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Superintendent's Message

Jean Stachowiak




To the Members of the North Palos District 117 Learning Community:

As we complete yet another successful school year, I can't help but reflect on just how fortunate I feel to be part of what is a truly incredible school district. From the passionate and dedicated teachers, administrators and staff to the loving and supportive parents to the hard-working and caring students, we work together to provide the best quality education for all our students to become well-rounded and contributing members of society.

This year was no different. We continued to challenge all our students with the academic rigor that has become a trademark around here. Our students openly accept that challenge and respond to it head on. Not only are our students bright, but they are happy and compassionate toward others. I see that in the faces of students as I make frequent visits to our schools. 
We are proud of them and we know you are too. We appreciate the time and effort you spend with your children at home to help reinforce the lessons they have been taught in school. We appreciate the positive partnerships we have with you.
Together, we can accomplish a great deal. We prove that each and every day. To our students, as you take some much-deserved time off this summer, please remember all the people in your lives who have helped push you, believed in you and who are there for you on a consistent basis to make sure your educational journey stays the course.
This is a journey filled with promises of a bright future for every one of our 3,300 students. 

We are also in the middle of a multi-year, multi-million-dollar summer renovation project at Conrady Junior High School. This summer, we are beginning work to remove the mobile classrooms, add eight classrooms, renovate nine existing classrooms, renovate six science labs and two art classrooms and are constructing a new office adjacent to a secured new entrance.

Thank you for believing in this district and for allowing me to be part of this great educational team. Have a happy and safe summer!

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