Office of the Superintendent

Dear District 157-C Families,

I hope you are enjoying a well-deserved, relaxing Winter Break. All of us at District 157-C look forward to a successful second half of the school year when students return virtually on Tuesday, January 5.

Please find a few important dates for our 157-C families to remember:

  • Monday, January 4: Teacher Institute – No School
  • Tuesday, January 5 – Friday, January 15: Full remote instruction for all students
  • Friday, January 15: School Improvement Day - Early Dismissal from remote learning for all students (Hickory Creek: 10:45 am, Grand Prairie: 11:25 am, and Chelsea: 12:05 pm)
  • Monday, January 18: Holiday - No school
  • Tuesday, January 19: Return to in-person instruction or continue with remote instruction
  • Monday, January 25: Beginning of third quarter
Please remember to fill out the survey if you would like to make a change to your child’s learning pathway for the third quarter, which begins on Monday, January 25. The survey will go live on Wednesday, January 6 and will close on Wednesday, January 13.  You only need to complete this survey if you are making a change to your child’s instructional model.

Here at 157-C, we are thankful for the many opportunities we are able to provide our students, despite the challenges the current circumstance presents. At Hickory Creek, Drama Club participated in a socially-distanced IESA Speech Contest earlier in the month. The students received 61 First Place Ratings and 8 Second Place Ratings.

The Hickory Creek National Junior Honor Society inducted 88 new members in a virtual ceremony in December. The Poz Squad greets the student body every Friday with signs of encouragement and happy tunes. Our bands, orchestras, and choirs continue to hone their musical talents and have performed in virtual concerts throughout the first part of the school year. Student Council, Mathletes, Geography Club, Best Buddies, LitWits Book Club have also been meeting both virtually and in-person socially distanced.

These extracurricular activities are just one way Frankfort 157-C is committed to the education of the whole child. Extracurricular activities are important for children’s social and emotional development. We hope to continue to offer more activities for our students in 2021.

This month’s regular Board of Education meeting was held Wednesday, December 16. At the meeting, the Board approved the 2020 Tax Levy and chose to move forward with Chelsea Master Plan Option 2. A full recap of the Board meeting can be found here.

I wish you the best and safest of holidays as we move into 2021. Thank you for all you do for
Frankfort 157-C.

Dr. Maura J. Zinni,
Superintendent of Schools