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  • As Our Year Concludes...

    Posted by Mr. Zallis on 5/17/2019

    May 2019

    It’s seems like just yesterday I was sitting in my office preparing for the start of the 2018-19 school year and here I now sit writing my end of the year submission for our final Prairie Dog News.  I am not sure where this year has gone but I have enjoyed every minute of it. 

    The staff and I are so proud of our students and the growth they have shown this year.  Not only are they are little taller, but they are a whole lot smarter too J.  We have seen our students’ skills in math, literacy, science and social science soar.  Students rose to the challenges put before them and took their learning to new heights.  In the area of social emotional learning, our students exemplified what it means to be a Prairie Dog and they let their Prairie PRIDE show.   Students were true community contributors, giving back in numerous ways to support the greater community.  

    To our 5th graders, the staff and I wish you the best of luck as you transition to the next phase of your schooling.  Middle school is an exciting time full of new adventures and experiences.  The staff and I know you will take what you have learned during your time at Prairie and excel in your new environment.  However, remember that, despite your school’s new mascot, you are always a Prairie Dog!

    To our retirees – Mrs. Brotherly-Lamb, Mrs. Sprague, Mrs. Steffeter, and Mrs. Wambold, thank you for your dedication and commitment to the students of Prairie.  You are each remarkable and will be missed!  

    On a personal note, thank you for making my first year as Prairie’s principal a wonderful experience.  I have appreciated your continued partnership and support.  Prairie is an outstanding learning community and I am so thankful for the opportunity to work in a place that is consistently focused on doing what is best for students.  I wish each of you a wonderful and relaxing summer break and look forward to seeing you in August.  Remember, Never Stop Learning!

    Brian Zallis - Principal

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Strategic Blueprint

  • District 203’s FOCUS 2020 Strategic Blueprint

    Posted by Superintendent Dan Bridges on 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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