Superintendent's Office

Dear District 157-C Families, 

Spring is finally upon us, and it's hard to believe that the end of the school year is almost here, as well. 

When students return from Spring Break, testing will begin for the Illinois Assessment of Readiness. This state test replaces the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) test of previous years. Our Technology Department has prepared all of the district's computers for the test, and teachers have prepared students for the assessment through daily instruction.

Following work, we hope families will join us for some fun at an upcoming event planned by the Family School Partnership. From 5:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Thursday, April 11, the FSP will offer the  157-C Creative Arts Night - A Culinary Experience at Grand Prairie Elementary School. All families are invited to this event, which will offer a cake decorating contest, cookie decorating, nutrition and kitchen safety information, and cooking demonstrations.

To celebrate Earth Day, the FSP is also planning its annual Earth Day Donation Drive for Saturday, April 20. Families are encouraged to bring unwanted clothing, linens, accessories, toys, games, kitchen items, small electrical items and more to Grand Prairie, where Savers will recycle these items. The FSP will receive funds based on the amount of items collected, and all funds raised will benefit the district and its families.  

For more information on either FSP event, email

The Education Foundation recently held a very successful Casino Night fundraiser that raised more than $140,000 for the district. This money will be used to fund teacher-written grants and enrich the learning experience for students. We are very grateful for all of the energy, time and resources that the generous volunteers of the Foundation and the FSP donate to our district. Thank you for always putting our students first.

Looking ahead, the 2019-2020 School Calendar has been approved by the Board of Education, but the State of Illinois is potentially changing calendar requirements for public schools. This calendar may need to be amended once the State finalizes calendar requirements.

Dr. Maura J. Zinni,
Superintendent of Schools