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D205 Board Unanimously Elects to Put Referendum Question on November Ballot

The D205 Board of Education Monday unanimously voted to place a question on the November 6 ballot asking voters to weigh in on a proposed $168.5M facilities project that would include upgrades to all schools across the District.

If the referendum passes, the annual tax impact on a $500,000 home would be $150.

A yes vote by the community would result in the following facilities improvements (note, this list is not comprehensive):

New Lincoln and Field Elementary Schools (Lincoln is 103-years old, Field is 87-years old);Safety and security upgrades at all schools including renovations of the main entrances where indicated;Expansion/renovation of Edison Elementary School to increase space in the District to accommodate All-Day Kindergarten, future enrollment increases, and help transition students during construction of Lincoln and Field Schools;Future Ready Learning spaces at all schools to support STEM programming such as Media Center upgrades, Project Lead the Way, Maker Spaces, and Ca…

D205 Off and Running--Communications Department Captures It All on Twitter

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District 205 celebrated the first day of school with a photo contest.  Check out our video, the winning picture, and the rest of the excitement on Twitter at #D205FirstDay.

For the second consecutive year, Board President Kara Caforio, Elmhurst Teachers Council President Max Schoenberg, and I visited all of our school sites to welcome students and teachers back.  I particularly enjoyed visiting our Project Lead the Way and Dual Language classrooms.  These are very exciting developments in D205 and it was great to see the enthusiasm of our teachers as they usher in these new programs.

Communications Department Wins Six INSPRA Awards
D205 has been gradually increasing its use of video and will make this a priority for the 2018-19 school year, just as increasing its presence on social media was a priority for the 2017-18 school year.

The District was informed this week that the Illinois Chapter of the National School Public Relations Association recognized its efforts with six separate aw…

D205 Leadership Team Launches 18-19 at August 2 Retreat

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The District 205 Leadership Team kicked off the 2018-19 school year with its annual Leadership Retreat on August 2.  The retreat was a continuation of work to prepare for the school year that began at a similar workshop-style planning session on May 31.

Administrators reviewed the District's draft Theory of Action and the Learning and Teaching Priorities for the 2018-19 school year.  The Learning and Teaching Department has developed several specific SMART goals related to assessment, instruction, and curriculum in each the following areas:

Help create shared understanding and measurement of district vision, strategies, and priorities;Develop curriculum resources and assessments in key content areas with new standards or programs that reflect rigor and relevance; andSupport instructional strategies aligned to rigor and relevance and the 6Cs (creativity, critical thinking, communication, collaboration, character, and citizenship). In short, the District vision is to ensure that all …