Office of the Superintendent

Dear District 157-C Families,

As we enter into the season of gratitude and giving, it is the perfect time to reflect on what and who we are thankful for in our lives.

All of us at District 157-C are very grateful for the support of our families and community members, our dedicated volunteers, our hardworking teachers and support staff, and our students, who are at the heart of everything we do.

We hope you will join us in approaching life with a grateful heart this November. A great way to share gratitude is to attend one of our schools’ upcoming Veterans Day celebrations.

At Grand Prairie, an assembly will be held at 9 a.m. Monday, November 11, in the school’s gym. Second-graders, led by music teacher Brooke Turnbough, will perform patriotic songs for attendees. Additionally, videos featuring students thanking veterans will be shown during the assembly, with help from tech teacher Dave Theilen.

At Chelsea, breakfast will be served for veterans at 9:45 a.m. Monday, November 11, in the school’s main lunchroom, and an assembly will follow at 10:30 a.m. in the school’s north gym. Boy Scout and Girl Scout troops will conduct a flag ceremony, attendees will say the Pledge of Allegiance, and each grade level will sing a song dedicated to each branch of the military. Veterans in attendance are asked to stand when they hear their branch’s song played so that they can be honored. Physical education teacher Matt Dykema will present a PowerPoint featuring photos of current family members of Chelsea students and staff who are veterans.

At Hickory Creek, at 6 p.m. Thursday, November 7, Symphonic Band and Orchestra students, directed by Doug Adams, Shannon Shanahan and Alyson Bauman, will perform a concert honoring veterans in the gym. Special guests Black Willow Brass Quintet and Frankfort Mayor Jim Holland will also be in attendance.

Also at Hickory Creek, at 8:30 a.m. Monday, November 11, an assembly will feature a presentation from seventh-grade CADETS Troop 71, a performance of the Star Spangled Banner and an original “Thank You” song, recognition of all veterans in attendance, and veteran speakers.

Please join us for one of these events to honor veterans in the District 157-C community and around the country.

Later in the month, Parent/Teacher Conferences are scheduled for November 25 and 26. Please attend your student’s conference to stay updated on their progress, and ask teachers any questions you may have.

The next Tiger University is set for 6 p.m. Tuesday, December 3, at Hickory Creek. Megan Brooks, a Will County State’s Attorney investigator, will present on internet safety.

Last month’s regular Board of Education meeting was held Wednesday, October 16. At the meeting, the Board recognized former student Eddie Walenga for his immediate response delivering life-saving CPR to his mother; the Board discussed the Illinois Association of School Boards’ 2019 Resolutions Committee Report; and the Board discussed tax levy scenarios. A full recap of the Board meeting can be viewed here.

Thank you for your continued support of and involvement with our District.

Dr. Maura J. Zinni,
Superintendent of Schools