Spring is a busy time in Palos 118, with students and teachers working hard to complete this year's curriculum. End of the year programs are in the works, and parent volunteers through our PFA are busy preparing for graduation and culminating activities. Spring is also the time for recognition ceremonies, and I was very proud of all the students at East who were honored for their academic achievements at the Board of Education meeting last night.
Teachers play a key role in every student's achievements and emotional development. We will be taking time to show our gratitude to our wonderful teachers and staff for their dedication during Staff Appreciation Week May 5-9. Our teachers and staff at East, West, and South make the school environments a place for ambition to thrive through encouragement, creativity, and motivation.
Beginning this month and continuing throughout the summer, East and the transportation facility will be undergoing major construction to improve safety for students and buses. Until school is dismissed in June, construction will be limited to the west end of the school, and will be fenced off from the current playground and school area. Real-time construction progress for transportation can be accessed from the district's website beginning next week, and playground progress will be available after school dismisses in June.
I want to take this time to thank our parent volunteers and district organizations, including the PFA and Educational Foundation for all they do throughout the year. As a result of their efforts, the schools are able to invest in more iPads to enhance learning. We are grateful for all of their support, which allows us to provide the best opportunities for our students throughout the year.
There are many upcoming events and activities such as concerts, games, NJHS Induction, graduation, and Grandparents'/Special People Days in the fourth quarter. Please consult your school website often for detailed information about important dates. I look forward to an exciting spring filled with many Palos 118 memorable events.
Joseph M. Dubec, Ed.D., J.D.
Superintendent of Schools