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NovaCare Rehabilitation and York team physician Dr. Lawrence Frank will team up to offer free sports physicals only to York student-athletes who will be involved in Duke athletics during 2017-18 (current 8th - 11th graders). Nurse’s Office (see flyer). A parent signature is required on appropriate forms in order to complete the physical. To schedule an appointment, please email Stephanie atswilkins@elmhurst205.org or call 630-617-2499. A $5 donation is suggested to benefit York Athletics.

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Posted by: Kelly Corry
Published: 5/23/17




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Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205 is thrilled to welcome Dr. Bill Daggett of the International Center for Leadership in Education to the community on Monday, August 14. In the afternoon, Dr. Daggett will be the keynote speaker at our opening faculty meeting. That evening, we cordially invite all local parents, community members, school board members, business and community leaders, legislators, and area educators to share with us a unique and exciting opportunity to experience his important message first hand. The festivities begin at 7:00 p.m. in the York High School Commons.
 

Dr. Daggett will discuss the concepts of rigor, relevance and relationships and share some important concepts about his organization's Rigor and Relevance Framework. Most importantly, attendees will be challenged to think about the role of public education as it relates to this country's future and the world economy.  I predict that if you are able to join us, you will never think about "school" the same way again.
 

Clear your calendars now!  I hope to see you then!
 

Dr. David Moyer
Superintendent


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Posted by: Katherine Schroeder, District Admin, Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205
Published: 5/23/17




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Now that prom is in our rear view mirror, finals week and the end of the year are just on the horizon. Last week, we sent out the senior finals schedule, letting you know that the end of year schedule would come out soon. At last night's board meeting, the Board officially amended the calendar for the last day of school. Below is the schedule for the end of the year final exams--Tuesday, May 23rd - Thursday, May 25th. We hope that all of our students continue to have a great semester as the end of the year quickly approaches.

 

Freshman/Sophomore/Junior Final Exams:

 

 

Tuesday,

May 23rd

Wednesday,

May 24th

Thursday,

May 25th

7:40-9:10 (90 Mins)

Period 8

Period 3

Period 1

9:20-10:50 (90 Mins)

Period 7

Period 2

Period 5

11:00-11:50 (50 Mins)

LUNCH

LUNCH

Make Up

12:00-1:30 (90 Mins)

Period 6

Period 4

Make Up

 

  • Students will have a Final Culminating Activity in every class assessed for up to 20% of their semester grade. 
  • The Final Culminating Activity may look different in each course: traditional Final Exam, Final Project, Final Performance, or other Final Culminating Activity as defined by the course team (ex. AP exam).
  • All traditional Final Exams will be given during the Final Exam schedule above.
  • Performance-based or project-based Final Culminating Activities may be due the day prior to the final exam schedule. In this case, students in the class do NOT need to report to that class on Final Exam days.
  • During the Final Exam days, students should NOT report to PE, Study Hall, Guided Study (SPED), Algebra Support, Study Tables, or Resource classes. 
  • The Testing Center will be open during each final exam period for exams that have been rescheduled by a counselor and all extended time tests, and all make-up exams will be given after 1:30 on Tuesday and Wednesday and after 11:00 on Thursday.
  • Students must take exams during the exam period in which they are scheduled. 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.
  • All 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. Students must only be in attendance when they have an exam.
  • 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 - 11:50 on Tuesday and Wednesday; there will be no lunch service on Thursday, May 25th.
  • 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 Tuesday and Wednesday and from 7:40 to 11:00 on Thursday.
  • Buses will run on regular schedules all three mornings. On Tuesday and Wednesday, buses will depart at 1:40 with late buses departing at 3:30 and 5:00. On Thursday, buses will depart at 11:00 with a late bus departing at 3:00.

 

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Posted by: Kelly Corry
Published: 5/22/17




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Go to www.gradimages.com to access graduation photos after the event.

 

 

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Posted by: Kelly Corry
Published: 5/22/17




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Save the Date - Saturday, July 15th from 10am - 5pm at York High School in the commons area.  Come test and choose a bed that's right for you......have it delivered to your house in about 10 days.  Profits go to the York High School Girls Cross Country team, you get a great bed for a great cause!

Lauren DeAngelis

Head Girls Cross Country Coach

ldeangelis@elmhurst205.org

 


 

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Posted by: Kelly Corry
Published: 5/22/17




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Dear Seniors and Parents,

The commencement ceremony is rapidly approaching.  Please be sure to visit the York website for information on tickets, special seating and handicapped parking options.

 

On May 21st, graduates must report to York by 12:00 noon.  At the same time, doors will open for the public. Parking will be very limited, so we encourage you to carpool, if possible. Beginning at 11:50 a.m., we will provide continuous shuttle service from the commercial parking lot located on Rt. 83 near Whole Foods.

 

Commencement Conduct
This has been an outstanding group of seniors and we want to ensure a meaningful experience for you and your family. In that spirit, I want to share the following expectations: 

  • Any member of the graduating class who violates the Board of Education policies or school rules may not be allowed to participate in the ceremony and his/her diploma will also be withheld. A senior who is suspended for any reason on the last day of school will not be able to participate in the commencement ceremony. 
  • If you arrive late, you will not be allowed to participate in the ceremony.
  • If your behavior detracts from the ceremony, you will be removed immediately. If you appear to be under the influence of any intoxicant, or if you are in possession of any material that would detract from or interfere with the dignity of graduation, you will be removed from the graduation ceremony. Items that make noise or otherwise distract from the ceremony will be confiscated, and you will not be allowed to participate in the ceremony. Students will be checked for such items when they arrive at the school.

Ceremony Attire
Our graduates are expected to wear appropriate clothing and shoes to the ceremony. Shorts are not allowed. Men must wear a shirt and tie, and women should be dressed up as well. Casual shoes or flip-flops are not acceptable. If you are not appropriately dressed, you will be sent home to change and will run the risk of missing the ceremony. Graduates should not bring cell phones, cameras, purses, or flowers to the ceremony. Items brought to graduation will be placed in locked storage until after the ceremony. Decorative items or jewelry may not be worn on your graduation cap or gown. 

Parents please remember no balloons will be allowed in the fieldhouse.  Any balloons that are brought must be tied up outside when you arrrive or kept in your car.


Commencement Pictures and Video
The school arranges for a photographer to take pictures of each graduate as diplomas are presented. Go to 
www.gradimages.com to access graduation photos after the event. Please note that during the ceremony, no spectators will be allowed to approach the stage. Parents and guests who wish to take photographs should do so from their seats or before the ceremony. Students will return to the cafeteria to turn in their gowns and receive diplomas immediately after the ceremony. Please remember to take photos prior to the ceremony with your graduate in their cap and gown.  There will be no opportunity after the ceremony.

Please note: for the benefit of out-of-town relatives and friends, the entire ceremony will be streamed live and made available via York’s website on Sunday, May 21, beginning at 1 p.m. It may be viewed by clicking on this link.

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Estimados Estudiantes que se van a graduar y sus Padres/Guardias:

La ceremonia de graduación se está acercando rápidamente. Por favor de visitar la página de York para información sobre boletos, asientos especiales y estacionamiento para personas discapacitadas.

El 21 de mayo, los graduados se reportarán a York a las 12:00 del mediodía. Al mismo tiempo, las puertas también se abrirán al público. El estacionamiento será muy limitado, por favor de compartir un caro si es posible. Comenzando a las 11:50 am, tendremos servicio de transporte continuo desde el estacionamiento de Whole Foods localizado en la Ruta 83.

Conducta durante la Ceremonia

Este ha sido un grupo excepcional de Seniors y queremos asegurar una experiencia significativa para usted y su familia. En ese espíritu, quiero compartir las siguientes expectativas:

  • Cualquier miembro de la clase que se va a graduar que viole las reglas de la Junta de Educación o reglas de la escuela no se le permitirá participar en la ceremonia y su diploma también será retenido. Cualquier estudiante que sea suspendido por cualquier motivo en el último día de clases no podrá participar en la ceremonia de graduación.
  •  Si llega tarde, no se le permitirá participar en la ceremonia.
  • Si su conducta o comportamiento distrae a la ceremonia, lo vamos a sacar de la ceremonia inmediatamente. Si parece estar bajo la influencia de cualquier intoxicante, o si usted está en posesión de cualquier material que pueda distraer o interferir con la dignidad de la graduación, usted será removido de la ceremonia de graduación. Los artículos que hacen ruido y que son una distracción durante la graduación serán confiscados, y no se les permitirá participar en la ceremonia. Los estudiantes serán esculcados y buscaremos por dichos artículos cuando llegan a la escuela.

Vestuario para la Ceremonia

Se espera que nuestros graduados usen ropa y calzado apropiado para la ceremonia. Pantalones cortos (shorts) no están permitidos. Los hombres deben usar una camisa y corbata, y las mujeres deben usar un vestido o pantalones de vestir. Zapatos de gimnasia o chanclas no son aceptables. Si usted no está vestido apropiadamente, se le enviará a casa a cambiarse y corre el riesgo de faltar a la ceremonia. Los graduados no deben de traer teléfonos celulares, cámaras, bolsas, o flores a la ceremonia. Los artículos traídos a la graduación se colocarán en un locker bajo llave hasta después de la ceremonia. Artículos de decoración y joyas no se pueden usar en su gorra o bata (cap and gown) de graduación.

Padres por favor recuerden que globos no serán permitidos en el field house (ceremonia). Todos los globos tendrán que ser amarados afuera o déjelos en su carro.

Fotos y video de la Ceremonia

La escuela organiza un fotógrafo para tomar fotos de cada graduado cuando los diplomas se presentan. Visite www.gradimages.com para acceder a las fotos de graduación después del evento. Por favor, tenga en cuenta que durante la ceremonia, ningún espectador podrá acercarse al escenario. Los padres e invitados que deseen tomar fotografías deben hacerlo desde sus asientos o antes de la ceremonia. Los estudiantes regresarán a la cafetería para entregar sus vestidos y recibir diplomas inmediatamente después de la ceremonia. Por favor recuerde tomar fotos antes de la ceremonia con su graduado en su gorra y bata. No habrá oportunidad después de la ceremonia.
Tenga en cuenta que para el beneficio de familiares y amigos de fuera de la ciudad, toda la ceremonia se transmitirá en vivo y se pondrá a disposición en el sitio web de York el domingo 21 de mayo, a partir de las 1 pm. Puede verse haciendo clic en este enlace.​​​​​​​
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Posted by: Kelly Corry
Published: 5/16/17




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Cram for Exams at the Elmhurst Public Library. Saturday, May 20 through Wednesday, May 24. Click here for details: http://elmlib.org/teen

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Posted by: Kelly Corry
Published: 5/16/17




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Commencement for the Class of 2017 is scheduled for Sunday, May 21 at 1:00 p.m. in the Joe Newton Field House at York High School.  The graduation ceremony is our last opportunity to celebrate your accomplishments at York and we want to make this a memorable event for you and your family.  Please take a few moments to review the following important information.

 

On May 21st, graduates must report to York by 12:00 noon.  At the same time, doors will open for the public. Parking will be very limited, so we encourage you to carpool, if possible. Beginning at 11:50 a.m., we will provide continuous shuttle service from the commercial parking lot located on Rt. 83 near Whole Foods.

Graduation Tickets
Each graduate will receive six tickets. Please note that no one will be admitted to the ceremony without a ticket.  Tickets will be distributed after graduation practice on May 19th.  Handicapped seating will be available.  Please note if you request 2 handicapped seats, that will be counted as part of your six tickets.  Please fill out this form to request handicapped seating.  For special parking requests, please contact the main office at 617-2400. 

We recognize that graduation is a special time for families and that sometimes families need more than 6 tickets for the ceremony. For those families who will need additional tickets, please fill out the extra ticket request form.  We will process extra ticket requests after Monday, May 8th.  We will do our best to accommodate as many of the request within reason.  Graduation will also be available to be viewed on line for those families who are unable to attend in person.

Senior Checkout and Cap and Gown Pickup
Senior checkout and cap and gown distribution will be held in the South Gym on Friday, May 19th, from 8:00 a.m. until 11:30am.  All senior obligations must be paid by this day in order to receive their cap and gown.  If you have an outstanding obligation, you have recently received a letter from Assistant Principal McGuire.

Mandatory Graduation Rehearsal
There will be a mandatory graduation rehearsal on Friday, May 19th at 12:45 p.m. Students must be in attendance at the rehearsal in order to participate in the graduation ceremony.

It is important to note that participation in the graduation ceremony is voluntary. If you choose not to participate in the ceremony, your parent must notify the school in writing.  Please submit this correspondence to Kelly Corry in the Principal’s Office no later than 3:00 p.m. on Thursday, May 18th.

 

Scholarship Information for Graduation Program
As part of the graduation program, we want to recognize all seniors who have been awarded scholarships by the college they plan to attend and by other agencies. To ensure that we recognize all awards, please provide us with your scholarship information by completing the Awards/Scholarship form by Monday, May 8th.  We have the information on scholarships presented at York High School during our awards nights.  Therefore, you do not need to provide this information again.

 

If you have any questions about Commencement, please reply to this email or contact the main office at 630-617-2400.

Sincerely,
 

Erin DeLuga
Principal

                                                                          

Drew McGuire
Assistant Principal

 

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Graduación para la clase de 2017 está programada para el domingo, 21 de mayo a la 1:00 pm en el Joe Newton Field House en la Secundaria York. La ceremonia de graduación es nuestra última oportunidad de celebrar sus logros en York. Compartimos su deseo de hacer este un evento memorable para usted y su familia. Por favor tome unos minutos para revisar la siguiente información importante.

 

El 21 de mayo, los graduados se reportarán a York a las 12:00 del mediodía y las puertas también se abrirán al público a las 12:00 mediodía. El estacionamiento será muy limitado, por favor de compartir un caro si es posible. Comenzando a las 11:50 am, tendremos servicio de transporte continuo desde el estacionamiento de Whole Foods localizado en la Ruta 83.

 

Boletos de Graduación

Cada estudiante que se va a graduar recibirá seis boletos. Tenga en cuenta: no se permitirá la entrada a la ceremonia sin boleto. Los boletos serán distribuidos después de la práctica de graduación el 19 de mayo. Si usted pide dos asientos para personas con deseabilidades esos boletos son parte de sus seis boletos. Por favor de llenar esta forma para solicitar boletos para personas con deseabilidades.  Para hacer arreglos especiales de estacionamiento favor de llamar al 630-617-2400.

 

Reconocemos que la graduación es un momento especial para las familias y que a veces las familias necesitan más de 6 boletos.  Para aquellas familias que necesitan boletos adicionales, por favor llene el formulario de solicitud de boletos adicionales (extra ticket request form). Procesaremos solicitudes de boletos adicionales después del lunes, 8 de mayo. Haremos todo lo posible para tratar de llenar todas las solicitudes pidiendo extra boletos, siempre y cuando sean dentro de razón. Graduación también estará disponible vía internet para aquellas familias que no pueden asistir en persona.

 

Gorra y Bata (Caps and Gowns)

Distribución de gorra y bata se llevarán a cabo en el Gimnasio del Sur el viernes, 19 de mayo de las 8:00am a las 11:30am. Todas las cuentas de los Seniors deben de estar pagadas para este día para poder recibir su gorra y bata. Si usted tiene una cuenta que tiene que ser pagada, usted recibió una carta del Asistente Director McGuire.

Ensayo de Graduación Obligatorio

 

Habrá un ensayo de graduación obligatorio el viernes 19 de mayo a las 12:45pm. Los estudiantes deben estar presentes en el ensayo si van a participar en la ceremonia de graduación.

Es importante saber que la participación en la ceremonia de graduación es voluntaria. Si decide no participar en la ceremonia, los padres deben notificar a la escuela por escrito. Por favor, envíe una nota a Kelly Corry en la oficina de la Directora antes de las 3:00pm del jueves 18 de mayo.

Información de Becas para el Programa de GraduaciónComo parte del programa de graduación, queremos reconocer a todos los estudiantes que se van a graduar y que han recibido becas de la universidad que planean asistir y por otras agencias. Para asegurarse de que reconocemos a todos los estudiantes con becas, por favor mande su información de becas para el lunes, 8 de mayo.  Tenemos la información sobre becas presentadas en la Secundaria York durante nuestras noches de premios. Por lo tanto, no es necesario darnos esta información.
Si usted tiene alguna pregunta acerca de la ceremonia, por favor responda a este correo electrónico o llame a la oficina al 630-617-2400.
Sinceramente,  
Erin DeLuga
Directora                                                
Drew McGuire
Asistente Director
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Posted by: Kelly Corry
Published: 5/11/17




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When prom is the talk of the town, you know the end of the year is near. Below you will find the senior final exam schedule. We anticipate that the last day of school will be approved at the Board meeting on Tuesday, and following that approval, we will be able to publish the end of the year final exam schedule. Thank you for your patience, and we wish all of our Dukes well as we enter the final stretch toward graduation.
 

Senior Final Exam Schedule (90 minute periods)

Schedule

Tuesday, May 16th

Wednesday, May 17th

7:40 - 9:10

Period 2

Period 4

9:20 - 10:50

Period 3

Period 5

10:55 – 11:50

LUNCH

LUNCH

11:55 – 1:25

Period 6

Period 7

1:35 – 3:06

Period 1

Period 8

 

  • All freshmen, sophomores, and juniors also follow this schedule, but will not be taking final exams unless enrolled in a course that contains primarily seniors. The instructor will provide the underclassmen ample notice in this instance.
  • All buses run on their normal schedule. This includes late/activity buses.
  • During senior finals, only those with off campus privileges are allowed off campus. There are a number of options for studying and receiving academic help during all periods, including the lunch periods. Academic resource areas such as the Learning Commons and Math Lab will be open and staffed throughout the day. The Commons/Cafeteria will be open and staffed during all lunch periods.

 

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Posted by: Kelly Corry
Published: 5/11/17




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It is great pride and pleasure that York alumni come back to the York Stage for this one night only musical, Godspell. Tickets for this one night only musical are on sale May 15 at https://www.ticketpeak.com/res/yorkdramaHeading the cast are Michael St. Peter (BA, Vocal Performance, Juilliard) and James Mueller (BA, Dance, Luther) as Jesus and Judas. The cast is rounded out with other phenomenal talent, including Kelsey Roberts (Syracuse University, BFA Musical Theatre), Grace Sopko (Drake University, Musical Theatre), Helen Knudsen ( Roosevelt University, BA Vocal Performance),  Darcy Kummerow (Ballstate University, Dance) Zachary Triska (College-Conservatory of Music,  University of Cincinatti, Musical Theatre), Chris Knudsen (Point Park University, Musical Theatre), Laura Thoresen (Roosevelt University, Musical Theatre), Eddie Maciejewski (Oklahoma University, Musical Theatre), Jackie Salgado (Illinois Wesleyan, Musical Theatre),  Kaitlin Cadagin and Brian Kulaga (Illinois State University), and Krissy Delahanty (Marymount Manhattan, Stage Management).

 

The Alumni Program was started to support our young actors who are pursuing a career in the arts. In a community that supports the arts to the fullest, it has been a spectacular and enriching opportunity for all involved.

 

James Mueller, Judas, states “This program and the people in it have had a huge impact on me as an artist and as a person. Godspell is a show about building community. Through storytelling, the characters create a singular group identity through which they find compassion, support, and most importantly love. By nurturing these characteristics within each other we as the audience begin to see the characters change, grow, and let their light shine. This is also true of the Elmhurst community. We are all so fortunate and to be a part of it”.

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Posted by: Kelly Corry
Published: 5/11/17




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With only a few weeks left until the last day of school, it’s time to take stock of your child(ren)’s lunch balance(s). To access their MySchoolBucks account(s), please visit the Café 205 page and click on the MySchoolBucks link. For those who have a positive balance, please know that at the end of the year your student’s account will roll over to the next school year (and be transferred to his/her new location, if they are moving schools within District 205).

Families with a senior at York High School may transfer an unused balance to a sibling. If there are no siblings remaining in District 205, the cutoff for refund requests will be this Friday, May 12. Those requests need to be made to Director of Food Services Cheryl Spencer at 630-617-2436 or Eileen Carroll at 630-617-2467. Balances under $5 will not be refunded.

For parents that use automatic replenish for lunch accounts, please know that MySchoolBucks will stay up and running during the summer to accept payments. If you use auto payment and don’t want money deducted during the summer, you will need to turn off that feature and then remember to re-activate it again in August. Questions may be directed to the MySchoolBucks Parent Helpline at 855-832-5226.

 

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Posted by: Katherine Schroeder, District Admin, Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205
Published: 5/9/17




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The concert will honor members of the graduating class of 2017, and will feature a variety of music including selections from Beauty and the Beast, The Wizard of Oz, The Patriot and Game of Thrones. Featured soloists include violinists Karlene Stanton and Maya Wlodarczyk as well as Lily Martinez on piano and harpsichord. A student cello quartet will also perform. The orchestras are directed by Ray Ostwald. The performance is in Baker Auditorium at York High School. Admission is free, but all are encouraged to bring a non-perishable food item to donate to a local food pantry. A reception honoring the student musicians will follow the concert in the cafeteria.

 

 

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Posted by: Kelly Corry
Published: 5/8/17




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The concert will honor the graduating class of 2017, and will feature junior Concerto Competition Winner Tessa Vermeulen performing the François Borne’s Fantasie Brillante for Flute and Orchestra on Themes from Bizet’s “Carmen.”  The Orchestra will perform Béla Bartók’sRumanian Folk Dances, highlights from Edward Grieg’s Peer Gynt Suite, the finale from Antonin Dvorák’s New World Symphony and “Jupiter” from Gustav Holst’s The Planets. Other featured student musicians include Ella Lee, Elizabeth Mazzocco and Jenna Garcia (violin), Linnea Dierksheide (harp), Gabe Lewis, Jack Gornick and Gabriela Uribe (clarinet), Brian Strauch and Siena Olson (horn), Emmett O’Brien (trumpet), Kate DesBiens (oboe) and Amy Choi (piccolo). The York Symphony Orchestra is directed by Ray Ostwald, but will also be led by student conductors Andrew French and Elizabeth Mazzocco. The performance is in Baker Auditorium at York High School. Admission is free, but all are encouraged to bring a non-perishable food item to donate to a local food pantry. A reception honoring the students will follow the concert in the cafeteria.

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Published: 5/8/17




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Parents and Guardians of Junior Students:

Scores from the ISBE-provided April SAT® School Day administration will be available to students through the College Board Reporting Portal via their College Board Student Account beginning this week. 

 

Most students who tested on April 5th will have scores available as early as today; however, some scores will be released later for reasons that include participation in the later accommodations testing window or on the makeup testing date, late receipt of answer sheets, missing information on the answer sheet, or other exception conditions that require additional attention. If a score is not available, students should check the Portal periodically for updates. The Portal will update daily as additional individual student scores are released. Scores for students who submitted a “Request to Cancel Test Scores” form will not be available in the Portal.

 

York and other high schools throughout the state will not have access to an individual student scores for several weeks; therefore, CollegeBoard has provided the directions listed below to create a College Board Student Account since this account is the only way for families to access their student's scores.

  1. Create a College Board Student Account.  If students are creating their College Board account for the first time, go to studentscores.collegeboard.org and click Sign Up to create an account. Students should use their full legal name that matches what the school has on file. They should be prepared to provide basic information, including gender, date of birth, email address, high school name, expected high school graduation date, and zip code. The account will be created. Continue to step #2.
  2. View Scores in the College Board Reporting Portal:  To view scores, students will go to studentscores.collegeboard.org and sign in.  If their scores are not shown, continue to step #3.
  3. Match College Board Student Account and Registration:  If a student is signed in but doesn’t see their scores, it means CollegeBoard was not able to link their score report and account automatically. For security reasons, a student must verify additional information before they can display their scores.  They will need either their SAT registration number or their State Student ID number.  To match, they will
    • Click Add Score(s)
    • Review the personal information.
      • If any information is incorrect, click Update to revise. Students will be prompted to reenter their password.
      • If the information is correct, click Get My Scores.
      • If a match is still not found, students will be prompted to provide either their test information, including their test date and registration number, or their State Student ID number.
        • To use test information to match, they will select SAT as their test.  Enter “2017” as the test year. And, enter their SAT Registration Number. Click Get My Scores.
        • To use your State Student ID number to match, students will enter their State Student ID.  Click Get My Scores.
        • If your student no longer has his/her testing ticket on which is both the registration and the State Student ID number, please stop by Student Services, and we can provide your student that information. 

There may still be cases in which a student is not able to view their scores using the steps above because the information is too different or the scores have not yet been finalized. If students cannot view their scores, they should call the College Board’s Student SAT Help Line at 1-866-756-7346.​​​​​​​

Ryan Doherty
Assistant Principal Curriculum and Instruction

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Posted by: Kelly Corry
Published: 5/8/17




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The last day of school was approved at the April 25 Board of Education meeting. Due to a mild winter, and no other weather-related incidents, the five emergency days which are built into the school calendar, have not been used. Below are the student dismissal dates and times. The 2016-17 End-of-Year Calendar contains helpful information about final exams and 8th grade promotion times.

May 25 - Last day of attendance for York High School freshmen, sophomores and juniors at the conclusion of exams.

May 31 - Last day of attendance for Early Childhood and AM/PM kindergarten students. Last day of attendance for 8th grade students.

June 1 - Last day of school for grades 1-5; early dismissal at 11:15 AM. Last day of school for grades 6 and 7; early dismissal at 11:35 AM.

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Posted by: Melea Smith, District Admin, Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205
Published: 5/4/17




Audience: Homepage

This afternoon at about 1:25 District 205 staff, students and families were sent messages with the Subject: xxxxxx Has shared a document on Google Docs with you.
 

DO NOT OPEN THESE EMAILS - DELETE THE EMAIL WITHOUT CLICKING ON ANYTHING!

 

When and if we have any updates, we will notify families and staff.

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Posted by: Katherine Schroeder, District Admin, Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205
Published: 5/3/17




Audience: Homepage

The York Album Project is a diverse group of musicians from York High School that has collaborated to write, record and release this third album of all original material. The new album features 23 different tracks, 16 recorded at York, which were written and recorded during the 2016-17 school year. Produced by York music teacher Chris Gemkow, with the support of Audio Engineer Tim Flynn, of Audio Wall Studio in Lombard, this album was released today and continues to highlight the incredible musical talent that exists at York High School.

Released last week, Music As One (2017) is available to download for $10 (includes unlimited streaming) via Bandcamp at yorkalbumproject.bandcamp.com. CDs will be available for $10 at the Album Release Party on Sunday, May 6th, at Schuba’s on Southport & Belmont downtown (specific details here). The show is for all ages and will start at 12 PM; admission is $5.

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Posted by: Kelly Corry
Published: 5/2/17




Audience: MaryAnn Patti, Health Services (Nurses) and Homepage

This is a reminder that you or your student must pick up his or her medication(s) before summer break.  Controlled substance prescription medications must be picked up by a parent or guardian.  Medication that is not picked up prior to June 6th will be disposed of.

 

A physician’s order and the parent permission form to administer medication are valid for one academic year only, and must be resubmitted on a yearly basis. 

Forms may be downloaded at Elmhurst 205.org

 

Please e-mail questions to: phatz@elmhurst205.org or Anassopoulos@Elmhurst205.org  You may also call our office at:  630-617-2435. The office will be closed June 6th through August 1st.

 

Have a wonderful summer!

 

Sincerely,

 

Pat Hatz, RN, MSN, NCSN 

District Nurse
 

Anthanasia Nassopoulos, RN                                            

District Nurse                                                                   

 

 

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Posted by: MaryAnn Patti
Published: 5/1/17




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The City of Elmhurst’s Commission on Youth honored 73 young volunteers at its annual Exemplary Youth Service Awards program, on Wednesday, April 26, at Sandburg Middle School. Featured speakers were York High School students and 2016 Exemplary Volunteer Service award winners Ella Pittman, Brenna Bohaboy and Christina Sapata.

Named as Exemplary Youth Volunteers were the following individuals: Eisleigh Harding, Benjamin Hoffmann, Elizabeth Maloney, Theodore Miller and Maria Muehleis. Exemplary groups were: The Dependent Clauses, Kartwheels for Kids and the York Community High School Garden Club. A link to the Exemplary Youth Service Awards program is available below.


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 nominees range in age from elementary through high school. Eight groups and 13 individuals were nominated for this year’s awards. Serving as distinguished judges were Diane McGinnis, Director of Community and Government Relations for Edward-Elmhurst Healthcare; Marti Deuter, First Ward Alderman; and Elmhurst Police Deputy Chief Michael McLean.

The program will air on the Elmhurst government access channels (Comcast Channel 6 and AT&T Channel 99) on Fridays at 5:00 PM, beginning on May 5, and Sundays at 6 PM throughout the month of May
and will also be available for viewing on www.ElmhurstTV.com.


Pictured above are Ted Miller and his nominator Meg March (with husband Harold March), as well as The Dependent Clauses - both recipients of 2017 Exemplary Youth Service Awards, sponsored by the Elmhurst Commission on Youth.

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Posted by: Melea Smith, District Admin, Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205
Published: 5/1/17




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Duke Decision Day is Monday, May 1st during all lunch periods in the Commons.  It is an annual York event, sponsored by the College & Career Resource Center and the PTSA Academic Boosters. This event celebrates the symbolic commitment to the college, military or post-secondary plans.
 
Wear your college and/or military spirit wear to school and place a marker on the giant map to share your post high school decision.  Class pens are given to participating seniors by the PTSA Academic Boosters. Freshman year scholarship information will also be collected by the College & Career Resource Center.  All students are invited to stop by and see what the future holds for the Class of 2017.

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Posted by: Kelly Corry
Published: 4/26/17




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Morgan Taylor and Emmanuel Utomi were honored by IPA during a breakfast on April 24. These students were honored for making positive contributions, for achieving high academic goals and demonstrating enthusiastic school spirit.  They show a positive attitude towards classmates and possess strength of character and courage to do what is right.

 

The DuPage Region of the Illinois Principals Association congratulates these students and celebrate their success.

 


 

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Posted by: Kelly Corry
Published: 4/25/17




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Congratulations to the following students on their acceptance into the National Technical Honor Society. The mission of NTHS is to honor student achievement and leadership in career and technical education, promote educational excellence, award scholarships, and enhance career opportunities for the NTHS membership. Students were honored at a Breakfast on April 21st.

 

2017 NTHS Inductees

Mikayla Castora

Collin Czech

Robert Dirmish

Ruthvik Done

Samantha Flesch

Patrick Garlow

Daniel Greetis

Abigail Gundrum

Jolene Gundrum

Christopher Halka

Kevin Homan

Nathan Lyons

Anthony Martin

Joseph Orrico

Kevin Rachwalski

Ryan Ross

Iqra Shaikh

Kevin Waller

 


 

 
 
 
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Posted by: Kelly Corry
Published: 4/24/17




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Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205 Superintendent Dr. David Moyer joins more than 400 school chiefs from across the state, representing 1.35 million students, in calling for the Illinois General Assembly to immediately pass a state budget. The grassroots initiative - called “Pass Illinois’ Budget!” - also urges lawmakers and Governor Rauner to improve the state’s education funding formula, and pay school districts millions of dollars owed in unpaid bills this year.

As legislators return to Springfield following their spring break, school districts are using school marquees to share their frustration with the state budget crisis and taking to social media with a call to #PassILBudget. As of April 24, 2017, the state now owes District 205 $3,670,579 and has been operating without a full budget for the past 22 months.

“I stand with over 400 superintendents from across the state in a call for action,” said Dr. Moyer. “We need to end the impasse now and move forward with a budget that will serve the two million K-12 Illinois public school students who represent our future.”

The superintendents are calling on members of the Illinois General Assembly and the Governor to do the following:

  • Immediately, and with bipartisan support, end the state budget impasse.
  • Improve the state’s education funding formula and invest in students and schools, including higher education, throughout the state.
  • Pay school districts what they are owed this year.

While K-12 education has benefited from a partially-funded state budget, Illinois schools, students, families, and communities will continue to suffer without a full state budget. Districts will continue to struggle if “Mandated Categoricals,” state payments which support special education, bilingual education, transportation, and other important services, do not get paid this year. District 205 has not received three categorical payments this year. Here are the largest funds due:

  • Transportation -$990,078.06
  • Special Education - $2,616,602.18
  • State Free Lunch - $1,818.25
  • Driver’s Education - $22,080.28
  • Early Childhood - $40,000.00

State revenue accounts for about 8.13 percent of District 205’s operating budget or $9,341,790. The General State Aid payments, which support general operating expenses, are being paid on time, however, the categorical payments are not. District 205 has not received any categorical payments this year with the exception of one late quarter payment from last fiscal year.

"Because this money reimburses costs to existing programming, and because the majority of these services are required by law, the District will likely have to consider either spending down its fund balance, which is an unsustainable solution, or study options to reduce spending in other programming areas in which discretionary decisions are possible," noted Dr. Moyer.

More than 400 superintendents, representing 66 percent of Illinois’ public school students from Carbondale to Chicago to Rockford have joined the effort. Please see press release link below to view the list. Please also reference the Frequently Asked Questions document via the link below.

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Posted by: Melea Smith, District Admin, Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205
Published: 4/24/17




Audience: Homepage

The York Prom will take place on Saturday, April 22, 2017, at the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago.  This letter contains important information for students and parents.  To purchase a Prom ticket, students must follow this new procedure:

 

1. Fill out the Prom Ticket Request form (using their Elmhurst205 account) at bit.ly/york prom17 and obtain a confirmation number.  Every student who plans to attend Prom must complete his/her own information form.  (If you are bringing a non-York guest, you must complete the guest information).

2. Have this letter filled out and signed, and then present it at the time the ticket is purchased.

 

Prom will begin at 7 p.m. and end at 11 p.m.  Bus service on a luxury coach will be provided and required to and from the museum.  The luxury coaches will leave York High School at 5:45 p.m.  Check-in will begin at 5:15 p.m. York High School does not permit the use of limousines to drop students off at school.

 

This all-inclusive evening includes transportation to and from the Prom, a strolling dinner and dessert reception, soft drinks, and dancing at MSI.  Tickets for the Prom may be purchased in the bookstore from March 20th through April 13th.  During the first week (March 20-24), tickets will only be available for seniors to purchase.  At this time, seniors have the option to buy a ticket for one guest (who does not need to be a senior), but both tickets must be purchased at the same time.  Juniors may purchase tickets during the remaining two weeks after spring break (April 3-13).  The Prom ticket price is $110 per person.  Payment is by cash or checks (payable to Beck’s Bookstore) only.  No tickets will be sold after Thursday, April 13th.  

 

The Post Prom cruise aboard the Odyssey has been arranged by the PTSA.  The optional cruise continues to be a very popular option and, once again, promises to complete a memorable night.  Tickets for Post Prom are $35 per person.  The Post Prom cruise boards at 12 a.m. and ends at 2:30 a.m.  The Post Prom buses will return to York around 3:15 am, buses for students not attending Post Prom will return around 11:45 pm.  Tickets for Post Prom may also be purchased in the bookstore, and all bus assignments will be made on a first-come, first-served basis.  Only the first 712 students will be able to attend Post Prom.  (We have a total capacity of 916 for Prom).  The PTSA has generously agreed to pay for the luxury buses to help keep the combined cost of Prom and Post Prom at $145 per person.  Funding is available through the York Student Enrichment Team (YSET) for seniors only who are experiencing financial difficulty.  Please have your senior student contact his/her counselor or social worker for an application.  For further YSET information, please contact Bonnie Salvo, York social worker and YSET member, at 630-617-2421 or via email at bsalvo@elmhurst205.org.  

 

All school rules regarding conduct, alcohol, tobacco, etc. will be enforced at this function (see Student Handbook for rules). Noncompliance with these rules will result in removal from the dance, parental contact, and all appropriate disciplinary action. All rules apply to students and their guests.  The dress code is formal.  Any student whose attire is deemed inappropriate by the administration will not be given a refund.  Students are not permitted to bring large purses or bags on the bus, and all carry-on items will be subject to inspection.

 

If a junior or senior student is purchasing a ticket for a guest from another school, the guest and parent/guardian must complete and sign a separate Guest Request Form available in the Dean’s Office.  York students must accompany their non-York guests at all times throughout the evening, including Post Prom.

 

Due to our binding contracts with MSI, Coach USA, and the Odyssey cruise company, we will be unable to provide refunds for students who choose not to attend Prom or Post-Prom after April 13, 2017.

 

Sincerely,           

Drew McGuire, Assistant Principal for Finance and Student Activities           

Matt Moran, Prom Sponsor

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La Secundaria York tendrá su prom el sábado, 22 de abril, 2017 en el Museo de Ciencia e Industria. Esta carta contiene información importante para los estudiantes y los padres.  Para comprar un boleto a prom, estudiantes tendrán que seguir estas nuevas guías:

 

  1. Llene la forma “Prom Ticket Request Form” forma para comprar un boleto de prom (usando su cuenta de Elmhurst205) al http://bit.ly/yorkprom17 y obtenga un
    número de confirmación.  TODOS los estudiantes que van a atender a prom tienen que llenar una forma con su información.  (Si van a traer un invitado que no atienda la Secundaria York tienen que llenar la información del invitado) (guest information)
  2. Tengan esta carta completa y firmada, y preséntenla cuando valla a comprar su
    boleto.  

Prom comenzará a las 7pm y terminará a las 11pm.  El servicio de autobuses de lujo será proporcionado y necesario para ir y regresar del museo.  Los autobuses de lujo saldrán de la Secundaria York a las 5:45pm.  Pueden entrar a los autobuses comenzando a las 5:15pm.  La Secundaria York no permite el uso de limusinas para dejar a los estudiantes en la escuela.

 

Esta noche es de todo incluido, incluye el transporte de ida y vuelta a Prom, una cena y postre en la recepción, refrescos, y baile en el museo. Los boletos para Prom pueden ser comprados en la librería (bookstore) comenzando el  20 de marzo hasta el 13 de abril.  Durante la primera semana (20-24 de marzo) solo los seniors (estudiantes en el cuarto año) podrán comprar boletos.  Durante este tiempo los seniors podrán comprar su boleto y un boleto para un invitado/a que no tiene que ser senior, los dos boletos tiene que ser comprados al mismo tiempo.  Los juniors (estudiantes en el tercer año) pueden comprar boletos las siguientes dos semanas después de vacaciones de primavera (3-13 de abril).  El costo del boleto es $110 por persona.  Puede ser pagado en efectivo o cheques (a nombre de Beck’s Bookstore) solamente.  No se venderán boletos después del jueves, 13 de abril. 

El crucero después de Prom será abordo el Barco Odyssey y ha sido organizado por el PTSA. El crucero opcional sigue siendo una opción muy popular y una vez más promete ser una noche memorable. Costo para el crucero es $ 35 por persona.  Abordamos el barco a las 12 a.m. y se termina las 2:30a.m. Los autobuses de lujo regresan a York alrededor de las 3:15 am, el autobús para los estudiantes que no van al crucero regresara a las 11:45pm.  Los boletos para el crucero también pueden ser comprados en la librería, y los asientos en el autobús son asignados a los que compran primero se les sirve primero. Solamente las primeras 712 personas serán capaces de asistir después de Prom en el barco (Tenemos una capacidad total de 916 personas para Prom).  El PTSA ha accedido generosamente a pagar por los autobuses de lujo para ayudar a mantener el costo combinado del curso y Prom a $ 145 por persona. Ayuda financiera está disponible a través del grupo York Student Enrichment Team (YSET)  para los estudiantes en cuarto año (Seniors) que están experimentando dificultades financieras. Por favor, haga que su estudiante  se ponga en contacto con su  consejera o trabajadora social para una aplicación de ayuda financiera. Para más información sobre YSET, por favor, póngase en contacto con Bonnie Salvo, trabajadora social de York y miembro de YSET, al 630-617-2421 o por correo electrónico a bsalvo@elmhurst205.org.

Todas las reglas escolares sobre el aspecto a la conducta, el alcohol, el tabaco, etc., son aplicables a esta función (revise el Manual de los Estudiante sobre las reglas). Estudiantes que no siguán las reglas resultara en eliminación de la danza, el contacto con los padres, y todas las medidas disciplinarias correspondientes. Todas las reglas se aplican a los estudiantes y sus invitados. El código de vestir es formal. Si el estudiante no se viste apropiadamente basado en la opinión de la administración,  no se le dará un reembolso. No se les permite traer bolsas grades en el autobús  y todos los artículos estarán sujetos a inspección.

 

Si un estudiante de tercer o cuarto año (Junior o Senior) compra  un boleto para un invitado de otra escuela, el huésped y el padre / tutor debe completar y firmar una forma de solicitud de huéspedes (Guest Request Form) que serán disponible en la Oficina del Decano. Estudiantes de York deben acompañar a su invitado en todo momento durante la noche, incluyendo durante el barco.

 

Debido a nuestros contratos con el museo, Coach USA, y  Odyssey no somos capaces de dar reembolsos para los estudiantes que no deseen asistir a Prom o al barco después del 13 de abril,  2017.

 

Sinceramente,

 

Drew McGuire

Matt Moran

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Posted by: Kelly Corry
Published: 4/18/17




Audience: Homepage

Please fill out this form to be entered into the Student Parking Lottery by April 28th at 3:00pm. The cost of parking next year will be $156.00 which will need to be paid in full before the end of this school year.  Students in curriculum programs such as invite to teach, med careers and career internship are given priority.  All other senior students will be entered into a random drawing.  Students that are not awarded a spot will be placed on a waiting list.  You will be notified before the end of this school year about your parking status for next year.  Students who enter the lottery must hold a valid driver's license at the start of the 2017-2018 school year.  

Students who live within an established boundary close to the high school will not be allowed parking privileges at York.  That area includes the streets south of the Northwestern/Metra railroad tracks, west of Cottage Hill, east of Route 83 and north of Vallette. 

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Posted by: Kelly Corry
Published: 4/18/17




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The District 205 Foundation offers a variety of gifts and keepsakes that celebrate York and make perfect graduation gifts. A 10-pack of York High School notecards with envelopes are perfect for graduation announcements or thank you notes. Surprise your student with a hand crafted pewter ornament of York's facade. And for a lasting gift that commemorates the York experience, a paver brick with a personal engraved message can be  purchased and installed in the paver patio outside of the Academic Building.  Give a gift that lasts with all proceeds benefiting Foundation programs that impact every school and enhance the education of all  students.  Visit http://www.elmhurst205.org/foundation_gifts for more information and to make a purchase.
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Posted by: Kelly Corry
Published: 4/18/17




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On Friday, April 21, the York Symphonic Band and Symphony Orchestra are very excited to perform on the magnificent and historic Armour Stage of Orchestra Hall at Symphony Center in Chicago. The performances are free and open to the public and we’d love to see as many family and friends attend this unique performance opportunity as possible. Each performance is approximately twenty minutes in length. Orchestra Hall was designed by renowned architect Daniel Burnham and built in 1904. You can learn more at this link.

 

Symphony Center is located at: 220 S. Michigan Ave. Chicago, IL 60604

 

Below are the performance and clinic times for both ensembles.

 

Band (Michael Pavlik, director)

Warm Up – 9:35 AM

Performance – 10:10 AM on the main stage of Symphony Center

Clinic – 10:45 AM (location tba)

 

Orchestra (Ray Ostwald, director)

Warm Up - 11:55 AM

Performance - 12:30 PM on the main stage of Symphony Center

Clinic – 1:40 PM (location tba)

 

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Posted by: Kelly Corry
Published: 4/18/17




Audience: Homepage and Student Council

The Blood Drive will be held in the South Gym on Thursday, April 20. Sign up to donate on this Google FormIf you are a York student (even if you are 18), you must pick up a permission slip outside of room A323 or print one out here and bring it with you to your appointment. You must bring an ID with you to your appointment.

 

If you are an adult, please bring an ID with you.
 

All donors must be 16+ years old and 110+ pounds.

 

Further information: Mr. Moran or Ms. Fleming

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Posted by: Katherine Schroeder
Published: 4/18/17




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The York Student Council is again sponsoring a Senior Citizen Prom on Sunday, May 7, 2017 from 2 to 4 PM in the York High School Cafeteria/Commons, 355 W. St. Charles Road, Elmhurst. Take a stroll down memory lane with live music from the Ballroom Big Band. All senior citizens, as well as their friends and family members are invited. Attendees are asked to RSVP to Student Council sponsor Matt Moran at MMoran@elmhurst205.org or 630-617-2400 x7285. Please leave a message that includes your name and the number of people who will be attending.

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Posted by: Kelly Corry
Published: 4/18/17




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Congratulations to York students who participated in the Family Career and Community Leaders of America state competitions in Springfield, IL on April 6th and 7th.  FCCLA is a Career and Technical Student Organization that provides personal growth, leadership development, and career preparation opportunities for students in Family and Consumer Sciences education. Students developed presentations, demonstrated skills, and showcased knowledge in areas such as nutrition, fashion, food production and design, children's literature, interior design, and professional careers. Students received individual awards based on their overall score.

 

The following students received a gold medal in their competition category: Nina Fabrizius, Ayanna Johnson, Lauren Noonan, Olivia Becker, Jamie Killian, Jenna Gallichio, Caitlyn Rambo, Meghan Sly, and Elena Vezmar.

 

The following students received a silver medal in their competition category: Ally Geary, Isabella Lopiano, Allison Evans, Mei Giuffre, Jolene Gundrum, Madison Miller  (national qualifier), Gabriella Purpora, Katie Strawbridge, Ellaby Rohde, Iqra Shaikh (national qualifier), Christine Millins, Clarissa Gecey, Julianna Gecey, Samantha Flesch, and Kevin Homan

 

The following students received a bronze medal in their competition category: Allison Stramel

 

 

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Posted by: Kelly Corry
Published: 4/18/17




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The tradition continues with this year’s sixth annual Top Pizza Taste of Elmhurst on April 27, from 5:30-7:30 PM in the York High School Commons, sponsored by the District 205 Foundation for Educational Excellence. Elmhurst restaurants and pizzerias will be showcasing their traditional, specialty varieties and gluten-free pizza pies. The $10 entrance fee allows attendees to taste the variety of vendor offerings and vote for their favorites. The event will also feature raffles and musical entertainment.

This is a great family fundraising event that allows adults and kids to enjoy dinner together with friends and taste pizzas that are both familiar and new to them. For those families trying to juggle sports practices and games on a weeknight, it’s a great way to grab dinner before or after. Make it dinner-and-a-play by combining the evening with this year’s York High School spring musical, West Side Story, which is currently sold out.

Proceeds from Top Pizza Taste of Elmhurst benefit District 205 Foundation programs that enhance education for K-12 schools. For more information and to purchase the entrance fee in advance, visit 
www.elmhurst205.org/foundation_pizza.

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Posted by: Melea Smith, District Admin, Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205
Published: 4/12/17




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District 205 continues its professional development time for the purpose of school improvement planning throughout the year. 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 next all-district Student Late Arrival Day is Wednesday, April 19. The final district-wide Student Late Arrival date for 2016-17 will be Wednesday, May 17.

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Posted by: Katherine Schroeder, District Admin, Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205
Published: 4/11/17




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The RevTrak Web Store is getting a makeover. This new mobile-friendly design will simplify end-user experience when making payments from any device. Visit the Web Store through any web browser on the device of your choosing – it’s that easy. In addition to the responsive design, the following features have been added:

  • Quick, two-step checkout process
  • Convenient login window

Access the Customer Account Guide and Webstore Guide for further details.

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Posted by: Katherine Schroeder, District Admin, Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205
Published: 4/11/17




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Last fall, the York Distinguished Alumni Program (YDAP) recognized and honored seven Dukes of Distinction for 2016, alumni who have distinguished themselves through significant and extraordinary accomplishments or through service and an outstanding contribution to society. The nomination deadline for 2017 is April 30. Nominations may be completed online at www.elmhurst205.org/17Nomination. For further information, please visit the YDAP page or contact District 205 Director of Communications Melea Smith (msmith@elmhurst205.org) or Administrative Assistant Debbie Hollstein (dhollstein@elmhurst205.org) in the Office of Communications/Alumni Relations at 630-941-4719.

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Posted by: Melea Smith, District Admin, Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205
Published: 4/3/17




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The Elmhurst District 205 Summer Instrumental Music Program offers an exciting opportunity for all current 4th -8th grade band and orchestra students and 6th – 8th grade choir students to continue with instrumental music instruction in June and July. Regular practice during the summer months is critically important for band and orchestra students to reinforce the concepts and skills that they have learned and practiced during the school year. Moreover, learning and playing music is an activity that should be enjoyed year ‘round.

  • The Summer Instrumental Music Program will run from June 12 through July 14. (No class on July 3 or 4.)
  • The registration fee is $92.00. The registration fee includes a Summer Instrumental Program T shirt.
  • Rehearsals for current elementary band and orchestra students (incoming 5th and 6th graders) will be held Monday through Thursday mornings at Bryan Middle School. Each rehearsal is one hour. There will be a rehearsal on FRIDAY, July 7th (in place of the July 3rd holiday). The final performances will be on FRIDAY, morning, July 14.
  • Rehearsals for current middle school band and orchestra students (incoming 7th, 8th, and 9th grade students) will be held on Tuesday and Thursday evenings at York High School. There will be a rehearsal on FRIDAY, July 7th (in place of the July 4th holiday). Middle School Summer Band and Orchestra students may also participate in Jazz Band. The final performance will be on THURSDAY, July 13th.
  • NEW this year, current middle school choir students (incoming 7th, 8th, and 9th grade students) may participate in the summer choir at York High School on Monday and Wednesday evenings (No Class on Monday, July 3rd). Middle school students who register for summer band or orchestra may also enroll in choir at no additional cost. The final performance will be on THURSDAY, July 13th.

The District 205 Summer Instrumental Program is designed to accommodate students who go on vacation 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 whenever they can! Students who practice their instruments during the summer are much more likely to experience continued success in band and orchestra. We strongly encourage your son or daughter to participate as much as he/she is able!

Registration for the Dist. 205 Summer Music Program began on March 20, 2017. You may register for the summer music program by using the Webstore (District) link, also found on the District 205 website: www.elmhurst205.org. The deadline for registration is Friday, May 12, 2017. More details can be found on the Summer School website.

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Posted by: Katherine Schroeder, District Admin, Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205
Published: 3/28/17




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Design the front of the t-shirt for the 2nd Annual Annie LeGere "To The Moon and Back" 4K Walk (not run) on April 22, 2017 at Sandburg Middle School.

 

Winner's initials will be displayed on the t-shirt!  Please put your name and phone number on the back of you design and submit to the principal's office, C110 by March 23.  Please keep in mind the lettering on the t-shirts will be pink and white.

 

Questions to:  Shelly LeGere 630-965-8173 or Beth Plummer 630-291-6569

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Posted by: Kelly Corry
Published: 3/22/17




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A dozen York Community High School students shone at the DECA (Distributive Education Clubs of America) state meet, held on March 9-11 at at the Hyatt Regency O’Hare Hotel in Rosemont. York Business Department Chair Jim Borel serves as their coach.

Chris Foster and Allison Evans competed in Automotive Services Marketing; Chris Irby competed in Hotel and Lodging Marketing; Blake Quarrie competed in Accounting Applications; Maria Flynn and Demetri Broches competed in the Financial Analysis Team event; Alex Hennessy and Grace Que placed in the top ten in the Financial Analysis Team event; Matt Anderson and Jason Kentra finished in 4th place in the Financial Analysis Team event; and Burke Corcoran and Kevin Lipkin finished in 1st place and won the Financial Analysis Team event.

Matt Anderson, Jason Kentra, Burke Cocoran and Kevin Lipkin all qualified to participate in the DECA International Career Development Conference in Anaheim, California at the end of April. There were over 1,000 students participating in the state DECA conference and there will be over 20,000 students in Anaheim, California.

DECA York Students at State Competition

York Community High School DECA students at the March 9-11, 2017 state competition with Coach Jim Borel. The students are: front row from left - Matt Anderson, Blake Quarrie, Grace Que, Maria Flynn, Alex Hennessy, Allison Evans, and back row from left - Kevin Lipkin, Burke Corcoran, Demetri Broches, Chris Irby, Jason Kentra and Chris Foster.

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Posted by: Katherine Schroeder, District Admin, Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205
Published: 3/16/17




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With spring just around the corner, spring testing is also here. We wanted to send out information about the Illinois Science Assessment (ISA) and the SAT to keep our families informed.

On Monday, a Talk205 referenced the state-mandated Illinois Science Assessment that will be given to all biology students at York. This test will be given on Monday, March 20th, and it takes about 25-30 minutes. Since it will be taken in class, nothing additional needs to be done in advance of this test. We just ask that all biology students bring their fully charged chromebook to class on March 20th, and as soon as the test is completed, our biology teachers will resume class; therefore, students should have their materials for class ready to go.

On Wednesday, April 5th, York Community High School will be administering the SAT with writing to all juniors published by the CollegeBoard. The Illinois School Board of Education requires that this test is administered to all currently enrolled juniors and is required to graduate in the State of Illinois: it has been paid for through the District,​ and nothing additional needs to be completed in order to register your junior students. It is important that students are in their testing rooms, ready to test at 7:40. Once testing begins, students will not be able to enter the testing area, and they will be required to take the exam on the make-up testing day at the end of April.

Before the April 5th test, York’s Counseling Department will be holding a pre-administration session with all junior students on Wednesday, March 22nd during 2nd period. During this session, students will bubble in portions of their answer booklets with their student information, and they will be given the opportunity to indicate 4 colleges to which they can send their SAT scores at no charge. We strongly encourage families to discuss this prior to March 22nd, so students are able to take advantage of this free service. SAT charges $12 per score to send to each college. We also encourage families to keep a list of these colleges so that the student can reference them in the fall of the senior year. Click here for considerations when deciding to report a score.

April 5th is a half day for students, but it is NOT a late arrival day​: we will begin testing at 7:40 am, and students at all three grade levels, as well as students at the District 205 Transition Center will be dismissed at the conclusion of their exam at approximately 12:20.​ Since Seniors have a non attendance day, w​e encourage seniors to spend this day visiting a college, university, or other post secondary program.

While the junior students are testing on April 5th, our freshman and sophomore students will be participating in a career/college day. Students will begin by reflecting on their future goals and what steps they are currently taking to achieve those goals, followed by a keynote speaker that will speak with students about what it means to be college, career, and life ready before leaving high school. Students will also attend sessions with college counselors, representatives from the military, representatives from local trades, and a career fair created by York’s Counseling Department with assistance from Academic Boosters, a committee of York’s PTSA. Freshman and Sophomores will be asked to complete several google form surveys, so they will need to bring one of two things with them: if students have a smartphone with available data, they can complete the google form surveys on their smartphones; otherwise, students should bring a fully charged chromebook to take these surveys.

All bus routes will run at normal times in the morning, and will depart from York at 12:30 following the exams. A late bus will leave York at 6:15 after athletic practices; however, please note that there will NOT be a 4:30 bus on the 5th. Breakfast will be available for purchase before school, but there will be no lunch service on this testing day. Students testing with extended time will complete their exams on the following day.

Junior students will receive an email with their individual testing room assignment for the day and instructions regarding what to bring to the test (i.e. number 2 pencils, calculator, snack etc.). Please help your student keep an eye out for this email and ask your student if they know their testing room assignment.

Thank you in advance for helping our students navigate spring testing, and we are looking forward to a strong finish as we enter the final stretch of the school year.

Ryan Doherty
Assistant Principal for Curriculum

 

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Con la llegada de primavera, también llegan los exámenes de primavera. Queríamos enviar información sobre el examen Illinois Science Assessment (ISA) y el SAT para mantener informadas a nuestras familias.

El lunes, un Talk205 hizo referencia al examen de Illinois Science Assessment que es obligado por el estado y tiene que ser administrado a todos los estudiantes de biología de York. Este examen lo tomaran el lunes, 20 de marzo y tomara unos 25-30 minutos. Dado que se tomará en clase, no hay nada más que hacer antes del examen. Simplemente pedimos que todos los estudiantes de biología traigan su Chromebook (computadora) a clase el 20 de marzo, y tan pronto los estudiantes terminen el examen, los maestros de biología seguirán con la clase; Por lo tanto, los estudiantes deben tener sus materiales para la clase listos.

El miércoles, 5 de abril, la Secundaria York administrará el examen de SAT con escritura a todos los juniors (estudiantes en tercer año) y escribirá a todos los jóvenes publicados por el CollegeBoard. La Junta Escolar de Educación de Illinois requiere que este examen sea administrado a todos los estudiantes en el tercer año (juniors): el examen ha sido pagado a través del Distrito, y nada adicional debe ser completado para registrar a su estudiante. Es importante que los estudiantes estén en sus salón de examen, listos para empezar el examen a las 7:40am. Una vez que comience el examen, los estudiantes no podrán entrar al salón y se les pedirá que tomen el examen en el Make Up Testing Date (día adicional para tomar el examen) que será a finales de abril.

 Antes del examen del 5 de abril, el Departamento de Consejería de York llevará a cabo una sesión previa a la administración con todos los estudiantes juniors el miércoles, 22 de marzo durante el segundo período. Durante esta sesión, los estudiantes burbujearán en partes de sus folletos de respuestas con la información de su estudiante, y se les dará la oportunidad de indicar 4 colegios a los cuales pueden enviar sus calificaciones del SAT sin costo alguno. Animamos a las familias que tengan esta discusión antes del 22 de marzo, para que los estudiantes puedan aprovechar este servicio gratuito. SAT cobra $12 cada archivo de puntuación que envía a cada universidad. También las familias deben mantener una lista de estos colegios para que el estudiante pueda hacer referencia a ellos en el otoño del último año (senior). Haga clic aquí para ver consideraciones antes de enviar sus archivos.

El 5 de abril es un medio día para los estudiantes, pero NO es un día de llegar tarde: comenzaremos el examen a las 7:40 am, y los estudiantes de los tres niveles, así como los estudiantes en el Distrito 205 Transition Center serán despedidos al final de su examen que será aproximadamente a las 12:20. Debido a que los estudiantes de cuarto ano (seniors) no tienen escuela este día, los animamos que se pasen este día visitando una universidad, un colegio u otro programa post secundario.

Mientras que los estudiantes junior están tomando el examen el 5 de abril, nuestros estudiantes de primer y segundo año participarán en un día de carrera / universidad. Los estudiantes comenzarán reflexionando sobre sus metas futuras y los pasos que están tomando actualmente para alcanzar esos objetivos, después tendremos un orador que hablará con los estudiantes sobre lo que significa estar listo para la universidad, carrera y listos para la vida antes de salir de la escuela secundaria. Los estudiantes también asistirán una sesión con los consejeros universitarios, representantes de los militares, representantes de los oficios locales y una feria de carreras creada por el Departamento de Consejería de York con la ayuda del Academic Boosters, el comité del PTSA de York. A los estudiantes de primer año (freshmen) y de segundo año (sophomore) se les pedirá que completen varias encuestas de formulario de Google, por lo que tendrá que traer una de dos cosas con ellos: si los estudiantes tienen un teléfono con los datos disponibles, pueden completar las encuestas de formulario en google; de lo contrario, los estudiantes deben traer un su chromebook completamente cargada para tomar estas encuestas.

Todas las rutas de autobús se ejecutarán a las horas normales por la mañana, y saldrá de York a las 12:30 después de los exámenes. Un autobús para la tarde saldrá de York a las 6:15 después de las prácticas atléticas; Sin embargo, tenga en cuenta que no habrá un autobús a las 4:30 el 5º de abril. El desayuno estará disponible para la compra antes de la escuela, pero no habrá servicio de almuerzo en este día. Los estudiantes que toman examen con tiempo prolongado completarán sus exámenes el día siguiente.

Los estudiantes del tercer año (juniors) recibirán un correo electrónico con el salón que tiene que ir para tomar su examen su examen e instrucciones sobre qué traer al examen (es decir, lápices número 2, calculadora, merienda, etc.). Por favor ayude a su estudiante a buscar el correo electrónico y pregúntele a su estudiante si conocen el salón asignación para tomar su examen.

Gracias por ayudar a nuestros estudiantes a navegar los exámenes de primavera, y estamos esperando un final fuerte ya que estamos al final del año escolar.

Ryan Doherty
​​​​​​​Assistant Principal for Curriculum

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Posted by: Kelly Corry
Published: 3/16/17




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Congratulations to the following students who have qualified and will be competing at the State SkillsUSA Competition and Leadership Conference, April 27-29, 2017 in Springfield.  38 students have qualified for this state level competition! The largest ever!

http://www.skillsusa.org/

 

Adobe Photoshop:

Dylan Salek

Simon DeGrace

Austin Nidea

 

Architectural Drafting (CAD):

Anna Canete

Austin Gelsomino

Kevin Waller

Ruthvik Done

Ryan Schaner

David Morales

Ally Hickey

 

Automotive Service Technology:

Jeremy Olson

 

Collision Repair Technology:

Mike Falco

 

Cabinetmaking:

Tim Delaney

Gary Derwin

Nathan Tufte

 

Power Equipment Technology:

Mike Mancini

Noah Krauter

 

Principles of Engineering:

Dylan Kalchik

Clayton Davey

 

Screen Printing Technology:

Matthew Shepherd

Matthew Colagrossi

Jonathan Tanner

 

Technical Drafting (CAD):

Jonathan Milani

Abby Gundrum

John Devine

Mark Molayal

Alex Vujovic

Justin Zellinger

Isabel Torres

Collin Czech

Bob Dirmish

Luke Rozmus

Noah Neidigh

Jake Czernik

Joey Gemini

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Posted by: Kelly Corry
Published: 3/15/17




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The testing window for the spring 2017 administration of the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) assessment in District 205 will begin on Monday, April 3 and continue through Friday, April 28. These state-required achievement tests in reading and mathematics are being given to all eligible students in grades 3 – 8. Your child’s school will share more specific information about when students will be tested within this window.

In addition to the PARCC assessment, state and federal regulations require each school to assess achievement in science for students in 5th grade, 8th
grade and high school biology. The Illinois Science Assessment will be administered in each school between Monday, March 13 and Friday, March 24. This assessment is approximately one hour in length and is aligned to the Illinois Learning Standards for Science.

We anticipate being able to share score reports in the fall. The complete results of these state tests will be also reported on the Illinois School Report Card in the fall. We will review state tests results, along with other information to help us improve our school program. If you have any questions about the administration of these assessments, please contact your child’s principal.

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Posted by: Melea Smith, District Admin, Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205
Published: 3/15/17




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Getting dressed up to attend a high school prom or dance can be a big deal. Sometimes, the cost of formal wear can be overwhelming. The York High School PTSA (Parent/Teacher/Student Association) invites young ladies to attend the “Say Yes to the Prom Dress” event at the sixth annual prom dress and accessory giveaway on Sunday, March 19, 2017, from 1 to 3 PM in the York High School Commons, 355 W. St. Charles Road, Elmhurst.

Girls ages 13 to 18 can select from more than 400 gently-used dresses in a variety of styles and sizes. Dress shoes, purses, jewelry and unopened
 makeup items are also available. Dresses are FREE, but limited to one (1) dress per customer. The event is open to the public and all Chicago and Western Suburban High School girls are welcome.

It’s not too late to clean out your closets and donate new or gently used long and short party dresses from homecomings, proms, graduations, weddings and other bygone events. Dressy shoes, purses, jewelry and unopened 
makeup also accepted. Donations can be dropped off at the York Attendance Office and/or at 300 S. Fair Avenue, in Elmhurst. Contact Marie Gall at tmkgall@gmail.com or 773.595.9158 with questions.

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Posted by: Kelly Corry
Published: 3/13/17




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The next all-district Student Late Arrival Day is Wednesday, March 15. 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.

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Posted by: Katherine Schroeder, District Admin, Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205
Published: 3/10/17




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We are excited to host a St. Baldrick's event this year at York. The St. Baldrick's Foundation helps to support research for childhood cancer.  We have staff and students ready to make this event memorable and successful for our school community.  Since this is our 1st year holding our event, we have set our fundraising goal at $5000.  But we are very hopeful that we will be able to exceed that goal.  Our own Mr. Doherty has laid out a challenge of $15,000 to shave his head.  I believe those locks are worth every penny!  Please take a minute to visit our page and consider donating for this worthy cause!  Our event will coincide with a spring pep rally on March 24th where we will be shaving heads of our top money winners and hopefully Mr. Doherty himself!  I have faith in our community to come out strong for an amazing cause!  If you have any questions, please contact Mr. Joe O'Malley at jomalley@elmhurst205.org or Mr. Drew McGuire at dmcguire@elmhurst205.org.
 

Thank you for your consideration!
Mr. O'Malley and Mr. McGuire

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Posted by: Kelly Corry
Published: 3/9/17




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Please check our webpage after spring break for parking permit applications.  These applications will only be available for students that will be seniors during the 2017-2018 school year.

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Posted by: Kelly Corry
Published: 3/9/17




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It is with great excitement that York Community High School presents the most beloved Broadway Musical, West Side Story, on the evenings of April 27- 29, with a matinee performance on Sunday, April 30. 

 

Tickets for West Side Story have sold out.

 

WAITLIST INFORMATION:

Although tickets are completely sold out we do anticipate some tickets to become available on the days of the shows. We can not anticipate who's plans might change between now and the performances. We will have a Waitlist for each show. Here are the details:

 

Performances: April 27 28, 29th (7:30 pm Start Time)

Where: York High School - Waitlist Table outside Baker Auditorium. You must come in person to sign in for the waitlist. NO EMAIL REQUESTS

When: Waitlist sign in will start at 6:00pm

 

Performance: April 30th (2:00 pm Start Time)

Where: York High School - Waitlist Table outside Baker Auditorium. You must come in person to sign in for the waitlist. NO EMAIL REQUESTS

When: Waitlist sign in will start at 12:30pm

 

All waitlist tickets will be given on a first come first serve basis. Our goal is to seat as many patrons as possible for each show.

 

If you have any questions please email us at yorkdramatickets@gmail.com.

 

Thank you again for supporting York Drama!

 

"Starring a cast of 72 and an orchestra of 28, with an incredible technical crew, this is a musical not to be missed. Staying true to the original choreography of Jerome Robbins and honoring the struggles of New York City, West Side Story is a true inspiration," said Director Rebecca Marianetti.

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Posted by: Katherine Schroeder, District Admin, Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205
Published: 3/6/17




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The York High School Key Club is again sponsoring a “Soles for Kids” shoe drive and is asking for your support and assistance with this endeavor. Through the generosity of District 205 families, they have successfully collected over 8,000 pairs of shoes over the past six years. The drive will begin on Monday, March 6th and conclude on Friday, May 12th. Look for collection bins in our school foyers. Soles for Kids is a charity organization that collects gently used shoes and sends them to needy children and adults in Africa, as well as to Indian Reservations in the United States.

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Posted by: Katherine Schroeder, District Admin, Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205
Published: 3/4/17




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At its February 28 meeting, the Board of Education approved the 2017-18 school year calendar, which includes parent-teacher conference dates/times; student late arrival dates/times; and quarter/trimesters/semesters. It is posted at www.elmhurst205.org/events_calendar.

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Posted by: Melea Smith, District Admin, Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205
Published: 3/1/17




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Students are invited to attend the third annual Teen Job & Volunteer Fair, sponsored by the Elmhurst Commission on Youth and its partnering agencies – District 205, the Elmhurst Park District, Elmhurst Public Library, YMCA, Elmhurst Junior Women’s Club and the Kiwanis of Elmhurst. The Fair will be held in the York High School Commons, 355 E. St. Charles Road, on Thursday, March 23 from 3 to 6 PM. Students need not register to attend the Fair. Participating organizations can be included in the program book by registering online by Wednesday, March 2: http://elmlib.org/teenjobfair.

Job Fair questions may be directed to Patty McKernan at 630-878-7622 or via email at Patricia@capitaltele.com.

Volunteer Fair questions may be directed to Jackie Tamer at 773-882-7105 or jackietamer@gmail.com.

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Posted by: Kelly Corry
Published: 2/28/17




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Tickets are selling fast to The Future is Now, the 2017 D205 Foundation Gala to be held on Saturday, March 11, at The Hyatt Lodge on McDonald’s Campus in Oak Brook. The event features great food and drink, as well as entertaining fundraising games and raffles. The auctions feature a York student parking pass, great tickets to Cubs, Hawks, Bulls and Bears games, signed merchandise by pro athletes (Arrieta, Crawford, Butler and more), multiple concert tickets, tasting events at Cuvee and Red Arrow, an in-home cooking class for 16, a Napa Valley trip, $2000 credit for orthodontic treatment and other amazing items.

Support future ready learning while having a great time for a good cause! Cost is $175 per person and space is limited; visit www.elmhurst205.org/2017gala to learn more and purchase tickets.

Another way to participate, even if you can't attend the Gala, is to purchase a "Golden Raffle Ticket" for $100. Only 100 tickets are being sold and the winner will get to choose one of the following trips: 4-night stay in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic, Sam Adams Boston VIP Tour, or a 3-Nights Lake Tahoe Ski Getaway - airfare for two included. To purchase a ticket, please contact Foundation Executive Director Lisa Fanelli at lfanelli@elmhurst205.org or 630-617-2328.

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Posted by: Katherine Schroeder, District Admin, Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205
Published: 2/28/17




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The PTA Council will once again be holding its annual Fannie May candy sale which helps fund scholarships for York High School seniors. Be on the lookout for the sales catalog and order form, which will be coming home in your children’s backpack soon! Order forms and checks made payable to Elmhurst PTA Council will be due to the school office or can be returned to Megan Winton, 577 W. Comstock, Elmhurst, by March 2nd. Candy orders will be delivered to your door on April 3rd, just in time for Easter.

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Posted by: Melea Smith, District Admin, Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205
Published: 2/27/17




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Per the Illinois Department of Public Health, any child entering the 12th grade shall show proof of having received 2 doses of meningococcal conjugate vaccine prior to entering the 12th grade.  The first dose shall have been received on or after the 10th birthday and the 2nd dose shall have been received on or after their 16th birthday, at least eight weeks after the first dose.  If the first dose is administered when the child is 16 years of age or older, only one dose is required.  This requirement also applies to children who transfer into Illiniois schools from other states or countries. 

During your child’s junior year, please discuss with your doctor if your student has received the two meningococcal conjugate vaccinations. Your student may have already received the two doses of the meningococcal conjugate vaccination, but it has not been specified on their immunization form.  If they have NOT received both doses, you are required to get this vaccination for your child.  The Dr. must provide the dates they were given, along with a doctor’s signature. You must provide the required proof of immunization to the York High School Health Office by May 15th, 2017 .  Without proof of this vaccination, your child will be excluded from school in the fall of 2017, as described in the school code of Illinois and per Elmhurst District 205 procedure.  Exclusion from school means that your child will not be able to attend any classes or participate in any athletic or extra-curricular activities until the required proof of vaccination is provided. 

 

Please download the letter below to have your physician's office complete the immunization documentation record and return it to York HS Health Office by May 15, 2017.

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Posted by: MaryAnn Patti
Published: 2/24/17




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The York Athletic Boosters' Annual Green Scene is Saturday, February 25, from 7 PM to 1 AM at Fitz’s Spare Keys. This year’s Green Scene is a casual night of fun, friends, silent and live auctions, raffles, bowling and pool. You can bowl or play pool with your favorite York coach. Auction items include York parking passes, graduation tickets and preferred parking for graduation.

Ticket price includes entrance, light buffet and fun. Tickets are available for purchase at
http://york.elmhurst205.org/yboosters. If you would like to contribute a prize, please contact mariannmapes@yahoo.com. In 2015-2016, the Boosters gave nearly $70,000 to York HS Athletics. They have supported York students in every sport for over 35 years.

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Posted by: Kelly Corry
Published: 2/23/17




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Everyday Leadership: Celebrating the Simple Actions That Improve Each Other's Lives, a presentation by Drew Dudley, will take place tonight, February 22, beginning at 7:00 PM at the College of DuPage McAninch Arts Center, 425 Fawell Blvd. Glen Ellyn, 60137. The event is sponsored by the Glenbard Parent Series: (GPS) Navigating Healthy Families.

Drew Dudley is a leadership educator recognized as one of the most dynamic keynote speakers in the world. He inspires individuals to create “cultures of everyday leadership" moments of powerful impact and growth that are fostered, acknowledged, and rewarded through daily acts of generosity.

His wildly popular TED talk was voted “one of the 15 most inspirational TED talks of all time” and named by TIME as one of its “seven speeches that will make you a better leader." Drew Dudley helps us understand leadership in a nuanced, practical, and hopeful way.

He highlights the barriers to leadership and, with hope, humor, and optimism,  focuses on ways in which they can be overcome. This is world-class storytelling with practical insights on how to develop and recognize leadership, of which we are all capable—in ourselves, our families, and our communities. He has worked with hundreds of universities and corporations worldwide to help individuals move to purposeful action, empowering people to create the future they desire and add value to their lives and to the lives of others.

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Posted by: Melea Smith, District Admin, Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205
Published: 2/22/17




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Congratulations to York students who participated in the Family Career and Community Leaders of America regional competitions at College of Dupage on February 3rd and February 10th. FCCLA is a Career and Technical Student Organization that provides personal growth, leadership development, and career preparation opportunities for students in Family and Consumer Sciences education. Students developed presentations, demonstrated skills, and showcased knowledge in areas such as nutrition, fashion, food production and design, children's literature, interior design, and professional careers. Students received individual awards based on their overall score. Additionally the “Most Outstanding” (MO) distinction was awarded to the student who had the most exemplary project/performance out of all the competitors in their competition category.

 

The following students received first place in their competition category: Olivia Becker (MO), Jenna Gallichio (MO), Jamie Killian (MO), Caitlyn Rambo, Elena Vezmar (MO), Meghan Sly, Julianna Gecsey (MO), Allison Evans (MO), Christine Millins, Lauren Noonan, Sophie Ward, and Sarah Pinkowski.

 

The following students received second place in their competition category: Samantha Flesch, Clarissa Gecsey, Elizabeth Benvenuto, Emily Schlecht, Elena Coletta, Nina Fabrizius, Ally Geary, Aileen Horn, Aleksija Iglendza, Ella Pittman, Kylie Travers, Mei Giuffre, Jolene Gundrum, Madison Miller, Gabriella Purpora, Katie Strawbridge, Kaitlyn Templeman, Ally Bassing, Ellaby Rohde, Iqra Shaikh, and Ayanna Johnson.


The following students received third place in their competition category: Allison Stramel, Kevin Homan, Isabella Lopiano, Annaliese Bartuch, and Stephanie Monaco.

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Posted by: Suzanne Hughes
Published: 2/21/17




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With spring on our doorstep, it’s time to begin to think about the spring SAT to be delivered at York on Wednesday, April 5th, beginning at 7:40 AM.  In a few weeks, we will be sending out an email to families with testing day reminders, dismissal times and bus schedules; however, we wanted to give an early reminder for families as they plan their spring calendars.  On April 5th, senior students are not in attendance, and all juniors will be taking the SAT.  All currently enrolled juniors have been registered for the test, and there is no additional fee.  While juniors are taking the SAT, our sophomores and freshmen will be participating in a career day that will include a keynote speaker, career fair, and several sessions throughout the day.  We hope this advance notice helps with your planning, and please keep an eye out for our detailed email mid-March.


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Con la primavera ya acercándose,  es hora de comenzar a pensar en el examen SAT  que será dado en la Secundaria York el miércoles, 5 de abril, comenzando a las 7:40 AM. En pocas semanas, estaremos enviando un correo electrónico a las familias con recordatorios de días del examen, tiempos de despidas y horario de autobuses; Sin embargo, quisiéramos dar un recordatorio temprano para las familias para que planean sus calendarios de la primavera. El 5 de abril, los estudiantes de último año (Seniors) no asisten a la escuela, y todos los estudiantes en tercer año (Juniors) tomarán el SAT. Todos los alumnos en el tercer año de secundaria (Juniors) que están inscritos en la escuela han sido registrados para el examen y no hay ningún costo adicional. Mientras que los estudiantes del tercer año (Juniors) están tomando el SAT, nuestros estudiantes de segundo año (Sophomores) y los estudiantes de primer año (Freshmen)  estarán participando en un día de carreras,  que incluirá un orador, feria de carreras, y varias sesiones durante todo el día. Esperamos que este aviso anticipado ayude con su planeamiento, y a medio-marzo mandaremos un correo electrónico con más detalles. 

 

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Posted by: Kelly Corry
Published: 2/17/17




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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

The registration deadline is Wednesday, March 8th. The 21st annual Student Chess Tournament will be held on Tuesday, March 14th, 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.
ribbons 
receive; 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. Last year, over 200 students participated in the tournament.

Snacks and drinks will be donated and provided. Pizza will be sold during the tournament.

Interested families may contact their child’s school chess club leader for the permission slips and rules. Questions may be directed to Chris Khayat at 630-290-1504 (cell) or khayats@yahoo.com.

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Published: 2/16/17




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Know an outstanding youth volunteer? The City of Elmhurst’s Commission on Youth is currently seeking nominees for its annual Exemplary Youth Service Awards, the presentation of which will take place on Wednesday, April 26, 2017 at Sandburg Middle School. Nominations are being accepted for young volunteers who reside within Elmhurst District 205 boundaries or attend an Elmhurst school.

 

To receive a paper nomination form, call the City of Elmhurst at 630-530-3010 or visit www.elmhurst.org/1291/Exemplary-Youth-Service-Award to access the online form. Nominees must be students in grades K-12; service must be voluntary and unpaid. Nominations must be received by Friday March 10, 2017. Award winners will be personally congratulated by the Elmhurst Mayor Steve Morley, with a reception following the program. For more information, contact Youth Commission Chair Jackie Tamer at jackietamer@gmail.com.

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Posted by: Melea Smith, District Admin, Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205
Published: 2/14/17




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As we welcome your child to York High School in the fall, we want to take this opportunity to explain the health requirements for incoming freshman students.  Illinois State law requires that all incoming freshmen have an updated physical examination and proof of receiving all required immunizations on file. The physical examination must be on either the state-approved certificate of health form; the approved form provided by some physicians’ offices; or on the form found on the district website, www.elmhurst205.org. Please note that the IHSA Sports Physical form is not acceptable for entry into 9th grade.

In order for your child to be in compliance with the physical examination and immunization requirements, the following MUST be completed as directed:
● All required immunizations must be documented on the front or first page of the form. The immunization chart must be filled in with correct dates and signed and dated by a physician, RN, or Medical Assistant.
● The child’s Health History questions (yes/no questions at the top of the second page) must be completed, signed, and dated by the parent/guardian.
● The Physical Examination is to be completed, signed, and dated by the physician. Please make sure that the physician has checked the boxes at the bottom of this page indicating whether or not your child can participate in physical education and interscholastic sports.

Please note: Incomplete examination forms and incomplete immunization records will be returned to you for completion. Your child will not be compliant with Illinois State Law until the necessary documentation is on file. The completed physical form must be on file in the York Health Services Office by the 1st day of school. Students who do not have a completed 9th grade physical and immunization record on file by the first day of school, will be placed on a list for possible exclusion. District 205 will exclude students from school according to state law, at the minimum date set forth by the Illinois State Board of Education. Once the student is excluded, the student will not be allowed to attend school, or participate in or attend any school functions, including athletic or extracurricular activities, until the required physical examination and immunization documentation is received in the Health Services Office.

 

Please submit completed physicals to the York High School Health Services Office. They may be mailed, brought into the Health Services Office, or faxed only to (630)-782-6594. During summer break, health records can be turned in at the York Main Office. Do not turn the form in to summer school staff, counselors, hall monitors or coaches. Please keep a copy for your records.

 

Students who do not have access to a health care provider may contact the DuPage County All Kids Program at (630)-782-7400.

 

If you have any questions please call the Health Services Office at (630)-617-2438.


Pat Hatz, RN, MSN, IL/NCSN

Athanasia Nassopoulos, RN, BSN, PEL-SN
MaryAnn Patti, Secretary

 

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Posted by: Kelly Corry
Published: 2/13/17




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The next all-district Student Late Arrival Day is Wednesday, February 15. 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.

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Posted by: Katherine Schroeder, District Admin, Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205
Published: 2/10/17




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York Community High School has named a total of 1,976 students to the first semester honor roll for the 2016-17 school year, based on their exemplary academic performance.


Students achieving a 3.5 or higher are recognized with High Honors and students achieving 3.0 – 3.4999 grade point average are recognized with Honors.

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Posted by: Katherine Schroeder, District Admin, Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205
Published: 2/10/17




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The math team had a very exciting conference meet last night against Hinsdale Cental and South, Downers North and South, OPRF, and Lyons.

Seniors placed 1st with top ten finishers: Brian Strauch (Brian earned a meet high score 19 out of 20), Jack Chlystak, Collin Czech, Gabe Uribe, and Sehe Tinfang.  

Juniors took 2nd place with top ten honors to: Natalie Hradil, Anshul Shah, Dan Sussman, Siva Sreedhar, and Tim Baer.
Sophomores placed 3rd with top ten: Tristan Contant and Will Phillips.
Freshman placed 2nd with top ten awards to: Dylan Mahoney, Xander Hall, and Maggie Clink.
 
The juniors and seniors also won the most prized battle of the evening "The Candy Bar Competition".  
We are preparing for our regional competition at the end of the month with our goal to make it to State!
 
Good luck to our students and Coaches, Linda Lahti and Nancy Mordini.
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Posted by: Kelly Corry
Published: 2/9/17




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With a theme of The Future is Now, the 2017 D205 Foundation Gala will be held on Saturday, March 11, at The Hyatt Lodge on McDonald’s Campus in Oak Brook. Join a community of friends ready to support a learning revolution by raising funds that will help promote future ready learning and innovation in Elmhurst Public Schools. The event promises to be an elegant and entertaining evening featuring a plated dinner, beverages, raffles, awesome mini and live auctions, as well as an opportunity to hear about new trends in learning spaces and education. Cost is $175 per person and space is limited; visit www.elmhurst205.org/2017gala to learn more and purchase tickets.

Another way to participate, even if you can't attend the Gala, is to purchase a "Golden Raffle Ticket" for $100. Only 100 tickets are being sold and the winner will get to chose one of the following trips: 4-nights stay in Puntacana, Dominican Republic, Sam Adams Boston VIP Tour, or a 3-Nights Lake Tahoe Ski Getaway - airfare for two included.  To purchase a raffle ticket, please email Pam Hamil at pjhamil@gmail.com.

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Published: 2/9/17




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Come meet with Superintendent Dr. Dave Moyer in an informal setting. This year’s “Coffee With the Superintendent” opportunities are again being organized by the PTA Council and are open to any interested District 205 parent or community resident. There will be no agenda during the approximate one-hour conversation. The third coffee will be held on Monday February 13th at 1:30 PM hosted by Fischer Elementary School, 888 N. Wilson, Elmhurst.

The final Superintendent Coffee will be held on Wednesday, April 19 at 10:00 AM, hosted by Jefferson Elementary School.

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Posted by: Katherine Schroeder, District Admin, Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205
Published: 2/8/17




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Congratulations to the Girls Varsity Gymnastics for finishing 3rd at regionals.  Megan Cronin took 4th on vault and Sydney Hill took 4th on bars, both advance to sectionals.  Good luck girls!

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Posted by: Kelly Corry
Published: 2/3/17




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Welcome Class of 2021! Please join us for the York High School 8th Grade Academic Night on Tuesday, January 31st, at 6:30 p.m. On this evening, we will distribute informational packets containing course offering books and registration materials.

 

Following the general meeting in the Campbell Gym, parents and students will have the opportunity to attend presentations provided by the various academic departments. These informational sessions are designed to help answer questions related to expectations in specific classes. All public and parochial 8th graders and their parents/guardians are strongly encouraged to attend these presentations.​​​​​​​

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Posted by: Kelly Corry
Published: 1/30/17




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York High School Summer School dates and academic course offerings have now been set. Open registration began on Friday, February 3, and ends on June 7. Session I will run Monday through Thursday from June 12 – 29 (with June 30 being an emergency day); Session II will run from July 5 – July 21  (with July 21 an emergency day). See Summer School website for details. Academic Course registration begins here. Registration information is posted on the Summer School page of the York High School website.


Athletic camp offerings are now listed here. Athletic camp registration begins April 3.

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Posted by: Katherine Schroeder, District Admin, Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205
Published: 1/30/17




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Congratulations to the Competitive Dance Team for finishing 6th place at State this past weekend!  
And -
Congratulations to the Competitive Cheer Team on placing 2nd place at Sectionals and qualifying for State this weekend!
 
Go Dukes!
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Posted by: Kelly Corry
Published: 1/30/17




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York Drama Plays the Game of Thrones with a Twist -

We all know the story: when the aging monarch of a Magical Kingdom (England) decides to split his empire between his three daughters, Cinderella, Belle, and the Snow Queen (who in no way resembles a copyrighted character), terrible tragedy ensues. Terrible, bloody, hilarious tragedy. Combine the gut-wrenching plot twists of Game of Thrones, the soul-numbing despair of Shakespearean tragedy, and oodles upon oodles of animated princesses fighting to the death. This adaptation of King Lear will leave you dying with laughter as the body count mounts. When you play the Game of Tiaras, you win or you die.

 

Game of Tiaras, plays at York High School’s Merle Baker Auditorium February 2nd – 4th at 7:30 and February 5th at 2:00. All tickets are $10.00. York students free with School ID.

Tickets available now at www.ticketpeak.com/yorkdrama or the theatre box office one hour before the show. Not recommended for very small children.

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Posted by: Kelly Corry
Published: 1/27/17




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In response to continued student and parent concerns related to on-going safety at York High School, based on the previously reported off-campus events of Monday evening, please know that York and District 205 administrators have been working proactively, aggressively and in full cooperation with the Elmhurst Police Department to address those concerns.

 

We understand that the kid and adult rumor mills are running rampant. Both police and school officials are following up on D205 Quick Tips that have been shared and are taking them seriously. At the same time, measures have been put in place to ensure student and staff safety. We are confident that the bases are covered; otherwise, we would not be holding school today, Wednesday, January 25.

 

There was a tremendous presence of staff and police at York and beyond yesterday. That presence will continue today. We understand that every family must make the right decision for their student’s comfort. We greatly appreciate the partnership between home, school and community to provide the best support possible for our kids.

 

Dr. David Moyer
Superintendent of Schools

 

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Posted by: Katherine Schroeder, District Admin, Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205
Published: 1/25/17




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The following message was sent to Parents and Community Members from York High School Principal Erin DeLuga:
I wanted to reach out to assure you that the instructional school day has proceeded as planned, both yesterday and today. Our students continue to be safe and secure in a thriving and uninterrupted learning environment.
 

The City of Elmhurst released a press statement this morning that is available on the District homepage, as well as at this link. A joint statement from the Elmhurst Police and District 205 Administration will be forthcoming later this afternoon.
 

Please know that your students' safety continues to be our highest priority.
 

Sincerely,
 

Erin DeLuga, Principal
York Community High School


Estimados Padres y Miembros de la Comunidad,
 

Quiero asegurarles que, ayer y hoy, el día escolar de instrucción se desarrolló como estaba planeado. Nuestros estudiantes siguen estando seguros en un ambiente de aprendizaje sin ninguna interrupción.
 

La Ciudad de Elmhurst publicó una comunicación de prensa esta mañana que está disponible en la página del Distrito, así como en este enlace. Una declaración conjunta de la Policía de Elmhurst y la Administración del Distrito 205 estará disponible hoy más tarde.

Por favor, sepa que la seguridad de sus estudiantes sigue siendo nuestra máxima prioridad.
 

Sinceramente,
 

Erin DeLuga, Directora
York High School

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Posted by: Katherine Schroeder, District Admin, Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205
Published: 1/25/17




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Published: 1/24/17




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On the evening of January 23, the District received anonymous tips through the District's Quick Tip 205 system regarding a potential threat by a student. Following an incident off campus, the student was taken into police custody last night. The York administration worked closely with the Elmhurst Police Department throughout the evening and found no credible threat to the school or our students. The administration and the police continue to monitor the situation.

An email message was sent to all York parents from Principal Erin DeLuga this morning, alerting them of the situation, and an announcement was made to the students, letting them know that everything was under control and that they were safe.

I want to assure our District 205 parents that at no time today was the safety of any student at risk. In fact, the administration and police are taking extra precautions to reassure students across the District by providing increased visibility around the schools. This is now a police matter which will be handled by legal authorities.

Dr. David Moyer
Superintendent of Schools

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Posted by: Katherine Schroeder, District Admin, Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205
Published: 1/24/17




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Our District 205 school community recently took part in an online learning/sharing process called Thoughtexchange. This was part of a larger, on-going conversation within the District called Focus 205. Through this community engagement program, we have been exploring options that will support educational priorities in Elmhurst for many years to come. 

Over 1,560 people contributed to the conversation, sharing more than 2,400 thoughts. The District has reviewed these thoughts and priorities and now wants to share the results with you.

Visit http://elmhurst205.thoughtexchange.com to learn about the top priorities in y our school and the top priorities for District 205. For more information regarding Focus 205, please visit http://www.focus205.org.

 

Your continued input will be used to identify community priorities, inform the Board of Education and guide the planning for the future of Elmhurst District 205.

Please plan to join us for the next Focus 205 meeting on Wednesday, February 1, from 7 to 9 PM in the York High School Commons. Again, thank you for contributing to the success of our schools and District 205. Your participation in the process is invaluable!

Kara Caforio and John Morrissey
Focus 205 Community Engagement Co-Chairs 

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Posted by: Katherine Schroeder, District Admin, Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205
Published: 1/23/17




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On Thursday, February 9, 2017, at 7:30 PM, the York Community High School Orchestras will present performances by the York Cadet, Concert and Symphony Orchestras conducted by Ray Ostwald. Senior principal cellist and concerto competition winner Kevin Shehan will perform Cello Concerto No. 1 in A Minor by Camille Saint-Saëns. The majority of the concert repertoire will be from the Baroque period, and thanks to a generous grant from the Elmhurst District 205 Foundation, we are proud to welcome two internationally acclaimed baroque performance experts as guests on the program.

Stephen Alltop, keyboard faculty member at Northwestern University and music director of the Elmhurst Symphony, will be featured harpsichord soloist on Johann Sebastian Bach's virtuosic  Brandenburg Concerto No. 5.

Allison Edberg Nyquist, violinist with baroque ensembles in Chicago, Indianapolis and Nashville, will perform Antonio Vivaldi’s “Winter” Concerto in F Minor.

These York students will be featured on baroque concertos by Bach, Vivaldi and Georg Philipp Telemann:

 

Joelle Chiu, violin

Amy Choi, flute

Lauren Hund, flute

Ella Lee, violin

Gabriela Mastro, cello

Elizabeth Mazzocco, violin

Grace Mazzocco, viola

Kevin Shehan, cello

Tessa Vermeulen, flute

Leah Widmaier, viola

 

Andrew French and Lily Martinez will also play harpsichord on this concert, and the orchestras will perform additional works by Tomaso Albinoni and Girolamo Frescobaldi.

 

The concert is free and open to the public, in the Baker Auditorium at York High School.  York Orchestra students are also collecting non-perishable food items for the Elmhurst Food Pantry, and we encourage families attending the concert to bring food to donate in the lobby at the February 9 concert.

 

Read more about Allison Edberg Nyquist here: https://sites.google.com/site/allisonedbergnyquist/

 

Read more about Stephen Alltop here:

http://www.stephenalltop.com/Biography.htm

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Posted by: Kelly Corry
Published: 1/23/17




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It is our pleasure to introduce the award winners for the 2017 Elmhurst College High School Art Exhibition.  We compete against 14 of our division high schools in the area.  
This year our award winners are:
 

Excellence

Elizabeth Dopp, Ceramics
Ian Smart, Jewelry
Maria Rantis, Acrylic Painting
 
Distinction
Bella Costanzo, Ceramics
Evan Pruyn, Digital Photograpahy
Nimisha Antony, Drawing
Avisa Ravanmehr, Acrylic Painting
 
Judges Choice
Jessica Kraft, Scratchboard
Brook Johnson, Colored Pencil
 
Honors
Azucena Bonilla, Photography
Luke Brigman, Photography
SRJD , (Luke Sacksteder, Chris Janickas, Ryan DeBeau,  Jake Rambo w/ Music by David Butterfield), Animation
Victoria Zagrodny, Digital Photography
 
Scholarship Award
Eric Roschlein, Colored Pencil
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Posted by: Kelly Corry
Published: 1/19/17




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The 2017 Summer Recreation Open House will be held on Tuesday, February 7th from 6 to 8 PM at York High School. Sponsored by the District 205 PTA Council, this 15th annual free event grows bigger and better every year. It’s a great opportunity to see what kinds of fun activities are available for your kids this summer!

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Published: 1/18/17




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Plan to attend Focus 205 Community Engagement Session #6, Vision for the Future, scheduled for Wednesday, February 1, from 7 to 9 PM in the York High School Commons. Results of the fall Thoughtexchange survey will be shared, along with facility scenarios to address District 205's needs for the next 50 years, including a discussion of Lincoln and Field elementary schools, all-day kindergarten and increased STEM opportunities for our students. RSVPs appreciated, but not required. Childcare available for ages 3-12.

Through the Focus 205 series of meetings, community members have the opportunity to help shape the direction of the District by providing input regarding key issues that need to be addressed. Only with diverse and informed voices can an effective master plan for our District be created, implemented and executed. For full details please, visit www.focus205.org.

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Posted by: Katherine Schroeder, District Admin, Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205
Published: 1/17/17




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It is a regular bell schedule date.  

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Posted by: Suzanne Hughes
Published: 1/13/17




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Friday, January 13th

Freshmen: 2nd Period

Sophomores: 3rd Period

Juniors: 8th Period

 

Counselor(s)/Location

Dollaske/A294

Tucker/A250

Oliveros/CCRC

Gardner, Julian, Walz, Weber/Auditorium

Feldkamp, Goldman, Saylor, Walsh/Cafeteria

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Posted by: Suzanne Hughes
Published: 1/11/17




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Come meet with Superintendent Dr. Dave Moyer in an informal setting. This year’s “Coffee With the Superintendent” opportunities are again being organized by the PTA Council and are open to any interested District 205 parent or community resident. There will be no agenda during the approximate one-hour conversation. The second coffee will be held on Wednesday, January 25 at 10:00 AM hosted by Jackson Elementary School, 925 S. Swain Avenue, Elmhurst.

Superintendent Coffees will also be held on Monday, February 13 at 1:30 PM, hosted by Fischer Elementary School, and Wednesday, April 19 at 10:00 AM, hosted by Jefferson Elementary School.

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Posted by: Katherine Schroeder, District Admin, Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205
Published: 1/9/17




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The District 205 Foundation’s 2016-2017 Thiems Grant application is now available and may be accessed at this link. Since 1990, 596 educational grants totaling over $1.4 million have been awarded through the Thiems Grant Program. Teachers, students, administrators, parents or community members in District 205 are eligible to apply. Requested programs, projects, or instructional resources should enhance the educational experience of students, be clearly in support of and help to deliver relevant curriculum, and ideally demonstrate creativity and innovation.

Applications that contain technology or media components must include a technology review form. Please note the procedure and additional deadlines that are outlined in the application guidelines. All applications are due February 8, 2017 and recipients will be announced in the spring.

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Posted by: Katherine Schroeder, District Admin, Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205
Published: 1/9/17




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Elmhurst District 205 has again been named to the College Board’s 7th annual AP District Honor Roll. The Honor Roll recognizes 433 school districts in the U.S. and Canada that have increased access to AP coursework while maintaining or increasing the percentage of students earning scores of 3 or higher on AP Exams. Only 21 school districts in Illinois were so honored.

“The administration and staff are so very proud of our students earning such honorable status. Our students, across the board, work so hard to secure academic and personal success. These honored students have successfully accomplished extremely rigorous, arduous, and collegiate level work bringing incredible recognition to themselves, their families, our school, our district, and the entire community. We celebrate their incredible accomplishment!” said York Community High School’s Principal, Erin DeLuga.

This is the fourth time that District 205 has been named to this prestigious list (2011, 2012, 2013 and 2016). Inclusion on the 2017 list is based on the following four criteria:

  1. A thorough examination of three years of AP data, from 2014 to 2016
  2. Increase in participation in/access to AP by at least 6% in medium districts and 11% in small districts
  3. A steady or increasing percentage of exams taken by African American, Hispanic/Latino and American Indian/Alaska Native students
  4. Performance levels maintained or improved when comparing the percentage of students in 2016 scoring a 3 or higher to those in 2014, or the school has already attained a performance level in which more than 70% of the AP students are scoring a 3 or higher.

The number of York students taking AP exams increased from 727 in 2014 to 832 in 2016.

"We are excited for this incredible honor that speaks to all of the hard work that our students and teachers put in day in and day out. Not only are our kids achieving at high levels, more and more students are accessing York's AP classes and excelling in them. We can't thank our community enough for consistently supporting our students and programs as we continue to help prepare students for their futures,” said Ryan Doherty, York Assistant Principal for Curriculum and Instruction.

Nationally recognized as the highest standard of academic excellence, the Advanced Placement Program provides students with the opportunity to pursue college-level studies and earn college credit while still in high school. AP is accepted by more than 3,800 colleges and universities worldwide for college credit, advanced standing or both, on a basis of successful AP Exam scores. But most importantly, taking AP courses demonstrates to college admission officers that students have attempted the most rigorous curriculum possible – an indication that they can manage a heavy workload in college.
 

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Published: 12/20/16




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Thirty-three York Community High School students and recent graduates have earned National Advanced Placement (AP) Scholar status in recognition of their exceptional achievement on last May’s AP Exams. An additional 163 were honored as an AP Scholar with Distinction, while another 52 were honored as an AP Scholar with Honors. In addition, 112 were named AP Scholars. A total of 327 Scholars earned an average score of 4.09 (out of a possible 5.0) on a total of 1,928 exams.

Those qualifying for the National AP Scholar award earned an average score of 4 or higher on all AP Exams taken and scores of 4 or higher on 8 or more of these exams.

York students honored as National AP Scholars include: Grace Achepohl, Jack Anderson, Lauren Anderson, Alexander Berger, Francesa Carfagnini, Eric Comings, Daphne David, Kathryn Dierksheide, Ioan Draganov, Mark Edakara, Lucas Gough, Elizabeth Hagstrom, Anna Hubert, Manuel Kappen, Leonard Liebeno, Anna Lubertozzi, Magdalene McDonough, Brennan McGovern, Claire Meyer, Mathew Miller, Clair Niewiara, Sarah O’Donnell, Brandon Parr, Peter Salek, Amalia Siavelis, Matthew Southworth, Brandon Stevens, Amanda Strezo, Laura Swain, Halle Truett, Kristen Viola, Flanagan Waldherr and Michelle Wiese. All were members of the graduating Class of 2016, with the exception of McDonough, Slavells and Waldherr, who are York seniors this school year. The average score of this group was 4.56 on 333 exams.

Those qualifying for the AP Scholar with Distinction award earned an average score of at least 3.5 on all AP Exams taken and scores of 3 or higher on 5 or more of these exams. The average score of this group of 163 York students was 4.25 on a total of 1,180 exams.

AP Scholar with Honors recognition is granted to students who receive an average score of at least 3.25 on all AP Exams taken and scores of 3 or higher on 4 or more of these exams. The average score of the 52 York students so honored was 3.70 on a total of 260 exams.

AP Scholar status is granted to students who receive scores of 3 or higher on 3 or more AP Exams. The average score of the 112 York students so recognized was 3.51 on 412 exams.

"It is always an honor to celebrate the accomplishments of our students,” said Superintendent Dr. David Moyer. “We have students who excel in a wide variety of ways, and we value them all. Receiving AP Scholar recognition is one especially challenging academic feat, and we are very proud of those who have earned this status.”

Founded in 1900, the College Board is a mission-driven not-for-profit organization that connects students to college success and opportunity. Its Advanced Placement Program (AP) provides willing and academically prepared students with the opportunity to take rigorous college-level courses while still in high school, and to earn college credit, advanced placement, or both for successful performance on AP Exams.
 

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Published: 12/20/16




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  • 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 4:30. On Wednesday, buses will depart at 11:00 with late buses departing at 1:45 and 4:30.

 

Monday, Dec. 19th

Tuesday, Dec. 20th

Wednesday, Dec. 21st

7:40 - 9:10 

(90 Mins)

Period 8

Period 3

Period 1

9:20 - 10:50

(90 Mins)

Period 7

Period 2

Period 4

11:00 - 11:50

(50 Mins)

LUNCH

LUNCH

Make Up

12:00 - 1:30

(90 Mins)

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.
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Posted by: Kelly Corry
Published: 12/16/16




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On Friday, December 16, a blown coil at Churchville Middle School caused some flooding. Sixth graders were out of the building on a field trip to Chicago at the time, so there was opportunity to move other students and keep the educational day going. Those same sixth grade students were caught in traffic coming back from the city. The delayed buses then caused a back-up for elementary student pick-up.

 

In addition, a train was stopped on the St. Charles Road tracks for about half an hour, just as York High School was dismissing. This also caused buses to be delayed in picking up middle and elementary students and delivering them home. We apologize for the inconvenience and thank parents for their patience. Looks like it's going to be a long winter!

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Posted by: Melea Smith, District Admin, Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205
Published: 12/16/16




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Elmhurst District 205 is pleased to announce that 159 York Community High School students from the graduating class of 2017 have been recognized as Illinois State Scholars. This prestigious recognition, given annually by the Illinois Student Assistance Commission (ISAC), honors the academic achievements of approximately 19,300 high school students from across the state this year. They join the ranks of thousands of top Illinois students honored as State Scholars since the designation began in 1958.

Illinois State Scholars represent approximately the top ten percent of high school seniors from 765 high schools across the state. Illinois State Scholars possess strong academic potential and are chosen based on a combination of exemplary ACT or SAT test scores and/or class rank at the end of the junior year. High school guidance counselors work with ISAC to determine the winners.

York seniors named as Illinois State Scholars for 2017 are:

Irin Abraham, Carla Abreu, Jake Adams, Daniel Aguilar,
Samiyya Ahmed, Jacob Allen, Nimisha Antony, Winona Asher, Eileen Baird, Amanda Bardhoshi, Mark Bashqawi, Tarryn Becker, Gillian Berg, Michael Bergheger, Jacqueline Biggins, Madelyn Birch, Sydney Bonthron, Hannah Borrows, Theodore Boskov, Alaina Bottens, Amy Bowles, Samuel Brennan, Elizabeth Brown, Spencer Bunch-Hotaling, Camille Butler, Vincent Cahill, John Carey, Ryan Casey, Joelle Chiu, John Chlystek, Amy Choi, Savanna Clements, Olivia Condon, Peter Connor, David Cooke, Burke Corcoran, Alexander Crum, Jessica Cwik, Collin Czech, Hanna Czeladko, Jake Czernik, John Davis, Madeline Davis, Nicolina Despinich, Julia Doherty, Sara Fejes, John
Fetscher, Samantha Flesch, Grace Foster, Robeson Gall, Alyssa Garelli, Dominic Gatti, Kasey Gelsomino, Sabin Gianelloni, Louis Gianneschi, John Golen, Claire Gornick, Jack Gornick, Benjamin Greenfield, Leah Gregory, Abigail Gundrum, Rebecca Hammond, Andrew Harman, Meggie Rose Hart, Thomas Hartley, Adam Hassler, Evan Haug, Alexandra Hennessy, Timothy Herrmann, Lauren Heslop, Liam Hill, Glory Jacquat, Madeleine Jaras, Michael Johnson, Samuel Jordan-Wood, Jason Juarez, Kyle Kaminski, Christian Karwowski, Andrew Kelley, Atheer Kokaly, Natalie Kosanovich, Madelyn Lacek, Andrew Ladd, Emily Landreth, Tatum Langley, Kara Larsen, Ella Lee, Raymond Lesus, Sarah Lewand, Kevin Lipkin, Emily Locke, Frank Luse, Thomas Manning, Erik Martenson, Ashley Mastronuzzi, John Mathews, David May, Elizabeth Mazzocco, Grace Mazzocco, Sean McAdam, Finn McCarthy, Magdalene McDonough, Mark McGovern, Megan McGReal, Meaghan McIntyre, Taylor Millette, Christine Millins, Bridget Mitchell, Mark Molayal, Maria Muehleis, Noah Neidigh, Kamil Nocon, Megan Nolley, Janae Nutter, Emmett O'Brien, Amelia O'Halloran, Evan Obal, Brandon Opfer, Ailie Orzak, Ashil Patel, Kristie Paus, Edward Pedote, Michael Pennel, Grace Que, Kevin Rachwalski, Mackenzie Ray, Eric Roeschlein, Michael Rouzer, Jaclyn Saco, Kira Sampson, Mateo Sanchez, Colin Sandstrom, Amanda Shafer, Taral Shah, Matthew Shiley, Amalia Siavelis, William Sikich, Meghan Sly, Nicholas Soldano, Brian Strauch, Erin Strauss, Barrett Sullivan, Ella Summer, Lauren Sussman, Alexander Swintek, William Tait, Morgan Taylor, Sehe Tinfang, Kylie Travers, Gabriela Uribe, Gavin Vandenberg, Gabriel Vanryn, Juan Vega, Thomas Vogt, Flanagan Waldherr, Austin Waterwall, John Wheeler, Whitney Wood and Brianna Zientara.

While this prestigious recognition does not include a monetary prize, recipients are encouraged to cite the honor on applications for college admission and scholarships, in addition to completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) as soon as possible. The FAFSA determines students’ eligibility for federal and state aid, including Illinois’ need-based Monetary Award Program (MAP) grant, as well as for many forms of aid offered through colleges.

Created in 1957, ISAC provides postsecondary students of all ages and backgrounds with resources and support to pursue higher education. ISAC offers free financial aid and college access events to assist students and families with the college-going process. Students can also visit the ISAC Student Portal for college planning, financial
aid and financial literacy information and free tools, as well as information on how to contact the ISACorps, a group of recent college graduates who act as near-peer mentors, for one-on-one assistance and mentoring. Students can also get answers to their college-going and financial aid questions sent directly to their phones by signing up for ISAC College Q&A, ISAC’s free text messaging service. Visit the ISAC Student Portal for more information at www.isac.org/studentportal.
 

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Posted by: Melea Smith, District Admin, Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205
Published: 12/14/16




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Study for Finals will be held at the Elmhurst Public Library from Saturday, December 17, through Tuesday, December 20. Click here for details: http://elmlib.org/teenprograms
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Posted by: Kelly Corry
Published: 12/13/16




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Please join the York Special Olympics Basketball Team this Friday, December 16, at 4:30 PM in the Campbell Gym for a Pack The Place game against Downers Grove North. Every attendee will receive a raffle ticket and have the opportunity to win York Special Olympic spirit wear. Wear your green while you cheer on the Dukes as they look to win their second straight game. Let's fill in the seats and cheer on York Special Olympics Basketball!

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Posted by: Kelly Corry
Published: 12/12/16




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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 telephone line at (630) 617-2502 for English and (630) 617-2506 for Spanish.

• 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 regularly-scheduled time. 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.

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Posted by: Melea Smith, District Admin, Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205
Published: 12/9/16




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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.

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Posted by: Katherine Schroeder, District Admin, Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205
Published: 12/7/16




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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.

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Posted by: Kelly Corry
Published: 12/7/16




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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.

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Posted by: Kelly Corry
Published: 12/6/16




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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!

 

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Published: 12/6/16




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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.”

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Posted by: Melea Smith, District Admin, Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205
Published: 12/5/16




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The home opener for York's Special Olympics basketball team is December 2. The game begins at 4:30 PM in the Campbell Gym when the Dukes will take on Riverside-Brookfield. Their next home game is Thursday, December 8, at 4:30 PM against Lyons Township. That match-up will also take place in the Campbell Gym at York Community High School, 355 W. St. Charles Road, Elmhurst.

The team is coached by Steve Westendorf and Tim Wealton. Click on the link below to view this season's schedule.

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Posted by: Melea Smith, District Admin, Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205
Published: 12/2/16




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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!

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Posted by: Katherine Schroeder, District Admin, Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205
Published: 12/2/16




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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.

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Posted by: Kelly Corry
Published: 12/2/16




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Focus 205’s Community Engagement Session #6, which was originally scheduled for Monday, December 5, will be rescheduled to Wednesday, February 1, 2017. The Focus 205 Facilitating Team recently made the decision to reschedule because, not only is it a busy holiday season, District 205 has yet to receive the results of our recent Thoughtexchange survey, which will be an important factor in shaping the next meeting’s presentation. Please visit www.focus205.org for complete information regarding the Focus 205 process.

Many thanks to the 1,321 participants who assigned over 118,123 stars in the Thoughtexchange survey's second Star step. There were 615 participants who shared 2,417 thoughts in the first Share step. In total, nearly 1,600 participants shared thoughts, assigned stars or did both – a fantastic result!

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Posted by: Melea Smith, District Admin, Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205
Published: 11/29/16




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The Elmhurst Commission on Youth, along with the District 205 PTA Council and D205 Foundation, welcome former NBA player Chris Herren to a community event on Tuesday, November 29, beginning at 7 PM in the York High School Campbell (Green & White) Gym. Mr. Herren will share 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. To conclude the event, Mr. Herren will field questions from the audience. Following the presentation, Mr. Herren will greet anyone interested in speaking with him. The event will not be videotaped.

District 205 middle schools have committed to making this a "homework free" night, so that students and their parents can attend this special presentation.

Organizations providing informational tables that evening are Rosecrance, Linden Oaks - Elmhurst and Alexian Brothers Behavioral Health Hospital. Additional sponsors of the event include Kickoff for Kids, Straight Ahead Network, L. W. Reedy Real Estate and the York, Bryan, Churchville and Sandburg PTAs.

Chris Herren will also present to all York High School students in a first period assembly the following morning, November 30, where he will again emphasize the importance of being yourself and not using unhealthy coping mechanisms.

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Posted by: Melea Smith, District Admin, Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205
Published: 11/28/16




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In conjunction with Chris Herren's visit, the Elmhurst Police Department will be holding a special Drug Take-Back Day on Saturday, December 3 from 9 AM to 1 PM outside of the Elmhurst Police Station, 125 E. First Street. One thing parents can do to safeguard their children is to clean out their medicine cabinet and get rid of pain pills left over from previous surgeries or injuries. The opioid oxycodone is found in a number of prescription drugs and can be highly addictive. Abuse of this drug produces a euphoric high similar to that of heroin.

 

In October, the Centers for Disease and Control Prevention announced that at least half of all opioid overdose deaths involve prescription painkillers.

Disposal of unused or expired prescription medication is best accomplished by drop-off at an authorized facility, which keeps these drugs out of the City water system and household garbage - as well as out of the hands of kids.

The Elmhurst Police Department has a prescription drug drop-off box in its main lobby, which is accessible 24/7. The box is strictly self-service: no information or identification is required. This simple step prevents accidental poisoning or overdose of family members. For more information, call 
630-530-3050 or visit www.elmhurst.org.

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Posted by: Melea Smith, District Admin, Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205
Published: 11/28/16




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"It was the best of times; it was the worst of times..." - so wrote Charles Dickens in 1859 in A Tale of Two Cities. This might well describe the overall sentiment in America today, divided as we are over the results of the November 8 election.

There is general agreement, however, that none of us has seen a presidential contest quite like 2016 and that is certainly true for our students. Lacking the maturity which longevity provides, they are, perhaps, more easily influenced by political winds. Nationally, reports indicate that it is our young people, high school and college aged, who feel the most angst over the future and are responding according to those feelings.

In Elmhurst District 205, we are working to address those concerns, while supporting the well-being of all students. At York High School, a kindness campaign (see #kindnessmatters on Twitter) was launched just days after the election, urging students to, above all, be kind and commit random acts of kindness. Many individuals and student groups have been working on creative ways to “pay it forward.” This Friday, students and staff wore purple, the color that comes from mixing red and blue (think Republicans and Democrats), as a symbol of coming together and putting political differences aside.

Our schools have strong and award-winning PBIS (Positive Behavior Intervention Support) programs, which well-serve students in both good times and less than optimal situations. All of our schools are consistently committed to valuing diversity, acceptance and respect.

Please know that we are aware there are parent and student concerns and are working to address any and all. If know of a specific situation that needs attention, please contact your child's principal.

On a happy note, there is a grassroots effort called LOVE LIVES HERE, which will sponsor a community candlelight peace vigil, tentatively set for Tuesday, December 6 at 7 PM in Wilder Park. Organizers are Susan Warren, Lisa O'Halloran and other concerned parents and citizens. Stay tuned for complete details. This is truly a time for us to come together, celebrate our differences, and recognize that we are all members of one community, one country and one world.

 

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Posted by: Melea Smith, District Admin, Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205
Published: 11/21/16




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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.

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Posted by: Kelly Corry
Published: 11/18/16




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York Music Boosters - Barnes and Noble Fundraiser (Oakbrook Center) on Monday, November 28, 2016. A portion of in-store and on-line purchases will be donated to the Music Boosters. On-line purchases between November 28 and December 3 are eligible. Visit BN.com/bookfairs and enter ID #11864642 at check out. Brenda Felber, the author of Pameroy Mysteries tween books, will join us for a book signing. Additionally, York Performing Arts students will provide musical entertainment in the evening.

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Posted by: Kelly Corry
Published: 11/16/16




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York student leaders have come forth to breathe life into the "Kindness Matters Campaign." This Friday, November 18 has been declared as "Purple Out" day - blending the party lines:  red and blue makes purple.  We are a resilient school and community that wants to ensure we boast respect, tolerance, unity and kindness.  Please participate this Friday by wearing purple!

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Posted by: Kelly Corry
Published: 11/15/16




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York PTSA is having a Portillos Fundraiser on Thursday November 17 from 5-8pm. Location: Portillos in Northlake, (170 W. North Ave, Northlake) please bring the flyer linked below and PTSA will receive 20% of the proceeds!

 

We look forward to seeing you there.

 

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Published: 11/14/16




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This Sunday, November 20th, from 12-3pm in the field house YORK cheerleading would like to invite everyone to their 1st annual stunt-a-thon fundraiser and showcase. We would love to see everyone at York high School and the community come out and support these athletes. There will also be performances by the Youth Eagles Cheer and your very own JV and Varsity Coed cheerleaders.
Basic entry is $3, and $5 includes York Dukes sunglasses.
Please come support York competitive  Cheer 

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Posted by: Kelly Corry
Published: 11/14/16




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Dear Parents, 

Thank you for those that reached out personally to ask what we've implemented in the school to address tolerance, respect, and kindness since the election on Tuesday evening. I want you to know that the election has prompted some inappropriate interaction between students, none of which has been physical; rather verbal. We have addressed this both proactively through messaging respect to students consistently since first period Wednesday morning and immediately in terms of discipline. Our administrative team, deans, and staff have worked around the clock to ensure our student's safety. Unfortunately, some rumors have spread about altercations that have not occurred. We do not condone nor do we allow discriminatory language or actions ever under any circumstance. Teachers have addressed this in their classrooms by reminding students what it means to respect each other even when we have differing opinions. We have spoken to the student body as a whole this morning during the Veteran's Day assembly about kindness and in an announcement to the student body yesterday that has been posted on our website since it was delivered. I also want to include that and my blog post below. 

I shared this message with the staff on Wednesday and want to share the same with you. Last fall, York's staff visited each classroom to deliver respect talks. The purpose, as I have learned, was to explicitly address the critical power of words and actions and to emphasize respect and kindness. I am extending that effort to what I call the Kindness Matters Campaign. I'm encouraging students, staff, and the community to treat each other with respect, to understand that we can have differing opinions but still be kind to one another. One way to operationalize this is to encourage others to "commit" random acts of kindness in the halls, in classrooms, in athletics, activities, in the community, and within families. Some examples include: helping a student who dropped his / her books, holding a door open, saying hello and how are you to strangers, paying for someone's coffee behind you in a drive through, simply smiling at others, and paying someone a compliment. There is so much power in kindness, so much more so than in hate. Please help me spread the word and let's use this as a way to act as role models to our students in a time where social discord is at a peak. If you post about this on social media, please use the hashtag #kindessmatters

 

And yesterday, Drew McGuire, Assistant Principal, read the following announcement.

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Hello Students and Staff-

Please excuse this brief announcement.  Our Nation and community has had a historic shift in our political landscape over the past few days. And the beauty of this nation is that we live in a democracy where we value the idea of people having different opinions and the freedoms to share those opinions. However, these events do not change our beliefs of how we treat individuals in our building and our community. We will continue York’s belief that everyone is a valued member of the York community. We will continue to expect our students and staff to treat each other with the respect that each member of our society deserves. Our country has a rich history of coming together after elections and promoting a peaceful transfer of power. 

After today, we will no longer permit actual flags of any kind to be worn as capes or clothing in our building. This has become a distraction to the learning environment.

Tomorrow morning we will be holding our all school veteran’s assembly. This assembly is to honor the veterans that have served our country so that we have the freedom to vote and live in a democracy. We expect our students and staff to treat this assembly with the respect and dignity these veterans deserve. This will also give us the opportunity to celebrate our country in unity.  We are committed to serving the needs of all our students and it is our priority that every student feels safe and welcomed in our building. We are counting on all of you to continue these values.

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I want you to know how much your students safety is our top priority. I will continue to message to the entire student body to respect one another and spread kindness.

Happy Veterans Day.

 

Erin DeLuga
Principal

​​​​​​​edeluga@elmhurst205.org

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Posted by: Kelly Corry
Published: 11/11/16




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Our Nation and community has had a historic shift in our political landscape over the past few days. And the beauty of this nation is that we live in a democracy where we value the idea of people having different opinions and the freedoms to share those opinions. However, these events do not change our beliefs of how we treat individuals in our building and our community. We will continue York’s belief that everyone is a valued member of the York community. We will continue to expect our students and staff to treat each other with the respect that each member of our society deserves. Our country has a rich history of coming together after elections and promoting a peaceful transfer of power.

After today, we will no longer permit actual flags of any kind to be worn as capes or clothing in our building. This has become a distraction to the learning environment.

Tomorrow morning we will be holding our all school veteran’s assembly. This assembly is to honor the veterans that have served our country so that we have the freedom to vote and live in a democracy. We expect our students and staff to treat this assembly with the respect and dignity these veterans deserve. This will also give us the opportunity to celebrate our country in unity. We are committed to serving the needs of all our students and it is our priority that every student feels safe and welcomed in our building. We are counting on all of you to continue these values. 

Thank you.

 

Drew McGuire
Assistant Principal

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Posted by: Kelly Corry
Published: 11/10/16




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York Drama proudly presents an evening of contemporary musical theatre, written by New York Composer Adam Gwon.  Declared a “promising newcomer in our talent hungry musical theatre world” by the New York Times, Adam Gwon is a rising composer whose songs have been heard at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Roundabout Theatre, the Kennedy Center and Signature Theatre.  His songs have been performed by such luminaries as Audra McDonald, Kelli O’Hara and Brian d’Arcy James.
 

Gwon will be working with twenty- eight York singers and musicians to bring this amazing concert to the stage. Join us on Friday, November 11 at 7:30 PM for this unique experience. Tickets $5 at the door.

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Posted by: Kelly Corry
Published: 11/9/16




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Congratulations to the following student-athletes for signing Letters of Intent and committing to the following universities:
 
Jeanette Morley-Track & Field-Belmont University
Sarah Rose-Volleyball-Marquette
Zoe Lawless-Lacrosse-Colorado

 

 
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Posted by: Katherine Schroeder
Published: 11/9/16




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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.

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Posted by: Kelly Corry
Published: 11/8/16




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Get some holiday gifts off your to-do list with the York Athletic Boosters Holiday Sale! The Athletic Boosters are taking special orders for several York spirit items, just in time for the holidays.  Visit the York High School, Athletic Boosters page at york.elmhurst205.org/YBoosters for the flyer and link to the special order items, only available through our sale, as they are not stocked at the bookstore.  

 

See the available personalized items too!

 

ORDERS MUST BE COMPLETED BY NOVEMBER 18th-NO LATE ORDERS CAN BE ACCEPTED.  

 

Pick up will be conveniently at York High School in the vestibule of Door #1 in the Academic Building on December 15th from 11am - 2:30pm and 7pm - 8:30pm. On the pick-up date, we will also have our entire inventory of items available for sale, such as our classic York Green Hoodie, PomPom hats, Duke socks, Flannel Pants and T-shirts. 

 

York Apparel makes great gifts for students in every grade!

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Posted by: Katherine Schroeder
Published: 11/8/16




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The next all-district Student Late Arrival Day is this Wednesday, November 9. 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.

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Posted by: Katherine Schroeder, District Admin, Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205
Published: 11/7/16




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On Wednesday, November 16, 2016, 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, as well as a special musical treat for baseball fans. Junior saxophonist and concerto competition winner Matthew Dardick will perform the Concerto for Saxophone and String Orchestra by Alexander Glazounov. Other featured works include Mozart’s Overture to The Magic Flute and Smetana’s “Dance of the Comedians” from The Bartered Bride. Other featured composers include Gustav Holst and Georg Frideric Handel. 

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

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Posted by: Kelly Corry
Published: 11/7/16




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UPDATE: Coach Joe Newton is back in town, but he will not be attending the State Cross Country Meet on Saturday, November 5 at Detweiller Park. He still plans to attend the special celebration in his honor on Sunday, November 6, arriving about 12:45 PM. Event will be streaming live at: http://www.elmhurst205.org/Joe_Newton

 

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After coaching the boys cross country teams for the past 60 years, York Community High School’s Joe Newton will be retiring at the end of the 2016 season. On Sunday, November 6 from 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM a celebration of his legendary career will begin with a cross country social/reunion in the Campbell Gym. All are welcome to attend and view the displays of cross country photos by the decades and catch up with fellow runners.

Coach Newton will attend the main celebration that afternoon from 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM in the Joe Newton Fieldhouse. The event will feature speakers, one of whom is Al Janulis, a former York Athletic Director and Newton runner. The public is invited to both events.

Please RSVP at NewtonCelebration@gmail.com

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Posted by: Katherine Schroeder, District Admin, Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205
Published: 11/3/16




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Monday, November 7th at 7:30PM, York will be hosting a Junior Parent Night.  Our College & Career Counselor (Amy Thompson), our Counseling Department Chair (Heather Saylor), and our AP for Curriculum (Ryan Doherty) will be presenting information about standardized testing, course selection and preparing for the college application process as our junior students begin to consider their futures beyond York.
 
When you arrive, please enter Door #1, and you'll be directed into either the Choir Room or the Orchestra Room for your first of two 30-minute sessions.  We hope that you'll find this information useful, and for those who cannot attend, the powerpoints with the information presented will be available on York's website later that week.  
 
We hope to see you there.
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Posted by: Kelly Corry
Published: 11/3/16




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Congratulations to Michele Carlson, York Social Studies teacher recognized as Star Educator for October! 
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On November 2, Ms. Carlson was surprised to learn that a former student nominated her for the Star Educator Award from Kickoff for Kids.

The student said:


Ms. Carlson went far beyond the expectations of a teacher for a Freshman World Studies course and consistently integrated college level research and analysis in the classroom. In addition to thoroughly explaining the required course material, she discussed techniques for writing a strong piece of analysis with the class and applied them to the curriculum. Throughout the units that we studied, we were encouraged to recognize and discuss themes of cause and effect, conflicting cultural ideas, and the roles of nations in a globalized society. As a cumulative project, Ms. Carlson challenged us to apply our research skills by synthesizing a topic pertaining to one of the Great Wars, developing an advanced research question, finding reputable sources that were relevant to our question, selecting useful information from within the sources, and then explaining and analyzing the information to form a clear, specific claim that summarized our findings.

Ms. Carlson further enhanced our learning through the personal connections that she formed with us. She took extra time to talk with individual students about a particular assignment, topic, or skill in order to make sure that they continued to have a positive classroom experience. Ms. Carlson also consistently encouraged students to positively interact with peers, teachers, and others in the York High School community. Her actions created a comfortable learning environment where students were willing to ask questions and to help each other learn. Furthermore, Ms. Carlson frequently asked her students for suggestions and opinions about projects, methods of learning, and assessments. She then discussed the new ideas with her World Studies classes and implemented them as necessary. Students taught by Ms. Carlson gain crucial research skills, the ability to accept constructive criticism, and a greater appreciation of their responsibilities in the community.

 

Karin Dochhoff presented the award from Kickoff for Kids. Kickoff for Kids (KoK) is an Elmhurst-based charity that raises funds for initiatives that support children in our community. This initiative seeks to recognize local educators whose hard work makes a difference in the lives of children.

This award was established to recognize the outstanding service of local public and private school elementary educators. Award recipients are nominated by community members, parents, students or peers and are selected based on performance, including the demonstration of exceptional commitment to children. Nominations are due by the 10th of each month.

Congratulations to York High School on this recognition! For more information on Kickoff for Kids and the Star Educator Award, visit www.kickoffforkids.org.

 

(photo from l to r: Karin Dochhoff, Mike DiNovo, Michele Carlson, Erin DeLuga and Drew McGuire)

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Posted by: Katherine Schroeder
Published: 11/3/16




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York Music Boosters (YMB) is hosting a very unique fundraiser that has been wildly successful around the Chicago area, as well as the country! We are holding a single day mattress sale at York High School on Sunday, November 13th from 10am – 5pm. These are high-quality mattresses at excellent prices! Stop by and try out the mattresses and then pick the one that will be delivered to your home. All proceeds from the sale support York Performing Arts students. Each year, we grant thousands of dollars in scholarships and grants for enrichment activities. 

Check out this Facebook Event at: 
https://www.facebook.com/events/1074033372712787/ and SHARE it with your friends.

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Posted by: Katherine Schroeder
Published: 11/1/16




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The York Distinguished Alumni Program (YDAP) Committee announces its 2016 Dukes of Distinction honorees. YDAP was created to recognize York Community High School alumni who have distinguished themselves through significant and/or extraordinary accomplishments, service and/or an outstanding contribution to society. This is the fourth “class” of inductees, bringing the total to 30. On Thursday, November 3, the following Dukes of Distinction for 2016 will be honored:

  • Dan Konopka, Class of 1993
  • Jack Lavin, Class of 1980
  • Judd Lofchie, Class of 1976
  • Tekki Lomnicki, Class of 1974
  • Barbara Kegerreis Lund, Class of 1955
  • Bob Nottelmann (deceased), Class of 1943
  • Allan Tereba, Class of 1965

Please mark your calendar and plan to join us for a reception in the York Commons at 6:30 PM, followed by a program at 7:00 PM. This event is free and open to the public; no tickets are required. To read more about this year’s honorees, click here. Visit and like the YCHS Facebook page at www.facebook.com/YorkCommunityHighSchool.
 

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Posted by: Katherine Schroeder, District Admin, Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205
Published: 10/31/16




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Please continue the community conversation by participating in the star step of our Focus205/Thoughtexchange survey. In step 2, participants will review ideas from other stakeholders and star the ideas you like best. This will help us to better understand what is important to you, both in your child(ren)'s school and in Elmhurst Community School District 205. To date, over 600 participants have shared over 2,400 thoughts.

Even if you could not participate in the first part of this process, you are invited to participate in this next step. 
Click here to self-register and be added to the Thoughtexchange process. To access frequently asked questions about the process, please click here.


Thoughtexchange invitations have been sent based on the various schools in which a family's children are enrolled and/or, in the case of employees, for as many connections - both professional and personal - as exist. People can opt out of any Thoughtexchanges they do not wish to be involved in at any time.

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Posted by: Melea Smith, District Admin, Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205
Published: 10/29/16




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Attention Students!  There will be a student fan bus for the girls' and boys' State Cross Country competition in Peoria.  The bus will leave Saturday, November 5th at 8:00 am.  Travel to State and cheer on our teams.  The cost for the bus is $7.00, plus bring money for lunch as we will stop on the way down.  Permission slips are at the Bookstore and must be signed by a parent and returned to the Bookstore by noon on Thursday, November 3rd.  The bus will be cancelled if there is not enough interest.  See Mr. Wagner in the Athletic Office if you have any questions.

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Posted by: Kelly Corry
Published: 10/28/16




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Good news from the York Performing Arts Department and District 205 Music Faculty! On Saturday, November 12, more than 3000 students from over 75 schools throughout Northeastern Illinois auditioned for the honor of All-district band, chorus, orchestra, and jazz band selection. The selected York student musicians will perform at the Illinois Music Educators Association All-District Music Festivals this November. The IMEA District I Jazz Festival will be Saturday, November 12, at Thornridge High School in Dolton. The IMEA District I Band, Chorus and Orchestra Music Festival will be Saturday, November 19, at Elmhurst College in Elmhurst.

Congratulations to the following Illinois Music Educator Association All-District I selectees from York Community High School:
 

Katharine Bartosz, Soprano

Alaina Bottens, Bassoon

Nathan Brown, Percussion

Madds Buckley, Alto

James Chaudoin, Alto Sax

Joelle Chiu, Violin

Amy Choi, Flute

Hanna Czeladko, Flute

Matt Dardick, Alto Sax, Concert Band and Jazz Ensemble

Jack Davis, Double Bass

Emily Dow, Cello

Kristen Drost, Soprano

Andrew French, Double Bass

Jenna Garcia, Violin

Alli Gley, Trumpet

Samuel Griffin, Bass

David Hansen, Tenor

Natalie Hradil, Cello

Lauren Hund, Flute

Glory Jacquat, Cello

Rylan Johnsen, Viola

Carina Kanzler, Soprano

Christian Karwowski, Bass

Hanna Kikos, Soprano

Emily Landreth, Alto

Tatum Langley, Alto

Ella Lee, Violin

Gabe Lewis, Clarinet

Wilke Macariola, Tenor

Bailey Maguire, Alto

Liz Mazzocco, Violin

Grace Mazzocco, Viola

Shamus McFarlane, Tenor

Jackie Meyer, Alto

Chuck Miller, Tenor Sax, Orchestra and Jazz Ensemble

Christine Millins, Soprano

Katie Mitchell, Soprano

Emmett O’Brien, Trumpet

Nicole Polizzi, Soprano

Nathan Rago, Bass

Julia Riddle, Soprano

Rebecca Rogers, Alto

Kevin Shehan, Cello

Kyra Stanton, Viola

Brian Strauch, French Horn

Morgan Taylor, Alto

Gabby Uribe, Clarinet

Tessa Vermeulen, Flute

Leah Widmaier, Viola

 

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Posted by: Kelly Corry
Published: 10/25/16




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York High School Drama tackles yet another classic with its performance of the Shakespearean play about star-crossed lovers, Romeo and Juliet. Shows are 7:30 PM, Thursday through Saturday, October 27 - 29 and 2:00 PM on Sunday, October 30. All seating is reserved. Advanced tickets may be purchased at www.ticketpeak.com/events/yorkdrama.

The cast is as follows: (* Indicates Friday/Sunday cast)

 

Samson              Matt Hauser & Eli Maricich*        

Gregory              Alana Klein & Erin Stone *

Abraham             Danielle Fite & Ella Stanley *

Balthasar            Joe Brown & Paul Campbell*  

Benvolio              Wilke Macariola

Tybalt                 Sam Griffin

Capulet               Carina Kanzler & Emily Landreth* 

Lady Capulet       Ellie Ryan & Hanna Kikos *

Montague            CJ Karwowski

Lady Montague    Olivia Braun

Prince                 Kate Gehrke & Camille Butler*   

Romeo                Erik Martenson

Paris                   Mike Bindeman & Billy Reich* 

Peter/Servant      Eileen King & Shamus McFarlane*  

Juliet                  Erin Lee & Julia Doherty*   

Nurse                  Madds Buckley & Katie Mitchell* 

Mercutio              Tatum Langley

Servants              Bailey Maguire, Kevin Homan, Julia Lussow, Sebastian Rohn

Capulet Cousin     Paul Campbell & Joe Brown*   

Party Guests        Izzy Dyer, Helena Koczur, Jackie Meyer, Julia Stone, Emily Walker

Frere Lauren        Morgan Taylor

Apothecary          Jackie Meyer

Frere Jean           Julia Lussow

Page                   Izzy Dyer

Guards                Helena Koczur, Julia Stone, Emily Walker

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Posted by: Melea Smith, District Admin, Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205
Published: 10/24/16




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The Elmhurst Police Department is partnering with the Drug Enforcement Administration for the Prescription Drug Take Back Day on Saturday, October 22. Officers will be on hand in the parking lot of the police station from 10 AM to 2 PM to collect expired, unused or unwanted prescription drugs for safe destruction.

 

Unused or expired prescription medications are a public safety issue, leading to accidental poisoning, overdose and abuse. The non-medical use of prescription drugs is one of the most common forms of drug abuse in America. The majority of teenagers abusing prescription drugs get them from the home medicine cabinets of family and friends. Unused drugs that are flushed into toilets or thrown into the garbage are also environmental hazards, as they contaminate the water supply.

 

Please check your home for unwanted prescription medications and conveniently drop them off, no questions asked at the Elmhurst Police Station. If you are unable to drop off unwanted prescription drugs on the Take Back Day, you may drop them off at any time to the prescription drug collection box, located in the police department lobby. If you would like more information, please contact the Elmhurst Police Department at (630) 530-3050 or visit www.DEA.gov.

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Posted by: Melea Smith, District Admin, Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205
Published: 10/20/16




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The District 205 Foundation for Educational Excellence unanimously approved to provide $50,000 to help fund the Future Ready Model Classroom project, a pilot program that will create three future ready classrooms at the K-2, 3-5, and 6-8 grade levels. The Foundation will use proceeds earned throughout the year to help fund the project, which began this summer and should be completed in late fall of 2016.

Foundation Chair Brian Bresnahan explains, “Our mission states that we are dedicated to innovations in education. Helping to move the District further along the spectrum of Future Ready Learning is definitely something we want to be involved with. I think the community will see the value in it and support us.”


Schools selected for project are Fischer (Dawin Strelow/ Kindergarten), Lincoln (Cecilia Dunn/third grade) and Bryan Middle School (Erin Fox/6th grade). In the spring of 2016, all three teachers, along with principals Jane Bailey (Fischer) and Jacquie Discipio (Bryan), as well as Mr. Bresnahan and Foundation Executive Director Lisa Fanelli, participated in Future Ready Model Classroom workshops, led by Wight and Company, the District’s architects. “You could feel the excitement in the room as teachers and administrators collaborated on a vision for the future that would permanently impact the classroom experience on a daily basis,” said Mrs. Fanelli.

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Architectural firm Wight & Company was hired by the District as part of a process to develop a long-range Facility Master Plan. Wight has completed a facility study that resulted in an educational alignment guide. Findings and recommendations from this guide will be used to move forward. According to Wight, ready schools must be “agile” and accommodate small group collaboration, learning commons, hubs for social learning, tech-infused spaces, STEM and maker spaces, as well as addressing safety and security considerations, health and comfort, fitness/wellness and outdoor learning.

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“The fact that we received multiple Thiems Grant applications requesting new types of seating options, desks and other furnishings, is evidence that teachers want their classrooms to evolve in order to meet current needs,” said Geri Sorrentino, Foundation Programs Chair and District REACH teacher at Hawthorne Elementary School.
 


These model classrooms will allow people to go beyond imagining what future ready learning environments could be and will actually make the vision come to life in these spaces. Both the Board of Education and Superintendent Moyer have expressed gratitude to the Foundation Board for their support in this project. “These classrooms will assist with future planning to ensure that, one day, all District 205 students will be afforded the opportunity to learn in an environment that promotes engagement, rigor, critical thinking, creativity, collaboration, communication and citizenship in the global information age,” commented Dr. David Moyer, Superintendent of Schools.

Following the completion of these model classrooms, the plan is to gather feedback from participating teachers and students to develop a recommendation toward a District standard for furniture, finishes and integrating classroom technology, as part of a visionary Facility Master Plan. These model classrooms will test and inform that process.

There will be a special public open house at Bryan Middle School on Monday, October 24, from 5:15 to 6:35 PM, just prior to the Focus 205 focus group meetings, held at the three District 205 middle schools from 7 to 8:30 PM.

"We are thrilled with the Foundation's support for Future Ready learning in the District. We could not be more appreciative and are excited for the potential that this project has to begin to shape future decisions about how we utilize space to support learning and teaching," noted Superintendent Dr. David Moyer.

This project is another example of supporting innovation and positioning the District for the future. The Foundation has funded and supported numerous pilots over the years, most of which have later been adopted to benefit teachers and students.

Detailed information about plans for the classrooms, as well as the opportunity to make a donation supporting the project, can be found on the District 205 Foundation website: www.elmhurst205.org/futurereadyclass

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Posted by: Katherine Schroeder, District Admin, Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205
Published: 10/19/16




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Join other parents at the Elmhurst Public Library on Tuesday, October 18 from 12:30-2:30 PM when Jacqueline Rhew from Alexian Brothers will be presenting Intervention Strategies to Engage Students with Parents Struggling with School Anxiety and School Refusal. Sponsored by District 205 Social Workers, this program is free, but limited to the first 70 in attendance.
 

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




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We want to know what you think! Please share your thoughts through our interactive Focus 205/Thoughtexchange survey, in order to help us better understand what is important to you, both in your child(ren)'s school and in Elmhurst Community School District 205.

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dministered by a third-party company called Thoughtexchange, this is an online learning process that allows us to reach out to everyone affected by the decisions made in District 205. This process enables us to hear your thoughts and learn about your priorities. The survey involves three open-ended questions and will only take about 10 minutes to complete.

There are three steps to the process:

  1. Share – answer three open-ended questions about education in our schools (through October 17)
  2. Star – review ideas from other stakeholders and star the ideas you like best (October 24 – November 3)
  3. Discover – learn what is important to the community as a whole (results available in December)

If you haven’t received an email invitation, click here to self-register and be added to the Thoughtexchange process. To access frequently asked questions about the process, click herePlease join the conversation!

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Posted by: Melea Smith, District Admin, Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205
Published: 10/14/16




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On Monday, October 24, Focus 205 focus group meetings will be held at each of our three middle schools - Bryan, Churchville and Sandburg - from 7 to 8:30 PM. Parents of elementary and high school students are encouraged to attend their child's "feeder" middle school; parents of middle school students are invited to attend their child’s current school. Community members are also invited to participate.

These meetings will involve a short formal presentation on what the future ready classroom looks like, as well as an overview of the educational alignment study conducted by architects Wight & Company last spring. This will be followed by asking for reaction from attendees to some related questions. There will be a moderator and a note taker to record comments. This feedback will help shape the Focus 205 Community Engagement Session #6. Please join the conversation!

 


Also on October 24, catch a glimpse of the new future ready model classroom at Bryan Middle School, which was just unveiled this week. An open house will be held from 5:15 to 6:45 PM, just prior to the focus group meetings. For more information, click here.

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Posted by: Katherine Schroeder, District Admin, Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205
Published: 10/14/16




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We just wanted to post a reminder that on Wednesday, October 19, 2016, York Community High School will be administering a standardized assessment to all Freshmen, Sophomores, and Juniors from the PSAT suite of assessments published by the CollegeBoard. The tests have been paid for through the District,​ and nothing additional needs to be completed in order to register your child.

 

October 19th is a half day for students, but it is NOT a late arrival day​: we will begin testing at 7:40 am, and students at all three grade levels, as well as students at the District 205 Transition Center will be dismissed at the conclusion of their exam at approximately 11:30.​ Since Seniors have a non attendance day, w​e encourage seniors to spend this day visiting a college, university, or other post secondary program.

 

All bus routes will run at normal times in the morning, and will depart from York at 11:45 following the exams. A late bus will be available at 1:30 for students using extended time, and another late bus will leave York at 6:15 after athletic practices; however, please note that there will NOT be a 4:30 bus on the 19th. Breakfast will be available for purchase before school, but there will be no lunch service on this testing day.

 

Students will receive an email with their individual testing room assignment for the day and instructions regarding what to bring to the test (i.e. number 2 pencils, calculator, snack etc.). Please help your student keep an eye out for this email and ask your student if they know their testing room assignment.

 

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Posted by: Suzanne Hughes
Published: 10/14/16




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Honor the Elmhurst Community’s holiday tradition and order a festive Nova Scotia Balsam tree for your front yard from the Elmhurst District 205 Foundation’s holiday tree sale. Proceeds from the tree sale will support educational grants, enhancements and programs that benefit the students of Elmhurst Public Schools.

An outdoor tree is $19 and neighborhood group orders of 4 or more will be delivered free of charge on Nov 26th. Individual orders of outdoor yard trees, as well as an assortment of beautiful indoor trees, may also be purchased for receipt on December 3rd. Visit www.elmhurst205.org/HolidayTrees for more information and to learn about being a neighborhood tree captain. Orders due Friday, October 28th.

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Posted by: Melea Smith, District Admin, Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205
Published: 10/14/16




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York Community High School will be holding its sixth annual all-school Veterans Day assembly on Friday, November 11. Any interested U.S. veterans, as well as current servicemen and women, are invited to come and be honored in York’s Campbell Gym. The assembly begins at 8 AM and will include speeches from selected veterans, as well as York students and administrators. Veterans are encouraged to arrive at 7:15 AM for coffee, pastries and bagels in the high school’s Yorker Room, 355 W. St. Charles Road, Elmhurst (please enter through the main door).

On Saturday, November 12, members of the York Student Council will serve a free breakfast to American veterans and their families from 9 to 11 AM in the high school cafeteria. Please contact York Student Council Advisor Matt Moran if you are interested in attending the assembly, the breakfast or both. Let him know how many people will be attending each event by sending an email to MMoran@elmhurst205.org or calling 630-617-2400, ext. 7285 and leaving a message.

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Posted by: Katherine Schroeder, District Admin, Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205
Published: 10/13/16




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York has implemented a new policy regarding bags at football games.  No backpacks, cinch sacks, duffel bags or large purses will be allowed. The only items allowed into the stadium would be small hand bags. Athletes may keep their belongings in their athletic lockers during the game. When the game is over they may come back to the building to get their belongings. The building will remain locked during the varsity game.  If you are not an athlete please keep your bags, purses, etc. at home.

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Posted by: Kelly Corry
Published: 9/29/16




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A full-day kindergarten option, implementation of a formal STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) program, the addition of a dual language option, systemic interventions and/or enrichments and the addition of instructional coaches – these were the top educational priorities identified in Phase I of Focus 205 – a collaborative conversation between the community and Elmhurst School District 205.

District 205 launched this community engagement program last fall. Phase 1 involved four town hall-style meetings held September through December of 2015, focusing on next generation learning, future-ready educational environments and utilization of resources for maximum student success. The Focus 205 Findings Report summarizes the work of this phase.

Phase 2 began last spring with a comprehensive Educational Alignment study; an update was presented to the Board of Education on May 24, 2016.

Focus 205 continues this fall with two more community meetings on October 3 and December 5, beginning at 7 PM in the York High School Commons. We hope you will join us as we recap the work done last year, celebrate student achievement in District 205 and begin exploring options that will support educational priorities in Elmhurst for years to come. RSVP at (630) 617-2300 ext. RSVP (7787) or at www.focus205.org. Please indicate if you require childcare (for ages 3-12).

In between those meetings, District 205 will be gathering community input through an online, interactive and completely confidential survey administered by a company called Thoughtexchange.
What is Thoughtexchange? Watch their one-minute video to find out.

This is your chance to share what you value about District 205 as a parent and/or community member, what your vision is for our students’ future-ready learning, as well as ask any questions or contribute any thoughts you might have regarding public education in Elmhurst. Watch for the link in early October. Join the conversation!

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Posted by: Melea Smith, District Admin, Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205
Published: 9/28/16




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Nineteen members of the York Community High School Class of 2017 have been named National Merit Commended Students, as recently announced by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC). The NMSC revealed the names of approximately 34,000 Commended Students in the 2017 National Merit Scholarship Program.

Recognized for their exceptional academic promise are the following York seniors: Eileen Baird, Spencer Bunch-Hotaling, Camille Butler, Ryan Casey, John Chlystek, Hanna Czeladko, Dominic Gatti, Abigail Gundrum, Rebecca Hammond, Lauren Heslop, Frank Luse, Ashley Mastronuzzi, Elizabeth Mazzocco, Magdalene McDonough, Ailie Orzak, Brian Strauch, Erin Strauss, Lauren Sussman and Gabriela Uribe.

Commended Students placed among the top five percent nationally of those tested. A letter of commendation from the NMSC and York High School was presented by Principal Erin DeLuga to each of these outstanding students.

“Although they will not continue in the 2017 competition for National Merit Scholarship awards, Commended Students have demonstrated outstanding potential for academic success,” said Michelle Cicirello, Executive Director of Scholarship Administration for the NMSC. “These students represent a valuable national resource. Recognizing their accomplishments, as well as the key role their schools play in their academic development, is vital to the advancement of educational excellence in our nation. We hope that this recognition will help broaden their educational opportunities and encourage them as they continue their pursuit of academic success.”

NMSC, a not-for-profit organization that operates without government assistance, was established in 1955 specifically to conduct the annual National Merit Scholarship Program.
 

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Posted by: Melea Smith, District Admin, Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205
Published: 9/27/16




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York High School tackles yet another classic with its performance of the Shakespearean play about star-crossed lovers, Romeo and Juliet. Shows are October 27, 28, 29 and 30; advanced ticket sales to the public will begin October 3rd. Tickets may be purchased at www.ticketpeak.com/events/yorkdrama. All seating is reserved.

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Posted by: Melea Smith
Published: 9/27/16




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This message serves as notification that TruGreen will be applying fertilizer, herbicide and vegetation control throughout Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205 grounds.   Applications will be applied at all schools Saturday, October 1, 2016.

Due to decreasing budgets and limited available personnel, it is impossible for District 205 to prevent weeds without some chemical assistance. The best weed prevention is a healthy lawn and the majority of the applications will be feed for the grass. A limited amount of weed control will also be used in very low concentrations. All EPA guidelines will be followed. The chemical dries in less than an hour. For further information, please click on the links below:

District 205 Buildings and Grounds page - http://www.elmhurst205.org/B_G
The US EPA site – http://www.epa.gov/pesticides/health/human.htm#1
The National Pesticide Information Center (NPIC) – http://npic.orst.edu

If you have any additional questions, please contact the District Buildings and Grounds Office at 630-617-8326.

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Posted by: Melea Smith, District Admin, Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205
Published: 9/27/16




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Student Late Arrival Days provide time for certified staff and administrators to collaboratively review student data, discuss professional growth topics, problem solve, share best practices and continue the work of building a Professional Learning Community.

In October, the Student Late Arrival days vary by level and are as follows:

High School - October 5, 12 and 26

Middle School - October 6 and 19

Elementary and Early Childhood - October 19

The Student Late Arrival instructional schedule for 2016-17 is:

 

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

 

Supervised student arrival will begin 20 minutes prior to these start times. However, for families of elementary students who need to maintain the same schedule for Student Late Arrival days this coming school year as last, supervision will be made available beginning at 9:10 AM (which was the elementary Student Late Arrival schedule for 2015-16). Please understand that transportation will not be provided at this earlier time.

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

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Posted by: Melea Smith, District Admin, Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205
Published: 9/27/16




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  1. Open a web browser and navigate to https://www.powerptc.net/powerptc/c/21/ 
  2. Log in with your account.
  3. Click on Conference Schedule.
  4. Select the date you would like to schedule your appointments.
  5. Select a starting time for your appointments.
  6. If you would not like to attend conferences with certain courses, uncheck the box under the Schedule column. Your child's counselor is also available for conferences.
  7. Click Build Your Schedule Now!
  8. Finally click Print Schedule to create a hard copy of your parent-teacher conference schedule.

If you are scheduling for more than one student, click on Select a Student from the left-hand menu to switch the active student.     

If you are having issues with scheduling your conferences, please e-mail: ptc@elmhurst205.org

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Posted by: Suzanne Hughes
Published: 9/22/16




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Officials of National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC) recently announced the names of approximately 16,000 Semifinalists in the 62nd annual National Merit Scholarship Program. Among them are seniors Elizabeth Brown, Amy Choi, Emily Landreth, Kevin Lipkin, Maria Muehleis, Noah Neidigh, Amelia O’Halloran, Mateo Sanchez, Colin Sandstrom, Amalia Siavelis, Sehe Tinfang, Gavin Vandenberg and Flanagan Waldherr, representing York Community High School.

These academically talented high school seniors have an opportunity to continue in the competition for some 7,500 National Merit Scholarships worth more than $33 million to be offered next spring. To be considered for a Merit Scholarship® award, Semifinalists must fulfill several requirements to advance to the Finalist level of the competition. About 90 percent of the Semifinalists are expected to attain Finalist standing, and more than half of the Finalists will win a National Merit Scholarship, earning the Merit Scholar® title.

Scholarships are underwritten by NMSC with its own funds and by over 420 business organizations and higher education institutions that share NMSC’s goals of honoring the nation’s scholastic champions and encouraging the pursuit of academic excellence.

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Posted by: Melea Smith, District Admin, Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205
Published: 9/15/16




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Parent-Teacher Conferences will be held separately for all three levels of District 205 students this year - EC-5, middle school and high school.

High School Conferences are Tuesday, October 4, from 4 to 8:30 PM and Tuesday, October 11 from 12:00 to 7:00 PM. As a result, there will be no school for York High School students only on October 11.

Middle School Conferences are Wednesday, October 5, from 4:00 to 8:30 PM and Friday, October 7, from 8:00 AM to 3:00 PM. There will be no school for middle school students only on October 7.

Parents of middle school and high school students will soon be receiving an email at the primary email in PowerSchool. This email will contain a link through which they may sign up online to reserve conference slots during a specified window of time.

Online sign-up will go “live” beginning on Friday, September 23, at 6:00 AM for York High School, Bryan and Churchville Middle Schools. The signup windows close on Thursday, September 29, at 11:55 PM.

Sandburg Middle School is holding student driven conferences this year. Sign up took place during Curriculum night in August.

 

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Posted by: Katherine Schroeder, District Admin, Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205
Published: 9/13/16




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7 pm - 10 pm (doors close at 8 pm)
Tickets are $20 at the bookstore, $25 at the door. Tickets will be on sale from September 14 - September 23. Students may attend the dance with a date, or with a group of friends.
 
We will have a week full of activities such as lunch room games, theme days, hallway decorating, powder puff, the pep rally, the football games, culminating with our Homecoming Dance on Saturday night in the field house at 7:00 pm.
 
Attire is semi-formal.  Students who are denied entry due to inappropriate attire will NOT be given a refund.
All rules, regulations and guidelines as set forth in the Student Handbook apply to all dances.
 
Students who would like to bring a guest from another school must see their Dean by Wednesday, September 21 about a Guest Permission Form.
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Posted by: Kelly Corry
Published: 9/12/16




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Posted by: Kelly Corry
Published: 9/12/16




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Reminder -

Tuesday, September 13 and Wednesday, September 14 are yearbook photo make-up days.  Stuart Rogers will be set up in the Commons starting at 7:30 through 8th period both days.  Make sure you pick up an order form when you have your picture taken. 

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Published: 9/12/16




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The first all-district Student Late Arrival Day is Wednesday, September 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

 

Supervised student arrival will begin 20 minutes prior to the start time. However, for families of elementary students who need to maintain the same schedule for Student Late Arrival days this coming school year as last, supervision will be made available at 9:10 AM (which was the elementary Student Late Arrival schedule for 2015-16). Please understand that transportation will not be provided at this earlier time.

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

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Posted by: Katherine Schroeder, District Admin, Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205
Published: 9/11/16




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“Welcome to Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205” premiered at elementary and middle school Curriculum Night events last week. It features the voices of D205 students who are also members of the Elmhurst Children’s Theatre. The two-minute video is an overview of the District’s educational priorities, punctuated with images of our students and staff at work and play. It reminds viewers that District 205 is a student-centered, future-focused community which believes all students can and must learn and grow.

Thanks go to the principals and staff of York High School, Churchville Middle School, as well as Lincoln and Field Elementary Schools, for making time in their busy May schedules to accommodate the camera crew from Motion Source. Produced by the Communications Office, the video is posted above and can also be found on the District 205 YouTube channel.

 

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Posted by: Melea Smith, District Admin, Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205
Published: 9/1/16




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Mark your calendar now for Thursday, September 29, when the Elmhurst District 205 Foundation will again be hosting a Family Night of basketball slams and jams featuring the Harlem Wizards at York High School. They will be playing against our own “D205 All Stars” made up of Elmhurst faculty and staff. Raffle prizes, concessions and awesome merchandise will be offered for sale. Proceeds benefit all Elmhurst public schools through Foundation programs. Get your tickets early to be sure you get the best seats in the house! Limited number of courtside and reserved seating available. Buy tickets now at www.harlemwizards.com.
 

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Published: 9/1/16




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Please note that tomorrow, Wednesday, August 31 is the first Student Late Arrival day at York High School with classes starting at 9:25am.  Please check your Late Arrival Bus Schedules for your pick-up time.  The math lab will be open starting at 7:00am and the Learning Commons will be open starting at 6:45am for students that arrive early.

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Posted by: Kelly Corry
Published: 8/30/16




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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.

 

SIGN UP HERE

 

10/6/16

10/7/16

11/11/16

11/18/16

1/27/17

2/17/17

3/23/17

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Posted by: Suzanne Hughes
Published: 8/30/16




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We look forward to welcoming you on Monday evening for Open House!  Please be sure to print your student's schedule or take a picture of it on your phone before coming to York Monday evening. Click here for the agenda for the evening. I also want to invite you to stop by the commons during your student's lunch period to enjoy music and refreshments.  

 

Enjoy your evening!

 

Sincerely,

Erin DeLuga

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Posted by: Kelly Corry
Published: 8/29/16




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Attention junior and senior girls: fall athletes who signed up for Powder Puff WILL BE ALLOWED to march on to the field with your team and cheer from the sidelines during the game on September 21. Everyone participating (playing or not) need to have their t-shirt money in the bookstore by 11 am tomorrow, Wednesday, August 31 - please specify to the bookstore staff if you will not be playing in the game. Again, all girls must have their t-shirt money and permission slips in the bookstore TOMORROW. If you are still interested in participating in the Powder Puff game please sign up and have your completed permission slip and money turned in before 11 am TOMORROW. No late permission slip will be accepted.

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Posted by: Kelly Corry
Published: 8/29/16




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Herff Jones was at school on Wednesday August 17th and met with all seniors during their assigned PE period to be measured for their cap and gown as well as to discuss other items that seniors may chose to purchase.  All student who were in attendance that day, even those with athletic waivers, should have spoken to the Herff Jones Rep and have a gown ordered for graduation.

 

If you son or daughter was not in attendance that day, please have your student see Ms. Armstrong in the CCRC for an informational packet.  Herff Jones will also be contacting students who do not have gown information on file in a few weeks.

 

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Posted by: Kelly Corry
Published: 8/29/16




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ACT has just released this year’s scores for the Class of 2016. At the state level, average composite scores on the ACT college entrance exam increased slightly from last year's 20.7 to 20.8. Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205 saw students’ scores increase from 24.2 to 24.7, a new all-time high in the history of the District. York Community High School ACT scores have been trending upward over the past five years.

A total of 156,403 students were tested in Illinois, including 655 from York. Following is the breakdown of the four areas tested, along with the State and District average composite scores:

Subject

Illinois 2016

District 205 2016

English

20.5

24.6

Mathematics

20.6

24.8

Reading

21.0

24.7

Science

20.6

24.1

Composite Score

20.8

24.7

 

“We are extremely pleased that our district has set a high-water mark with the ACT, and equally pleased at the growth we have seen in last year's senior class throughout their high school career,” said Superintendent Dr. David Moyer. “This is reflective of both the hard work of these students and the support they have received from of all of our staff over the years they have spent with us.”

The Class of 2016 was the last graduating class in Illinois that was required to take the ACT as a part of the Prairie State Achievement Exam (PSAE). The Illinois State Board of Education has decided to transition from the ACT to the SAT as the required measure of college readiness for Illinois juniors beginning in the spring of 2017. District 205 will continue to report the performance of its students on the ACT, but will also transition to the SAT with the rest of the state.

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Posted by: Melea Smith, District Admin, Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205
Published: 8/24/16




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Your York Dukes will take on New Trier this Friday in our season opener in football.  Come to the game in your green and white to show your support and cheer on the Dukes to victory!  There will be a pregame tailgate open to all students from 6:00 to 7:30 pm in the student lot next to the marquee.  Sophomore game starts at 5:00 pm and varsity at 7:30 pm.  Please remember to bring your student ID for entrance to the game at the Student Pass Gate next to the home ticket booth.

 

Go Dukes!

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Posted by: Kelly Corry
Published: 8/23/16




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Today we will begin using the automated attendance information system. This system ensures that you are made aware of your child’s unexcused absence(s) in a timely manner. If your child is unexcused for one or more periods, you will receive an automated phone call and email by 5 PM on the day of the absence. The information you receive will not specify which periods your child was unexcused; it will only inform you that there was at least one unexcused absence. For a detailed record of your child’s attendance, you will need to log on to PowerSchool.

 

Upon receiving the information, if you believe the absence was recorded in error, your child should speak with his/her teacher, and the teacher will notify the attendance office of any changes. If the absence(s) should be excused, a parent or guardian must contact the attendance office (630-617-2444) within 48 hours. Replying to the email will NOT excuse the absence. Failure to excuse a student’s absence within 48 hours will result in the absence remaining unexcused.

 

Thank you for your partnership in supporting student attendance and maintaining accurate student records.

 

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Posted by: Kelly Corry
Published: 8/22/16




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Please join Edward-Elmhurst Healthcare for a discussion on "The Heroin Crisis - Out of the Shadows" at Courts Plus Fitness on Thursday, September 22, 2016 at 7 PM. Carol Harman, BA, CADC from Linden Oaks Behavioral Health will be presenting. Please register by calling Courts Plus (630)833-5064, emailing courtsplus@epd.org or registering in person at the Courts Plus Service Desk.

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Carol Harman graduated from Washington University in St. Louis with a degree from Department of Psychology and Brain Sciences. In her 27 year career, she has done all levels of substance treatment, including inpatient detox, men’s and women’s inpatient rehab treatment, and all levels of outpatient substance treatment with both adults and adolescents. Currently she is a clinical therapist who runs the Adult Chemical Dependency Intensive Outpatient Program at Linden Oaks Behavioral Health in Hinsdale. She has been with Edward-Elmhurst Health for 14 years.

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Posted by: Melea Smith, District Admin, Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205
Published: 8/18/16




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From the first notes to the final breath, West Side Story is one of the most memorable musicals and greatest love stories of all time. Arthur Laurents' book remains as powerful, poignant and timely as ever. The score by Leonard Bernstein and Stephen Sondheim is widely regarded as one of the best ever written. The world's greatest love story takes to the streets in this landmark Broadway musical that is one of theatre's finest accomplishments. Young kids find themselves caught between warring street gangs. Their struggle to survive in a world of hate, violence and prejudice is one of the most innovative, heart-wrenching musical dramas of our time, and unfortunately, highly relevant today.

 

Tickets to West Side Story will be available mid March for performances on April 27, 28, 29 and 30. Tickets for all York Drama events are available at  www.ticketpeak.com/yorkdrama.

 

Do not miss one of the most important, dynamic and beautiful musicals ever written. West Side Story has been on Broadway for a record breaking four full runs, and now it is on the York Stage.

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Posted by: Kelly Corry
Published: 8/16/16




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Join the fall sports teams and the York Athletic Boosters on Saturday, August 20 for the Green and White games at the York Stadium.  The scrimmage schedule is below and there will be burgers, hot dogs, concessions, and York Duke apparel available for sale for all spectators throughout the day.  NovaCare is generously providing funding to provide a meal to our Football, Soccer and Cheer athletes but we need your help with grilling, concessions and apparel sales.  

 

The Soccer athletes will be eating at 1:00 p.m. after their varsity scrimmage, Football and Cheer at 6:00 pm.  The Athletic Boosters are looking for donations of water, Gatorade and cookie/brownies for the athletes, if you are unable to help out.  Please see the SignUpGenius link below to sign up for shifts and drop off locations for donations. Questions, please contact Christine Juneman at cljuneman@hotmail.com.

 

http://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0e49aaab2da1fa7-green

 

11:00 am - 11:15 am  Frosh/Sophomore Boys' Soccer Scrimmage

11:15 am - 11:30 am   Mandatory Parent Soccer Meeting - at the stadium

11:30 am - 1:00 pm    Varsity Boys' Soccer Scrimmage

1:00 pm - 2:00 pm     Elmhurst Eagles (83 NFC vs. TBD)

2:00 pm - 3:00 pm     Elmhurst Eagles 103 NFC vs. IC)

3:00 pm - 4:00 pm     Frosh/Sophomore Football Scrimmage

4:30 pm - 6:00 pm     Varsity Football Scrimmage / Cheerleaders will perform at 5:15 pm

In the event of inclement weather, the Green and White Scrimmage would be cancelled.  Athletes will take sports photos in the field house and practices may be moved to inside.

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Posted by: Kelly Corry
Published: 8/15/16




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Young Hearts for Life returns to York High School on Thursday, October 6 to provide free ECG heart screenings to all students who are registered. The screening is offered during the school day. To sign up your child,please go to www.yh4l.org and click on the drop down button that says Registration & Events. Click on Chicago Metropolitan Region and then choose your child's school.

 

In order to make this event successful, we need to have parent/community volunteers. All volunteers must attend one of the training sessions. We're using SignUp.com to register volunteers. Please sign up for York Community High School!

 

Here's how it works in 3 easy steps:

 

1. Click this link to access our invitation page: http://vols.pt/k5ATGg:

2. Enter your email address: (You will NOT need to register an account on http://vols.pt/k5ATGg)

3. Choose your spots. Be sure to sign up for your training session as well as the shift you will work at the screening. Please consider joining us for the entire day. SignUp.com will send you an automated confirmation and reminders.
 

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Posted by: Kelly Corry
Published: 8/12/16




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On August 11, Newsweek released its annual America’s Top High Schools list for 2016. York Community High School ranked 186 in the nation out of 6,477 public high schools that met the criteria to be considered, with 4,452 making the cut for another list of schools “beating the odds.” York was ranked 188 on that list.

Ranking is based on six measurements that Newsweek weighted to achieve a “college readiness index.” The rankings show how well high schools prepare students for college. Those measurements and their weight are:

  • Holding power: 10 percent
  • Ratio of counselor/full-time equivalent to student enrollment: 10 percent
  • Weighted SAT/ACT: 17.5 percent
  • Weighted AP/IB/dual enrollment composite: 17.5 percent
  • Graduation rate: 20 percent
  • College enrollment rate: 25 percent

To access the complete methodology used for this ranking, click here.
 

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Posted by: Melea Smith, District Admin, Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205
Published: 8/12/16




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The Elmhurst District 205 Board of Education recently confirmed the promotion of Ryan Doherty to Assistant Principal for Curriculum and Instruction at York Community High School. Prior to serving as English Department chair for two years at York, Mr. Doherty taught in the English Department and chaired the Theatre Department at Metea Valley High School, helping to open the new Indian Prairie District 204 school in August of 2009. He also served as an English teacher and department liaison at Waubonsie Valley High School in District 204 from 2001 to 2009.

A former professional musical theatre actor, Doherty holds a BA in Vocal Performance/Musical Theatre from the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana (1993); a BA in English Education from Northern Illinois University (2001); and a Masters in Educational Administration from Aurora University (2006). He is pursuing a Master of Science from the University of St. Francis to become a Reading Specialist. He is also a National Board Certified Teacher in English/Language Arts.Ryan Doherty.JPG


“It is with tremendous respect and great pride that I welcome Ryan Doherty to our York administrative team,” said York Principal Erin DeLuga. “Ryan has experienced an incredible educational journey leading him to York High School and District 205 two years ago. In that short time, he led an already visionary English department through continued growth and excellence. I have absolutely no doubt that he is ready to expand his talents across the entire school. Ryan's self-reflective ability, keen perception, thoughtful approach to instructional change, humble leadership, and sense of humor have already become more than apparent. Please join me in congratulating Ryan.”


Earlier this summer, the Board of Education confirmed Tim Riordan as the Assistant Principal for Hawthorne and Lincoln Elementary Schools, a newly created position. Hawthorne and Lincoln are the two largest elementary schools in District 205.

A second career educator, Mr. Riordan comes to Elmhurst District 205 from East Maine School District 63, where he has taught at Melzer Elementary School since August of 2012. He also served as an administrative intern and the facilitator of Melzer’s Building Leadership Team last school year, leading teacher teams in the use of qualitative and quantitative data to monitor and support the academic, social and emotional growth of students.


He holds a Bachelor of Science in Education from Northern Illinois University (2011) and a Masters in Education Organization and Leadership from the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana (2016). He is a member of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics.


“Tim brings a wealth of knowledge regarding best instructional practice,” noted Hawthorne Principal Nikki Tammaru. “He is not only well read, but also has experience putting those best practices in place in the classroom. As we begin our Eureka math pilot, he will be integral in assisting teachers, because he has taught the program for three years. Hawthorne is excited to welcome him to our team.”

 

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Lincoln Principal Kathleen Tomei said, “Lincoln is also excited to welcome Tim to our team. His experience integrating high-leverage instructional strategies into teaching will prove invaluable as we work to provide our students with high-quality learning experiences. His experience in multiple grade levels, instructional coaching, and the Eureka math program couldn't be more timely. Tim has already proven to be a valuable addition to our learning community.”

For three weeks this summer, Mr. Riordan served as the co-coordinator of summer school at Conrad Fischer Elementary School, along with Principal Jane Bailey.


 

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Posted by: Melea Smith, District Admin, Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205
Published: 8/12/16




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Effective 8/11/16: 

  • Google accounts will be unavailable August 11 for account changes (details below).
  • IXL will be unavailable on August 11 and 12 to prepare for the new school year.

Account change details:
 

Student Google and Windows usernames will change for the new school year. Their Windows account will be their 5 digit ID number; their Google login will be ID_number@elmhurst205.org, e.g., 12345@elmhurst205.org.

  • Existing Google emails and Drive data will remain in their new accounts. No data will be lost.
  • Their previous email address will be kept as an alias which means they will continue to receive emails sent to the old address. But they will use their new email address when communicating via email.
  • Their password will be reset for both Google and Windows accounts. The new password information was sent to their current email address. And the information will be provided to them at school.

In addition to Google and IXL, other systems in which D205 uploads student account information will be updated to use the new account format.  For websites or systems where students used their D205 email address to create the account, students will continue to use the original email address as the login.
 

In summary, students may continue to use their existing login and password between now and August 10; expect account disruptions on August 11; and they can use their new login and password starting Friday, August 12.

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Posted by: Katherine Schroeder, District Admin, Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205
Published: 8/9/16




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SPLIT SCHEDULE FOR FIRST DAY OF STUDENT ATTENDANCE The first day of school for students attending York High School and the Transition Center will be Monday, August 15, while the first day of school for District 205 students in kindergarten through eighth grade will be Thursday, August 18. Please note this will be a full attendance day for all students, with the exception of Early Childhood (EC). For EC families, this is a “Meet the Teacher” opportunity for both parents and students (AM session–9 to 10 AM/PM session–10:30 to 11:30 AM); the actual first day of school for EC students is Friday, August 19.

 

ELEMENTARY INSTRUCTIONAL DAY Following is the daily instructional schedule for elementary students:

          AM Kindergarten – 8:15 AM to 11:05 AM

          PM Kindergarten – 12:05 PM to 3:00 PM

          Grades 1-5 – 8:15 AM to 3:00 PM

    

BELL AND BUS SCHEDULES FOR MIDDLE AND HIGH SCHOOL  Bell and bus schedules for Bryan, Churchville and Sandburg Middle Schools may be accessed from each homepage under Parent Links, found on the left side of the page. Bell and bus schedules for York High School are available in the Quick Links section of the school’s homepage: http://york.elmhurst205.org.

 

STUDENT LATE ARRIVAL DAYS FOR 2016-17 In May, the Board of Education voted to approve a Memorandum of Agreement with the Elmhurst Teachers' Council. The basis of this proposed agreement clarified contract language regarding the Student Late Arrival days at all grade levels. The purpose of the change is to enhance the collaborative and educational instructional practice of our teachers in order to have a deeper impact on student learning and academic growth.

The agreement returns Student Late Arrival days at York High School to a nearly weekly occurrence on Wednesdays (with exceptions being October 19, the national PSAT testing day, and November 30, due to a special all-school assembly that day). The agreement maintains monthly Student Late Arrival days on most Wednesdays at the early childhood, elementary and middle school levels. However, the duration of the collaboration meetings held on Student Late Arrival days will be extended from 70 minutes to 90 minutes at all levels.

Start times for 2016-17 Student Late Arrival days are as follows:

 

  • Elementary School and Madison Early Childhood Education Center: Student instruction begins at 9:45 AM
    • Grades 1-5: instruction begins at 9:45 AM; classes release at 3:00 PM
    • AM Early Childhood & Kindergarten: instruction begins at 9:45 AM
    • AM Early Childhood & Kindergarten: classes release at 11:55 AM
    • PM Early Childhood & Kindergarten: instruction begins at 12:55 PM
    • PM Early Childhood & Kindergarten: classes release at 3:00 PM
  • Middle School: Student instruction begins at 10:00 AM
  • High School: Student instruction begins at 9:25 AM

Due to the fact that District 205 uses the same bus company to transport students at all three levels – elementary, middle school and high school, there is some extra time built in to the Student Late Arrival days to allow for busing needs. Regular start times will remain the same as they were in 2015-16.

As always, supervised student arrival will begin 15 minutes prior to start time. However, for families who need to maintain the same schedule for Student Late Arrival days this coming school year as last, supervision will be made available at 9:10 AM (which was the elementary Student Late Arrival schedule for 2015-16). Please understand that transportation will not be provided at this earlier time.


To view the full calendar overview, including Parent-Teacher Conference dates, Institute days and the tentative last days of school (which are dependent on the use of emergency days), please click here.

MARK YOUR CALENDAR FOR FALL CONFERENCES In response to parent requests for conference dates earlier in the term, Parent-Teacher Conferences for the families of York High School students will be held on Tuesday, October 4 from 4 to 8:30 PM and on Tuesday, October 11 from 12 noon to 7 PM. There will be no school for high school students only on that Tuesday (which is the day following the October 10 Columbus Day Holiday).

Parent-Teacher Conferences for the families of middle school students will be held on Wednesday, October 5 from 4 to 8:30 PM and Friday, October 7, from 8 AM to 3 PM, with no school for middle school students only on that Friday (leading into the Columbus Day weekend).

Parent-Teacher Conferences for the families of elementary students will be held on Monday, November 21 from 4:30 to 8 PM and Tuesday, November 22 from 10 AM to 6 PM. There will be no school for elementary students only that day. Middle and high school students WILL attend school on November 21 and 22. Since Thanksgiving is on Thursday the 24th, there will be no school for all students from Wednesday through Friday of that week (November 23-25).

TRANSPORTATION INFORMATION District 205 continues its contract with First Student for regular education transportation (Special Education students have been and will continue to be bused by Cottage Hill). Buses are equipped with video cameras and outfitted with GPS tracking, both designed to increase student safety. Related to the presence of video cameras, parents/guardians should be familiar with Board of Education Policy 7:220, Bus Conduct, which reads as follows:

Electronic Recordings on School Buses

Electronic visual and audio recordings may be used on school buses to monitor conduct and to promote and maintain a safe environment for students and employees when transportation is provided for any school related activity. Notice of electronic recordings shall be displayed on the exterior of the vehicle’s entrance door and front interior bulkhead in compliance with State law and the rules of the Illinois Department of Transportation, Division of Traffic Safety.

Students are prohibited from tampering with electronic recording devices. Students who violate this policy shall be disciplined in accordance with the Board’s discipline policy and shall reimburse the School District for any necessary repairs or replacement.

MEDICAL FORMS AND REQUIREMENTS The Illinois Department of Public Health has outlined minimum school immunization requirements for 2016-17. The document is posted under the Health and Safety tab of the District 205 website, www.elmhurst205.org. Please click here for a direct link to the document. (Note: requirements are the same as for 2015-16).

Per the Illinois Department of Public Health, any child entering the 6th grade shall show proof of having received 1 dose of meningococcal conjugate vaccine (MCV4) prior to the beginning of school. The first dose shall have been received on or after the 11th birthday. The meningococcal immunization is in addition to the previously required immunizations for 6th grade entry.

Any child entering the 12th grade shall show proof of having received TWO doses of the meningococcal conjugate vaccine prior to the beginning of school. The first dose shall have been received on or after the 11th birthday, and the second dose shall have been received on or after the 16th birthday, or at least eight weeks after the first dose. If the first dose is administered when the child is 16 years of age or older, only one dose is required.

Without proof of immunization, your child will be subject to exclusion in the fall of 2016, as set forth in the Illinois School Code and per Elmhurst School District 205 procedures. If you have questions regarding your child’s current immunization status with regard to this new requirement, please contact your child’s doctor.

In addition, physical exams are required for students entering kindergarten, sixth and ninth grades. Parents need to remember to complete the "parent" portion of the physical exam form. Please be aware that all kindergarten students are also required to have an eye exam. By state law, physical and eye exams must be completed and on file with your child(ren)’s school as of October 15. District 205 is required to exclude students from school as of this date if these documents have not been received. Students in kindergarten, second grade and sixth grade are required to have a dental exam; that form must be on file by May 15 of the current school year. All medical forms can be found on the District website, www.elmhurst205.org.

SUPPLEMENTAL ACCIDENT INSURANCE AVAILABLE ONLINE  District families interested in optional non-school related accident coverage (which covers students beyond the school day), as well as dental accident coverage, will need to access the information online.

Please visit the Gerber website – at https://www.k12specialmarkets.com to obtain full details and enroll your child(ren) directly using a credit or debit card. You may also print off the application and mail it in with a check. Further details in English and Spanish are available here. No application is necessary for the mandatory student accident coverage, which is included in the student fees.

ONLINE LIBRARY MAKES DOWNLOADING MULTIPLE FORMS EASY  A variety of District 205 downloadable forms, in both English and Spanish, are available by visiting the Student Registration page of the District 205 website, under Schools (see Forms in the left navigation column). Included are: physical, dental, vision, and special residency affidavit forms, as well as National School Lunch Program applications (for free or reduced lunch consideration). For York High School families only, there is a deferred payment program sponsored by the York Student Enrichment Team (YSET). The application form is currently being revised and will be available October 1, 2016.

FEE WAIVER AND NATIONAL SCHOOL LUNCH APPLICATIONS  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. Please click on the links below to access the appropriate form:

Request For Financial Assistance - Waiver of Student Fees
Solicitud Para Asistencia Financiera Y La Exención (Fee Waiver) Del Pago De La Matrícula

National School Lunch Program Application – English (Free/Reduced Lunch Application)
National School Lunch Program Application - Spanish (Free/Reduced Lunch Application)

 

Completed free/reduced lunch applications must be turned in to your child's school for initial authorization. Request for Financial Assistance/Waiver of Student Fees is due by November 15, 2016.

In late July, some 600 notification letters were mailed out to students who were automatically certified for free lunches last year (2015-16). Families who have received this letter will NOT have 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.).

ALL FOOD SERVICE PAYMENTS MUST BE MADE TO MYSCHOOLBUCKS  Lunch payments and balances are made and viewed through MySchoolBucks, a division of Heartland Payment Systems, Inc. Student fees and payments for other services will continue to be made through Revtrak.

MySchoolBucks is District 205’s Point of Sale service, which provides families with the ability to view and print their children’s account balances (going back 30 days) through the mySchoolBucks.com website. Parents also have the ability to print out a copy of their child’s purchasing history report. This report lists all dates and times that the student has purchased a breakfast and/or lunch within the past 30 days. In addition, families automatically receive low balance email notifications once they have set up that feature.

MySchoolBucks is a convenient service that allows parents to securely pay for their child’s meals online using a credit/debit card or electronic check. There’s even a mobile app available for iPhone and Android users. For more information call (855) 832-5226. There is a $1.95 convenience fee per transaction, which does not go to District 205. Money may be added to multiple student accounts under one transaction fee.

Please keep in mind payments can take 12-24 hours to process. If your payment DOES NOT meet this time frame, please print a receipt and send it with your students for seamless processing in the lunch line. Families also have the option of sending a check in an envelope with their child’s name and student ID number. Checks should be made payable to Elmhurst Food Services.


SMALL INCREASE IN SCHOOL BREAKFAST, LUNCH AND MILK COSTS With the expectation of even higher food costs for the 2016-2017 school year, there will be a small increase to breakfast and lunch meals, as well as to cartons of milk. The new fees will be as follows:

  • Elementary and middle school breakfast meals will now be $1.90.
  • Elementary and middle school lunch meals will increase from $2.95 to $3.00.
  • High school breakfast meals will now be $2.75.
  • High school lunch meals will increase from $3.40 to $3.75.

At all school levels, milk will increase by five cents from last year to $.50 per carton.

REC STATION CHILDCARE PROVIDED BY THE PARK DISTRICT  District 205 partners with the Elmhurst Park District to offer Rec Station, a before- and after-school care program for first through fifth graders, at all eight District 205 elementary schools. Rec Station’s friendly, experienced staff plans daily activities including arts and crafts, active games, group games and tournaments, quiet time for homework and more. The program is held daily, Monday through Friday, from 7-8:20 AM and 3-6 PM. Parents may register their child for three, four or five days each week in the morning, afternoon or both. To find out if there is space available in your child’s school, please email aperry@epd.org or call (630) 993-8678. For additional information, visit www.epd.org/recstation/recstation.asp.

COMCAST OFFERS INTERNET ESSENTIALS TO LOW INCOME FAMILIES In an effort to close the “digital divide,” Comcast is partnering with Chicago area municipalities and school districts to spread the word about its Internet Essentials program that provides affordable access to the Internet, refurbished computers and training to families with at least one child receiving free or reduced lunches under the National School Lunch Program. If your family qualifies, please keep the letter provided by District 205’s Food Service office as proof for Comcast.

Eligible families will receive Comcast home Internet service for $9.95 per month (plus applicable taxes), with no activation or equipment rental charges. In addition, there is an option to buy a computer for under $150 (plus applicable taxes) and receive access to online, print and classroom digital literacy training. A household will be eligible to participate in Internet Essentials if it is located where Comcast offers Internet service; has at least one child receiving free or reduced school lunches through the National School Lunch Program; has not subscribed to Comcast Internet service within the last 90 days; and does not have an overdue Comcast bill or unreturned equipment.

For more information, visit www.InternetEssentials.com or call 855-8-INTERNET (855-846-8376). Internet Essentials is not a District 205 program and is not endorsed or required by the District. District 205 is not responsible for Internet Essentials accounts; all questions should be directed to Comcast.

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Published: 8/9/16




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Freshman night: August 9th at 7pm. We would like all families of freshmen to come to York this evening. Not only will we be distributing schedules, but both students and parents will be receiving valuable information about York. 

Freshman day: Friday, August 12th from 7:40am -11:30am. This is a structured orientation for all freshmen. Students will get a chance to walk through their schedules, meet their teachers, and much, much more. The morning culminates with a freshman BBQ. This one is just for students.  More information will be sent at the end of July.


Registration Dates Reminder:

  • August 3rd, 10am-2pm; Seniors
  • August 4th, 10am-2pm; Juniors
  • August 5th, 10am-2pm; Sophomores
  • August 8th, 10am-3pm; Freshmen
  • August 9th, 2pm-5pm; All Students
    **Lower level classmen can attend book sales with upperclassmen siblings.
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Booksales/Registration starts today August 3rd at 10am with our Seniors. See below for remaining Booksales/Registration schedule. Please enter at Door 1 by the flag pole. 

We will have a table to collect all physicals and immunization records this year. Please bring all necessary documents. 

If you have not finished your online registration (Infosnap) or proven residency, please do so prior to coming to booksales. If you need to prove residency, please enter directly through door 3, Main Entrance, and report to the main office.

All Juniors, Sophomores, and Freshmen will need to take their Yearbook photo during registration. Seniors who did not choose to have a photoshoot with Stuart Rodgers during the summer can also have their Yearbook photo taken at this time. No Yearbook photos were taken last spring.

Booksales/Registration:

  • August 3rd, 10am-2pm: Seniors
  • August 4th, 10am-2pm; Juniors
  • August 5th, 10am-2pm; Sophomores
  • August 8th, 10am-3pm; Freshmen
  • August 9th, 2pm-5pm; All Students

**Underclassmen can attend book sales with upperclassmen siblings.

Young Hearts for Life Event on Thursday, October 6. Free ECG screenings for any York student. To sign your studen up, please register at http://vols.pt/k5ATGg. There will also be laptops available to sign up during registration in the commons.

Parents: we need volunteers to assist with the event. Please contact York parent, Jill Riecker atjillriecker@sbcglobal.net.

Summer Reading Reminder:

As we wrap up the summer, we just wanted to take a moment to remind everyone of the summer reading expectations for the fall. English teachers spoke with students about the summer reading at the end of the year in May, but after a long summer, May might seem like a lifetime ago; therefore, we wanted to share a screencast that was created for our incoming freshman: the summer reading expectations are the same for all of our students. 

https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B7NZdykFiknTX2NJbW83MDZ6RVU/view?usp=sharing

If students need a reminder about book choices, they are listed on our website on the English page.

 

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Published: 8/4/16




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“It is with mixed emotions that I inform the City of Elmhurst, York Community High School, and all previous and future York Community High School Cross Country Runners, that my father, Coach Joe Newton will be retiring from coaching at the end of this season,” said his son Thomas Newton. “The last 60 years have been the best years of his life, and I can tell you that he truly believes that York High School and the Elmhurst Community are the greatest places to be.

 

“As you know, when coaching young high school athletes, a level of mobility is required to maintain a championship program. I know that if my father’s mobility was Joe Newton.jpgsuch that he could keep up with the young men of the York High School Cross Country program, he would love nothing more than to continue with coaching. However, his mobility has been increasingly difficult to maintain at the level that is required to sustain such a program that he has built over the last six decades.

 

“During the last few weeks he and I have had numerous discussions on what is best for him. Additionally, we also have spoken about what is best for the program and all future York High School Cross Country runners. We, the family, believe strongly that this is the best decision for all parties involved and that includes my father.

 

“I would also like to take this time to thank District #205 administrative personnel, York High School, the City of Elmhurst, parents of the runners who have come through the program, teachers who supported my father and the program, but most of all the men of the long green line for the love and support that they have given my father over the last sixty years.
 

“What has made this decision possible is the thought that my dad’s successor would be none other than Mr. Charlie Kern. He will always be very special to our family because we believe that he will keep the legacy of the long green line going for many years to come. Personally, I couldn’t think of a more deserving, talented, dedicated and committed young man to lead the Dukes. Thank you and God bless York High School, the Men of the Long Green Line, and the City of Elmhurst.”

 

This fall, Charlie Kern will serve as co-head coach of the York Cross Country team, along with Mr. Newton. A celebration of Coach Newton’s career will be held on Sunday, November 6 at York High School, following the cross country state meet that weekend.


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photos by Mike Osgood of Elmhurst Sports Photos

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Published: 8/3/16




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The Elmhurst Commission on Youth is sponsoring the showing of a Sexual Assault Awareness film, along with offering a follow-up prevention program, on Tuesday, August 2 at the Elmhurst Public Library beginning at 7:00 PM. This free program will be led by Kerry O'Connor, RN, BSN, SANE and Director of Community Outreach and Engagement of Pathways to Healing, who will provide a wealth of information on reducing the risk of becoming a victim of sexual assault.
 
She will also discuss the myths about sexual assault and its consequences, as well as actions to take should one ever be involved as a victim, friend or bystander.
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Posted by: Melea Smith, District Admin, Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205
Published: 7/27/16




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The York parking lot along the train tracks is the location for the FBI and SWAT. Please know that it's a community supported training and the school is safe. 

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Posted by: Katherine Schroeder, District Admin, Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205
Published: 7/20/16




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The Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) has announced that it will provide the College Board’s SAT exam, including a writing component, at no cost to all public high school juniors during the 2016-17 school year. The SAT will replace the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) assessment as the high school accountability exam in Illinois.

“District and school administrators overwhelmingly agree with ISBE that every high school junior should have access to a college entrance exam, a policy that promotes equity and access and that provides each and every student with greater opportunities in higher education,” said State Superintendent of Education Tony Smith, Ph.D. “The SAT is aligned with the Illinois Learning Standards and will continue to empower educators to measure college and career readiness.”

Students in grades 3-8 will continue to take the PARCC assessment. The PARCC assessment is also aligned with the Illinois Learning Standards, and its results provide educators with data that may be used to provide individualized supports to students while preparing them for mastery of the state standards.

Access to a quality college entrance exam is essential in providing future opportunities to all students. The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), a bipartisan measure signed into law by President Obama on Dec. 10, 2015, focuses on the goal of fully preparing students for success in college and careers.

In the course of developing a state plan for ESSA, ISBE has conducted listening tours to obtain insight from stakeholders, including students, parents, schools, districts, educators, administrators, exclusive bargaining representatives, advocacy groups, and other interested parties. Stakeholders overwhelmingly emphasized the need for equitable access to a college entrance exam for all students. They also stressed that the amount of testing time and the number of assessments administered to students need to be reduced.

“We applaud State Superintendent Dr. Tony Smith and the State Board for listening to input from stakeholders around the state and coming up with this common-sense solution," said Dr. Brent Clark, executive director of the Illinois Association of School Administrators.

Most college-bound students must take an entrance exam for admission. The SAT will eliminate redundancy and maximize the value of their testing time. By administering the SAT in high school and PARCC in grades 3-8, ISBE continues to foster the conditions whereby educators can support students in becoming college and career ready.
 

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Posted by: Melea Smith, District Admin, Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205
Published: 7/12/16




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Parents/guardians must bring the following documents to verify residency for all incoming 9th graders or those required to submit a valid lease on one of the following dates: 
 

Thursday, July 14 from 5:00 - 8:00 PM

Room A118 - 120

 

Wednesday, July 20 from 5:00 - 8:00 PM

Room A118 - 120

 

Residency Verification:

Residency documentation must be presented in person for every incoming freshman student. A detailed list of acceptable documents is provided below.

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 
  • 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         ACCEPTABLE DOCUMENTS
A current gas bill   A current driver’s license (or State ID card)
A current electric bill A current home or apartment insurance certificate
A current water/sewer bill     A current Department of Immigration Letter
A current cable bill   


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.
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Posted by: Katherine Schroeder
Published: 7/11/16




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Stuart Rodger Photography has sent information regarding Senior Yearbook Photos. This information included a password to login and schedule a portrait appointment. There are several dates through July 29 that Stuart-Rodgers Photography will be at York High School. 

Senior sittings can be scheduled between 9:00 am and 7:00 pm depending on the day and location. Stuart-Rodgers Photography does have a Mount Prospect Studio, 66 E. Northwest Highway, Mount Prospect, if you are unable to make the dates at York High School . A yearbook photo sitting is free to all seniors.  A sitting fee does apply if any additional portrait pictures are taken for purchase. If you have not received any information, please contact Stuart Rodgers directly for more information at 877-929-0006 or www.srphoto.com. The website will provide options for you to register without a password. 

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Posted by: Kelly Corry
Published: 7/7/16




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York Community High School's Capitol Hill Challenge (CHC) Stock Market Team, representing Senator Mark Kirk, finished 9th in the country last month out of 4,288 teams and qualified for an all-expenses-paid trip to Washington, DC, from June 14th-16th. From February 1 to May 6, 2016, juniors Gina Santucci and Rachel Doyle made the investing decisions that led to this honor and thus represented York on the trip.

The Capitol Hill Challenge, sponsored by the SIFMA* Foundation, matches Members of Congress with students, teachers, and schools competing in The Stock Market Game™ in their respective district or state. Student teams manage a hypothetical $100,000 online portfolio and invest in real stocks, bonds, and mutual funds. Since its inception in 2004, CHC has made over 3,272 matches of U.S. Representatives and Senators with schools, encompassing more than 90,000 students across the country.

CHC partners up to 10 junior high or high school teams (3-5 students each) with the school's local Member of Congress (MOC). Students may only participate on one team. The school must be located in the MOC's district with matching zip code. Only two schools per MOC can participate. Students taking part in a separate Stock Market Game can also take part in CHC.

The top 10 CHC teams win a trip to Washington, D.C. to meet their Member of Congress and be recognized at an awards reception on Capitol Hill. During their visit, students and teachers met with business, government, and education leaders to learn about fiscal policy making, the role of the capital markets, and global economic trends. The winners also had the opportunity to tour financial landmarks and national monuments. This was the 13th annual Capitol Hill Challenge.

"This year 100% of Congress was matched with a local school and SIFMA gives special recognition to the over 60 members of Congress who took the time to visit the student teams at the school, hear about their investing strategy and discuss the role of government in our capital markets," said Kenneth E. Bentsen, Jr., SIFMA president and CEO.

Unfortunately, while in Washington, Gina and Rachel, along with their coach, York Business Department chair Jim Borel, were unable to meet with Senator Kirk, who had this to say about their accomplishment:

“Learning how to invest and manage finances at a young age is crucial to making successful financial decisions in adulthood. My 401(Kids) legislation teaches children the power of a small investment. I am impressed by Gina and Rachel’s understanding of financial education and congratulate them on this outstanding accomplishment.”

 

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York's Jim Borel, Gina Santucci and Rachel Doyle at Senator Kirk's office.

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Posted by: Melea Smith, District Admin, Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205
Published: 7/5/16




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At its May 24 meeting, the Board approved the revised calendar for 2016-17, incorporating the parent teacher conferences. In doing so, an additional day needed to be added to the end of the year on both the high school calendar and the elementary/middle school calendar to account for the student non-attendance day added to accommodate parent-teacher conferences.

The revised calendar includes parent-teacher conference dates/times; student late arrival dates/times; and quarter/trimesters/semesters. It is posted at http://www.elmhurst205.org/events_calendar.

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Posted by: Melea Smith, District Admin, Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205
Published: 7/2/16




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  1. Powerschool will show you what courses your child has requested. The Master Schedule for next year was built upon these requests. Keep in mind that this is not the actual schedule (Period by Period), but gives you a really good idea about the courses that will be in your child’s schedule for next year. Actual 2016-17 schedules are given out during Registration (see below). Freshmen receive their schedules on Freshmen Night.
  2. In early July, you will receive an email explaining the Prepack option for booksales this August. In that email, you will be given a prepack code that you can use to lookup your students courses, books and fees. This code will not be your student’s ID number. The search function on the bookstore site will not be available till early July.
  3. Freshmen night: August 9th at 7pm. We would like all families of freshmen to come to York this evening. Not only will we be distributing schedules, but both students and parents will be receiving valuable information about York. 
  4. Freshmen day: Friday, August 12th from 7:40am-11:30am. This is a structured orientation for all freshmen. Students will get a chance to walk through their schedule, meet their teachers, and much, much more. The morning culminates with a freshmen BBQ. This one is just for students.  More information will be sent at the end of July.
     

    Registration Dates Reminder:

  • August 3rd, 10am-2pm; Seniors
  • August 4th, 10am-2pm; Juniors
  • August 5th, 10am-2pm; Sophomores
  • August 8th, 10am-3pm; Freshmen
  • August 9th, 2pm-5pm; All Students

**Lower level classmen can attend book sales with upperclassmen siblings.

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Published: 6/27/16




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The City of Elmhurst and Elmhurst Park District are sponsoring an Elmhurst Indoor Sports Facility Study. The Park District and City hired Convention Sports and Leisure International (CSL), a planning and advisory firm, to conduct a market demand and financial feasibility study for an indoor sports facility with aquatics, gymnasiums, turf, and ice in Elmhurst. The feedback from community members is vital for determining if there is enough interest and demand to support this type of facility both operationally and financially.

To gather additional feedback for the Study, the Park District and City of Elmhurst have a survey available on their websites, which may be accessed at the following link: www.epd.org/indoor-sports-facility-survey. The survey includes questions on the respondent’s use of these types of facilities in and outside of Elmhurst, his/her level of interest in new indoor sports facilities in Elmhurst, and the types of funding that he/she would support to fund this type of facility. Please share your thoughts with CSL. The survey will be open until Friday, July 15.
 

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Published: 6/27/16




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In continued support of District 205 teachers, the Mobile Learning Implementation (MLI), improving student achievement and the overall learning experience, the Board of Education approved the addition of up to 12 Instructional Coaches for 2016-17 at its June 14 meeting. As Board member John McDonough stated, there will always be problems to solved, but this is an opportunity to be grasped - one that impacts every school every teacher and ultimately, every student.

This is not something new to District 205. Instructional Technology Coaches have been part of the multi-year Technology Plan for about three years*. And certainly, the Learning & Teaching Department has long recognized the value of cognitive coaching.

"Instructional coaching is all about asking the right questions, as well as providing the theory, demonstration, practice and feedback - which creates transfer of learning. It’s also about relationship building with staff and students, and our coaches must have the opportunity to build those relationships by being single building-based," said Dr. Michelle Fitzgerald, District 205 Assistant Superintendent of Learning and Teaching.

"We have been successfully employing coaches; this year’s ITCs have been fully embraced and tremendously successful. We just recently held focus groups to assess their effectiveness. We have talked about adding more coaches for some time. This concept emerged through the initial stages of the Middle School Study, and we talked with our community about it, through the Focus 205 community engagement process, and heard from them that this was important – among the top five educational priorities in Elmhurst."

As District 205 approached the close of fiscal year 2016, it received a final payment from the State which was neither expected, nor budgeted. In a recent conversation with the Board, Superintendent Dr. David Moyer was asked what he felt would provide the most "bang for the buck," were the District to invest $1 million. His answer was instructional coaches. Research shows that this is the single best way to support a dynamic curriculum, 21st century teachers and future ready learners.

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When considering applications, District 205 will be looking for a strong technology background, but the emphasis will be instructional and include the ability to lead adult learning. "We know many of our teachers would make excellent instructional coaches, and we hope they will apply," said Dr. Fitzgerald.

The application is available on the District website under Job Opportunities. The category for the instructional coaches will be Instructional Support. Interviews will occur the week of July 5. If you are not available to interview that week and you are interested in the position, please contact Dr. Fitzgerald at mfitzgerald@elmhurst205.org to work out an alternative process.


If you have additional questions about the role, you may view the job description on the application page or contact Dr. Fitzgerald.

All Instructional Technology Coaches will now become Instructional Coaches. The District will hire up to 12 additional coaches who will perform as a whole team. While they will be assigned to one building, they will be not be applying or interviewing for a particular building. Chosen candidates will be placed in one school building.

 

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*In February of 2014, as part of a Board discussion about the Mobile Learning Initiative, Dr. Terri Bresnahan, Director of Technology for District 64, Park Ridge-Niles (and a District 205 parent) was invited to present on Instructional Technology Coaching. According to Dr. Bresnahan (who is now a superintendent), high-quality professional development must be: job-embedded, sustained over time, individualized, include follow-up at the time of implementation and opportunity for feedback (both provided by the coach and given by the participant). Peer coaching provides a 95% return rate in the areas of knowledge, skill and transference.
 

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Posted by: Melea Smith, District Admin, Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205
Published: 6/22/16




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York Community High School has named a total of 1,813 students to the second semester honor roll for the 2015-16 school year, based on their exemplary academic performance.

 

Students achieving a 3.5 or higher are recognized with High Honors and students achieving 3.0 – 3.4999 grade point average are recognized with Honors.

 

This is an updated list which includes a number of names that were previously omitted due to a technical glitch. We apologize for the error.

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Posted by: Katherine Schroeder
Published: 6/14/16




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The Glenbard Parent Series (GPS) will present the Empathy Advantage: The Real/Hidden/Overlooked Secret to Kids' Success with Michele Borba at a special summer event on Wednesday, June 15. Empathy is the ability to sense other people’s emotions and must be nurtured and taught. To lack empathy can hurt students' academic performance, hamper their ability to collaborate, innovate, and problem-solve. Psychologist Dr. Michele Borba, author of the just released UnSelfie: Why Empathetic Kids Succeed in Our All-About-Me-World will share a revolutionary, researched-based, nine-step plan for reversing the Selfie Syndrome.

Participants will come away with real world strategies to give kids the Empathy Advantage, as well as an understanding of the importance of self-control, which is a better predictor of wealth, health and happiness than grades or IQ. Learn how to reclaim face-to-face conversation and better connect with our kids' emotional lives in today's plugged-in world.

This GPS special program will begin at 7 PM on June 15 in the auditorium at Glenbard South High School, 23W200 Butterfield Rd. in Glen Ellyn. For information regarding GPS programs, visit facebook.com/glenbardparentseries or contact Gilda Ross, Glenbard District 87 student and community projects coordinator, at 942-7668 or gilda_ross@glenbard.org.

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Posted by: Melea Smith, District Admin, Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205
Published: 6/13/16




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On May 24, 2016, the Board of Education voted to approve a Memorandum of Agreement with the Elmhurst Teachers' Council. The basis of this proposed agreement will clarify contract language regarding the Student Late Arrival days at all grade levels. The purpose of the change is to enhance the collaborative and educational instructional practice of our teachers in order to have a deeper impact on student learning and growth.

The agreement returns Student Late Arrival days at York High School to a nearly weekly occurrence on Wednesdays (with October 19 being the exception, as it is the national PSAT testing day). The agreement maintains monthly Student Late Arrival days on most Wednesdays at the early childhood, elementary and middle school levels. However, the duration of the collaboration meetings held on Student Late Arrival days will be extended from 70 minutes to 90 minutes at all levels.

Start times for 2016-17 Student Late Arrival days are as follows:

  • Elementary School: Student instruction begins at 9:45 AM
  • Middle School: Student instruction begins at 10:00 AM
  • High School: Student instruction begins at 9:25 AM

Due to the fact that District 205 uses the same bus company to transport students at all three levels – elementary, middle school and high school, there is some extra time built in to the Student Late Arrival days to allow for busing needs. Regular start times will remain the same as they were in 2015-16.

As always, supervised student arrival will begin 15 minutes prior to start time. However, for families who need to maintain the same schedule for Student Late Arrival days this coming school year as last, supervision will be made available at 9:10 AM (which was the elementary Student Late Arrival schedule for 2015-16). Please understand that transportation will not be provided at this earlier time.

 

Below is a link to the updated 2016-17 (printable) calendar.

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Posted by: Melea Smith, District Admin, Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205
Published: 6/8/16




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This message serves as notification that TruGreen will be applying fertilizer, herbicide and vegetation control throughout Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205 grounds.   Applications will be applied at all schools Saturday, June 11, 2016.

Due to decreasing budgets and limited available personnel, it is impossible for District 205 to prevent weeds without some chemical assistance. The best weed prevention is a healthy lawn and the majority of the applications will be feed for the grass. A limited amount of weed control will also be used in very low concentrations. All EPA guidelines will be followed. The chemical dries in less than an hour. For further information, please click on the links below.

District 205 Buildings and Grounds page - http://www.elmhurst205.org/B_G
The US EPA site – http://www.epa.gov/pesticides/health/human.htm#1
The National Pesticide Information Center (NPIC) – http://npic.orst.edu

If you have any additional questions, please contact the District Buildings and Grounds Office at 630-617-8326. ​​​​​​​

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Posted by: Katherine Schroeder, District Admin, Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205
Published: 6/8/16




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When the York High School Bookstore manager retired, taking with her more than 25 years of institutional knowledge, Elmhurst District 205 decided to issue a Request for Proposals (RFP) for bookstore management services, due to the following factors:

  1. Current system for processing transactions is antiquated.
    1. No computerized point of sale system
    2. No automated textbook inventory system
  2. Textbook industry is in transition from print to digital.
  3. Experience and knowledge in procurement process of digital resources.
  4. Experience and knowledge in moving from in-person to online transactions.

On May 10, 2016, based on its RFP, Beck’s Book Store – a family owned and operated Chicago-area company – was awarded the opportunity to operate the York Community High School bookstore beginning now through September 2019. Beck’s has served a wide spectrum of educational institutions in the Chicago area for over 60 years. Parents and students can expect:

  • Friendly and knowledgeable employees with bookstore management experience
  • An inventory and Point of Sale system that uses technology to create transaction efficiencies
  • Timely provision of course materials
  • Quick response time for all communications
  • A hassle-free return and exchange policy

Beck’s will begin its contract with Elmhurst District 205 by providing course materials to York Summer School students starting Wednesday, June 1st at York High School.

“Beck’s prides itself on customer service. Our plan is to provide excellent and prompt service throughout the school year, especially during critical campus events, i.e. book sale week, buyback, first week of classes, etc. We intend to do so while maintaining institutional procedures and protocols,” said Patrick Olson, Beck’s Vice President.

“Furthermore, we will be in constant contact with York’s leadership in order to ensure the best service possible. In the institutions we currently serve, we have cut down wait time and increased customer satisfaction during buyback and book week dramatically by increasing staff, as well as implementing Beck’s technology. We will invest appropriately on staff and technology to ensure a successful bookstore operation for York High School.”

While maintaining the traditional look and feel of the York Bookstore, Beck’s plans to offer:

  • Extended hours during critical times, i.e., book buyback, ticket sales for prom, homecoming, AP testing, etc.
  • An online fee payment option (under development during 2016-17)
  • York memorabilia sold online and in-store
  • Accurate reporting
    • Obligations tracked and reported 
  • Student support for all digital textbook platform
    • Help with accessing digital content
    • Maintenance & student roster upload for all digital platforms
  • Department and faculty support for digital content

Beck’s immediate goals are to increase digital content and decrease the cost of printed textbooks. Beck’s plans to lower the cost of course materials by using dynamic procurement methods. Their textbook management staff evaluates the average cost of textbooks (purchased from student buyback, online retailers, publishers and wholesalers). A given book is then priced according to both the contractual agreement and online competition, with the savings passed on to York families.

Textbooks, including books purchased for this year’s Summer School, Beck’s will buy back York adopted textbooks at the industry standard of 50% of the purchase price. With more used textbooks available, along with the move toward online and dynamic resources, families should experience an overall savings over time.

 

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Posted by: Katherine Schroeder, District Admin, Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205
Published: 6/7/16




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District 205 Food Services will continue to accept payments with MySchoolBucks®! This online payment service provides a quick and easy way to add money to your student’s meal account using a credit/debit card or electronic check. You can also view recent purchases, check balances and set up low balance alerts for free.
 

MySchoolBucks provides:

  • Convenience - Available 24/7 on the web or through the mobile app for your smartphone
  • Efficiency - Make payments for all your students, even if they attend different schools within the District. Eliminate the need for your students to take money to school.
  • Control - Set low balance alerts, view account activity, recurring/automatic payments & more!
  • Flexibility - Make payments using credit/debit cards and electronic checks.
  • Security – MySchoolBucks adheres to the highest security standards, including PCI and CISP.

Enrollment is easy!

 

1. Go to www.MySchoolBucks.com and register for a free account.

2. Add your students, using their school name and student ID.

3. Make a payment to your students’ accounts with your credit/debit card or electronic check. A program fee may apply. You will have the opportunity to review any fees and cancel if you choose, before you are charged.
 

If you have any questions, please contact MySchoolBucks directly:

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Posted by: Katherine Schroeder, District Admin, Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205
Published: 6/6/16




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Reality Illinois, the Teen Advisory Panel to the DuPage County Health Department, is seeking volunteers to be a part of a summer volunteer initiative. Student volunteers are needed to partner with the DuPage County Health Department  as part of this group committed to wellness and healthy decision making. Reality Illinois was created by and for Illinois teens to make a difference.

Student leaders will meet weekly throughout the summer. Students will gain information and tools to strengthen their leadership skills and advocate for healthy lifestyle behaviors in our community. The first meeting will take place from 2 to 3 PM on Monday, June 6, at the Glenbard District 87 Administration Center, 596 Crescent Blvd. in Glen Ellyn. The group will meet every Monday at 2 PM throughout the summer.

After a recent presentation by Reality Illinois students, the Glen Ellyn Park District passed an ordinance to make all parks in Glen Ellyn smoke-free. All high school students in DuPage County are welcome to participate. Students are encouraged to park in the Glenbard West parking lot east of the District Office.

For more information, contact Gilda Ross, Glenbard student and community projects coordinator at gilda_ross@glenbard.org.

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Posted by: Melea Smith, District Admin, Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205
Published: 6/2/16




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York High School is proud to present Songs for a New World, in concert with York alumni on Friday, June 3 at 7:30 PM in Baker Auditorium. This evening will showcase the talents of York graduates who are studying or have degrees in Musical Theatre and Vocal Performance. 

 

Graduates Include:
 

  • Eddie Maciejewski (York Class of 2015, University of Oklahoma, BFA MT)
  • Grace Sopko (York Class of 2015, Drake University, BFA MT)
  • Zachary Triska (York Class of 2015, Cincinnati Conservatory, BFA MT)
  • Kristen Delahanty (York Class of2014, Manhattan Marymount, BA, Stage Management)
  • Jackie Salgado (York class of 2014, Illinois Wesleyan, BFA MT)
  • Laura Thoresen (York Class of 2014, Roosevelt University, BFA MT)
  • Helen Knudsen (York Class of 2013, Roosevelt University, BM Vocal Performance)
  • Emily Uddenberg (York Class of 2013, Cleveland Institute of Music, BM Vocal Performance)
  • Kelsey Roberts (York Class of 2012, Syracuse University, BFA MT)
  • James Mueller (York Class of 2012, Luther College, BA Vocal Performance and Dance)
  • Michael St. Peter (York Class of 2012, Juilliard, BM Vocal Performance)
  • Julie Peterson (York Class of 2010, The Boston Conservatory, BFA MT)
  • Keith Potts (York Class of 2008, the Boston Conservatory, BFA MT)

Songs for a new world YORK_2016_final.jpgSongs For a New World, by Jason Robert Brown, is a beautiful theatrical piece with unforgettable music, performed by many of York’s finest alumni. Rebecca Marianetti, director, is thrilled to have students, ranging from ages 19 – 25, back on the York stage.
 

“Working with these actors, who are now adults, enriches the lives of all of us. These young men and women are graduating from the finest Conservatories and Universities in the country, and pursuing what they love. They are taking time out of their schedules, many of whom are leaving Chicago the day after the performance for professional productions, to finally be on the same stage together. Songs for a New World is a stunning piece of theatre. This will be an evening of immense talent, pure joy, and great love," noted Ms. Marianetti.
 

Michael St. Peter states, “Performing this amazing piece is the best way that we can give back to the incredible theatre program at York. It's an experience that's always emotional, explorative, and full of joy. Having the chance to work together with good friends after high school is rare enough as it is, but pairing that with the caliber of performing that Ms. Marianetti and Mrs. Pettitt  promote is truly one in a million."
 

Laura Thoresen reflects, “York Drama is so much more than an extracurricular activity, and a place to practice the arts. It's a family. Being a part of this community has proven to be one of the most fulfilling things in my life. Through York Drama, I have formed lifelong friendships and connections with so many incredibly gifted and amazing human beings. What I love about this production is that it allows all of us from separate classes, to unite and share an experience together, doing what we love. As artists, we are all storytellers. Be it singing, acting, or dancing, our mission is to share these stories with the world, and find the truth in these 'lies' that we're telling.

"The music in Songs For a New World gives us a glimpse into the lives of several very different individuals, with very different stories. I have always been moved by the message of this show, and I truly believe in it's ability to touch people. I am thrilled to be back, and feel so privileged to be working alongside my wonderful friends, peers, and mentors. I cannot wait to bring this story to life in a place that I call home,” she said.

 

Tickets are on sale starting Thursday, May 12 and may be purchased at http://www.ticketpeak.com/yorkdrama. All seating is reserved.

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Posted by: Katherine Schroeder
Published: 6/1/16




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Elmhurst Community Unit District 205 has awarded the Illinois State Seal of Biliteracy for the second year in a row. A total of 41 students earned the Seal of Biliteracy in the following languages: Arabic, Chinese, French, Polish, Russian and Spanish, with Oksana Batryn and Caroline Stasica earning Seals in two different languages. A total of 20 Class of 2016 graduates earned the Commendation toward Biliteracy in the following languages: Chinese, French, Greek, Italian, Polish, Russian and Spanish. Of these students, four are current English Language Learners (ELLs), 7 are former English Language Learners and many have home languages other than English or are monolingual English speakers. Two students - Jaqueline Gonzalez and Adela Skowronski - earned both a Seal and a Commendation in two different languages.

 

To be awarded this distinction, students had to meet standards in English on the ACT or ACCESS (for ELLs) assessments, as well as demonstrate that they had developed a proficiency level of Intermediate, High or Advanced in all four domains (listening, speaking, reading and writing) in the target language. Students demonstrated proficiency on ACTFL’s (American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages) Assessment of Performance toward Proficiency in Languages (APPL) assessment, as well as through an Alternate Assessment portfolio method when no standardized assessment was available.

 

The Illinois State Seal of Biliteracy is an award bestowed by the Illinois State Board of Education and given by the District in recognition and celebration of students who have attained a high level of proficiency in two or more languages by high school graduation.

 

Elmhurst was one of the first public school districts to award the Seal of Biliteracy and Commendation Toward Biliteracy last year, when the State officially adopted it. Home to over 55 native languages, District 205 recognizes the importance of language and how it prepares students for global citizenship. Not only is learning a language beneficial to students’ cognitive development, it also provides opportunities for them to participate effectively in global, political, social, cultural and economic contexts.

 

Further, the demand for employees to be fluent in more than one language is increasing rapidly in Illinois and throughout the world. The Seal of Biliteracy builds upon the rich linguistic and cultural assets of Elmhurst’s district and community, providing students with the necessary skills to be successful in college, career and life. This year, District 205 is proud to award the Seal and Commendation Toward Biliteracy to 59 graduating seniors.

 

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The following York High School seniors earned the Seal of Biliteracy:

 

Grace Achepohl

Lilian Alexandrova

Yasmeen Ali

Kayla Arroyo

Oksana Batryn

Rosa Blanco

Jake Bohringer

Alexandria Cahill

Francesca Carfagnini

Yin-Ting Chen

Alexandra Ciullo

Julia Conversa

Daphne David

Kathryn Dierksheide

George Elias

Alma Funes

Damaris Funes Cano

Jaqueline Gonzalez

Michael Griffin

Elizabeth Hagstrom

Amanda Healy

Kendall Hutchinson

Kaitlyn Kunde

Adolfo Lopez

Miranda Marnik-Said

Claire Niewiara

Kelly Polte

Allegra Sciaccotta

Adela Skowronski

Matthew Southworth

Caroline Stasica

Bailey Stearns

Amanda Strezo

Laura Swain

Jie Tey           

Halle Truett

Kristen Viola

Michelle Wiese

Alyssa Woodward

Natasha Yarlagadda

Jessica Zellinger

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French and Russian

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Chinese

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Arabic

Spanish

Spanish

Spanish

French

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Spanish

Spanish

French

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French

Spanish

French

Spanish

Polish

French

Polish and Spanish

French

French

Spanish

Chinese

Spanish

Spanish

French

Spanish

French

Spanish

 

The following York High School seniors earned the Commendation Toward Biliteracy:

 

Amanda Caban        

Madison Casey

John Drake

Emily Fjeldstad

Jaqueline Gonzalez

Sarina Kao

Sophia Kilgast

Cesar Kon

Paige Kurczek

Ilia Kurkin

Timothy Manning

Brennan McGovern

Tyler McKenna

Sandra Nguessan

Rosie O’Connor

Sarah O’Donnell

Katherine Odell

Vasiliki Pappa

Adela Skowronski

Vishruth Sunilkumar

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French

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Chinese

Spanish

Spanish

Chinese

Russian

French

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Italian

French

French

Chinese

French

Greek

French

Spanish

 

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Posted by: Melea Smith, District Admin, Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205
Published: 5/31/16




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Is there a new family in your neighborhood? Please let them know that families should enroll new students beginning Tuesday, July 12 at the District 205 Center. Information about documentation needed for enrolling students can be found on the New Student Enrollment page.
 

July 12, 8 a.m. - noon

July 14, noon - 4 p.m.

July 18, 8 a.m. - noon

July 20, noon - 4 p.m.

July 22, 8 a.m. - noon

July 26, noon - 4 p.m.

July 27, 8 a.m. - noon

July 28, noon - 4 p.m.
 

Grades 9-12:
York High School (by appointment, call 630-617-2487)

 

Pre-K:
Madison Early Childhood Center (by appointment, call 630-617-2385)

Evening enrollment hours will be held on August 2 and August 8 from 4 to 8 PM at the District 205 Center and at Conrad Fischer Elementary, 888 N. Wilson, during those same dates and times (for students attending Fischer only).

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Posted by: Katherine Schroeder, District Admin, Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205
Published: 5/23/16




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On May 10th, 2016, the Illinois Senate passed SB231, the Better Funding for Better Schools Act, which is now under consideration in the House. SB231 is state Senator Andy Manar's third legislative attempt to alter the education funding formula in Illinois. Like its predecessors SB16 and SB1, SB231 creates "winners" and "losers" and redistributes education dollars by way of a new funding formula based on need and local ability to pay. Elmhurst District 205 is estimated to lose over $4.6 million annually in state funding if the House passes this measure. Legislators critical of SB231 decry the plan as a Chicago Public Schools bailout as it provides an additional $175 million in funding to CPS and $205 million in CPS pension relief.

School districts targeted to lose funding under Manar's legislation will face further challenges if a separate bill, HB696, passes in the Illinois Senate. HB696 prohibits schools districts from increasing property tax revenue unless voters approve a referendum. HB696 has already passed in the House. A property tax freeze has been one of the Governor Rauner's key agenda items.

SB231:

• increases the local property tax burden for districts targeted to lose funding
• does not provide school districts with any relief from unfunded yet costly education mandates
• includes a four year phase-in period for school districts losing funding
• includes a first year only "hold harmless" provision, which merely delays funding losses for targeted school districts
• redirects $175 million in additional funding to Chicago Public Schools and offers CPS pension relief
• has already passed the Illinois Senate and is under consideration in the Illinois House

See how your Senator voted and the full text of SB231 here.

In addition to SB231, two other education funding reform proposals may come under consideration, one backed by Governor Rauner and a separate evidence-based funding proposal being studied by the House Task Force. Word on the street is that legislators could use education funding and related legislation as bargaining chips during state budget negotiations. The Illinois state budget impasse is now in its eleventh month.

SB231 - What Can You Do?

Contact your Illinois State Representative, and the Speaker of the House, to voice your opinion.

• Representative Patti Bellock rep@pbellock.com (630) 852-8633
• Representative Kathleen Willis repwillis77@gmail.com   (708) 562-6970
• Representative Deb Conroy repdebconroy@gmail.com   (630) 415-3520
• Speaker of the House, Michael Madigan (773) 581-8000 or (217) 782-5350

 

By Carol Snyder, District 205 PTA Council Legislative Chair

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Posted by: Melea Smith, District Admin, Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205
Published: 5/18/16




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York High School arranges for a photographer to take pictures of each graduate as diplomas are presented. Photos are currently available to view. Visit www.gradimages.com to access the Class of 2016's graduation photos. The entire ceremony was streamed live and is available to view via York’s website.

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Posted by: Kelly Corry
Published: 5/17/16




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Chromebook credits along with books returned for credit for York graduates will be processed in June. As is procedure each year, the total credit will be added to the next oldest current York student in the family for use in fall 2016.

 

If the graduate is the final child or has no younger siblings at York,expect a refund check from the district after July 1st.

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Posted by: Kelly Corry
Published: 5/16/16




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The last day of school was approved at the April 26 Board of Education meeting. Due to a mild winter, and no other weather-related incidents, the five emergency days, which are built into the school calendar, have not been used. Below are the student dismissal times. Also, you will find attached a day by day, end of the school year calendar. 
 

May 23

  • Freshman, Sophomore, Junior last day of school at the conclusion of exams.

May 26

  • Last day of attendance for early childhood and AM/PM kindergarten students.
  • Last day of attendance for 8th grade

May 27

  • Last day of school for grades 1-5.  Early dismissal at 11:15 a.m.
  • Last day of school for grades 6 and 7.  Early dismissal at 11:35 a.m.
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Posted by: Katherine Schroeder, District Admin, Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205
Published: 4/27/16




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As the York Health Services Office prepares to welcome your freshman next fall, we want to take this opportunity to explain the requirements for the 9th grade physical.

 

Illinois State Law requires that all freshmen submit a completed State-approved physical examination form to the school no later than October 15, 2016.  The state-approved form can be provided by your physician’s office or can be found on the District website at www.elmhurst205.org.  Please be aware that the IHSA sports 

physical form is NOT acceptable for entry into the 9th grade, but the 9th grade physical can be used as a sport physical.

 

In order to meet the State requirement, ALL sections of the form must be completed.  Please pay specific attention to the following:

 

   The immunization chart must be filled in with correct dates.  This must be signed and dated by a physician, RN, or Medical Assistant.  It is important to note that the chart must show that your child received the Tdap vaccine.

   The section titled Health History (upper half of reverse side) must be completed, signed and dated by the parent/guardian.

   The section titled Physical Examination must be completed, signed and dated by the physician.  Please make sure the physician has checked the boxes at the bottom of this page indicating whether or not your child can participate in physical education and interscholastic sports.

 

You may mail, fax or bring the completed form to the York High School Health Services Office.  

Our direct fax number is:  630-782-6594 and our mailing address is 

355 W. St Charles Road.  Over the summer, the form can be turned into the York High School Main Office.  Do not turn in the form to summer school staff, counselors, campus supervisors, coaches or the Athletic Office.

 

Please note:  If any portion of the physical examination form is incomplete, it will be returned to you.  Your child will be considered out of compliance with Illinois State Laws until all sections of the form have been completed and received in our office.

 

In accordance with State Law, students who do not have a physical examination form on file by October 15, 2016 will be excluded from school on that day.  Until the completed form is received in the Health Services Office, the student will not be allowed to attend school, participate in school activities, or attend school functions.

 

To ensure that your child’s physical is completed in a timely manner, we suggest that you make an appointment with your physician prior to the start of school.  Students who do not have access to a health care provider may contact the DuPage County All Kids Program at 630-682-7400 for information on available health clinics.

 

Freshman Sports:  The freshman physical, if completed after June 1, 2016, will cover all interscholastic sports participation for the

2016-17 school year.  Freshmen trying out for a fall interscholastic activity must have a current physical examination prior to August

pre-season practices.

 

If you have any questions, please call the Health Services Office at 630-617-2435 or 630-617-2438.  The Health Services Office is closed over the summer.  During this time, please direct all questions to the York main office at 630-617-2400.  We look forward to working with you and your child.

 

Health Services Office

 

Pat Hatz, RN, MSN, IL/NCSN

Pam Lerud RN, BSN

Mary Ann Patti, Secretary

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Posted by: MaryAnn Patti
Published: 3/1/16