Message from District 7: 9-25-2020

District 7 Families,

In a time where so much of the news around us is negative, District 7 will work hard in the coming weeks and months to share some of the many positive stories that are going on within our schools.  There are many success stories among the students and staff members that need to be shared.

Middle and High School Hybrid Updates and Clarifications

One goal for our teaching staff is to continually improve hybrid instruction at the middle and high school levels.  It is a team effort that requires hard work from both teachers and students.   We ask for parental support in this area as well.  There are many situations where a percentage of students choose not to engage with instruction on remote days.  For remote instruction to be effective, we need everyone working together.    Please click here to see a list of updates and clarifications to middle/high school hybrid and remote instruction.  

COVID-19 Update 

This week, there was one “outbreak” at Liberty Middle School which consisted of two positive COVID cases within one classroom.  As of this morning, there is one positive case at the elementary school level, three at the middle school level, and one at the high school level.

A reminder that when there is a confirmed COVID positive individual (student or staff member) within a school, the following notifications will occur:

  • All families within a school where there is a positive COVID case will receive an email notification.
  • If a student is a close contact of the COVID positive individual, the parent or guardian will be called by a school administrator or nurse.
  • All District 7 families will receive email notification if any District 7 school suspends in-person instruction due to COVID outbreaks.

In addition, if there is a current positive case within a school, families will receive an update from the building principal with a summary of the number of positive cases and the number of students quarantined as part of a regular weekly communication.   If families do not receive a letter or an update from the building principal, it means there are no positive cases within the school.

Thank you for continuing to follow the practices and procedures that allow us to keep schools open for in-person learning as well as for your continued patience and support.

Dr. Jason Henderson

COVID-19 Testing Locations

Please click the link below to see a letter from the Regional Office of Education regarding COVID-19 Testing Locations:

http://ecusd7.org/wp-content/uploads/bsk-pdf-manager/2020/09/ROE_TestingLetter_toDistricts.pdf

9-18-20 Update from District 7

District 7 Families,

A reminder that next Friday, September 25th is a remote planning day for District 7 staff members.  This means that there will be no student attendance or new instruction for in-person or remote students on this day.

COVID Communication to Families

When there is a confirmed COVID positive individual (student or staff member) within a school, the following notifications will occur:

  • All families within a school where there is a positive COVID case will receive an email notification.
  • If a student is a close contact of the COVID positive individual, the parent or guardian will be called by a school administrator or nurse.
  • All District 7 families will receive email notification if any District 7 school suspends in-person instruction due to COVID outbreaks.

In addition, if there is a current positive case within a school, families will receive an update from the building principal with a summary of the number of positive cases and the number of students quarantined as part of regular weekly communication.   If families do not receive a letter or an update from the building principal, it means there are no positive cases within the school.  As of this morning, there are two COVID positive cases at the elementary school level, two at the middle school level, and one at the high school level.

 

E-Learning Days in lieu of Snow Days

According to Section 10-20.56 of Illinois School Code, school districts may utilize “e-Learning days” in lieu of emergency days (snow days).  In order to do this, one of the requirements is that the district hold a public hearing and have an e-Learning proposal approved by the Board of Education.  In order to meet this requirement, District 7 will hold a public hearing at 5 PM on Monday, September 28th at the Woodland Elementary Cafeteria.  If the plan is approved by the Board of Education and the Regional Office of Education, District 7 will be able to use up to five e-Learning days in lieu of snow days when weather conditions make it dangerous to get students to school.

 

Parent Support for Schoology

District 7 has established  Zoom “office hours” for parents to access support with Schoology or other online platforms on Mondays from 8:00 a.m.-9:00 a.m. and Wednesdays from 3:30 p.m.-4:30 p.m. Click the provided link during any of the times scheduled below for live support from a District 7 staff member.

https://ecusd7.zoom.us/j/4047633696?pwd=N2tpVDNqVVJPYkVSUmdnMlRBYTUvdz09

 

Schoology Office Hours for Parents (Mondays)

Sep 21, 2020          8:00 AM – 9:00 AM

Sep 28, 2020          8:00 AM – 9:00 AM

Oct 5, 2020             8:00 AM – 9:00 AM

 

Schoology Office Hours for Parents (Wednesdays)

Sep 23, 2020          3:30 PM – 4:30 PM

Sep 30, 2020          3:30 PM – 4:30 PM

Oct 7, 2020             3:30 PM – 4:30 PM

 

Thank you for continuing to follow the practices and procedures that allow us to keep schools open for in-person learning as well as for your continued patience and support.

Dr. Jason Henderson

Health Examinations & Immunizations

This is just a friendly reminder regarding the upcoming due dates for health examinations and immunizations.  The link below outlines the specific requirements for each grade level.  Proof of physicals and immunizations must be turned in to your student’s building nurse no later than October 15th.

http://ecusd7.org/wp-content/uploads/bsk-pdf-manager/2020/07/HEALTH-EXAM-FACT-SHEET.pdf

Return to Learn Parent Update-9-4-2020

District 7 Families,

Today marks the end of the third full week of student attendance.  While it is certainly not a normal year, the routines of school are kicking in for the students–whether remote or in-person.  The new procedures and protocols have proven to be effective mitigation strategies in our schools.  Mask-wearing and social distancing throughout the school day have allowed our schools to safely provide in-person instruction.  These efforts, combined with your participation and cooperation, will allow the District to continue to provide opportunities for in-person learning for our students.  Thank you for also completing the daily self- certification checks with your students and keeping students  home when they are showing any COVID symptoms. Your patience and understanding when students and siblings are sent home and quarantined due to the onset of symptoms is greatly appreciated.  The District must have strict protocols in place for in-person learning to be able to continue.

In addition to new protocols, District 7 continues to consult with the Madison County Health Department as well as local pediatricians to discuss the newest data as it relates to the transmission of COVID-19.  Within the last week, a group of over 80 local community pediatricians, pediatric infectious disease specialists, pediatric adolescent specialists, and pediatric nurse practitioners have written a letter to all of our communities advocating for in-person instruction based on the latest data.

Click Here to Read the Pediatrician Letter to the Community

Remote Planning Day with no student attendance – Friday, September 25th 

On Friday, September 25th, District 7 will have a remote planning day.  Remote planning days are used by school districts to help provide professional development and continually prepare for remote instruction.  Remote planning days are non-attendance days for all students Pre-K through 12th grade. The Illinois State Board of Education allows all school districts to have a maximum of five remote planning days throughout the 2020-21 school year as needed. Please make note of this change in the calendar for Friday, September 25th.

 

What sort of notification can families expect if there is a COVID positive case within a school? 

When there is a confirmed COVID positive individual (student or staff member) within a school, the following notifications will occur:

  1. If a student is a close contact of the COVID positive individual, the parent or guardian will be called by a school administrator or nurse.
  2. All families within a school where there is a positive COVID case will receive an email notification.
  3. All District 7 families will receive email notification if any District 7 school suspends in-person instruction in alignment with the metrics outlined below.

What metrics will District 7 use to determine when to suspend in-person learning and move to a remote setting? 

District 7 will suspend in-person instruction and move to a 100% remote setting under the following conditions:

  1. The community as a whole is under a stay-at-home order from the Governor or another local or state agency.
  2. The District does not have enough staff members (due to quarantine) to safely operate.
  3. There are outbreaks within at least three District 7 schools.  An outbreak is defined by the Madison County Health Department as “two or more laboratory-confirmed COVID-19 cases who are epidemiologically linked to the outbreak setting, have onsets of illness within a 14-day period, do not share a household, and are not listed as a close contact of each other outside of the outbreak setting.”  Individual classrooms and schools will have in-school instruction suspended prior to the entire District moving to a remote setting.  Click here for more details regarding this metric.

After transitioning into an all remote learning setting, District 7 would remain in this setting for at least two weeks.  During this time, the District will work collaboratively with the Madison County Health Department to review COVID-19 data specific to our school district/communities and review current staffing levels to determine a date of return to in-person instruction.

The results from the parent survey that was completed in June 2020 have been posted  on the District’s website.  To review the results by grade level band, click on the link below:

Click Here to view the survey data.

Finally, even though confirmed cases in the schools remain low, the District is concerned about Madison County’s rise in positive Covid cases.  A continued increase in positive cases in our local communities has the potential to impact whether or not students can continue in-person learning.  We need everyone’s help to keep the virus out of our communities and schools.  We are hopeful that students will continue to follow good hygiene practices and strategies that keep them healthy – wearing masks, washing hands, and practicing social distancing.  Thank you for your continued patience and support.

Respectfully,

Dr. Jason Henderson

Parent Orientation to Schoology

Parents,

Once you have created your parent account within Schoology (using the access code information emailed on Monday, August 24th), you may want to join the “Parent Orientation to Schoology” course on Schoology to learn more about how to use your parent account.   Below is a list of some of the topics you will find on this course:

  • Getting Started – Parent View Video
  • Viewing Your Child’s Courses
  • Communicating with Teachers

Please click the link below for information on how to join this course.

http://ecusd7.org/wp-content/uploads/bsk-pdf-manager/2020/08/How-to-Access-the-Parent-Orientation-on-Schoology.pdf

Thank you.

Important Message Regarding Schedule from District 7

District 7 Families,

The purpose of this message is to share an important change in what has been previously communicated. 

At Monday night’s Board of Education meeting, the Board gave direction to continue to work with the Madison County Health Department to develop metrics more specific to District 7 to determine when to suspend in-person learning rather than relying on the previously communicated county-wide metrics. The health department has informed the District that there is no evidence of any school-based transmission at this time. In addition, it was shared at the Board meeting last night that many local pediatricians continue to advocate for in-person instruction to occur to the greatest extent possible.  

As a result, District 7 schools will remain open for in-person learning even if Madison County continues to be designated in the orange “Warning” status this Friday. This week’s schedule will be unchanged with all students K-12 following the hybrid schedule.  Friday, August 28th will remain a remote day.  For the high school and middle school, this will be a typical Friday in the hybrid schedule with instruction as originally planned.  For elementary families, we will use a portion of this day as a test of our newly installed Wi Fi connectivity and will have teachers connecting with students and families virtually. This test run will help us work out technical difficulties if/when we are required to transition all students to 100% remote instruction.  

Beginning on Monday, August 31st, all students in grades 6-12 will continue following the current hybrid schedule and K-5 students will return to attending in-person five days a week. Students who are already on a 100% remote schedule will see no changes. 

While we are able to continue to provide in-person learning for now, it is important for families to be prepared for the possibility of a shift to remote learning at any time.  As of today, there are a small number of both students and staff members quarantined due to being in close contact with a COVID-19 positive individual, being symptomatic, or receiving a COVID-19 positive result.  Rest assured that parents will always be notified if their student was in close contact with a COVID-19 positive individual.  Even though our number of quarantined staff and students remains small, if this were to change, the District would be forced to suspend in-person learning and shift to a remote setting for a period of time. 

In the meantime, the way our communities can demonstrate that they value in-person instruction is by being vigilant about wearing masks and practicing social distancing. These simple steps should be practiced not just at school, but outside our school buildings as well.  Please remember that exposures outside of school will ultimately impact the District’s ability to provide in-person learning.  As the final metrics are determined in conjunction with the Madison County Health Department, these will be shared with the community. 

Thank you for your continued patience as we navigate this pandemic.

Important Message from District 7

District 7 Families,

District 7 has been informed by the health department that Madison County will move into the orange “Warning” designation on Friday, August 21st.  Due to this, District 7 will move into the hybrid (A/B Day) schedule for all K-12 students on Monday, August 24th.  This does not represent a change for students in grades 6-12 who are already in a hybrid schedule. Parents of K-5 students are reminded of the following changes for the week of August 24th:

  • Students with the last name beginning with A-L will attend on Monday and Wednesday.
  • Students with the last name beginning with M-Z will attend on Tuesday and Thursday.
  • Kid Zone will be available only on days when students are in attendance.

Parents of students with IEPs should have received an email today from the District 7 Department of Special Education regarding attendance during a hybrid schedule.

K-5 students will NOT be expected to be online during the two “off” days during this one week of hybrid instruction.  Elementary teachers will provide assignments for the students to complete and bring back to school.  Building principals or teachers will provide additional information by Wednesday, August 26th regarding the Friday, August 28th remote day.

We understand that neither hybrid nor remote learning are ideal learning environments for the majority of our students.  Particularly at the K-5 level, every effort will be made to get back to five day a week instruction as soon as possible. Our goal is to offer in-person learning as long as it does not threaten the safety of our students, staff, and community.  Our hope is that the metrics in Madison County will improve so that we will be able to continue to offer in-person instruction at all grade levels.  Elementary building principals will be following up via email with parents tomorrow regarding the hybrid schedule for next week.

Thank you for your continued patience as we navigate this pandemic.

Return To Learn Update – 8-18-2020

District 7 Families,

Thank you to students, staff members, and parents for helping to get this school year off to a successful start.  Staff has shared that our in-person students are excited to be back and are doing an excellent job following our new procedures and protocols. Our remote learners are adjusting well to the “new” way to access school, and we appreciate the efforts our teachers have made in adjusting to alternate teaching methods.

Unfortunately, our region is now the first in the state to have restrictive mitigations triggered by a recent surge of COVID-19 cases. Although these restrictions do not apply to school districts, area district administrators continue to collaborate with the Madison County Health Department and review the recently released Illinois Department of Public Health metrics that provide information about levels of community transmission of COVID-19 within specific counties of Illinois.

Illinois Department of Public Health now shares specific county metrics and labels counties using the colors blue and orange.  The color blue indicates  the county is experiencing overall stable COVID-19 metrics.  The color orange indicates there are warning signs of increased COVID-19 risk in the county. At this time, Madison County remains “Blue”, however, over the last few weeks, the positivity rate and the number of cases per 100,000 of the county’s population have continued to rise.   If the rates rise to certain levels, Madison County would receive an orange “Warning” designation.  The next update is scheduled to occur this Friday, August 21.  You can view the IDPH metrics and other information about the designations at the following website:

http://www.dph.illinois.gov/countymetrics?county=Madison

In the event that the Madison County metrics rise to levels that result in the county being issued an orange “Warning” designation this Friday, August 21, all students K-5 would move into Option 2—the hybrid blended model beginning on Monday, August 24.

    • Students with a last name beginning with A-L attend “A” days and students with last name M-Z attend “B” days.
    • Kid Zone will be available for students in grades K-5 only on the days that they attend.

6th through 12th grade students would continue to adhere to the hybrid schedule in this scenario.  Parents will receive an automated phone call and an email on Friday, August 21 from the District if this occurs; additional information to follow from the building principals.   With any schedule option change throughout this school year parents will be notified via email and automated phone call.

If Madison County stays with an orange “Warning” designation for two consecutive weeks, this would cause District 7 to transition to remote learning for all students.   This means that if the metrics continue to worsen and do not stay within targeted levels, District 7 will transition to full remote learning as early as Monday, August 31, as a result of being in “Warning” status for two consecutive weeks.

If District 7 shifts to all remote learning, it will stay there until Madison County moves out of “Warning” (back to “Blue”) for two consecutive weeks.

We understand that this decision will create hardships for our parents and students, but we must continue to operate throughout this pandemic with the safety of our students and staff as our first priority.  Please help to stop the spread in our county and do your part to improve our metrics by wearing a mask and practicing social distancing.

Thank you for your help in stopping the spread of COVID-19 and for your continued patience as we navigate this pandemic.

Dr. Jason Henderson

Student Access to Schoology and Clever

Please click the link below for a description of how students can access Schoology and Clever.

http://ecusd7.org/wp-content/uploads/bsk-pdf-manager/2020/08/Accessing-Schoology-and-Clever.pdf

First Day of School Information

Tomorrow students will be able to enter classrooms for the first time since abruptly leaving almost five months ago.  On Thursday, all K-5 students and 6-12 students whose last names begin with A-L will have their first day. 6-12 students whose last names begin with M-Z will have their first day on Friday. With a focus on health, wellness, and safety this year, we wanted to remind parents and students of the following guidelines:

  1. Wear a mask–remember that masks are mandatory inside our schools and on buses.
  2. Only come to school if you are healthy, symptom free and have not been in close contact with sick family or friends.  Self certification is a key to creating a healthy and safe learning environment.  Remember that students who display COVID symptoms at school will not be able to return to school for up to 10 days.
  3. Bring a water bottle to school with you.  Bottles of water will be available at every school for students, but you may also bring your own.

Our first few days will be focused on helping everyone feel comfortable at school.  We will be discussing our new safety procedures and protocols with the students and will be emphasizing the wearing of masks, social distancing, and washing hands frequently.

District 7 teachers and staff members–Thank you for your dedication and for helping to create a safe environment for our students to learn and grow.  You are truly appreciated for what you do!  A special thanks as well to those teachers who have stepped out of their comfort zone to teach students remotely.

District 7 Parents–Thank you for being positive and enthusiastic with your students regarding school–whether in person or remote.  Your attitude will make all the difference with your students as we begin this school year.  Thank you also for your continued patience and trust as we navigate through this unprecedented and ever-changing situation.

District 7 Students–Welcome back!  We can’t wait to begin getting to know all of you on Thursday!!!!

Information Regarding Class Assignments and Schedules 8-5-2020

District 7 Parents, 

We want to let you know that TigerView will be open on Monday, August 10th, at 8 AM.  Once in Tigerview, parents and students can access the following information: 

·       Bus information for all students

·       Teacher assignments for elementary students

·       Schedules for middle and high school students

Teacher assignments and schedules will be accessible in TigerView for all students including those students who will be 100% remote learning.  Students who are 100% remote will also be contacted by their teacher(s) by Wednesday, August 12th with additional information.  

On Friday, August 7th, you will receive an email from this address that will provide TigerView login information and passwords.  You will use this information to login to TigerView on Monday. 

Parents of Elementary Students: You can expect communication from your student’s building principal by the end of this week with additional information. There will NOT be an evening to bring supplies to the classroom before school begins at any elementary school.  Parents will be  asked to send supplies with students within the first few days of school.  

Return to Learn Plan–8-3-20 Update

District 7 Families,

Over the past few months, District 7 faculty and staff have been preparing for the 2020-21 school year.  This ongoing process has been difficult as we still do not have all the answers and continue to receive updated guidance.  Throughout the process, we have maintained a focus on student and staff safety, meeting students’ academic and social emotional needs, and providing timely and accurate information. 

The link below will take you to District 7’s “Return to Learn” plan for the 2020-21 school year.  This plan offers the most comprehensive picture to date of what students and parents can expect when we return to school in the coming weeks.

Please understand that the pages of this document do not contain all the answers you as a parent may have.  There are details in many areas that are building specific and will require additional communication.  Building principals will be releasing building specific information to families between now and the beginning of the school year.  Parents can expect a communication by the end of this week from their student’s principal which will provide additional building specific details including information regarding when teacher assignments will be available for the upcoming school year. 

On behalf of Edwardsville CUSD 7, we realize that this is not an easy time for our students, families, communities, and our district employees.  Thank you to everyone for their patience and for working together to help make the best learning environment possible in this difficult situation.

Respectfully,

Dr. Jason Henderson

 Click here to view District 7’s Return To Learn Plan

Message Regarding 2020-21 Schedule from District 7

District 7 families, 
 
On Monday, August 3rd, District 7 will release its Return to Learn Reopening Plan to the community.  As one component of the plan, District 7 was required by the Illinois State Board of Education to develop three different scheduling “Options”.  The District will be prepared to move into any of these three options throughout the 2020-21 school year if needed based upon the recommendations of local and state health departments. 
 
Below is a brief summary of the scheduling options: 
 
Option 1–Traditional Learning Model
Option One includes in-person instruction everyday with compacted daily schedules.  In person learning at EHS is from 7:20 AM-11:50 AM, the middle schools are from 8:00 AM – 12:40 PM, and the elementary schools are from 9:15 AM – 2:30 PM.  
 
Option 2–Hybrid/Blended Learning Model 
Option Two is a combination of in-person learning two days per week and remote learning the other three days of the week. Students in the blended learning model would be assigned to attend on “A” days or “B” days based primarily by last name.  The purpose behind a blended model would be to reduce the number of students in the classrooms and buildings by only having half of the students attend Monday through Thursday each week with Friday being remote for all students.  Students receiving special education services  would have an opportunity to attend in-person to meet their individual learning needs.   The daily starting and ending times for all buildings will be the same for Option 2 and Option 1.  A detailed summary of Option 2 will be available in the District’s Reopening Plan which will be released on Monday, August 3rd.  
 
Option 3–Remote Learning Model
Option Three  is 100% remote learning for all students every day.  If the district would decide to move into Option Three, it would be done in consultation with state and local health agencies or possibly due to a directive from the Governor’s Office.
All three Options take into consideration how we can best meet the needs of our students and families.  In all three Options, students will have access to teachers, counselors, therapists, support staff, curriculum and other resources. 
 
***Please note that parents who registered for 100% remote learning by July 17th will have their students in Option Three for the entire first semester regardless of any other factors.  All families that were put on the remote learning waiting list will be contacted by their student’s building principal next week to inform families of their student’s status of either remote or in-person learning.
 
****Based on the current information from the state and local health agencies, District 7 will begin the 2020-2021 school year in Option One for elementary students grades pre-kindergarten through 5th grade and Option Two for middle and high school students. Option Two will be in place for grades 6-12 for the first semester of the 2020-21 school year.***
 
 
Due to the shift from Option One to Option Two for grades 6-12, we realize that families may want to adjust their choice regarding remote learning and move their high school or middle school students back to receiving some in-person instruction.  All changes must be made directly with the high school or middle school where the student attends. The DEADLINE FOR ANY CHANGES WILL BE TUESDAY, AUGUST 4TH at 5 PM.  If you wish to request a change in your middle or high school student’s remote learning status, please contact the following building administrator via email: 
 
Edwardsville High School:  Mr. Kyle Stewart (Asst Principal) at kstewart@ecusd7.org
Liberty Middle School: Dr. Allen Duncan (Principal) at aduncan@ecusd7.org
Lincoln Middle School:  Ms. Jennifer Morgan (Principal) at jmorgan@ecusd7.org 
 
We understand that some may ask why there would be a different option for K-5 and 6-12.  While there are many factors that go into the decision, listed below are the main reasons: 
  • The latest data suggests that children aged 10 and under are unlikely to contract and even less likely to transmit COVID-19 than adults or adolescent students. 
  • We are able to isolate classrooms at the elementary level so that students only come in contact with a small group of students each day. 
  • Typical class sizes at the middle and high school are between 28-30 students.  We are hiring additional teachers at the elementary level in order to keep class sizes low–with an overall average of 20-21 students per class.  
  • Elementary buildings have smaller populations of students compared to our middle schools and high school, with our largest elementary building at less than 400 in-person learners.  Enough families have chosen remote learning, which allows for scheduling of lunch and recess with groups of less than 50 students in one area.   
  • High school and middle school students are better able to complete remote learning independently.
  • Moving to a blended schedule such as Option Two at the elementary level places additional burdens on families for childcare on days where students are at home in comparison to middle school/high school aged students.   
Please understand that these options are fluid and as more information becomes available, it may be necessary to move K-5 into Option Two or to move all grade levels to Option Three.  
 
Tomorrow, middle and high school families will receive an email from the building principal that reviews additional details regarding Option Two for the first semester.  
 
Thank you for your patience and flexibility as we navigate these unprecedented times. 
 
Dr. Jason Henderson 

FAQ Update: 7-16-2020

District 7 Parents,

Click the link below for updates to our Frequently Asked Questions.  We will continue to update this page a minimum of once a week until our complete reopening plan document is available at the beginning of August.  Please be reminded of tomorrow’s deadline (July 17th) to sign up for remote learning.  This date has not been changed.  We have attempted to focus on many different remote learning questions this week in the FAQs because of this deadline.

Reopening and Remote Learning FAQs

District 7 Families,

Below are some of the frequently asked questions that have been asked regarding reopening and remote learning that have been mailed to info@ecusd7.org.  This first set represents some of the most commonly asked questions.  This document will continue to be updated frequently.  Each time the FAQ is updated, there will be an email sent from this address.   There are currently four sections on the FAQ document:

  1. General Questions
  2. Remote Learning Questions
  3. High School Specific Questions
  4. Middle School Specific Questions

Thank you for your patience as we develop and finalize our reopening and remote learning plans.

Please click on this link to access the FAQ document: http://ecusd7.org/wp-content/uploads/bsk-pdf-manager/2020/07/Remote_Learning_FAQ_Updated_07-13-20.pdf

District 7 Reopening and Remote Learning Information

District 7 Families,

Thank you for providing feedback in our most recent remote learning and reopening survey.  District 7 is developing a Return to School Plan that will give a complete overview of all aspects of what the environment will look like within the buildings for the 2020-21 school year.  This plan has been developed based upon your feedback as parents, collaboration with staff, and consistent, on-going communication with the Illinois State Board of Education, Illinois Department of Public Health, Madison County Health Department, and local health experts.   While there are still details yet to be finalized, the purpose of this letter is to provide families with a snapshot of what to expect when school reopens this fall so that you can feel more comfortable registering students online beginning on July 9, 2020.

Click the link below to see the full message: http://ecusd7.org/wp-content/uploads/bsk-pdf-manager/2020/07/District-7-Reopening-and-Remote-Learning-Information.pdf

District Registration Information

Please click the link below to learn more about online registration for the 2020-2021 school year:

http://ecusd7.org/wp-content/uploads/bsk-pdf-manager/2020/07/ParentInfoRegardingOnlineRegistration2021.pdf

Health Examination Requirements for 2020-2021

Please click the link below to see the most up to date Health examination requirements:

http://ecusd7.org/wp-content/uploads/bsk-pdf-manager/2020/07/Health-Requirements-Fact-Sheet-for-Registration-Packets-Update-2020-2021.pdf 

District 7 Kid Zone is Hiring!

Kid Zone is hiring for the upcoming 2020-2021 year! Apply at: http://ecusd7.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/Kid-Zone-Employment-Application.pdf

Child Care Counselor Job Description: http://ecusd7.org/wp-content/uploads/bsk-pdf-manager/2020/07/BEFORE-AND-AFTER-SCHOOL-CHILD-CARE-COUNSELORS.pdf

Child Care Site Coordinator Job Description: http://ecusd7.org/wp-content/uploads/bsk-pdf-manager/2020/07/BEFORE-AND-AFTER-SCHOOL-CHILD-CARE-SITE-COORDINATORS.pdf

 

Update on Summer Placement Screenings

Please click the link below for updates on the Summer Placement Screening dates for the 2020-2021 school year.

http://ecusd7.org/wp-content/uploads/bsk-pdf-manager/2020/06/Communication_Summer_Placement_Testing2020_Revised_June2020.pdf

The following categories of students should schedule a placement screening appointment:

  • Incoming 1st – 5th grade students new to District 7 who are coming from non-traditional school settings such as: international schools, home-school programs, and/or schools with standards-based reporting without grade level designations
  • All incoming 6th – 8th grade students new to District 7 (this includes parochial students and students moving in from other school districts)
  • Any incoming 9th grade student who would like to be considered for a Geometry/Honors Geometry course as a freshman

Information Regarding 2020-2021 Registration

Please click the link to view the most up to date information about 2020-2021 registration:

http://ecusd7.org/wp-content/uploads/bsk-pdf-manager/2020/06/Registration_Letter_for_2020-21.pdf

Message from Superintendent Dr. Jason Henderson

District 7 students, staff, and families:

I want to acknowledge the emotional toll that the recent national events of police brutality and the subsequent protests have had on our students and community—specifically our African American students, teachers and families.  I want to say unequivocally that District 7 stands with you and is committed to you now and in the future.

Many of you know that District 7 enacted an Equity Task Force that met in the months of January and February to address issues of equity within our school community.  This group had begun discussing and formulating recommendations before the COVID-19 pandemic forced meetings to be cancelled.  I wanted to share that the District 7 Equity Task Force has begun to meet again and will be providing recommendations in the coming weeks on the steps the district can take to address biases among staff and students through professional development as well as curricular modifications.  Students, staff and families can expect there to be noticeable changes made in District 7 schools based on these recommendations.

We don’t have all the answers to what will make our students, staff, and families well at the moment, nor should we act as if the answers are simple.  We are, however, committed to acknowledging our mistakes from the past and expanding our current efforts and growing as a school district and community.  Thank you for your support and as we move forward with our efforts.

Sincerely,

Dr. Jason Henderson

Superintendent

District 7 School Board Meeting – June 15th, 2020

The District 7 Board Meeting for June 15, 2020 may be viewed at the following link:

 

District 7 Finance Meeting – June 15th

The District 7 Finance meeting for June 15th, 2020 may be viewed at the following link:

 

Kindergarten Orientation Information

Now that our elementary school buildings are closed for the summer, please note that all questions regarding Kindergarten registration should be directed to Hadley House (618-656-1182).

For parents interested in half-day kindergarten, the June 30, 2020 deadline still applies.

http://ecusd7.org/wp-content/uploads/bsk-pdf-manager/2020/06/TheKindergartenExperience_2020_REV.pdf

District 7 School Board Meeting – May 26th, 2020

The District 7 Board Meeting for May 26, 2020 may be viewed at the following link:

 

District 7 Virtual Graduation !

District 7 Virtual Graduation !

The District 7 EHS virtual graduation video file and program file (PDF)  is now available on the District’s website.

http://www.ecusd7.org/video/2020grad.mp4

http://www.ecusd7.org/video/2020program.pdf

(The video file is a very large MP4 file (10.1 Gig), and will take considerable time to download).

Congratulations to the Class of 2020!

District 7 Virtual Graduation !

The District 7 EHS virtual graduation video file and program file (PDF)  is now available on the District’s website.

http://www.ecusd7.org/video/2020grad.mp4

http://www.ecusd7.org/video/2020program.pdf

(The video file is a very large MP4 file (10.1 Gig), and will take considerable time to download).

Congratulations to the Class of 2020!

Saturday, May 23, 2020 – Class of 2020 Virtual Commencement Exercises

Saturday, May 23, 2020 – Class of 2020 Virtual Commencement Exercises.

The Class of 2020 virtual graduation ceremony will be streamed on Saturday, May 23, 2020 at 10:00 a.m. on the following partners of District 7:

RiverBender
https://www.riverbender.com/
https://www.edglentoday.com/

ECTV – Edwardsville
https://www.cityofedwardsville.com/LIVE
and on Charter TV on ECTV Channel 993

Madison Communications
https://gomadison.com/
and on Channel 13

District 7
District 7 will publish the virtual graduation video on YouTube.com, which will be activated as of 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, May 23, 2020. https://youtu.be/_2fl3SpH_ZA

District 7 will have the virtual graduation video file and program file (PDF) on the District’s website as of 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, May 23, 2020. (The video file is a very large MP4 file (10.1 Gig), and will take considerable time to download).

 

District 7 School Board Meeting Video

The District 7 Board Meeting for May 11, 2020 may be viewed at the following link:

 

School Closure Update: April 23, 2020

District 7 parents,
I hope that parents and students have developed a routine for remote learning and have gotten over the initial stress that many faced.  Please read the following information regarding the remainder of this school year and many questions that relate to summer programs.   
                                                               
Remote Learning Calendar 
Remote learning will continue through the remainder of the school year.  Teacher planning days will occur on the following Fridays: April 24th, May 1st, and May 8th.  For seniors, the last day of remote learning will be Friday, May 15th.  For all other grade levels, the last day that remote learning assignments may be due is Friday, May 22nd.  Additional student learning opportunities will be provided on May 26th-28th, however, there will not be any assignments due on these days after Memorial Day.  The last official day of school for the 2019-20 school year is May 28th
 
Returning Textbooks/Picking up Yearbooks
We are developing procedures for the collection of textbooks from students and parents at each school.  Building principals will be communicating the dates and times that textbooks will be collected.  For the middle and high school, this will likely be May 20th-22nd.  For elementary buildings, textbook collection will occur in the days following Memorial Day (May 26th – May 29th).   Yearbooks will be distributed to those students who ordered them at the time of book collection if they are available.  It will be important that parents and students follow the schedule provided by the building principals in order to practice appropriate social distancing. Parents or students who need to pick up additional personal items from the school will need to make arrangements to do so through the building principal.   Please watch for additional information coming soon from your child’s building principal. 
 
Class of 2020 Graduation
Dr. Cramsey will be providing information regarding graduation in an email to parents and students on Friday, April 24th. 
 
Summer School
The following High School Summer School courses will be taught remotely and will follow the summer school schedule originally advertised:  Civics, US History (A and B), Global Perspectives, Geography Explorations, Consumer Education, Sports in Literature, Health, and Medieval World History. 
The following High School Summer School courses are CANCELLED: Physical Education and Limited Enrollment courses including Algebra 1, Algebra 2, Geometry, Algebra/Geometry 3, Freshman Literature, Sophomore World Literature, Jr. American Literature and Grammar & Composition.  We are waiting for further guidance from the Illinois State Board of Education before making a determination on whether Driver’s Education can be offered remotely during the summer.  We will communicate information on Driver’s Education as soon as it is available.  
All students attending summer school remotely will need a device with a microphone and a camera as well as internet access. Students will receive an email from their summer school teacher prior to the first day with a Zoom Meeting ID number and a password for access to the first class. Student attendance will be taken daily, and all attendance requirements will still be in effect.
If you no longer want your child to attend summer school, please contact Hadley House at 656-1182 to request a summer school refund no later than May 15, 2020. Registration for EHS Summer School is complete and no applications will be accepted at this time.
The Middle School and Elementary Summer Reading Program will not be offered this summer.
Students with IEP’s that qualify for Extended School Year will receive information from the Office of Student Services in the coming weeks.
 
Summer Kid Zone
There will be no Summer Kid Zone program for the summer of 2020.  All deposits that have been paid will be refunded. 
 
Continuation of Meal Service
District 7 will continue providing both lunch and breakfast through the end of the school year.  Food distribution will take place at the Glen Ed Pantry each Monday from 10 AM to 12 PM.  The District will also continue delivering meals to those families that are unable to pick them up.  If any family is in need of meals, please contact Hadley House at 656-1182. 
 
Please continue to watch for additional emails from your child’s building principal.  Those emails will contain more details regarding updated procedures as we move forward.  Thank you again for your continued patience and support of District 7.
Respectfully,
Dr. Jason Henderson

School Closure Update: April 17, 2020

This afternoon the Governor announced the suspension of in-person learning for the remainder of the 2019-20 school year.   Next week, we will provide updated information regarding remote learning for the remainder of the school year including a remote learning calendar for the month of May.  We will also begin to address and provide updated information on several of the “end of year” events that take place this time of year including high school graduation.  There are also several end-of-year procedures that will need to be developed such as how to return textbooks and clean out lockers.  As we establish these procedures in the coming weeks, we will communicate them to students and parents as quickly as possible.   
Thank you for your continued patience and support of District 7 as we face this new reality together.
Respectfully,
Dr. Jason Henderson 

Dental Exam Requirement Update

Dental Exam Requirement Update:

If you have been unable to complete the dental exam required for students in Kg, 2nd, 6th, and 9th grades due to the recent Covid-19 outbreak, please do not worry!  District 7 students will not incur any negative consequences if they do not turn in proof of a dental exam during the 2019-20 school year.

 

EHS Greenhouse Plant Sale

The EHS Greenhouse will be holding their annual plant sale VIRTUALLY this year.  Please see below for details and the website to order.

You can now shop the greenhouse virtually!! Please read the store hours and dates carefully. The first date for curbside pickup is April 18th outside the greenhouse in the sports complex across the road from the high school. Please be aware that no one except pre-determined volunteers are allowed in the greenhouse for any reason. All orders will be picked up outside the greenhouse gate.

Thank you so much for your patience and your support!! It is very much appreciated!!

Feel free to message the Edwardsville High School Greenhouse page or email jjenkins@ecusd7.org with any questions.

Website Link:

https://edwardsvillehsgreenhouse.square.site/

Additional Meal Pick Up Times Available

After meal pickup on Monday morning, the District still has a substantial amount of lunches and breakfasts left.  If any family would still like to pick up meals, they can do so at the Glen Ed Pantry located at 125 5th Ave. in Edwardsville from 3:00-5:30 PM on Wednesday and on Thursday morning from 9:00-11:30.  Although it is not required, if you call the Pantry ahead of time at 656-7506 and let them know you are coming, it will speed up the meal pickup when you arrive.

Meal Pickup Reminder

Just a reminder that meal pickup is today at the Glen Ed Pantry between 10 AM and 12 PM.

The Glen Ed Pantry is located at 125 5th Ave, Edwardsville, IL 62025.

School Closure Update: April 3, 2020

Dear District 7 Families,
 
On March 31st, Governor Pritzker issued an extension of the Illinois Stay At Home Order and school building closures through the end of April. Please know that at District 7, our buildings may be closed, but teaching and learning continues.  The Edwardsville School District has developed a Remote Learning Plan for all students PK – 12th grades. Click the following link to see District 7’s Remote Learning Plan: http://ecusd7.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/04/District-7-Remote-Learning-Plan.pdf
 
This plan has been be developed in collaboration with our teachers and administrators and will follow the recommendations from the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE). It covers topics such including “Grading” and “Special Education & Related Services” that continue to be on the minds of parents.  The District 7 Remote Learning Plan is extremely important in minimizing the negative impact the school closure has on our students by ensuring consistency in the skills and concepts being taught and providing clear communication of student expectations.
 
District 7 Spring Break is scheduled for next week, April 6 – April 13. Remember that since these days have already been approved as non-attendance days, new instruction/lessons will be suspended during this time. The next day of Remote Learning will take place on Tuesday, April 14th.  Families who pick up meals will still be able to get them on Monday, April 6th at the Glen Ed Pantry located at 125 5th Ave, Edwardsville, IL between 10 AM and 12 PM.  Many thanks to the Glen Ed Pantry for partnering with District 7 and providing extra hours for our families to pick up meals in the coming weeks. 
 
With our buildings closed, state-wide assessments such as the Illinois Assessment of Readiness (IAR) and the SAT session held at Edwardsville High School have also been suspended.
 
We will continue to communicate in a timely manner and make it a goal to get parents new information as soon as possible.
 
Respectfully,
 
Dr. Jason Henderson

School Closure Update: April 2, 2020

District 7 Parents,

Thank you for being patient over the past two weeks while we shifted gears to a new way of teaching and learning.  As you know, on Tuesday, March 31st, the Governor announced an extension of the stay-in-place and school closure through the end of April.

During the first two and a half weeks of the closure, District 7 implemented an e-Learning/Home-Based learning plan.  Under guidance from the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE), all days moving forward will be titled “Remote Learning Days”, and all districts must develop a Remote Learning Plan.  The Remote Learning Plan being developed will be closely aligned to District 7’s e-Learning plan.

During the extended closure, the District’s priorities will continue to focus on the needs and well-being of the students and families, to ensure meals are provided to those who need them and to continue providing remote learning activities for all students.

We have learned a lot about providing e-learning/remote learning in a short time.  We are extremely proud of District 7 staff for continuing their work despite the challenges, questions, and concerns that are raised.

 

Remote Learning Planning Day (Friday, April 3rd)

Due to the extended closure announcement from the Governor, District 7 is providing the staff with a day to review, plan and to prepare for the coming weeks.  On Friday, April 3rd, District 7 Staff will have opportunities to teleconference with their colleagues and to participate remotely in professional development. Students will have the day to enjoy activities with their families, complete any assignments that are due on Friday, or catch up on learning activities they’ve missed.   Students and parents may still email questions to teachers this Friday or any future Planning Days. Please understand, however, that teachers will be unavailable to communicate in the same manner as a typical Remote Learning Day.

On Friday, we hope to have the details of the Remote Learning Plan available for parents.  Once it is completed, we will email a summary of the plan as well as making it available on the District 7 website. Remote Learning for all students will resume on Tuesday, April 14th after Spring Break.

Respectfully,

Dr. Jason Henderson

School Closure Update: March 31, 2020

District 7 Parents,
I wanted to provide you with an update based on the latest information available.  Within the last hour, the Governor has extended school closure for all Illinois School Districts through April 30th.
 
Remote Learning Days (e-Learning) Update
Last weekend, District 7 along with all school districts in Illinois received updated guidance from the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) regarding e-Learning days—which are now called “Remote Learning Days”.  For the remainder of this week, there will be no change to procedures.  This Friday, April 3rd, District 7 teachers will be participating in a planning day to prepare for Remote Learning Days that will continue through the remainder of school closure.  You will receive additional information regarding Remote Learning Days in a communication this Friday and follow up information from both building principals and teachers.  This information will give details about similarities and differences between Remote Learning Days the e-Learning days of the past three weeks as well as updated expectations for students.   The most important thing to stress at this time is for students to engage and communicate with their teachers.  We are working on ways to streamline communication as well as getting more uniform procedures to help make this process easier on parents and students.  Any new procedures for Remote Learning Days will begin on Tuesday, April 14th
 
Change to Meal Pickup Procedures Beginning Monday, April 6th
Beginning on Monday, April 6th, District 7 will begin partnering with the Glen Ed Pantry to provide lunches and breakfasts.  On Monday, April 6th, meal pickup will move to the Glen Ed Pantry located at 125 5th Ave, Edwardsville, IL.  All meal pickup will continue to be at the Pantry until further notice.  Meal pickup for next week will be on Monday April 6th only.  All families who have meals delivered will receive them on Monday, April 6th
 
District 7 Donation of Needed Supplies
We have received many messages wondering whether District 7 is donating supplies to those in need.  The answer to this question is “YES”.  Since the school closure, District 7 has donated goggles, aprons, masks, gloves, along with hundreds of containers of disinfecting wipes and hand sanitizer.  These donations have been to various organizations such as the Edwardsville Police Department, local hospitals, nursing homes, and various other families in need. 
 
Thank you for your continued patience and help as we move through these unprecedented times together.
 
Dr. Jason Henderson

School Closure Update: March 26, 2020

District 7 Parents,
 
I wanted to provide you an update with the latest information that we know at this time regarding school closure, e-Learning, and a couple other topics.  Within the coming days, we expect to receive more guidance from the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) that will allow us some local control in how we move forward with our e-Learning if the school closure is extended.  As explained in previous communication, the earliest that District 7 students will be back in school will be Tuesday, April 14th
 
Changes to meal time pickup for next week—Week of March 30th
 
We will continue to provide grab and go lunch and breakfasts on MONDAY, MARCH 30TH between the hours of 10 AM and 12 PM and between 4 PM and 7 PM at Edwardsville High School, Glen Carbon Elementary, and Worden Elementary. Families will be able to get up to five days of meals in this one pickup.  We will also continue to deliver meals on Monday, March 30th to those who cannot make it to one of the three locations.  On Wednesday, April 1st, we will have meal pickup at Edwardsville High School only between the hours of 10 AM and 12 PM for those unable to make it on Monday.  These are the only two days where meal pickup will occur during the week of March 30th.  
 
Primary report cards
 
All kindergarten, 1st and 2nd grade report cards were mailed on Wednesday.  Please be watching the mail if you have a student in this grade level. 
 
How will high school students get credit if the closure continues? 
 
Many high school students and parents have asked questions regarding their high school students and how they will receive credit if they are not able to have assignments graded for an extended period of time.  We are confident that the guidance we will receive from ISBE will allow us additional flexibility with grading some assignments in the future. For now, it is extremely important to encourage your students to complete the work that the teachers are assigning—even though the work cannot negatively affect their grades!!  If they are having difficulty completing the work, make contact with the teacher for assistance. For those students in dual credit courses, we are working with Lewis and Clark Community College (LCCC) to determine options to ensure that students will still get college credit for these courses.  Again—the most important factor is to make sure that students are completing the work that is being assigned by the teachers during e-Learning days. 
 
We need your help to encourage your high school students to continue to engage with their teachers and to learn as much material as possible during the time of school closure.  Remember, that every district in Illinois is dealing with the same issues, and we fully expect that ISBE will be flexible in their guidance to ensure that students are able to receive credit for their courses.
 
Thank you for your patience as we move forward together.  As additional information becomes available, we will work to get it out to parents and the community in as timely a manner as possible.
 
Respectfully,
 
Dr. Jason Henderson

School Closure Update: March 24, 2020

District 7 Parents,
I hope that each of you are staying safe at home and beginning to get into a routine with your students regarding home-based learning.  I wanted to give you an update on a couple of questions that we have been receiving:  
 
How can I contact schools or the district office during school closure?
As of Monday, March 23rd, all schools are closed to visitors and all phone calls are directed to the district office.  The district office will continue to answer phone calls between the hours of 9 AM and 12 PM each day.   All building related questions should be emailed directly to the school principal and all classroom or subject-related questions should be emailed directly to the teacher. 
 
What will happen with the District 7 Spring Break (Scheduled from April 6th-13th)?
The Governor’s current directive is for schools to remain closed through April 7th.  District 7 was scheduled to begin spring break on April 6th with students returning to school on April 14th.  Because of this, even if the order to return to school is lifted, District 7 will remain closed until April 14th.  Students will NOT have e-Learning or home-based assignments during the days of spring break.  Kid Zone will not be in session during any days of school closure or spring break.  District 7 will provide meal pickup on Monday April 6th.  More information on meal pickup during spring break will be provided as we get closer to April 6th.   
 
When will we get 3rd quarter report cards?
A few parents have been calling the office to ask about 3rd quarter report cards.  All high school, middle school and intermediate (3rd, 4th, and 5th grade) students’ report cards are already available on Tiger View.  Primary grade (kindergarten, 1st, and 2nd) report cards will be mailed home on Friday, March 27th.
 
 
Thank you for your patience during this unprecedented time.  We will continue to provide meals for those that need them, frequently updated communication to parents, and a continuity of learning for your students. 
Respectfully,
Dr. Jason Henderson

School Closure Update: March 22, 2020

District 7 Parents,
 
I wanted to give you a brief update on school closure and building access for the upcoming week.
 
School Closure Extended
On Friday, Governor Pritzker extended the school closure through April 7th.  Because District 7 is on spring break that week, this effectively closes the district until April 14th.  
 
Building Access During “Stay At Home” Order
Beginning Monday March 23rd, all schools and the District Office will be closed to outside traffic except for meal pickup.  All phone calls will be forwarded to the District Office.  We will continue to answer phone calls between 9 AM and 12 PM.  We will provide further information for those parents that need to pick up home-based learning materials at the end of this week.  Every effort will be made to send all lessons digitally beginning March 30th.   Paper materials will only be made available to those families without internet access upon request. 
 
Update on District-Provided Meals
District 7 is committed to making sure students who rely on school meals will continue to have food while schools are closed.  We will continue to provide a grab and go lunch and breakfast each day between 9 AM and 12 PM at Edwardsville High School, Glen Carbon Elementary, and Worden Elementary.  We will also continue to deliver meals to those who cannot make it to one of the three locations.  On Mondays during closure, we will have a second meal pickup time from 4 PM-7 PM at all three locations.  On these days, parents will be able to take up to five days of meals in one pickup. 
  
We will continue to provide frequent updated communication in the coming days and weeks. 
 
Respectfully,
 
Dr. Jason Henderson

School Closure Update: March 20, 2020

District 7 Parents,
I wanted to give everyone an update on a few topics related to school closure.  This afternoon at 3 PM, Governor Pritzker will deliver a press conference and we believe that he will extend the school closure at least two additional weeks.  I wanted to reassure parents that District 7 will continue to do the following throughout the closure:
  • Feed children by providing daily meals Monday through Friday
  • Communicate accurate information on a regular basis
  • Engage students academically and socially
 
Update on District-Provided Meals
District 7 is committed to making sure students who rely on school meals will continue to have food while schools are closed.  We will continue to provide a grab and go lunch and breakfast each day between 9 AM and 12 PM at Edwardsville High School, Glen Carbon Elementary, and Worden Elementary.  We will also continue to deliver meals to those who cannot make it to one of the three locations.  On Mondays during closure, we will have a second meal pickup time from 4 PM-7 PM at all three locations.  On these days, parents will be able to take up to five days of meals in one pickup. 
 
Communication regarding school and building closures
ALL communication regarding District 7 school closure and what occurs during this period will be shared directly from the District 7 office. 
To avoid the spread of misinformation, please rely only on statements released by District 7 through emails communicated directly to parents, through the District Facebook page, and through the district website (www.ecusd7.org).  Building principals may provide school-related information with parents via email and School Facebook pages as well. 
For updates on COVID-19 in our community, refer to the Madison County Health Department website.
e-Learning/Home-based learning
Schools will continue to provide educational opportunities students can do at home.  Teachers and principals will be preparing additional activities to engage students in the days ahead. If school closure is extended past the original two weeks, please watch for additional information explaining how to access or pick up resources.  When the time comes, we will have specific instructions for those that might need to pick up packets from schools. 
Building Access
We expect that soon the District will be directed by state or local officials to “shelter-in-place”.  If this occurs, you can expect to get communication on Sunday with updated information regarding building access.   
 
 
Thank you to all parents and students for your patience as we work together through this unprecedented situation.  If you have an opportunity, send a positive note to a teacher or other District 7 staff member this weekend.  What they have done in a short period of time is amazing. 
 
 
Respectfully,
 
Dr. Jason Henderson

Kindergarten Registration Cancellation Announcement

This is a reminder that kindergarten registration meetings scheduled for Wednesday, March 25, 2020 have been canceled.  Kindergarten registration for the 2020-2021 school year will occur at the same time as regular registration in July 2020.  In addition, no kindergarten informational nights will take place during the school closure.

School Closure – eLearning & Internet Access Update: March 18, 2020

District 7 parents,

I’m hopeful that everyone is safe at home today and that your students have been able to access the assignments that the teachers have provided.  I also hope those of you that requested meals were able to pick them up today or that they have been delivered.

I wanted to reassure those middle and high school students and parents who might be struggling with the e-Learning assignments that our staff is committed to helping you!  We are particularly aware of parents with multiple students at the middle and high school level who are receiving dozens of emails regarding assignments and that they are difficult to distinguish.  We are brainstorming ideas that will hopefully make this simpler moving forward.

If your students are struggling on this first day to complete their assignments or are overwhelmed, please reassure them that their teachers are going to be flexible and will help them through this as we move forward.  I also want to continue to reassure students and parents that any assignments completed during the time of school closure WILL NOT negatively affect their grades.

At the end of this email is a list of two local businesses that are offering 60 days of free internet services to help families during the time of school closure.  If you know of anyone who might need internet service, please pass this information on to them.

There are many rumors that continue to fly around social media regarding school being closed for a longer period of time than just two weeks.  Although this is certainly possible, we have not received any further directives yet.  As soon as we have more information, we will pass it along to parents and the community.

Respectfully,

Dr. Jason Henderson

Businesses offering free internet

Charter is offering 60 days of free internet access (click link below)

https://corporate.charter.com/newsroom/charter-to-offer-free-access-to-spectrum-broadband-and-wifi-for-60-days-for-new-K12-and-college-student-households-and-more

Madison Communications is offering 60 days of free internet access (click link below)

http://gomadison.com/about-us/covid-19-response

District 7 Works Together

Our District 7 community didn’t let a little rain scare them away…everyone is working hard to prepare and deliver meals to families across the District!

     

School Closure Update: March 17, 2020

District 7 parents and community members,

I am sending this brief message today to let you know of some updates to the District 7 web page located at www.ecusd7.org.  On the homepage, you will now see only two banners to click on in the middle of the page.  The first of these banners is labeled “SCHOOL CLOSURE: COVID-19 INFORMATION”.  Clicking on this link will take you to the location where all information related to school closure will be housed.  This will include all messages to parents and community members, a link to Frequently Asked Questions, a list of local restaurants offering free meals/snacks for students, and other timely and important information.  We will continue to send out information via email and social media, but we wanted to let you know that everything will be housed on this website if you are looking for the most up-to-date information as well as any past communications.

We continue to receive word of more restaurants that are providing free meals for students and we will update this list continuously as we get information.  For the most up-to-date list, click here: http://ecusd7.org/covid19/#tab-id-4.  If you know of families that need meals, please have them contact the District Office at 656-1182.

If you have questions, please do not hesitate to call your child’s school between the hours of 8 AM and 1 PM.  The District Office can also be reached during this same time frame.  We will keep parents informed if we are forced to shorten or eliminate these hours.

Respectfully,

Dr. Jason Henderson

School Closure Update: March 16, 2020

District 7 Parents,

I wanted to thank all the members of the community who have reached out to volunteer their services or areas of expertise in this time of need. In particular, I wanted to update the community that District 7 is ready to begin providing breakfasts and lunches to those families who completed the survey or have reached out to us by phone.  If you know of other families in need of meals, please have them contact the District Office at 656-1182.  As a side note, at the end of this email are the list of local businesses who have volunteered to provide meals/snacks to students at their place of business.

In addition to meals, we continue to add to our list of FAQs including the two (2) new questions below.  The FAQ list is located on the district website and will be updated as more questions are asked and answered.  The entire FAQ list can be found directly at the following link: http://ecusd7.org/wp-content/uploads/bsk-pdf-manager/2020/03/FAQs_Regarding_School_Closure_from_March17-30.pdf

 

Will assignments that are completed during at-home or e-Learning count towards grades?

NO—assignments and lessons that are completed at home will not affect student grades.  This is a directive from the Illinois State Board of Education.  District 7 will NOT require that students complete the work nor will we give any sort of disciplinary action if assignments are not completed.  While this is the case, we hope that most students will make the choice to engage with their teachers and complete any assignments.  Our teaching staff is trying everything possible to maintain some level of continuity and routine for students and keep them moving forward with their education.  We are counting on parents to help their students develop a daily routine that includes completing school work and assignments.   

What do we do if our child is unable to access the digital platforms recommended by the classroom teacher?

 All materials related to accessing our digital technology platforms can be found on the District 7 website: http://ecusd7.org/parents/digital-resources-asp/ This site provides direct links to Clever, Schoology, and Tigerview along with a digital content manual that walks through the steps of accessing digital items based on a child’s grade level.  The last page of the document provides “Troubleshooting Tips” that may help answer some of the most common errors in accessing the content.  If you are still unable to access the content, please email your building principal with your name, student’s name and grade, and where your issue is occurring.  For a more prompt response, it would be beneficial to send a screenshot of the error if that is feasible.

 Thanks again for your continued support.  Please feel free to reach out to your building principal or the District Office with any questions you may have.

Respectfully,

Dr. Jason Henderson

 

Local Businesses providing meals/snacks for students

McAlister’s Deli will offer a free lunch for kids from 11 a.m. to 1p.m. Monday through Friday.  Free lunch will include a turkey and cheese sandwich, chips, applesauce and a cookie.  No other purchase necessary.

372-9599

312 Great Place Dr., Edwardsville

Crazy Bowls & Wraps:  Every child that comes to location they will offer free kids quesadillas Monday thru Friday 10:30 am – 1:00 pm.  Meal will include a drink, crispy treat, chips and no additional purchase necessary.

692-9727

6679 Edwardsville Crossing, Edwardsville

Source Juicery: Snack bags or fresh fruit for kids in need.  If you call ahead, they will deliver to your car.

650-9080

228 N. Main Street, Edwardsville

FAQs Regarding District 7 School Closure

District 7 Parents and Community Members,

I would like to thank District 7 parents and community members for being patient as we move into the unchartered waters ahead of mandated school closure.  I have been contacted by dozens of community members who have asked to assist with various activities such as delivering meals.  At this time, District 7 has enough staff to provide meals to all students who will need them.  As you will see below in the FAQs, we are asking all parents to complete a short survey to inform us where and how many meals need to be provided.  It is vital that all parents complete this survey so that we ensure that enough meals are available at each location.

In the coming days, you will receive additional communication as updated information becomes available.  Below you will see a list of frequently asked questions that have been brought to our attention at this time.

Thank you again for partnering with District 7 and our entire community as we work together to navigate these challenges together.

Respectfully,

Dr. Jason Henderson

FAQs Document:  http://ecusd7.org/wp-content/uploads/bsk-pdf-manager/2020/03/FAQs_Regarding_School_Closure_from_March17-30.pdf

District 7 School Closure

Please click the link below for an important message from Supertintendent, Dr. Jason Henderson regarding the Edwardsville Community Unit School District 7 school closure:  http://ecusd7.org/wp-content/uploads/bsk-pdf-manager/2020/03/School_Closure_Announcement_3-13-20_FinalVersion.pdf

 

Read Across America Event

Edwardsville School District 7 celebrated the birthday of a well-known children’s author, Dr. Seuss, during a “Read Across America” celebration last week at Woodland Elementary School.

Check out the article about this annual event here: https://www.theintelligencer.com/news/article/D7-celebrates-Dr-Seuss-8217-birthday-with-Read-15110514.php#photo-19137705 

Information regarding COVID-19 from District 7

District 7 parents and community members,
 
This morning, Madison County Superintendents met with the Madison County Health Department to be briefed on recommendations regarding COVID-19 (Coronavirus).  I would like to give the following assurances to District 7 families:
 
1.     As of today, there are no confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Madison County. 
2.     Madison County Health Department has confirmed that there is NO TRUTH to the rumor on social media regarding any District 7 student(s) being tested for COVID-19. 
3.     District 7 will follow the recommendations of the Madison County Health Department moving forward as it relates to canceling events or in the most extreme case—canceling school.  At this point, there are no additional recommendations other than using the same precautions that would be used for the prevention of any other communicable disease. 
 
Below is a joint statement regarding COVID-19 from the Regional Superintendent of Schools in conjunction with the Madison County Superintendents.  
 
Respectfully,
 
Dr. Jason Henderson
Superintendent
Edwardsville CUSD7
 
 
For Immediate Release from the Madison County Regional Superintendent in conjunction with the Madison County Superintendents
 
The Madison County Superintendents and the Regional Superintendent of Schools, Rob Werden, met today with the Director of the Madison County Health Department, Toni Corona, to hear recommendations from the Health Department regarding COVID-19 (Coronavirus). Superintendents collaborated and shared information regarding our approaches to addressing the potential spread of COVID-19 in our districts.
 
We continue to monitor the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) news releases and guidelines regarding measures to prevent the spread of communicable diseases, such as COVID-19. All districts across the county are increasing our disinfecting efforts in both resources and frequency, giving special attention to high-touch areas. Our staff are encouraging students to wash hands frequently, not touch their faces or mouths, and to cover coughs and sneezes.  We are following the recommendations shared by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
 
We are asking parents to please keep your children out of school if they exhibit any signs of illness, such as cough, fever, breathing problems, etc. Please follow your district’s typical procedures for reporting your child absent from school.
 
Director Corona stated, “As of today there are no confirmed cases in Madison County of COVID-19.” Madison County Health Department will continue advising individual school districts in the event of a confirmed case. The Health Department shared COVID-19 doesn’t seem to be targeting school age children at this time.
 
Resources are available for families through the Madison County Health Department website at www.madisonchd.org.
 
As this situation continues to remain fluid, all districts are exploring options to meet students’ individual needs to ensure a continuity of education. 

Reminders for March & April 2020

Reminders for the Month of

March and April 2020

Friday, March 13 

 

End of 3rd Quarter

 

Friday, March 20

3rd Quarter Report Cards will be issued

Report cards for grades 3-12 are available ONLY in TigerView.

 Please contact your child’s school if you are unable to access TigerView for this information.

 

Monday, April 6 –

Monday, April 13

 Spring Vacation – No Student Attendance

Students return to school on Tuesday, April 14, 2020.

 

 

Friday, April 24

 

½ Day Teacher In-service,

No PM Student Attendance

·        EHS will dismiss at 10:20 a.m.

·        Middle School will dismiss at 11:00 a.m.

·        Elementary will dismiss at 12:15 p.m.

 

The revised last day of student attendance due to inclement weather days is

Thursday, May 28, 2020 (½ day student attendance).

Liberty students help expand historical digital archive

Making real-world connections is essential in teaching.  Read this article from The Intelligencer about how some students at Liberty Middle School helping to expand a local historical digital archive while making real-world connections: https://www.theintelligencer.com/news/article/Liberty-students-help-expand-historical-digital-15105943.php

District 7 Health Precautions

Edwardsville Community Unit School District #7, in collaboration with our school nursing staff and custodial/maintenance department, is monitoring Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) news releases and guidelines regarding measures to prevent the spread of communicable diseases, such as Coronavirus (COVID-19).

Our measures to prevent the spread of flu-like symptoms include additional cleaning and disinfecting of common high-touch surfaces, instructing our students and staff to use proper handwashing techniques, advising everyone to cover coughs and sneezes, as well as to avoid touching their eyes, nose and mouth.  We also ask parents to keep students out of school if they exhibit any signs of illness.  The Center for Disease Control (CDC) recommends staying home for at least 24 hours after your fever is gone.  Your child’s fever should be gone for 24 hours without the use of a fever-reducing medicine before returning to school.

We are sharing a fact sheet from the CDC discussing symptoms, preventative actions and other facts about the Coronavirus.  As further instructions become available from the Madison County Health Department, the Illinois Department of Public Health and the CDC, we will make appropriate adjustments to our practices.

Dr. Jason Henderson

Superintendent

FACT SHEET: http://ecusd7.org/wp-content/uploads/bsk-pdf-manager/2020/02/2019-ncov-factsheet.pdf

Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy (IMSA) to host an IMSA Funshop

The Edwardsville School District is partnering with the Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy (IMSA) to host an IMSA Funshop.

This event will be held for students in grades 3-6 at Liberty Middle School on Friday, April 17, 2020 from 6:00-8:30p.m. To register, please visit www.imsa.edu/funshops.

To view the flyer, click here: http://ecusd7.org/wp-content/uploads/bsk-pdf-manager/2020/02/IMSA_FunShop_FullPage.pdf

 

Black History Month Assembly

In the spirit of Black History Month, the Panhellenic Council (PHC) of Southern Illinois University Edwardsville (SIUE) visited Lincoln Middle School on Monday to perform step routines and share the meaning behind the art.  See the article here: https://www.theintelligencer.com/news/article/Stepping-on-display-at-Lincoln-Middle-15083177.php#item-85307-tbla-5

U.S. Census 2020

Every 10 years, the @uscensusbureau undertakes a mammoth task: counting all the people residing in the United States. This count affects the allocation of funding for our community’s public resources (e.g., roads, hospitals, schools), how we plan for the future, and our voice in government. Learn more about the importance of the #2020Census and how to participate: 2020census.gov.

See the FAQ’s document for additional information: http://ecusd7.org/wp-content/uploads/bsk-pdf-manager/2020/02/Handout_With_General_FAQs.pdf

Placement Testing for 2020-2021 School Year

District 7 Schedules Summer Placement Screening Dates

District 7 will again offer summer placement screenings for specific categories of students on June 5 and 11, July 30 and 31 and August 5. Screenings will be conducted at Lincoln Middle School, located at 145 West Street in Edwardsville. Students need only to attend one date.

The following categories of students should schedule a placement screening appointment:

  • Incoming 1st – 5th grade students new to District 7 who are coming from non-traditional school settings such as: international schools, home-school programs, and/or schools with standards-based reporting without grade level designations
  • All incoming 6th – 8th grade students new to District 7
  • Any incoming 9th grade student who would like to be considered for a Geometry/Honors Geometry course as a freshman

All other students new to District 7 will be placed in classrooms/courses based on records from their previous schools. Placement testing for these students is not necessary.

Screening appointments can be made by contacting Barb Johnson, District 7 Curriculum & Instruction Department, at (618) 655-6021.

Additional Information: http://ecusd7.org/wp-content/uploads/bsk-pdf-manager/2020/02/Summer_Placement_Testing_Info_Flyer_2020.pdf

Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day

Several girls from the Edwardsville School District attended the annual Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day on Saturday, February 15th at SIUE.  The girls were introduced to the five engineering fields with a variety of hands on activities.  They worked in small groups to design and create projects while problem solving.

              

Black History Month Annual Art Contest

As part of Black History Month, District 7 has once again partnered with the Edwardsville NAACP to hold their annual art contest.   District 7 students in grades K-2 will participate in an individual art contest, while our 3rd through 5th grade students will work together to decorate the exterior of their classroom door.  Stay tuned as grade level winners will be announced later this month!

 

Elementary Science Night (Grades 3-5)

Edwardsville Elementary Science Night

Monday, March 30th, 2020

6:30 – 8:00 PM

Liberty Middle School

Activities in Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Earth, and Space Sciences

 

Grades:District 7 3rd-5th graders and their parents.  All students must be accompanied by a parent.

Sponsored by:   Edwardsville High School Science Club

Special Guests: River Bend Astronomy Club

RSVPPatty Beeler at pbeeler@ecusd7.org or call 656-1182

 

 

Community Engagement Opportunity

Dear District 7 Stakeholder

District 7 is in the process of preparing a Strategic Plan.  This plan will document goals for the District and timelines for accomplishing these goals.  One area of emphasis is Community Engagement. As a follow up to the survey we sent out last month, a community engagement forum is being planned for Thursday, February 27th from 6:30-8 PM. This event will consist of members of the District 7 community providing feedback to school board members and administrators for use in shaping the plan.

The format for the Community Engagement forum will be round table, small group discussions regarding key topics.  We have room for a limited number of participants and would like to have a diverse group to represent the communities that comprise District 7. If you would like to participate you must complete and submit the information in the attached link. For those unable to attend on February 27th, or those who would prefer to provide written feedback, select “in writing” on question #2 of the attached link and you will receive questions to be submitted electronically.   Everyone who wants to be a part of this process will be able to provide feedback either in person or in written form.   If you are interested in providing feedback, please complete the form below by Wednesday, February 19th.  Additional information will be sent to those that complete the form, including the questions that we will be discussing and the location for those that will be attending.

Thank you for your interest in helping District 7 plan for the future.  Your input is appreciated.

Respectfully,

Jason Henderson

Superintendent

Edwardsville CUSD7

Click the link below if you are interested in providing more feedback:

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/MJZG2LR

February Performing Arts Calendar

Date Time Event Organization Location
Saturday, February 8 9:00 am – 3:00 pm MCBDA Band Festival Band, Orchestra, Choir Liberty MS
Saturday, February 8 All Day MCCGA Color Guard Competition EHS Color Guard EHS Main Gym

Monday,

 February 10

7:00 pm 1st Grade Music Program Leclaire 1st Grade EHS Auditorium

Tuesday,

February 11

6:30 pm

2nd Grade Music

Program

Midway 2nd Grade Midway Gym
Wednesday February 12 6:30 pm 2nd Grade Music Program Nelson 2nd Grade

EHS

Auditorium

Tuesday February 18 7:00 pm Orchestra Concert EHS Orchestra EHS Auditorium

Thursday,

February 20

7:00 pm HS Band Winter Concert EHS Band HS Main Gym

Tuesday

February 25

7:00 pm Winter Choir Concert EHS Choir

EHS

Auditorium

Wednesday

February 26

7:00 pm 1st Grade Music Program Glen Carbon 1st Grade

Glen Carbon

Gym

Thursday

February 27

6:30 pm ACT 1 Performance   Liberty Auditorium

Thursday

February 27

7:00 pm Winter Band Concert Lincoln Band

Lincoln Large

Gym

Friday

February 28

6:30 pm ACT 1 Performance   Liberty Auditorium

Saturday

February 29

2:00 – 3:00 pm ACT 1 Performance   Liberty Auditorium

Reminders for the Month of February

 Friday, February 7 

 

3rd Quarter Progress Reports Issued

 

 Monday, February 17

 

Presidents Day

No Student Attendance

 

Weather Related Early Dismissal – Wednesday, February 5, 2020

This is a weather related announcement for Edwardsville District 7.  Due to the possibility of deteriorating road conditions this afternoon, District 7 will enact the early dismissal plan outlined below.  All after school and evening activities for today are cancelled.

Edwardsville High School students will be dismissed an hour early at 12:50 PM with buses leaving the school by 1:00 PM.  Liberty and Lincoln Middle School early dismissal will be at 2:00 PM with buses leaving by 2:10.  All elementary school buildings will dismiss at 3:00 PM with buses leaving by 3:10 PM.  Under this plan, high school students should arrive home approximately an hour early, middle school students about 45 minutes early, and elementary students about 30 minutes earlier than usual.    Kid Zone will continue to operate under normal hours.

 

KSDK Meteorologist Visits Liberty & Lincoln

Liberty and Lincoln Middle School sixth-grade students welcomed meteorologist Anthony Slaughter from KSDK.  See the article below:

https://www.theintelligencer.com/news/article/Shift-in-curriculum-brings-new-experiences-to-15031763.php

Weather Related Announcement from District 7

Good afternoon.  This is a weather related announcement from District 7.

The current forecast for Wednesday, February 5th is for snow to begin in the late morning.  As of right now, the Edwardsville area is forecasted to have 1-2 inches of snow/sleet through the evening on Wednesday.

We will continue to monitor the forecast throughout this evening and tomorrow morning. In the event that school is cancelled, every effort will be made to cancel this evening.  However, please understand that changes in the forecast could cause an early morning cancellation as well.

Once students are in session tomorrow, if road conditions begin to deteriorate by early afternoon, the possibility exists that the district will enact an early dismissal plan on Wednesday, February 5th.

The early dismissal plan would involve releasing Edwardsville High School students an hour early at 12:50 PM with buses leaving the school by 1:00 PM.  Middle School early dismissal would be at 2:00 PM with buses leaving by 2:10.  Elementary school buildings would have an early dismissal at 3:00 PM with buses leaving by 3:10 PM.  Under this plan, high school students should arrive home approximately an hour early, middle school students about 45 minutes early, and elementary students about 30 minutes earlier than usual.    Kid Zone would continue to operate regardless of early dismissal.

Please consider how this early dismissal could affect your students’ arrival time at home and make sure your child is aware of any changes to the normal routine that this could cause. If the district enacts an early dismissal plan, we will communicate via email and an automated call.

Registration for Preschool Academy is Now Open

NOW OPEN: District 7 Preschool Academy 2020-21 Registration 

Preschool Academy is a tuition based, five day, full-day preschool program for children ages three to five years of age. Eligible students must be 3 years of age on or before September 1, a resident of District 7, and independently toilet trained.  The program is currently located at Goshen Elementary School and runs concurrently with the District 7 school calendar. Preschool Academy students have access to the Kid Zone program for before- and after- school child care needs for an additional fee.

Registration will be open to District 7 residents beginning February 3, 2020. As this program has limited enrollment, new registrations will be accepted on a first come, first served basis. Registrations will be considered pending until the minimum enrollment number is met. Pending registrations will be notified of their status no later than May 2020. Once the program has met its capacity, a waiting list will be started for 2020-21.

To register for the upcoming 2020-21 school year, we ask that you submit your enrollment form with a $50 (nonrefundable) registration fee and $150 first week’s tuition. All forms and payment will need to be submitted to Hadley House in person so they may be date/time stamped. Additional District 7 New Student registration paperwork will be required once your Preschool Academy application has been processed. This includes two proofs of residency and a certified birth certificate. A student physical and vaccination record will be required at the beginning of the school year. Parents will be contacted during the summer regarding the required Parent Orientation in August. Enrollment forms and more program information may be found at www.ecusd7.org/preschoolacademy or by contacting Holly Teague, District 7 Preschool Facilitator, at (618)692-1222 or hteague@ecusd7.org.

We Need Your Input

District 7 Stakeholder,

We need your input!

District 7 has recently began a District-wide Strategic Planning process which will help us identify actions that could be taken to make District 7 an even better place for students, faculty and the community. In order to elicit input from all District 7 stakeholders, we are asking you to complete a brief survey which can be found at the link below.

Our Strategic Planning team will use the results of this survey to help us develop our plan and set our goals for the future. Your input is completely anonymous and incredibly important as we chart our course. Your responses are requested by Friday, January 31st.

Thank you for your participation in completing this survey.

Click on the link below to complete the brief survey:

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/PNPYJHL

District 7 Preschool Academy 2020-21 Registration

District 7 Preschool Academy 2020-21 Registration Opens for Community Residents

Preschool Academy is a tuition based, five day, full-day preschool program for children ages three to five years of age. Eligible students must be 3 years of age on or before September 1, a resident of District 7, and independently toilet trained.  The program is currently located at Goshen Elementary School and runs concurrently with the District 7 school calendar. Preschool Academy students have access to the Kid Zone program for before- and after- school child care needs for an additional fee.

Registration will be open to District 7 residents beginning February 3, 2020. As this program has limited enrollment, new registrations will be accepted on a first come, first served basis. Registrations will be considered pending until the minimum enrollment number is met. Pending registrations will be notified of their status no later than May 2020. Once the program has met its capacity, a waiting list will be started for 2020-21.

To register for the upcoming 2020-21 school year, we ask that you submit your enrollment form with a $50 (nonrefundable) registration fee and $150 first week’s tuition. All forms and payment will need to be submitted to Hadley House in person so they may be date/time stamped. Additional District 7 New Student registration paperwork will be required once your Preschool Academy application has been processed. This includes two proofs of residency and a certified birth certificate. A student physical and vaccination record will be required at the beginning of the school year. Parents will be contacted during the summer regarding the required Parent Orientation in August. Enrollment forms and more program information may be found at www.ecusd7.org/preschoolacademy or by contacting Holly Teague, District 7 Preschool Facilitator, at (618)692-1222 or hteague@ecusd7.org.

Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day – Registration Deadline Approaching

REGISTRATION DEADLINE – SUNDAY, JANUARY 26, 2020

The SIUE Society of Women Engineers is hosting “Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day” on Saturday, February 15, 2020.  This event is for girls in grades 5 – 8.  The registration deadline is January 26, 2020.

Click the links below for more information on how to register and information regarding optional transportation options the day of the event.

Link to registration:  https://sites.google.com/site/swesiue/igeday

Link to forms: http://ecusd7.org/wp-content/uploads/bsk-pdf-manager/2020/01/IGE_Day_Forms_2020.pdf

Weather Update – Thursday, January 23, 2020

As was the case at the end of last week, we have begun monitoring the weather forecast to determine whether or not to cancel school for Thursday, January 23, 2020.  We always try to make every effort to notify parents the night before if school is going to be cancelled, however, because every forecast and the timing of every storm system is different, this is not always possible.  Student and employee safety is always our number one priority when making the decision to cancel school.

The current forecast from the National Weather Service indicates a light storm that should start around 6 PM this evening and will leave up to 1 inch of snow or other frozen precipitation on the ground by morning.  The forecast is not clear on whether the storm tonight will be snow, rain, or a mix of sleet and freezing rain.  Based on the forecast, at this time, no decision has been made regarding school closing on Thursday, January 23rd.

We will continue to monitor the forecast and make a decision based on the most up to date information available.  In the event the decision is made to cancel school this evening, automated calls will be initiated before 10:30 PM.  Otherwise, we will continue to monitor weather and road conditions throughout the night and into the early morning. If the road conditions warrant, there is a possibility of an early morning cancellation and automated calls will begin at 5 AM.  Kid Zone will be in session at Woodland Elementary in the event that school is cancelled on Thursday.

District 7 Preschool Academy 2020-2021 Registration

District 7 Preschool Academy 2020-21 Registration Opens for Community Residents

Preschool Academy is a tuition based, five day, full-day preschool program for children ages three to five years of age. Eligible students must be 3 years of age on or before September 1, a resident of District 7, and independently toilet trained.  The program is currently located at Goshen Elementary School and runs concurrently with the District 7 school calendar. Preschool Academy students have access to the Kid Zone program for before- and after- school child care needs for an additional fee.

Registration will be open to District 7 residents beginning February 3, 2020. As this program has limited enrollment, new registrations will be accepted on a first come, first served basis. Registrations will be considered pending until the minimum enrollment number is met. Pending registrations will be notified of their status no later than May 2020. Once the program has met its capacity, a waiting list will be started for 2020-21.

To register for the upcoming 2020-21 school year, we ask that you submit your enrollment form with a $50 (nonrefundable) registration fee and $150 first week’s tuition. All forms and payment will need to be submitted to Hadley House in person so they may be date/time stamped. Additional District 7 New Student registration paperwork will be required once your Preschool Academy application has been processed. This includes two proofs of residency and a certified birth certificate. A student physical and vaccination record will be required at the beginning of the school year. Parents will be contacted during the summer regarding the required Parent Orientation in August. Enrollment forms and more program information may be found at www.ecusd7.org/preschoolacademy or by contacting Holly Teague, District 7 Preschool Facilitator, at (618)692-1222 or hteague@ecusd7.org.

NO SCHOOL – Friday, January 17, 2020

This is a school closing announcement for Edwardsville District 7.  Due to potentially hazardous road conditions this afternoon, all District 7 schools will be closed Friday, January 17, 2020. Please check the district website for the status of afternoon and evening school-related activities.

Weather-Related Announcement from District 7

Good afternoon.  This is a weather related announcement from District 7. 

 The current forecast for Friday, January 17th is for a wintery mix to begin around noon.  As of right now, Madison County is forecasted to get a trace amount of snow followed by the potential for a small amount of sleet and freezing rain.   Barring a change in forecast, the plan is for all District 7 schools to be in session on Friday, January 17th.      

 We will continue to monitor the forecast and the conditions throughout the morning.  If roads conditions deteriorate in the afternoon, the possibility exists that the district will enact an early dismissal plan on Friday, January 17th

 The early dismissal plan would involve releasing Edwardsville High School students an hour early at 12:50 PM with buses leaving the school by 1:00 PM.  Middle School early dismissal would be at 2:00 PM with buses leaving by 2:10.  Elementary school buildings would have an early dismissal at 3:00 PM with buses leaving by 3:10 PM.  Under this plan, high school students should arrive home approximately an hour early, middle school students about 45 minutes early, and elementary students about 30 minutes earlier than usual.    Kid Zone will continue to operate under normal hours regardless of early dismissal. 

 Please consider how this early dismissal could affect your students’ arrival time at home and make sure your child is aware of any changes to the normal routine that this could cause. If the district enacts an early dismissal plan, we will communicate via email and an automated call. 

District 7 making academic progress, attendance improvements

https://www.theintelligencer.com/news/article/District-7-making-academic-progress-attendance-14974582.php

 

2020 High School Summer School Registration

Edwardsville High School summer school registration will begin next Tuesday, January 21, 2020 at 7:30 a.m.  All registrations are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis.  Parents are encouraged to register their children early as classes fill up quickly.

The links below will take you to the required registration paperwork and the summer school course descriptions.

Registration Forms:

http://ecusd7.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/01/2020-High-School-Summer-School-Registration.pdf

Course Descriptions:

http://ecusd7.org/wp-content/uploads/bsk-pdf-manager/2020/01/2020-Summer-School-Brochure.pdf

Reminders for the Month of January

 

Reminders for the Month of

January 2020

 

Friday, January 10:

 

 2nd Quarter Report Cards Issued

 

Monday, January 20:

 

 NO SCHOOL – Martin Luther King Holiday

 

Susan Converse, 2019 Illinois Teacher of the Year, to be recognized at College Football Playoff National Championship Game

2019 Illinois Teacher of the Year to be recognized at College Football Playoff National Championship Game

Edwardsville’s Susan Converse to join other state teachers of the year on the field before kickoff on Jan. 13

SPRINGFIELD – Susan Converse, the 2019 Illinois Teacher of the Year, will be recognized at the College Football Playoff National Championship game on Monday, Jan. 13, at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans, La. Converse will join other state teachers of the year on the field prior to the national anthem for a celebration of the most influential teachers in the country.

The live televised honor is part of the College Football Playoff Foundation’s weekend-long Teacher of the Year Championship Experience, hosted in partnership with the Council of Chief State School Officers. The state teachers of the year will chronicle their experiences with the hashtags #CFPExtraYard, #TOYChampExperience, and #NTOY19.

Learn more about Converse and Illinois’ Teacher of the Year program in this video at https://vimeo.com/375524493.

WHAT:

2019 Illinois Teacher of the Year Susan Converse to be recognized on the field at the College Football Playoff National Championship

 

WHO:

2019 Illinois Teacher of the Year Susan Converse and other extraordinary state teachers of the year

 

WHEN:

Monday, Jan. 13; Converse to receive recognition prior to the game, which begins at 7 p.m.

 

WHERE: Televised live on ESPN from Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans, La.

Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day

The SIUE Society of Women Engineers is hosting “Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day” on Saturday, February 15, 2020.  This event is for girls in grades 5 – 8.  The registration deadline is January 26, 2020.

Click the links below for more information on how to register and information regarding optional transportation options the day of the event.

Link to registration:  https://sites.google.com/site/swesiue/igeday

Link to forms: http://ecusd7.org/wp-content/uploads/bsk-pdf-manager/2020/01/IGE_Day_Forms_2020.pdf

 

 

District 7 Nurses Organize Help for the Holidays

District 7 students, families, staff, and community members worked together this holiday season to help families in need.  Because of generous donations, the District nurses were able to organize holiday assistance for 170 families this year, allowing for a brighter Christmas for approximately 500 children.  The generosity and support from our district families, staff and community was amazing!

           

In addition to the clothing, toys, and household items provided by a number of donors, the Goshen and Metro-East Rotaries delivered food baskets to a number of District 7 families in need.  See the article from the The Intelligencer below:

https://www.theintelligencer.com/news/article/Rotarians-distribute-holiday-gift-baskets-to-14918692.php

2020 High School Summer School Registration

Edwardsville High School summer school registration will begin on Tuesday, January 21, 2020 at 7:30 a.m.  All registrations are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis.  Parents are encouraged to register their children early as classes fill up quickly.

The links below will take you to the required registration paperwork and the summer school course descriptions.

Registration Forms:

http://ecusd7.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/01/2020-High-School-Summer-School-Registration.pdf

Course Descriptions:

http://ecusd7.org/wp-content/uploads/bsk-pdf-manager/2020/01/2020-Summer-School-Brochure.pdf

Illinois 5 Essentials Survey Reminder

REMINDER:

The Illinois 5Essentials Survey is open and will be conducted through February 14, 2020. 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.

Thank you.

Happy New Year!

Best wishes for health and happiness to all District 7 families in the New Year!

School resumes on Monday, January 6, 2020.

2020 High School Summer School Registration

Registration Forms:

http://ecusd7.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/12/2020-High-School-Summer-School-Registration.pdf

Course Descriptions:

http://ecusd7.org/wp-content/uploads/bsk-pdf-manager/2020/01/2020-Summer-School-Brochure.pdf

EHS Holiday Concert

The Edwardsville High School Music Department put on a fantastic concert as they performed their annual Holiday Concert for more than two thousand people in attendance on December 4th.  Mrs. Voumard, Fine Arts Department Chair, stated “It is always great to see how supported the arts are in our community. Looking at the number of people who attended this concert; it is a testament to that.”

Thanks to the donations of the audience in attendance, the Music Department was able to again donate $1,600 to local charities and organizations.  This year’s donation went to the Main Street Community Center located at 1003 N. Mail Street in Edwardsville.  To date, the Music Department has donated over $14,000 to local charities and organizations.

No School – Tuesday, December 17, 2019

This is a school closing announcement for Edwardsville District 7.  Due to potentially hazardous road conditions, all District 7 schools will be closed on Tuesday, December 17, 2019. Please check the district website tomorrow for the status of afternoon and evening school-related activities.

NO SCHOOL – Monday, December 16, 2019

This is a school closing announcement for Edwardsville District 7.  Due to hazardous road conditions and the potential for additional snow and freezing rain throughout the night and morning, all District 7 schools will be closed on Monday, December 16, 2019. Please check the district website tomorrow for the status of afternoon and evening school-related activities.

 

Lincoln & Liberty Holiday Concerts

Liberty and Lincoln Middle Schools held their annual holiday concerts this past week. The concerts included performances by the band, chorus, and orchestra students.  Thank you to all of our supporters that helped to pack the gymnasiums for each of these performances!

Reminders for the Month of December

Reminders for the Month of

DECEMBER

Friday, December 20: 

 

End of 2nd Quarter and First Semester

Report cards will be issued/made available in TigerView on January 10, 2020.

Monday, December 23 –

Friday, January 3: 

 

Holiday Break

No Student Attendance

Classes will resume on Monday, January 6, 2020.

EHS Drama Club Christmas Show

EHS Drama Club presents their annual Christmas show this Saturday at 10am!

Oh no! Jack Frost is sick and the North pole can’t function without its wintery conditions! Can

two of Santa’s most loyal Elves get him to Nurse Evergreen in time for Christmas? “Jack Defrosts! The Great Christmas Meltdown” is coming to Edwardsville High School’s stage and December 7th at 10 am to the public. Doors open at 9:30am.  Admission is free, but we will be accepting dry good donations for the GlenEd Pantry.

Target Audience 2-10 years old

1 hour running time

Performing Arts Overview – December

District 7 Performing Arts

December 2019 Calendar

Date

 

Time Event Organization Location
Wednesday, December 4 7:00 – 9:00 pm EHS Holiday Concert Band, Orchestra, Choir EHS
Wednesday, December 4 9:45 – 11:15 am Pinocchio Performance SIUE Drama Club Cassens
Friday, December 6 7:00 – 9:00 pm Madrigal Dinner EHS Choir Liberty Auditorium
Saturday, December 7 1:00 & 5:00 pm Madrigal Dinner EHS Choir Liberty Auditorium
Monday, December 9 7:00 – 8:00 pm  Liberty Holiday Concert Band, Orchestra, Choir EHS Gym
Thursday, December 12 7:00 – 8:30 pm Lincoln Holiday Concert Band, Orchestra, Choir Lincoln Large Gym
Tuesday, December 17 10:00 or 10:45 am Cassens 5th Grade Holiday Concert Band & Orchestra Cassens
Thursday, December 19 9:45 or 10:30 am Columbus 5th Grade Holiday Concert Band & Orchestra Columbus
Friday, December 20 10:00 or 10:45 am Woodland 5th Grade Holiday Concert Band & Orchestra Woodland
Friday, December 20 2:00 pm Worden 5th Grade Holiday Concert Band & Orchestra Worden

 

EHS Earns National Recognition

District 7’s Edwardsville High School is one of only 250 school districts in the U.S. and Canada being honored by the College Board with appointment to the 10th Annual Advanced Placement District Honor Roll. To be included on the Honor Roll, Edwardsville High School showed an increase in the number of students participating in Advanced Placement (AP) courses, while also increasing the percentage of students earning AP Exam scores of 3 or higher. AP exams are scored on a 5-point scale. Reaching these goals demonstrates that the Edwardsville School District is successfully identifying motivated, academically prepared students who are ready for Advanced Placement courses.

Click below to view the full press release:

http://ecusd7.org/wp-content/uploads/bsk-pdf-manager/2019/12/APDistrictHonorRollRecognition12.05.19.pdf

 

District 7 Nurses Organize Thanksgiving Donation Drive

This year, the annual Thanksgiving drive organized by District 7 nurses, provided more than 70 District 7 families in need with 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!

 

 

K- 5 Grade Level Meetings

Teachers had the opportunity to participate in district-wide grade-level meetings focused on the current Social Science review.  Teachers in grades K-5 were introduced to the new Illinois Social Science Standards and provided a brief update on the tasks the committee is working towards.  Teachers also had an opportunity to share information regarding how the implementation of the new NGSS aligned science curriculum is working within their classrooms.

                 

EHS Madrigal Dinner

On behalf of King Harold and Queen Theodora, we wish to invite you to the 21st Annual EHS Madrigal Dinner!

Showtimes are 12/6 at 7 pm; 12/7 at 1 pm & 5 pm and will be held in the  Liberty Middle School Auditorium.

We have a choice of entrée, lemon parmesan chicken or vegetarian lasagna.

Tickets are $25.00 per person and can be reserved at:    EHSMadrigalTickets@gmail.com.

Looking forward to a night of merriment, tomfoolery, and shenanigans!

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

http://ecusd7.org/wp-content/uploads/bsk-pdf-manager/2019/11/2019-2020_5essentials_Parent_Letter.pdf

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.

http://ecusd7.org/wp-content/uploads/bsk-pdf-manager/2019/10/Inclement-Weather-Parent-letter.pdf

 

 

NO SCHOOL – TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 12

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.

Kidzone

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

Superintendent

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

 

Science Curriculum Update – 4th Grade

4th grade students learned how to build electric circuits!  Students were able to make predictions and test different materials to see which objects would allow the bulb to light. They loved finding different objects around the classroom that would allow the electricity to flow and complete a circuit!

                                  

Inclement Weather Procedures

http://ecusd7.org/wp-content/uploads/bsk-pdf-manager/2019/10/Inclement-Weather-Parent-letter.pdf

Click on the link above to review the Edwardsville School District 7 inclement weather procedures.

Date Change – Circus for Veterans

CHANGE TO THE DATE FOR CIRCUS FOR VETERANS – Due to the change in the date of Trick Or Treat times for the City of Edwardsville and Village of Glen Carbon the Circus for Veterans scheduled for this Friday night will be rescheduled to a new date. Additionally, we are hosting the first round of IHSA Football Class 8A Playoffs. We will communicate the new date for the Circus for Veterans as soon as it has been determined.

Trick or Treating Moved to Friday 11/1

Please see the following message from Mayor Patton:

We have decided to move the City of Edwardsville and Village of Glen Carbon residential trick or treating night from Wednesday 10/30 to Friday 11/1. The weather forecast for Wednesday shows a 80% chance of rain and very low temperatures. We believe the public safety and public welfare risks are significant enough to change the date to Friday.

This will not impact our annual Edwardsville/Glen Carbon Chamber of Commerce Parade. It is scheduled to start at 6:30pm sharp on 10/31. In the case of inclement weather, Chamber and city officials will decide between 5 – 5:30pm on 10/31 if cancellation is necessary. Due to state road closure permits there will be no make-up date.

Please share this information with your friends and neighbors.

Thank you, Hal Patton – Mayor of Edwardsville

Principal Appreciation Day

Today is Principal Appreciation Day and we want to recognize all of our building principals and assistant principals.  Your dedication to students and staff in your building is evident!  You make a lasting impact on all those around you.  THANK YOU!

Let’s Celebrate High School Principals

Today, as part of Principal Appreciation Week, we recognize our high school principal and all assistant principals.  You are all committed and dedicated individuals that provide your students and staff with the support they need to get through each day both at school and during evening activities.  Thank you for all you do!

 

Reminder No Student Attendance

This message serves as a reminder that there will be no student attendance on Thursday, October 24, 2019, and Friday, October 25, 2019, as parent-teacher conferences will be held on those days. 

Let’s Celebrate Middle School Principals

Today, as part of Principal Appreciation Week, we recognize all of our middle school principals and assistant principals. Your job can be difficult, some may even say impossible, but you show up each day with a smile on your face and ready to tackle the world!  Thank you!

Let’s Recognize Our Elementary Principals

Today, as part of Principal Appreciation Week, we recognize all of our elementary principals.  Thank you for the patience, kindness, and daily support you provide to your school families.  Students and staff know you are all amazing individuals that would do anything you can for them.  Thank you!

Principal Appreciation Week

October is a month recognized for a number of reasons, causes, etc.  Here in District 7, we would like to celebrate our building principals during Principal Appreciation Week from October 20 – 26, 2019!

We want to thank each and every one of our building principals and assistant principals for all the hard work they do each and every day to help our buildings run smoothly for students, staff, families, and community members.

District 7’s Emerson Excellence in Teaching Recipient Named

District 7’s Emerson Excellence in Teaching Recipient Named

 The Excellence in Teaching Awards program, sponsored by Emerson Electric, annually recognizes educators in the St. Louis metropolitan area – from kindergarten teachers to college professors – who are examples of excellence in their field.

The Edwardsville Community Unit School District recently named Ms. Lisa Allen as their Emerson Excellence in Teaching recipient.  Ms. Allen is a reading specialist at Leclaire Elementary School in Edwardsville.

Lisa has been with the District for twenty-two years, both as a 1st grade teacher and, for the past thirteen years, a reading specialist. Lisa was recognized for her stellar teaching abilities, her ability to lead others, and the character she displays each and every day.

As the reading specialist at Leclaire Elementary she provides reading intervention services to children who need additional support. She also works side-by-side with young and veteran teachers providing staff development opportunities at the building and District level.  Her influence impacts students district-wide.

Dr. Cornelia Smith, Leclaire Elementary School principal says, “Ms. Allen’s commitment to the students of District 7 is above reproach and she sets an exemplary example for us all.  She embodies all the qualities that one would expect from an excellent educator and more.”

During her summer break, Lisa continues to work for children. At the community level, she works diligently with a community-wide “free lunch” program with multiple locations across District 7 communities where hungry children can grab a daily lunch at no cost.

Ms. Allen also runs a building summer reading program and provides popsicles to the families of students who meet their personal goals.

“I have had the honor to work side-by-side with Ms. Allen for over twenty years. She is an amazing teacher, a dedicated professional and a true friend,” said Cathie Wright, District 7 Director for Curriculum.

Ms. Allen will be recognized at the annual Emerson Excellence in Teaching banquet this winter.

Circus for Veterans

The Edwardsville High School Student Council is hosting an event called Circus for Veterans to benefit a veteran’s charity.  It will be geared toward children of all ages as well as adults.  Please see the flyer for additional information.

Dental Exams – “Give Kids a Smile”

Monday, October 14, 2019

7:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

SIU School of Dental Medicine

1700 Annex Street; Alton, IL

 

Reminder to Sign Up for Parent-Teacher Conferences

DON’T FORGET:

The District will again use Pick-A-Time to schedule PreK-12 parent-teacher conferences to be held from October 23-25. 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 end at 4:30 p.m. on October 22, 2019.

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

1/2 Day Reminder – Friday, October 11, 2019

REMINDER: Friday, October 11, 2019 is the end of 1st quarter and a ½ day Teacher in-service.  There will no PM student attendance.

  • EHS will dismiss at 10:20 a.m.
  • Middle School will dismiss at 11:00 a.m.
  • Elementary will dismiss at 12:15 p.m.

Madison County Transition Fair

The Madison County Transition Planning Committee will host a transition fair on November 7, 2019 from 3:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. at the Edwardsville Moose Lodge.

This transition fair is for area students and families to obtain information regarding available post-secondary services for students with special needs.  It’s never too early to plan for your child’s future!

For more information, see the attached flyer: http://ecusd7.org/wp-content/uploads/bsk-pdf-manager/2019/10/Mad_Co_Transition_Fair.pdf

 

Community Joins Forces to Share the Love of Reading with District 7 Students

https://www.edglentoday.com/articles/details/community-joins-forces-to-share-the-love-of-reading-with-district-7-students-37381.cfm

A new volunteer committee of teachers, administrators and community members has formed within the Edwardsville School District with a goal of increasing District 7 children’s love of reading.  Each month, the committee will look for simple ways to show children how enjoyable reading can be and to model reading solely for enjoyment.

Teacher Institute Day Recap

During last Friday’s Teacher Institute Day,  ECUSD 7 administrators, teachers and support staff spent the morning in building-based discussions, while spending the afternoon reviewing how to identify and respond to student mental health needs.  ECUSD 7 is partnering with the CHADS Coalition for Mental Health to develop a trusted adults’ understanding of symptoms associated with depression and how to identify risk factors and warning signs of suicide.

 

October 2019 – District 7 Performing Arts

District 7 Performing Arts

October 2019 Calendar

 

 

Time Event Organization Location

Tuesday, October 1

 

7:00 pm Fall Choir Concert EHS Choir EHS Auditorium

Tuesday, October 8

 

7:00 pm Fall Orchestra Concert EHS Orchestra EHS Auditorium
Thursday, October 10 4:00 pm Liberty vs. Lincoln Football Game 7th & 8th Grade Pep Bands

EHS Winston Brown Field

 

Tuesday, October 15

 

6:30 pm Liberty Bands Fall Concert Liberty Band Liberty Auditorium

Thursday, October 17

 

7:00 pm Liberty Fall Orchestra Concert Liberty Orchestra Liberty Auditorium
Friday, October 18 7:00 pm Lincoln Act 1 Fall Play Lincoln Drama Club

Lincoln Auditorium

 

Saturday, October 19 7:00 pm Lincoln Act 1 Fall Play Lincoln Drama Club

Lincoln Auditorium

 

Tuesday, October 22 7:00 pm

Lincoln Fall Orchestra Concert

 

Lincoln Orchestra Lincoln Auditorium
Wednesday, October 23 9:30 am

SIUE’s Opera Presentation of Pinocchio

 

SIUE Cassens Gym
         

Science Curriculum Update – High School Chemistry

In Chemistry I and Honors Chemistry I students started the first day of school by observing the blue ice phenomena.  During the first unit students asked questions, developed a procedure, collected data, and created models to explain why one ice cube melted faster than the other.

          

Social Science Curriculum Review Update

As a kick-off for our Social Science Curriculum review, our committee members spent some time learning about what the committee entails and discussing items they would like to see addressed during the review.  Committee members also learned what is currently taught across grade levels and courses, and then began to dive into the Illinois Social Science learning standards.

 

                     

Reminders for the Month of October 2019

 

Reminders for the Month of

OCTOBER

 Friday, October 4: 

 

Teacher Institute Day, No Student Attendance

 

 Friday, October 11

 

End of 1st Quarter

½ Day Teacher In-service, No PM Student Attendance

·        EHS will dismiss at 10:20 a.m.

·        Middle School will dismiss at 11:00 a.m.

·        Elementary will dismiss at 12:15 p.m.

Monday, October 14: Columbus Day, No Student Attendance
 Friday, October 18:

 Report Cards will be issued

·        Report cards for grades 3-12 will be available ONLY in TigerView.

·        Please contact your child’s school if you are unable to access TigerView for this information.

 

District 7’s Columbus Elementary School Awarded National Honors

Columbus Elementary School has been recently awarded one of the highest education recognitions in the nation.

http://ecusd7.org/wp-content/uploads/bsk-pdf-manager/2019/09/Press-Release-Announcement.pdf

Scheduling Parent-Teacher Conferences

http://ecusd7.org/wp-content/uploads/bsk-pdf-manager/2019/09/FINAL_PT_Conference_Scheduling_Info_2019-2020.docx

The District will again use Pick-A-Time to schedule PreK-12 parent-teacher conferences to be held from October 23-25. 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 September 23, 2019, and will end at 4:30 p.m. on October 22, 2019.

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

1st Grade Science Curriculum Update

Hands-on learning is a big part of the new Science curriculum.  Check out some of our first graders as they learned how craters are formed by experimenting with marbles, flour and cocoa powder. Do you know what happens if you drop a marble from a farther distance?

                     

District 7 Parent Resources

http://ecusd7.org/wp-content/uploads/bsk-pdf-manager/2019/07/District-7-Parent-Resources_2019_2020.pdf

Do you know what resources are available to District 7 parents and students?  Please click the link above to find out!

 

Labor Training Program Aims To Bring Younger People Into Illinois Construction Trades

https://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/labor-training-program-aims-bring-younger-people-illinois-construction-trades#stream/0

Lunch Debt Solutions Project

Join us for a ‘Dine to Donate’ event for the Lunch Debt Project. You can have your pizza AND eat it too by eating at Mod Pizza on Thursday, September 26 from 10:30 am to 10 pm. Just mention that you’re dining to help the Lunch Debt Project, and they’ll donate a portion of their sales that day at no cost to you.

Mod Pizza 2300 A, Troy Rd., Edwardsville

Coins for a Cure: September 23-27

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.

This initiative, led by Todd Schultz, Edwardsville High School Graduate and Founder of Painting the Town Gold, has a mission to spread awareness and raise funds for research during the month of September (Childhood Cancer Awareness month).

Save your coins and get ready to join our community as we all GO GOLD!!

Collections will take place the week of September 23rd.

Click on the link for additional information: http://ecusd7.org/wp-content/uploads/bsk-pdf-manager/2019/09/CoinsforaCureFlyer_2019.pdf

Science Curriculum Update – 5th Grade

Check out this 5th grade classroom as they become hands-on with the new science curriculum!  The class used Oobleck to explore the properties of solids and liquids. Oobleck is a non-Newtonian fluid that has properties of both. When you pour it or slowly dip your fingers in it, it acts like a liquid, but when you quickly tap or punch it, it acts like a solid.

 

District 7 Performing Arts – September 2019

District 7 Performing Arts

September 2019 Calendar

 

 

Time Event Organization Location

Friday, September 6

 

7:00 pm Football Game EHS Band Sports Complex

Saturday, September 7

 

All day Metro East Marching Band Contest EHS Band O’Fallon High School

Friday, September 20

 

7:00 pm Football Game EHS Band Sports Complex
Saturday, September 21 All day Tiger Ambush Classic -Marching Band Competition EHS Band Sports Complex

Friday,

September 27

6:30 pm Liberty Talent Show MS Music Liberty Auditorium

Friday,

September 27

7:00 pm Drama Club Improv Extravaganza EHS Drama Club EHS Auditorium
Saturday, September 28 All day Lafayette Contest of Champions EHS Band Lafayette High School

Immunization Reminder

A reminder from the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH): The immunization requirements for the 2019-2020 school year are the same as last year and can be found here:

http://www.dph.illinois.gov/sites/default/files/publications/Minimum%20Immunization%20Requirements.pdf

http://ecusd7.org/wp-content/uploads/bsk-pdf-manager/2019/07/4-29-15_Physical-Immunization-Requirements.pdf

Reminders for the Month of September

Reminders for the Month of SEPTEMBER

 

Monday, September 2: 

 

Labor Day, No Student Attendance

 

 

Friday, September 13:

 

Progress Reports will be available in TigerView

·        Progress reports for grades 3-12 will be available ONLY in TigerView.

·        Please contact your child’s school if you are unable to access TigerView for this information.

Summer Zone’s “Masterpiece Monday” on Display at Edwardsville Arts Center

Summer Zone’s “Masterpiece Monday” opening gallery reception at the Edwardsville Arts Center (EAC) was well received this past weekend. Over the summer, EAC taught District 7 Summer Zone campers a different art technique each week. The creative talent of our students was amazing to see on display!  Thank you to all of our families that were in attendance to show their support.

If you missed the reception, the art work will be on display until September 4th.

Reminder: Parent Orientation Nights

DON’T FORGET: The following schools will be holding their Parent Orientation Nights this week!

District 7

Parent Orientation Nights

 

DATE SCHOOL START TIME
August 27, 2019 Hamel Elementary 6:00
August 27, 2019 Woodland Elementary 6:45
August 29, 2019 Worden Elementary 6:30
August 28, 2019 Midway Elementary 6:00
August 28, 2019 Columbus Elementary 6:30
August 29, 2019

Goshen Elementary

·         Preschool and EC

·         Kindergarten & Preschool Academy

·         1st and 2nd Grade

 

6:10

6:45

7:10

For questions or additional information, please contact your child’s school.  Thank you!

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.

Edwardsville Arts Center – Friday, August 23

DON’T FORGET

During the 2019-20 Summer Zone session, students had the opportunity to work with members from the Edwardsville Arts Center as part of their “Masterpiece Mondays.”  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 Mondays by Summer Zone Kids” in its student gallery from August 23 – September 4.  The opening reception for this event will be held Friday, August 23, from 6-8 pm.

Stay tuned for photos from this event!

Parent Resources

http://ecusd7.org/wp-content/uploads/bsk-pdf-manager/2019/07/District-7-Parent-Resources_2019_2020.pdf

As we begin another school year, we would like to remind families about the many parent support resources available within District 7.  Please click the link above for additional information.

Girl Power Pancake Breakfast

http://ecusd7.org/wp-content/uploads/bsk-pdf-manager/2019/08/Girl_Power_Pancake_Breakfast.pdf

Come enjoy a FREE Pancake breakfast with bacon and fruit, while meeting
other young girls and parents interested in learning about women’s
wrestling. Ages 6-18 years old are welcome!

Parent Orientation Nights

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.

District 7

Parent Orientation Nights

DATE SCHOOL START TIME
August 22, 2019 Leclaire Elementary 6:00
August 20,2019 Lincoln Middle School 6:15
August 20, 2019 Liberty Middle School 6:30
August 29, 2019 Worden Elementary 6:30
August 27, 2019 Woodland Elementary 6:45
August 22, 2019

Cassens Elementary

4th Grade & Parks, Sims, Ridler, Mulliken

 

5th Grade & Zuber, Burling, and Fox

 

6:00

 

7:00

August 21, 2019 Glen Carbon Elementary  6:00
August 28, 2019 Midway Elementary 6:00
August 28, 2019 Columbus Elementary 6:00
August 27, 2019 Hamel Elementary 6:00
August 29, 2019

Goshen Elementary

Preschool and EC

Kindergarten & Preschool Academy
1st and 2nd Grade

 

6:10

 

6:45

7:10

August 22, 2019 N.O. Nelson Elementary 6:00

For questions or additional information, please contact your child’s school.  Thank you!

 

Welcome Back to the 2019-2020 School year

Tuesday, August 13, 2019

Classes will resume with a half day of student attendance.

  • EHS will dismiss at 10:20 a.m.
  • Middle School will dismiss at 11:00 a.m.
  • Elementary will dismiss at 12:15 p.m.

 

Edwardsville Arts Center to Feature Work by Summer Zone Students

During the 2019-20 Summer Zone session, students had the opportunity to work with members from the Edwardsville Arts Center as part of their “Masterpiece Mondays.”  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 Mondays by Summer Zone Kids” in its student gallery from August 23 – September 4.  The opening reception for this event will be held Friday, August 23, from 6-8 pm.

Stay tuned for photos from this event!

TigerView Access Opens August 7th at 8:00 a.m.

As we begin the 2019-2020 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
  • progress reports and report cards for grades 3-12

Tigerview logins and passwords were sent on Monday, August 5, 2019 via secure email to the email address parents provided during registration.  If you are unable to access TigerView at https://tigerview.ecusd7.org, please communicate that information to your child’s school.

Back to School Countdown – 1 Week to Go

First day of student attendance is Tuesday, August 13, 2019. (Half Day)

Link to school supply lists and required health forms: http://ecusd7.org/district-information/registration/

  • Use the tabs on the left to navigate
    • School Supply Lists
    • Health Forms, then choose the “Health Requirements Fact Sheet” document

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

TigerView Parent Access

As we begin the 2019-2020 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
  • progress reports and report cards for grades 3-12

Tigerview logins and passwords will be sent on Monday, August 5, 2019 via secure email to the email address parents provided during registration.  If you are unable to access TigerView at https://tigerview.ecusd7.org, please communicate that information to your child’s school.

I Missed Registration! What Should I Do?

Thank you to all District 7 families who attended registration for the 2019-2020 school year.  If you were unable to register your child, it is very important for you to contact your child’s school of attendance via phone or email to confirm your child’s attendance for the upcoming school year.  In your message, please include your name, your child’s first and last name, grade, and plans for enrollment.

In order for the registration process to be complete, parents must bring completed registration forms and proofs of residency to your child’s school.

Missing Facebook Updates? Follow these steps!

As we begin a new school year, don’t forget to change your settings to keep District 7 Facebook posts visible in your Newsfeed!

In order to continue to see District 7 Facebook posts you can take the following steps:

  1. Go to the District 7 or school Facebook page you want to follow
    2. Click on the down arrow next to “Following”
    3. Select “See First”
    4. To receive notifications of all new page posts Click “Edit Notification Settings”
    5. Click the circle next to “Posts”

Also, please remember that all District 7 Facebook pages were developed to provide parents, employees, students, and the community with access to accurate information regarding programs, activities, events, and schedules within each building. Comments are not published on these pages, but anyone with questions regarding specific school matters can contact the individual school directly.

Thank You from Summer Zone!

Summer Zone would like to thank all our campers and families for an unforgettable summer! Many memories were made and a lot of new friendships were created.  We hope to see all of you before and after school at Kid Zone this coming school year.

 

Summer Zone Week 8

Our Summer Zone Campers would like to give a huge shout out to the EHS athletes and coaches that taught them about the different sports offered at the high school. They had so much fun and learned a lot of techniques. They definitely looked forward to Fridays every week! Thank you for everything this summer!

2019-2020 Registration

Welcome to the 2019-2020 school year!  It is both an honor and a privilege to serve as District 7’s Superintendent of Schools.  I wanted to remind you of important information regarding registration for the 2019-2020 school year.  Please click the link below for additional information.

http://ecusd7.org/wp-content/uploads/bsk-pdf-manager/2019/07/School-Registration-Reminder_July_19_2019.pdf

 

Mobile Health Unit for School/Sports Physicals

http://ecusd7.org/wp-content/uploads/bsk-pdf-manager/2019/07/MHU_Event-Edwardsville-2019.pdf

The LCCC Mobile Health Unit will be available to provide school and sports physicals to students during registration on July 23 and July 24.  No appointment necessary! Please see the flyer for additional information, including location and times. School/Sport Physicals – $25.00

 

K-5 Teachers Explore New Materials

K-5 teachers spent some time over the past few weeks digging into their new science materials!  Each grade level had the opportunity to attend a professional development workshop tailored to their needs.  The workshop provided teachers with an overview of the materials provided in their hands-on investigation kits, suggestions for organizing their materials, safety concerns, and an opportunity to engage in a lab/experiment from their grade level.

Summer Zone – Week 7

Summer Zone would like to thank the Edwardsville Children’s Museum, Edwardsville Art Center, SIUE STEM Center, and the 4H Youth Development Program for helping our kids explore their creative sides and deliver a quality enrichment program to our District 7 families. Our kids absolutely loved the activities that were provided each week. We can’t wait to see what you have in store for us next summer!

#flashbackfriday – NASA Day

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e6QIW5b79ig

May 18, 2018 was a very exciting day for 8th grade students and staff in District 7 as they participated in “NASA Day.” The day started with participation in a “NASA International Space Station Inflight Education Downlink” followed by a day full of hands-on learning activities and demonstrations provided by the EHS Science Club students, Riverbend Astronomy Club, SIUE Stem Center, Boeing, and the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency.

You can still watch the Expedition 55 Education Inflight Interview with astronauts Ricky Arnold and Drew Feustel by visiting the link above!

Summer Placement Testing – August 1, 2, and 7

wp-content/uploads/bsk-pdf-manager/2019/01/Summer_Placement_Testing_2019.pdf

Do you have children new to Edwardsville District 7 Schools?  Click the link above to learn more about our Summer Placement Testing and see if you need to register your child for our remaining testing dates on August 1, 2, and 7.  We look forward to meeting you!

 

Students with tie dyed shirts

Summer Zone – Week 6

Meet Summer Zone’s “Epic Emus”! Even with the holiday last week, this group was non-stop busy. They played with robots, constructed catapults, made sketch books and tie dyed clothing items. This group is full of energy and personalities! We wonder what fun they will get into this week!

Group Photo of Kid Zone week 6 students Students playing air hockey Students in computer lab Students in line Students playing card game Students playing with robots Students playing with robots Students with tie dyed shirts they made

Registration Reminder for the 2019-2020 School Year

http://ecusd7.org/district-information/registration/

Registration dates for the 2019-2020 school year have been updated on the District 7 website.  For reminders about these dates, visit our Facebook page and click “interested” on the event!  https://www.facebook.com/ECUSD7/

Summer School / Summer Zone Closed for 4th of July

Summer School will be closed on Thursday, July 4, 2019.

Summer Zone will be closed on  Thursday, July 4, 2019 and Friday, July 5, 2019.

Summer Zone – Week 5

Introducing Summer Zone’s “Dunkin’ Donuts”. This group had a busy week creating many things! They painted clay, put together boats, crafted paper planes, and made putty. They ended their busy week playing baseball and softball with the EHS athletes! This group is excited to see what else their summer has in store for them!

 

#flashbackfriday – Elementary Science Night

#flashbackfriday – Elementary Science Night

Did you attend the 2019 Elementary Science Night with your child?  If not, clear your calendar for the 2020 dates (when they are announced).  We are never sure who has more fun…the elementary students, the high school students, the volunteers, or the parents!


 

 

Looking for 2019-2020 Registration Information?

All registration information has been updated on the District 7 website.

STEP 1: Click on (or type in) the registration link: http://ecusd7.org/district-information/registration/

STEP 2: Choose the tab you need (located on left hand side of the screen):

  • Registration Dates
  • District 7 Registration Forms
  • New Student Forms
  • Health Forms
  • School Supply Lists
  • Transportation Forms

The first day of student attendance is Tuesday, August 13, 2019 (Half Day for Students).

Summer Zone Week 4

Introducing Summer Zone’s “Coca Cola” group! These energetic campers were busy last week! They practiced their engineering skills by building bridges out of various materials and were detectives on a scavenger hunt around Summer Zone. They also had fun bowling at SIUE and practiced their volleyball skills with the EHS volleyball teams. We can’t wait to see what else this group will do this summer!