February is ending and our focus is on the upcoming Illinois Standards Achievement Test (ISAT) that will take place March 4-14 in grades 3-8. I want to thank our teachers and students who have worked hard on their studies, and as always, thank you parents for all of your support and help. Although ISAT is an individual test, it is a team effort and everyone can be proud of the consistently high performance of Palos 118 students.
Although, there is no way to truly prepare for ISATs, here are a few suggestions to follow. First, encourage your children to do well, but don't put added pressure on them. Keeping a positive attitude will help them do their best. Second, please try to make sure that this week is not interrupted with doctor's appointments or other plans that may take children out of school or make them arrive late. Following the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) guidelines, testing times are concrete, and children arriving late to school will not be sent down to class while a testing session is in progress. Third, the importance of a good night's sleep and a healthy breakfast on testing days cannot be underestimated. For more tips on how students can optimize their test-taking skills, see the article at the bottom of this page. I am confident our students will again perform exceptionally well because of both dedicated staff and parents.
While preparations are taking place in the schools for ISATs, there are plans being made for several upcoming events that our support organizations have planned. The Educational Foundation's adult only Trivia Night fundraiser will take place February 22 at Trio in Palos Heights. The PFA's Sham Rock n Roll will be held at the Palos Country Club on March 8. More information can be found on the Foundation and PFA websites. We are grateful to have so many parent volunteers that make our school district exceptional. Thank you for your continued support.
Joseph M. Dubec, Ed.D., J.D.
Superintendent of Schools