2018 Recruitment Fair

  • Educator Recruitment Fair - March 24, 9AM until 12PM

    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.

    Attend the Recruitment Fair Saturday, March 24th, 9 a.m. until noon at East St. Louis Senior High School.  For more information, contact the District 189 Human Resources Department at 618-646-3000 or email hr@estl189.com.

    We offer competitive pay and generous benefits.

    Candidates should bring a resume. Teachers must bring a copy of their teaching license or proof of eligibility for licensure.

    Please register by completing THIS FORM.

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.

School Safety and CPR

  • CPR Training Video

    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. 

    To access the video on the IHSA’s Sports Medicine page, click here.

    To watch the video now on Youtube, click here.

School Hours

  • 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

  • Family and Community Engagement Center Open House

    You are personally invited to attend District 189's Family and Community Engagement Center Open House on Wednesday, February 28, 2018 from 10 am to 6 pm at the James E. Williams Center, 401 Katherine Dunham Rd East St. Louis, IL 62201.

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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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  • Monthly PD University Sessions Begin

    District 189 teachers are always improving! Our monthly PD University sessions offer teachers opportunities to hone their skills and develop new teaching strategies.

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  • Students Support and Learn about Veterans

    Students in East St. Louis District 189 will spend Veterans Day week honoring, assisting and learning about the contributions and sacrifices of service people – and the struggles some of them face today.

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  • Honoring School Board Members

    November 15 is School Board Members Day in Illinois! We are grateful for our board's committed efforts on behalf of children, families and the community.

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  • District 189 Leaders Receive State Board of Ed's Highest Honor

    Members of the District 189 Office of School Turnaround -- Devon Horton, Jennifer Brumback, Roshanda Johnson, Lelon Seaberry and Lauren Thomas -- have been chosen to receive the ISBE’s Those Who Excel award in the team category.

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  • Building on East St. Louis Arts Legacy

    The National Endowment for the Arts has awarded District 189 and its community partners a $75,000 grant to educate more than 700 students about the rich artistic history of East St. Louis -- and help them discover their own talent. Called East St. Louis Performs, the partnership includes the Katherine Dunham Center, Sunshine Cultural Arts Center, House of Miles, East St. Louis Housing Authority, Catholic Urban Programs - Griffin Center, Jackie Joyner-Kersee Center, Lessie Bates Davis Neighborhood House, Sinai Family Life Center, Christian Activity Center and the SIUE East St. Louis Center.

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  • Flyers Support Breast Cancer Awareness

    East St. Louis Senior High School staff and students have been raising awareness of and showing support for Breast Cancer Awareness all month long!

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  • District 189 to Join Great American ShakeOut Earthquake Drill

    East St. Louis District 189 staff and students will join schools across the country Thursday, Oct. 19 by participating in the Great American ShakeOut earthquake preparedness program. The Great ShakeOut drill centers around the drop, cover and hold on actions: Drop down to the ground, take cover under a table or other piece of heavy furniture, and then hold on until the shaking stops.

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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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  • Celebrating Bush Elementary

    Gordon Bush Elementary School was featured on The Thread TV show on Fox 2. Please take some time to watch the feature. We are all proud of the work that's taking place across the district in all of our schools. It's also a huge accomplishment to have our very own School of the Year - Gordon Bush highlighted.

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  • Nutrition Updates

    Learn more about Breakfast After the Bell, the Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) and new laws regarding allowable food and beverages on school campuses.

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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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