District Office

Marengo-Union Elementary District Office
816 E. Grant Hwy.
Marengo, IL 60152
Phone: 815-568-8323
Fax: 815-568-8367


December 13th, 2018

Dear Parent/Guardian:

Beginning in January, the Marengo Union Elementary CSD # 165, which includes the school buildings of Locust Elementary, Grant Intermediate, and MCMS is pleased to announce that we will begin using the Raptor Visitor Management System in all of our schools to strengthen our program of campus safety for students and faculty.  Part of keeping students and faculty safe is knowing who is in our buildings at all times, and the Raptor system will allow us to do that.  The Raptor system will better allow us to screen visitors, contractors, and volunteers in our schools and provide us with a safer environment for our students and staff.  


Upon entering a district building, visitors will be asked to present an ID such as a Driver’s License, which can either be scanned or manually entered into the system.  If a parent or guardian for any reason does not have a US government-issued ID, the school staff member can use any form of identification and manually enter the person’s name into the Raptor system. The Raptor system will check to ensure that registered sexual offenders are not entering our school campuses without our knowledge.  The Raptor system checks the visitor's name and date of birth for comparison with a national database of registered sex offenders.  The registered sex offender database is the only official database checked by the Raptor system.  No other data from the ID is gathered or recorded and the information is not shared with any outside agency. Once entry is approved, Raptor will issue a badge that identifies the visitor, the date, and the purpose of his/her visit.  A visitor’s badge will not be necessary for those who visit our schools simply to drop off an item in the office or pick up paperwork.  We recognize that there may be a learning curve as we implement this, so we ask for your patience as we perfect the process. 


The safety of our students is our highest priority and the Raptor visitor management system allows us to quickly identify those that may present a danger to our students.  Thank you in advance for your understanding and your support in enhancing the school safety protocols in our district.

Yours in Education,

Lea Damisch

Superintendent of Schools


13 de diciembre del 2018


Estimado Padre/Tutor:

Comenzando en enero, el Marengo Union Elementary CSD #165, lo cual incluye los edificios escolares de Locust Elementary, Grant Intermediate, y MCMS están contentos de anunciar que comenzaremos usando el Sistema de Administración de Visitantes Raptor en todas nuestras escuelas para reforzar nuestro programa de seguridad para estudiantes y personal. Parte de mantener a estudiantes y personal seguro es sabiendo quien está en nuestros edificios en todo momento, el sistema Raptor nos permitirá hacerlo.  El sistema Raptor nos permitirá mejor proteger visitantes, contratistas, y voluntarios en nuestras escuelas y proveernos con un ambiente más seguro para nuestros estudiantes y personal.


Sobre entrar un edificio del distrito, visitantes serán pedidos presentar un ID como Licencia de Conducir, lo cual puede ser escaneada o manualmente entrado al sistema. Si un padre o tutor por cualquier razón no tiene un ID facilitado del gobierno del EEUU, el miembro de personal escolar puede usar cualquier forma de identificación y manualmente entrar el nombre de la persona en el sistema Raptor. El sistema Raptor revisara para asegurar que registrados delincuentes sexuales no están entrando a nuestras escuelas sin nuestro conocimiento. El sistema Raptor revisar el nombre del visitante y fecha de nacimiento para comparación con un centro nacional de información de registrados delincuentes sexuales. El centro de información de registrados delincuentes sexuales es el único oficial centro de información revisado por el sistema Raptor. Ninguna otra información del ID es juntada o reportada y la información no es compartida con cualquier otra agencia. Cuando la entrada es aprobada, Raptor hará una etiqueta que identifica al visitante, la fecha, y el propósito de su visita.  Una etiqueta no será necesaria para quienes visitan a nuestras escuelas simplemente para dejar algo en la oficina o recoger papeleo. Reconocemos que pueda tomar algún tiempo mientras implementamos esto, así pedimos su paciencia mientras perfeccionamos el proceso.


La seguridad de nuestros estudiantes es nuestra más alta prioridad y el sistema de administración de visitantes Raptor nos permite a rápidamente identificar quienes puedan presentar un peligro a nuestros estudiantes. Gracias en adelantado por su entendimiento y su apoyo en aumentar los procedimientos de seguridad en nuestro distrito


Suya en la Educación,

Lea Damisch

Superintendente de Escuelas.


The District supports Vision 20/20, Fulfilling the Promise of Public Education  http://illinoisvision2020.org/

The District office is located at 816 E. Grant Highway on the 2nd floor. Students and guests unable to climb stairs may call the District office at 815-568-8323 and we will be happy to set up a time to meet with you in a location of the school that best fits your needs.

Keep Your Students Information Updated
If you are withdrawing your child at any time during the school year, you must fill out the necessary paperwork releasing your child from our school district, the Notice of Student Withdrawal Form can be found as a PDF file below, please bring the form filled out the the school.  MCMS 815-568-5720, Grant Intermediate 815-568-7427, Locust 815-568-7632. Please continue to notify the school(s) of any changes being made to phone numbers and addresses as they occur.

Registration Fees for 2018-2019  K-8 - $175.00

Lunch for 2018-2019
Lunch - $2.80 Reduced Lunch - $ .40
Breakfast - $1.50 Reduced Breakfast - $ .30
Milk - $.50

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If you wish to file a Civil Rights program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, found online at http://www.ascr.usda.gov/complaint_filing_cust.html, or at the USDA office, or call (866)632-9992 to request the form.  You may also write a letter containing all of the information requested in the form.  Send your completed complaint form or letter to us by mail at U.S... Department of Agriculture, Director, Office of Adjudication, 1400 Independence Avenue, S.W..., Washington, D.C... 20250-9410, by fax (202)690-7442 or email at program.intake@usda.gov.

Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800)877-8339; or (800)845-6136 (Spanish).

USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.

211 Emergency Services
McHenry County has many services available to its residents. By calling the phone number 211, residents can access information about: emergency shelter, food pantries, day care, availability of rent or utility assistance, elder care, mental health services, employment services, health resources, education/vocational training, disability resources, drug/alcohol rehab, domestic abuse, disaster recovery and more. Limited translation services are available. If someone needs emergency assistance, they should call 911 or the McHenry County Crisis line at 1-800-892-8900. The 211 line is new to McHenry County and information will continue to be added.

Mission Statement
District #165's mission is to form a community partnership dedicated to providing a solid educational foundation that enables students to become confident, self-sufficient and productive citizens. Students shall have the academic and technological opportunities to achieve their full potential in a nurturing environment.

Vision Statement:  Educating Today for Tomorrow's World

Belief Statement:
• Through technology and innovation all students can be an asset to the community
• Decision making is best through collaborative communication
• In a safe, stable learning environment that treats students fairly and with integrity
• All students should strive to achieve personal success in a nurturing learning environment
• Parental support and involvement is necessary for student achievement and life-long knowledge
• In stable financial practices and continued good stewardship of the communities resources

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