Superintendent's Message, 8.22.20

Dear District 96 Community:

We hope you found the live Zoom sessions the District hosted on Aug. 20 and 21 helpful preparation.

If you were not able to attend the sessions, please visit our Family Technology Hub, where you’ll find links to the recorded sessions presented for iPad 101, Schoology, and Seesaw, the presentation slides for each session, and other helpful tips and tutorials.

The new school year we’re beginning together feels different from the norm in so many ways, but academic and social/emotional growth for every child in District 96 in the school year ahead is the focused mission of each of our teachers, support staff members, District administrators, and Board of Education–just as in any other school year. 

For this reason, we ask you to read and review with your student The Family’s Role in the Remote Learning Environment (Spanish translation) as the school year begins. These partnering practices are like those that would be followed during in-person learning and will help set the tone for productive and engaging remote daily learning from the start.

The school year begins Mon., Aug. 24, with a half-day session. And even though these times are far from normal, I hope you’ll mark the day by taking first-day-of-school photos of your kids, if that’s your tradition. In years ahead, these upside-down days, and our experience of them, will be recalled and retold by old and young!

Best wishes for a great year of learning ahead,
–Julie Schmidt, District 96 Superintendent of Schools