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District 105 Announcements
District 105 Gifted Programming Renewal

As directed by the District 105 Board of Education, over the past two years, a Gifted Programming Renewal Committee, comprised of teachers, administrators, and parents from across the district, met to research best instructional practices for meeting the learning needs of our highest achieving students across the district.  This committee examined research around gifted education, consulted with outside gifted education experts, explored the advanced English-Language Arts (ELA) and Math programming available in districts around the Lyons Township area, analyzed District 105 student progress data, and examined program survey feedback from parents and staff.  

In the spring of 2013, after a year of research at the committee level, the Board of Education approved the addition of a district-wide kindergarten – 4th grade Math Instructional Specialist.  Over the course of this school year, the role of this new specialist has been to build teacher capacity around instructional strategies that best serve our highest achieving students in mathematics. This year, the Board of Education directed us to examine the strengths and needs within District 105’s SAIL program that currently serves our highest achieving 4th–6th grade ELA students.

After thorough examination of gifted education research and a close analysis of district wide SAIL student progress results, the committee will recommend to the Board of Education a redesigned instructional model to meet the learning needs of our highest achieving ELA students.  The recommendation will include moving from our current design of SAIL, a fixed program that pulls students out of the classroom twice a week, to a flexible instructional model supported by new ELA Instructional Specialists.  This model, aligned to grade level instructional goals, will allow new ELA Instructional Specialists, in conjunction with 3rd – 6th grade classroom teachers, to design specific materials, strategies, lessons, activities, and resources to support our ELA highest achievers within the classroom environment. 

To learn more about the proposed changes, please see letter sent home the week of April 14th. (attached here). The Board of Education meeting will take place on April 28th at Gurrie Middle School, 7:30 pm.  

If you have any questions, concerns, or comments regarding this upcoming recommendation to the Board of Education, please do not hesitate to contact Kathryn Heeke, Director of Curriculum and Instruction or Victora Faldani, Coordinator of Gifted Serives. 
Career Festival
FIRST District 105 Career Festival - April 23 6:30PM Gurrie Middle School

5th, 6th, 7th, and 8th graders and their parents are invited to attend District 105’s first Career Festival to help make connections between school today and future career choices tomorrow.
  
Featured speakers include Career Counseling and Entrepreneurial experts from JVS Chicago who will give tips on choosing careers that match your interests and skills, cost effective strategies for college, and entrepreneurial career ideas for students and adults.  In a “trade show format”, students and their parents will also visit with career representatives from a spectrum of careers to learn about various jobs and career options and the courses and interests needed to pursue those careers.
Special activities, snacks, and childcare available for children 3 years old through 4th grade.

Wednesday April 23, 2014 at Gurrie Middle School from 6:30-8:30 PM.

See attached flyer for more information.


FESTIVAL DE PROFESIONES DEL DISTRITO 105 23 DE ABRIL  6:30 PM  LA ESCUELA DE GURRIE

Los estudiantes de 5°, 6°, 7°, and 8° grados y sus familias, están invitados al Primer Festival de Profesiones del Distrito 105, para ayudarles a hacer conexiones de lo que están aprendiendo ahora con las carreras que pueden escoger en el futuro. 
 
Destacados presentadores y expertos en carreras, consejería y empresas pertenecientes al grupo JVS  de Chicago les darán consejos sobre: cómo elegir las carreras que coincidan con sus intereses y habilidades, estrategias rentables para la universidad, e ideas de carreras empresariales   para estudiantes y adultos.  Los estudiantes y sus padres podrán pasar por varios  puestos en donde representantes de diferentes carreras les hablaran de sus trabajos y de las opciones y cursos que les ayudaron a llegar a esa profesión.

Tendremos actividades especiales, botanas y les cuidaremos los niños.

El miércoles 23 de abril En la Escuela Gurrie a las 6:30 PM

Mire el folleto adjunto.
DID YOU KNOW?
·         District 105 earns high national rankings in student achievement and progress on nationally norm-referenced math and reading assessments. The 2013-14 fall and winter results are up again from previous years. 
·         District 105 and all five of our schools received the highest overall rating from students, staff, and parents on the Illinois’ 2013 5Essentials Surveys. 
·         The District 105 School Board is fiscally responsible. Even with increasing enrollment and reductions in State and Federal funding for mandated programs, District 105 operational expenses in 2012-13 were 2% less than 2011-12.
·         Enrollment in the District 105 Band and Orchestra Programs has increased more than 50% of the last three years. Participation in music strongly correlates with academic success as 93% of our music students were named to the academic Honor Roll.
Hodgkins Elementary School Announcements
Hodgkins School is on Twitter!
Twitter Handle: @HodgkinsSchool
Click HERE to link directly to our page.


If you have a Twitter account, you can follow us or just check in on the site whenever you want. We’ll be posting pictures and short bursts of information about what's happening in school as well as some general information and reminders of upcoming events.  We’re experimenting with another way to communicate with our families and community. 
Hodgkins School - NEWSLETTER

Newsletter #3, 13-14 (03/07/14) - Click HERE.

Newsletter #2, 13-14 (12/20/13) -  Click HERE.

Newsletter #1, 13-14 (11/25/13) -  Click HERE.


All-School Meetings
We had our first All-School Meeting on September 26, 2013.  First grade lead the meeting this month.  For more information about our All-School Meetings and a schedule of upcoming meetings, click HERE.  Parents are always welcome and encouraged to come!
Friday Folder
Click here to view the contents of this week's Friday Folder.
District 105 Strategic Plan
Grade-Level SUPPLY LISTS, 2013-2014
Click here for the separate supply list for each grade level (K- 6th grade).
District Curriculum Page and Common Core State Standards
Link to the District Curriculum Page and Common Core State Standards
Please click here to be directed to the District's Curriculum website, where, among other things, the Common Core State Standards are explained as well as the direction the district is taking for full implementation.