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Smith, Diana
Principal dsmith@elmhurst205.org
Covino, Christopher
Assistant Principal for Curriculum & Instruction ccovino@elmhurst205.org
Goldman, Karla
Assistant Principal for Student Services kgoldman@elmhurst205.org
McGuire, Drew
Assistant Principal dmcguire@elmhurst205.org
Corry, Kelly
Administrative Assistant to the Principal
Hughes, Suzanne
Secretary to the Assistant Principals shughes@elmhurst205.org
Czarnecki, Dana
Financial Secretary and Substitute Coordinator


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On Tuesday, May 10, 2016, at 7:30 PM, the York Community High School Music Department will present performances by the York Cadet and Concert Orchestras. The concert will honor members of the graduating class of 2016, and will feature a variety of music including music of Gustav Mahler, Johann Sebastian Bach, Georg Frideric Handel and Arcangelo Corelli as well as music from Jurassic Park,Beauty and the Beast and Harry Potter. Featured soloists include violinists Maya Toffler and Kate Caforio, cellist Sidney Valdez and Gabbie Walker on the harpsichord. Three student chamber ensembles will also perform short trios and quartets. The orchestras are directed by Ray Ostwald. The performance is in Baker Auditorium at York High School. Admission is free. A reception honoring the student musicians will follow the concert in the cafeteria.


On Thursday, May 12, 2016, at 7:30 PM, the York Community High School Music Department will present a special performance by the York Symphony Orchestra. The concert will honor the graduating class of 2016, and will feature junior Concerto Competition Winner Andrew French performing the third movement of Ludwig Van Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 1 in C Major. The Orchestra will perform the “Pas de deux” from Piotr Tchaikovsky’s ballet The Nutcracker, Percy Grainger’s Irish Tune from County Derry, and Erik Satie’s Gymnopedie No. 1. Senior principal oboist Lena Sojiljkovic will perform “Gabriel’s Oboe,” from Ennio Morricone’s soundtrack to the movie The Mission. The concert will also highlight the music of Leonard Bernstein, including Candide Overture and music from West Side Story. Other featured student musicians include harpists Julia and Linnea Dierksheide, Tessa Vermeulen (flute), Alaina Bottens (bassoon), Brian Strauch (horn) and Amy Choi (piccolo). The York Symphony Orchestra is directed by Ray Ostwald. A reception honoring the students will follow the concert in the cafeteria. The performance is in Baker Auditorium at York High School. Admission is free.  


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.

Congratulations to the following Industrial Technology students who came in 1st, 2nd, or 3rd in their respective competitions at the state SkillsUSA meet held in Springfield, IL April 21-23. 

  • Auto Service Technology....3rd - Jeremy Olson
  • Screen Printing Technology....2nd - Jake Wendell
  • Collision Repair Technology.....1st - Mike Falco
  • Principles of Technical Engineering...1st - Paige McIntyre
  • Technical Drafting CAD...1st - Jack Chlystek,  2nd - Abby Gundrum,  3rd - Stephanie Cui

All three first place winners move on to the national SkillsUSA conference and competitions in Louisville, KY in June. 


Lincoln Elementary School has been educating Elmhurst children for 100 years! To celebrate this momentous occasion, the school is hosting an Open House for the entire community on Thursday, May 19, from 6:30 to 8:30 PM. Tour the school, enjoy a performance by the Lincoln Singers, watch a slide show documenting Lincoln history throughout the years and browse a collection of scrapbooks compiled by decades of PTA officers. Please share this information with fellow Lincoln alumni and former teachers in your network. All are welcome!


Duke Decision Day is Monday, May 2nd 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, to celebrate seniors' symbolic commitment to the college, military or post-secondary plan of their choice.
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, and individual scholarship information for freshman year is collected by the College & Career Resource Center.  All students are invited to stop by and see what the future holds for the Class of 2016.


Congratulations to the following students who won 1st and 2nd place at the Junior Achievement Titan Competition in Chicago, IL,  April 15, 2016 as well as their business teacher Mr. Jim Borel. 

  • The York White team of Ajay Jain, Jordan Less, Garrett Gilmartin and Megan Boyle won 1st place and each member received a $100 Amazon gift card. 
  • The York Green team of Lance Lukose, Matt Finan and Brennan McGovern finished 2nd at the competition.  2nd place winners each won a $50 gift card. 

Congratulations to the following Family and Consumer Science students who competed at the state level Family Career and Community Leaders of America competitions in Springfield IL on April 7-9, 2016. 

  1. Nina Fabrizius - Gold in Pastry Arts Cakes
  2. Samantha Flesch - Gold in Pastry Arts Cakes
  3. Julianna Gecsey - Gold in Pastry Arts Cakes
  4. Ally Geary - Gold in Pastry Arts Cookie
  5. Kevin Homan - Gold in Food Production Relish Tray
  6. Allison Peterson - Gold in Fashion Apparel Display Team
  7. Abbey Templeman - Gold in Fashion Apparel Display Team
  8. Caitlyn Rambo - Gold in Children's Literature Presentation - Senior category
  9. Stephanie Reinke - Gold in Children's Literature Presentation - Senior category
  10. Nora Barrett - Gold in Children's Literature Presentation Team - Senior category
  11. Elena Vezmar  - Gold in Children's Literature Presentation Team - Senior category
  12. Emma Ryan - Silver and Most Outstanding distinction in Children's Literature Presentation Team - Junior category
  13. Kaitlin Templeman - Silver and Most Outstanding distinction in Children's Literature Presentation Team - Junior category
  14. Rachel Atristain - Silver in Food Production Salads
  15. Katie Fisher - Silver in Sports Nutrition
  16. Madison Miller - Silver in Fashion Construction STAR event
  17. Bridgett Strawbridge - Silver in Apparel Construction
  18. Katie Strawbridge - Silver in Professional Career Image
  19. Kima Barannik - Silver in Interior Design
  20. Oksana Batryn - Silver in Interior Design
  21. Allison Evans - Bronze in Interior Design
  22. Jolie Gundrum - Bronze in Apparel Construction
  23. Richard Incandela - Bronze in Culinary Arts
  24. Matt Carbone - Bronze in Culinary Arts

On Friday April 15th York Technology and Applied arts students were inducted into the National Technical Honors Society. NTHS is a leader in the recognition of outstanding student achievement in career and technical education. Students were recognized for their academic excellence in core curriculum as well as their academic achievements in coursework in the Business, Industrial Technology and Family and Consumer Science departments. The mission of the National Technical Honors Society is to honor student achievement and leadership, promote educational excellence and enhance career opportunities for the NTHS membership. Congratulations to the following 2016 NTHS Inductees:  Abby Brigman, John Chlystek, Peter DiCianni, Emily Douglas, Jordan Jopes, Maria Macias, Luis Macias, Bryant Moritz, Matthew Riecker, Grant Stefanik, Lauren Vorel.


The York Album Project will release the album THIS IS AMATEUR (2016) on Friday, April 22. Album Release Party at Schubas on Sunday, May 1 at 2PM.


The York Album Project is a group of several musicians from York High School that have collaborated to write, record, and release an album of all original material. The album features 23 different artists or groups from York that have written and recorded original songs during the 2015-16 school year. The album project is produced by York Music Teacher, Chris Gemkow, with the support of Audio Engineer, Tim Flynn of Audio Wall Studio in Lombard. This is the second album released by the York Album Project and continues to highlight the incredible musical talent that exists at York High School. 


Click HERE for more information.


On April 12, the Board of Education approved the appointment of Melissa DeLaRosa as the new Assistant to the Principal at York Community High School, replacing Assistant Principal for Student Services Karla Goldman as of July 1. Mrs. Goldman has requested to return to the York Counseling Department for 2016-17.

“It is with great pleasure that we welcome Melissa DeLaRosa to our York community,” said Erin DeLuga, who will become the next principal of York High School on July 1. “Ms. DeLaRosa comes to us from Hinsdale South High School and the Hinsdale High School District 86 Transition Center. In her current role, she serves as a school psychologist with a multitude of leadership experiences, including leading PBIS, advising and leading the RtI process, and leading multidisciplinary teams with both special education and student services. Melissa possesses an extensive background in developing IEP plans and evaluation-based 504 plans based on data.”

Prior to her role in District 86, Ms. DeLaRosa served as a school psychologist at Woodlawn Middle School in CCSD 96. Her internship experience includes working at Stevenson High School, where she collaborated closely within data-driven Professional Learning Community (PLC) structures. Ms. DeLaRosa came to education after serving two years in the corporate world as Associate Portfolio Officer for Merrill Lynch.

DeLaRosa Headshot.jpg“Her colleagues refer to her as a visionary, a student-centered and collaborative leader, a strength in both the school and parent communities, and ‘one of a kind.’ These attributes came shining through during the interview process. A very warm welcome to Melissa!” Mrs. DeLuga said.

“I am honored to be joining the York High School and Elmhurst District 205 communities. It is clear to me that York has a dedicated, student-centered staff that is committed to the success of all learners. I am truly grateful for the opportunity to be a member of such an exemplary team,” said Ms. DeLaRosa.


Please click to view the detailed schedules for:

  • PARCC testing starting on April 14
  • Senior Final Exams on May 10 and 11
  • Freshman/Sophomore/Junior final Exams on May 19, 20 and 23

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


Last fall, the York Distinguished Alumni Program (YDAP) recognized and honored 8 Dukes of Distinction, alumni who have distinguished themselves through significant and extraordinary accomplishments or through service and an outstanding contribution to society. Please visit this link to read about the 2015 Dukes of Distinction. This was the third "class" of honorees. To nominate a deserving alum for 2016 and/or for further information, please visit the YDAP pageclick here for the nomination form, or contact Melea Smith /Debbie Hollstein in the Office of Communications/Alumni Relations at 630-941-4719. The nomination deadline for 2016 has been extended to April 30.


Important Dates

May 1 Senior Citizen Prom 2:00 PM
May 2 Awards Night 7:00 PM
May 3 Used Book Sale 6-8:30 PM
May 4 Student Late Arrival Day 8:55 AM
May 4 Senior Concert 7:30 PM
May 5 Choral Concert 7:30 PM
May 10 Senior Final Exams
  Cadet/Concert Orchestra Concert 7:30 PM
May 11 Senior Final Exams
May 12 Symphony Orchestra Concert 7:30 PM
May 15 Class of 2016 Commencement Ceremony 1:00 PM
May 19 Underclassmen Final Exams
May 20 Underclassmen Final Exams
May 23 Underclassmen Final Exams

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