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630-617-2337

Hours

Main Office Hours:
Monday - Friday
7:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Attendance Hours:
Monday - Friday
8:25 a.m. -3:25 p.m.

(7:30 a.m. - 8:18 a.m. B/O/C)

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Announcements

5/26/16

Office Contacts:

Fehrenbacher, Linda
Principal lfehrenbacher@elmhurst205.org
Gail, Jeff
Assistant Principal jgail@elmhurst205.org
DeMare, Lucy
Lead Secretary ldemare@elmhurst205.org
Nelson, Susan
Assistant Secretary snelson@elmhurst205.org
Tansor, Rosanne
Nurse rtansor@elmhurst205.org

Staff

IMPORTANT DATES

 

May20    Choir Tour
May23    Choir Concert 7 PM Auditorium
May25    8th Grade Activity Day
May26

  8th Grade Promotion  4 PM at York HS 

May27    Last Day of School for 6th & 7th Grades  Dismissal 11:35AM

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.  View photos: Annie Legere 2  Annie Legere.

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 campaign link:  https://www.gofundme.com/xwebzpc4.

Thank you, Hoops for Sandburg Committee

Spartan News

5/23/16

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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5/16/16

The DuPage East Illinois PTA Reflections art competition selected nine Elmhurst School District 205 art projects to advance to the Illinois PTA Reflections competition, where students’ artwork and creativity were featured among the top young artists in the state. The PTA Reflections art competition annually invites students nationwide to reflect on a common theme and create original works of art in the categories of dance choreography, film production, literature, music composition, photography and visual arts. This year’s theme was “Let Your Imagination Fly…”

 

The following nine Elmhurst District 205 students advanced to the state competition:

  • Isabella DeBlasio Sandburg Middle School, in the Film category for her film, "A Dragon’s Story.” Isabella received Honorable Mention at State.
  • Ella Glosner - Jefferson Elementary School, in the Literature category for her piece, "If Animals Could Talk.” Ella received Honorable Mention at State.
  • Ella Glosner - Jefferson Elementary School, in the Visual Arts category for her artwork, "Rainbow Trees.”
  • Morgan Hrody - Jackson Elementary School, in the Literature category for her piece, "Limitless.”
  • Sydney Lee - Jackson Elementary School, in the Literature category for her piece, "Tour the World in an Elevator.”
  • Victoria Lynch - Edison Elementary School, in the Photography category for her artwork, "Come Fly With Me.”
  • Brigid O’Brien Sandburg Middle School, in the Visual Arts category for her artwork, “Limitless.” Brigid received Honorable Mention at State.
  • Noveena Thakar - Jefferson Elementary School, in the Literature category for her piece, “It’s A Big Surprise.”
  • Grace Wang - Hawthorn Elementary School, in the Visual Arts category for her artwork, "One Starry Night.”

Kudos to these District 205 students, who advanced to the regional competition:

  • Jackie Fisher, Julia Jardon, Kevin Schultz – Bryan Middle School
  • Angelica Palomino – Churchville Middle School
  • Madeline Hsieh - Edison Elementary School
  • Lilliana Costa, Oliver Jacobs, Cynthia Trajevski – Emerson Elementary School
  • Camryn Adams, Alexandra El Etr-Garofalo, Kieran Goldstein, Darby Helm, Miles Locigno, PJ MLafferty, Edith Piacenza, Keil Rosen, Casidy Wehrle - Field Elementary School
  • Mikayla Southwell - Jackson Elementary School
  • Ella Glosner, Nikhita Thakar - Jefferson Elementary School

Area students were recognized for their artistic achievement in the PTA Reflections program at a ceremony hosted by the DuPage East Region of Illinois PTA on May 11th at the Glenn Westlake Middle School in Lombard, IL.

 

by Michelle Wehrle, District 205 PTA Council Reflections Chairman

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5/12/16

Members of the District 205 Middle School Task Force (MSTF) presented their Annual Report to the Board of Education on May 10, 2016 regarding their work this school year, as well as the results of the recent District Management Council (DMC) survey of the parents of middle school students, 31% of whom also have children currently enrolled at York High School.

Superintendent Dr. David Moyer introduced his co-chair of the Middle School Task Force, Michele Bowles (Bryan), as well as Katy Padberg (Elmhurst Teachers’ Council President and a teacher at Sandburg), middle school principals Linda Fehrenbacher (Sandburg), Jackie Discipio (Bryan) and Gina Pogue Reeder (Churchville), along with presenters Michelle Kalchik (Bryan) and Dr. Carrie Emrikson (Sandburg). The MSTF includes additional staff from the three middle schools – six from each – who represent a variety of disciplines and all three grade levels, sixth through eighth.

The idea of a Middle School Task Force came out of the most recent negotiated agreement between the Board of Education and the Elmhurst Teachers’ Council. The purpose of the Task Force is to define the philosophy of the D205 Middle School Program. Facets of implementation and development of consistency across the middle schools shall incorporate the following guiding principles:

  • Use research-based, best practices for learning and teaching;
  • Consider individual needs of students while maintaining consistency across middle school buildings; and 
  • Communicate clearly the specific reasons for any changes.

The District Management Council’s proposal, presented to the Board of Education last September, was to:

  • Codify the school’s priorities and theory of action for serving students
  • Review each school’s program offering, use of time, and schedules
  • Review supports and services for struggling and gifted students
  • Review the cost-effectiveness of staffing patterns and practices
  • Create and help implement a phased-over-time plan for continuous improvement

MSTF timeline and process:

  • August: TA reached on certain contractual items, including Middle School Task Force
  • September: Board approves consulting contract with District Management Council
  • September: Communication with MS faculties (Bowles, Moyer, Padberg, Jim Woell)
  • October: ETC identifies members for MTSF to include representation from all buildings and content areas
  • October: Initial organizational meeting of MSTF
  • November: DMC conducts Focus Group interviews of approximately 100 employee and parent stakeholder groups
  • January: DMC conducts MS Time Study
  • January - March: MSTF studies District Student Achievement Objectives and best educational practices to include Professional Learning Communities, Effect Size Research, Assessment, Middle School Philosophy, Interventions, and identifies core values
  • March: DMC presents findings
  • April: Parents survey conducted to elicit feedback on findings of study; MSTF identifies current building practices related to interventions
  • May: MSTF begins action planning for next steps

Parent Survey Results:

  • the survey was sent to 3,157 unique email addresses, representing 1,999 middle school students; about 31% of the respondents also have a child at York High School
  • 390 parents took the survey (an approximately 12% return rate)
  • 38% of the parents ranked instructional coaching as the top opportunity for the District to consider pursuing
  • An overwhelming majority of parents expressed an interest in learning more about the four opportunities for growth presented in the survey
  • Open responses fell into five general categories
  • Results will be included into a final report, which will be posted publicly
  • Additional opportunities for input and feedback: Middle School Task Force Website and Fall parent meetings

The opportunities gaining the most traction among parents taking the survey were:

  • Coaching for general education teachers to support continued professional development in lesson planning and responding to a wide variety of students' needs in the classroom (known as differentiated instruction)
  • Creation of an intervention/enrichment block in order to provide dedicated time for struggling students to gain grade-level mastery, as well as opportunities for increased enrichment for students on or above grade-level.

Overall, parents expressed an interest in learning more; communication continues to be an important part of this work. Plans call for each middle school to hold parent information nights next fall to discuss the work of the Task Force, answer questions and gather ideas.

 

The Board took no action and will continue to hear reports and recommendations from the Middle School Task Force. The work of the Middle School Task Force (including a summary of survey results) is featured as part of the new District 205 Committees website. To access the Middle School Task Force tab directly, click here.

While the survey collected many open-text box comments from parents, which the District continues to read through and analyze in depth, there will be opportunity for further feedback through a comments box accessible from the Middle School Task Force pages. Parents are urged to share any and all ideas related to the Middle School Program on the comments page or submit a question to be added to the FAQ page.

To view the May 10 Board of Education meeting online, please visit http://elmhurstcusd205-il.admin.schoolloop.com/meetings.

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4/27/16

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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12/14/15

Please read the following guidelines attached for snack and food at school.  The attachments included in this message are  the district as well as Sandburg Middle School guidelines.

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Board Meeting Dates

5/19/16

Career Day at Sandburg

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Mission

The mission of Sandburg Middle School is to encourage students to become confident, independent, responsible and respectful learners by reinforcing and supporting their academic and co-curricular growth in conjunction with parents and the community.