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Remote Learning Update


Greetings ESD 159 Family, In view of the fact that the COVID-19 positivity and transmission rates are increasing within our communities, our District is taking a measured and cautious approach toward a return to in-person learning. At our Board of Education meeting on October 14, 2020, it was recommended that we remain in Remote Learning until January 2021. The recommendation was approved and will be adopted accordingly. This decision was also based upon a survey completed by our parents whereby 67% was in agreement to remain remote and 33% recommended transitioning to hybrid. These survey results suggest an overwhelming number of our parents and community were more favorable toward students remaining in a remote setting.
 
We will continue to provide the safest learning environment possible, based on science and guidance in timely manner to assist you and your child during the school year. We will continue to empathize with all the changes and adjustments we make that impact your daily lives and schedules. However, it is with the fullest intent to provide the best education possible during the current pandemic.
 
If and when the data changes, and it is safe for us to engage in in-person schooling, our goal is to find the best way to have our students safely in our buildings while ensuring the health and well-being of all. We will provide families with frequent updates over the next months as we progress toward our goal of returning students to some form of in-person learning as quickly and safely as possible.
 
Lastly, I understand the challenges that this situation presents for many families in our community. Please check our website, email, and social media for resources to help our families through this next phase.
I appreciate your ongoing patience and support as we continue to navigate through these difficult days.
 
Respectfully,
 
Dr. Mable Alfred
Superintendent of Schools
Elementary School District 159
 
 

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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COVID-19

COVID-19 Update Nov. 13th

On Wednesday, November 11th the IDPH recommended that: “Illinois residents should work from home whenever possible and participate only in essential activities over the next three weeks — including the Thanksgiving holiday period — as coronavirus trends continue in the wrong direction.” For additional information click above on "COVID-19 Update Nov.13th"
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Colin Powell Students - Material Pickup

Students material pickup will be held on Monday, November 23rd from 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. and Tuesday, November 24th from 12 p.m. - 5 p.m. Click on the link "Colin Powell Students - Material Pickup" above for details.

At a glance

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