Message From The Superintendent
“Education is the passport to the future, for tomorrow belongs to those who prepare for it today.” ~Malcolm X
Strong Schools, Strong Community, Strong Future
Our schools continue to be recognized for significant accomplishments. Evergreen Elementary School recently was selected by the U.S. Department of Education to receive the 2018 National Blue Ribbon School award. The school fulfilled all 10 criteria, including high academic performance, in order to be named for the prestigious award.
On November 1, the Chicago Tribune named Benjamin School District 25 as a 2018 Top Workplace winner. The award is based on results of an employee staff survey administered by an independent firm. It is noteworthy that we have earned this distinction two years in a row. Learn more about the 2018 Top Workplace award and the 2018 National Blue Ribbon School award in our FALL 2018 district newsletter found on this website under the district news tab.
The Illinois State Board of Education recently honored Mike Fitzgerald, Benjamin Middle School principal, and Dr. Todd Huenecke, school psychologist, at the 44th annual banquet with 2018–2019 Those Who Excel awards. They were among 214 recipients statewide to achieve this recognition celebrating outstanding educators who have made invaluable contributions to schools and communities.
Lastly, the Illinois Association of School Boards chose our district to be presenters at the 2018 Annual Conference in Chicago. Vince Engstrom, Board president, Anna Taylor, Board secretary, Justin Petrarca, school attorney, Dr. Shelley Clark, business manager, and myself, explained the new teacher compensation model which incorporates three components: teacher performance, base salary linked to revenue, and education attainment.
State School Accountability System
The new Illinois accountability system, explained in our Summer 2018 newsletter, measures each school’s effectiveness based on academic Indicators (75 percent) and student success Indicators (25 percent). The state recently released report cards for each school and both schools were rated “commendable” which is the second highest designation. Our district is in the top five in DuPage County for student growth in math and English. Our school state report cards are posted under the Education and Support tab here on the district website. A more comprehensive picture of the district’s and each school’s performance is shown on the 2017–2018 District Scorecard Report which is displayed under the District tab. The results and indicators are listed according to the district’s three goals: academic achievement, communication, and fiscal stability/organizational efficiency.
Professional Development: Growth Mindset
There are five areas that we target for professional development. Growth Mindset is a new area in which our faculty is being trained by staff members who already have received training. In short, growth mindset emphasizes that intelligence can be developed—it is not an attribute that students either have or do not have. Students exhibit growth mindset by welcoming challenging tasks which necessitate hard work. Making mistakes and focusing on the process of learning are critical to growth mindset. Even superstars make mistakes. The very best professional baseball hitters are called out in two out of three at bats. Our goal is for students to realize, “I have not learned it, yet!”
Help Us Get Better!
Our focus is to continually improve in all aspects of the school district. I welcome your feedback.
Philip M. Ehrhardt, Ed.D.
Superintendent, FOIA Officer
Benjamin School District 25
District Support Staff - Accounting/Payroll
Clark, Dr. Shelley
District Support Staff - Secretary
Special Education/Intervention Consultant
Tech Info Coordinator
District Support Staff - Administrative Assistant/Board Recorder, FOIA Officer