome Learner Centered Innovation Author Dr. Katie Martin on October 23, for a day-long series of workshops for D205 elementary teachers and parents, designed to help foster a continued love of learning in children and adults.

 

Teacher Workshop - 6:50 a.m. - 7:50 a.m.

Parent Workshop - 9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.

Teacher Workshop - 3:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

 

For more information, contact D205 Instructional Coach Effey Nassis at enassis@elmhurst205.org.

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Posted by: Bev Redmond, District Admin, Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205
Published: 10/16/18




Audience: Homepage and Homepage

On Wednesday, October 10, during the Elmhurst District 205 Foundation meeting, the Board voted to endorse the referendum. A statement from the D205 Foundation is below:

 

"The Elmhurst District 205 Foundation is dedicated to innovations in education and the advancement of excellence in Elmhurst Public Schools. We support action that positively impacts students and moves Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205 forward. As such, the Foundation Board of Directors endorses the upcoming November school referendum.  We encourage the community to be informed and vote."

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Posted by: Bev Redmond, District Admin, Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205
Published: 10/12/18




Audience: Homepage and Homepage

Elmhurst District 205 has been placed on the Illinois State Board of Education’s Financial “Recognition” List for its 2018 Financial Report (based on 2017 data). ISBE rates school districts on their fund balance and expenditure-to-revenue ratios, days of cash on hand, and percentage of remaining short- and long-term borrowing ability.

For more information, visit: https://www.isbe.net/pages/school-district-financial-profile.aspx

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Posted by: Bev Redmond, District Admin, Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205
Published: 10/12/18




Audience: Homepage and Homepage

Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205 reports that by a vote of 7-0, the Board of Education approved a collective bargaining agreement with the Elmhurst Teachers’ Council on Tuesday, October 9, 2018.  The Elmhurst Teachers’ Council voted in the majority to approve the agreement on October 2, 2018. 

 

The new agreement will be retroactive to July 1, 2018 and will extend until June 30, 2021. This agreement provides an increase in base salary to recruit and retain teachers of high caliber and opportunities for teachers to continue their professional development. Teachers also agreed to extend their work day for the purposes of increasing student supervision and professional collaboration.

 

“We are pleased to announce the settlement after a very professional, collaborative negotiation season with our teachers’ union,” said Board President Kara Caforio.  “The agreement allowed D205 to be fiscally responsible while placing the emphasis on honoring the experience of our teachers and professional collaboration all while focusing on what is best for students.”

 

According to Elmhurst Teachers’ Council President Max Schoenberg, “The teachers sought an agreement that would promote a high quality education for all students, emphasize a culture of social and emotional growth, maintain fiscal responsibility, and retain innovative and collaborative teachers.  This agreement puts students first and provides a competitive level of compensation and benefits to help make District 205 a destination district for our talented, hard-working teachers, who continue to go above and beyond every day.”

 

The Elmhurst Teachers’ Council represents over 700 teachers, reading specialists, counselors, psychologists, speech pathologists, social workers, instructional coaches, deans and librarians, in all thirteen schools in District 205.

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Posted by: Bev Redmond, District Admin, Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205
Published: 10/10/18




Audience: Homepage and Homepage

ELMHURST, IL, October 1, 2018 — The Board of Directors of the Elmhurst Chamber of Commerce & Industry by special vote late in September passed a resolution of support for the proposed $168.5 million referendum for Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205 on the ballot for the November 6 General Election.

Without dissent, the Directors supported the referendum based on a recommendation by the Governmental Affairs Committee made September 18 at a special meeting held at the Chamber.

The Board voted to support the referendum in the belief that quality public educational facilities enhance property values, especially residential, and a quality public school system attracts a more educated and skilled workforce and their families.

Read the entire press release from the Elmhurst Chamber.

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Posted by: Kate Allt, District Admin, Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205
Published: 10/1/18




Audience: Homepage and Homepage

Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205 will offer building tours of several campuses in the weeks leading up to referendum bond vote on Election Day (Nov. 6.) The tours are open to the community and designed as a chance for taxpayers to learn more about the referendum and ask questions.

 

The first tour is set for 6 p.m., Monday, September 24 at Lincoln School. A Community School Finance Night presentation follows at 7 p.m. School officials will be present to discuss the district’s financial picture as well as answer questions.

 

Other tour times, dates, and locations include:

 

School

Days

Times

Churchville

    September 27    

6:00 p.m.

Churchville

September 27

6:30 p.m.

     

Field

October 2

6:00 p.m.

Field

October 2

6:30 p.m.

     

Churchville

October 4

6:00 p.m.

Churchville

October 4

6:30 p.m.

Lincoln

October 4

6:00 p.m.

Lincoln

October 4

6:30 p.m.

     

Churchville

October 9

6:00 p.m.

Churchville

October 9

6:30 p.m.

     

Lincoln

October 11

6:00 p.m.

Lincoln

October 11

6:30 p.m.

Jackson

October 11

6:00 p.m.

Jackson

October 11

6:30 p.m.

Transition Center     October 11      6:00 p.m.
Transition Center     October 11       6:30 p.m.
     

Field

October 15

6:00 p.m.

Field

October 15

6:30 p.m.

     

Lincoln

October 16

6:00 p.m.

Lincoln

October 16

6:30 p.m.

Field

October 16

5:30 p.m.

Field

October 16

6:00 p.m.

     

Jackson

October 18

6:00 p.m.

Jackson

October 18

6:30 p.m.

     
Madison October 22 6:00 p.m.

Madison

October 22 6:30 p.m.
     
Madison October 23 6 p.m.
Madison October 23 6:30 p.m.
Transition Center October 23 6:00 p.m.
Transition Center October 23 6:30 p.m.
     

Jackson

October 25

6:00 p.m.

Jackson

October 25

6:30 p.m.

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Posted by: Kate Allt, District Admin, Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205
Published: 9/28/18




Audience: York Community High School, Homepage and Homepage

The Illinois Civic Mission Coalition (ICMC) has recognized York Community High School as an Illinois Democracy School. York will receive a stipend from the Robert R. McCormick Foundation, which convenes the ICMC to continue civic learning initiatives, as well as a new banner for public display.

“Our high school people have worked very hard to ensure that the curriculum is relevant, and our social studies department is a prime example of that. Our vision is all students graduate college, career and life ready, and nothing defines life ready more in this country than the ability to effectively participate and function in a democratic society,” D205 Superintendent Dr. David Moyer said.

York Community High School Principal Erin DeLuga added, “Mr. Mike DiNovo and the Democracy Schools team have worked tirelessly to attain recognition for York as a Democracy school. In that pursuit, we hope to provide enriching civic experiences for our students across content areas. It very much aligns to meeting each student where s/he thrives. It also strengthens our interdisciplinary efforts. Kudos to all of those who worked from the roots up.”

Since 2006, 75 Illinois high schools have successfully completed a school-wide civic assessment to be recognized as Democracy Schools. The Robert R. McCormick Foundation has convened the ICMC since 2010. Learn more at www.McCormickFoundation.org/DemocracySchools.

Democracy Schools provide students with authentic experiences in the rights, responsibilities, and tensions inherent to living in a democracy. Participating schools create opportunities and experiences that empower students to nurture and sustain democracy, including: engaging in current and controversial issue discussions, participating in democratic simulations, and providing service learning opportunities.

“We commend York H.S. for their tenacity and enthusiasm in expanding and improving civic learning across the curriculum and throughout Illinois,” said Sonia Mathew, Civic Learning Manager at the Robert R. McCormick Foundation. “Through these practices and experiences student see first-hand the critical role they play in shaping government and society.”

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Posted by: Kate Allt, District Admin, Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205
Published: 9/27/18




Audience: Homepage and Homepage

Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205 will offer building tours of several campuses in the weeks leading up to referendum bond vote on Election Day (Nov. 6.) The tours are open to the community and designed as a chance for taxpayers to learn more about the referendum and ask questions.

 

The first tour is set for 6 p.m., Monday, September 24 at Lincoln School.

 

A Community School Finance Night presentation follows at 7 p.m. School officials will be present to discuss the district’s financial picture as well as answer questions.

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Posted by: Jenna Ernst, District Admin, Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205
Published: 9/19/18




Audience: Homepage and Homepage

An invitation from Superintendent Dr. David Moyer to join D205 for the second annual State of the Schools presentation on September 17 is now posted in the Superintendent's column. 

You can read the latest update at www.elmhurst205.org/Supt. Follow Dr. Moyer's blog at http://superchat205.blogspot.com.

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Posted by: Bev Redmond, District Admin, Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205
Published: 9/15/18




Audience: Homepage and Homepage

Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205 begins its 2018-2019 Superintendent’s Coffee Series at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, September 19 at Hawthorne Elementary School. D205 Superintendent Dr. David Moyer will share district priorities for the 2018-2019 school year, discuss Project Lead the Way, and have time for Q&A. The meeting is open to the community.

 

Other Superintendent’s Coffee dates for the remainder of the school year are:

 

  • Thursday, October 25, 2018 10:00 a.m. Churchville
  • Tuesday, January 15, 2019 7:00 p.m. Jefferson
  • Wednesday, February 13, 2019 10:00 a.m. York
  • Monday, April 22, 2019 1:30 p.m. Bryan
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Posted by: Bev Redmond, District Admin, Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205
Published: 9/13/18




Audience: Homepage and Homepage

Congratulations to the eight York High School seniors named today as Semifinalists in the 2019 National Merit Scholarship competition! The students representing York are Michael Bindeman, Joseph Black, Calvin Carta, Christian Glosner, William Phillips, Edward Ryan, Hayden Snyder and Cecilia Stumpf.

Our students will have the opportunity to advance in the competition, and be considered for some 7,500 National Merit Scholarships worth more than $31 million that will be offered next spring.

Congratulations, Dukes!


 

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Posted by: Jenna Ernst, District Admin, Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205
Published: 9/12/18




Audience: Homepage and Homepage

Congratulations to the District 205 faculty, staff, PTA members and volunteers who will be recognized at the 2018 Those Who Excel banquet next month.

Those Who Excel is an annual event sponsored by the Illinois State Board of Education to honor individuals who have made significant contributions to the state's public and nonpublic elementary and secondary schools.

This term’s D205 honorees are:

  • The Conrad Fischer PTA – Excellence Award
  • Fischer Elementary School Administrative Assistant Jon Monique Manuel – Excellence Award
  • Bryan Middle School Teacher Heather Bolur – Merit Award
  • Community Volunteer Alison Dondlinger -- Merit Award
  • Sandburg Elementary School Early Career Educator Megan Enke – Merit Award
  • Emerson Elementary School Principal Dr. Michelle Thompson – Merit Award
  • Madison Early Childhood Center Student Support Personnel Anna Robins – Recognition Award

The Illinois State Board of Education will honor all District 205 representatives during its annual Those Who Excel banquet on Oct. 20 in Normal, Illinois.

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Posted by: Kate Allt, District Admin, Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205
Published: 9/11/18




Audience: Homepage and Homepage

Following more than three years of community engagement work, including small and large group public meetings and three surveys, the Elmhurst District 205 Board of Education voted 7-0 to place a $168.5 million facilities bond referendum on the November 6, 2018 ballot.

“We were elected to lead our community and oversee its investment in our schools. The Board does not take this responsibility lightly. The potential of this referendum extends far and long beyond this generation of students and is larger than this board and school leadership. The future of our schools belongs to the community,” D205 Board President Kara Caforio said.

Superintendent Dr. David Moyer underscored the importance of collaboration in the process, “I am extremely proud of the work of my administrative team, the Board, teachers, staff, and community to advance the vision of ensuring that all students graduate college, career, and life ready. Together, we have worked very hard to facilitate the development of a Master Facilities Plan and a referendum question that we believe is the right thing for D205.”

The $168.5 million plan addresses needs at all 13 D205 schools. The estimated tax impact will be approximately $150 per year in additional taxes on a $500,000 home.

If the plan is approved by voters on Election Day on November 6, 2018, D205 committees that include architects, construction experts, administrators, parents, staff, and community members will help guide the implementation of the Master Facilities Plan and Referendum goals.

What is on the November Ballot for Students?

  • Improvements identified in the D205 Master Facilities Plan include:
  • Rebuilding 103-year-old Lincoln ­­Elementary School
  • Rebuilding 87-year-old Field Elementary School
  • Providing security updates to the entrance and main offices of Sandburg, Bryan, Churchville, ­­Jackson, and Jefferson schools
  • Creating Future-Focused learning spaces for students that will enhance science, technology, engineering, & math (STEM)
  • Providing classroom space for optional, all-day kindergarten programming.
  • Enhancing districtwide technology infrastructure.
  • Adding or updating air conditioning and other HVAC systems at Jackson and Jefferson elementary schools
  • Renovating aging buildings including:
    • Creating age-appropriate facilities at Madison Early Childhood Center.
    • Renovating and expanding Edison Elementary School
    • Building an auditorium at Churchville Middle School, to ensure all D205 middle schools have similar performance areas.
    • Adding a classroom and stage at Fischer Elementary, to ensure all D205 elementary schools have similar classroom spaces and performance areas.
    • Renovating the auditorium to meet safety expectations at York High School as well as continuing athletic field and school land improvements.
    • Acquiring a new space for the Transition Program, further ensuring success for students with disabilities post-high school.

How will the Ballot Question Read?

The D205 ballot question reads as follows:

Shall the Board of Education of Elmhurst Community Unit School District Number 205, DuPage and Cook Counties, Illinois, build and equip two school buildings to replace the Field and Lincoln Elementary School Buildings; build and equip additions to and alter, repair and equip existing buildings, including but not limited to improving security, providing STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) facilities, improving energy-efficiency and technology infrastructure and adding classrooms for full-day kindergarten; improve sites; acquire, improve and equip a building for educational purposes and acquire the site thereof and issue bonds of said School District to the amount of $168,500,000 for the purpose of paying the costs thereof?

Where can I learn more about D205’s Master Facilities Plan/Referendum Question?

Information meetings will be held this fall. Dates and the latest Master Facility Plan information will be available on the District website www.elmhurst205.org. Check for your inbox, mailbox, and the website for details.

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Posted by: Kate Allt, District Admin, Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205
Published: 8/22/18




Audience: York Community High School, Homepage and Homepage

Come on out and support your York Dukes Football program on this Friday, August 17th for the Annual Green and White Scrimmage. Freshman will scrimmage at 4:15 pm, Sophomores at 5:00 pm, Eagles Youth programs at 5:45 pm and the Varsity at 6:30 pm. Tomorrow, Saturday, August 18th is our Green and White scrimmage for soccer starting at 9:30 am for lower levels and 12 pm for Varsity. Admission is free to all Green and White Scrimmage games. 

York will host New Trier on Friday, August 24th for the First Home Football game. Come out and support football, cheerleading, poms, flags and our talented marching band!

York students must show school ID for free admittance to athletic events. All students are expected to represent York High School while attending all events and adhere to the code of conduct signed by all students. There is a no re-entry policy at home football games. Students will not be allowed to reenter after they leave the game. Admission for adults is $4.00

Children under 14 years of age must be supervised by an adult. NO backpacks, bags of any type, water bottles, skateboards, bikes, footballs, etc. will be allowed through the gate.

District 205 policy prohibits alcohol, tobacco, and vaping on school property.

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Posted by: Kate Allt, District Admin, Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205
Published: 8/17/18




Audience: Homepage and Homepage

Within the last 24 hours, the Board learned that Superintendent Dr. David Moyer recently applied for a superintendent’s position in a large, out-of-state district. Dr. Moyer has since withdrawn from the preliminary search. However, the Board wants time to further discuss his commitment to D205.

 

As a result, the Board will postpone its vote on the referendum until Monday, Aug. 20. “While we, the Board, believe this is the community’s referendum, we want to ensure its leader is committed to D205 at this time,” School Board President Kara Caforio said.

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Posted by: Kate Allt, District Admin, Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205
Published: 8/14/18




Audience: Jackson Elementary School, Bryan Middle School, Homepage and Homepage

The commute to school can be very hectic, particularly on the first day of school. Please read this important traffic update that may impact morning arrival procedures at Jackson Elementary School and Bryan Middle School on Wednesday, August 15th. 

The City of Elmhurst has several construction projects currently underway. Please exercise caution and reduce speed when traveling in school zones. If you have students in both schools, the route from Jackson to Bryan, in the morning, may require more time and patience. Specifically, we recommend the following to make travel time easier:

Jackson Families:

If you travel east on Jackson Street between Saylor and Mitchell, please plan extra time as there will be construction trucks on that block of Jackson Street. At times, there might only be one-way traffic to make room for trucks and equipment. 

Alternate Route: You may consider taking Adams east to Mitchell as an alternate route. Car riders will still drop off going south on Mitchell Avenue. We encourage you to walk whenever possible. 

Bryan Families:

You can use Van Buren traveling east to drop off at Bryan.  There will be steady truck traffic at the intersection of Bryan and Van Buren for the first couple days that school is in session. Please exercise extreme caution. We encourage families to take advantage of the summer weather and walk or bike to school if possible.

We are anticipating a smooth start to the 2018-2019 school year and will be monitoring the traffic for any changes. Special thanks goes to the Elmhurst Police Department for its continued presence and vigilance to ensure the safety of our students. As always, we will keep you updated so that you can make the best plans for your families.

Thank you for your patience and understanding,

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Posted by: Kate Allt, District Admin, Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205
Published: 8/13/18




Audience: Homepage and Homepage

A Back to School welcome message from Dr. David Moyer is now posted in the Superintendent's column. 

You can read the latest update at www.elmhurst205.org/Supt. Follow Dr. Moyer's blog at http://superchat205.blogspot.com.

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Posted by: Kate Allt, District Admin, Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205
Published: 8/13/18




Audience: Homepage and Homepage

Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205 ranks among the top 10 schools in the state of Illinois, according to Niche’s 2019 Best School Districts listing. D205 ranked ninth among districts surveyed, and earned an overall Niche rating of A+.

 

The annual ranking is based on statistical analysis and reviews from parents and students. Analysis includes examining factors such as test scores, college readiness and graduation rates, SAT/ACT scores, and teacher quality. D205 also ranked in the top 15 for Best Athletics and top 25 for Best Places to Teach in Illinois.

 

“Great schools are the foundation of strong, successful communities,” D205 Superintendent Dr. David Moyer said. “We are happy to once again be cited as one of the top 10 districts in the state by the Niche organization.  I love the direction that we are headed and honestly believe that we have just scratched the surface."

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Posted by: Bev Redmond, District Admin, Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205
Published: 8/3/18




Audience: Jackson Elementary School, ~Demo: Elmhurst School, Emerson Elementary School, Fischer Elementary School, Bryan Middle School, Homepage, Homepage, ~ECUSD Demo School, Jefferson Elementary School, Hawthorne Elementary School, Edison Elementary School, Lincoln Elementary School, York Community High School, Field Elementary School, Madison Early Childhood Center, Churchville Middle School and Sandburg Middle School

Financial assistance is available in the form of student fee waivers for qualified families. Apply for assistance by filling out a Request for Financial Assistance form and returning it to the main office of your child’s school, beginning the first week of August. Please click on the links below to access the appropriate form:

Elementary & Middle School

High School

2018-19 Free/Reduced Lunch Application and Instructions (Español)

Completed free/reduced lunch applications must be turned in to your child's school for initial authorization, beginning the first week of August. All applications must be on the 2018-19 form. The District cannot accept old applications. Request for Financial Assistance/Waiver of Student Fees is due by November 15, 2018.

In mid-July, over 1,000 notification letters were mailed out to students who were automatically certified for free lunches last year (2017-18). Families who have received this letter DO NOT need to apply. However, if a letter is received for one child and there are other students in the family who did not receive a letter, please call the District 205 Food Service Office at 630-617-2436 to provide further information. Be sure to keep this letter, as you may need it for other programs and benefits (Comcast Internet Essentials, Park District programs, etc.).

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Posted by: Melea Smith, District Admin, Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205
Published: 7/17/18




Audience: Jackson Elementary School, ~Demo: Elmhurst School, Emerson Elementary School, Fischer Elementary School, Bryan Middle School, Homepage, Homepage, ~ECUSD Demo School, Jefferson Elementary School, Hawthorne Elementary School, Edison Elementary School, Lincoln Elementary School, York Community High School, Field Elementary School, Madison Early Childhood Center, Churchville Middle School and Sandburg Middle School

On Tuesday, June 19, at the Board of Education meeting, Todd Schmidt was named the new Director of Facilities for Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205. Mr. Schmidt has 18 years of experience in facilities in the Rockford Public School District, serving as the Chief Operations Officer/Executive Director of Operations since 2009.

Mr. Schmidt has directed a department of approximately 900 in-house and privately contracted employees in Facility Maintenance, Custodial Services, Transportation, Nutrition Services, Student Assignment, Materials Management, Construction Engineering and Life Safety. He was responsible for $68 million in annual operating expenditures and $250 million capital improvement plan. Additionally, he has supervised the implementation of a $250M capital improvement plan that was the result of a successful ballot initiative.

“Todd has a wealth of knowledge and experience in facility management. He will be a huge addition to our facility team, and we are looking forward to working with him,” said Chris Whelton, Assistant Superintendent for Finance and Operations.

Mr. Schmidt received the Governor’s Environment Hero Award in 2011 and is a veteran of the United States Navy.

 


 

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Posted by: Melea Smith, District Admin, Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205
Published: 6/27/18




Audience: Emerson Elementary School, Fischer Elementary School, York Community High School, Homepage, Homepage and Churchville Middle School

On August 25, Churchville Middle School will be celebrating the sixth year of its Churchville Charge “fun”draising event. This exciting event features teams of four adults “racing” around Elmhurst City Centre solving clues and performing fun tasks at local businesses. Registration is open now through Friday, July 13 and spots are filling up quickly, so interested teams should visit this link to secure their spot.

The Churchville Charge is the primary fundraising event for Churchville Middle School and all money collected helps the Churchville PTA fund many educational and social events throughout the school year. Many local Elmhurst businesses, including Judith B Salon, Rosati’s Pizza and Tannins Wine Bar are taking part in the event, either as a race stop location or through generous raffle donations and sponsorships. The event culminates in a huge post-race party at Fitz’s Spare Keys in downtown Elmhurst, and features a raffle, music, and more.


For more information about the Churchville Charge contact Event Chairs Megan Winton (wintonms5@gmail.com) or Vicki Trajcevski (vickitrajcevski@gmail.com).

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Posted by: Kate Allt, District Admin, Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205
Published: 6/23/18




Audience: York Community High School, Homepage and Homepage

Elmhurst School District 205 ​is conducting ​an ​annual verification of residency for all incoming freshman students at​tending​ York High School AND families who have leases that expire prior to the start of school. This is to help ensure that only students who legally reside within the District’s boundaries receive educational services funded by District tax dollars.

Residency Verification:
Residency documentation must be presented in person for every student. 


Proofs of Residency (A total of three proofs of residency are required as outlined below)

One of the following for the residence at which the student(s) reside(s):​

  • A current real estate bill showing parent/guardian as the owner (May 2018)
  • A current original signed lease showing the parent/guardian as the tenant 
  • A current mortgage statement showing the parent/guardian as the owner

AND

Two of the following showing the address for the residence at which the student(s) reside:


Preferred Documents:

  • A current gas bill
  • A current electric bill
  • A current water/sewer bill
  • A current cable bill 

Acceptable Documents: 

  • A current driver’s license (or State ID card)
  • A current home or apartment insurance certificate
  • A current Department of Immigration Letter

Please note the following: 

  • Original documents must be presented in person. Copies or mailed documents will not be accepted. We will copy your documents on the spot and return the originals to you. 
  • Partial documentation will not be accepted. All documents must be presented in order to be processed.

Parents MUST bring verification to York High School (355 St. Charles Road) between 5 p.m. and 8 p.m. on one of the following dates: 

  • Tuesday, June 26
  • Wednesday, July 11
  • Thursday, July 19

Failure to provide proof of residency will result in the student’s schedule being pulled and course selections removed. The registration process cannot be completed and you will not receive an Info Snap code until you prove residency. If you have any questions about residency verification, please contact ​your school directly. 

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Posted by: Kate Allt, District Admin, Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205
Published: 6/13/18




Audience: Homepage and Homepage

There is a new message from Dr. David Moyer in the Superintendent's column. The latest column recognizes the amazing achievements accomplished by our students in the last few months, as well as looks ahead to programs and initiatives to look forward to in the 2018-19 school year. 

You can read the latest update at www.elmhurst205.org/Supt. Follow Dr. Moyer's blog at http://superchat205.blogspot.com.

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Posted by: Kate Allt, District Admin, Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205
Published: 6/12/18




Audience: Homepage and Homepage

During the month of May, District 205 Administrators made visits to all twelve K-12 schools to hold Future Focused meetings. Questions were collected at each of those meetings and through an exit survey administered to those who attended the large group meetings on May 12, 14, 23 and 30 at York, Churchville, Bryan and Sandburg. Those questions have formed the basis of the 55+ FAQ document that is linked from the Master Facility Plan page. This is a living document that will be expanded as more questions are submitted. Some questions which have been submitted are in the process of being answered and will be posted on that page in the near future.

A summary report of the May Future Focused sessions will be presented to the Board of Education at its June 19 meeting.

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Posted by: Melea Smith, District Admin, Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205
Published: 6/7/18




Audience: Jackson Elementary School, Emerson Elementary School, Bryan Middle School, Edison Elementary School, Lincoln Elementary School, Homepage, Homepage and Churchville Middle School

Several District 205 schools achieved a level of distinction from the Midwest PBIS Network. Churchville Middle School earned a Platinum distinction, the highest recognition possible. Churchville is one of only three middle schools in Illinois and the only DuPage County middle school to earn the Platinum distinction. A group from New Zealand will visit Churchville when they are in Chicago for the National PBIS Leadership Forum in October.

Additionally, Jackson, Lincoln and Emerson Elementary Schools earned a Gold distinction, Edison Elementary earned Silver distinction and Bryan Middle School received a Bronze distinction.

The Midwest PBIS Network supports the implementation of Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (PBIS) in state, local, and community agencies throughout the Midwest. The Network encourages promoting positive school behavior and preventing behavioral problems.

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Posted by: Kate Allt, District Admin, Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205
Published: 6/6/18




Audience: York Community High School, Homepage and Homepage

There is now a page on the York Community High School website dedicated to the Class of 2018. On it, you can view the programs from Awards Night, the York Scholarship Program and graduation, as well as photos from graduation day and a link to watch the full commencement ceremony. 

Click here to visit the Class of 2018 page.

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Posted by: Kate Allt, District Admin, Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205
Published: 6/5/18




Audience: Communications and Public Relations, Communications and Public Relations, Homepage and Homepage

Beverly Redmond has been named the new District 205 Executive Director of Communications and Public Relations, effective July 1, 2018. Ms. Redmond replaces Melea Smith, who will be retiring at the end of June following eight years of service in Elmhurst.

 

"I am pleased to join the District 205 leadership and communications team,” said Bev. “The opportunity to collaborate to showcase the creativity, learning, and growth of our talented teachers and students is an honor. Elmhurst is rich in tradition and academic excellence. Enthusiastically, I seek to support community engagement in our schools while serving as a liaison to families, alumni, residents, and supporters.

 

“My ultimate goals are to allow the diverse voices and accomplishments of the school community to shine, and to champion District 205’s powerful story of educational distinction nationwide."

 

Bev’s extensive school PR experience includes seven years as the Director of School and Community Relations at two large, highly-ranked school districts in the Bloomington, Indiana area. She also worked as the Assistant Director of Human Resources for the 14th largest school corporation in Indiana for an additional seven years. She has founded two independent public relations ventures and has experience with crisis public relations and social media presence. She holds a BA in Communications, with specialization in radio and television from Ball State University and Purdue University, Calumet.

 

"Bev is a highly accomplished professional who will combine the ability to support a vision for communications in District 205 and provide leadership consistent with the District's vision as a member of the senior leadership team,” said Superintendent Dr. David Moyer.

 

“I am relieved to find someone of Bev's ability to replace Ms. Smith, who has had a distinguished career in school communications. Bev has been integral in her two previous districts' successful passage of operating fund referenda, and has been a pillar of the communities in which she has served. She also has human resources experience and television, newspaper, and radio experience. Her eclectic background will serve us well as we continue to ensure that D205 is a 'National Leader in Future Ready Learning.'"


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Posted by: Melea Smith, District Admin, Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205
Published: 6/1/18




Audience: Jackson Elementary School, ~Demo: Elmhurst School, Emerson Elementary School, Fischer Elementary School, Bryan Middle School, Homepage, Homepage, ~ECUSD Demo School, Jefferson Elementary School, Hawthorne Elementary School, Edison Elementary School, Lincoln Elementary School, York Community High School, Field Elementary School, Madison Early Childhood Center, Churchville Middle School and Sandburg Middle School

On May 23rd, at approximately 3:36 p.m., the Elmhurst Police Department responded to Churchville Middle School, located at 155 Victory Parkway for a reported suspicious person. Upon the arrival of police, officers learned a 12-year-old female reported that while outside of the school shortly after dismissal, a male/Hispanic, approximately 35-40 years old, with short dark hair and a mustache, driving a Black Toyota Sienna minivan asked her if she needed a ride. The Toyota Sienna was parked in the pick-up lane of the school. The subject started to exit the vehicle and the female immediately ran away from the area. The area was checked by police, but was not able to locate the vehicle.

A school surveillance video captured a picture the vehicle in front of one of the doors. Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to contact Elmhurst Police at 630-530-3050.

 


 

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Posted by: Melea Smith, District Admin, Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205
Published: 5/23/18




Audience: York Community High School, Homepage and Homepage

U.S. News & World Report recently ranked York Community High School 17th within Illinois, awarding it a silver medal. Last year, York was ranked 18th in the state in this listing. Nationally, YCHS is ranked 703. Students have the opportunity to take Advanced Placement® (AP) course work and exams. The AP participation rate at York High School is 56 percent, with a 90% participant pass rate. The student body makeup is 51 percent male and 49 percent female, and the total minority enrollment is 25 percent. York Community High School is the only high school in Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205.

On May 9, U.S. News & World Report, the global authority in education rankings and civic journalism, released the 2018 edition of Best High Schools. The rankings evaluate more than 20,500 public high schools nationwide to identify schools that best serve all of their students – including historically underserved populations – and assess the degree to which students are prepared for college-level coursework.

"I am very proud of the work of our people at York High School and also across the entire District,” said Superintendent Dr. David Moyer. “This designation is a culmination of hard work by teachers at all grade levels and demonstrates a commitment to strong public education by the community of Elmhurst. The support of our parents and the residents of District 205 is unparalleled.”

Dr. Moyer noted “There have been many instructional improvements in this District in recent years, such as the 1:1 personalized mobile learning implementation and the addition of instructional coaches at all of our schools. The Board of Education has demonstrated incredible support for these forward-looking enhancements. All rankings are somewhat arbitrary and don't ever tell the entire story, but I am proud that we moved up a spot relative to last year, especially considering that nine of the schools ranked ahead of us are highly-selective magnet or private schools."

Top-ranked schools succeed in three main areas: exceeding expectations on state proficiency tests, offering challenging coursework and graduating their students. The Best High Schools rankings feature data on a number of factors, including enrollment, graduation rates, diversity, participation in free and reduced-price lunch programs and the results of state assessments, as well as Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate test data.

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Posted by: Melea Smith, District Admin, Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205
Published: 5/13/18




Audience: Jackson Elementary School, ~Demo: Elmhurst School, Emerson Elementary School, Fischer Elementary School, Bryan Middle School, Homepage, Homepage, ~ECUSD Demo School, Jefferson Elementary School, Hawthorne Elementary School, Edison Elementary School, Lincoln Elementary School, York Community High School, Field Elementary School, Madison Early Childhood Center, Churchville Middle School and Sandburg Middle School

Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205 is evolving in many ways as it seeks to prepare our students for a future we can only imagine. Future Ready is more than a catch phrase. It is a commitment to empowering and equipping our students with the knowledge, skills and abilities they need to be college, career and life ready.

Our District is working to deliver future focused curriculum and provide supportive learning environments for all students. In order to do that, we have embarked on a journey to address aging facilities and infuse our schools with the necessary tools to achieve that goal. The Focus 205 community engagement process, which began in 2015, was the first step. Master Facility Plan (MFP) work continues today; click here for more information and a meeting schedule.

Our community has long valued small class sizes and neighborhood schools. Elementary school class size targets are 25 in grades K-2 and 27 in grades 3-5. The current average class size in District 205 is 21.8. Occasional enrollment anomalies mean that class sizes are not consistent; some are below target and others are close to high end of the range. School capacity (percent of space that is being utilized) is another issue in District 205. Some of our buildings are overcrowded; others are operating at nearly full capacity, and some are underutilized. This poses instructional and staffing challenges that may increase as the community of Elmhurst continues to grow.

One potential component of the draft Master Facility Plan is boundary adjustments. The District realizes that any adjustments, even those that impact less than 5% of students, families, and/or houses, will be difficult. The options that have been presented to the Board of Education, and are being shared with the community, are preliminary. This is a work in progress and community feedback will be an important part of the process as we move forward.

Boundary adjustments can provide a long-term solution to overcrowding and student population “bubbles.” When schools are evenly sized and utilization is consistent, it is easier for the District to adhere to class size targets and maintain appropriate staff-to-student ratios. Consistencies like these help all students learn and grow.

D205 hired Cropper GIS in early 2018 to conduct a boundaries study. The primary goals were to increase space to accommodate All Day Kindergarten and balance class sizes across the District. The District asked the Cropper team to identify solutions that would affect the least number of families possible.

Two options (A and B) were presented to the Board on April 10. Both addressed ADK and balancing class sizes.  They also provided potential options for housing students during construction at Lincoln and Field Schools, two of our oldest buildings at 103 and 87 years old, respectively.

In response to feedback from the Board of Education and parents, the administration asked Cropper to see if there were alternative solutions that could meet the criteria and better preserve natural barriers such as train tracks and major roads. Two additional options (C and D) were developed and presented to the Board on May 8. Option D impacts the fewest students (3.6%), does not require busing students who currently walk, preserves natural barriers and does not send any students away from new construction, but also does not preserve contiguous boundaries.

Developing these additional options emphasizes the importance of community feedback. The plans remain a work in progress. No decisions have been made, nor will any changes be made in the immediate future. The Board will consider how it wants to move forward with the boundary discussion at its May 22 meeting. Options A, C and D are linked below.

Boundary adjustments would only be considered in a Master Facilities Plan that includes All Day Kindergarten. The District is committed to ensuring that current students will not be impacted by boundary adjustments and will be developing “grandfathering” provisions to minimize the impact on siblings and families. As with the entire process, we will be seeking community input on this portion of the plan as well. Our goal is to minimize the impact on individual families and achieve the goals outlined above.

Four community meetings have been scheduled. Draft plans, budgets, and potential boundary adjustments will be presented. The presentations will be followed by small group discussions. All attendees will have the opportunity to provide additional feedback via an electronic exit survey. Meeting dates:

  • Monday, May 14, 2018, 7 pm @ Churchville Middle School
  • Wednesday, May 23, 2018, 7 pm @ Bryan Middle School
  • Wednesday, May 30, 2018, 7 pm @, Sandburg Middle School

For additional information related to the development of the proposed MFP, please visit www.elmhurst205.org/MasterFacilityPlan.

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Posted by: Melea Smith, District Admin, Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205
Published: 5/12/18




Audience: Jackson Elementary School, ~Demo: Elmhurst School, Emerson Elementary School, Fischer Elementary School, Bryan Middle School, Homepage, Homepage, ~ECUSD Demo School, Jefferson Elementary School, Hawthorne Elementary School, Edison Elementary School, Lincoln Elementary School, York Community High School, Field Elementary School, Madison Early Childhood Center, Churchville Middle School and Sandburg Middle School

At its May 8 meeting, the Board of Education heard an update from the All Day Kindergarten Committee. In the state of Illinois, 79% of 859 districts are offering all-day programs, as of 2015.

 

“All Day Kindergarten educates the whole child in a developmentally appropriate manner,” said Lincoln Principal Jen Barnabee. “It enhances the legacy of Elmhurst by supporting students to reach their full potential. Children in full day classes excel in reading, number knowledge, writing and self-regulation versus their half-day peers. A full day program provides us the time to make the learning experience for our youngest students even better. They deserve the same robust, inter-disciplinary as the rest of our students receive.”

 

View the Kindergarten video created by D205 Communications Office here:

 

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Posted by: Kate Allt, District Admin, Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205
Published: 5/10/18




Audience: Jackson Elementary School, ~Demo: Elmhurst School, Emerson Elementary School, Fischer Elementary School, Bryan Middle School, Homepage, Homepage, ~ECUSD Demo School, Jefferson Elementary School, Hawthorne Elementary School, Edison Elementary School, Lincoln Elementary School, York Community High School, Field Elementary School, Madison Early Childhood Center, Churchville Middle School and Sandburg Middle School

District 205 is working to develop the next phase of its comprehensive facilities study and is creating a Master Facility Plan that will serve our community for many years to come. There are two community-wide Future Focused meetings remaining on the following dates and at these locations:

  • Wednesday, May 23, 7 – 9 PM, Bryan Middle School
  • Wednesday, May 30, 7 – 9 PM, Sandburg Middle School

Each presentation will be the same in content; please mark your calendar for the date that best suits you, and plan to join the conversation. All are welcome!

The remaining Future Focused school-specific informational sessions are:

  • Wednesday, May 23 at Bryan - 6:15 PM
  • Thursday, May 24 at Emerson - 8:30 AM
  • Wednesday, May 30 at Sandburg - 6:15 PM

More information is available at www.elmhurst205/masterfacilityplan.

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Posted by: Melea Smith, District Admin, Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205
Published: 5/8/18




Audience: Bryan Middle School, Homepage, Homepage, Churchville Middle School and Sandburg Middle School

York Drama is proud to present the return of the smash hit “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee” as its 2018 Alumni Production. This ONE-NIGHT-ONLY performance will take place on June 8th at 7:30 PM in the  Baker Auditorium at York High School. Tickets will be available beginning May 11 at www.Ticketpeak.Com/YorkDrama.

 

Originally performed at York in 2010, the alumni cast will feature original cast members Brian Kulaga (Class of 2010) and Brian Smith (Class of 2011), returning to their roles as William Barfee and Vice Principal Douglas Panch. Alumni Keith Potts (2008), Helen Knudsen (2013), Laura Thoreson (2014), Grace Sopko (2015), Kaitlin Cadagin (2016), Chris Knudsen (2016), Darcy Kummerow (2016), Tatum Langley (2017), Erik Martenson (2017) and Emily Landreth (2017) will also join the cast to present this hilarious, unforgettable, Tony Award-winning production! 

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Posted by: Melea Smith, District Admin, Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205
Published: 4/28/18




Audience: Bryan Middle School, York Community High School, Homepage, Homepage, Churchville Middle School and Sandburg Middle School

Elmhurst School District 205 ​is conducting ​an ​annual verification of residency for all incoming freshman students attending​ York High School AND families who have leases that expire prior to the start of school. This is to help ensure that only students who legally reside within the District’s boundaries receive educational services funded by District tax dollars. 

Residency Verification:

Residency documentation must be presented in person for every student. 

Proofs of Residency (A total of three proofs of residency are required as outlined below)

One of the following for the residence at which the student(s) reside(s):​

  • A current real estate bill showing parent/guardian as the owner (May 2018)
  • A current original signed lease showing the parent/guardian as the tenant 
  • A current mortgage statement showing the parent/guardian as the owner

AND

Two of the following showing the address for the residence at which the student(s) reside:


Preferred Documents: 

  • A current gas bill 
  • A current electric bill 
  • A current water/sewer bill 
  • A current cable bill 

Acceptable Documents: 

  • A current driver’s license (or State ID card)
  • A current home or apartment insurance certificate
  • A current Department of Immigration Letter

Please note the following: 

  • Original documents must be presented in person. Copies or mailed documents will not be accepted. We will copy your documents on the spot and return the originals to you. 
  • Partial documentation will not be accepted. All documents must be presented in order to be processed.

District 205 parents must bring verification to your child's current school between May 3 and May 31. ​

Failure to provide proof of residency will result in the student’s schedule being pulled and course selections removed. If you have any questions about residency verification, please contact ​your middle school directly.

If your student will not be attending York High School in the fall, please send an email to communications@elmhurst205. org and let us know.

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Posted by: Kate Allt, District Admin, Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205
Published: 4/26/18




Audience: Jackson Elementary School, ~Demo: Elmhurst School, Emerson Elementary School, Fischer Elementary School, Bryan Middle School, Homepage, Homepage, ~ECUSD Demo School, Jefferson Elementary School, Hawthorne Elementary School, Edison Elementary School, Lincoln Elementary School, York Community High School, Field Elementary School, Madison Early Childhood Center, Churchville Middle School and Sandburg Middle School

The final calendar of the 2017-18 school year was approved at the April 24 Board of Education meeting. Below is a list of last days and dismissal times. Both the calendar and last days are posted on the District website's calendar page. They are:

          May 24th:  Last day of school for Early Childhood students
          May 24th:  Last day of school for AM/PM kindergarten students
          May 24th:  Last day of school for high school students
          May 25th:  Last day of school for elementary school students (11:15 AM dismissal)
          May 25th:  Last day of school for middle school students (11:35 AM dismissal)

 

 

Calendario aprobado de fin de año
 

El calendario final del año escolar 2017-18 (final calendar of the 2017-18 school year) fue aprobado en la Reunión de la Junta del Consejo de Educación del 24 de Abril. A continuación se muestra una lista de los últimos días y los tiempos de salida. Tanto el calendario como los últimos días se publican en la página del calendario (calendar page) del sitio web del Distrito. Los días son:

  • Mayo 24th:  Último día de clases para estudiantes de preescolar.

  • Mayo 24th:  Último día de clases para estudiantes de Kinder AM/PM

  • Mayo 24th:  Último día de escuela para estudiantes de Preparatoria

  • Mayo 25th:  Último día de escuela para estudiantes de Primaria (Salida 11:15 AM)

  • Mayo 25th:  Último día de escuela para estudiantes de Secundaria (Salida 11:35 AM)

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Posted by: Melea Smith, District Admin, Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205
Published: 4/25/18




Audience: Jackson Elementary School, ~Demo: Elmhurst School, Emerson Elementary School, Fischer Elementary School, Bryan Middle School, Homepage, Homepage, ~ECUSD Demo School, Jefferson Elementary School, Hawthorne Elementary School, Edison Elementary School, Lincoln Elementary School, York Community High School, Field Elementary School, Madison Early Childhood Center, Churchville Middle School and Sandburg Middle School

The City of Elmhurst’s Commission on Youth honored young volunteers at its annual Exemplary Youth Service Awards program held Wednesday, April 18, at Sandburg Middle School in front of a packed house. Ken Bartels served as Master of Ceremonies. District 205 Superintendent Dr. David Moyer and Elmhurst Mayor Steve Morley welcomed the honorees and their families.

The Exemplary Youth Service Awards program recognizes individuals who have demonstrated at least one of the following criteria through volunteer service: the level of involvement should demonstrate an exemplary commitment; the service must contribute to the health and well–being of a worthy individual or group or the community at large; the service should help promote the spirit of volunteerism.

The 83 honorees ranged in age from elementary through high school. Nine groups and 18 individuals were nominated for this year’s awards. Serving as distinguished judges were Elmhurst Police Deputy Chief Michael McLean, Deputy Fire Chief Bill Anaszewiczand Alderman Marti Deuter.Speakers for the evening included Exemplary Youth Service Award recipients from Kartwheels for Kids, a group of five York High School students who have been volunteering and fundraising together since they were fifth graders.

Other Exemplary Youth Service Award recipients included an elementary group known as the Sweet Treats and the following individuals: from Churchville Middle School – Jackie Cimino and Cayliann Gillie and from York High School – Sean Hayes, Dani Kolosiekeand Samantha Uditsky.

The program will air on Uverse Channel 99 and Comcast Channel 6 next month and will also be available for viewing at www.ElmhurstTV.com. The program is linked below.

Youth Commissioners include: Jackie Tamer (Chair), Kim Brigman, Jan DeCoursey, Sharon Karpiel, Marisa Mancini, Patricia McKernan, Bob Rasho, Derek Schlager, Mark Soehn, Ann Zimmer, Dan Corrigan, Nick Waldenmeyer, Melea Smith and Alderman Dannee Polomsky.

Exemplary Youth Service Award winners Kartwheels for Kids


Exemplary Youth Service Award winners Sweet Treats

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Posted by: Melea Smith, District Admin, Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205
Published: 4/19/18




Audience: Jackson Elementary School, ~Demo: Elmhurst School, Emerson Elementary School, Fischer Elementary School, Bryan Middle School, Homepage, Homepage, ~ECUSD Demo School, Jefferson Elementary School, Hawthorne Elementary School, Edison Elementary School, Lincoln Elementary School, York Community High School, Field Elementary School, Madison Early Childhood Center, Churchville Middle School and Sandburg Middle School

On Tuesday, April 24, at the D205 Board of Education meeting, there will be a presentation by architects Wight & Company, which will highlight various facility options, overlaid with findings from Focus 205. The meeting begins at 7:30 PM at the District 205 Administrative Center, 162 S. York. All community members are welcomed to attend. As a reminder, the new boundary report was presented by Cropper GIS at the April 10 meeting. To view other related presentations delivered to the Board over the last few months, please visit www.elmhurst205.org/masterfacilityplan.

There will be multiple opportunities to participate in Future Focused community meetings during the Master Facility Plan process. Please make an effort to attend one of these meetings so you are informed about proposed changes that may affect you.

  • Saturday, May 12, 9:30 – 11:30 am, York High School
  • Monday, May 14, 7 – 9 pm, Churchville Middle School
  • Wednesday, May 23, 7 – 9 pm, Bryan Middle School
  • Wednesday, May 30, 7 – 9 pm, Sandburg Middle School 

Your feedback and participation throughout this entire process is important. Come join the conversation!
 

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Posted by: Melea Smith, District Admin, Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205
Published: 4/18/18




Audience: York Community High School, Homepage and Homepage

The Illinois Athletic Directors Association has named York High School's Assistant Principal for Athletics, Rob Wagner, as the Class 3A & 4A Division 3 Athletic Director of the Year. He will be honored at an awards banquet that will be a part of the IADA State Conference in East Peoria on Saturday, May 5th at 7:00 pm at the Embassy Suites Hotel in East Peoria. Rob has been at York for 15 years. Eight years as the Athletic Director/Assistant Principal for Athletics. This is his second term in the athletic office.

  • He was a dean from 2002-2005
  • Athletic Director from 2005-2009
  • Assistant Principal for Student Services from 2009-2011
  • Assistant Principal for Finance and Student Activities from 2011-2014
  • Assistant Principal for Athletics from 2014- present

Rob Wagner

 

 

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Posted by: Melea Smith, District Admin, Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205
Published: 4/15/18




Audience: Bryan Middle School, York Community High School, Homepage, Homepage, Churchville Middle School and Sandburg Middle School

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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Posted by: Melea Smith, District Admin, Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205
Published: 4/13/18




Audience: Jackson Elementary School, ~Demo: Elmhurst School, Emerson Elementary School, Fischer Elementary School, Bryan Middle School, Homepage, Homepage, ~ECUSD Demo School, Jefferson Elementary School, Hawthorne Elementary School, Edison Elementary School, Lincoln Elementary School, York Community High School, Field Elementary School, Madison Early Childhood Center, Churchville Middle School and Sandburg Middle School

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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Posted by: Kate Allt, District Admin, Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205
Published: 4/12/18




Audience: York Community High School, Homepage and Homepage

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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Posted by: Melea Smith, District Admin, Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205
Published: 4/10/18




Audience: Jackson Elementary School, ~Demo: Elmhurst School, Emerson Elementary School, Fischer Elementary School, Bryan Middle School, Homepage, Homepage, ~ECUSD Demo School, Jefferson Elementary School, Hawthorne Elementary School, Edison Elementary School, Lincoln Elementary School, York Community High School, Field Elementary School, Madison Early Childhood Center, Churchville Middle School and Sandburg Middle School

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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Posted by: Melea Smith, District Admin, Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205
Published: 4/6/18




Audience: Homepage and Homepage

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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Posted by: Kate Allt, District Admin, Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205
Published: 4/2/18




Audience: York Community High School, Homepage and Homepage

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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Posted by: Melea Smith, District Admin, Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205
Published: 3/29/18




Audience: Homepage and Homepage

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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Posted by: Kate Allt, District Admin, Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205
Published: 3/21/18




Audience: Jackson Elementary School, ~Demo: Elmhurst School, Emerson Elementary School, Fischer Elementary School, Bryan Middle School, Homepage, Homepage, ~ECUSD Demo School, Jefferson Elementary School, Hawthorne Elementary School, Edison Elementary School, Lincoln Elementary School, York Community High School, Field Elementary School, Madison Early Childhood Center, Churchville Middle School and Sandburg Middle School

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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Posted by: Kate Allt, District Admin, Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205
Published: 3/19/18




Audience: Jackson Elementary School, ~Demo: Elmhurst School, Emerson Elementary School, Fischer Elementary School, Bryan Middle School, Homepage, Homepage, ~ECUSD Demo School, Jefferson Elementary School, Hawthorne Elementary School, Edison Elementary School, Lincoln Elementary School, York Community High School, Field Elementary School, Madison Early Childhood Center, Churchville Middle School and Sandburg Middle School

What is a PLC? In District 205, PLCs play an important role in promoting student growth and building the capacity of our teachers. But what is a PLC and what is its function?

PLC stands for Professional Learning Community. PLCs are designed to ensure high levels of teacher collaboration focused on student learning. They can take many forms. Examples include ensuring that teachers of the same grade level or subject area, as well as instructional coaches, special education teachers and support staff, have time to analyze assessment data, share best practices for success, and plan for future learning.

PLC groups meeting during student late arrival days, institute days and also during the school day at various times throughout the week.

Watch the video below, and let our teachers show you how PLCs are utilized in D205 schools. 

 

 

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Posted by: Kate Allt, District Admin, Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205
Published: 3/12/18