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Illinois 5Essentails Survey: Organizing Schools for Improvement

Parent/Guardian Survey

Dear Parents/Guardians:

Warren Community Unit School District is committed to continuous improvement.  We are constantly pursuing ways to best serve our students and community.  We have a team of various stakeholders who meet on a regular basis to promote this improvement. 

The 5Essentials School Survey is one the major tools we utilize to assess our district.  This climate survey collects feedback from students, teachers, and parents/guardians.  Our team examines the results generated from this survey to identify the strengths of our district as well as areas for improvement.  Next, we create action plans to address these areas to improve as a school district.  Illinois has also connected this survey directly to our school buildings’ report cards.  Therefore, these results directly influence our schools’ summative designations, which rank the performance of schools across Illinois.

Our students and teachers will be completing these climate surveys this winter. However, the parent survey has opened early as it can be a challenge to meet the minimum threshold of 20% participation in each building to receive results. Therefore, if you have a child in both the elementary and junior/senior high school, you may answer this survey for each building.  As parents/guardians, your voice is extremely important to us.  You are a major contributor to your child’s educational team. Please take a moment to provide us with feedback.  This is a great way for us to gain your insight, so we can better serve the parents/guardians of our school district.

The following is the link to the survey: https://survey.5-essentials.org/illinois/?target_name=parent

Thank you in advance for taking time out of your busy schedules to provide us with feedback.  I look forward to seeing many of you at Parent/Teacher Conferences this week.  We value our relationship as educators with all of you.

Thank you,

Shawn Teske
Warren CUSD 205
Superintendent / Elementary Principal

Update 3-20-20

Illinois will be under a Stay at Home Order effective March 21 at 5 PM through April 7. The mandated school closure will remain through April 8. Therefore, we will plan to return to school on Tuesday, April 14 following our Spring Break.

Correction: it appears that the school closure has been extended with a tentative reopening date of April 8. Therefore, school would be in session on April 8 before Spring Break. Once again, this date is tentative as the situation remains fluid.

Currently, everything will stay in place as it has been this week through the school closure unless the Illinois State Board of Education gives us different guidance. We will continue our E-learning and providing meals to the youth of our communities. This is still a fluid situation, in which dates could be altered or extended. We will continue to keep you updated as we learn more.

Thank you for your continued hard work and dedication as we continue our students’ learning.

Coronavirus Update 3/15/2020

Dear Parents and Guardians,

Thank you for your extraordinary support over the past several days, as we have worked together to protect our community during the growing coronavirus/COVID-19 pandemic. To further safeguard Illinois from the spread of the virus, Governor JB Pritzker has declared mandatory school closures for all buildings, both public and private, serving pre-kindergarten through 12th grade students.

This mandatory closure takes effect Tuesday, March 17. Currently, we anticipate reopening on March 31.

Free lunch and breakfast will be available to all students. We will be providing sack lunches and breakfasts, which can be picked up in the cafeteria during school days from 11 AM until noon. Please enter through the southeast door closest to the main parking lot, enter through the cafeteria, pick up a sack lunch/breakfast for your student(s), and exit through the other the end of the cafeteria.

We are committed to keeping students engaged in their learning during this statewide school closure. Our staff has worked diligently to develop our e-learning program which is a blend of materials utilizing technology, hard copies, and activities to be performed at home. Teachers will be available for questions and will communicate specific hours to provide one-to-one help for all students.

To supplement these services, we encourage you to engage your children in other free, online educational activities. The Illinois State Board of Education has compiled a library of resources at www.isbe.net/keeplearning.

Concern over this new virus can make children anxious. It is very important to remember that children look to adults for guidance on how to react to stressful events. If adults seem overly worried, children’s anxiety may rise. Adults should reassure children that health and school officials are working hard to ensure that people throughout the country stay healthy.

Children also need factual, age-appropriate information about the potential seriousness of disease risk, so the focus of conversation should be concrete instructions about how to avoid infections and the spread of disease. Teaching children positive measures, talking with them about their fears, and giving them a sense of some control over their risk of infections can help reduce anxiety. Please talk with your children about precautions they can take to stay healthy, including:
● Wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds is best, especially if they are visibly dirty. An alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol is a suitable alternative. Consider showing your children one of these videos about proper handwashing technique: www.cdc.gov/handwashing.
● Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
● Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
● Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash and wash your hands.
● Stay home if you are able to stay home. Avoid travel if you can.

The National Association of School Psychologists has additional guidelines about talking to children about COVID-19 at https://www.nasponline.org/resources-and- publications/resources-and-podcasts/school-climate-safety-and-crisis/health-crisis- resources/talking-to-children-about-covid-19-(coronavirus)-a-parent-resource.

We will continue to inform you as quickly as we can about any further changes to school services. If you have questions, please do not hesitate to contact your building principal.

We appreciate your partnership, and we will get through this together.

Sincerely,

Shawn Teske

Corona Virus Update – School Closure

At 3:30 pm today Governor J.B. Pritzker informed administration via a teleconference that schools are to be closed starting Tuesday, March 17th through March 30th.

Monday, March 16th will be a normal school day and will be used for teachers to get any needed papers, materials, supplies,  and instructions to students about the e-learning days we will be utilizing. On Tuesday teachers will come in and work on compiling any other materials or content needed to make e-learning happen.

Wednesday, March 18th will then become our first e-learning day and we will continue with e-learning through March 30th. As of now we will plan on students returning to regularly schedule school days on Tuesday, March 31st.

This is still a fluid situation and we will keep you informed as we gather more information.

Coronavirus Information

Dear Parents/Guardians:

Following up from last week’s email, I wanted to let you know that as a school district we are constantly checking the progress of the Coronavirus. The purpose of this contact is to inform you that the school district is preparing and taking the situation seriously. It is not my intention to add stress to the situation our create hysteria; however, I wanted to let you know what has been communicated to school districts.

We have NOT been recommended to close any schools. We have been recommended to follow the same recommendations sent out last week and take extra cleaning and disinfecting precautions. However, we have been encouraged by the Illinois State Board of Education to create plans in case of exposure to the Coronavirus. Part of that plan includes creating e-plans to continue educating students at home if school were to be closed for an extended period of time. An e-learning plan would use technology (if available) to further educate our students.

The reason that I am sharing this information with you is to allow you as much time to prepare your own plan in case we face this situation. In an effort to gather more information and be better prepared, please mark below if you have a home computer and internet. We hope you appreciate our transparency. We do not intend to alarm anyone; instead, we are trying our best to keep all stakeholders informed of the situation.

Please return the form that was sent home with your student or complete the form here: http://bit.ly/205internet to help us gather this information

Warren Jr/Sr High School ANNOUNCES ILLINOIS STATE SCHOLARS  

Warren, IL – Warren Jr/Sr High School Principal Josh Knuth is pleased to announce that Allison Heller, daughter of Joe and Sarah Heller, Kimberlyn Raab, daughter of Chris and Lisa Raab, and Ethan Williams, son of Mike and Teri Williams, have been recognized as Illinois State Scholars.

The Illinois Student Assistance Commission (ISAC), the state agency committed to helping to make college accessible and affordable for Illinois families, confers this prestigious recognition to top Illinois high school students annually. This year, more than 21,000 honorees join the other top students who have been honored for their academic achievements since the designation was first introduced in 1958.

Illinois State Scholars represent approximately the top ten percent of high school seniors from 757 high schools across the state. Illinois State Scholars are chosen based on a combination of exemplary ACT or SAT test scores and sixth semester class rank.