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Full Day Kindergarten Approved - Parent Forum in February
At its regular meeting on December 15th, the District 105 School Board voted to approve a Full-Day Kindergarten Program to start in the 2015-16 school year.  The district will hold parent forums at 6:30 P.M. on February 17th and 25th to provide information about the program changes.  We will send home more details about these forums as the dates approach. Thanks to our parents and staff who served on the Kindergarten Committee which carefully studied the pros and cons of adding a full-day program. 
Kindergarten Round-Up
Registration for kindergarten in District 105 will take place on March 12th.  At that time, parents will select whether they wish to enroll their child in the half-day program or full-day program. 

 Achievement Results - 2014-15
On Monday, October 27, 2014 a presentation was made to the Board of Education sharing the fall achievement results for the district.  Click HERE for more information.

Senate Bill 16
Thank you for all of the efforts to contact legislators with concerns about Senate Bill 16.  Senate Bill 16 was not called for a vote.  We will keep you informed as the school funding conversations continue in Springfield.

District Newsletter

Click HERE to read the latest issue of the District Newsletter.
Parent Survey for 2014-15 / Encuesta de los Padres para el 2014-15
This year District 105 will be administering a state-required parent survey entitled, 5Essentials: Organizing Schools for Improvement.  This short survey focuses on five areas that affect school success: leadership, collaboration, family involvement, school environment, and instruction.  I strongly encourage you to complete the survey as your feedback will provide us with critical information to assess how well we are serving our students and progressing toward our school and district goals.
The survey is designed to take approximately 10 minutes to complete and can only be completed online.  Parents who have children enrolled in more than one school will be asked to complete a survey for each school.
To complete the survey click HERE.

Thank you for your participation and support.

Este año Distrito 105 estamos administrando una encuesta requerida por el estado para los padres intitulada, 5Enseciales: Organización para el Mejoramiento de las Escuelas. Esta breve encuesta se enfoca en cinco áreas que afectan el éxito escolar: el liderazgo, la colaboración, la participación de la familia, el medio ambiente escolar y la instrucción. Le recomiendo encarecidamente que complete la encuesta,  ya que su opinión nos da información crítica para evaluar qué tan bien estamos sirviendo a nuestros estudiantes y progresando hacia las metas de nuestra escuela y del distrito.
La encuesta está diseñada para tomar aproximadamente 10 minutos y sólo se puede completar en línea. Los padres que tienen hijos inscritos en más de una escuela se le pedirán que complete una encuesta para cada escuela.

Haga clic AQUI para la encuesta en Español.
Latest Issue of Blackboard
Click HERE to read the Fall 2014-15 issue of the District 105 newsletter.  Back issues of Blackboard going back to the 1970s can be found under the "About D105" menu option at the top of the district home page.

The current issue covers:
  • National Blue Ribbon Schools 
  • Did You Know? 
  • New Staff
  • Full Day Kindergarten
  • Foundation News
  • Gifted Program
  • Parent Involvement at Hodgkins
  • Summer Connect Program
  • A Message from Dr. Schlichting
  • Senate Bill 16
Common Core Parent Forum
The Common Core State Standards are a set of “national” standards adopted to replace our existing state standards. In the spring of this school year, the new Common Core assessment, PARCC, will be given to our students based on these challenging and robust new set of standards that will better prepare our students to be college and career ready. At the heart of the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) is the need to better prepare of students to be successful in college and the work place. Currently, research shows that United States students are significantly behind the College and Career Readiness benchmark standards.

These standards do not tell teachers how to teach, but they do help teachers figure out the knowledge and skills their students should have so that teachers can build the best lessons and environments for their classrooms. These standards help students and parents by setting clear and realistic goals for success. To read more about the CCSS implementation process in District 105 and find answers to the most frequently asked questions around CCSS, click here.  

For more information on the Common Core Standards, please join us on February 19, 2015 for CCSS Parent Forum.  This evening event will provide essential information regarding the CCSS and teacher-run breakout sessions to experience the Common Core Standards "in action."  More information to come home soon! 

Upcoming PARCC Assessment - March and April
This spring, our 3rd-8th grade students will be taking the PARCC assessment.  This test, which replaces ISAT, will assess students on the new Common Core English-Language Arts and Math standards.  The test is broken into two parts, the Performance-Based assessment given in March and the End-of- Year test administered in April. Over the last two years, District 105 teachers have aligned classroom instruction to the new standards and are sharing sample test items with students.  
Precautions To Keep Our Schools Healthy
In light of recent reports of health-related issues affecting areas throughout our country (Enterovirus D68, the Ebola virus, Norovirus, and the upcoming flu season), we wanted to share some information with you.  Please note, that we have seen no reason for concern within our district, but are taking steps to be prepared.  Click HERE for a letter from our District 105 Nurse regarding the efforts the district is taking.  
Respiratory Illness: Enterovirus
Respiratory Illness/Enterovirus information from our neighboring county health department can be found HERE.
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.

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.
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.  
District 105 Recognized by State of Illinois
Over the past six years, all five District 105 schools have been recognized as Honor Roll Schools by the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE). The awards recognize excellence in academics as measured by the Illinois Standards Achievement Test (ISAT).

Based on 2011-12 ISAT results,  Seventh Avenue Elementary School and Spring Avenue Elementary School received the Illinois "Academic Excellence Award". 

More information on the awards and the selection criteria can be found

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.