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Dear 157-C Families,

Our schools were filled with excitement and holiday spirit prior to Winter Break and the children are enjoying another great year. We thank our parents, staff, Education Foundation, Family School Partnership, booster organizations, community and local businesses for doing such a wonderful job of supporting our students. As we come to the end of 2016, we have some good news to share with you.

We are proud to report that recent test results for our district showed measurable improvement in student growth towards the Illinois Learning Standards when comparing 2015 and 2016 PARCC and Terra Nova scores. Students in grades three through eight performed in the top three percent of districts in Illinois for English Language Arts (ELA) and the top four percent for Math. In addition, out of all 26 school districts in Will County, District 157-C had the highest PARCC scores for ELA and Math combined, with 63 percent of students meeting or exceeding goals, while the state average was just 34 percent. We also recently implemented our new 21st Century Learning Plan which we believe will prepare the students with the skills they will need for success in college and a career.

This year our Board of Education is pleased to be able to abate (not collect) from taxpayers $1 million to ease the tax burden on all. For the past six years, the Board has held the line on the district's tax levy and will do so again this year. Using a combination of debt service fund abatements from existing reserves and ongoing cost containment strategies, the district will be able to ask current taxpayers for a little less in tax levy dollars than in 2015, with only nominal growth in the levy related to new construction added to the tax rolls in 2016. Our district continually works to find responsible ways to reduce our expenses without negatively affecting education. We have maintained our prestigious "AAA" bond rating from Standard & Poor's Rating Services showing the ongoing financial strength and stability of the school district. Only a few dozen districts in Illinois, and approximately 100 school districts in the United States, have achieved/maintained this exclusive bond rating in 2016. District 157-C has earned the "AAA" bond rating for the past thirteen consecutive years.

Please mark your calendar for two important events coming up in the New Year:

January 10, 2017, 7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m., Hickory Creek Middle School. Tiger University presents Coach Patrick Donoghue, national speaker, author and life coach. Back by popular demand, Coach Pat will speak to parents about raising resilient, gritty kids who can bounce back from setbacks. Through many real life examples of what our youth face today, Coach Pat will share how he mentors young people to embrace a growth mindset to help them respond to disappointment, rejection and defeat in a way that will help make them stronger, smarter and ultimately successful. Don't miss this great workshop to build success strategies for your family. Register at: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/409044aa9ab22a57-coach

March 3, 2017, 7:00 p.m. - 12:00 Midnight, District 157-C Education Foundation hosts its 22nd Annual Fundraiser. This year's theme is a Casino Night and will be held at Tuscany Falls Banquet Hall in Mokena. For more information regarding tickets or to learn how to become a Corporate Sponsor or Corporate Donor, please contact Carrie Nagle at 708-466-1140 or cendcn@comcast.net. To reserve your tickets for this fun evening, go to this link https://fsd157c.revtrak.net/tek9.asp?pg=products&specific=jpfogpk0

Finally, your feedback is important to the future of our district. If you have not already had a chance to complete the online survey, please do so before the end of the month. The following link will take you directly to the 5Essentials Survey. https://survey.5-essentials.org/illinois/survey/parent/login/

All of us in District 157-C appreciate your continued support of our students and schools. We wish you a very safe and Happy New Year!

Sincerely,

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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