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Dear District 157-C Families,

The new school year is off to a terrific and smooth start. Students and teachers are excited to be back in their classrooms for a year full of new educational opportunities, and I am excited to introduce a new initiative in our schools.

Starting this year, all District 157-C schools will identify and celebrate students who demonstrate and exemplify certain positive characteristics while at their respective schools. These students will be highlighted in their buildings as “Students of the Month.” The character traits will be consistent between all three schools each month, and teachers will collaborate to choose the students who best represent these traits consistently.

Traits include enthusiasm, trustworthiness, respect, caring, attitude, perseverance, responsibility, fairness and citizenship.

Additionally, Hickory Creek Middle School’s athletics program and fine arts department will recognize students who demonstrate amazing character and are great role models to their peers in their respective sport or art on a monthly basis.

Students of the Month will have their pictures displayed in their school and will be recognized individually and in front of their peers through announcements, certificates and other avenues.

This initiative, which is part of the district's broader Character Counts initiative, is aimed at promoting positive behavior through reinforcing attributes that help support school climate and community. Administrators and staff at District 157-C model positive character traits for students throughout the year and teach these traits through social emotional learning curriculum. We believe in educating the whole child, which is why we are expanding our SEL curriculum this year through Second Step and Mawi Learning programs. These programs provide age-appropriate curriculum to students, encouraging them to think, on a deeper level, about their behavior, thoughts and feelings, as well as how they interact with their peers and adults.

We look forward to seeing students’ academic, social and emotional growth throughout the year.

As the school year is still getting started, I would like to take this opportunity to remind everyone to please put students' safety first in school zones and around school buses. The use of cellphones in school zones is strictly prohibited unless the devices are in "hands free" mode. It is also illegal to attempt to drive around a school bus, from either direction, when the bus' stop sign is extended and its lights are flashing. Our bus drivers are working diligently to get students to school and back home safely, but safety should be everyone’s priority — not just the bus drivers’. The Frankfort Police Department assists us in enforcing both of these laws, and now that the school year is underway, they may begin to issue citations to drivers who are in violation of either policy.

In lighter news, I am pleased to announce that the district has a brand new Facebook page where parents and community members can keep up with day-to-day news in the district, including glimpses into what students are learning. To follow the page, visit

As always, thank you for your support of our students and schools.

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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