Welcome to the District Digest for Glen Ellyn School District 41.  This email will be sent to you periodically and will include district happenings and updates.

Ribbon Cutting at Ben Franklin this Saturday

All are invited to attend a ribbon cutting ceremony to celebrate the four new classrooms at Ben Franklin Elementary School this Saturday at 9 a.m. The four classrooms were built to replace the four portables that had been used for the past 10 years. No RSVP necessary and the event is open to the public.

Reminder: Board of Education Meeting at Hadley

The Board of Education will meet this coming Monday, January 26, 7:30 p.m. at HADLEY in the Library Media Center. Please note the change of venue. The finance committee meeting will be held at 6:30 p.m., also at Hadley. Click here for agenda and materials. The agenda includes a presentation about facilities options to support 21st Century Learning and space to provide full-day kindergarten. All are welcome!


Take the 5Essentials Survey

Last week, all parents and teachers were sent information about the Illinois Board of Education 5Essentials survey. Thank you to all who have already participated. We are off to a great start!

The 5Essentials survey is presented by the Illinois State Board of Education and is administered by UChicago Impact. This survey is based on the Five Essentials for School Success, an evidence-based framework developed by the University of Chicago. This framework identifies how school performance on five factors or "essentials" can lead to important student outcomes, including improved attendance and larger test score gains.

The 5Essentials are:
  • Effective Leaders
  • Collaborative Teachers
  • Involved Families
  • Supportive Environment
  • Ambitious Instruction

To take the survey, CLICK HERE and select the appropriate survey to begin.

The survey is available now through March, 13, 2015.

New Assessment - PARCC is Coming

This spring, students in grades 3-8 in the State of Illinois will be taking a new assessment test .  The test known as PARCC, stands for Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers.  PARCC's intent is to measure a student's knowledge and understanding of the Common Core State Standards, which were written for English Language Arts and Math. As a district, we have been working to implement the Common Core Standards for the past few years.  

Click Here to learn more.


Community Listening Sessions about Facilities and Full-Day Kindergarten

Please join us to share your thoughts about facilities options being considered by the Board of Education to support 21st Century Learning and full-day kindergarten.

Saturday, January 31 at 10:30 am., Hadley Junior High, Library Media Center

Wednesday, February 4 at 7 p.m., Hadley Junior High, Library Media Center


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