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October 1, 2021


The time is almost here! This week, students and staff were given a comprehensive look at what will happen during this year's Homecoming. Take a look at this detailed video, provided by our Student Council, and bookmark this year's Homecoming webpage to check in on updates regarding schedules, ticket sales, events, and more!



Directions for signing up for conferences can be found using this link North Parent-Teacher Conference Directions. As you schedule your conferences, you are encouraged to print or email your schedule through the “Printable Schedule” page. This page contains the times and teachers for your conferences. If you sign up for virtual conferences, you will receive access to the links for each of your virtual conferences before October 7.

We look forward to your participation, and trust your conferences will provide you with valuable feedback to your student’s education.


You may make an appointment with your student’s counselor by contacting Annette Blaskoski in the CCR Office at 331-228-5095 or annette.blaskoski@d303.org.



Last October over 1.5 million juniors across the nation took the PSAT/NMSQT. Out of this group approximately 16,000 students were named Semifinalists and now have the opportunity to advance and become finalists in the National Merit Scholarship Program. Congratulations to the following St. Charles North Class of 2022 students for achieving this distinction:

Jack Barton

Justin Hughes

An additional 34,000 students were named as Commended Students. Although they will not continue in the 2022 competition they have demonstrated outstanding potential for academic success and deserve to be recognized. The following St. Charles North students have earned this distinction:

Shanil Amin

Lillian Dye

Julia Fifer

Colman Gonnella

Kyle Lam

Jason Liu

Matthew Neece

Rachel Price

Laure Schulders

Joseph Serewicz

Jacob Shimon

John Sommer

Elle Stablein

Jacob Steimle

Caitlin Suda

Vincent Vandiver

Andrew Zoretic



Picture Day is Coming!

*IMPORTANT NOTE: There will not be underclassman photo retakes this year.*

October 18th through October 20th, all in-person freshmen, sophomores, and juniors will participate in school pictures during their English classes.

October 18th- freshman photos

October 19th- sophomore photos
October 20th- junior photos

HR Imaging will mail a flyer to you with ordering details. You do not have to preorder. You may have your student give the order form and check directly to the photographer on photo day or order online.

Again, please note that there will not be underclassman photo retakes this year. If you have further questions about purchasing photos, please contact HR Imaging at (815) 433-1766. If you have other questions, please contact Libby Sutherland at (331) 228-6237.


The Fall PSAT date is 10/13/21. 9th grade students will be taking College Board's PSAT8/9. This will be an online exam and students will need their Chromebooks.

10th & 11th grade students will be taking College Board's PSAT/NMSQT exam in the traditional paper & pencil format.

More details about the fall testing will be shared as we approach test day.



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October 2nd is the International Day of Non-Violence; it is observed on this day, the birthday of Mahatma Gandhi, leader of the Indian independence movement and pioneer of the philosophy and strategy of non-violence. We are sharing some great books here that shed light on this very important topic. Click on each highlighted book title to place book on hold.

Gandhi’s Truth: On The Origins of Militant Nonviolence by Erik H. Erikson “In this study of Mahatma Gandhi, psychoanalyst Erik H. Erikson explores how Gandhi succeeded in mobilizing the Indian people both spiritually and politically as he became the revolutionary innovator of militant non-violence and India became the motherland of large-scale civil disobedience.” GoodReads Review

We Are Power: How Nonviolent Activism Changes the World by Todd Hasak-Lowy “The book explores questions such as what is nonviolent resistance and how does it work? In an age when armies are stronger than ever before, when guns seem to be everywhere, how can people confront their adversaries without resorting to violence themselves? Through key international movements as well as people such as Gandhi, Alice Paul, Martin Luther King, Cesar Chavez, and Václav Havel...It answers the question “Why nonviolence?” by showing how nonviolent movements have succeeded again and again in a variety of ways, in all sorts of places, and always in the face of overwhelming odds.” GoodReads Review

March: Book One by John Lewis, Andrew Aydin,and Nate Powell “March is a vivid first-hand account of John Lewis' lifelong struggle for civil and human rights, meditating in the modern age on the distance traveled since the days of Jim Crow and segregation.Book One spans John Lewis' youth in rural Alabama, his life-changing meeting with Martin Luther King, Jr., the birth of the Nashville Student Movement, and their battle to tear down segregation through nonviolent lunch counter sit-ins, building to a stunning climax on the steps of City Hall.” Be sure to check out Books Two and Three as well!! GoodReads Review




October 6, 2021 - SOS for Parents in the Trenches, Zoom Webinar, 6:30 p.m.

Debbie Reber, NY Times bestselling author

(Recording will be available after the event)

Click here to register!

When parents are feeling exhausted, overwhelmed, and burned out, it’s hard to show up in a way that best supports their child’s development, especially if/ when our kids are struggling, too. In this practical and actionable talk, Debbie shares ten powerful “tilts,” a.k.a. practical ideas to help parents shift their thinking, responses, and actions in a way that will help them feel more confident and peaceful as they parent their unique children.

October 13, 2021 - Supporting Kids Who Learn Differently: Back-to-School Edition, Zoom Webinar, 6:30 p.m. Debbie Reber, NY Times bestselling author

(Recording to be posted)

Click here to register!

School always presents certain challenges for students who learn and think differently (kids with ADHD, dyslexia, giftedness, autism, anxiety, or other neuro-differences). But the COVID-19 pandemic has created even greater obstacles. Debbie shares ideas on how parents can best prioritize and plan in the pandemic-era school landscape. She also offers advice on how to support differently wired children’s cognitive, social, and emotional needs during this atypical time, while also taking care of one’s own emotional health and well-being.


Community Unit School District 303

201 S. 7th Street, St. Charles, IL 60174-2664 ◦ (331) 228-2000 ◦ www.d303.org

August 2021

Dear Parent/Guardian,

St. Charles Community Unit School District 303 strives to provide all students with the best opportunity to succeed academically, socially, and behaviorally in school. As part of this commitment, District 303 is enhancing our Multi-Tiered Systems of Supports (MTSS) across the district for the 2021-2022 school year.

This year, students in grades 3-12 will be completing a universal screening tool to assess their social and emotional learning skills. The use of universal screening allows us to refine and strengthen our efforts to help all students achieve success by taking positive and preventative measures as early as possible. This also provides us with the opportunity to assist students who may need additional support with social and emotional learning.

One of the universal screening tools used by the District is the Panorama SEL Survey, which focuses on the following areas:

  • Self-Management

  • Emotional Regulation

  • Social Awareness

  • Grit

  • Self Efficacy

  • Sense of Belonging

  • Teacher-Student Relationship

The Panorama SEL Survey will be completed two times this school year during the weeks of September 27th to October 8th and March 14th to 25th. If a screening shows that a student will benefit from additional skill development, parents will be contacted and will work in collaboration with school staff to problem-solve and determine next steps.

Additional information about this screener and other assessments in District 303 may be found on our website at https://district.d303.org/departments/assessment. Thank you for your support and assistance in ensuring each of our students has the opportunity to achieve academic and social-emotional success.

Please feel free to contact your building principal or me if you have questions.


David Chiszar

Executive Director of Assessment and Accountability




Community Unit School District 303

201 S. 7th Street, St. Charles, IL 60174-2664 ◦ (331) 228-2000 ◦ www.d303.org

Agosto 2021

Estimado Padre/Guardián,

El Distrito Escolar 303 de la Unidad Comunitaria de St. Charles se esfuerza por proporcionar a todos los estudiantes la mejor oportunidad de tener éxito académico, social y de comportamiento en la escuela. Como parte de este compromiso, el Distrito 303 está mejorando nuestros Sistemas de Apoyos Múltiples (MTSS) en todo el distrito para el año escolar 2021-2022.

Este año, los estudiantes en los grados 3-12 completarán una herramienta de detección universal para evaluar sus habilidades de aprendizaje social y emocional. El uso de la evaluación universal nos permite refinar y fortalecer nuestros esfuerzos para ayudar a todos los estudiantes a lograr el éxito mediante la adopción de medidas positivas y preventivas lo antes posible. Esto también nos da la oportunidad de ayudar a los estudiantes que pueden necesitar apoyo adicional con el aprendizaje social y emocional.

Una de las herramientas de detección universal utilizadas por el Distrito es la encuesta Panorama SEL, que se centra en las siguientes áreas:

  • Autogestión

  • Regulación emocional

  • Conciencia social

  • Valor

  • Autoeficacia

  • Sentido de pertenencia

  • Colaboración de maestro-alumno

La encuesta Panorama SEL se completará dos veces este año escolar durante las semanas del 27 de septiembre al 8 de octubre y del 14 al 25 de marzo. Si un examen muestra que un estudiante se beneficiará del desarrollo de habilidades adicionales, los padres serán contactados y trabajarán en colaboración con el personal de la escuela para resolver el problema y determinar los próximos pasos.

Se puede encontrar información adicional sobre esta evaluación y otras evaluaciones en el Distrito 303 en nuestro sitio web en https://district.d303.org/departments/assessment. Gracias por su apoyo y asistencia para asegurar que cada uno de nuestros estudiantes tenga la oportunidad de lograr el éxito académico y socio-emocional.

Por favor, no dude en ponerse en contacto con el director de su edificio o conmigo si tiene preguntas.


David Chiszar

Director Ejecutivo de Evaluación y Responsabilidad




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