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Superintendent's Message


    Jean Stachowiak






    Hard to believe that winter is upon us and with that signifies the Christmas and New Year's holidays are just around the corner. It also signifies the midway point of yet another incredible school year! 
    Last month, Conrady was named a winner of the prestigious National Blue Ribbon Award for academic excellence, which is the highest honor that a school district can receive. Conrady was one of only 342 schools across the country to win the award. That is one-quarter of one-percent of ALL schools in the country to be honored with that award. 
    Congratulations to Principal Andy Anderson, Assistant Principal Sean Joyce and their staff at Conrady on a job well done!
    Our students continue to perform amazingly well on the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) test. We are immensely proud of our students, our teachers and our staff as they work hard each and every day to ensure all our students are receiving the best educations possible.
    We realize, too, that this is a time of year when we should take time out of our busy lives and truly give thanks for who and what are most important in our lives: Our families. During this holiday season, I hope everyone has a chance to reflect on the importance of families.
    We hope you enjoy the holidays and have a chance to spend time with family wherever they may be. We look forward to seeing you in January as we recharge our batteries and focus on the second half of an already successful school year. We're looking forward to finishing the year as strong or stronger than we started the 2017-2018 school year.
    We are proud of this school district and the community and we hope you feel the same pride in being a member of this incredible community. Working closely with our three communities and the mayors, aldermen and first responders, as well as the local libraries, Chamber of Commerce, Kiwanis Club and state representatives and senators, we are confident we can do our part to continue making this district a destination for many families.
    Our District 117 team welcomes and encourages families to provide feedback.  Please do not hesitate to contact any of us during the school year with any questions or suggestions you may have.


    Yours in Education,


    Jeannie Stachowiak, Ed.D

    Superintendent of Schools



    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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