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Dear District 157-C Families,


I hope you are all enjoying a restful and rejuvenating Spring Break. We look forward to welcoming your children back for Fourth Quarter on Tuesday, April 6. Monday, April 5 will be a non-attendance day for students.


The continued generosity of the Frankfort community continues to amaze me. Throughout February and March, Hickory Creek, Chelsea, and Grand Prairie partnered with the Frankfort Lions Club to collect socks for those served by the Frankfort Township Food Pantry. I am happy to announce that as a District we have donated over 16,600 pairs of socks for our community. We live in a community that puts their words into action and your kindness will impact hundreds of lives. Thank you for your support of our community service projects!


Looking ahead to eighth grade graduation, I am excited to announce that 157-C will host an in-person socially distanced graduation ceremony at Lincoln-Way Central’s football stadium on Saturday, May 29 in compliance with Illinois State Board of Education and Illinois Department of Public Health guidelines. Thank you to Dr. Scott Tingley, Lincoln-Way 210 Superintendent, who has offered the feeder districts this option to host in-person ceremonies.


Last month’s regular Board of Education meeting was held Wednesday, March 17. At the meeting, the Board discussed the Chelsea Facility Master Plan, technology refresh at Chelsea, and the amended FY 2021 budget.


The Board of Education also approved hiring Jessica Patterson as the Chelsea School Assistant Principal for the 2021-2022 school year. Mrs. Patterson comes to Chelsea with a wealth of knowledge, particularly in the area of special education. More importantly, she brings with her a love of children and enthusiasm for learning. We look forward to welcoming her on July 1, 2021. A full recap of the Board meeting can be viewed here.


Pleasant spring weather is upon us and it is important to not let your guard down. Please continue to follow all CDC guidelines and social distancing protocols. The end of the pandemic is in sight, but we are not quite there yet. Thank you for your continued support of our District. It is because of our families, students, staff, and community that we have been able to have such a successful year, despite the challenges COVID-19 has brought.


Dr. Maura J. Zinni,

Superintendent of Schools