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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

Gift Cards

Need Gift Cards?

The Athletic Boosters are continuing their project of selling gift cards. With the holidays approaching, we want to again stress this money—making project that we have. Many of you will be buying gift cards as gifts this holiday season. The Athletic Boosters order gift cards from a company that allows us to keep some of the profit that the companies make when they sell you the gift cards. You receive the same gift cards that you would purchase at the stores. They cost you nothing more and you receive exactly the same value. The Athletic Boosters receive some of the profit and that profit goes towards the equipment and uniforms that we purchase for the school and our athletes.

Attached is a list of some of the gift cards that we are able to order, the denominations that they come in, and the percent profit that we make. There are many others, totaling 760! If you don’t see what you want, check the scrip website online for the list. The list is available here.

Beginning Nov. 30, Terry Nielsen will pick up orders at the school each Friday morning by 9 am. The orders usually arrive in 3 days. The last day to order is Dec.14. Use the order form below or send you order on another sheet of paper. The order and check made out to Warren Athletic Boosters can be sent to Kelly in the high school office, Sally in the elementary office, or you can email Terry at [email protected] or call 815-745-3844 and then send your check to Kelly in the high school office. I also have quite a few gift cards on hand so call or email if you need a last minute gift. Thanks for helping the Athletic Boosters raise money for their projects!

Photograph of the craft fair in the gym

PTO Craft Fair This Sunday!

Reminder: This Sunday, from 9 AM to 3 PM, Warren PTO will be hosting their 28th annual Craft Fair in the gymnasium and commons. Concessions will be in the cafeteria. Santa will be making an appearance from 11 – 1. We have several vendors including many local merchants. Please come on out to support your local PTO and get an early jump on your shopping this year!

Safe Routes to School Grant

Safe Routes to School

Our school district is supporting the Village of Warren as they seek a grant to improve the safety of the routes to school. If selected as a grant recipient, the village will be updating the walkways around the school to provide better and safer routes.  We strongly encourage our students to take advantage of this healthy routine each day to/from school.

The Village needs our support to help win this grant. They will be collecting information from our teachers. However, they also need all parents from Preschool through Junior High to complete a brief parent survey.  The survey will be handed out at Parent/Teacher Conferences along with your student’s report card. Please help the village acquire this grant by taking this brief survey and returning to the school by next Friday, November 2.

Thank you very much, and Go Warriors!

Turtles Ready to Leave the Nest

Here we see the turtles in their ceremonial semi-circle

As is tradition at the end of the quarter, the turtle migration in Warren is set to begin! Dating back decades, turtle ottomans are a rite of passage for many Warren 8th graders as an introduction to the construction and industrial arts courses offered by Mr. Janecke in the High School or the CTE Academy.

Students receive a hands-on introduction to woodworking in this 9-week course where they measure, cut wood, stain, assemble, and upholster their turtle footstools. Students get to choose the fabric for their turtle’s shell. This year we have a wide array from the comfortable plaid to the exotic furry pink shell.

Mr. Janecke is but a steward to the terrapin tradition. Dating back decades, the ancient art of turtle building has been handed down by such illustrious former staff members as Mr. Stake and Mr. Kussner who have ushered in generations of hard-shelled hassocks to the surrounding area. Legend has it the blueprints for the turtle design are kept in a secured location known only to the industrial arts teacher.

Residents of Warren, Apple River and Nora anxiously await the migration of the turtles from the school’s shop to their homes whereupon the turtles take up their sacred job as one of the finest resting places for the weary feet of their masters. If you have one of these turtles living with you, we would love to see them. Post a picture in the comments on our facebook page!

Turtles of yesteryear in their homes.
Photo Credit (clockwise from left to bottom-right): Janet Freese, Adam Ege, Julia Spinhirne)

IT's Scholastic Book Fair Time!

Book Fair is Coming!

Come discover popular books from publishers around the world! Visit our Enchanted Forest Book Fair during Parent/Teacher Conferences! Oct. 25 from 2pm – 8pm and Oct. 26 from 8am – 12pm in the Board Room. Be sure to download the @ScholasticBookFairs app, which makes finding the right book easy! You can also shop online

a picture of a kid picking her nose in school photo

Picture Retakes (Oct 24)

a picture of a kid picking her nose in school photo
This is not one of our students

Did your student’s photo not come out the way you would have liked? Good News! Picture Retakes are set for October 24th.

This are for new students, absent students, and students who did not like their original photo. You must turn in the original picture package in order to retake.

Walk to School Day (Oct 10, 2018)

Walk to School Day

The Village is applying for a fully-funded grant that would make huge improvements to our walkways within a 2 mile radius of the school. To help promote that event, we will participate tomorrow in National Walk to School Day tomorrow (October 10)!

Mayor Raisbeck will in attendance to greet students at the Mary Street entrance!