Welcome to the site of Dr. Don White, Superintendent of the Troy Community Consolidated School District 30-C. It is my hope that you will enjoy your visit to this site and all pages found on the entire Troy 30-C website. Regardless of your purpose for learning more about the Troy 30-C District, I hope that you find the Troy School District and the Troy School District web site to be great places to visit again and again!
The Troy School District is blessed to have many current and former employees who have served our country. The following is a list of current employees who served in the armed forces. Please let me know if there are other current employees not listed. The bravery of a few provide the freedom for many. THANK YOU for your service!
I am extremely pleased to share a very exciting opportunity for parents, students, and community members to recognize a teacher. The Joliet Area Chamber of Commerce is accepting nominations until November 26, 2013 for the Joliet Area Chamber of Commerce Great Teachers Award. The nomination process is easy to complete and is a great opportunity to demonstrate your appreciation for the work done by a special teacher.
You can complete a nomination by downloading and completing a very short nomination form and submitting it to the Joliet Area Chamber of Commerce. Please know that the short time you spend nominating a deserving teacher will go a long way in saying "thank you" to someone that has or is having a positive impact for your child and our community! You can download the form by clicking on your desired format below.
I provided the Board of Education two comprehensive achievement reports at the October 16, 2013 Board of Education meeting. These reports provide informaiton about how our students have achieved on the NWEA Measure of Academic Progress (MAP) and Illinois Standards Assessment Tests (ISATs) which were administered during the 2012-2013 school year. These comprehensive reports can be viewed by clicking on the following links. You must have Adobe Acrobat Reader installed on your computer to view these results.
Several vendors have provided flyers with information about their businesses and the offerings they have for student apparel and Troy spirit wear. These vendors have been in contact with the district and are working to provide clothing that complies with the 2013-14 dress code (Dress Code FAQs). Please understand that they are doing their best to provide guidance but should not be held accountable should something they sell not be in compliance with the dress code. Also, the posting of these flyers is not intended to be an endorsement of any vendor. Rather, the intent is to simply give parents options as they seek clothing for the school year. These are listed in the order received. Parents should contact the vendors directly as the district cannot answer questions regarding their offerings. If there is any doubt as to whether a particular item is in compliance with the dress code, parents are urged to contact the school prior to purchasing the item.
The Board Brief is intended to give a short YouTube video of topics that the Troy 30C Board of Education is or will be discussing during the upcoming Board of Education Meetings. (The May 2013 Board Brief provides an overview of the two meetings that are held on a monthly basis.)
The Troy Tidbits is a special newsletter that is intended to provide some brief information, or tidbits, about specific topics that are being discussed in our learning community. Knowing that we all inundated with information, the narratives included in this newsletter are by design brief. The information included in this source will be only about district-wide topics. If you have a question about a topic for a specific school, please visit that school's website and/or call the school for more information.
The following list provides the date of the Troy Tidbits and the topics discussed. Please click on the date to read the full issue.
The Troy 30C School District is not immune to current financial times and the need to make tough decisions about finances. With this in mind, the Board of Education recently accepted a recommendation to implement a "balanced approach" for the 2013-14 school year in regards to finances. The "balanced approach" includes 1) returning to the 2009 tax levy, 2) making over $1,000,000 in reductions, and 3) using approximately $1.9 million in accumulated reserves. The details about the reductions being implemented and other related financial information can be read in the FY14 Budget Reductions memo that was sent to staff. Many more details about the Troy 30C School District budget can be learned by reviewing the budget document here.
Illinois has been working to establish new expectations for college and career readiness. This work includes raising performance expectations on the Illinois Student Achievement Test (ISAT) for elementary students. According to the State Superintendent, Dr. Chris Koch, "ISBE will be recalculating the ISAT performance expectations that align to higher expectations for elementary and middle school students. Illinois' previous expectations for our grade 3-8 students did not align to the new learning standards that are now focused on success in college and the workforce. The higher expectations of the new standards will likely result in a downward shift of where students rank in meeting or exceeding standards. These new expectations do not mean that our students know less than they did before or are less capable than they were in previous years. Instead, ISBE is raising the bar on how well students are prepared to meet college and career readiness benchmarks."
Illinois is also moving to replace the ISAT in Math and English Language Arts with assessments created by the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC). PARCC is a consortium of 23 states and the U.S. Virgin Islands. The transition is scheduled for the 2014-2015 school year and will include computer-based assessments that will provide more timely results.
The Troy 30-C School District has been working to align our curriculum with the Common Core and to prepare for the PARCC assessments. We fully implemented the Math Common Core Standards this school year and are moving to finalize plans for implementing the new English Language Arts (ELA) Common Core Standards. Much more information about PARCC can be found at http://parcconline.org/ and more information about the Common Core Standards can be found at http://www.isbe.net/common_core/default.htm.