Volume 12, Issue 17 | Wednesday, May 5, 2021
Throughout this publication, you will see the following color-coded dots accompanying each article. They represent which strategic goal the article addresses.

• Focusing on Learning • Connecting the Community • Securing the Future

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Happy Staff Appreciation Week, District 58!
Celebrate a District 58 staff member with a Green Apple Award
District 58 wishes its employees a very Happy Staff Appreciation Week! Our District 58 teachers and staff have persevered to educate and support students throughout this global pandemic. Thank you for your hard work and dedication!

Want to recognize a staff member in a meaningful way? Give an Education Foundation Green Apple Award! With each Green Apple Award donation received, the Education Foundation will send a specially-designed Green Apple Award card to the teacher or staff member the donation is honoring, with a custom message from the donor. Green Apple recipients will also be celebrated on the District’s social media pages this spring and summer. Learn more.
Foundation announces Distinguished Service Award nominees
The Education Foundation of Downers Grove District 58 invited the community to nominate exceptional District 58 staff for the Distinguished Service Award (DSA) in March.

The Foundation received nominations for 25 staff members. A committee reviewed all nomination essays and selected this year’s two DSA winners, who will be announced this Thursday, May 6!

Congratulations to the 2021 DSA nominees!
  • Dr. Susan Anderson, Hillcrest Fourth Grade Teacher
  • Maura Bresnahan, Belle Aire and El Sierra Speech-Language Pathologist 
  • Rachel Bush, Kingsley First Grade Teacher
  • Brittany Cerny, Hillcrest Fifth Grade Teacher
  • Erin Contreras, Pierce Downer Second Grade Teacher
  • Shor Costello, Highland Fourth Grade Teacher
  • Laura DiPietro, Hillcrest DLP Teacher
  • Kimberly Fisher, Lester First Grade Teacher
  • Christina Gamboa, El Sierra Resource Teacher
  • Julie Iaquinto, El Sierra Fourth Grade Teacher
  • Michelle Junkas, El Sierra Secretary
  • Karen Kroll, Fairmount Fourth Grade Teacher
  • Bob Luciano, Fairmount Fifth Grade Teacher
  • Kristina Melone, Belle Aire Third Grade Teacher
  • Patricia Miller, Whittier Sixth Grade Teacher
  • Kristen Mitzel, O’Neill Math Teacher
  • Robert Mueller, O’Neill Science Teacher
  • Carin Novak, Lester Principal
  • Carrie Redpath, Hillcrest Second Grade Teacher
  • Debbie Scarlati, El Sierra Secretary
  • Sharlyn Sombeck, Kingsley Kindergarten Teacher
  • Gianna Smith, El Sierra Kindergarten Teacher
  • Jac Steele, Pierce Downer Custodian
  • Stacy Swimmer, O’Neill Spanish/French Teacher
  • Mark White, Henry Puffer Fifth Grade Teacher
Downers Grove Music Club awards private music lesson scholarships
The Downers Grove Music Club and the Bulut family recently awarded private music lesson scholarships to seven District 58 elementary orchestra students. Thank you, DGMC and the Bulut family, for your generosity!

District 58 is proud of these orchestra musicians for their continued hard work and wishes them good luck as they begin their private lessons! In this 2-minute video, DGMC President Gloria Salazar announces the scholarship winners and shares more information on this award.

Congratulations to this year's scholarship recipients!
  • Laney, El Sierra sixth grader
  • Thomas, Hillcrest sixth grader
  • Nathan, Hillcrest fifth grader
  • Beatrix, Pierce Downer sixth grader
  • Sophia, Highland sixth grader
  • Mackenzie, Highland fifth grader
  • Norah, Fairmount fifth grader
District 58 will make Gifted and Talented Program placements on June 2
Each spring, District 58 reviews student information to determine eligibility for the District 58 Gifted and Talented Program. 

The Gifted and Talented Program is offered as a one-day-per-week program for students in grades 4-6 who meet a set of District criteria. In middle school, there is a gifted section of English-Language Arts offered to students who meet a similar set of criteria. Approximately 3-5% of District 58 students are eligible for this program. For more information and to learn about the specific criteria, please visit our website. Families will be notified of their student eligibility on June 2, 2021. If you have any questions about this program or eligibility, please contact Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction Justin Sisul at 630-719-5867 or jsisul@dg58.org
Lauri Smith appointed Lester School assistant principal
District 58 is pleased to announce that Lauri Smith will serve as Lester School's new assistant principal, starting July 1. Mrs. Smith will replace current Assistant Principal Katie Novosel, who will become Lester principal after current Principal Carin Novak retires this summer.

Mrs. Smith currently serves as the Hillcrest and Pierce Downer assistant principal, where she has cultivated strong relationships with the students, staff and families at both of her schools.

"She is a positive, self-motivated educator and is passionate about supporting student growth," said Superintendent Dr. Kevin Russell. "We are certain that Mrs. Smith will be an asset to the entire Lester community!"

Congratulations, Mrs. Smith!

District 58 earns State's highest level of financial recognition for 19 consecutive years
The Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) awarded District 58 with a "Financial Recognition" rating on the District’s 2021 School District Financial Profile. Financial Recognition is the highest financial strength rating that ISBE awards, and this year marks the 19th consecutive year District 58 achieved this status.

All Illinois school districts receive an annual rating from the ISBE, which considers several financial indicators including fund balance to revenue ratio; expenditure to revenue ratio; days of cash on hand; percent of short-term borrowing ability remaining; and percent of long-term debt margin remaining.

Looking for a job? District 58 is hiring!
District 58 is hiring several positions for now, for the summer, and for next school year!

Learn more and apply at www.dg58.org/employment.

Recent job postings include:
  • Maintenance Mechanic (immediate need!)
  • Level 1 Technology Technician (immediate need!)
  • Summer School Speech & Language Pathologist
  • Summer Buildings and Grounds Worker
  • Summer School Instructional Assistants
  • Summer School Special Education Teachers
  • Summer School General Education Teachers
  • Interventionists
  • Teacher Librarian and Intervention Support
  • Middle School ELA Teacher
  • Middle School Math Teachers
  • Middle School Science Teacher
  • Middle School Special Education Teacher
  • School Psychologists
  • School Psychologist Intern
  • School Social Workers
  • Registered Nurse
  • Part-time Special Services Secretary
  • Part-time School Secretary
  • Full-time School Secretaries
  • Special Education Instructional Assistants
  • Part-time Substitute Custodian
  • Substitute Teachers
Eighth graders invited to apply for Select 58 award
The Education Foundation of Downers Grove District 58 invites all eighth graders attending Herrick and O’Neill middle schools to consider applying for a Select 58 Recognition Award, now through Monday, May 10.

Select 58 annually recognizes students who exhibit outstanding service and citizenry to their school and community. Fifty-eight students – 29 from Herrick and 29 from O’Neill – will receive this honor.

Please complete 2021-22 registration as soon as possible
District 58 thanks all families who completed their returning child(ren)'s registration for 2021-22 school year by the Friday, April 30 deadline. Early registration helps District 58 make important staffing and classroom decisions.

If you haven't completed registration and submitted three proofs of residency, please do so at your soonest convenience! District 58 launched a new enrollment tool this year that should make the registration process easier for families. Both returning and new students can register online.

Learn more and register at www.dg58.org/registration.
Is your child interested in joining band or orchestra?
District 58's instrumental music teachers invite parents and guardians to attend virtual information meetings regarding the District's instrumental music program. Attend the meeting to learn about band and orchestra, the time commitment required, and how to rent an instrument and purchase supplies.

District 58 looks forward to helping parents and guardians prepare their children for a successful experience in the music program. If your child is interested in joining band or orchestra, please join the following meetings:

Parent/Guardian Instrumental Music Zoom Meetings:

Current Third Grade Students (Orchestra)
Thursday, May 6 from 6-6:30 p.m.
ID: 743 319 6401  Password: 58orch

Current Fourth Grade Students (Orchestra and Band)
Thursday, May 6 from 6:45-7:15 p.m.
ID: 865 734 4742   Password: 58staff

Current Fifth Grade Students (Band)
Thursday, May 6 from 6-6:30 p.m.
ID: 865 734 4742   Password: 58staff

Please visit District 58's Instrumental Music website to learn more information. Please note, this story's featured photo was taken pre-COVID.
Middle schools host virtual Sixth Grade Parent Night
Attention sixth grade families: Herrick and O'Neill middle schools will post a virtual Sixth Grade Parent Night presentation on their websites on Thursday, May 6 at 6 p.m. Please visit Herrick at www.dg58.org/he and O'Neill at www.dg58.org/on.

The presentation will cover the seventh grade curriculum, orientation and registration, as well as the middle school transition experience and this summer's Sneak Preview orientation event. Click here for more information.

This story's featured photo depicts the Sneak Preview seventh grade orientation event and was taken pre-COVID.
May 3 Reorganization Meeting
The Board of Education held a Reorganization Meeting on Monday, May 3, during which they formally declared the election results and Members Melissa Ellis, Gregory Harris, Darren Hughes and Tracy Weiner took oaths of office and officially began a four-year term of office. View the Board Briefs to learn more.
Looking ahead
The Board will hold a regular business meeting on Monday, May 10 at 7 p.m. at Downers Grove Village Hall. The meeting agenda will be posted on BoardDocs on Friday, May 7.
Community e-flyers
May 3-7
Staff Appreciation Week

Thursday, May 6
6 p.m.: Sixth Grade Parent Night presentation posted online at www.dg58.org/he and www.dg58.org/on
6-7:15p.m.: Instrumental Music Parent Information Meetings (see links and details above)

Friday, May 7
7 a.m.: Board Financial Advisory Committee Meeting at the ASC/Zoom

Monday, May 10
7 p.m.: Regular Board of Education Meeting at DG Village Hall
Deadline to submit a Select 58 application! (eighth graders)
Downers Grove Grade School District 58, 1860 63rd St., Downers Grove, IL 60516
Community Relations Office: 630-719-5805 I mhewitt@dg58.org | www.dg58.org