Pride and Planning
It is hard to believe another school year is almost complete. We have much to be proud of this school year and as we begin to prepare for next year, your input is important to our planning process.
Palos 118 teams all excelled in the South Cook Math Bowl and Newbery Bowl reading competitions. Our district was also well-represented at TECH 2015 in Springfield and the Students Involved with Technology (SIT) Conference. We also have watched with pride as our students displayed their talent at numerous spelling bees, young authors writing contests, and received awards at South's Honors Assembly.
As Superintendent, I'm always looking for ways to solicit parent and community feedback on our performance. To that end, we have created a digital suggestion box which can be found on our school district's homepage. If you have suggestions for improving our programs or operations, I encourage you to use our new digital suggestion box and provide us with your thoughts as we prepare for next school year.
Later in June, you will receive a copy of our annual report. This year, we are focusing on the relationship between strong schools and strong communities. We are fortunate to have an engaged and supportive community. As we prepare for next school year, we will be looking for even more ways to strengthen our relationship with the Palos community. If you have ideas or suggestions for doing so, please consider sharing them with us using our new digital suggestion box.
As I reflect upon my first year as superintendent, I couldn't be more proud of our students, staff, administrators, parents, community and school board. Our shared vision for educational excellence will continue to propel our school district forward as we continue to work together to make Palos 118 a great place to learn and a great place to work.
I look forward to see you at our last few school events as May comes to a close.
Anthony M. Scarsella,
Superintendent of Schools
District 118 Announces Appointment of Palos East Elementary School Principal for 2015-16 School Year
At yesterday's Board of Education meeting, Mr. Rob Szklanecki was appointed as the new Palos East Principal for the 2015-16 school year.
Mr. Szklanecki is currently an assistant to the principal and learning coach at Wheeling Community Consolidated School District 21. In 2000, Mr. Szklanecki began his career in education as an intermediate instructional teacher, and in 2005 became the assistant to the principal at Edgar A. Poe Elementary School in Arlington Heights. He received his bachelor's degree in elementary education from Illinois State University, and his master's degree in Educational Leadership from Northeastern University.
As an educator, Mr. Szklanecki emphasizes critical thinking, problem solving, and collaboration among teachers. In addition to his duties with District 21, Mr. Szklanecki is also an assistant instructional professor at his alma mater, Illinois State University, and teaches a social studies methods course.
Mr. Szklanecki is an educational leader with a passion for - and commitment to - working with students at the elementary school level. We look forward to having him in a leadership role at Palos East.
Important Year-End Information
Friday, May 29 is a FULL DAY OF SCHOOL. Due to emergency days, the last day of school is June 5. There is no change to the graduation date of June 1. Click here for the complete list of year-end dates, or consult your school's website.
Kindergarten & New Student Registration:
Parents of incoming kindergarteners are able to start the registration process by going to our website and clicking on student registration.
Returning Student Registration:
Returning Student Registration has begun. Go to Skyward Family Access to complete the registration process and receive a $25 discount before June 5.
NEW! Digital Suggestion Box
If you have suggestions for improving District 118's programs or operations, please use our new digital suggestion box and provide us with your thoughts as we prepare for next school year.