• Ready, Set, ENROLL - for PreSchool!

    Families with young children are encouraged to participate in this community-wide effort to link them with high quality early learning programs. Services are available for expectant parents, infants, toddlers and preschoolers. Young children will receive FREE developmental screenings.

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Featured News and Headlines

  • Registration is Now Open for our Virtual Job Fair

    Virtual Job Fair July 22, 2020! Read more for the link to register.

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  • Superintendent Culver's Message on School Year 2020

    Attention all parents, students and staff, please review the following message from Superintendent Culver concerning fall updates.

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  • Now Enrolling NEW PreK-Grade 8 for Fall 2020

    Registration for returning preschool and new preK-8th grade students can be picked up Monday-Thursday from 10:00am-1:00pm at Vivian Adams Early Childhood Center.

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  • Superintendent's Message on Racial Injustice

    The nation is unraveling, deeply saddened and devastated by the killing of yet another black man. George Floyd’s brutal and senseless murder is the latest in a continuous tide of deaths caused by police brutality and indifference. His name is now added to a growing list including Ahmaud Arbery, Tony McDade, Breonna Taylor, Michael Brown, Trayvon Martin and many other unarmed black people who have been killed because of overly aggressive behaviors of police officers or vigilantes across our nation. This trend has continued because the criminal justice system has allowed the human rights of the victims to be grotesquely violated without significant consequences. Feelings of outrage, shock, despair, and heartbreak cannot begin to express the deep range of emotions that most of us have experienced during this painful time.

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  • Click Here! - Virtual Graduation

    2020 High School - Virtual Graduation - Congratulations to our East St. Louis Senior High School Class of 2020 on earning over $11 million in college scholarships! Your future is bright! We wish our Class of 2020 the best!

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  • Need Help? Resources for You

    There are resources available to those needing assistance now during the COVID-19 pandemic – anything from where to find food and childcare support to numbers for County Health Departments and mental health and counseling hotlines.

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  • Grab and Go Student Meals on Wheels

    Grab and go meals are provided during school closure. Meals available 10am-Noon, Monday-Friday, at our nine K-12 schools and at participating centers. Brief mobile stops also provide Grab and Go meals. Meals include one day of breakfast and lunch provided in one bag and are to be picked up then taken home to eat. Meals may be picked up by students or guradians.

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  • Contact Info During School Closure

    Are you trying to reach your child's teacher or school principal during school closure? This list provides principal emails and phone numbers for you to use. If you have general questions and don't know who to start with, email questions@estl189.com for help.

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  • Ed Resources During School Closure

    Families, students, leaders, teachers and staff are concerned anytime students are away from school for an extended period of time. For this reason, the Curriculum and Student Support Services departments have compiled a list of resources and websites for students and their families to engage in learning activities. Please use the links provided and activities shared by teachers to keep students engaged in academic and social-emotional activities during our school closure.

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  • Remote Learning Plan

    In response to Illinois State Board of Education's recommendations and in accordance with Illinois State Governor JB Pritzker's executive orders, District 189 and IFT Local 1220 have developed a Remote Learning Plan to meet learning needs and ensure future academic success for all students during this unprecedented school closure.

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  • Información de Emergencia para Familias

    Recursos para estudiantes de inglés

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  • Transcript Requests During School Closure

    If there is an urgent need for transcripts or student records, please follow steps to make requests while we are under school closure due to COVID-19 precautions. There may be a delay. Please understand that unique circumstances may not be resolved until we return.

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A Spark from ARC

  • Reaching Up and Reaching Out

    This pandemic requires us to pivot our work - to readjust. We have had to think outside the box and unleash our creativity. All of us - district leaders, building principals, classroom teachers, coaches, support staff, students and parents - have been adapting to the changing conditions. The current crisis has altered the fabric of how we teach, how we support our students, how we learn and how we connect with each other. You need to know that your commitment, perseverance, grit and tenacity have not gone unnoticed. Your professionalism, adaptability, flexibility, passion and positive attitude have been extremely critical as we continue to provide our students with a high quality education, nutritious meals and social emotional support. This is a time to reach up and reach out.

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  • Rise Above the Urge to Quit - FEBRUARY 2020

    The challenges of the first semester took a lot of effort to overcome and caused some of us to grow weary. It is imperative that we replenish the drive, energy, and enthusiasm we exhibited at the beginning of the school year. If you are truly committed to empowering excellence, you will resist the temptation to become lackadaisical during times of fatigue or adversity.

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  • Eagle or Oyster? - AUGUST 2019

    School has begun and we are off to a great start! As we embark upon this school year, I am reminded of the story of the eagle and the oyster. I encourage you to read the passages below and find some “golden nuggets.”

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  • Level Up to Excellence - January 2019

    Are we demanding enough from ourselves and our students? High expectations are critical to our success and the success of our students. What is success? Success is typically defined as the accomplishment of one’s goals. To attain success, we must have the ability to move from failure to failure with no loss of enthusiasm.

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  • 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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