On March 20, Governor Pritzker announced that the closure of Illinois schools will extend through April 7. In addition, a shelter in place order is in effect from March 21 at 5:00 p.m. through April 7. Beginning Monday, March 23, 2020, our buildings will be closed. Staff will be available to answer the phone remotely between the hours of 8:00 AM - 3:30 PM. Please call your child’s school if you have questions or concerns.
As Superintendent of Schools I have the opportunity, on a regular basis, to visit our classrooms and schools. Each time I visit I watch as engaged students learn from supportive educators, in content and resource rich environments, aimed at providing students with a strong educational foundation. It is our goal to ensure that when they walk across the stage at graduation, we have opened the door of opportunity for each one of them, and they are fully prepared for whatever path they choose to take, be it a post-secondary education or a career.
As a District, we also developed strategic commitments that are a pledge to our families and community. These commitments, outlined here, will give you a glimpse into our work as a district over the coming year.
We will provide our students with innovative learning experiences that prepare them for post-secondary careers and higher education. What students learn today will need to be transferred to unknown and uncharted experiences, challenges, and opportunities in the future. Digital learning, college and career readiness skills, and engaging curriculum at all grade levels play a part in preparing our students to contribute and find success in a rapidly changing world.
We are committed to hiring and retaining high quality staff members. The research is clear, the single most impactful influence on student learning and achievement is the quality of the educator designing and providing the day-to-day learning experiences for students. When students have access to highly qualified teachers who are passionate about their calling as educators, they benefit from a chance to ask questions, show their creativity, and work collaboratively to solve problems.
We are responsible stewards of the resources in District 303 designated by and for our community. The demographics and student population in our district continue to change over time. This year, as we consolidate middle schools in an effort to conserve resources, we are also investing in both Thompson and Wredling to create optimal learning environments. On an annual basis, the School Board strives to create and maintain a healthy budget that supports the instructional programs and needs of the community across the District.
Outreach and community engagement opportunities keep District 303 residents informed about our mission, vision, programs, services, and use of resources. It is imperative that we provide opportunities for parents, community members, business leaders, and intergovernmental partners to regularly engage in the activities of schools and students.
It is an honor and privilege to serve the students, families and community members within District 303, and I thank you for the trust you have placed in us.