School Leaders Recognized During National and Illinois Principals’ Week.
Community Consolidated School District will celebrate Principal Appreciation Week October 19-25, 2014, and Principal Appreciation Day on October 24, 2014. This state-endorsed recognition was first approved by the Governor of Illinois in 1990 and is annually celebrated.
"Principals are amazing creators, who help lead institutions to create an end product that does not all start with the same raw ingredients,” said Kimberly Lisanby-Barber, IPA President. “Illinois principals are also magicians who regularly pull resources out of a hat to find or develop programs for their students. Regardless of location, north or south; metro or rural; grade school or high school all Illinois principals are devoted to their students and schools in this very difficult time in both our state and country. Therefore, please make sure you share your appreciation for your local principal during this week of Principal Appreciation and all year through.”
“As a former principal, the quality of a school’s learning environment and student achievement is a direct result of the leadership provided by school principals and assistant principals,” said Dr. Jane Westerhold, Superintendent of Schools. "I am very proud to have a building leadership team that is focused on student growth, family engagement, and staff development. Their willingness to coach, guide, and build strong relationships with all stakeholders places our leadership team above the rest. They work together to support our children. I am very grateful to each of them.
Principal Appreciation Day provides learning communities an opportunity to publicly recognize the work, commitment and importance of principals, assistant principals, and deans throughout the state. Acts of appreciation will be performed on October 24th to acknowledge the leadership of building administrators in Illinois’ public and private schools.
The Illinois Principals Association is a leadership organization which serves over 4,800 educational leaders throughout the state of Illinois. For more information about the IPA, please visit www.ilprincipals.org.
Classes begin at Iroquois Tuesday, July 15th
Grant Powers Up Technology – On the last day of school, Rivers Foundation representatives Kate McMahon, Jill Wilcox, and Jackey Valadez made a very important visit to Cumberland Elementary School. Wilcox and Valadez presented a $39,300 check to Colleen White, Cumberland principal, to expand the number of digital devices available to students for classroom instruction and testing. Cumberland students presented thank you cards to the representatives. Cumberland's technology goals are:
- To provide a personal technology device to each student while at school
- To engage students in challenging academic skills that lead to future success
- To support the rigor of Common Core State Standards by infusing technology into each school day
- To enhance daily instruction for all children through the use of technology
- To transform the school into a 21st Century learning environment
- To prepare students for the digital age so that they are career and college ready