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.