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Dear 157-C Families,

Our students and staff are back in full swing following Winter Break. The schools are again filled with positive energy from our students in the classrooms and throughout their extra-curricular activities.

We congratulate our Hickory Creek Middle School Cheerleading Team for their “Three-peat” at State! It is a quite an accomplishment to be the State Champions three years in a row. The girls were recognized by their peers and teachers at an assembly on January 26. We’re proud of all of our athletes and they are having a great year.

At the January 17 Board of Education meeting, the Board took action to approve the School Calendar for 2018-2019. The calendar can be found on our website, For parents needing childcare during the few days that Lincoln-Way East starts school prior to District 157-C’s start, Camp Manitoqua will again host an Explorer Day Camp for our students entering grades K-8 from August 13-17 from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., with extended hours available for an additional fee. District 157-C has made special arrangements with Camp Manitoqua to offer an additional day on August 20 to District 157-C students only. If you would like to take advantage of this extra day, please call the District Office at 815-469-5922 after February 1, 2018 to receive your personal code to use while registering via Manitoqua’s online registration program. You will be unable to register for the extra day without this code. Registration begins February 1, 2018 and will be conducted directly through Camp Manitoqua. To register, please complete the online process at No registrations will be taken over the phone.

Please save these dates for some important upcoming events:

February 13, 2018, 9:15 a.m., District Office Board Room, 10482 W. Nebraska, “State of the District” presentation by our Administrative Team. This presentation measures the District’s progress towards the accomplishment of goals in the areas of Growth, Student Outcomes, Technology, Professional Development and Financial Stability. We invite you to hear how District 157-C is continuing on the path of positive improvement and encourage you to stop by to learn more. March 2, 2018, 6:30 p.m.– 12:00 Midnight, The Odyssey, 19110 S. Ridgeland Ave., Tinley Park, District 157-C Education Foundation’s Casino Night fundraiser. All proceeds will directly benefit our students through teacher-written grants to enhance education. Tickets are available only in advance at through RevTrak and must be purchased by February 20. Price is $100 per person or $900 for a reserved table of 10. It includes a sit-down, four course dinner and open bar with wine service during dinner. Gaming chips will be available for a donation for blackjack, roulette, poker and craps. DJ music will be by Hickory Creek music teacher Dave Wonder and live auction will be led by Hickory Creek Coach/P.E. teacher Ryan Talaga. Questions? Contact Catherine Duncan at 630-220-8225 or

March 5, 2018, Kindergarten Registration from 8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. and March 6 from 3:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. in the small gym at Grand Prairie. All students who will turn five years of age by September 1, 2018 are eligible for entry into Kindergarten in the fall. Please share this registration information with any parents you know who will have Kindergarten age children who do not receive our school newsletters. District 157-C staff members will conduct Kindergarten registration and there will be a “Meet the Principals” station. Please visit for information on which documents to bring for registration.

March 15, 2018, 5:30 - 8:00 p.m., Hickory Creek Middle School FSP “Around the World.” This annual free event is an evening for our 157-C families to highlight their ethnic backgrounds. It offers our students, families and community the opportunity to learn about the different cultures, traditions, religions, geography, political systems and much more. Ethnic food trucks will also be there so you can try some new cuisine by individual purchase. For questions or to volunteer please contact FSP Chairperson Kris McGuire,

Once again, we thank you for your support of our students and schools. We look forward to continuing to work with you in 2018.


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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