Dear Germantown Hills School District Families:

It is with great excitement that we were notified this week by the Illinois School Board of Education that Germantown Hills Elementary has been designated as an “exemplary” school and Germantown Hills Middle has been designated a “commendable” school as defined by Illinois’ plan for compliance with the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA).

An “exemplary” school is one that has no underperforming student demographic groups at or below the “all students” group of the lowest 5 percent of all Title 1 schools and whose performance is in the top 10 percent of schools statewide.  A “commendable” school is one that has no underperforming student demographic groups at or below the “all students” group of the lowest 5 percent of all Title 1 schools and whose performance is not in the top 10 percent of schools statewide.  The state also has designations of “underperforming” and lowest performing”. 

I am quite proud of our staff and administration’s continued efforts to improve and to provide the best possible education for our students! 

As you know, Veterans Day, which honors the contributions of past and present members of our nation’s military, is celebrated on November 11th, which is a Sunday this year.  We have once again planned a district-wide assembly for grades 1-8 to honor our nation’s veterans, which will take place on November 9th.  The assembly will begin at 9:00 A.M. in the JDS Gymnasium.  We would like to invite all relatives of students who have served or are currently serving in the armed forces as well as other local veterans.  We anticipate the assembly taking about an hour.  At 11:00 A.M., we are inviting all of our veteran guests to a luncheon sponsored by Michael’s Italian Feast at the Monte Cristo Room in Germantown Hills.  In order to accommodate as many veterans as possible, we have to limit the luncheon to veterans and a guest.  If your child has a relative who is a veteran and would like to attend the assembly and luncheon, please RSVP by November 2nd to Maureen Braskich at 383-2121 (opt. 4) or by email at braskich@ghills69.com.  During the week of Veterans Day, additional activities will take place in the classrooms in order to educate our students of the sacrifices made by those who have served.

We are in the thick of the fall season and winter is just around the corner.  In the event school closing, we first send a phone blast to all parents and guardians.  School closing information will also be communicated on our website and Facebook page.   Additionally, school closing information will also be communicated to the following television stations: WEEK, WHOI and WMBD. 

As superintendent, I always drive the roads in the District before 5:00 a.m. in order to assess the safety of driving on them.  I then consult with the superintendents of the three feeder districts and Metamora Township High School.  Typically, a joint agreement whether or not to cancel school is made by 6:00 A.M.; however, there have been circumstances in the past where Germantown Hills has attended and the other districts have cancelled.  This is typically when there is blowing snow on the country roads that causes white-out and drifting that we do not get in Germantown Hills.

PLEASE NOTE: COMMUNICATION WILL ONLY BE MADE IN THE EVENT OF A SCHOOL CANCELLATION.  We will not make a communication to state that school will be in session.  The decision to cancel school is always based on student and staff safety.  Often weather can change dramatically for the better or for the worse at the time the decision is made to cancel school.  Therefore, we appreciate our parents’ understanding and support of the decisions that are made. 

In closing, on behalf of the staff and students of Germantown Hills School District, I would like to thank all of those who have served in the armed forces. 

 

Sincerely,

Dan Mair, Superintendent