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Dear 157-C Families,

We hope that your family enjoyed a very happy Thanksgiving! In District 157-C, when we think about all of the things we are thankful for, our parents and the productive partnership we share with them on behalf of the children is right at the top of the list! We saw this partnership in action during our recent American Education Week visitations and parent-teacher conferences, both of which showed strong participation by our parents.

If you have not yet had an opportunity to take the Illinois State Board of Education 5 Essentials survey, we ask that you do so. The survey is offered to teachers, parents, and students in schools across the State of Illinois to provide a unique opportunity to have a voice in identifying strengths and areas for improvement in the learning environment of our schools. School level reports will only be generated if at least 20 percent of parents/guardians complete the survey. Your identity and survey responses are completely confidential and will never be connected to you or your child. Completing the survey will allow you to share your thoughts on important indicators of school effectiveness. The five indicators that effect school success are Effective Leaders, Collaborative Teachers, Involved Families, Supportive Environments and Ambitious Instruction. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me. Please follow this link to participate in the Illinois 5 Essentials Parent Survey

We continue to be very proud of our students and their efforts to “pay it forward.” Following the honoring of veterans at the Veterans Day programs at all schools, our students and staff are now making the holidays brighter for others through their support of local charitable causes. The children are learning that their own holidays are more meaningful because they are helping others. Please watch for more information through our schools and thank you for continuing to support these efforts.

As we head into the busy holiday season and the New Year, we wish your family all the best. We look forward to continuing our work with you to uphold our 157-C “Tradition of Excellence” for the 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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