District 300 Families, In the recent weeks we have seen positive trends in the number of COVID-19 cases in Perry County and, as a result, in our schools. These improvements have been long-awaited and welcomed. Along with these trends, we also have six months of our own data and experience related to the impacts of COVID-19. With these things in mind, our administration, faculty, and staff have been working on plans for adjustments to our existing schedules for in-person learning for the upcoming 4th quarter of the school year. As of today, we are prepared to inform everyone that we are planning on the following adjustments for the 2nd week of the 4th quarter (week of March 22): 1) Fridays will be used as in-person learning days following the existing schedules we are following for Monday-Thursday. The first Friday for regular in-person attendance will be March 26th for DES, DMS, and DHS. 2)The high school will end the use of the blended A/B schedule. All in-person high school students will begin attending together on March 22nd following the existing bell schedule. For us to be able to implement these changes during the week of March 22, we need COVID-case numbers to be similar to what they are now or better. We know that we will still have cases occur in the community so it is important for everyone to be mindful of what we need to do to minimize the spread and impact of cases. If we are able to implement these changes on March 22, we will essentially have 9 weeks remaining in the school year. If we can be disciplined in our actions, both in and out of school, over those final two months of the school year, then we will be setting ourselves up for a good finish to a challenging year. Full remote learning will continue to be an option for families. We understand that some families with high school students may want to make a change for the 4th quarter knowing the plan to bring all in-person high school students back together. If you are the parent/guardian of a high school student who is not currently a full remote student, but would now like to make this change for the 4th quarter to full remote learning, please follow this link to provide information: https://forms.gle/hVUi1L5TtfY8KcAMA We very much appreciate the flexibility and cooperation that has been shown throughout this year. Families have been very good at keeping sick children home and communicating with our schools about close contacts or cases within households. This is an important part of the success we've had with in-person school. Our schools will follow up with additional information as needed as well as reminders of changes as we move forward. As always, we appreciate your patience and support.
The Papoose News - Feb. 24, 2021 - is posted https://www.duquoinschools.org/article/408239. This week you will find our Kids Heart Challenge theme days and a special message from me. Also remember tomorrow, Feb. 25, is our spring picture day. No money - just smiles! With Papoose Pride, Diana Rea, Principal
Papoose News for Feb. 17, 2021 is posted https://www.duquoinschools.org/article/403654. This issue includes Remote Learning day for Feb. 18th, plans for in person attendance on Fri., Feb. 19th and spring picture details for next Thurs., Feb. 25th. Diana Rea, Principal
Due to ongoing conditions from the winter storm, Du Quoin District 300 schools will not be having school in-person on Thursday, Feb. 18th. Thursday will be a Remote Learning Day for all students. Students will need to check-in for attendance. More details will be shared by each school concerning remote learning on this day. A decision about Friday will be made tomorrow. (This Friday was originally scheduled as an in-person day due to the holiday on Monday.) A free grab and go breakfast/lunch package will be available from 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM on Thursday. Meals may be picked up at the main Elementary School entrance or at the rear cafeteria doors at the High School. Everyone stay safe.
This is a friendly reminder that tomorrow (Wednesday, Feb. 17) is a remote learning day. Also, a free grab and go breakfast/lunch package will be available from 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM on Wednesday. Meals may be picked up at the main DES entrance or at the rear cafeteria doors at DHS.
Over the weekend District 300 lost one of our recent retirees, John Campbell, to cancer. Mr. Campbell began working in our District in 1994 and retired three years ago in 2018. He served our students as a counselor, a physical education teacher, and high school athletic director. He served his colleagues as a sincere and honest man with integrity. To me, he was a good friend and as a brother. He will be missed here by many and our thoughts and prayers are with his family.
Due to conditions from the winter storm, Du Quoin District 300 schools will not be having school in-person on Tuesday, Feb. 16th or Wednesday, Feb. 17th. Tuesday and Wednesday will be Remote Learning Days for all students. Everyone stay safe.
This is a friendly reminder for District 300 families that a free grab and go breakfast/lunch package is available until 1:00 PM today and from 10 AM-1 PM tomorrow. Meals may be picked up at the main DES entrance or at the rear cafeteria doors at DHS.
Due to the continuing winter weather conditions, Du Quoin District 300 schools will not be having school in-person on Thursday, Feb. 11th. Thursday and Friday will be Remote Learning Days for all students. Students will need to check-in for attendance on both Thursday and Friday. More details will be shared by each school concerning remote learning on Thursday and Friday. A free grab and go breakfast/lunch package will be available from 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM on Thursday and Friday. Meals may be picked up at the main Du Quoin Elementary School entrance or at the rear cafeteria doors at Du Quoin High School. Everyone stay safe.
Due to the wintry weather conditions, there is no school for Du Quoin CUSD 300 on Wednesday, Feb. 10. Everyone stay safe.
This is a message from District 300. District 300 Families, Good morning all. This week is bringing multiple chances of wintry precipitation. In the event that an emergency day is needed at any point, please be aware of the following sources we will utilize to communicate cancellations related to District 300: - A text message will be sent to parents/guardians. - Local media will be informed, including WSIL TV3, KFVS 12, and WDQN AM 1580 / FM 97.1. - The information will be posted on the official District 300 and school Twitter accounts @DuQuoin300, @DESPapoose, @DQWarriors, and @duquoinHS. To receive the text message, be sure you have an up-to-date phone number on hand at your child's school. If your number has recently changed, please contact your child's school (DES/DMS 542-2646, DHS 542-4744) and let them know of the change. Thank you for your help.
The Papoose News posted Wed., Feb. 3rd is available here https://www.duquoinschools.org/article/393439 ~ Diana Rea
Good evening DES family, As a reminder we return to all students in person this week, starting tomorrow 01/19. Also tomorrow is our One School, One Book reveal! We can’t wait to read this year’s book with all of you! @1school1book ~ Diana Rea, Principal
The weekly news from Du Quoin Elementary is posted https://www.duquoinschools.org/article/368518 ~ Diana Rea, Principal
Du Quoin Elementary School - Papoose News - Dec. 4, 2020 https://www.duquoinschools.org/article/360802
DMS teacher Jason James is the section618.com Most Valuable Teacher! We know Coach James represents well the efforts that our faculty are making during this time. Congrats Coach James! Check out the article/video here: https://www.section618.com/2020/12/02/mvt-week-10/
Art After Hours for Wed., Nov. 18 and Thurs., Nov. 19 has been canceled. Students who were enrolled will received a refund for this activity.
Our Book Fair is open! 📚Empower your kids by letting them browse and choose books in the fun, interactive Virtual Book Fair 👇🏽 https://www.scholastic.com/bf/duquoinschools1 ~ Du Quoin PTO & Principal Rea
DES Families, Wed., Nov. 11 is a school holiday for Veteran's Day. We do have school in person on Fri., Nov. 13. ~ Principal Rea
DES Families, As a reminder, 2nd grade students will attend 4 days in person starting next week. With the additional students in attendance weekly, we ask that you keep following our arrival procedures so our symptom checking stations and personnel can support students safely entering the school. If your K-4th grade student is a car rider, please use the drop off in the back of the building prior to 7:40AM. The last blue tent on the sidewalk is for all DES student car riders. After 7:40 when the final buses finish, the front lane is open to parents/guardians. ~ Principal Rea
DHS Parents and Guardians: Due to the loss of educational work time during the first two weeks of November; Tues., Nov. 3: Election Day (no school per new state law) Wed., Nov. 11: Veterans Day (no school) The high school is adjusting its attendance schedule during the first two weeks of November only. Attendance days and schedules will be as follows for the following weeks only: Week of November 2: Mon., Nov. 2: 'A' Day (students A-L) Tue., Nov. 3: No School Wed., Nov. 4: 'B' Day (students M-Z) Thu., Nov. 5: 'A' Day (students A-L) Fri., Nov. 6 'B' Day (students A-L) Week of November 9: Mon., Nov. 9 'A' Day (students A-L) Tue., Nov. 10 'B' Day (students M-Z) Wed., Nov. 11 No School Thu., Nov. 12 'A' Day (students A-L) Fri., Nov. 13 'B' Day (students M-Z) * Note if your child(ren) is attending all four days presently, they will continue to attend all four days.
Wednesday, Oct. 21 and Thursday, Oct. 22 are Unity Day at DES. We wear Orange to show our United stand against bullying. Student may wear anything Orange including hats. Let’s make it a sea of orange and squeeze bullying out of our community! ~ Principal Rea
District 300 Families, The 1st quarter of this unusual school year has ended. On behalf of our administration, faculty, and staff we want to thank you for your patience and support during this time. This has been, and will continue to be, a challenging time for everyone and particularly for those with school-age children whether it be at home as a parent or at school as teacher. We want you to know that we are continuing to look for ways to do more for more students within the prescribed guidelines for COVID-19. In the past two weeks we have had groups of students attending in-person for four days a week. This has gone well. Overall, our students have done a great job of following guidelines in our schools and we've had great cooperation with parents when children are sick. This is appreciated and contributes greatly to the success we've seen regarding spread of the coronavirus. As we begin the 2nd quarter on Monday, our Kindergarten and 1st grade will begin attending Monday through Thursday. Remaining elementary grade levels (2nd, 3rd, 4th) will begin transitioning to 4 days of in-person attendance following the Kindergarten/1st grade provided that things continue to go well. We are currently looking at what is possible for our middle school and high school students and will share more information when we have a plan we have confidence in. Again, please know that we are striving to do more for more students within the guidelines. We are seeing some numbers rise in our region, so please continue to be mindful of hand hygiene, social distancing, and face coverings and if you're sick, stay at home. Thank you again for your efforts throughout the first part of this school year. Have a good and safe weekend,
Du Quoin Elementary School - PTO Fall Fundraiser Begins: 09/14/2020 Ends: 09/28/2020 Watch for program information and ways to help our school next week. All sales will be online this year with ship to home items. Super easy to get involved! ~ PTO Officers and Principal Rea
We posted a video with friendly reminders and announcements related to the following topics: COVID-19 impacts in District 300, the upcoming calendar, places to find quick links for remote learning, and the sign up for full-time remote learning for the 2nd quarter. The video is posted as a news item on our webpage or you can view it here: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1anwbWXo6yZfSxOk5IpDsY7V3ZrHuB5D9/view. Have a good and safe weekend!
USDA has extended the summer food program so all meals are now FREE to every child under the age of 18. We are still offering meals as usual to be sent home with your child on their scheduled attendance day or picked up on Fridays. If you wish NOT to pre-order, we also now offer daily pick up at the High School and Elementary/Middle School. Pick up is 1p.m. -2p.m. daily behind the high school and behind the Elementary/Middle school . This daily pickup is available for all children under the age of 18 not just District #300 students. Click the link below to continue to pre-order your child's remote meals, this still needs to be filled out weekly for each child. https://forms.gle/85Jux1CmDzSnFJ7MA
Du Quoin CUSD 300 now has a page on our website dedicated to information related to COVID-19, our blended schedule, and remote learning. You can check it out here: http://duquoinil.apptegy.us/o/duquoin-cusd-300/page/pandemic-resource-page
We're so excited to be back in school at DES! Check out the weekly news here http://duquoinil.apptegy.us/article/290769?org=duquoin-cusd-300 . You can always check the meals menu on our website too https://www.duquoinschools.org/dining
DES Families, The procedures for full time remote and Chromebook rental at the elementary school are as follows: If you selected full time remote, I will be setting up schedules for families by grade level to collect books and materials early next week. Please watch for that email schedule Monday. For Chromebook rentals . . . if you elected full time remote, those will be available at the same time you collect grade level books and materials. We will provide a simple tutorial for parents and answer any questions. The devices do not have cases, so you may want to get a small laptop case or backpack to bring on the resource collection day. For Chromebook rentals . . . if your student is attending in person, he or she will bring home a rental agreement on the first day of school. Please return this the next in person day and your student will be issued a device to bring home. During the first week of school, we will be focusing on logging in to our digital resources and programs to ensure our students know the procedures and are successful when working on their assignments at home.
Please find attached the news from Du Quoin Elementary. This edition includes more details on the Chromebook rental and safety procedures for the start of the school day. http://duquoinil.apptegy.us/article/281549
If you are still needing to gather student supplies for 2020-2021. They are listed by grade level on our website. http://duquoinil.apptegy.us/o/duquoin-cusd-300/browse/135438 ~ Principal Rea
Please find linked the Papoose News for July 29, 2020. This newsletter includes information on the Chromebook rental, arrival/dismissal and more for the elementary. ~ Principal Rea https://www.duquoinschools.org/article/277304
To view the Du Quoin High School Baccalaureate please go to the News tab on the website.
You can find all the DES student supply lists on our website at http://duquoinil.apptegy.us/o/duquoin-cusd-300/browse/26286
Seniors Please check your school emails for graduation details and expectations. If you have any questions please contact Mr. McChristian or Mrs. Woodsides.
Senior Parents and Seniors: Good afternoon all, I hope this email finds everyone well. Graduation will be held on Saturday, July 25, 2020 at 6:00 PM on the Football Field. We will be sending out detailed plans on Thursday, July 9, 2020. Happy 4th of July! Have a wonderful and safe holiday weekend!
8th Grade Promotion DMS 8th Grade Parents and Students: I hope you are all enjoying your summer. I wanted to pass along some important information regarding our 8th grade promotion. We are finalizing details of our ceremony in accordance with the guidelines set forth by the Illinois State Board of Education and Illinois Department of Public Health. Our ceremony is set for Friday, July 24th, at 6:00pm. The ceremony will be held at our High School football field. Due to the precautions necessary because of COVID-19, the ceremony will look very different than it has in the past. In preparation for the ceremony, we will have a drive through T-shirt and DVD pickup on Monday, July 13th. Every 8th grader that is participating in the ceremony will wear an 8th grade t-shirt that was designed specifically for this ceremony. You can pick this t-shirt up on the 13th between the hours of 10am-1pm and 3pm-6pm in front of DuQuoin Middle School. Please follow the circle drive in front of the school. 8th grade parent volunteers will be there to give you your t-shirt and a copy of the promotion DVD they made for every 8th grader. Every 8th grader must wear this t-shirt during the ceremony. I will send out more detailed information regarding the ceremony once we have approval on our plan. Please contact me with any questions at firstname.lastname@example.org or 542-2646 ext. 1150.
A message from District 300: Our Grab & Go Summer Food Program opens TODAY! The program will be serving meals at Du Quoin Elementary School and the AME Zion Church from 10 AM-12 PM on Mon./Wed./Fri. from June 1-July 31. The Grab & Go meals are free for children up to age 18. We hope everyone has a good start to summer and stays safe and healthy.
Papoose Newsletter - May 13, 2020 -- The news includes information on final work collection and distribution of student desk/locker items. Please read details in the link for times and dates: http://duquoinil.apptegy.us/article/246454
Papoose News - April 22, 2020 from Du Quoin Elementary School http://duquoinil.apptegy.us/article/235803 ~ Principal Rea
District 300 parents/guardians/students: A friendly reminder that our Grab & Go Meals will be available on Monday/Wed./Fri. starting this week. If you pick up today, you will receive 2 breakfasts/2 lunches. Thank you and stay safe everyone!
Good afternoon District 300 faculty/staff. The Governor has officially extended the school closure through the end of our school year. We will continue our remote learning plans through that date. I’ll share more information on Monday. Please stay safe. -- Matthew Hickam, Supt.
On this day we want to send a reminder of how important our friendships are to each other. Thanks to Mrs. Pierce and her class for this gem! Let's #stayconnected https://bit.ly/PierceFriendship
The 2020-2021 kindergarten screening, originally planned for Thurs., Apr. 23, has been postponed and will be rescheduled at a later date. Those with appointments, along with the public will be notified as soon as a new date is available. We look forward to greeting you and our newest Papoose students to our school and sincerely apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused.
Good afternoon District 300 parents, guardians, and students. The Governor has officially extended the stay-at-home order and school closure through April 30. We will continue our existing plans through that date. I’ll share more as needed soon. Matthew Hickam, Supt.
District 300 parents, guardians, and students: A reminder that our next wave of instructional materials is going out tomorrow. If you have not already received specific information from teachers/principals, be on the look out for a message. Thanks for your patience and support!
District 300 Parents/guardians, students, staff: Per the Governor's announcement today, our school closure has been extended through April 7. We will be in touch again early next week with more info. Our food program WILL continue as scheduled. Everyone be safe this weekend!
Good morning District 300 parents/guardians. This is a good time to remind everyone that if you have had a recent change in any contact information such as cell phone number or email address, please contact your child’s school. Thank you!
Parents/guardians, if you haven’t discovered it yet, you can now make breakfast/lunch payments online through your TeacherEase account. Our next step will be to provide an online registration process. Stay tuned!
The Board of Education has moved the date/time of the regular March meeting to Monday, March 16, at 6 PM. The meeting will be held in the K-8 Media Center.
Papoose News can be found at this link. http://bit.ly/2vMFxbH Also please remember tomorrow, Feb. 20, is our spring picture day.
Remember families - Thursday, Feb. 6 is a 2PM dismissal for school improvement. ~ Principal Rea
I just wanted send a reminder that we will be celebrating our 100th day of school tomorrow, Jan. 29. ~ Principal Rea
Here's the news from DES https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B1vbEoIKpOIALTRUMldsUnc3akU5WklIdHlJbkx4Wng3d0Vv/view?usp=sharing
Reminder - School resumes tomorrow, January 6. We hope you had an enjoyable Christmas Break!
The Arrow Academy and Arrow High after school programs are cancelled for this afternoon due to possible icy conditions.
Congratulations to our Papoose Pride winners for excellence in Teamwork @choosetobenice
Check out the news from DES - included this week are holiday spirit theme days for student participation. https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B1vbEoIKpOIAREZpeHF1dUFYTW0xSGJvZXRXOXE0eFRQcmVV/view?usp=sharing
We dismiss at 2PM today for school improvement. There is no Arrow Academy or Arrow High after school program. Please call your school if you need to make arrangements for dismissal.
Families of students who attend our after school programs at all three schools. We do not have the program Monday, Nov. 25 so we can hold staff training. Also Tuesday, Nov. 26 is a 2PM dismissal for Thanksgiving Break.
3rd Grade Families, As a reminder the music program this evening (11/21) beginning at 7PM in the Warrior gym. Students should be at school by 6:45 in their classroom dressed as a Pilgrim or Native American. The back parking lot will be available for the event tonight.
Papoose News - Nov. 20, 2019 https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B1vbEoIKpOIAaHhMbEU5VkJUTTROZEJBN3JQUjZUZGs3VlUw/view?usp=sharing
This is a message from District 300. District 300 schools are scheduled to be IN SESSION on Wednesday. The report by KFVS 12 has been made in error.
A reminder that you can now find a mobile friendly version of our website by downloading our app! Check out this video for details: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1Zf63GCHzP8nEoUNQBaaL9G6toHF1QNW0/view?usp=sharing
This is a message from District 300. Due to road conditions, there will be no school in Du Quoin District 300 tomorrow, Nov. 12. Everyone be safe.
This is a message from District 300. The Du Quoin Veterans Day Parade has been cancelled for tomorrow due to weather conditions. Have a safe day and thank a veteran for their service. Thank you
DES families, We do not have school Friday, Nov. 8 and Mon., Nov. 11 for Veterans' Day. Tuesday, Nov. 12 we are asking everyone to wear red, white and blue for our Veteran's Program. Have a great weekend ~ Principal Rea
Get the latest from DES in our weekly news. https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B1vbEoIKpOIAZ1VRWG1DRjZoajh4WTc4Sk1fajc3el9MX2pz/view?usp=sharing
The Governor and Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) honored 258 extraordinary educators with Those Who Excel awards tonight in Normal. Those Who Excel celebrates outstanding classroom teachers, educational leaders, and support personnel whom their own school communities have nominated for their invaluable contributions. Congratulations to our Those Who Excel winner, Mrs. Kimberly Loyd!
Papoose News Oct. 10, 2019 https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B1vbEoIKpOIAd2IxaWdWU3dEY2JNbFE2MGxLR0I0eW1QWk5V/view?usp=sharing
Papoose New Oct. 9, 2019 https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B1vbEoIKpOIAMGpyVVl6QzJ1aVFNVVM5aWpsTlpOS3RvLU1r
This is a friendly reminder that Du Quoin public schools will be conducting emergency lockdown drills tomorrow (Tuesday) morning in each building. Local police and fire departments will be present during the drill. A message will be sent tomorrow as well. Thank you for your help.
The Board of Education formally adopted the 2019-2020 school year budget at the regular meeting for the month of September. The budget document is available on the website by going to the "Finances" page for the District.
Each monthly meeting of the Board of Education includes our "Reasons We Are Proud"! Check out the September report here: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1wolEUwZ4cHhjDiwFolb5yVGtix7MgxMkVQoHto0nnTQ/edit?usp=sharing
Check out our latest information and events on the Papoose News https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B1vbEoIKpOIAOTRISmI4OU1DaENaSWY2WnhPSGhxTWV1S2lz/view?usp=sharing
Du Quoin High grads named Golden Apple Scholars; Program inducted largest class of aspiring educators to teach in Illinois schools-of-need...Way to go Chloe Hill and Emily Varner! @SIUC @goldenapple_il #TeachGolden http://www.duquoin.com/news/20190909/du-quoin-high-grads-named-golden-apple-scholars-program-inducted-largest-class-of-aspiring-educators-to-teach-in-illinois-schools-of-need
Here is the Papoose News for Sept. 11 - Sept. 17, 2019. v]https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B1vbEoIKpOIAZEMyV3FwRU1pVVRWS1ZwTWcwODE0WHp6WlE4/view?usp=sharing
Congrats to the Indians for the week one victory and to @23dbeard for win #1 as the head coach of Indian football! #indianpride
We have 2PM early dismissal all week 8/19-8/23.
For news and information pertaining to Du Quoin CUSD 300, you can now follow on Twitter @DuQuoin300!
We are looking forward to seeing our faculty and staff return on Wednesday, Aug. 14, and our students on Thursday, Aug. 15!
It is Teacher and Staff Appreciation Week in our school district. For the past 26 years I have worked with a tremendous group of faculty, staff, and administrators who go above and beyond to take care of our students. Thanks to each of you for all you do, it is appreciated!
A big thank you to Marshall Browning Hospital for offering Wellness Checks to our faculty and staff this past week. They provided blood sugar testing, blood pressure, BMI, and Pulse Ox. In addition, they discussed the Community Health Check and other new services including their Sleep Disorder Center for sleep apnea, new providers who started in January, and new specialty clinics. They also shared information about wellness opportunities. Thanks again to Marshall Browning Hospital!
We are excited about our new District website. We hope this platform of integrating a new website with other social media will be a unique and helpful way of sharing important information about the District and each school.