Do the Right Thing Recognition

Do the Right Thing Recognition
The Board of Education and administration recognize students for “doing the right thing.”
Do the Right Thing Recognition
Congratulations to the students and their families who were honored at the January 14, 2019 Board Meeting. Each student recognized was nominated by a teacher, his/her principal, or another staff member because of an act of kindness that was observed somewhere in the school. The program regularly recognizes students who exemplify good judgment in a variety of situations.

The Honorees were as follows:

Edwardsville High School
Alexis Allen
Erica Bigtas
Hannah Bielicke

Glen Carbon Elementary
Liam Hackney
Colin Huber
Lux Ealson

Goshen Elementary
Annora Burkaman
Ela Kuba
Alexander Ahart
Mia Salger

Liberty Middle School
Allison Russo
Caleb Israel
Mekhi Johnson
Naomi Israel
Micah Johnson

Lincoln Middle School
Sam Vuagniaux
Kai Vetter
Claire Jones

Cassens Elementary
Sunee Delkus
Olivia Sadler
Kaden Wilson
Brynner Reising

Hamel Elementary
Evy Whittington
Hunter Gibbs
Ethan Bohnenstiehl

Midway Elementary
Max Cherepkai
Catherine Ruyle
Lillie Brueggemann

Woodland Elementary
Mia Marshall
Andrah Salyer
Caroline Wylie

Worden Elementary
Madison Sparks
Allyson Suhre
Chace Matheny

LeClaire Elementary
Parker Snyders
Nolan McKinney
Ashlyn Andre

Nelson Elementary
Tyler Lugge
Charlotte Wylie
Chloe Stephenson

Columbus Elementary
Annica Miller
Madoka Fujinoki
Dorien Cochran

District 7 Fulfilling Prop E Promises With Curriculum

It’s been nearly two years since Proposition E, a tax rate increase to the District 7 education fund, passed. Its passage has begun to provide District 7 with $6.9 million annually in extra funding which will allow the District to eliminate its over $6 million operating debt and begin establishing cash reserves.

During the Prop E campaign, the district vowed to use the funds to stabilize the district’s finances as well as address three key areas that needed immediate attention — updating curriculum and re-establishing a curriculum update development cycle, as well as updating school security and technology. [Continue Reading →]

2019-2020 District Calendar

Board Approves 2019-2020 School Calendar

[2019-2020 School Calendar]

Highlights of the 2019-2020 calendar include:

  • Teacher Institute on Monday, August 12, 2019
  • First day of student attendance on Tuesday, August 13, 2019 (1/2 day AM)
  • District 7 Institute – October 4, 2019, No Student Attendance
  • Parent Teacher Conferences on October 23, 24, and 25, 2019
  • Thanksgiving Break – November 27, 28 and 29, 2019
  • Last day for student attendance – end of first semester – December 20, 2019
  • Holiday Break – 10 days (December 23, 2019 through January 3, 2020)
  • Spring Break – April 6, 2020 through April 13, 2020
  • District 7 Teacher Institute – April 24, 2020, ½ day AM Student Attendance
  • Last Day for Student Attendance – May 21, 2020, ½ day AM Student Attendance
  • Teacher Institute – May 21, 2020 (PM)
  • 5 emergency days – May 22 through May 29
  • High School Graduation – May 23, 2020

Superintendent’s Comments – January 15, 2019

Dr. Lynda C. Andre
January 15, 2019

  • Board Approves 2019-2020 School Calendar
  • 2018-2019 Calendar Reminders
  • 5Essentials Parent Survey

Board Approves 2019-2020 School Calendar
At last night’s regular board meeting, the board approved the 2019-2020 school calendar. [2019-2020 School Calendar]

Highlights of the 2019-2020 calendar include:

  • Teacher Institute on Monday, August 12, 2019
  • First day of student attendance on Tuesday, August 13, 2019 (1/2 day AM)
  • District 7 Institute – October 4, 2019, No Student Attendance
  • Parent Teacher Conferences on October 23, 24, and 25, 2019
  • Thanksgiving Break – November 27, 28 and 29, 2019
  • Last day for student attendance – end of first semester – December 20, 2019
  • Holiday Break – 10 days (December 23, 2019 through January 3, 2020)
  • Spring Break – April 6, 2020 through April 13, 2020
  • District 7 Teacher Institute – April 24, 2020, ½ day AM Student Attendance
  • Last Day for Student Attendance – May 21, 2020, ½ day AM Student Attendance
  • Teacher Institute – May 21, 2020 (PM)
  • 5 emergency days – May 22 through May 29
  • High School Graduation – May 23, 2020

2018-2019 Calendar Reminders
District 7 students will not have school on Monday, January 21, 2019, in observance of Dr. Martin Luther King Day.

5Essentials Parent Survey
The Illinois 5Essentials Survey window for parents is closing on February 15, 2019. The survey takes approximately 10 minutes to complete. Here is a quick link to the survey: https://survey.5-essentials.org/Illinois/

Reminder: Lincoln School Alumni Foundation Trivia Night

REMINDER: The Historic Lincoln School Alumni Foundation will be hosting a trivia night; please see the attached flyer for the full details.

In order to show our support for this outstanding foundation, we encourage our community members to participate in their upcoming trivia night, which will be held on Saturday, January 26th at the Edwardsville American Legion.

Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day

Dear Parent/Guardian,

The SIUE Society of Women Engineers is sponsoring their annual conference:

Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day
Saturday, February 16, 2019 from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
SIUE School of Engineering Building
Southern Illinois University Edwardsville

The event will be themed “Famous Women in Engineering.” All girls in 5th grade to 8th grade are invited to explore the various fields of engineering while getting a brief lesson in historically famous engineers! There will be a parent session during the event with speakers from SIUE, the Engineering School, and the Society of Women Engineers.

Additional details can be found at: https://sites.google.com/site/swesiue/igeday.

Registration:
All participating students and adults must register on-line at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/introduce-agirl-to-engineering-day-2019-tickets-48699968918. The registration fee is $20.00 per participant (plus a $1.82 registration fee) and must be paid online.

The registration deadline is Friday, January 25, 2019. NO EXCEPTIONS

Transportation:
District 7 will provide bus transportation from Lincoln Middle School to the Southern Illinois University Edwardsville campus for all fifth through eighth grade girls participating in this program. Students must be currently enrolled in District 7. Adults must provide their own transportation. The bus will depart from Lincoln Middle School at 7:40 a.m. on Saturday, February 16, 2019. We will return to Lincoln Middle School at approximately 3:15 p.m.

If you would like for your child to attend the conference with fellow representatives of District 7, please contact Kim Moore kmoore@ecusd7.org.

We hope that you will be able to attend this worthwhile event.

Sincerely,

Kim Moore
kmoore@ecusd7.org

New Teacher Seminar Series

Teachers new to District 7 are encouraged to attend our New Teacher Seminar Series each year. These seminars are held once each month beginning in August and ending in April. This month’s seminar topic was presented by our English Language Learner (ELL) teachers and provided tips for working with students in their classroom who have a primary language other than English.

New teachers attending the New Teacher Seminar Series.

Illinois 5Essentials Survey

The Illinois 5Essentials Survey window for parents is closing soon. The survey will only be available until February 15, 2019. The survey takes approximately 10 minutes to complete. Here is a quick link to the survey: https://survey.5-essentials.org/Illinois/


November 15, 2018

Dear District 7 Parents,

Beginning November 15, teachers, parents, and students across Illinois will have an opportunity to participate in the seventh annual statewide Illinois 5Essentials Survey. As of the 2018-19 school year, we are now required to administer this survey annually.

On behalf of the Illinois State Board of Education, the Illinois 5Essentials Survey will be administered online by UChicago Impact at the University of Chicago. The survey gathers data related to five indicators that can predict important student outcomes, including improved attendance and larger test score gains.

All teachers and 6th through 12th grade students will be responding to this survey as they have in the past; however, this year the survey will also include 4th and 5th grade students as well. Reports will be sent to schools and districts in mid-April 2018 and will also be included in the State School Report Card.

Additionally, District 7 has chosen to provide the optional 5Essentials parent survey. During parent teacher conferences, all District 7 buildings will provide an open computer lab for those parents wishing to take the survey. If at least 20 percent of parents from your child’s school complete this survey, a parent supplement will also be generated. The parent data will not be reported on the State Report Card.

The Illinois 5Essentials Survey will be conducted November 15, 2018 – February 15, 2019. To take the survey please visit https://survey.5-essentials.org/Illinois/ and select the appropriate survey to begin.

For more information about the Illinois 5Essentials Survey, or to view previous years’ reports, please visit https://illinois.5-essentials.org. If you have any questions or concerns regarding the survey, please contact 5Essentials Client Services at 1-217-524-4832 or 5Essentials@isbe.net.
Sincerely,

Lynda C. Andre, Superintendent

Early dismissal due to weather forecast

Friday, January 11:2nd Quarter Report Cards Issued
Monday, January 21:NO SCHOOL – Martin Luther King Holiday

As a result of overnight changes in the weather forecast, District 7 schools will close two hours early today, Friday, January 11, 2019. The dismissal times are:

  • Edwardsville High School and EHS South – 11:50 a.m.
  • Lincoln and Liberty Middle Schools – 12:45 p.m.
  • Elementary schools – 1:30 p.m.

Kid Zone will operate on its regular schedule and students will be supervised from the time of dismissal until 6:00 p.m.

Parents who may need to make alternate arrangements for their child should contact their school office.

All afternoon, evening, and Saturday activities in District 7 have been cancelled.

District 7 Performing Arts – January 2019 Calendar

 

 

TimeEventOrganizationLocation
Tuesday, January 156:30 p.m.Woodland 3rd Grade MusicalWoodland ElementaryWoodland Gym
Tuesday, January 156:30 p.m.Kindergarten & 1st Grade MusicalHamel ElementaryEHS Auditorium
Wednesday, January 167:00 p.m.Kindergarten MusicalGlen Carbon ElementaryGlen Carbon Gym
Thursday, January 176:30 p.m.Kindergarten & 1st Grade MusicalMidway ElementaryEHS Auditorium
Wednesday, January 236:30 p.m.Kindergarten MusicalNelson ElementaryEHS Auditorium
Thursday, January 247:00 p.m.2nd Grade MusicalGoshen ElementaryGoshen Gym

Superintendent’s Comments – January 3, 2019

Dear Parent/Guardians:

As we open the second half of the 2018-2019 school year, I want to reassure you that school safety and security remains District 7’s highest priority. We take this responsibility seriously and continue to actively review and improve security measures to ensure, to the greatest extent possible, the safety of all students, employees, and visitors in our schools.

During the current school year, District 7 has taken significant steps to improve school safety and security through the following initiatives:

  • Expanded the School Safety Officer (SSO) program to include daily coverage from 6:00 a.m. – 6:30 p.m. at nine elementary schools in order to address SSO coverage of Kid Zone, the District’s before and after school child care program
  • Provided intensive armed intruder training to nearly 500 certified staff members using the national 4 E’s program
  • Conducted an analysis of all classroom door locking mechanisms with recommendations for additional safety measures to be installed by the summer of 2019
  • Increased the number of certified school social workers and school psychologists to assist in addressing student social and emotional wellness issues
  • Upgraded video surveillance systems on all school buses

In addition, the District will provide 4 E’s training to another 400 non-certified employees before the end of the school year.

Strong and active partnerships with the Edwardsville Police Department, the Glen Carbon Police Department and the Madison County Sheriff’s Office provide the foundation for all aspects of the District’s emergency response plans. We are fortunate to have the highest commitment possible from these law enforcement agencies, not only in the development of security plans, but also in the response and support needed in situations that pose possible threats to our students and staff. This support includes regular inspections of schools and regular practice drills of all types of emergency situations.

We continue to ask that students tell a trusted adult if they see a concerning post on social media or receive an intimidating message, understand that cyber-bullying will not be tolerated and that hurtful comments can have serious consequences when directed toward a classmate and understand that participation in posting or sharing a threat to school safety will be taken very seriously by both the school district and local law enforcement agencies.

I ask you to share your expectations for responsible use of social media, including text messaging, with your child. Young children often have access to these powerful communication tools and may not understand yet the long-term legal and school consequences of posting or sharing threats and inappropriate photos.

Working together can be our best strategy toward ensuring the maintenance of a safe, secure and orderly learning environment for our 7,500 students in District 7. Thank you in advance for your support.

I wish you and your family a safe and healthy start to 2019!

Respectfully,
Dr. Lynda C. Andre
Superintendent

Edwardsville High School 2019 Summer Program

Edwardsville High School is pleased to offer its students opportunities to extend their learning beyond the school year.

Registration Information
Please visit the District 7 website at http://www.ecusd7.org to find dates and times for each course or pick up a registration packet at one of the following locations: Hadley House, the Edwardsville High School office, the Liberty Middle School office, and/or the Lincoln Middle School office.

The District will begin accepting registration packets at 7:30 a.m. on January 22, 2019. A student’s registration is accepted on a first-come, first-served basis regardless of registration deadline. Parents are encouraged to register their child early. Registration is complete only when all registration forms and payment have been received. Only students with complete registrations will be added to a class roster. Students currently on free and reduced lunch will not be denied the opportunity to attend summer school if unable to pay fees. All registrations will be confirmed during the week of May 6, 2019.

Registration closes Tuesday, April 16, 2019 at 4:30 p.m. Minimum enrollment for all courses is 17 students. In case of cancellation due to low enrollment, the entire course fees will be returned. Those students who registered for a class that is cancelled due to low enrollment may be able to enroll in another class after the April 16 closing deadline if space is available. Deadline for Limited Enrollment Courses is May 31, 2019. Please return completed forms and payment to:

  • Summer School Registration can be mailed or hand delivered to:
    Hadley House, 708 St. Louis Street, Edwardsville, IL 62025, or
    EHS Main Office
    Liberty Main Office
    Lincoln Main Office

Please note:

  • If a student accumulates four absences (excused or unexcused) OR five tardies (excused or unexcused), the student will receive a grade of “F”, earn no credit, and will be dropped from the class with no refund.
  • Refund Policy: There is a $50 non-refundable deposit for each course. This fee is part of the course fee. However, payment will be returned in full if the class is not held due to low enrollment or the student is wait-listed. Payment will not be refunded once the course begins.
  • Transportation at all levels is the responsibility of the parent.
  • No classes on July 4

Please call 618.656.1182 if you have questions.

2019 High School Summer School Registration Packet

Welcome Back and Inclement Weather Reminder

On behalf of District 7 and the Board of Education, I would like to welcome back our District 7 staff, students, and families. I hope that everyone enjoyed a happy and healthy holiday season.

Despite our unpredictable weather patterns, we have officially entered the winter season. With that comes the potential for weather and travel concerns. To that end, please review procedures for school cancellation and/or early dismissal due to inclement weather.

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Good Employee Recognition

The Board of Education and administration recognize employees for their outstanding efforts.

Congratulations to the District 7 employees that were honored at the November 26, 2018 Board of Education Meeting. Each employee was nominated by an administrator because of their outstanding effort, willingness, and dedication to students and the entire District 7 community. Employees are given this special recognition as an acknowledgment for their contributions in making District 7 the district of choice.

Edwardsville High School

  • Jennifer Kaffer
  • Jessica VanDeHey
  • Bobbi Messina
  • Lela Johnson
  • Michelle Newgent
  • Samantha Shaw
  • Lori Gergen
  • Ann Caton

Glen Carbon Elementary

  • Janice Fields

Goshen Elementary

  • Sarah Koithan
  • Kim Michel
  • Julia Poe

Midway Elementary

  • Nicole Mathews
  • Jack Turner

Liberty Middle School

  • Kelly Keeven
  • Nancy Gebhart
  • Rachel Harris
  • Bob Wilson

Lincoln Middle School

  • Morgan Grossardt
  • Wendy Grant
  • Gardner Holland

Cassens Elementary

  • Tina Isaac
  • Amelia Sinn
  • Gina Law

Hamel Elementary

  • Vicky Taverner
  • Rachel Graumenz

Columbus Elementary

  • Sierra Hyman
  • Barb Lowry
  • Lisa White

Woodland Elementary

  • Tammy Bauer
  • Carla Fink
  • Danielle Fawbush
  • Worden Elementary
  • Rebecca Goodney

LeClaire Elementary

  • Melissa McKaig
  • Kim Cottrell
  • Janna Beckmann

Nelson Elementary

  • Sylvia Peterson
  • Scot Ambuel
  • Bridget Steiner

Annual Thanksgiving Collection

Thank you to our District 7 Nurses for leading their annual Thanksgiving Collection. This year, more than seventy District 7 families received food baskets for the Thanksgiving holiday that contained a variety of canned and boxed foods, fresh fruit, and vouchers or gift cards to purchase turkeys and other items for a complete family meal. These baskets were made possible by generous donations from District 7 students, families, and community groups. We are very thankful for the outpouring of generosity and caring from our community!

Annual Thanksgiving Collection

EHS Drama Club

The EHS Drama Club recently presented their Fall production Noises Off ! There were approximately 550 middle and high school students and 700 community patrons in attendance! Cast and crew kept the laughs rolling by counting just how many times the audience laughed at this hilarious show. Our highest count? 173!

Illinois 5Essentials Survey

The Illinois 5Essentials Survey will be conducted November 15, 2018 – February 15, 2019. To take the survey please visit https://survey.5-essentials.org/Illinois/ and select the appropriate survey to begin.

Pick-A-Time Registration Closes Sunday, November 18 at 10:00 p.m.

October 2, 2018

Dear Parents:

The District will again use Pick-A-Time to schedule PreK-12 parent-teacher conferences to be held from November 19-21. Like prior years, Pick-A-Time will allow parents to schedule all of their children’s parent-teacher conferences through the internet using the account from last year or by creating a new account. Registration will begin at 8:00 a.m. on October 15, 2018, and will end at 10:00 p.m. on November 18, 2018.

Parents without internet access may still contact their child’s building or teachers directly to set up an appointment.

This letter will provide the basic information each parent needs to access Pick-A-Time, including information specific to grade levels.

Pick-A-Time web address: (https://pickatime.com/ecusd7)

General Information

1) Logging in to Pick A Time (once the system is available)

a) Parents should log in using the web address above or click on the link in TigerView under the “School Links” tab.

b) Once in Pick-A-Time, if you registered last year, you will enter your email address and password and click on “Login/Create Account.” You may also click on “Forgot My Password” if you forgot the password you created last year.

c) If you did not register last year, you will enter your email address and click on “Login/Create Account.” Enter the required information (Confirmed email, First Name, Last Name, Password). Click OK to register.

d) At the next screen you will use the drop-down menu to select the appropriate school’s conference. If you did not use the system last year or you have an additional student to add, you will then enter your child’s first name plus last name (ex. BenjaminFranklin) and birthday in the correct format (mm/dd/yyyy) and click Add.

e) At the next screen you will select the date of the conference (Nov. 19, Nov. 20, or Nov. 21).

f) If you have an additional child in the same school, you can enter his/her first name plus last name and birthdate after you have selected the conference date. DR. LYNDA C. ANDRE DAVE COURTNEY DR. NANCY SPINA Superintendent Assistant Superintendent – Business Operations Assistant Superintendent – Personnel

g) You will see a list of each teacher’s available times in a color-coded grid. If you hover over a colored box it will display the information for that course and teacher. Select an available colored box next to the time that you would like to schedule a conference.

h) You will have the option to set an email reminder on the next screen. You must click “Create Appointment” for the scheduled time to be confirmed.

i) Continue the process for all remaining conferences.

2) For K-5 Students

a) Elementary students with two teachers will schedule their parent-teacher conferences with both teachers at the same time.

b) Elementary specialists (Art, Music, Spanish, PE, Band, Orchestra, Challenge, and Reading Club) will be scheduled separately through each building secretary. Contact your building secretary to set up an appointment if needed.

c) Elementary conferences are scheduled in 15-minute blocks.

3) Middle/High School Students

a) Middle school and high school conferences are scheduled in 10-minute blocks.

b) All middle school and high school teachers have a specific room assignment for conferences.

Please feel free to contact your building secretary or principal if you have any questions.

Respectfully,

Dr. Lynda C. Andre

Superintendent

Do the Right Thing Recognition

The Board of Education and administration recognize students for “doing the right thing.”

Congratulations to the students and their families who were honored at the November 13, 2018 Board Meeting. Each student recognized was nominated by a teacher, his/her principal, or another staff member because of an act of kindness that was observed somewhere in the school. The program regularly recognizes students who exemplify good judgment in a variety of situations.

The Honorees were as follows:

Edwardsville High School

  • Layla Cooley
  • Megan Kelley
  • Aleksandra Ivanov
  • Ericah Leone
  • Colleen McCracken
  • Anna Brase
  • Ellie Viox
  • Meredith Stump
  • Ashley Stephenson
  • Kaitlyn Williams
  • Abby Davis
  • Daniel Pauk
  • Jurnee Brewer

Glen Carbon Elementary

  • Nikita Andolo
  • Roberto Rodriguez
  • Abigail Thomas

Goshen Elementary

  • Bennett Followell
  • Juliana Richert
  • Reese Lindsey
  • August Schumacher

Liberty Middle School

  • Allyson Grotefendt
  • Ashe Reed
  • Jackson Rodgers

Lincoln Middle School

  • Ella Glisson
  • Malik Allen
  • Jena Holder

Cassens Elementary

  • Korbin Kanallakan
  • Story Johnston
  • Alexa Guzman
  • Chase Wright

Hamel Elementary

  • Andrew Wieser
  • Isla Kreamalmeyer
  • Lindsay Autry

Midway Elementary

  • Charley Wiemers
  • Tatum Brown
  • Tucker Sanderson

Woodland Elementary

  • Kylie Arensmann
  • Rimere Freeman
  • Violet Elsas

Worden Elementary

  • Grace Brophy
  • Blake Dannenbrink
  • Aidan May

LeClaire Elementary

  • Maylea Dodd
  • Michael Edwards
  • Hudson Favre

Nelson Elementary

  • Maverick Hall
  • Braeden Allen
  • Hannah Buckley

Columbus Elementary

  • Hailey Gipson
  • Eli Kennedy
  • Ava Kvale

New Teacher Seminar Series

Teachers new to District 7 are encouraged to attend our New Teacher Seminar Series each year. These seminars are held once each month beginning in August and ending in April. Today’s seminar topic was on District 7 Support Services and presented by our Office of Student Services and Special Education.

See photos here!

Progress Reports

Progress Reports are now available in TigerView!

Inclement Weather Procedures

November 8, 2018

Dear Parents:

Winter is fast approaching, and along with it comes the potential for weather and travel concerns. To that end, please review procedures for school cancellation due to inclement weather. The District will use its message broadcast system, SchoolMessenger, to notify parents of school cancellation or altered bus schedules due to inclement weather.

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).

The system will utilize contact information that the District currently has on file in SchoolMessenger, which interfaces with the District’s student information system. Contact information was provided at registration by parents/guardians. Revised or updated contact information should be provided to your child’s school. All information and contact numbers are secure and confidential and are used only for the purposes described above.

The following notification procedures will support the broadcast system:

  • On days when inclement weather occurs or is pending, the decision to cancel school will be made by 5:00 a.m., if possible.
  • On days that it may be necessary alter the bus schedule because of inclement weather, the decision will be made as early as possible (the message will be broadcast to home, work, and cell phones). Parents are encouraged to make arrangements to meet their children in the event of altered bus schedule days.
  • The following radio/TV outlets will continue to carry school closing information: KMOV-TV CHANNEL 4 NEWS; KSDK-TV CHANNEL 5 NEWS; FOX 2 NEWS, KMOX (AM-1120) CHANNEL 10 LOCAL ACCESS TV.
  • Parents may also check the district website at www.ecusd7.org.
  • The District Facebook page will also be updated with school cancellation and early dismissal information, which can be accessed at https://www.facebook.com/ECUSD7

The District continues to look for ways to improve communication between parents and school. This system will enable us to contact you in the timeliest manner should inclement weather occur. If you have any questions about this system or any part of the notification process, please call Bill Miener, Director of Information Systems & Service, at 655-6018, or by email at bmiener@ecusd7.org.

Please rest assured that the District will take all necessary precautions to transport students safely to and from school and home. Thank you for your continued support.

Respectfully,

Dr. Lynda C. Andre

Superintendent

EHS Drama Club

The EHS Drama Club will perform “Noises Off” this Friday, November 9th and Saturday, November 10th. We hope to see you there!

Click here for more information.

Progress Reports

Please read the reminder below regarding second quarter progress reports.

Dear Parent(s)/Guardian(s):

We want to inform you of important information regarding Progress Reports for the remainder of the 2018-2019 school year.

Beginning with the second quarter, Progress Reports for grades 3-12 will be available ONLY in TigerView, District 7’s web-based parent access system.

Your child’s Second Quarter Progress Report will be available in TigerView as of November 9, 2018, at 8:00 a.m. You can find your child’s Progress Report information under Grades on the IPR tab.

Please contact your child’s school if you are unable to access TigerView for this information, and a printed copy will be mailed to you each quarter.

Respectfully,

Dr. Lynda Andre
Superintendent

26th Annual Tiger Band Art & Craft Fair

The Tiger Band Art & Craft Fair is an annual arts and craft fair with handcrafted items from over 200 vendors sponsored by the Edwardsville Band Boosters. All proceeds from this show benefit the Edwardsville High School band program.

Click here for more information on the event.

IASB Superintendent Search – Report to the Board

Edwardsville CUSD 7: IASB Superintendent Search, Report to the Board

This document is intended to serve the board in at least three ways:

1) An aid in the development of search criteria. What are the challenges before the district? What leadership skills are needed? What does the board really want in a new superintendent?

2) As a resource for the board’s preparation for interviews with finalists. What are the issues? What are the key questions? How might they be addressed in conversation with finalists?

3) As an orientation document for the new superintendent. The following are some of the things that individuals had to say about the district and the task of the superintendent. As such, they will provide some helpful perspectives to the person assuming the job.

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

I. Summary of Survey Findings

Surveys were received from 796 persons, including:

7 Board Members

214 Staff Members

505 Parents

70 Community Members

796 Total

The Board’s top ratings:

The Superintendent of our district should be an educational leader who:

  • Advocates, nurtures and sustains a school culture and instructional program conducive to student learning and staff professional goals.
  • Has a willingness to innovate and encourage others to innovate, while remaining accountable to the Board of Education and the community he/she serves.
  • Acts with integrity, fairness and in an ethical manner
  • Collaborates with the faculty and community members, responds to diverse community interests and needs, and mobilizes community resources

The Staff’s top ratings:

The Superintendent of our district should be an educational leader who:

  • Acts with integrity, fairness and in an ethical manner.
  • Advocates, nurtures and sustains a school culture and instructional program conducive to student learning and staff professional goals.
  • Ensures the management of the organization, operation and resources for a safe, efficient and effective learning environment.
  • Has proven abilities in human relations and communications.
  • Collaborates with the faculty and community members, responds to diverse community interests and needs, and mobilizes community resources.

The Parents ratings:

The Superintendent of our district should be an educational leader who:

  • Acts with integrity, fairness and in an ethical manner.
  • Advocates, nurtures and sustains a school culture and instructional program conducive to student learning and staff professional goals.
  • Promotes the success of every student by facilitating the development, articulation, implementation and stewardship of a vision of learning that is shared by all stakeholders.
  • Ensures the management of the organization, operation and resources for a safe, efficient and effective learning environment
  • Has a willingness to innovate and encourage others to innovate, while remaining accountable to the Board of Education and the community he/she serves.
  • Has the ability to maximize financial and human resources in support of educational programs in the district.

Community’s ratings:

The Superintendent of our district should be an educational leader who:

  • Acts with integrity, fairness and in an ethical manner.
  • Promotes the success of every student by facilitating the development, articulation, implementation and stewardship of a vision of learning that is shared by all stakeholders.
  • Advocates, nurtures and sustains a school culture and instructional program conducive to student learning and staff professional goals.
  • Has a willingness to innovate and encourage others to innovate, while remaining accountable to the Board of Education and the community he/she serves.
  • Has the ability to maximize financial and human resources in support of educational programs in the district.

Bottom line from the Surveys:

There is some agreement that the board should look for a superintendent who:

  • Acts with integrity, fairness and in an ethical manner.
  • Advocates, nurtures and sustains a school culture and instructional program conducive to student learning and staff professional goals.
  • Has a willingness to innovate and encourage others to innovate, while remaining accountable to the Board of Education and the community he/she serves.
  • Collaborates with the faculty and community members, responds to diverse community interests and needs, and mobilizes community resources.
  • Promotes the success of every student by facilitating the development, articulation, implementation and stewardship of a vision of learning that is shared by all stakeholders.
  • Ensures the management of the organization, operation and resources for a safe, efficient and effective learning environment.
  • Has the ability to maximize financial and human resources in support of educational programs in the district.

Superintendent Search Survey

Board, Staff or Parents/Community Members, Edwardsville CUSD 7

The Board of Education is very interested in your input as it seeks to hire a new Superintendent for Edwardsville CUSD 7 survey is provided by the Illinois Association of School Boards, who is assisting us. The survey results will be shared with the Board of Education, but all survey responses and comments will remain anonymous. Thank you!

Instructions: READ the following 16 items. Choose the SIX items that you believe identify the traits or skills the next superintendent must have that demonstrate a good match for the district.

The Superintendent of our district should be an educational leader who:

It is important that our Superintendent:

II. Summary of Interview Findings

  • Personal/staff interviews were conducted with:
  • Certified Staff Members [10 elementary buildings; 2 middle schools; EHS]
  • Classified Staff Members [10 elementary buildings; 2 middle schools; EHS; CO; ESSPA]
  • Administration [Central Office + Principals]
  • Parents/Community Members [Edwardsville CUSD 7 Board of Education]

1. Unique or Special Features of the District:

  • Proximity to an influencing university institution
  • Unit district (PK-12); 180 sq. miles; Rural/suburban
  • Prop-E Success; fiscal distress for 10 years.
  • High expectations for faculty/staff/students • Extracurricular (performing arts/fine arts) + sports: state championship level achievement
  • Attendance centers w/in neighborhood school locations
  • Bedroom community tax base; non-differentiated
  • Lower salaries compared to region
  • Parental expectations and involvement
  • Reputation: focused on “Premier” public relations

2. Strengths of the District:

  • Students; enrollment increasing
  • Staff committed to the students and district; above and beyond expectations
  • Parental interactions/high expectations/educated populace
  • Teamwork and collaboration for the betterment of students
  • Community gifts; PTO’s; Family donations
  • High percentage of students attend college
  • SSO in every building; safe schools
  • Impact of current superintendent to engage stakeholders for educational fund increase
  • Facilities

3. Weaknesses/Concerns of the District:

  • Fiscal distress for too long; tax base non-differentiated
  • Communication Loop (vertical/horizontal/internal/external)
  • Morale poor; distrust/retaliation; mental health; overworked; underpaid
  • Outdated curriculum; little articulation opportunities for design/implementation w/integrity
  • Technology access (outdated/unavailable for 21st Century Learning)
  • Lack of career/tech education • Special education; erosion of related services; BD identification/supports
  • Substitute teacher shortage; teacher assistant shortage
  • Neediest students are hurting the most (lack related services/inconsistent curriculum/weak RtI)
  • Parental influence on decision-making

4. Characteristics to be sought in a new superintendent:

  • Acknowledge promise of Prop-E; Blueprint to Success
  • Able to articulate the vision to all stakeholders; A Great Communicator
  • High integrity and relationship building; respectful
  • Open to new ideas; a strong listener
  • Champion innovation and evidence-based processes
  • Vested in the community; long-term commitment
  • Courage to acknowledge our shortcomings, engage stakeholders in the improvement process, and act.
  • Leadership that supports, develops, and retains high quality staff; builds internal capacity.

Special Board Meeting – November 5, 2018

Tonight, the Board of Education will hold a special meeting to review and discuss the information received from the meetings held with employees, parents and the community and the survey conducted over the past few weeks to provide input on the District’s search for a new Superintendent of Schools.

The public is invited to attend this meeting to hear the results of these meetings and survey and to listen to discussion held by the Board of Education.

The meeting will be held in the Liberty Middle School Auditorium beginning at 7:00 p.m.

Pick-A-Time Registration Is Still Open

October 2, 2018

Dear Parents:

The District will again use Pick-A-Time to schedule PreK-12 parent-teacher conferences to be held from November 19-21. Like prior years, Pick-A-Time will allow parents to schedule all of their children’s parent-teacher conferences through the internet using the account from last year or by creating a new account. Registration will begin at 8:00 a.m. on October 15, 2018, and will end at 10:00 p.m. on November 18, 2018.

Parents without internet access may still contact their child’s building or teachers directly to set up an appointment.

This letter will provide the basic information each parent needs to access Pick-A-Time, including information specific to grade levels.

Pick-A-Time web address: (https://pickatime.com/ecusd7)

General Information

1) Logging in to Pick A Time (once the system is available)

a) Parents should log in using the web address above or click on the link in TigerView under the “School Links” tab.

b) Once in Pick-A-Time, if you registered last year, you will enter your email address and password and click on “Login/Create Account.” You may also click on “Forgot My Password” if you forgot the password you created last year.

c) If you did not register last year, you will enter your email address and click on “Login/Create Account.” Enter the required information (Confirmed email, First Name, Last Name, Password). Click OK to register.

d) At the next screen you will use the drop-down menu to select the appropriate school’s conference. If you did not use the system last year or you have an additional student to add, you will then enter your child’s first name plus last name (ex. BenjaminFranklin) and birthday in the correct format (mm/dd/yyyy) and click Add.

e) At the next screen you will select the date of the conference (Nov. 19, Nov. 20, or Nov. 21).

f) If you have an additional child in the same school, you can enter his/her first name plus last name and birthdate after you have selected the conference date. DR. LYNDA C. ANDRE DAVE COURTNEY DR. NANCY SPINA Superintendent Assistant Superintendent – Business Operations Assistant Superintendent – Personnel

g) You will see a list of each teacher’s available times in a color-coded grid. If you hover over a colored box it will display the information for that course and teacher. Select an available colored box next to the time that you would like to schedule a conference.

h) You will have the option to set an email reminder on the next screen. You must click “Create Appointment” for the scheduled time to be confirmed.

i) Continue the process for all remaining conferences.

2) For K-5 Students

a) Elementary students with two teachers will schedule their parent-teacher conferences with both teachers at the same time.

b) Elementary specialists (Art, Music, Spanish, PE, Band, Orchestra, Challenge, and Reading Club) will be scheduled separately through each building secretary. Contact your building secretary to set up an appointment if needed.

c) Elementary conferences are scheduled in 15-minute blocks.

3) Middle/High School Students

a) Middle school and high school conferences are scheduled in 10-minute blocks.

b) All middle school and high school teachers have a specific room assignment for conferences.

Please feel free to contact your building secretary or principal if you have any questions.

Respectfully,

Dr. Lynda C. Andre

Superintendent

Progress Reports

Dear Parent(s)/Guardian(s):

We want to inform you of important information regarding Progress Reports for the remainder of the 2018-2019 school year.

Beginning with the second quarter, Progress Reports for grades 3-12 will be available ONLY in TigerView, District 7’s web-based parent access system.

Your child’s Second Quarter Progress Report will be available in TigerView as of November 9, 2018, at 8:00 a.m. You can find your child’s Progress Report information under Grades on the IPR tab.

Please contact your child’s school if you are unable to access TigerView for this information, and a printed copy will be mailed to you each quarter.

Respectfully,

Dr. Lynda Andre
Superintendent

School Dismissal Times – Friday, October 12, 2018

EHS & EHS South: 10:20 a.m.

Middle Schools: 11:00 a.m.

Elementary: 12:15 p.m.

If your student is riding the bus home today, they will have approximately the same amount of bus travel time from school to their bus stop as usual.

Do the Right Thing Recognition

The Board of Education and administration recognize students for “doing the right thing.”

Congratulations to the students and their families who were honored at the October 9, 2018 Board Meeting. Each student recognized was nominated by a teacher, his/her principal, or another staff member because of an act of kindness that was observed somewhere in the school. The program regularly recognizes students who exemplify good judgment in a variety of situations.

The Honorees were as follows:

Edwardsville High School
David Yates
Kaitlin St. Aubin
Isabella Brown
Elena Brown
Emily McGruder
Justin Fredeking
Nicolas Sheppard
Noah Black
Kenneth Bond

Glen Carbon Elementary
Drew Schumacher
Annabella Jenkins
Eli Fuhler

Goshen Elementary
Brooke Huling
McKinley Gatrell
Sophia Rulo
Alyssa Krueger

Midway Elementary
Cole Kiel
Hayden Almeter
Matilyn Kupinski

Liberty Middle School
Tessa Bevineau
Keitreana Price
Samantha Hangsleben
Dylan Clark
Joseph Liston

Lincoln Middle School
Kelly Flannery
Cameron Schleeper
Zack Lane
Cooper Zimmer
Anderson Dungan
Hunter Whisenand
Hannah Buckingham
Harrison Reed-Parker

Cassens Elementary
Brett Kirgan
Amelia Zickus
Maleah Lyons
Colette Winkler
Antonella DeAvila

Hamel Elementary
Gemma Stumpf
Carly Ehlen
Elliott Huff

Columbus Elementary
Margaret Bray
Ariana Fusaro
Jekhi Nicholson

Woodland Elementary
Kaitlyn Mapel
Jenna Michaels
Maysaa Shahbaz

Worden Elementary
Elleanor Reynolds
Parker Wilkens
Caylee Hammon
Danny Rowe
Mace Karnes
Maggie Young

LeClaire Elementary
Parker Connor
Serena Shapiro
Maybry Unger

Nelson Elementary
Evi Cabrera
Russell Sanders, III
McKenzie King

A Message from District 7 Board President Laurent

On Tuesday, October 9, 2018, the Illinois Association of School Boards on-line survey was sent to the Board of Education, staff, and district parents to solicit input on priorities regarding the person to be sought as superintendent. There is also a community link posted on the district’s webpage and Facebook site.

This survey identifies traits/skills needed for educational leader success. Stakeholder groups will be compared for congruence, and this information will be shared at an upcoming open meeting with the Board of Education. Survey deadline is October 18.

Starting on October 9, 2018 and continuing through October 22, 2018, stakeholder sessions are being conducted within the district for certified staff, and input from support staff. The Illinois Association School Board consultant acts as an unbiased interviewer and facilitator to gather perceptions of district administration and staff regarding the characteristics and skills to be sought in a new superintendent.

This input will be compared across stakeholder groups (staff and community), and presented to the Board of Education in an open meeting. The information aids in the development of search criteria, as well as a resource for the Board of Education preparation for interviews of finalists. The new superintendent can use this report as an orientation document as well.

The vacancy announcement/brochure is being developed from the data received from the district. This is a work-in-progress; ultimately this will aid in publicizing the position. It will include general information of the district and surrounding area, information on the application process, the financial structure of the district, and members of the Board of Education.

Superintendent’s Comments – October 10, 2018

Blueprint for Excellence Report: District 7 School Safety and Security Enhancements for 2018-2019

At the October 9, 2018, Board of Education meeting, the administration presented to the Board and community the third in a series of updates about the many improvements within the District and for its students made possible through the receipt of Prop E funds. Without these critical funds, curriculum, technology, and school security improvements would not have been possible. Just as important, the passage of Prop E has the District on a path to financial stability as it prepares to pay down a significant portion of its over $5.3 million Education Fund debt by June 30, 2019.

The administration will continue to provide regular updates to the public through two reports – Blueprint for Excellence and Focus on Finance – detailing the following:

  • Curriculum development and textbook updates
  • Technology replacements and enhancements
  • School security enhancements
  • Achievement of financial stability

These reports can be found on the District 7 website and on school webpages under Busniess Operations.

District 7 School Safety and Security Enhancements for 2018-2019

District 7 maintains as its highest priority the providing of a safe and secure learning environment for all its students and staff. Administrators collaborate with law enforcement partners from Edwardsville, Glen Carbon, and the Madison County Sheriff’s Office each year to conduct a school safety and security review of:

  • Procedures and emergency response plans
  • Security equipment and technology
  • Security personnel and visitor management systems
  • Professional development updates for employees

Several school security improvements were recommended as a result of this review and were implemented at the start of the 2018-2019 school year, including:

  • Locking of all main entry doors during the school day
  • Relocating School Security Officers’ desks and visitor management devices closer to the front entrances of all schools
  • Installing electronic visitor entry systems with video and audio communication – A IPhone systems – in each school
  • Installing video surveillance cameras at the main visitor entry points of each school to provide a clear recording of each person entering the school
  • Replacing and installing over 175 security cameras at Edwardsville High School, EHS south, Jon Davis Wrestling Center, and the Sports Complex; increasing to 475 the number of security cameras located across the District’s 14 campuses
  • Expanding the School Safety Officer (SSO) program to include the hours of Kid Zone operations each day – the nine elementary schools that offer Kid Zone now have continuous SSO coverage from 6:00 a.m. – 6:30 p.m.
  • Providing certified staff members with training on an “options-based” active intruder protocol – the 4 E’s concept – from local law enforcement agencies. The focus of this training was on strategies for emergency responses in the event of an armed intruder in the school setting. Through lecture, real-life scenarios and active participation, certified personnel learned how to implement the 4 E’s: educate, evade, escape, and engage.

The Board also received an update on the P3 Campus Text-A-Tip program that began last year at Edwardsville High School. This program uses technology to open communication between students, school administration, and law enforcement. During the 2017-2018 school year, the Edwardsville Police Department received 265 credible tips from students and parents.

District 7 personnel, in conjunction with representatives from local law enforcement agencies, will continue to review and improve school safety and security measures to ensure that our students, employees, and visitors are provided a safe school experience.

Online Superintendent Search Survey (Community)

Online Superintendent Search Survey
Community Members Only (Non-Parents and Non-Employees) 

Parents and employees will receive a separate email containing a password and link to access the parent and/or employee surveys.

The Edwardsville CUSD 7 Board of Education is conducting a search for a new superintendent. The selection of a new superintendent is probably the most important decision a board of education has to make; therefore, the Board has hired the Illinois Association of School Boards (IASB) to assist in this process.

The Board of Education is seeking everyone’s input in the search process. The Board requests that all board members, all staff, all parents and community members complete an online survey provided by the IASB. The results will be tallied and used by the Board and Screening Team to develop a brochure to advertise the position.

The survey can be accessed at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/MXR2VLT

Thank you for taking the time to complete the survey.

Pick-A-Time

Dear Parents:

The District will again use Pick-A-Time to schedule PreK-12 parent-teacher conferences to be held from November 19-21. Like prior years, Pick-A-Time will allow parents to schedule all of their children’s parent teacher conferences through the internet using the account from last year or by creating a new account. Registration will begin at 8:00 a.m. on October 15, 2018, and will end at 10:00 p.m. on November 18, 2018.

Parents without internet access may still contact their child’s building or teachers directly to set up an appointment.

This letter will provide the basic information each parent needs to access Pick-A-Time, including information specific to grade levels.

Pick-A-Time web address: (https://pickatime.com/ecusd7)

General Information

1) Logging in to Pick A Time (once the system is available)

a) Parents should log in using the web address above or click on the link in TigerView under the “School Links” tab.

b) Once in Pick-A-Time, if you registered last year, you will enter your email address and password and click on “Login/Create Account.” You may also click on “Forgot My Password” if you forgot the password you created last year.

c) If you did not register last year, you will enter your email address and click on “Login/Create Account.” Enter the required information (Confirmed email, First Name, Last Name, Password). Click OK to register.

d) At the next screen you will use the drop-down menu to select the appropriate school’s conference. If you did not use the system last year or you have an additional student to add, you will then enter your child’s first name plus last name (ex. BenjaminFranklin) and birthday in the correct format (mm/dd/yyyy) and click Add.

e) At the next screen you will select the date of the conference (Nov. 19, Nov. 20, or Nov. 21).

f) If you have an additional child in the same school, you can enter his/her first name plus last name and birthdate after you have selected the conference date. DR. LYNDA C. ANDRE DAVE COURTNEY DR. NANCY SPINA Superintendent Assistant Superintendent – Business Operations Assistant Superintendent – Personnel

g) You will see a list of each teacher’s available times in a color-coded grid. If you hover over a colored box it will display the information for that course and teacher. Select an available colored box next to the time that you would like to schedule a conference.

h) You will have the option to set an email reminder on the next screen. You must click “Create Appointment” for the scheduled time to be confirmed.

i) Continue the process for all remaining conferences.

2) For K-5 Students

a) Elementary students with two teachers will schedule their parent teacher conferences with both teachers at the same time.

b) Elementary specialists (Art, Music, Spanish, PE, Band, Orchestra, Challenge, and Reading Club) will be scheduled separately through each building secretary. Contact your building secretary to set up an appointment if needed.

c) Elementary conferences are scheduled in 15-minute blocks.

3) Middle/High School Students

a) Middle school and high school conferences are scheduled in 10-minute blocks.

b) All middle school and high school teachers have a specific room assignment for conferences. Please feel free to contact your building secretary or principal if you have any questions.

Respectfully,

Dr. Lynda C. Andre

Superintendent

 

Digital Math Resources

DON’T FORGET: “Digital Math Resources” can be found on the District 7 website:http://www.ecusd7.org/for_parents/math-resources.asp

Students in grades K-8 and all core high school math courses have had the opportunity to access new math materials for the 2018-19 school year. These new materials include textbooks, workbooks, classroom manipulatives, and digital content.

As teachers and students learn to navigate these new materials, we want to make sure that parents are also aware of the opportunities that come with these new materials as well.

Free Dental Care for Kids!

The SIU School of Dental Medicine will be hosting free dental care for kids through their “Give Kids a Smile” program. See the flyer below for additional information!

Board of Education Announces Public Meetings for Superintendent Search

Wednesday, October 3 is the next scheduled public meeting for the superintendent search.

On August 27, 2018, the Edwardsville CUSD 7 Board of Education approved the Illinois Association of School Boards (IASB) for their upcoming Superintendent search to replace retiring Superintendent Dr. Andre on July 1, 2019. On September 10, 2018, the Board of Education discussed and approved Executive Search Services in Open Session.

An Online Survey will be made available to the staff, parents, and community to solicit their input on priorities regarding the person to be sought as superintendent. In-District Focus Groups will also be utilized as the IASB consultant acts as an unbiased interviewer/facilitator to gather perceptions of the administration, staff, and members of the school community, regarding the characteristics and skills to be sought in a new superintendent. There will be pre-interviews to interact and evaluate the suitability of applicants as to the ideal candidate criteria, as well as the culture of the community. IASB will also facilitate In-District Stakeholder Group interviews with semi-finalists identified by the Board. The stakeholder group (identified by the board) will meet each semi-finalist candidate and provide input on each candidate’s potential for success.

The Board of Education has set two dates for their first community stakeholder sessions:

Thursday, September 27, 2018
Edwardsville High School Media Center
6161 Center Grove Road
Edwardsville, IL 62025
7:00 p.m.

Wednesday, October 3, 2018
Liberty Middle School Auditorium
#1 District Drive
Edwardsville, IL 62025
7:00 p.m.

Focus On Finance

At the Monday, September 24 Board of Education meeting, the board was presented results from the 2017-2018 audit by Jim Torti of Schowalter & Jabouri Accounting Firm and an overview of the 2018-2019 District 7 budget by Assistant Superintendent Dave Courtney.

In his report, Mr. Torti gave the board a positive report on all aspects of the District’s financial operation including a positive and optimistic outlook regarding the District’s financial picture for the future.

“For the first time in eleven years the District will have a balanced budget and is on track to begin reducing the Education Fund debt during the 2018-2019 school year. It is projected that, assuming financial conditions and state funding remain on track, the District will have paid off its Education Fund debt by the end of the 2019-2020 school year.

The District will then be in a position to begin restoring cash reserves to the amount suggested by ISBE (10% of the District’s total revenue budget or between $8 and $9 million) in order for the District to eventually be removed from the State’s Financial Watch List.”

Assistant Superintendent for Business Operations Dave Courtney opened his review of the 2018-2019 budget with these comments:

“Two of the promises made to the District 7 community during the Proposition E campaign were:

  • Achievement of a balanced budget by June 30, 2019 as required by the Illinois State Board of Education and
  • Elimination of the District’s accumulating Education Fund debt.

As a result of the passage of Proposition E in April 2017, the District will have a balanced budget in the Education Fund for the first time since the 2007-2008 school year. The 2018- 2019 budget projects that the District will reduce the combined Education Fund negative fund balance (debt) from $5.3 million to approximately $1.9 million by June 30, 2019.”

The 2017-2018 audit and the 2018-2019 budget presentations are attached as well as the link to the 2017-2018 audit can be found at http://www.ecusd7.org/departments/business/audit.pdf.

Thank you to District 7 residents for their part in making this financial progress possible for our students.

Respectfully,

Dr. Lynda C. Andre

Superintendent

Math Resources for Students and Parents

Students in grades K-8 and all core high school math courses have had the opportunity to access new math materials for the 2018-19 school year. These new materials include textbooks, workbooks, classroom manipulatives, and digital content.

As teachers and students learn to navigate these new materials, we want to make sure that parents are also aware of the opportunities that come with these new materials as well.

“Digital Math Resources” can be found on the District 7 website:http://www.ecusd7.org/for_parents/math-resources.asp

Edwardsville Students Helping Classmates in Foster Care

In the early days of the school year, students notice new outfits, supplies, backpacks — and new classmates. But when a group of students in foster care came to Liberty Middle School, classmates also noticed their need, so they decided to step up and help.

Read the full story here: https://www.ksdk.com/article/news/local/edwardsville-students-helping-classmates-in-foster-care/63-595353567 

 

Need Funds for College?

Applications will be available in the Guidance Office October 1.

 

Coins for a Cure

Don’t forget! This is the week to bring in your spare change to donate to “Coins for a Cure” which is part of the Painting the Town Gold initiative!

Public Meetings for Superintendent Search

The Board of Education has announced special board meetings to discuss and accept community input on the superintendent search.

Thursday, September 27, 2018
7:00 p.m. at Edwardsville High School (Media Center)

Wednesday, October 3, 2018
7:00 p.m. at Liberty Middle School (Auditorium)

Play in the Park

To kick off the new school year, preschoolers and their families enjoyed an evening of free play and getting to know one another at Township Park. Family involvement is an important part of the District 7 preschool programs. Pre-K “Play in the Park” was the first of many family involvement events this school year that will include game nights, workshops, and a visit to the public library. See more here!

Progress Reports

Progress Reports for Grades 3-12 will be available in TigerView on Friday, September 14, 2018. (K-2 students will continue to receive a paper copy.)

During 1st quarter, a paper copy of progress reports will also be issued.

As we move into 2nd quarter, please note that progress reports will ONLY be made available in TigerView and a paper copy will no longer be sent home.

Superintendent’s Comments – September 14, 2018

  • New K-12 Math Instructional Materials Including Textbooks 
  • Implementation of Digital Initiatives at EHS

At the September 10 Board of Education meeting, the administration presented to the board and the community the first of many educational improvements for District 7 students that have been made possible by the generosity of the community’s residents who supported Prop E in April 2017. Without these critical funds, curriculum, technology, and school security improvements would not have been possible. Just as importantly, this district is now on a path to financial stability as we prepare to pay down a significant portion of the Education Fund debt – debt which has caused District 7 to be on the Illinois Financial Watch List for 10 years.

The administration will provide regular updates to the public on the District’s progress to implement the promises that were made in the Prop E campaign through Blueprint for Excellence and Focus on Finance reports:

  • Curriculum development and textbook updates
  • Technology replacement
  • School security enhancements
  • Achieving financial stability

BLUEPRINT FOR EXCELLENCE REPORT:
UPDATE ON CURRICULUM AND TECHNOLOGY INITIATIVES

New K-12 Math Instructional Materials Including Textbooks: New math instructional materials were purchased for all K-8 th grade students and core high school math courses this year. Textbooks, workbooks, classroom manipulatives and digital content materials were purchased for a cost of approximately $600,000.

Implementation of Digital Initiatives at EHS

Background Information: High school today vs. 10 years ago: Most of us remember that a majority of high school courses focused on a single textbook, worksheets, and the notes we took from teachers’ lectures. High school courses today, however, include a wide array of instructional resources that all contribute to a high quality and comprehensive educational experience. In 2018, a typical high school teacher may utilize:

  • Textbooks
  • Journal articles
  • Primary source documents
  • PowerPoint presentations 2
  • Study guides
  • Video clips, including recorded lessons
  • The teacher’s electronic notes and diagrams from a lesson
  • Graphics from resources, including interactive maps, digital video tutorials, photos, etc.
  • Teacher websites

The challenge to a teacher is the organization of this material so that students have access to these supplemental resources in the classroom, at home, and from anywhere the student may be. District 7 studied the solution to the organization of an ever-growing list of instructional resources, and we found the solution at the college level – it is called a learning management system (LMS).

How were the additions of a Learning Management System and a Bring Your Own Device program determined to be important for our high school students?

During our research, we found that EHS graduates from the class of 2008 and beyond had positive experiences with a Learning Management System (LMS), which was the structure that housed their college course materials. At the same time, we also became increasingly aware that navigating an LMS became an expectation for entering college freshmen no matter where they enrolled in college, and Edwardsville High School was not preparing them with that skill.

In 2015, the curriculum and technology departments, in collaboration with the high school administration, began re-examining the feasibility of acquiring an LMS for EHS students. We learned that experience in navigating an LMS was critical for the 95% of EHS graduates who attend college or university after high school. Colleges, universities, and community colleges all rely on an LMS, and an increasing number of high quality high schools have implemented this technology as well.

The system selected by District 7 is Schoology, a cloud-based learning management system (LMS), which allows users to create, manage, and share content and resources. It is where course content, calendars, and homework, etc. are housed. Schoology is integrated with existing school reporting and information systems and provides added security and filters even beyond the District’s technology safety measures.

Because an LMS is an online resource, we also studied how students would access an LMS and found that students used a variety of methods, including home, school, or other computers and/or through a mobile device, such as a smart phone, tablet, or laptop. This led the District to complete a parallel study of implementing a Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) program at Edwardsville High School.

Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) refers to the practice of permitting students to bring personally owned technology such as laptops or tablets to school and to use those devices for instructional purposes during the school day, including accessing an LMS.

What preparations were made to implement the digital initiatives at EHS?

District 7 spent $505,000 to prepare for the implementation of Schoology and a BYOD program at Edwardsville High School, which included these improvements:

  • Installation of WIFI at EHS and EHS South, serving all 357,500 square feet of 120 classrooms and other instructional spaces
  • Increased network security
  • Increased bandwidth to ensure that nearly 3,000 users would have access to video-rich content and the internet
  • Installation of a firewall to protect our students from accessing inappropriate websites and social media during instruction

The two components of the plan – the implementation of Schoology and the BYOD program will enhance instructional opportunities but not limit a teacher or a student. It is a process that teachers and students will learn and fashion to make sense for individual courses and course content. Students will not be required to bring a device to school, but the EHS building, staff, and administration are well prepared for those who choose to do so.

One of the most important benefits of Schoology is the ability to access it at home. Even those students who do not have personal devices available to them during the school day will have complete access to Schoology at home – homework, presentations, PowerPoints, videos, tutorials, and when available, digital textbooks.

How will these two initiatives improve instruction at EHS?

Many classroom teachers use a “hybrid” approach to instruction, which includes using digital content in addition to a textbook. This year, digital content will be linked to Schoology for those who have access to a device in or out of school. Traditional textbooks will be available to all students, with new digital textbooks available for most math courses. As we move through the curriculum review cycle, more digital content and resources will be available to our students.

For teachers, Schoology allows them to create, manage, and share content and resources for each course they teach. For students, it is where their course content, calendars, homework, etc. are housed. Logging into their Schoology account gives them access to all of their courses in one location, as well as the ability to download and upload assignments.

By design, Schoology will also improve communication among teachers, students, and parents, as it allows them to post questions to one another through discussion boards and post and receive assignments. Teachers can organize requirements and outline the steps necessary to complete assignments

Attention All Grade 12 Students and Parents

We have limited doses still available! Please call the nurses office at 656-7100 Ext. 20151 to RSVP or contact Becky Green at bgreen@ecusd7.org.

The State of Illinois has recently revised its vaccination requirements, and a new vaccine requirement is in effect for all twelfth-grade students.

Learn More Here.

Professional Development Meeting

1st grade teachers across the District participated in their grade level meeting this morning. It always makes for a productive start to a Friday when teachers begin the day with professional development!

Coins for a Cure

In support of Painting the Town Gold and Pediatric Cancer Awareness Month, the Edwardsville School District is GOING GOLD. Each school in District 7 will be collecting coins that will be donated for Pediatric Cancer Research.

Attention All Grade 12 Students and Parents

The State of Illinois has recently revised its vaccination requirements, and a new vaccine requirement is in effect for all twelfth-grade students.

Learn More Here!

Kindergarten Grade Level Meeting

It may be a rainy Friday, but our Kindergarten teachers were in bright and early for a professional development opportunity as they attended their Kindergarten grade level meeting!

District 7 Parent Orientation

Don’t forget about the opportunity to attend your child’s parent orientation night!

District 7 elementary and middle schools offer an opportunity for parents to visit their child’s school and learn more about what happens throughout the school day. Principals will discuss general information, such as drop off and pick up procedures, as well as how to get involved in volunteer opportunities. In addition, teachers will share information related to the day-to-day happenings within their classroom, including the curriculum at their grade level.

Congratulations to EHS Teacher, Susan Converse!

Susan Converse, an Edwardsville High School Special Education Teacher, has been named one of 10 finalists for Illinois State Board of Education’s Illinois Teacher of the Year.

Read the full story here: https://www.theintelligencer.com/news/article/Converse-among-Teacher-of-the-Year-finalists-13160612.php

District #7 Parent Resources

District #7 Parent Resources

TigerViewhttps://tigerview.ecusd7.org

TigerView allows parents secure access to current student data such as: attendance, assignments, progress reports, report cards, bus information, teacher, and staff contact information. The system is turned on the Wednesday before school starts and turned off two weeks after the school year ends, as it is not utilized during summer school. Returning parents were given a document with their login information at Registration. New parents were given a handout walking them through the process to sign up for a login by going to the website, https://tigerview.ecusd7.org, and clicking the link “Click Here to Register for HAC.” To view step by step instructions for setting up a TigerView account please find the link on the Registration page of the District website: http://www.ecusd7.org/for_parents/reg_forms.asp

My School Buckswww.MySchoolBucks.com

My School Bucks allows parents to prepay, using their credit or debit card, for their child’s school breakfast, lunch, and ala carte food items as well as pay for Instructional Materials fees and Activity fees. The company charges a $2.49 transaction fee each time parents fund their child’s cafeteria account and the company charges 3.95% for transactions that include Instructional Materials, Activities, or Performing Arts fees. (Please note that these are fees charged by the company to process payments; the District does not receive any portion of the transaction fees.)

Visit the website www.MySchoolBucks.com to enroll:

  • Go to www.MySchoolBucks.com and click Sign up today!
  • Create an account for yourself and your children using your student’s birthdate
  • Provide credit or debit card information
  • Click Cafeteria Payments to add money to a cafeteria account for breakfast, lunch, and ala carte items.
  • Click School Store to pay for student fees such as Instructional Materials, Athletics, and/or Performing Arts.

**Please note that it may take 24-28 hours to process your payment and access meal funds.**

E-Libraryhttps://elibrary.ecusd7.org/

E-Library is an online homework resource. It provides students and parents with resources that support student practice, homework completion, and quiz/ test preparation. The E-Library database includes videos, documents, and grade level specific content and vocabulary. The resource is designed to help students and parents better understand new and/or unfamiliar concepts and terms used in District 7 curricula. Parent logins are the same as the TigerView login. Any questions with logging in can be emailed to elibrary@ecusd7.org.

School Messenger

The District uses School Messenger to provide timely communication to parents and staff members via phone calls, text messages, and emails. To comply with wireless carrier requirements and protect against unsolicited text messages, parents must “opt-in” to receive important information from the district via our SMS text messaging service. To “opt-in,” send a text message of “Y” or “Yes” to our school’s short code number, 67587. You can also opt out of these messages at any time, by replying “Stop” to any district message.

Master Calendar

All District and individual school events are now located under one calendar on the district’s website at http://www.ecusd7.org/calendar.asp. This new calendar allows parents to view all district events or specific school events. If you have a Google calendar, you may click the icon on the bottom of the District 7 calendar. An “Add Calendars” screen will display where you may choose which event calendar(s) you would like to automatically sync to your Google calendar.

Facebook Pages

https://www.facebook.com/ECUSD7/

https://www.facebook.com/ECUSD7ehs/

https://www.facebook.com/ECUSD7Sports/

https://www.facebook.com/ECUSD7liberty/

https://www.facebook.com/ECUSD7lincoln/

https://www.facebook.com/ECUSD7cassens/

https://www.facebook.com/ECUSD7columbus/

https://www.facebook.com/ECUSD7woodland/

https://www.facebook.com/ECUSD7worden/

https://www.facebook.com/ECUSD7glencarbon/

https://www.facebook.com/ECUSD7goshen/

https://www.facebook.com/ECUSD7hamel/

https://www.facebook.com/ECUSD7leclaire/

https://www.facebook.com/ECUSD7nelson/

https://www.facebook.com/ECUSD7midway/

In order to see all Facebook posts in your newsfeed, you must “Like” the page and then click the drop down arrow from the “Following” button and select “See First.” For more detailed instructions on making this change, please click on the following link: https://www.facebook.com/ECUSD7/hc_ref=ARSKo_KoGBN7yE48S0oTgbt6sX51lmr2TwUfERW58MVYnOhP20eodBK 8Rrrke9jnMqY&fref=nf

Virtual Backpack

District 7 often receives requests from other organizations to distribute information to students. The Virtual Backpack will provide users with access to information from non-profit organizations, intergovernmental agencies, and business partners. Letters, flyers, fundraiser notices, etc. will be posted on the website under virtual backpack.

Pick A Time – Parent Teacher Conference Scheduling Software

Every year starting in October, this system is for parents to use to sign up for their student’s Parent Teacher Conferences. Parents can go to www.pickatime.com/ecusd7 and register using their student’s name, building, and birthdate. Information is sent in an email as a reminder closer to the opening in October.

Schoology – High School Only

Schoology is a Learning Management System that will be used at the high school starting in the 2018-2019 school year. Schoology organizes all teacher documents, quizzes, videos, worksheets – virtually every tool a teacher uses, in one location. Teachers can quickly create media-rich lessons, reuse their past courses, and even embed content from e-textbooks, Google Drive, Microsoft Office, YouTube, One Drive, and countless other web tools. Teachers will have the capability to securely and efficiently administer test and quizzes, offer feedback on assignments, and assign and collect homework. Students assigned to a course in Schoology can access the curricular content while in school and at home. Students can complete and submit assignments to the teacher online.

*The web version of this document can be found at the following link on our website on the Registration Information page: http://www.ecusd7.org/for_parents/reg_forms.asp

Edwardsville School District #7 Facebook Page

Just a friendly reminder as we begin the new school year:

The official Edwardsville School District #7 Facebook page is developed for parents, employees, students and the community to receive accurate information regarding programs, activities, events, and schedules held at Edwardsville School District #7. Comments will not be published to the page. Anyone with a question regarding specific school matters that need to be addressed should contact their child’s school or the District office by phone at (618) 656-1182.

Superintendent’s Comments – August 14, 2018

SUPERINTENDENT’S COMMENTS
Dr. Lynda C. Andre
August 14, 2018

  • Welcome to the 2018-2019 School Year
  • Blueprint for Excellence and Focus on Finance Reports

Welcome to the start of the 2018-2019 school year! District 7 schools received more than 7,500 students yesterday. Teachers and staff members have created warm and inviting classrooms and have attended countless hours of professional development and meetings with colleagues over the summer to be ready for this year.

Principals and assistant principals have been hard at work not only in professional development workshops but meeting with new families, new teachers, and other support staff hired to join the District 7 family.

The District 7 custodial, maintenance, and grounds staffs have also been hard at work preparing our 15 campuses for the year. They have done an outstanding job.

Our technology staff has also completed critical projects such as the installation of WIFI at Edwardsville High School and the installation of more than 300 new student computers at schools across the district.

The District’s newest employees in the expanded School Safety Officer Program have also received training as we increase school security services to include the before and after school Kid Zone programs.

I want to thank all District 7 parents who trust us to educate their children; it is a responsibility we take very seriously. On behalf of the Board of Education and our 978 employees, we welcome everyone to the 2018-2019 school year.

Blueprint for Excellence and Focus on Finance Reports

Beginning this month and continuing through the fall, the administration will present updates to the community through Blueprint for Excellence and Focus on Finance reports on the implementation of the second year of the Prop E plan. This year, several exciting initiatives will begin, all due to the generosity of the citizens of District 7.

  • All students received new math instructional materials and textbooks.
  • Edwardsville High School now has WIFI and a learning management system on a secure network.
  • More than 300 new computers were installed across District 7 schools.
  • The expansion of the School Security Officer program provides coverage during hours of Kid Zone operation.
  • District 7 will have a balanced budget for the first time in ten years and is on track to begin paying down a significant portion of the Education Fund debt by next summer.

I will continue to report on the status of the new curriculum, technology, and school security initiatives as well as provide updates on the District’s progress toward achieving financial stability throughout the year.

Welcome Back to School!

Classes will resume with a full day of student attendance on Tuesday, August 14, 2018.

Turning the Youngsters Loose

During the 2017-18 Summer Zone session, students had the opportunity to work with members from the Edwardsville Arts Center as part of their “Masterpiece Monday’s”. Each week featured a new medium and art technique to help spark student creativity.

The Edwardsville Arts Center, located on the campus of Edwardsville High School, will feature “Masterpiece Monday’s by Summer Zone Kids” in their student gallery from August 3 – September 8. The opening reception for this event will be held this evening, Friday, August 3 from 6:00 – 8:00 pm.

If you plan to attend, please park in the visitor or student lots near the Main Entrance to EHS. You will come in through the glass doors at the Main Entrance and there will be signs directing you to the Edwardsville Arts Center. We hope to see you there!

Read the full story here: https://www.theintelligencer.com/news/article/Turning-the-youngsters-loose-13116273.php

Building Walk-Through for Families

District 7 staff has spent the summer months preparing our buildings and grounds for first full day of student attendance on Tuesday, August 14, 2018.

Please feel free to stop by any one of our District 7 schools on Thursday, August 9th anytime between 3:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. to visit your child’s school, take a tour of the building, and locate your child’s classroom.

TigerView Information

Beginning with the 2018-2019 school year, the following information will be available ONLY in TigerView, District 7’s web-based parent access system:

  • bus information for all students
  • teacher assignment for elementary students only

Families will no longer receive bus and teacher information by mail.

Learn more here.

Learn About EHS Broadcasting

Learn About EHS Broadcasting that takes place at Edwardsville High School.

Students Learn About Bone Structure

Vet tech students perform a lab to learn about bone structure. Bones become flexible when minerals are removed & brittle when organic connective tissue is removed.

The Edwardsville FFA placed 3rd

The Edwardsville FFA placed 3rd on Sept 16 at the Illinois State FFA Horse Judging Contest held at Blackhawk East Community College. The FFA also placed 1st in the Southern Illinois University Carbondale Horse Judging Contest on September 8th.

Play In The Park!

District 7’s preschoolers and their families enjoyed playing and getting to know one another at “Play in the Park!” This Family Fun Night kicked off the 2017-2018 Family Involvement Series offered to our preschool families. This year’s events include: Literacy Night at the Library, A Night at the Children’s Museum, Play in the Park, workshops on discipline strategies and toilet training, and monthly “Cookies and Conversation” get-togethers, with a different focus each month.

Solar Eclipse 2017

Although District 7 schools were closed for the Solar Eclipse of 2017, our teachers have taken full advantage of many learning opportunities that accompany an event such as this. Teachers have provided students with captivating lessons related to the Solar Eclipse including songs, art projects, books, and many hands-on learning experiences within their classrooms.

DON’T FORGET: Hats for Harvey day

The Edwardsville High School Student Council and Business Professionals of America (BPA) have teamed together to encourage all District 7 Schools to participate in a unified campaign to raise funds for the victims of Hurricane Harvey.

Monetary donations are being accepted through September 8.

Students will be allowed to wear a hat to school on Friday, September 8.

Reminders for the Month of September

Important Reminders for the Month of September

  • Monday, September 4: Labor Day, No Student Attendance
  • Friday, September 15: Progress Reports Issued
District 7 Business Operations

District 7 Parent Orientation Nights

District 7 elementary and middle schools recently hosted their parent orientation nights, which provided parents with an opportunity to visit their child’s school and learn more about what happens throughout the school day. This opportunity to meet with both principals and the teaching staff was a success across the District!