Superintendent's Office

Dear District 157-C Families,

Welcome back to the 2019-2020 school year!

I hope these first few days of the new school year have been full of excitement, joy and enthusiasm for you. All of the staff members at the District are certainly excited to help students succeed each day and are looking forward to what the year has in store.

Picture Day is this Wednesday, September 4, and this is a great opportunity for parents to come in to get a volunteer badge if you are planning on getting involved in any of the District’s volunteer opportunities this year. If you are unable to attend during the school day, the District will offer another picture time for parents from 4:00-7:00 p.m. Wednesday, September 18, prior to the Board of Education’s regular September meeting in the District Office.

Each school has its own opportunities to get involved through volunteerism, and parents are also welcome to join the District 157-C Education Foundation or the District 157-C Family School Partnership. We are very appreciative of the support we receive from parent volunteers.

There are two remaining Curriculum Nights this month. Grand Prairie had a very successful Curriculum Night in August, during which parents learned about what to expect this school year and received resources to help their students succeed. Thank you to all who attended!

The Chelsea Intermediate School (Grades 3-5) Curriculum Night is scheduled for 5:30-7:00 p.m. Thursday, September 5, and the Hickory Creek Middle School (Grades 6-8) Curriculum Night is scheduled for 5:30-7:00 p.m. Wednesday, September 4.

Last month’s regular Board of Education meeting was held Wednesday, August 21. At the meeting, administrators presented a brief overview of social emotional learning initiatives that the District is working on this school year; Director of Business and Operations Kate Ambrosini provided the Board with a presentation of the fiscal year 2020 tentative budget; and the Board continued discussions of a proposed facility master plan for Chelsea. A full recap of the Board meeting can be viewed here.

For more information on social emotional learning initiatives, parents are encouraged to attend the District and Family School Partnership’s first Tiger University of this school year at 6:00 p.m. Tuesday, September 24, at Hickory Creek Middle School. This presentation will provide an overview of the District’s Social/Emotional Program.  For more information about this event  and the other Tiger University events planned for this year, please click here.

As this school year builds momentum, please feel free to contact building or District administrators if you have questions, need assistance or would like to learn more about opportunities to volunteer or get involved. We are always here to help.

Dr. Maura J. Zinni,
Superintendent of Schools