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The purchase of an outdoor or beautiful indoor tree will benefit Elmhurst 205 schools and students long after the holiday is over. This pre-order fundraising sale supports the long-standing Elmhurst tradition of beautifully lit streets that line our neighborhoods during the holiday season. Trees can be purchased as part of a neighborhood group scheduled for delivery on November 25th, or ordered individually and picked up (or delivered for a $20 fee) on December 2nd.

The District 205 Foundation website contains all the tools you will need to be a tree captain for your block or to purchase a tree. Visit www.elmhurst205.org/HolidayTrees for more information or to place an order. Orders are due by Friday, October 27th. 

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Posted by: Kate Allt, District Admin, Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205
Published: 10/20/17




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York Community High School will be holding its 7th annual all-school Veterans’ Day assembly on Friday, November 10. Any interested U.S. veterans, as well as current servicemen and women, are invited to come and be honored in York’s Campbell Gym. The assembly begins at 8 AM and will include speeches from selected veterans, as well as York students and administrators. Veterans are encouraged to arrive at 7:15 AM for coffee, pastries and bagels in the Yorker Room, (please enter through main door #3).

On Saturday, November 11, members of the York Student Council will serve a free breakfast to American veterans and their families/friends from 9 to 11 AM in the school cafeteria. Please contact York Student Council Advisor Matt Moran if you are interested in attending the assembly, the breakfast or both. Let him know how many people will be attending each event by sending an email to mmoran@elmhurst205.org or calling 630-617-2400, ext. 7285 and leaving a message.

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Posted by: Kelly Corry
Published: 10/17/17




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More than 3,000 students from over 75 schools throughout Northeastern Illinois auditioned for the honor of being chosen for the All-District band, chorus, orchestra and jazz band. The selected York Community High School student musicians will perform at the Illinois Music Educators Association (ILMEA) All-District Music Festivals this November. ILMEA’s District I Jazz Festival will be Saturday, November 11, at Thornton Fractional South High School, located at 18500 Burnham Ave in Lansing, IL. The ILMEA District I Band, Chorus and Orchestra Music Festival will be Saturday, November 18, at Elmhurst College, located at 190 S Prospect Ave., Elmhurst, IL.

The Illinois Music Educator Association All-District I selectees from York Community High School are:

Nick Agliata, Bassoon

Katharine Bartosz, Soprano

Michael Bindeman, Bass

Olivia Braun, Trombone

Madds Buckley, Alto

Grace Clarke, Alto Sax

Matt Dardick, Alto Sax, Concert Band and Jazz Ensemble

Emily Dow, Cello

Kristen Drost, Soprano

Audrey Fatheree, French Horn

Danielle Fite, Alto

Lauren Hund, Flute

Rylan Johnsen, Viola

Carina Kanzler, Soprano

Helen Koczur, Soprano

Erin Lee, Soprano

Wilke Macariola, Tenor

Bailey Maguire, Alto

Lauren Makinney, Double Bass

Abigail Marianetti, Cello

David Menichini, Trumpet

Jackie Meyer, Alto

Chuck Miller, Tenor Sax, Concert Band and Jazz Ensemble

Siena Olson, French Horn

Nicole Polizzi, Soprano

Sebastian Rohn, Tenor

Erin Stone, Alto

Cece Stumpf, Trumpet

Tessa Vermeulen, Flute

Nick Villarreal, Clarinet

 

Members of the York Performing Arts Department include: Chris Gemkow, Rebecca Marianetti, Ray Ostwald, Michael Pavlik, Anna Sapozhnikov, Michelle Scurlock and Bill Riddle, Chair.

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Posted by: Melea Smith, District Admin, Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205
Published: 10/17/17




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The City of Elmhurst's Commission on Youth welcomes Brent Sopel, former Chicago Blackhawk Stanley Cup champion, on Wednesday, October 25th, beginning at 7:00 PM in York High School's Campbell Gym. His presentation is most appropriate for students 6th grade and up.

A champion of causes, Brent fearlessly defends underdogs of all walks of life. He is no longer hiding “behind the stick” as he reveals his own hidden challenges. Winners and champions aren’t those without struggles; they are the people that overcome them.

The battles Brent fought on the ice left visible scars, but the invisible wounds he suffered cut deeper. Brent's personal story has directed him toward a path of advocating for others who are struggling with similar obstacles. As a result, Brent’s mission is to be:

  • A champion for Dyslexia and Dysgraphia Awareness
  • A champion for Alcohol and Drug Addiction Recovery
  • A champion for Youth Training and Mentoring

Email youthcommission630@gmail.com for more information or with any questions. Special thanks go to Rosecrance in their help sponsoring this event. They will lead a Q&A following Mr. Sopel's presentation that evening.Brent Sopel
 

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Posted by: Melea Smith, District Admin, Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205
Published: 10/16/17




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Did you know that donating blood just one time can save up to three lives? York’s first blood drive of the year will be held this upcoming Thursday, October 19th, in the South Gym. Students ages 16 and older are encouraged to donate! Sign up using the attached google form, and be sure to have the permission slip signed in pen on the day of the drive.


SIGN UP HERE!

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Posted by: Kelly Corry
Published: 10/16/17




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In his latest Superintendent's column, Dr. David Moyer chronicles the many positive things happening in District 205 this school year. From Acceleration Time to Instructional Rounds to Eureka Math and a Growth Mindset - there are many new initiatives designed to increase rigor and relevance that lead to more highly-engaged students and future-ready learning.

You may also follow Dr. Moyer's blog at http://superchat205.blogspot.com. Follow Elmhurst District 205 on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram @ElmhurstD205.

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Posted by: Melea Smith, District Admin, Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205
Published: 10/14/17




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The second “Coffee With the Superintendent” of the school year will be held on Monday, October 16 at Bryan Middle School, 111 W. Butterfield Road, Elmhurst, beginning at 10:00 AM. Come meet with Dr. David Moyer in an informal setting. This year’s coffee opportunities are again being organized by the PTA Council and are open to any interested District 205 parent or community resident. The remaining dates/times for 2017-18 are: January 16, 1:30 PM - York; February 21, 1:30 PM - Jackson; and April 26, 10:00 AM - Lincoln.

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Posted by: Melea Smith, District Admin, Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205
Published: 10/14/17




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Registration for the Little Dukes Preschool program at York Community High School is currently open for children ages 3 to 5 years old who are potty trained. This lab-based preschool is taught by a supervising teacher with the collaboration of the high school students. A new session starts on February 6, 2018 and runs through May 11 on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays from 8:45-11:15 AM. The cost is $250 per child. Contact Laurie Foss at lfoss@elmhurst205.org for registration information or questions.

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Posted by: Kelly Corry
Published: 10/11/17




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Churchville Middle School will be holding its 9th annual Veterans Day Assembly and welcome veterans and their families to join them on Friday, November 10, from 2:00 – 3:30 PM. The location is 155 Victory Parkway, Elmhurst. Please enter through the main entrance (canopied) door. R.S.V.P. to Peter Richey at prichey@elmhurst205.org or call (630) 832-8682 ext. 3949 and let them know who will be attending the event. You will be contacted with further information about the event and have the opportunity to ask questions.

York Community High School will be holding its 7th annual all-school Veterans’ Day assembly on Friday, November 10. Any interested U.S. veterans, as well as current servicemen and women, are invited to come and be honored in York’s Campbell Gym. The assembly begins at 8 AM and will include speeches from selected veterans, as well as York students and administrators. Veterans are encouraged to arrive at 7:15 AM for coffee, pastries and bagels in the high school’s Yorker Room, 355 W. St. Charles Road, Elmhurst (please enter through main door, #3).

On Saturday, November 11, members of the York Student Council will serve a free breakfast to American veterans and their families/friends from 9 to 11 AM in the high school cafeteria. If you are interested in attending the assembly, the breakfast or both, please contact York Student Council Advisor Matt Moran via email at MMoran@elmhurst205.org or by calling 630-617-2400, ext. 7285 and leaving a message. Let him know how many people will be attending each event.

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Posted by: Melea Smith, District Admin, Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205
Published: 10/10/17




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The York Performing Arts Department is proud to present “From the Mainland to the Islands” featuring York alum Paul McDermand with a special performance by the York High School Jazz Ensemble on Tuesday evening, October 10, at 7:30 pm in the Merle E. Baker Auditorium. Tickets are $10.00 for adults (general seating) and children 18 and under are free! Click on the following link to purchase tickets www.ticketpeak.com/yorkdrama

Steel drum and marimba artist Paul McDermand, York Class of 1974, has appeared with some of the biggest names in music including Tony Bennett, Johnny Cash, Natalie Cole and the Moody Blues. Paul is surrounded by an all-star rhythm section culled from the stages of Stevie Nicks, Jerry Lee Lewis, Lyle Lovett and Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber. See a video clip at http://bit.ly/ElmhurstD205McDermand 

 

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Posted by: Kate Allt, District Admin, Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205
Published: 10/8/17




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This Fall, York High School will be hosting a Fall Festival where the students will stage both a play and a musical. The weekend will kick off on Thursday, October 26th with Lillian Hellman’s Oscar and Golden Globe nominated work, The Children’s Hour. This show will also be performed on Saturday, October 28th. On Friday, October 27th and Sunday, October 29th the students will perform the Pulitzer and Tony award winning musical, Next to Normal. Tickets will go on sale to the General Public on October 15th. There are a total of four shows at the following times:

These shows are not recommended for children under the age of 13.

 

Fall Festival

The Children's Hour - Thursday, October 26 (7:30p) and Saturday, October 28 (7:30p)

 

Next to Normal - Friday, October 27 (7:30P) and Sunday, October 29 (2:00p)

 

Tickets will again be available through our on-line site: www.ticketpeak.com/yorkdrama

 

This Winter, please join us for York's Brechtfest. At Brechtfest the students will stage and perform 8 different one act plays by one of the most provocative and famous playwrights of the 20th-century, Bertolt Brecht. Show dates are February 1st through 4th. Tickets for these shows will be available in early January.

Tickets will again be available through our on-line site: www.ticketpeak.com/yorkdrama

 

The Spring Musical this year, straight from Broadway, will be Tuck Everlasting. This show is based on the best-selling and award-winning novel by Natalie Babbitt. The students will have the privilege of working on this show with the production’s very own Broadway composers, Chris Miller and Nathan Tysen, who will spend time with them in rehearsal. Show dates are April 19-22. Tickets for this show will be available in March.

Be sure to mark your calendars now!

 

Tickets will again be available through our on-line site: www.ticketpeak.com/yorkdrama

If you have any questions please feel free to email us at yorkdramatickets@gmail.com

 

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Posted by: Kelly Corry
Published: 10/5/17




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We are pleased to announce that York High School will be offering the Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery (ASVAB) test on Saturday, October 28th from 7:45-11:30 AM and again in June 2018. The ASVAB is the most widely-used multiple choice aptitude test battery in the world: it measures development abilities and helps predict future academic and occupational success. Test registration is available to any York student in grades 10-12.

 

The ASVAB Career Exploration Program is a comprehensive program that is offered at no cost, with NO COMMITMENT to the armed forces, and is designed to help young people align their strengths and interests with career planning. The program explores the following areas: General Science, Word Knowledge, Mathematics, Mechanical comprehension, Arithmetic reasoning, Paragraph comprehension, Electronic information, Assembling objects, and Shop information.

 

The exam results will be mailed directly to students and to York High School, and a follow up career workshop will be offered on a future date following the test administration. To register for the October 28, 2017 exam, please complete this form; you will receive a confirmation email with test day instructions before the exam.

 

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Posted by: Kelly Corry
Published: 10/4/17




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High School Conference Dates/Times

Tuesday, October 3–4:00 to 8:30 PM

Tuesday, October 10–8:00 to 3:00 PM*

 

*No school for high school students only

 

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Posted by: Kelly Corry
Published: 10/2/17




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District 205’s Social Work Department presents "Well-parented Kids: 10 Anchors for Building Strong Families." This free program for parents will be held on Tuesday, October 24, from 12:30-2:30 PM in the Sandburg Middle School Auditorium. This presentation will identify the key elements of effective parent-child relationships including setting communication norms, modeling values, sponsoring constructive conflict resolution, maintaining respect and trust, facilitating growth, teaching coping skills and navigating change. Presenters are Katie McDougall, LCSW and Steve Ritter, LCSW. No reservations are needed. Please enter through door 2, in the auditorium. Parking is available in the back of the school, just be alert for students.

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Posted by: Melea Smith, District Admin, Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205
Published: 10/1/17




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Erin’s Law, House Bill 6193, became Illinois law in 2013. This legislation requires schools to teach age-appropriate sexual assault and abuse awareness and prevention for grades Pre-K through 12. In Elmhurst, we already have personal safety built into many grade levels’ health education curriculum. Beginning two years ago, after reviewing the requirements of the new legislation, we recognized that our students could benefit from additional information and strategies in order to consider past events and prevent future encounters. Our curriculum was enhanced at each grade level to cover the following:

  • Distinguishing different types of touch
  • Saying “NO”
  • It’s not the child’s fault if someone touches him or her
  • Identifying and telling a trusted adult

Again this year, an award-winning non-profit group, Imagination Theater, will deliver age-appropriate experiences for our students in 1st through 8th grade. Information about their program, called “No Secrets,” may be found by visiting www.imaginationtheater.org. A schedule of all elementary and middle school student assemblies can be found below.

Our school social workers will visit all of the Early Childhood and Kindergarten classrooms, as they did last year, to share age-appropriate read-alouds with students as a part of the Personal Safety Unit that is already in place at our schools.

York High School will be bringing in presenters from Elmhurst Hospital, as well as addressing the topic in multiple courses.

Please direct all questions about your school’s lesson(s) or assemblies to your child’s principal.

 

School Date Performance 1 Performance 2 Performance 3
Bryan MS 10/16/17 8:25 11:00 1:20
Churchville MS 10/12/17 8:25 11:00 1:20
Conrad Fischer 10/10/17 1:00 2:00 N/A
Edison 10/13/17 12:45 1:45 N/A
Emerson 10/17/17 12:45 1:45 N/A
Field 10/19/17 8:30 9:30 N/A
Hawthorne 10/17/17 8:30 9:30 N/A
Jackson 10/13/17 8:30 9:30 N/A
Jefferson 10/19/17 12:45 1:45 N/A
Lincoln 10/10/17 8:30 9:30 N/A
Sandburg MS 10/6/17 8:25 11:00 1:20
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Posted by: Melea Smith, District Admin, Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205
Published: 9/29/17




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On Tuesday September 26, York Community High School’s entire sophomore class explored First Amendment rights as part of a day-long, interdisciplinary forum that centered on banned books, music, social media and the American flag. Examples were chosen based on their relevance to teenagers.

One First Amendment case involved re-creating a 1989 installation by Chicago artist Dread Scott, who was later part of a landmark U.S. Supreme Court decision protecting the right to free speech. Unlike the Scott example, York’s display was created to ensure the flag was not stepped on or defaced in any way. The goal was to create an authentic learning environment, and we are continuing to learn from this experience.

We ask our students to think critically about issues relevant to them and our society. At the same time, we understand that this demonstration caused some angst in the larger community and for that we deeply apologize.

York Principal Erin DeLuga shared the following information with families yesterday:

  • The purpose of the forum was to explore the complexities of the constitutionally protected right of free speech by examining real cases and encourage students to think critically about issues relevant to them and our society.
     
  • One of the cases was a recreation of Dread Scott's "What is the proper way to display a U.S. Flag?" The Scott installation featured the flag on the ground. The York display did not intend to disrespect the flag, the military, or the government; rather, it was used for students to reconcile their feelings about current issues and whether their 1st Amendment rights are protected.
     
  • Two of the students folded the flag and turned it over to a representative from the Elmhurst American Legion to ensure that it would be retired respectfully in accordance with proper flag etiquette.
     
  • We have these conversations in the school environment to foster greater dialogue when our students are in the community.

Yesterday afternoon and throughout the day today, York administrators have met with students to provide them with an opportunity to express their perspectives. Through these conversations, feedback has been gathered on how the administration and staff can ensure that all students' voices are represented through productive and respectful discourse going forward.

Our staff and students will learn from this week's lesson, and we will make changes to this forum in the future to ensure we do not disrespect the flag.

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Posted by: Melea Smith, District Admin, Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205
Published: 9/28/17




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Twenty-two members of the York Community High School Class of 2018 have been named National Merit Commended Students, as announced by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC). The NMSC recently revealed the names of approximately 34,000 Commended Students in the 2018 National Merit Program.

Recognized for their exceptional academic promise are: Max Albers, Catherine Ayers, Timothy Baer, Nicholas Carrasco, Eric Doberstein, Corey Elliott, Ella Glabus, Brian Goldberg, Nathan Harris, Grant Hartlage, Colin Kelley, Martin Kelty, Ashley Kunesh, Linda Nguessan, Michael Pastuovic, Zorian Schiffman, Emily Schlect, Tyler Sidoryk, Siva Sreedhar, Daniel Sussman, Emma Tran and Anita Wary.

Commended Students placed among the top five percent nationally of those tested. A letter of commendation from the NMSC is presented to each of these outstanding students by York High School Principal Erin DeLuga.

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Posted by: Debbie Hollstein, District Admin, Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205
Published: 9/26/17




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Officials of National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC) recently announced the names of approximately 16,000 Semifinalists in the 63rd annual National Merit Scholarship Program. Among them are seniors Hannah Cronin, Matthew Dardick, Linnea Dierksheide, Courtney Jopes, Carina Kanzler, Luke Rozmus, Anshul Shah, Katherine Tomaska and Christopher Ziebert representing York Community High School. These academically talented high school seniors have an opportunity to continue in the competition for some 7,500 National Merit Scholarships worth more than $32 million to be offered next spring.        

 

To be considered for a Merit Scholarship® award, Semifinalists must fulfill several requirements to advance to the Finalist level of the competition. About 90 percent of the Semifinalists are expected to attain Finalist standing, and in February they will be notified of this designation. All National Merit Scholarship winners will be selected from this group of Finalists. Merit Scholar designees are selected on the basis of their skills, accomplishments, and potential for success in rigorous college

studies, without regard to gender, race, ethnic origin, or religious preference.

 

National Merit Scholarship winners of 2018 will be announced in four nationwide news releases beginning in April and concluding in July. These scholarship recipients will join more than 330,000 other distinguished young people who have earned the Merit Scholar title.

 

Scholarships are underwritten by NMSC with its own funds and by approximately 420 business organizations and higher education institutions that share NMSC’s goals of honoring the nation’s scholastic champions and encouraging the pursuit of academic excellence.

 

York's newly named NMSC Semifinalists are pictured in alphabetical order from left to right below:
 


 


 

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Posted by: Melea Smith, District Admin, Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205
Published: 9/19/17




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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!

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Posted by: Kelly Corry
Published: 9/19/17




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The York Performing Arts Department is proud to present “From the Mainland to the Islands” featuring York alum Paul McDermand with a special performance by the York High School Jazz Ensemble on Tuesday evening, October 10, at 7:30 pm in the Merle E. Baker Auditorium.  Tickets are $10.00 for adults (general seating) and children 18 and under are free! Click on the link to purchase tickets!  www.ticketpeak.com/yorkdrama

 

Steel drum and marimba artist Paul McDermand has appeared with some of the biggest names in music including Tony Bennett, Johnny Cash, Natalie Cole and the Moody Blues.  Paul is surrounded by an all-star rhythm section culled from the stages of Stevie Nicks, Jerry Lee Lewis, Lyle Lovett and Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber.

 

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Posted by: Suzanne Hughes
Published: 9/13/17




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The first “Coffee With the Superintendent” will be held on Wednesday, Sept. 13 at Hawthorne School, 145 Arthur Street, Elmhurst, beginning at 1:30 PM. Come meet with Dr. David Moyer in an informal setting. This year’s coffee opportunities are again being organized by the PTA Council and are open to any interested District 205 parent or community resident. The remaining dates/times for 2017-18 are: October 16, 10 AM - Bryan; January 16, 1:30 PM - York; February 21, 1:30 PM - Jackson; and April 26, 10:00 AM - Lincoln.

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Posted by: Melea Smith, District Admin, Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205
Published: 9/11/17




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It’s hard to believe that just over 4 weeks into the 2017-18 school year, we are looking forward to the course selection process for our current 8th grade class--the Class of 2022.  As you may be aware, our district is no longer using the EXPLORE--a standardized test that both helped monitor students’ growth from the EXPLORE in 8th grade through the ACT during their junior year and assisted in the course selection process; instead, we have moved to the PSAT 8/9, which will allow us to monitor students’ growth from PSAT 8/9 in 8th grade through the SAT their junior year and to help in this year’s course selection process.

  • Current 8th grade students in District 205 will take the PSAT 8/9 on Wednesday, October 4th, at their respective middle schools.
  • Current Elmhurst residents who attend 8th grade in local private schools have the opportunity to take the PSAT 8/9 on Saturday, October 14th, at York High School.  For private school students who cannot attend on the 14th, a makeup date has been scheduled for the following Saturday, October 21st.
    • If your private school student attends Immaculate Conception, Immanuel Lutheran, or Visitation, you will be receiving a mailing from us, asking for you to confirm the information we have for your student and to indicate which test date your student will attend.

Since we needed to make a change with the standardized test, it was a great opportunity to make other adjustments to our course selection process, and we hope they will reduce student stress over the course selection process and will reduce classroom interruptions in their 8th grade classes.  These course selection rubrics--English, Math, Science, and World Languages--will be published in the next few weeks.

 

We cannot wait to meet the Class of 2022 at our 8th Grade Academic & Activity Night on Tuesday, January 30th.  This is a great night that allows you to hear more information about the course selection process at York, and it allows our future Dukes to see all of the amazing clubs, sports, and activities that await them in the halls and on the fields at York High School.

 

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Posted by: Kelly Corry
Published: 9/11/17




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Homecoming dance will take place on Saturday, September 23 from 7-10 pm in the York Fieldhouse. Tickets will go on sale in the bookstore on Wednesday, September 13. Tickets are $21 at the bookstore, $26 at the door ($1 from each ticket will go to Hurricane Harvey relief). Students may attend with a date or with a group of friends. Attire is semi-formal, students who are denied entry due to inappropriate attire will NOT be given a refund. Entrance to the dance will end at 8 pm.

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Posted by: Kelly Corry
Published: 9/7/17




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Please plan to join us on Monday, September 18 at 7 PM in the York High School Commons, when Superintendent Dr. David Moyer will present a State of the Schools address, along with brief reports from the Learning & Teaching Department, principals, instructional coaches and teachers. Entertainment provided by York High School musicians. Come celebrate student and staff achievements, share our District goals for 2017-18 and talk about plans for Focus 205 Phase II.

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Posted by: Melea Smith, District Admin, Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205
Published: 9/6/17




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District 205’s three middle school student councils are fundraising to support the victims of Hurricane Harvey. Nearly 50 Houston Independent School District (HISD) schools have been flooded to some degree, other schools are being used as shelters, and a growing number of students and families have left their homes behind.

 

There are three ways you can help students in Houston:

1. HISD has an immediate need for children’s clothes of all sizes (clean and in reasonably good repair) and school supplies. Please bring donations to Bryan, Churchville or Sandburg and we will send them to Houston for you. If you prefer to send items directly, they can be forwarded to: HISD Harvey Recovery, ℅ Delman Stadium, 2020 Mangum, Houston, TX 77092

 

2. Drop off a monetary donation of any amount and we will forward funds to the Houston Independent School District Foundation.

 

3. The HISD Foundation has set up a special to provide assistance to their students and families. To read more about their effort and/or make an online donation, please visit www.houstonisd.org/Page/164281

 

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Lisa Kerins or Eric Gorton at Sandburg Middle School.

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Posted by: Melea Smith, District Admin, Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205
Published: 9/5/17




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Please plan to join us on Monday, September 18 at 7 PM in the York High School Commons, when Superintendent Dr. David Moyer will present his State of the Schools address. Come join us as we celebrate student and staff achievements, share our District goals for 2017-18 and talk about plans for Focus 205 Phase II.

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Posted by: Kelly Corry
Published: 8/29/17




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The first all-district Student Late Arrival Day is next Wednesday, August 30. Certified staff and administrators will be using this time to collaboratively review student data, discuss professional growth topics, problem solve, share best practices and continue the work of building a Professional Learning Community.

The Student Late Arrival instructional schedule for 2017-18 will be as follows:

 

AM Early Childhood – 9:45 AM to 11:55 AM

PM Early Childhood – 12:55 PM to 3:00 PM

AM Kindergarten – 9:45 AM to 11:55 AM

PM Kindergarten – 12:55 PM to 3:00 PM

Grades 1-5 – 9:45 AM to 3:00 PM

Middle School – 10:00 AM to 3:25 PM

High School – 9:25 AM to 3:06 PM

 

As always, supervised student arrival will begin 20 minutes prior to the above listed start times. The 2017-17 School Calendar (which provides a one-page overview of this information), may be found on the District 205 calendar page.

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Posted by: Kelly Corry
Published: 8/29/17




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We hope the first two weeks back have been a success! Here are a few reminders for upcoming events.

 

Open House will be Thursday, August 31st at 7:00 PM. Please remember to bring a copy of your student’s schedule that night: you may want to consider snapping a photo of it, so you can easily carry it on your phone. PE classes will meet in three areas listed on the attachment. I will send another reminder to bring your child's schedule next week.

 

Attention: Best Buddies has arrived at York High School! Please join us on Monday, September 11th at 6pm in the Auditorium for a Family Information Night to learn more about how your child can get involved. The Best Buddies Friendship Program builds one-to-one friendships between people with and without intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD), offering social mentoring while improving the quality of life and level of inclusion for a population that is often isolated and excluded. Best Buddies provides the opportunity for people with IDD to form meaningful connections with their peers, gain self-confidence and self-esteem, and share interests, experiences and activities with other students from their school. If you have any questions before the meeting, please contact Amy Burton or Samantha French at York High School. 

 

First Home Football Game: come on out and support your York Dukes Football program on Friday verse Addison Trail! We have a zero tolerance policy in regards to drugs and alcohol at all of our events. Please remind your students to make smart decisions.

 

Erin DeLuga

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Published: 8/29/17




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The College of DuPage Food Truck Rally & Sunset 5K has something for everyone: great food, a fun 5K, kid’s 100-yard dash and, new this year, an opportunity to fund a scholarship for York Community High School graduates attending COD. Sign up for the 5K Saturday, September 23, from 2 to 7:30 PM (race starts at 5 PM) and your registration fee will support a dedicated scholarship for a Duke at COD.

To register, visit www.cod.edu/5K. While you are there, check out the stellar lineup of outrageous food trucks. No need to register for a race to enjoy diverse cuisine from 18 phenomenal food trucks. Bring your family and friends! COD is located at 425 Fawell Blvd., Glen Ellyn.

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Published: 8/28/17




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With the start of the school year upon us, I would like to remind everyone about our drop off procedures. We want all of our students to be safe traveling to and from school every day, so please continue to remind your children to stay inside the crosswalks when crossing streets in addition to looking both ways.

 

Main Entrance
Students should only be dropped off in the circle drive of the building. They should not be dropped off inside the parking lot areas or in the road ways of the school. When you are driving in the school zone, please make sure that you are obeying all traffic signs and the speed limit as well as not using your cell phone. After 7:40am, all students will need to enter through the main academic doors by the flag pole (door 1).

 

North Entrance (Elm Park)
Students should only be dropped off inside the circle drive by the aquatics entrance. Students should not be dropped off on the north lane of Elm Park. This causes serious safety concerns and traffic pattern problems in this area. Again, the safety of our students is of the utmost importance. This entrance will be closed after 7:40am until 3:06pm.

 

Student Parking
Please remember that students who do not have a parking sticker are NOT allowed to park on campus. Students who are parking in staff lots will be subjected to school issued discipline such as dean referrals and loss of senior off campus privileges.

 

Lunches
Please remember that students are not permitted to order food to be delivered to campus. If a parent needs to drop off a lunch to students, it should be from home and not a restaurant.

 

We have over 2,800 students this year at York, and our traffic congestion at York is much heavier than in past years. While we provide 20 bus routes for students to be transported to and from school, we also have multiple bike racks for students to park their bikes. Please remind your students to be careful while riding their bike near campus and they should be walking them once they are on the school sidewalks.

 

Please encourage your students to carpool or use other modes of transportation to alleviate the traffic congestion around the school in the morning.

 

Starting Monday, August 21st, families will be receiving automated phone calls when your student is marked unexcused for a class. Please make sure that you are calling the attendance line (630-617-2444) to communicate any student absences in advance.

 

Thank you for working with us to ensure that our students are safe while here in the building as well as entering and exiting each day.

 

Sincerely,

The York Administration

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Published: 8/28/17




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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.

 

SIGN UP HERE

 

10/5/17

10/6/17

10/20/17

11/10/17

1/26/18

2/16/18

3/22/18

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Published: 8/27/17




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Our parent organizations are essential to the success that we as a high school are able to achieve in the classroom, on the stage, on our athletic field or gym, and inside our community as a whole.  We rely on these groups to provide our school community with various types of support, and we hope that you will take a few minutes to consider supporting these groups.  Please direct any questions to the appropriate organizations.

 

York Administration
 


 York PTSA

(Parent Teacher Student Association) is an independent, non-profit, volunteer-run organization and a part of the PTA umbrella that has supported our students through their time in Elmhurst District 205 public schools. PTSA at York promotes the welfare of all York students and the York community.  Following is a sample of what we do:

  • Initiated and maintain Post Prom, a substance-free, relatively low cost, safe activity for Prom attendees.
  • Initiated and maintain a Best-Sellers shelf in the York library.
  • Sponsor National Honor Society receptions for all students initiated in this group.
  • Publish an annual student directory.
  • Sponsor a dinner for staff before the annual Open House.
  • Sponsor a Teachers Appreciation Breakfast.
  • Contribute funds to multiple student clubs and organizations.
  • Promote communication through the e-newsletter.
  • Advocate for and support activities that encourage a robust academic environment at York.
  • Support and contribute to a scholarship fund for York Seniors maintained by Elmhurst Council of PTA's
  • Support and contribute to a scholarship fund for Illinois Seniors maintained by Illinois PTA.

Please join us at a meeting and/or sign up to be a PTSA member!


District 205 Foundation

The District 205 Foundation raises and distributes funds that provide additional resources, enriches curriculum and furthers innovation at York. Since 2015 alone, more than $76,000 worth of educational enhancements and close to $38,000 in partnership funds are benefiting the York community. With your support, students get more than the basics. Please make a tax deductible donation to the Foundation and help our only community high school go above and beyond to prepare students for their future. To learn more about our impact at York visit www/elmhurst205.org/foundation  or click here to make a direct donation


York Athletic Boosters

The York Athletic Boosters is a parent volunteer organization that raises funds to support the York High School Athletic Department with the items and equipment that are above and beyond the norm provided by the school district. Please see the attached letter outlining what we do and how you can be involved, what you get for your membership and important dates coming up soon!  There are three ways to join: fill out the attached membership form and mail it or drop it off at book pickup at the Athletic Booster table or visithttps://yorkab.ejoinme.org/BoosterMembership to join online.  York Dukes Spirit wear will be available for purchase at all book pickup times August 7-11, and at all home football games.  Thank you for your consideration - York Athletics values your membership! Have a great year, join Boosters and GO DUKES!

York Athletic Booster Club website: http://york.elmhurst205.org/yboosters

York Athletic BoosterClub membership form.


York Music Boosters

All proceeds benefit the York Performing Arts Department and its students. Last year, we awarded $4000 in scholarships to over 20 students. We host post-concert receptions, organize fundraisers for student trips, provide administrative help to the department including uniform distribution and collection and support other department initiatives including funding equipment purchases for York’s Recording Studio. Please find our membership form here.  


York Alumni Association

In 2018, York Community High School will celebrate its centennial. A group of York alumni has launched the first-ever Alumni Association, with our immediate goal to be involved in planning and facilitating a Centennial Celebration during the 2018-19 school year. There will be a series of events throughout the year commemorating the storied tradition of YCHS.

We invite you to be part of the York Centennial Celebration by purchasing one or more of the related spirit items for sale (window clings, a bumper sticker and t-shirts) to help generate the funding required to stage these events. To view these items, please visit www.elmhurst205.org/YCHSAA_Merchandise.

To learn more about the York Community High School Alumni Association, please visit:www.elmhurst205.org/YCHSAA.

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Published: 8/27/17




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If you missed Dr. Bill Daggett's presentation, Why the Future of Education is Now, at York High School on August 14 you'll want to take a look at the attached file of his slideshow and check out this video of his keynote presentation at this summer's Model Schools Conference.

Dr. Daggett is the Founder and Chairman of the International Center for Leadership in Education. He has collaborated with education ministries in several countries, the Council of Chief State School Officers, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the National Governors Association. His System for Effective Instruction and Rigor & Relevance Framework have helped thousands of school districts throughout the country improve learning for students.

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Posted by: Melea Smith, District Admin, Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205
Published: 8/21/17




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The Harlem Wizards are back in Elmhurst on Saturday, September 30th to entertain the crowd with high-energy exhibition play and audience participation. Cheer on our team of Elmhurst school district principals and teachers as they challenge the Wizards in a basketball game that is sure to include wild antics and lots of laughs. The event will be held at York High School beginning at 5:00 PM. Concessions, merchandise and raffle tickets will be available for purchase. Proceeds from this family-friendly fundraiser support District 205 Foundation programs and enhancements that benefit all Elmhurst public school students. Click here to learn more and guarantee a seat at this popular Saturday event.

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The Elmhurst Commission on Youth, along with Linden Oaks Behavioral Health, part of Edward-Elmhurst Healthcare, will sponsor a presentation outlining when student anxiety becomes a problem. Hear about the effects of anxiety on learning, sources of anxiety in schools, and school refusal. Treatment requires a collaborative approach that includes the student, school staff, parents and mental health professionals. Dr. Laura Koehler, PsyD. Licensed Clinical Psychologist at Linden Oaks, leads the discussion on August 29, beginning at 7:30 PM (note change of time) at Bryan Middle School.

 

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Posted by: Melea Smith, District Admin, Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205
Published: 8/19/17




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It's hard to believe that all seniors will be in their last year of high school! I've enjoyed the opportunity to work with a lot of families in the past week through the Senior Family Summer Sessions. If you are a senior or the parent/guardian of a senior who will be applying to four-year and specialty schools, there are still spaces in the remaining sessions. Please sign up so you can obtain this important information:https://tinyurl.com/y88lql65

Remember that all programming for families and students is listed on the CCRC Welcome Page. However, I wanted to ensure that you are all aware of the programming that takes place next week. Please read below and let me know if you have any questions.

Senior College Guidance Sessions - Auditorium:

Thursday, August 17th, Before School (6:40am) and Periods 1,2, 3, 5, 7, and 8 OR

Friday, August 18th: Periods 4 and 6 and After School.

All Seniors are required to attend an important presentation providing an overview of the college/specialty school application process during their PE class as listed here. Attendance will be taken. Seniors who do not have PE must attend during a study hall period, lunch period, or during the before or after school session.

Overview of important dates for programs to assist seniors through the application process.

  • How to search a college’s website to find all the information you need for the application process.
  • How to manage all of the items you need.
  • How to keep track of your applications to ensure you aren’t missing anything.
  • Where to look for scholarships & How to apply for financial aid. 

Senior Parent Saturday: Saturday, August 19th beginning at 8am - Auditorium

Parents/Guardians of seniors can learn all about the college application and financial aid process (topics covered are very similar to the topics discussed with seniors during the Senior College Guidance Sessions, with greater detail on financial aid).

Choose to attend as many or as few sessions as you wish. Welcome and overview session begins at 8am. Breakouts will follow.

Sessions include:

  • 8:20am:      Financial Aid/Cost Planning OR Senior Application Planning,
  • 9:50am:      Senior Application Planning
  • 10:50am:    IEP’s & 504’s in College OR Athletic Recruitment
  • 11:40am:    Alternatives to Traditional College
  • 9:10am:      CCRC Open House (open for walk-in and exploration until 10:40am)

I look forward to seeing you all soon!

Mrs. Thompson, College & Career Counselor

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Published: 8/15/17




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On Monday, August 14, Dr. Bill Daggett, of the International Center for Leadership in Education, will speak in Elmhurst. In the afternoon, Dr. Daggett will be the keynote speaker at the District 205 opening faculty meeting. That evening, all interested parents, area educators, community members, elected officials and business leaders are invited to share a unique and exciting opportunity to experience his important message first hand when he presents Why the Future of Education is Now! Join us at 7 PM in the York High School Commons.

Dr. Daggett will discuss the concepts of rigor, relevance and relationships, as well as creating schools that focus on the future. Most importantly, attendees will be challenged to think about the role of public education as it relates to this country's future and the world economy.

 

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Dr. Bill Daggett is the Founder and Chairman of the International Center for Leadership in Education. He has collaborated with education ministries in several countries, the Council of Chief State School Officers, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and the National Governors Association. Dr. Daggett’s System for Effective Instruction and Rigor and Relevance Framework have helped thousands of school districts throughout the country improve learning for students.

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Posted by: Melea Smith, District Admin, Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205
Published: 8/6/17




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The Illinois State Board of Education and the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) are reminding parents and guardians to check their children’s vaccination records to make sure they meet immunization requirements prior to the first day of school.

The federally funded Vaccines for Children program provides vaccines at no cost to children in low-income households. Families can call (312) 746-6050 in Chicago or (217) 785-1455 in all other parts of Illinois to learn about free vaccines.

“Immunizations are central to keeping students healthy and ready to learn,” said State Superintendent of Education Tony Smith, Ph.D. “Keeping children’s vaccinations up to date according to the recommended schedule is one of the most important things parents and guardians can do to protect the health of the youngest and oldest among us. Whether for a baby starting at a new child care facility, a toddler heading to preschool, or a student going back to elementary, middle or high school, I encourage parents and guardians to check their children’s vaccination records and, if necessary, schedule a visit with a physician or clinic. Doing so now will avoid a potential last-minute rush.”

Immunizations have eradicated several serious diseases, such as smallpox, polio, and diphtheria in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Instances of other serious diseases, such as measles and rubella, have dropped by more than 99 percent since the pre-vaccination era. Keeping students’ vaccinations up to date is especially important, as diseases can spread quickly among groups of unvaccinated children.

“Child care facilities, preschool programs, and schools are prone to outbreaks of infectious diseases,” said IDPH Director Nirav D. Shah, M.D., J.D. “Children in these settings can easily spread illnesses to one another due to poor hand washing, not covering their coughs, and other factors, such as interacting in crowded environments. When children are not vaccinated, they are at increased risk for disease and can spread disease to others in their child care centers, classrooms, and communities – including babies who are too young to be fully vaccinated and people with weakened immune systems due to cancer and other health conditions.”

View the Fall 2017 Minimum Immunization Requirements and other resources on the IDPH website at www.dph.illinois.gov/topics-services/prevention-wellness/immunization.

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Posted by: Melea Smith, District Admin, Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205
Published: 8/5/17




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The administration and staff are excited to welcome all students back and especially to our new class of 2021!  In the coming months, I look forward to meeting many of you through school activities, events, and parent meetings.  I am reaching out today to provide information regarding important dates and information for the end of the summer and beginning of the school year.  Our office is open from 7:30-4:00 Monday through Friday; please let us know if there is anything we can do to assist you.  If you have a question or concern, please call, email, or stop in?

 

We are blessed to have a strong community high school with active students, dedicated staff, and engaged parents.  The success of our students is greatly enhanced by active parent involvement.  Please consider joining one or more of our wonderful parent organizations.  Please check the York website for information regarding all of our parent groups and organizations.

 

Booksales/Registration

 

Monday, August 7

9:30am-12pm A-L (Last Name)

12:30pm-2:00pm M-Z (Last Name)

Juniors & Seniors*

Pre Pack Only

Tuesday, August 8

9:30am-12:00pm A-L (Last Name)

12:30pm-2:00pm M-Z (Last Name

Freshmen & Sophomores

Pre Pack Only

Wednesday, August 9

10:00am-2:00pm

Seniors & Juniors*

Thursday, August 10

12:00pm-4:00pm

Freshmen & Sophomores

Thursday, August 10

5:00pm-7:00pm

All Levels

Friday, August 11

10:00am-1:00pm

All Levels

 

 

*Underclassmen may buy books on the same day and times as an older sibling.

 

Bookstore hours for week of August 14

 

Monday, August 14

Closed

Tuesday, August 15

7:15am-1:30pm

Wednesday – Friday

7:15am-3:30pm

 

On Thursday, August 10 between 5:00pm-7:00pm, the building will be open for all students and parents to come and walk their schedules and setup lockers.  We will be holding book sales during that time for all those families who cannot attend the day time hours as well.

 

Freshman Information

  • Freshman Day is Tuesday, August 15 from 7:40am-12:00pm and is a half-day of attendance for all incoming freshmen (no parents!!) to provide a time for orientation and to allow students to follow their schedules and meet their teachers.  Students will receive their schedules and their locker combinations during registration – student should bring both items with them on Freshman Day.
  • Students who normally ride a bus to school will have bus transportation provided both ways.  Bus schedules will be available during book sales, and will be posted on our website.
  • Students should report to the auditorium at 7:40am after which they will attend sessions with student leaders, counselors, and a technology teacher who will help them access PowerSchool and student e-mail accounts.
  • Students should bring their Chromebook fully charged on Freshman Day.
  • York and the York PTSA host a Freshman Picnic at 11:30am for students and their teachers.  Students are asked to bring $5.00 to purchase lunch.
  • Parents who pick up their children should arrive by 12:00pm at the front of the school.  Buses will depart at noon for those students that will be riding the bus.

Important Dates

 

First Day of Fall Football:      Monday, August 7

First Day of Fall Sports:        Wednesday, August 9

Freshman Day:                    Tuesday, August 15

First Day of School:              Wednesday, August 16

York Open House:                 Thursday, August 31

First Football Game:              Friday, September 1

 

Thanks again for your commitment to York High School and District 205!  Enjoy the rest of your summer!

 

Erin DeLuga, Principal

edeluga@elmhurst205.org

630-617-2401

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In order to hit the ground running for the College Application process, Mrs. Thompson has prepared several programs throughout first semester for seniors and their families.  The first opportunity is before school even starts.  If you would like to jump start your process, please consider registering for a CCRC Senior Family Summer Session (see schedule and sign up instructions below).  Please check here for a detailed list of all available programming.
 
 Senior Family Summer Sessions - CCRC:

Sign up to attend one 50 minute hands-on session to jump start the college application process.

Topics to be addressed in these sessions:

  • Using Naviance to determine chance of admission
  • Finalizing the college list, knowing deadlines and admission options
  • How to request transcripts & letters of recommendation via Naviance                  (electronic request and delivery is great!)
  • Linking your Common App Account to your Naviance Account (VERY IMPORTANT!)
  • How to track your transcripts and letters of recommendation in Naviance (all recommendations from York faculty and staff must be requested through Naviance)

This information cannot be covered with as much depth or hand-on application in future programs so take advantage of this time to dig in to the process! Each session is limited to sixteen (16) families. A parent/guardian is encouraged to attend with their student.

All students should bring their CHROMEBOOKS!

 

Students who know they plan to attend College of DuPage or join the military do not need to attend these sessions. Your application process will be covered in our “COD Info Night” program or by our military representative’s visits.

Dates and times are as follows:

 

TH   8/3:

F      8/4:

M     8/7:

T      8/8:

W     8/9:

 

F    8/11:

W   8/16:

TH 8/17:

1:00pm, 2:15pm, 3:30pm, 4:45pm, and 7:00pm

9:30am, 10:45am, 1:00pm, 2:15pm

12:30pm, 1:45pm, 3:00pm

3:00pm, 4:15pm, 5:30pm, 7:30pm

9:00am, 10:15am, 11:30am, 1:30pm, 2:45pm, 4:00pm

10:00am, 11:15am, 1:15, 2:30pm

3:30pm, 4:45pm, 6:00pm

5:00pm, 6:15pm, 7:30pm

 

To sign up, go to:  https://tinyurl.com/y88lql65

At the end of each session, families may set up an appointment to meet with Mrs. Thompson to discuss the student’s individual plans. Individual meetings will continue through the fall as needed. These are not required but may be helpful for students who need more help developing/finalizing their college list or with lots of specific questions.

 
Thank you,
 
Heather W. Saylor
Department Chair, Counseling
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Posted by: Kelly Corry
Published: 7/31/17




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The DuPage Regional Office of Education, in partnership with volunteers from the DuPage Credit Union and Catholic Charities (Diocese of Joliet), will sponsor the annual Back to School Fair for low-income families on Wednesday, August 2, from 11 AM to 6 PM at St. Francis High School in Wheaton.

This is an opportunity for families to meet with and learn about services provided by numerous agencies from DuPage County and the State of Illinois. Each K-12 student in attendance will receive free vision/dental screenings, plus free school supplies - even a free haircut, if desired. Visit the event website at https://catholiccharitiesjoliet.org/back-to-school-fair-2014-dupage-county.

 

Meant to be a fun day for kids, the Fair will offer balloon art, games and face painting. Books and novels will be given away, as well as coupons for free haircuts. The Fair, which is sponsored by Catholic Charities and the DuPage Regional Office of Education, is a totally free event, but participants must bring proof of residency in DuPage County, identification for all family members and proof of family income. For additional information, see the flyer(s) posted below.

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Posted by: Melea Smith, District Admin, Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205
Published: 7/24/17




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York High School was represented by four students at the SkillsUSA national competition held this summer in Louisville, KY. Results are as follows: Mike Falco - 6th in Collision Repair Technology; Matt Shepherd - 11th in Screen Printing; Joey Gemini - 12th in Technical Drafting; and Jeremy Olson - 24th in Automotive Service Technology. They were coached by York Industrial Technology teacher Ron Robak.

Falco, a '17 grad, took first place at State, both his junior and senior year and took 6th nationally both last year and this, resulting in a full-ride scholarship to Universal Technical Institute in Lisle, IL.


 

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Published: 7/20/17




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Is there a new family in your neighborhood? Please let them know that families should enroll new students at the District 205 Center. Information about documentation needed for enrolling students can be found on the New Student Enrollment page.

 

District 205 Center (162 S. York) (walk-in and residency)
 

1:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Wednesday, July 19

Tuesday, July 25

Thursday, July 27

 

9:00 AM – 3:00 PM 

Wednesday, July 26

 

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 1 and August 7 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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Posted by: Katherine Schroeder, District Admin, Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205
Published: 7/19/17




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Elmhurst District 205 is thrilled to welcome Dr. Bill Daggett of the International Center for Leadership in Education to the community on Monday, August 14. In the afternoon, Dr. Daggett will be the keynote speaker at our opening faculty meeting. That evening, we cordially invite all local parents, community members, school board members, business and community leaders, legislators, and area educators to share with us a unique and exciting opportunity to experience his important message first hand. The festivities begin at 7:00 p.m. in the York High School Commons.
 

Dr. Daggett will discuss the concepts of rigor, relevance and relationships and share some important concepts about his organization's Rigor and Relevance Framework. Most importantly, attendees will be challenged to think about the role of public education as it relates to this country's future and the world economy.  I predict that if you are able to join us, you will never think about "school" the same way again.
 

Clear your calendars now!  I hope to see you then!
 

Dr. David Moyer
Superintendent


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Dr. Bill Daggett is the Founder and Chairman of the International Center for Leadership in Education. He has collaborated with education ministries in several countries, the Council of Chief State School Officers, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and the National Governors Association. Dr. Daggett’s System for Effective Instruction and Rigor and Relevance Framework have helped thousands of school districts throughout the country improve learning for students.


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Posted by: Melea Smith, District Admin, Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205
Published: 7/12/17




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Save the Date - Saturday, July 15th from 10am - 5pm at York High School in the commons area.  Come test and choose a bed that's right for you......have it delivered to your house in about 10 days.  Profits go to the York High School Girls Cross Country team, you get a great bed for a great cause!

Lauren DeAngelis

Head Girls Cross Country Coach

ldeangelis@elmhurst205.org

 


 

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Published: 7/10/17




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York Community High School has named a total of 1,945 students to the second semester honor roll for the 2016-17 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.

Congratulations!

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Posted by: Katherine Schroeder
Published: 6/28/17




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This summer, York Community High School student Cate Ayers will travel to Urubamba, Peru with VISIONS Service Adventures, an international community service program for teens. Ayers will join other high school students from around the world in the historic Incan capital where the teens will live in the community, tackle ambitious service projects, enjoy adventures and explore the surrounding area, and get to know the local customs and traditions.

 

“Students arrive with the intent of contributing to underserved communities, and end up a part of that community,” says Katherine Dayton, Executive Director of VISIONS. “Here, students are able to build relationships with other participants, mentors, and community members, and they get to step out of their comfort zones, do something different, and have experiences that create lifelong impact.”

 

In Urubamba, students will build upon water conservation and irrigation work done by VISIONS and local partners for over a decade. The cement irrigation channels provide efficient access to water for farmers as they face years of increasing drought. Students will also do maintenance and expansion at VISIONS-built preschools in the Sacred Valley. This will be the 18th VISIONS Summer in Peru.

 

In the afternoons and on weekends, students have the opportunity to travel regionally and explore their home base area. In Peru, this includes a trip to Machu Picchu and other ruins, visiting historic Cusco, and hot spring soaks. The students will also have plenty of opportunities to practice their Spanish while they apprentice with local artisans, join pick-up soccer games, and shop at the food market.

All programs are overseen by adult leaders and long-time local partners, who guide and teach the students in hands-on construction and other development projects. Beyond completing service projects, the summer is an opportunity for students to explore the idea of community in both a local and global sense. “VISIONS is not about construction projects,” explains long-time program leader David Kramer. “It is about deconstructing how we view the world and then framing a new vision upon the foundation of real experience with a global perspective.”

 

VISIONS has been running high school and middle school volunteer travel experiences since 1989, and is well known for programs that are centered on ambitious projects in cross-cultural settings. Locations include Alaska, the British Virgin Islands, Cambodia, Mississippi, the Montana Blackfeet and Northern Cheyenne Indian Reservations, Myanmar (Burma), the Dominican Republic, Ecuador and the Galapagos, Nicaragua, Peru, and Guadeloupe.

 

For more information about VISIONS, visit www.visions-service.com, or contact the office at 406-551-4423

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Published: 6/13/17




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York High School has been competing in the Capitol Hill Challenge for the last few years. This year, one of the York teams finished second in the country. The Capitol Hill Challenge is a national program that teaches middle and high school students the importance of saving and investing through a mock stock market game, while also giving them a better understanding of government, according to a release from Challenge sponsor SIFMA.

"Schools are awarded 10 teams which we have traditionally split between our Honors Personal Finance course and our Economics Club," said York Business Department Chair Jim Borel. "This year, 4 of our 10 teams finished in the top 1 percent of the 3,939 stock teams participating in the Capital Hill Challenge. The second place team in the country consisted of seniors Burke Corcoran, Kevin Lipkin, Mark Leali and junior Jason Kentra. This team was part of Tamra Carl's Economics Club." An awards reception will be held on June 21 in the Rayburn House Office Building on Capital Hill in Washington, DC.

In the Challenge, teams invest a hypothetical $100,000 in listed stocks, bonds and mutual funds, learning the value of the capital markets as they work together to maximize the return of their portfolios.

"Tamra does a great job and should be commended for our national second place finish. I will be accompanying the team on the trip to Washington, DC from June 20-22. Last year, we finished in ninth place in the country with a CHC team from the Honors Personal Finance course. This a great opportunity for our students to learn investing strategies. The trip is also a great opportunity for our students see our democracy in action," said Mr. Borel.

"I also want to note that this is a special accomplishment because three years ago members of this team were in line to make the top 10 in the nation and got bumped out the last night of the competition. It was their goal every year since then to place in the top 10," Mrs. Carl said. "I am so proud of them for working hard to strategically trade up until the very end of the competition, showing leadership to the Economics Club at our weekly meetings and meeting their objective!"

Middle and high school students from all 50 states, Guam, Puerto Rico, and the District of Columbia participated in this year’s competition. Montgomery Area High School in Pennsylvania was this year's winner of the stock market game.

 

Pictured below are Burke Corcoran, Jason Kentra, Mark Leali and Kevin Lipkin.

 

   
 

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Posted by: Melea Smith, District Admin, Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205
Published: 6/8/17




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The following is important information about completing student registration at York High School. Each student must complete the following steps to successfully register for the start of school:

  1. Complete Residency Verification
  2. Complete InfoSnap (District 205 online registration)
  3. Buy textbooks, Chromebooks, & pay fees
  4. Attend Book sales and pick-up student information.

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  1. Residency Verification
    Parents/guardians of all incoming 9th graders (and any York student who does not have a current lease on file) must provide documents to the high school to verify residency. Click here for the list of valid documents.

     

  2. InfoSnap (District 205 online registration)
    Parents must begin the registration process by going online and updating their student’s information using the District 205 registration website:  www.elmhurst205.org/InfoSnap. At the beginning of May, InfoSnap emails (or letters if there is no email address on file) were sent to all families. Please note that families must complete InfoSnap prior to proceeding with the high school registration process.

    For families without Internet access, computers will be available to complete InfoSnap during book sales in August. Families with questions regarding the online registration process may call 630-617-2458.

     

  3. Textbooks, Chromebooks & Fees
    Textbook list for the upcoming school year is now available on our Bookstore website. The list can be found under the textbook tab. Please be aware that we are currently working to convert several texts to digital formats which will be accessed by students on their Chromebooks. Book prices will be available in July.  

    All incoming freshman as well as new students to District 205 will be required to purchase a Chromebook for $300.00 during booksales through the bookstore.  Families can not transfer a used Chromebook to a younger sibling.  

     

  4. Book Sales and Student Information Pick-Up
    The final step of the registration process requires York students to purchase textbooks and Chromebooks, pay fees, take a yearbook photo, and pick up handbooks, IDs, and student schedules.  This process is completed in person during the hours listed below.  Please note: families on vacation during book sales can purchase books and complete the York registration process in the Bookstore beginning August 15.  Make-up yearbook photos will be taken on September 13 and 14.

 

Monday, August 7

9:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m. A-L (Last Name)

12:30 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. M-Z (Last Name)

Juniors & Seniors*
Pre Pack Only

Tuesday, August 8

9:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m. A-L (Last Name)

12:30 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. M-Z (Last Name)

Freshmen & Sophomores
Pre Pack Only

Wednesday, August 9

10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Seniors & Juniors*

Thursday, August 10

12:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Freshmen & Sophomores

Thursday, August 10

5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

All Levels

Friday, August 11

10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

All Levels

 

*Underclassmen may buy books on the same day and time as an older sibling.
 

Bookstore Hours for week of August 14
 

Monday, August 14

Closed

Tuesday, August 15

Limit Hrs

 

Beck’s Book Store Pre-Pack Option
Beck’s Book Store will be running the day to day operations of the York Bookstore and will again offer the Pre-Pack option to speed up the book sale process.  Pre Pack allows families to pre-order textbooks and pick them up during book sales. Beck’s “Search by ID” function will allow families to access a student-specific list of textbook titles and required course fees. Families interested in the pre pack option can visitwww.YorkHighSchoolBookstore.com.  Site will be ready for orders in early July, and all orders must be placed by July 24th, 2017. Express orders will be bundled and ready for pick up on the dates designated above.  Books and course fees will be paid on the day the books are picked up.

 

Paying for Textbooks, Chromebooks and Fees
Textbooks, Chromebooks, fees and yearbooks can all be purchased in one transaction per student with cash, check, or credit card (MasterCard, Discover or Visa). Families with multiple students, will have to bring multiple checks.

 

Financial Assistance Information
There are several options available for families in need of financial assistance:

  • District Financial Assistance for Student Fees and Books – Families that meet guidelines established by the District can receive assistance with fees, Chromebook and book costs.  To receive assistance, the Request for Financial Assistance form must be completed and returned to the District Office with the required supporting documentation. After July 1 these forms can be found on the District 205 registration website or in the York Principal’s Office.  
  • Free and Reduced Lunch – Families that meet the federal guidelines are entitled to free or reduced lunch.  To receive assistance, the Free and Reduced Lunch form must be completed and returned to the District Office. The form will be available after July 1 on the District 205 registration website or in the York Principals’ Office.

Additional information about the York Registration process:
 

Yearbook Photos
All 9th, 10th and 11th graders will have a yearbook picture taken during book sales. Students should dress appropriately.  Make-up dates are September 13 and 14 in the Commons.

 

Student IDs
Each student will receive an ID during registration which must be worn by the student at all times. The ID also serves as an activity pass. This pass may be used for entry into regular season home athletic events, concerts, plays, and to participate in intramural activities and clubs. Student IDs are also required to ride the bus and enter the cafeteria.

 

Student Schedules
All students will receive their schedules during book sales on August 7, 8, 9, 10 and 11.

 

Physicals
Incoming freshmen, transfer students and athletes must have current physicals. Forms are available on the York website and at www.elmhurst205.org. An athletic physical does not meet the requirements for a Freshman Physical.  

 

Due to a change in the State’s immunizations requirements, all seniors must provide proof of two doses of the meningococcal conjugate vaccine to the high school by the start of the 2017-2018 school year.
 

Food Service Plan
A staff member from York Food Services will be available during book sales to assist families and provide information regarding our food service options.

 

Supporting Parent Organizations
Parents that are interested in supporting school organizations or volunteering for various opportunities may click here to support these organizations: PTSA, Booster organizations, and the District 205 Foundation.

 

Senior Off-Campus Privileges
Information about senior privileges will be available at York registration and throughout the year.  

 

Enjoy your summer!


Drew McGuire

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Posted by: Kelly Corry
Published: 6/7/17




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On June 5, at the Broadway Playhouse in Chicago, York Community High School’s rendition of “West Side Story” was named Best Production at the Illinois High School Musical Theatre Awards. “It is a humbling and incredible honor for all involved” said Director Rebecca Marianetti.

The Illinois chapter of the National High School Musical Theatre Awards (IHSMTA) - The JimmyAwards - serves as an annual national celebration of outstanding achievement in musical theater performance by high school students. IHSMTA categories include Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Scenic Design of a Musical, Best Direction of a Musical, and Best Overall Production.

Three York students were nominated as finalists for the Jimmy Awards: Tatum Langley, Erik Martenson and Carina Kanzler. There were 24 students selected in the state of Illinois to participate. Carina will be a senior at York. Tatum, a 2017 York graduate, was in the final round and will earn her BFA in Musical Theatre from Ball State University. Erik, also a 2017 YCHS graduate, will earn his BFA in Musical Theatre from Ithaca College, New York.

“In addition to our amazing actors, musicians and crew, the amount of support we have received from our team of talented and tireless faculty, administration and community has been phenomenal. To end the year with this honor is icing on the cake. We are proud to live in a community that understands education through the arts is essential," said Ms. Marianetti.

 

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Posted by: Melea Smith, District Admin, Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205
Published: 6/6/17




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Even if your soon-to-be York High School freshman has been a District 205 student for years, he or she must prove residency for the 2017-18 school year. If you have any questions about residency verification, please contact York High School directly at 630-617-2400. Please bring all required paperwork to York High School (355 W. St. Charles Rd).

 

Daytime hours: 
Monday through Thursday
8 AM - 3 PM.

 

Evening verification will take place as follows:
June 27 | July 12 | July 20

5 PM - 8 PM


 

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Posted by: Katherine Schroeder, District Admin, Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205
Published: 6/2/17




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NovaCare Rehabilitation and York team physician Dr. Lawrence Frank will team up to offer free sports physicals only to York student-athletes who will be involved in Duke athletics during 2017-18 (current 8th - 11th graders). Nurse’s Office (see flyer). A parent signature is required on appropriate forms in order to complete the physical. To schedule an appointment, please email Stephanie atswilkins@elmhurst205.org or call 630-617-2499. A $5 donation is suggested to benefit York Athletics.

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Published: 5/23/17




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Go to www.gradimages.com to access graduation photos after the event.

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Posted by: Kelly Corry
Published: 5/22/17




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Now that prom is in our rear view mirror, finals week and the end of the year are just on the horizon. Last week, we sent out the senior finals schedule, letting you know that the end of year schedule would come out soon. At last night's board meeting, the Board officially amended the calendar for the last day of school. Below is the schedule for the end of the year final exams--Tuesday, May 23rd - Thursday, May 25th. We hope that all of our students continue to have a great semester as the end of the year quickly approaches.

 

Freshman/Sophomore/Junior Final Exams:

 

 

Tuesday,

May 23rd

Wednesday,

May 24th

Thursday,

May 25th

7:40-9:10 (90 Mins)

Period 8

Period 3

Period 1

9:20-10:50 (90 Mins)

Period 7

Period 2

Period 5

11:00-11:50 (50 Mins)

LUNCH

LUNCH

Make Up

12:00-1:30 (90 Mins)

Period 6

Period 4

Make Up

 

  • Students will have a Final Culminating Activity in every class assessed for up to 20% of their semester grade. 
  • The Final Culminating Activity may look different in each course: traditional Final Exam, Final Project, Final Performance, or other Final Culminating Activity as defined by the course team (ex. AP exam).
  • All traditional Final Exams will be given during the Final Exam schedule above.
  • Performance-based or project-based Final Culminating Activities may be due the day prior to the final exam schedule. In this case, students in the class do NOT need to report to that class on Final Exam days.
  • During the Final Exam days, students should NOT report to PE, Study Hall, Guided Study (SPED), Algebra Support, Study Tables, or Resource classes. 
  • The Testing Center will be open during each final exam period for exams that have been rescheduled by a counselor and all extended time tests, and all make-up exams will be given after 1:30 on Tuesday and Wednesday and after 11:00 on Thursday.
  • Students must take exams during the exam period in which they are scheduled. 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.
  • All 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. Students must only be in attendance when they have an exam.
  • 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 - 11:50 on Tuesday and Wednesday; there will be no lunch service on Thursday, May 25th.
  • 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 Tuesday and Wednesday and from 7:40 to 11:00 on Thursday.
  • Buses will run on regular schedules all three mornings. On Tuesday and Wednesday, buses will depart at 1:40 with late buses departing at 3:30 and 5:00. On Thursday, buses will depart at 11:00 with a late bus departing at 3:00.

 

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Posted by: Kelly Corry
Published: 5/22/17




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Cram for Exams at the Elmhurst Public Library. Saturday, May 20 through Wednesday, May 24. Click here for details: http://elmlib.org/teen

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Posted by: Kelly Corry
Published: 5/16/17




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York High School Drama alumni will return to the York Stage for this one night only musical, Godspell, set for Friday, June 9 in York's Baker Auditorium. Tickets went on sale May 15 at https://www.ticketpeak.com/res/yorkdrama. Heading the cast are Michael St. Peter (BA, Vocal Performance, Juilliard) and James Mueller (BA, Dance, Luther) as Jesus and Judas.

The cast is rounded out with other phenomenal talent, including Kelsey Roberts (Syracuse University, BFA Musical Theatre), Grace Sopko (Drake University, Musical Theatre), Helen Knudsen ( Roosevelt University, BA Vocal Performance),  Darcy Kummerow (Ballstate University, Dance) Zachary Triska (College-Conservatory of Music,  University of Cincinatti, Musical Theatre), Chris Knudsen (Point Park University, Musical Theatre), Laura Thoresen (Roosevelt University, Musical Theatre), Eddie Maciejewski (Oklahoma University, Musical Theatre), Jackie Salgado (Illinois Wesleyan, Musical Theatre),  Kaitlin Cadagin and Brian Kulaga (Illinois State University), and Krissy Delahanty (Marymount Manhattan, Stage Management).




The York Drama Alumni Program was started to support our young actors who are pursuing a career in the arts. In a community that supports the arts to the fullest, it has been a spectacular and enriching opportunity for all involved.

James Mueller, as Judas, states “This program and the people in it have had a huge impact on me as an artist and as a person. Godspell is a show about building community. Through storytelling, the characters create a singular group identity through which they find compassion, support, and most importantly love. By nurturing these characteristics within each other we as the audience begin to see the characters change, grow, and let their light shine. This is also true of the Elmhurst community. We are all so fortunate and to be a part of it."

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Posted by: Katherine Schroeder, District Admin, Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205
Published: 5/16/17




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Dear Seniors and Parents,

The commencement ceremony is rapidly approaching.  Please be sure to visit the York website for information on tickets, special seating and handicapped parking options.

 

On May 21st, graduates must report to York by 12:00 noon.  At the same time, doors will open for the public. Parking will be very limited, so we encourage you to carpool, if possible. Beginning at 11:50 a.m., we will provide continuous shuttle service from the commercial parking lot located on Rt. 83 near Whole Foods.

 

Commencement Conduct
This has been an outstanding group of seniors and we want to ensure a meaningful experience for you and your family. In that spirit, I want to share the following expectations: 

  • Any member of the graduating class who violates the Board of Education policies or school rules may not be allowed to participate in the ceremony and his/her diploma will also be withheld. A senior who is suspended for any reason on the last day of school will not be able to participate in the commencement ceremony. 
  • If you arrive late, you will not be allowed to participate in the ceremony.
  • If your behavior detracts from the ceremony, you will be removed immediately. If you appear to be under the influence of any intoxicant, or if you are in possession of any material that would detract from or interfere with the dignity of graduation, you will be removed from the graduation ceremony. Items that make noise or otherwise distract from the ceremony will be confiscated, and you will not be allowed to participate in the ceremony. Students will be checked for such items when they arrive at the school.

Ceremony Attire
Our graduates are expected to wear appropriate clothing and shoes to the ceremony. Shorts are not allowed. Men must wear a shirt and tie, and women should be dressed up as well. Casual shoes or flip-flops are not acceptable. If you are not appropriately dressed, you will be sent home to change and will run the risk of missing the ceremony. Graduates should not bring cell phones, cameras, purses, or flowers to the ceremony. Items brought to graduation will be placed in locked storage until after the ceremony. Decorative items or jewelry may not be worn on your graduation cap or gown. 

Parents please remember no balloons will be allowed in the fieldhouse.  Any balloons that are brought must be tied up outside when you arrrive or kept in your car.


Commencement Pictures and Video
The school arranges for a photographer to take pictures of each graduate as diplomas are presented. Go to 
www.gradimages.com to access graduation photos after the event. Please note that during the ceremony, no spectators will be allowed to approach the stage. Parents and guests who wish to take photographs should do so from their seats or before the ceremony. Students will return to the cafeteria to turn in their gowns and receive diplomas immediately after the ceremony. Please remember to take photos prior to the ceremony with your graduate in their cap and gown.  There will be no opportunity after the ceremony.

Please note: for the benefit of out-of-town relatives and friends, the entire ceremony will be streamed live and made available via York’s website on Sunday, May 21, beginning at 1 p.m. It may be viewed by clicking on this link.

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Estimados Estudiantes que se van a graduar y sus Padres/Guardias:

La ceremonia de graduación se está acercando rápidamente. Por favor de visitar la página de York para información sobre boletos, asientos especiales y estacionamiento para personas discapacitadas.

El 21 de mayo, los graduados se reportarán a York a las 12:00 del mediodía. Al mismo tiempo, las puertas también se abrirán al público. El estacionamiento será muy limitado, por favor de compartir un caro si es posible. Comenzando a las 11:50 am, tendremos servicio de transporte continuo desde el estacionamiento de Whole Foods localizado en la Ruta 83.

Conducta durante la Ceremonia

Este ha sido un grupo excepcional de Seniors y queremos asegurar una experiencia significativa para usted y su familia. En ese espíritu, quiero compartir las siguientes expectativas:

  • Cualquier miembro de la clase que se va a graduar que viole las reglas de la Junta de Educación o reglas de la escuela no se le permitirá participar en la ceremonia y su diploma también será retenido. Cualquier estudiante que sea suspendido por cualquier motivo en el último día de clases no podrá participar en la ceremonia de graduación.
  •  Si llega tarde, no se le permitirá participar en la ceremonia.
  • Si su conducta o comportamiento distrae a la ceremonia, lo vamos a sacar de la ceremonia inmediatamente. Si parece estar bajo la influencia de cualquier intoxicante, o si usted está en posesión de cualquier material que pueda distraer o interferir con la dignidad de la graduación, usted será removido de la ceremonia de graduación. Los artículos que hacen ruido y que son una distracción durante la graduación serán confiscados, y no se les permitirá participar en la ceremonia. Los estudiantes serán esculcados y buscaremos por dichos artículos cuando llegan a la escuela.

Vestuario para la Ceremonia

Se espera que nuestros graduados usen ropa y calzado apropiado para la ceremonia. Pantalones cortos (shorts) no están permitidos. Los hombres deben usar una camisa y corbata, y las mujeres deben usar un vestido o pantalones de vestir. Zapatos de gimnasia o chanclas no son aceptables. Si usted no está vestido apropiadamente, se le enviará a casa a cambiarse y corre el riesgo de faltar a la ceremonia. Los graduados no deben de traer teléfonos celulares, cámaras, bolsas, o flores a la ceremonia. Los artículos traídos a la graduación se colocarán en un locker bajo llave hasta después de la ceremonia. Artículos de decoración y joyas no se pueden usar en su gorra o bata (cap and gown) de graduación.

Padres por favor recuerden que globos no serán permitidos en el field house (ceremonia). Todos los globos tendrán que ser amarados afuera o déjelos en su carro.

Fotos y video de la Ceremonia

La escuela organiza un fotógrafo para tomar fotos de cada graduado cuando los diplomas se presentan. Visite www.gradimages.com para acceder a las fotos de graduación después del evento. Por favor, tenga en cuenta que durante la ceremonia, ningún espectador podrá acercarse al escenario. Los padres e invitados que deseen tomar fotografías deben hacerlo desde sus asientos o antes de la ceremonia. Los estudiantes regresarán a la cafetería para entregar sus vestidos y recibir diplomas inmediatamente después de la ceremonia. Por favor recuerde tomar fotos antes de la ceremonia con su graduado en su gorra y bata. No habrá oportunidad después de la ceremonia.
Tenga en cuenta que para el beneficio de familiares y amigos de fuera de la ciudad, toda la ceremonia se transmitirá en vivo y se pondrá a disposición en el sitio web de York el domingo 21 de mayo, a partir de las 1 pm. Puede verse haciendo clic en este enlace.​​​​​​​
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Posted by: Kelly Corry
Published: 5/16/17




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When prom is the talk of the town, you know the end of the year is near. Below you will find the senior final exam schedule. We anticipate that the last day of school will be approved at the Board meeting on Tuesday, and following that approval, we will be able to publish the end of the year final exam schedule. Thank you for your patience, and we wish all of our Dukes well as we enter the final stretch toward graduation.
 

Senior Final Exam Schedule (90 minute periods)

Schedule

Tuesday, May 16th

Wednesday, May 17th

7:40 - 9:10

Period 2

Period 4

9:20 - 10:50

Period 3

Period 5

10:55 – 11:50

LUNCH

LUNCH

11:55 – 1:25

Period 6

Period 7

1:35 – 3:06

Period 1

Period 8

 

  • All freshmen, sophomores, and juniors also follow this schedule, but will not be taking final exams unless enrolled in a course that contains primarily seniors. The instructor will provide the underclassmen ample notice in this instance.
  • All buses run on their normal schedule. This includes late/activity buses.
  • During senior finals, only those with off campus privileges are allowed off campus. There are a number of options for studying and receiving academic help during all periods, including the lunch periods. Academic resource areas such as the Learning Commons and Math Lab will be open and staffed throughout the day. The Commons/Cafeteria will be open and staffed during all lunch periods.

 

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Published: 5/11/17




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Commencement for the Class of 2017 is scheduled for Sunday, May 21 at 1:00 p.m. in the Joe Newton Field House at York High School.  The graduation ceremony is our last opportunity to celebrate your accomplishments at York and we want to make this a memorable event for you and your family.  Please take a few moments to review the following important information.

 

On May 21st, graduates must report to York by 12:00 noon.  At the same time, doors will open for the public. Parking will be very limited, so we encourage you to carpool, if possible. Beginning at 11:50 a.m., we will provide continuous shuttle service from the commercial parking lot located on Rt. 83 near Whole Foods.

Graduation Tickets
Each graduate will receive six tickets. Please note that no one will be admitted to the ceremony without a ticket.  Tickets will be distributed after graduation practice on May 19th.  Handicapped seating will be available.  Please note if you request 2 handicapped seats, that will be counted as part of your six tickets.  Please fill out this form to request handicapped seating.  For special parking requests, please contact the main office at 617-2400. 

We recognize that graduation is a special time for families and that sometimes families need more than 6 tickets for the ceremony. For those families who will need additional tickets, please fill out the extra ticket request form.  We will process extra ticket requests after Monday, May 8th.  We will do our best to accommodate as many of the request within reason.  Graduation will also be available to be viewed on line for those families who are unable to attend in person.

Senior Checkout and Cap and Gown Pickup
Senior checkout and cap and gown distribution will be held in the South Gym on Friday, May 19th, from 8:00 a.m. until 11:30am.  All senior obligations must be paid by this day in order to receive their cap and gown.  If you have an outstanding obligation, you have recently received a letter from Assistant Principal McGuire.

Mandatory Graduation Rehearsal
There will be a mandatory graduation rehearsal on Friday, May 19th at 12:45 p.m. Students must be in attendance at the rehearsal in order to participate in the graduation ceremony.

It is important to note that participation in the graduation ceremony is voluntary. If you choose not to participate in the ceremony, your parent must notify the school in writing.  Please submit this correspondence to Kelly Corry in the Principal’s Office no later than 3:00 p.m. on Thursday, May 18th.

 

Scholarship Information for Graduation Program
As part of the graduation program, we want to recognize all seniors who have been awarded scholarships by the college they plan to attend and by other agencies. To ensure that we recognize all awards, please provide us with your scholarship information by completing the Awards/Scholarship form by Monday, May 8th.  We have the information on scholarships presented at York High School during our awards nights.  Therefore, you do not need to provide this information again.

 

If you have any questions about Commencement, please reply to this email or contact the main office at 630-617-2400.

Sincerely,
 

Erin DeLuga
Principal

                                                                          

Drew McGuire
Assistant Principal

 

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Graduación para la clase de 2017 está programada para el domingo, 21 de mayo a la 1:00 pm en el Joe Newton Field House en la Secundaria York. La ceremonia de graduación es nuestra última oportunidad de celebrar sus logros en York. Compartimos su deseo de hacer este un evento memorable para usted y su familia. Por favor tome unos minutos para revisar la siguiente información importante.

 

El 21 de mayo, los graduados se reportarán a York a las 12:00 del mediodía y las puertas también se abrirán al público a las 12:00 mediodía. El estacionamiento será muy limitado, por favor de compartir un caro si es posible. Comenzando a las 11:50 am, tendremos servicio de transporte continuo desde el estacionamiento de Whole Foods localizado en la Ruta 83.

 

Boletos de Graduación

Cada estudiante que se va a graduar recibirá seis boletos. Tenga en cuenta: no se permitirá la entrada a la ceremonia sin boleto. Los boletos serán distribuidos después de la práctica de graduación el 19 de mayo. Si usted pide dos asientos para personas con deseabilidades esos boletos son parte de sus seis boletos. Por favor de llenar esta forma para solicitar boletos para personas con deseabilidades.  Para hacer arreglos especiales de estacionamiento favor de llamar al 630-617-2400.

 

Reconocemos que la graduación es un momento especial para las familias y que a veces las familias necesitan más de 6 boletos.  Para aquellas familias que necesitan boletos adicionales, por favor llene el formulario de solicitud de boletos adicionales (extra ticket request form). Procesaremos solicitudes de boletos adicionales después del lunes, 8 de mayo. Haremos todo lo posible para tratar de llenar todas las solicitudes pidiendo extra boletos, siempre y cuando sean dentro de razón. Graduación también estará disponible vía internet para aquellas familias que no pueden asistir en persona.

 

Gorra y Bata (Caps and Gowns)

Distribución de gorra y bata se llevarán a cabo en el Gimnasio del Sur el viernes, 19 de mayo de las 8:00am a las 11:30am. Todas las cuentas de los Seniors deben de estar pagadas para este día para poder recibir su gorra y bata. Si usted tiene una cuenta que tiene que ser pagada, usted recibió una carta del Asistente Director McGuire.

Ensayo de Graduación Obligatorio

 

Habrá un ensayo de graduación obligatorio el viernes 19 de mayo a las 12:45pm. Los estudiantes deben estar presentes en el ensayo si van a participar en la ceremonia de graduación.

Es importante saber que la participación en la ceremonia de graduación es voluntaria. Si decide no participar en la ceremonia, los padres deben notificar a la escuela por escrito. Por favor, envíe una nota a Kelly Corry en la oficina de la Directora antes de las 3:00pm del jueves 18 de mayo.

Información de Becas para el Programa de GraduaciónComo parte del programa de graduación, queremos reconocer a todos los estudiantes que se van a graduar y que han recibido becas de la universidad que planean asistir y por otras agencias. Para asegurarse de que reconocemos a todos los estudiantes con becas, por favor mande su información de becas para el lunes, 8 de mayo.  Tenemos la información sobre becas presentadas en la Secundaria York durante nuestras noches de premios. Por lo tanto, no es necesario darnos esta información.
Si usted tiene alguna pregunta acerca de la ceremonia, por favor responda a este correo electrónico o llame a la oficina al 630-617-2400.
Sinceramente,  
Erin DeLuga
Directora                                                
Drew McGuire
Asistente Director
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Posted by: Kelly Corry
Published: 5/11/17




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With only a few weeks left until the last day of school, it’s time to take stock of your child(ren)’s lunch balance(s). To access their MySchoolBucks account(s), please visit the Café 205 page and click on the MySchoolBucks link. For those who have a positive balance, please know that at the end of the year your student’s account will roll over to the next school year (and be transferred to his/her new location, if they are moving schools within District 205).

Families with a senior at York High School may transfer an unused balance to a sibling. If there are no siblings remaining in District 205, the cutoff for refund requests will be this Friday, May 12. Those requests need to be made to Director of Food Services Cheryl Spencer at 630-617-2436 or Eileen Carroll at 630-617-2467. Balances under $5 will not be refunded.

For parents that use automatic replenish for lunch accounts, please know that MySchoolBucks will stay up and running during the summer to accept payments. If you use auto payment and don’t want money deducted during the summer, you will need to turn off that feature and then remember to re-activate it again in August. Questions may be directed to the MySchoolBucks Parent Helpline at 855-832-5226.

 

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Posted by: Katherine Schroeder, District Admin, Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205
Published: 5/9/17




Audience: Homepage

Parents and Guardians of Junior Students:

Scores from the ISBE-provided April SAT® School Day administration will be available to students through the College Board Reporting Portal via their College Board Student Account beginning this week. 

 

Most students who tested on April 5th will have scores available as early as today; however, some scores will be released later for reasons that include participation in the later accommodations testing window or on the makeup testing date, late receipt of answer sheets, missing information on the answer sheet, or other exception conditions that require additional attention. If a score is not available, students should check the Portal periodically for updates. The Portal will update daily as additional individual student scores are released. Scores for students who submitted a “Request to Cancel Test Scores” form will not be available in the Portal.

 

York and other high schools throughout the state will not have access to an individual student scores for several weeks; therefore, CollegeBoard has provided the directions listed below to create a College Board Student Account since this account is the only way for families to access their student's scores.

  1. Create a College Board Student Account.  If students are creating their College Board account for the first time, go to studentscores.collegeboard.org and click Sign Up to create an account. Students should use their full legal name that matches what the school has on file. They should be prepared to provide basic information, including gender, date of birth, email address, high school name, expected high school graduation date, and zip code. The account will be created. Continue to step #2.
  2. View Scores in the College Board Reporting Portal:  To view scores, students will go to studentscores.collegeboard.org and sign in.  If their scores are not shown, continue to step #3.
  3. Match College Board Student Account and Registration:  If a student is signed in but doesn’t see their scores, it means CollegeBoard was not able to link their score report and account automatically. For security reasons, a student must verify additional information before they can display their scores.  They will need either their SAT registration number or their State Student ID number.  To match, they will
    • Click Add Score(s)
    • Review the personal information.
      • If any information is incorrect, click Update to revise. Students will be prompted to reenter their password.
      • If the information is correct, click Get My Scores.
      • If a match is still not found, students will be prompted to provide either their test information, including their test date and registration number, or their State Student ID number.
        • To use test information to match, they will select SAT as their test.  Enter “2017” as the test year. And, enter their SAT Registration Number. Click Get My Scores.
        • To use your State Student ID number to match, students will enter their State Student ID.  Click Get My Scores.
        • If your student no longer has his/her testing ticket on which is both the registration and the State Student ID number, please stop by Student Services, and we can provide your student that information. 

There may still be cases in which a student is not able to view their scores using the steps above because the information is too different or the scores have not yet been finalized. If students cannot view their scores, they should call the College Board’s Student SAT Help Line at 1-866-756-7346.​​​​​​​

Ryan Doherty
Assistant Principal Curriculum and Instruction

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Posted by: Kelly Corry
Published: 5/8/17




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The concert will honor the graduating class of 2017, and will feature junior Concerto Competition Winner Tessa Vermeulen performing the François Borne’s Fantasie Brillante for Flute and Orchestra on Themes from Bizet’s “Carmen.”  The Orchestra will perform Béla Bartók’sRumanian Folk Dances, highlights from Edward Grieg’s Peer Gynt Suite, the finale from Antonin Dvorák’s New World Symphony and “Jupiter” from Gustav Holst’s The Planets. Other featured student musicians include Ella Lee, Elizabeth Mazzocco and Jenna Garcia (violin), Linnea Dierksheide (harp), Gabe Lewis, Jack Gornick and Gabriela Uribe (clarinet), Brian Strauch and Siena Olson (horn), Emmett O’Brien (trumpet), Kate DesBiens (oboe) and Amy Choi (piccolo). The York Symphony Orchestra is directed by Ray Ostwald, but will also be led by student conductors Andrew French and Elizabeth Mazzocco. The performance is in Baker Auditorium at York High School. Admission is free, but all are encouraged to bring a non-perishable food item to donate to a local food pantry. A reception honoring the students will follow the concert in the cafeteria.

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Posted by: Kelly Corry
Published: 5/8/17




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The concert will honor members of the graduating class of 2017, and will feature a variety of music including selections from Beauty and the Beast, The Wizard of Oz, The Patriot and Game of Thrones. Featured soloists include violinists Karlene Stanton and Maya Wlodarczyk as well as Lily Martinez on piano and harpsichord. A student cello quartet will also perform. The orchestras are directed by Ray Ostwald. The performance is in Baker Auditorium at York High School. Admission is free, but all are encouraged to bring a non-perishable food item to donate to a local food pantry. A reception honoring the student musicians will follow the concert in the cafeteria.

 

 

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Posted by: Kelly Corry
Published: 5/8/17




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The last day of school was approved at the April 25 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 dates and times. The 2016-17 End-of-Year Calendar contains helpful information about final exams and 8th grade promotion times.

May 25 - Last day of attendance for York High School freshmen, sophomores and juniors at the conclusion of exams.

May 31 - Last day of attendance for Early Childhood and AM/PM kindergarten students. Last day of attendance for 8th grade students.

June 1 - Last day of school for grades 1-5; early dismissal at 11:15 AM. Last day of school for grades 6 and 7; early dismissal at 11:35 AM.

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Posted by: Melea Smith, District Admin, Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205
Published: 5/4/17




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This afternoon at about 1:25 District 205 staff, students and families were sent messages with the Subject: xxxxxx Has shared a document on Google Docs with you.
 

DO NOT OPEN THESE EMAILS - DELETE THE EMAIL WITHOUT CLICKING ON ANYTHING!

 

When and if we have any updates, we will notify families and staff.

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Posted by: Katherine Schroeder, District Admin, Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205
Published: 5/3/17




Audience: Homepage

The York Album Project is a diverse group of musicians from York High School that has collaborated to write, record and release this third album of all original material. The new album features 23 different tracks, 16 recorded at York, which were written and recorded during the 2016-17 school year. Produced by York music teacher Chris Gemkow, with the support of Audio Engineer Tim Flynn, of Audio Wall Studio in Lombard, this album was released today and continues to highlight the incredible musical talent that exists at York High School.

Released last week, Music As One (2017) is available to download for $10 (includes unlimited streaming) via Bandcamp at yorkalbumproject.bandcamp.com. CDs will be available for $10 at the Album Release Party on Sunday, May 6th, at Schuba’s on Southport & Belmont downtown (specific details here). The show is for all ages and will start at 12 PM; admission is $5.

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Posted by: Kelly Corry
Published: 5/2/17




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The City of Elmhurst’s Commission on Youth honored 73 young volunteers at its annual Exemplary Youth Service Awards program, on Wednesday, April 26, at Sandburg Middle School. Featured speakers were York High School students and 2016 Exemplary Volunteer Service award winners Ella Pittman, Brenna Bohaboy and Christina Sapata.

Named as Exemplary Youth Volunteers were the following individuals: Eisleigh Harding, Benjamin Hoffmann, Elizabeth Maloney, Theodore Miller and Maria Muehleis. Exemplary groups were: The Dependent Clauses, Kartwheels for Kids and the York Community High School Garden Club. A link to the Exemplary Youth Service Awards program is available below.


The Exemplary Youth Service Awards program recognizes individuals who have demonstrated at least one of the following criteria through volunteer service: the level of involvement should demonstrate an exemplary commitment; the service must contribute to the health and well-being of a worthy individual or group or the community at large; the service should help promote the spirit of volunteerism.

The nominees range in age from elementary through high school. Eight groups and 13 individuals were nominated for this year’s awards. Serving as distinguished judges were Diane McGinnis, Director of Community and Government Relations for Edward-Elmhurst Healthcare; Marti Deuter, First Ward Alderman; and Elmhurst Police Deputy Chief Michael McLean.

The program will air on the Elmhurst government access channels (Comcast Channel 6 and AT&T Channel 99) on Fridays at 5:00 PM, beginning on May 5, and Sundays at 6 PM throughout the month of May
and will also be available for viewing on www.ElmhurstTV.com.


Pictured above are Ted Miller and his nominator Meg March (with husband Harold March), as well as The Dependent Clauses - both recipients of 2017 Exemplary Youth Service Awards, sponsored by the Elmhurst Commission on Youth.

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Posted by: Melea Smith, District Admin, Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205
Published: 5/1/17




Audience: MaryAnn Patti, Health Services (Nurses) and Homepage

This is a reminder that you or your student must pick up his or her medication(s) before summer break.  Controlled substance prescription medications must be picked up by a parent or guardian.  Medication that is not picked up prior to June 6th will be disposed of.

 

A physician’s order and the parent permission form to administer medication are valid for one academic year only, and must be resubmitted on a yearly basis. 

Forms may be downloaded at Elmhurst 205.org

 

Please e-mail questions to: phatz@elmhurst205.org or Anassopoulos@Elmhurst205.org  You may also call our office at:  630-617-2435. The office will be closed June 6th through August 1st.

 

Have a wonderful summer!

 

Sincerely,

 

Pat Hatz, RN, MSN, NCSN 

District Nurse
 

Anthanasia Nassopoulos, RN                                            

District Nurse                                                                   

 

 

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Posted by: MaryAnn Patti
Published: 5/1/17




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Duke Decision Day is Monday, May 1st 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. This event celebrates the symbolic commitment to the college, military or post-secondary plans.
 
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. Freshman year scholarship information will also be collected by the College & Career Resource Center.  All students are invited to stop by and see what the future holds for the Class of 2017.

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Posted by: Kelly Corry
Published: 4/26/17




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Morgan Taylor and Emmanuel Utomi were honored by IPA during a breakfast on April 24. These students were honored for making positive contributions, for achieving high academic goals and demonstrating enthusiastic school spirit.  They show a positive attitude towards classmates and possess strength of character and courage to do what is right.

 

The DuPage Region of the Illinois Principals Association congratulates these students and celebrate their success.

 


 

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Posted by: Kelly Corry
Published: 4/25/17




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Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205 Superintendent Dr. David Moyer joins more than 400 school chiefs from across the state, representing 1.35 million students, in calling for the Illinois General Assembly to immediately pass a state budget. The grassroots initiative - called “Pass Illinois’ Budget!” - also urges lawmakers and Governor Rauner to improve the state’s education funding formula, and pay school districts millions of dollars owed in unpaid bills this year.

As legislators return to Springfield following their spring break, school districts are using school marquees to share their frustration with the state budget crisis and taking to social media with a call to #PassILBudget. As of April 24, 2017, the state now owes District 205 $3,670,579 and has been operating without a full budget for the past 22 months.

“I stand with over 400 superintendents from across the state in a call for action,” said Dr. Moyer. “We need to end the impasse now and move forward with a budget that will serve the two million K-12 Illinois public school students who represent our future.”

The superintendents are calling on members of the Illinois General Assembly and the Governor to do the following:

  • Immediately, and with bipartisan support, end the state budget impasse.
  • Improve the state’s education funding formula and invest in students and schools, including higher education, throughout the state.
  • Pay school districts what they are owed this year.

While K-12 education has benefited from a partially-funded state budget, Illinois schools, students, families, and communities will continue to suffer without a full state budget. Districts will continue to struggle if “Mandated Categoricals,” state payments which support special education, bilingual education, transportation, and other important services, do not get paid this year. District 205 has not received three categorical payments this year. Here are the largest funds due:

  • Transportation -$990,078.06
  • Special Education - $2,616,602.18
  • State Free Lunch - $1,818.25
  • Driver’s Education - $22,080.28
  • Early Childhood - $40,000.00

State revenue accounts for about 8.13 percent of District 205’s operating budget or $9,341,790. The General State Aid payments, which support general operating expenses, are being paid on time, however, the categorical payments are not. District 205 has not received any categorical payments this year with the exception of one late quarter payment from last fiscal year.

"Because this money reimburses costs to existing programming, and because the majority of these services are required by law, the District will likely have to consider either spending down its fund balance, which is an unsustainable solution, or study options to reduce spending in other programming areas in which discretionary decisions are possible," noted Dr. Moyer.

More than 400 superintendents, representing 66 percent of Illinois’ public school students from Carbondale to Chicago to Rockford have joined the effort. Please see press release link below to view the list. Please also reference the Frequently Asked Questions document via the link below.

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Posted by: Melea Smith, District Admin, Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205
Published: 4/24/17




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Congratulations to the following students on their acceptance into the National Technical Honor Society. The mission of NTHS is to honor student achievement and leadership in career and technical education, promote educational excellence, award scholarships, and enhance career opportunities for the NTHS membership. Students were honored at a Breakfast on April 21st.

 

2017 NTHS Inductees

Mikayla Castora

Collin Czech

Robert Dirmish

Ruthvik Done

Samantha Flesch

Patrick Garlow

Daniel Greetis

Abigail Gundrum

Jolene Gundrum

Christopher Halka

Kevin Homan

Nathan Lyons

Anthony Martin

Joseph Orrico

Kevin Rachwalski

Ryan Ross

Iqra Shaikh

Kevin Waller

 


 

 
 
 
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Posted by: Kelly Corry
Published: 4/24/17




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Congratulations to York students who participated in the Family Career and Community Leaders of America state competitions in Springfield, IL on April 6th and 7th.  FCCLA is a Career and Technical Student Organization that provides personal growth, leadership development, and career preparation opportunities for students in Family and Consumer Sciences education. Students developed presentations, demonstrated skills, and showcased knowledge in areas such as nutrition, fashion, food production and design, children's literature, interior design, and professional careers. Students received individual awards based on their overall score.

 

The following students received a gold medal in their competition category: Nina Fabrizius, Ayanna Johnson, Lauren Noonan, Olivia Becker, Jamie Killian, Jenna Gallichio, Caitlyn Rambo, Meghan Sly, and Elena Vezmar.

 

The following students received a silver medal in their competition category: Ally Geary, Isabella Lopiano, Allison Evans, Mei Giuffre, Jolene Gundrum, Madison Miller  (national qualifier), Gabriella Purpora, Katie Strawbridge, Ellaby Rohde, Iqra Shaikh (national qualifier), Christine Millins, Clarissa Gecey, Julianna Gecey, Samantha Flesch, and Kevin Homan

 

The following students received a bronze medal in their competition category: Allison Stramel

 

 

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Posted by: Kelly Corry
Published: 4/18/17




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The York Student Council is again sponsoring a Senior Citizen Prom on Sunday, May 7, 2017 from 2 to 4 PM in the York High School Cafeteria/Commons, 355 W. St. Charles Road, Elmhurst. Take a stroll down memory lane with live music from the Ballroom Big Band. All senior citizens, as well as their friends and family members are invited. Attendees are asked to RSVP to Student Council sponsor Matt Moran at MMoran@elmhurst205.org or 630-617-2400 x7285. Please leave a message that includes your name and the number of people who will be attending.

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Posted by: Kelly Corry
Published: 4/18/17




Audience: Homepage and Student Council

The Blood Drive will be held in the South Gym on Thursday, April 20. Sign up to donate on this Google FormIf you are a York student (even if you are 18), you must pick up a permission slip outside of room A323 or print one out here and bring it with you to your appointment. You must bring an ID with you to your appointment.

 

If you are an adult, please bring an ID with you.
 

All donors must be 16+ years old and 110+ pounds.

 

Further information: Mr. Moran or Ms. Fleming

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Posted by: Katherine Schroeder
Published: 4/18/17




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On Friday, April 21, the York Symphonic Band and Symphony Orchestra are very excited to perform on the magnificent and historic Armour Stage of Orchestra Hall at Symphony Center in Chicago. The performances are free and open to the public and we’d love to see as many family and friends attend this unique performance opportunity as possible. Each performance is approximately twenty minutes in length. Orchestra Hall was designed by renowned architect Daniel Burnham and built in 1904. You can learn more at this link.

 

Symphony Center is located at: 220 S. Michigan Ave. Chicago, IL 60604

 

Below are the performance and clinic times for both ensembles.

 

Band (Michael Pavlik, director)

Warm Up – 9:35 AM

Performance – 10:10 AM on the main stage of Symphony Center

Clinic – 10:45 AM (location tba)

 

Orchestra (Ray Ostwald, director)

Warm Up - 11:55 AM

Performance - 12:30 PM on the main stage of Symphony Center

Clinic – 1:40 PM (location tba)

 

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Posted by: Kelly Corry
Published: 4/18/17




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The District 205 Foundation offers a variety of gifts and keepsakes that celebrate York and make perfect graduation gifts. A 10-pack of York High School notecards with envelopes are perfect for graduation announcements or thank you notes. Surprise your student with a hand crafted pewter ornament of York's facade. And for a lasting gift that commemorates the York experience, a paver brick with a personal engraved message can be  purchased and installed in the paver patio outside of the Academic Building.  Give a gift that lasts with all proceeds benefiting Foundation programs that impact every school and enhance the education of all  students.  Visit http://www.elmhurst205.org/foundation_gifts for more information and to make a purchase.
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Posted by: Kelly Corry
Published: 4/18/17




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Please fill out this form to be entered into the Student Parking Lottery by April 28th at 3:00pm. The cost of parking next year will be $156.00 which will need to be paid in full before the end of this school year.  Students in curriculum programs such as invite to teach, med careers and career internship are given priority.  All other senior students will be entered into a random drawing.  Students that are not awarded a spot will be placed on a waiting list.  You will be notified before the end of this school year about your parking status for next year.  Students who enter the lottery must hold a valid driver's license at the start of the 2017-2018 school year.  

Students who live within an established boundary close to the high school will not be allowed parking privileges at York.  That area includes the streets south of the Northwestern/Metra railroad tracks, west of Cottage Hill, east of Route 83 and north of Vallette. 

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Posted by: Kelly Corry
Published: 4/18/17




Audience: Homepage

The York Prom will take place on Saturday, April 22, 2017, at the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago.  This letter contains important information for students and parents.  To purchase a Prom ticket, students must follow this new procedure:

 

1. Fill out the Prom Ticket Request form (using their Elmhurst205 account) at bit.ly/york prom17 and obtain a confirmation number.  Every student who plans to attend Prom must complete his/her own information form.  (If you are bringing a non-York guest, you must complete the guest information).

2. Have this letter filled out and signed, and then present it at the time the ticket is purchased.

 

Prom will begin at 7 p.m. and end at 11 p.m.  Bus service on a luxury coach will be provided and required to and from the museum.  The luxury coaches will leave York High School at 5:45 p.m.  Check-in will begin at 5:15 p.m. York High School does not permit the use of limousines to drop students off at school.

 

This all-inclusive evening includes transportation to and from the Prom, a strolling dinner and dessert reception, soft drinks, and dancing at MSI.  Tickets for the Prom may be purchased in the bookstore from March 20th through April 13th.  During the first week (March 20-24), tickets will only be available for seniors to purchase.  At this time, seniors have the option to buy a ticket for one guest (who does not need to be a senior), but both tickets must be purchased at the same time.  Juniors may purchase tickets during the remaining two weeks after spring break (April 3-13).  The Prom ticket price is $110 per person.  Payment is by cash or checks (payable to Beck’s Bookstore) only.  No tickets will be sold after Thursday, April 13th.  

 

The Post Prom cruise aboard the Odyssey has been arranged by the PTSA.  The optional cruise continues to be a very popular option and, once again, promises to complete a memorable night.  Tickets for Post Prom are $35 per person.  The Post Prom cruise boards at 12 a.m. and ends at 2:30 a.m.  The Post Prom buses will return to York around 3:15 am, buses for students not attending Post Prom will return around 11:45 pm.  Tickets for Post Prom may also be purchased in the bookstore, and all bus assignments will be made on a first-come, first-served basis.  Only the first 712 students will be able to attend Post Prom.  (We have a total capacity of 916 for Prom).  The PTSA has generously agreed to pay for the luxury buses to help keep the combined cost of Prom and Post Prom at $145 per person.  Funding is available through the York Student Enrichment Team (YSET) for seniors only who are experiencing financial difficulty.  Please have your senior student contact his/her counselor or social worker for an application.  For further YSET information, please contact Bonnie Salvo, York social worker and YSET member, at 630-617-2421 or via email at bsalvo@elmhurst205.org.  

 

All school rules regarding conduct, alcohol, tobacco, etc. will be enforced at this function (see Student Handbook for rules). Noncompliance with these rules will result in removal from the dance, parental contact, and all appropriate disciplinary action. All rules apply to students and their guests.  The dress code is formal.  Any student whose attire is deemed inappropriate by the administration will not be given a refund.  Students are not permitted to bring large purses or bags on the bus, and all carry-on items will be subject to inspection.

 

If a junior or senior student is purchasing a ticket for a guest from another school, the guest and parent/guardian must complete and sign a separate Guest Request Form available in the Dean’s Office.  York students must accompany their non-York guests at all times throughout the evening, including Post Prom.

 

Due to our binding contracts with MSI, Coach USA, and the Odyssey cruise company, we will be unable to provide refunds for students who choose not to attend Prom or Post-Prom after April 13, 2017.

 

Sincerely,           

Drew McGuire, Assistant Principal for Finance and Student Activities           

Matt Moran, Prom Sponsor

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La Secundaria York tendrá su prom el sábado, 22 de abril, 2017 en el Museo de Ciencia e Industria. Esta carta contiene información importante para los estudiantes y los padres.  Para comprar un boleto a prom, estudiantes tendrán que seguir estas nuevas guías:

 

  1. Llene la forma “Prom Ticket Request Form” forma para comprar un boleto de prom (usando su cuenta de Elmhurst205) al http://bit.ly/yorkprom17 y obtenga un
    número de confirmación.  TODOS los estudiantes que van a atender a prom tienen que llenar una forma con su información.  (Si van a traer un invitado que no atienda la Secundaria York tienen que llenar la información del invitado) (guest information)
  2. Tengan esta carta completa y firmada, y preséntenla cuando valla a comprar su
    boleto.  

Prom comenzará a las 7pm y terminará a las 11pm.  El servicio de autobuses de lujo será proporcionado y necesario para ir y regresar del museo.  Los autobuses de lujo saldrán de la Secundaria York a las 5:45pm.  Pueden entrar a los autobuses comenzando a las 5:15pm.  La Secundaria York no permite el uso de limusinas para dejar a los estudiantes en la escuela.

 

Esta noche es de todo incluido, incluye el transporte de ida y vuelta a Prom, una cena y postre en la recepción, refrescos, y baile en el museo. Los boletos para Prom pueden ser comprados en la librería (bookstore) comenzando el  20 de marzo hasta el 13 de abril.  Durante la primera semana (20-24 de marzo) solo los seniors (estudiantes en el cuarto año) podrán comprar boletos.  Durante este tiempo los seniors podrán comprar su boleto y un boleto para un invitado/a que no tiene que ser senior, los dos boletos tiene que ser comprados al mismo tiempo.  Los juniors (estudiantes en el tercer año) pueden comprar boletos las siguientes dos semanas después de vacaciones de primavera (3-13 de abril).  El costo del boleto es $110 por persona.  Puede ser pagado en efectivo o cheques (a nombre de Beck’s Bookstore) solamente.  No se venderán boletos después del jueves, 13 de abril. 

El crucero después de Prom será abordo el Barco Odyssey y ha sido organizado por el PTSA. El crucero opcional sigue siendo una opción muy popular y una vez más promete ser una noche memorable. Costo para el crucero es $ 35 por persona.  Abordamos el barco a las 12 a.m. y se termina las 2:30a.m. Los autobuses de lujo regresan a York alrededor de las 3:15 am, el autobús para los estudiantes que no van al crucero regresara a las 11:45pm.  Los boletos para el crucero también pueden ser comprados en la librería, y los asientos en el autobús son asignados a los que compran primero se les sirve primero. Solamente las primeras 712 personas serán capaces de asistir después de Prom en el barco (Tenemos una capacidad total de 916 personas para Prom).  El PTSA ha accedido generosamente a pagar por los autobuses de lujo para ayudar a mantener el costo combinado del curso y Prom a $ 145 por persona. Ayuda financiera está disponible a través del grupo York Student Enrichment Team (YSET)  para los estudiantes en cuarto año (Seniors) que están experimentando dificultades financieras. Por favor, haga que su estudiante  se ponga en contacto con su  consejera o trabajadora social para una aplicación de ayuda financiera. Para más información sobre YSET, por favor, póngase en contacto con Bonnie Salvo, trabajadora social de York y miembro de YSET, al 630-617-2421 o por correo electrónico a bsalvo@elmhurst205.org.

Todas las reglas escolares sobre el aspecto a la conducta, el alcohol, el tabaco, etc., son aplicables a esta función (revise el Manual de los Estudiante sobre las reglas). Estudiantes que no siguán las reglas resultara en eliminación de la danza, el contacto con los padres, y todas las medidas disciplinarias correspondientes. Todas las reglas se aplican a los estudiantes y sus invitados. El código de vestir es formal. Si el estudiante no se viste apropiadamente basado en la opinión de la administración,  no se le dará un reembolso. No se les permite traer bolsas grades en el autobús  y todos los artículos estarán sujetos a inspección.

 

Si un estudiante de tercer o cuarto año (Junior o Senior) compra  un boleto para un invitado de otra escuela, el huésped y el padre / tutor debe completar y firmar una forma de solicitud de huéspedes (Guest Request Form) que serán disponible en la Oficina del Decano. Estudiantes de York deben acompañar a su invitado en todo momento durante la noche, incluyendo durante el barco.

 

Debido a nuestros contratos con el museo, Coach USA, y  Odyssey no somos capaces de dar reembolsos para los estudiantes que no deseen asistir a Prom o al barco después del 13 de abril,  2017.

 

Sinceramente,

 

Drew McGuire

Matt Moran

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Posted by: Kelly Corry
Published: 4/18/17




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The tradition continues with this year’s sixth annual Top Pizza Taste of Elmhurst on April 27, from 5:30-7:30 PM in the York High School Commons, sponsored by the District 205 Foundation for Educational Excellence. Elmhurst restaurants and pizzerias will be showcasing their traditional, specialty varieties and gluten-free pizza pies. The $10 entrance fee allows attendees to taste the variety of vendor offerings and vote for their favorites. The event will also feature raffles and musical entertainment.

This is a great family fundraising event that allows adults and kids to enjoy dinner together with friends and taste pizzas that are both familiar and new to them. For those families trying to juggle sports practices and games on a weeknight, it’s a great way to grab dinner before or after. Make it dinner-and-a-play by combining the evening with this year’s York High School spring musical, West Side Story, which is currently sold out.

Proceeds from Top Pizza Taste of Elmhurst benefit District 205 Foundation programs that enhance education for K-12 schools. For more information and to purchase the entrance fee in advance, visit 
www.elmhurst205.org/foundation_pizza.

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Posted by: Melea Smith, District Admin, Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205
Published: 4/12/17




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The RevTrak Web Store is getting a makeover. This new mobile-friendly design will simplify end-user experience when making payments from any device. Visit the Web Store through any web browser on the device of your choosing – it’s that easy. In addition to the responsive design, the following features have been added:

  • Quick, two-step checkout process
  • Convenient login window

Access the Customer Account Guide and Webstore Guide for further details.

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Posted by: Katherine Schroeder, District Admin, Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205
Published: 4/11/17




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District 205 continues its professional development time for the purpose of school improvement planning throughout the year. Certified staff and administrators will be using this time to collaboratively review student data, discuss professional growth topics, problem solve, share best practices and continue the work of building a Professional Learning Community. The next all-district Student Late Arrival Day is Wednesday, April 19. The final district-wide Student Late Arrival date for 2016-17 will be Wednesday, May 17.

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Posted by: Katherine Schroeder, District Admin, Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205
Published: 4/11/17




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Last fall, the York Distinguished Alumni Program (YDAP) recognized and honored seven Dukes of Distinction for 2016, alumni who have distinguished themselves through significant and extraordinary accomplishments or through service and an outstanding contribution to society. The nomination deadline for 2017 is April 30. Nominations may be completed online at www.elmhurst205.org/17Nomination. For further information, please visit the YDAP page or contact District 205 Director of Communications Melea Smith (msmith@elmhurst205.org) or Administrative Assistant Debbie Hollstein (dhollstein@elmhurst205.org) in the Office of Communications/Alumni Relations at 630-941-4719.

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Posted by: Melea Smith, District Admin, Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205
Published: 4/3/17




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The Elmhurst District 205 Summer Instrumental Music Program offers an exciting opportunity for all current 4th -8th grade band and orchestra students and 6th – 8th grade choir students to continue with instrumental music instruction in June and July. Regular practice during the summer months is critically important for band and orchestra students to reinforce the concepts and skills that they have learned and practiced during the school year. Moreover, learning and playing music is an activity that should be enjoyed year ‘round.

  • The Summer Instrumental Music Program will run from June 12 through July 14. (No class on July 3 or 4.)
  • The registration fee is $92.00. The registration fee includes a Summer Instrumental Program T shirt.
  • Rehearsals for current elementary band and orchestra students (incoming 5th and 6th graders) will be held Monday through Thursday mornings at Bryan Middle School. Each rehearsal is one hour. There will be a rehearsal on FRIDAY, July 7th (in place of the July 3rd holiday). The final performances will be on FRIDAY, morning, July 14.
  • Rehearsals for current middle school band and orchestra students (incoming 7th, 8th, and 9th grade students) will be held on Tuesday and Thursday evenings at York High School. There will be a rehearsal on FRIDAY, July 7th (in place of the July 4th holiday). Middle School Summer Band and Orchestra students may also participate in Jazz Band. The final performance will be on THURSDAY, July 13th.
  • NEW this year, current middle school choir students (incoming 7th, 8th, and 9th grade students) may participate in the summer choir at York High School on Monday and Wednesday evenings (No Class on Monday, July 3rd). Middle school students who register for summer band or orchestra may also enroll in choir at no additional cost. The final performance will be on THURSDAY, July 13th.

The District 205 Summer Instrumental Program is designed to accommodate students who go on vacation and/or participate in other summer activities. Students who can only attend part of the summer program are still strongly encouraged to register and attend whenever they can! Students who practice their instruments during the summer are much more likely to experience continued success in band and orchestra. We strongly encourage your son or daughter to participate as much as he/she is able!

Registration for the Dist. 205 Summer Music Program began on March 20, 2017. You may register for the summer music program by using the Webstore (District) link, also found on the District 205 website: www.elmhurst205.org. The deadline for registration is Friday, May 12, 2017. More details can be found on the Summer School website.

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Posted by: Katherine Schroeder, District Admin, Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205
Published: 3/28/17




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Design the front of the t-shirt for the 2nd Annual Annie LeGere "To The Moon and Back" 4K Walk (not run) on April 22, 2017 at Sandburg Middle School.

 

Winner's initials will be displayed on the t-shirt!  Please put your name and phone number on the back of you design and submit to the principal's office, C110 by March 23.  Please keep in mind the lettering on the t-shirts will be pink and white.

 

Questions to:  Shelly LeGere 630-965-8173 or Beth Plummer 630-291-6569

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Posted by: Kelly Corry
Published: 3/22/17




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With spring just around the corner, spring testing is also here. We wanted to send out information about the Illinois Science Assessment (ISA) and the SAT to keep our families informed.

On Monday, a Talk205 referenced the state-mandated Illinois Science Assessment that will be given to all biology students at York. This test will be given on Monday, March 20th, and it takes about 25-30 minutes. Since it will be taken in class, nothing additional needs to be done in advance of this test. We just ask that all biology students bring their fully charged chromebook to class on March 20th, and as soon as the test is completed, our biology teachers will resume class; therefore, students should have their materials for class ready to go.

On Wednesday, April 5th, York Community High School will be administering the SAT with writing to all juniors published by the CollegeBoard. The Illinois School Board of Education requires that this test is administered to all currently enrolled juniors and is required to graduate in the State of Illinois: it has been paid for through the District,​ and nothing additional needs to be completed in order to register your junior students. It is important that students are in their testing rooms, ready to test at 7:40. Once testing begins, students will not be able to enter the testing area, and they will be required to take the exam on the make-up testing day at the end of April.

Before the April 5th test, York’s Counseling Department will be holding a pre-administration session with all junior students on Wednesday, March 22nd during 2nd period. During this session, students will bubble in portions of their answer booklets with their student information, and they will be given the opportunity to indicate 4 colleges to which they can send their SAT scores at no charge. We strongly encourage families to discuss this prior to March 22nd, so students are able to take advantage of this free service. SAT charges $12 per score to send to each college. We also encourage families to keep a list of these colleges so that the student can reference them in the fall of the senior year. Click here for considerations when deciding to report a score.

April 5th is a half day for students, but it is NOT a late arrival day​: we will begin testing at 7:40 am, and students at all three grade levels, as well as students at the District 205 Transition Center will be dismissed at the conclusion of their exam at approximately 12:20.​ Since Seniors have a non attendance day, w​e encourage seniors to spend this day visiting a college, university, or other post secondary program.

While the junior students are testing on April 5th, our freshman and sophomore students will be participating in a career/college day. Students will begin by reflecting on their future goals and what steps they are currently taking to achieve those goals, followed by a keynote speaker that will speak with students about what it means to be college, career, and life ready before leaving high school. Students will also attend sessions with college counselors, representatives from the military, representatives from local trades, and a career fair created by York’s Counseling Department with assistance from Academic Boosters, a committee of York’s PTSA. Freshman and Sophomores will be asked to complete several google form surveys, so they will need to bring one of two things with them: if students have a smartphone with available data, they can complete the google form surveys on their smartphones; otherwise, students should bring a fully charged chromebook to take these surveys.

All bus routes will run at normal times in the morning, and will depart from York at 12:30 following the exams. A late bus will leave York at 6:15 after athletic practices; however, please note that there will NOT be a 4:30 bus on the 5th. Breakfast will be available for purchase before school, but there will be no lunch service on this testing day. Students testing with extended time will complete their exams on the following day.

Junior students will receive an email with their individual testing room assignment for the day and instructions regarding what to bring to the test (i.e. number 2 pencils, calculator, snack etc.). Please help your student keep an eye out for this email and ask your student if they know their testing room assignment.

Thank you in advance for helping our students navigate spring testing, and we are looking forward to a strong finish as we enter the final stretch of the school year.

Ryan Doherty
Assistant Principal for Curriculum

 

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Con la llegada de primavera, también llegan los exámenes de primavera. Queríamos enviar información sobre el examen Illinois Science Assessment (ISA) y el SAT para mantener informadas a nuestras familias.

El lunes, un Talk205 hizo referencia al examen de Illinois Science Assessment que es obligado por el estado y tiene que ser administrado a todos los estudiantes de biología de York. Este examen lo tomaran el lunes, 20 de marzo y tomara unos 25-30 minutos. Dado que se tomará en clase, no hay nada más que hacer antes del examen. Simplemente pedimos que todos los estudiantes de biología traigan su Chromebook (computadora) a clase el 20 de marzo, y tan pronto los estudiantes terminen el examen, los maestros de biología seguirán con la clase; Por lo tanto, los estudiantes deben tener sus materiales para la clase listos.

El miércoles, 5 de abril, la Secundaria York administrará el examen de SAT con escritura a todos los juniors (estudiantes en tercer año) y escribirá a todos los jóvenes publicados por el CollegeBoard. La Junta Escolar de Educación de Illinois requiere que este examen sea administrado a todos los estudiantes en el tercer año (juniors): el examen ha sido pagado a través del Distrito, y nada adicional debe ser completado para registrar a su estudiante. Es importante que los estudiantes estén en sus salón de examen, listos para empezar el examen a las 7:40am. Una vez que comience el examen, los estudiantes no podrán entrar al salón y se les pedirá que tomen el examen en el Make Up Testing Date (día adicional para tomar el examen) que será a finales de abril.

 Antes del examen del 5 de abril, el Departamento de Consejería de York llevará a cabo una sesión previa a la administración con todos los estudiantes juniors el miércoles, 22 de marzo durante el segundo período. Durante esta sesión, los estudiantes burbujearán en partes de sus folletos de respuestas con la información de su estudiante, y se les dará la oportunidad de indicar 4 colegios a los cuales pueden enviar sus calificaciones del SAT sin costo alguno. Animamos a las familias que tengan esta discusión antes del 22 de marzo, para que los estudiantes puedan aprovechar este servicio gratuito. SAT cobra $12 cada archivo de puntuación que envía a cada universidad. También las familias deben mantener una lista de estos colegios para que el estudiante pueda hacer referencia a ellos en el otoño del último año (senior). Haga clic aquí para ver consideraciones antes de enviar sus archivos.

El 5 de abril es un medio día para los estudiantes, pero NO es un día de llegar tarde: comenzaremos el examen a las 7:40 am, y los estudiantes de los tres niveles, así como los estudiantes en el Distrito 205 Transition Center serán despedidos al final de su examen que será aproximadamente a las 12:20. Debido a que los estudiantes de cuarto ano (seniors) no tienen escuela este día, los animamos que se pasen este día visitando una universidad, un colegio u otro programa post secundario.

Mientras que los estudiantes junior están tomando el examen el 5 de abril, nuestros estudiantes de primer y segundo año participarán en un día de carrera / universidad. Los estudiantes comenzarán reflexionando sobre sus metas futuras y los pasos que están tomando actualmente para alcanzar esos objetivos, después tendremos un orador que hablará con los estudiantes sobre lo que significa estar listo para la universidad, carrera y listos para la vida antes de salir de la escuela secundaria. Los estudiantes también asistirán una sesión con los consejeros universitarios, representantes de los militares, representantes de los oficios locales y una feria de carreras creada por el Departamento de Consejería de York con la ayuda del Academic Boosters, el comité del PTSA de York. A los estudiantes de primer año (freshmen) y de segundo año (sophomore) se les pedirá que completen varias encuestas de formulario de Google, por lo que tendrá que traer una de dos cosas con ellos: si los estudiantes tienen un teléfono con los datos disponibles, pueden completar las encuestas de formulario en google; de lo contrario, los estudiantes deben traer un su chromebook completamente cargada para tomar estas encuestas.

Todas las rutas de autobús se ejecutarán a las horas normales por la mañana, y saldrá de York a las 12:30 después de los exámenes. Un autobús para la tarde saldrá de York a las 6:15 después de las prácticas atléticas; Sin embargo, tenga en cuenta que no habrá un autobús a las 4:30 el 5º de abril. El desayuno estará disponible para la compra antes de la escuela, pero no habrá servicio de almuerzo en este día. Los estudiantes que toman examen con tiempo prolongado completarán sus exámenes el día siguiente.

Los estudiantes del tercer año (juniors) recibirán un correo electrónico con el salón que tiene que ir para tomar su examen su examen e instrucciones sobre qué traer al examen (es decir, lápices número 2, calculadora, merienda, etc.). Por favor ayude a su estudiante a buscar el correo electrónico y pregúntele a su estudiante si conocen el salón asignación para tomar su examen.

Gracias por ayudar a nuestros estudiantes a navegar los exámenes de primavera, y estamos esperando un final fuerte ya que estamos al final del año escolar.

Ryan Doherty
​​​​​​​Assistant Principal for Curriculum

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Posted by: Kelly Corry
Published: 3/16/17




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A dozen York Community High School students shone at the DECA (Distributive Education Clubs of America) state meet, held on March 9-11 at at the Hyatt Regency O’Hare Hotel in Rosemont. York Business Department Chair Jim Borel serves as their coach.

Chris Foster and Allison Evans competed in Automotive Services Marketing; Chris Irby competed in Hotel and Lodging Marketing; Blake Quarrie competed in Accounting Applications; Maria Flynn and Demetri Broches competed in the Financial Analysis Team event; Alex Hennessy and Grace Que placed in the top ten in the Financial Analysis Team event; Matt Anderson and Jason Kentra finished in 4th place in the Financial Analysis Team event; and Burke Corcoran and Kevin Lipkin finished in 1st place and won the Financial Analysis Team event.

Matt Anderson, Jason Kentra, Burke Cocoran and Kevin Lipkin all qualified to participate in the DECA International Career Development Conference in Anaheim, California at the end of April. There were over 1,000 students participating in the state DECA conference and there will be over 20,000 students in Anaheim, California.

DECA York Students at State Competition

York Community High School DECA students at the March 9-11, 2017 state competition with Coach Jim Borel. The students are: front row from left - Matt Anderson, Blake Quarrie, Grace Que, Maria Flynn, Alex Hennessy, Allison Evans, and back row from left - Kevin Lipkin, Burke Corcoran, Demetri Broches, Chris Irby, Jason Kentra and Chris Foster.

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Posted by: Katherine Schroeder, District Admin, Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205
Published: 3/16/17




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The testing window for the spring 2017 administration of the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) assessment in District 205 will begin on Monday, April 3 and continue through Friday, April 28. These state-required achievement tests in reading and mathematics are being given to all eligible students in grades 3 – 8. Your child’s school will share more specific information about when students will be tested within this window.

In addition to the PARCC assessment, state and federal regulations require each school to assess achievement in science for students in 5th grade, 8th
grade and high school biology. The Illinois Science Assessment will be administered in each school between Monday, March 13 and Friday, March 24. This assessment is approximately one hour in length and is aligned to the Illinois Learning Standards for Science.

We anticipate being able to share score reports in the fall. The complete results of these state tests will be also reported on the Illinois School Report Card in the fall. We will review state tests results, along with other information to help us improve our school program. If you have any questions about the administration of these assessments, please contact your child’s principal.

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Posted by: Melea Smith, District Admin, Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205
Published: 3/15/17




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Congratulations to the following students who have qualified and will be competing at the State SkillsUSA Competition and Leadership Conference, April 27-29, 2017 in Springfield.  38 students have qualified for this state level competition! The largest ever!

http://www.skillsusa.org/

 

Adobe Photoshop:

Dylan Salek

Simon DeGrace

Austin Nidea

 

Architectural Drafting (CAD):

Anna Canete

Austin Gelsomino

Kevin Waller

Ruthvik Done

Ryan Schaner

David Morales

Ally Hickey

 

Automotive Service Technology:

Jeremy Olson

 

Collision Repair Technology:

Mike Falco

 

Cabinetmaking:

Tim Delaney

Gary Derwin

Nathan Tufte

 

Power Equipment Technology:

Mike Mancini

Noah Krauter

 

Principles of Engineering:

Dylan Kalchik

Clayton Davey

 

Screen Printing Technology:

Matthew Shepherd

Matthew Colagrossi

Jonathan Tanner

 

Technical Drafting (CAD):

Jonathan Milani

Abby Gundrum

John Devine

Mark Molayal

Alex Vujovic

Justin Zellinger

Isabel Torres

Collin Czech

Bob Dirmish

Luke Rozmus

Noah Neidigh

Jake Czernik

Joey Gemini

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Posted by: Kelly Corry
Published: 3/15/17




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Getting dressed up to attend a high school prom or dance can be a big deal. Sometimes, the cost of formal wear can be overwhelming. The York High School PTSA (Parent/Teacher/Student Association) invites young ladies to attend the “Say Yes to the Prom Dress” event at the sixth annual prom dress and accessory giveaway on Sunday, March 19, 2017, from 1 to 3 PM in the York High School Commons, 355 W. St. Charles Road, Elmhurst.

Girls ages 13 to 18 can select from more than 400 gently-used dresses in a variety of styles and sizes. Dress shoes, purses, jewelry and unopened
 makeup items are also available. Dresses are FREE, but limited to one (1) dress per customer. The event is open to the public and all Chicago and Western Suburban High School girls are welcome.

It’s not too late to clean out your closets and donate new or gently used long and short party dresses from homecomings, proms, graduations, weddings and other bygone events. Dressy shoes, purses, jewelry and unopened 
makeup also accepted. Donations can be dropped off at the York Attendance Office and/or at 300 S. Fair Avenue, in Elmhurst. Contact Marie Gall at tmkgall@gmail.com or 773.595.9158 with questions.

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Posted by: Kelly Corry
Published: 3/13/17




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The next all-district Student Late Arrival Day is Wednesday, March 15. Certified staff and administrators will be using this time to collaboratively review student data, discuss professional growth topics, problem solve, share best practices and continue the work of building a Professional Learning Community.

 

The Student Late Arrival instructional schedule for 2016-17 will be as follows:

 

AM Early Childhood – 9:45 AM to 11:55 AM
PM Early Childhood – 12:55 PM to 3:00 PM
AM Kindergarten – 9:45 AM to 11:55 AM
PM Kindergarten – 12:55 PM to 3:00 PM
Grades 1-5 – 9:45 AM to 3:00 PM
Middle School – 10:00 AM to 3:25 PM
High School – 9:25 AM to 3:06 PM

 

The 2016-17 School Calendar (which provides a one-page overview of this information), may be found on the District 205 calendar page.

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Posted by: Katherine Schroeder, District Admin, Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205
Published: 3/10/17




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Please check our webpage after spring break for parking permit applications.  These applications will only be available for students that will be seniors during the 2017-2018 school year.

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Posted by: Kelly Corry
Published: 3/9/17




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We are excited to host a St. Baldrick's event this year at York. The St. Baldrick's Foundation helps to support research for childhood cancer.  We have staff and students ready to make this event memorable and successful for our school community.  Since this is our 1st year holding our event, we have set our fundraising goal at $5000.  But we are very hopeful that we will be able to exceed that goal.  Our own Mr. Doherty has laid out a challenge of $15,000 to shave his head.  I believe those locks are worth every penny!  Please take a minute to visit our page and consider donating for this worthy cause!  Our event will coincide with a spring pep rally on March 24th where we will be shaving heads of our top money winners and hopefully Mr. Doherty himself!  I have faith in our community to come out strong for an amazing cause!  If you have any questions, please contact Mr. Joe O'Malley at jomalley@elmhurst205.org or Mr. Drew McGuire at dmcguire@elmhurst205.org.
 

Thank you for your consideration!
Mr. O'Malley and Mr. McGuire

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Posted by: Kelly Corry
Published: 3/9/17




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It is with great excitement that York Community High School presents the most beloved Broadway Musical, West Side Story, on the evenings of April 27- 29, with a matinee performance on Sunday, April 30. 

 

Tickets for West Side Story have sold out.

 

WAITLIST INFORMATION:

Although tickets are completely sold out we do anticipate some tickets to become available on the days of the shows. We can not anticipate who's plans might change between now and the performances. We will have a Waitlist for each show. Here are the details:

 

Performances: April 27 28, 29th (7:30 pm Start Time)

Where: York High School - Waitlist Table outside Baker Auditorium. You must come in person to sign in for the waitlist. NO EMAIL REQUESTS

When: Waitlist sign in will start at 6:00pm

 

Performance: April 30th (2:00 pm Start Time)

Where: York High School - Waitlist Table outside Baker Auditorium. You must come in person to sign in for the waitlist. NO EMAIL REQUESTS

When: Waitlist sign in will start at 12:30pm

 

All waitlist tickets will be given on a first come first serve basis. Our goal is to seat as many patrons as possible for each show.

 

If you have any questions please email us at yorkdramatickets@gmail.com.

 

Thank you again for supporting York Drama!

 

"Starring a cast of 72 and an orchestra of 28, with an incredible technical crew, this is a musical not to be missed. Staying true to the original choreography of Jerome Robbins and honoring the struggles of New York City, West Side Story is a true inspiration," said Director Rebecca Marianetti.

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Posted by: Katherine Schroeder, District Admin, Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205
Published: 3/6/17




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The York High School Key Club is again sponsoring a “Soles for Kids” shoe drive and is asking for your support and assistance with this endeavor. Through the generosity of District 205 families, they have successfully collected over 8,000 pairs of shoes over the past six years. The drive will begin on Monday, March 6th and conclude on Friday, May 12th. Look for collection bins in our school foyers. Soles for Kids is a charity organization that collects gently used shoes and sends them to needy children and adults in Africa, as well as to Indian Reservations in the United States.

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Posted by: Katherine Schroeder, District Admin, Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205
Published: 3/4/17




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At its February 28 meeting, the Board of Education approved the 2017-18 school year calendar, which includes parent-teacher conference dates/times; student late arrival dates/times; and quarter/trimesters/semesters. It is posted at www.elmhurst205.org/events_calendar.

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Posted by: Melea Smith, District Admin, Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205
Published: 3/1/17




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Tickets are selling fast to The Future is Now, the 2017 D205 Foundation Gala to be held on Saturday, March 11, at The Hyatt Lodge on McDonald’s Campus in Oak Brook. The event features great food and drink, as well as entertaining fundraising games and raffles. The auctions feature a York student parking pass, great tickets to Cubs, Hawks, Bulls and Bears games, signed merchandise by pro athletes (Arrieta, Crawford, Butler and more), multiple concert tickets, tasting events at Cuvee and Red Arrow, an in-home cooking class for 16, a Napa Valley trip, $2000 credit for orthodontic treatment and other amazing items.

Support future ready learning while having a great time for a good cause! Cost is $175 per person and space is limited; visit www.elmhurst205.org/2017gala to learn more and purchase tickets.

Another way to participate, even if you can't attend the Gala, is to purchase a "Golden Raffle Ticket" for $100. Only 100 tickets are being sold and the winner will get to choose one of the following trips: 4-night stay in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic, Sam Adams Boston VIP Tour, or a 3-Nights Lake Tahoe Ski Getaway - airfare for two included. To purchase a ticket, please contact Foundation Executive Director Lisa Fanelli at lfanelli@elmhurst205.org or 630-617-2328.

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Posted by: Katherine Schroeder, District Admin, Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205
Published: 2/28/17




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Students are invited to attend the third annual Teen Job & Volunteer Fair, sponsored by the Elmhurst Commission on Youth and its partnering agencies – District 205, the Elmhurst Park District, Elmhurst Public Library, YMCA, Elmhurst Junior Women’s Club and the Kiwanis of Elmhurst. The Fair will be held in the York High School Commons, 355 E. St. Charles Road, on Thursday, March 23 from 3 to 6 PM. Students need not register to attend the Fair. Participating organizations can be included in the program book by registering online by Wednesday, March 2: http://elmlib.org/teenjobfair.

Job Fair questions may be directed to Patty McKernan at 630-878-7622 or via email at Patricia@capitaltele.com.

Volunteer Fair questions may be directed to Jackie Tamer at 773-882-7105 or jackietamer@gmail.com.

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Posted by: Kelly Corry
Published: 2/28/17




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The PTA Council will once again be holding its annual Fannie May candy sale which helps fund scholarships for York High School seniors. Be on the lookout for the sales catalog and order form, which will be coming home in your children’s backpack soon! Order forms and checks made payable to Elmhurst PTA Council will be due to the school office or can be returned to Megan Winton, 577 W. Comstock, Elmhurst, by March 2nd. Candy orders will be delivered to your door on April 3rd, just in time for Easter.

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Posted by: Melea Smith, District Admin, Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205
Published: 2/27/17




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Per the Illinois Department of Public Health, any child entering the 12th grade shall show proof of having received 2 doses of meningococcal conjugate vaccine prior to entering the 12th grade.  The first dose shall have been received on or after the 10th birthday and the 2nd dose shall have been received on or after their 16th birthday, at least eight weeks after the first dose.  If the first dose is administered when the child is 16 years of age or older, only one dose is required.  This requirement also applies to children who transfer into Illiniois schools from other states or countries. 

During your child’s junior year, please discuss with your doctor if your student has received the two meningococcal conjugate vaccinations. Your student may have already received the two doses of the meningococcal conjugate vaccination, but it has not been specified on their immunization form.  If they have NOT received both doses, you are required to get this vaccination for your child.  The Dr. must provide the dates they were given, along with a doctor’s signature. You must provide the required proof of immunization to the York High School Health Office by May 15th, 2017 .  Without proof of this vaccination, your child will be excluded from school in the fall of 2017, as described in the school code of Illinois and per Elmhurst District 205 procedure.  Exclusion from school means that your child will not be able to attend any classes or participate in any athletic or extra-curricular activities until the required proof of vaccination is provided. 

 

Please download the letter below to have your physician's office complete the immunization documentation record and return it to York HS Health Office by May 15, 2017.

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Posted by: MaryAnn Patti
Published: 2/24/17




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The York Athletic Boosters' Annual Green Scene is Saturday, February 25, from 7 PM to 1 AM at Fitz’s Spare Keys. This year’s Green Scene is a casual night of fun, friends, silent and live auctions, raffles, bowling and pool. You can bowl or play pool with your favorite York coach. Auction items include York parking passes, graduation tickets and preferred parking for graduation.

Ticket price includes entrance, light buffet and fun. Tickets are available for purchase at
http://york.elmhurst205.org/yboosters. If you would like to contribute a prize, please contact mariannmapes@yahoo.com. In 2015-2016, the Boosters gave nearly $70,000 to York HS Athletics. They have supported York students in every sport for over 35 years.

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Posted by: Kelly Corry
Published: 2/23/17




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Everyday Leadership: Celebrating the Simple Actions That Improve Each Other's Lives, a presentation by Drew Dudley, will take place tonight, February 22, beginning at 7:00 PM at the College of DuPage McAninch Arts Center, 425 Fawell Blvd. Glen Ellyn, 60137. The event is sponsored by the Glenbard Parent Series: (GPS) Navigating Healthy Families.

Drew Dudley is a leadership educator recognized as one of the most dynamic keynote speakers in the world. He inspires individuals to create “cultures of everyday leadership" moments of powerful impact and growth that are fostered, acknowledged, and rewarded through daily acts of generosity.

His wildly popular TED talk was voted “one of the 15 most inspirational TED talks of all time” and named by TIME as one of its “seven speeches that will make you a better leader." Drew Dudley helps us understand leadership in a nuanced, practical, and hopeful way.

He highlights the barriers to leadership and, with hope, humor, and optimism,  focuses on ways in which they can be overcome. This is world-class storytelling with practical insights on how to develop and recognize leadership, of which we are all capable—in ourselves, our families, and our communities. He has worked with hundreds of universities and corporations worldwide to help individuals move to purposeful action, empowering people to create the future they desire and add value to their lives and to the lives of others.

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Posted by: Melea Smith, District Admin, Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205
Published: 2/22/17




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Congratulations to York students who participated in the Family Career and Community Leaders of America regional competitions at College of Dupage on February 3rd and February 10th. FCCLA is a Career and Technical Student Organization that provides personal growth, leadership development, and career preparation opportunities for students in Family and Consumer Sciences education. Students developed presentations, demonstrated skills, and showcased knowledge in areas such as nutrition, fashion, food production and design, children's literature, interior design, and professional careers. Students received individual awards based on their overall score. Additionally the “Most Outstanding” (MO) distinction was awarded to the student who had the most exemplary project/performance out of all the competitors in their competition category.

 

The following students received first place in their competition category: Olivia Becker (MO), Jenna Gallichio (MO), Jamie Killian (MO), Caitlyn Rambo, Elena Vezmar (MO), Meghan Sly, Julianna Gecsey (MO), Allison Evans (MO), Christine Millins, Lauren Noonan, Sophie Ward, and Sarah Pinkowski.

 

The following students received second place in their competition category: Samantha Flesch, Clarissa Gecsey, Elizabeth Benvenuto, Emily Schlecht, Elena Coletta, Nina Fabrizius, Ally Geary, Aileen Horn, Aleksija Iglendza, Ella Pittman, Kylie Travers, Mei Giuffre, Jolene Gundrum, Madison Miller, Gabriella Purpora, Katie Strawbridge, Kaitlyn Templeman, Ally Bassing, Ellaby Rohde, Iqra Shaikh, and Ayanna Johnson.


The following students received third place in their competition category: Allison Stramel, Kevin Homan, Isabella Lopiano, Annaliese Bartuch, and Stephanie Monaco.

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Posted by: Suzanne Hughes
Published: 2/21/17




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With spring on our doorstep, it’s time to begin to think about the spring SAT to be delivered at York on Wednesday, April 5th, beginning at 7:40 AM.  In a few weeks, we will be sending out an email to families with testing day reminders, dismissal times and bus schedules; however, we wanted to give an early reminder for families as they plan their spring calendars.  On April 5th, senior students are not in attendance, and all juniors will be taking the SAT.  All currently enrolled juniors have been registered for the test, and there is no additional fee.  While juniors are taking the SAT, our sophomores and freshmen will be participating in a career day that will include a keynote speaker, career fair, and several sessions throughout the day.  We hope this advance notice helps with your planning, and please keep an eye out for our detailed email mid-March.


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Con la primavera ya acercándose,  es hora de comenzar a pensar en el examen SAT  que será dado en la Secundaria York el miércoles, 5 de abril, comenzando a las 7:40 AM. En pocas semanas, estaremos enviando un correo electrónico a las familias con recordatorios de días del examen, tiempos de despidas y horario de autobuses; Sin embargo, quisiéramos dar un recordatorio temprano para las familias para que planean sus calendarios de la primavera. El 5 de abril, los estudiantes de último año (Seniors) no asisten a la escuela, y todos los estudiantes en tercer año (Juniors) tomarán el SAT. Todos los alumnos en el tercer año de secundaria (Juniors) que están inscritos en la escuela han sido registrados para el examen y no hay ningún costo adicional. Mientras que los estudiantes del tercer año (Juniors) están tomando el SAT, nuestros estudiantes de segundo año (Sophomores) y los estudiantes de primer año (Freshmen)  estarán participando en un día de carreras,  que incluirá un orador, feria de carreras, y varias sesiones durante todo el día. Esperamos que este aviso anticipado ayude con su planeamiento, y a medio-marzo mandaremos un correo electrónico con más detalles. 

 

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Posted by: Kelly Corry
Published: 2/17/17




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All students who attend school in Elmhurst, public or private, are welcome to participate with the completion and submission of a signed permission slip and tournament fee of $3.00. All participants will receive a certificate; the top four in each category

The registration deadline is Wednesday, March 8th. The 21st annual Student Chess Tournament will be held on Tuesday, March 14th, beginning at 6:00 PM in the York High School Commons, 355 W. St. Charles Road, Elmhurst. Students will compete in the following six categories: 2nd grade, 3rd grade, 4th grade, 5th grade, 6-8th grade and high school.
ribbons 
receive; and the tournament champions receive a trophy.

The annual Student Chess Tournament is organized by parent volunteers, many of whom coach chess clubs at their children’s schools. Contestants will compete within the rules, playing five timed matches each. Volunteer judging is performed by independent chess experts who are brought in for this event. Last year, over 200 students participated in the tournament.

Snacks and drinks will be donated and provided. Pizza will be sold during the tournament.

Interested families may contact their child’s school chess club leader for the permission slips and rules. Questions may be directed to Chris Khayat at 630-290-1504 (cell) or khayats@yahoo.com.

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Posted by: Melea Smith, District Admin, Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205
Published: 2/16/17




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Know an outstanding youth volunteer? The City of Elmhurst’s Commission on Youth is currently seeking nominees for its annual Exemplary Youth Service Awards, the presentation of which will take place on Wednesday, April 26, 2017 at Sandburg Middle School. Nominations are being accepted for young volunteers who reside within Elmhurst District 205 boundaries or attend an Elmhurst school.

 

To receive a paper nomination form, call the City of Elmhurst at 630-530-3010 or visit www.elmhurst.org/1291/Exemplary-Youth-Service-Award to access the online form. Nominees must be students in grades K-12; service must be voluntary and unpaid. Nominations must be received by Friday March 10, 2017. Award winners will be personally congratulated by the Elmhurst Mayor Steve Morley, with a reception following the program. For more information, contact Youth Commission Chair Jackie Tamer at jackietamer@gmail.com.

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Posted by: Melea Smith, District Admin, Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205
Published: 2/14/17




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As we welcome your child to York High School in the fall, we want to take this opportunity to explain the health requirements for incoming freshman students.  Illinois State law requires that all incoming freshmen have an updated physical examination and proof of receiving all required immunizations on file. The physical examination must be on either the state-approved certificate of health form; the approved form provided by some physicians’ offices; or on the form found on the district website, www.elmhurst205.org. Please note that the IHSA Sports Physical form is not acceptable for entry into 9th grade.

In order for your child to be in compliance with the physical examination and immunization requirements, the following MUST be completed as directed:
● All required immunizations must be documented on the front or first page of the form. The immunization chart must be filled in with correct dates and signed and dated by a physician, RN, or Medical Assistant.
● The child’s Health History questions (yes/no questions at the top of the second page) must be completed, signed, and dated by the parent/guardian.
● The Physical Examination is to be completed, signed, and dated by the physician. Please make sure that 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.

Please note: Incomplete examination forms and incomplete immunization records will be returned to you for completion. Your child will not be compliant with Illinois State Law until the necessary documentation is on file. The completed physical form must be on file in the York Health Services Office by the 1st day of school. Students who do not have a completed 9th grade physical and immunization record on file by the first day of school, will be placed on a list for possible exclusion. District 205 will exclude students from school according to state law, at the minimum date set forth by the Illinois State Board of Education. Once the student is excluded, the student will not be allowed to attend school, or participate in or attend any school functions, including athletic or extracurricular activities, until the required physical examination and immunization documentation is received in the Health Services Office.

 

Please submit completed physicals to the York High School Health Services Office. They may be mailed, brought into the Health Services Office, or faxed only to (630)-782-6594. During summer break, health records can be turned in at the York Main Office. Do not turn the form in to summer school staff, counselors, hall monitors or coaches. Please keep a copy for your records.

 

Students who do not have access to a health care provider may contact the DuPage County All Kids Program at (630)-782-7400.

 

If you have any questions please call the Health Services Office at (630)-617-2438.


Pat Hatz, RN, MSN, IL/NCSN

Athanasia Nassopoulos, RN, BSN, PEL-SN
MaryAnn Patti, Secretary

 

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Posted by: Kelly Corry
Published: 2/13/17




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York Community High School has named a total of 1,976 students to the first semester honor roll for the 2016-17 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.

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Posted by: Katherine Schroeder, District Admin, Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205
Published: 2/10/17




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The next all-district Student Late Arrival Day is Wednesday, February 15. Certified staff and administrators will be using this time to collaboratively review student data, discuss professional growth topics, problem solve, share best practices and continue the work of building a Professional Learning Community.

 

The Student Late Arrival instructional schedule for 2016-17 will be as follows:

 

AM Early Childhood – 9:45 AM to 11:55 AM
PM Early Childhood – 12:55 PM to 3:00 PM
AM Kindergarten – 9:45 AM to 11:55 AM
PM Kindergarten – 12:55 PM to 3:00 PM
Grades 1-5 – 9:45 AM to 3:00 PM
Middle School – 10:00 AM to 3:25 PM
High School – 9:25 AM to 3:06 PM

 

The 2016-17 School Calendar (which provides a one-page overview of this information), may be found on the District 205 calendar page.

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Posted by: Katherine Schroeder, District Admin, Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205
Published: 2/10/17




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With a theme of The Future is Now, the 2017 D205 Foundation Gala will be held on Saturday, March 11, at The Hyatt Lodge on McDonald’s Campus in Oak Brook. Join a community of friends ready to support a learning revolution by raising funds that will help promote future ready learning and innovation in Elmhurst Public Schools. The event promises to be an elegant and entertaining evening featuring a plated dinner, beverages, raffles, awesome mini and live auctions, as well as an opportunity to hear about new trends in learning spaces and education. Cost is $175 per person and space is limited; visit www.elmhurst205.org/2017gala to learn more and purchase tickets.

Another way to participate, even if you can't attend the Gala, is to purchase a "Golden Raffle Ticket" for $100. Only 100 tickets are being sold and the winner will get to chose one of the following trips: 4-nights stay in Puntacana, Dominican Republic, Sam Adams Boston VIP Tour, or a 3-Nights Lake Tahoe Ski Getaway - airfare for two included.  To purchase a raffle ticket, please email Pam Hamil at pjhamil@gmail.com.

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Posted by: Melea Smith, District Admin, Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205
Published: 2/9/17




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The math team had a very exciting conference meet last night against Hinsdale Cental and South, Downers North and South, OPRF, and Lyons.

Seniors placed 1st with top ten finishers: Brian Strauch (Brian earned a meet high score 19 out of 20), Jack Chlystak, Collin Czech, Gabe Uribe, and Sehe Tinfang.  

Juniors took 2nd place with top ten honors to: Natalie Hradil, Anshul Shah, Dan Sussman, Siva Sreedhar, and Tim Baer.
Sophomores placed 3rd with top ten: Tristan Contant and Will Phillips.
Freshman placed 2nd with top ten awards to: Dylan Mahoney, Xander Hall, and Maggie Clink.
 
The juniors and seniors also won the most prized battle of the evening "The Candy Bar Competition".  
We are preparing for our regional competition at the end of the month with our goal to make it to State!
 
Good luck to our students and Coaches, Linda Lahti and Nancy Mordini.
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Posted by: Kelly Corry
Published: 2/9/17




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Come meet with Superintendent Dr. Dave Moyer in an informal setting. This year’s “Coffee With the Superintendent” opportunities are again being organized by the PTA Council and are open to any interested District 205 parent or community resident. There will be no agenda during the approximate one-hour conversation. The third coffee will be held on Monday February 13th at 1:30 PM hosted by Fischer Elementary School, 888 N. Wilson, Elmhurst.

The final Superintendent Coffee will be held on Wednesday, April 19 at 10:00 AM, hosted by Jefferson Elementary School.

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Posted by: Katherine Schroeder, District Admin, Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205
Published: 2/8/17




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Congratulations to the Girls Varsity Gymnastics for finishing 3rd at regionals.  Megan Cronin took 4th on vault and Sydney Hill took 4th on bars, both advance to sectionals.  Good luck girls!

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Posted by: Kelly Corry
Published: 2/3/17




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Congratulations to the Competitive Dance Team for finishing 6th place at State this past weekend!  
And -
Congratulations to the Competitive Cheer Team on placing 2nd place at Sectionals and qualifying for State this weekend!
 
Go Dukes!
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Posted by: Kelly Corry
Published: 1/30/17




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York High School Summer School dates and academic course offerings have now been set. Open registration began on Friday, February 3, and ends on June 7. Session I will run Monday through Thursday from June 12 – 29 (with June 30 being an emergency day); Session II will run from July 5 – July 21  (with July 21 an emergency day). See Summer School website for details. Academic Course registration begins here. Registration information is posted on the Summer School page of the York High School website.


Athletic camp offerings are now listed here. Athletic camp registration begins April 3.

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Posted by: Katherine Schroeder, District Admin, Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205
Published: 1/30/17




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Welcome Class of 2021! Please join us for the York High School 8th Grade Academic Night on Tuesday, January 31st, at 6:30 p.m. On this evening, we will distribute informational packets containing course offering books and registration materials.

 

Following the general meeting in the Campbell Gym, parents and students will have the opportunity to attend presentations provided by the various academic departments. These informational sessions are designed to help answer questions related to expectations in specific classes. All public and parochial 8th graders and their parents/guardians are strongly encouraged to attend these presentations.​​​​​​​

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Posted by: Kelly Corry
Published: 1/30/17




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York Drama Plays the Game of Thrones with a Twist -

We all know the story: when the aging monarch of a Magical Kingdom (England) decides to split his empire between his three daughters, Cinderella, Belle, and the Snow Queen (who in no way resembles a copyrighted character), terrible tragedy ensues. Terrible, bloody, hilarious tragedy. Combine the gut-wrenching plot twists of Game of Thrones, the soul-numbing despair of Shakespearean tragedy, and oodles upon oodles of animated princesses fighting to the death. This adaptation of King Lear will leave you dying with laughter as the body count mounts. When you play the Game of Tiaras, you win or you die.

 

Game of Tiaras, plays at York High School’s Merle Baker Auditorium February 2nd – 4th at 7:30 and February 5th at 2:00. All tickets are $10.00. York students free with School ID.

Tickets available now at www.ticketpeak.com/yorkdrama or the theatre box office one hour before the show. Not recommended for very small children.

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Posted by: Kelly Corry
Published: 1/27/17




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The following message was sent to Parents and Community Members from York High School Principal Erin DeLuga:
I wanted to reach out to assure you that the instructional school day has proceeded as planned, both yesterday and today. Our students continue to be safe and secure in a thriving and uninterrupted learning environment.
 

The City of Elmhurst released a press statement this morning that is available on the District homepage, as well as at this link. A joint statement from the Elmhurst Police and District 205 Administration will be forthcoming later this afternoon.
 

Please know that your students' safety continues to be our highest priority.
 

Sincerely,
 

Erin DeLuga, Principal
York Community High School


Estimados Padres y Miembros de la Comunidad,
 

Quiero asegurarles que, ayer y hoy, el día escolar de instrucción se desarrolló como estaba planeado. Nuestros estudiantes siguen estando seguros en un ambiente de aprendizaje sin ninguna interrupción.
 

La Ciudad de Elmhurst publicó una comunicación de prensa esta mañana que está disponible en la página del Distrito, así como en este enlace. Una declaración conjunta de la Policía de Elmhurst y la Administración del Distrito 205 estará disponible hoy más tarde.

Por favor, sepa que la seguridad de sus estudiantes sigue siendo nuestra máxima prioridad.
 

Sinceramente,
 

Erin DeLuga, Directora
York High School

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Posted by: Katherine Schroeder, District Admin, Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205
Published: 1/25/17




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In response to continued student and parent concerns related to on-going safety at York High School, based on the previously reported off-campus events of Monday evening, please know that York and District 205 administrators have been working proactively, aggressively and in full cooperation with the Elmhurst Police Department to address those concerns.

 

We understand that the kid and adult rumor mills are running rampant. Both police and school officials are following up on D205 Quick Tips that have been shared and are taking them seriously. At the same time, measures have been put in place to ensure student and staff safety. We are confident that the bases are covered; otherwise, we would not be holding school today, Wednesday, January 25.

 

There was a tremendous presence of staff and police at York and beyond yesterday. That presence will continue today. We understand that every family must make the right decision for their student’s comfort. We greatly appreciate the partnership between home, school and community to provide the best support possible for our kids.

 

Dr. David Moyer
Superintendent of Schools

 

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Posted by: Katherine Schroeder, District Admin, Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205
Published: 1/25/17




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On the evening of January 23, the District received anonymous tips through the District's Quick Tip 205 system regarding a potential threat by a student. Following an incident off campus, the student was taken into police custody last night. The York administration worked closely with the Elmhurst Police Department throughout the evening and found no credible threat to the school or our students. The administration and the police continue to monitor the situation.

An email message was sent to all York parents from Principal Erin DeLuga this morning, alerting them of the situation, and an announcement was made to the students, letting them know that everything was under control and that they were safe.

I want to assure our District 205 parents that at no time today was the safety of any student at risk. In fact, the administration and police are taking extra precautions to reassure students across the District by providing increased visibility around the schools. This is now a police matter which will be handled by legal authorities.

Dr. David Moyer
Superintendent of Schools

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Posted by: Katherine Schroeder, District Admin, Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205
Published: 1/24/17




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Posted by: MaryAnn Patti
Published: 1/24/17




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On Thursday, February 9, 2017, 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 principal cellist and concerto competition winner Kevin Shehan will perform Cello Concerto No. 1 in A Minor by Camille Saint-Saëns. The majority of the concert repertoire will be from the Baroque period, and thanks to a generous grant from the Elmhurst District 205 Foundation, we are proud to welcome two internationally acclaimed baroque performance experts as guests on the program.

Stephen Alltop, keyboard faculty member at Northwestern University and music director of the Elmhurst Symphony, will be featured harpsichord soloist on Johann Sebastian Bach's virtuosic  Brandenburg Concerto No. 5.

Allison Edberg Nyquist, violinist with baroque ensembles in Chicago, Indianapolis and Nashville, will perform Antonio Vivaldi’s “Winter” Concerto in F Minor.

These York students will be featured on baroque concertos by Bach, Vivaldi and Georg Philipp Telemann:

 

Joelle Chiu, violin

Amy Choi, flute

Lauren Hund, flute

Ella Lee, violin

Gabriela Mastro, cello

Elizabeth Mazzocco, violin

Grace Mazzocco, viola

Kevin Shehan, cello

Tessa Vermeulen, flute

Leah Widmaier, viola

 

Andrew French and Lily Martinez will also play harpsichord on this concert, and the orchestras will perform additional works by Tomaso Albinoni and Girolamo Frescobaldi.

 

The concert is free and open to the public, in the Baker Auditorium at York High School.  York Orchestra students are also collecting non-perishable food items for the Elmhurst Food Pantry, and we encourage families attending the concert to bring food to donate in the lobby at the February 9 concert.

 

Read more about Allison Edberg Nyquist here: https://sites.google.com/site/allisonedbergnyquist/

 

Read more about Stephen Alltop here:

http://www.stephenalltop.com/Biography.htm

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Posted by: Kelly Corry
Published: 1/23/17




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Our District 205 school community recently took part in an online learning/sharing process called Thoughtexchange. This was part of a larger, on-going conversation within the District called Focus 205. Through this community engagement program, we have been exploring options that will support educational priorities in Elmhurst for many years to come. 

Over 1,560 people contributed to the conversation, sharing more than 2,400 thoughts. The District has reviewed these thoughts and priorities and now wants to share the results with you.

Visit http://elmhurst205.thoughtexchange.com to learn about the top priorities in y our school and the top priorities for District 205. For more information regarding Focus 205, please visit http://www.focus205.org.

 

Your continued input will be used to identify community priorities, inform the Board of Education and guide the planning for the future of Elmhurst District 205.

Please plan to join us for the next Focus 205 meeting on Wednesday, February 1, from 7 to 9 PM in the York High School Commons. Again, thank you for contributing to the success of our schools and District 205. Your participation in the process is invaluable!

Kara Caforio and John Morrissey
Focus 205 Community Engagement Co-Chairs 

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Posted by: Katherine Schroeder, District Admin, Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205
Published: 1/23/17




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It is our pleasure to introduce the award winners for the 2017 Elmhurst College High School Art Exhibition.  We compete against 14 of our division high schools in the area.  
This year our award winners are:
 

Excellence

Elizabeth Dopp, Ceramics
Ian Smart, Jewelry
Maria Rantis, Acrylic Painting
 
Distinction
Bella Costanzo, Ceramics
Evan Pruyn, Digital Photograpahy
Nimisha Antony, Drawing
Avisa Ravanmehr, Acrylic Painting
 
Judges Choice
Jessica Kraft, Scratchboard
Brook Johnson, Colored Pencil
 
Honors
Azucena Bonilla, Photography
Luke Brigman, Photography
SRJD , (Luke Sacksteder, Chris Janickas, Ryan DeBeau,  Jake Rambo w/ Music by David Butterfield), Animation
Victoria Zagrodny, Digital Photography
 
Scholarship Award
Eric Roschlein, Colored Pencil
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Posted by: Kelly Corry
Published: 1/19/17




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The 2017 Summer Recreation Open House will be held on Tuesday, February 7th from 6 to 8 PM at York High School. Sponsored by the District 205 PTA Council, this 15th annual free event grows bigger and better every year. It’s a great opportunity to see what kinds of fun activities are available for your kids this summer!

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Posted by: Kelly Corry
Published: 1/18/17




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Plan to attend Focus 205 Community Engagement Session #6, Vision for the Future, scheduled for Wednesday, February 1, from 7 to 9 PM in the York High School Commons. Results of the fall Thoughtexchange survey will be shared, along with facility scenarios to address District 205's needs for the next 50 years, including a discussion of Lincoln and Field elementary schools, all-day kindergarten and increased STEM opportunities for our students. RSVPs appreciated, but not required. Childcare available for ages 3-12.

Through the Focus 205 series of meetings, community members have the opportunity to help shape the direction of the District by providing input regarding key issues that need to be addressed. Only with diverse and informed voices can an effective master plan for our District be created, implemented and executed. For full details please, visit www.focus205.org.

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Posted by: Katherine Schroeder, District Admin, Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205
Published: 1/17/17




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It is a regular bell schedule date.  

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Posted by: Suzanne Hughes
Published: 1/13/17




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Friday, January 13th

Freshmen: 2nd Period

Sophomores: 3rd Period

Juniors: 8th Period

 

Counselor(s)/Location

Dollaske/A294

Tucker/A250

Oliveros/CCRC

Gardner, Julian, Walz, Weber/Auditorium

Feldkamp, Goldman, Saylor, Walsh/Cafeteria

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Posted by: Suzanne Hughes
Published: 1/11/17




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The District 205 Foundation’s 2016-2017 Thiems Grant application is now available and may be accessed at this link. Since 1990, 596 educational grants totaling over $1.4 million have been awarded through the Thiems Grant Program. Teachers, students, administrators, parents or community members in District 205 are eligible to apply. Requested programs, projects, or instructional resources should enhance the educational experience of students, be clearly in support of and help to deliver relevant curriculum, and ideally demonstrate creativity and innovation.

Applications that contain technology or media components must include a technology review form. Please note the procedure and additional deadlines that are outlined in the application guidelines. All applications are due February 8, 2017 and recipients will be announced in the spring.

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Posted by: Katherine Schroeder, District Admin, Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205
Published: 1/9/17




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Come meet with Superintendent Dr. Dave Moyer in an informal setting. This year’s “Coffee With the Superintendent” opportunities are again being organized by the PTA Council and are open to any interested District 205 parent or community resident. There will be no agenda during the approximate one-hour conversation. The second coffee will be held on Wednesday, January 25 at 10:00 AM hosted by Jackson Elementary School, 925 S. Swain Avenue, Elmhurst.

Superintendent Coffees will also be held on Monday, February 13 at 1:30 PM, hosted by Fischer Elementary School, and Wednesday, April 19 at 10:00 AM, hosted by Jefferson Elementary School.

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Posted by: Katherine Schroeder, District Admin, Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205
Published: 1/9/17




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Thirty-three York Community High School students and recent graduates have earned National Advanced Placement (AP) Scholar status in recognition of their exceptional achievement on last May’s AP Exams. An additional 163 were honored as an AP Scholar with Distinction, while another 52 were honored as an AP Scholar with Honors. In addition, 112 were named AP Scholars. A total of 327 Scholars earned an average score of 4.09 (out of a possible 5.0) on a total of 1,928 exams.

Those qualifying for the National AP Scholar award earned an average score of 4 or higher on all AP Exams taken and scores of 4 or higher on 8 or more of these exams.

York students honored as National AP Scholars include: Grace Achepohl, Jack Anderson, Lauren Anderson, Alexander Berger, Francesa Carfagnini, Eric Comings, Daphne David, Kathryn Dierksheide, Ioan Draganov, Mark Edakara, Lucas Gough, Elizabeth Hagstrom, Anna Hubert, Manuel Kappen, Leonard Liebeno, Anna Lubertozzi, Magdalene McDonough, Brennan McGovern, Claire Meyer, Mathew Miller, Clair Niewiara, Sarah O’Donnell, Brandon Parr, Peter Salek, Amalia Siavelis, Matthew Southworth, Brandon Stevens, Amanda Strezo, Laura Swain, Halle Truett, Kristen Viola, Flanagan Waldherr and Michelle Wiese. All were members of the graduating Class of 2016, with the exception of McDonough, Slavells and Waldherr, who are York seniors this school year. The average score of this group was 4.56 on 333 exams.

Those qualifying for the AP Scholar with Distinction award earned an average score of at least 3.5 on all AP Exams taken and scores of 3 or higher on 5 or more of these exams. The average score of this group of 163 York students was 4.25 on a total of 1,180 exams.

AP Scholar with Honors recognition is granted to students who receive an average score of at least 3.25 on all AP Exams taken and scores of 3 or higher on 4 or more of these exams. The average score of the 52 York students so honored was 3.70 on a total of 260 exams.

AP Scholar status is granted to students who receive scores of 3 or higher on 3 or more AP Exams. The average score of the 112 York students so recognized was 3.51 on 412 exams.

"It is always an honor to celebrate the accomplishments of our students,” said Superintendent Dr. David Moyer. “We have students who excel in a wide variety of ways, and we value them all. Receiving AP Scholar recognition is one especially challenging academic feat, and we are very proud of those who have earned this status.”

Founded in 1900, the College Board is a mission-driven not-for-profit organization that connects students to college success and opportunity. Its Advanced Placement Program (AP) provides willing and academically prepared students with the opportunity to take rigorous college-level courses while still in high school, and to earn college credit, advanced placement, or both for successful performance on AP Exams.
 

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Posted by: Melea Smith, District Admin, Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205
Published: 12/20/16




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Elmhurst District 205 has again been named to the College Board’s 7th annual AP District Honor Roll. The Honor Roll recognizes 433 school districts in the U.S. and Canada that have increased access to AP coursework while maintaining or increasing the percentage of students earning scores of 3 or higher on AP Exams. Only 21 school districts in Illinois were so honored.

“The administration and staff are so very proud of our students earning such honorable status. Our students, across the board, work so hard to secure academic and personal success. These honored students have successfully accomplished extremely rigorous, arduous, and collegiate level work bringing incredible recognition to themselves, their families, our school, our district, and the entire community. We celebrate their incredible accomplishment!” said York Community High School’s Principal, Erin DeLuga.

This is the fourth time that District 205 has been named to this prestigious list (2011, 2012, 2013 and 2016). Inclusion on the 2017 list is based on the following four criteria:

  1. A thorough examination of three years of AP data, from 2014 to 2016
  2. Increase in participation in/access to AP by at least 6% in medium districts and 11% in small districts
  3. A steady or increasing percentage of exams taken by African American, Hispanic/Latino and American Indian/Alaska Native students
  4. Performance levels maintained or improved when comparing the percentage of students in 2016 scoring a 3 or higher to those in 2014, or the school has already attained a performance level in which more than 70% of the AP students are scoring a 3 or higher.

The number of York students taking AP exams increased from 727 in 2014 to 832 in 2016.

"We are excited for this incredible honor that speaks to all of the hard work that our students and teachers put in day in and day out. Not only are our kids achieving at high levels, more and more students are accessing York's AP classes and excelling in them. We can't thank our community enough for consistently supporting our students and programs as we continue to help prepare students for their futures,” said Ryan Doherty, York Assistant Principal for Curriculum and Instruction.

Nationally recognized as the highest standard of academic excellence, the Advanced Placement Program provides students with the opportunity to pursue college-level studies and earn college credit while still in high school. AP is accepted by more than 3,800 colleges and universities worldwide for college credit, advanced standing or both, on a basis of successful AP Exam scores. But most importantly, taking AP courses demonstrates to college admission officers that students have attempted the most rigorous curriculum possible – an indication that they can manage a heavy workload in college.
 

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Posted by: Melea Smith, District Admin, Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205
Published: 12/20/16




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On Friday, December 16, a blown coil at Churchville Middle School caused some flooding. Sixth graders were out of the building on a field trip to Chicago at the time, so there was opportunity to move other students and keep the educational day going. Those same sixth grade students were caught in traffic coming back from the city. The delayed buses then caused a back-up for elementary student pick-up.

 

In addition, a train was stopped on the St. Charles Road tracks for about half an hour, just as York High School was dismissing. This also caused buses to be delayed in picking up middle and elementary students and delivering them home. We apologize for the inconvenience and thank parents for their patience. Looks like it's going to be a long winter!

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Posted by: Melea Smith, District Admin, Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205
Published: 12/16/16




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  • Buses will run on regular schedules all three mornings. On Monday and Tuesday afternoon, buses will depart at 1:40 with late buses departing at 3:30 and 4:30. On Wednesday, buses will depart at 11:00 with late buses departing at 1:45 and 4:30.

 

Monday, Dec. 19th

Tuesday, Dec. 20th

Wednesday, Dec. 21st

7:40 - 9:10 

(90 Mins)

Period 8

Period 3

Period 1

9:20 - 10:50

(90 Mins)

Period 7

Period 2

Period 4

11:00 - 11:50

(50 Mins)

LUNCH

LUNCH

Make Up

12:00 - 1:30

(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 Monday and Tuesday. There will not be lunch service on Wednesday, December 21st.
  • 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 Monday and Tuesday and from 7:40 to 11:00 on Wednesday.
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Posted by: Kelly Corry
Published: 12/16/16




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Elmhurst District 205 is pleased to announce that 159 York Community High School students from the graduating class of 2017 have been recognized as Illinois State Scholars. This prestigious recognition, given annually by the Illinois Student Assistance Commission (ISAC), honors the academic achievements of approximately 19,300 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 765 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 2017 are:

Irin Abraham, Carla Abreu, Jake Adams, Daniel Aguilar,
Samiyya Ahmed, Jacob Allen, Nimisha Antony, Winona Asher, Eileen Baird, Amanda Bardhoshi, Mark Bashqawi, Tarryn Becker, Gillian Berg, Michael Bergheger, Jacqueline Biggins, Madelyn Birch, Sydney Bonthron, Hannah Borrows, Theodore Boskov, Alaina Bottens, Amy Bowles, Samuel Brennan, Elizabeth Brown, Spencer Bunch-Hotaling, Camille Butler, Vincent Cahill, John Carey, Ryan Casey, Joelle Chiu, John Chlystek, Amy Choi, Savanna Clements, Olivia Condon, Peter Connor, David Cooke, Burke Corcoran, Alexander Crum, Jessica Cwik, Collin Czech, Hanna Czeladko, Jake Czernik, John Davis, Madeline Davis, Nicolina Despinich, Julia Doherty, Sara Fejes, John
Fetscher, Samantha Flesch, Grace Foster, Robeson Gall, Alyssa Garelli, Dominic Gatti, Kasey Gelsomino, Sabin Gianelloni, Louis Gianneschi, John Golen, Claire Gornick, Jack Gornick, Benjamin Greenfield, Leah Gregory, Abigail Gundrum, Rebecca Hammond, Andrew Harman, Meggie Rose Hart, Thomas Hartley, Adam Hassler, Evan Haug, Alexandra Hennessy, Timothy Herrmann, Lauren Heslop, Liam Hill, Glory Jacquat, Madeleine Jaras, Michael Johnson, Samuel Jordan-Wood, Jason Juarez, Kyle Kaminski, Christian Karwowski, Andrew Kelley, Atheer Kokaly, Natalie Kosanovich, Madelyn Lacek, Andrew Ladd, Emily Landreth, Tatum Langley, Kara Larsen, Ella Lee, Raymond Lesus, Sarah Lewand, Kevin Lipkin, Emily Locke, Frank Luse, Thomas Manning, Erik Martenson, Ashley Mastronuzzi, John Mathews, David May, Elizabeth Mazzocco, Grace Mazzocco, Sean McAdam, Finn McCarthy, Magdalene McDonough, Mark McGovern, Megan McGReal, Meaghan McIntyre, Taylor Millette, Christine Millins, Bridget Mitchell, Mark Molayal, Maria Muehleis, Noah Neidigh, Kamil Nocon, Megan Nolley, Janae Nutter, Emmett O'Brien, Amelia O'Halloran, Evan Obal, Brandon Opfer, Ailie Orzak, Ashil Patel, Kristie Paus, Edward Pedote, Michael Pennel, Grace Que, Kevin Rachwalski, Mackenzie Ray, Eric Roeschlein, Michael Rouzer, Jaclyn Saco, Kira Sampson, Mateo Sanchez, Colin Sandstrom, Amanda Shafer, Taral Shah, Matthew Shiley, Amalia Siavelis, William Sikich, Meghan Sly, Nicholas Soldano, Brian Strauch, Erin Strauss, Barrett Sullivan, Ella Summer, Lauren Sussman, Alexander Swintek, William Tait, Morgan Taylor, Sehe Tinfang, Kylie Travers, Gabriela Uribe, Gavin Vandenberg, Gabriel Vanryn, Juan Vega, Thomas Vogt, Flanagan Waldherr, Austin Waterwall, John Wheeler, Whitney Wood and Brianna Zientara.

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.
 

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Posted by: Melea Smith, District Admin, Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205
Published: 12/14/16




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Study for Finals will be held at the Elmhurst Public Library from Saturday, December 17, through Tuesday, December 20. Click here for details: http://elmlib.org/teenprograms
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Posted by: Kelly Corry
Published: 12/13/16




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Please join the York Special Olympics Basketball Team this Friday, December 16, at 4:30 PM in the Campbell Gym for a Pack The Place game against Downers Grove North. Every attendee will receive a raffle ticket and have the opportunity to win York Special Olympic spirit wear. Wear your green while you cheer on the Dukes as they look to win their second straight game. Let's fill in the seats and cheer on York Special Olympics Basketball!

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Posted by: Kelly Corry
Published: 12/12/16




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With snow in the forecast, now is the time to remind yourself of the various ways District 205 announces school closings and late start openings resulting from inclement weather. (And it’s also the time to think about childcare plans.) A late start or school closing announcement is made by 5:45 AM via the following channels:
 

• Information is first posted on the District's website at www.elmhurst205.org

• Talk205 phone calls, e-mail and SMS messages are sent out.

• A message is recorded on the District 205 Center’s telephone line at (630) 617-2502 for English and (630) 617-2506 for Spanish.

• Notification is sent to the Emergency Closing Center, which broadcasts such information on WGN-AM (720), WBBM-AM (780), and CBS-TV (2), NBC-TV (5), ABC-TV (7), WGN-TV (9), FOX-TV, and CLTV cable. Visit the .web site at http://www.emergencyclosingcenter.com

On a late start schedule day, buses will arrive at the usual pick-up points two hours later than their regularly-scheduled time. The late start schedule provides the flexibility to begin school two hours later than normal, allowing time for roads to be cleared and temperatures to rise. This alternative eliminates a situation where severe weather in the early morning leads to a decision to close schools for an entire day when it is not warranted.
regularly-scheduled time. Students who walk or drive to school should not arrive prior to two hours before their regular drop-off times. In the event a late start schedule is activated, class periods will be shortened, but dismissal times will not change.

Be sure to check out the Emergency Closings page of the District 205 website for more details.

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Posted by: Melea Smith, District Admin, Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205
Published: 12/9/16




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It’s hard to believe that it is just 18 short months ago that we learned that York would be going 1:1 with Chromebooks, and throughout this process, we have had many successes, allowing students to access their classes on Google classroom, to conduct research, to create media projects, and to collaborate work with their peers. This list can go on and on; however, with our successes, we have also experienced some growing pains. While we have been able to address many of these concerns, our team--the administration, TSI program, and tech staff--has concluded that we need to end the daily loaner program on December 16th.

 

Please note...this change is only for daily loaners. If students have a problem with their Chromebooks, nothing will change: students will continue to go to TSI before school or during 4th, 5th, or 6th periods and will exchange their Chromebook for another Chromebook while it’s being repaired. Once their computer is repaired, they will be notified to come to TSI to pick up their newly repaired device. This program is an important service for our students and families who have invested in our efforts to use technology to enhance and enrich their education at York, and our TSI classes are excited to continue to provide support when students have issues with their chromebooks.

 

Over the next few weeks, we will be reminding students through our YTV daily announcements how important it is to bring a fully charged Chromebook to class each and every day. Thank you in advance for assistance and support, so we can continue to support our students as they use technology to enrich their learning in their classes.

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Posted by: Kelly Corry
Published: 12/7/16




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The next all-district Student Late Arrival Day is Wednesday, December 14. Certified staff and administrators will be using this time to collaboratively review student data, discuss professional growth topics, problem solve, share best practices and continue the work of building a Professional Learning Community.

 

The Student Late Arrival instructional schedule for 2016-17 will be as follows:

 

AM Early Childhood – 9:45 AM to 11:55 AM
PM Early Childhood – 12:55 PM to 3:00 PM
AM Kindergarten – 9:45 AM to 11:55 AM
PM Kindergarten – 12:55 PM to 3:00 PM
Grades 1-5 – 9:45 AM to 3:00 PM
Middle School – 10:00 AM to 3:25 PM
High School – 9:25 AM to 3:06 PM

 

The 2016-17 School Calendar (which provides a one-page overview of this information), may be found on the District 205 calendar page.

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Posted by: Katherine Schroeder, District Admin, Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205
Published: 12/7/16




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Seniors planning to attend College of DuPage after graduation, are encouraged to attend: 

Monday, December 12th at 7pm in York’s Auditorium

 

Information covered:

  • Student Life
  • Academic Opportunities
  • Steps to Apply
  • Steps to Register & Enroll
  • Scholarships & Financial Aid
  • And MORE!

Students and parents welcome!

 

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Posted by: Kelly Corry
Published: 12/6/16




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Looking for a fun way to wish your friends and teachers a Happy Holiday?  YSET (York Student Enrichment Team) is sponsoring a Candy Cane Gram sale. Candy Canes will be on sale during all lunch periods on Friday, December 9th; Monday, December 12th; and Tuesday, December 13th in the Commons.  Purchase a Candy Cane Gram for $1 or 6 for $5, select a festive message, and your personalized Candy Cane Gram will be delivered to your friends and teachers on Thursday, December 15th during 1st period.

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Posted by: Kelly Corry
Published: 12/6/16




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The Elmhurst Commission on Youth, along with the District 205 PTA Council and D205 Foundation, welcomed former NBA player Chris Herren to a community event on Tuesday, November 29 in the York High School Campbell Gym. On November 30, he presented to students and staff during an all-school assembly. Mr. Herren shared his story of overcoming drug addiction and finding the strength to define himself as a sober man. He has spoken to students and parents across the nation about healthy, real-life strategies for handling the pressures faced by today’s teenagers.
 

During the evening presentation, which was attended by nearly 900 people, Mr. Herren made the following points:
 

  • For an addict, it’s not about your worst day; it’s about your first day – he emphasized over and over that the path to addiction begins with small compromises that can ultimately grow into full-blown addiction.
     
  • The first page of any addict’s story begins with using alcohol and/or weed. Mr. Herren abused alcohol, cocaine, prescription drugs and heroin. He drank vodka to help him “forget” that he was disappointing his family, his fans and himself. His opioid (oxycodone) use became so expensive that he turned to heroin, which was cheaper and easier to obtain.
     
  • But he paid an even higher price, considering that his addiction eventually led him to lose a lucrative and valued career playing professional basketball with the Denver Nuggets, the Boston Celtics and an Italian team that recruited him to play in Europe. In high school and college, he was one of the most up-and-coming young hoop stars many had ever seen. He was little Fall River, Massachusetts’ hometown hero who fell from grace and eventually became completely disgraced.
     
  • He almost lost his family on multiple occasions, saying “My wife and I knew each other since we were 12 years old. I broke her heart a million times.” More than once, he thought about ending his life. An addictions counselor advised him to leave his family and never go back, to urge his wife to tell their children that he had died in a car accident.
     
  • That would have been easy to believe. Four times he overdosed. He was brought back to life several times with the administration of Narcan, which is known as the opiate antidote. Once, he could feel himself suffering the effects of an overdose and drove his car out of his hometown, not wanting to be found there, only to crash into a fence outside a cemetery with the needle still hanging out of his arm.

    “The EMTs pronounced me dead. I was dead for 30 seconds. A police officer grabbed me by the throat, threw me down on the gurney and brought me back. That police officer, who I went to high school with, saved my life because the EMTs had pronounced me dead and were willing to walk away."
     
  • He said he is most proud of being a good father, the same father, to his kids every day for more than eight years, since his sobriety date of August 1, 2008. He challenged parents in the audience to “let your kids get to know you. They are dying to know you.”
     
  • He called out parents who say, “It’s only a little alcohol or weed” and turn a blind eye. He said parents “hover” over their kids academically, athletically, musically, but drop the ball when it comes to managing their kids’ social connections. “They don’t really need you at their basketball/soccer/football game. But they do need you to be there for them on Friday night when they are being pressured to drink from a red Solo cup in somebody’s basement.”
     
  • He noted that many parents are quick to blame others for their children’s bad choices. “You need to ask them why – why are they drinking and taking drugs? Why are they not comfortable being themselves? Get at the root of the problem.”
     
  • “And to the kids who are choosing not to drink and smoke…we don’t give them enough credit. They are often ostracized and made fun of by their peers, yet they are the ones courageous enough to be themselves.”
     
  • He told a story about being talked into trying cocaine by his roommate the roommates’ girlfriend on his first day at Boston College. After his a young girl in the audience asked him what he would do if he had the chance to do that day over again, to which he answered, “I wouldn’t drink my father’s beer at 14 years old. You see, I was already on that path.” speechFirst day, not the worst day.
     
  • His father was/is an alcoholic and his parents fought a lot. “I used to hide in my bed and pray for it to stop.” Eventually, his mother divorced his father. She died at an early age, but not before she witnessed his athletic success and his downfall due to addiction. With no insurance, no income and no hope, it was a high school friend of his mother’s, a nurse, who saved his life by calling various treatment programs and getting him into rehab at the age of 32. “Your mother is speaking to me; she is asking me to do for you what she cannot,” said the friend. He had also gone to rehab at the age of 21 but continued to battle addiction for the next 11 years, during which time he also became the father of three children.
     
  • A man asked him if he received more breaks and was given more chances, due to his high-profile status. “More chances and more torture, because it just prolonged the process of my hitting bottom,” Herren said.
     
  • He stays clean by attending 12 step meetings daily, by surrounding himself with healthy people who care about him and “would call me out if I strayed” and through his faith. A former altar boy who fought his mother about being one, it was the prayers he learned as a child that came flooding back to him when he rock-bottom in June of 2008. That day, he fell on his knees and prayed those prayers. Chris Herren has been praying ever since.


Through the Herren Project (THP), Chris gives hope to others. The Herren Project website says: Taking the first step in the road to recovery can be difficult. The Herren Project can assist you with navigating quality treatment programs, facilities and transitional care solutions.

The mission of THP is to provide assistance in taking the first steps toward recovery and a life of sobriety, educational programs and resources to increase awareness on the signs of addiction and bring hope for a better tomorrow. THP goals are to:
 

  • Positively impact the lives of those suffering with addiction by providing effective treatment navigation.
  • Educate youth and at-risk populations on the importance of a healthy lifestyle and provide techniques to handle pressure within their lives, their community or their family situation.
  • Provide scholarships to programs, clinics and camps to increase self-confidence, motivation and develop a firm foundation on which to build success.

 

Note: All quotes are paraphrases, with the exception of “It’s about the first day, not the worst day.”

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Posted by: Melea Smith, District Admin, Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205
Published: 12/5/16




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Please be sure to check the lost and found in Student Services for any items that you have lost during the school year.  Make sure to check with Mrs. Baker for any keys, glasses, jewelry and/or electronics items.  Anything that is still unclaimed on the last day before winter break will be donated.

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Posted by: Kelly Corry
Published: 12/2/16




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Looking for York Duke Apparel for holiday gifts?  Here is your chance for easy shopping!  Once a year, the York Athletic Boosters brings the entire inventory of York Apparel from the bookstore to the vestibule of Door 1 at York High School for easy shopping for you.  No ID needed to get to the sale on this day only.  It doesn’t get any easier than this to browse through our complete inventory of York apparel.  This will be everything the bookstore offers – traditional hoodies, sweats, T-shirts, spirit jerseys, cozy flannel pants, hats, gloves, socks, house flags and more. Great gifts for any age –current students or future Dukes. Thursday, December 15th from 11:00-2:30pm and 7-8:30pm at Door #1, York Academic Bldg (west bldg)– Just come to York and you will see our signs!

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Posted by: Katherine Schroeder, District Admin, Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205
Published: 12/2/16




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The home opener for York's Special Olympics basketball team is December 2. The game begins at 4:30 PM in the Campbell Gym when the Dukes will take on Riverside-Brookfield. Their next home game is Thursday, December 8, at 4:30 PM against Lyons Township. That match-up will also take place in the Campbell Gym at York Community High School, 355 W. St. Charles Road, Elmhurst.

The team is coached by Steve Westendorf and Tim Wealton. Click on the link below to view this season's schedule.

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Posted by: Melea Smith, District Admin, Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205
Published: 12/2/16




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Focus 205’s Community Engagement Session #6, which was originally scheduled for Monday, December 5, will be rescheduled to Wednesday, February 1, 2017. The Focus 205 Facilitating Team recently made the decision to reschedule because, not only is it a busy holiday season, District 205 has yet to receive the results of our recent Thoughtexchange survey, which will be an important factor in shaping the next meeting’s presentation. Please visit www.focus205.org for complete information regarding the Focus 205 process.

Many thanks to the 1,321 participants who assigned over 118,123 stars in the Thoughtexchange survey's second Star step. There were 615 participants who shared 2,417 thoughts in the first Share step. In total, nearly 1,600 participants shared thoughts, assigned stars or did both – a fantastic result!

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Posted by: Melea Smith, District Admin, Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205
Published: 11/29/16




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In conjunction with Chris Herren's visit, the Elmhurst Police Department will be holding a special Drug Take-Back Day on Saturday, December 3 from 9 AM to 1 PM outside of the Elmhurst Police Station, 125 E. First Street. One thing parents can do to safeguard their children is to clean out their medicine cabinet and get rid of pain pills left over from previous surgeries or injuries. The opioid oxycodone is found in a number of prescription drugs and can be highly addictive. Abuse of this drug produces a euphoric high similar to that of heroin.

 

In October, the Centers for Disease and Control Prevention announced that at least half of all opioid overdose deaths involve prescription painkillers.

Disposal of unused or expired prescription medication is best accomplished by drop-off at an authorized facility, which keeps these drugs out of the City water system and household garbage - as well as out of the hands of kids.

The Elmhurst Police Department has a prescription drug drop-off box in its main lobby, which is accessible 24/7. The box is strictly self-service: no information or identification is required. This simple step prevents accidental poisoning or overdose of family members. For more information, call 
630-530-3050 or visit www.elmhurst.org.

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Posted by: Melea Smith, District Admin, Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205
Published: 11/28/16




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The Elmhurst Commission on Youth, along with the District 205 PTA Council and D205 Foundation, welcome former NBA player Chris Herren to a community event on Tuesday, November 29, beginning at 7 PM in the York High School Campbell (Green & White) Gym. Mr. Herren will share his story of overcoming drug addiction and finding the strength to define himself as a sober man. He has spoken to students and parents across the nation about healthy, real-life strategies for handling the pressures faced by today’s teenagers. To conclude the event, Mr. Herren will field questions from the audience. Following the presentation, Mr. Herren will greet anyone interested in speaking with him. The event will not be videotaped.

District 205 middle schools have committed to making this a "homework free" night, so that students and their parents can attend this special presentation.

Organizations providing informational tables that evening are Rosecrance, Linden Oaks - Elmhurst and Alexian Brothers Behavioral Health Hospital. Additional sponsors of the event include Kickoff for Kids, Straight Ahead Network, L. W. Reedy Real Estate and the York, Bryan, Churchville and Sandburg PTAs.

Chris Herren will also present to all York High School students in a first period assembly the following morning, November 30, where he will again emphasize the importance of being yourself and not using unhealthy coping mechanisms.

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Posted by: Melea Smith, District Admin, Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205
Published: 11/28/16




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"It was the best of times; it was the worst of times..." - so wrote Charles Dickens in 1859 in A Tale of Two Cities. This might well describe the overall sentiment in America today, divided as we are over the results of the November 8 election.

There is general agreement, however, that none of us has seen a presidential contest quite like 2016 and that is certainly true for our students. Lacking the maturity which longevity provides, they are, perhaps, more easily influenced by political winds. Nationally, reports indicate that it is our young people, high school and college aged, who feel the most angst over the future and are responding according to those feelings.

In Elmhurst District 205, we are working to address those concerns, while supporting the well-being of all students. At York High School, a kindness campaign (see #kindnessmatters on Twitter) was launched just days after the election, urging students to, above all, be kind and commit random acts of kindness. Many individuals and student groups have been working on creative ways to “pay it forward.” This Friday, students and staff wore purple, the color that comes from mixing red and blue (think Republicans and Democrats), as a symbol of coming together and putting political differences aside.

Our schools have strong and award-winning PBIS (Positive Behavior Intervention Support) programs, which well-serve students in both good times and less than optimal situations. All of our schools are consistently committed to valuing diversity, acceptance and respect.

Please know that we are aware there are parent and student concerns and are working to address any and all. If know of a specific situation that needs attention, please contact your child's principal.

On a happy note, there is a grassroots effort called LOVE LIVES HERE, which will sponsor a community candlelight peace vigil, tentatively set for Tuesday, December 6 at 7 PM in Wilder Park. Organizers are Susan Warren, Lisa O'Halloran and other concerned parents and citizens. Stay tuned for complete details. This is truly a time for us to come together, celebrate our differences, and recognize that we are all members of one community, one country and one world.

 

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Posted by: Melea Smith, District Admin, Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205
Published: 11/21/16




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York High School’s ECO Club and the Emerson Earth Ambassadors are collecting broken or old Italian mini lights, traditional rope lights, LED lights from any holiday are accepted, 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 or at Emerson School. The program runs now through the end of January. All proceeds will benefit SCARCE, www.scarce.org.

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Posted by: Kelly Corry
Published: 11/18/16




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York Music Boosters - Barnes and Noble Fundraiser (Oakbrook Center) on Monday, November 28, 2016. A portion of in-store and on-line purchases will be donated to the Music Boosters. On-line purchases between November 28 and December 3 are eligible. Visit BN.com/bookfairs and enter ID #11864642 at check out. Brenda Felber, the author of Pameroy Mysteries tween books, will join us for a book signing. Additionally, York Performing Arts students will provide musical entertainment in the evening.

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Posted by: Kelly Corry
Published: 11/16/16




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York student leaders have come forth to breathe life into the "Kindness Matters Campaign." This Friday, November 18 has been declared as "Purple Out" day - blending the party lines:  red and blue makes purple.  We are a resilient school and community that wants to ensure we boast respect, tolerance, unity and kindness.  Please participate this Friday by wearing purple!

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Posted by: Kelly Corry
Published: 11/15/16




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This Sunday, November 20th, from 12-3pm in the field house YORK cheerleading would like to invite everyone to their 1st annual stunt-a-thon fundraiser and showcase. We would love to see everyone at York high School and the community come out and support these athletes. There will also be performances by the Youth Eagles Cheer and your very own JV and Varsity Coed cheerleaders.
Basic entry is $3, and $5 includes York Dukes sunglasses.
Please come support York competitive  Cheer 

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Posted by: Kelly Corry
Published: 11/14/16




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York PTSA is having a Portillos Fundraiser on Thursday November 17 from 5-8pm. Location: Portillos in Northlake, (170 W. North Ave, Northlake) please bring the flyer linked below and PTSA will receive 20% of the proceeds!

 

We look forward to seeing you there.

 

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Posted by: Suzanne Hughes
Published: 11/14/16




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Dear Parents, 

Thank you for those that reached out personally to ask what we've implemented in the school to address tolerance, respect, and kindness since the election on Tuesday evening. I want you to know that the election has prompted some inappropriate interaction between students, none of which has been physical; rather verbal. We have addressed this both proactively through messaging respect to students consistently since first period Wednesday morning and immediately in terms of discipline. Our administrative team, deans, and staff have worked around the clock to ensure our student's safety. Unfortunately, some rumors have spread about altercations that have not occurred. We do not condone nor do we allow discriminatory language or actions ever under any circumstance. Teachers have addressed this in their classrooms by reminding students what it means to respect each other even when we have differing opinions. We have spoken to the student body as a whole this morning during the Veteran's Day assembly about kindness and in an announcement to the student body yesterday that has been posted on our website since it was delivered. I also want to include that and my blog post below. 

I shared this message with the staff on Wednesday and want to share the same with you. Last fall, York's staff visited each classroom to deliver respect talks. The purpose, as I have learned, was to explicitly address the critical power of words and actions and to emphasize respect and kindness. I am extending that effort to what I call the Kindness Matters Campaign. I'm encouraging students, staff, and the community to treat each other with respect, to understand that we can have differing opinions but still be kind to one another. One way to operationalize this is to encourage others to "commit" random acts of kindness in the halls, in classrooms, in athletics, activities, in the community, and within families. Some examples include: helping a student who dropped his / her books, holding a door open, saying hello and how are you to strangers, paying for someone's coffee behind you in a drive through, simply smiling at others, and paying someone a compliment. There is so much power in kindness, so much more so than in hate. Please help me spread the word and let's use this as a way to act as role models to our students in a time where social discord is at a peak. If you post about this on social media, please use the hashtag #kindessmatters

 

And yesterday, Drew McGuire, Assistant Principal, read the following announcement.

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Hello Students and Staff-

Please excuse this brief announcement.  Our Nation and community has had a historic shift in our political landscape over the past few days. And the beauty of this nation is that we live in a democracy where we value the idea of people having different opinions and the freedoms to share those opinions. However, these events do not change our beliefs of how we treat individuals in our building and our community. We will continue York’s belief that everyone is a valued member of the York community. We will continue to expect our students and staff to treat each other with the respect that each member of our society deserves. Our country has a rich history of coming together after elections and promoting a peaceful transfer of power. 

After today, we will no longer permit actual flags of any kind to be worn as capes or clothing in our building. This has become a distraction to the learning environment.

Tomorrow morning we will be holding our all school veteran’s assembly. This assembly is to honor the veterans that have served our country so that we have the freedom to vote and live in a democracy. We expect our students and staff to treat this assembly with the respect and dignity these veterans deserve. This will also give us the opportunity to celebrate our country in unity.  We are committed to serving the needs of all our students and it is our priority that every student feels safe and welcomed in our building. We are counting on all of you to continue these values.

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I want you to know how much your students safety is our top priority. I will continue to message to the entire student body to respect one another and spread kindness.

Happy Veterans Day.

 

Erin DeLuga
Principal

​​​​​​​edeluga@elmhurst205.org

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Posted by: Kelly Corry
Published: 11/11/16




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Our Nation and community has had a historic shift in our political landscape over the past few days. And the beauty of this nation is that we live in a democracy where we value the idea of people having different opinions and the freedoms to share those opinions. However, these events do not change our beliefs of how we treat individuals in our building and our community. We will continue York’s belief that everyone is a valued member of the York community. We will continue to expect our students and staff to treat each other with the respect that each member of our society deserves. Our country has a rich history of coming together after elections and promoting a peaceful transfer of power.

After today, we will no longer permit actual flags of any kind to be worn as capes or clothing in our building. This has become a distraction to the learning environment.

Tomorrow morning we will be holding our all school veteran’s assembly. This assembly is to honor the veterans that have served our country so that we have the freedom to vote and live in a democracy. We expect our students and staff to treat this assembly with the respect and dignity these veterans deserve. This will also give us the opportunity to celebrate our country in unity. We are committed to serving the needs of all our students and it is our priority that every student feels safe and welcomed in our building. We are counting on all of you to continue these values. 

Thank you.

 

Drew McGuire
Assistant Principal

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Posted by: Kelly Corry
Published: 11/10/16




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Congratulations to the following student-athletes for signing Letters of Intent and committing to the following universities:
 
Jeanette Morley-Track & Field-Belmont University
Sarah Rose-Volleyball-Marquette
Zoe Lawless-Lacrosse-Colorado

 

 
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Posted by: Katherine Schroeder
Published: 11/9/16




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York Drama proudly presents an evening of contemporary musical theatre, written by New York Composer Adam Gwon.  Declared a “promising newcomer in our talent hungry musical theatre world” by the New York Times, Adam Gwon is a rising composer whose songs have been heard at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Roundabout Theatre, the Kennedy Center and Signature Theatre.  His songs have been performed by such luminaries as Audra McDonald, Kelli O’Hara and Brian d’Arcy James.
 

Gwon will be working with twenty- eight York singers and musicians to bring this amazing concert to the stage. Join us on Friday, November 11 at 7:30 PM for this unique experience. Tickets $5 at the door.

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Posted by: Kelly Corry
Published: 11/9/16




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Get some holiday gifts off your to-do list with the York Athletic Boosters Holiday Sale! The Athletic Boosters are taking special orders for several York spirit items, just in time for the holidays.  Visit the York High School, Athletic Boosters page at york.elmhurst205.org/YBoosters for the flyer and link to the special order items, only available through our sale, as they are not stocked at the bookstore.  

 

See the available personalized items too!

 

ORDERS MUST BE COMPLETED BY NOVEMBER 18th-NO LATE ORDERS CAN BE ACCEPTED.  

 

Pick up will be conveniently at York High School in the vestibule of Door #1 in the Academic Building on December 15th from 11am - 2:30pm and 7pm - 8:30pm. On the pick-up date, we will also have our entire inventory of items available for sale, such as our classic York Green Hoodie, PomPom hats, Duke socks, Flannel Pants and T-shirts. 

 

York Apparel makes great gifts for students in every grade!

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Posted by: Katherine Schroeder
Published: 11/8/16




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We just wanted to take a moment to thank all of the parents who were able to attend last night's presentation for parents of junior students.  It can be an overwhelming time as your students begin to assert their freedom and begin to think about life beyond York.  We hope that you found the information about college applications, senior courses at York, and standardized tests to be valuable, and we hope that it took some of the fear / apprehension away.  We have added the links to our presentations here either for your reference or in case you were unable to attend.  Thank you again, and we can't wait to see all of the amazing things our kids accomplish as they take their next steps into the world.  Go Dukes.

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Posted by: Kelly Corry
Published: 11/8/16




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On Wednesday, November 16, 2016, at 7:30 PM, the York Community High School Orchestras will present a Holiday Concert, including performances by the York Cadet, Concert and Symphony Orchestras conducted by Ray Ostwald. The orchestras will offer a mixture of classical and seasonal favorites, as well as a special musical treat for baseball fans. Junior saxophonist and concerto competition winner Matthew Dardick will perform the Concerto for Saxophone and String Orchestra by Alexander Glazounov. Other featured works include Mozart’s Overture to The Magic Flute and Smetana’s “Dance of the Comedians” from The Bartered Bride. Other featured composers include Gustav Holst and Georg Frideric Handel. 

The concert will be in York’s Merle E. Baker Auditorium. Admission is free.

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Posted by: Kelly Corry
Published: 11/7/16




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The next all-district Student Late Arrival Day is this Wednesday, November 9. Certified staff and administrators will be using this time to collaboratively review student data, discuss professional growth topics, problem solve, share best practices and continue the work of building a Professional Learning Community.

 

The Student Late Arrival instructional schedule for 2016-17 will be as follows:

 

AM Early Childhood – 9:45 AM to 11:55 AM
PM Early Childhood – 12:55 PM to 3:00 PM
AM Kindergarten – 9:45 AM to 11:55 AM
PM Kindergarten – 12:55 PM to 3:00 PM
Grades 1-5 – 9:45 AM to 3:00 PM
Middle School – 10:00 AM to 3:25 PM
High School – 9:25 AM to 3:06 PM

 

The 2016-17 School Calendar (which provides a one-page overview of this information), may be found on the District 205 calendar page.

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Posted by: Katherine Schroeder, District Admin, Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205
Published: 11/7/16




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Congratulations to Michele Carlson, York Social Studies teacher recognized as Star Educator for October! 
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On November 2, Ms. Carlson was surprised to learn that a former student nominated her for the Star Educator Award from Kickoff for Kids.

The student said:


Ms. Carlson went far beyond the expectations of a teacher for a Freshman World Studies course and consistently integrated college level research and analysis in the classroom. In addition to thoroughly explaining the required course material, she discussed techniques for writing a strong piece of analysis with the class and applied them to the curriculum. Throughout the units that we studied, we were encouraged to recognize and discuss themes of cause and effect, conflicting cultural ideas, and the roles of nations in a globalized society. As a cumulative project, Ms. Carlson challenged us to apply our research skills by synthesizing a topic pertaining to one of the Great Wars, developing an advanced research question, finding reputable sources that were relevant to our question, selecting useful information from within the sources, and then explaining and analyzing the information to form a clear, specific claim that summarized our findings.

Ms. Carlson further enhanced our learning through the personal connections that she formed with us. She took extra time to talk with individual students about a particular assignment, topic, or skill in order to make sure that they continued to have a positive classroom experience. Ms. Carlson also consistently encouraged students to positively interact with peers, teachers, and others in the York High School community. Her actions created a comfortable learning environment where students were willing to ask questions and to help each other learn. Furthermore, Ms. Carlson frequently asked her students for suggestions and opinions about projects, methods of learning, and assessments. She then discussed the new ideas with her World Studies classes and implemented them as necessary. Students taught by Ms. Carlson gain crucial research skills, the ability to accept constructive criticism, and a greater appreciation of their responsibilities in the community.

 

Karin Dochhoff presented the award from Kickoff for Kids. Kickoff for Kids (KoK) is an Elmhurst-based charity that raises funds for initiatives that support children in our community. This initiative seeks to recognize local educators whose hard work makes a difference in the lives of children.

This award was established to recognize the outstanding service of local public and private school elementary educators. Award recipients are nominated by community members, parents, students or peers and are selected based on performance, including the demonstration of exceptional commitment to children. Nominations are due by the 10th of each month.

Congratulations to York High School on this recognition! For more information on Kickoff for Kids and the Star Educator Award, visit www.kickoffforkids.org.

 

(photo from l to r: Karin Dochhoff, Mike DiNovo, Michele Carlson, Erin DeLuga and Drew McGuire)

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Posted by: Katherine Schroeder
Published: 11/3/16




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Monday, November 7th at 7:30PM, York will be hosting a Junior Parent Night.  Our College & Career Counselor (Amy Thompson), our Counseling Department Chair (Heather Saylor), and our AP for Curriculum (Ryan Doherty) will be presenting information about standardized testing, course selection and preparing for the college application process as our junior students begin to consider their futures beyond York.
 
When you arrive, please enter Door #1, and you'll be directed into either the Choir Room or the Orchestra Room for your first of two 30-minute sessions.  We hope that you'll find this information useful, and for those who cannot attend, the powerpoints with the information presented will be available on York's website later that week.  
 
We hope to see you there.
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Posted by: Kelly Corry
Published: 11/3/16




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UPDATE: Coach Joe Newton is back in town, but he will not be attending the State Cross Country Meet on Saturday, November 5 at Detweiller Park. He still plans to attend the special celebration in his honor on Sunday, November 6, arriving about 12:45 PM. Event will be streaming live at: http://www.elmhurst205.org/Joe_Newton

 

Please see other details below.

After coaching the boys cross country teams for the past 60 years, York Community High School’s Joe Newton will be retiring at the end of the 2016 season. On Sunday, November 6 from 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM a celebration of his legendary career will begin with a cross country social/reunion in the Campbell Gym. All are welcome to attend and view the displays of cross country photos by the decades and catch up with fellow runners.

Coach Newton will attend the main celebration that afternoon from 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM in the Joe Newton Fieldhouse. The event will feature speakers, one of whom is Al Janulis, a former York Athletic Director and Newton runner. The public is invited to both events.

Please RSVP at NewtonCelebration@gmail.com

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Posted by: Katherine Schroeder, District Admin, Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205
Published: 11/3/16




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York Music Boosters (YMB) is hosting a very unique fundraiser that has been wildly successful around the Chicago area, as well as the country! We are holding a single day mattress sale at York High School on Sunday, November 13th from 10am – 5pm. These are high-quality mattresses at excellent prices! Stop by and try out the mattresses and then pick the one that will be delivered to your home. All proceeds from the sale support York Performing Arts students. Each year, we grant thousands of dollars in scholarships and grants for enrichment activities. 

Check out this Facebook Event at: 
https://www.facebook.com/events/1074033372712787/ and SHARE it with your friends.

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Posted by: Katherine Schroeder
Published: 11/1/16




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The York Distinguished Alumni Program (YDAP) Committee announces its 2016 Dukes of Distinction honorees. YDAP was created to recognize York Community High School alumni who have distinguished themselves through significant and/or extraordinary accomplishments, service and/or an outstanding contribution to society. This is the fourth “class” of inductees, bringing the total to 30. On Thursday, November 3, the following Dukes of Distinction for 2016 will be honored:

  • Dan Konopka, Class of 1993
  • Jack Lavin, Class of 1980
  • Judd Lofchie, Class of 1976
  • Tekki Lomnicki, Class of 1974
  • Barbara Kegerreis Lund, Class of 1955
  • Bob Nottelmann (deceased), Class of 1943
  • Allan Tereba, Class of 1965

Please mark your calendar and plan to join us for a reception in the York Commons at 6:30 PM, followed by a program at 7:00 PM. This event is free and open to the public; no tickets are required. To read more about this year’s honorees, click here. Visit and like the YCHS Facebook page at www.facebook.com/YorkCommunityHighSchool.
 

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Posted by: Katherine Schroeder, District Admin, Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205
Published: 10/31/16




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Please continue the community conversation by participating in the star step of our Focus205/Thoughtexchange survey. In step 2, participants will review ideas from other stakeholders and star the ideas you like best. This will help us to better understand what is important to you, both in your child(ren)'s school and in Elmhurst Community School District 205. To date, over 600 participants have shared over 2,400 thoughts.

Even if you could not participate in the first part of this process, you are invited to participate in this next step. 
Click here to self-register and be added to the Thoughtexchange process. To access frequently asked questions about the process, please click here.


Thoughtexchange invitations have been sent based on the various schools in which a family's children are enrolled and/or, in the case of employees, for as many connections - both professional and personal - as exist. People can opt out of any Thoughtexchanges they do not wish to be involved in at any time.

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Posted by: Melea Smith, District Admin, Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205
Published: 10/29/16




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Attention Students!  There will be a student fan bus for the girls' and boys' State Cross Country competition in Peoria.  The bus will leave Saturday, November 5th at 8:00 am.  Travel to State and cheer on our teams.  The cost for the bus is $7.00, plus bring money for lunch as we will stop on the way down.  Permission slips are at the Bookstore and must be signed by a parent and returned to the Bookstore by noon on Thursday, November 3rd.  The bus will be cancelled if there is not enough interest.  See Mr. Wagner in the Athletic Office if you have any questions.

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Posted by: Kelly Corry
Published: 10/28/16




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Good news from the York Performing Arts Department and District 205 Music Faculty! On Saturday, November 12, more than 3000 students from over 75 schools throughout Northeastern Illinois auditioned for the honor of All-district band, chorus, orchestra, and jazz band selection. The selected York student musicians will perform at the Illinois Music Educators Association All-District Music Festivals this November. The IMEA District I Jazz Festival will be Saturday, November 12, at Thornridge High School in Dolton. The IMEA District I Band, Chorus and Orchestra Music Festival will be Saturday, November 19, at Elmhurst College in Elmhurst.

Congratulations to the following Illinois Music Educator Association All-District I selectees from York Community High School:
 

Katharine Bartosz, Soprano

Alaina Bottens, Bassoon

Nathan Brown, Percussion

Madds Buckley, Alto

James Chaudoin, Alto Sax

Joelle Chiu, Violin

Amy Choi, Flute

Hanna Czeladko, Flute

Matt Dardick, Alto Sax, Concert Band and Jazz Ensemble

Jack Davis, Double Bass

Emily Dow, Cello

Kristen Drost, Soprano

Andrew French, Double Bass

Jenna Garcia, Violin

Alli Gley, Trumpet

Samuel Griffin, Bass

David Hansen, Tenor

Natalie Hradil, Cello

Lauren Hund, Flute

Glory Jacquat, Cello

Rylan Johnsen, Viola

Carina Kanzler, Soprano

Christian Karwowski, Bass

Hanna Kikos, Soprano

Emily Landreth, Alto

Tatum Langley, Alto

Ella Lee, Violin

Gabe Lewis, Clarinet

Wilke Macariola, Tenor

Bailey Maguire, Alto

Liz Mazzocco, Violin

Grace Mazzocco, Viola

Shamus McFarlane, Tenor

Jackie Meyer, Alto

Chuck Miller, Tenor Sax, Orchestra and Jazz Ensemble

Christine Millins, Soprano

Katie Mitchell, Soprano

Emmett O’Brien, Trumpet

Nicole Polizzi, Soprano

Nathan Rago, Bass

Julia Riddle, Soprano

Rebecca Rogers, Alto

Kevin Shehan, Cello

Kyra Stanton, Viola

Brian Strauch, French Horn

Morgan Taylor, Alto

Gabby Uribe, Clarinet

Tessa Vermeulen, Flute

Leah Widmaier, Viola

 

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Published: 10/25/16




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York High School Drama tackles yet another classic with its performance of the Shakespearean play about star-crossed lovers, Romeo and Juliet. Shows are 7:30 PM, Thursday through Saturday, October 27 - 29 and 2:00 PM on Sunday, October 30. All seating is reserved. Advanced tickets may be purchased at www.ticketpeak.com/events/yorkdrama.

The cast is as follows: (* Indicates Friday/Sunday cast)

 

Samson              Matt Hauser & Eli Maricich*        

Gregory              Alana Klein & Erin Stone *

Abraham             Danielle Fite & Ella Stanley *

Balthasar            Joe Brown & Paul Campbell*  

Benvolio              Wilke Macariola

Tybalt                 Sam Griffin

Capulet               Carina Kanzler & Emily Landreth* 

Lady Capulet       Ellie Ryan & Hanna Kikos *

Montague            CJ Karwowski

Lady Montague    Olivia Braun

Prince                 Kate Gehrke & Camille Butler*   

Romeo                Erik Martenson

Paris                   Mike Bindeman & Billy Reich* 

Peter/Servant      Eileen King & Shamus McFarlane*  

Juliet                  Erin Lee & Julia Doherty*   

Nurse                  Madds Buckley & Katie Mitchell* 

Mercutio              Tatum Langley

Servants              Bailey Maguire, Kevin Homan, Julia Lussow, Sebastian Rohn

Capulet Cousin     Paul Campbell & Joe Brown*   

Party Guests        Izzy Dyer, Helena Koczur, Jackie Meyer, Julia Stone, Emily Walker

Frere Lauren        Morgan Taylor

Apothecary          Jackie Meyer

Frere Jean           Julia Lussow

Page                   Izzy Dyer

Guards                Helena Koczur, Julia Stone, Emily Walker

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Posted by: Melea Smith, District Admin, Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205
Published: 10/24/16




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The District 205 Foundation for Educational Excellence unanimously approved to provide $50,000 to help fund the Future Ready Model Classroom project, a pilot program that will create three future ready classrooms at the K-2, 3-5, and 6-8 grade levels. The Foundation will use proceeds earned throughout the year to help fund the project, which began this summer and should be completed in late fall of 2016.

Foundation Chair Brian Bresnahan explains, “Our mission states that we are dedicated to innovations in education. Helping to move the District further along the spectrum of Future Ready Learning is definitely something we want to be involved with. I think the community will see the value in it and support us.”


Schools selected for project are Fischer (Dawin Strelow/ Kindergarten), Lincoln (Cecilia Dunn/third grade) and Bryan Middle School (Erin Fox/6th grade). In the spring of 2016, all three teachers, along with principals Jane Bailey (Fischer) and Jacquie Discipio (Bryan), as well as Mr. Bresnahan and Foundation Executive Director Lisa Fanelli, participated in Future Ready Model Classroom workshops, led by Wight and Company, the District’s architects. “You could feel the excitement in the room as teachers and administrators collaborated on a vision for the future that would permanently impact the classroom experience on a daily basis,” said Mrs. Fanelli.

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Architectural firm Wight & Company was hired by the District as part of a process to develop a long-range Facility Master Plan. Wight has completed a facility study that resulted in an educational alignment guide. Findings and recommendations from this guide will be used to move forward. According to Wight, ready schools must be “agile” and accommodate small group collaboration, learning commons, hubs for social learning, tech-infused spaces, STEM and maker spaces, as well as addressing safety and security considerations, health and comfort, fitness/wellness and outdoor learning.

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“The fact that we received multiple Thiems Grant applications requesting new types of seating options, desks and other furnishings, is evidence that teachers want their classrooms to evolve in order to meet current needs,” said Geri Sorrentino, Foundation Programs Chair and District REACH teacher at Hawthorne Elementary School.
 


These model classrooms will allow people to go beyond imagining what future ready learning environments could be and will actually make the vision come to life in these spaces. Both the Board of Education and Superintendent Moyer have expressed gratitude to the Foundation Board for their support in this project. “These classrooms will assist with future planning to ensure that, one day, all District 205 students will be afforded the opportunity to learn in an environment that promotes engagement, rigor, critical thinking, creativity, collaboration, communication and citizenship in the global information age,” commented Dr. David Moyer, Superintendent of Schools.

Following the completion of these model classrooms, the plan is to gather feedback from participating teachers and students to develop a recommendation toward a District standard for furniture, finishes and integrating classroom technology, as part of a visionary Facility Master Plan. These model classrooms will test and inform that process.

There will be a special public open house at Bryan Middle School on Monday, October 24, from 5:15 to 6:35 PM, just prior to the Focus 205 focus group meetings, held at the three District 205 middle schools from 7 to 8:30 PM.

"We are thrilled with the Foundation's support for Future Ready learning in the District. We could not be more appreciative and are excited for the potential that this project has to begin to shape future decisions about how we utilize space to support learning and teaching," noted Superintendent Dr. David Moyer.

This project is another example of supporting innovation and positioning the District for the future. The Foundation has funded and supported numerous pilots over the years, most of which have later been adopted to benefit teachers and students.

Detailed information about plans for the classrooms, as well as the opportunity to make a donation supporting the project, can be found on the District 205 Foundation website: www.elmhurst205.org/futurereadyclass

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Posted by: Katherine Schroeder, District Admin, Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205
Published: 10/19/16




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Honor the Elmhurst Community’s holiday tradition and order a festive Nova Scotia Balsam tree for your front yard from the Elmhurst District 205 Foundation’s holiday tree sale. Proceeds from the tree sale will support educational grants, enhancements and programs that benefit the students of Elmhurst Public Schools.

An outdoor tree is $19 and neighborhood group orders of 4 or more will be delivered free of charge on Nov 26th. Individual orders of outdoor yard trees, as well as an assortment of beautiful indoor trees, may also be purchased for receipt on December 3rd. Visit www.elmhurst205.org/HolidayTrees for more information and to learn about being a neighborhood tree captain. Orders due Friday, October 28th.

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Posted by: Melea Smith, District Admin, Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205
Published: 10/14/16




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On Monday, October 24, Focus 205 focus group meetings will be held at each of our three middle schools - Bryan, Churchville and Sandburg - from 7 to 8:30 PM. Parents of elementary and high school students are encouraged to attend their child's "feeder" middle school; parents of middle school students are invited to attend their child’s current school. Community members are also invited to participate.

These meetings will involve a short formal presentation on what the future ready classroom looks like, as well as an overview of the educational alignment study conducted by architects Wight & Company last spring. This will be followed by asking for reaction from attendees to some related questions. There will be a moderator and a note taker to record comments. This feedback will help shape the Focus 205 Community Engagement Session #6. Please join the conversation!

 


Also on October 24, catch a glimpse of the new future ready model classroom at Bryan Middle School, which was just unveiled this week. An open house will be held from 5:15 to 6:45 PM, just prior to the focus group meetings. For more information, click here.

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Posted by: Katherine Schroeder, District Admin, Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205
Published: 10/14/16




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York Community High School will be holding its sixth annual all-school Veterans Day assembly on Friday, November 11. Any interested U.S. veterans, as well as current servicemen and women, are invited to come and be honored in York’s Campbell Gym. The assembly begins at 8 AM and will include speeches from selected veterans, as well as York students and administrators. Veterans are encouraged to arrive at 7:15 AM for coffee, pastries and bagels in the high school’s Yorker Room, 355 W. St. Charles Road, Elmhurst (please enter through the main door).

On Saturday, November 12, members of the York Student Council will serve a free breakfast to American veterans and their families from 9 to 11 AM in the high school cafeteria. Please contact York Student Council Advisor Matt Moran if you are interested in attending the assembly, the breakfast or both. Let him know how many people will be attending each event by sending an email to MMoran@elmhurst205.org or calling 630-617-2400, ext. 7285 and leaving a message.

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Posted by: Katherine Schroeder, District Admin, Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205
Published: 10/13/16




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York High School tackles yet another classic with its performance of the Shakespearean play about star-crossed lovers, Romeo and Juliet. Shows are October 27, 28, 29 and 30; advanced ticket sales to the public will begin October 3rd. Tickets may be purchased at www.ticketpeak.com/events/yorkdrama. All seating is reserved.

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Posted by: Melea Smith
Published: 9/27/16




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Posted by: Kelly Corry
Published: 9/12/16




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Below are the dates in which eighth 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.

 

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Posted by: Suzanne Hughes
Published: 8/30/16




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From the first notes to the final breath, West Side Story is one of the most memorable musicals and greatest love stories of all time. Arthur Laurents' book remains as powerful, poignant and timely as ever. The score by Leonard Bernstein and Stephen Sondheim is widely regarded as one of the best ever written. The world's greatest love story takes to the streets in this landmark Broadway musical that is one of theatre's finest accomplishments. Young kids find themselves caught between warring street gangs. Their struggle to survive in a world of hate, violence and prejudice is one of the most innovative, heart-wrenching musical dramas of our time, and unfortunately, highly relevant today.

 

Tickets to West Side Story will be available mid March for performances on April 27, 28, 29 and 30. Tickets for all York Drama events are available at  www.ticketpeak.com/yorkdrama.

 

Do not miss one of the most important, dynamic and beautiful musicals ever written. West Side Story has been on Broadway for a record breaking four full runs, and now it is on the York Stage.

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Posted by: Kelly Corry
Published: 8/16/16