Welcome to the 2016-2017 School Year

It is my pleasure to welcome parents and students to the 2016-2017 school year! I have lived in District 30 for over a decade, and—as a former District 30 parent myself—I consider it a privilege to serve this district and our communities. We have an invested Board of Education, talented administrators and staff, and outstanding students.

District 30 exists to create a community that craves learning, fosters resiliency, and cares deeply for every child. These formative years through District 30 position our children on a path to success. It is evident to me that our talented staff and our supportive parents collectively honor childhood while fostering intellectual, physical, and social-emotional growth for each child. These reflections come from District 30’s Echo, which was created to capture our essence as we updated District 30’s strategic plan last year.

When it comes to learning, nothing eclipses our focus on student-centered learning. I applaud our Board of Education for collaboratively creating strategic objectives and two powerful goals that focus on the areas we believe are most important right now, student-centered instruction and facilities that support our educational practices and emerging programs.

  • Our instructional goal will target job-embedded staff development fostering strong instructional practices, alignment work to the Next Generation Science Standards, and provide continued emphasis on instructional strategies in reading and writing.
  • Our facility goal will engage stakeholders to create a Master Facilities Plan that will carry District 30 into the future. We will collectively identify and prioritize building needs that will include supporting projected enrollments, providing flexible areas that allow for meaningful collaboration, and expanding our Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) educational programming. Although Maple’s 1950 building offers the greatest urgency, we will also be considering long-term needs at Wescott and Willowbrook.

The 2016-2017 school year promises to be an incredible year! On behalf of the entire District 30 Board of Education and staff, I extend a warm welcome to all within our District 30 Family.  We are committed to providing the best possible educational experience for all students attending Maple, Wescott, and Willowbrook Schools. I invite each of you to remain connected and involved in your child’s education and to follow my Superintendent’s Blog. Together we will see our children achieve, succeed, and grow!

 

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