Presentation from January meeting: School & Community Relations

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Learn how Mary Fergus and her team keep parents informed and reach out to the community.


Special Ed. Program: Puberty & Your Special Needs Teen/Pubertad & su Adolescente con Necesidades

Tuesday, January 23, 6:30, at the Gail Borden Public Library/Meadows Room

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Learn how to talk to your Special Needs teen about puberty. This presentation is intended for parents and caregivers only. Presented by Dr. Timothy J. Wahlberg, Ph.D. Prairie Clinic, Geneva, IL. Hosted by: The Citizens’ Advisory Council, School District U-46. Presented in English with interpretation in Spanish.

Pubertad y su Adolescente con Necesidades Especiales: Un Recurso para Padres
Aprenda cómo hablar con su adolescente con necesidades especiales sobre la pubertad. Esta presentación es dirigida solamente a padres y cuidadores. Presentado por: El Concilio Asesor de la Comunidad, Distrito Escolar U-46. Presentación en inglés con interpretación al español.

Speaker: Dr. Timothy J. Walhberg, Ph.D Prairie Clinic, Geneva IL
Dr. Tim Wahlberg is a licensed clinical psychologist and a certified school psychologist. He earned his Ph.D. at Northern Illinois University. Dr. Wahlberg has experience in a school and university setting, psychiatric facility and community mental health center as well as private practice. Dr. Wahlberg has published extensively on the subjects of autism and neurological impairments and is involved in several ongoing research projects of related topics. He has spoken at local and national levels on autism and reflex-delay syndrome and has conducted a number of training seminars in these areas. Dr. Wahlberg is a member of the American Psychological Association.

Presentation on Standards Based Learning and Assessment at the October General Meeting This is the Power Point that accompanied the presentation by Dr. Suzanne Johnson on Standards Based Learning and Assessment/Tableau/Report Cards.




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Proposed 2017/18 Student Code of Conduct / Public Comment

Dear CAC Members, Parents and Guardians of U-46 students:

We are requesting your help as we did last school year with an evaluation of the Student Code of Conduct. 2017-18 will represent the second year U-46 has separated the Student Code of Conduct from the Handbook to allow a very focused look at student behavior and the school resolutions/interventions to the behavior. Our goal is to provide many stakeholders with an opportunity to review the current Student Code of Conduct and provide the District leadership with observations, comments, suggestions or critical feedback to improve this document that guides all U-46 schools.

Please complete your review and provide comments by July 10, 2017. You can add your comments using the link below each document, or send an email to

If you would like to leave an anonymous comment, please call 847-888-5000 extension 4263 and leave your comment without leaving a name. The system does track phone numbers but please rest assured, this is Mr. Heiderscheidt‘s extension and he would like your comments and will not use your number.

Thank you for your assistance!

Proposed Student Code of Conduct – English

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Please click HERE to submit comments on the Proposed Student Code of Conduct.

Proposed Student Code of Conduct – Spanish

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Please click HERE to submit comments on the Proposed Student Code of Conduct.

March 2017 Board of Education Candidate Forum



EDIT:  Thank you for attending the U-46 CAC 2017 Candidate Forum! For your convenience, the Forum in its entirety can be viewed on the district’s YouTube page at


Please join us for a forum featuring the 2017 candidates for 3 open seats on the U-46 Board of Education. The Consolidated General Election will be held on April 4, 2017. This forum is open to the general public – we encourage all residents within the School District U-46 boundary to attend!

The forum will be held in the auditorium at the DREAM Academy in the Educational Services Center building, 355 E Chicago St, Elgin, IL 60120. For CAC members – this forum will serve as our March General Meeting for attendance purposes.

The following candidates will appear on the ballot for the Consolidated General Election on April 4th, 2017:

Melissa Owens
Veronica Noland
Donna Smith
Enoch Essendrop
Cody Holt


A downloadable PDF of the Candidate Profiles is available HERE.
Download the Illinois Association of School Boards’ publication School Board Governance Basics HERE.

The agenda for the evening can be found HERE.



AVID PowerPoint Presentation


Please click here for a copy of the AVID presentation given at the January CAC General Meeting.

Post Graduation Life: Community Employment for Special Education Students


Are you interested in what community employment opportunities and support are available? Join us for a presentation on adult services and employment opportunities offered by We Grow Dreams and Little City Foundation. We’ll also discuss how the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act affects transition youth, how to plan for transition, and helping our employees gain credits towards Social Security and Medicare.

This program is hosted by the CAC Specialized Services Committee and Gail Borden Public Library. Advance registration is requested on Gail Borden’s website; please click here to be taken to the registration page.

CAC January Meeting – AVID College Readiness System

Join us for our January program featuring a presentation on the AVID College Readiness System. Presenters will discuss the history of AVID and how the program came to U-46, what the program involves and what a typical AVID student looks like, what challenges and successes have occured in the AVID program, and what the next steps are to bring AVID to more students in the district. There will be time for Q&A after the program.

Please note that once again, this program will be held in room B100 at South Elgin High School.

November General Meeting – Educational Funding Presentation

Students in School District U-46 are among those who could benefit from an equitable state education funding system. The current Illinois education funding system and efforts to develop a fair system that acknowledges the needs and costs of low-income and high-need students, will be the topic of the Nov. 10 U-46 Citizens’ Advisory Council meeting. Guest speakers from Advance Illinois will explain what it means that Illinois ranks among the lowest in the nation in terms of state education funding and funding equity and how the system impacts School District U-46 and its more than 40,000 students.

The CAC meeting begins at 7p.m. at South Elgin High School, 760 E Main Street, South Elgin. Guest speakers Benjamin Boer and Teresa Ramos from Advance Illinois will discuss the current political landscape and legislative options for more equitable state education funding.

Advance Illinois is a Chicago-based statewide organization.The organization supports more straightforward funding of all Illinois schools and advocates for a strong public education system that prepares students for college, career, and democratic citizenship. Advance has formed a statewide coalition called Funding Illinois Future that is leading more than 230 organizations in the effort for more equitable state education funding. School District U-46 has been a member of Funding Illinois Future since 2014.

Mr. Boer is the Deputy Director at Advance Illinois and has been with the organization since 2008. He takes a leadership role in policy development and forming partnerships with participating organizations. Mr. Boer sits on the Performance Evaluation Advisory Council for the Illinois State Board of Education and supports the work of a number of Illinois P-20 Council committees, who work to to maximize students’ educational attainment, opportunities for success in the workforce and contributions to their local communities.

Ms. Ramos is the Director of Community Engagement at Advance Illinois. She engages community members in policy, advocacy, and community-building to strengthen the Illinois public school system.

Specialized Student Services Committee Program – Holiday Harmony: Strategies to Guide Families of Special-Needs Children Through the Holidays

October 25 @ 6:30 am – 8:00 pm
Gail Borden Public Library, Elgin Room, Elgin IL. 

Children with special needs can easily be overwhelmed by the sensory overload that can accompany the holiday season. Certainly we want our children to participate and enjoy the offerings and opportunities of this special time of year. Yet which activities and how much? What about wish lists and media overload? How can we help them cope with the possibly intense feelings associated with disappointment, confusion or being told “not yet” or “no”?

This hour long presentation, to be given by Amy Ashland of Streamwood Behavioral Healthcare System, will help families look at prioritizing the events and substance of the Holidays that are important to each family. Based on these unique priorities, families will be given the tools to create a plan to realize these special family ideals. We’ll then identify common hurdles that can pop up and create chaos and meltdowns in a child with special needs. Strategies will then be presented to help families realize their own resources and coping skills to prevent or decrease these difficult situations.

For a complete listing of this event, please visit our calendar page. For more information on all Specialized Student Services Committee programs for the 2016/17 school year, including program flyers for download, please visit their Committee page.