Since assuming the role of your Superintendent last May, I
have had the opportunity to spend more time in each of the schools and witness
the students in action first hand. I can tell you our schools all have a
positive and engaging climate that fosters learning and creative thinking.
Family and community engagement plays a crucial role in the quality education
our students are receiving. Palos 118 is a consistently high performing school
district because teachers, parents, our school board, and community all have a
shared vision of what our schools should be.
The Parent Faculty Association (PFA) is an integral part of
enhancing the entire educational experience at each school. Their numerous
fundraising events throughout the year including Shop/Eat n Earn Days, the
Cardinal Chase 5K, and the popular Sham Rock n Roll, provide so many enriching
opportunities for the students. The Art Awareness program, theme lunches,
Mother/Son Bash, Daddy/Daughter Dance, Meet the Author Visits, and so much more
are possible because of the PFA's efforts. They also bring safety assemblies
and educational opportunities like Civil War Days and Spirit of the Eagle
directly to the schools that tie in with grade-level curriculums.
Students at each of our schools benefit greatly from the
Palos 118 Educational Foundation. Over the past several years, their
fundraising efforts through Laps for Literature, Trivia Night, and the Spring
Plant Sale have allowed us to purchase iPads for learning and instructional use
at each school. Without the Foundation's generosity, the district would not be
able to provide students with so many important digital tools. I encourage you
to visit their webpages via www.palos118.org and consider
sharing your time and talent.
In addition to our district support organizations, the Palos
Community also plays an important role in the success of our schools.
Volunteers from the Palos Heights Women's Club visit Palos East each Wednesday
to read and offer extra help with reading. During Fire Prevention week, the
Palos Fire Department makes it a point to visit the schools to discuss fire
safety and promote an essay contest. Students feel special that such important
people care enough to spend time with them and share their knowledge. The PFPD
and other community organizations also attend the annual Back to School Family
Picnic where we all enjoy kicking off a new school year together.
Community involvement is also active at the middle school
level. When kids are given the tools and expectations to integrate learning
into their daily activities, the school becomes a creative force in a
community. Students can then produce outcomes that demonstrate their abilities,
and make a difference in their communities. Palos South eighth grade students
will have an opportunity to make such an impact by participating in the new
Capstone program this fall. I'm excited to see the outcomes of their
endeavors as a result of working with community leaders to solve problems.
Family and community engagement is a vital part of truly
successful schools that develop the whole child. Taking
the time to simply ask your child how their day was, check their backpack for
important papers, or logging onto Skyward to look up their grades, makes a huge
difference in their educational development. Palos 118 is fortunate to have a shared
vision of excellence with parents, support organizations, and the community
that contribute to the success of each student. Thank you
for everything you do to make Palos 118 a great place to learn.
Superintendent of Schools