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  • Principal's April Message

    Posted by Mrs. Dvorchak at 5/1/2017 8:00:00 AM

    Dear Prairie Families,


     Prairie Pride is still in full force!   There is so much to be proud of at Prairie Elementary!   


    • Wonderful teachers who care about students and their growth!
    • Watch DOGS! Over 100 Dads volunteered their time at Prairie this year!
    • A new and improved Science Fair with a STEM focus!
    • Our first Community Read program! We love Humphrey!
    • The BEST Winter Program ever!
    • Student Council, Archery Club, Running Club, Before School Sports, Chess Club, Safety Patrol, Battle of the Books, and Garden Club keep our students involved and active!
    • Fall Social, Movie Night, Book Fair, Holiday Market, Jingle Bell Junction, Adult Social, Prairie Day, Book Fair and other events organized by our inspiring Home & School were a huge hit with the Prairie community!
    • Our amazing students who “NEVER STOP LEARNING” made us proud every day!

    I continue to be very proud and humbled to be a part of such an inspiring school community!  Thank you to our amazing teachers and dedicated parents for making Prairie a wonderful place for students to grow and learn each day. 


    In April, District 203 held its annual awards celebration.   The following staff members/ volunteers were honored on this special night:

    Anne Schinske- Classroom Teacher

    Patti Martin- School Social Worker

    Joan Smith – Classroom Assistant

    Jon Toms – Parent Volunteer

    LAMPE Team – Team Category

    Sarah Cain  – Administrator

    Ali Kelly- First Year Teacher


    Thank you to all of these important members of our Prairie Community for your dedication to our school and your amazing efforts on behalf of our students! 


    This May we will take some time to celebrate the careers of seven amazing Prairie Staff members who will retire at the conclusion of this year.  The following Prairie Staff are retiring at the conclusion of this year:

    Becki Brophy, Special Education Assistant

    Judi Buerger, Special Education Assistant

    Anne Hartman, School Nurse

    Patti Martin, School Social Worker

    Laurie Petit, Instrumental Music-Orchestra

    Ann Schinske, Vocal Music

    Mary Young, School Secretary


    We will honor these staff members at an after school reception for all Prairie families on May 24 from 2:45-4:00.  Please plan to stop in at Prairie to thank these amazing educators for their dedication to Prairie students.   Prairie students and staff wish our retirees a happy, healthy retirement. 


    We would like to wish the best of luck to the following Prairie staff members as they embark on new adventures.  Sarah Cain will join the Elmwood staff as their Assistant Principal.  They are truly lucky to have such a smart and caring administrator join their staff.  Zach Ernst will join the Scott School staff as their new Assistant Principal.  We know that he will bring his energy and talents to this school community as he serves in his new role.  Good luck to you both!


    Next year, Mr. Brian Zallis will join Prairie as our new Assistant Principal.  Brian comes to us from Maplebrook and Scott Schools where he has served as Assistant Principal for the past three years.  He has experience in the classroom and in both high school and junior high.  I know you will find him warm, approachable and truly child centered!  He plans to attend our May 16 Home & School meeting and will visit on Prairie Day to begin to become familiar with our community.  Welcome to Prairie!


    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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