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Upcoming Events
Repeating Event - ESL for Adults
4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
- D105 Foundation Meeting
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Repeating Event - ESL for Adults
4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
District 105 Announcements
Pertussis (Whooping Cough) Cases
There are reports of pertussis (whooping cough) cases in our area. Click HERE to read the letter from the District Nurse.
WSCAE Awards Celebration honors 21 District 105 students!
Twenty-one Gurrie Middle School students were recognized for outstanding achievement on the SAT and ACT, more D105 students than ever before.  All of these students took either the SAT or ACT (sponsored by Northwestern) earlier in the year (some took both) and scored at least a 20 or better on one or more of the ACT tests (Reading, Math, Science, English) or 500 or better on one or more of the SAT tests (Writing, Math, Reading).
One of our students scored a 30 on the ACT reading, one scored a 29 on the ACT English, one scored a 28 on the ACT Science. One student had a 27 ACT composite! One student scored a 620 on the SAT Reading. 
The D105 Jazz band played before the ceremony and, of course, impressed everyone!
More to celebrate at Gurrie and in District 105!
Congratulations to the 2014-2015 GMS Jazz Ensemble!  This critically acclaimed group continued what has been a historical year for the District 105 Community. Their latest accomplishment came at the Illinois Grade School Music Association State Competition being held at Joliet Junior College.  The GMS Jazz Ensemble wowed audiences and the judges alike with a mature and technically flawless performance.  Their set earned them a near perfect score, a Superior rating and top honors against some of the best jazz bands in the entire state of Illinois!  With the highest score among all bands performing, GMS walked away with the Gold Plaque for the first time in the school’s history!  Here is a look at the band members that had an incredible year!
Saxophones:  Jack Henningfield, Jacob Fuller, Filip Zivko*, Miguel Peralta, Jonathan Brasse
Trumpets:  Garret Grubusich, Alexander Jumic*, Ryan Bonfiglio, Angelina Godinez
Trombones: Ava Leahy, Mersadie Smith, Sean Rickman*, John Busker
Rhythm Section:  Gabriella Smith-Drums, Alexander Leon-Drums, Bryan Galdun-Bass, Lauren Culver-Piano, Elena Leon-Piano

Ms. Charlton named Discovery Education National Educator of the Week!!
Congratulations to Ms. Charlton for being name the Discovery Education National Educator of the Week!  Discovery Education Network is a professional learning network of educators with a passion for technology, teaching and students.  Ms. Charlton has been a D105 educator since 2003.  She has worked with students across the district as an Accelerated ELA and Math Specialist as well as a classroom teacher.  Here is the link for more information on this honor:
CEC (Consortium of Educational Change) School Systems Assessment
A CEC assessment team of Educators from high performing districts across the suburban area visited each school this year for two days to observe practices, examine evidence, and interview staff, administrators, parents, and students.  The CEC team compiled a report at the end of the process to identify school strengths and opportunities for improvement aligned to the Baldridge Excellence Criteria.  The full district CEC report can be found HERE.
District Newsletter
Click HERE to read the latest issue of the District Newsletter.

Haga clic AQUI para leer el último número del Boletín de Distrito.
Current Topics
Did you know?
  • District 105 students made significantly better fall to winter progress on this year’s mid-term MAP reading and math assessments than they made in previous years.  The district-wide winter reading achievement was the highest since our district started administering a mid-year MAP assessment.
  • The District 105 English Language Learners program received the highest rating from the state based on our students’ performance on the Annual Measurable Achievement Objectives (AMAO) which measure English language acquisition and academic performance.
  • The Gurrie 7th-8th grade team won first place in the Math Olympiad Competition hosted by Gurrie Middle School on February 28th. Teams from sixteen area schools and districts competed in this event. 
  • Gurrie contestants took eight top awards in a West 40 Speech and Drama Festival involving 13 other school districts on February 28th.
  • The District 105 Jazz Band earned the Top Rating in Illinois Grade School Music Association District 7 Jazz Contest on March 8th.  The Jazz Band will compete in the State Competition on May 2nd
Memorial Day - No Classes - Monday May 25
Memorial Day is a United States Federal holiday. Formerly known as Decoration Day, it commemorates U.S. men and women who died while in military service to their country. First enacted to honor Union soldiers of the American Civil War, it was expanded after World War I to include American casualties of any war or military action.

More HERE.

Image: Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington Virginia
District Goals Update
Curriculum Director Kathryn Heeke presented mid-year math and reading progress and achievement results to the School Board at the March 23rd meeting.  To view this presentation, please click Here.   
PowerSchool Parent Portal
Are you using the PowerSchool Parent Portal to monitor your student's progress?  Click HERE to see a short video on how parents in another district are using it.

Parents can view student attendance records, lunch balances and at Gurrie, student grades.

If you have not created a logon account, contact your student's school office to obtain the activation information.

Parents can also access the same information via a PowerSchool Parent Portal App optimized for the iPhone/iPad/iPod Touch. Click
HERE for more information.
Comcast Internet Access for Your Student at $9.95 per Month

If your child receives a free or reduced lunch at school, you may qualify for a reduced price on basic internet access from Comcast at the low rate of $9.95 per month including free installation, free internet training and an optional low cost computer at $149.99 plus tax.

For more information on Comcast's offer, click HERE or call 1-855-846-8376.

See below for a Comcast video on the importance of internet access for your student.

Acceso al Internet por medio de Comcast por solo $ 9.95 al mes

Si su hijo recibe almuerzo gratis o precio reducido en la escuela, usted puede calificar para un precio reducido en el acceso básico de Internet de Comcast, por solo $ 9.95 por mes, incluyendo instalación gratis, entrenamiento del internet gratis y una computadora opcional  por solo $ 149.99 más impuestos.

Para obtener más información en español sobre la oferta de Comcast haga clic AQUÍ o llame al 1-855-765-6995.

Vea abajo para un video de Comcast sobre la importancia del acceso a Internet para sus estudiantes.

Blue Ribbon Award
We are honored to announce that Seventh Avenue School and Spring Avenue School were among the twelve public schools in Illinois to be recognized as National Blue Ribbon Schools for 2014.  This award shows the commitment to excellence among the students, staff, parents, and community members at both schools.   

As the only school district in Illinois with two schools recognized for 2014, we are also very proud of how well this award reflects on the overall success of District 105 and the commitment to excellence in each of our five schools.  
Language Diversity
District 105 is a diverse community of families with 27 different languages spoken by our students: Albanian (4), Arabic (2), Bosnian (5), Chinese (3), Croatian (7), Czech (2), Danish (2), English, German (4), Greek (2), Gujarati (3), Italian (5), Japanese (1), Kannada (2), Korean (1), Lithuanian (3), Macedonian (8), Navajo (2), Pilipino/Tagalog (3), Polish (19), Romanian (1), Russian (1), Serbian (43), Slovak (1), Spanish (472), Ukrainian (1), and Vietnamese (3).

The official language used for the content of the District website is English. To help address our diversity, readers of our website can use the "Google Translate" tool below to translate the website content to many of the above languages. The tool generates a computerized translation. The translation should not be considered exact and in some cases may include incorrect language. While not a perfect translation, it should assist many non-English website readers.

Click on the TRANSLATE button at the upper left of the web page to initiate a translation.