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Dear 157-C Families,

We have some very exciting news to share with you! Hickory Creek Middle School has been re-designated as a 2015 Illinois Horizon “School to Watch” by the Association of Illinois Middle-Grade Schools (AIMS.) Hickory Creek initially became a School to Watch in 2009 and has been re-designated twice. This honor is awarded to middle schools that demonstrate academic excellence, developmental responsiveness, social equity, and organizational structures and processes designed to support a trajectory toward excellence. A national announcement of the sites selected as Schools to Watch across the United States will be made in March. We congratulate our Hickory Creek administrators and staff on this wonderful accomplishment! We also recognize our administrators and staff at Grand Prairie Elementary and Chelsea Intermediate Schools for their dedication in providing a strong foundation for our K-5 students to prepare them for the rigorous middle school experience. We’re proud of our schools, families and community for working in partnership to continue our “Tradition of Excellence” for the students.

A big thank you to those family members who have completed the Illinois 5Essentials Survey. If you have not yet had an opportunity to take the survey, please help our district become even better by doing so. The survey provides a comprehensive picture of a school’s organizational culture in an individualized report measuring five “essentials” critical for school success: Effective Leaders, Collaborative Teachers, Involved Families, Supportive Environment and Ambitious Instruction. Please to go this link and select the appropriate survey to begin. The deadline is March 13. The feedback from the survey will also serve as a basis for the District’s next Strategic Plan. This plan helps formulate specific five-year academic, operational and communal goals; revitalizes its overall vision for student progress; and prepares the District to leverage upcoming, and sometimes unforeseen, opportunities on behalf of students, families and the community.

Another way you can help our district become even better is by supporting the upcoming Education Foundation Platinum Fundraising Auction on March 20. All proceeds from this event will directly benefit the students at all three schools through teacher-written grants to enhance education. Established in 1995, the Foundation has a history of funding positive growth for the students and has contributed over $2,000,000 to our schools in the past 20 years. This event is a true celebration of our District and the work that is being completed to ensure that our students achieve success in the future. Please join us in supporting this annual fundraiser at Prestwick Country Club on March 20. For more information, please visit or call the District Office at 815-469-5922.

We wish you and your family all the best as we begin the countdown to spring!


Dr. Maura Zinni
District 157-C Superintendent of Schools

Mission Statement

The mission of District 157-C is to prepare all students to be confident, life-long learners and productive citizens by challenging them to reach their fullest potential and by providing a quality educational environment in partnership with family and community.

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