Lombard Elementary School District 44

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Basic Information

Address: 150 W. Madison Lombard, IL 60148
Phone Number: 630.827.4400
Fax Number: 630.620.3798
Superintendent: Dr. James Blanche

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Additional Information

Member Schools: Butterfield School, Madison School, Manor HIll School, Park View School, Pleasant Lane School, Wm. Hammerschmidt School, Glenn Westlake Middle School
Mission Statement:

The Mission of Lombard Elementary School District 44, working in partnership with students, families, and community members, is to educate the "whole child" in order to achieve personal excellence.

Accreditation and Recognition: For the SIXTEENTH year, District 44 has been chosen as one of 83 districts, out of over 869 school districts in Illinois, to receive The Bright Red Apple Award. All school districts in Illinois are considered for the award. The award criteria is based on data reported in the 2009 Illinois State Report Card. The five key factors used are prime areas of concern of most relocating families. To earn the award, District 44 had to meet or exceed the elementary state averages in: Academic Performance, Pupil/Teacher Ratio, Expenditures Per Pupil, Education Level of Teachers, and Average Teacher Salary. The 2010 Bright Red Apple Award is presented to District 44 by “SchoolSearch” a Kansas City-based firm which, since 1991, provides comparative school district information for corporations, home builders, school districts, libraries, real estate professionals, legislators and relocating families.
District Characteristics: Lombard Elementary School District 44 of DuPage County encompasses the western two-thirds of the Village of Lombard; several unincorporated areas of Lombard and a small portion of Glen Ellyn near Route 53. Six elementary schools serve the educational needs of students in grades KR-5, while students in grades 6-8 attend Glenn Westlake Middle School. A highly-qualified and experienced staff maintains high standards of instruc­tion. A seven-member elected school board serves without pay to govern District 44.
School Municipalities: The District 44 Board of Education has established attendance boundaries in consideration of several factors including: natural boundaries; assigning students to schools nearest their home whenever possible; minimizing bus travel and maximizing an efficient transportation service; and establishing the safest routes for those children walking between home and school. It is recommended that families new to District 44 contact the Administration Center at 630.827.4400 to determine specific attendance for elementary school students and/or to determine eligibility for bus transportation. Bus service is provided at no cost to students who live more than 1.5 miles from their assigned school or who would walk along a route that has been declared hazardous by Illinois Department of Transportation standards.

District 44 believes that kindergarten is an important part of a child's education and provides the foundation for academic success.

The full day kindergarten program helps a child grow physically, socially, emotionally and intellectually through individual and group experiences.

Elementary School
The elementary school program in District 44 is organized with an emphasis on the basic skills of reading, writing and mathematics. Major emphasis at the primary level is given to the development of reading and math skills. In addition to instruction in reading and math, time is devoted to writing, phonics, spelling, social studies, science and health.

Elementary school students receive art, music and physical education instruction from specialists. Students meet with these specialists one period every week for art, two periods per week for music and five days a week for physical education.

Middle School
At the middle school level, the emphasis upon skill development is continued. In addition to reading, language arts, social studies, math and science, middle school students have an opportunity for a more extensive program in art, vocal music, instrumental music, health and physical education. In addition, consumer and family science and industrial technology classes are available to middle school students. Co-curricular opportunities are also offered. To better address individual student needs, middle school teachers are organized into grade level teams.

District 44, as part of the Cooperative Association for Special Education (CASE), offers a wide range of assistance for students with special needs. These include: Early Childhood Education and programs for children with learning disabilities, behavioral disorders, mental and physical handicaps and speech and language disorders.

Support Personnel
The district employs nurses, social workers, psychologists, occupational therapists, physical therapists, adaptive physical education teachers, speech pathologists and guidance counselors to support the efforts of the classroom teacher.

Gifted and Talented
Project Expand, a program for gifted and talented youngsters, is offered in grades 3-5. It is designed to enhance and stimulate creative thinking and challenge the academically and creatively gifted child. At the middle school level, students have the opportunity to enroll in accelerated math courses in grades 6-7 based on their academic performance in math. Additionally, a Differentiation Coach works collaboratively with Language Arts and Science teachers to provide challenging learning opportunities based on student’s performance on unit pre-tests.

Band and Orchestra
Students in grades 4-8 are offered the opportunity to take part in instrumental music instruction. Each participating student is scheduled for both one lesson and one band or orchestra rehearsal weekly.

Literacy Support Program
The District 44 Literacy Support Program is designed to provide a comprehensive reading model that supports components of the district's balanced literacy curriculum through staff development and direct student support. A qualified Literacy Support Specialist (LSS) provides multiple levels of support at each building site. Direct student support is available to all students, K-8, who are identified as struggling in the acquisition of literacy skills. Specific criteria are used, based on local assessments, to determine the level of support required. Ongoing collaboration with the classroom teacher is an essential component in an effort to transfer literacy strategies to the classroom level.

Vision Statement: The Vision of Lombard Elementary School District 44 is to prepare each student for a successful future.