A Message From Our Superintendent
On behalf of the District 100 staff and Board of Education, welcome to the 2019-2020 school year! I hope all of our students and families had a relaxing and enjoyable summer and look forward to welcoming our students back tomorrow!
The District 100 administrative team is a group of strong instructional leaders committed to the success of students and staff in District 100. I am proud to highlight administrative additions and changes for the upcoming school year.
Dr. David Bruno – Director of Staff & Student Services
Ms. Bijal Patel – Director of Special Education
Ms.Lindsey Sinde – Director of Learning Management & Assessment
Ms. Allison Waller – Assistant Principal at Freedom Middle School
Mr. Justin Gonzalez – Assistant Principal at Hiawatha Elementary School
Our district and school improvement plans continue to drive instructional decisions in our schools and include goals for increasing growth and achievement. This year, we are excited to be implementing a new comprehensive K–5 math curriculum that allows teachers to fully implement the Illinois State Standards for Mathematics in a manner that is rigorous, engaging, and accessible to all learners. Bridges in Mathematics focuses on developing students’ deep understandings of mathematical concepts, proficiency with skills, and ability to solve complex problems. It blends direct instruction, investigation, and open exploration of mathematics and aligns in philosophy with Illustrative Mathematics, which is already implemented at the middle school level.
District 100 will also begin a gradual implementation of Project Lead the Way (PLTW) to provide students with experiences in various fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). This program offers specific units of study that focus on utilizing digital technology, biomedicine, information technology, environmental science, power production and distribution as well as manufacturing science. Students at the middle school level will have access to this program in their STEM course and first and third graders will be introduced to units in their science exploratory course. This year, fourth and fifth grade students will have the opportunity to participate in an after-school STEM club. We look forward to expanding implementation across the district in the coming years.
As a district, we strongly believe in providing learning environments that are supportive, safe, and responsive to the social and emotional needs of students. Our elementary schools have implemented the Second Step program for social emotional development for several years and this year, it will be expanded to include our middle school students. The program is designed specifically for adolescents and will address skills and competencies such as handling strong emotions, setting and meeting goals, making good decisions, and building positive relationships.
These are only a few of the highlights of teaching and learning in District 100, and we encourage you to attend the upcoming curriculum nights at our schools to learn more about curriculum and instruction in all content areas.
You may have noticed that it has been a busy summer of addressing much needed building repairs in District 100. Roof and masonry improvements were completed at Pershing, Irving, Piper, and Freedom, and new lunch tables were installed at both Hiawatha and Pershing. All eight schools were thoroughly cleaned, floors were stripped and waxed, and painting needs were addressed. We continue to plan and budget for larger projects that are necessary to maintain our buildings and create safe and welcoming learning environments for students. We look forward to engaging in ongoing facilities planning to address additional building needs in the future.
Finally, one of our primary goals for the upcoming school is to strengthen our partnership with parents and families in meeting the academic needs of our students. Please look for opportunities in the weeks ahead to experience what your students are learning and how you can support their progress at home.
I wish our students, staff, and families all the best in the new school year.