Mr. Teske’s Monthly Update

As we have entered our final month of school, we spent the first week recognizing our staff with Teacher Appreciation Week.  This past month, we have finished district testing and continued to work hard as we conclude the school year.  Our high school students enjoyed prom.  Now, they are preparing for finals before the end of the year activities and graduation.  Our elementary students benefitted from the teaching from the Riverview Center, an assembly held by Gigi’s Playhouse of Rockford, and completed a week’s worth of activities to celebrate Earth Day. They picked up the surrounding area to give back to the community, planted sunflowers, decorated paper bags for Hartzell’s IGA, and completed arts and crafts throughout the week.

We conducted our annual fire drill with our local fire department. Additionally, they came to our elementary school an additional day to teach our students how to react in the event of a fire for their safety.  This joint effort of delivering an important educational lesson to our students is one of the many forms that local organizations and businesses collaborate with our school to improve our community and provide opportunities for our youth. On behalf of Warren CUSD 205, I thank all of the local businesses and organizations that have helped our school district reach our goals and improve the quality of our community.

This local support is needed now more than ever due to the state budget. School districts across the state have not been receiving their mandated categorical payments for programs such as special education, transportation, and preschool.  As of April 27, this amount has risen above 1.1 billion dollars throughout the state. This does not include General State Aid. Over 400 school districts, including Warren CUSD 205, have joined a movement to “Pass Illinois’ Budget.” As a school district, we have had to adapt and overcome many obstacles due to the lack of this funding.  Therefore, thank you to our communities and villages who continue to support our district to provide the best possible education to our students despite these barriers.

Finals are scheduled for May 17 – 19 with graduation set for May 19. Please support our graduates as they become our newest alumni members and enter the next chapter of their lives.  Thank you for your continued support, please come celebrate another successful school year with us at graduation.

Mr Teske’s April Update

The third quarter and the month of March flew by at Warren CUSD 205. We are less than two months away from summer and preparing for the 2017-2018 school year.  In March, we completed our annual state testing by taking the PARCC (Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers) and ISA (Illinois Science Assessment) exams.  During the first week of April, our high school made the transition from the ACT to the SAT exam by taking the SAT as a district for the first time.  While we continued to work hard during this time on our regular studies, we managed to have some fun in the elementary school by celebrating Dr. Seuss week and displaying our “swag” through a week of activities as we made the final preparations for the PARCC testing.  Our music department took a trip to Washington D.C. for an experience of a lifetime, as they performed at the nation’s capital.

During April, we will have screening on April 10 and 11 for our preschool program.  If you would like to arrange an appointment, please call 815-745-2653.  The Riverview Center will be giving their bullying prevention presentation to our students as we continue to promote and provide a safe learning environment for all students.  In addition, you may also start to notice some physical changes as we break ground on our new greenhouse.  Through multiple donations collected by our FFA Alumni Association and funds generated through the facilities sales tax, we will be constructing a new greenhouse to support our agriculture and science programs starting next school year. We are excited to be able to provide our students and community this resource as we prepare our students who choose to engage within the agriculture and science fields.

Finally, I would like to share more information in regards to the PARCC exam with all stakeholders of our community and district.  While it is true that students must take this according to federal law, our school district has additionally found the data from the exam beneficial to modify the curricula, instruction, and assessments for our students.  We have been able to identify and address the needs of our district as well as individual students through these results.  This exam provides us the opportunity to compare our students academically to other students across both the state and nation.

Thank you for your continued support of Warren CUSD 205. We understand that all members of our educational team need to be working towards the same goals to achieve excellence.  Many people believe this team solely consists of the student, school staff, and parents. However, we realize we need the support of our community to help each of our students reach his or her full potential and develop into a productive citizen within our community.

PARCC Test Swagger

PARCC Test Swagger

Students, as you begin your PARCC testing, we want you to remember a few tips that will ensure your success…
  1. Always get a good night’s sleep
  2. Eat a healthy breakfast
  3. Do your best no matter how tough it is, and
  4. Work your hardest!

We know if you do all those things you will show your PARCC test swag!! Remember that we are all very proud of you!

Enjoy our PARCC 2017 video, Warrior Nation!!

Mr. Teske with a Student

Mr. Teske’s Update

[Editor’s Note: Apologies for the lateness of this post. We’ll work on getting this out sooner in the future]

Happy New Year! With our first month of 2017 officially in the books, Warren Community Unit School District 205 is focusing on increasing our community engagement this year. Therefore, we will be writing a monthly article to discuss what has been going on in our district. Additionally, we will be looking to spread our vision and core values throughout the community.  We will be delivering posters to local businesses that describe our vision and core values.  If our team does not catch your business and you would like to display a poster, please contact the school and we will get you one as soon as possible.  The community is an essential stakeholder in regards to our school district in addition to the students, staff, parents, and board of education. While school districts are considered the heartbeat of their communities, we strive to do our best to ensure that you have a school district that you take the utmost amount of pride.

Analiesa Harbach Sendoff w with Mrs. Krahe

Mrs. Krahe and Analiesa

This past month has been exciting at Warren CUSD 205. Teachers came back a day before students from break and examined their courses in relation to the New Illinois Learning Standards.  We identified the strengths and weaknesses in our curricula to make necessary adjustments to best support the needs of our students.  In addition, students completed their second of three phases of MAP testing, which we use to track progress and curve our teaching in the areas of math, reading, language arts, and science.  Notably, one of our students, Analiesa Harbach, participated in the Illinois Music Education Association Honors Choir on January 28 in Peoria. She represented the top 1.5% of music students in the state, while representing our school district during this prestigious music experience.  Another student, Kaitlyn Lozada, won our school district’s National Geographic Bee, is now in the running for a chance to compete at the world competition.

Finally, I would like to thank our county, local businesses, and consumers in regards to the county school facility sales tax. This facility sales tax is for one percent on qualifying retail purchases.  This facility sales tax generated over $200,000 of revenue last year for the district to update our facilities.  This source of funding can be used in multiple ways to improve our facility and help pay off building bonds.  It cannot be used for salaries, benefits, instructional costs, textbooks, computers, movable equipment, school buses, or operating costs.  Our hope is that this source of revenue will help us maintain a safe learning environment that is conducive to student learning.

Mr Rickert, Kaitlyn and Mrs. Phelps pose at the end of the geography bee

Mr. Rickert and Miss Phelps congratulate our Geography Bee, Kaitlyn Lozada

Additionally, as we complete our ten-year health life safety resurvey this year, we hope our recent updates limit the amount of required improvements that will need to be completed by the school district.  I encourage you to visit our building and see the recent updates in our gymnasium, parking lot, hallways, and many other areas that we were able to complete through this source of funding.  This spring, we plan to break ground on the adjacent lot purchased by the district to erect a greenhouse using this funding along with multiple donations collected by our FFA Alumni.  Ultimately, this source of funding will help the district keep our building updated to lessen the burden on taxpayers within our district.

During the month of February, our doors will be open on February 8, as our Servant Leaders will be hosting a blood drive in the gymnasium. Our spelling bee will take place on February 9 along with an assembly hosted by the Dubuque Fighting Saints hockey team. In addition, our students will sing the national anthem for the Dubuque Fighting Saints at their game on February 24. If you are interested in attending any of these events, please stop by the school.

Dubuque Fighting Saints

Warren Elementary Night at Dubuque Fighting Saints hockey game.

The Dubuque Fighting Saints hockey team have set aside February 24th as Warren Elementary night.  Students, families, and friends are able to purchase discounted tickets at $10/ticket with a portion of the proceeds being donated to the school.  Contact the school office to purchase your tickets and they will be at will call waiting for you on game day.  Parents will have to provide transportation to this event.  All students are required to sit with their parents.

On this special night, the 2nd – 5th grade students will be performing the national anthem at the start of the game. Please wear RED to support the Fighting Saints and your Warren Warriors. (We’d say wear orange & black, but the opposing team’s colors are orange & black so we don’t want to discourage our hosts).

Remember, all students MUST be accompanied by an adult at the game. Come out for a fun night of hockey and Warrior/Saint spirit!

We hope to see you there!

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Update Your School Messenger Preferences!

It may be sweltering out now, but cold weather is coming sooner than we know it. We want to make sure you’re all set to get notifications from the school in the event of a weather closing or other emergency.

We also send out friendly reminders for upcoming events. Now’s a great time to login to the SchoolMessenger InfoCenter to update your settings. See the video below for a quick introduction to InfoCenter. You can access a direct link by visiting the Parent Home Page.

If you have troubles logging in, try the “forgot password” option on SchoolMessenger and put in your email. You may have an account already from when we used ContactManager.

If you are unable to create an account, that means we don’t have your email on file. Call the school and ask the secretary to add your email to your parent record in our SIS, InformatioNOW (aka iNow).

Meet the Teacher Night

Aug 16: Meet the Teacher Night

We will be holding our Meet the Teacher Night on Tuesday, August 16th from 6:00–7:00 in the evening for grades K-5. The teachers will be available in their classroom for parents and students to meet and to see the classrooms. We feel this will be a great way to ease the night before jitters that children often feel with the start of the new school year. It will also be a great chance to help your child find his/her desk and unpack those hard to carry school supplies. You may stop in anytime between 6:00-7:00 to visit.

Enjoy your last few days of summer with your child(ren). We are all looking forward to the start of a new school year and seeing you on August 16th!