2018 Summer School
Summer School 2018
Limited numbers of slots are available for the East St. Louis School District's summer school.
Grades 2-4 students (Current Grades) will be served at Officer Elementary School from June 4-28, 2018 on Mondays-Thursdays ONLY from 8:00am-1:00pm. Enrichment and remediation opportunities are available.
Grades 5-8 students (Current Grades) will be served at East St. Louis Senior High School - EAST WING from June 4-28, 2018 on Mondays-Thursdays ONLY from 8:00am-1:00pm. Enrichment and remediation opportunities are available.
Grades 9-12 students (Current Grades) will be served at East St. Louis Senior High School from June 4-28, 2018 on Mondays-Thursdays ONLY. Session 1 runs 7:30am-11:30am and Session 2 runs 12:00-4:00pm. Sessions are for credit recovery, with enrichment opportunities available for rising 9th and 10th graders.
District 189 provides breakfast, lunch and transportation to all students!
Applications are currently available from school offices and counselors.
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.
Bell schedule for school year 2017-2018:
- Vivian Adams Early Childhood Center: 9:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
- Avant, Dunbar, Officer & Wright Elementary Schools: 9:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
- Bush Elementary School: 8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
- Mason/Clark & Lincoln Middle Schools: 8:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
- East St. Louis Senior High School: 7:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
- Younge Alternative Center: 8:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
HALF DAY dismissal times for school year 2017-2018:
- Vivian Adams Early Childhood Center: 12:00 p.m.
- Avant, Dunbar, Officer & Wright Elementary Schools: 12:00 p.m.
- Bush Elementary School: 11:30 a.m.
- Mason/Clark and Lincoln Middle Schools: 11:00 a.m.
- East St. Louis Senior High School: 10:30 a.m.
- Younge Altnerative Center: 11:00 a.m.
Featured News and Headlines
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
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.
In August 2013, Public Act 098-0305 took effect, which requires IHSA to inform IHSA-member schools on the importance of CPR training. Recently, IHSA posted a CPR training video on its website so that staff at IHSA-member schools can watch it. The act also requires school districts to notify parents of the importance of CPR training and encourage them to view the video as well.
A Spark from ARC
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
May 9, 2018
May 15, 2018
6:00 PM - 8:30 PM Regular School Board Meeting
May 16, 2018
5:30 PM - 7:00 PM Key Communicator Network Mtg
May 21, 2018
May 23, 2018
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