Director of Communications
March 7, 2006
Education Partners, good late evening.
As promised, bushels of news – with, believe it or not, lots more to come.
MARCH 2006 BUILDING REFERENDUM UPDATE
From the District 303 FAQ’s:
Question #24. Will District 303 need a third high school?
No. Two major studies indicate that District 303’s high school
enrollment will eventually top out at about 5,200students. Given
the way high schools are used today, two high schools holding
about 2,600 students each are sufficient, and better meet today’s
Check out the entire list of “Frequently Asked Questions” about the
March 21, 2006 Building Referendum. Several new questions were recently
added. Feel free to email your questions so that we can answer and add
them to the list.
- Did You Know… You can now vote before Election Day through March
16, 2006? Click here for more information on this important change to
state law: http://www.d303.org/news/referendum2006/earlyvoting06.htm
We’ve added links identifying locations for early voting.
- Calendar of Events: The public is invited to attend any of these
events to hear more information about the referendum:
- Absentee Voting: Qualified voters expecting to be away from home
on Election Day can vote absentee before the March 21, 2006 election:
Visit the District 303 “March 21, 2006 Building Referendum” website
for more: http://www.d303.org/news/referendum2006/referendum2006main.htm
- As the Board of Education seeks applicants to fill a vacancy on the
Board, we’ve received some good questions about the Board’s function and
duties. Information about this can be found on the District 303 website
(www.d303.org) under “Board of Education.” Or, click here for immediate
And again, here is information about the process to apply for the Board
- The St. Charles City Council at its meeting Monday presented Thompson
Middle School with a proclamation recognizing March 12, 2006 as Thompson’s
80th anniversary. As a reminder, a free public event is scheduled at 3 p.m.
Sunday to rededicate Thompson Middle School and celebrate its history. Click
here for more:
- Congratulations to the St. Charles East High School’s five-member
Business Education team which took 1st place out of 40 Midwestern teams
competing at Marquette University's Business Case Competition on March 4,
2006. The team included freshmen Kyle Ritter, Laura Aavang, and Sarah
Johnson; sophomore Amanda Ravas; and junior Brendan Wilson -- none of whom
have ever participated in this event.
Each team had to “solve” an actual business case that a Marquette
organization had also faced. The high school teams had 45 minutes to analyze
the case and then make a 10-minute presentation and recommendations to a
panel of judges. All of the team members had to participate orally in the
Winners each received the opportunity to win a $1,500 scholarship to
Marquette (should they choose to attend Marquette) and the entire team got
to watch the Marquette - Providence basketball game in Marquette's luxury
suite at the Bradley Center.
- Speaking of folks deserving congratulations:
- the St. Charles East High School Varsity Colorguard qualified for
state competition on March 17-18, 2006, by winning 1st place in the Short
Flag and Lyrical Flag categories at the IDTA North Super Sectional on
March 4, 2006.
- The St. Charles East High School JV Colorguard placed 1st in Short
Flag, and 2nd in Tall Flag at the JV Finals competition on February 26,
- The St. Charles North High School Varsity Cheerleaders are also headed
to state competition this coming weekend after placing 4th in the IHSA
Cheerleading Sectional Competition at Romeoville High School on March 4,
- St. Charles North’s cheerleaders will also compete on March 12, 2006
in the Illinois Cheerleading Coaches Association (ICCA) Championships,
held at the Prairie Capital Convention Center in Springfield.
- Best luck to all of these talented student-athletes.
- Kudos to District 303’s new Gifted and Talented Resource Group on the
success of its recent first annual Resource Fair at North High School. Over
250 families attended to see summer and weekend enrichment opportunities
offered by approximately 50 area vendors, including universities, music and
theater organizations, and private academic organizations.
The Resource Fair, held February 22, 2006 and presented in conjunction with
other Tri-City gifted/talented parent groups, showcased excellent enrichment
opportunities to support students’ children’s educational experiences.
- Best luck to Haines and Wredling middle schools, as they compete
in the regional Science Olympiad being held March 11, 2006 at the College of
DuPage. Either/both could advance to the state competition being held in
April at the University of Illinois, depending on the outcome of this
- Finally, Ferson Creek Elementary School Inclusion Facilitator Kristen
Bain raised $500 for the Illinois Special Olympics by taking part in the
March 5, 2006 Polar Plunge. This event requires participants to jump into
Loon Lake in Yorkville. Remember that there was a snow storm this past
Sunday, and water temperatures dipped to 38 degrees. Now that’s a level of
commitment rarely seen…
Have a good night/morning.
Director of Communications