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The 5th Annual Essence of Fatherhood Awards - Students wrote great essays about their fathers or father figures in their lives.  A committee selected the best essays and those fathers or father figures were celebrated at an awards dinner.  Pictured is Mrs. Barbara Suggs-Mason, Interim Superintendent.

The 5th Annual Essence of Fatherhood Awards - Mrs. Cherryl Mitchell, Family and Community Engagement (F.A.C.E) Coordinator and event organizer.

The 5th Annual Essence of Fatherhood Awards

The 5th Annual Essence of Fatherhood Awards

The 5th Annual Essence of Fatherhood Awards - The Work study Enterprises Inc. Choir

The 5th Annual Essence of Fatherhood Awards - Pastor Al Cleveland II, Master of Ceremony

The 5th Annual Essence of Fatherhood Awards

The 5th Annual Essence of Fatherhood Awards

ESD 159 Science Fair

The Elementary School District Science Fair was held on January 24, 2019 at Colin Powell Middle School. Projects were displayed for families and the public from 6:00-7:00 p.m. Students in grades K-5 displayed both individual and classroom projects. Students in grades 8 and 7th grad students in the Gifted and Talented Education (GATE) Program displayed their individual projects. The Middle School projects were judged and four projects were selected to move on to the regional science fair. Each student who participated in grades K-5 will receive a certificate of participation.

Congratulations Coach Moffett and 8th Grade Boys Basketball Team - Winners of the Battle of the Titans Tournament

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American Education Week

American Education Week 2018 - Celebrating public education and honoring individuals making a difference to ensure every child receives a quality education.

American Education Week

American Education Week

American Education Week

American Education Week

American Education Week

Fighting the Battle Against Cancer - Sieden Prairie Elementary School students, staff and parents are helping support the fight against cancer. The school community showed their support by walking and donating to the American Cancer Society.

Neil Armstrong Elementary School Superheroes!! 

Neil Armstrong Elementary School Bring Your Parents To School Day! Our Proud Family of Astro's!

Family and Community Engagement (F.A.C.E) - The  F.A.C.E meeting, held on Thursday, Sept. 20th.  The meeting objectives were to; understand the importance of building a strong foundation to achieving academic and life success; Discuss how we can support one another in building a better future for our children and community; Help students and parents foster skill development toward achieving academic and personal goals. 

F.A.C.E

Family and Community Engagement (F.A.C.E)  

Family and Community Engagement (F.A.C.E) 

F.A.C.E -   Speaker, Rev. Al Cleveland II - Founder and President of Hegemon Consulting

Family and Community Engagement (F.A.C.E)

 Welcome to the New ESD 159 Family Members !!!!

Sieden Prairie Elementary School supporting Red Nose Day.

Students and staff at Woodgate Elementary School supporting Red Nose Day.

Essence of Fatherhood Awards Dinner

The Opening of the Science Lab at Woodgate Elementary School

The Opening of the Science Lab at Woodgate Elementary School

OBC I Brother II Another

OBC I Brother II Another, is a Male Mentoring Alliance, under the leadership of Mr. Juan Coleman and Mr. Charles Johnson. On Thursday, Feb. 15th, the  group took a field trip to the Chicago Auto Show.  The trip supported part 1 of a 2 part goal in the groups  automotive educational series, which was sponsored by Mr. Bob Hawkison's Nissan .  

OBC I Brother II Another - Chicago Auto Show Field Trip

Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for the unveiling of the new science lab at Neil Armstrong Elementary School

Unveiling of the new science lab at Neil Armstrong Elementary School

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Illinois State Assessments

The Illinois Science Assessment will be given to students in grades 5 and 8 on Thursday, March 21,2019. Make-ups for the test will be given on Friday, March 22nd. The Illinois Assessment of Readiness will be given on Monday, March 25 through Wednesday, March 27, 2019. Make-ups will be given on March 28th and 29th. Please click on Illinois State Assessments, at the top of this section, for a list of things you can do to assist your student prepare for the assessments.
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School Hours Have Changed

Our school hours have changed slightly this upcoming 2018-2019 school year. The elementary school hours are now from 8:30 am to 3:05 pm. Colin Powell Middle School hours are from 7:45 am to 2:30 pm.
Re-Enrollment /

Re-Enrollment / "Snap Code"

*** NOTICE *** (7/24/18) The InfoSnap Registration Software has experienced intermittent interruptions and longer than expected wait times. The vendor is working to resolve the issue. *** Snap Code Testers - Click here to launch the Snap Code registration verification page, to verify student enrollment. RESIDENCY REQUIREMENTS: ALL parents/guardians must provide the following documentation to verify residency at time: I .) Current Illinois driver's license or State of Illinois ID with District 159 address, 2.) One additional current form of personal identification (auto insurance policy, vehicle registration, homeowner's insurance card, etc.), 3.) Current mortgage, lease or rental documents and 4.) Two current utility bills registered to the homeowner. Failure to have all documentation during the registration process may delay enrollment. 5.) Those registering through the Affidavit of Residency process will need to fulfill additional requirements as noted on the web page.
Sieden Prairie Elementary - A Small School With A BIG Heart! Featured Photo

Sieden Prairie Elementary - A Small School With A BIG Heart!

Students and staff at Sieden Prairie School are in the giving spirit. As a school, one component of Principal McCaskill's vision is to build relationships. This holiday season, one way that Sieden Prairie is giving back to the community is by making No Sew blankets for some of the residents at Generation Applewood Nursing Home.
The districts 2014 one to one vision, of providing all students with a mobile device will become a reality during the 2017-18 school year.  All students within the district will be assigned Chromebooks this school year.  The devices will provide students and teachers with flexibility and adaptability to differentiated learning as well as bring a variety of educational content into the classroom.
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