McHenry School District 15

Today's Learners... Tomorrow's Leaders

Fall Update

Dear District 15 Families,

This year brings with it a fresh start and a new chance to change the trajectory of students' lives forever. We hope you and your student(s) are experiencing the 2019-2020 school year refreshed and full of energy.

We are pleased to be making great strides as a school district providing our students innovative learning spaces, cutting edge technology, best practice literacy and math instruction, a vast selection of extra-curricular opportunities, and implementation of our new full-day kindergarten program.

Please take a moment to read through this newsletter. It contains important information about your child's education, as well as, celebrations we are excited to share with you.

Illinois Assessment of Readiness

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Last spring your child, in grades 3-8, participated in the Illinois Assessment of Readiness (IAR) for English Language Arts and Math. Your child will be bringing home his/her IAR test scores in the near future.

The IAR score report gives you a snapshot of how your child is progressing toward meeting grade-level expectations and mastering important skills, and shows where he or she excels or needs more support. Your student’s overall score (out of a possible 850) and performance level (1-5) gives a quick glimpse of whether he or she is on-track with grade-level expectations. Level 1 indicates the greatest need for improvement and Level 5 indicates the strongest performance. If you would like more detailed information about the score reports, please access this link:

IAR assessment results are one measure that we use to evaluate student and school progress. In our effort to continually improve as a school system, we look to multiple points of data to inform us of ways that we can enhance practices and procedures. We look forward to analyzing this year's IAR assessment data, in concert with other local assessment information, to work at the district and school levels to better meet the needs of your children.

The purpose of any assessment is to generate information for educators and parents so that we can provide the proper and necessary supports to help children grow. However, no assessment can accurately convey the true abilities of your child nor can it tell the entire story of their progress. Teachers, school support personnel, and administrators are the experts about how your child is learning and progressing in their classroom and in their school and are invaluable resources for their parents. We encourage you to reach out to your child's teacher(s) with any questions you may have about their score report or academic progress.

As always, thank you for your continued support and commitment to your child's growth and success. We look forward to continuing our partnership with you in our quest towards helping our students reach their fullest potential.

Going Green

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This year, school report cards will be completed and made accessible online. Report cards can be viewed electronically through Skyward Family Access. If you still would like a hard copy sent home with your student, please contact your student's school office. Additionally, with the shift to trimesters, mid-point progress reports will not be utilized. We highly encourage teachers and parents to regularly communicate during the school year. District 15 staff will be making an ongoing effort to continually update your child's progress throughout the grading periods.

Coming Soon!!!

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Parent Teacher Conferences

Monday, Nov. 25th, 10am-8pm

McHenry District 15 Schools

Parent Teacher Conferences

Tuesday, Nov. 26th, 8am-6pm

McHenry District 15 Schools

Raptor Visitor Management System

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We will begin using the Raptor Visitor Management System across our district to strengthen our program of campus safety for students and faculty. Part of keeping students and faculty safe is knowing who is in our buildings at all times, and the Raptor system will allow us to do that. The Raptor system will better allow us to screen visitors, contractors, and volunteers in our schools and provide us with a safer environment for our students and staff. Upon entering the building, visitors will be asked to present an ID such as a Driver’s License, which can either be scanned or manually entered into the system. If a parent or guardian for any reason does not have a US government-issued ID, the school staff member can use any form of identification and manually enter the person’s name into the Raptor system. The Raptor system checks the visitor's name and date of birth for comparison with a national database of registered sex offenders. The registered sex offender database is the only official database checked by the Raptor system. Once an entry is approved, Raptor will issue a badge that identifies the visitor, the date, and the purpose of his/her visit. A visitor’s badge will not be necessary for those who visit our schools simply to drop off an item in the office or pick up paperwork. If you are planning on picking up your student during the school day, you will be asked to show a valid ID which will not have to be scanned into the Raptor Visitor Management System. The safety of our students is our highest priority and the Raptor Visitor Management System allows us to quickly identify those that may present a danger to our students. Thank you in advance for your understanding and your support in enhancing the school safety protocols in our district.

Updating Information in Skyward Family Access

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Parents now have the option and ability to update and edit certain information in Skyward under Student Info. When logged in to your Skyward Family Access account, click on "Student Info." From here, simply click on "Request Changes for [Student Name]." You can then update your email address, emergency information and family contact information. Keeping your contact information up-to-date is very important and is the only way to guarantee you receive communication that we send regarding emergency closings, district-wide information and school specific information.

District 15 Launches NEW Web Platform

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We're Hiring!!!

Sharing Good News Around McHenry D15

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Bill Burke Award 2019

Bill Burke was a long term administrator in McHenry School District 15. Mr. Burke believed in high quality teaching and learning and strived for excellence in education. His positive attitude was contagious and sense of humor made fellow educators laugh around him. In honor of his memory, the Bill Burke Award was created.

In recognition of Mr. Burke's leadership on the McHenry Elementary Education Foundation, nominees are staff members who support the mission of the Foundation:

The mission of the McHenry Elementary Education Foundation is to promote the value of education. The Foundation shall acquire and distribute resources, which enhance McHenry School District 15 education programs and projects and provide enriched educational opportunities for learners. The Foundation will achieve its mission by directing support toward the following goals:

  • To promote development of students
  • To encourage employee innovation
  • To promote parent education
  • To encourage school/community partnerships
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National School Public Relations Association Golden Achievement Winner

McHenry District 15 received two Golden Achievement Awards from the National School Public Relations Association (NSPRA) for exemplary public relations in the areas of curricular programming and construction of eye-catching, innovative learning environments for students.
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SETDA Finalist for Outstanding School District Top 5 in the Nation

SETDA’s Student Voices Award honors an outstanding K-12 school or district that has leveraged technology to dramatically improve the educational experiences and achievement of their students. Specific attention has been made to McHenry District 15’s educational programming that offers students project-based, digital learning experiences that help bridge the skills gap and build a diverse talent pipeline for the jobs of today and the future.
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