The Board of Education is exploring the option of Full Day Kindergarten for District 105 students. To do this well, the district has created a committee comprised of parents, teachers, and administrators across all District 105 school communities. This "exploratory" committee is examining research around the benefits and challenges associated with full kindergarten programming, exploring a variety of full day kindergarten program models currently in place in other districts, and examining the feedback from this community survey. With this information in hand, the committee will make a recommendation to the Board of Education regarding full day kindergarten. If the Board of Education decides to offer a full-day kindergarten option, per Illinois state requirements, a half-day kindergarten option will be made available to District 105 families as well.
Thus far, our committee has met to closely examine our survey data outlining staff and parent community feedback around both positives and challenges of bringing a Full Day Kindergarten model into the district. Overall, the community and staff survey results showed that 86% of the parent community and 95% of the staff community strongly support or somewhat support bringing a full day kindergarten program into District 105. Next, coupled with this survey information, the committee will closely examine full day kindergarten models currently being implemented in other districts and best practices research around kindergarten programming.
Senate Bill 16
The State of Illinois has been looking at ways to change education funding, which has remained unchanged since 1997. Senate Bill 16 (SB16) has come from that effort. If enacted into law, SB16 will make sweeping changes in how the state funds education and those changes will have a significantly negative impact on School District 105. Please click below to learn more about Senate Bill 16 and how to influence this legislation.
Ideal Elementary School embraces the philosophy, teaching, and social practices of the Responsive Classroom Model. Responsive Classroom is an evidence and researched-based approach to education that assists teachers as they engage their students in academics, create effective and safe learning environments, and build sincere, kind and supportive learning communities. Although many facets to Responsive Classroom exist, one foundational piece is establishing learning environments that are calm and orderly and that stress the importance of student focus and autonomy. With this key principle in mind, Ideal Elementary has developed clear and consistent social expectations for the common areas of our building. All students have been taught these expectations and are practicing good decision making each day. We sincerely appreciate your help as we build our positive, rigorous, and successful learning community for the 2013-2014 school year.
The Ideal Elementary School Staff
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Click here to visit our District Curriculum Page. This page contains information about Common Core, instructional materials, specific grade level learning goals, curriculum renewal cycles, student performance data, and parent resources for each curricular area. We are proud to serve the children of School District 105.