Welcome to the start of the 2016-2017 school year! The start of a new school year is always an exciting time, not only for students, but for families and our staff as well. In this spirit, it is my pleasure to welcome back the students, families andstaff of Unit 7 Schools. We are ready to continue the important work of our school mission.
The primary mission of Community Unit School District # 7 is to support the development of academic excellence, developmental responsiveness and social equity for all students. Academic excellence expands upon the skills and knowledge successfully attained in the elementary educational experience with the goal of preparing students for their success in and beyond high school.
Unit 7 staff will return this year on August 15. As we begin this year, we renew our focus on supporting the most critical factor impacting student achievement – the staff who work with our students. In fact, Unit 7 Schools continues to be a leader in how we support teachers to improve student learning through our work with enhanced technology and cutting edge curriculum. We will continue to use resources to model and provide coaching during the day and utilize instructional teams that support collaboration and development relevant to student needs.
The District will continue to invest in other areas that impact student learning as well. We maintain our focus on providing a successful start to early learning through our Preschool program. The skills students learn at this age have become even more critical as the state has renewed its’ priority on early literacy and accountability for all schools. As students develop, we will work to not just maintain, but further refine and develop literacy through multiple mediums, including integrating technology into teaching and learning through our curriculum and technology initiatives in grades K-12.
The District continues its’ focus on ensuring our facilities meet our student needs as well through the development of our District Strategic Improvement Plan: Preparing for Tomorrow, Today. The Unit 7 Board of Education has put a high priority on maintaining and enhancing our facilities and a rigorous curriculum to challenge our student population.
Over 1700 preschool thru 12th grade students will return to school on August 17, eager for the opportunity to see friends, participate in a variety of sports and activities and engage in learning. Our staff renews their commitment to unlocking the potential of every student to help each one become successful in this work.
I feel a renewed sense of excitement for the start of this school year because of the energy our students, staff, parents and community bring to our school community and all the possibilities that working together provides. Our school district excels because of this collective effort, focus and commitment. I look forward to the work we will accomplish this year.
As always, thank you for your continued support.