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411 Review from August 26

Four Items from One School Board Meeting in One Minute
 
1.       The School Board and audience enjoyed a music video showcasing the first week of school through photos taken by faculty, staff and students.  The video is available on the CUSD300 YouTube channel
 
2.       The back to school celebration continued as teachers and administrators shared their excitement about this year’s lower class sizes during a Report to the Board on first-day enrollment figures, including the eloquent personal remarks of Eastview Elementary 5th Grade Teacher Kevin Pokorny.  They thanked the Board for the Board’s major financial investment in adding the equivalent of two additional schools by hiring dozens of additional teachers throughout the district.  The report, available here, shows this year’s starting enrollment figures for each school.   D300 enrollment increased just 33 students overall. The report also provided an update about the attendance boundary review process, noting that an independent demographer recently began to work with all villages in the district to develop projections of future enrollment growth.  The results of this independent study will be presented to the Board at a public meeting sometime in late October or November.
 
3.       Leading the Pledge of Allegiance were Lincoln Prairie Elementary School general education students who volunteer to support their special education peers.  Accompanied by Principal Trent Halpin, they were Megan McGorrian, Janet Gonzalez, Zack Cardoza, Contessa Loveless, Ryan Frantik, Perry Li, and Ana Lohman.
 
4.       An enlightening report called Measuring High School Students’ Success was shared, including a thoughtful analysis of the district’s most recent ACT test results, Advance Placement (AP) program highlights, scholarships earned, effects of poverty and mobility, and college retention rates.  To hear details, click here then choose the August 26, 2013, Board meeting; click Watch Video; and choose agenda item #5.3.  As shown, D300 students have benefitted from increased access to AP courses and increased success on AP exams.  Our graduates outpace other high school students in this region in their completion of college (90%).  And while ACT scores are down across the state and nation, our district’s 5-year trends on each sub-test are generally positive and our students show considerable growth from middle school through high school graduation. (Note: This is the first time that all students - including those with special accommodations - were included in the local, state, and national ACT score averages.)
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