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Staff Appreciation Week - During the month of May, the Board of Education and Superintendent Dr. Alfred visited the employees at each school to show appreciation for all that they do for our children.  Every employee in the district received a gift card from Panera Bread for lunch.  Thank you to our staff for all that you do!  #WEAREESD159  

Staff Appreciation Week

Staff Appreciation Week

Staff Appreciation Week

Staff Appreciation Week 

Staff Appreciation Week

Staff Appreciation Week

Staff Appreciation Week

The swearing in ceremony of Elementary School District 159  Board Members was held at Colin Powell Middle School on Tuesday, April 30th. Member were sworn in by (pictured L-R) Judge Lloyd Brooks, Judge Nichole Patton, Village Clerk of Matteson Yumeka Brown and Judge Freddrenna Lyle.

Swearing in of School Board Member,  Ms. Regina Edgecombe

Swearing in of School Board Member,  Ms. Bernice Brown

Swearing in of School Board Member, Ms. Carolyn Palmer

Swearing in of School Board Member, Ms. Sharee Morton

F.A.C.E - Family Fun Night 2019 was held on Thursday, April 18th 

The goal of the event  was to motivate and cultivate community engagement.  Students, parents and staff took part in various games.  Our wonderful PTO's provided food for the event and trophies were awarded.  A great time was had by all!!

F.A.C.E - Family Fun Night 2019

F.A.C.E - Family Fun Night 2019

F.A.C.E - Family Fun Night 2019

F.A.C.E - Family Fun Night 2019

Family Fun Night 2019

Students Jalen, Franklin, Kaylan Corley, Daija Pearson and Billy Jones gave their hard-work and effort to complete a six foot Ferris Wheel in Applied Technology! Also pictured - Ms. Davis, Applied Technology Teacher and Ms. Bullie, Applied Technology Instructional Assistant.  Amazing Work!

Energy Carnival - The seventh grade classes have been learning about energy.  Students taught their peers and their families about renewable and nonrenewable energy sources and facilitated games for people to play.  A smart grid system and smart home was on display to show how power reaches your home and to show advancements in technology to make homes conserve energy better.

Energy Carnival

Energy Carnival

Energy Carnival

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!

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

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

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 .  

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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2019-20 Registration Dates Featured Photo

2019-20 Registration Dates

Registration for the 2019-2020 school year will be held at Colin Powell Middle School on Tuesday, July 30th through Thursday, August 1st. Click on link for times and additional registration information. To access registration forms and school supply list, click on the PARENTS link.
Smart Grid for Schools Helped Teach Smart Grid Concepts Featured Photo

Smart Grid for Schools Helped Teach Smart Grid Concepts

Sharon Bird’s seventh grade science students demonstrate how technology can help save energy and money. With a tap on a touch-screen tablet, they reveal how replacing inefficient lighting or adjusting the thermostat will affect the home’s energy bill. Click on Smart Grid for Schools Helped Teach Smart Grid Concepts above to read more
National Library Workers Day 2019 Featured Photo

National Library Workers Day 2019

For National Library Workers Day, our own Alice Wolff of Marya Yates was nominated and is featured in an article that celebrates librarians who help build strong communities. Alice has worked for many years in District 159 and we are proud that she is being recognized for her love and commitment to our students, library science and information technology!
The 4th Annual Energy Fair Featured Photo

The 4th Annual Energy Fair

Students conduct an energy audit and share their knowledge about renewable and non-renewable energy sources.
The 5th Annual Essence of Fatherhood Awards Dinner Featured Photo

The 5th Annual Essence of Fatherhood Awards Dinner

The 5th Annual Essence of Fatherhood Awards- Students wrote great essays about their fathers or the father figures in their lives.  A committee selected the best essays and those fathers or father figures were celebrated at an awards dinner.
School Hours Have Changed Featured Photo

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.
Congratulations to our 6th grade Cadet Band, under the direction of Ms. Jeni Perry and Dan Jensen, on a wonderful performance at the Music in the Parks band contest in Gurnee, IL.  The band earned a Superior rating from the judges, which is the highest rating you can earn.  It means they performed all the musical skills and techniques in their music to the highest ability. 
 
The 6th grade band students had an excellent school year.  They've earned top ratings at every contest they've attended this year, the District 159 family is  proud of the progress they've made, both as musicians and as young adults.