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DeLuga, Erin
Principal edeluga@elmhurst205.org
DeLaRosa, Melissa
Assistant Principal mdelarosa@elmhurst205.org
Doherty, Ryan
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McGuire, Drew
Assistant Principal dmcguire@elmhurst205.org
Wagner, Rob
Assistant Principal for Athletics rwagner@elmhurst205.org
Corry, Kelly
Administrative Assistant to the Principal
Hughes, Suzanne
Secretary to the Assistant Principals shughes@elmhurst205.org
Czarnecki, Dana
Financial Secretary and Substitute Coordinator


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With snow in the forecast, now is the time to remind yourself of the various ways District 205 announces school closings and late start openings resulting from inclement weather. (And it’s also the time to think about childcare plans.) A late start or school closing announcement is made by 5:45 AM via the following channels:

• Information is first posted on the District's website at www.elmhurst205.org

• Talk205 phone calls, e-mail and SMS messages are sent out.

• A message is recorded on the District 205 Center’s main telephone line at (630) 834-4530.

• Notification is sent to the Emergency Closing Center, which broadcasts such information on WGN-AM (720), WBBM-AM (780), and CBS-TV (2), NBC-TV (5), ABC-TV (7), WGN-TV (9), FOX-TV, and CLTV cable. Visit the .web site at http://www.emergencyclosingcenter.com

On a late start schedule day, buses will arrive at the usual pick-up points two hours later than their The late start schedule provides the flexibility to begin school two hours later than normal, allowing time for roads to be cleared and temperatures to rise. This alternative eliminates a situation where severe weather in the early morning leads to a decision to close schools for an entire day when it is not warranted.
regularly-scheduled time. Students who walk or drive to school should not arrive prior to two hours before their regular drop-off times. In the event a late start schedule is activated, class periods will be shortened, but dismissal times will not change.

Be sure to check out the Emergency Closings page of the District 205 website for more details.


The next all-district Student Late Arrival Day is Wednesday, December 14. Certified staff and administrators will be using this time to collaboratively review student data, discuss professional growth topics, problem solve, share best practices and continue the work of building a Professional Learning Community.


The Student Late Arrival instructional schedule for 2016-17 will be as follows:


AM Early Childhood – 9:45 AM to 11:55 AM
PM Early Childhood – 12:55 PM to 3:00 PM
AM Kindergarten – 9:45 AM to 11:55 AM
PM Kindergarten – 12:55 PM to 3:00 PM
Grades 1-5 – 9:45 AM to 3:00 PM
Middle School – 10:00 AM to 3:25 PM
High School – 9:25 AM to 3:06 PM


The 2016-17 School Calendar (which provides a one-page overview of this information), may be found on the District 205 calendar page.


It’s hard to believe that it is just 18 short months ago that we learned that York would be going 1:1 with Chromebooks, and throughout this process, we have had many successes, allowing students to access their classes on Google classroom, to conduct research, to create media projects, and to collaborate work with their peers. This list can go on and on; however, with our successes, we have also experienced some growing pains. While we have been able to address many of these concerns, our team--the administration, TSI program, and tech staff--has concluded that we need to end the daily loaner program on December 16th.


Please note...this change is only for daily loaners. If students have a problem with their Chromebooks, nothing will change: students will continue to go to TSI before school or during 4th, 5th, or 6th periods and will exchange their Chromebook for another Chromebook while it’s being repaired. Once their computer is repaired, they will be notified to come to TSI to pick up their newly repaired device. This program is an important service for our students and families who have invested in our efforts to use technology to enhance and enrich their education at York, and our TSI classes are excited to continue to provide support when students have issues with their chromebooks.


Over the next few weeks, we will be reminding students through our YTV daily announcements how important it is to bring a fully charged Chromebook to class each and every day. Thank you in advance for assistance and support, so we can continue to support our students as they use technology to enrich their learning in their classes.


Looking for a fun way to wish your friends and teachers a Happy Holiday?  YSET (York Student Enrichment Team) is sponsoring a Candy Cane Gram sale. Candy Canes will be on sale during all lunch periods on Friday, December 9th; Monday, December 12th; and Tuesday, December 13th in the Commons.  Purchase a Candy Cane Gram for $1 or 6 for $5, select a festive message, and your personalized Candy Cane Gram will be delivered to your friends and teachers on Thursday, December 15th during 1st period.


Seniors planning to attend College of DuPage after graduation, are encouraged to attend: 

Monday, December 12th at 7pm in York’s Auditorium


Information covered:

  • Student Life
  • Academic Opportunities
  • Steps to Apply
  • Steps to Register & Enroll
  • Scholarships & Financial Aid
  • And MORE!

Students and parents welcome!



The Elmhurst Commission on Youth, along with the District 205 PTA Council and D205 Foundation, welcomed former NBA player Chris Herren to a community event on Tuesday, November 29 in the York High School Campbell Gym. On November 30, he presented to students and staff during an all-school assembly. Mr. Herren shared his story of overcoming drug addiction and finding the strength to define himself as a sober man. He has spoken to students and parents across the nation about healthy, real-life strategies for handling the pressures faced by today’s teenagers.

During the evening presentation, which was attended by nearly 900 people, Mr. Herren made the following points:

  • For an addict, it’s not about your worst day; it’s about your first day – he emphasized over and over that the path to addiction begins with small compromises that can ultimately grow into full-blown addiction.
  • The first page of any addict’s story begins with using alcohol and/or weed. Mr. Herren abused alcohol, cocaine, prescription drugs and heroin. He drank vodka to help him “forget” that he was disappointing his family, his fans and himself. His opioid (oxycodone) use became so expensive that he turned to heroin, which was cheaper and easier to obtain.
  • But he paid an even higher price, considering that his addiction eventually led him to lose a lucrative and valued career playing professional basketball with the Denver Nuggets, the Boston Celtics and an Italian team that recruited him to play in Europe. In high school and college, he was one of the most up-and-coming young hoop stars many had ever seen. He was little Fall River, Massachusetts’ hometown hero who fell from grace and eventually became completely disgraced.
  • He almost lost his family on multiple occasions, saying “My wife and I knew each other since we were 12 years old. I broke her heart a million times.” More than once, he thought about ending his life. An addictions counselor advised him to leave his family and never go back, to urge his wife to tell their children that he had died in a car accident.
  • That would have been easy to believe. Four times he overdosed. He was brought back to life several times with the administration of Narcan, which is known as the opiate antidote. Once, he could feel himself suffering the effects of an overdose and drove his car out of his hometown, not wanting to be found there, only to crash into a fence outside a cemetery with the needle still hanging out of his arm.

    “The EMTs pronounced me dead. I was dead for 30 seconds. A police officer grabbed me by the throat, threw me down on the gurney and brought me back. That police officer, who I went to high school with, saved my life because the EMTs had pronounced me dead and were willing to walk away."
  • He said he is most proud of being a good father, the same father, to his kids every day for more than eight years, since his sobriety date of August 1, 2008. He challenged parents in the audience to “let your kids get to know you. They are dying to know you.”
  • He called out parents who say, “It’s only a little alcohol or weed” and turn a blind eye. He said parents “hover” over their kids academically, athletically, musically, but drop the ball when it comes to managing their kids’ social connections. “They don’t really need you at their basketball/soccer/football game. But they do need you to be there for them on Friday night when they are being pressured to drink from a red Solo cup in somebody’s basement.”
  • He noted that many parents are quick to blame others for their children’s bad choices. “You need to ask them why – why are they drinking and taking drugs? Why are they not comfortable being themselves? Get at the root of the problem.”
  • “And to the kids who are choosing not to drink and smoke…we don’t give them enough credit. They are often ostracized and made fun of by their peers, yet they are the ones courageous enough to be themselves.”
  • He told a story about being talked into trying cocaine by his roommate the roommates’ girlfriend on his first day at Boston College. After his a young girl in the audience asked him what he would do if he had the chance to do that day over again, to which he answered, “I wouldn’t drink my father’s beer at 14 years old. You see, I was already on that path.” speechFirst day, not the worst day.
  • His father was/is an alcoholic and his parents fought a lot. “I used to hide in my bed and pray for it to stop.” Eventually, his mother divorced his father. She died at an early age, but not before she witnessed his athletic success and his downfall due to addiction. With no insurance, no income and no hope, it was a high school friend of his mother’s, a nurse, who saved his life by calling various treatment programs and getting him into rehab at the age of 32. “Your mother is speaking to me; she is asking me to do for you what she cannot,” said the friend. He had also gone to rehab at the age of 21 but continued to battle addiction for the next 11 years, during which time he also became the father of three children.
  • A man asked him if he received more breaks and was given more chances, due to his high-profile status. “More chances and more torture, because it just prolonged the process of my hitting bottom,” Herren said.
  • He stays clean by attending 12 step meetings daily, by surrounding himself with healthy people who care about him and “would call me out if I strayed” and through his faith. A former altar boy who fought his mother about being one, it was the prayers he learned as a child that came flooding back to him when he rock-bottom in June of 2008. That day, he fell on his knees and prayed those prayers. Chris Herren has been praying ever since.

Through the Herren Project (THP), Chris gives hope to others. The Herren Project website says: Taking the first step in the road to recovery can be difficult. The Herren Project can assist you with navigating quality treatment programs, facilities and transitional care solutions.

The mission of THP is to provide assistance in taking the first steps toward recovery and a life of sobriety, educational programs and resources to increase awareness on the signs of addiction and bring hope for a better tomorrow. THP goals are to:

  • Positively impact the lives of those suffering with addiction by providing effective treatment navigation.
  • Educate youth and at-risk populations on the importance of a healthy lifestyle and provide techniques to handle pressure within their lives, their community or their family situation.
  • Provide scholarships to programs, clinics and camps to increase self-confidence, motivation and develop a firm foundation on which to build success.


Note: All quotes are paraphrases, with the exception of “It’s about the first day, not the worst day.”


Looking for York Duke Apparel for holiday gifts?  Here is your chance for easy shopping!  Once a year, the York Athletic Boosters brings the entire inventory of York Apparel from the bookstore to the vestibule of Door 1 at York High School for easy shopping for you.  No ID needed to get to the sale on this day only.  It doesn’t get any easier than this to browse through our complete inventory of York apparel.  This will be everything the bookstore offers – traditional hoodies, sweats, T-shirts, spirit jerseys, cozy flannel pants, hats, gloves, socks, house flags and more. Great gifts for any age –current students or future Dukes. Thursday, December 15th from 11:00-2:30pm and 7-8:30pm at Door #1, York Academic Bldg (west bldg)– Just come to York and you will see our signs!


Please be sure to check the lost and found in Student Services for any items that you have lost during the school year.  Make sure to check with Mrs. Baker for any keys, glasses, jewelry and/or electronics items.  Anything that is still unclaimed on the last day before winter break will be donated.


It's hard to believe that final exams are just over one month away.  Below you will find the Semester One Final Exam schedule with reminders about our final exam policies.  Remember...the best way to find success on final exams is through consistent hard work throughout the semester, so over the next few weeks, stay engaged in your classes and be sure to ask questions as they arise.  Go Dukes.




Dec. 19th


Dec. 20th


Dec. 21st

7:40 - 9:10 AM (90 min.)

Period 8

Period 3

Period 1

9:20 - 10:50 AM (90 min.)

Period 7

Period 2

Period 4

11:00 - 11:50 AM (50 min.)



Make Up

12:00 - 1:30 PM (90 min.)

Period 6

Period 5

Make Up

  • Students should expect to have a Final Exam or Final Project in every class unless otherwise noted on the course syllabus.  Finals count for up to 20% of the semester one grade.
  • Students must take exams during the regular exam period.  No exams will be administered­ early; however, students who have three exams scheduled for one day may arrange to change one by contacting their counselor. Students should not ask their teacher to change an exam period.
  • Students are free to leave campus during times they do not have an exam.  Study areas (Learning Commons and Math Lab) will be open if students have an open period and do not want to leave the building. The TMC will be open until 4:10 on all days for Make Up exams.
  • There will be a 10-minute passing period between consecutive exams.
  • Breakfast will be available from 7:00-9:00 on all three exam days.  Lunch service will be available from 11:00 - 12:00 on Monday and Tuesday.  There will not be lunch service on Wednesday, December 21st.
  • During finals, students in the TLS program and students who attend the Transition Center will meet for an instruction day from 7:40 to 1:30 on Monday and Tuesday and from 7:40 to 11:00 on Wednesday.
  • Buses will run on regular schedules all three mornings.  On Monday and Tuesday afternoon, buses will depart at 1:40 with late buses departing at 3:30 and 6:15.  On Wednesday, buses will depart at 11:00 with late buses departing at 1:40 and 6:15. 

York High School’s ECO Club and the Emerson Earth Ambassadors are collecting broken or old Italian mini lights, traditional rope lights, LED lights from any holiday are accepted, along with extension and appliance cords, as well as computer cables. All may be dropped off in bins located in the lobbies of the “A” and “C” buildings at York or at Emerson School. The program runs now through the end of January. All proceeds will benefit SCARCE, www.scarce.org.


We just wanted to take a moment to thank all of the parents who were able to attend last night's presentation for parents of junior students.  It can be an overwhelming time as your students begin to assert their freedom and begin to think about life beyond York.  We hope that you found the information about college applications, senior courses at York, and standardized tests to be valuable, and we hope that it took some of the fear / apprehension away.  We have added the links to our presentations here either for your reference or in case you were unable to attend.  Thank you again, and we can't wait to see all of the amazing things our kids accomplish as they take their next steps into the world.  Go Dukes.


Below are the dates in which eighth grade parochial students, who are residents of District 205, may shadow a current York student for the entire school day. We will allow up to 30 students per date on a first come, first served basis. Students will be assigned to shadow a York Ambassador. Ambassadors are trained to host students and acquaint them with many aspects of York High School. To request that your child can attend one of the dates, please click the link to sign up.












Important Dates

December 12 Seniors - College of DuPage Information Night 7:00
December 14 Student Late Arrival 9:25
December 15 Student of the Month 7:00
December 19 Final Exams - Periods 8, 7, lunch, 6
December 20 Final Exams - Periods 3, 2, lunch, 5
December 21 Final Exams - Periods 1, 4, make up
December 22 - January 6 No School - Winter Break
January 9 Classes Resume
January 11 Student Late Arrival 9:25
January 16 No School - Martin Luther King Day
January 17 No School - Teacher Institute Day
January 25 Student Late Arrival 9:25
January 31 8th Grade Academic Night 7:00
February 1 Student Late Arrival 9:25

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