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McTeacher's Night

McTeacher's NightJoin Us for a McTeacher's Night! Thursday, April 24 from 4:30-6:30 pm
to support the Byron Middle School PBIS program!

District Dashboard
Dr. Hammack

District DashboardUnder each section, you can view performance data related to the specific areas of student achievement, human resources, and finance & operations.  You'll then see a series of charts and graphs which allow you to observe and compare relevant data. Each metric contains current and historical data. In some cases, you will also be able to view additional details or compare the District's performance to national and state benchmarks or other comparison data where available.  Click here to view the District Dashboard

Parent Input Sought on Statewide Survey
Mr. Herkert
Illinois 5Essentials SurveyAll teachers and 6th through 12th grade students across Illinois will soon be participating in the Illinois 5Essentials Survey. This survey-based on the Five Essentials for School Success, an evidence-based framework developed by the University of Chicago-asks students about their experiences in school, and has teachers weigh in on their perception of climate, culture, and support. We are also inviting parents to participate in the process by completing the parent component of the survey. If at least 30 percent of a school's parents complete the survey, a supplemental report will be generated and sent to the school, providing an important perspective on how the school is viewed by the parents of the current students.

While participating in the survey, identities will be completely confidential. School personnel will never see individual responses to survey questions and will only receive aggregated information, and parental responses will never be connected to their child.

The Illinois 5Essentials Survey will be available through April 25, 2014. To take the survey:
1. Visit Illinois.5-essentials.org
2. Click on the "Take the Survey" button at the top of the page
3. Select "Parent Survey"

Byron Foundation Annual Basket Fundraiser
From the Byron Foundation
Lego BasketThe Byron Foundation is a non-profit organization that helps provide Byron students with educational programs and services that are not funded with tax dollars. We have funded various activities throughout the district including iPads at Mary Morgan, Medieval Times trip at Byron Middle School, math programs at Byron High School, and PBIS at all three buildings. We are able to support these items and trips through our annual Basket Fundraiser!

Please purchase raffle tickets for $1 apiece, or buy $20 worth of tickets and earn 5 FREE tickets for any basket! Baskets are currently on display at Byron Bank and the Stillman Bank of Byron, where tickets can be purchased, until May 7. Baskets will be raffled off at the District Art Show on Thursday, May 8. Purchase your tickets today!  Thank you for your support!  [Click to View Baskets]

Byron PTA Educator of the Year Award!
From Byron PTA
Byron PTA Teachers of the Year!Byron PTA recognizes one educator from each of the three District buildings each year with an award for their dedication and service to our students in District #226. The PTA is seeking nominations for these awards from District students, parents, and residents.

A nomination may be made by providing the educator's name, level or course being taught, and an essay describing the characteristics that have made this individual an outstanding educator. Nominations will be accepted at each of the District building offices, by emailing them to Sandy Brooks (uiteach5@comcast.net), or by mailing them to Sandy Brooks (8560 Verde Dr.). Please consider nominating an educator that you know has had a significant impact on a student or students in the Byron School District.  [Download Nomination Form]

PTA and USAgain Earth Day Challenge
From Byron PTA
Earth Month ChallengeThe Byron School District PTA is asking for your participation in the USAgain's Earth Month Challenge to raise funds and win cash prizes.  It's as easy as cleaning out your closet and depositing textiles in a green and white recycling bin located in the Mary Morgan School's parking lot. Bag up any surplus clothes, shoes or household textiles of any shape or size and put them in the bin. The items need to be in plastic bags.

The top five recycling schools will earn cash prizes of $1,000, $750, $500, $250, or $100! Money received is used to support school functions. According to the EPA, over 11 million tons of clothing and shoes end up in landfills each year. Don't throw away those surplus clothes - let's collect to use them again and win cash prizes for our school!  Earth Month is April 1-30.

Fiscal Year 2014 Budget      
From the Central Office
Winter 2014 Newsletter
From Dr. Hammack
Click on  Amended Fiscal Budget 2014 for the FINAL approved budget. [pdf]

The District Information Page provides links to newsletters as well as specific information relating to the Byron School District.
posted 4/23/2014
Winter Newsletter

Download Winter
2014 Newsletter
  • Dr. Hammack's message
  • School News from HS, MS and Mary Morgan Principals
  • Special Services and Technology update
  • Teaching & Learning News


 From the Byron CUSD #226 Board of Education and Dr. James Hammack, Superintendent

Like most school districts in Illinois, Byron faces two related challenges: school finance and declining enrollment. To control our costs, we need to make some minor adjustments in staffing levels.

Board of Education - Financial and Staffing Newsletter

Superintendent - Financial and Staffing Newsletter

Board Meetings
Notice is hereby given that the “MAY” meetings of the Finance & Policy Committee and the Byron Board of Education of Byron CUSD #226 have been changed to the below date and time.

  • Finance & Policy Committee meeting from May 12th to May 19th 4:00 p.m.
  • Finance & Policy Committee meeting – May 29, 2014 6:15 p.m.
  • Regular Board of Education meeting –  May 29, 2014 7:00 p.m

All meetings will be held in the Board of Education Meeting Room at Byron High School, 696 North Colfax Street, Byron, Illinois.

Meetings & Agendas 
Special BOE MeetingApr 104:00 pmAgenda
Finance & PolicyApr 144:00 pmAgenda
Building & GroundsApr 17 11:00 amAgenda
Quality ReviewApr 173:30 pmAgenda
Finance & PolicyApr 246:15 pmAgenda
Regular BOE MeetingApr 247:00 pmAgenda
Approved Minutes March 20 BOE Meeting
Finance & Policy Minutes *2012Sept 11Minutes
Quality Review Minutes *2012Sept 18Minutes
Finance & Policy MinutesFeb 26Minutes
Regular BOE MinutesFeb 26Minutes
Building & Grounds MinutesMar 13Minutes

Click HERE for Board Agendas & Minutes 

Click HERE for Meeting Dates & Times

Click HERE for Open Session Documents 

Deficit Reduction Planning and Staffing Information

Click to download information concerning district deficit reduction. [pdf]

Illinois State School Report Cards
Illinois State Board of Education
Illinois Report CardIllinois' new state school report card officially launched October 31, 2013. The new report card paints a more complete picture of the learning environment at every school in Illinois, providing information about academic performance, the school environment, available courses and programs. The new report card, accessible at illinoisreportcard.com, includes both an Online Report Card that offers an in-depth view of school- and district-level information as well as an At-a-Glance Report Card that provides a simple, one-page, printable view of a school or district's most important information.

DistrictHigh SchoolMiddle SchoolMary Morgan

Strategic Plan for Teaching and Learning
Dr. Hammack

Dr. HammackFor the 2013-2014 school year, the Byron CUSD No. 226 has established and implemented a committee of approximately 40 individuals including community members, Board members, teachers, and administrators to lead the development of a multi-year strategic plan for the improvement of student learning and achievement.

The members of the strategic plan committee have dedicated themselves to an intensive process of review, discussion, and decision-making regarding four major areas that are highly impactful of student learning. Those areas are as follows:

  1. Leadership of Values and Expectations that will Advance Student Learning
  2. Use of Time for Advancing Student Learning
  3. Development and Implementation of the Highest - Quality Curriculum, Support Service, and Assessment Practices to Advance Student Learning
  4. Use of Research-Based Delivery of Instruction Practices to Advance Student Learning

On behalf of the Board of Education members, I want to thank all the members of the District Strategic Plan Committee for Teaching and Learning regarding their supreme and significant commitment to this process. I also want to recognize and thank the teachers, support staff members, and administrators of the Byron CUSD No. 226 for their daily efforts with students as they provide and equip the children of the Byron community with the knowledge and skills needed for post-secondary education and the job market.

Meeting Dates:
February 10, 2014March 17, 2014April 14, 2014May 5, 2014
6:00 PM - 9:00 PM in the Board of Education Meeting Room



Byron CUSD #226 Accepting Applications for Hall of Fame Committee
From Mr. Flater
The Byron Schools Hall of Fame has two vacancies for the Hall of Fame Committee, beginning in 2014. The Hall of Fame Committee is responsible for selecting Hall of Fame Inductees from nominations submitted, as well as, other forms of recognition. The committee is comprised of the BHS Activities Director and four adults that are BHS Alumni and 2 adult individuals that are either from the public or a staff member of the Byron School District.

Any person interested in serving on this committee may submt his/her name to Byron HS Activities Director, Jeff Flater by calling 815.234.5491 ext. 225, or by email at jflater@byron226.org.