Richard D Crosby Elementary
Serving Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, and 3rd grade students
Richard D. Crosby Elementary School is proud to be a part of WeatherBug's national program of weather stations located all across the U.S. Our real-time weather alerts can help give advanced warning of upcoming weather events. This program teaches our students throughout District 50 about science and the weather. They also enjoy watching WGN-9 news to see if Tom Skilling will report from our weather station!
Building Opened Fall of 2010
Richard D. Crosby Elementary School houses kindergarten through third grade.
Designed to hold slightly more than one thousand students, Crosby Elementary is home for approximately 800 kindergarten through 3rd grade students. This school allows the district’s youngest students to stay in the same building for the first four years of their school careers, providing a secure education environment in their early years. The school construction was funded by a community referendum that was passed in November 2008. It is the first new school in the district in 48 years.
Crosby Elementary is designed around a neighborhood concept, where all classrooms of the same grade are grouped around a common discovery center. The Learning Center is at the center of the building, the IHAS gym is used by the community and district, and the music rooms turn into a performing arts stage for special presentations. Separate driveways for bus and car traffic make traffic in and out of the school flow smooth and keep students safe.
The staff teaches reading and writing across the curriculum as an integral part of the overall academic program. Teaching strategies encourage student creativity, responsibility and self-motivation. Teachers practice guided reading strategies. In 2015 Crosby adopted Everyday Math to assist teachers instruct with the common core standards. Early intervention programs are available for students in order to improve and strengthen academic skills such as Title 1 Reading and Response to Intervention (RTI). Crosby School students host many building and community activities including a Veterans’ Day Breakfast, Family Reading Night, Evening Music Shows, after school PTO classes, PTO special events, and Family Reading Night, an Evening Music Show, and a Literature Fair.