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Superintendent's Welcome - 2016-17

From the Desk of Dr. Laurie Heinz

On behalf of the Board of Education and administration, I welcome you to the 2016-17 school year. If you are new to District 64, I hope your experience exceeds your expectations. I know I speak for our entire staff when I say District 64 is a great place for students to learn.

As we enter the second year of our 2020 Vision Strategic Plan, I am pleased and inspired that our goals have been prioritized and provide a clear and unambiguous road map leading us to new heights over the next five years. Continuous improvement — a growth mindset — underpins our work as we sharpen our resolve to improve learning and achievement for all 4,400 students we feel so fortunate to educate.

As I enter my third year as Superintendent, we anticipate another year of exciting growth, a brisk pace and some firsts, such as the introduction of our forward-looking Next Generation Science Standards. District 64 is a vibrant and future-oriented environment with dedicated teachers and staff working together to support 21st century learning. Although we are an eight-school district with unique characteristics, we are anchored with procedures and policies that ensure a consistent experience for all families.

The 2016-17 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 a few. Please be sure to download a copy of the e-handbook or bookmark it for easy reference.

We firmly believe that a strong school system is dependent on having an active and engaged community. I will again be reaching out to our families through my Parents= Partners Education Notes newsletter, which will be emailed directly to you throughout the year. You will also receive monthly newsletters emailed from your school principals with important updates on school happenings. Additionally, our teachers maintain a web presence to provide updates on classroom activities.

Another way to stay connected is to subscribe to our District 64 eNews and to your school principal’s blog for photos and news. I invite you to become fans of our District and school Facebook pages and to follow me on Twitter, too! As you can see -- communication is something we value, so watch for ways to stay informed.

As I visit our schools, I am proud of our teachers and staff, delighted by our engaged learners, and pleased to have so many volunteers contributing to what makes District 64 a special place. I am confident the year ahead will continue to reflect inspired and innovative teaching and learning as well as strong student achievement. We will remain focused on the growth of every child, and will continue to set higher goals as we support our mission to inspire every child to discover, learn, achieve, and care.

For Your Children,
Laurie Heinz, Ed.D.
Superintendent