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Dear District 157-C Family and Community Members,

We are off to a great start of the new school year! I am so pleased to be a part of this wonderful district that keeps the students at its focus. We are very fortunate to have such great support from our families, Family School Partnership, Education Foundation, booster organizations and local businesses. Our staff members have put in considerable time over the summer to prepare for the return of the students and we are confident we have a great educational team in place with our new and returning staff. We’re very proud of our clean and student-friendly buildings and we are so enjoying seeing the children back at school.

It was a pleasure to meet many of you at our “back to school” programs. All of these were well attended and helped the children feel confident and proud to be starting the new school year. Grand Prairie and Hickory Creek Curriculum Nights were very successful and Chelsea’s Curriculum Night is coming up on September 4 at special times by grade level. More information is outlined on our website,

Many programs and themes are already taking place in all three of our schools to promote team-building and camaraderie. Our “Character Counts” character education pillars of respect, trustworthiness, responsibility, fairness, caring and citizenship are being demonstrated by the children and staff every day. We love to celebrate our students exhibiting these positive character traits.

I’m learning that this is the best time of the year to be in Frankfort and look forward to celebrating the annual Fall Fest with you for the first time. Please join in the fun as we walk together as a district in the Fall Fest Parade at 1:00 p.m. on Sunday, August 31. The theme is “Everyday Super Heroes” and everyone is welcome to participate! All families, Board of Education members, administrators, staff, district volunteer organizations and students are invited to walk together to show what District 157-C is all about!

Again, I thank you for welcoming me to this excellent district and for continuing to be so supportive of our students and schools.


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.

Dr. Koch’s Back-to School Letter from the Illinois State Board of Education

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