District 204 PDAC

IPSD 204 Invites all PAGES parents to participate in upcoming PDAC sessions.

November 17—7:00-9:00 pm Curriculum and Achievement Gap
December 10—7:00-9:00 pm Race, Ethnicities and Languages
January 26—7:00-9:00 pm Educational Equity and Excellence Metea Valley*
February 11– 7:00-9:00 pm Educational Equity and Excellence Neuqua Valley*
February 23- 7:00-9:00 pm Educational Equity and Excellence Waubonsie Valley*
March 3– 7:00-9:00 pm Mental Health Needs
April 12– 7:00-9:00 pm Parent Organizations
May 3—7:00-9:00 pm Year End Celebration and Reflections

PDAC Mission Statement Recognizing that all students deserve an authentic opportunity to achieve their greatest potential, and understanding that a partnership with a student’s family and community is essential.

The Mission of PDAC is: To advance District 204’s commitment to equity and educational excellence.

PDAC 2015-2016 Goals 1. During the course of the 2015-2016 school year, PDAC leadership will develop partnerships with the leadership of other District 204 parent groups identified by the Superintendent with the intent of increasing awareness of PDAC and build our capacity as a community to understand issues of diversity and equity.
2. During the course of the 2015-2016 school year, each school’s PDAC liaison will meet/consult with their school’s principal to develop strategies that support the action plan developed at the World Café.
3. Exploring the 5 Essential Survey as a referent, each school will be recognized as having a welcoming and inclusive school environment by 2017.
4. Working with District 204 personnel and the PDAC liaisons, PDAC leadership will develop an organizational structure to sustain future work by June, 2016. 2015-2016

Action Plan
1. In partnership with District 204, PDAC will explore support and provide advice in the development of strategies to engage families of at risk students.
2. PDAC will provide forums that can build each school community’s capacity to understand issues of diversity and equity.
3. Respond to requests for assistance from principals to work with their school population to evaluate/address parental involvement so as to impact student achievement.
4. Honor District 204 employees, family, and/or community members who work to establish equity in their respective areas.
5. Host the World Café.

PAGES 2015 Kick Off Oct 5th

You are cordially invited to dinner celebrating the KICK-OFF of the new PAGES school year.

When: OCTOBER 5th, 2015 (New Date!)
Time: 6:00 p.m. (5:45 Registration)

Enjoy the food and meet other parents as you learn about:
• Who we are
• What we are doing
• How you can get involved

The favor of a reply is requested by September 28th to adequately prepare with our caterer.

NAACP College Fair Essay Contest

The essay contest is open to all students in the 6th through 12th grade. The essay for your particular grade must be submitted via email as a Word formatted document attachment, typed, 12 font, double spaced and must not include your name or any other identifying information in the essay body.

Essay applications must be submitted by 11:59pm on August 18, 2015. Please note all materials submitted will not be returned after the selection process.

Essay Contest Questions
High School Questions: 9th – 12th Grade

“Game Changer” is a phrase that is being used across the world in all industries and areas of life. A
Game Changer is seen as a person, idea, or event that significantly changes the way something is
done, thought of, or acted upon. The NAACP also has five 21st Century Game Changer Initiatives:
Economic Sustainability
Public Safety and Criminal Justice
Voting Rights and Political Representation
Choose at least one of the initiatives and write a 500 to 750 word essay in which you analyze how
(your chosen initiatives) will encourage you to be a Game Changer in your home, school and
community today.

Middle School Question: 6th – 8th Grade
A successful education requires collaboration between parents, teachers, students and
administrators. Write a 350 to 500-word essay explaining how a successful collaboration is
accomplished and in particular stress what role you play.
Submit essay by 11:59pm on August 18, 2015 to: essay@collegeandcareerfair.org
Register for the College & Career Fair online at: http://www.collegeandcareerfair.org
For more information email:

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NAACP College Fair at Waubonsie Valley

College and Career Fair Schedule

7:45am Ribbon Cutting Ceremony and Sponsor Recognition (Field House)
8:00am – 12:00pm College/University/Enrichment Program Booths (Field House)

8:30am – 9:20am
Scholarships for Young Scholars (Auditorium) – Scholarship managers share details on how to access thousands of dollars in scholarship funds from: Bill Gates Millennium Scholars Program, Merck Science Initiative, Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Young Scholars Program and many more.
Illinois Math and Science Academy (Library) – IMSA representatives will discuss enrichment programs for 6th-8th graders as well as other high school opportunities.
Opportunity to Serve (Room 156) – Local law enforcement will share career pathways and address community concerns.

9:30am – 10:20am
Choosing the Right College/University for You (Auditorium) – College and university representatives will participate in a panel discussion to share information related to admission requirements, processes, scholarships, aide and special programs.
Don’t Be Intimidated (Room 156) – Parents share their secrets to preparing successful students that attended the college/university of their choice.
Dead End Friends (Library) – Maximizing one’s potential and achieving success often requires traveling with people with similar goals.
This truth telling segment provides participants with the courage needed for self-examination and hard decision making.

10:30am – 11:20am
“Ask the Superintendent” Town Hall Meeting: Hear it from the Source (Auditorium) – Superintendents respond to community questions and concerns.
If You Don’t Believe Me Just Watch (Room 156) – College students and recent graduates share advice and tips on how to successfully navigate the college years.
FAFSA/Bright Start 529 (Library)– Representatives provide information on important steps for applying for financial aid and tax exempt plans for college savings.

11:30am – 12:20pm
FREE RIDE: The Truth about Scholarships (Auditorium) – Back by popular demand, this session shares how 2.0 or 4.0 students can get a “full ride” to college.
College Readiness 9th-10th (Room 113) – High school counselors share steps that students should be taking to prepare for acceptance to college.
College Readiness 11th-12th (Room 156) – High school counselors share steps that students should be taking to prepare for acceptance to college.
Eagle Minded…No Chickens Allowed (Library) – Having goals is one thing, but achieving them takes time, self-understanding and perseverance. This energetic session explores the practical tools and concepts needed to soar like an eagle.

12:30pm – 1:30pm
12:30pm-1:30pm – Essay Winners Announced (Auditorium)

ACT-SO/Jr. ACT-SO Orientation
2:00pm – 4:00pm – DuPage County ACT-SO/Jr. ACT-SO Orientation. (Auditorium) Visit http://www.dupageact-so.org to pre-register and obtain more information.

Times and Seminar Topics are Subject to Change

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What Does Your Selfie Say About You?

Saturday, June 6th

10am to noon

Aurora Public Library- Eola Road Branch

Large Meeting Room


What does your selfie say about you? LEt’s talk about everything from grooming to self-respect. Put your best selfie forward. How you present yourself socially, physically and intellectually affects how others treat you. Join other teen girls for a lively discussion led by teen empowerment specialist Danielle Langford, who has been a featured speaker on Sirius XM Radio.

Danielle Langford is also a proud Waubonsie Valley parent.