STEM Newsletter Now Available
In order to support and advance Science Technology Engineering & Mathematics (STEM) programs in the DuPage County area, the DuPage Regional Office of Education publishes a STEM - News You Can Use newsletter. Click here to view the latest edition.
DuPage School Earns National Blue Ribbon Honors
The National Blue Ribbon Schools Program recognizes public and private elementary, middle, and high schools where students perform at very high levels or where significant improvements are being made in students' academic achievement. A National Blue Ribbon Schools flag overhead has become a mark of excellence in education recognized by everyone from parents to policy-makers in thousands of communities. This year, one DuPage County school received nation Blue Ribbon honors. Congratulations to:
Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205
Sandburg Middle School
345 E St Charles Road
Elmhurst, IL 60126-3655
Ms. Amy Read, Principal
DuPage Educators Earn Those Who Excel Honors
Twelve DuPage County school personnel, school board members and community volunteers were among those honored by the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) at the 39th annual Those Who Excel/Teacher of the Year banquet in Normal. Among the educators is Bensenville District 2 teacher Amy Walsh who was one of 11 Teacher of the Year finalists.
Click here for a list of this year’s DuPage honorees.
School Safety Recommendations Unveiled
“Though the issue of student safety is never far from our minds, incidents such as Sandy Hook emphasize how critical it is that we have the best security protocols in place,” said Dr. Darlene Ruscitti, DuPage Regional Superintendent of Schools. “This summer, we at the DuPage ROE convened a Task Force of school and community experts to develop a set of best practice recommendations for school districts to consider.”
On October 30, the DuPage ROE hosted a symposium to unveil the recommendations as well as share next steps. Representatives from Homeland Security, the FBI and the state’s attorney’s office were in attendance along with fire and police chiefs, superintendents, other school personnel, security experts, mayors and city managers to support and learn from this event.
Click here to view the ROE School Safety Task Force Recommendations.
Addressing Heroin Use
This August, over 50 DuPage educators met to continue the discussion on heroin use among the young people in our county. Dr. Ruscitti welcomed the audience of superintendents, principals, counselors, social workers, and resource specialists.
DuPage County Coroner Richard A. Jorgensen, MD, FACS began the conversation with an overview of heroin use and data that showcased a spike in deaths this summer. Chiefs of Police Greg Vesta of Wood Dale and Kent Williams of Bartlett continued the discussion with an insightful visit into the lives of heroin addicts and how our youth get connected to heroin. The afternoon focused on next steps and a commitment to better work together to save our young people's lives.