Referendum Information Session Tonight 
 
All are welcome to attend an information session about the upcoming District 41 referendum and proposed facilities projects tonight, Monday, February 27 or Tuesday, March 7, 7 p.m. at Hadley Junior High School, 240 Hawthorne, Glen Ellyn.  

For information about the referendum and proposed projects, Click Here.
 

D41 Educator of the Year
 
Benjamin Franklin 5th grade teacher Michelle Spratt is the Chamber of Commerce District 41 Educator of the Year! Superintendent Gordon surprised Mrs. Spratt with the announcement during one of her classes. Mrs. Spratt will be honored at the Glen Ellyn Chamber of Commerce Awards Breakfast on Saturday, March 4.


Mrs. Spratt has been a District 41 educator for 28 years and is beloved by her students and colleagues. One student said, "When Mrs. Spratt talks to you, she makes you feel as though you are the best. She really listens to her students."

Congratulations to Mrs. Spratt!


 

Orchestra to Begin in 5th Grade

District 41's Band and Orchestra programs have always been extremely strong and will continue to be successful into the future. As part of a 5-year program review cycle, the district reviewed its elementary Orchestra and Band programs. As a result, starting in the 2018/19 school year, both elementary Band and Orchestra will begin at grade five. This means that interested students will need to decide between Band or Orchestra in 5th grade, if they so choose. 
Click Here for the report to the Board of Education.

Historically, Orchestra has begun at grade four, and Band has begun at grade five. If we were to continue to provide orchestra lessons at grade four, we would need to hire an additional staff member. This is not possible due to the directive from the Board of Education to remain staff neutral for the 2017/18 school year.

Administration met with the Band and Orchestra teachers to brainstorm various solutions regarding scheduling issues and constraints within the programs, especially with two levels of Orchestra.  During this process, it was important to provide equal opportunities for all students at all four schools while remaining staff neutral and staying within the lesson time frame and the provided classroom space.  

Although the teachers would love to continue to see elementary Orchestra begin in fourth grade, they do understand the decision.  We have a wonderful and extremely successful Band and Orchestra program, and this will continue for all of our music students.
  


New Special Education Transportation Contract

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After completing a competitive bid process, District 41 has chosen to change the special education transportation contract from Septran to Hopewell. Hopewell will begin working with District 41 at the start of next school year.

Click Here for the special education transportation Board of Education report. 



Dual Language Information Night - March 1  

Families of children who will be entering kindergarten in District 41 next year are welcome to attend a Dual Language Program Information Night on March 1 at 6 p.m. at Churchill School in the Art Room.

In the Dual Language Program, students are in a class of 50% native speakers and 50% English speakers. All students receive Literacy instruction in Spanish and English. They all become functionally proficient and develop high levels of literacy in both English and Spanish by the end of 8th grade.

The Dual Language Program is open to incoming kindergarten students. All students start the program in Churchill School and then move to Hadley Junior High School. For more information, contact Dr. Katie McCluskey at 
kmccluskey@d41.org.


Registration Starts March 3 

Kindergarten and returning student registration starts on March 3. Click Here for more information. Current families will also receive a postcard reminder in the mail. Registration must be completed by April 5. 


English Language Learner Family Literacy Groups 

District 41, in partnership with the Glen Ellyn Public Library and Literacy DuPage, holds a family literacy group on the second Wednesday of each month. Families focus on practical English skills that assist with navigating school.  



Pictured: Parents practiced calling the school their child attends to practice reporting an absence. This is something that may come very easily to a native English speaker, but it can be daunting for English language learner families. In addition, the district's youngest learners read board books, practiced songs, and participated in fingerplays that help prepare them for success in school.  

Participation in the group is open to families who live in the District 41 boundaries with children from birth to kindergarten. The group meets on the second Wednesday of each month at the Glen Ellyn Public Library, 9:30 to 11 a.m.


8th Grade Band Workshop 

On February 23, Hadley 8th Grade Band students participated in a four-hour rehearsal workshop with Dr. Peter Griffin, Music Department Chair and Professor of Music at Elmhurst College, and Mr. John Heath, Adjunct Professor of Music Education at Northern Illinois University. Both professors brought students from their collegiate music education program to sit in with the 8th grade students and offer praise, feedback and the opportunity to sit alongside veteran musicians and performers. Another clinic opportunity for Hadley band students will take place on March 2.

The clinic opportunities help students prepare for their performances at Northshore Concert Band Festival of Music, which will take place on Saturday, March 18, at Pick-Staiger Concert Hall on the Northwestern University campus. To read more about the Northshore Concert Band Festival, Click Here.







Hadley Volleyball 2017 Champions 

This weekend, the seventh and eighth grade boys volleyball teams competed at Churchville Middle School in Elmhurst during their first tournament of the year. Both Hadley teams walked away as the 2017 Churchville Champions! They played a total of 5 matches (10 sets). The teams ended their brackets on Saturday as #1 overall. Each finished semifinals in a two-set win.

Congratulations, Hadley boys volleyball teams!