Since my appointment, I have received many emails and calls from faculty, staff, parents and community members wishing me well as I transition into my new role as Superintendent. I can’t tell you how much I appreciate the support. It is truly a privilege to have been selected the next superintendent of Palos School District 118. As superintendent, I look forward to working even more closely with the entire Palos 118 learning community to enhance and expand educational and extracurricular opportunities for our Palos students.
Summer is a busy and exciting time for our administrative team as we prepare for the 2014-2015 school year. Over the course of this summer, several of us will be transitioning into new roles. Dr. Ron Cozza will be joining me at Central as our new Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum. Mr. Stuart Wrzesinski, former principal at Palos West will assume the helm as principal at Palos South. And a familiar face to many, Mrs. Jennifer Biel perhaps better recognized as Jennifer Peloquin, will be rejoining our team as principal at Palos West. I’ve had the pleasure of working with Mrs. Peloquin for several years when she was assistant principal at Palos West prior to taking a short hiatus from the school district. Mrs. Biel is eager to return to serve the Palos West community and we are thrilled to have her back.
Palos 118 has always been a leader in the field of instructional technology. Our efforts to remain on the cutting edge in this critical area will benefit from having Mrs. Deb Balayti assume the role of Director of Instructional Technology. Deb was instrumental in leading our initiative to install interactive whiteboards in every district classroom and we are excited to see continued advancements in instructional technology under her leadership.
Lastly, Mr. Justin Viehman has joined our team as our new Chief School Business Official. Mr. Viehman has an impressive and varied background in both non-educational and educational settings. I am confident that Palos 118 will continue to be one of the most efficient and effectively run school districts under his leadership of the Business Office.
The success of our students is due in large part to our outstanding faculty and staff. This summer, teachers from across the district will join together to lead the way in our continued efforts to implement the new Common Core Learning Standards. These new standards raise expectations for all students in the areas of English language arts and mathematics. As we continue working to implement these standards, we will not lose focus on enhancing and expanding our diverse program of educational and extracurricular offerings for our students. Our commitment as a learning community to making investments in programs that support not only academics but the arts, service learning, athletics and social emotional growth is what sets us apart from other school districts.
I am excited about our school district’s future and all the possibilities it will bring. As we work diligently this summer to prepare our school district for another outstanding year, we wish you and your family a happy, safe and restful summer.
Very truly yours,
Anthony M. Scarsella
Superintendent of Schools