Dear South Holland School District 151 Families and Community Members,
Welcome to the 2019-2020 school year! Our students at Taft School (Pre-K – 1), Eisenhower School (2 – 3), Madison School (4 – 5) and Coolidge Middle School (6 – 8) start school on Wednesday, August 7. Our theme for this year is “Climbing to the NEXT Level”.
This year, our students in all grade levels will participate in a new reading/language arts program. Our elementary students (K – 5) will participate in Pearson myView. This program is aligned to the Common Core Standards for English language arts. The new program will help students to develop their reading skills, build strong writing and communication skills, think critically, and build their knowledge through research. Our middle school students (6 – 8) will use a corresponding program called Pearson myPerspectives. This program is also aligned to the Common Core Standards and will help our students take their reading, writing, listening, speaking and research skills to the next level while also building their independence.
This year, our students at Madison School and Coolidge Middle School will be provided with laptops. By providing one-to-one technology as a learning tool to our students in grades 4 through 8, we are fulfilling one of our strategic plan goals. Teachers will work with our students to make full use of this technology for language arts, math, science and social studies. Families will learn more about the one-to-one program at Open House at Coolidge and at a parent meeting at Madison.
We are excited to welcome back our outstanding teaching and support staff members who work tirelessly to provide all of our students with a quality education. Our dedicated teachers participated in ongoing professional development during the summer and are well-prepared to help each of our students grow.
We have also added some outstanding new staff members to our ranks. We would like to welcome Mr. Peter Kolinski, the new principal of Eisenhower School. He has been working through the summer to prepare for the start of school.
During the month of August, our students will take beginning-of-the-year assessments including the NWEA Measures of Academic Progress (MAP). The MAP assessment is an online assessment that we administer to students in Kindergarten through 8th grade three times per year. We use the results of the MAP assessment to monitor how well individual students are performing and how much they are growing during the year. In January, after the second test, our teachers and administrators review student performance and growth and plan ways to enhance or improve student learning. Families will receive MAP assessment results at Parent Teacher Conferences on Friday, October 4. Our first intersession will take place from October 7 through October 18.
We are looking forward to a great year!
Dr. Teresa Hill
Superintendent of Schools