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Welcome to Eastland CUSD #308
 

      Welcome to the Eastland CUSD 308 website. Our district continues to embrace the shifts in public education: the new priorities on student outcomes, accountability, student engagement, common and rigorous expectations, and dynamic instructional technologies.  At the same time, our district itself has gone through a period of change: adjusting for reduced enrollments, adding services for students and families in need, remodeling outdated facilities, constructing new additions, closing buildings that are no longer needed, reducing costs to match diminishing revenues, making security enhancements, replacing retiring teachers, and improving the quality of our school lunches.

      This begs the question: “is it all too much?” One theory says that the way to growth is to narrow the focus – to simplify. This is a common approach in the world of business, but not likely the best for a public school.

      Eastland agreed in 2011-12 to participate as one of 36 “Race to the Top” (RT3) districts in Illinois. As an RT3 District, Eastland has implemented educational reforms in eight (8) key areas. Research supports that these areas are all important characteristics of highly effective schools. Success in one to the exclusion of others is not good enough.     

    While doing this work, we have also been compelled to update our facilities, reduce costs and increase services as circumstances dictate. The idea is to evaluate our progress continuously, looking closely and regularly at all of the important indicators of success.

     Successful organizations know that they will never be “done” with improvement – it never stops. They do not focus on one thing, but on all of the things that are important enough to merit their time and resources. It may at times seem overwhelming, but improvement for most human endeavors requires a comprehensive approach because the world itself is increasingly complex. A key function of public education is to prepare our students to live productive and fulfilling lives in such a world.


ANNOUnCEMENTS

Transportation Department Recognized by Board of Education

On  Monday, April 18, the Eastland Board of Education recognized members of the Transportation Department for Bus Driver Appreciation Day. Click on the link below to read the full press release.

Press Release

Focused Monitoring 

The Illinois State Board of Education - through monitoring of district-generated year-end reports on students with individualized education plans (IEP’s) – determined that the % of Eastland students receiving special education services outside of the general education classroom for more than 20% of their day increased significantly in 2014-15. In 2012-13, and 2013-14, 68% and 60% of students with IEP’s were in general education for more than 80% of their instructional day.  In 2014-15, the percentage dropped to 33%.  Because this fell below the state goal of 54%, Eastland has been identified for Focused Monitoring, a process by which representatives from the State Board will visit our district, review our files, and speak with administrators, teachers, related service providers, and parents about our special education policies and practices.
 
As part of this process, a Public Forum will be held on Monday, May 9,  from 6:00 – 7:00 p.m. in the library/media center at Eastland Jr/Sr High School, 500 S. School Dr., Lanark, IL.  A flyer is attached.  Anyone interested in attending is welcomed, or if you cannot attend, you can provide feedback to the ISBE Focused-Monitoring Team by completing a survey at this link: ISBE Focused Monitoring Feedback.  Below are links to a flyer announcing the forum, and to a letter to parents/guardians of students who have been evaluated for and/or are receiving special education services.  If you have questions, contact Dr. Hansen at (815) 493-6301.

Public Forum Flyer

Parent/Guardian Letter

Parking Lot Procedures at EJSHS

Because the spring is a busy time of the year, we wanted to communicate with everyone about the importance of following procedures in the parking lot when elementary students are loading and unloading from the shuttle buses to Shannon.  Below are links to two (2) documents.  Please read both and help us make sure that the parking lot is a safe place for students of all ages:

1.  A letter titled "Help Us Keep Kids Safe"

Help Us Keep Kids Safe

2.  A diagram showing Parking Lot Traffic Patterns and Procedures for Eastland Jr/Sr High School during bus loading and unloading times

Parking Lot Traffic Pattern - Loading and Unloading K-6 Students at EJSHS


Standards-based Grading

Eastland will begin the transition to standards-based grading starting this summer by holding professional development for our teachers. The transition is expected to take a couple of years, and as we move along we will share information with our students, parents and community. The article below is a brief primer explaining the research findings on standards-based grading.

What does the research say about standards-based grading?


Darcie Feltmeyer Recognized as the Elementary Principal of the Year

Darcie Feltmeyer, Pre-K – 6th grade principal at Eastland Elementary in Shannon, has been recognized by the Northwest Division of the Illinois Principals’ Association as the Elementary Principal of the Year for the region.

Click here to read the entire press release.


Eastland Hires New Elementary Principal

‚ÄčOn Wednesday, January 20th, the Eastland Board of Education approved the hire of Angela Mahoney as Eastland Elementary Principal beginning July 1st, 2016.

Click here to read the entire press release.


Current Vacancies

Please click here to view current vacancies.