Images of loredo taft campus from NIU

Loredo Taft Parent Meeting (6th Grade)

Your child will have the opportunity to take part in an outdoor field experience that continues to be a tradition of the sixth grade at Warren. For three days and two nights they will be attending the Lorado Taft Campus of Northern Illinois University near Oregon, Illinois.

During this time, students will learn together and bond as a team while they follow a program of instruction presented by outdoor education teachers from Northern Illinois University and school staff.

Students will need a white t-shirt for a project they will be doing at Lorado Taft.

If you have a child that uses a nebulizer treatment or an inhaler, they will need a doctor’s signed medical note with exact dosages and time of day of treatments to go along with their prescription for the Lorado Taft nurse to keep on file.

You may begin to turn in your forms to the main office or at the Lorado Taft informational program for parents on Thursday, November 1, 2016 at 6:30 p.m. in the High School Library.

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!

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

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

6th Grade Orientation/Tech Night

6th Grade Students and All New Students

6:00pm Opening Remarks- Mr. Knuth
6:05-6:10 Mrs. Leitzen schedule talk- add drop classes etc.
6:10-6:20 Jr High Teacher Comments
6:20-6:35 Mr. Bennett Tech Talk
6:35-6:40 Student Panel Comments
6:40-6:55 Lock handout for 6th grade students only
6:40-7:00 New students walk schedules
6:55-7:15 6th grade students walk schedule practice lockers