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Superintendent's Letter

June 10, 2015

Good-afternoon District 62 Family,

There is nothing like a steamy day to help us forget about those sub-zero temperatures that caused us to extend the school year by a few days. I know the extra days seemed like eternity for many of you. But I must tell you how impressed I have been as I visited schools for one reason or another over the last couple of weeks. In many of the classrooms that I visited, one would not have the slightest inkling that we were at the end of the school year. I observed teaching and learning happening right up to my final visits today (or as Rich Cooper has coined, my 2014-2015 Farewell Tour, which I thought was very cute).

In each school that I visited, whether it was a volunteer appreciation breakfast, a field day, an honors' assembly, or a kindergarten "graduation", the same two thoughts always occur to me. First and foremost, I am always grateful for the opportunity to serve as your superintendent and I am most appreciative of the support from the District 62/earning community. The second thought that I always have is more about looking into the eyes of our students and wondering what their futures will be. As I shook the hands of Central School kindergarten students this morning, I was touched by their politeness, their enthusiastic excitement to move on to first grade, and their innocent little faces. As I sat in front of our Alqonquin and Chippewa eighth graders at their promotion ceremonies last night, I thought about the time that they have spent with us and only hope that the foundation for life that has been developed with us, will carry them through the challenges, obstacles, and greatness that a life well-lived will always experience.

As I enter my 11th year as your superintendent, I am looking forward to the 2015-2016 school year. We will have an exciting beginning of the year with another well-known keynote speaker from Discovery Education. We are also hoping to bring back the food truck concept in some capacity, as well as our amazing D62s. Last but not least, look for some information about a back to school wellness initiative.

Thank you for all you do and thank you for working together for our children. I hope you have a safe, healthy, and relaxing slower-paced summer.

Warm regards,

Jane L. Westerhold
Superintendent of Schools


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The mission of the Des Plaines Community Education System is to equip our students with the skills necessary for their success as responsible citizens, productive workers, and lifelong learners by providing the best possible educational climate, curriculum, resources, and staff.

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Superintendent Dr. Jane L. Westerhold receives the President’s Award May 1, 2015 from Nelson Gray, Illinois Association of School Business Officials President and District 62 Assistant Superintendent for Business Services, at the annual IASBO conference.

Senator Dan Kotowski, 33rd Legislative District, representing the Senate of the 97th General Assembly of the State of Illinois, presented a proclamation to Dr. Jane L. Westerhold congratulating her on being selected 2013 Illinois Superintendent of the Year.

Westerhold Retirement Announced –

Westerhold becomes IASA President –

Westerhold named Illinois Superintendent of the Year –

Superintendent Westerhold featured in District Administration Magazine –

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