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District 105 Announcements
Band-Aid Benefit
The District 105 Annual Band-Aid Benefit will take place on Thursday, April 17th at 7:30pm.  This charity concert is a wonderful opportunity for the students and community of Gurrie Middle School to make a difference in our environment through community outreach and charity. It will be held at Gurrie Middle School, 1001 S. Spring Avenue in La Grange.
There is no set admission at the door, however generous donations will be accepted. All proceeds will benefit the American Diabetes Association, a charity chosen by Mark DeWeese and Amanda Dahms, and voted on by the District 105 Fine Arts students.  The benefit concert will feature the Gurrie Concert Band, Gurrie Concert Orchestra, Junior Sinfonietta, Gurrie Choir, and the GMS Jazz Ensemble, as well as faculty performances. 
Directors Jerry Lowrey, Tracy Kay, and Violet Muser invite the entire community to attend this important event. Please come out and show your support for the spirit of charity and help the kids of District 105 make a difference.
No Classes - Friday, April 18
Friday, April 18 is a non-attendance day.  Classes resume on Monday April 21.
Career Festival
FIRST District 105 Career Festival - April 23 6:30PM Gurrie Middle School

5th, 6th, 7th, and 8th graders and their parents are invited to attend District 105’s first Career Festival to help make connections between school today and future career choices tomorrow.
Featured speakers include Career Counseling and Entrepreneurial experts from JVS Chicago who will give tips on choosing careers that match your interests and skills, cost effective strategies for college, and entrepreneurial career ideas for students and adults.  In a “trade show format”, students and their parents will also visit with career representatives from a spectrum of careers to learn about various jobs and career options and the courses and interests needed to pursue those careers.
Special activities, snacks, and childcare available for children 3 years old through 4th grade.

Wednesday April 23, 2014 at Gurrie Middle School from 6:30-8:30 PM.

See attached flyer for more information.


Los estudiantes de 5°, 6°, 7°, and 8° grados y sus familias, están invitados al Primer Festival de Profesiones del Distrito 105, para ayudarles a hacer conexiones de lo que están aprendiendo ahora con las carreras que pueden escoger en el futuro. 
Destacados presentadores y expertos en carreras, consejería y empresas pertenecientes al grupo JVS  de Chicago les darán consejos sobre: cómo elegir las carreras que coincidan con sus intereses y habilidades, estrategias rentables para la universidad, e ideas de carreras empresariales   para estudiantes y adultos.  Los estudiantes y sus padres podrán pasar por varios  puestos en donde representantes de diferentes carreras les hablaran de sus trabajos y de las opciones y cursos que les ayudaron a llegar a esa profesión.

Tendremos actividades especiales, botanas y les cuidaremos los niños.

El miércoles 23 de abril En la Escuela Gurrie a las 6:30 PM

Mire el folleto adjunto.
Latest Issue of Blackboard
Click HERE to read the April-May 2014 issue of the District 105 newsletter.  Back issues of Blackboard going back to the 1970s can be found under the "About D105" menu option at the top of the district home page.

The current issue covers:
  • Parent, Student and Staff Surveys 
  • Did You Know 
  • Resale Event
  • Making a Difference 
  • Music Programs
  • Career Festival 
  • Early Childhood Teacher Profile
  • District Foundation Kane County Cougars Day
  • Strategic Plan Update
  • School Safety Compliance
·         District 105 earns high national rankings in student achievement and progress on nationally norm-referenced math and reading assessments. The 2013-14 fall and winter results are up again from previous years. 
·         District 105 and all five of our schools received the highest overall rating from students, staff, and parents on the Illinois’ 2013 5Essentials Surveys. 
·         The District 105 School Board is fiscally responsible. Even with increasing enrollment and reductions in State and Federal funding for mandated programs, District 105 operational expenses in 2012-13 were 2% less than 2011-12.
·         Enrollment in the District 105 Band and Orchestra Programs has increased more than 50% of the last three years. Participation in music strongly correlates with academic success as 93% of our music students were named to the academic Honor Roll.
Kane County Cougars - District 105 Foundation Benefit Game
Please join us at District 105 Day at the Kane County Cougars Game Sunday, May 4, 2014 at 1:00 pm.  All families, friends and staff are invited.  Tickets can be purchased for the discounted price of $7 each.
Please see the attached flyer for more details.

Thanks to all who joined us at the Kane County Cougars baseball game to benefit the District 105 Foundation.  Below are some slides taken at the 2013 game.

Click HERE to learn more about the District 105 Foundation.

The Doings Highlights District Students
The Doings is running a series on District 105 students. Click below to read about various students:

Gurrie Middle School:

Hodgkins Elementary School:


Ideal Elementary School:


Seventh Avenue Elementary School:

Spring Avenue Elementary School:


Weekly Lunch Menu Emails
Our lunch service provider is offering a new feature whereby parents can register themselves to our food service provider and receive weekly menu emails. If you have multiple students in District 105 you can select multiple schools to receive emails for the specific menu at each school. Click HERE and follow the prompts to register yourself and sign up for automated emails.

Or click the MENUS button at the top of the screen to view menus online.
Good News: District 105 Ranks in Top 15% of Districts on MAP Reading and Math!
Each year our students take the rigorous MAP assessment (Measures of Academic Progress) in the fall, winter, and spring seasons.  This assessment measures student growth and achievement in math and reading over the course of the school year.  We are excited to announce that, based on grade level achievement rankings,  our District 105 students’ math and reading achievement levels ranked in the top 15 percent of MAP districts across the country.

In addition to examining year end achievement results, District 105 closely monitors student annual progress from the fall to the spring of a given school year. This past spring, based on grade level progress rankings, District 105 students’ progress levels placed them in the top 15 percent of MAP districts for reading and the top 25 percent of MAP districts in math. For the 2013-14 school year, District 105 has a target to be in the 90th percentile nationally, or within the top 10 percent of all MAP districts across the country, in both reading and math annual progress!

District 105 further analyzes results by benchmarking itself against similar districts.  This past year MAP created a virtual school district comprised of students across the country with the same demographics as District 105.  Our analysis showed that District 105 students significantly outperform districts across the country with the same demographic background as District 105. 

We are extremely proud of the teaching and learning occurring in District 105!     

Applying District Calendar Events to Your Personal Calendar
Tired of keeping track of multiple calendars for yourself and your students? Did you know that you can automaticaly add all District calendar events to your personal calendar? Click HERE for details on how.
Comcast Internet Access for Your Student at $9.95 per Month

If your child receives a free or reduced lunch at school, you may qualify for a reduced price on basic internet access from Comcast at the low rate of $9.95 per month including free installation, free internet training and an optional low cost computer at $149.99 plus tax.

For more information on Comcast's offer, click HERE or call 1-855-846-8376.

See below for a Comcast video on the importance of internet access for your student.

Acceso al Internet por medio de Comcast por solo $ 9.95 al mes

Si su hijo recibe almuerzo gratis o precio reducido en la escuela, usted puede calificar para un precio reducido en el acceso básico de Internet de Comcast, por solo $ 9.95 por mes, incluyendo instalación gratis, entrenamiento del internet gratis y una computadora opcional  por solo $ 149.99 más impuestos.

Para obtener más información en español sobre la oferta de Comcast haga clic AQUÍ o llame al 1-855-765-6995.

Vea abajo para un video de Comcast sobre la importancia del acceso a Internet para sus estudiantes.

PowerSchool Parent Portal
Are you using the PowerSchool Parent Portal to monitor your student's progress?  Click HERE to see a short video on how parents in another district are using it.

Parents can view student attendance records, lunch balances and at Gurrie, student grades.

If you have not created a logon account, contact your student's school office to obtain the activation information.

Parents can also access the same information via a PowerSchool Parent Portal App optimized for the iPhone/iPad/iPod Touch. Click
HERE for more information.
District 105 Recognized by State of Illinois
Over the past six years, all five District 105 schools have been recognized as Honor Roll Schools by the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE). The awards recognize excellence in academics as measured by the Illinois Standards Achievement Test (ISAT).

Based on 2011-12 ISAT results,  Seventh Avenue Elementary School and Spring Avenue Elementary School received the Illinois "Academic Excellence Award". 

More information on the awards and the selection criteria can be found

Language Diversity
District 105 is a diverse community of families with 22 different languages spoken by our students: Albanian (2), Arabic (1), Bosnian (1), Croatian (2), English (1030), Farsi/Persian (1), French (2), German (6), Greek (2), Gujarati (2), Italian (1), Japanese (1), Lithuanian (2), Macedonian (9), Pilipino/Tagalog (3), Polish (15), Portuguese (3), Serbian (29), Slovak (2), Spanish (334), Ukrainian (1), and Vietnamese (1).

The official language used for the content of the District website is English. To help address our diversity, readers of our website can use the "Google Translate" tool below to translate the website content to many of the above languages. The tool generates a computerized translation. The translation should not be considered exact and in some cases may include incorrect language. While not a perfect translation, it should assist many non-English website readers.

Click on the TRANSLATE button at the upper left of the web page to initiate a translation.