A Message from Your Superintendent
Fairview, Lions Park, Lincoln and Westbrook are busy places once again, now that nearly 2,200 students have gone back to school. After much preparation, administrators, teachers and staff were so happy to welcome them. We all look forward to a great year!
Over the summer, teachers and administrators continued to train on our new English/language arts and mathematics curriculum. This is the first full year of using the new materials, which are aligned to the Common Core State Standards. The standards were adopted by the state in 2010, with the goal of full implementation by this school year. Many staff members worked hard to help us pilot and select new programs so that we could meet this deadline. We are pleased with the high-quality materials, and we believe they will better equip students.
Also over the summer, we completed several projects to ensure our buildings remain safe and up to date. For example, there was structural work throughout Lincoln, and we added energy-saving digital temperature controls. At Fairview, we resurfaced the gym floor and remodeled three sets of bathrooms (Lions Park bathrooms were updated last year).
I’d like to take this opportunity to welcome our new staff members. They are great additions to our District. I also welcome all families who are new to District 57. The staff members at your schools are eager to get to know you and your children, and they’re available to answer any questions you might have.
District 57 schools are special places that encourage families to get involved in many different ways. Please take advantage of these opportunities. I hope you’ll also take note of the variety of ways that the District and the schools communicate with you. This is the first of several Superintendent’s Messages this year. The school newsletters, which are emailed on Fridays, and District newsletter, which is emailed twice a year, have a lot of important information. Please also regularly check www.d57.org, which has been redesigned to serve you better. We've even launched an app and mobile sites for the schools! There's more information about this in the communications document attached to this email, as well as on our social media. Please be sure to "like" Mount Prospect School District 57 on Facebook and follow us on Twitter @dist57 -- these are great places to receive important updates and learn about many of the exciting things going on in the schools.
As you can see, District 57 makes it a priority to keep families informed. In fact, we were honored this summer to receive two awards from the National School Public Relations Association: a Golden Achievement Award for "Educating and Engaging our Community While Saving Valuable Resources" and an Award of Merit for "School District -- E-Newsletter (External Audience)." NSPRA considers school districts from all over the country for these prestigious awards. We are very proud to be singled out as a district that finds innovative and cost-effective ways to keep our community informed, engaged and up to date.
The school year is off to a great start! Thank you for everything you do to prepare your children, and thank you for partnering with us throughout the year!
Dr. Elaine Aumiller
Superintendent of Schools