A Message from Your Superintendent
As I'm sure you've heard by now, the Mount Prospect Education Association has ratified the new teachers' contract, and the School Board has approved it. We are so very thankful that the negotiations resulted in a compromise that enables the District to be responsible stewards of taxpayer dollars, while preserving the high-quality educational experience for which our community is known. Many people were involved in the negotiations, and I thank all of them for the countless hours they devoted to the process. I also thank District 57 parents and other community members for their patience and support as we worked toward an agreement.
The District now is looking forward to moving on to a busy and productive spring. (Yes, spring really is right around the corner!) It all starts next week with ISAT testing for students in grades three through eight. This year's ISAT fully incorporates the Common Core State Standards. Administrators and teachers have worked hard to align curriculum with the new standards, and we believe our students are well prepared for the test. Parents can help by making sure their children are rested, eat a healthy breakfast, and attend school on testing days, if possible.
A great variety of interesting activities and programs have taken place at our schools in recent weeks. At Fairview, there was a visit from a popular author, and students held a read-a-thon to celebrate the 100th day of school. At Lions Park, students and staff received thank you’s from the Fire Department for toy donations and from CEDA Northwest Self-Help Center for food donations, and they are planning a "FundRAZOR" to benefit St. Baldrick's Foundation. Lincoln hosted a seminar to help parents recognize the signs of emotional problems in their teens, and during the winter dance, students collected worn shoes for recycling. At Westbrook, some of the first graders are writing blogs about their favorite books and other topics, and students in the LRC made 310 valentine and birthday cards for Clifford the Big Red Dog.
I could go on and on! I'm proud that there are so many exciting ways for District 57 students to grow and thrive. There's much more to come as we move into the warmer months. So please encourage your children to take advantage of the many opportunities to enhance their education.
Dr. Elaine Aumiller
Superintendent of Schools, Mount Prospect School District 57