As we settle into September, students are establishing their
routines, learning new skill sets, and hopefully becoming involved in one of
the many extra curricular activities offered at our schools. I would like to
thank our staff, administration, PFA, Educational Foundation, and you the
parents, for a successful start to the 2014-15 school year. Turnout at the Back
to School Family Picnic last month and at each of the school's Curriculum
Nights earlier this month was very strong. It is a testament to the dedication
of parents in our school district.
Progress is an important element in the growth and
development of a successful and safe school district. To that end, Palos 118
has completed the construction of a new transportation facility, and upgraded
the playground, parking lot, and walking path at Palos East. We are pleased
with the final results and that all of the hard work has greatly improved the
safety of our staff, students, and visitors.
Another improvement is on the horizon at South. Middle school
is a time when students begin to discover their own talents, abilities and
interests. Involvement in extracurricular activities is critical to their
growth. In an effort to enable more students to join
extracurricular clubs, we are happy to offer an activity bus at South departing
at 4 p.m. Monday through Thursday. South parents will be receiving more
detailed information in the near future. We are hopeful our activity bus will
begin transporting students the week of September 29.
I would like to extend a sincere thank you to the Palos 118
Educational Foundation for a successful Laps for Literature event on September
12. Their dedication to education is truly appreciated, and so are all of the
volunteer efforts that make our schools a great place to learn.
Looking forward, the Music Program's Harvest Fest will take
place at Palos South on October 17, showcasing entertainment by the Palos East,
West, and South bands and choirs. Watch for details in upcoming ecouriers. The
PFA's Cardinal Chase 5K Run/Walk is quickly approaching on October 5. I
look forward to seeing everyone at these two upcoming district-wide events.
Anthony M. Scarsella,
Superintendent of School