With the school year drawing to a close, let’s look back on what District 205 accomplished the past nine months.

The Focus 205 Community Engagement Initiative kicked off in September. The project is collaboration between the community and the school district, focusing on topics such as next-generation learning and future-ready classrooms.

While Focus 205 gets fully rolling, a district operational plan was launched with a two-pronged approach: developing a balanced assessment system for students and increasing student engagement in all grades.

Other highlights of the year include:

All students in grades 6-12 were provided with a Chromebook with plans to offer the laptops to students in grades K-5.

Students in grades K-5 were introduced to The Lucy Caulkins Writing Program to help them work on writing skills.

Plans were implemented to launch a new K-12 English curriculum next year, which will give teachers more text and online resources.

Finally, the district formed a Middle School Task Force to address the programming at middle school and how to help middle school students be more prepared for high school.

Looking forward to next year, plans are in place to assess the math curriculum, delving into what students know before they are taught, and focusing on getting teachers more involved and determining priorities.

There will be more professional development, particularly for the new English curriculum, but also to develop new leadership skills and techniques for teachers and administrators.

The next step in the Focus 205 Initiative will be to examine each school’s facilities, both their physical state and to determine if the building is meeting the needs of the students. Those findings will then be presented to the community for its input.

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