A message from Superintendent Caletha White

Dear District 163 Families,

First and foremost, thank you for your support and partnership throughout our 4th Quarter of the 2019-20 school year. We were launched into remote learning and your daily work with your children and their teachers to ensure that learning continued was phenomenal. We deployed 758 technology devices to support at home e-learning. Our engagement data tells us that 82% of our students connected with their teachers to keep learning. We found that 71% connected though the use of technology while others completed the grade level paper learning packets. On May 28th we hosted our Virtual 8th Grade Graduation and Diploma Day Parade and enjoyed celebrating our 8th grade leaders and their accomplishments. In addition, since March 18th we have served 29,560 meals to our school community. I applaud our District 163 staff and families for responding to the school closure and working together to stay connected and keep learning! We loved talking with you, seeing your photos, waving to you during our parades and working together! Congratulations to our graduates and each of our students for completing the 2019-20 year!

The 2019-20 school year has been unprecedented for many reasons. We are facing three overwhelming challenges: the COVID-19 health crisis, economic decline, and social injustices. Our goal is to provide positive and effective learning environments for all students. With your help, we swiftly transitioned to at home learning due to the COVID19 health crisis. We also provided ongoing nutritional supports for families in our community. Our Board of Education and administrative leaders have studied the potential impacts of the economic decline and planned continued core educational and innovative programming for our students.

The social injustices and civil unrest present throughout the United States stir us to continue to find ways to engage in conversations about racial literacy and awareness. We began the 2019-20 school year with interactive professional learning workshops with Dr. Bryant T. Marks focused on addressing diversity, bias, and equity in the classroom. We also work closely with the Partnership for Resilience to implement strategies for supporting students through trauma informed practices. Our educators work diligently to create supportive and caring communities and to celebrate and honor the differences among us. We will keep working to provide trauma informed resilient learning supports and enhanced cultural sensitivity. District 163 stands against racism and we are dedicated to eliminating inequities. We appreciate your partnership and we stand together with those demanding justice and equality. We will continue our commitment to educate in caring school environments that ensure non-bias, equity, and excellence.

We look forward to seeing you soon! Stay well! Be safe!

Be excellent,

Dr. Caletha White

“Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere” Dr. Martin L. King, Jr.