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FROM THE SUPERINTENDENT
 

Dear Families,

Thank you for taking the journey with us during this challenging, yet successful school year. While we were proud to start school on time, five days per week in August, we know we had some setbacks throughout the year with the rise of COVID cases. We certainly appreciated your patience and understanding as we navigated those learning changes.

Medinah is excited about the opportunities for each student throughout the summer. Please visit each school’s website to learn more about summer programs. We know the time you spend with your child is the most precious and valuable of all. To support your work at home, new this year, our staff has thoughtfully created social-emotional learning toolkits for each and every student in Medinah #11. Parents, we strongly encourage you to explore the materials together with your child (yes, even if they are in middle school). Building positive perceptions of self and learning how to work with others are critical life skills for all and part of our social-emotional programming.  

Medinah’s social-emotional program is built to support learning in these five critical areas: Self-Awareness, Self-Management, Responsible Decision Making, Relationship Skills, and Social Awareness. For more information on social-emotional learning click this link.

We look forward to seeing all students back for in-person learning on Wednesday, August 18th. At this time, we still plan on wearing masks and adhering to social distancing.

Thank you again for your patience and support as we navigated this school year.

Congratulations to the 8th Grade Class of 2021!

Enjoy all that summer brings to you, your family, and your neighborhood.

Looking forward to another MEDINAH STRONG year in 2021-2022.

Thank you!

Dr. Susan Redell

Superintendent 


 
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MEDINAH 2020-2021 ART SLIDESHOW
 
 
 
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2021 MEDINAH RETIREE'S 

 
 
Lori Fairbrother - Special Education Aide - Intermediate School
Lori has worked 31 years; 24 years are with Medinah.
  
Her most memorable moment at Medinah: Having students and staff back for in-person learning. Seeing the students’ smiling faces and watching how excited they were to be back at school. Meeting their classmates, teachers, and staff. Also, how excited the students got when I started the MIS PETS on my door. They brought lots of pictures of their own pets in. 
 
What will Lori be doing on the first day of school in August 2021? I will be relaxing with my dog Harley, my cats Chase and Smokee, drinking coffee, and doing word searches. 
 
Advice for someone starting their career at Medinah: You will become a part of a remarkable TEAM. Medinah is so much more than a School District. They are family.  
 
Favorite quote: When it is morning bus duty and it’s -10 degrees outside “Why are we lining up inside?” When it’s +15 degrees outside “Why are we outside? It’s freezing!!!”  
 
Future plans during retirement: Spend time with family, travel, read, and most of all RELAX!! 
 
 
Pat Gerdisch - Instructional Aid - Primary School 
Pat has worked at Medinah for 23 years; she taught reading for 22 of those years.
 
Her most memorable moment at Medinah: Working with such talented and gracious teachers from whom I’ve learned so much from. From the older generation like Gail Faighey, Rita Markgraf, Susan Redell, Brenda Kocim to Melissa Langietti. All the wonderful teachers at MPS; Tammi Mellert, Melissa Ferguson, Bridget Lahart, and Terese Butera. I could name so many more who have all touched my life and whom I will always treasure. I would like to add that it has been a delight and a challenge to teach reading to the Kindergarten, first and second graders. They have been a joy to work with. 
 
What will Pat be doing on the first day of school August 2021? Thinking of all my dear friends and all the hustle that goes on during the first day. I’ll probably be taking a walk with my dog.
 
Advice for someone starting their career at Medinah: Listen and observe well as you will be working with the finest teachers and staff around. 
 
Future plans during retirement: Live healthy happy lives and enjoy our retirement. We hope to do a lot more traveling.
 
Final thought: Who would ever believe a little volunteer job to help at my children’s school would turn into an amazing career.
 
 
 
Paula Hosnedl - Superintendent's Administrative Assistant - District Office 
Paula has worked 32 years in education; 30 of those years are with Medinah.  
 
Her most memorable moment at Medinah: There have been so many memorable moments, however, one that provided me with the most satisfaction was in October 2006 – Teaching Basic Computer Classes for Medinah #11 Senior Citizens. It was truly rewarding helping them learn and understand the basics. The majority of these “students” did not know how to use the computer or email at all. The excitement and gratitude they shared almost brought tears (of joy) to my eyes! Now I realize how a teacher feels every day! 
 
What will Paula be doing on the first day of school in August 2021? NOT working. 
 
Favorite Quote: “Choose a job that you love and you’ll never have to work a day in your life.” 
 
Future plans during retirement: Traveling, spending time with family and friends, exploring new hobbies (i.e., writing a children’s book, playing piano, etc.) 
 
 
Sue Norman - Special Education Aide - Middle School 
Sue has been in education for 23 years; 22 of those years are with Medinah. 
 
Her most memorable moment at Medinah: The most memorable moment every year is Winter Benefit Day. It’s a lot of fun for everyone.
 
What will Sue be doing on the first day of school in August 2021? I will be having lunch in a pub.
 
Future plans during retirement: Moving and traveling, seeing family.
 
 
Denise Schlueter - Special Education Teacher - Intermediate School 
How many years has Denise worked in education? Well... it’s complicated I've taught for 16 years + 2 years as a substitute + 2 years as an aide. Of this time, 10 years as a teacher + 2 years as a substitute are with Medinah. 
 
Most memorable moment at Medinah: My most memorable/proudest moments have been when students who are “stuck” or do not like a particular subject are able to break through, have success, and/or start to enjoy learning! 
 
What will Denise be doing on the first day of school in August 2021? I hope to be still working, either as an aide or part-time, somewhere! 
 
Advice for someone starting their career at Medinah: Invest in relationships with your co-workers (Medinah staff are some of the best!); ask for help and ideas; make and use systems that work for you; be flexible! 
 
Favorite Quote: I’m not a big quote person, but this one from Maya Angelou makes me smile: “If you are always trying to be normal, you will never know how amazing you can be.” 
 
Future plans during retirement: Time to enjoy more walks with our dog; time to participate in some volunteer opportunities; time to spend with our kids (IL, WI, NY, and CO). 

 
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HEALTH REMINDER  
 

Health and Safety

Updated Information

Regarding Travel & Quarantine 
 
After much discussion, research, and collaboration with neighboring school districts; we are making some amendments to our current COVID-19 procedures related to quarantine and travel. While our highest priority continues to be the safety of our students and staff, our policies were created to evolve as circumstances change and more information becomes available. 
 
Presently, DuPage County case rates are stable and test positivity is down-trending. The State of Illinois is also reporting stable and/or downward trends that place us in the "lower risk" category. Recommendations from the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) and the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) have been updated to reflect current data. Additionally, the Medinah School District is happy to report that about 90% of our staff have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19. This, of course, contributes to the safety of our buildings as well as our community at large. 
 
The first change we will be making is enforcing a ten-day quarantine period (instead of 14-day) following close contact with a confirmed or probable case of COVID-19. This rule will be for all students. We will continue to counsel families individually regarding exposure and quarantine planning.
 
Regarding travel:
 
The school district will NOT be tracking or enforcing quarantine following DOMESTIC travel. The following resources are provided to you: IDPH Travel Guidance and CDC Travel Guidance. We ask that families and staff members use these resources to make informed choices. Specifically, should you choose to travel within the United States, it is advised that you consult the IDPH Travel Advisory Map, and the CDC Know Your Travel Risk page. Again, it is ultimately your responsibility to take the recommended precautions. This will not be monitored by the school. 
 
The school district WILL be tracking and enforcing a 7-day quarantine following INTERNATIONAL travel.  This rule will be for all students. There is widespread, ongoing transmission of COVID-19 worldwide and international travel places you at higher risk. The CDC advises that international travel is avoided at this time. Currently there are strict testing protocols in place for entry into most destination countries, as well as into the United States upon your return. You can learn more on the CDC webpage for Testing and International Air Travel. Should you choose to travel out of the country, we ask that you provide us with your planned return date into the United States as soon as possibleso that we can plan your return date for school. 
 
For all travel, we urge you to take prudent precautions during your time away. If the destination you are traveling to has relaxed protocols, we advise that you mirror the rules here in Illinois. Remember that your choices impact the rest of our school community. 
 
Families: If your child will miss school due to travel or quarantine, please email the nurse and your child's teacher by March 15th so that we may plan ahead for their absence and subsequent schoolwork. Our teachers are working incredibly hard to support students when they are absent from school and learning from home. Please respect their time and let them know in advance. 
 
Thank you for continuing to partner with is in making our schools safe places to learn. 
 
Please remember to practice the 3W‘s: Wash your hands! Watch your distance! And Wear a mask! 
 
 
 
Reduce your risk of contracting COVID-19 by taking these simple steps: 
  • Cover your coughs and sneezes
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Wear a face mask.
  • Practice social distancing.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
  • Stay at home when you are sick.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick. 
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CLUB KINDERGARTEN 

 

 

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PRESCHOOL SCREENING 
 
If you are interested in Medinah School District 11’s Preschool for All program for the 2021-2022 school year, please call Angela at (630) 529-9788 for a developmental screening packet. All families with children ages 3-5 who are interested in preschool must go through the screening process. 
 

2021-22 Development Screening Brochure - Spanish

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2021-2022 RETURNING STUDENT REGISTRATION

 

Online student registration is open! Please complete the online registration and submit as soon as possible.

- Click on the link that was emailed from InfoSnap on April 30th. This will take you to your student's information. 

- If you do not have your student's SnapCode or cannot access your email, please contact the school. 

- Once you have the SnapCode, click here to access the registration portal.

- If you do not have access to a computer, contact the school to make arrangements to use a computer.

FEES:

If you don’t already have a PushCoin account, it is recommended that one be created  PRIOR to filling out the online registration documents. Click here for more information regarding PushCoin Fee Payment Service 

NEW STUDENT REGISTRATION
 
Children who will be five on or before September 1, 2021 are eligible for kindergarten for the 2021-2022 school year! Kindergarten Registration will open on Monday, March 1st at 8:00 a.m. Registration will be completed on-line. Once registration is completed, families will be contacted by the school and may need to set up an appointment to come into school with residency documents and to receive information about next year.  We will have evening hours on Thursday, March 4th if needed.
 
 

Kindergarten & New Families should register here for the 2021-2022 school year.

Call the MPS school office at 630-529-9788 with any questions!

Residency Verification Form 

RESIDENCY
 
Medinah School District #11 takes the residency requirements outlined in The Illinois School Code as well as the District #11 Board of Education's corresponding Policy 7:60 seriously. If you know of families living outside of District boundaries and sending their child/children to school within District #11 or have related concerns or suspicions, please contact the Residency Hotline at (630) 523-5610. The identities and personal information of callers will remain anonymous unless the caller gives the District permission to use their identity.  
HOMELESS INFORMATION
 

Medinah School District implements the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act, which provides students who are identified as homeless with certain support services to assist them with their educational success. 

Under the definition in the law, the term “homeless” includes individuals who lack a fixed, regular, and adequate nighttime residence, this may include children or youth who are:

 - Sharing the housing of other persons due to loss of housing or economic hardship

 - Living in a motel/hotel, trailer park, or camprgrounds due to lack of alternative accomodations

 - Living in emergency or transitional shelters.

 - Have a primary night residence that is a public or private place not designed for or ordinarily used as a regular sleeping accomodation for human beings, or

 - Living in a car, park, public space, abandoned building, or bus or train station

Children who meet the federal definition of homeless will be provided a free apropriate public education in the same manner as all other students of the District.

Contact Us 

For more information about services for homeless students and local resources, please contact Medinah School District's Homeless Liaision George Gouriotis at (630) 893-3838 or [email protected]  

Resources 

National Association for the Education of Homeless Children and Youth

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