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May 8, 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








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.

Happy Independence Day!

Almost everything I learned about our great country, I learned in school. Thank you to all the educators this Fourth of July who instilled in me my love of country, a true appreciation for freedom and what it means to be a free people, and who taught me to conduct myself as a worthy member of my community.

Happy Independence Day!
Dr. Darlene Ruscitti

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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.

ROE STEM Newsletter

Click here to view the last edition of the ROE STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) newsletter for the 2014-15 school year. This newsletter provides a rich source of STEM news and opportunities for students and educators. The DuPage ROE STEM Team not only shares information, but also hosts multiple events each year to encourage students to explore STEM fields and consider career options in these areas.

Applications Now Available to Serve on ISBE’s Student Advisory Council

High school students eager to learn about state education and policy decisions can apply for one of 13 open positions on the Illinois State Board of Education’s Student Advisory Council. Members of the Student Advisory Council provide input on ISBE’s existing and proposed programs, policies and regulations and annually tackle one major issue and presents findings to the State Board.

Applications are available online at http://www.isbe.net/SAC/default.htm and will be accepted through May 29. Questions can be directed to Vincent Camille at vcamille@isbe.net or 217-782-5396.

Friend of the DuPage IPA

DuPage Credit Union is a recipient of the “Friend of the DuPage IPA” Award this year and has also worked alongside the DuPage Regional Office of Education to contribute to such a worthy cause - helping children in need getting much needed backpacks and school supplies. 

Doubling This Year’s Goal to Help 1,000 Students

This year, the Credit Union has doubled its fundraising goal to $20,000, in hopes of helping 1,000 students in DuPage County – some of whom may attend your school. To date, they have raised $7,400, but still have a ways to go. Therefore, through 5/15/15, please make a contribution to the “We’ve Got Your Back” Backpack Fundraiser and the Credit Union will match it dollar for dollar - up to $5,000*.

Contributions Can be Made by:

  • Visiting a DuPage Credit Union Branch Office and mentioning promo code BACKPACK - Members and non-Members are welcome.
  • Requesting a transfer from your Credit Union account. Simply call us at 800-323-2611, press 6 and mention promo code BACKPACK.
  • Visiting the Community section at dupagecu.com

On the Behalf of the Credit Union Team, we thank you for support. If you have any suggestions for additional fundraising opportunities please contact me.

*DuPage Credit Union will match donations received using Promo Code BACKPACK by 5/15/15 up to a combined total of $5,000.

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