Teachers attend Interactive Writing Book Study

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

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

Illinois 5 Essentials Survey

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

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

Reminder – Inclement Weather Procedures

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

SchoolMessenger will communicate the information in the following ways:

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

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

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

 

 

NO SCHOOL – TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 12

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

School is Cancelled for Tuesday, November 12th, 2019

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

Kidzone

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

Board of Education to Use BoardDocs

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

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

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

A Message from the Superintendent

To the Edwardsville District 7 Community:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

In partnership,

Dr. Jason Henderson

Superintendent

November Performing Arts Overview

District 7 Performing Arts

November 2019 Calendar

 

 

Time Event Organization Location

Friday, November 8

 

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

Saturday, November 9

 

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

Kindergarten Barnyard Day

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

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

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

 

                     

Kid Zone is Hiring!

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

 

Science Curriculum Update – 4th Grade

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

                                  

Inclement Weather Procedures

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

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

Date Change – Circus for Veterans

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

Trick or Treating Moved to Friday 11/1

Please see the following message from Mayor Patton:

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

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

Please share this information with your friends and neighbors.

Thank you, Hal Patton – Mayor of Edwardsville

Principal Appreciation Day

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

Let’s Celebrate High School Principals

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

 

Reminder No Student Attendance

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

Let’s Celebrate Middle School Principals

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

Let’s Recognize Our Elementary Principals

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

Principal Appreciation Week

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

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

District 7’s Emerson Excellence in Teaching Recipient Named

District 7’s Emerson Excellence in Teaching Recipient Named

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Circus for Veterans

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

Dental Exams – “Give Kids a Smile”

Monday, October 14, 2019

7:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

SIU School of Dental Medicine

1700 Annex Street; Alton, IL

 

Reminder to Sign Up for Parent-Teacher Conferences

DON’T FORGET:

The District will again use Pick-A-Time to schedule PreK-12 parent-teacher conferences to be held from October 23-25. Like prior years, Pick-A-Time will allow parents to schedule all of their children’s parent-teacher conferences through the internet using the account from last year or by creating a new account.  Registration will end at 4:30 p.m. on October 22, 2019.

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

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

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

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

Madison County Transition Fair

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

Teacher Institute Day Recap

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

 

October 2019 – District 7 Performing Arts

District 7 Performing Arts

October 2019 Calendar

 

 

Time Event Organization Location

Tuesday, October 1

 

7:00 pm Fall Choir Concert EHS Choir EHS Auditorium

Tuesday, October 8

 

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

EHS Winston Brown Field

 

Tuesday, October 15

 

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

Thursday, October 17

 

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

Lincoln Auditorium

 

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

Lincoln Auditorium

 

Tuesday, October 22 7:00 pm

Lincoln Fall Orchestra Concert

 

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

SIUE’s Opera Presentation of Pinocchio

 

SIUE Cassens Gym
         

Science Curriculum Update – High School Chemistry

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

          

Social Science Curriculum Review Update

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

 

                     

Reminders for the Month of October 2019

 

Reminders for the Month of

OCTOBER

 Friday, October 4: 

 

Teacher Institute Day, No Student Attendance

 

 Friday, October 11

 

End of 1st Quarter

½ Day Teacher In-service, No PM Student Attendance

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

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

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

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

 Report Cards will be issued

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

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

 

District 7’s Columbus Elementary School Awarded National Honors

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

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

Scheduling Parent-Teacher Conferences

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

The District will again use Pick-A-Time to schedule PreK-12 parent-teacher conferences to be held from October 23-25. Like prior years, Pick-A-Time will allow parents to schedule all of their children’s parent-teacher conferences through the internet using the account from last year or by creating a new account.  Registration will begin at 8:00 a.m. on September 23, 2019, and will end at 4:30 p.m. on October 22, 2019.

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

1st Grade Science Curriculum Update

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

                     

District 7 Parent Resources

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

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

 

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

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

Lunch Debt Solutions Project

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

Mod Pizza 2300 A, Troy Rd., Edwardsville

Coins for a Cure: September 23-27

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

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

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

Collections will take place the week of September 23rd.

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

Science Curriculum Update – 5th Grade

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

 

District 7 Performing Arts – September 2019

District 7 Performing Arts

September 2019 Calendar

 

 

Time Event Organization Location

Friday, September 6

 

7:00 pm Football Game EHS Band Sports Complex

Saturday, September 7

 

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

Friday, September 20

 

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

Friday,

September 27

6:30 pm Liberty Talent Show MS Music Liberty Auditorium

Friday,

September 27

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

Immunization Reminder

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

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

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

Reminders for the Month of September

Reminders for the Month of SEPTEMBER

 

Monday, September 2: 

 

Labor Day, No Student Attendance

 

 

Friday, September 13:

 

Progress Reports will be available in TigerView

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

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

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

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

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

Reminder: Parent Orientation Nights

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

District 7

Parent Orientation Nights

 

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

Goshen Elementary

·         Preschool and EC

·         Kindergarten & Preschool Academy

·         1st and 2nd Grade

 

6:10

6:45

7:10

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

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

Edwardsville Arts Center – Friday, August 23

DON’T FORGET

During the 2019-20 Summer Zone session, students had the opportunity to work with members from the Edwardsville Arts Center as part of their “Masterpiece Mondays.”  Each week featured a new medium and art technique to help spark student creativity.

The Edwardsville Arts Center, located on the campus of Edwardsville High School, will feature “Masterpiece Mondays by Summer Zone Kids” in its student gallery from August 23 – September 4.  The opening reception for this event will be held Friday, August 23, from 6-8 pm.

Stay tuned for photos from this event!

Parent Resources

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

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

Girl Power Pancake Breakfast

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

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

Parent Orientation Nights

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

District 7

Parent Orientation Nights

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

Cassens Elementary

4th Grade & Parks, Sims, Ridler, Mulliken

 

5th Grade & Zuber, Burling, and Fox

 

6:00

 

7:00

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

Goshen Elementary

Preschool and EC

Kindergarten & Preschool Academy
1st and 2nd Grade

 

6:10

 

6:45

7:10

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

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

 

Welcome Back to the 2019-2020 School year

Tuesday, August 13, 2019

Classes will resume with a half day of student attendance.

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

 

Edwardsville Arts Center to Feature Work by Summer Zone Students

During the 2019-20 Summer Zone session, students had the opportunity to work with members from the Edwardsville Arts Center as part of their “Masterpiece Mondays.”  Each week featured a new medium and art technique to help spark student creativity.

The Edwardsville Arts Center, located on the campus of Edwardsville High School, will feature “Masterpiece Mondays by Summer Zone Kids” in its student gallery from August 23 – September 4.  The opening reception for this event will be held Friday, August 23, from 6-8 pm.

Stay tuned for photos from this event!

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

As we begin the 2019-2020 school year, the following information will be available ONLY in TigerView, District 7’s web-based parent access system:

  • bus information for all students
  • teacher assignment for elementary students only
  • progress reports and report cards for grades 3-12

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

Back to School Countdown – 1 Week to Go

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

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

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

Kid Zone is Hiring!

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

TigerView Parent Access

As we begin the 2019-2020 school year, the following information will be available ONLY in TigerView, District 7’s web-based parent access system:

  • bus information for all students
  • teacher assignment for elementary students only
  • progress reports and report cards for grades 3-12

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

I Missed Registration! What Should I Do?

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

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

Missing Facebook Updates? Follow these steps!

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

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

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

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

Thank You from Summer Zone!

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

 

Summer Zone Week 8

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

2019-2020 Registration

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

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

 

Mobile Health Unit for School/Sports Physicals

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

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

 

K-5 Teachers Explore New Materials

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

Summer Zone – Week 7

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

#flashbackfriday – NASA Day

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

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

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

Summer Placement Testing – August 1, 2, and 7

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

 

Students with tie dyed shirts

Summer Zone – Week 6

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

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

Registration Reminder for the 2019-2020 School Year

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

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

Summer School / Summer Zone Closed for 4th of July

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

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

Summer Zone – Week 5

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

 

#flashbackfriday – Elementary Science Night

#flashbackfriday – Elementary Science Night

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


 

 

Looking for 2019-2020 Registration Information?

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

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

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

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

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

Summer Zone Week 4

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

Focus on Finance

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Thank you for your continued support.

Summer Zone Week 3

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

#flashbackfriday

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

EHS Chemistry Teachers are Fired Up!

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

Summer Placement Testing

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

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Summer Zone – Week 2

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

#flashbackfriday – Barnyard Day 2019

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

EHS Summer School Begins

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

Elementary Buildings Closed for Summer

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

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

District 7 Special Olympics – Young Athletes End of Year Event

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

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

Summer Zone 2019

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

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

“Watch the Graduation Live” Information

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

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

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

Edwardsville City – ECTV Channel 993

Madison Telephone Company – Madison Cable Channel 13.

District 7 Hosts Annual Illinois Day Event

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

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

Summer Sports Camp

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

Superintendent Comments

SUPERINTENDENT’S COMMENTS

Dr. Lynda C. Andre

May 14, 2019

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

Student Recognitions

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

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

Community Group Recognitions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Congratulations to the EHS Drama Club!

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

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

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

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

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

Reminders for the Month of May

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

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

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

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

 

Edwardsville High School 2019 Summer Program

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

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

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

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

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

Please note:

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

Please call 618.656.1182 if you have questions.

2019 High School Summer School Registration Packet

EHS Hosts Unified Sports Day for Special Olympics Illinois

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

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

EHS Hosts Unified Sports Day for Special Olympics Illinois

EHS Graduation – May 25th

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

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

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

Edwardsville High School Greenhouse Tours

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

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

District 7 Performing Arts – May Calendar

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

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

 

Good Employee Recognition

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

The Honorees were as follows:

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

Instrument Trial Night

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

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

Instrument Trial Night

EHS Greenhouse Plant Sale

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

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

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

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

EHS Greenhouse Plant Sale

Notice Of Special Meeting – Revised

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

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

Superintendent’s Comments – April 24, 2019

Dr. Lynda C. Andre
April 24, 2019

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

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

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

Social Emotional Programming and Services Study

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

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

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

K-12 Science Curriculum Study Committee

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

K-12 Math Curriculum Study Committee

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

EHS Schoology Trainers

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

Appreciation for Departing Board of Education Members

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) Conference

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

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

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

District 7 Spellers Recognized for Achievement

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

District 7 Spellers Recognized for Achievement


District 7’s Top Spellers for 2019


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


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

Summer Zone Registration

We are still accepting registration for Summer Zone 2019.

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

We are still accepting registration for Summer Zone 2019

District 7 Employees Take Part in Active Intruder Training

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

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

District 7 employees take part in active intruder training

Spring Break

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

Attention: Students Entering Grades 3 – 8

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

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

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

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

Do the Right Thing Recognition

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

The Honorees were as follows:

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

District 7 Geography Bee Winners Recognized for Achievement

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

District 7 Geography Bee Winners Recognized for Achievement

District 7’s Geography Bee Winners for 2019

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

District 7 Performing Arts April Calendar

 

 

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

Reminders for the Month of April

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

 

District 7 Young Authors Recognized for Outstanding Talent

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

District 7 Young Authors Recognized for Outstanding Talent

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

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


District 7 Representatives
State Representatives are listed with (SR)


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

Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy (IMSA)

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

Please check out their website to register:

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

Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy (IMSA) Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy (IMSA)

District 7 Schedules Summer Placement Screening Dates

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

The following students should schedule a placement screening appointment:

  • Incoming 1st – 5th grade students new to District 7 who are coming from non-traditional school settings such as: International schools, home-school situations and/or standards-based reporting without grade level designations. Elementary students coming from parochial schools within District 7 boundaries do not need to attend.
  • All Incoming 6th –  8th grade students new to District 7
  • Incoming 9th grade students who would like to be considered for a Geometry/Honors Geometry course as a freshman student.

All other students new to District 7 will be placed in classrooms/courses based on records from the student’s previous school. Placement testing for these students is not necessary. 

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

Teacher Institute Day

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

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

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

Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy (IMSA)

Attention students entering grades 3 – 8: The Edwardsville School District is partnering with the Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy (IMSA) for some upcoming events.

Please check out their website to register:

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

Elementary Science Night

The EHS Science Club hosted an exciting evening for our students in grades 3 – 5. Elementary Science Night included activities in astronomy, biology, earth science, chemistry, and physics that engaged students in hands on learning led by our high school students and special guests. Around 50 students along with their parents attended the event. Astronomy demonstrations and telescope viewing was brought to us by Riverbend Astronomy Club.

Elementary Science Night

Elementary Science Night

Incorporating Technology to Differentiate Learning in the Classroom

Teachers in District 7 recently had the opportunity to attend a workshop titled “Incorporating Technology to Differentiate Learning in the Classroom.” This workshop presented engaging online websites and strategies that will help teachers to expand student learning and incorporate technology within their classrooms.

Incorporating Technology to Differentiate Learning in the Classroom

IMSA Funshop

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

This event will be held for students in grades 3-6 at Liberty Middle School on Friday, April 5, 2019 from 6:00-8:30p.m.

To register, please visit www.imsa.edu/funshops.

IMSA Funshop

Do the Right Thing Recognition

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

Do the Right Thing Recognition
Congratulations to the students and their families who were honored at the March 11, 2019 Board Meeting. Each student recognized was nominated by a teacher, his/her principal, or another staff member because of an act of kindness that was observed somewhere in the school. The program regularly recognizes students who exemplify good judgment in a variety of situations.

The Honorees were as follows:

Edwardsville High School
Ximina Gonzales
Ashlyn Porter
Gavin Reising
Evan Sanders
Taylor Scott
Meredith Stump
Mia Williams
Trinity White

Glen Carbon Elementary
Jack Stonewater
Harrison Jackstadt
Evynn Vison

Goshen Elementary
Jase Seibert
Ayva Young
Anna Brynildsen
Jena Foster

Liberty Middle School
Quentin Williams
Ava Rahman
Gretchen Rybolt

Lincoln Middle School
Kaila Marshall
Sophia Holobaugh
Micah Swank

Cassens Elementary
Sophia Taylor
Ian Thomas
Leosvany Sanchez

Hamel Elementary
Grace Allaria
Bradley Crays
Charles Collier

Midway Elementary
Cheston Pickett
William Couch
Camille Thirion

Woodland Elementary
Rowan Fischer
Edie Vetter
Brooke Geggus

Worden Elementary
Drew Dannenbrink
Siena Fuller
Orissa Steiner

LeClaire Elementary
Max Germann
Jack Breihan
Stella Pohlman

Nelson Elementary
Azaria Boyd
Colton Davis
Ever Vassilakis

Columbus Elementary
Keira Wehrle
Jessica Ribbing
Ella Carter

Superintendent’s Comments – March 12, 2019

Dr. Lynda C. Andre
March 12, 2019

  • Approval of K-12 Science Curriculum and Purchase of New Science Instructional Materials
  • March 22 Teacher Institute Day Plans
  • School Messenger Parent Portal
  • Revised 2018-2019 School Calendar

Approval of K-12 Science Curriculum and Purchase of New Science Instructional Materials

At last night’s meeting, the District 7 Board of Education approved the revised K-12 science curriculum and the recommendation for purchase of instructional materials including textbooks, digital content, and new science equipment.

As promised during the “Prop E” Education Fund referendum, the District is on track with the plan to update all curricular areas, including the purchase of textbooks, and to restore the curriculum development cycle. The next academic area to undergo a curriculum study will be K-12 Social Science. A committee will be convened in the fall of 2019 with a planned implementation date of August 2020.

I’d like to thank the District 7 administrators and teachers on the committee, led by Director of Curriculum Cathie Wright, for completing this comprehensive curriculum revision over the course of the school year. The revised science curriculum is aligned to the New Illinois Learning Standards, which include the Next Generation Science Standards, so that our students will be receiving a standards-aligned curriculum, replacing a 10-year old curriculum. Teachers will begin professional development on the new curriculum and become familiar with the new instructional materials at the upcoming Teacher Institute Day and throughout the spring and summer. Students will receive new science textbooks for the 2019-2020 school year.

March 22 Teacher Institute Day Plans

In addition to science curriculum professional development workshops, District 7 teachers will be practicing Part 2 of the 4 E’s Program on March 22. We are very grateful to our local law enforcement partners – the Edwardsville Police Department, the Glen Carbon Police Department, and the Madison County Sheriff’s Office, for their participation in the training that will take place at each District 7 school. The 4 E’s approach to armed intruder preparedness began last October.

The District’s goal is for all 950 employees to receive training in this critical component of our emergency plans before the end of the school year. We thank our law enforcement partners in advance for their leadership and willingness to help all thirteen District 7 schools practice this training.

School Messenger Parent Portal

If you haven’t already done so, please remember to sign up for the new parent app that will consolidate all emails, phone calls, and text messages from the District into a new communications app. Parents and employees can:

  • Set communication preferences for calls, emails, texts, and more
  • Receive all kinds of school messages (classroom and group updates, activity alerts, school and district notifications) in one single app
  • Review messages on any device – smartphone, laptop, etc.

Go to http://go.schoolmessenger.com to download the SchoolMessenger mobile app for Apple and Android devices or use the web-based version from your internet browser to sign up.

With the new SchoolMessenger app, parents, employees, and community members have 24/7/365 access to important school notifications such as weather and emergency alerts.

Revised 2018-2019 School Calendar

The revised last day for student attendance is: Friday, May 24, 2019.

The revised last day for teachers is: Tuesday, May 28, 2019.

Elementary Science Night is Tomorrow – Tuesday, March 12th!

Don’t forget to register if you are interested in attending this family event.


Tuesday, March 12th, 2019
6:30 – 8:00 PM
Liberty Middle School

Edwardsville Elementary Science Night

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

Grades: District 7 3rd-5th graders and their parents. All students must be accompanied by a parent.
Sponsored by: Edwardsville High School Science Club
Special Guests: River Bend Astronomy Club
RSVP: Patty Beeler at pbeeler@ecusd7.org or call 656-1182

Reminders for the Month of March

Friday, March 8:  End of 3rd Quarter
Friday, March 15: 3rd Quarter Report Cards Issued

  • Grades 3-12 report cards will be made available in TigerView on March 15, 2019. (no hard copies will be distributed)
    • Please contact your child’s school if you are unable to access TigerView.
Friday, March 22: Teacher Institute
No student attendance

 

 

 

 

 

 

2019-2020 Kindergarten Registration Information

Who: Children who are age 5 on or before September 1, 2019

What: Pre-registration for students entering kindergarten in the 2019-20 school year

When: Wednesday, March 13, 2019 Noon – 6:30 p.m.

Where: The school your child will attend for kindergarten

Registration paperwork can be found at http://ecusd7.org/district-information/registration/ or at your child’s school.

Parents should bring the following documents to registration:

  • The child’s original birth certificate (a copy will be made and original returned to you)
  • Two forms of proof of residency (See website for allowable documents)
  • Phone number and address of three adults who can be called in an emergency
  • Name and phone number of the child’s doctor and dentist
  • An e-mail address for each parent

Kindergarten students are required to have a physical, dental, and vision exam so please make these appointments early. These exams do not have to be completed by registration, but will be required the first day of school.

An $80 registration fee is required the first day of school, August 13, 2019.


Kindergarten Parent Information Nights
6:30 – 7:30p.m.

February 20 – Nelson Elementary
February 27 – Leclaire Elementary
March 5 –  Glen Carbon Elementary
March 14 – Hamel Elementary
March 19 – Goshen Elementary
March 21 – Midway Elementary

These meetings are for parent/guardians of incoming kindergarten students. Students do not need to attend. All meetings are identical and not school specific, so please attend the meeting that is most convenient regardless of location. Parents should plan on attending one session.

The presentation will include:

  • An overview of the kindergarten experience
  • An explanation of policies regarding half-day enrollment
  • General information about District 7 schools
  • Information about your child’s kindergarten orientation
  • How to enroll in the District 7 Parent Messenger app.
  • A question/answer session

Edwardsville Elementary Science Night

Don’t forget to register if you are interested in attending this family event. See the flyer for details.


Tuesday, March 12th, 2019
6:30 – 8:00 PM
Liberty Middle School

Edwardsville Elementary Science Night

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

Grades: District 7 3rd-5th graders and their parents. All students must be accompanied by a parent.
Sponsored by: Edwardsville High School Science Club
Special Guests: River Bend Astronomy Club
RSVP: Patty Beeler at pbeeler@ecusd7.org or call 656-1182

Prop E Promise Continues As District 7 Makes Headway on Science Curriculum

As part of the school district’s Proposition E — a tax rate increase its Education Fund — promises made, District 7 has completed its first K-12 curriculum revision — science. During an Edwardsville Community Unit School District 7 Board of Education meeting Monday night, District 7 Curriculum Director Cathy Wright, presented the curriculum development committee’s plans for implementing this new curriculum and recommended corresponding teaching materials needed. [Continue Reading]

Performing Arts Overview for March

District 7 Performing Arts
March 2019 Calendar

 

 

Time Event Organization Location

Friday,

March 1

7:00 p.m. Act 1 Performance Lincoln MS Lincoln Auditorium

Friday,

March 1

6:30 p.m. Act 1 Performance Liberty MS Liberty Auditorium

Saturday,

March 2

7:00 p.m. Act 1 Performance Lincoln MS Lincoln Auditorium

Saturday,

March 2

2:00 p.m. Act 1 Performance Liberty MS Liberty Auditorium

Thursday,

March 7

7:00 p.m. Lincoln Band Concert Lincoln MS Lincoln Main Gym

Friday,

March 8

 

7:00 p.m.

EHS Chamber Singers perform with Greenville University Choir EHS Chamber Singers First Presbyterian Church, Edwardsville

Saturday,

March 9

8:00 a.m. IGSMA Solo and Ensemble Competition

Elementary/MS

Performing Arts

Coolidge Jr. High School, Granite City, IL.

Thursday,

March 14

7:00 p.m. 1st Grade Musical Program Goshen 1st Grade Goshen Gym

Friday, 

March 15

7:00 p.m. Thespian Show EHS Drama Club EHS Auditorium

Monday,

March 18

7:00 p.m. A Night at the Wildey EHS Bel Canto and AcaFellaz Wildey, Edwardsville

Tuesday,

March 26

7:00 p.m. 1st Grade Musical Program Glen Carbon 1st Grade Glen Carbon Gym

Saturday,

March 30

7:00 p.m.

District 7 Orchestra

Tiger Town Consortium

District 7 Orchestra EHS Gym

Superintendent’s Comments – February 26, 2019

Dr. Lynda C. Andre
February 26, 2019

Proposed K-12 Science Curriculum and Materials Adoption

On Monday night, the administration presented the updated K-12 science curriculum to the Board of Education for discussion. This was the second of many curricular presentations that will be made to the Board of Education over the next few years. These curricular updates are possible as a direct result of our communities’ passage of Proposition E.

A major focus of the Proposition E Plan was to provide District 7 with an ongoing revenue source to restore the curriculum development cycle, including the purchase of new textbooks and digital resources, which would support each academic subject. Curricular areas long overdue for review have been scheduled into a three-year plan for study. Last spring, the Board of Education approved the purchase of new K-12 math textbooks and digital resources which were implemented this school year.

As a result of the State’s adoption of the Next Generation Science Standards, District 7 initiated a K-12 science curriculum study according to the established curriculum development process.  A group of thirty-four (34) K-12 teachers was convened to study the Next Generation Science Standards and current research into best instructional practices before designing a complete curriculum for our students.

The District 7 curriculum review process is thorough, unique, effective, and

  • Provides consistency across all buildings
  • Removes redundancy between grade levels/courses
  • Provides pacing guides
  • Outlines research-based instructional practices

What is determined in a curriculum study?

  • Content and skills taught at each grade level
  • Amount of time spent teaching each skill/unit
  • Instructional practices required and implemented
  • Materials used to implement the new curriculum
  • Professional development needed to ensure teachers are prepared to teach the revised curriculum with new materials

One of the responsibilities of the K-12 Science Curriculum Study Committee, after the development of the curriculum, is the identification of science instructional materials and equipment needed to implement the revised curriculum. The following instructional materials were recommended for purchase:

Elementary Instructional Materials
National Geographic, Exploring Science (Copyright 2018)
Big books for Kindergarten
Textbooks for students in grades 1-5
Digital interactive student e-book (6 yr. license)
Leveled readers for each elementary school
Equipment for labs
Teachers’ guides and support materials
Total cost:  $321,000

Middle School Instructional Materials
Pearson, Elevate Science (Copyright 2019)
Student textbooks
Digital interactive student e-book (6 yr. license)
Engineering and Design Notebook
Classroom Maker Crate kits
STEM Invention Toolkit
Equipment for labs
Teachers’ guides and support materials
Total cost:  $298,000

High School Instructional Materials
Multiple publishers based on course (Copyrights 2017-2020)
Student textbooks
Digital interactive student e-books (6 yr. license)
Lab equipment
Technology
Consumables, including chemicals
Teachers’ guides and support materials
Total cost:  $422,000

The total cost of the science curriculum adoption including all textbooks, digital licenses, teacher support materials, technology, equipment and consumables is $1,041,000.00. The implementation of the revised science curriculum is scheduled for August 2019.

In 2019-2020, K-12 Social Science Curriculum Study Committee will be convened for the purpose of reviewing and revising the K-12 Social Science Curriculum.

Good Employee Recognition

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

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

Congratulations to the District 7 employees that were honored at the February 25, 2019 Board of Education Meeting. Each employee was nominated by an administrator because of their outstanding effort, willingness, and dedication to students and the entire District 7 community. Employees are given this special recognition as an acknowledgment for their contributions in making District 7 the district of choice.

The Honorees were as follows:

Edwardsville High School
Dave Lewis
Ashley Melton
Lauren Mudge
Sarah Scherer
Mandie Schulte
Dawn Steinbeck
Justin Young

Glen Carbon Elementary
Haley Pemberton

Goshen Elementary
Jennifer Nottmeier
Rodney Jones
Nicole Nungesser

Midway Elementary
LeeAnne Moseley
Faith Robinson
Peggy Koenig

Liberty Middle School
Donna Hess
Andrea Alexander
Annie Jones
Sheila Page

Lincoln Middle School
Maggie Dust
Tom O’Malley
Hilary Duncan
Traci Thompson

Cassens Elementary
Katie Linnemeyer
Erin Sims
Amy Macias

Hamel Elementary
Kelly Ackerman
Janet Wiltshire

Columbus Elementary
Rob Canada
Julie Luitjohan
Linda Romann

Woodland Elementary
Mary Stack
Donny Gunter

Worden Elementary
Ana Gross

LeClaire Elementary
Susan Nicholson
Jennifer Davin
Jamie Anderson
Amanda Murphey

Nelson Elementary
Josie Kirschenmann
Paula Schlueter
Kim Edwards

 

Special Olympics Mini Middle School Youth Activation Summit

On Wednesday, February 20, 2019, over one hundred middle school students participated in the Special Olympics Mini Middle School Youth Activation Summit held at the Jon Davis Wrestling Center in Edwardsville, IL. Pairs of students with and without special needs led a conference and activities to promote inclusion, respect, and promote Special Olympics Unified Champion School programming for students in the metro-east. The students from area middle schools will take back the information they learned to their schools to plan activities that are inclusive of all students.

Special Olympics Mini Middle School Youth Activation Summit

Special Olympics Mini Middle School Youth Activation Summit

Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day

One hundred District 7 students attended Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville’s annual “Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day” on Saturday, February 16, 2019. The Society of Women Engineers organized the event to give young girls the opportunity to see what the field of engineering has to offer to their generation.

The girls were introduced to six disciplines of engineering: robotics, computer, civil, electrical, industrial, and mechanical. The activities included computer coding, building bugs with light up antennae’s given only a few materials, and constructing a building that could withstand a simulated earthquake. In addition, the girls created catapults and participated in a lecture about hydrolysis (liquid to gas to liquid), space, and living on Mars.

It was evident that the event was a success. Thank you, SIUE, Society of Women Engineers, for inspiring the next generation.

One hundred District 7 students attended Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville’s annual “Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day” on Saturday, February 16, 2019. The Society of Women Engineers organized the event to give young girls the opportunity to see what the field of engineering has to offer to their generation.

District 7 Congratulates Top Spellers!

On February 20, 2019 District 7 hosted the Eleventh Annual Spelling Bee competition in the Lincoln Middle School Auditorium. In December and January, students began competing in the preliminary competitions that were hosted at all of the third through eighth grade schools.

From there, the winners and runner-ups from each classroom competed at the building level. Nineteen students advanced to the District 7 Spelling Bee. These students were the top spellers out of 3,300 students who began this competition in District 7.

At the end of the night, Selin Aktuna, 8th grader from Liberty Middle School, earned the championship title. Miles Massey, 8th grader from Lincoln Middle School, was runner-up.

District 7 Congratulates Top Spellers

A full list of students who participated in the District 7 Spelling Bee Competition is below:
Amelia Zhang, Yorm Nutsukpui, Andrew Wang, Jared Johnson, Grace Capron, Kaan Demirer, Alexis Haas, Brayden Steelman, Natalie Becker, Selin Atkuna, Gabrielle Hill, Nolan Row, Madison Deck, Miles Massey, David Huang, Sara Davis, and Kacey Williams.

The following students won their building level competition and advanced to the Post-Dispatch Regional Spelling Bee competition, which will be held on Saturday, March 19, 2019, at McKendree University in Lebanon, IL.

Cassens Elementary: Amelia Zhang– 4th Grade
Columbus Elementary: Jared Johnson– 5th Grade
Woodland Elementary: Grace Capron– 5th Grade
Worden Elementary: Brayden Steelman– 5th Grade
Liberty Middle School: Selin Atkuna– 8th Grade
Lincoln Middle School: Madison Deck– 8th Grade

We wish them the best of luck as they represent District 7 at the Post-Dispatch Regional Spelling Bee competition.

Edwardsville Elementary Science Night

Tuesday, March 12th, 2019
6:30 – 8:00 PM
Liberty Middle School

Edwardsville Elementary Science Night

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

Grades: District 7 3rd-5th graders and their parents. All students must be accompanied by a parent.
Sponsored by: Edwardsville High School Science Club
Special Guests: River Bend Astronomy Club
RSVP: Patty Beeler at pbeeler@ecusd7.org or call 656-1182

Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)

District 7’s K-12 Science Committee continues to meet regularly in order to gain a deeper understanding of the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). The committee is researching and developing a new science curriculum that is aligned to the NGSS.

 

Kindergarten Information Nights

Just a friendly reminder about the Kindergarten Information Nights for Parents – remember, you may attend the meeting that is most convenient for you regardless of location. For more information about registering your child for kindergarten, please follow the link to our website: http://ecusd7.org/2019-2020-kindergarten-registration-information/ .


2019-2020 Kindergarten Registration Information

Who: Children who are age 5 on or before September 1, 2019

What: Pre-registration for students entering kindergarten in the 2019-20 school year

When: Wednesday, March 13, 2019 Noon – 6:30 p.m.

Where: The school your child will attend for kindergarten

Registration paperwork can be found at http://ecusd7.org/district-information/registration/ or at your child’s school.

Parents should bring the following documents to registration:

  • The child’s original birth certificate (a copy will be made and original returned to you)
  • Two forms of proof of residency (See website for allowable documents)
  • Phone number and address of three adults who can be called in an emergency
  • Name and phone number of the child’s doctor and dentist
  • An e-mail address for each parent

Kindergarten students are required to have a physical, dental, and vision exam so please make these appointments early. These exams do not have to be completed by registration, but will be required the first day of school.

An $80 registration fee is required the first day of school, August 13, 2019.


Kindergarten Parent Information Nights
6:30 – 7:30p.m.

February 20 – Nelson Elementary
February 27 – Leclaire Elementary
March 5 –  Glen Carbon Elementary
March 14 – Hamel Elementary
March 19 – Goshen Elementary
March 21 – Midway Elementary

These meetings are for parent/guardians of incoming kindergarten students. Students do not need to attend. All meetings are identical and not school specific, so please attend the meeting that is most convenient regardless of location. Parents should plan on attending one session.

The presentation will include:

  • An overview of the kindergarten experience
  • An explanation of policies regarding half-day enrollment
  • General information about District 7 schools
  • Information about your child’s kindergarten orientation
  • How to enroll in the District 7 Parent Messenger app.
  • A question/answer session

Black History Month

In addition to the annual art contest held at the elementary buildings, our schools and teachers are incorporating many activities throughout the month of February in celebration of Black History Month. Students have been involved in classroom-based activities as well as school-wide activities surrounding the study of famous African-Americans. Teachers have incorporated these studies into their daily reading and writing lessons. The video below shares an example of a closing activity to a classroom lesson: click on the link below to a rendition of Maya Angelou’s “Life Doesn’t Frighten Me.”

llinois 5Essentials Survey

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


 

November 15, 2018

Dear District 7 Parents,

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

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

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

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

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

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

Sincerely,

Lynda C. Andre, Superintendent

 

Lincoln School Alumni Foundation

Edwardsville School District 7 would like to recognize the Lincoln School Alumni Foundation for their generous donation to support the students in the Edwardsville District. Herman Shaw, along with other members of the Lincoln School Alumni Foundation, were present at the Board of Education meeting held on Monday, February 11th to present a generous $20,000 check to our Board of Education. This monetary donation will be used to directly support student programs across all Edwardsville District 7 schools.
Edwardsville School District 7 would like to recognize the Lincoln School Alumni Foundation for their generous donation!

Superintendent’s Comments – February 12, 2019

Dr. Lynda C. Andre
February 12, 2019

  • Focus on Finance Report: Implementation of Proposition E Financial Goals
  • Lincoln School Alumni Foundation Donation
  • School Messenger Parent App

Focus on Finance Report: Implementation of Proposition E Financial Goals
At Monday night’s regular meeting, Assistant Superintendent for Business Operations, Dave Courtney provided a financial update to the board and community on the progress being made toward District 7 achieving financial stability as a result of the passage of Proposition E in April 2017.

With the passage of Proposition E, the District has begun the slow process of restoring financial stability, fulfilling a promise made to the community. However, the District and Board of Education must continue to carefully monitor expenditures to avoid returning to the financial uncertainty the District has experienced since 2009.

For the first time in eleven years, the District has a balanced budget and is on track to begin reducing the Education Fund debt during the 2018-2019 school year. It is projected that, assuming financial conditions and state funding remain on track and expenditure increases are controlled, the District will pay off its Education Fund debt by the end of the 2019-2020 school year and should then be in a position to achieve a 10% fund balance reserve by the end of the 2022-2023 school year.

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

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

The original 2018-2019 budget and current mid-year projection indicates that the District remains on track to reduce the Education Fund negative fund balance (debt) from $5.3 million to approximately $1.9 million by June 30, 2019.

In addition, as a result of having a balanced budget in the Education Fund this year, the District will not have to transfer tax levy funding from the Working Cash Fund ($700,000) to the Education Fund-beginning the restoration of Working Cash Fund reserves which have been depleted since June 30, 2016.

Lincoln School Alumni Foundation Donation
We are fortunate to have citizens in our community such as those in the Lincoln School Alumni Foundation who care about District 7 students, teachers, and families in the generous ways they have over many years.

Once again, this group of citizens’ generosity is only exceeded by their enthusiasm and commitment to our school district. Their donations have provided financial support to programs that benefit students; including, college entrance exam prep courses, middle school tutoring, elementary summer reading programs, and principal-led school initiatives.

On behalf of District 7’s 7,600 students and over 450 teachers, I want to express our sincerest appreciation to the Lincoln School Alumni Foundation for their most recent donation of $20,000.

SchoolMessenger Parent App
At Monday night’s board meeting, the District introduced the second of three communication enhancements for parents. After launching updated websites, District 7 is now releasing a parent app that will consolidate all emails, phone calls, and text messages from the District into a new communications app. Parents and employees can:

  • Set communications preferences for calls, emails, texts, and more
  • Receive all kinds of school messages (classroom and group updates, activity alerts, school and district notifications) in one single app
  • Review messages on any device – smartphone, laptop, etc.

Go to http://go.schoolmessenger.com to download the SchoolMessenger mobile app for Apple and Android devices or use the web-based version from your internet browser to sign up.

With the new SchoolMessenger app, parents, employees, and community members have 24/7/365 access to important school notifications such as weather and emergency alerts.

Do the Right Thing Recognition

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

Congratulations to the students and their families who were honored at the February 11, 2019 Board Meeting. Each student recognized was nominated by a teacher, his/her principal, or another staff member because of an act of kindness that was observed somewhere in the school. The program regularly recognizes students who exemplify good judgment in a variety of situations.

The Honorees were as follows:

Edwardsville High School
Alex Wernex
Jack Rafaelle
Joey Lu
Roland Prenzler
Howard Ingram II
Isaiah O’Connell
Holly Williams
Abigail Garvey

Glen Carbon Elementary
Katie Goodman
Collin Rinderknect
Isabelle Wonders

Goshen Elementary
Stella Elliott
Cade Baugh
Charlie Burge
Samual Monroe

Liberty Middle School
Lori Koenig
Joshua Anoke
Alina Tate

Lincoln Middle School
Livia Budwell
Josie Steinmann
Kameron Schacht

Cassens Elementary
Henry Stonewater
Atticus Eales
Isabelle McMeen

Hamel Elementary
Carlee Cozad
Willa Helmers
Hailey Binkley

Midway Elementary
Levi Musgrave
Malory Ruyle
Macie Wilkinson

Woodland Elementary
Addison Timmer
Rowan Weller
Braden Compton

Worden Elementary
Wyatt Gibbs
LulaMae Bennett
Jackson Ruf

LeClaire Elementary
Derek Donner
Elaina Paradee
Khloe Raitt

Nelson Elementary
Lillian Wylie
Tyson Bench
Annabelle Sirko

Columbus Elementary
Harvey Wallace
Eugenia Wilson
Morgan Dauway-Solomon

2019-2020 Kindergarten Registration Information

Who: Children who are age 5 on or before September 1, 2019

What: Pre-registration for students entering kindergarten in the 2019-20 school year

When: Wednesday, March 13, 2019 Noon – 6:30 p.m.

Where: The school your child will attend for kindergarten

Registration paperwork can be found at http://ecusd7.org/district-information/registration/ or at your child’s school.

Parents should bring the following documents to registration:

  • The child’s original birth certificate (a copy will be made and original returned to you)
  • Two forms of proof of residency (See website for allowable documents)
  • Phone number and address of three adults who can be called in an emergency
  • Name and phone number of the child’s doctor and dentist
  • An e-mail address for each parent

Kindergarten students are required to have a physical, dental, and vision exam so please make these appointments early. These exams do not have to be completed by registration, but will be required the first day of school.

An $80 registration fee is required the first day of school, August 13, 2019.


Kindergarten Parent Information Nights
6:30 – 7:30p.m.

February 20 – Nelson Elementary
February 27 – Leclaire Elementary
March 5 –  Glen Carbon Elementary
March 14 – Hamel Elementary
March 19 – Goshen Elementary
March 21 – Midway Elementary

These meetings are for parent/guardians of incoming kindergarten students. Students do not need to attend. All meetings are identical and not school specific, so please attend the meeting that is most convenient regardless of location. Parents should plan on attending one session.

The presentation will include:

  • An overview of the kindergarten experience
  • An explanation of policies regarding half-day enrollment
  • General information about District 7 schools
  • Information about your child’s kindergarten orientation
  • How to enroll in the District 7 Parent Messenger app.
  • A question/answer session

Black History Month Art Contest

As part of Black History Month, District 7 has once again partnered with the Edwardsville NAACP to hold their annual art contest. The theme chosen for 2019 is African American poets or authors. District 7 students in grades K-2 will participate in an individual art contest, while our 3-5 students will work together to create a museum effect on the exterior of their classroom door. Stay tuned as grade level winners will be announced later this month!

District 7 Fulfilling Prop E Promises With Finances

It’s been nearly two years since Proposition E, a tax rate increase to the District 7 Education Fund, passed. During the Prop E campaign, the district vowed to use the additional tax revenues to stabilize the district’s finances, update curriculum and re-establish a curriculum development cycle as well as update school security and technology.

In a series of articles, we look at where District 7 is on its promises and what is left to achieve in the remaining two years of its four-year post-Prop E plan. This article takes a look at the district’s finances with David Courtney, Edwardsville District 7 assistant superintendent of business operations. [Continue Reading →]

District 7 Performing Arts February 2019 Calendar

 

 

 

Time Event Organization Location
Saturday,
February 2
7:00 p.m.

Madison County

Band Festival

Elem./MS Band Collinsville Middle School

Wednesday,

February 6

6:30 p.m.

Nelson

2nd Grade Musical

Nelson

Elementary

EHS Auditorium
Friday,
February 8
7:00 p.m. EHS Talent Show EHS

EHS

Auditorium

Tuesday,
February 12
7:00 p.m.

Glen Carbon

2nd Grade Musical

Glen Carbon Elementary Glen Carbon Gym
Wednesday, February 13 6:30 p.m. Hamel 2nd Grade

Hamel

Elementary

Hamel Gym
Saturday,
February 16
7:00 p.m. Madison County Jazz Festival Elem./MS Band Good Shepard Lutheran School
Tuesday,
February 19
7:00 p.m.

EHS

Orchestra Concert

EHS Orchestra EHS Auditorium
Wednesday, February 20 6:30 p.m.

Liberty

Winter Band Concert

Liberty Middle School

Liberty MS

Gym

Wednesday, February 20 7:00 p.m.

Leclaire

2nd Grade Musical

Leclaire

Elementary

EHS Auditorium
Thursday,
February 21
7:00 p.m. EHS Concert/Symphonic Band Concert EHS Band EHS Auditorium
Tuesday,
February 26
7:00 p.m.

EHS

Choir Concert

EHS Choir EHS Auditorium
Wednesday, February 27 6:30 p.m.

Midway

2nd Grade Musical

Midway

Elementary

Midway

Gym

Wednesday, February 27 7:00 p.m.

Columbus

3rd Grade Musical

Columbus

Elementary

EHS Auditorium
Thursday,
February 28
6:30 p.m. Liberty Act 1 Liberty Middle School

Liberty MS

Gym

Thursday,
February 28
7:00 p.m.

Goshen

Kindergarten Musical

Goshen

Elementary

Goshen Gym
Thursday,
February 28
7:00 p.m.

Lincoln

Winter Band Concert

Lincoln Middle School

Lincoln MS

Auditorium

 

District 7 Preschool Academy Registration

District 7 Preschool Academy is accepting registration for the 2019-2020 school year. For more information, please visit the website: http://twell9.wixsite.com/district-7-preschool/-about

District 7 Preschool Academy is accepting registration for the 2019-2020 school year.

Reminders for the Month of February

 Friday, February 1  3rd Quarter Progress Reports Issued
During 3rd quarter, progress reports will be available in TigerView only. Due to the inclement weather days, they will not be available until this afternoon.
 Monday, February 18

Presidents Day

No Student Attendance

 

 

 

 

 

 

District 7 Schedules Summer Placement Screening Dates

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

The following students should schedule a placement screening appointment:

  • Incoming 1st–5th grade students new to District 7 who are coming from non-traditional school settings such as: International schools, home-school situations and/or standards-based reporting without grade level designations. Elementary students coming from parochial schools within District 7 boundaries do not need to attend.
  • All Incoming 6th–8th grade students new to District 7
  • Incoming 9th grade students who would like to be considered for a Geometry/Honors Geometry course as a freshman student.

All other students new to District 7 will be placed in classrooms/courses based on records from the student’s previous school. Placement testing for these students is not necessary.

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

District 7 Summer Placement Screenings

  • Friday, June 7
  • Thursday, June 13
  • Thursday, August 1
  • Friday, August 2
  • Wednesday, August 7

Summer Placement Screenings will be held at: Lincoln Middle School, 145 West Street, Edwardsville

Students need to attend only one session.

Please call Barb Johnson @ 618-655-6021 to schedule an appointment

Good Employee Recognition

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

Congratulations to the District 7 employees that were honored at the January 30, 2019 Board of Education Meeting. Each employee was nominated by an administrator because of their outstanding effort, willingness, and dedication to students and the entire District 7 community. Employees are given this special recognition as an acknowledgment for their contributions in making District 7 the district of choice.

The Honorees were as follows:

Edwardsville High School
Wandena Willman
Ana Harris
Jennifer Kaffer
Nicole Pontious
Cayla Bowen
Tim Funkhouser
Angie VanBuskirk
Mark Heiderscheeid
Christian Rhoten

Glen Carbon Elementary
Mark Roberts

Goshen Elementary
Kristin Griffin
Amanda Allen
Holly Teague

Midway Elementary
Bobbi Blackwell
Kelly Wells
Amy Crony
Ruth Wiegand

Liberty Middle School
Kim Robeza
Leonard Manly
Breanna Muenstermann
Karlie Woszczynski

Lincoln Middle School
Amanda Kapper
Gardner Holland
Lucia Cook
Emily Gnaedinger
Marybeth Nelson
Lisa Bohnenstiehl
Denise Downes

Cassens Elementary
Kim Moore
Ellen Fox
Bre Leach

Hamel Elementary
Amy Nunn
Kris Landry
Kyle Yates

Columbus Elementary
Julia Raynor
Donna Mellenthin
Brittany Schellhardt

Woodland Elementary
Meghan Dittman
Samantha Friedman
Kim Edwards

Worden Elementary
Amanda Wasson

LeClaire Elementary
Verity Woody
Cassandra Johnson
Tanya Craddick
Jennifer Fowler

Nelson Elementary
Cathy Heimos
Katie Michaels
Karen Bertels
Jeri Cullen

 

Illinois 5Essentials Survey

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


November 15, 2018

Dear District 7 Parents,

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

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

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

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

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

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

Sincerely,

Lynda C. Andre, Superintendent

Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day

TODAY – Friday, January 25, 2019 is the last day to register for the conference if you are interested in your child attending.


Dear Parent/Guardian,

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Sincerely,

Kim Moore
kmoore@ecusd7.org

District 7 Fulfilling Prop E Promises With Technology

It’s been nearly two years since Proposition E, a tax rate increase to the District 7 education fund, passed. During the Prop E campaign, the District vowed to use the tax increase funds to stabilize the district’s finances, update curriculum and re-establish a curriculum update development cycle as well as update school security and technology. [Continue Reading →]

ISAC Names EHS’s State Scholars for Academic Achievements

ISAC (Illinois Student Assistance Commission) has named the following Edwardsville High School students as its 2019-2020 State Scholars for outstanding academic achievement: https://www.theintelligencer.com/news/article/ISAC-names-EHS-8217-s-State-Scholars-for-13483883.php.

Do the Right Thing Recognition

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

The Honorees were as follows:

Edwardsville High School
Alexis Allen
Erica Bigtas
Hannah Bielicke

Glen Carbon Elementary
Liam Hackney
Colin Huber
Lux Ealson

Goshen Elementary
Annora Burkaman
Ela Kuba
Alexander Ahart
Mia Salger

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

Lincoln Middle School
Sam Vuagniaux
Kai Vetter
Claire Jones

Cassens Elementary
Sunee Delkus
Olivia Sadler
Kaden Wilson
Brynner Reising

Hamel Elementary
Evy Whittington
Hunter Gibbs
Ethan Bohnenstiehl

Midway Elementary
Max Cherepkai
Catherine Ruyle
Lillie Brueggemann

Woodland Elementary
Mia Marshall
Andrah Salyer
Caroline Wylie

Worden Elementary
Madison Sparks
Allyson Suhre
Chace Matheny

LeClaire Elementary
Parker Snyders
Nolan McKinney
Ashlyn Andre

Nelson Elementary
Tyler Lugge
Charlotte Wylie
Chloe Stephenson

Columbus Elementary
Annica Miller
Madoka Fujinoki
Dorien Cochran

District 7 Fulfilling Prop E Promises With Curriculum

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

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

2019-2020 District Calendar

Board Approves 2019-2020 School Calendar

[2019-2020 School Calendar]

Highlights of the 2019-2020 calendar include:

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

Superintendent’s Comments – January 15, 2019

Dr. Lynda C. Andre
January 15, 2019

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

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

Highlights of the 2019-2020 calendar include:

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

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

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

Reminder: Lincoln School Alumni Foundation Trivia Night

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

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

Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day

Dear Parent/Guardian,

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Sincerely,

Kim Moore
kmoore@ecusd7.org

New Teacher Seminar Series

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

New teachers attending the New Teacher Seminar Series.

Illinois 5Essentials Survey

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


November 15, 2018

Dear District 7 Parents,

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

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

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

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

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

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

Lynda C. Andre, Superintendent

Early dismissal due to weather forecast

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

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

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

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

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

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

District 7 Performing Arts – January 2019 Calendar

 

 

Time Event Organization Location
Tuesday, January 15 6:30 p.m. Woodland 3rd Grade Musical Woodland Elementary Woodland Gym
Tuesday, January 15 6:30 p.m. Kindergarten & 1st Grade Musical Hamel Elementary EHS Auditorium
Wednesday, January 16 7:00 p.m. Kindergarten Musical Glen Carbon Elementary Glen Carbon Gym
Thursday, January 17 6:30 p.m. Kindergarten & 1st Grade Musical Midway Elementary EHS Auditorium
Wednesday, January 23 6:30 p.m. Kindergarten Musical Nelson Elementary EHS Auditorium
Thursday, January 24 7:00 p.m. 2nd Grade Musical Goshen Elementary Goshen Gym

Superintendent’s Comments – January 3, 2019

Dear Parent/Guardians:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Respectfully,
Dr. Lynda C. Andre
Superintendent

Welcome Back and Inclement Weather Reminder

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

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

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Good Employee Recognition

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

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

Edwardsville High School

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

Glen Carbon Elementary

  • Janice Fields

Goshen Elementary

  • Sarah Koithan
  • Kim Michel
  • Julia Poe

Midway Elementary

  • Nicole Mathews
  • Jack Turner

Liberty Middle School

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

Lincoln Middle School

  • Morgan Grossardt
  • Wendy Grant
  • Gardner Holland

Cassens Elementary

  • Tina Isaac
  • Amelia Sinn
  • Gina Law

Hamel Elementary

  • Vicky Taverner
  • Rachel Graumenz

Columbus Elementary

  • Sierra Hyman
  • Barb Lowry
  • Lisa White

Woodland Elementary

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

LeClaire Elementary

  • Melissa McKaig
  • Kim Cottrell
  • Janna Beckmann

Nelson Elementary

  • Sylvia Peterson
  • Scot Ambuel
  • Bridget Steiner

Annual Thanksgiving Collection

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

Annual Thanksgiving Collection

EHS Drama Club

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

Illinois 5Essentials Survey

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

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

October 2, 2018

Dear Parents:

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

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

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

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

General Information

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

i) Continue the process for all remaining conferences.

2) For K-5 Students

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

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

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

3) Middle/High School Students

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

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

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

Respectfully,

Dr. Lynda C. Andre

Superintendent

Do the Right Thing Recognition

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

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

The Honorees were as follows:

Edwardsville High School

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

Glen Carbon Elementary

  • Nikita Andolo
  • Roberto Rodriguez
  • Abigail Thomas

Goshen Elementary

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

Liberty Middle School

  • Allyson Grotefendt
  • Ashe Reed
  • Jackson Rodgers

Lincoln Middle School

  • Ella Glisson
  • Malik Allen
  • Jena Holder

Cassens Elementary

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

Hamel Elementary

  • Andrew Wieser
  • Isla Kreamalmeyer
  • Lindsay Autry

Midway Elementary

  • Charley Wiemers
  • Tatum Brown
  • Tucker Sanderson

Woodland Elementary

  • Kylie Arensmann
  • Rimere Freeman
  • Violet Elsas

Worden Elementary

  • Grace Brophy
  • Blake Dannenbrink
  • Aidan May

LeClaire Elementary

  • Maylea Dodd
  • Michael Edwards
  • Hudson Favre

Nelson Elementary

  • Maverick Hall
  • Braeden Allen
  • Hannah Buckley

Columbus Elementary

  • Hailey Gipson
  • Eli Kennedy
  • Ava Kvale

New Teacher Seminar Series

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

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Progress Reports

Progress Reports are now available in TigerView!

Inclement Weather Procedures

November 8, 2018

Dear Parents:

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

SchoolMessenger will communicate the information in the following ways:

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

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

The following notification procedures will support the broadcast system:

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

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

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

Respectfully,

Dr. Lynda C. Andre

Superintendent

EHS Drama Club

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

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