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Planned to begin Friday, March 28, 2014, Prospect Street will only be Northbound from Route 20 to Route 176.  Cars will be able to enter and exit Prospect Street from Washington Street and Prairie Street, but only proceed North.  With these changes, the traffic patterns around the school are obviously going to be dramatically stressed.  I strongly encourage parents to have their children ride the buses if they are eligible for transportation or allow their children to walk home if they are walkers.  If you absolutely must pick up your child from school, please time your arrival after 2:20 p.m.  We do not dismiss the car riders until 2:20.  When picking up your students, please make sure that you pull up as far as you can in the fire lane.  NO CARS WILL BE ALLOWED TO PARK ON PROSPECT STREET TO WAIT IN LINE FOR THEIR CHILD.  The construction is slated to last the entire summer.  If you should have any questions, please feel free to call Superintendent Lea Damisch at 815-568-8323 or email Mrs. Damisch at ldamisch@marengo165.org.  


Planificado el viernes, 28 de marzo del 2014, Calle Prospect solo se trandra acceso a la norte direccion de la Ruta 20 a la Ruta 176.  Carros podran entrar y salir de la Calle Parospect de la Calle Washington y Calle Prairie, pero solo podran proceder hacia el norte.  Con estos cambios, el corrido de trafico alrededor de la escuela obviamente sera estresado dramaticamente.  Yo fuertemente animo a padres que hagan que sus ninos viajen por autobus si son elegibles para transportacion o que permitan a sus ninos que caminen si pueden caminar.  Si usted absolutamente tiene que recoger a su nino de la escuela, pro favor haga tiempo para llegar despues de las 2:20.  No despedimon a los ninos que son recogidos por carro hasta las 2:20.  Cuanda viene a recoger a su estudiante, por favor asegure que se acerque lo mas que pueda en la linea.  NINGUN CARRO SERA PERMITIDO ESTACIONARSE EN LA CALLE PROSPECT PARA ESPERAR EN LINEA PARA SU NINO.  La construccion se espera durar el verano entero.  Si tiene cualquier pregunta, pro favor no dude en llamarme a 815-568-8323 or por email a ldamisch@marengo165.org.


Due to the cutting of trees within the entrance of Grant Intermediate off Grant Highway (Route 20) no parking will be permitted in the circular drive until further notice.  The Middle School entrance off of Prospect Street should be used for all student pick-ups, drop-offs and any Grant Intermediate or District office business.

Dear Parents/Guardians:

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,

Lea Damisch
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.


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.