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.
Illinois State School Report Cards Illinois State Board of Education Illinois' 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.
Strategic Plan for Teaching and Learning Dr. Hammack
For 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:
Leadership of Values and Expectations that will Advance Student Learning
Use of Time for Advancing Student Learning
Development and Implementation of the Highest - Quality Curriculum, Support Service, and Assessment Practices to Advance Student Learning
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.
School News from HS, MS and Mary Morgan Principals
Special Services and Technology update
Teaching & Learning News
Washington, IL Tornado Recovery From Mr. Flater and Ms. Main
The Byron HS National Honor Society and Byron School District will be collecting new/gently used and new personal grooming items from Nov. 21 through Dec. 9th for the victims of the tornado disaster that occurred in Washington, IL. There are drop-off boxes at the Byron Library, County Market in Byron, and Byron High School.
VanWormer Memorial From Mr. Barton
On Sunday, November 10th a character tree bookshelf was dedicated in the Mary Morgan library in the honor of long-time Byron educator Mary VanWormer. Mary taught physical education and kindergarten at Mary Morgan Elementary School for over 30 years.
Reminder to Parents: From School Nurses The Illinois School Code requires all students entering Kindergarten, 6th, and 9th grades to have an updated physical examination and complete immunizations against preventable communicable diseases. Dental exams are also required for students entering 2nd and 6th grades.
Please mail, fax, or drop off your children’s health records to the office before the first day of school.
State law mandates that children who do not have complete and current health records are not to be permitted to attend school. Immunizations may be obtained from your family physician or:
Ogle County Health Department
Winnebago County Health Department
907 W. Pines Road, Oregon
401 Division St., Rockford
By appointment only—732-7330 (immunization records required)
By appointment only---962-5092 (immunization records required)
$16.00 charge per vaccine
School physicals provided at their School Based Health Center at 330 15th Ave.
Mon-Fri 7:30-3:30. Call 972-7200 for an appointment
BE SURE TO MAKE APPOINTMENTS EARLY TO AVOID THE LAST MINUTE RUSH AT DOCTOR’S OFFICES AND HEALTH DEPARTMENT CLINICS!
February 28 2014
The Byron School District will be holding preschool screenings on Friday February 28, 2014 from 8:00 am to 11:00 am at Mary Morgan Elementary School.
This screening is for Byron school district residents only. The developmental screening is for children ages 3-5 years old. Areas of development that are screened include language, concepts, motor, hearing, and vision.
Important Announcement for Parents/Guardians From Your School Nurses
New Immunization Requirements for 2013-14 School Year
This is to inform you that beginning next school year (Fall of 2013) all students entering, advancing, or transferring into 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, or 12th grades will be required to show proof of receipt of one dose of Tdap vaccine (combined tetanus, diphtheria, acellular pertussis) regardless of the interval since the last DTaP, DT or Td dose.(1)
Student Accident Insurance Coverage From Central Office Byron CUSD has purchased Student Accident Insurance Coverage on your child's behalf. This program provides coverage for your child for any injuries incurred while participating in any school-sponsored and/or supervised activity, or on school grounds. This coverage extends to all students, including athletes. Any unreimbursed medical expenses incurred by you, including deductible charges, may be submitted for request for reimbursement with a claim form. To obtain a claim form or for information regarding the coverage, contact Amy Adkins, Human Resources, at 815-234-5491, ext 307.
In addition, the program administrator also offers an opportunity to purchase 24-hour unlimited dental accident coverage, and also 24-hour coverage that provides protection during vacations and weekends. If interested in purchasing this coverage, or for more information, please call the plan administrator, Zevitz, Redfield & Associates Inc. at (847) 374-0888 or (312) 346-7460.
Student Fees 2013-2014 From the Central Office
Mary Morgan Required Fees
Mary Morgan Optional Fees
Semester 1 Milk
Grade K-5 Folder Fee
Semester 2 Milk
BMS Required Fee s
BMS Optional Fees
BHS Required Fees
2013-2014 Lunch Fees
Mary Morgan Elementary
Heart Rate Strap
Byron Middle School
Byron High School
Byron HS Inducts Twelve Into Class of 2013 Hall of Fame From Mr. Flater The Byron School District is pleased to announce the Hall of Fame Class of 2013. A school board appointed committee received and reviewed many nominations from friends, family, & community members. After deliberation and voting, the committee produced a list of 12 inductee. This year's members include ... [Read more]
The Class of 2013 was introduced at halftime of our first home football game on Friday, September 6, 2013. In addition, an induction ceremony for members of the Hall of Fame was held on Saturday, September, 7 at 7:00 p.m. in the Byron Forest Preserve Jarrett Center. [Brochure]
The Byron High School track was recently re-surfaced and re-striped at a cost of $55,000 as determined by a formal bid process. Athletic Field Services, Inc. was awarded the bid and, in turn, completed this work at a very high level of skill. Athletic Field Services, Inc. has been designing and building running tracks in the Midwest since 1982. The company handles all aspects of track design, construction, resilient surfacing, and lines. Specializing in the high school and small college market, Athletic Field Services, Inc. focuses on the needs of their customers and maintains a high standards of service.Athletic Field Services, Inc. is licensed, bonded and fully insured.The company is a member in good standing of The American Sports Builders Association.
Citizen inquiries regarding the completed Byron High School track re-surfacing and striping project may be directed to the District office, in care of Dr. James Hammack, Superintendent, 815-234-5491 x 221.
Byron School District Has Activity Passes Available From The Central Office The Byron School District has Activity Passes available for the 2013-2014 school year. Activity passes are available to all district residents at a cost of $35.00. This will admit the bearer to all home activities, plays, musicals, and similar events. This does not include Byron District tournaments or IHSA tournaments. Activity passes can be purchased in the Byron High School Activities Office. In addition, parents whose child qualifies for the free or reduced school lunch program may receive an activity pass at no cost.
In recognition of their service to and support of the Byron School District, a permanent lifetime pass will be issued (1) on request to district employees who have completed 15 or more years of service to the district, (2) on completion of service to elected members of the Board of Education, and (3) upon request, district residents age 62 and over. To receive a lifetime pass or purchase an activity pass, you may contact the Byron High School Activity office at 815.234.5491 ext. 273.
Hall of Fame Nominations From Mr. Flater The Byron Hall of Fame board is accepting nominations to the Byron High School Hall of Fame. Members of the inaugural Hall of Fame committee are.....[Read more]
Substitutes Needed From The Central Office The Byron Community Unit School District currently has a need for substitutes in the following positions:
Bus Drivers and Bus Monitors
To be considered for any of the above positions, please go to Employment Opportunities and complete the application for the job you’re interested in as a substitute.
Insurance From the Central Office K-12 Special Markets is a collection of insurance agencies and insurance companies working together to provide valuable programs covering your children. Visit www.k12specialmarkets.com for details
Bullying, Intimidation and Cyber-Bullying From Mr. Herkert The Byron School District hosted a presentation featuring Judy Brunner, a nationally-renowned speaker on the topic of bullying, cyber-bullying, and school safety. Mrs. Brunner spoke about some of the hazards facing our children today. Mrs. Brunner also gave a 3 hour presentation to the Byron School District staff on the same topic. Her message was consistent in both gatherings – as adults, it is the responsibility of the parents and staff members to learn to recognize bullying behavior and warning signs, and learn the appropriate steps to take to help our children/students deal with this ever-present problem. Attached are several articles used by Mrs. Brunner during the presentations, as well as a link to her Bullying Prevention presentation. [all downloads are pdf format]