COVID-19 Update

January 16, 2022 

Dear District #7 families,  

Thank you for your continued support as we work through the impact and disruptions of COVID-19 these last two weeks.  

Our goal remains to return all students to in-person learning as soon as possible, and as we are able to bring students back, we will do so.  

We continue to monitor our COVID-19 situation daily. With the new Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) and Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) guidance issued last week, we are expecting the shortened quarantine and exclusion time will assist us in ensuring we have staff to adequately manage our classrooms.  

There are currently 125 staff members that are currently impacted through a positive test for COVID, either for them or someone within their care, or have someone who has been excluded because of COVID. We have identified 73 staff members who are eligible to return on Tuesday, January 18, 2022.  

Based on what we know now, we anticipate that we will be able to return at least some of our students to in-person learning on Monday, January 24, 2022.   

Please remember that students or staff who test positive for COVID-19, or are considered a close contact to a positive case, may return after five days of quarantine or inclusion if they are fever-free for 24 hours, have improved symptoms and remain in a masked environment.  

To help provide answers to questions surrounding the new IDPH and ISBE guidance and District procedures, we have put together a Frequently Asked Question (FAQ) document. You can see that document here. It will be updated with any new information.  

We will continue to communicate updates and any changes.  

Sincerely,   

Patrick Shelton, Ed.D.
Superintendent

 

 

#FridayFeature: Janet Wiltshire

#FridayFeature
Janet Wiltshire | Hamel Elementary | Secretary

After 36 and a half years with District #7, Hamel Elementary secretary Janet Wiltshire will retire at the end of January. She is one of the District’s longest active employees.

A resident of Midway, Wiltshire began her District #7 career in August 1985 on the playground at Midway Elementary.

“It was close enough that I could go back and forth from home and work easily, and my daughter was in first grade at that time.”

Her time with District #7 has also included working in the Midway Media Center and serving as secretary at both Glen Carbon Elementary and Goshen Elementary. She came to Hamel in 2017.

Of course, there were other “unofficial jobs” she did along the way from subbing as a custodian to being a special education assistant and even helping the part-time nurse at Hamel.

“I think I’ve done everything expect be a teacher. I’ve always done anything and everything that was needed.”

Working in one place for 36-plus years is not something many are able to do.

According to Wiltshire, it’s been the people that have kept her in the District.

“It didn’t matter what school I was at. The people have always been wonderful.”

She’s seen a lot of change in her 36 years – most notably the fact that everything is now on computers – and has also been seeing a second generation of students come through the buildings.

“Some of the students at Hamel now, I had their parents at Midway. It’s good to see those former kids grow up and be successful and happy.”

Wiltshire never expected or planned to retire, but the decision for her retirement came with the birth of her first grandchild born last June.

“She lives in Kansas City with my son and daughter-in-law and he’s a minister there, which means they are not off on the weekends and I am. And I just want to be able to see her more.”

Although Wiltshire is looking forward to more time with her granddaughter and more motorcycle rides with her husband, stepping away from Hamel and District #7 will not be easy.

“I will definitely miss the kids the most. And the people I work with. I love the teachers at Hamel, they are all very sweet.”

 

Updated IDPH/ISBE Guidance & COVID-19 Update

January 12, 2022 

Dear District #7 families,  

On January 11, 2022, Governor Pritzker issued Executive Order 2022-03, which adopts the CDC’s recently modified quarantine and isolation periods. As a result, the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) and the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) have both updated joint guidance for schools, consistent with the CDC recommendations and Executive Order requirements.  

Highlights of this new guidance include:
 

  • Individuals who test positive or are excluded due to exposure will be able to return to school after 5 days providing they are fever-free and not experiencing symptoms; however, returning students must remain in a masked environment. 
  • Student-athletes who test positive or are excluded due to exposure will be able to attend practice on day 6 after testing positive if they are not experiencing symptoms but must remain masked and will not be able to participate until day 11.  

PreK-2nd, CASTLE and FLS students only: If your child tested positive or was excluded on or before Friday, January 7, 2022, your child may return on Thursday, January 13, 2022, as long as they are fever-free and not experiencing symptoms. If your child tested positive or was excluded on or before Wednesday, January 12, 2022, your child may return on Tuesday, January 18, 2022, as long as they are fever-free and not experiencing symptoms. Additional information regarding Kid Zone will be communicated later this evening. 

The process of reporting new COVID-19 positive cases, close contacts status or the onset of COVID-19 symptoms has not changed. As always, please continue to monitor students for COVID-19 symptoms and keep them at home if they are sick. 

 Even with the accelerated return of several staff next week, District #7 continues to see large numbers of new COVID-19 cases that are having a direct impact on our schools.  

  • 112 staff members are currently impacted through a positive test for COVID, either for them or someone within their care, or have someone who has been excluded because of COVID. 
  • At our primary schools, we continue to experience a student absence rate of between 25 and 30% district-wide.  
  • First Student, our bus company, continues to experience a shortage of personnel to run all required transportation routes. 

 Due to the substantial number of new cases, it continues to be difficult for District #7 and the Madison County Health Department to conduct prompt investigations to identify and to exclude close contacts. As a result of this, 3rd-12th grade students will remain in an adaptive pause and participate in remote learning through Friday, January 21, 2022. Our goal remains to return to in-person learning as soon as possible, and we will provide an update of our status on Thursday, January 20. PreK-2nd grade students and all students enrolled in the FLS/CASTLE programs will remain in person.   

 A Frequently Asked Question (FAQ) document that provides more information on updated IDPH/ISBE guidance and district procedures will be forthcoming. 

Again, we thank you for your continued support as we work through the impact and disruptions of COVID-19. It has been a trying start to 2022, but we will continue to push forward together.  

Sincerely,  
Patrick Shelton, Ed.D.
Superintendent 

 

COVID-19 Testing at Liberty Middle School

District #7 is partnering with My Blooming Health, a St. Louis based clinic, to provide COVID-19 testing for its staff and students.

This test is FREE, but appointments must be made at: https://booking.appointy.com/EDWARDSVILLETESTING.

When registering for the test, you will see a field that requires insurance information. In that field, enter “NONE” so that the order is processed correctly. If you leave that field blank, you will not be able to schedule an appointment.

Both a PCR (lab based test) and Rapid Result tests are offered to District #7 staff and students only at this time. The results typically return between 24 and 48 hours.

The clinic will be set up at the back of Liberty Middle School at entrance #21. Appointments can only be set up through the link provided above. When you come in for your appointment, you must practice social distancing and wear a mask.

 

 

#FridayFeature: Katie Bevis-O’Neal

Katie Bevis-O’Neal is no stranger to District #7. She attended the schools, served as a middle school teacher and coach for 14 years, and now is the interim principal at Albert Cassens Elementary School.

Bevis-O’Neal makes the move to Cassens after a semester as the District’s administrative intern. She began her career in District #7 by teaching seventh grade for two years followed by 12 years of sixth-grade science.

Bevis-O’Neal, who comes from a family of educators, credits her fifth-grade teacher at Columbus as the reason for her career in education.

“She made learning fun and was working just as hard as we were, so it was easy to see the difference she made in my life. Because of that I knew I wanted to make that same difference in another child’s life someday.”

Having grown up in Edwardsville (her family moved here in 1993) and the opportunity to raise her family in this community is a huge reason that she has stayed in District #7 for the length of her career.

“I love this community and it is such a wonderful place to raise kids. I always think of myself being a kid and being raised in this community and I’ve always wanted my kids to go to the school in the community I work in. Being able to live right here in Edwardsville and to raise my children in this community makes it really easy to stay here.”

Bevis-O’Neal credits her leadership skills as one of the reasons she wanted to make the move from the classroom to administration.

“Whether it has come from my coaching experience or even my time as an athlete when I was younger, I’ve always felt that I’ve had leadership skills. Those skills will be valuable to help our teachers grow so they are continuing to provide the best education for our students in District #7. So while I’m not necessarily hands on with the students, I am secondary hands on and I know I can help the teachers be the best they can be.”

It’s those leadership skills and traits that Bevis-O’Neal is looking to bring to Cassens, along with excitement and relationship building. She is also focused on students and their growth.

“Our goal is to have Cassens elementary students succeed and grow in all aspects of life. Obviously academically, but we also want to see them grow as students and individuals.”

Bevis-O’Neal is excited to be at Cassens and has already hit the ground running.

“I’m really looking forward to getting to know the families, the students and working with the wonderful staff.”

 

EHS Senior Wins US Congressional App Challenge

After months of high-level computer programming work, Edwardsville High School senior Jordan Schaeffer has earned national recognition by taking first place in the US Congressional App Challenge for Illinois Congressional District #13.

Every year, U.S. representatives challenge students in their districts “to create and submit their own original apps for a chance to win the Congressional App Challenge,” according to the competition’s website. Each winning app may be put on display at the U.S. Capitol Building for one year.

Schaeffer won for his app called “Peace of Mind”, which he says is more of an experience than a game.

“When you put on the virtual reality headset, you are transported into this world that’s calm and peaceful. You’re sitting by a campfire in the forest on a starry night and can hear the locusts in the background. You can look around and take a step away from everything that may be stressing you out.”

Schaeffer began developing the app in August and finished the product in October.

He says he was really surprised to win.

“I wasn’t even expecting to place. I actually didn’t even know when I’d get the results and then one day I got an email saying I got first place. It was exciting.”

This is the first time Schaeffer has created an app.

“I’ve always been more of hands-on hardware person. I like working with computer electronics and the hardware, but I have found some interest in the software. It can definitely be rewarding when you work with it and can build things.”

This is the fourth time since 2016 that an EHS student has won the nation’s most prestigious prize in student computer science.

“The students can use any software to create their applications,” said EHS Business/Applied Technology teacher Dene Schickedanz. “There are no restrictions on the type of app or the software used to create it. I use the MIT App Inventor cloud based software to teach the students with no coding experience which is a great way to introduce kids of all ages into app creation.”

Schaeffer credits EHS’s success in the app challenge to the business and technology program and its outstanding teachers.

“They encourage you and push you to do your best,” he said. “I wouldn’t have been able to do this otherwise.”

Edwardsville High School US Congressional App Challenge History

2016
1st – Ian McAtee & Seth Davey “Interactive Computer Design”

2017
1st – Adam Walters “Pixel Skies”

2018
3rd – Leonardo De La Torre Cruz, Karlye Murray, Jeffrey Cummings “EHS Map”

2019
1st – Connor Sweet & Sam Msengi “Quest for the Golden Head”

2020
No competition due to COVID

2021
1st – Jordan Schaeffer “Peace of Mind”

 

 

Holiday Greetings from Dr. Patrick Shelton

Watch Dr. Shelton’s holiday message here

Happy Holidays District #7 Community!

It has been a busy and wonderful first semester in all of our schools – from academics to athletics and fine arts – we have learned and accomplished so much. As we prepare to put 2021 in the past, I hope you have the same sense of pride as I do for all we have accomplished together over the last year. The pandemic has taken a toll on us all, but we continue to have a district filled with dedicated educators, a supportive community and students who excel in so many areas.

As we move into 2022, I remain hopeful for our future and believe the best in District #7 is yet to come.

On behalf of the Board of Education and the District, I want to wish you Happy Holidays and Happy New Year!

Thank you for all you do and we look forward to seeing you in 2022!

 

Patrick Shelton, Ed.D.
Superintendent

Smith’s 4th Grade Class Surpasses Food Drive Goal

It’s the season for giving and that’s just what Roni Smith’s 4th grade class at Woodland Elementary School did.
The students held a successful canned food and non-perishable drive for the Glen-Ed Pantry, collecting 2,214 items – which far surpassed their goal of 1,750 items.
The students created flyers to hang around the school that reminded their fellow students and staff about the importance of giving to those less fortunate. Smith said the students enjoyed seeing so many of their peers throughout the building contribute to the drive and that they were excited about how they would be helping the community.
Smith added that for reaching their goal, her students will have a pajama day on Friday.

Lincoln F.I.T & GO Hold Drive for Glen-Ed Pantry

Lincoln F.I.T (Friends in Touch) and G.O. (8th grade leadership group) more than collected just a few items to benefit the Glen-Ed Pantry. Their largest collection to date totaled over 85 boxes of items with the food donations weighing in at 1,624 pounds, while more than 1,500 toys were collected. In addition, students raised more than $1,200 to shop for a family they “adopted” for Christmas and collected $400 in gift cards.

According to F.I.T/GO leader and Lincoln Prevention Counselor Mark Tschudy, nearly 75 student leaders helped organize the school-wide event with each of these students being responsible for activity period classrooms. They went into classrooms each morning with student-led incentives and activities to encourage their classmates to donate, which included candy, donuts, popcorn parties, dressing up in costumes and even pies in the face for reaching goals.

The students wrapped 85 different boxes to collect the donations, which were provided to each activity period. The students also used their creativity and marketing skills to create posters and a couple of promotional videos to drum up excitement and awareness.

All donations were delivered to Glen-Ed Pantry earlier this week to benefit District #7 families in need. (Fun fact: it took two school buses to deliver the items – one for all the donations and one for the students).

86 EHS Students Named Illinois State Scholars

Edwardsville High School Principal Dr. Steve Stuart has announced that 86 students from the EHS graduating class of 2022 have been designated as Illinois State Scholars by the Illinois Student Assistance Commission (IASC) based on their exceptional academic achievement.

The Illinois State Scholar program is awarded to high school seniors based on ACT or SAT test scores, class size and unweighted class rank and Grade Point Average (GPA) at the end of their junior year. The program designates honorees based on the year they would begin any post-secondary education, not based on the year they graduate from high school.

The Illinois State Scholar designation is a non-monetary award. Each State Scholar honoree receives a congratulatory letter and Certificate of Achievement from ISAC and can download an official Illinois State Scholar badge to display on his or her online profiles and social media platforms. It also can be shared with their high school counselors, colleges, employers and others.

Congratulations to the following EHS seniors on the honor:

Diego Arana

Mason Babington

Braden Baker

Nathan Beck

Ruben Benjankar

Daniel Benson

Sophia Bertolino

Marcie Billings

Maxwell Brandmeyer

Caroline Byron

Karli Camp

Laine Chapman

Tyler Chrenka

Kate Conner

Ashley Cook

Sean Craig

Trey Dicks

Alyck El-Khatib

Elle Evans

Oliver Ferdinand

Emilie Fry

Emma Garner

Jacob Geisen

John Gingerich

Jacob Grandone

Julia Hantla

Zachary Harmon

Aiden Henke

Liam Hoeferlin

Jaelyn Hudson

Danielle Huene

Sydney Huskey

Olga Ivashyna

Adam Johnson

Justin Jones

Grace Kalb

Luke Karlas

Connor Kielty

Meredith Kremitzki

Ashley Kuethe

Lindsey Lankford

Donovan Latham

Abigail Law

Sydney Lawrence

Benjamin Loftus

Allyson Lunsford

Julietta Marini

Henley Mason

Nicholas McClintock

Grace McGinness

Simon McKean

Alissa Mollett

Kathryn Morgan

Nicole Morris

Rachel Mueller

Edward Noonan

Adrian Norcio

Shaun Pacatte

Rachel Piazza

Reese Pifer

Patrick Rawson

Cole Reinking

Joshua Robinson

Logan Roever

Mera Rusick

Benjamin Schardt

Macy Silvey

Spencer Stearns

Jacob Summers

Alexander Sundar

Hannah Tae

Timothy Tossey

Aidan Underwood

Gabriela Vazquez

Madison Vieth

Michael Voltz

William Voss

Gavin Walls

Jillian Welsh

Michael Whaley

Ryan Whaley

Mitchell White

Elizabeth Wilbraham

Jeffrey Windau

Jenae Wright

Ella Young

 

(not all students pictured)

EHS Choir Carside Caroling

The EHS Choir will host a “Car Lot Caroling” event on Sunday, December 12 from 3-5 p.m. in the EHS main parking lot. Cost is $5 per car.

 

Middle School 1:1 Devices Agreement Forms

December 6, 2021

Dear Parents/Guardians:

After the first of the year, Lincoln and Liberty Middle Schools will begin distributing 1:1 devices for our middle school students and we couldn’t be more excited about the next step in District #7’s journey of implementing technology as a tool to improve the way in which we serve students. This will allow students to have immediate access to information via their own computers and will engage them in additional critical thinking, collaboration, and communication activities.   

  1. Before your student can receive their 1:1 device, both the student and their parent/guardian must read the attached Student Use Agreement and then sign the Agreement and Signature Form (6:235-AP3, E1) outlined in Board Policy 6:235. Students will be able to turn in the signed agreement during social studies class anytime. However, please have the signed form turned in by Monday, December 13 
  1. A hard copy of the agreement and signature form will also be given to students on Tuesday, December 7 to bring home. 

Each device will come with a protective case and charger and will be used in both the classroom and home for educational purposes. Please remember that you and your child are responsible for their device. As detailed in the Device Student Use Agreement, if a student’s device is lost or damaged, the District may assess the parent(s)/guardian(s) a charge to cover the replacement or repair. 

We look forward to working with you as we embark on this wonderful new opportunity. If you have any questions, please contact your building principal. 

Sincerely,  

Patrick Shelton, Ed.D.
Superintendent

Vaccination Clinic Scheduled for December 13

District #7 will host a COVID-19 vaccination clinic on Monday, December 13, 2021. The clinic will be held from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. in the EHS Media Center with the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine being administered.   

There is no cost for the vaccination and the clinic is for any student ages 5 or older.  

All children ages 5-17 must be accompanied by a parent and must have a signed parental consent form, available for download here 

The second dose will be administered on Tuesday, January 4, 2022, also from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. in the EHS Media Center.  

Masks are required for students and parents at both clinics, while social distancing should also be maintained. 

If your child(ren) is fully vaccinated and their vaccination cards have not yet been uploaded, you may do so here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/F7FTG8J 

 

EHS 9th Grader Earns Bronze Medal

While most people spent Thanksgiving weekend eating turkey, shopping or relaxing, Edwardsville High School 9th grader Micah Miner was winning a bronze medal.
The world class gymnast finished third in the 13-14 men’s age group of the double mini trampoline at the World Age Group Competition of the Tumbling and Trampoline World Championships held November 25-28, 2021 in Baku, Azerbaijan.
Miner, who trains out of Kris’ Power Tumbling in Shelbyville, Ill., was the only USA athlete to compete in all three events (trampoline, double-mini and tumbling). He finished 19th in the world in the individual trampoline competition (which is also an Olympic sport) with a new personal record for total score and placed 14th in tumbling.
Watch his double mini performance and read more about him:  https://www.instagram.com/tv/CW0eaKTgzLH/?utm_source=ig_web_copy_link
Photo: Micah (left) with fellow US medalists in the double mini trampoline (photo courtesy of USA Gymnastics)

Creative Hearts Art Club is Newest Club at EHS

Edwardsville High School has a new after school club and they are already making an impact.

EHS Creative Hearts Art Club was started by art teacher Cassie Flynn as way to give students an outlet for art.

Flynn, an EHS alumnus, never played sports or participated in band. And although she has several students who are both great artists and athletes, she also knows how it can feel in a large school like Edwardsville when you are not an athlete.

The first meeting was held in September with nearly 40 students attending. Since then, they have been working hard to form their identity and most recently, finished their first community project by partnering with Creative Hearts partnered with the St. Louis Area Food Bank to create 25 bowls for the Empty Bowls Project, a grassroots movement by artists and crafts people in cities and towns around the world to raise money for food related charities to care for and feed the hungry in their communities. The bowls created by the EHS students were on sale at the Ameren Missouri Festival of Lights earlier in November at the St. Louis Area Food Bank’s Food on the Move Truck display.

Flynn said that community project is just the first of many for Creative Hearts, which also intends to make and sell cards and ceramics for staff and students as well as organize fundraiser and community involvement events.

While the club does provide that creative outlet for her students, Flynn also wants the artwork created to be purposeful and productive, which so far it has.

 

What District #7 Students Are Thankful For

District #7 wanted to know what our students were thankful for this year, so we made a visit to our schools to find out.

Watch this video to find out…

Day of Giving Benefits Glen-Ed Pantry

The Edwardsville Community Unit School District #7 partnered with Village of Glen Carbon employees to hold a Day of Giving to benefit the Glen-Ed Food Pantry.

District #7 employees contributed $1,550 to the cause, all going to one of the community’s most vital non-profits which serves the district’s students and families.

“District #7 is grateful for all that the Glen-Ed Pantry does for this community and we wanted to show our support for the important work they do through our Day of Giving campaign,” said Superintendent Dr. Patrick Shelton. “We are also glad we could partner with the Village of Glen Carbon to have an even broader reach on our community.”

Together, District #7 and the Village of Glen Carbon donated $1,760, which was presented to the Glen-Ed Pantry’s Jane Ashasay by Shelton and Glen Carbon Mayor Bob Marcus.

Liberty’s Emily Kobler Receives Excellence in Teaching Award

Liberty Middle School eighth grade language arts teacher and technology trainer Emily Kobler has been selected as one of Emerson’s 2021 Excellence in Teaching Award recipients.

She is among more than 80 teachers from across the St. Louis metropolitan area who are being recognized this year through the program as examples of truly outstanding educational excellence.

I am so honored and thankful to receive this award,” said Kobler. “It was a surprise to receive it because I didn’t know that I had been nominated. I don’t know that I am any more deserving than my fellow teachers in District 7, however, as all of the teachers here are so good at collaborating and supporting each other. Our ultimate goal is to educate and help our students grow and no one is able to do that independently. The entire team is necessary and needed.”

The Emerson Excellence in Teaching Awards, now in its 32nd year, is one of the St. Louis region’s most recognized teacher recognition programs. Emerson proudly sponsors this program as a way of helping the St. Louis community express their collective admiration and gratitude for their dedication to teaching the area’s students.

“When I hear the phrase “Excellence in Teaching,” the first name that comes to mind is Mrs. Emily Kobler,” said Liberty Middle School principal Dr. Allen Duncan. “Mrs. Kobler, in all ways, personifies the definition of an excellent teacher. First and foremost, she has a gift for building relationships. She has a fantastic knack for connecting with all of her students. She also understands that she needs to meet each student where they are, always building on their strengths and nurturing progress on areas they need to improve. Mrs. Kobler takes pride in her commitment to her relationships with all of her students, which are so strong that they have resulted in life-long relationships with her students and their families.”

Superintendent Dr. Patrick Shelton echoes Duncan sentiments.

“Emily exemplifies what it means to be an excellent educator and is truly deserving of this honor. Her commitment to our students is evident every day and we are extremely grateful to have Emily in District 7.”

Kobler has spent 24 of her 25 years of teaching in District 7, having also taught 4th-8th grades at Columbus Elementary, Albert Cassens Elementary, Woodland Elementary and Liberty.

“I love inspiring and motiving students to take independent steps towards pursuing their goals. That student ‘lightbulb moment’ is the most exhilarating feeling as a teacher,” she said. “It’s such an amazing feeling to know that I had a small part in helping a student achieve the great things they were born to do.”

In recognition of her honor, Kobler received an engraved crystal apple from Tiffany & Co., along with other additional tokens of appreciation from Emerson. She was also recognized at the November 22, 2021 District #7 Board of Education meeting.

Inclement Weather Plan

November 10, 2021 

Dear District #7 Families: 

Winter is fast approaching, and along with it comes the potential for weather and travel concerns. If inclement weather prompts District #7 to cancel school or alter bus schedules, we will notify parents and staff as soon as possible using a variety of communication tools. Please note, extreme weather can be unpredictable, but the decision to cancel school will be made by 5 a.m., if possible, on days when inclement weather occurs or is pending. District #7 will only send a message if school is cancelled or bus routes are altered. Otherwise, the day will proceed as usual.  

When the decision is made to cancel school due to inclement weather, the District will send an email, a text message, and a recorded message via phone to all families via our message broadcast system, SchoolMessenger.  

The system will utilize contact information that the District currently has on file in SchoolMessenger, which interfaces with the District’s student information system. Contact information was provided at registration by parents/guardians. Revised or updated contact information should be provided to your child’s school. All information and contact numbers are secure and confidential and are used only for the purposes described above. If you have not opted-in for text messages and would like to do, please see the Text Opt-in attachment 

 If you have any questions about this system or any part of the SchoolMessenger notification process, please contact Bill Miener, Director of Information Systems & Service, at 655-6018, or by email at bmiener@ecusd7.org. 

District #7 will post school closure information at www.ecusd7.org and on our social media channels, including FacebookTwitter, and Instagram. The District also notifies local television stations (KMOV-TV CHANNEL 4 NEWS; KSDK-TV CHANNEL 5 NEWS; FOX 2 NEWS) as well as radio station KMOX (AM-1120).  

With Tiger Pride,   

Patrick Shelton, Ed.D.
Superintendent

COVID-19 & SHIELD Testing Update

November 4, 2021 


Dear District #7 Families:  

As we enter another month of the school year, I wanted to provide our District #7 families and community with an update on COVID-19 and SHIELD Testing.  

Throughout this school year, District #7 has done an excellent job in keeping case counts of COVID-19 low. Last week, there were nine known positive cases among students, the lowest weekly total since the school year began, and four among staff. However, transmission remains high in our county and we must not let our guard down about doing our part to stay safe and healthy.  

The layered strategies we have in place, from masking to being diligent about social distancing to having testing available, along with other safety measures, has helped us with our goal of keeping students in the classroom and providing a safe learning environment.  

District #7 began SHIELD Testing on Wednesday, October 13, 2021, and we have been appreciative of the cooperation and support of our students and staff with this initiative as an additional mitigation strategy to reduce the spread of COVID-19. SHIELD Testing helps us minimize the impact of exclusions and keeps students in school. If you would still like to opt in your child(ren) for SHIELD Testing, you can download a copy of the consent form here: http://ecusd7.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/09/Edwardsville-Student-Consent-Form-SHIELD-Testing.pdf. Please remember that you must refrain from eating, drinking, tooth brushing, mouth washing, gum chewing and tobacco use for at least one hour before submitting your saliva sample at the test location. 

With the approval of COVID-19 vaccines for children between the ages of 5 and 11 earlier this week, we recommend that you consult your child’s doctor for guidance on whether the vaccine is recommended for your child(ren). District #7 is partnering with a local pharmacy to offer a vaccination clinic soon and will share those details when finalized.  

Thank you for your ongoing collaboration and support as we all work together to stay safe and ready to learn in District #7. 

Sincerely, 

 

Patrick Shelton, Ed.D.
Superintendent

EHS Marching Tigers Are Class Champions, 5th Overall

It was a pair of firsts for the EHS Marching Tigers last weekend at the Illinois State Marching Band Championships at Illinois State University. For the first time in school history, the Tigers were named class champions in 5A and were also awarded high music achievement… and then in the finals, they finished in a tie for fifth place overall out of the 42 teams competing – marking the best finish in school history.

Band Director Ryan Lipscomb, junior drum major Jaden Hernandez and senior tenor drummer Ry Montgomery talk about the performance.

WATCH NOW

 

Changing the Way Reading is Taught

Shifting Gears: ECUSD #7 is changing the way we teach reading.

District #7 is dedicated to providing every child with high-quality, evidence-based reading instruction. This begins in our classrooms, specifically by giving our students the foundational skills necessary to become lifelong learners. Decades of research called “The Science of Reading” is guiding us on this journey, and we are just beginning.

Throughout the current school year, our focus will be on word recognition, while in the spring, teachers will begin to explore language comprehension more in depth with the goal to begin implementation of new materials to support these skills at the beginning of the 2022-23 school year.

For more on how these changes will look in the classroom, click here.

 

Announcement of IAR Parent Portal

District #7 is pleased to inform parents/guardians of a new and innovative method for presenting their student’s Illinois Assessment of Readiness (IAR) test results.

  • IAR Parent Portal – Introducing https://il-results.pearsonaccessnext.com, where you can access individual student results and resources to support everything you need to know about your child’s performance on the Illinois Assessment of Readiness for English Language Arts and Math. This portal also allows you to add your student’s Spring 2021 test results to your user account and access them in the future. Please click here  for directions on creating your account to log into the IAR Parent Portal.  
  • Video Individual Score Reports (Video ISRs) – Video ISRs are personalized videos created specifically for your student that walk through the information presented on their student’s score Delivered via the IAR Parent Portal, video ISRs combine student-specific animation and voiceovers to help you better understand your student’s assessment results and direct you to resources that are tailored for your student’s needs. We encourage you to watch these videos with your child and discuss any questions with your student’s teacher.

As in the past, you will continue to receive paper copies of the Individual Student Reports (ISRs) – which will be sent home with your child next week. However, new this year, included on the ISR, will be an individual claim code unique to your student. With this code you will be able to securely access your student’s test results in the IAR Parent Portal.

The IAR Parent Portal and Video Individual Score Reports are available now to parents/guardians, while the IAR student reports will be sent home next week with your child.

If you have any questions regarding this online process for accessing your student’s IAR test results, please contact Beth Jacobs, Coordinator of Assessment, Instructional Technology and Professional Learning at ejacobs@ecusd7.org.

 

The Drive for 1,000 Pairs of Socks

by: Mary Ann Mitchell, Public Relations & Communications Coordinator

Students in Carla Kinsey’s fifth-grade class at Woodland Elementary School are not only doing something good for the community, they are gaining some practical real world experience in doing so.

Since October 1, the students have been conducting a sock drive with a goal of collecting 1,000 pairs of socks by the end of the month.

While Kinsey is overseeing the project, it is the students have complete ownership of it.

“They are the ones who brainstormed and came up with what we would need to have this drive take place,” she said, noting there are teams of students that oversee advertising of the drive to a team of students that handle collections and teams that count the socks and another that sorts them.

“They do it all, and we have even talked about how to get the community involved, from talking to their parents about putting it on social media to even asking their neighbors if they’d be willing to donate.”

As of last Friday (October 15), the class had collected 661 pairs of socks. But with donations that came in this week, Kinsey believes that number is now approaching 800. The drive runs through October 31.

“We wanted to be done before the season of giving begins and where we could get this out before the cold sets in and wouldn’t interfere with other things going on in the school or community,” said Kinsey.

Kinsey, who is in her fourth year at Woodland and in her 20th year with District #7, says she is a service-minded person and enjoys giving back and helping the community. Prior to joining the Woodland staff, she taught at Lincoln Middle School, and in her last five years there, she would do a drive similar to this with her classes.

“I hadn’t had the chance to do this at Woodland until now. And it’s been such a challenging year, so I wanted to do something.”

Kinsey thought a sock drive would be easy for 10-year-olds to handle, and as a class, they did some research and found many credible websites that said the number one need right now for people without a home or those with home or clothing insecurities is socks.

“They are doing a phenomenal job with this project and it also gives them some ownership and has developed their problem-solving skills.”

Case in point, Kinsey said the first week they collected socks, there were four students who were counting, but didn’t know whose box of socks it was. The students figured out quickly they needed a system in place and immediately reached out to Kinsey for some post-it notes to label those boxes.

“There is a lot of learning that takes place with this drive and I think that’s really important.”

The students are eyeing a reward of having a pajama day at the school if they collect a 1,000 pairs of socks, but they also understand the value of why they are collecting those socks.

“We are doing this for people in need,” said Elsie Lewis, one of the fifth grade students in Kinsey’s class. “It means a lot to be able to help them.”

Classmate Anna Wagahoff agrees.

“It’s fun to be able to help people in need. There are some people who are less fortunate and we can help them have a better life.”

In addition to the reward for collecting 1,000 socks, the classroom at Woodland that collects the most socks will get a pizza party.

Kinsey said it hasn’t been decided yet where they will donate the socks, but has been reaching out to some local places and will let the students make that final decision.

Anyone wanting to donate socks can do so by dropping them off at Woodland.

CONTACT:

Woodland Elementary School
59 S. State Route 157
Edwardsville, IL 62025
618-692-8791
http://ecusd7.org/woodland/

 

FastBridge Assessment

Dear District #7 K-8 Families, 

During the 2020-2021 school year, District #7 began using new universal screening assessments, the FastBridge Assessment System. FastBridge provides for the efficient administration of various types of assessments used to screen, monitor and inform instruction/intervention. Teachers and psychologists have been working diligently to screen students in kindergarten through 8th grade in the areas of reading and math.   

On Monday, October 25, 2021, you will receive the FAST Family Report for your child. This report allows you to quickly see how your student is performing relative to their grade level. FastBridge assigns student scores into three categories:  

  • On Track: A student listed as On Track has skills that meet or exceed the grade level expectation. 
  • Some Risk: A student listed as Some Risk may need additional support to improve the listed skills and is at some risk of falling behind their peers. 
  • High Risk: A student listed as High Risk will need additional support to improve the listed skills and are at high risk of falling behind their peers. 

Please keep in mind that the screening process allows for brief assessments intended to provide a quick overview of a student’s development in the targeted areas, similar to a pediatrician’s “well check”.  While this is important information to help us monitor student growth after returning to instruction following 15 months of interruptions to the educational setting, we must also remain cognizant of the fact that there is likely a higher prevalence of at risk students in nearly all schools across the nation.   

 The information in this report may be used as a starting point for conversations about learning needs, but should be considered with all other sources of information, including classroom performance, to gain an overall picture of your child as a learner. Additional screening windows in the winter and spring will allow educators and parents to track how each child’s scores have changed over time, which will provide a more comprehensive picture of student successes and needs.   

 If you have questions regarding your child’s report, please contact their building principal.  

Regards, 

Patrick Shelton, Ed.D.
Superintendent

Parent-Teacher Conferences Pick-A-Time

Read a PDF of the letter below or watch the video


Dear District #7 Community:   

The District will again use Pick-A-Time to schedule PreK-12 parent-teacher conferences to be held via Zoom on Thursday, October 28, 2021, from 1 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. and Friday, October 29, 2021, from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. As in prior years, Pick-A-Time will allow parents to schedule 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 Monday, October 18, 2021, and will end at 10:00 p.m. on Wednesday, October 27, 2021.  

Parents can access Pick-A-Time at https://pickatime.com/ecusd7. Instructions for logging in, along with information specific to grade levels, can be found by clicking here 

Please feel free to contact your building secretary or principal if you have any questions or need support scheduling a conference. 

As we enter the second quarter of the school year, there are also several other communications we will be sharing in greater detail with our familiesOver the next four weeks, please check your email for more information regarding these items:  

Thursday,  

October 21, 2021 

FASTBRIDGE 

FastBridge screening for students in grades K-8 in the areas of reading and math has been completed. FastBridge provides for the efficient administration of several types of assessments used to screen, monitor, and inform instruction / intervention. Your child(ren)s report with additional FastBridge information will be sent on this date.  

Thursday,  

October 28, 2021 

IAR PARENT PORTAL 

The Illinois State Board of Education is launching a parent portal with Illinois Assessment of Readiness (IAR) individual student test results, complete with access to score reports and videos explaining the individual student score reports. More information and directions on accessing the portal will be sent.  

Thursday, November 4, 2021 

COVID/SHIELD TESTING UPDATE 

SHIELD Testing began in our schools on Wednesday, October 13, 2021. In partnership with SHIELD, we will also be announcing the start of community testing.   

Wednesday, November 10, 2021 

TECHNOLOGY SURVEY & WINTER WEATHER PLANNING 

In conjunction with the Leadership Council Southwestern Illinois, District #7 will be asking for your assistance in completing a survey to show an accurate picture of the type of broadband coverage that is available in the District #7 geographic area and where it can be improved for our families. We will also share plans for winter weather.  

 With Tiger Pride, 

 

Patrick Shelton, Ed.D
Superintendent

 

 

Superintendent Update: September BOE Recap

October 3, 2021

Dear District #7 Community:

The District #7 Board of Education met last Monday (September 27, 2021) for their regular monthly meeting, which included approving the purchase of 1,800 Dell Latitude 3310 XCTO computers with a total cost of $1,024,200.00. This purchase comes after extensive work by several individuals in District #7 to identify a device which will withstand the daily use of middle school students, but also provide the long-term sustainability needed. These devices will be distributed upon returning from winter break in January 2022, pending availability. We are extremely excited that in addition to our staff and high school students, our middle school students will also now have devices.

The 2020-21 audit was also approved. Our financial profile designation also improved, going from ‘review’ to ‘recognition’. District #7 continues to remain on solid financial ground while continuing to fulfill the promises made with the passing of Proposition E in 2017.

Other key takeaways include:

  • Approving the 2021-22 budget.
  • Approving the purchase of a Panorama Education Platform License, a social-emotional intervention and monitoring tool that will allow teachers to access data on a student’s attendance, discipline, academics and social and emotional on a personal, classroom, school and district level.
  • Approving Friday, November 12, 2021, (the day after Veterans Day) as a non-attendance day. This now makes the last day of school May 20, 2022, with a half day. Communication on this 2021-22 school calendar change was sent out last week.

We continue to work through the onboarding process for SHIELD Testing and hope to have that ready to go very soon. Students who wish to participate can still submit consent forms for testing.

District #7 continues to need substitute teachers. Information on becoming a sub is available on the district website. Even if you have occasional availability, I encourage you to apply.

Finally, we had a great turnout of nearly 150 community members at our Strategic Planning Community Kick off on September 23, 2021. It was wonderful to see the engagement of everyone in attendance as we plan for the future of District #7. Our next strategic plan community event is Wednesday, December 8, 2021 (note the change in date). We look forward to seeing you there!

With Tiger Pride,

Patrick Shelton, Ed.D.
Superintendent

2021-22 School Calendar Change

At the Monday, September 27, 2021, regular school board meeting, the Board of Education voted to approve a change in the 2021-22 school calendar.  

Friday, November 12, 2021, will now be a no attendance day for students. This date falls after Veterans Day on November 11, which is a holiday.  

The district has been experiencing a shortage of substitute teachers this year, which has resulted in pulling employees from their assigned locations to cover a classroom. Unfortunately, Fridays have been extremely difficult as we are pulling several people to cover classrooms. This change in the school calendar helps us alleviate any issues we may have had in covering classrooms on Friday, November 12, 2021.  

The final day of the 2021-22 school year will now be Friday, May 20, 2022, with a half day, barring the use of any emergency dates.  

Please see the revised 2021-22 school calendar to reflect this change. 

Strategic Plan Community Kick Off

Dr. Patrick Shelton invites the District #7 community to the Strategic Plan Kick Off on Thursday, September 23, 2021, at the EHS Commons from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.

Read the letter from Dr. Shelton or watch the video.

COVID Testing at Liberty Middle School

District #7 continues to partner with Northshore Clinical Labs to provide COVID-19 testing for its staff and students. Testing is being done at Liberty Middle School in the back parking lot, Monday through Thursday from 3:30 – 7:00 p.m.

Appointments are requested and can be made online. Please also note that even with appointments, there is typically a line at Liberty.

If you have questions regarding the testing, please contact Northshore Clinical Labs at info@northshoreclinical.com or call 773-570-6510.

To make an appointment: https://bit.ly/3928EYT

09-12-21 Message from Superintendent, Dr. Patrick Shelton

9.12.21 Letter
SHIELD-Testing-FAQ
SHIELD Testing Consent Form

A reminder that SHIELD testing consent/opt-in forms are due on Tuesday, September 14, 2021, along with other district reminders and updates from Superintendent, Dr. Patrick Shelton.

09-03-21 Message from Superintendent, Dr. Patrick Shelton

Please read the letter from Superintendent, Dr. Patrick Shelton, regarding SHIELD testing.  The student consent form can be found here.

08-27-21 Message from Superintendent, Dr. Patrick Shelton

Good Evening,

Please read the letter or watch the video from District #7 Superintendent, Dr. Patrick Shelton.

Thank you.

08-13-21: Message from Superintendent, Dr. Patrick Shelton

Good Evening,

Please read the letter or watch the video from District #7 Superintendent, Dr. Patrick Shelton.

Thank you.

Dr. Shelton Speaks to Fox 2 and KMOV 4

To see District #7 Superintendent speak to Fox 2 and KMOV 4 regarding students returning to in-person learning, please click the appropriate links below.

Fox 2 News Story

KMOV Story

Open House Reminder

We are excited to welcome you back for the 2021-22 school year!  Primary and Intermediate buildings are providing open houses tonight at the following times:

PreK and Primary Buildings          5:00 p.m.-6:30 p.m.

Intermediate Buildings                  6:00 p.m.-7:30 p.m.

This evening provides families the opportunity to meet their child’s teacher, drop off school supplies, and tour the building. During this time, in order to maintain the safety of all of our students, staff, and families, we encourage you to please:

  • Social distance to the greatest extent possible from other families
  • Utilize the hand sanitizer provided
  • Be considerate to others by limiting your time in the building to 20 minutes or less

We remind you that masks are required while in the buildings this evening, regardless of vaccination status.

Enjoy your evening, and welcome back!

Pep Rally Held to Welcome Back District #7 Staff

District #7 teachers and staff kicked off the start of the new school year by holding a virtual pep rally yesterday on their first day back!  Each building was encouraged to wear spirit wear and when the roll call occurred, each school cheered and showed their school spirit!

Speakers included District #7 Superintendent, Dr. Patrick Shelton, Board of Education President, John McDole, and Director of Curriculum, Tara Fox.

Although we would have loved to have everyone together to kick off the school year, it was still a refreshing way to bring all the staff back to the buildings and create a positive atmosphere across the district!

District #7 is ready to welcome back on our students on Wednesday, August 11th for the first (half day) of school!

 

08-09-21 Back to School FAQ

Please note that a Back to School FAQ document has been posted on our website under the 21-22 Back to School Plan.  Thank you.

08-04-21: Update on Return to Learn Plan

Good Evening,

Please read the letter or watch the video from District #7 Superintendent, Dr. Patrick Shelton regarding the Back to School Plan.

Thank you.

Proposed Back to School Plan for 2021-2022

The proposed Back to School Plan for 2021-2022 is available at http://ecusd7.org/district-reopening/, where comments can also be provided.

 

A special Board meeting is scheduled for 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, August 4 at Woodland Elementary, where Dr. Shelton will present an overview of the plan and the Board will hear public comments. Masks will be required for all attendees. Thank you for your input and support in District #7.

District #7 Kid Zone is Hiring

Kid Zone is hiring for the 2021-2022 school year!

What: Before and after school child care program within the Edwardsville School District

Where: District 7 Elementary School Buildings

Ages: Prek-5th Grades

Position Hours: Monday – Friday 6:15-9:00am & 3:15-6:00pm (flexible scheduling options available)

Apply

Kid Zone Program Information

08-02-21: A Message from District#7 Superintendent, Dr. Shelton

Good Morning District #7 Families,

Please see the letter or watch the video from our Superintendent, Dr. Shelton.

Thank you.

School Supply Lists 2021-2022

School Supply Lists

Cassens Elementary

Columbus Elementary

Glen Carbon Elementary

Goshen Elementary

Hamel Elementary

Leclaire Elementary

Midway Elementary

Nelson Elementary

Woodland Elementary

Worden Elementary

Middle School Supply List

High School
Supply lists are not issued for high school. Supplies may be assigned by individual classes.

A Message from District#7 Superintendent, Dr. Shelton

Please see the Letter from District #7 Superintendent, Dr. Shelton. Thank you.

2021-2022 Health Examinations & Immunizations Reminder

REMINDER: Please review the document below that outlines the specific grade level requirements and due dates for health examinations and immunizations.

Important State of Illinois Health Requirements for the 2021-2022 School Year

Proof of physicals and immunizations must be turned in to your student’s building nurse no later than October 15th.

Back to School Open House

District 7 has spent the summer months preparing our buildings and grounds for the first day of student attendance on Wednesday, August 11, 2021.

We invite you and your family to attend one of the scheduled open house sessions in order to visit your child’s schools, take a tour of the building, locate your child’s classroom, and even meet your child’s teacher!

Diversity Day at the Edwardsville Futures

Please see the article Kids are Stars of Diversity Day  from The Intelligencer regarding Diversity Day at the Edwardsville Futures held at the Liberty Middle School tennis courts.

                      

           

A Message from District#7 Superintendent, Dr. Shelton

Good afternoon District #7 Families,

Please see the letter from our Superintendent, Dr. Shelton, or watch the video located at https://youtu.be/dVsomG7sYz0.

Thank you, and have a wonderful evening!

District7 is Hiring

https://ecusd7.tedk12.com/hire/index.aspx

Please click on the link above to see all current job openings within District 7.  When you find the job you want to apply for, click “Apply” to begin the process!

Job Fair Reminder – Open Interviews

Edwardsville Community Unit School District #7 will be holding open interviews on Wednesday, July 14th  from 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. at Hadley House located at 708 St. Louis Street, Edwardsville, IL.

Starting salary for each position and the number of hours:

Monitor – $12.00 (2 hr – 3 hr positions)

SSO – $16.70 (6.5 hrs)

Part Time Food Service – $12.40 (3 hr – 7 hr positions)

Full time Food Service – $13.10 (7.5 hr)

Assistants – $12.85 (7 hr)

Custodians – $13.95 (8 hr)

If you are interested in applying for any of the following positions, please click here to complete your application in advance.

Job Fair – Open Interviews

Edwardsville Community Unit School District #7 will be holding open interviews on Wednesday, July 14th  from 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. at Hadley House located at 708 St. Louis Street, Edwardsville, IL.

If you are interested in applying for any of the following positions, please click here to complete your application in advance.

Superintendent Letter 07/02/21

July 2, 2021: Dr. Shelton Letter to District #7 Families

2021 Summer Placement Screening Reminder

This is a reminder regarding our Summer Placement screenings.

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.

http://ecusd7.org/wp-content/uploads/bsk-pdf-manager/2021/04/Communication-Summer-Placement-Testing-2021.pdf 

District #7 Welcomes Dr. Shelton

Please click on the link below for a message introducing Dr. Shelton, our new superintendent.

Dr. Shelton’s Welcome Video 

2021-2022 Health Examinations & Immunizations Reminder

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

3rd-5th Grade STEMscopes – Stomp Rockets

            

Last week, 3-5 STEMscopes Summer Enrichment camp was all about movement. Student engineers planned, constructed, and improved balloon powered rockets, stomp rockets, and cotton ball catapults. The main event was the stomp rocket. Groups worked together to observe a prototype, sketch plans to replicate it, decide on supplies, and construct it. Once they tested it, they made improvements and retested their stomp rocket. The group had a launch party to see which rockets would go the highest. It was a great week of fun, learning, and lots of successful launches!

3rd – 5th Grade Art Camp: Under the Sea

 

In our 3rd-5th grade Art Camp (Under the Sea), students studied coral and practiced drawing various types of coral. Then students applied that practice to a printmaking project. Students drew a coralscape on foam and printed it onto paper making 4 or more prints! Today we will add some mixed media to our prints and begin a line design Octopus.

6th-8th Grade STEMscopes – HOVERCRAFT

In our 6th – 8th grade STEMscopes Hovercraft session, students started by investigating how to build a boat that can float holding a supported weight of 100 grams.  Following that, students had the opportunity to work on constructing their hovercrafts.  They were able to explore with their inventions to ensure they could travel over both land and water.  In the next stage, they will reflect on the work of another group and go back and change at least one part of their own prototype!

3rd-5th Grade STEMscopes – Summer Enrichment Program

“Eyes, Ears and Hands: Claw Hands” STEM course. 3rd – 5th grade students became engineers for the week! They learned about the Engineer Design Process and different types of technology both ones we think of like computers and cell phones, as well as more uncommon types of technology like rubber bands, tape, wheels, etc. Students were shown a prototype of a claw hand to observe and deconstruct and were then given a budget to buy their supplies. They had to reverse engineer a claw hand without directions or set supplies. Students worked cooperatively to create a claw hand that could pick up a plastic object. Student engineers learned that their road to success may look different, but they were able to build their claw hands successfully, while having a lot of fun!

 

6th-8th Grade STEMscopes – Summer Enrichment Program

As of our Summer Enrichment program, STEMscopes, students in our 6th-8th grade program are applying ENGINEERING SKILLS to make a HYDRAULIC ROBOTIC ARM that can lift, turn, and grasp!  During the latter stage of the project, they will change their robotic arm so that it is able to perform a specialized task: holding a fork, picking up a piece of candy, or drawing on a whiteboard for example.

K-2 Art Camp – Under the Sea

This week started our enrichment opportunities at Lincoln Middle School.  Our K-2 students enrolled in the “Under the Sea” Art Camp discussed what they know about the ocean and why it is different from other bodies of water.  The discussion was focused around turtles so the students learned about different types of turtles in our community and watched a video on sea turtles.  Following the video, the student’s learned about the term “texture” and how it is used in artwork.  The students then created tissue paper turtles where the overlapping created the illusion of texture.  Students then had the opportunity to use clay and discuss applying real texture to their sea turtles shell!

2021 ECUSD7 Choir Camp

Choir Camp Flyer

REGISTER HERE

2021 ECUSD7 Choir Camp

WHEN: June 16-17, 1:00-4:00pm
FOR: STUDENTS 3rd-8th grade in the 20-21 School Year
WHERE: Edwardsville High School
CLINICIANS: ECUSD7 Faculty: Amanda Gibson, Tom O’Malley, and Emily Ottwein

Students will learn:
● Basic music reading skills
● Proper singing technique
● Fundamentals of choral singing

Fee: $35.00 Payable to EHS/District 7. Scholarships are available; please contact eottwein@ecusd7.org 

COVID-19 SHOTS Event @ Liberty, Tuesday, June 8th

There will be a COVID-19 SHOTS event at Liberty Middle school on Tuesday, June 8th, form 3:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.  For more information, please see the flyer.

http://ecusd7.org/wp-content/uploads/bsk-pdf-manager/2021/06/Liberty-Middle-School-June-8th.pdf

 

2021 End of Year Recognitions

As we wrap up the 2020-2021 school year, we want to take a moment to thank each employee for their dedication during this rollercoaster of a school year.  The finish line is so close and we would be remiss if we didn’t take a moment to thank each of you for your perseverance during this unprecedented time.

While we were unable to plan a traditional awards banquet to recognize staff for their efforts, we have prepared a short video to honor employees that have worked 25 years or more in the District.  In addition, we have compiled a special tribute for the retirees.  Please take a few minutes to watch the video and reach out to your colleagues and thank them for their commitment throughout their careers to enhancing the lives of students.

Thanks again for your hard work and dedication this school year and we hope you all have a relaxing summer break!

You can view the video by clicking on the link below:

End of Year Recognition Video

Sincerely,

District 7 Board of Education and Administration

COVID Dashboard: 5-21-2021 Update

District 7 COVID-19 Dashboard 

The District 7 COVID-19 dashboard contains the number of positive COVID-19 cases as well as the number of quarantined staff and students within each school in the district as of this morning.

Click HERE to view the updated District 7 COVID-19 dashboard.

UPDATE: Summer Enrichment Opportunities

We are still accepting registration for the following classes:

  • 3-5 STEMscopes (On the Move Stomp Rocket)
  • 6-8 STEMscopes (Eyes, Ears, Hands Robotic Arm)
  • 6-8 STEMscopes (On the Move Hover Craft)

 

The following classes are no longer accepting registration as the classes are FULL:

  • K-2 Art
  • 3-5 Art
  • 3-5 STEMscopes (Eyes, Ears, Hands Claw Hand)

District 7 is pleased to offer enrichment opportunities for students in grades 3-8 during the summer of 2021. Space in these classes are first come, first serve until the classes are filled.  This registration form, along with payment, must be submitted no later than June 1, 2021.

Registration Forms:2021 Summer Enrichment Opportunities

            

COVID Dashboard Update: 5-14-2021

District 7 COVID-19 Dashboard 

The District 7 COVID-19 dashboard contains the number of positive COVID-19 cases as well as the number of quarantined staff and students within each school in the district as of this morning.   At the bottom of the page is additional information for those who may be looking for a vaccination site in Madison County.

Click HERE to view the updated District 7 COVID-19 dashboard.

2021 Summer Enrichment Opportunities

District 7 is pleased to offer enrichment opportunities for students in grades 3-8 during the summer
of 2021. Space in these classes are first come, first serve until the classes are filled. This registration
form, along with payment, must be submitted no later than June 1, 2021.

Registration Forms:2021 Summer Enrichment Opportunities

            

#take10 Recognitions – April & May

On our April #take10 Tour, we surprised the following outstanding employees:

  • Amy Nunn, Hamel Elementary, Teacher
  • Emily Moore, Kid Zone Asst. Director
  • Kalan Gott, Lincoln Middle School, Special Education Teacher
  • Jenni Kupinksi, Midway Elementary, Secretary

On our May #take10 Tour, we surprised the following outstanding employees:

  • Brandon Hokeness, Elementary Band Teacher
  • Jamie Kupferer, Edwardsville High School, Teacher
  • Rachel Hollis, Liberty Middle School, Teacher
  • Penny Straub, Lincoln Middle School, Teacher

COVID Dashboard: 5-7-2021 Update

District 7 COVID-19 Dashboard 

The District 7 COVID-19 dashboard contains the number of positive COVID-19 cases as well as the number of quarantined staff and students within each school in the district as of this morning.

Click HERE to view the updated District 7 COVID-19 dashboard.

Special Olympics – Track & Field Event

The ECUSD7 Special Olympics Team participated in the Unified Track and Field Event in Bartonville, IL held on May 5, 2021.  We are proud of all of our athletes that participated in this event!

COVID-19 Local Vaccination Sites

District 7 Families,

This information is being provided as a service for those who may be looking for an opportunity to get a COVID-19 vaccine in the Madison County area.

There are several community COVID-19 vaccination clinics being held this week in our local communities. Please see below for the locations, dates, and times (click on the attached flyer for the location if you would like more detailed information).

Teacher Appreciation Week

COVID Dashboard: 4-30-2021 Update

District 7 COVID-19 Dashboard 

The District 7 COVID-19 dashboard contains the number of positive COVID-19 cases as well as the number of quarantined staff and students within each school in the district as of this morning.

Click HERE to view the updated District 7 COVID-19 dashboard.

COVID Dashboard: 4-23-2021 Update

District 7 COVID-19 Dashboard 

The District 7 COVID-19 dashboard contains the number of positive COVID-19 cases as well as the number of quarantined staff and students within each school in the district as of this morning.

Click HERE to view the updated District 7 COVID-19 dashboard.

Message from District 7: 4-20-2021

District 7 Families,

In District 7, we uphold our schools to be a safe place for all students. We aim for each student to see their school as a welcoming and belonging environment.  Schools shape the future, and nurture young minds to be positive and meaningful contributors to society; thus, we pride ourselves in cultivating a place that allows all students to process their learning, thoughts and emotions, including various forms of trauma.

As the death of George Floyd sparked outrage to the racial injustice experienced throughout the U.S., we understand the verdict in the Derek Chauvin trial may also cause trauma. The trial, as well as anti-Asian and other hate based violence, are important topics of conversation worldwide in our communities, at dinner tables, and in classrooms. These topics may evoke strong emotions for students. While some may want to talk about it to process what happens in our bodies, thoughts, and emotions, others may not. We recognize that for some, discussing race-related trauma can be re-traumatizing. As educators, we have to work to understand student experiences and support them to process and heal.  We know each student may process the trial and subsequent findings differently, and we remain steadfast in being a safe place to critically think, discuss and learn.  We intend to listen to our students so that we can better understand their perspectives, provide access to school social workers and other adults, and always keep the developmental age of students in mind.   

We want all students to feel that District 7 is a safe place.  Social Justice issues affect our students and families in many ways.   District 7 remains committed to providing a safe, nurturing, healthy school experience for all of our students.

See below resources that are relevant to the current situation. 

·        Talking to Kids about Racism and Violence

·        How to Talk about Traumatic Events and Tragedies

·        What to Say to Kids when the News is Scary

  

Respectfully,

Dr. Jason Henderson

Superintendent

Edwardsville CUSD7

Message from District 7: 4-16-2021

Remote Instruction for the 2021-22 School Year 

District 7, along with all school districts in Madison County, will offer a 100% remote option for qualified students during the 2021-22 school year.   Illinois State Board of Education requires that all public school districts offer remote instruction next school year if requested for students who are:

  •  at an increased risk of severe illness
  •  have special health care needs
  •  live with individuals at an increased risk of severe illness.

A physician’s note will be required for verification of one of the above conditions.

If families are interested in having their student(s) who qualify be remote learners for next school year, please complete the survey below.   Only complete this survey if you are interested in 100% remote instruction for your student(s) next school year.  Please understand that by completing this survey, you are not officially signing up for remote instruction.   This is being used to gauge the number of potential remote learners that District 7 will have for the 2021-22 school year.  Those who fill out this survey will receive additional information about remote learning next school year as it becomes available.

Remote Learning Survey for 2021-22 School Year

 

District 7 COVID-19 Dashboard 

The District 7 COVID-19 dashboard contains the number of positive COVID-19 cases as well as the number of quarantined staff and students within each school in the district as of this morning.

Click HERE to view the updated District 7 COVID-19 dashboard.

Summer Zone – Apply Now!

Summer Zone has childcare positions available!

What: Summer camp childcare program within the Edwardsville School District

Where: Woodland Elementary School

Ages: Prek-5th Grades

Hours of Operation: Monday – Friday 6:30am-6:00pm June 1- July 23

Apply at: https://ecusd7.tedk12.com/hire/ViewJob.aspx?JobID=78

Summer Zone Program Information: www.ecusd7.org/summer-zone

 

Tiger Town Consortium 2021

District 7 orchestra students assembled on April 10 in the EHS gymnasium to record the annual Tiger Town Consortium. Orchestra students in grades 6-12 participated and parents of seniors were able to attend as spectators. This is the first event in the past year that the orchestra students were able to combine to give a presentation. The links to recordings of each group are included in the link below.

Tiger Town Consortium: Recording Links

District 7 is Hiring

District 7 is hiring!

Classified Positions:

  • Cafeteria Workers
  • Monitors
  • Assistants (Program & Extraordinary Care)
  • Custodians

To learn more about available positions, please visit the District 7 personnel website.

District 7 COVID-19 Dashboard 

District 7 COVID-19 Dashboard 

The District 7 COVID-19 dashboard contains the number of positive COVID-19 cases as well as the number of quarantined staff and students within each school in the district as of this morning.

Click HERE to view the updated District 7 COVID-19 dashboard.

2021 Summer Placement Screening Dates

District 7 Schedules Summer Placement Screening Dates

District 7 will again offer summer placement screenings for select students on June 3, 9, July 27, 30 and August 3 2021. Students need only to attend one date. Screenings will be held at Lincoln Middle School, 145 West Street, Edwardsville. Testing will begin at 8 a.m. Students will be able to contact a parent when testing is complete.

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.

http://ecusd7.org/wp-content/uploads/bsk-pdf-manager/2021/04/Communication-Summer-Placement-Testing-2021.pdf 

COVID Dashboard Update: 3-26-2021

District 7 COVID-19 Dashboard 

The District 7 COVID-19 dashboard contains the number of positive COVID-19 cases as well as the number of quarantined staff and students within each school in the district as of this morning.   

Click HERE to view the updated District 7 COVID-19 dashboard.

EHS Senior Places 1st in Photography Contest

The National Great Rivers Research and Education Center (NGRREC), along with Swarovski Waterschool hosted a photography contest to celebrate United Nation’s World Water Day, which took place on March 22nd.  The contest, which was open to all K-12 students in the St. Louis area and Metro East, was designed to bring attention to this year’s theme, “What does water mean to you?”

Congratulations to Gabrielle (Grey) Gomez, Edwardsville High School Senior for winning 1st place in this local photography contest!  As part of the contest, Gabrielle had to write a paragraph describing what water meant to her in addition to the photo submission which had to focus on water (rivers, lakes, ponds, bathtubs, etc.).

2021 Juried High School Art Exhibition

Each year, the annual SIUE Juried High School Exhibition features some of the most outstanding artwork being made by young adults in the St Louis metro area. The 2021 Exhibition features 3 Edwardsville High School students who were selected by juror.

To view the entire exhibit:  https://www.siueexhibitions.com/juriedhighschool21

Emma Krumm                                      Zoe Picker                           Sydney Lane

          

 

 

COVID Dashboard Update: 3-19-2021

District 7 COVID-19 Dashboard 

The District 7 COVID-19 dashboard contains the number of positive COVID-19 cases as well as the number of quarantined staff and students within each school in the district as of this morning.

Click HERE to view the updated District 7 COVID-19 dashboard.

 

Last Day of Attendance Update and COVID Dashboard: 3-12-21

Last Day of Student Attendance in the 2020-21 School Year 

In February, District 7 had two emergency (snow) days without student attendance.  Because of this, the last day of student attendance for the 2020-21 school year is a half day on Wednesday, May 26th barring the use of any additional emergency days.

 

District 7 COVID-19 Dashboard 

The District 7 COVID-19 dashboard contains the number of positive COVID-19 cases as well as the number of quarantined staff and students within each school in the district as of this morning.

Click HERE to view the updated District 7 COVID-19 dashboard.

Illinois 5essentials Survey Reminder

REMINDER:

The Illinois 5Essentials Survey is now open and will be conducted through April 2, 2021. To take the survey
please visit https://survey.5-essentials.org/Illinois/ and select the appropriate survey to begin

Parent Letter: Illinois 5essentials Survey

School Board Spotlight Part II – 3/9/2021

School Board Spotlight Part II – How School Board Meetings are Conducted

The District 7 School Board holds regularly scheduled meetings throughout the year to conduct the business of the district.  These meetings provide the public insight into district operations.  School Board meetings follow a formal, structured agenda and operate in accordance with approved policies and procedures.  Each School Board meeting agenda contains a number of topics.  Some topics are for discussion or to provide an update and status of activities (the Superintendent’s Report, for example).  The agenda also includes action items where Board members vote on recommendations as a matter of public record. 

Every meeting agenda includes a designated time for the public to take the podium and address the Board.  This is a one-way communication process; the Board takes in these comments and observations. As a matter of policy Board members do not respond to public comments during meetings. Items that require a response will frequently be followed up by a district administrator.  Matters dealing with daily school district operations or items pertaining to student issues are more appropriately addressed with a building level or central office administrator prior to addressing the School Board directly. 

Outside of regularly scheduled public meetings, Board members meet in individual committees to further address district business.  These committees include the Finance, Facilities, and Policy Committees.  All of these committee meetings are open to the public.  Recommendations coming out of these committee meetings are then voted on during regular public meetings. 

To learn more about District 7 Board members, the current Board meeting schedule or to review past meeting minutes and agendas visit: https://go.boarddocs.com/il/ecusd7/Board.nsf/Public

 

In the final School Board Spotlight, how the community engages with the Board will be covered.

Polar Plunge for Special Olympics 2021

Polar Plunge 2021 VIDEO

Edwardsville was ready to #beboldandgetcold! Each year students and staff across the district participate in the Polar Plunge to raise funds for Special Olympics. This year things were a little different. The polar plunge committee split the distirct into teams to inspire some friendly competition. The teams were #chillvilleblue (Liberty, Woodland, Goshen, Columbus, Midway, and Hamel) and #chillvilleoragne (Lincoln, Cassens, LeClaire, Glen Carbon, Nelson, and Worden). #Chillvilleorange won raising $4,155! Together the district has raised a total of $8,337.

Mrs. Alyssa Smith ended up raising the most money. Students from the FLS and CASTLE program got to dump ice cold water on the Superintendent Dr. Henderson, Adam Garrett, Tara Fox, and their teachers Alyssa Smith and Brooke Reed.

#beboldgetcold

#soill

#take10 March Recognitions

On our March #take10 Tour, we surprised the following outstanding employees:

  • Mary Miller, Edwardsville High School, Assistant Principal
  • Libby Koonce, Liberty Middle School, Math Teacher
  • Kayla Magruder, Edwardsville High School, Special Education Teacher
  • Josh Ferry, Director of Building and Grounds

COVID Dashboard Update: 3-5-21

District 7 COVID-19 Dashboard 

The District 7 COVID-19 dashboard contains the number of positive COVID-19 cases as well as the number of quarantined staff and students within each school in the district as of this morning.

Click HERE to view the updated District 7 COVID-19 dashboard.

Theatre Arts Students Featured in Muny Newsletter

Muny Donor Newsletter

Theater Arts classes welcomed a Broadway Guest Artist into their classroom! The Muny has created opportunity to connect furloughed artists with local classrooms and EHS was one of the first groups to take advantage of this program. Mrs. Melton and the Theater Arts 2 class was featured in this month’s Muny Donor newsletter.  Click the link above to see the newsletter.

Summer Zone Registration Now Open

http://ecusd7.org/summer-zone/ 

Click the link above for more information regarding the Summer Zone program and registration instructions.

District 7 COVID Dashboard Update- 2-26-2021

District 7 COVID-19 Dashboard 

The District 7 COVID-19 dashboard contains the number of positive COVID-19 cases as well as the number of quarantined staff and students within each school in the district as of this morning.

Click HERE to view the updated District 7 COVID-19 dashboard.

District 7 Announces Final Three Superintendent Candidates

District 7 Announces Final Three Superintendent Candidates

The District 7 Board of Education has announced the final three candidates in the search for the next Superintendent.  President Jill Bertels announced the three finalists during the February 22, 2021 Board of Education meeting.  The finalists are listed below with their current position and school district:

  • Mr. Dave Deets

Superintendent at Harmony-Emge SD #175

  • Mr. Brent O’Daniell

District Superintendent at Genoa-Kingston CUSD #424

  • Dr. Patrick Shelton

Assistant Superintendent of Elementary Education at Lee’s Summit R-VII School District (Lee’s Summit, MO)

Leading up to the final interviews on March 1, 2021, the Board will host each of the candidates for school site visits on February 26, 2021 and March 1, 2021.   The final interviews on March 1, 2021, will include representation from the Board of Education, District 7 staff, and community members.

District 7 COVID Dashboard Update -2-19-2021

District 7 COVID-19 Dashboard 

The District 7 COVID-19 dashboard contains the number of positive COVID-19 cases as well as the number of quarantined staff and students within each school in the district as of this morning.

Click HERE to view the updated District 7 COVID-19 dashboard.

District Wide Spelling Bee Postponed

The District-wide spelling bee originally scheduled for this evening at Lincoln Middle School has been postponed.  Please stay tuned for further updates regarding the new date.  Thank you.

Important School Closure Message from District 7

This is a school closing announcement for Edwardsville District 7. All District 7 schools will be closed tomorrow, Wednesday, February 17th due to inclement weather and dangerous road conditions.  There will be no in-person or remote instruction.  Students will receive additional information by noon on Wednesday regarding the status of any afternoon or evening activities.

Important School Closure Message from District 7

This is a school closing announcement for Edwardsville District 7. All District 7 schools will be closed tomorrow, Tuesday, February 16th due to inclement weather.  There will be no in-person or remote instruction and all activities are cancelled for the day as well.  Thank you.

Message from District 7: 2-11-2021 Update

District 7 Families,

Families are reminded that there is no student attendance on Friday, February 12, 2021 (Teachers’ Institute) and Monday, February 15, 2021 (Presidents’ Day).  There will be no in-person or remote instruction on these two days for any students.

 

Inclement Weather Days 

With the possibility of snow, ice, and extreme cold temperatures in the forecast, families should be prepared for the potential of an emergency day with no student attendance or instruction.  If the weather is such that an emergency day must be enacted, families will receive all usual notifications including email, text, and a phone call.  District 7 will not be utilizing remote learning days in lieu of emergency days.  Any emergency day will have no instruction–either in-person or remote–for any District 7 students, and a day would be added to the end of the school calendar for each emergency day used (up to 5 days) between May 25-June 1, 2021.

Click HERE for more details regarding the procedures for cancelling school due to inclement weather.

 

Substitute Teachers Needed!!!

While having enough substitute teachers is a problem almost every year, this year the need is even more critical.  As District 7 transitions back to in-person learning for all grade levels, it is vital that we find additional people willing to sub within our classrooms.  Having an adequate number of substitutes will make it much more likely that the District can continue to provide  in-person instruction for the remainder of the school year.

District 7 has streamlined our process and is calling on anyone who is willing to be a substitute teacher to complete the application process as soon as possible.

In order to obtain a short-term substitute license you must hold an Associate’s degree or higher from a regionally accredited institution of higher education or show completion of at least 60 semester hours of college coursework.

Click HERE to download the District 7 substitute application and information packet.  The completed documents can be mailed, scanned and emailed, or hand delivered to Hadley House.

 

COVID-19 Dashboard 

The District 7 COVID-19 dashboard contains the number of positive COVID-19 cases as well as the number of quarantined staff and students within each school in the district as of this morning.

Click HERE to view the updated District 7 COVID-19 dashboard.

 

Thank you all for your continued patience and support as we navigate the pandemic together.

Respectfully,

Dr. Jason Henderson

Message from District 7: 2-5-2021 Update

District 7 Families,

Families are reminded that there is no student attendance on Friday, February 12th (Teachers’ Institute) or Monday, February 15th (Presidents’ Day).  There will be no in-person or remote instruction on these two days for any students.

COVID-19 Dashboard 

Due to the number of positive cases, transmissions, and quarantined classrooms, Columbus Elementary will transition to a 100% remote setting beginning on Monday, February 8th through Wednesday, February 17, 2021.  All other elementary and middle schools within District 7 will continue with in-person instruction as scheduled.

The District 7 COVID-19 dashboard contains the number of positive COVID-19 cases as well as the number of quarantined staff and students within each school in the district as of this morning.

Click HERE to view the updated District 7 COVID-19 dashboard.

#take10

On our February #take10 Tour, we surprised the following outstanding employees:

  • Kylee Kuba, Kindergarten Remote teacher at Leclaire, hired in 2017
  • Deborah Heidemann, Monitor at Columbus Elementary, hired in 2014
  • Jennifer Mulvihill, Social Worker, hired in 1998
  • MaryBeth Brown, District 7 Kid Zone Director, hired in 2012

Meet the Principal: Dr. Steve Stuart, Edwardsville High School

https://www.edglentoday.com/articles/details/meet-the-principal-dr-steve-stuart-edwardsville-high-school-47649.cfm

Illinois 5Essentials Survey

Teachers, parents, and students across Illinois will have an opportunity to participate in the ninth annual statewide Illinois 5Essentials Survey.

Click here to learn more about the Illinois 5Essentials Survey.

To begin the survey, click here.

Message from District 7: 1-29-2021 Update

District 7 Families,

This week, District 7 passed the 100th day milestone for the 2020-21 school year.  While nothing about this year has been typical, I hope that everyone is able to appreciate the efforts of District 7 educators who continue to step up to meet the needs of their students.  Thank you to the teachers, support staff, administrators, students, and families for doing everything they can to keep our district moving forward.

Edwardsville High School Schedule 

Beginning Tuesday, February 16th, Edwardsville High School students will return to a hybrid (A/B) schedule.  Students will attend in-person every other day with students with last names beginning with A-L attending on February 16th (“A” day) and students with last names beginning with M-Z attending on February 17th (“B” day).  For the second semester, the remote instruction day (Friday) has been eliminated.  Students will alternate attending in person and learning from home every other day.  Students will be able to follow their daily schedule on days when they are not attending in-person.

It is the district’s intention to return to five days per week of in-person instruction for high school students as soon as possible; however, the earliest date the District would return all high school students to that schedule would be Monday, March 1st.   Families will be notified of the change to a five day per week of in-person instructional schedule with at least three days advance notice and will receive additional updates the week of February 22nd.

Any student that chose to be 100% remote instruction for the second semester will continue to receive their instruction remotely for the remainder of the school year.

Families with students that receive special education services at EHS and students that attend EHS South will receive a follow up communication today from Dr. Garrett, Assistant Superintendent with additional important schedule updates.

More information will be emailed from Dr. Stuart in the coming weeks to outline specific changes in building procedures.

Quarantining K-8 Students 

This week, District 7 welcomed back 7th and 8th grade students for in-person instruction.   There have been a number of positive COVID cases within our schools which have caused classes to quarantine across the district.  Please continue to be diligent about conducting the daily symptom checklist and keeping your student home if they are experiencing any symptoms or if any member of the family is being tested for COVID-19.  This mitigation strategy will keep our students/staff safe and keep classes from being quarantined.

We recognize it is inconvenient when your student is quarantined.  During the second semester, however, we will quarantine entire classes when there are positive COVID cases involving close contacts within a K-8 classroom.  The primary reason is to provide continuity of instruction for all students.  If there is a positive COVID case within a K-8 classroom, typically around a third to half of the class are close contacts and very often the teacher is a close contact as well.  Quarantining entire classes in this situation makes it possible for the teacher to continue to provide more consistent instruction remotely for all students.   When a portion of a class and the teacher are quarantined while other students in that classroom are at school, it causes issues with consistency of instruction as well as staffing of classrooms.  The ability of the District to have in-person instruction at all grade levels is contingent on having teachers and support staff available to operate schools effectively and safely.

COVID-19 Dashboard 

The District 7 COVID-19 dashboard contains the number of positive COVID-19 cases as well as the number of quarantined staff and students within each school in the district as of this morning.

Click HERE to view the updated District 7 COVID-19 dashboard.

Thank you for your continued patience and support as we navigate these challenges together.

Dr. Jason Henderson

Superintendent

Edwardsville CUSD7

District 7 is Hiring

Are you looking for a full or part-time job?  Look no further!  Edwardsville Community Unit District 7 has you covered!  Learn more by clicking the links below:

Substitute Teaching Opportunities:
http://ecusd7.org/departments/personnel/#tab-id-4

Job Openings:
http://ecusd7.org/departments/personnel/#tab-id-1

Kindergarten Registration 2021-2022

Information regarding kindergarten registration for the 2021-2022 school year can be found by clicking the link below.  It is important to note that registration will not open until Monday, March 22, 2021and will run through Friday, March 26, 2021.

Kindergarten Registration Information

School Board Spotlight Part 1—School Board Overview: 1-26-2021

District 7 Community Members,

In the coming weeks, District 7 will release a series of three spotlight articles to educate the community on the Board of Education.  Please take a moment to read Part 1 below which covers basic information as well as the fundamental duties of the District 7 School Board.

School Board Spotlight Part 1—School Board Overview

 

Your school board is comprised of seven individuals, elected by District 7 voters. Unlike some elected positions, school board members are not paid for their service to the community. These seven members are dedicated to the betterment of the district while representing all District 7 stakeholders.  These stakeholders include students, parents, teachers, staff, and all that live within the boundaries of District 7.  The school board provides local control over District 7 similar to the way that local, state and federal representatives act on the behalf of their constituents.

 

The school board is an elected governmental body, and it can take action only by majority vote at public meetings. This means that individual board members are not able to make district decisions alone.  The individual board members exercise authority by casting votes at board meetings. The purpose of school board meetings is to transact the business of the school district through discussion and voting among the members. The board engages in ongoing communication with the community through engagements such as public forums, surveys, and citizens’ committees to determine the community’s desires for the schools and students.

In carrying out the interests of district stakeholders, the school board performs the following fundamental duties:

·       Determines the direction of the district by defining or refining a purpose, mission, or vision

·       Communicates its actions with the community

·       Selects and employs the superintendent

·       Sets policies for the district and delegates authority to the superintendent to operate using the policies as the guiding factor

·       Monitors performance of the district

In upcoming School Board Spotlights, school board meeting procedure will be reviewed as well as how the community can effectively engage with the Board.

Message from District 7: 1-22-21

District 7 families,

District 7 was happy to welcome back our kindergarten through 6th grade students to in-person learning this week.  Thank you to all the staff members, students, and families for helping this week to run smoothly.   Beginning next week on Monday, January 25th, 7th grade students will return and they will be joined by 8th grade students on Wednesday, January 27th.  Next Friday, January 29th, we will send families an update on plans for the high school level.

COVID Dashboard 

As students return to in-person learning, District 7 will once again update its COVID dashboard weekly–typically on Friday afternoons.  The dashboard will contain the number of positive COVID-19 cases as well as the number of quarantined staff and students within each school in the district.   You can view the District 7 COVID-19 by clicking here.

#take10

On Friday, January 8, 2021, the #take10 Wellness Team had the honor of recognizing some of our hardworking champions who give their best every day.

Emily Cimarolli, second grade remote teacher at Nelson Elementary

Leah Gibbs, head cook at Goshen Elementary

Mandie Schulte, secretary at EHS South

Beth Renth, principal at Worden Elementary

Important Message from District 7: 1-8-2021

District 7 Families,

The purpose of this communication is to update families on the schedule changes beginning Tuesday, January 19, 2021.

As a reminder, all parents who chose 100% remote learning for their student during the second semester will continue in a remote learning status the entire semester regardless of any schedule changes described below.

Elementary: Pre-k through 5th grade

All elementary students will return to five days per week of in-person instruction beginning on Tuesday, January 19, 2021.

Middle School: 6th through 8th grade

Middle School students will transition to five days per week of in-person instruction beginning on Tuesday, January 19, 2021 utilizing the following schedule:Tuesday, January 19 – Friday,

  • January 22, 2021: All 6th grade students will begin attending in-person every day. 7th and 8th grade students will remain in a remote learning setting.
  • Monday, January 25, 2021 and Tuesday, January 26, 2021: All 6th grade and 7th grade students will attend in-person every day. 8th grade students will remain in a remote learning setting.
  • Beginning Wednesday, January 27, 2021: All students (6th, 7th, and 8th grade) will attend in-person every day.

The above staggered transition will ensure that our middle schools will be able to safely transition students back to in-person learning while still ensuring all students receive five days per week of instruction. More information will be emailed from principals next week to outline specific changes in building procedures.

High School: 9th through 12th grade

All High School students will continue in a 100% remote learning setting on Tuesday, January 19, 2021.

As District 7 staff members receive the COVID-19 vaccine and the number of new cases in our communities and county continue to decrease, it is the intention to return high school students to five days per week of in-person instruction. The rationale for continuing 100% remote learning instead of moving into a hybrid schedule is to allow high school students to continue to receive five days a week of instruction remotely until the students are able to return to school for five days a week of in-person instruction.

The District will continue to monitor all available data weekly and will inform families of any change to the high school schedule. As we continue to balance student and staff safety along with the instructional and socio-emotional needs of our high school students, the possibility exists for high school students to move into a hybrid (A/B) schedule if it is determined that five days of in-person instruction is not feasible. High school families can expect to receive an update on the schedule on Friday, January 29, 2021.

Additional information will be provided to families regarding opportunities for high school students to come to school for in-person tutoring, small group instruction or other services during the afternoon academic hour.

Food Service/Meal Pickup
All District 7 students will continue to receive free breakfasts and lunches for the remainder of the 2020-21 school year. Students who are in-person learners will receive meals at school. Families will still be able to access meals in one week increments for any child under 18 that is learning remotely. Beginning on January 19, 2021, families of remote students may pick up meals at Edwardsville High School only on school days from 8:00am-1:30pm.

Procedural Changes

Upon returning to school for in-person learning, students should be prepared to see some changes to building procedures. One change for all students is the addition of a daily temperature check upon arrival at school. As stated previously, your building principal will send an email next week regarding the procedural changes that will occur within your child’s school. In addition, all families will be emailed a self-certification form which must be submitted prior to students returning to school for in-person instruction.

As students begin to come back for in-person learning, families should be aware of the fluid nature of our circumstances. If COVID positive individuals are in school buildings, we will continue to have situations where groups of students and in many cases entire classes will be required to be quarantined. If positive cases in our community and county spike again, we would temporarily pause in-person instruction and move back into a remote setting for all students. In all situations, we will attempt to give as much notice as possible for families to be able to prepare.

Thank you for your continued patience and support as we navigate these challenges together.

Dr. Jason Henderson
Superintendent
Edwardsville CUSD7

District 7 is Hiring

District 7 is hiring!  To learn more about available positions, please visit the District 7 personnel website.

Classified Positions:

  • Custodians
  • Monitors
  • Program Assistants
  • Extraordinary Care Assistants
  • Cafeteria Workers

Certified Positions:

  • Special Education Teachers
  • School Psychologists
  • Part-time Physical Education Teacher
  • Vocational Education/Applied Technology Teacher

Reminder from District 7

District 7 Families, 
 
This is a reminder that Monday, January 4, 2021 will be a remote planning day for staff with no student instruction.  Tuesday, January 5th through Friday, January 15th will be 100% remote instruction for all grade levels K-12.  
 
On Friday, January 8th, families will be notified regarding the plan for student instruction and the schedule for the week of January 19th and beyond.  Families that chose 100% remote instruction will continue to be remote for the entire second semester for all grade levels.  
 
We hope that you have been able to enjoy this holiday break with your families and are excited to begin the second semester with your students.

Meet the Principal

Edwardsville District 7 Meet The Principal Series

Part 2: Tiana Montgomery, Albert Cassens Elementary School

https://www.edglentoday.com/articles/details/edwardsville-district-7-meet-the-principal-series-part-2-tiana-montgomery-albert-cassens-elementary-school-46589.cfm

Message from District 7: 12-14-2020 Update

District 7 Families,

This email is being sent to notify families that all K-12  students (including those in the CASTLE/FLS programs) will be in a remote setting for the first two weeks in January.  Preschool and Preschool Academy will continue with the current schedule.  Monday, January 4th will be a remote planning day with no instruction for all students. On Tuesday, January 5th, remote instruction will resume for all students and will continue through Friday, January 15th.   The reasons for making the decision to continue remote learning into January at this time are the following:

  •  Positive cases in District 7 Communities continue to be high with over 300 new positive cases in the last week.  More specifically, Madison County Health Department has provided data showing that within our school district boundaries in the last 14 days there have been 18 new cases in the 5-9 age range, 25 new cases in the 10-14 age range, and 40 new cases in the 15-19 age range.
  •  Waiting two weeks after the winter break will allow any surge in cases to pass prior to the return to in-person instruction.  Our area has seen a surge in positive cases after both Halloween and Thanksgiving, and it is extremely likely that the same will occur after the winter break as well.
  •  Providing this information now gives families more time to develop a childcare plan.

While remote learning has run smoothly for many students and families since November 30th, we understand that a remote setting is not ideal.  At the elementary level, remote instruction requires assistance from families in order to be successful, and because of this, the decision to continue to pause in-person learning at those grade levels was not taken lightly.

Beginning on Tuesday, January 19th, we plan for all pre-k through 5th grade students to return to in-person instruction five days a week.  We will continue to consult with the Madison County Health Department to help make determinations regarding in-person learning.  Any changes in schedules at the elementary level as a whole will have a minimum of one week’s notice.

The instructional model (fully in-person/hybrid/remote) for the middle and high school levels beginning on January 19th has not yet been determined.  This decision will be communicated in early January to families after consultation with the Madison County Health Department.

High school administration will be sending an email in the coming days to families with information on how to pick up books for those students that are taking different classes during the second semester.

Please continue to check your email this week for more building specific information regarding the beginning of second semester.

Thank you for your continued patience as we navigate these challenges together.

Respectfully,

Dr. Jason Henderson

Online Superintendent Search Survey

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

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

The deadline for all survey responses is December 17, 2020 at 11:45 p.m.

Edwardsville Community Survey:

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

Thank you for taking time to complete the survey.

#take10

Mental health is important and District 7 is committed to supporting the mental health needs of all employees. The District 7 #take10 wellness program provides a multi-tiered approach of prioritizing appreciation activities, creating opportunities for genuine collaboration, and providing resources to meet mental health needs.

Today we launched our appreciation activities and our first #take10 District recognition goes to the EHS Instructional Technology Coaches.    Their support throughout this crazy year has been unfailing and likely under appreciated.  That’s why #take10 is recognizing them and asking that they #take10 minutes for self-care while they enjoy their rewards of smoothies and gift cards from our partners at Source Juicery.    Join us in congratulating Carry Bailey, Mandy Huling, Adam Koester and Lauren Mudge for a job well done, and remember to #take10 minutes for yourself every day!

Remote Learning Update–11-24-2020

District 7 will pause in-person instruction for all students beginning on Monday, November 30 through Friday, December 18, 2020.  Students will not receive any direct instruction on Monday, November 30 as staff members plan remote instruction for the remainder of the semester.  On Tuesday, December 1, remote instruction will resume across the District.

Below is a link to a document containing guidelines and suggestions that will assist families in helping to make the remote learning experience a positive one for students.  This document contains information on the following:

  • Best practices for remote learning
  • Best practices for students in live Zoom lessons
  • Accessing food service during remote learning
  • Accessing technology/internet and technology support during remote learning
    • Accessing Schoology
    • Accessing Clever

Click here to access the Guidelines for Successful Remote Learning

Message from District 7: 11/20/2020 Update

District 7 Families,

Due to the rising COVID-positive numbers within our school communities, the District made the difficult decision to pause in-person instruction for all students beginning on Monday, November 30 through Friday, December 18, 2020. In making this decision, the District factored in the following:

  • Within the past two weeks, it has become increasingly more difficult to secure substitute teachers and maintain appropriate staffing levels throughout the District due to the number of staff quarantined.  There are currently 48 staff members under quarantine throughout the District including teachers, administrators, nurses, maintenance workers, custodians, secretarial staff, etc.–all of whom are vital to keeping our schools operating safely.
  • The District consulted with the Madison County Health Department. The health department informed District 7 that due to the surge and backlog of positive cases within our community, for at least the next few weeks the agency would be unable to assist with contact tracing or provide documentation when students were cleared to come back to school.
  • The State of Illinois is under new Tier 3 Mitigation restrictions put in place by the Governor, and the City of Edwardsville is under an emergency order.

We recognize that a remote setting is not ideal for all students-especially younger students.  Remote instruction requires assistance from families in order to be successful, and because of this, the decision to pause in-person learning at that grade level was not taken lightly.  Next week, families will be sent a list of guidelines and suggestions that will assist them in helping to make the remote learning experience a positive one for their students.

Monday, November 30, 2020 will be a remote planning day for staff members  to prepare for remote instruction. Students will not receive any direct instruction on this day.  On Tuesday, December 1, remote instruction will resume across the District.   District 7 teachers are ready to provide a positive remote learning experience during this pause of in-person instruction.  While there will certainly be glitches and bumps along the road, we ask for you to extend grace to the staff and demonstrate flexibility and understanding as we shift our instructional practices during this difficult time.

Accessing Technology/Internet During Remote Learning 

During our period of remote learning, District 7 will have additional technology and internet access available for students at the following three schools:

  • Edwardsville High School between the hours of 7:00 AM and 2:00 PM
  • Liberty Middle School between the hours of 7:30 AM and 2:00 PM
  • Worden Elementary School between the hours of 9:00 AM and 2:00 PM

Elementary and middle school students will need to be accompanied by a parent or guardian while accessing technology/internet at any District 7 school during the times listed above.

In addition, District 7 has partnered with other community entities who are willing to provide free wi-fi access.  Please click here for a list of locations within our communities where free wi-fi is available.

Parents with additional questions involving accessing technology should call their child’s principal for assistance.

 

Picking Up Breakfast and Lunches During Remote Learning 

During remote learning, families will still be able to access free breakfast and lunches every day Monday through Friday for their students.

The procedure for receiving meals is as follows:

  • Meal pickup hours will take place from 7:30am until 1:30pm (Monday through Friday) at all school locations.
  • We will offer a full week of Breakfast and Lunch meals in grab and go format.
  • We will have curb-side service at all locations so there will be no need to exit your vehicle.

To better plan for meal preparation required for the first week of service, a form will be sent home/emailed to all students.  Please return the form with student(s) no later than Tuesday, November 24, 2020 or email the completed form to Shira Patterson at spatterson@ecusd7.org.

 

COVID Dashboard 

The surge of positive COVID cases within our communities and schools has had an effect on our students and staff.  In addition to the positive cases listed in the dashboard, District 7 currently has 48 staff members and 538 students that are quarantined. Upon return to in-person instruction, the COVID dashboard will include the number of quarantined staff and students as well as the number of positive cases.

You can view the District 7 COVID dashboard by visiting our website or by clicking here:

As a final reminder, all students will continue on their current schedule for Monday, November 23rd and Tuesday, November 24th.  All of the changes outlined in this communication will begin on Monday, November 30th.

Respectfully,

Dr. Jason Henderson

Message from District 7: 11-19-20

District 7 Families,

This brief communication is to let families know that District 7 will be pausing in-person instruction and will shift all grade levels kindergarten through 12th to a 100% remote setting for the three week period from November 30th through December 18th.  Monday, November 30th will be a teacher remote planning day with no student remote attendance, and the remaining days between December 1st and 18th will be remote attendance days for students that will include direct instruction from District 7 staff.  Teachers will be in communication in the coming days with details regarding the remote schedule for students.  Kid Zone services will not be available during this three week period.

On Friday, more details will be forthcoming on the following topics:

  • Picking up breakfasts and lunches from schools during remote learning days
  • Accessing technology or internet access if needed during remote learning days

Students at the elementary and middle school level will continue on their current schedule on Friday, November 20th as well as next Monday and Tuesday.

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

Respectfully,

Dr. Jason Henderson

Message from District 7: 11-13-2020 Update

District 7 Families,

Earlier today, high school families were notified that Edwardsville High School will move to a 100% remote setting beginning on Monday, November 16th through Thanksgiving break. In the time since that notification was sent, numbers have been further updated.  Over the past two weeks EHS has had twelve students test positive for Covid-19 and 220 students quarantined due to close contact with a Covid-19 positive individual.  During that same time frame, EHS has had nine employees exposed and required to quarantine.  As a result of the positive cases, there have been three confirmed outbreaks at EHS within the last week.

The temporary shift to full remote instruction for the next two weeks currently applies only to Edwardsville High School.  Students at the elementary and middle school levels will continue on their current instructional plan at this time.

The District 7 COVID-19 dashboard for all schools was updated as of 11 AM this morning.  It can be viewed by visiting the District 7 website or by clicking on the following link:  District 7 COVID-19 Dashboard.

In addition, families should be continuing to receive notifications from the school directly any time there is a COVID-19 positive case within that building.

We are hopeful that we will begin to see cases in our area and specifically within our schools decrease in the coming weeks.  Thank you all for your continued patience and support as we navigate the pandemic together.

Respectfully,

Dr. Jason Henderson

Message from District 7: 11-06-2020

Second Semester Selection

 

All families should have completed the second semester instructional environment selection as of this week. Calls are being made from home schools to families who have not made a selection yet.  The District will send a confirmation email later today to each family that confirms the selection of in-person or 100% remote instruction for the second semester.

 

COVID-19 Dashboard 

As is the case in county and region, District 7 has seen an increase in COVID-19 positive cases this week.  The District 7 dashboard was updated as of 9 AM this morning.  It can be viewed by visiting the District 7 website or by clicking on the following link:  District 7 COVID-19 Dashboard

 

 

Message from District 7: 10-30-2020

COVID-19 Dashboard

Beginning today, District 7 will update a weekly COVID-19 dashboard that lists current positive cases of COVID-19 within each of the individual schools.  The updates will typically occur by the end of the work day each Friday.  The COVID-19 dashboard can be viewed by visiting the District 7 website or by clicking on the following link:  District 7 COVID-19 Dashboard

Inclement Weather Information

On Wednesday, all families should have received an email regarding inclement weather from this email address.  One question that has been asked is whether remote learning days would be used in lieu of snow days.  After the Board of Education public hearing regarding e-learning days held on September 28th, it was determined that District 7 would not use e-learning days in lieu of inclement weather  days for the 2020-2021 school year.  Therefore, up to five inclement weather days, if required to be used this school year, would be made up at the end of May as outlined within the 2020-2021 school calendar.   Click here to view the 2020-2021 School Calendar.

Second Semester Selection by Nov 4th

As a reminder, all District 7 families must complete a second semester instructional environment selection below to determine either 100% remote or in-person learning for their students by Wednesday, November 4, 2020.

Click here to select the instructional environment for your student for the 2nd semester

Respectfully,

Dr. Jason Henderson

District 7 is Hiring – EHS Secretary A

District 7 is now hiring a Secretary A at Edwardsville High School.  To learn more about this position, please visit the District 7 personnel website and/or view the job description here.

Inclement Weather Procedures & Notifications

Please click on the link below to view the full parent letter regarding inclement weather information for the 2020-2021 school year.

http://ecusd7.org/wp-content/uploads/bsk-pdf-manager/2020/10/InclementWeatherParentLetter20-21.pdf

Message from District 7: Second Semester Information

District 7 Families,

Please read this entire communication and complete your second semester instructional environment selection by clicking on the link at the end of this communication.

We appreciate the input from all stakeholders as we have worked to transition back to school during the first quarter of the 2020-2021 school year.  So far adapting to school in the pandemic environment has been a steep learning curve for our students, parents, and staff.

Our goal is to provide as much continuity as possible for both students and staff during this unprecedented time; therefore, All District 7 schools will remain in the current schedule for the remainder of the second quarter.  At the middle and high school levels, this means that students will continue with the current A/B hybrid schedule. Elementary schools will continue to provide five days per week of in-person instruction.

District 7 is committed to safely increasing in-person learning for all students. For the second semester, families will continue to have the option to select 100% remote learning. In order to increase in-person learning for students under the proposed Second Semester Transition Plan, health metrics must be reached and maintained. The schedules below are subject to change based upon the prevalence of COVID-19 within our communities.  The District will continue to consult with the Madison County Health Department in the coming months to review current data and statistics.  If at any point, the Madison County Health Department determines it is unsafe to continue in-person instruction, more restrictive scheduling options would be put in place.

District 7 has outlined a second semester transition plan listed below based upon the information currently available.  Please click here to view the entire Second Semester Transition Plan.

In order to increase in-person instruction time, beginning next semester, students in grades 6-12 will increase their days of attendance. All grade levels will continue to operate in the second semester on the same daily time schedule (EHS: 7:20-11:50, Middle Schools: 8:00-12:40, Elementary: 9:15-2:30).

Elementary (Pre-K through 5th grade) 

There is no change for Pre-K through 5th grade students as they will continue to receive in-person instruction five days a week during the second semester.

Middle School (6th-8th grade)

Beginning on Monday, January 4th, the first two weeks of the second semester at the middle school level will be on a hybrid, rotating (A/B) schedule.  Please note as of January 4, 2021, Fridays in the hybrid schedule will be in-person learning days with an alternating schedule instead of remote days. This means in-person instruction is as follows:

Monday, January 4th “A” Day Monday, January 11th “B” Day
Tuesday, January 5th “B” Day Tuesday, January 12th “A” Day
Wednesday, January 6th “A” Day Wednesday, January 13th “B” Day
Thursday, January 7th “B” Day Thursday, January 14th “A” Day
Friday, January 8th “A” Day Friday, January 15th “B” Day

Any return to hybrid during the second semester would follow this alternating A/B schedule for in-person learning.

Beginning on Tuesday, January 19th, middle school students will begin attending in-person daily.  The start date of January 19 would be pushed back based on adverse health metrics, specifically, if District 7 middle schools were to have multiple outbreaks of COVID cases between now and the end of the first semester or within the first two weeks of the second semester.

District 7 will continue to notify parents anytime there is a COVID positive student or staff member. At the middle school level, the majority of students stay in the same classroom with the teachers traveling from room to room.  When students return to daily in-person instruction, students will continue to be socially distanced to the greatest extent possible. Efforts will be made to keep class sizes as low as enrollment allows, however, there may be classes that contain up to 32 students making it not feasible to keep students spaced 6 feet apart.  All other mitigation protocols will remain in place.

High School (9th-12th grade) 

Beginning on Monday, January 4th, the first two weeks of the second semester at the high school level will continue on a hybrid, rotating (A/B) schedule. Please note as of January 4, 2021, Fridays in the hybrid schedule will be in-person learning days with an alternating schedule instead of remote days. This means in-person instruction is as follows:

Monday, January 4th “A” Day Monday, January 11th “B” Day
Tuesday, January 5th “B” Day Tuesday, January 12th “A” Day
Wednesday, January 6th “A” Day Wednesday, January 13th “B” Day
Thursday, January 7th “B” Day Thursday, January 14th “A” Day
Friday, January 8th “A” Day Friday, January 15th “B” Day

Any return to hybrid schedule during the second semester would follow this alternating A/B schedule for in-person learning.

Beginning on Tuesday, January 19th, all Edwardsville High School students will begin attending in-person daily.  However, the District will consult with the Madison County Health Department at the beginning of January to review current data and statistics.  If the Madison County Health Department determines it is unsafe to return to five days/week of in-person instruction at EHS, the District will notify all families. In addition, the start date of January 19 would also be pushed back based on the following:

  • If EHS was to have multiple outbreaks of COVID cases between now and the end of the first semester or within the first two weeks of the second semester.
  • If Madison County was under any State Resurgence Mitigation Policies that limits gatherings to less than 25 people.

If EHS is unable to return to five days/week of in-person instruction due to any of the conditions above, the students would remain on alternating A/B schedule for in-person learning. The District would continue to monitor the metrics with the Madison County Health Department and notify all high school families when 5 days/week of in-person instruction would begin at EHS.

The need for stricter metrics for all students to attend in-person daily at Edwardsville High School are due to the size and environment of the school.  At EHS, students will continue to move from room-to-room for the 6 periods.  When students return to daily in-person instruction, students will continue to be socially distanced to the greatest extent possible. Efforts will be made to keep class sizes as low as enrollment allows; however, there may be classes that contain up to 34 students making it not feasible to keep students spaced 6 feet apart.  All other mitigation protocols will remain in place.

Once all students are attending school daily, any change to a hybrid or a fully remote schedule will follow the guidelines outlined in the District’s Second Semester Transition Plan.  Any schedule revision from fully in-person to hybrid or remote settings will be communicated to all affected families from the District and building level through email, text, and recorded phone message.

 

Second Semester Instructional Environment Selection

All District 7 families must complete a second semester instructional environment selection below to determine either 100% remote or in-person learning for their students by Wednesday, November 4, 2020.  Please carefully review the information outlined within the second semester transition plan document (found at the attached link below) as you make your final decision.  In order to provide the necessary staffing levels for remote and in-person classes, implement student schedule changes, and provide additional professional development for staff based upon the results of the instructional environment selection for the second semester, the District will not be able to accommodate changes to parent decisions after Wednesday, November 4, 2020.  When completing the instructional environment selection process, you are committing to your decision for the entire second semester of the 2020-2021 school year.

As the District plans for the second semester of the 2020-2021 school year, please be aware that students transitioning from 100% remote to in-person learning could be required to attend a different building for the second semester depending upon in-person learning class sizes. We hope to avoid this wherever possible, but the District is bound by class size limitations. Another potential outcome of class size limitations is the possibility that some students could have a different teacher for the second semester.

It is our objective to keep the amount of transition and change for all students to a minimum for the second semester.  However, we want to make sure that families understand that some change is possible based on parents’ second semester instructional environment selection.

All District 7 families must select a second semester instructional environment for their student(s) by clicking here

We appreciate your continued support as we work to provide a quality education for all District 7 students.

Respectfully,

Dr. Jason Henderson

Superintendent

Edwardsville CUSD7

2020 EHS Marching Tigers Production of “The Painted Desert” 

Due to Covid-19 the EHS Marching Tigers had to take a unique approach to marching band in 2020.  The band decided to put together a shortened field show and make a video production of the final product.  Recently, the band was invited to submit their recording to The Metro East Music Celebration where it was played at the Skyview Drive-In in Belleville, IL, along with submissions from other local bands.  Here is a link to the 2020 EHS Marching Tigers Production “The Painted Desert.”  Special thanks to Ralph and Lisa Keune for videography and editing.

https://youtu.be/1S2ilmAqxqc

Parent Teacher Conferences

The District will again use Pick-A-Time to schedule PreK-12 parent-teacher conferences to be held from October 28-30. Like prior years, Pick-A-Time will allow parents to schedule all of their children’s parent teacher conferences through the internet using the account from last year or by creating a new account.

Registration will begin at 8:00 a.m. on October 20, 2020, and will end at 10:00 p.m. on October 27,  2020.

Click the link for additional information:

http://ecusd7.org/wp-content/uploads/bsk-pdf-manager/2020/10/PTConference_Scheduling_Info_2020.pdf

EHS Orchestra Performs Prior to Drama Club Performance

This past weekend, the EHS Orchestra students (A-L) performed prior to the EHS Drama Club’s performance of A Midsummer Night’s Dream.  Watch and listen as they play Stand by Me as part of the pre-show.  https://youtu.be/rz_Nbt2EbFE

 

 

 

Message from District 7: 10-16-2020

District 7 Families,

Below are a couple of quick updates as we mark the end of the 1st quarter of the 2020-2021 school year:

Parent/Teacher Conferences 

On Monday at 3 PM, all District 7 families will receive an email from this email address regarding parent teacher conferences that will take place on October 28-30. All parent teacher conferences will be held virtually this school year and parents will be able to register for a time beginning next Tuesday.   Registration for parent teacher conferences will begin at 8:00 a.m. on Tuesday, October 20 and will end at 10:00 p.m. on October 27.  All information on how to register for conferences via Pick-a-Time will be included in Monday’s email.  

Survey Results 

Thank you to all 6th through 12th grade students and parents that completed surveys within the last week.  Anyone interested in seeing the survey results can view them on the District 7 webpage by clicking the following link:  http://ecusd7.org/district-reopening/

Once on this page, click on the tab labeled “surveys” to view the results.

EHS Orchestra Recordings – October 2020

The EHS Orchestra has recorded some of their beautiful music to share with our community (click the links below).  They will be performing at the outdoor drama production this Friday and next Friday at 6:00PM.  They hope to see you see you there!

Symphonic Orchestra “Prelude” from Holberg’s Suite
https://youtu.be/rxsqTHWS0DI

Symphonic Orchestra “Stand By Me”
https://youtu.be/4bZRYFqsgQMhttps://youtu.be/4bZRYFqsgQM

Concert Orchestra “Lyric Metal”
https://youtu.be/NJpYrfQ1RtQ

Message from District 7: 10-09-2020

District 7 families,

At today’s teachers’ institute, District 7 staff members were able to receive a mix of in-person and virtual instruction–very much like many of our students. All certified staff members took part in a virtual workshop entitled “Creating an Inclusive School Community” that focused on introducing the foundational knowledge and skills to meet the needs of a multicultural school community. Time was made for teachers to meet with grade levels and departments to discuss curriculum, technology, and how to continue to best meet the needs of District 7 students. Finally, staff took part in a workshop entitled “Compassion Fatigue and Self-Care” in an effort to provide support for our staff. I hope that all families realize the effort that District 7 staff continue to put forth in these extraordinary times.

Survey for Parents of Middle and High School Students

Parents of in-person middle and high school students will receive a survey today from their student’s principal. Parents of remote middle and high school students will receive a survey today as part of a communication from Dr. Cornelia Smith. Please take the time to fill out these short surveys by 12:00 PM on Tuesday, October 13th as they will help District 7 plan for the second semester.

USDA Free Lunch Program

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has extended meal flexibilities for school districts through December 31, 2020. These flexibilities will allow District 7 schools to serve no cost meals to ALL students. This unprecedented move will help ensure that regardless of the circumstances, children will have access to nutritious food as the country deals with the COVID-19 pandemic. These flexibilities will also make certain meals reach all children – whether they are learning in the classroom or remotely – so students are fed and ready to learn during this new and ever-changing learning environment.

The opportunity for every student in District 7 to receive free meals began on Monday, October 5, 2020. This program will continue through December 31, 2020, or until funding of the USDA program is depleted. Please encourage your students to take advantage of the opportunity to get free breakfasts and lunches!
If you have any questions or concerns regarding the USDA Free Lunch Program, please contact Breanna Gordon, Food Service Coordinator at bgordon@ecusd7.org.
Thank you for your continued patience and support.

Dr. Jason Henderson

Message from District 7: 10-2-2020

District 7 Families:

One of the District’s highest priorities has been and continues to be creating a safe and healthy learning environment for both students and employees that supports the delivery of quality instruction at all levels. The District’s commitment to this priority has been even more focused over the past seven months as a result of the pandemic that has impacted the world, our country, our state and our own District 7 communities.

On July 30, 2020, a communication was sent out to all parents that explained three different scheduling models for the 2020-2021 school year. Those models included a traditional (5 days a week) learning model, a hybrid learning model, and a remote learning model. On that date, we stated that Pre-K through fifth grade students would start the school year in the traditional learning model and that grades 6 through 12 would be in the hybrid learning model for at least the first semester.

This communication confirms that District 7 will continue the traditional learning model for grades Pre-K through five and the hybrid learning model for grades 6 through 12 for the remainder of the first semester. This should provide clarity for families and eliminate the uncertainty regarding the schedule for the remainder of the first semester.

In our current situation, the hybrid learning model remains the safest option for our middle and high school students and offers a combination of live and remote instruction. The middle schools and high school have been able to conduct mitigation strategies which have allowed the District to keep our students and staff safe while providing in-person instruction for the first seven weeks of school. Through the hybrid learning model at the middle and high school levels, we have been effectively able to keep the number of staff and students quarantined to a minimum.

During the week of October 19th, District 7 will send out information to families regarding scheduling plans for all grade levels for second semester. We will allow parents the opportunity to determine what is best for their student from the available options presented.  Responses will be due to the District by the end of October. This timeline will allow the District to adequately staff for both remote and in-person classrooms for the second semester.

Keep in mind that at any time during the 2020-2021 school year, District 7 could be forced to suspend in-person instruction and move to a 100% remote setting under the following conditions:

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

Student Mental Health Concerns

District 7 is continually improving programs and services to address the social/emotional needs of all students. We recently added additional mental health professionals for the 2020-2021 school year to better meet the social/emotional needs of our students. District 7 staff is available to help students through difficulties that they may be facing. This is true whether students are in an in-person, hybrid, or remote learning setting. If you would like your child to speak with a District 7 counselor, social worker, or school psychologist, please contact your child’s building principal who can help start this process.

Hybrid/Remote Learning 

District 7 understands the challenges with hybrid instruction for students, families and staff members. As students and staff members are becoming more comfortable with the schedule and the technology, we will continue to see improvements. Teachers and administrators are committed to continuing to learn new methods and instructional technology platforms to provide instruction to all students. While we recognize this is not the ideal format that any educator, parent, or student would desire in normal circumstances, we feel this is currently the best way to provide a safe learning environment for our middle and high school students.

In addition, District 7 will continue to evaluate different models of hybrid scheduling that allow students to stay socially distanced while receiving the maximum amount of in-person instruction. Any changes to the hybrid schedule would be communicated to parents at least two weeks before implementation.

Next week, District 7 will survey families and students to get additional feedback about the first quarter of the school year regarding topics such as scheduling, the hybrid learning model, and remote learning. This data will be used as part of the decision-making process as we plan for the second semester.

Thank you for your continued patience and support.

Respectfully,

Dr. Jason Henderson

District 7 is Hiring Extraordinary Care Assistants

District 7 is looking to hire extraordinary care assistants.  The job descriptions and qualifications can be found here:  http://ecusd7.org/wp-content/uploads/bsk-pdf-manager/2020/07/EXTRAORDINARY-CARE-ASSISTANTS.pdf 

Applications for this classified position can be found here: http://ecusd7.org/departments/personnel/#tab-id-6

 

Message from District 7: 9-25-2020

District 7 Families,

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

Middle and High School Hybrid Updates and Clarifications

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

COVID-19 Update 

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

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

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

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

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

Dr. Jason Henderson

COVID-19 Testing Locations

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

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

9-18-20 Update from District 7

District 7 Families,

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

COVID Communication to Families

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

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

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

 

E-Learning Days in lieu of Snow Days

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

 

Parent Support for Schoology

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

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

 

Schoology Office Hours for Parents (Mondays)

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

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

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

 

Schoology Office Hours for Parents (Wednesdays)

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

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

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

 

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

Dr. Jason Henderson

Health Examinations & Immunizations

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

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

Return to Learn Parent Update-9-4-2020

District 7 Families,

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

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

Click Here to Read the Pediatrician Letter to the Community

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Click Here to view the survey data.

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

Respectfully,

Dr. Jason Henderson

Parent Orientation to Schoology

Parents,

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

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

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

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

Thank you.

Important Message Regarding Schedule from District 7

District 7 Families,

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Important Message from District 7

District 7 Families,

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

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

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

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

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

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

Return To Learn Update – 8-18-2020

District 7 Families,

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Dr. Jason Henderson

Student Access to Schoology and Clever

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

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

First Day of School Information

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

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

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

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

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

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

Information Regarding Class Assignments and Schedules 8-5-2020

District 7 Parents, 

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

·       Bus information for all students

·       Teacher assignments for elementary students

·       Schedules for middle and high school students

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

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

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

Return to Learn Plan–8-3-20 Update

District 7 Families,

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

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

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

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

Respectfully,

Dr. Jason Henderson

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

Message Regarding 2020-21 Schedule from District 7

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

FAQ Update: 7-16-2020

District 7 Parents,

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

Reopening and Remote Learning FAQs

District 7 Families,

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

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

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

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

District 7 Reopening and Remote Learning Information

District 7 Families,

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

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

District Registration Information

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

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

Health Examination Requirements for 2020-2021

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

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

District 7 Kid Zone is Hiring!

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

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

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

 

Update on Summer Placement Screenings

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

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

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

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

Information Regarding 2020-2021 Registration

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

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

Message from Superintendent Dr. Jason Henderson

District 7 students, staff, and families:

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

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

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

Sincerely,

Dr. Jason Henderson

Superintendent

District 7 School Board Meeting – June 15th, 2020

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

 

District 7 Finance Meeting – June 15th

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

 

Kindergarten Orientation Information

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

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

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

District 7 School Board Meeting – May 26th, 2020

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

 

District 7 Virtual Graduation !

District 7 Virtual Graduation !

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

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

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

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

Congratulations to the Class of 2020!