Alex Boelk

This message is regards to the loss of Alex Boelk. We will be canceling school on Thursday, September 22nd to allow any staff members and students to attend the funeral service at 11 AM at the Apple River Event Center. This school day will be made up at the end of the school year.

The visitation will be held at the funeral home in Warren tomorrow from 4 – 8 PM. We encourage you to support Alex’s family through this rough time.

Our senior class is selling T-shirts to support the family. Shirts are $15 and you may contact Ethan Wybourn to order. Please have the money in by the end of the school day on Wednesday.

GoFundMe campaign has also been set up by a friend of the family for financial support. (Warren Schools is not affiliated with the campaign.)

We have extra support services here at the school during this time for our students. Please support one another and be strong. We will get through this together as one.

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Hometown Throwdown Week 2

Week two of the award winning Hometown Throwdown video update series is live on These weekly updates are written, produced, filmed and edited by Mr. Renz’s Journalism class and entered into a contest against area schools. The school with the most views wins a cash prize. Let’s win again this year!

Please watch and, if you’re on Facebook, share our post with your friends.

Also, if there’s anything going on that you would like highlighted in the series, let Mr. Renz know and he’ll dispatch a student reporter to cover the event. It can be anything school-related, not just sports.


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Watch tonight’s Volleyball game LIVE on YouTube

Tonight we are testing out a live-stream of the Warriors vs. Bulldogs volleyball game starting at 6:30 tonight. The game will be live-streamed on YouTube at:

Please remember this is a test and we’re bound to have some technical difficulties. If you tune in, let us know what you think!

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Northwest Illinois Daily Drawing

The Warren Athletic Booster Club is participating in the 2016-2017 Northwest Illinois Daily Drawing. This is a great fundraising opportunity. Daily cash prizes $50-$250 and tickets drawn can win multiple times. Tickets are $25 each or 5 for $100. Contact Lisa Holland at 815-541-8477 for tickets or questions.

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State Budget Letter to the Community

Dear Parents and Guardians,

As you know, the impasse at the Capitol continues as legislatures and the Governor have been unable to reach agreement on a budget.  In the coming days, you will hear a great deal of speculation pertaining to whether schools will open in the fall.

Without a state appropriation for K-12 education in Fiscal Year 2017, many school districts will face dreadful circumstances.  The district has fund reserves coupled with local property tax that will allow the opening of school and should sustain the district throughout the school year.  Of course this would mean that the dysfunction at the Capitol has resulted in a shift of the cost of educating Illinois’ children to local property taxpayers. If forced to fund our district solely through these reserves and our local property taxes, it would nearly cut our reserves in half. These reserves would be extremely hard to regain and take much time to rebuild this safety net, which our fiscally responsible district has built over the years.

The top priority of our elected officials must be to enact a budget that includes adequate funds for public schools for the upcoming school year.  This will ensure that schools across the state open on time and are adequately funded for the full year.  An evidence-based funding model seems to be the most sound and fair long-term answer to having an adequate and equitable school funding model in Illinois.  It is founded on research-based practices. With a variance of Equalized Assessed Valuation (EAV) across the state and even among local communities, we hope to find a funding formula that will help balance the scales in school funding.

The toxic climate at the Capitol often leads one to avoid getting involved.  Yet, as taxpayers and as citizens who are concerned about the health and future of our state, now is the time to be engaged.  Contact your elected officials (Sen. Tim Bivins at [email protected] and Rep. Brian Stewart at [email protected]) to let them know your feelings about the current “state of the state.”  Meanwhile, be assured that your Board of Education and I will continue to monitor this situation closely.  We will also continue to develop contingency plans to respond to the prospect of an ongoing budget impasse into the fall.  We are committed to serving our school community without interruption.

Thank you for your continued support of our schools.


Shawn Teske
Superintendent & Elementary Principal, Warren CUSD 205