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Dear District 157-C Family and Community Members,

While it seems like we just enjoyed the Frankfort Fall Fest and our back-to-school events, the end of the first quarter on October 23 will be here before we know it. It has been a great year so far and we’re really proud of our students. The children are enjoying being back in school and they are having fun learning new things and sharing with their classmates.

We’re proud of our staff too. At the beginning of the new school year, so many staff members volunteered to take the ALS bucket challenge. This team-building effort at each of our schools was a big success. We also enjoyed a lot of laughs as administrators, board members and staff were drenched with icy cold water to raise funds and awareness for a very worthwhile cause. Thanks to all for being good such sports!

We truly appreciate our parents and other volunteers who provide so much for our students. At the September 15 Board of Education meeting, the board graciously accepted gifts and contributions in the amount of $130,103.69 presented to District 157-C within the period September 2013 through June 2014. The funds were raised to enhance education by the Frankfort Athletic Boosters, Band Boosters, Chorus Boosters, the Frankfort Education Foundation and the Frankfort Family School Partnership. These organizations and all of our volunteers are making a positive difference for the children.

We also thank NALCO ECOLAB for awarding grants to benefit the students at all three of our schools. Grand Prairie was awarded three grants for a total of $4,420, Chelsea was awarded three grants for a total of $8,600, and Hickory Creek was awarded three grants for a total of $5,890. These funds will be put to good use to strengthen our curriculum, particularly for STEM (the academic disciplines of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) resources and materials.

Just a reminder that Terra Nova testing takes place for grades 2-7 this week and continues through the week of October 6. These tests are used to help define educational needs, improve student learning and help plan for the future. We are a very high-achieving district and the Terra Nova assessment results are also analyzed by our administrators and teachers to help reach our district goals for continued student improvement.

All parents are invited to attend an informational session on October 22, from 7:00 to 7:45 p.m. in the Cafetorium at Hickory Creek Middle School, 22150 W. 116th Avenue. The presentation will be “Lincoln-Way and the Changes in Illinois Education: What Every Parent Needs to Know.” Special guests will be Lincoln-Way High School District 210 Superintendent, Dr. Scott Tingley, and Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum, Mr. Tim Reilly. They will discuss both the immediate changes for students in grades 6-12, and the projected changes that will impact students in elementary grades as well. Topics will include changes in state funding and legislation that impacts area schools, the new state assessment systems (PARCC testing,) College and Career Readiness for Math and Language Arts, and Lincoln-Way’s plan for addressing the Common Core and State Educational Shifts. Similar presentations will be given for parents at all of the grade school districts that send students to Lincoln-Way High Schools.

We hope you are enjoying the beautiful autumn colors and the wonderful fall weather. I look forward to seeing you at our many school programs and events. As always, thank you for your partnership with us on behalf of our students.


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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