Dear District 163 Families and Community Members,
As the 2018-19 school year has come to a close I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your partnership with Park Forest-Chicago Heights School District 163. Throughout the school year, we have worked together to provide an educational environment where students are engaged in authentic and robust learning experiences focused on strengthening their skills, enhancing their gifts, talents, and abilities and promoting critical and higher level thinking. We kept our focus this year on mathematics, reading, language development, fun through STEM and STEAM, and building positive relationships through kindness. We have also continued our focus on the arts in each of our schools.
Our learning community can boast the academic excellence demonstrated during the 2018-19 school year through the many activities, projects and hands-on, minds-on learning experiences in the classroom. We rose to the top as South Cook Math Bowl winners, Regional and State Science Fair and Spelling Bee participants, and Prairie State College Performing Arts Jazz Ensemble superior recognition award recipients. Our X-STEAM students were invited to the 21st Century Community Learning Center Spring Conference in Bloomington, Illinois to open the conference with a performing arts presentation. We gave wings to over 200 8thgrade students to soar into the next level of their educational journey. Those 8th graders can fly because of their successes and the opportunities provided by our educators, parents, families and community members working together. Our students are shining stars!
This year we facilitated monthly Power of Parenting workshops focused on Parent engagement, Relationships, Outreach, and Meaningful connections. The culminating event was a family P. R. O. M. to celebrate and nurture our partnership with parents and the community. We also unveiled the new regulation size gymnasium, fitness center, innovation center and classroom additions at Barack Obama School of Leadership and S.T.E.M. Secure entries were added at Algonquin, Blackhawk and Mohawk Primary Schools to sustain safe access to all schools throughout the District. We continued our commitment to community engagement and facility enhancement in District 163. This has been another exceptional year!
Our summer school and summer camp programs begin June 17th. In addition to the extended school year, academic summer school, and math tutorial programs we are offering a Kindergarten Camp, Basketball Camp, Band Camp. Math Bowl Camp and XSTEAM Camp. Summer food programs offer breakfast and lunch at Michelle Obama School of Technology and the Arts and Mohawk Primary Center. Summer Parent Resource Centers and workshops will be hosted at Michelle Obama School of Technology and the Arts and Mohawk Primary Center. For details on all of our summer programs and services please check our website.
On behalf of the Park Forest-Chicago Heights School District 163 Board of Education, administrative team and staff have a wonderful summer! We look forward to welcoming students for the 2019-20 school year on Wednesday, August 21, 2019.
Dr. Caletha White