2018 Summer Food Service Program

  • Summer Food Service Program 2018

     Breakfast and lunch will be available for all children and youth in the East St. Louis School District community this summer, from now through July 31st!  Free breakfast and lunch is available, Monday through Friday, at these school locations:

    • East St. Louis Senior High School (4901 State Street) from June 4 - July 31, 2018

    Breakfast: 7:00-9:00 a.m. / Lunch: 11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

    • Mason/Clark Middle School (5510 State Street) and Lincoln Middle School (12 South 10th Street) from June 4 - July 31, 2018

    Breakfast: 8:00-9:30 a.m. / Lunch: 12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.

    • Avant Elementary(1915 North 55th Street), Bush Elementary (1516 Gross Avenue), Dunbar Elementary (1835 Tudor Avenue), Officer Elementary (558 North 27th Street) and  Katie Harper Wright Elementary (7710 State Street) from June 4 - July 31, 2018

    Breakfast: 8:00-9:30 a.m. / Lunch: 12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.

    • Vivian Adams Early Childhood Center (501 Katherine Dunham Place) from June 4 - June 28, 2018

    Breakfast: 8:00-9:30 a.m. / Lunch: 12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.

    Please note, meals will not be served on Wednesday, July 4th in observance of Independence Day. We encourage you to participate in the Summer Food Program so children can receive free breakfast and lunch, now through July 31st! 

  • First Day of School: August 16, 2018

    ENROLL NOW! If your child is currently enrolled in School District 189, you do not have to re-register but you must provide updated contact and emergency information and updated immunization records. This can be completed during the summer at the Family and Community Engagement Center (401 Katherine Dunham Place) or at your student's school orientation in August. Updated information must be collected by Thursday, August 16th, the first day of school in 2018.

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Superintendent's Message to the Graduating Class of 2018

Student Growth

  • Academic Achievement Significantly Improved Over 5 Years

    Student academic performance in East St. Louis School District 189 is continuously improving and is near meeting national expectations according to the results of an analysis of five years of Northwest Evaluation Association Measure of Academic Progress (MAP) test data.

    District 189, along with 485 other districts in Illinois, uses the State Board of Education-approved Northwest Evaluation Association (NWEA) Measure of Academic Progress (MAP) to determine if a student is performing below, at or above grade level and which areas need focus to help the student continue to grow academically. MAP tests are nationally-normed, which also lets the District know how our students’ growth compares to that of students across the nation.

    District 189 gives MAP tests 2-3 times per year to students in grades K-10. This allows our teachers, parents, and students to continuously monitor progress. “Our expectation is that our students’ academic skills are competitive nationally, and this test gives us one measure of progress on that goal,” said Superintendent Arthur Culver.

    National academic standards do not take into account the challenges that many District 189 students face, such as extreme poverty and lack of local tax dollars for education. Our students, however, have shown that they can overcome all obstacles. “These challenges are no match for the talent and determination of our staff, students, and community,” said Superintendent Culver. MAP results tell us that Superintendent Culver is correct.

    Meeting national academic growth expectations looked like a steep, uphill climb in the fall of 2012-2013 when the MAP test was first given. Our students fell well below national standards, but we expected this due to the lack of resources, personnel, and curriculum available at the time. The District had just begun adding content area specialists and implementing new curriculum.

    During the past five years, due to grant funding and appropriations, we have added significant resources including a Curriculum Management Audit completed in the second year of testing and responses to the Audit beginning in the third year.  Here is a summary of the measured growth by cohort group against national growth expectations from Fall 2012 to Winter 2017.

    • From Fall 2012 to Winter 2017, student cohort groups achieved 70% to 109% of nationally normed growth expectation in math.
    • From Fall 2012 to Winter 2017, student cohort groups achieved 77% to 112% of nationally normed growth expectation in reading.

    Beginning in the Fall of 2014, District 189 implemented even more supports to increase academic rigor.  Focused training of building leaders and instructional coaches along with changes in curriculum and assessment writing also contributed to marked improvement in student performance. 

    When the data is assessed from Fall 2014 to Winter 2017 - the time period in which these supports have been the strongest - student growth is even more pronounced. 

    • From Fall 2014 to Winter 2017, student cohort groups achieved 83% to 178% of nationally normed growth expectation in math.
    • From Fall 2014 to Winter 2017, student cohort groups achieved 88% to 156% of nationally normed growth expectation in reading.

    It is a source of great pride for District 189 that the cohort for grades 7-10 outperformed the national expectation for growth in math during this time period. The remaining cohort groups are no more than 17 percent away from achieving this goal. This is a vast improvement over the first year of testing when cohorts were significantly below national grade level standards. Some cohort groups (same students tested each time) improved up to 78 percent greater than the national expectations.

    District 189 students can and will meet and exceed national standards. Resources and support are necessary for our students to succeed, and we will continue to seek grants and appropriations to supply them. 

    There are many adults who deserve credit for improved academic growth in East St. Louis School District 189, including teachers, administrators, staff, parents, churches, community, strategic partners, the local Board, and the State Board of Education. It is the students, however, who have accepted the challenge of meeting national academic growth standards and who are well on their way to success. 

    For specific information about your student’s progress, contact the school principal.

    To access the full NWEA Growth Analysis for Fall 2012, Fall 2014 - Winter 2017, click here.

Featured News and Headlines

  • Urban Ed Teacher Residency Program

    District 189 is seeking talented, committed individuals to join our first Urban Ed Teacher Residency Program. The intensive and supportive program will develop highly effective teachers through a yearlong, residency-based training model. Urban Ed residents serve full time, receive a $30,000 stipend and obtain a Master's degree in Education. This one year program will prepare teacher residents to become quality teachers and ensure they are culturally and pedagogically prepared for success in the classroom. Apply now at: https://goo.gl/15WUHX

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  • Summer Meals

    FREE healthy and nutritious summer meals are available for children (18 and under) when school is out. To find a site close to you, call 800-359-2163 or text FoodIL to 877877. Free Summer Meals are part of the Summer Food Service Program funded through the U.S. Department of Agriculture and administered by the Illinois State Board of Education. School District 189 is proud to serve as a partner for the Summer Meals program.

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  • SHINE 189 Volume 3

    You don't want to miss the May volume of School District 189's SHINE 189 newsletter! This periodic communications tool is focused on Supporting, Helping, Inspiring, Next-Level Educators. Learn about Montez Holton, Valedictorian of the East St. Louis Senior High School Class of 2018, and his walk across two stages this month: earning a high school diploma and associate’s degree.

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  • SHINE 189 Volume 2

    Please review the December volume of School District 189's SHINE 189 newsletter! This quarterly communications tool is focused on Supporting, Helping, Inspiring, Next-Level Educators.

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  • SHINE 189

    Please review the first volume of School District 189's SHINE 189 newsletter! This communications tool will be released quarterly and is focused on Supporting, Helping, Inspiring, Next-Level Educators.

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  • Recruiting and Hiring for School Year 2018-2019

    East St. Louis School District 189 is looking for high-quality teachers, administrators and support staff to help our students get the best education possible. If you are committed to excellence, District 189 is the team to join!

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A Spark from ARC

  • The Power of Belief - March 2018

    Our thoughts are one of the most powerful tools we possess. The self-talk we do in our minds will motivate or minimize our actions. I know firsthand that life shrinks or expands in proportion to our beliefs, courage and expectations. In District 189, we are committed to excellence. This frame of thinking has led to intentional, focused hard work. The fruits of our labor are becoming more evident.

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  • Spirit of Giving - December 2017

    As we approach the holiday season, it is a perfect time to reflect and be thankful for the wonderful blessings that come our way. The spirit of giving is all around us. It is amazing that with all the responsibilities you have, many of you go above and beyond the call of duty to meet the needs of our students. I would like to recognize a few of those major giving initiatives.

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  • Progress on the Path - December 2017

    District 189 is making progress. The annual Illinois Report Card shows our students are making real academic gains that are leading to improved graduation rates, college readiness, college enrollment and persistence.

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  • Committed to Excellence - August 2017

    We are blessed to be chosen to work with our community’s most precious resource, our children. They depend on us to provide them with a high-quality education in spite of every adversity we face. For children, education is the gateway to opportunity, the pathway to the future and their ticket to the middle class.

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  • Finish Strong - April 2017

    The school year will soon be coming to a close. It is hard to believe that most of the school year is already completed. There have been many great experiences and successes during this time. Four high school students will be graduating with their high school diploma and their associate’s degree from SWIC through the Running Start program.

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  • Reflections on Excellence - December 2016

    At the close of a calendar year, it is customary to reflect on our successes and challenges. Reflection is a crucial habit to ensure continuous improvement. A commitment to excellence requires us to never settle for low quality, mediocrity or poor performance. On our journey toward excellence and greatness, we should celebrate our successes; however, we must not be content until we reach our destination.

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  • True Grit: The Predictor of Excellence - September 2016

    As staff, teachers and administrators, we must be ever mindful about the importance of grit in our work. Educating children is a long-term investment of our time, skills, creativity and work ethic.

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