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Dear District 157-C Families,

It’s the time of year when we take time to reflect on what we are thankful for, and I would like to share my gratitude for all of the members of the Frankfort 157-C community.

The dedication and support of our community members, including our teachers, support staff and parents, are essential to creating the nurturing environments in our schools that allow our students to learn, grow and succeed.

A significant outcome of all of the support our community pours into student success was achieved when Hickory Creek Middle School was named a 2018 National Blue Ribbon School by the U.S. Department of Education last month. This is the most prestigious honor that any school, public or private, can attain, and I am so proud of all of the members of the school community who made this possible. The award draws attention not only to the district’s academic strengths but to its dedication to educating and nurturing the whole child.

Another outcome of this support is the amazing scores our district achieved on Illinois School Report Cards this year. All three of our schools received Exemplary designations from the Illinois State Board of Education. These ratings are new this year and are determined by a new measurement system ISBE created to gauge how well students are growing academically around the state. These Exemplary ratings mean that all three of our district’s schools were among the top 10 percent of schools in the state, or among the top 67 schools, for student growth. To view our school’s Report Cards, visit and search for our schools by name.

In the spirit of embracing our strong community, I am happy to invite all to gather together on Monday, November 12, for Veterans Day presentations and American Education Week visitations at our schools. Families in our community are encouraged to bring a veteran to our schools during presentations.

• At Hickory Creek, seventh-graders will present tributes to veterans and raise funds for Chicago Honor Flight at 8 a.m. American Education Week visitation will follow from 9:15 a.m.-10:15 a.m.

• At Grand Prairie, second-graders will perform a musical appreciation concert for veterans at 9 a.m. American Education Week visitation will be from 10:15 a.m.-11:15 a.m.

• At Chelsea, the whole school will provide a tribute to veterans at 10:30 a.m. American Education Week visitation will follow from 11:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m.

If you are planning on attending any of these presentations or visitations, please bring your driver’s license or state ID with you in order to enter the school buildings.

Finally, parent-teacher conferences are scheduled for November 19 and 20. During these conferences, we will be asking parents to complete ISBE’s 5Essentials Survey, which evaluates schools on the Five Essentials for School Success — effective leaders, collaborative teachers, involved families, supportive environments, and ambitious instruction. We hope to see you there and look forward to receiving your feedback.

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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