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August 28, 2015 eNewsletter

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We at the DuPage Regional Office of Education know that education is the currency of the information age. It is not simply a road to opportunity and success… but a prerequisite. Our role is to support DuPage County schools to ensure that every child meets or exceeds his or her potential. High standards, quality teachers and leaders, and strong accountability are hallmarks of our office.
- Dr. Darlene J. Ruscitti

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

State Superintendent Tony Smith, Ph.D. Visits DuPage County

On August 26, 2015, Dr. Smith was introduced to the many great educational opportunity DuPage County children experience.

Dr. Smith visited with administrators, teachers, and children in two local school districts.

In Woodridge District 68 Jefferson Junior High School, the 7th and 8th graders described their state of the art Exploratory Program.

In Wood Dale District 7's Westview Elementary School the students shared with Dr. Smith the significance of their Integrated Technology Program.

DuPage County Superintendent, school board members and school superintendents welcomed Dr Smith at a luncheon at Medinah Shriner's, Addison. Dr. Darlene Ruscitti, the DuPage County Regional Superintendent introduced Dr Smith as he shared his five goals for his work at the state level: finance reform, community involvement, quality consistency, competence, and fairness.  Dr. Ruscitti also shared the many accomplishments of the DuPage County school districts and foreshadowed the Regional Office of Education goals for the coming year.

Religious Exemption Form for Use Beginning October 16, 2015

On August 3, 2015, Public Act 099-0249 was enacted that changes the process for parents or legal guardians seeking a religious exemption to any required immunizations or examinations for their children. The new law requires that parents or legal guardians who object on religious grounds to complete a Certificate of Religious Exemption, which must also be signed by the physician, advanced practice nurse or physician assistant responsible for performing the student examination. The healthcare provider signature on this new form attests to informing the parent or legal guardian of the benefits of immunization and the health risks of not vaccinating the student. 

For more information click here to read the entire document and required form.

Workforce Investment Act (WIA) Internship Sites: ProAccess Systems and Cyber-Construction

A huge thank you to ProAccess Systems in Addison and Cyber-Construction in Roselle who this past year has supported meaningful experiences for several students in the DuPage Regional Office of Education WIA Program. We are excited to partner with these businesses in DuPage who offer paid internships to our students through the Workforce Investment Act.  These partners work with the ROE staff  in the development of the student’s work habits and useful career skills that then carry forward into future employment.  

ProAccess Systems, Addison, is a manufacturer of an extensive array of gate operators for industrial, commercial, or residential applications.  Cyber-Construction, Roselle,is a web design and development company that works with businesses and individuals to promote their online presence and technology. 

To our great delight, both of these work experiences resulted in the permanent hiring of these students.  Again, many thanks to ProAccess and Cyber-Construction for providing valuable work experiences and a job for our youth!

If there are any business that are interested in supporting our youth, please call 630-495-6080 and ask for Kathy Ekstrand.

Regional Board of School Trustees

On Monday, May 18, 2015, three candidates from the April 7, 2015 election took office as Regional Board of School Trustees.  Laura Pollastrini was re-elected and two newly elected members were Paula McGowen and Catherine Hanzelin. The new board elected Danielle Dittus as President for the next two years and Paula Bowen as Vice-President.
The Regional Board of School Trustees is an elected board comprised of seven members. This elected board hears petitions for annexations, detachments and changes in school boundaries. The Regional Superintendent acts as Ex-Officio Secretary to the Board. The Regional Office maintains all records of petitions heard in the region. The main responsibilities of the Regional Board of School Trustees are:

  1. The hearing and disposal of petitions for change of school district boundaries.
  2. The hearing and disposal of petitions by school districts to withdraw from Joint Agreements/Cooperatives.
  3. The appointment of appraisers and approval of final settlements in the division of assets when new districts are formed.
  4. Meetings are regularly held the first Monday of each quarter; special meetings are scheduled when needed.

Township

Name and Address

Term Expires

Addison

Gene Campbell

2017

Downers Grove

Mary Ellen Young

2019

Naperville

Catherine Hanzelin

2021

Downers Grove

Danielle Dittus

2017

Wayne

Laura Pollastrini

2021

York

Paula Bowling

2019

Milton

Paula McGowen

2021

U.S. Marine Corporal Sara Medina, of Kane, Illinois

The Governor’s office has issued a proclamation stating that in honor of U.S. Marine Corporal Sara Medina, of Kane, Illinois, flags will be lowered until the time she is interred. Corporal Medina lost her life on May 12 while engaged in relief operations helping the people of Nepal.

Residents Asked to Share Their Ideas on Improving Local Government

Gov. Bruce Rauner has named a number of suburban officials, including the ROE’s Regional Superintendent of Schools Dr. Darlene Ruscitti, to a committee aimed at streamlining local government. The Task Force’s mission is to reduce the heavy burden on Illinois taxpayers by eliminating waste in local government.

Dr. Ruscitti asks that residents go to Lt. Gov. Evelyn Sanguinetti’s website at http://www.illinois.gov/ltg/issues/localgovernments/Pages/default.aspx to share their thoughts and ideas about how best to improve local government.

Student Success Story

The Alternative Learning Opportunities Program at the DuPage Regional Office of Education would like to congratulate one of their former students, Nick Aguilar, on being named the ICEARY Outstanding Student of the Year. This award is given to one student from Illinois who has demonstrated the tenacity and perseverance to overcome obstacles and complete their education. Nick obtained his GED as a student at ALOP and is now attending the College of DuPage. Once he has earned the necessary college credits, Nick plans on entering the Marines. Congratulations Nick!

The State of Illinois designates 2015 as the Year of the Volunteer

The DuPage Regional Office of Education in partnership with DuPage County and Giving DuPage is launching a campaign to promote volunteerism and Civic Engagement throughout DuPage County. Please use the link below to provide you with detailed information about how you can participate in this statewide initiative: 2015 Year of the Volunteer!

Serve DuPage 2015 Toolkit