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Dear 157-C Families,

It is hard to believe that we are already entering our last full month of school. Please see some information below regarding a school calendar change and some reminders.

The last day of school will be Monday, June 4, and schools will be dismissed early. Please check the district website for dismissal times, Graduation will be held on Thursday, May 31, at Lincoln-Way East High School, 201 Colorado Avenue, Frankfort, Illinois at 7:00 p.m.

Please plan to attend a performance of Hickory Creek's "Fiddler on the Roof" May 18, 19 or 20 at Hickory Creek. Over 100 students are involved in this production. Our students, staff and many volunteers are working hard to put on a great show.

National Teacher Appreciation Week will be observed the week of May 7 and plans are underway by the Family School Partnership (FSP) to recognize the district's teachers for their dedication on behalf of the students. The FSP is looking for additional parents to help with some of the activities and they are also seeking donations for some of the special treats. If you wish to help, please go to their signup genius link:

Grand Prairie:
Hickory Creek

Kindergarten registration was conducted in early March but kindergarten students and students new to the district may still register by calling for an appointment at 815-469-5922. Two more sessions of our popular "Kindergarten Here We Come" programs are coming up on May 1 and May 22 at 1:15 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. and repeated at 6:00 p.m. to 6:45 p.m. at Grand Prairie. These programs are for incoming kindergarten students and allow children and parents an opportunity to come into Grand Prairie and hear from the staff and the teachers. The children experience activities with teachers at each event, while the parents hear pertinent information to help them prepare for next year. Parents can attend each of these programs since staff will be covering a different topic each day.

Our final Tiger University program for parents and community members will take place on Wednesday, May 9. John and Kathy Kocher, in partnership with the Great Lakes Surf and Rescue Project will educate families on water safety. As we approach the summer months and many of our children will visit pools, lakes and maybe even oceans, the Kocher family has real-life experience with a drowning. The presenters will provide parents and students with important information about life-saving techniques when in the water. Please join me on May 9 at 6:00 p.m. in the Hickory Creek Cafetorium.

Please also join us at our "Meet the New Principals" event to introduce our new Chelsea Principal, Doug Wernet and spend time with Grand Prairie Assistant Principal Kirsten Frankovich, who was promoted to Principal of Grand Prairie Elementary School effective with the 2018-2019 school year. You will also have the opportunity to meet the new Assistant Principal for Grand Prairie, Ms. Barb Shanahan. Barb has been a first grade teacher and now an instructional coach in the district. Hickory Creek Middle School Principal Will Seidelmann will also be on hand to share his excitement about working with them to continue the "Tradition of Excellence" in District 157-C. The "Meet the New Principals" event will be held on May 29 from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. in the courtyard/multi-purpose area at Grand Prairie. All of our families, community and staff are invited to attend. Later this summer there will also be opportunities for District families to meet with these administrators again during the "Back to School" events.

Our administrators and staff at all three schools are working to make it a great end to the school year. I look forward to seeing you at our final programs and special events. As always, thank you for your partnership with us on behalf of the students.


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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