July 2022

Hello Families,

We hope that you are enjoying your summer and that you and your families are staying safe and healthy.   Our year of re-engagement allowed us to reconnect with students, engage with families and focus on restoring learning environments in safe and caring classrooms.  Thank you for your partnership.   

Students are attending academic and enrichment summer programs at three of our school sites to extend learning opportunities and continue our focus on enhancing social and emotional learning activities.  Our summer programs end on Thursday, July 14th with a culminating student showcase and community program. You are invited to join us to see excellence in education.  More details are on our District website.  We appreciate our educators and community partners supporting summer learning in District 163.  

Please be sure to register your child for the 2022-23 school year. You don't want to miss a moment of important learning and exciting programs in our schools.  Registration is available on line at:  In person registration is available at Michelle Obama School, 530 Lakewood Blvd on July 6th (12 -4 pm),  July 13th (12-4 pm), July 20th (2-6 pm) and July 27th (12-4 pm). 

We are thankful for our dedicated Board of Education that continues to lead our school community with purpose and vision for excellence.  This time has been like no other, reimagined !  Our staff and leadership teams have shown an extraordinary dedication to shifts in our educational environment.  Restoring learning and creating communities of care is at the forefront of all that we do. We look forward to seeing you on opening day, August 22, 2022.   The first week of school will be late arrival for all students with the school day beginning at 9:25 a.m. Monday, August 22nd through Friday, August 26th.  On Monday, August 29th we will begin our regular schedule of 8:15 a.m. Students regular dismissal is 3:00 p.m. daily.  Our school calendar noting holidays, school breaks, early release days, and important parent events will be shared with students for each family during the first week of school. 

The District 163 team continues to demonstrate an unwavering commitment to prioritizing health and safety in our facilities, providing resources and equitable access to high quality academic programs, engaging students in meaningful learning experiences, and creating caring learning communities! We continue to prioritize excellence in education!

Stay safe and well ! I look forward to seeing you on Monday, August 22nd. 

Be excellent,

Dr. Caletha White

“Intelligence plus character, that is the true goal of education.” Dr. Martin L. King, Jr. 

Mission Statement

Park Forest Chicago Heights School District 163 is committed to meeting the needs of our diverse student body and to promoting high educational standards by differentiating instruction, nurturing active, strategic and higher level thinking skills and inspiring a love of lifelong learning.