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Dear District 157-C Families,

I hope your holidays were the perfect ending to a fantastic year. This year has been full of positivity and success for the Frankfort School District 157-C community, and as we change our calendars, I would love to share some of this year’s proudest achievements with you.

Because of the hard work of our administrators, teachers and students, we are meeting and exceeding goals set in our 21st Century Continuous Learning Plan. These goals include optimizing our learning spaces to meet students’ needs; enhancing the ways we serve our students to ensure they are achieving the best possible outcomes; promoting high-quality professional development opportunities for our staff; maintaining financial stability through responsible management of resources; and serving and engaging our community.

The district is two years ahead in its technology goals. Initially planning to implement one-to-one laptops for fifth- through eighth-grade students in the 2020-2021 school year, the district was able to accomplish this goal this year because of how quickly teachers and students embraced 1:1 devices. Third- and fourth-grade students also have one-to-two laptops in classrooms.

The increased use of technology has created more educational opportunities for students and increased engagement in the classroom. This has allowed for us to enhance our curriculum and assessments, leading to measurable academic achievements. District 157-C ranked first in Will County for the percentage of students who met or exceeded Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers standards for English and math. Statewide, the district ranked eighth for English and fifth for math. Additionally, the district continues to make progress in the percentage of students with Individualized Education Plans who meet or exceed PARCC standards.

A testament to the hard work of our dedicated staff members and enthusiastic learners, Hickory Creek Middle School was named a 2018 National Blue Ribbon School by the U.S. Department of Education. Also, all three of the district’s schools received Exemplary Designations on Illinois School Report Cards released by the Illinois State Board of Education this year, meaning these schools ranked in the Top 67 in the state.

This is a direct reflection of the fluid and rigorous instruction our students receive beginning in kindergarten all the way through eighth grade.

To support our outstanding staff, we offer a multitude of professional development opportunities throughout the school year, support from mentors and instructional coaches, and expanded health and wellness programs.

The district’s School Board once again passed a balanced budget in 2018, and the board continues to pursue property tax abatements for the public. To ensure responsible stewardship of financial resources, the district pursues proactive maintenance of buildings and grounds, and has implemented new software for efficient, accurate financial reporting.

The district is supported by the Family School Partnership, which raised more than $70,000 in 2018 for family events, school assemblies, curriculum enrichment and more; the Education Foundation, which raised more than $130,000 in 2018 for classroom grants; and the Athletic Boosters, Chorus Boosters and Band/Orchestra Boosters, which collectively raised more than $300,000 for our students in 2018.

To give back to the community, the district encourages students to donate acts of service and resources to community members and organizations including the Frankfort Township Food Pantry and the Lincoln-Way Special Recreation Association.

This year is one that all members of the District 157-C community can be proud of, and we look forward to what 2019 has in store.

For more information on the district’s achievements and goals, all members of the District 157-C community are invited to attend the State of the District presentation at 10:30 a.m. Friday, January 18, at Hickory Creek Middle School’s PLC Room. Hickory Creek is located at 22150 S. Owens Road in Frankfort.

Finally, we would love to hear your feedback on our schools. If you have not yet done so, please take a moment to fill out the 5Essentials Survey for our district at This survey is available until Friday, February 15, and it collects feedback on the Five Essentials for School Success — effective leaders, collaborative teachers, involved families, supportive environments, and ambitious instruction. Your feedback will help us improve our learning environments.

Thank you for your support, and have a wonderful 2019.

Dr. Maura J. Zinni,
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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