Teachers attend Interactive Writing Book Study

Recently, primary teachers in District 7 had the opportunity to attend a book study titled “Interactive Writing:  How Language and Literacy Come Together.”

Teachers in attendance participated in conversations about how interactive writing supports young writers.  Using interactive writing, teachers not only show children how writing works but allow them to participate with support in the act of writing. Interactive writing can be used for any kind of functional writing that would appear in the classroom.

Illinois 5 Essentials Survey


Please click on the link above to learn about the opportunity for parents to complete the Illinois 5 Essentials Survey.

Reminder – Inclement Weather Procedures

With the weather earlier this week, we wanted to send a reminder  regarding how inclement weather information is shared with families through our SchoolMessenger system.

SchoolMessenger will communicate the information in the following ways:

  • deliver a recorded message via live answer or voicemail
  • send an email to all parents’ email addresses with the same information
  • send an SMS text message to your mobile device (If you have not opted-in for text messages, please see the Text Opt-in attachment).

Please click on the link below for the detailed information sent out earlier this year.





This is a message from Jason Henderson, Superintendent of Schools.  Due to the potential of dangerous road conditions, specifically on rural routes, classes at all District 7 schools are cancelled for Tuesday, November 12th.   Further notification will be given for afternoon and evening activities.

School is Cancelled for Tuesday, November 12th, 2019

Good evening.  This is a message from Jason Henderson, Superintendent of Schools.  Due to the potential of dangerous road conditions, specifically on rural routes, classes at all District 7 schools are cancelled for Tuesday, November 12th.   Further notification will be given for afternoon and evening activities.


Kid Zone service will be open tomorrow, Tuesday, November 12, 2019 for students currently enrolled this week. Kid Zone will operate from 7:00 am to 6:00 pm at Woodland Elementary School located at 59 S State Rt 157, Edwardsville. Breakfast and lunch will be available for purchase. Critical care items must be provided.

Board of Education to Use BoardDocs

Effective Thursday, November 7, Edwardsville School District will implement the use of this new Board management solution, called BoardDocs, Pro. BoardDocs can be accessed via our web site at www.ecusd7.org under Board of Education.

BoardDocs is a cloud-based technology that will radically improve the governance process while saving staff time and taxpayer dollars. The remarkably easy-to-use service will allow District 7 to maximize the effectiveness of their board meetings with increased transparency, providing a basis for better and more open communication with the public.

Electronic distribution will not only save time and resources, but it will also provide unprecedented public access via the Edwardsville School District’s website to agenda items and other board-related information. This process will allow interested parties to review information prior to meetings. After the meeting, individuals can review the agenda items and see what action the board took, complete with voting results. All documents associated with the meeting are automatically archived and can be accessed by date or by using the system’s comprehensive search feature.

A Message from the Superintendent

To the Edwardsville District 7 Community:

The purpose of this letter is to personally update you regarding an isolated incident that began yesterday, Tuesday, November 5, 2019 at Edwardsville High School that escalated as a result of an off-campus electronic Snapchat post.  Due to the nature of social media, the Snapchat post spread quickly through the high school community, causing disruption at the high school.

On the morning of November 5th, EHS Administration was made aware of a racially insensitive and inappropriate social media post that was sent off campus by one student to others via the social media platform, Snapchat.  The post quickly spread via social media throughout the school day. Many in our education community were rightfully and justifiably offended by the post.  High school administration and staff swiftly addressed the disruptive behavior throughout the day and worked diligently to manage and dissipate the disruption.

After school was dismissed, high school administrators were notified of rumors of potential safety threats to Edwardsville High School.  These concerns were immediately reported to the Edwardsville Police Department. Through coordinated efforts with the police department, it was determined that no creditable or viable threat to the high school or any other school within the District existed. Nevertheless, the District worked with the police department to arrange and provide heightened security at the high school this morning.  With appreciation and gratitude, we can report that the school day is off to a good and safe start. Furthermore, additional supports such as school counselors and administrators are available to discuss these issues with students and provide positive conflict resolution in the event it becomes necessary.

This morning, Dr. Cramsey began the school day by delivering a message to all students, which focused on the disruption that took place yesterday as well as discussing how the school will move forward.  The main point of Dr. Cramsey’s message was that racism in any form will not be tolerated at Edwardsville High School. Dr. Cramsey’s message is available on the Edwardsville High School Facebook Page. The Board of Education and I would like take Dr. Cramsey’s message one step further and say that racism in any form will not be tolerated in any District 7 school.

Please note that the students involved in yesterday’s disruptive behavior are being addressed through the Board’s student discipline policy. Because of the sensitivity and confidentiality of student information, the District will not further comment on any of the specific student misconduct and/or consequences.  However, it is important to note that all incidents are being handled appropriately by the high school administration and all board policies and procedures are being implemented accordingly.

Moving forward, the District is committed to developing strategies and activities that will proactively educate on racism and its potential effects. I have been in contact with our community leaders, including the Board of Education, Chief of Edwardsville Police and a representative from the NAACP about ways we can work in partnership with our community to promote positive relationships between all individuals in our schools.  At the next Board of Education Meeting, I will be proposing to the Board the idea of forming an Equity Task Force that will include members of the Board of Education, administration, faculty, community members, parents and most importantly, students.  We want to place great emphasis on accepting diversity in all situations and environments.

As we move forward, we will keep the community and the news media informed and involved in all of these activities and are open to any suggestions as to how we continue to grow our students into responsible citizens.  We ask that the community and the media have patience with the District as we explore all avenues to address inclusivity and the disruptive nature of irresponsible use of social media in our schools.

In the meantime, if you should have any questions and/or constructive suggestions, please contact me at the District Office, 618.656.1182 or via email at jhenderson@ecusd7.org.

In partnership,

Dr. Jason Henderson


November Performing Arts Overview

District 7 Performing Arts

November 2019 Calendar



Time Event Organization Location

Friday, November 8


7:30 pm Little Shop of Horrors Drama Club EHS Auditorium

Saturday, November 9


7:30 pm Little Shop of Horrors Drama Club EHS Auditorium
Sunday, November 10 4:00 pm Little Shop of Horrors Drama Club EHS Auditorium

Kindergarten Barnyard Day

District 7 kindergarten students recently visited the Glen Oaks Equestrian Center for our annual Barnyard Day experience, presented by Edwardsville High School’s National FFA Organization student members.

The Edwardsville High School National FFA Organization student members had the opportunity to interact with the kindergarten students as they all gathered around some of their favorite barnyard animals.  Our younger students were able to ask questions of the high school students, many of whom were sharing their own animals.

This collaboration between the FFA Organization and the kindergarten staff provides cross-curricular benefits to both groups.  High school students gain experience in planning and public speaking, which is excellent preparation for local and state-wide FFA competitions and conventions.  Kindergarten students enjoy the hands-on connections to all areas of the curriculum including math, language arts, science, social studies, and health.



Kid Zone is Hiring!

Kid Zone is hiring! We are a before and after school child care program looking to add fun and outgoing people to our already amazing staff. If interested fill out an application using the link provided: http://ecusd7.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/07/Kid-Zone-Employment-Application.pdf