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

Wed, Oct 2nd: Raising Healthy Teens program

The Jo Daviess County Juvenile Justice Council will hold a free parents’ program on raising healthy teens at 7 p.m. Oct. 2 in the River Ridge High School Cafeteria in Hanover, IL

The keynote speaker will be Jeff Yalden, a nationally recognized advocate on youth mental health. He will share tips on how parents can successfully parent today’s children in this two-hour program filled with fun, laughter, and thought.

All parents and community members are welcome.

For information on Jeff Yalden visit www.thejyf.org

Flyer for Raising Healthy teens
Raising Healthy Teens Flyer
Jeff Yalden

Alma SIS

Introducing our new Student Info System – Alma

We are happy to introduce our new Student Information System (SIS), Alma! Alma will replace InformationNow (aka INOW) this school year. After 2+ years of research, we chose Alma due to their forward-thinking mission and ease of use for teachers and parents. Over the summer, we migrated our data from InformationNow to Alma and we are  (almost) all set to use it.

Here’s what you can expect with Alma from the start:

  • Mobile-friendly interface (so you can check grades and other info on your phone)
  • Updated user-interface so the things you’re looking for are easier to find and understand
  • Easier Parent-Teacher communication
  • Refreshed report cards
  • Behind the scenes, Alma is designed to save time, give staff instant insights, and reduce busywork

Eventually we will also include:

  • Online Registration
  • Online Payments
  • Standards/Competency Based Grading & Report Cards

In the coming weeks, we will be sending information on how you can access the parent and student portal in Alma. Your portal account will be tied to the email address so make sure we have a current email on file during registration.

We will also be discussing the change to Alma during our State of the School event on September 11. Don’t forget to register to learn more!

Warren CUSD 205 State of the School - September 11, 2019

Warren CUSD 205 State of the School Invitation

On behalf of Warren CUSD 205, we would like to invite all community members within the school district to our State of the School event on September 11, 2019.  The event will begin at 6 PM with dinner in the gymnasium.  The welcome will begin at 6:30 PM followed by rotations to learn about specific programs within the school district.  Community members will learn about the latest developments of Warren CUSD 205.  Warren Schools’ staff members are eager to share the highlights of our district with all of you, and hope to see you there.  Community members who plan on attending may register online at the following link: https://forms.gle/9TvR26PEhHA9cX8t8

2019-20 SCHOOL REGISTRATION

Parents & Guardians,

Registration for the 2019-20 school year will be on the following dates/times:

  • Monday, August 12 – 8:00am – 4:00pm
    Tuesday, August 13  – 1:00pm – 6:00pm

Please note: There will be a $10.00 late registration fee charged to each student that registers after August 13, 2019 unless prior arrangements are made with the office by Thursday, August 8.

Registration will be held in the administration wing of the school.

Students entering kindergarten, sixth, and ninth grades as well as all new students in our district must have a physical to be turned in at registration.

Students entering kindergarten, second, and sixth must have a dental examination or dental waiver form and all kindergarten and new students must have an eye exam or eye exam waiver to be turned in at registration.

Fee Schedule, School Calendar, and Supply Lists are below or on the Parent Home Page.

2019-20 School Calendar


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Students lined up in their cardboard boats

The Cardboard Regatta

Ready to Set Sail!

On Wednesday, May 22, Warren’s 8th Grade Pre-Engineering students set sail in the first (annual?) Cardboard Regatta at Apple Canyon Lake pool. This was a culmination of a year’s worth of work by the students as they each had a one-quarter long Pre-Engineering “mini” class with Mrs. Robbe.

Cardboard Regatta Trailer

The 8th Pre-Engineering mini focused on the engineering design process. Throughout the quarter, students used the stages of engineering, as well as mathematics calculations, to design, build, test, and improve water bottle rockets, thermal protection systems, and containers to safety send a chip through the mail.

Their final project was to design, create a scale model, test the scale model, build, and race a cardboard canoe. They used prior knowledge and researched examples of cardboard canoes to assist them in their design as well.

Student Applying Duct tape to a cardboard canoe
Finishing Touches

As they built and finalized their canoe, the students were required to calculate surface area and the volume of the canoe. They used this data along with the mass calculations to determine the maximum weight capacity of the craft. The measurement requirements included converting between units of measure. They also had to calculate the total mass and cost of the tape used.

Additionally, the students discussed Archimedes Principle as it relates to water craft.

The teams were required to have two people in their boat and were only allowed cardboard and tape. They were also required to have a theme. The students were scored on their calculations and their work as a team.

Students rowing in a cardboard boat
The S.S. Arrrrg! was able to travel the length of the pool and back without fear of sinking.

The final results are in the video below. As you can see, everyone had a blast at the event.

The 2019 Cardboard Regatta

Warren CUSD 205 Board of Education Announcement:

The Board appointed Abraham E. Trone to fill the vacancy on the Board.

The appointment will be from 2019 to 2021.

The Board previously established qualifications for the appointee in a careful and thoughtful manner. Abe meets these qualifications and has demonstrated the willingness to accept the duties and responsibilities of a Board member.  Abe brings a clear understanding of the demands and expectations of being a Board member along with a constructive attitude toward the challenge.

Battle of the Books

On Wednesday, May 15th, Warren Junior High School will be hosting a “Battle of the Books” competition. Students have been reading novels all semester in preparation for this event. Come join us in the high school gymnasium at 8:30 am as we cheer for our students and celebrate their reading successes! 

Thank you!

School Board Vacancy

The School District is accepting applications to fill the vacancy resulting from the election.

The individual selected will serve on the School Board from the date of appointment to April 2021.

We, at Warren School District #205, believe that education is a collaborative effort of home, school, and community; and that all students have the capability to learn. We believe in stimulating the students to become lifelong learners, while enhancing their life skills through the best practices of the educational setting. Students will achieve a foundation to become productive, self-reliant citizens in today’s world.

At a minimum, a candidate must meet the following qualifications:

  • Be a United States citizen
  • Be at least 18 years of age
  • Be a resident of Illinois and the District for at least one year immediately preceding the appointment
  • Be a registered voter
  • Not be a child sex offender
  • Not hold another incompatible public office
  • Not have a prohibited interest in any contract with the District
  • Not be a school trustee
  • Not hold certain types of prohibited State or federal employment

Applicants should show familiarity with the Board’s policies regarding general duties and responsibilities of a Board and a Board member, including fiduciary responsibilities, conflict of interest, ethics and gift ban. The Board’s policies are available at the district office and online at www.205warren.net.

Applications may be obtained at the district office or downloaded below beginning on April 25, 2019.

Completed applications may be turned in by May 10, 2019 to the District Superintendent.