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September 30, 2015 eNewsletter

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We at the DuPage Regional Office of Education know that education is the currency of the information age. It is not simply a road to opportunity and success… but a prerequisite. Our role is to support DuPage County schools to ensure that every child meets or exceeds his or her potential. High standards, quality teachers and leaders, and strong accountability are hallmarks of our office.
- Dr. Darlene J. Ruscitti








Dear Community, Friends and ROE Family,

My family and I join in wishing you and your families a safe and very Happy Thanksgiving Holiday. May each one of you be blessed anew with good health, success and prosperity.

Today, when we Americans contemplate our circumstances and put them in perspective, we are acutely conscious of how much we have to be grateful for. We are blessed in incredible ways as a nation, our current problems notwithstanding. May I suggest, that as you offer  praise and thanks this Thanksgiving, you would remember those less fortunate than us; that you would pray for our Country, our County, and for our leaders, asking they be guided along the paths of wisdom and righteousness so that their leadership will be of benefit to the nation and people they serve; and that you would remember our troops - America's children at war, far from their families and their homes and ask for their safety, comfort, peace of mind and for their safe return home.

Happy Thanksgiving!!

Warmest regards,
Dr. Darlene Ruscitti

Early Childhood Roundtable

Please join Dr. Darlene Ruscitti for our first DuPage County Early Childhood Roundtable featuring Theresa Hawley, Executive Director of the Illinois Governor's Office of Early Childhood.  For more information click here.

PARCC Assessment Results

By Dr. Darlene Ruscitti
The Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) tests were administered to third- through eighth-graders and some high school students in Illinois last spring.  PARCC is the new state assessment and accountability measure for Illinois, replacing the ISAT/PSAE. more...

State Superintendent Tony Smith, Ph.D. Visits DuPage County

On August 26, 2015, Dr. Smith was introduced to the many great educational opportunity DuPage County children experience.

Dr. Smith visited with administrators, teachers, and children in two local school districts.

In Woodridge District 68 Jefferson Junior High School, the 7th and 8th graders described their state of the art Exploratory Program.

In Wood Dale District 7's Westview Elementary School the students shared with Dr. Smith the significance of their Integrated Technology Program.

DuPage County Superintendent, school board members and school superintendents welcomed Dr Smith at a luncheon at Medinah Shriner's, Addison. Dr. Darlene Ruscitti, the DuPage County Regional Superintendent introduced Dr Smith as he shared his five goals for his work at the state level: finance reform, community involvement, quality consistency, competence, and fairness.  Dr. Ruscitti also shared the many accomplishments of the DuPage County school districts and foreshadowed the Regional Office of Education goals for the coming year.

Religious Exemption Form for Use Beginning October 16, 2015

On August 3, 2015, Public Act 099-0249 was enacted that changes the process for parents or legal guardians seeking a religious exemption to any required immunizations or examinations for their children. The new law requires that parents or legal guardians who object on religious grounds to complete a Certificate of Religious Exemption, which must also be signed by the physician, advanced practice nurse or physician assistant responsible for performing the student examination. The healthcare provider signature on this new form attests to informing the parent or legal guardian of the benefits of immunization and the health risks of not vaccinating the student. 

For more information click here to read the entire document and required form.

Workforce Investment Act (WIA) Internship Sites: ProAccess Systems and Cyber-Construction

A huge thank you to ProAccess Systems in Addison and Cyber-Construction in Roselle who this past year has supported meaningful experiences for several students in the DuPage Regional Office of Education WIA Program. We are excited to partner with these businesses in DuPage who offer paid internships to our students through the Workforce Investment Act.  These partners work with the ROE staff  in the development of the student’s work habits and useful career skills that then carry forward into future employment.  

ProAccess Systems, Addison, is a manufacturer of an extensive array of gate operators for industrial, commercial, or residential applications.  Cyber-Construction, Roselle,is a web design and development company that works with businesses and individuals to promote their online presence and technology. 

To our great delight, both of these work experiences resulted in the permanent hiring of these students.  Again, many thanks to ProAccess and Cyber-Construction for providing valuable work experiences and a job for our youth!

If there are any business that are interested in supporting our youth, please call 630-495-6080 and ask for Kathy Ekstrand.

Regional Board of School Trustees

On Monday, May 18, 2015, three candidates from the April 7, 2015 election took office as Regional Board of School Trustees.  Laura Pollastrini was re-elected and two newly elected members were Paula McGowen and Catherine Hanzelin. The new board elected Danielle Dittus as President for the next two years and Paula Bowen as Vice-President.
The Regional Board of School Trustees is an elected board comprised of seven members. This elected board hears petitions for annexations, detachments and changes in school boundaries. The Regional Superintendent acts as Ex-Officio Secretary to the Board. The Regional Office maintains all records of petitions heard in the region. The main responsibilities of the Regional Board of School Trustees are:

  1. The hearing and disposal of petitions for change of school district boundaries.
  2. The hearing and disposal of petitions by school districts to withdraw from Joint Agreements/Cooperatives.
  3. The appointment of appraisers and approval of final settlements in the division of assets when new districts are formed.
  4. Meetings are regularly held the first Monday of each quarter; special meetings are scheduled when needed.


Name and Address

Term Expires


Gene Campbell


Downers Grove

Mary Ellen Young



Catherine Hanzelin


Downers Grove

Danielle Dittus



Laura Pollastrini



Paula Bowling



Paula McGowen


U.S. Marine Corporal Sara Medina, of Kane, Illinois

The Governor’s office has issued a proclamation stating that in honor of U.S. Marine Corporal Sara Medina, of Kane, Illinois, flags will be lowered until the time she is interred. Corporal Medina lost her life on May 12 while engaged in relief operations helping the people of Nepal.

Residents Asked to Share Their Ideas on Improving Local Government

Gov. Bruce Rauner has named a number of suburban officials, including the ROE’s Regional Superintendent of Schools Dr. Darlene Ruscitti, to a committee aimed at streamlining local government. The Task Force’s mission is to reduce the heavy burden on Illinois taxpayers by eliminating waste in local government.

Dr. Ruscitti asks that residents go to Lt. Gov. Evelyn Sanguinetti’s website at http://www.illinois.gov/ltg/issues/localgovernments/Pages/default.aspx to share their thoughts and ideas about how best to improve local government.

Student Success Story

The Alternative Learning Opportunities Program at the DuPage Regional Office of Education would like to congratulate one of their former students, Nick Aguilar, on being named the ICEARY Outstanding Student of the Year. This award is given to one student from Illinois who has demonstrated the tenacity and perseverance to overcome obstacles and complete their education. Nick obtained his GED as a student at ALOP and is now attending the College of DuPage. Once he has earned the necessary college credits, Nick plans on entering the Marines. Congratulations Nick!

The State of Illinois designates 2015 as the Year of the Volunteer

The DuPage Regional Office of Education in partnership with DuPage County and Giving DuPage is launching a campaign to promote volunteerism and Civic Engagement throughout DuPage County. Please use the link below to provide you with detailed information about how you can participate in this statewide initiative: 2015 Year of the Volunteer!

Serve DuPage 2015 Toolkit