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|Aug 8, 2016
||3-6 pm PTA School Supply Orders pick up in cafeteria.
|Aug 9, 2016
||9-10 am Walkthrough for 6th grade students with special needs.
||10-2 pm Walkthrough for 6th grade students.
|Aug 10, 2016
||9-10 am Walkthrough for 7th and 8th grade students with special needs.
||10-2 pm Walkthrough for 7th and 8th grade students.
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.
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 email@example.com 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.
*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.
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.
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.
- 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:
August 8, 2016 - School supply pick up from 3-6 p.m. in cafeteria
August 9, 2016 - Walk through for incoming sixth grade students. Special needs' students from 9-10 a.m. All students from 10-2 p.m.
August 10, 2016 - Walk through for incoming seventh and eighth grade students. Special needs' students from 9-10 a.m. All students from 10-2 p.m.
If you cannot attend the above dates for walk-through, an alternative date will be 8/15/2016 from 10 a.m.- 2 p.m.
New parents to the district or new sixth grade parents can attend a class to access PowerSchool and Chromebook training available from 10:30am-1:30pm on the walk through days of Aug 9th & 10th.
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Chromebook & Power School Information Session Sign Up
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.
York High School (by appointment, call 630-617-2487)
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).
Kick-off for Annie Legere Walk
Recently, several Sandburg Middle School students and families marched in Elmhurst to promote the Annie LeGere Foundation "To The Moon And Back" Walk on April 23rd.
Hoops for Sandburg
Hoops for Sandburg was organized by the Sandburg PTA to raise funds to replace the backboards at Sandburg Middle School. The Sandburg gym is used by many student organizations in Elmhurst, as well as students of Sandburg Middle School. The goal of Hoops for Sandburg is to raise enough money to provide height adjustable backboards to meet the needs of all students who use the gym, and replace side baskets so that all spectators have a clear view to fully support the action on the court.
With your help, we have raised about 70% of the cost to replace the backboards!!! Thank you to all who have donated to this point!! If you are interested in donating, please use our Hoops for Sandburg GoFundMe link.
Thank you, Hoops for Sandburg Committee
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