Virtual Summer School

Join our first virtual summer program where every student in District 159 have the opportunity to sharpen their skills, engage in fun learning tasks and participate in a range of enrichment activities. Students will experience weekly virtual field trips, hands-on science for middle school students and book studies at each grade level. Enrichment courses: Piano lessons, The Making of a Band, Sign Language that will include a choir and Spanish Classes.

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Coronavirus Update

March 30,2020
Dear Elementary School District 159 Parents/Guardians:
In accordance with Gov. JB Pritzker’s Executive Order 2020-15, which “requires all individuals currently living within the State of Illinois to stay at home or at their place of residence.” Due to that fact, ESD 159 will continue to implement Phase II of Remote Learning starting Tuesday, March 31 until in-person instruction can resume.
All ESD 159 instructional staff will participate in planning for Phase II of Remote Learning on Tuesday, March 31 and Wednesday, April 1. Please be patient as we engage staff in remote training opportunities to enhance daily instructional activities provided for our students. Teachers will resume with daily posting of instructional activities on Thursday, April 2 and continue daily until in-person instruction can resume. The information below will answer additional questions you may have.
 
New work packets will be completed and disseminated according to your child’s grade level. All newly created packets will be aligned to identified learning standards, more specifically, Informational Text in ELA and Measurement & Data in Mathematics. At the elementary level, Science and Social Studies content/topics will be integrated into the ELA and Math activities. At the middle school level, Science and Social Studies will continue to be assigned as independent subjects/activities. Elective teachers will continue to provide enrichment activities that promote movement and special interests in the art, music, physical education, and foreign language areas.
 

For students in Grades Pre-K & K: Work packets will be disseminated to all Pre-K & K students. The work packets will be mailed to each Pre-K & K student’s home. It is our expectation that work packets are completed and returned. In addition, for Pre-K & K students with access to their own personal electronic devices, teachers will continue to post online activities daily that align with the identified standards, Informational text in ELA and Measurement & Data in Mathematics, with Social Studies and Science topics integrated.
 
For students in Grades 1-8: It is our expectation that all work for Grades 1-8 is completed and submitted online. If your student needs a Chromebook to complete assignments online, please fill out the Chromebook Loaner form found on our web page www.dist159.com(under Coronavirus update). Chromebook Loaner Forms will NOT be available to complete at the school. Please complete online and submit by Monday, March 30 at 6:00PM. Chromebooks will be available for pick up on Wednesday, April 1 from 1:00PM – 6:00PM at Marya Yates Elementary School. Again, pre-registration is required for Chromebook pick up.
 

Students will be given assignments daily which need to be completed online. Teachers will be available for a portion of the day via email to assist students and answer any questions. Please note, they will be checking periodically and possibly helping other students, so please be patient. The E-Learning experience provides flexibility for both students and staff.
Parents, please continue to check your child in by responding to their teacher’s daily message via Remind, Dojo, or Google classroom. For your information, ESD 159 has established a tech support email to address any technical issues that may arise. Feel free to contact the ESD 159 Tech support email at technologydept@dist159.com.
 
We thank you for your cooperation and continued support throughout this process.
 
Stay Safe!
 
Sincerely,
Dr. Mable Alfred
Superintendent of School

About Us

Excellence in Education Since 1869
Elementary School District 159 (the “District”) is located in Cook County, Illinois and serves portions of the communities of Matteson, Richton Park, and Tinley Park. The student population of 1,935 is served by five sites: four grade schools- Woodgate, Armstrong, Yates, Sieden Prairie and one middle school, Colin Powell. The district’s Administration Center is located on Vollmer Road on the site of the original two-room Sieden Prairie Schoolhouse, originally built in 1869.
 
Our District prides itself on its excellent program offerings including an award-winning band, National Champion Heritage Bowl tradition, and numerous South Suburban junior high school athletic honors. Art, music, physical education, and technology are core programs in all schools and our middle school offers strong foreign language and speech programs.  
 
Beginning in the 2019-2020 school year, we are implementing a dual-language program. In addition, a district-wide full-day preschool for all program will begin Fall 2019 and is a commitment to give our youngest children their best start for learning. We provide a full range of services for students with special needs and educational programs are individually designed to meet each student’s needs.  
 
Colin Powell Middle School underwater robotics program is among the best in the Midwest and has received awards, won several championships and has often competed against high schools over the past several years. Our middle school also has a state-of-the-art applied technology lab with a broadcast and production studio. In our effort to provide students with every opportunity to stay abreast of technology, we also offer a 10-week Saturday coding class for elementary students. Our students and staff have 24/7 access to a technology learning and working environment. We are entering the fifth year (2019-2020) of a five year 1:1 initiative which has provided every student with a mobile device.  
 
Elementary School District 159 supports several community outreach initiatives including Red Nose Day in partnership with Walgreens and Cancer Walks and April Foods Day in partnership with the United Way and Sickle Cell research. Our commitment to service-above-self resulted in a partnership with the Timber Ridge Mobile Community, which is an unincorporated area of Matteson. In January of 2018, we partnered with Timber Ridge to address some of their needs. Working together throughout the year, we transform a rarely used room on the premises of the administration building into the Timber Ridge Community Resource Center. We donated 8 computers, wall art, and approximately 200 books. About 800 additional books were donated by community members and Half Price Books. In the Summer of 2019, we partnered again to establish the Timber Ridge Adult Learning Center and provided Chromebooks, books and wall art.
 
Elementary School District 159 also has a strong Family & Community Engagement Program that hosts monthly workshops geared towards parent involvement and student achievement. This year we established our Free Six-Week Math Courses for Parents as well as our Free Six-Week Introductory Parent’s Spanish Course. The district’s Superintendent’s Advisory Group and PTO are key to the outreach and programs we create to achieve maximum community support. This year, we are celebrating our 150th anniversary throughout the year with the theme, “Honoring the Past, Embracing the Future.”  

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Virtual Summer School

Join our first virtual summer program where every student in District 159 have the opportunity to sharpen their skills, engage in fun learning tasks and participate in a range of enrichment activities. Students will experience weekly virtual field trips, hands-on science for middle school students and book studies at each grade level. Enrichment courses: Piano lessons, The Making of a Band, Sign Language that will include a choir and Spanish Classes.
Eagle - Colin Powell Middle School Nickname

Colin Powell Middle School Class of 2020 "Soaring To New Heights"

This year has been quite a challenge for our 8th graders but they continued to soar like eagles! We will celebrate the Class of 2020 with a virtual graduation next Friday, May 22nd at 6:00pm. The graduation can be seen on YouTube, Facebook, and the Villages of Richton Park and Matteson's Comcast public access channel 4. Look for the congratulatory yards signs throughout our Elementary School District 159 community next week!

At a glance

  • 1943 Students
  • 145 teachers
  • 55% with Masters Degrees of higher
  • 85% teacher retention
  • 95% Student attendance
  • 5% English Learners