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Dear Iroquois Families,

Hi, I am your Principal, Mr. Michael Amadei. Since many of you may not be familiar with our school, I would like to share some information with you to help you better understand Iroquois

ICS opened as a K-8 school of choice in July 1997. Our school offers programming for students in Kindergarten through Eighth Grade. The grade configuration (K-8) is different than the other schools in District 62, which have eight (8) Kindergarten through Fifth Grade Schools, and two (2) Middle Schools (Grades 6 - 8).

Another major difference is our school calendar. We are considered a year-round school. For clarification, year-round does not mean we have any more school days for our students than other schools. Rather, it means we use a balanced calendar to educate our students. In general, we start school in the middle of July, and have nine (9) weeks of school, which takes us to the end of September. We then have a three (3) week "Intersession" (I'll explain this later!) and start the cycle again (9-10 weeks of school, and an Intersession.). As a point of reference, research has indicated academic advantages for students who are involved in a year-round calendar.

The weeks in which ICS does NOT have school (for example, the end of September and the first part of October), and other District 62 schools are in session, we provide an "Intersession Program." This is a program available (for cost) to students. The Program consists of a mini-camp, academic classes, and enrichment classes.

This information is intended to remind you we are an option for families that live anywhere within the District 62 boundaries. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me.

Finally, a little information about me, yes, I am a Principal, but more importantly, I am a father and husband. I believe that these three defining traits provide me with a balanced and fair approach to interacting and educating your children. I believe in every child and teacher here. My staff is outstanding and we have a mission of refining this school on a moment-to-moment basis. I look forward to knowing each of you individually throughout the years to come.

Respectfully,

Mr. Amadei


For more information, please contact Eileen Malony, School Secretary, 847-824-1308.


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Iroquois Community School
1836 Touhy Avenue
Des Plaines, IL 60018
847-824-1308
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