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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


YHS News


Congratulations to the following DECA winners at the Sectional Competition: Tommy Blake, 1st place in Personal Finance, Gina Santucci, 2nd place in Personal Finance, Claire Meyer and Lance Lukose, 3rd place in Financial Analysis Team, and Chris Irby, Adora Nnam, Tom Manning, Alexa Renfro, Kevin Lipkin and Burke Corcoran for their top ten finishes and qualification for the State DECA meet.  Great job to all DECA competitors and congratulations to their sponsor Mr. Borel and the York Business Department!



On Thursday, February 11, 2016, 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 clarinetist and concerto competition winner Daphne David will perform Carl Maria von Weber’s Concertino for Clarinet in E-flat Major, and senior trombonist and concerto competition winner Michael Griffin will perform the first movement of Gordon Jacob’s Trombone Concerto. The centerpiece of the concert will be Mexican composer Arturo Márquez’s Danzón No. 2, featuring Joelle Chiu in violin, Robert Kildow on clarinet, Andrew French on piano, Tessa Vermulen on piccolo, Mikey Stumpf on trumpet and Jack Davis on bass. Edward Grieg’sSuite for Strings will feature Joelle Chiu on violin, Leah Widmaier on viola, Andrew French on bass and cellists Kevin Shehan, Adela Skowronski, Rachel Catalano and Gabby Mastro. Kirt Mosier’s American Reel will feature violinists Maya Toffler and Kate Caforio. Music of Giovanni Gabrieli, Cyril Kistler and Georg Frideric Handel will round out the program. The concert will be in York’s Merle E. Baker Auditorium. Admission is free.


The Elmhurst PTA Council is selling Fannie May Candy to raise funds for PTA scholarships given to graduating York seniors. ALL proceeds from the sale will go to these scholarships. Click here to view the brochure, which offers a variety of items for you to purchase.

To order, please complete the order form. Please print legibly your “ship to” and “order information” at the top. Return your order form along with a check made payable to Elmhurst PTA Council. DO NOT INCLUDE SALES TAX. Submit orders by Friday, February 19, 2016 drop off or mail to Jodi Redick, 851 Princeton Court, Elmhurst. Your candy will be delivered to your door the week of March 14, 2016. Questions please contact Jodi at jjredick@prodigy.net.


As you heard on the announcement Thursday, we want to make you aware of a serious concern about student use of technology. Our Technology Department has identified several violations of the Technology and Internet Responsible Use Agreement (which is located in the 2015-16 student handbook).  As we continue to investigate network breaches, we would like to remind you of your responsibilities regarding District Technology. 

If your Chromebook or Google account is modified in any way that might allow you or others to circumvent District network security or if you attach personal devices to the network without authorization you are in violation of District 205 policy and are subject to suspension or other appropriate discipline. Examples of unacceptable actions include:

  • Illegally obtaining or using our District or Guest WiFi password for any device, including your personal phone or other personal device
  • Installing an app or extension that bypasses network security
  • Writing code or any method to find hashes or encrypted passwords
  • Stealing someone else’s virtual identity by spoofing the MAC address of another device on the network
  • Replacing, installing, or running a different operating system or BIOS on a Chromebook
  • Proxying or creating your own VPN, or connecting an external VPN

These are just a few examples; this is not meant to be a complete list. For more detail, please reread the entire Acceptable Technology Policy on pages 53-56 in the Student Handbook.

It is imperative that we maintain a secure network for a multitude of reasons. When security features are breached or District passwords are compromised, our schools are subject to bandwidth issues, viruses, academic and personal integrity violations, the inability to use learning tools, and hours of extra labor for our already hard-working Technology Department. Please do not talk yourself into the idea that "everyone else is doing it," or that your purposes for bypassing these features are "harmless."

Now that you have been made aware of these issues, you need to make sure that your devices are clear of anything mentioned above. All personal phones must be disconnected from the WiFi immediately today. You have until Monday to clear your Chromebook of anything that violates the policy and return your Chromebook to being managed by elmhurst205.org.  We are changing the WiFi parameters today (Thursday) and your Chromebook should receive the new WiFi settings automatically through the District network by the end of the day Monday. If your Chromebook is altered, you need to come to TSI and have your device reset or you will not be able to access the network.

To be clear, you will not receive consequences for anything that you clean up before the end of the day on Monday. However, after Monday if we find that you have violated any part of our technology agreement, you will receive consequences including out of school suspensions and a possible recommendation for expulsion.

We are all fortunate to be part of a York High School learning community that has taken great strides alongside an always evolving world of technology. Let us continue to use technology to create, access, share, research, communicate, and collaborate in an ethical and legal manner.

Ms. Diana Smith, Principal

Mr. David Smith, Director of Technology


Students in the class of 2016 or 2017 who need to fulfill their computer literacy graduation requirement and wish to proficiency out of the Computer Concepts and Skills class can sign up to take the proficiency exam on FEBRUARY 10, 2016 from 3:30 to 4:30 in room A233. 


To sign up please  CLICK HERE or visit http://bit.ly/CCSTest2016


If you have questions please talk to your counselor. 


York Community High School has named a total of 1,896 students to the first 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.

To access the list, please click on the news release linked below.


Over 500 parents, students, and community members attended the recent Addiction Forum at York. Our thanks to Coroner Dr. Richard Jorgensen, Representative Deb Conroy, Community Leader Jay Webb, and the Elmhurst Police Department who worked together with the York Student Services Department to facilitate this forum on a most complex and critical problem facing our community.

The York students and staff send our appreciation to the following area businesses who generously donated to provide dinner for student-athletes who stayed for the forum: Fratellos, Silverado, South Town, Mamma Maria’s Pizza, Chic-Fil-A, Nancy’s Pizza, Sarpino’s Pizza, Yorky’s, McDonalds (South and North Elmhurst), and Cochiaro's Pizza. 

And most of all, we are in deep gratitude to the family members and recovering individuals who spoke that night.  Through their powerful stories and the information from Dr. Jorgensen, we learned together about the physiological, emotional, and life-threatening effects of addiction. We filmed the presentation and also viewed the 60 Minutes video entitled Heroin in the Heartland. I encourage you to look at it when you have time for some very valuable background information.


Diana Smith,



On Thursday, January 14, York held a parent night for all current sophomores.  The presentations included: 


On Tuesday, January 19, York held a parent night for all current freshmen.  The presentations included: 




Due to the generosity of our friends and supporters, the District 205 Foundation for Educational Excellence has made a difference by providing over $2.5 million in educational grants and enhancements, innovative programs and support to assist teachers and benefit students. This year, the York Community is benefiting from a $30,000 Cap Foundation grant to assist students with the purchase of Chromebooks through the YSET application process as well as $6,855 in educational grants.


The Foundation’s largest fundraiser of the year will be held Friday, March 11 at The Drake Oak Brook Hotel from 6:30-10:30 PM. This gala event will include beverages, appetizers, plated dinner, music, mini and live auctions, and entertaining fundraising activities.


New this year is a Winner’s Choice Raffle for the choice of a unique vacation experience. Raffle tickets are $100 and only 100 tickets will be sold, with sales beginning prior to the event. The winner will be announced at the event, but need not be present to win.


To purchase event or raffle tickets, and for information on sponsorship opportunities, including discounted tables for 10, visit www.elmhurst205.org/foundation_2016gala



Please donate your gently used formal or cocktail dress to be reused for prom this year. You may drop off your special occasion dress at 300 S. Fair Ave., Elmhurst, IL.  Also accepting dress shoes, evening bags, hair accessories, jewelry, and/or never-been-opened nail polish or make-up.  

Donations are being accepted until March 19th, 2016, the day before the "Pick-a-Pretty-Prom Dress Event" which will take place at York High School, 355 W. St. Charles Road, Elmhurst, on Sunday, March 20 from 1:00-3:00pm. This event is open to the public.  Sponsored by York PTSA.

Call Marie Gall at 773-595-9158 for more details.


Five years ago, District 205 implemented a Late Start plan as an alternative to cancelling school for an entire day due to an emergency, such as inclement weather. A Late Start schedule (not to be confused with Student Late Arrival days) would be used if weather conditions are expected to improve and/or clear up following an overnight storm, allowing students and staff to travel to school safely.

The Late Start option allows District 205 to avoid losing a full day of instruction, maintain the school calendar, meet the State requirements for number of school days, and capture a significant portion of the instructional day. In the event that a Late Start is implemented, there would not be a need to use an end of-the-year emergency make-up day. As we approach winter, it is important to remember that if a Late Start schedule is activated:

  • Schools will begin exactly two hours later than usual.

  • All buses will operate exactly two hours behind their usual schedule.

  • Student drop-off time will be two hours later than usual.

When District 205 determines that weather conditions or an emergency situation warrant implementation of the Late Start schedule, families and employees will be notified in the same manner they are notified of a school closing. A phone call and email notice will be sent via Talk205.

Please note that the first place this information will be posted is on the District 205 homepage (by 5:45 AM). An important distinction between the two emergency options should be noted: if there will be two hour delay to the school day the notice will read “Late Start – Two Hour Delay” and if there is a school cancellation, the notice will state “School Closed Today.” For complete details, please visit the Emergency Closings page of the District 205 website.

School closing (and other) information will also be posted on the District 205 Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/ElmhurstCUSD205 and on Twitter @Elmhurst205.


This year, with unprecedented community support, students in District 205 are benefiting from $108,000 in funding from the District 205 Foundation. (Click here for more information). A portion of those dollars represent Thiems Grants that were awarded to teachers and students from our longest running program named in memory of Dr. Russell Thiems, Superintendent of District 205 from 1983 to 1992.


This year's Thiems Grant application deadline is February 10, 2016. Teachers, students, administrators, parents or community members in District 205 are eligible to apply. The programs, projects, activities or materials applied for must be designed to enhance the educational experience of students, be clearly in support of and/or help deliver relevant curriculum and ideally represent a creative or innovative approach to education.

Applications will be accepted beginning January 1, 2016, and recipients will be announced in the spring. Please read the guidelines and restrictions prior to beginning the application process and feel free to contact The Foundation Office at 630-617-2328 with any questions. To access the 2015 Thiems Grant application/information, please visit www.elmhurst205.org/foundation_grants.



Below are the dates in which 8th 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 send an e-mail to Mrs. Lisa Julian at ljulian@elmhurst205.org  and provide the following information:

Please write: “8th grade shadowing” in the subject line of your e-mail.

  • List student’s name and gender

  • Which parochial school your child attends

  • The date you wish to have your child shadow, and

  • Some of the activities and interests your child is interested in learning more about so that we can match him/her with an Ambassador with similar interests.

If you do not have access to e-mail, you may call Kathy Moore, Student Services Secretary, at 630-617-2434.  Kathy will take your information and forward to my office.

Shadow Dates:










Important Dates

Feb. 3 Student Late Arrival Day 8:55 AM
Feb. 4 Winter Play - All in the Timing  7:30 PM
Feb. 5 Winter Play - All in the Timing 7:30 PM
Feb. 6 Winter Play - All in the Timing 7:30 PM
Feb. 7 Winter Play - All in the Timing 2:00 PM
Feb. 12 Parochial School Shadow Day
Feb. 15 No School - President's Day
Feb. 16 Jazz Ensemble Concert 7:30 PM
Feb. 17 Student Late Arrival Day 8:55 AM
Feb. 18 Winter Choral Concert 7:30 PM
Feb. 22 - 26 Fine Arts Week
Feb. 24 All District Orchestra Festival 7:30 PM
March 2 Student Late Arrival Day 8:55 AM
March 3 Winter Band Concert 7:30 PM
March 8 York Dance Company Recital 7:30 PM
March 16 Student Late Arrival Day 8:55 AM
March 23 Parochial School Shadow Day
March 25 No School
March 28 - April 1 No School - Spring Break
April 6 Student Late Arrival Day 8:55 AM
April 14 Spring Musical - Les Miserables 7:30 PM
April 15 Spring Musical - Les Miserables 7:30 PM
April 16 Spring Musical - Les Miserables 7:30 PM
April 17 Spring Musical - Les Miserables 2:00 PM
April 18 Scholarship Night 7:00 PM
April 21 Jazz Ensemble Concert 7:30 PM
April 23 Junior/Senior Prom 5:00 PM
April 26 Cadet/Concert Band Concert 7:30 PM
April 28 Symphonic Band Concert 7:30 PM
May 1 Senior Citizen Prom 2:00 PM
May 2 Awards Night 7:00 PM
May 4 Student Late Arrival Day 8:55 AM
May 5 Choral Concert 7:30 PM
May 10 Cadet/Concert Orchestra Concert 7:30 PM
May 12 Symphony Orchestra Concert 7:30 PM
May 15 Class of 2016 Commencement Ceremony 1:00 PM
May 30 No School - Memorial Day
June 1 Tentative Last day of School (includes 5 snow days)

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