Congratulations to our Sectional Champion Warhawk baseball team!
The Warren/Stockton Warhawks road through postseason play continues tomorrow night, May 29th, in the Super Sectional at Augustana College. The first pitch will be at 7pm. Come down to Augustana tomorrow night and support our Warhawks as they attempt to clinch their spot in the State Finals!
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!
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.
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.
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.