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Superintendent Update

I hope you will enjoy reading my Parents = Partners Education Notes Newsletter and will find it informative and helpful in feeling connected to our schools and your child’s learning.

Your partner in education,
Dr. Laurie Heinz, Superintendent

2018-19 School Year

As the 2018-19 school year drew to a close, Dr. Heinz's Year-End edition of her Parents = Partners Education Notes newsletter offered her reflections on what a productive and learning-rich year of growth it has been for our District 64 students! Dr. Heinz also shared a 2019 photo gallery from her Walk & Talk visits and other activities/events at our schools.

For her mid-year report as 2018 ended, Dr. Heinz's Winter edition of her Parents = Partners Education Notes newsletter offered a wrap-up of progress we have made already this year to improve our educational program and learning environments for our students. She also shared a photo gallery from her 2018 Walk & Talk visits to our schools!

In the "Back to School" edition of her Parents = Partners Education Notes newsletter, Dr. Heinz offers a preview of the year ahead as well as important safety reminders and tips to get the year off to a great start for all D64 families! 

At the August 27, 2018 Board of Education meeting, Dr. Heinz reported on the robust orientation program for the more than 30 new teachers who joined D64 this year, and reviewed the professional development opportunities for staff at back-to-back Institute Days prior to the opening of school. She reported that the arrival of more than 4,500 students beginning on August 20 at D64's eight buildings had gone smoothly, and credited the hard work and dedication of teachers and staff at all levels who prepared diligently to ensure schools were ready to open. Dr. Heinz said all D64 employees look forward to a positive year of learning and growth for every child!

PHOTO - Dr. Heinz congratulated Emmy-award winner and keynote speaker Jack Gallagher ("A Different Kind of Cool" ), who shared his perspectives as a parent of a child with a disability at the Institute Day for all staff prior to the opening of school. 

2017-18 School Year

Dr. Heinz offered her reflections on the great progress D64 has made already this school year. Read her Parents = Partners Education Notes newsletter (December 2017) to learn about the unique enhancements that are benefiting students and our schools, and to view a photo gallery from her 2017-18 Walk & Talk visits to classrooms across D64.

At year-end, Dr. Heinz offered highlights, points of pride and appreciation as the 2017-18 school year came to a close in her Parents = Partners Education Notes newsletter (June 2018). She also updated her gallery of photos from her Walk & Talk visits to all schools this year.

2016-17 School Year

Dr. Heinz offered her observations on closing the books (and Chromebooks) on 2016-17 - Read the latest edition here.

Superintendent Laurie Heinz recently shared with parents reflections on her final round of "walk and talks" for the 2016-17 school year. She observed that students this year have been more engaged in all areas of the curriculum, and are becoming more adept each year at the 4 C's of critical thinking, creativity, collaboration, and communication. She noted that the technology tools provided through our 1:1 learning environment are helping students become resourceful problem-solvers. Dr. Heinz also reported that this year, students enjoyed their new science curriculum and rose to the increased rigor it presents. With its hands-on investigations and concepts pulled from both science and engineering, the curriculum ignited students’ imaginations to think in new ways about the world around them. Finally, Dr. Heinz noted that students are confident learners and are achieving. She pointed out that in the spring Measures of Academic Progress (MAP) assessments, students posted highly competitive status scores in reading, while growth also remains strong. In math, the District improved its status score, while also achieving a high level of growth. Students’ success and high growth are a reflection of the District’s continued commitment to differentiating instruction to meet the needs of all learners that is an essential focus of our 2020 Vision Strategic Plan.

2015-16 School Year

2014-15 School Year

Together We Discover, Learn, Grow & Care

At D64, our mission is to foster opportunities for discovery, engagement, and growth for all students. We accomplish this by nurturing interdependence, appreciation of differences, and care for self and others.

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