November 28th, 2016
On behalf of Grant Park School District #6, I would like to wish you the best of the holiday season. The month of December showcases the unique talents of both our students and staff. Our monthly calendar includes the full schedule of events, including concerts, extracurricular competitions, and other planned activities. I would like to personally invite you to these events, as our students and staff appreciate your support.
As you may have heard, the Illinois State Board of Education recently released the results from the PAARC assessments, which were administered in 2016. I am happy to report that Grant Park students once again scored well above state averages in the areas assessed and boast of one of the best overall composites in the area. Also, our ACT scores once again one of the highest in the area and our college readiness scores have never been higher.
I am proud of our students and staff, as they once again demonstrated excellence on what many consider difficult assessments. However, state required assessments and college entrance exams only provides one snapshot of academic success. At Grant Park School District #6, our overarching goal is to provide a solid educational experience that prepares our students for post-secondary success.
One example of this commitment is our expansion of the 1:1 Initiative. Technology continues to evolve and have more influence on our daily lives. And, as any parent knows, technology is a critical part of this generation of students. Therefore, the Board of Education made the financial commitment to ensure that each and every teacher had the technology required to successfully educate students. At our early elementary levels, our students are exposed to IPADS and selected applications that reinforce key skills. At our intermediate, MS, and HS, our students are equipped with a Chrome device that serves as a powerful learning device. We are using technology to not only educate our students, but also prepare them for the future.
During this time of the year, I always take a moment to reflect on our district’s success, as well as identifying areas of needed improvement as we move forward. As a Superintendent of Schools, as well as a parent of three students who attend GP #6, I am especially grateful for the efforts of our staff, as their devotion, commitment, and compassion to our students is second to none.
Thanks for your support of Grant Park School District, as well as the students we serve. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.
Dr. John Palan
Superintendent, Grant Park #6