District Office

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

Dear Parents/Guardians,

I am pleased to share with you some important information from the Illinois State Board of Education.  The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) provides the opportunity for districts and schools to build on existing strengths and to close academic achievement gaps. ESSA creates the statewide conditions to support districts, schools, and most importantly, students who need additional assistance and resources. The Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) is beginning its comprehensive implementation of ESSA as required by the federal government. (ISBE, 2018)

I want to personally offer my congratulations to the students, staff and parents of our students who have earned these outstanding designations! 

Locust School                    Exemplary

Exemplary: A school that has no under-performing student demographic groups at or below the “all students” group of the lowest 5 percent of all Title 1 schools, a graduation rate of greater than 67 percent, and whose performance is in the top 10 percent of schools statewide. Schools that receive an Exemplary School designation may apply to serve in the IL-EMPOWER network of partners.

Grant Intermediate        Commendable

MCMS                                  Commendable

Commendable: A school that has no under-performing student demographic groups at or below the “all students” group of the lowest 5 percent of all Title 1 schools, a graduation rate greater than 67 percent, and whose performance is not in the top 10 percent of schools statewide. Schools that receive a Commendable School designation may apply to serve in the IL-EMPOWER network of partners.

These designations are a reflection of the hard work of our staff and the wonderful school-home connections that this district continues to nurture.  What is truly remarkable about these designations is that we have been able to achieve at a very high level academically while still maintaining the lowest elementary school tax rate in the county.  Per information on the Illinois School Report Card, our district is only funded at 64.5% of adequacy. The state average spent per pupil expenditure is $8,024.00 and our district spent $5,036.00—that is almost $3,000.00 less!  Again, this is a reflection of the high quality of staff at our school and our engaged parents who want to see their children be successful in today’s global marketplace.   -Superintendent Damisch

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

The U.S... Department of Agriculture prohibits discrimination against its customers, employees, and applicants for employment on the bases of race, color, national origin, age, disability, sex, gender identity, religion, reprisal, and where applicable, political beliefs, marital status, familial or parental status, sexual orientation, or all or part of an individual’s income is derived from any public assistance program, or protected genetic information in employment or in any program or activity conducted or funded by the Department.  (Not all prohibited bases will apply to all programs and/or employment activities.)

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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