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    • District 300 welcomes all students, parents and guardians to the 2018-2019 school year!  We look forward to celebrating the first day of school with you on Tuesday, August 14th.

      District 300 has compiled useful information for the upcoming school year all in one place. Topics have been arranged in alphabetical order to optimize organization. Please note: some of the topics are only applicable to certain parent groups (for example, the “newcomers meeting” topic is only applicable to families that are new to our district). As such, please read each section carefully to determine if a topic is applicable to your student.

       

      Attendance

      Encouraging regular school attendance is one of the most powerful ways a parent or guardian can prepare a child for success. When students are absent for an average of just two days of school per month—even when the absences are excused– it can have a negative impact. These absences can affect students as early as kindergarten. As a parent or guardian, you can prepare your child for a lifetime of success by making regular school attendance a priority.

       

      Bus and Transportation Information

      If your student(s) is eligible for school bus transportation during the 2018-2019 academic year, you can expect a postcard with your child’s route information approximately one week prior to the start of school. Additionally, beginning August 8th, parents and guardians will be able to access this same route information through parent portal.

      Students who were registered after July 13th may not receive transportation data until after the second week of school.

      Due to the volume of students we transport on a daily basis, please understand that transportation change requests cannot be accommodated during the first few weeks of school.

       

      Bus Tracker App

      The Durham Bus Tracker app provides an accurate means for parents and students to monitor the location of a particular bus and/or possible delays in the arrival to a specific stop.

      The app can be downloaded from the Apple Store, Google Play, or directly at m.durhambustracker.com. A parent must have a smartphone or tablet device to download the app.

      Use of the app is purely voluntary. There is no cost associated with the app, however associated data charges may apply and will be the responsibility of the user.

      Once the app is downloaded, parents and guardians can follow these instructions:

      • “Create An Account” by entering your name and email address, then create a password for this application.

      • “Add Student” by first selecting a “state” which is “Illinois,” then “location” which is “Carpentersville, IL.”

      • Enter your “Student ID” number and “Student last name.” This must be entered exactly as it is in the District 300 student database.

      • If you have more than one student, continue adding students then select “Save.” It is VERY important for students to still arrive at the bus stop 5 minutes prior to their scheduled time to avoid missing the bus. The bus will not return for students that were not at the bus stop at their correct time. Please note that GPS data gives us information such as speed of vehicle, idling time, accurate time of bus arrival to any location and door opening at each stop.

      • Late start and early release day schedules won’t be reflected in the app but you can see where the bus is located.

       

      Calendar and Schedule Information

      All District-level calendar information for the 2018-2019 school year can be found at d300.org/Calendars. School specific events can be located on your school’s homepage in the section titled: “Upcoming Events.”

      • The 2018-2019 District calendar for kindergarten through 12th grade students can be accessed by clicking here.

      • The preschool calendar can be accessed by clicking here.

      • Bell times for regular school days can be accessed by clicking here.

      • Early release dates and bell times can be accessed by clicking here (please note: preschool students do not follow the District’s early release bell schedule). Parents of preschool students should refer to the preschool calendar).

      • Elementary A-B-C-D-E schedule can be accessed by clicking here.

      • High school bell schedules can be accessed by clicking here.

       

      Chromebooks

      Parents, please remind any high school student who brought their Chromebook home for the summer to bring it back to school, fully charged, on the first day of classes.

      High school students who did not bring their Chromebooks home over the summer will receive them during their school’s textbook distribution night.

      Elementary and middle school students will receive their Chromebooks within the first two or three days of the new school year (please note: preschool and kindergarten students do not receive Chromebooks).

       

      Cum Laude System

      In 2014-2015, District 300 made a decision to transition to the Latin Cum Laude system beginning with the Class of 2019. This change was done to promote a stronger sense of academic achievement and attainment for ALL students. This system replaces the previous “honors” and “high honors” distinctions used by District 300 high schools at their graduation ceremonies.

      The Cum Laude system establishes three distinct “honors” levels where students are recognized for their academic performance at the graduation ceremony in May. These classifications will account for both the unweighted and weighted GPA. The honors distinctions include:

       

      Level

      Meaning

      Unweighted GPA

      Weighted GPA

      Cum Laude

      With Honors

      3.5 - 3.69

      4.5 – 4.99

      Magna Cum Laude

      With Great Honors

      3.7 - 3.84

      5.0 – 5.49

      Summa Cum Laude

      With Highest Honors

      3.85 - 4.0

      5.5. +

       

      This implementation of the Cum Laude system does nothing to diminish a student’s academic accomplishments. It does, however, expand upon the prior system by accounting for the varied interests of our students without being punitive toward those who do not take weighted classes. In the past, the system only benefited those who took courses with additional weighting.  It is important to note that a student’s unweighted GPA may place them in a different Cum Laude level than their weighted GPA (and vice versa). If this is the case, the higher of the two levels will be applied for the student.

      The district made the determination to rely on both the unweighted and weighted GPA’s as a result of our review of our students academic performance trends. During our analysis we reviewed the academic performance of our students inclusive of their last seven semesters for the years 2014-2015 through 2017-2018. Based on an unweighted GPA alone, we found that some students taking advanced courses (Advanced Placement, Dual Enrollment, or Honors) would have been excluded from recognition in the Cum Laude system. However, when we included a weighted GPA, we found these same students would qualify for Summa Cum Laude and Magna Cum Laude designations. As such, we are confident the Cum Laude system fairly and adequately honors the performance of all students. In this way, we continue to support each student’s intrinsic desire to take academically challenging courses without the perception that their work is being ignored or trivialized.

      The Cum Laude distinctions are reserved for only those students who have earned a minimum GPA of 3.5+ (unweighted) and 4.5+ (weighted) with no failing semester grades (F) or incompletes (I). The inclusion of the “and” option using a weighted and unweighted calculation ensures that students who take challenging coursework are recognized for their overall attainment.  


      Valedictorian and Salutatorian:

      The District 300 Cum Laude system does not eliminate the Valedictorian or Salutatorian designations. Instead, both the Valedictorian and Salutatorian will continue to be selected based upon overall weighted GPA. In the instance where multiple students have the same weighted GPA, the school will allow for co-valedictorians as has been past practice.

       

      Education Services Video Series

      The District 300 Education Services Department has created an informative video series intended to answer frequently asked questions, define commonly used terminology, and provide an overview of important concepts and resources.

      The Education Services Video Series includes the following titles:

      The complete Education Services Video Series can be viewed by clicking here. 

       

      Free and Reduced Lunch Applications

      The Household Eligibility Application for free/reduced price meals must be completed annually starting in July of each year.

      Applications for the National School Lunch Program can be completed by clicking here.

      If you have questions regarding the application process, please contact 847-551-8349 or send an email to FandRapps@d300.org.


      Meal Account Payments:

      Funds can be added electronically to student meal accounts (breakfast and lunch) through MyPaymentsPlus. To create a new account or to add funds to existing account click here.

       

      Graduation Dates

      The District 300 class of 2019 (all three high schools) will celebrate graduation ceremonies on Saturday, May 18th at the Sears Centre Arena (5333 Prairie Stone Parkway, Hoffman Estates, 60192) as follows:

      Dundee-Crown High School

      Dundee-Crown High School’s graduation ceremony begins at 6:00 p.m.  

      All students should plan to arrive at the Sears Centre Arena no later than 5:00 p.m.


      Hampshire High School

      Hampshire High School’s graduation ceremony begins at 10:00 a.m.

      All students should plan to arrive at the Sears Centre Arena no later than 9:00 a.m.


      Jacobs High School

      Jacobs High School’s graduation ceremony begins at 2:00 p.m.

      All students should plan to arrive at the Sears Centre Arena no later than 1:00 p.m.

        

      Health Requirements

      Illinois law [105 ILCS 5/27-8.1] requires schools to exclude students from school until they present proof of meeting the health exam and immunization requirements.

      All District 300 students must be up-to-date with their physical examination and immunization requirements prior to the beginning of the new academic year. All forms must be turned into the School Health Office no later than August 1, 2018, to ensure students can begin on the first day of attendance. Students will not be able to attend school until all health information is on file. A listing of immunizations/vaccinations required can be found at www.d300.org/HealthRequirements.

      Specific exemptions or causes exist for students that precludes them from being excluded from school by the date specified and include the following:

      • Medical Exemptions: Students with specific medical conditions may be exempt from required immunizations/vaccinations. The medical exemption must be signed by a medical doctor licensed to practice medicine in Illinois. Healthcare providers may use their judgment, along with many sources of information about vaccination, to assess whether a child is likely to experience an adverse reaction. If the determination is yes, then the medical practitioner may issue a medical exemption or adopt an individualized schedule.

      • Religious Exemptions: Parents or legal guardians who object, for religious reasons, to their child being immunized for school entrance must submit a Certificate of Religious Exemption, which now must be signed by a healthcare provider. This legislation requires a health care provider to sign the certificate confirming they have provided education to the parents or legal guardians about the benefits of immunizations and the health risks of not vaccinating students.

        • Parents or legal guardians must submit the signed certificate to their local school authority prior to children entering kindergarten, sixth grade, and ninth grade.

        • The Certificate of Religious Exemption form is available by clicking here
           
      • Newly Enrolled Students: New students enrolling at a school or within a District for the first time have 30 days from the initial date of enrollment to meet these requirements.

      • Proof of a Scheduled Medical Appointment: School Code does allow students to be exempt from mandatory exclusion if they are able to provide evidence of a scheduled appointment for their immunizations/vaccinations. A copy of the scheduled appointment must be submitted to the school nurse. The nurse will call and verify the appointment and will follow-up after the scheduled date to ensure that all records have been updated.   

      Per School Board Policy 7:100, students not meeting the Physical Examination and Immunization requirements prior to the first day of school will not be allowed to start classes. Students who do not have their immunization/vaccination records completed will not be issued an actual school schedule. Students will have access to their courses through Infinite Campus but will not receive a final schedule. Students without their immunizations/vaccinations and/or completed registration who come to school will be housed on the first day in a central location. Staff will work to contact individual families and apprise them that their student(s) may not attend until all records are complete or the district receives evidence of a scheduled appointment or waiver submission.

       

      How to Submit Health Documents

      Parents and/or guardians may submit documentation of physicals and/or immunizations/vaccinations via fax, email (scanned), mail, or in person.

      Nurses are not 12 month employees and return to school buildings in late July. If you have sent verification of immunizations/vaccinations and/or physical exams prior to July 21, please contact the school nurse to ensure that your child’s records have been received and are accurately reflected in the system. As an alternative, you may also submit your child’s records to Mrs. Sherrie Schmidt, Coordinator for Health Services at sherrie.schmidt@d300.org or via fax at 847-551-8433. Should you have any questions or concerns you can contact Mrs. Schmidt at 847-551-8371.

      For more information about health documents, including answers to frequently asked questions, please click here to view a short video.

       

      Infinite Campus Parent Portal And Student Portal: Desktop Features Vs. Mobile App Features

      The Infinite Campus Parent Portal and Student Portal are powerful resources that provide parents and students with access to information such as assignments, attendances, grades, and schedules.

      The Parent Portal and Student Portal are avaialble via a web browser (by visiting: https://infinitecampus.d300.org/campus/portal/carpentersville.jsp) or as a mobile app titled Infinite Campus Mobile Portal.

      It is important to note that the Infinite Campus Mobile Portal app contains significantly fewer features than the web browser version. For example, a parent may view their child’s bus route information in Infinite Campus via a web browser, but bus route information is not available on the mobile app.

      District 300 has created a PDF document intended to help parents identify which resources are available on the mobile app and which resources are available through the web browser version. You can view this resource by clicking here.

       

      Lacrosse

      District 300 is proud to announce we are officially launching lacrosse as an IHSA sport this spring!

      District 300 will offer two levels (varsity and a lower level) of men’s lacrosse at each District 300 high school and two levels (varsity and a lower level) of women’s lacrosse comprising students from all three high schools.

      District 300 lacrosse teams will be part of the Fox Valley Conference and will compete against other IHSA sanctioned teams.

      If a student is interested in trying out for the lacrosse team, he or she may speak to their high school Athletic Director.

       

      Middle School Recognition Nights

      The complete list of middle school recognition night dates, times, and locations can be located by clicking here.

       

      Newcomers Meeting

      District 300 will host a meeting for all new families to our district on August 1st from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Jacobs High School Auditorium (attendees should enter the building using the athletic entrance). The meeting will provide an overview of:

      • Food Services

      • Health Services

      • National School Lunch Program

      • Safety and Security

      • Student Fees

      • Student Information Systems

      • Transportation

       

      Open Houses

      Every District 300 school will host an open house to welcome parents and guardians and to provide information to ensure your child has a successful and rewarding academic year. You can view the complete open house schedule by clicking here.

       

      Parent/Guardian Handbook

      The District 300 Parent/Guardian Handbook for the 2018-2019 school year is available online and can be accessed by clicking here.

      The Parent/Guardian Handbook contains pertinent sections from the District 300 Board Policy Manual, along with supplementary notices for students and their families.

      The 2018-2019 Parent/Guardian Handbook also includes District 300’s new dress code, which can be located on page 42.

       

      Parent-Teacher Conferences

      During the 2018-2019 academic year, Parent-Teacher Conferences for all District 300 schools will be held on Monday, November 19th and Tuesday, November 20th. Schools will provide registration information as the conference dates approach.

       

      Parking Permits

      High school students (and their parents) may contact their high school’s main office about parking permit availability, applications, and payment.  

       

      Pick-Up and Drop-Off Procedures

      To ensure a smooth start to the academic year, each school’s pick-up and drop-off procedures have been posted to their respective websites. To locate your school's procedures:

      • Visit your school’s homepage

      • Hover your mouse over the “About” channel

      • Click “Pick-Up and Drop-off Procedures” from the dropdown menu

       

      School Safety

      School safety is one of District 300’s top priorities. In our effort to keep schools safe, students, parents, or community members can use the Safe School Tip Line to report concerns with bullying, drugs, weapons, violence, or self-harm in our schools.

      The Safe School Tip Line can be found on the District 300 homepage (located in the blue row of icons directly beneath the homepage slideshow image). Individuals can also call the Safe School Tip Line at (847) 551-8477 or email at SafeSchoolTipline@d300.org. Additionally, you can share your safety concerns through the District 300 phone app by clicking the Safety Tip Line icon.

      The Safe School Tip Line can be used anonymously or contact information can be provided for follow-up.

      For more information, or to provide a safety concern directly, please contact our Director of School Safety, Mr. Todd Rohlwing, at (847) 551-8365 or Todd.Rohlwing@d300.org.

       

      School Supply Lists

      School supply lists for the 2018-2019 school year are posted on the District 300 website and each school website. You can view each school’s school supply list by visiting: www.d300.org/SchoolSupplies. Please note, high schools do not have school supply lists.

       

      Student and Family Privacy Rights

      The Student and Family Privacy Rights form includes specific information regarding privacy rights and restrictions on items such as student photographs, directory information, information supplied to the military and post-secondary education institutions, and Google Apps for education. For more information and to complete a form for the 2018-2019 school year please click here.

       

      Student Dress Code Update

      District 300 has created a new dress code for the 2018-2019 school year. To view the District 300 dress code, please click here.

       

      Student Fees

      Student fees are due by August 14, 2018. Click here to view student fees for the 2018-2019 school year. Online payments for student fees can be made at www.pushcoin.com. Cash and check payments can be made at your child’s school or by mailing a check payment to:

       

      Community Unit School District 300

      Attn: Accounts Receivable

      2550 Harnish Drive

      Algonquin, IL  60102

       

      Checks should be made payable to CUSD300 and a phone number is required on all check payments. Please include the student ID number(s) on the check.

       

      Student Schedules

      Student schedules and teacher assignments for the 2018-2019 school year are now available for all District 300 students. Schedules and teachers assignments can be viewed in the parent portal and the student portal (but not the mobile app). Click here for instructions on how to access a student schedule using parent or student portal.

       

      Summer Reading

      High School students must finish their summer reading assignments by August 14, 2018. Complete summer reading information can be located at d300.org/SummerReading (please note: elementary and middle school students do not have a summer reading requirement).

       

      Virtual Backpacks

      District 300 schools that send out virtual backpacks also house them in their respective “Communication Centers.” The Communication Center is located directly under the main image on your school’s homepage.

       

      Volunteer Applications Now Available Online

      Anyone interested in volunteering at a District 300 school will need to fill out a volunteer form available by clicking here.

      Users must complete and submit the volunteer application online. Upon submission, the application will be sent to the school(s) indicated on the application form. Upon approval, the user will receive an approval email with sign-in instructions.

      Parents and guardians must present a photo ID at their first scheduled volunteering opportunity. The ID will be scanned and linked to a volunteer file.

      This new system will be able to track volunteer hours and can be utilized by schools to manage events.

      Please do not use a District 300 email address when filling out the application as the system will not be able to recognize it.