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September 1, 2018

Another successful school year is “in the books” for Skokie-Morton Grove District 69, in large part due to a laser-like focus on our strategic plan to guide our decisions and frame our continuous improvement. Our Classrooms First (CFC) partnership with District 219 has resulted in significant enhancements to our Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) programming. Through the collaboration with CFC, we have implemented new writing materials and are preparing to implement new reading materials during the next school year. Those are just a few of the exciting initiatives from the 2017-18 school year that also include:

Community Schools – Three work groups (Health & Wellness, Expanded Learning Opportunities and Family & Community Engagement) comprised of parents, staff and partners have identified specific goals for 2018-19 as part of our Community Schools strategy. Contact Community Schools Resource Coordinator Sarah Rankin (rankins@skokie69.net) to learn more about how you can be a part of our community school.

Behavior Management Learning Team (BMLT) – The BMLT team comprised of staff, Board and parents was charged with establishing the vision, guiding principles and recommendations for supporting student behavior. The team evaluated existing policies and procedures, compliance with state and federal law, positive behavior supports and age-appropriate discipline. Each building established an implementation team (Foundations) to develop efficient data-collection and analysis methods, build uniform referral systems, improve communication and expand staff skills in effective supervision and positive behavior supports.

Early Childhood – In partnership with Infant Welfare Society of Evanston (IWSE), District 69 hosted Erikson Institute Executive Director Dr. Geoff Nagle in April. The event attracted more than 100 community leaders. Dr. Nagle’s presentation titled “The First 1,100 Days Last Forever” highlighted the importance of early learning experiences and the lifetime impact of those experiences. District 69 and IWSE each received funding from the state to provide home visiting programs for families with children under age 3, as well as to expand District 69’s preschool program to serve more students. The District, along with District 73.5, also is excited to be a part of an Erikson Institute community-wide study (EDI) focused on the well-being of our youngest citizens.

District 69’s successes are shared by all in the community and reflect directly on our incredibly supportive community. It is a pleasure to be a part of such a vibrant and thriving community.