september 2020

Changes, comin' atcha!

what you'll find, as you scroll...

There is a lot of important information in this edition of The District 25 Dish, like:

Thank you! Click around and enjoy!

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transitioning to step 3 | metrics & hybrid model

The Transition Advisory Committee met for a second time on Tuesday, September 8th and compiled metrics as a guideline as we look towards transitioning to a hybrid model with some in person learning.

The metrics are live on our website at

According to the current data from these metrics, the committee is recommending that we transition to Step 3 from our Transition Model of Reopening that was presented at the July 30 Special Board Meeting. That would mean we will move into a hybrid model.

We have begun the work to implement a hybrid model for our students, but we will not be ready to do so by the originally projected date (9/21).

As we dig into the details of our plan, it has become apparent that we need more time to make sure that our students will receive a level of instruction on the days that they are at home that mirrors the instruction they will receive when they are on-site. Our staff will continue to work on the details of a hybrid model that can be provided with fidelity for all learners.

I will communicate updates as soon as they are available. To assist families with planning, the earliest date for hybrid would be October 12th.

Lastly, I want to thank our Transition Advisory Committee. Each member takes this responsibility very seriously and is committed to understanding the data. Moreover, each person brings an important perspective as we make decisions that provide for the safety and educational experience for our students.

Lori Bein, Ed.D.


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must be turned in by October 15!

We wanted to remind you that Illinois State law requires each child to have a physical examination that is dated within one year of entering an Illinois school. All state required immunizations must also be completed and records provided to the school.

Despite the fact that the majority of our students are learning remotely, we still need your child's physical turned in and your child's immunizations completed and records provided to their school prior to the October 15th state mandated deadline.

If the information is not received by October 15th, the law directs us to exclude your child from school until the information is received.

If you have any questions, please reach out to your school's nurse.

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assessment information | 2020-2021

Each year, District 25 administers several state and local assessments to our students. District 25’s guiding principles for the Fall 2020 assessments were to assess safely while at home, obtain a general snapshot of students’ reading and math strengths and needs, and be mindful of student and teacher instructional time.

This fall, the information obtained from these assessments will aid in our teachers’ ability to design differentiated instruction and determine who may require academic intervention. The fall assessment data collected by the district will not be used in isolation to make any high stakes decisions, including eligibility for specialized instruction or advanced learning classes, but will be considered with additional past and present classroom information. Specifics about the Fall 2020 assessments and testing windows are can be found in the links below.

Assessment Letter | 20-21

Fall Assessment Calendar | 20-21

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Out & About | Bernie Donovan at Greenbrier | September 2020
Our teachers teach from a personal place. #d25ItsPersonal has become a way for our teachers and staff to share daily occurrences, and reasons why they do what they do for a living and why it's fulfilling, right here in District 25. Here is a look at a few tweets that show our staff's personal side!
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will continue for FREE through december 2020

We are back again for another update to our Food Distribution process. The USDA extended a waiver allowing school districts to continue to distribute free meals to their communities.

Beginning this past Wednesday, District 25's Food Distribution will return to the FREE process that has been in place since March 2020 that you have become used to. Please watch the video below or visit the website below for details.


  • Day: Every Wednesday BEGINNING SEPTEMBER 9
  • Time: 8:10 am - 9:10 am & 4:30 pm – 6:30 pm
  • Where: Thomas Middle School ONLY
  • Who: Meals are FREE to all families with students age 18 and under
  • Important Notes: You are allowed to pick up for those who cannot make it.

D25 | New NEW Food Distribution | Fall 2020
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