On a mission to ignite the power and potential of each student.
August 2019
New ESD20 Innovation Center
The District is very proud to open the new "Greenbrook Innovation Center" to the students, families, and school community! The Greenbrook Library underwent extensive renovations this summer to create an exciting future-ready learning space that will ignite and inspire the students as they explore, learn, and innovate new ideas. The District is looking to bring similar spaces to the other D20 schools in the future as well.

The Innovation Center features independent and collaborative learning spaces for students, mobile and comfortable furniture, small and large enclosed group working rooms, a state-of-the-art makerspace, and a presentation area with a video wall. Library and media resources will continue to be available in addition to many new enhancements, including engaging new technology such as green screen for creative video-making, 3D printing, robotics, electronic circuits, and much more!

Greenbrook students were amazed and excited as they toured the space on the first day of school. Each classroom will have regular use of the Innovation Center throughout the school year.

The Grand Opening and Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony for the Innovation Center will take place at the start of Greenbrook's Curriculum Night on Wednesday, September 18th at 6:00 pm.
Stay Connected!
District 20 has transitioned to a new and enhanced website -- www.esd20.org . Be sure to bookmark the website to keep up-to-date!

The website will be updated regularly and is a great resource for students, parents, and staff for all district and school information, news, calendars, directories, and other details. Check-out the main district pages, as well as your school pages to see all that is now offered.

Please be sure to visit the website as well as Facebook @KeeneyvilleD20 and Twitter @Keeneyville D20 #esd20learns to stay connected with us!
Safety Improvements at Greenbrook and Waterbury
District 20 Board of Education
The Keeneyville Elementary School District 20 Board of Education held a regular board meeting on August 15, 2019. Meeting highlights are listed below. The next regular meeting of the District 20 Board of Education will be held on Thursday, September 26, 2019 at 7:00pm at the Greenbrook Innovation Center (Library). Meeting information and minutes are located on the website, or click here .

August Board Meeting Highlights

Board Salute Awards
The Board presented a Board Salute Award to Jim Ward, Custodian at Greenbrook School, for his dedication and commitment to the students and school. Jim is always willing to lend a hand with his kind and generous nature, and he goes above-and-beyond to help when a child is in need. Jim is pictured below with Director of Operations, Wendy Flaherty.

Public Participation
Joanne Champagne, KEA President & Waterbury Speech Pathologist thanked the District Administration and Custodians for getting the buildings ready for the start of school. She also thanked the Board for approving the teachers' tuition reimbursement.

Tentative FY 19-20 Budget Presentation
The District Tentative FY 19-20 Budget will again be balanced in all operating funds - Education, O & M and Transportation Funds. The Budget and State Form are available to the public for viewing in the District Office, on the District website (click Tentative FY 19-20 Budget for D20 and Tentative FY 19-20 Budget State Form ) and will be posted in the local newspaper. There will be a public hearing at the September 26 Board Meeting and Adoption of the FY 19-20 Budget will take place.

Action Item
Approval to reimburse all teachers up to the tuition reimbursement rate as outlined in Section 12.4a of the negotiated agreement at a non-prorated rate. The negotiated agreement allows up to $25,000 of reimbursement for tuition for all teaching staff. If the amount to be distributed is above $25,000 then all tuition is prorated equally among all staff members. Anticipated cost to the District is $40,000 vs. $25,000.
Board Salute
Jim Ward, Custodian from Greenbrook, was recognized for his dedication to the students and school as he always goes above-and-beyond.
Welcome to Returning and New Staff
Opening Institute Day
Dr. Omar Castillo gave a warm welcome to the returning and new staff at the Opening Institute Day on August 19th. The District provided lunch to all staff which was grilled by "Chef Castillo" and celebrated the upcoming first day of school.
New Staff on Orientation Day
Superintendent's Welcome
Chef Castillo Preparing for Luncheon
District Luncheon for All Staff
Greenbrook and Waterbury Elementary Highlights
Spring Wood Highlights
SWMS Student Body Celebrates Back to School
Principal Jamie Pearce with Asst. Principal Colleen Flores and Asst. Principal Phil Aliano
Renovated School Track

The SWMS track underwent renovations this summer to get ready for the 2019-20 school year. The track is now 1/4 mile long and has been re-surfaced.

Back 2 School Bash

The first annual SWMS Back 2 School Bash was a huge hit with students, families, and the staff. What a great way to gather before the new year and have fun together!

Welcome to the Thunderdome!

At the all-school assembly, school leadership revealed the new name for the Old Carpet Gym (OCG) -- The Thunderdome! The Chargers went wild as they cheered and celebrated the 1st day of school!
Community Connections
District 20 Participates in Roselle Community Visioning Initiative
The District is working with other community leaders in Roselle to create a common vision for the future of our community. Representatives from our local school districts, library, park districts, and village have all pledged to work collaboratively to reflect the values of residents and stakeholders to create a vision to guide Roselle for the next 25 years.

To get started, we’d like to ask your opinion on which community aspects deserve the most focus.  Please take this brief 2-Question Community Vision Survey to provide initial feedback on this initiative.
District 20 Welcomes Hanover Park Mayor to Back to School Events
Hanover Park Mayor Craig attended the Back to School Family Bash at Spring Wood to celebrate the start of the new school year.
The Mayor also visited Greenbrook to read to students in the new Innovation Center last week. He talked to the elementary classes about his job and what a mayor does for his community.
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