Superintendent's Welcome - 2018-19

From the Desk of Dr. Laurie Heinz

Superintendent Laurie Heinz

On behalf of the Board of Education, administration and staff, I welcome you to the 2018-19 school year! We are so pleased that you are here and we cannot wait for another exciting year of teaching and learning to begin in District 64.

If you are new to District 64, our goal is to support you and your children as you transition to a new school. We strive to exceed your expectations. I encourage you to get involved in your child’s school. If you are a returning family, welcome back.

I know I speak for our entire staff when I say District 64 is committed to educating its students in core academic areas, ensuring they have access to social emotional learning opportunities as well as rich experiences within our elective, encore and/or specials areas so that we may help our students become future ready learners and leaders.

As we head into Year Four of our 2020 Vision Strategic Plan, I remain proud of the goals we have reached in providing a rigorous and differentiated curricular experience for students, and continually expanding access to engaging instruction delivered by high quality teachers within an environment enhanced with technology.

As an eight-school District, we strive to deliver a consistent experience for our students while allowing our schools to express what makes them unique and exciting places to learn. That said, we have unified policies and procedures that ensure a consistent experience for all families. Our Student-Parent Handbook is designed to serve as a quick reference guide for all things District 64. You will find day-to-day essentials and helpful health and safety information as well as specifics on our academic programs and behavior expectations, to name just a few. Please be sure to download a copy of the e-handbook or bookmark it for easy reference.

We know that a strong school system depends on an informed and engaged community. We hope you will commit to keeping lines of communication open and get involved at both the school and District levels. In an effort to keep you informed, you will be receiving our regular eNews newsletter emailed directly to you with District updates. You will also receive monthly newsletters emailed from your principals surrounding the happenings at your child’s school. Your school principal’s website and Twitter feeds also feature a changing array of news and photos of learning in action. Additionally, our teachers maintain a web presence to provide a glimpse into what your children are engaged in while at school. I invite you to become fans of our District and school Facebook pages and to follow me @DrLaurieHeinz on Twitter, too!  As I hope you can see -- communication is something we value, so watch for ways to stay informed.

As a new school year begins, we will remain focused on the growth of every child, and will continue to set rigorous goals as we work to actualize our mission to inspire every child to discover, learn, achieve, and care. I invite you to engage deeply, ask that you keep lines of communication open by sharing your questions, compliments and concerns, and that you enjoy the year that lies ahead.

Your partner in education,
Dr. Laurie Heinz, Superintendent

lheinz@d64.org   @DrLaurieHeinz    #engageD64    847-318-4300