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Superintendent's Message

Jean Stachowiak




To the Members of the NPD117 Learning Community:

As we begin to settle in for the second half of the school year I can’t help but reflect on how fortunate I am to serve as superintendent of this great school district and learning community.

I hope you share my excitement in the educational journey we have chartered and will continue to charter into the future. It is a future filled with promises, especially those that allow each and every one of our diverse 3,300 students to reach and exceed their educational potential.

We take a great deal of pride as we work toward that goal every day. But we also realize that we cannot do this alone. NPD117 needs, deeply values, and appreciates the strong and positive partnership we have with our students’ families.  This partnership is essential to ensure our students reach their individual learning goals. 

Together, we can accomplish a great deal. One of NPD117’s recent accomplishments is the success our students achieved on the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC).  In fact, Conrady Junior High School took an academic first place among schools in the Southwest Interscholastic Conference as well as outperforming most other middle schools throughout Illinois.

Parents should feel proud of the work the District 117 learning community has done implementing the increased rigor of the new Illinois Learning Standards.  But recognize, everything we do in NPD117 we do as a team. A team that includes administrators, teachers, staff, parents and students. I may be a bit biased, but I think we have assembled a pretty great.

I am so very proud to be a part of the NPD117 Team!    

Yours in education,

Jeannie Stachowiak, Ed.D.




Through a dedicated commitment from students, parents, staff and the entire community, the mission of North Palos School District 117 is to create a positive, caring, learning environment, which fosters excellence and active student participation and to ensure that every student will realize his/her full potential as a socially responsible lifelong learner.


Visionary Leadership
Search for Possibilities

Learning Centered Education
Developing Professional Learning Communities
Organizational and Personal Learning
Creates a Culture of Continuous Improvement

Managing for Innovation
Model and Monitor what is Important

Systems Perspective
Find Ways Around Obstacles

Management by Fact
Find what is Working

Focus on the Future
Believe that Solutions Exist

Public Responsibility and Citizenship
Be the Best for the World

Realize that Change is a Possibility

Focus on Results and Creating Value
Broaden Your Definition of Winning


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