index grand-elem hickory-creek chelsea

Dear 157-C Families,

Our schools have certainly hit their stride this month! The students are excited to participate in a number of special events as we come to the end of a very positive school year. Some upcoming student events include Grand Prairie’s Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation Walk and Field Days, Chelsea’s fifth grade Colonial Market and Field Days, and Hickory Creek’s Spring Musical “Mary Poppins” and Graduation, just to name a few. Be sure to check our website,, and the school newsletters for more information.

Spring is a time for new beginnings! This month we welcomed our new Board of Education. A special reorganizational Board meeting was held on April 29. We said thank you to outgoing Board President Christopher McFadden, Board Vice President Patrick Usher and Board member Mike Turner who have always served our district while keeping the needs of the students first and foremost. We welcome our new Board that is comprised of re-elected Board member Edie Adamski, newly-elected Board members Tom Reidy, Edith Lutz and Kevin Regas and existing Board members Cari Mills, Gina Briese and Dr. Brian Sasso.

We are pleased to report that the first phase of the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness of College and Careers (PARCC) exam went flawlessly as the students enjoyed the exam’s technology-enhanced items. As you know, PARCC replaced the Illinois Standards Achievement (ISAT) tests after students completed higher expectations on the ISAT test for the past two years. The second PARCC testing window begins the first week of May and we are confident the testing will again go very well.

We are winding down to the last full month of school and want to update you about some school calendar changes. The school improvement day has been changed to a full day of school on Friday, May 22 and the last day of school/school improvement day is now scheduled for Thursday, June 4, with early dismissal.

Our strong parent participation is an integral part of what makes our district so successful. I look forward to seeing you at our year-end programs and special events. Thank you again for your partnership with us on behalf of 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.

©2011 All rights reserved.     Chicago Web Design

Teacher Access