Dear Germantown Hills School District Parents:
As we are now a full month into the new calendar year, let’s hope that we can continue to dodge any significant inclement weather (knock on wood)! Our middle school expansion project should be wrapping up in February, and we are very excited at how it has turned out. We look forward to showcasing the project with an Open House toward the beginning of the next school year!
On Saturday, January 21st, a group of District stakeholders (parents, teachers, business owners, local clergy and village board members) meet with our Board of Education and administration for a goal setting retreat. During the morning the stakeholder group went through several activities that were facilitated by a field service director from the Illinois Association of School Boards in order to identify areas of priority for a new strategic plan.
During the that afternoon, the Board and Administration met to take that information and begin creating updated goals, which will be presented to the community at a “State of the District” dinner and presentation on Monday, March 20th at 6:00 p.m. More specific information regarding this evening including how to RSVP will be forthcoming in the next couple weeks, but please mark your calendars now! It is the Boards and Administration’s intention to present our updated goals and solicit input from the community before they are finalized.
On January 24th, 2013, former governor Pat Quinn signed into law Erin’s Law, which requires all Illinois schools to provide age-appropriate child sexual abuse prevention education for all students in grades K-12 on an annual basis. In the two prior school years, our District has partnered with Mrs. Deanna Butler, Prevention Educator, with the Child’s Advocacy Center in Pekin to provide age-appropriate lessons to our students. Because this is an extremely sensitive topic, before Mrs. Butler presents to our students this year, we would like to offer an Erin’s Law Parent’s Night on Tuesday, April 25th from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. The purpose of the evening will be to give parents an understanding of the instructional materials used in these lessons and to ask any questions parents may have. Again, please mark your calendars for this evening, and more information will be sent home as we approach the date.
As usual, if you have any questions about anything, please do not hesitate contacting me at firstname.lastname@example.org or 383-2121 ext. 5.
Daniel Mair, Superintendent