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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

Don’t forget to take the 2020 Census!

Please fulfill your civic duty by completing your census and increase the amount of federal funding our communities receive for community services such as public services, schools, hospitals, and fire departments. These figures also determine how many seats are allocated for Illinois in the House of Representatives. Furthermore, these figures help drive plans for new homes, businesses, and improvements to neighborhoods. Please take a few minutes today to complete your census, thank you.

Jo Daviess County Completion Rate as of 5/22/2020

Preschool Screening

Warren Elementary School’s preschool program is designed to provide free educational services to families with children ages 3 – 5 who are not eligible for kindergarten. To be considered for this program, children need to be screened. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this screening will be conducted over the phone.

If you would like to have your child(ren) screened, please call Ms. Katrya Lessman at 815-291-5408 or email her at [email protected]. You may also call Warren Elementary School at 815-745-2653 if you have any questions. Please feel free to leave a message and we will call you back.

The deadline to call or email is Friday, July 31, 2020.

Summer Food

Dear Warren CUSD 205 Families:

Warren CUSD 205 will continue to serve breakfast and lunch meals as we have during this fourth quarter until the conclusion of the school year. Our final distribution day will be May 21 as we will provide additional food on that day for May 22.

Our local food pantry, Caring Neighbors Outreach Food Pantry (119 W. Main St. next to Casey’s), has reached out to us informing us that they are confident to fill this void during the summer. Opposed to daily meals, they will provide food on a monthly basis. The food can be picked up each Saturday morning between 9:00 – 11:00 AM.

I hope you have found this service useful as we navigate through these unprecedented times. Feel free to reach out to us if we can be of assistance in anyway. You may also contact Shirley Miller at Caring Neighbors at (815) 745-3441 for more information on their services.

Teacher Appreciation Week

Dear Warren CUSD 205 Community:

Thank you for your flexibility, cooperation, and dedication to continue the education of our students as we take precautions to keep our community safe. Parents/Guardians have been instrumental in this process, and we need to remain in constant communication as we close out the school year these next few weeks. None of us predicted our school year to end in such fashion, but I am proud of the resilience shown by all the stakeholders of our educational community: students, teachers, parents, administration, Board of Education, and community members. Therefore, once again, thank you for your efforts through this pandemic.

This week, I want to remind all of you that it is Teacher Appreciation Week. We are blessed at Warren CUSD 205 to have such a dedicated team of educators. All of our worlds were flipped upside down suddenly due to COVID-19. Without hesitation, teachers started working around the clock to prepare methods to continue each student’s learning. While building the resources to strategically continue students’ progressions through their school curricula, they were determined to design the teaching to best suit the needs of many diverse students and families who are all battling different circumstances due to COVID-19.

While everyone needs to be thanked for their efforts and victories thus far through this pandemic, I encourage all of you to send a special thank you to our teaching staff. Please make sure they receive the necessary love and encouragement through these unprecedented times. This is uncharted territory for all of us and we need to remain unified to overcome the challenges.

I hope you all stay healthy and well. Please do not hesitate to reach out to us to assist in any way possible.

Thank you,

Dr. Shawn Teske
Superintendent

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Upcoming Awards Nights!

GET READY TO CELEBRATE! 🎉

Tonight (May 4th) is the Senior Scholarship Awards Night. This will be broadcast LIVE on YouTube at 6:00pm. We will honor our graduating seniors and announce the winners of the local scholarships. Click the link or watch it right here below.

We will also have the High School and Junior High Awards Nights coming up.

High School Awards Night: Thurs, May 14th at 6:00pm
Junior High Awards Night:
Thurs, May 21st at 6:00pm

More info will be posted so keep an eye here and/or on our Facebook page.

FFA Plant Sale 🌸

Due to COVID-19 we have to do our plant sale a little differently. Below you will find a link to our online store that opens at Noon on Saturday May 2nd.

When you check out you will select a pickup date and time. Pick up dates & times are: Tuesday/Thursday 3-5pm or Saturday 8:30-10:30AM. There is no rush to pick up plants. Products are pulled each day as the orders come in, so your products are reserved. When you come to pick up please park in front of the greenhouse and stay in your car. We will load your vehicle for you and confirm payment.

Payment methods are check, e-check and credit card. Paying with a check has no service fee. An e-check has a $0.45 fee. The Credit Card option has the highest fee at 3.5% plus $0.45. That amount is calculated on the payment screen so you can decide what is the best option for you. The credit option is only being offered for shopper convenience. We are perfectly happy with payment by check!!

Below you will find the link to the site, but you will see a countdown until Saturday at noon!

Thank you for supporting Warren FFA!!

https://my.cheddarup.com/c/warren-ffa-plant-sale

NOTICE OF PUBLIC MEETING

On May 28, 2020 at 6:00pm, a meeting conducted by Warren CUSD 205 will take place virtually via Zoom due to COVID-19. The purpose of the meeting will be to discuss the district’s plans for providing special education services to students with disabilities who attend private schools and home schools within the district for the 2020- 2021 school year. If you are the parent of a home-schooled student who has been or may be identified with a disability and you reside within the boundaries of Warren CUSD 205, you are urged to attend.

To obtain login information to the Zoom Meeting or if you have further questions pertaining to this meeting, please contact Shawn Teske at 815-745-2653 or [email protected]

COVID-19 Update: April 17

Good Afternoon, Warriors:

It is with a heavy heart that I inform all of you that Governor Pritzker has announced the suspension of in-person instruction through the remainder of the school year. This extends our remote learning plan through the end of the academic school year. 

Frankly, this is a sad day. No one had planned this school year to finish in this manner. My heart is with all students and staff who were not given the opportunity to have proper goodbyes. I grieve for our high school seniors who had their final quarter of their career at Warren High School torn from their grasp.

With that being said, we will all continue to move forward together. We must be resilient and work together to conquer the hardships we are currently facing. Regardless of our various backgrounds, no one was fully prepared as our lives were flipped upside down.

Please review the letter that is being sent out electronically through SchoolMessenger’s email system (attached below), our school Facebook page, and our school website for more information. I encourage all students and families to maintain constant communication with their teachers. While this does help us track the continuing of education, more importantly we utilize this information to track the well-being and health of our students.

Warren Warriors, thank you for your support and cooperation. We need to remain unified through these unprecedented times. If there is anything we can do for you, please reach out to us. Together, we will battle through this adversity and emerge from this pandemic stronger than ever. Please hug your child and take care of yourselves. Please make sure they know that we miss them dearly.
 
Go Warriors!

A Little Something to Kick Off Your Spring Break

Hello, I hope all of you are having a good day, but I know it is about to get much better!  There is a a video below that is going to brighten your day. I would like to say thank you to the best director in the business Jason Bennett, and a super big thanks to Ashley Almquist for taking care of all the editing and helping us to pull this whole thing together!  Now for the first time on film!  Enjoy!