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DeLuga, Erin
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Doherty, Ryan
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McGuire, Drew
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Moore, Melissa
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Wagner, Rob
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Corry, Kelly
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Hughes, Suzanne
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It’s time to crack open the books at Elmhurst Public Library! Meeting rooms are available for you and your classmates to review the semester’s work so you can ace those finals. Available Saturday, December 16 through Thursday, December 21.

Check the schedule here: elmlib.org/teenprograms. Or reserve a study room with your EPL card and PIN number here: elmlib.org/studyrooms.


Elmhurst District 205 is pleased to announce that 189 York Community High School students from the Class of 2018 have been recognized as Illinois State Scholars. This prestigious recognition, given annually by the Illinois Student Assistance Commission (ISAC), honors the academic achievements of over 19,000 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 738 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 2018-19 are listed in the document linked below.

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.



Legendary York Community High School Boys Cross Country coach, Joe Newton, died in the early morning of December 9 in Arizona. Mr. Newton was 87 when he retired at the conclusion of the 2016 season after 60 years of coaching. A celebration of his coaching career was held at York High School on November 6, 2016. To see an overview of his career, click on the link below.

District 205 Superintendent Dr. David Moyer has been in touch with the Newton family regarding a memorial celebration of Mr. Newton's life that is tentatively planned for sometime in January at York High School. Details will follow once they have been determined. Our condolences go out to all who knew and loved him.


York High School’s ECO Club is collecting broken or old Italian mini lights, traditional rope lights, and LED lights from any holiday, 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. The program runs now through the end of January. All proceeds will benefit SCARCE, www.scarce.org. Contact ECO Club sponsor Bob Blaus for more information atbblaus@elmhurst205.org.


Congratulations to the 2017-18 Illinois Music Educators Association (I.L.M.E.A.) All-State Selectees from York:

Nick Agliata, Bassoon

Madeline Buckley, Composition

Grace Clarke, Alto Sax

Matt Dardick, Alto Sax (Jazz)

Emily Dow, Cello

Danielle Fite, Alto

Rylan Johnsen, Viola

Erin Lee, Soprano

Bailey Maguire, Alto

Lauren Makinney, Double Bass

Jacquelyn Meyer, Soprano

Chuck Miller, Tenor Sax

Sebastian Rohn, Tenor

Cece Stumpf, Trumpet

Tessa Vermeulen, Flute


These exceptional student musicians will join some of the finest high school musicians from the state of Illinois to perform in the All-State Band, Chorus and Orchestra at the 2018 Illinois Music Educators All State Convention Festival on January 24 – 27, 2018, in Peoria, Illinois. 


Congratulations to the entire District 205 Music Faculty for their support of these outstanding young musicians!


Students, teachers and parents across Illinois have the opportunity to participate in the fourth annual statewide Illinois 5Essentials Survey. This survey allows you and your child (in grades 4 through 12) to share thoughts on important elements of school effectiveness at your child’s school. It asks students about their experiences in school and parents about their experiences with their child’s school, giving school leaders critical input to help develop school improvement plans.

On behalf of the Illinois State Board of Education, the Illinois 5Essentials Survey will be administered online by UChicago Impact at the University of Chicago. The survey gathers data related to five indicators that can predict important student outcomes, including improved attendance and larger test score gains. These five indicators that affect and predict school success are:

  • Effective Leaders
  • Collaborative Teachers
  • Involved Families
  • Supportive Environments
  • Ambitious Instruction

Prior research in more than 400 schools has shown that schools that were strong on at least three of these “5Essential” indicators were 10 times more likely to improve student learning gains in math and reading than those that were weak on three or more Essentials.

In March of 2018, reports will be sent to schools and districts that achieve the 20% participation threshold for parents and 50% threshold for students and staff. Data will also be included in the Illinois State School Report Card next fall.

Your identity and survey responses will be kept completely confidential and will never be connected to you or your child. Student participants will be required to log in using their student ID and birth date in order to complete the survey. Students’ identities will be completely confidential. Teachers or administrators will never see individual responses to survey questions and will only receive aggregated information, such as the total percentage of students who agree homework assignments help them learn the course material.

The parent survey takes about 10 minutes; the student survey takes about 25 minutes. To take the parent survey please visit https://survey.5-essentials.org/Illinois/ and select the appropriate survey to begin. The Illinois 5Essentials Survey was scheduled to be conducted in November. The survey will be open through January 31, 2018. We hope you will participate.

For more information about the Illinois 5Essentials Survey, or to view previous years’ reports, please visit https://illinois.5-essentials.org. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact 5Essentials Client Services at 1-866-440-1874 or 5essentials@uchicago.edu.


It’s hard to believe that we are already thinking about Thanksgiving, and you know what that means...final exams for semester one is on the horizon.  Please see the final exam schedule below to help with your planning during the busy holiday season, and we hope everyone has a strong, productive end to the semester.




Dec. 20th


Dec. 21st


Dec. 22nd


(90 Mins)

Period 8 Period 3 Period 1


(90 Mins)

Period 7 Period 2

Period 4


(50 Mins)



(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 Wednesday and Thursday.  There will not be lunch service on Friday, December 22nd.
  • 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 Wednesday and Thursday and from 7:40 to 11:00 on Friday.
  • Buses will run on regular schedules all three mornings.  On Wednesday and Thursday afternoon, buses will depart at 1:40 with late buses departing at 3:30 and 4:30.  On Friday, buses will depart at 11:00 with late buses departing at 1:45 and 4:30. 

With a little snow in the air recently, it’s time to think about school closing guidelines. In the case of inclement weather, Elmhurst District 205 will only contact parents and staff when schools are closed. IF there is no announcement by 5:45 AM via the following methods, schools are open: phone, email and SMS text message (if you’ve signed up for this feature) in both English and Spanish; the District 205 website -www.elmhurst205.org (when in doubt, check it out); the District 205 Facebook page - www.facebook.com/ElmhurstD205; the District 205 Twitter account -www.twitter.com/ElmhurstD205.

Additionally, when a decision to close school has been made, you may call the District 205 Center to hear a recorded message: (630) 617-2505 for English and (630) 617-2506 for Spanish and/ or you may visit the Emergency Closing Center website - www.emergencyclosings.com (District 205 schools are listed alphabetically as DIST #205 (ELMHURST PUBLIC SCHOOLS).

We suggest downloading the Know Before You Go flyer and keeping it handy in paper form, especially during the winter months. If power is out, you may not be able to access the Emergency Closings page of the District 205 website.

In general, District 205 will not close school on a forecast, i.e., the inclement weather must be real and present. In cases where the area is hit hard by snow, it might be possible to make a call in advance (usually in the evening of the day before). Most of the time, the decision must be made early in the morning, based on conditions that have presented themselves overnight.

Temperature is only one factor. Wind chill is also taken into account. Generally, when “real feel” temperatures are -30 degrees or colder, school will be cancelled for the sake of students who ride the bus or walk to school, as frost bite can occur quickly under such extreme conditions.


As we begin to move into our course selection process, we wanted to publish our course recommendation rubrics, so families can have as much information as they can before choosing courses at York High School in January 2018.


First, you’ll note that there is a middle school evaluation as a component in the course selection process on each rubric. We believe that the educators in our middle schools play a crucial role in helping us to understand our students beyond the quantifiables because we all know that how students learn, communicate, and react to challenges can be just as important as scores on a test.


Next, you’ll find that each course uses the PSAT 8/9 to help determine which course would be a good fit for each student. Not only does this help us with course recommendations for incoming students, it is the first step to help us make sure that our students continue to show academic progress from the PSAT 8/9 through the SAT during their junior year.


Finally, some of our courses have a placement test. We use classroom tests that are embedded in their D205 English, Math, and World Language courses to reduce student stress over the course selection process and to reduce classroom interruptions in their 8th grade classes. Students who currently attend private schools will be asked to take the English and Math placement tests in early December and World Language placement tests will take place in Spring 2018.


Below are the updated course selection rubrics, and they are organized by department--English, Math, Science, and World Languages:


English Courses         Science Courses                                            

English Rubric              Science Rubric                       


Math Courses            World Language Courses                       

Pre-Algebra Rubric       French Rubric

Algebra Rubric             Spanish Rubric

Geometry CP Rubric


We hope that this information helps to clarify the course recommendation process, and we look forward to meeting the Class of 2022 at our 8th Grade Academic & Activity Night on Tuesday, January 30th.


Go Dukes!


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 click the link to sign up.












Important Dates

Dec. 14 Student of the Month 7:00
  Holiday Choral Concert 7:30 pm
Dec. 20 Final Exams - Period 8, 7, Lunch, 6
Dec. 21 Final Exams - Period 3, 2, Lunch, 5
Dec. 22 Final Exams - Period 1, 4, Make Up, Make Up
Dec. 25 - Jan. 5 No School - Winter Break
Jan. 8 Classes Resume
Jan. 15 No School - Martin Luther King Birthday
Jan. 17 Student Late Arrival 9:25 am
Jan. 22 No School - Institute Day
Jan. 24 Student Late Arrival 9:25 am
Jan. 30 8th Grade Activity/Academic Night
Jan. 31 Student Late Arrival 9:25 am
Feb. 1 Winter Play 7:30 pm
Feb. 2 Winter Play 7:30 pm
Feb. 3 Winter Play 7:30 pm
Feb. 4 Winter Play 2:00 pm
Feb. 7 Student Late Arrival 9:25 am
  Trivia Night 7:00 pm
Feb. 8 Winter Orchestra Concert 7:30 pm
Feb. 13 Jazz Ensemble Concert 7:30 am
Feb. 14 Student Late arrival 9:25 am
Feb. 15 Winter Choral Concert 7:30 pm
Feb. 19 No School - President's Day
Feb. 21 Student Late Arrival 9:25 am
  Senior Vs. Faculty Volleyball Game 7:00 pm
Feb. 22 Winter Band Concert 7:30 pm
Feb. 26 Fine Arts Week
Feb. 28 Student Late Arrival 9:25 am
March 1 Student Talent Show 7:00 pm
March 2 No School - Teacher Institute Day
March 6 York Dance Co. Recital 7:30 pm
March 7 Student Late Arrival 9:25 am
March 13 All District Choral Concert 7:30 pm
March 14 Student Late Arrival 9:25 am
March 20 World Lang. Honorary Society Induction 7:00 pm
March 2 Student Late Arrival 9:25 am
March 26 - 30 No School - Spring Break
April 2 Classes Resume

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