August 1st, 2016
Welcome back to Grant Park School District #6 and the 2016-17 school year. I hope that the summer months have been enjoyable for you and your family. We are extremely excited for the upcoming school year, as we expect it to be one of the best for the “Dragon Nation.” I wanted to take a moment to update you on some information and improvements as we prepare to begin the school year.
First and foremost, District #6 is especially proud to expand (and complete) our 1:1 initiative for all students in grades 5-12! Our staff and students are extremely excited, as this technology is essential in our efforts to improve the educational offerings here at District #6. Although there is a nominal fee to cover insurance costs, the Board of Education generously is providing these devices for all students in grades 5-12. Both Mr. Sanidas and Ms. Planeta will have more information for our parents available at Registration, including approved rules and guidelines.
Speaking of Registration… you can locate many of the needed documents on the district’s website. This allows our parents/guardians to “pre-print and complete” the forms prior to arriving at Registration. If you are unable to attend Registration, please contact the school office for an alternative time to register your child/children. The registration process is critical, as the administrative team constantly reviews enrollment for staffing needs.
Once again, we have made several improvements/upgrades to the facilities. As mentioned previously, I believe that the appearance, cleanliness, and safety of our facilities speaks volumes about our school district to our students, staff members, community members, and visitors. The Building Committee once again prioritized projects, as we have installed a new phone system, intercom system (at the elementary school), replaced of a section of the damaged Middle School tile, installed of a generator at the middle/high school, and completed other critical safety improvements. Also, the buildings look fantastic thanks to the hard work of our custodial crew.
We also have a new Twitter handle and Facebook page for those individuals who utilize social media as a means of communication. We will utilize both to provide announcements, updates on events, and other information deemed necessary. Also, all of our buildings now have ample amounts of bandwidth to operate our new Chromes as well as new access points for wireless connection. Much of the work was completed with our approved application for federal ERATE funds.
Equally exciting is the number of new staff members to Grant Park School District #6. We have new staff members at each of the buildings and all are eager to help the students of Grant Park School District. At the current time, we are still seeking a Spanish teacher.
I look forward to working with you during the 2016-17 school year. I cannot express how proud I am to be a part of the Grant Park #6 family. We are truly fortunate to have a school where cooperation is abundant and expectations are high.
Dr. John Palan
Superintendent, Grant Park #6