Greetings District 159 Families,
On behalf of the Board of Education, I am happy to welcome you to the 2018-19 school year! The wonderful ESD 159 staff and I feel privileged to be a part of this community and amazing school family.
As we begin this year, we renew our focus on supporting the most critical factors impacting student achievement. Our focus for the 2018-19 school year will be to improve student success by building professional capacity of teachers and administrators; developing and implementing a systematic framework that impacts teaching and learning; planning, developing and implementing programs that prepare students for the 21st Century; and improving the safety and well-being of our students and staff.
District 159 has a lot to offer our students by providing them with the tools they need to excel academically and socially in order to be career and college ready. In the last two years, the district has made a commitment to offer programs that are geared to prepare our students for a 21st Century workforce, by offering coding courses, 1-1 technology, robotics, freshman algebra and accelerated and gifted learning. Our goal is to create students who are problem solvers, able to think critically and be well versed in multiple forms of technology integration. In addition, we are enhancing our surveillance cameras in all buildings, instituting more safety procedures and improving our student transportation service.
We are looking forward to a great school year and a productive partnership with you to ensure our children can achieve their highest potential. I feel a renewed sense of excitement for the start of this school year because of the energy our students, staff, parents and community brings to our school district and all the possibilities that working together provide. The District will continue our Family and Community Engagement Program this year. The purpose of the program is to provide input on ways to improve communication with families and community members and obtain input on school system initiatives.
I will take extra care to meet with many families and community members this school year. These interactions have reinforced how supportive our parents and community are when it comes to meeting the needs of our students. It is this partnership between schools, parents, and community that will take Elementary School District 159 to new levels of excellence. Your support is essential and I challenge all of you to continue to not only serve as advocates for our own students but for all our students in the community. To that end, you are always welcome to visit, participate, and volunteer at our schools.
This year will continue to be shaped by our reform efforts as we forge through our Strategic Planning process. This educational planning process will ensure that the advanced planning of strategies, policies, procedures, programs and standards are aligned with the goals and objective of our district.
District 159 family, this is a great time of year. It is a new beginning and the start of something special. We have added great new teachers to go along with the wonderful staff we already have. I strongly believe good things will be happening in ESD159. We have what it takes to motivate our students to remain on track to becoming one of the best academic districts in the State of Illinois.
I am confident that we will blaze a trail filled with success and accomplishments as, together, we launch the best year ever at Elementary School District 159.
Best wishes for an amazing school year,
Dr. Mable A. Alfred
Superintendent of Schools