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.

District 7 Kindergarten Registration Set

District 7 has scheduled spring kindergarten registration on March 25 from noon – 6:30 p.m. at each of the District’s primary buildings:  Hamel, Midway, Nelson, Glen Carbon, Goshen and Leclaire Schools.

Parents of kindergarten-age students are encouraged to begin the registration process at this time even if they have not gathered all of the required registration materials.  Completing preliminary paperwork will put parents and children in the District database, ensuring they receive notification of kindergarten related information as it becomes available.  Parents registering children for kindergarten should be aware of the following criteria:

  • The child must be five years old on or before September 1, 2020
  • Parents must present an ORIGINAL copy of their child’s birth certificate
  • Parents must present two proofs of District 7 residency

A completed registration packet must adhere to these requirements.

District 7 will also host kindergarten informational meetings for parents. The purpose of these meetings is to provide general kindergarten information on topics such as beginning school, a preview of the kindergarten orientation process, and procedures for requesting half-day kindergarten programming.  Requests for half-day kindergarten involve the completion of the Half-Day Kindergarten Request Form that must be signed by a District 7 administrator and filed in the school office and Hadley House by the close of business on June 26, 2020.

These parent informational meetings will be held from 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. at the following locations and dates:

  • February 19           Nelson Elementary
  • February 26           Leclaire Elementary
  • March 4                 Goshen Elementary
  • March 10               Hamel Elementary
  • March 17               Glen Carbon Elementary
  • March 18               Midway Elementary

These meetings are for parents only.  Parents of kindergarten-age children are encouraged to attend one of these meetings. All meetings will be identical in content so parents should attend the meeting that is most convenient regardless of location.

Informational Flyer: http://ecusd7.org/wp-content/uploads/bsk-pdf-manager/2020/02/Kindergarten_RegistrationandInfo_Night_Flyer.pdf

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

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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!

Focus on Finance

We are proud to report that District 7 is achieving the financial goals and stability promised during the Prop E campaign.

At the June 17th Board meeting, the administration reported that the District will significantly reduce the current $5.3 million debt in the Education Fund to less than $1.9 million this summer and is on track to have no Education Fund debt and cash reserves established by June 30, 2020. This year, the District also achieved its first balanced budget since the 2007-2008 school year.

As a community, we should take pride in this accomplishment. The passage of Prop E in 2017 provided critical financial support for the improvement of academics across all schools; keeping our students prepared to face the most challenging of college environments upon graduation from Edwardsville High School.

Through the dedicated outreach efforts by many employees and residents during the Prop E campaign, we were able to solve the unsolvable financial problems facing this district. In 2015, the projections were dismal – without a permanent financial solution the District would end the 2018-2019 school year almost $10 million in debt, facing possible Certification of Financial Difficulty by the Illinois State Board of Education, and possible state takeover.

District 7 has delivered on the promises made for the first two years of the Prop E plan:

  • Restored the curriculum development cycle
  • Purchased new K-12 mathematics instructional materials, including textbooks, that were distributed in August 2018
  • Purchased new K-12 science instructional materials, including textbooks, and implemented an updated K-12 science curriculum for the 2019-2020 school year
  • Implemented a learning management system and completed the installation of WIFI at Edwardsville High School in August 2018
  • Upgraded 552 student computers
  • Restored the technology replacement cycle
  • Upgraded school security cameras
  • Expanded the School Safety Officer Program at the nine elementary schools that offer Kid Zone

We want to again thank the communities that make up District 7 for their faith, trust, and confidence in our school district. We pledge to complete the Prop E plan as promised.

Thank you for your continued support.

Summer Zone Week 3

Introducing Summer Zone’s “Beautiful Blues”! Last week was packed full of fun and exciting activities. They made towers out of straws, slime, construction paper puppets, and secret messages using a variety of materials. We can’t wait to see what more this group is going to create!

#flashbackfriday

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

EHS Chemistry Teachers are Fired Up!

Edwardsville High School Chemistry teachers have been working hard already this summer to prepare for the 2019-2020 school year.  Teachers spent a full day testing out some new lab ideas.  In these photos, teachers conducted flame tests on a variety of minerals.  They will be ready to plan and conduct exciting new experiments with their students!

Summer Placement Testing

Do you have a new student enrolling in the Edwardsville School District this fall?  If so, see if your child needs to register for one of our summer placement screenings by clicking on the link below.

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Summer Zone – Week 2

Summer Zone would like to introduce our “Amazing Agents”! Throughout the week, they got to go swimming and bowling, play soccer with the high school athletes, and learn about engineering and vegetables. Looking forward to more weeks filled with fun and laughter with this amazing group!

#flashbackfriday – Barnyard Day 2019

District 7 kindergarten students enjoyed their time at the Glen Oaks Equestrian Center working with the Edwardsville High School FFA members for the annual Barnyard Day experience!

EHS Summer School Begins

Edwardsville High School students are back in session!  EHS summer school classes started this week and students and teachers are hard at work!

Elementary Buildings Closed for Summer

District 7 elementary buildings are now closed for the summer.  Buildings will reopen on Monday, July 22, 2019. Edwardsville High School, Liberty Middle School, and Lincoln Middle School remain open.

If you need immediate assistance, please call Hadley House at 656-1182.

District 7 Special Olympics – Young Athletes End of Year Event

https://www.theintelligencer.com/news/article/District-7-ends-year-with-Special-Olympics-Young-13907204.php

Students from Goshen, Leclaire, Nelson, Woodland, Cassens, and Columbus attended the Special Olympics Young Athletes Culminating Event and Unified Sports Day at Liberty Middle School on Friday, May 17th.  Over 250 students participated in this fun filled event to demonstrate their hard work in practicing fundamental gross motor skills.  Students from Liberty Middle School FIT/GO program volunteered to help run the stations and event to provide a fun and exciting day for the students.

Summer Zone 2019

Summer Zone 2019 opened today and our staff is looking forward to a fun and exciting summer with your child!  Limited enrollment is still available; please contact the Kid Zone Office at 655-6011.

http://ecusd7.org/summer-zone/

“Watch the Graduation Live” Information

The 2019 Edwardsville High School Graduation is on Saturday, May 25, 2019 beginning at 3:00 p.m.

The Edwardsville High School Graduation will be broadcast by the following community partners:

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

Edwardsville City – ECTV Channel 993

Madison Telephone Company – Madison Cable Channel 13.

District 7 Hosts Annual Illinois Day Event

Third grade students across all District 7 schools participated in the annual Illinois Day event.  Despite the rain, it was still a great day of learning for students!

https://www.theintelligencer.com/news/article/Roughly-600-third-graders-celebrate-state-on-13831936.php#photo-17382120

Summer Sports Camp

Don’t miss out on an opportunity for your child to work with the Edwardsville High School coaches and athletes this summer.  Sign up for sports camps now by visiting the EHS Athletics Page http://ecusd7.org/ehs/athletics/ or by calling the athletics office at 656-7100 extension 20213.

Superintendent Comments

SUPERINTENDENT’S COMMENTS

Dr. Lynda C. Andre

May 14, 2019

  • Student Recognitions:  EHS Junior Scottlynn Ballard , the EHS Journalism Team, and Do the Right Thing student awards
  • Community Group Recognitions:  District 7 School Lunch Debt Solutions and Painting the Town Gold Campaign
  • Increase in lunch prices for 2019-2020

Student Recognitions

At last night’s meeting, the District 7 Board of Education recognized a number of students for their recent accomplishments:

  • EHS Junior Scottlynn Ballard, runner-up in the National Poetry Out Loud competition held in Washington DC last month, provided a brief reading of a poem.
  • EHS Journalism students and their sponsor EHS English teacher Amanda Thrun were recognized for their recent first place finish in the IHSA State Journalism Finals held in Normal, Illinois.
  • Forty-four students were recognized at the May Do the Right Thing

Community Group Recognitions

The board also was presented with a $7,000.00 check from the District 7 School Lunch Debt Solutions committee for the 2018-2019 school year. Under the leadership of committee chair Trish Oberweis, funds were raised to help offset costs of unpaid meal balances that accrue as a result of families in financial distress. We appreciate their generosity and ongoing support for this project.

Representatives Todd Schultz, Carla Fink, and Lucas Siron from Painting the Town Gold were also in attendance to provide an overview of the September 2019 campaign to raise awareness and funds to support pediatric cancer research. EHS graduate Todd Schultz spoke about his commitment to this project and his experiences with his own cancer diagnosis and road to recovery.

Approval of Lunch Price Increase for the 2019-2020 School Year to Comply With The Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010

The board approved a $0.10 increase in lunch prices at the elementary, middle and high school levels for the 2019-2020 school year to comply with The Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010.

Under the provisions of the Act, school nutrition programs are required to move towards charging paid meal category students at a price that is on average equal to the difference between free meal reimbursement and paid meal reimbursement.

Schools that charge less than this amount are required to gradually increase their prices over time until the requirement is met. The amount of the per meal increase mandated for the 2019-2020 school year is 3.7%.

Failing to comply with the provisions of the Act would jeopardize the District’s participation in the free and reduced lunch program and could result in a loss of federal revenue of over $700,000 annually.

EHS Drama Club’s spring musical nominated for STL High School Theatre Awards

Congratulations to the EHS Drama Club!

https://www.theintelligencer.com/news/article/EHS-Drama-Club-8217-s-spring-musical-nominated-13832382.php

EHS Student Wins $10k Prize in National Poetry Out Loud Contest

Edwardsville High School student Scottlynn Ballard has been named runner-up of the Poetry Out Loud National competition that took place Wednesday evening in Washington, D.C.

Ballard received the award after advancing through a field of more than 275,000 student participants nationwide. [Continue Reading →]

Scottlynn Ballard from Edwardsville High School placed second in the National Poetry Out Loud competition in Washington, D.C. Wednesday evening. Ballard, who entered the competition with 275,000 other high school students across the country, won a $10,000 prize for her second-place finish.

Reminders for the Month of May

Friday, May 24: Last Day of Student Attendance
End of 4th Quarter

  • Grades 3-5 report cards will be made available in TigerView by the end of the day on May 24, 2019.
  • Grades 6-12 report cards will be made available in TigerView by the end of the day on May 31, 2019.

No hard copies will be distributed.  Please contact your child’s school if you are unable to access TigerView.

 Saturday, May 25:                       Graduation – Edwardsville High School
Tuesday, May 28: Teacher Institute Day

 

Edwardsville High School 2019 Summer Program

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

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

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

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

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

Please note:

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

Please call 618.656.1182 if you have questions.

2019 High School Summer School Registration Packet

EHS Hosts Unified Sports Day for Special Olympics Illinois

Unification and inclusion were the primary themes Monday at Edwardsville High School, but there was plenty of fun to be had as well.

From 9 a.m. to noon at the Winston Brown Track and Field Complex, young people with and without intellectual disabilities played together as part of Unified Sports Day to support Special Olympics Illinois. [Continue Reading →]

EHS Hosts Unified Sports Day for Special Olympics Illinois

EHS Graduation – May 25th

EHS Graduation will take place on Saturday, May 25, 2019, at 3:00 p.m. in the Lucco-Jackson Gym at Edwardsville High School. A ticket is required to enter the gymnasium, but seating in the gym is open; there are no assigned seats. The gym will open at 1:30 p.m. Seats will be available on a first come, first served basis.

Additional seating will be available in the EHS Auditorium, where the graduation ceremony will be broadcast live. Seats in the auditorium are cushioned, with backs. Tickets are not required, and seats will be available on a first come, first served basis.

The graduation ceremony will be broadcast live on ECTV, Channel 993, to Edwardsville and Glen Carbon residents who have Charter Cable. It will also be available through live video streaming on the internet. Go to www.ecusd7.org/ehs and click on the link that says Watch Graduation Live.

Edwardsville High School Greenhouse Tours

First grade students across all District 7 elementary schools recently took part in the annual Edwardsville High School Greenhouse Tours. As part of this experience, Edwardsville High School Agriculture students provided an in-depth tour and explanation of the greenhouse. First graders also had the opportunity to create their own biodegradable planters with the help of the high school students and the Madison County “Ag in the Classroom” program with the Farm Bureau.

If you would like to experience the greenhouse for yourself, the annual Edwardsville High School Greenhouse sale will be held on May 3rd from 12:00 p.m. till 6:00 p.m. and May 4th 8:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. (if plants are still available.)

District 7 Performing Arts – May Calendar

District 7 students are participating in many performing arts activities as we close out the 2018-19 school year. Students would love to see you at their events to show your support!

Date Time Event Organization Location
Monday,
May 6
7:00 pm Band/Symphonic Concert EHS Band/Symphonic EHS Auditorium
Tuesday,
May 7
7:00 pm Choir Concert EHS Choir EHS Auditorium
Wednesday,
May 8
7:00 pm Spring Orchestra Concert Lincoln Orchestra Lincoln Gym
Wednesday,
May 8
7:00 pm Music Program LeClaire Kindergarten EHS Auditorium
Thursday,
May 9
7:00 pm Spring Orchestra Concert Liberty Orchestra Liberty Gym
Thursday,
May 9
6:30 pm Drama Performance Nelson Elementary Lincoln Auditorium
Thursday,
May 9
7:00 pm Spring Band Concert Lincoln Band Lincoln Gym
Monday,
May 13
6:30 pm Spring Band Concert Liberty Band Liberty Gym
Tuesday,
May 14
2:00 pm Drama Club Performance Nelson Drama Club Nelson Gym
Tuesday,
May 14
6:30 pm Spring Chorus Concert Liberty Chorus Liberty Gym
Wednesday,
May 15
7:00 pm Spring Chorus Concert Lincoln Chorus Lincoln Gym
Wednesday,
May 15
10:00 am Band & Orchestra Concert Cassens 4th & 5th grade Cassens Gym
Monday,
May 20
10:00 & 10:45am Band & Orchestra Concert Woodland 4th & 5th Grade Woodland Gym
Tuesday,
May 21
2:30 pm Band & Orchestra Concert Worden Band/Orchestra Worden Gym
Tuesday,
May 21
9:45 am Orchestra Concert Columbus 4th & 5th Grade Columbus Gym
Tuesday,
May 21
10:45 am Band Concert Columbus 4th & 5th Grade Columbus Gym

 

Good Employee Recognition

The Board of Education and administration recognize employees for their outstanding efforts
The Board of Education and administration recognize employees for their outstanding efforts
Congratulations to the District 7 employees that were honored at the April 23, 2019 Board of Education Meeting. Each employee was nominated by an administrator because of their outstanding effort, willingness, and dedication to students and the entire District 7 community. Employees are given this special recognition as an acknowledgment for their contributions in making District 7 the district of choice.

The Honorees were as follows:

Edwardsville High School
Tara Quinn
Allyson Morrison
Jennifer Weller
Chung Baker
Amanda Huling
Craig Colbert
Eric Pretto
Liberty Middle School
Meaghan Scannell
Kelly Keeven
Anthony McNeill
Allen Duncan
Denise Bickhaus
Columbus Elementary
Meghan DeGrand
Nancy McDaniel
Nancy Stahlhut
Glen Carbon Elementary
Kylee Kuba
Lincoln Middle School
Christa Stiening
Gayle Driscoll
Stephanie Pennington
Woodland Elementary
Becky Artime
Sarah Einhorn
Shanyra Cox
Goshen Elementary
Anna Taylor
Teresa Riddle
Mary Kate Kinder
Cassens Elementary
Stephanie Burling
Lesley Roderick
Amy Noascono
Don Heffernan
Worden Elementary
Cari Feco
Midway Elementary
Staci Kyro
Hamel Elementary
Amy Ferguson
Becca Bundy
LeClaire Elementary
Barb Wellen
Judy Fujinoki
Nelson Elementary
Tamara Johnson
Jo Marie Yancik
Kim Jones
Tami Daugherty

Instrument Trial Night

District 7 Elementary Band and Orchestra teachers have started recruiting current third grade students for next year’s beginning programs. Third grade students had the opportunity to attend Instrument Trial Night, where they met with other musicians to try some of the instruments on their own.

Several district music staff members, SIUE Music Education students, as well as members of the EHS Tri-M Music Honor Society helped students with their trials.

Instrument Trial Night

EHS Greenhouse Plant Sale

The annual Edwardsville High School Greenhouse Plant Sale will be Friday, May 3rd from 12:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. and Saturday, May 4th 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. (if there are still plants available).

The greenhouse is located in the EHS Sports Complex inside the green gate to the right when coming into the complex. There will be signs!

Please check out our Facebook page for updates on plants and prices at Edwardsville High School Greenhouse.

Thank you for your support of the greenhouse and the FFA chapter at EHS!

EHS Greenhouse Plant Sale

Notice Of Special Meeting – Revised

Please note the revised agenda for the upcoming Special Board of Education meeting to be held on Monday, April 29, 2019 at 6:00 p.m. at Woodland Elementary School.

The purpose of the meeting is for the sitting Board of Education to canvass the results of the April 2, 2019, School Board election and seat the new Edwardsville Community Unit School District No. 7 Board of Education.

Superintendent’s Comments – April 24, 2019

Dr. Lynda C. Andre
April 24, 2019

  • Social Emotional Programming and Services Study
  • K-12 Science Curriculum Study Committee
  • K-12 Math Curriculum Study Committee
  • EHS Schoology Trainers
  • Appreciation for Departing Board of Education Members

District 7 is fortunate to have dedicated and professional certified staff members who contribute their expertise and talent on important projects that impact thousands of students each year. Approximately 120 teachers and other certified faculty members have been part of several curriculum study teams spending hundreds of hours aligning curricula to state standards and designing instructional programs and support services for our 7,500 students.

The programming and services provided to our children are superior as a result of their efforts. Serving on a curriculum committee is a responsibility that is in addition to the work as a classroom teacher, social worker, school psychologist, and counselor. These staff members volunteer for this responsibility because they are committed to excellence for the students they serve. We are so grateful for their participation.

Social Emotional Programming and Services Study

District 7’s Student Services and Special Education Office initiated a curriculum and services study this year to update the Illinois Social Emotional Learning Goals into support services and programming for students. A team of thirty individuals including; school psychologists, social workers, administrators, counselors, parents, and mental health experts, is working on this multi-year study. Components of the study include:

  • Review and adoption of social-emotional programs that can be delivered to all students
  • Development of a multi-tier structure for the delivery of social-emotional interventions to students who need intensive supports
  • Adoption of researched-based interventions targeting specific mental health needs
  • Updating suicide prevention programs
  • Enhancing supports for bullying prevention
  • Development of a coordinated mental health response to crisis situations

District 7 is collaborating with Dr. Lisa Horowitz of the National Institute of Mental Health in Bethesda, MD to adapt a research-based suicide risk screening tool (ASQ) and Brief Suicide Safety Assessment for use in the educational setting. These tools will be used by school-based mental health professionals when conducting risk assessments for students demonstrating the need for such screening/assessment.

K-12 Science Curriculum Study Committee

Thirty-four teachers on the K-12 Science Curriculum Study Committee have worked intensively all year to develop a standards-aligned science curriculum that will be implemented in August. This group of teachers will continue to work throughout the spring and summer to provide professional development for other teachers and to monitor the science curriculum implementation during the 2019-2020 school year.

K-12 Math Curriculum Study Committee

The forty-one members of the K-12 Math Curriculum Study Committee continue to monitor the implementation of the new instructional materials, review pacing guides, and study results of the quarterly common assessments. These teachers have worked tirelessly for several years first developing an aligned K-12 math curriculum and then, when funds became available through Prop E, began reviewing textbooks and digital resources for the full implementation last fall.

EHS Schoology Trainers

Fourteen teachers at Edwardsville High School served as Schoology trainers this year, supporting their colleagues in the implementation of the first learning management system at EHS. Their knowledge and expertise was instrumental in this first year as teachers were able to consult with in-building experts for advice and uploading of curriculum resources.

Appreciation for Departing Board of Education Members

Monica Laurent was elected in April 2003. During her sixteen years of service, Mrs. Laurent has served on various board committees including the Policy Committee, Finance Committee, and Curriculum Committee and was the Citizen Advisory Committee Board representative. Mrs. Laurent has served as the board president for the last six years.

Paul Pitts was elected April 2007. During his twelve years of service, he has served on various board committees including the Personnel Committee, Curriculum Committee, Facilities Committee, and Policy Committee.

These volunteers were critical to District 7 during the years of growth in student enrollment which led to the construction of four schools and millions of dollars in Health Life Safety repairs and renovations to school facilities.

They were strong advocates for all students and their support of curriculum studies and updates has ensured that, even in difficult financial times, students and teachers had the instructional materials and professional development sessions needed to deliver high quality instruction within the limits of the District’s financial resources.

Mrs. Laurent and Mr. Pitts continue to be tireless supporters of financial stability and balanced budgets; their years on the school board include years of prosperity and years of financial crisis. They were both strong supporters of the recently passed increase to the Education Fund, the first increase in 40 years, and assisted with educating parents and non-parents alike on the District’s financial needs throughout the seven communities that make-up District 7.
District 7 will miss their strong leadership skills. There are no words of appreciation strong enough to recognize them for their service – except a heartfelt thank you from the thousands of students, employees, and parents across the district.

Nekisha Omotola is also concluding her service on the Board of Education. Mrs. Omotola brought a positive perspective to board governance and her service is appreciated.

We thank Mrs. Monica Laurent, Mr. Paul Pitts, and Mrs. Nekisha Omotola for their service to District 7 and wish them well in future endeavors.

National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) Conference

It is rare that the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) Conference is held in St. Louis during the same year that the District is under a Science Curriculum Review, but the stars aligned for our teachers this year!

Edwardsville Science Committee members and grades 6-12 science teachers had the opportunity to attend this national conference, which offered the latest in science content, teaching strategy, and research to enhance and expand educator’s professional growth.

Teachers attended a two-day workshop titled “Designing Three-Dimensional Lessons and Units” which is the core of the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). Participants were able to deepen their understanding of three-dimensional teaching and learning by focusing on developing storylines and learning how to use their resources to support broader implementation efforts within their classrooms.

District 7 Spellers Recognized for Achievement

Congratulations to District 7’s top spellers and their families who were honored at the March 25, 2019, Board of Education Meeting. Students competed in preliminary competitions at the building level in order to advance to the eleventh annual District-Wide Spelling Bee held on February 20, 2019, in the Lincoln Middle School auditorium.

District 7 Spellers Recognized for Achievement


District 7’s Top Spellers for 2019


Cassens Elementary: Yorm Nutsukpui (5), Andrew Wang (5), Amelia Zhang (4)
Columbus Elementary: Jaren Johnson (5), Abigail Hildebrand (5)
Woodland Elementary: Kaan Demirer (5), Grace Capron (4), Alexis Haas (3)
Worden Elementary: Brayden Steelman (5)
Liberty Middle School: Selin Aktuna (8), Nolan Rowe (8), Natalie Becker (8), Gabriella Hill (6), Nadia Kuhlman (6)
Lincoln Middle School: Madison Deck (8), Miles Massey (8), Sara Davis (7), David Huang (7), Kacey Williams (6)


St. Louis Post Dispatch Regional Participants: Amelia Zhang (4), Jared Johnson (5), Grace Capron (5), Brayden Steelman (5), Selin Aktuna (8), Madison Deck (8)
District 7’s Championship Speller: Selin Aktuna, Liberty Middle School
District 7’s Runner-Up: Miles Massey, Lincoln Middle School

Summer Zone Registration

We are still accepting registration for Summer Zone 2019.

Please visit the District 7 Summer Zone website for all the information you need to get your child registered!

We are still accepting registration for Summer Zone 2019

District 7 Employees Take Part in Active Intruder Training

While Edwardsville District 7 students were enjoying a day off of school, educators were in training at a Teachers’ Institute Day late last month.

A day that typically involves curriculum and instruction, this latest Teacher’s Institute included training by Edwardsville Police Department Sgt. Matthew Breihan on 4E training, an option-based active intruder program. [Continue Reading →]

District 7 employees take part in active intruder training

Spring Break

Wishing our students and staff a wonderful spring break. Students and staff will return on Tuesday, April 23rd.

Attention: Students Entering Grades 3 – 8

The Edwardsville School District is partnering with the Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy (IMSA) for a great summer STEM opportunity.

Please check out their website to register (a limited number of scholarships are available):

IMSA Summer STEM: https://www.imsa.edu/site_section/summerimsa/

Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy (IMSA) for a great summer STEM

Do the Right Thing Recognition

The Board of Education and administration recognize students for “doing the right thing.”
The Board of Education and administration recognize students for “doing the right thing.”
Congratulations to the students and their families who were honored at the April 8, 2019 Board Meeting. Each student recognized was nominated by a teacher, his/her principal, or another staff member because of an act of kindness that was observed somewhere in the school. The program regularly recognizes students who exemplify good judgment in a variety of situations.

The Honorees were as follows:

Edwardsville High School
Lane Kaburick
Scottlynn Ballard
Anna Lietner
Alexandra Fawbush
Annie Fawbush
Annabell Ambuel
Ellie Viox
Talia Holmes
Lincoln Middle School
Rain Jennings
Cami Reaka
Nolan Halford
Woodland Elementary
Jasmine Acheson
Mariah Ousley
Karissa Bohnenstiel
Glen Carbon Elementary
Dean Born
Shiloh Imboden
Chase Laswell
Cassens Elementary
Lucy Brockmeier
Grant Moss
Audrey Walls
Kaitlin Wood
Worden Elementary
Elijah Huniak
Laney Ray
Ella Knouse
Goshen Elementary
Michael Becker
Jameson Krewson
Linden Quivey
Hamel Elementary
Riley Brezall
Henry Grasso
James Copsey
LeClaire Elementary
Isaiah Garkinghouse
Kate Murphy
Gwendellyn Douglas
Liberty Middle School
Jada Hoover
Reagan Siron
Charles Kurzym
Midway Elementary
Lea Watson
Olivia Johnson
Aiden Kinsell
Nelson Elementary
Emma Nativi
Terrell Tate, III
Aven Vassilakis
Columbus Elementary
Travon Hitchye Randolph
Geetanjali Janardhan
Sean Murphy

District 7 Geography Bee Winners Recognized for Achievement

Congratulations to District 7’s Geography Bee winners and their families who were honored at the March 25, 2019, Board of Education Meeting. Each of the students recognized competed in the National Geographic Geography Bee competition.

District 7 Geography Bee Winners Recognized for Achievement

District 7’s Geography Bee Winners for 2019

Liberty Middle School: Hudson Dickhaus, State Qualifier, Grade 8
Lincoln Middle School: Case Warner, Grade 8
Cassens Elementary: Logan Tallon, Grade 5
Columbus Elementary: Margaret Stacy, Grade 5
Woodland Elementary: Dan Rashman, State Qualifier, Grade 4
Worden Elementary: George Ostrom, Grade 5

District 7 Performing Arts April Calendar

 

 

Time Event Organization Location
4/2/2019 7:00 pm 5th Grade Band Concert Cassens Elementary Lincoln
Middle School
4/5/2019 7:30 pm “Anything Goes” EHS Drama EHS Auditorium
4/6/2019 7:30 pm “Anything Goes” EHS Drama EHS Auditorium
4/9/2019 7:00 pm 5th Grade Orchestra Concert  Cassens Elementary Liberty
Middle School
4/9/2019 7:00 pm “It’s our School Too”   EHS Auditorium
4/11/2019 7:00 pm 1st Grade Music Program Leclaire Elementary EHS Auditorium
4/24/2019 7:00 pm Theater Arts 1 Performances EHS Drama EHS Auditorium
04/23/2019 TBD by Building District 7 3rd Grade Instrument Night District 7 Performing Arts Liberty
Middle School
4/25/2019 7:00 pm EHS Band, Percussion & Ensemble Concert EHS EHS
4/29/2019 6:30 pm 1st Grade Program Nelson Elementary EHS Auditorium
4/30/2019 6:30 pm 3rd Grade Musical Worden Elementary Worden
4/30/2019 7:00 pm Orchestra Concert EHS Orchestra EHS

Reminders for the Month of April

 Monday, April 15 – Monday, April 22 Spring Vacation – No Student Attendance
 Tuesday, April 23 School resumes following Spring Vacation
 Friday, April 12  4th Quarter Progress Reports Issued
Progress reports will be available in TigerView.
The revised last day of student attendance due to inclement weather days is Friday, May 24, 2019.

 

District 7 Young Authors Recognized for Outstanding Talent

This year, over 800 students in District 7 participated in the Young Author’s competition. On Monday, March 25, District 7 and the Board of Education recognized 48 of these authors that were selected to attend the Madison County Young Authors Conference held at Edwardsville High School on April 27, 2019. Twelve of those authors will then continue on to the 45th Annual Illinois Statewide Conference in Bloomington on May 18, 2019.

District 7 Young Authors Recognized for Outstanding Talent

The students, who have been working on their submissions over the past few months, were evaluated on many different characteristics of their stories. Elementary and Middle School manuscripts were evaluated based on their creativity, their cover and page illustrations, and their idea development. Community volunteers also judged the students’ details and their punctuation/grammar throughout their stories. It was clearly evident that they took this process seriously! We’re sure that one day we will all be reading books from these future published authors!

This year’s stories were creative, well-written and inspirational!


District 7 Representatives
State Representatives are listed with (SR)


Glen Carbon Elementary:
(SR) Caroline Walton (K)
Avery Warner (2)
Reese Wilson (2)
Clara Johnson (2)
Nelson Elementary:
Teagan Smith (K)
(SR) Quinn Egan (1)
Kisa Raza (2)
Columbus Elementary:
(SR) Carmen McLaughlin (3)
Kaylee Hauschild (4)
Karissa Osborn (4)
Worden Elementary:
Megan Fry (3)
(SR) Emerson Gusewelle (4)
Anya Hernandez (5)
Goshen Elementary:
Vivian Brasel (K)
Madison McLeland (1)
(SR) Emorie Bridges (2)
Leclaire Elementary:
Alexis Pigeon (K)
(SR) Finn Smith (1)
Ashlyn Andre (2)
Cassens Elementary:
(SR) Mya Kuba (3)
Avery Riechmann (3)
Shawn Wonders (4)
Leah Harris (4)
Colette Winkler (5)
Woodland Elementary:
(SR) William Nativi (3)
James Gray (4)
Charlotte Sidall (4)
Kaya Goclan (5)
Hamel Elementary:
(SRKatherine Ostrom (1)
Mariah Delap (2)
Midway Elementary:
(SR) Katherine Hall (2)
Hank Hartley (2)
Liberty Middle School:
(SR) Gabby Jesse (8)
Ashley Kim (8)
Emma Knox (8)
Emmy Larrew (8)
Mireille Spicer (8)
Lexi Trimm (8)
Madi Trimm (8)
Alex Walker (8)
Amanda Woolsey (8)
Lincoln Middle School:
Eva Kenn (6)
(SR) Elise Regna (6)
Livia Budwell (8)
Travis Engeman (8)
Eman Rana (8)
Grace Ramsey (8)
Jonathan Stump (8)

Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy (IMSA)

The Edwardsville School District is partnering with the Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy (IMSA) for some upcoming events.

Please check out their website to register:

IMSA Funshop (REGISTRATION CLOSING SOON): https://www.imsa.edu/site_section/funshops/
IMSA Summer STEM: https://www.imsa.edu/site_section/summerimsa/

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District 7 Schedules Summer Placement Screening Dates

District 7 will again offer summer placement screenings for select students on June 7, 13 and August 1, 2 and 7. Students need only to attend one date. Screenings will be held at Lincoln Middle School, 145 West Street, Edwardsville.

The following 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 situations and/or standards-based reporting without grade level designations. Elementary students coming from parochial schools within District 7 boundaries do not need to attend.
  • All Incoming 6th –  8th grade students new to District 7
  • Incoming 9th grade students who would like to be considered for a Geometry/Honors Geometry course as a freshman student.

All other students new to District 7 will be placed in classrooms/courses based on records from the student’s previous school. 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.

Teacher Institute Day

Teachers across the District spent last Friday, March 22nd, practicing Part 2 of the 4 E’s Program. The 4 E’s is the approach to armed intruder preparedness that our teachers began last October. We are very grateful to our local law enforcement partners and thank them for their leadership and willingness to help all thirteen District 7 schools practice this training.

In addition to the safety training, science teachers were also provided professional development on the implementation of the new science materials, while other content area teachers focused on areas of interest to their departments.

It was a very successful day for our staff and will benefit all students across District 7!