Dear Educational Community,
It is an honor and a privilege to welcome you to another school year in Community Unit School District #7. The faculty and staff stand ready to provide all students an outstanding, well-rounded education. I ask that you join me in continuing the tradition of excellence in CUSD #7. I am very proud and excited to be part of all the exciting changes taking place in and outside of the classroom as the new year approaches.
Teachers and staff have participated in a variety of professional development initiatives to continue to adapt to an ever-changing educational landscape. Technology remains a priority as the district’s 1:1 computer initiative will include the 5th grade this year. The technology department has worked all summer to upgrade infrastructure and provide students additional access to more electronic learning devices. Though advances are being made in the way information is delivered to students, all teachers and staff will also emphasize the traditional best practices of instruction in concert with cutting edge educational trends.
Building principals are leading the way in curriculum and assessment improvements. A greater emphasis is being placed on the correlation between instruction, curriculum and assessment to enrich the learning process. More and more students are involved in this process through the exploration process as well as inquiry-based learning. This will be the first year the new middle school science lab will be utilized all year. Similarly, the administrative team and the Board of Education continue to work toward upgrading existing facilities to provide students with innovative and hands-on learning experiences. Our goal is to provide every student with an opportunity to move on successfully to the next level.
In closing, I invite all of you to become part of this amazing journey through CUSD #7. Though the advances being made in instruction, curriculum, and assessment are important, they will never replace the positive impact of excellent teachers and staff, parental involvement, and community support. I look forward to working with you to make all our kids’ dreams come true.