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  • Welcome from Mrs. Dvorchak

    Posted by Mrs. Dvorchak at 7/28/2017

    Welcome Back! 

    In this letter you will find some basic information to ensure everyone has a positive start to a new year!

    We are so excited that another school year is upon us!  Our teachers and staff have been very busy preparing Prairie School for your arrival.  If you are new to our community, WELCOME!  Prairie School is a special community with amazing students, teachers and parents!  We are so glad you are here.

    We have MANY fabulous new staff members joining us this fall!  Please join us in welcoming the following new staff to the Prairie community:


    • Jill Accardo will serve as our new school nurse.
    • Ally Gargano will join the 4th grade team.
    • Cheryl Heilicser will be the new Speech and Language Pathologist in MN.
    • Joanna LaPerna will join the Kindergarten Team.
    • Megan Lathan will be our orchestra teacher.
    • Dawn Malatia will be our Student Support Coordinator.
    • Scott Sanborn will join the 3rd Grade Team.
    • Lauren Stercay will join the 2nd Grade Team.
    • Kiersten Spayer will teach music.
    • Lauren Spina will join our MN team as the primary teacher.
    • Karen Stokes will be our part time reading specialist.
    • Dawn Wheeler will be our new school social worker.
    • Mary Pat Witmer will be our new School Secretary. 
    • Brian Zallis will be our new Assistant Principal!


    You will be able to access your child’s classroom placement on August 10 at 3:00pm through Infinite Campus.  Our staff worked diligently to ensure all classrooms are well balanced and will meet student needs.   

    New Family Tours will take place on August 11 at 9:00 (K-2) and 10:00 (3-5).  We look forward to showing you around our beautiful school!  Please join us in the lobby where members of Home & School will lead the tours. Kindergartners should only come if you are a brand new family to the Prairie community/area.

    Curriculum Night is Wednesday, August 30!  Please mark your calendars and plan to attend.  

    Project Idea


    Honors Math


    Multi Needs


    Grades 4-5


    Grades 2-3


    Grades K-1


    The first day of classes for students in grades 1-5 is August 17.  Please plan to meet your teacher on the south blacktop, near the gym.  All teachers will be wearing staff t-shirts and will have signs to assist you in getting your child to the correct line.

    On August 18, all students can enter the building through Door 1 or 14 beginning at 8:00am.  The bell will ring at 8:15 and we will have announcements and instruction will begin. 

    Students will also exit out Doors 1 and 14.  Kindergarten, 4th and 5th grade will exit from Door 1 at 2:30 each day.  Grades 1-3 will exit from Door 14 each day at 2:30. 

    Kindergarten students will have Sneak Peek on August 17 and will not attend a full day of school.  See below for times:


    Thursday, August 17, 8:30-9:15am


    Thursday, August 17, 9:20-10:05am


    Thursday, August 17, 10:10-10:55am

    On Friday, August 18, kindergartners will have a full day of school. They will meet their teachers outside Door 1.  Kindergartners should always enter the school through Door 1.  They will line up together and walk into school.  You will pick up your kindergartner outside Door 1 after school or we will ensure they get on the correct bus and get home safely to you!

    You or your child may notice the installation of some new security equipment at the beginning of this school year. As part of the District’s ongoing initiative to provide a secure learning environment for our students, Prairie will receive a new camera security system that will scan interior and exterior locations around the school. This system has already been implemented in several District schools. 

    By being able to observe areas of the building where staff may not be immediately present, we will be in a better position to assess and respond to reports that may be of concern. Cameras will not be mounted in any area that would compromise individual privacy, such as a bathroom or locker room.

    The decision to place this system at Prairie is just one of many initiatives being taken by the District.  School safety is paramount to District 203 and improvements are always being reviewed and revised based on input from safety officials, staff and parents.

    If you have questions, do not hesitate to call the school office at 630-420-6348.  Barb Butusov and Mary Pat Witmer will be happy to assist you! 

    Never Stop Learning,
    Tracy Dvorchak

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Strategic Blueprint

  • District 203’s FOCUS 2020 Strategic Blueprint

    Posted by Superintendent Dan Bridges at 6/27/2014
    FOCUS 2020 is the strategic plan for comprehensive improvement between 2014 and 2020, designed in response to community feedback, best practice, and a vision for the future. Ultimately, this blueprint will advance the fulfillment of the district’s mission.
    FOCUS 2020’s foundation is the Future Focus Community Engagement process that occurred over the course of a year where hundreds of members from across the community provided feedback to the district leadership regarding areas such as facilities, finances, measuring student success, and programs of study. Learn more about Future Focus by clicking on the specific “Quick Link” to the left of this text.
    The Blueprint includes four “Strategic Focus” areas, namely to:
    1. Design and implement effective practices that promote learning experiences for all.
    2. Foster a high-performance culture focused on student learning.
    3. Steward resources effectively to promote student learning.
    4. Effective communication and community relations.
    Each Strategic Focus then establishes “Commitments.” These commitments are what the district leadership pledges to accomplish within a distinct timeframe. Each commitment then includes a detailed “Action Plan” which will be accessible by the public upon final draft.
    District administrators provided an update on Blueprint Commitments to the Board of Education at the July 27, 2015 meeting.  To watch that presentation, please click here
    Click here for a summary version of the 4 areas of focus of the Strategic Blueprint.
    Click here for a Spanish summary version of the 4 areas of focus of the Strategic Blueprint.
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