Beginning in October, the Board of Education, in conjunction with the Superintendent and Dr. Gary Zabelka from the IASA, set forth upon the task to identify some core values that they felt as a Board were non-negotiable. The Board of Education took the time to review the District's Vision and Mission Statements.
District Vision Statement: Educating Today for Tomorrow's World
District Mission Statement: District #165's mission is to form a community partnership dedicated to providing a solid educational foundation that enables students to become confident, self-sufficient and productive citizens. Students shall have the academic and technological opportunities to achieve their full potential in a nurturing environment.
While reflecting on the Vision and Mission statements, the Board divided into two groups whereby they listed what was important to each of them while keeping in sync with Vision and Mission Statements. Each group was then to prioritize and bring back to the whole group 4-6 key values/beliefs that they identified. The following list includes these values: knowledge, community, integrity, stability, achievement, communication, fairness, asset, technology/innovation, nurturing, health and safety. With those key values in place, the Board began to draft statements that would reflect and support those essential principles.
Through a series of additional discussions during regular Board of Education Meetings, the following Belief/Core Value Statements were adopted:
- Through technology and innovation all students can be an asset to the community
- Decision making is best through collaborative communication
- In a safe, stable learning environment that treats students fairly and with integrity
- All students should strive to achieve personal success in a nurturing learning environment
- Parental support and involvement is necessary for student achievement and life-long knowledge
- In stable financial practices and continued good stewardship of the communities resources
These belief statements in conjunction with the Vision and Mission Statements will be used when making key decisions about policy, academic programs, new technology, and financial stability.
Yours In Education,
Superintendent of Schools
Accommodations for Students and Guests Unable to Climb Stairs
The District office is located at 816 E. Grant Highway on the 2nd floor. Students and guests unable to climb stairs may call the District office at 815-568-8323 and we will be happy to set up a time to meet with you in a location of the school that best fits your needs.
Keep Your Students Information Updated
If you are withdrawing your child at any time during the school year, you must fill out the necessary paperwork releasing your child from our school district, the Notice of Student Withdrawal Form can be found as a PDF file below, please bring the form filled out the the school. MCMS 815-568-5720, Grant Intermediate 815-568-8323, Locust 815-568-7632. Please continue to notify the school(s) of any changes being made to phone numbers and addresses as they occur.
Registration Fees for 2013-2014 - ECE - $160.00 K-8 - $175.00
Lunch for 2013-2014
Lunch - $2.50 Reduced Lunch - $ .40
Breakfast - $1.50 Reduced Breakfast - $ .30
Milk - $ .45
211 Emergency Services
McHenry County has many services available to its residents. By calling the phone number 211, residents can access information about: emergency shelter, food pantries, day care, availability of rent or utility assistance, elder care, mental health services, employment services, health resources, education/vocational training, disability resources, drub/alcohol rehab, domestic abuse, disaster recovery and more. Limited translation services are available. If someone needs emergency assistance, they should call 911 or the McHenry County Crisis line at 1-800-892-8900. The 211 line is new to McHenry County and information will continue to be added.