School District 197 Superintendent Blog
Welcome to my blog! The purpose of the blog is to provide an avenue for communication with parents and community members. I will be sharing our progress in implementing the District Strategic Framework. Periodically I will also post photos and share news of special events that I attend in our schools.

Friday, September 2, 2016

Come talk with us!

It's back to school, and we're ready! Our buildings and grounds crew have our schools in tip top shape, and teachers returned this week to a full slate of professional development opportunities. It promises to be another outstanding year in District 197.

As the year gets underway, I would like to encourage you to get three important dates on your calendar. Each year, we provide opportunities for our parents and community members to engage in dialogue around our Strategic Framework and the six goals that have been identified by our school board as priorities for growth and development. We do this in a series of three discussions throughout the year that are open to all staff and members of the community.  Anywhere from 50 to 100 people have attended past discussions.

In these community-wide strategy team meetings, we discuss key aspects of select initiatives.  I would like to invite you to three conversations we have planned.  The three dates and related topics are as follows:

September 19, 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.
January 10, 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.
March 16, 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Presentation:  Annual World’s Best Workforce Report
Breakout discussions:
  • K-12 math review
  • Parent academy
  • Adaptive curriculum resources
  • Elementary 1:1 rollout
  • TriDistrict Career and College Readiness Initiative
  • Universal preschool design

Topic:  E-12 Required and Elective Offerings
Breakout discussions:
  • What are the essential required courses all students should have in order to graduate career or college ready?
  • What elective courses should be offered to ensure students graduate career or college ready?
  • Designing flexible learning spaces
  • TriDistrict career pathway options
  • Preschool class offerings
Topic:  Personalized Learning Vision

Breakout discussions:

  • Emerging models in District 197
  • Strategic Framework:  Next Steps

As a token of our appreciation, we will provide you with a light supper at 5:00 p.m. prior to the meeting.  Child care and translation services are also provided upon request.  We just need you to sign up so we can plan accordingly for all who will be attending. Simply click here to register.  Although you are welcome to attend one or two meetings, we encourage attendance at all three if possible so that the conversation is ongoing.

I hope you will join us for this unique dialogue with our community.  Gathering a wide range of input into these topics help to ensure we are advancing programs in a way that meets our community’s needs and expectations.  Your presence and input will be greatly appreciated by all.


Nancy Allen-Mastro

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