Communicate 58
News from Downers Grove Grade School District 58
Vol. 9 Issue 7
Monday, March 12, 2018
May the books be in your favor:
The Reading Games is a success!

Students enjoy The Reading Games! Congratulations to the top-scoring teams: the Hillcrest Thunder Books (upper left) and the Highland Rainbow Readers (bottom right).

More than 720 students participated in the Fifth Annual Reading Games on Saturday, March 10, making this year's friendly competition the largest ever! District 58 thanks its eager student readers and helpful parent and staff volunteers for making this event a huge success!

The Reading Games celebrates the top-scoring teams at each level: The Hillcrest Thunder Books received the highest Level 1 score, and the Highland Rainbow Readers achieved the highest Level 2 score. Great work!

We will post our annual Reading Games photo gallery later this week at and on the District 58 Facebook page. Want to contribute your Reading Games' team photo? Email!
Education Foundation hosts Blue Öyster Cult fundraiser March 15
General admission tickets are $49.99 and support the DG58 Education Foundation's programs

The Education Foundation of Downers Grove District 58 invites the community to see Blue Öyster Cult on Thursday, March 15 at 7 p.m. at the Tivoli Theatre in Downers Grove. The show will open with a performance by James McCoy Taylor from ABC's The Bachelorette. All show proceeds will benefit District 58 schools through the Foundation's programs!

Guests can now buy discounted general admission tickets for only $49.99!

Enter promo code "RIVER15" to get an extra 15 percent off!
Lester celebrates groundbreaking with ceremony on March 19

District 58 will celebrate the official start of the Lester School project with a special groundbreaking ceremony on Monday, March 19 at 5:30 p.m. at Lester.
Superintendent Dr. Kari Cremascoli, Lester Principal Carin Novak and other District 58 leaders will don hard hats as they ceremonially shovel the first mounds of dirt. Construction on the three-classroom addition is expected to be complete this summer.
Light refreshments will be served. All are welcome to attend!

PARCC testing begins in April

Click the image above to view a creative video, produced by Henry Puffer students, that reviews PARCC's format.
District 58 will administer the PARCC assessment to students in grades 3-8 during the first three weeks of April. 

On March 1, Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction Justin Sisul emailed parents a message regarding the importance of this year's PARCC assessment. 

Later this month, principals will email parents their school's specific PARCC schedule. 

District 58 asks parents to encourage their child to do his or her best on the PARCC assessment. 

In Our Schools
Indian Trail and El Sierra students win international writing challenge

Congratulations to Gabi and Hunter, sixth graders at Indian Trail, and Troy, a fifth grader at El Sierra. During different weeks this school year, the 100 Word Challenge selected these students' creative stories as its showcase winner.
The 100 Word Challenge is a global writing contest that provides weekly writing prompts in the form of a photo or phrase. Children are invited to write a 100-word story inspired by the prompt. Each week, the challenge picks about 15 winners from a pool of about 700 (or more!) story entries.

Whittier, Pierce Downer and Herrick advance at Destination Imagination
Seven District 58 teams will advance from the regional to the state level Destination Imagination competition this month. Destination Imagination is a global program that encourages students to team up to solve challenges related to science, engineering, fine arts and service. 

Six Herrick and O'Neill students win art awards from DG Junior Woman's Club

The Downers Grove Junior Woman's Club recently recognized six Herrick Middle School students and one O'Neill Middle School student during its annual Junior High Art Contest award ceremony. Congratulations to:

First Place: Ana B., Herrick eighth grader and Michaela R., Herrick seventh grader
Second Place:  Jasmine S., O'Neill eighth grader
Honorable Mentions: Julia A., Herrick seventh grader; Lores J., Herrick seventh grader; and Charlie M., Herrick seventh grader

O'Neill invites community to their spring musical, "The Lion King Jr."

The O'Neill Middle School Choir will present "The Lion King Jr." musical on March 19-20 at 7 p.m. at O'Neill. Tickets cost $5 and can be purchased at the door. This musical will provide fun entertainment for the entire family!

"The Lion King Jr." is directed by Choir Teacher Janet Hecht and ELA Teacher Jo Callaghan.
58 Doing Good
Fairmount Penny Challenge raises $1,250 for Make-a-Wish

Not only are Fairmount students reading The BFG for the school's One School One Book program, they're also making a difference in the broader community. Since The BFG has a theme of "dreams," Fairmount decided to host a Penny Challenge to raise money to support the Make-a-Wish Foundation.

Their efforts raised $1,250 for Make-a-Wish! Congratulations to Mrs. Main's kindergarten classroom for winning the Penny Challenge.

Community E-flyers
In this issue
May the books be in your favor: The Reading Games is a success!
Education Foundation hosts Blue Öyster Cult fundraiser March 15
Lester celebrates groundbreaking with ceremony on March 19
PARCC testing begins in April
Indian Trail and El Sierra students win international writing challenge
Whittier, Pierce Downer and Herrick advance at Destination Imagination
Six Herrick and O'Neill students win art awards from DG Junior Woman's Club
O'Neill invites community to their spring musical, "The Lion King Jr."
Fairmount Penny Challenge raises $1,250 for Make-a-Wish
Community E-flyers
Board of Education news
Upcoming Board meetings
Sign up for Summer School & Extended School Year
Save the date! 2018-19 registration opens April 9
Job alert: Software systems engineer
District 58 on social media

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News from the Board of Education

The Feb. 26 Board of Education Curriculum Workshop featured a review of the District's assessment results, five curriculum roundtable presentations, an extended reception of visitors and more.

Upcoming Board meetings

Monday, March 12
7 p.m.
Regular Board Meeting at DG Village Hall

This meeting will include a spotlight on assistive technology, a discussion on the 2018-19 school year calendar and more. View the agenda.

Thursday, March 22
7-8 a.m.
Meet & Confer Strategic Plan Committee Meeting at the Longfellow Center

Tuesday, April 3
7-8 a.m.
Financial Advisory Committee Meeting at the ASC

Thursday, April 5
7-8 a.m.
Policy Committee Meeting at the ASC

Friday, April 6
7-8 a.m.
Legislative Committee at the Longfellow Center

This Legislative Committee meeting will include a public "Coffee with the Legislators" event with Sen. John Curran and Rep. David Olsen. The Legislative Committee will ask the legislators questions about educational policy. This event replaces this year's Legislative Breakfast, which was canceled due to the Snow Day.
Sign up for Summer School & Extended School Year

Register for District 58's Summer School and Extended School Year programs now through April 13! 

The Summer School program includes classes on math, reading, art, band and orchestra.

Students are eligible for Extended School Year programming through their IEP. 

Save the date!
2018-19 registration opens April 9

District 58 will open registration for the 2018-19 school year on Monday, April 9. Like in previous years, the District will offer online registration, and parents will receive private, individualized "snapcodes" to aid with the registration process.
Job alert: Software systems engineer

Do you have a background in computer science and technology? Please consider applying for District 58's software systems engineer position! 

This job maintains and enhances District 58's web-based student learning information and digital resource portal, as well as the District's website and data warehouse. 


Here are upcoming dates:

Wednesday, March 14
7-9 p.m.
Downers Grove North
Festival of Music

Thursday, March 15
7-10 p.m.
Tivoli Classic Cinemas
Education Foundation Fundraiser Concert: Blue Oyster Cult

Friday, March 16
Deadline to nominate a District 58 employee for a Distinguished Service Award! Apply here.

Monday, March 19
5:30 p.m.
Lester School
Lester Project Groundbreaking

Monday, March 19 &
Tuesday, March 20
7 p.m.
O'Neill Middle School
"The Lion King Jr."

Friday, March 23
End of third quarter

March 26-April 2
Spring break

Tuesday, April 3
School resumes

The mission of District 58, in partnership with parents and community, is to challenge and engage each child by providing quality educational programs and support services in a safe, nurturing, and child-centered environment in order to prepare all students to be lifelong learners and contributing members of a global society.  
Communicate 58 shares timely, relevant information about District 58 with parents, community members and others who are interested in how we are living out our mission. If you have any questions/comments regarding Communicate 58, or have an article/photo idea for the publication, please contact Community Relations Coordinator Megan Hewitt at or 630-719-5805.