Warhawks baseball team after a win

Warhawks Baseball to Play Sectional Championship

With their victory last night, our Warhawk baseball team has earned the right to play Spring Valley Hall in the Sectional Championship tomorrow morning (May 27th) at 10am at Byron High School. Please come out to support the Warhawks tomorrow morning in Byron!

Photo Credit: Monica McGivney

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.

FFA Alumni Greenhouse Donation

Warren FFA Alumni Contributes $44K to the Construction of the District’s Greenhouse

Warren CUD #205 School Board and Administration, at the suggestion of many people in our rural community, believed it would be a good idea to re-instate the Agriculture Program into the curriculum.  Classes were first offered in the 2014-15 school years, and since that time, an adult organization – Warren FFA Alumni has been formed to support that program and raise funds to support our Ag students and their activities as well as our major project – building a greenhouse.

Many people and companies – both local and out of town/state have generously donated to our project being built on school property. We believe this would bring Agriculture into the program at all grade levels.   The cost of the greenhouse is being funded through the School District as well as the FFA Alumni.  We have raised $44,000 to put toward the cost of construction, which is 30% of the total cost of the project.  Additionally, we have helped students by absorbing some of the cost of attending activities, as well as purchasing some equipment used in the classroom.  The Warren School District’s portion of the cost for the greenhouse is being paid for with our local share of the Jo Daviess County School Facility Sales Tax.

The alumni organization has held 2 silent auctions at the Jo Daviess County Fair in 2015 and 2016, and a plant sale, which we intend to continue annually, with the help of our Agriculture classes planting flowers, herbs and vegetables and making them available for order each spring.  It is our intent, with future fundraisers, to continue to support the activities of our students, and to financially help to equip the greenhouse until profit generated from plant sales can sustain and renew all that is necessary for the next year’s sale.

We are very proud of the steps we have taken as an organization, and want to walk alongside community members and students alike to promote agriculture in our school and the community.  Please feel welcome to join us at our bi-monthly meetings – held on the second Monday of each month in the High School cafeteria.  Without a doubt – many helpers make the load a little lighter, and we would appreciate your support in continuing to develop our program.   Plan to take a drive or walk past the site of the greenhouse on Mary St. (adjacent to the Elementary School) and watch as our building and project takes shape.  Thanks to all who have contributed in any way. Raising this amount of money in such a short time was no small feat, and we appreciate being able to contribute toward the total cost.

FFA Alumni Greenhouse Donation

Shown here in a picture taken on the day cement footings were laid are – L to R: The Piefer family (FFA Member) Kody, Kim, Tammy, (Secretary 2015-16) Bill Bourquin, (Vice President 2015-17) Sue Bourquin, (Treasurer 2015-17) Mark Wulfekuhle, (President 2015-17) and Shawn Teske (District Superintendent). Other members who were unavailable for the picture are: Susan Janecke (Secretary 2016-17) and members at large in alphabetical order: Lucas Bourquin, Jim and Kim Francis, Brenda and Jeremy Heimann, Bill Holland, Dan Holland, Tom Janecke, Duane Maupin, Bill McFadden, Jim McGivney, Denis and Garrett Toay, Matt Thompson, Abe Trone, Jerome Vondra, Ben, Fritz, and Jamie Wolff, Steve Wulfekuhle, and Wayne Wubbena.

Yellow Flower

Plant Order Pickup

If you ordered plants from the FFA Alumni fundraiser, pickup is on Saturday, May 6th from 11 to 2pm during the Fun Fair.

The Warren Community sold almost 102 flats and 53 pots of owers which netted almost $800 for the school greenhouse.

We appreciate your generosity and helping us build a greater community.

FFA Alumni LogoSincerely,
Warren FFA Alumni

Than you for your support!!

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!!

WCCI 100.3 FM

WCCI Scholastic Bowl Tournament

Want something to listen to with your class? Interested in trivia? Want to support our high school students? Then tune into WCCI 100.3 (or listen online) at 12:30 today (March 16) to hear the Varsity Scholastic Bowl take on Le-Win in the WCCI tournament!

Computer Bug

Erroneous Charges to Cafeteria Account

Good afternoon,

We’ve received notice that our cafeteria management software has processed some duplicate charges to some accounts today due to a bug in a recent update. The company, PushCoin, is currently working on fixing this issue. They know why the issue occurred and which transactions were affected. When they get the fix in place, it will refund the erroneous charges.

Sorry for the confusion.

Steve Moris Logo

Comedian & Musician Steve Moris coming to Apple River Event Center on March 14

Steve Moris and his guitarThe District #205 Foundation is excited to announce that Steve Moris, Princess Cruise Line Entertainer of the Year, will be delighting us with his comedy and music at the Apple River Event Center at 7:00 p.m. on March 14th.  Steve has opened for The Beach Boys in over 500 concerts and has performed with the likes of Louie Anderson, Dana Carvey, Chris Rock, Gary Shandling, and Roseanne Barr.

Advanced tickets are $15 each or $100 for a table of 8 (advance purchase only) or $20 at the door. Tickets can be purchased in the High School Office. Raffle tickets are also available in the office for a 32: Smart TV, an Amazon Echo, a wine rack handcrafted by Tom Ernst, and wine gift baskets. (Google Steve Moris for more information and to watch some of his videos.)

Your attendance and support is greatly appreciated.

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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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