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  • Now enrolling for preschool!

    Do you have a preschooler ages 3 to-5 or know of a family with a young child? We are now accepting new preschool student enrollment for the upcoming 2021-2022 school year.

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  • Grab and Go Student Meals

    School District 189 provides Grab & Go meals every Wednesday and Friday from 10am-Noon to remote learners enrolled in the district. The box includes breakfast, lunch, snack and supper for multiple days! Get yours at: - All 10 schools - Several Community Centers - Mobile Routes. Look for the school bus!

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  • Join our Team!

    East St. Louis School District 189 may have the perfect career opportunity for you! Check out our current job openings, including June-only teaching positions for our extended school year. Apply here!

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  • Student Rapid Testing Now Available with Parent Consent

    Attention All East St. Louis School District 189 Parents and Guardians: COVID testing is NOW available for students. Please sign the consent form (linked below) and return to your child's school at your earliest convenience to authorize your child to receive a rapid test as needed. Please read the full document carefully.

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  • Extended School Year & In-Person Instruction

    The next phase of learning recovery is pivotal for our students and their futures. Learning instruction has been extended to ensure students are on pace to advance to the next grade level. The current school year has been extended for student attendance through June 29, 2021.

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  • School District Partners with East Side Health District and National Guard to Vaccinate Staff

    East St. Louis School District 189, in partnership with East Side Health District and the National Guard provided School District 189 staff members with COVID-19 vaccines on Tuesday, February 9, 2021 and Thursday, February 11, 2021. East St. Louis School District 189 is the first known school district in the region to partner with a local health department on such a large vaccination event for staff members.

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  • Technology Guide for Students and Parents

    Please click here to access resources to help your family navigate technology being used by School District 189. Having technical difficulties? Contact the Tech Helpline at 618-646-3322 or email parentsupportcenter@estl189.com

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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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  • Información de Emergencia para Familias

    Recursos para estudiantes de inglés

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  • Ed Resources During Remote Learning

    Families, teachers & staff are concerned anytime students are away from school for an extended period. The Curriculum & Student Support Services departments suggest the following list of resources & 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.

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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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  • 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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  • 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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