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The Illinois State Board of Education’s (ISBE) tenth annual statewide survey of school climate and learning conditions, known as the Illinois 5Essentials Survey, is now available for FSD 157-C families, students, and staff. This ISBE required survey provides feedback to help identify strengths and weaknesses within schools in Illinois. School districts must secure a 20% response rate from families and must provide the survey to students in grades 4 – 8 across the state. 


We ask our families to please take the Illinois 5Essentials Survey, linked here, as soon as possible.  


The survey was created by UChicago Impact at the University of Chicago. The survey gathers data related to five indicators that can predict important student outcomes, including improved attendance and achievement. These five indicators that are evaluated through the survey are as follows: 


  • Effective Leaders 
  • Collaborative Teachers 
  • Involved Families 
  • Supportive Environments 
  • Ambitious Instruction 


The survey will be open until Friday, March 31 for families. Students in grades 4 – 8 will take the survey at school in the coming weeks. For families that want to learn more about the survey, please review the ISBE website on it linked here. In addition, you can find the student survey questions linked here.  


If you do not wish your child to take the 5 Essentials, please contact Mrs. Durocher at HCMS or Mrs. Cash at Chelsea.  


Finally, you can check out this month’s edition of 157-C in 60 below. In the video, we feature our community partnership with the Frankfort Fire Department, showcase the recent third grade wax museum at Chelsea, and name the winner of the annual Hickory Creek Spelling Bee. Please watch those stories in the video below. 

Thank you for your continued support of Frankfort School District 157-C. 




Doug Wernet, Ed.D.