Tuesday, November 6, 2012
Patch put together a searchable database of the percent of students who met or exceeded requirements on Illinois' standardized tests, the ISAT and PSAE. Use it to search for your school or district.
Tuesday, November 6, 2012
The Illinois State Board of Education released its 2012 school report card data last week. It includes information on how students at each school and school district in the state did on standardized tests. Patch built this database that shows what percent of students met or exceeded state standards on the Illinois Standard Achievement Test (ISAT) and the Prairie State Achievement Examination (PSAE). You can search by your community to see how all the schools near you fared, or by specific district or school by using the drop down menus. The results page also shows ACT scores when applicable, and school enrollment numbers. (Make sure you use the horizontal scroll bar at the bottom of the results to see the full data set.) According to the …
Tuesday, October 23, 2012
Despite failures in AYP at five district schools, Scott Wakely highlights academic growth.
“We’re not where we want to be, but we’re making progress.” Those were the words of District 115 Superintendent Scott Wakely following a presentation of the 2011-2012 AYP results. According to the report five of the district’s nine schools failed to meet AYP requirements in at least one area, as defined by the federal No Child Left Behind Act. Autumn Creek Elementary School, Grande Reserve Elementary School, Yorkville Middle School Yorkville High School and Yorkville Intermediate School failed to meet the 85 percent mark set by the federal legislation that calls for 100 percent of students to meet academic standards by 2014. Despite that, Wakely said the district is constantly showing signs of academic growth. ACT scores for 2012 are at an…
Monday, October 22, 2012
District data reveals five of the district's nine schools failed to meet AYP in at least one area this year.
Yorkville Community Unit School District 115 school board members are sure to continue discussions of bolstering reading and math comprehension following the release of the district’s Adequate Yearly Progress during tonight’s board meeting. According to district data five of the district’s nine schools failed to meet AYP requirements in at least one area, as defined by the federal No Child Left Behind Act. Autumn Creek Elementary School, Grande Reserve Elementary School, Yorkville Middle School, Yorkville High School and Yorkville Intermediate School failed to meet the 92.5 percent mark set by the federal legislation that calls for 100 percent of students to meet academic standards by 2014. Adequately Yearly Progress is the measurement for…
Sunday, August 26, 2012
Elementary school PTO to host fundraiser race Sept. 30.
For the second year in a row, the Bristol Bay Boogie will make its way into Yorkville. Casual walkers and serious runners are invited to participate in the the Bristol Bay Elementary School PTO event, set for Sunday, Sept. 30. Most of the proceeds from the race will benefit the Bristol Bay PTO. Funds will also be donated to other District 115 PTOs. Participants can choose between the one mile fun run/walk for $15 or a more serious 5K run/walk for $20. Racers also can register at a family rate of $50 for four runners in either race. Those electing to do the one mile run/walk can do so with dogs and strollers. The one mile race will begin at 8:30 a.m., and the 5K at 9:15 a.m., at the school, located at 427 Bristol Bay Drive. Last year's …
Thursday, December 15, 2011
Modeled after the Illinois High School Association policy, the new rules require written permission from a licensed health care provider before a student who had a concussion can return to practice or play.
Yorkville District 115 is following in the footsteps of thousands of other school districts by adopting new guidelines for student athletes who received concussions. “This one is getting the most traction nationally,” said Superintendent Scott Wakeley during Monday’s school board meeting. “Even some of the crime dramas this week are talking about the effects of concussions. Even though it’s simulated in drama television, it’s a real issue, particularly with football.” Earlier this year, the Illinois High School Association Board of Directors approved a policy that states: “athletes cannot return to play or practice until they are evaluated by and receive written clearance from a licensed health care provider.” The policy comes as a result …
Friday, December 2, 2011
District 115 school leaders are meshing their school improvement plans with the district’s strategic plan.
Now that growth has started to slow down in Yorkville Community Unit School District 115, officials are able to focus more on aligning the curriculum than building buildings. “We really have to focus on why we’re here,” said Superintendent Scott Wakeley. “And we’re here because of student achievement and learning. Now we can take a breath from building schools every year to focusing on what we are doing within the walls of the schools that really makes a difference.” While annually every school in the district creates a school improvement plan outlining their unique goals to address student achievement needs, for the first time this year, each of schools’ plans tie back to the district’s strategic plan. “That’s important because as a …
Tuesday, October 25, 2011
In the coming years, Yorkville High School students will have the option of taking Introduction to Philosophy, Journalism and Publication Production, and honors German classes.
Yorkville Community Unit School District 115 board members have given the OK to several new courses for high school students. In the coming years, Yorkville High School students will have the option of taking Introduction to Philosophy, Journalism and Publication Production, and honors German classes. “We are really excited about the courses being added to the curriculum,” said Board member Peter Athens. “The faculty should be commended for bringing them to us. This is really exciting.” Members of the district’s Applied Learning and Technology Committee were given an overview of the proposed classes Oct. 17. For now, officials are holding off on approving a 21st Century Reading and Writing course. Proposed by English teacher Jamie Rominski…
Tuesday, October 18, 2011
Proposed new courses include Introduction to Philosophy, Journalism and Publication Production, 21st Century Reading and Writing, and honors German classes.
High school students could have some new courses available to them if the recent proposals get the nod from the Yorkville Community Unit School District 115 board members. Members of the district’s Applied Learning and Technology Committee were given an overview of the proposed classes Monday. They include Introduction to Philosophy, Journalism and Publication Production, 21st Century Reading and Writing, and honors German classes. “The courses we’re presenting we feel will provide our students with opportunities that will enhance our existing curriculum,” said Yorkville High School principal Ron Kiesewetter. The philosophy class, proposed by YHS Academy English teacher Nathan Schroll, who would also like to teach the class, is being …
Tuesday, September 27, 2011
A change in the new lease agreement for the District Office allows district officials to own the building at the conclusion of the lease.
Yorkville Community Unit School District 115 board members adopted a budget for the 2012 fiscal year with a surplus of a little more than $1.36 million. District Business Manager Jacqui Parisi outlined the budget proposal during Monday’s meeting. Using a new zero-based budgeting system that required the approval of every line item of the budget, the 2012 proposal projects a continuation of all district programs. The budget estimates total revenue of about $59.03 million and expenditures totaling a little more than $57.7 million. Also during Monday’s meeting, board members voted to extend the current lease for the Yorkville District Office at 602 Center Parkway out 10 more years once the current four years are up. A change in the new lease …
Friday, March 18, 2011
Letter writer introduces Ashley Rhea Shields, who is running unopposed for Yorkville Community Unit School District 115's school board.
Friday, March 18, 2011
I would like to introduce Ashley Rhea Shields, my niece as a candidate for CUSD #115 School Board. When Ashley first told me about her interest to pursue this goal, my eyes sparkled knowing she would be an excellent choice. She went on to tell me she had been attending school board meetings for quite a while familiarizing herself with the topics and process. As I am a mother of two high school students, I knew she would be great choice making decisions on behalf of my children or anyone’s children and to be our voice for CUSD #115. Ashley is passionate in her decision to run and I know her to be a credulous and ardent person. As a mother of 2 school age children and another child approaching school age, Ashley has many years of …