On behalf of the District 115 Board of Education and Administration, I am excited to welcome back our returning and new families to the 2016-2017 school year! My head and heart anxiously anticipate the start of the new year; the excitement of a new group of students to forever influence, and new opportunities to learn and grow as professionals and a school community.
This year will continue our journey; a path that is sure to be filled with great wonder, opportunity, excitement, and the gratification that comes with serving the students and community of District 115. We are coming off of a year of tremendous growth and achievement for District 115 students.
Our new district Strategic Plan will commence, providing a vision and roadmap for the learning experiences, environment and partnerships that will define our work during the next three years. Through the Strategic Plan, our school community and Board of Education have given us direction; a direction that has been shaped by feedback, great hopes for District 115, and much consideration for the needs of our learners, staff, and schools for the 21st century. Our new direction is framed around four new District 115 Goals:
Student Success: Connected to the academic, social-emotional, and essential skills for post-secondary experiences.
Community of Learners: Emphasis on personalizing experiences for staff and students, opportunities of professional growth and development for our educators, and ensuring greater stakeholder voice and ownership.
Partnership with Home & Community: Focus on increased communication, transparency, and two-way connections with our supportive school community.
Operational Excellence: Speaks to our service level in supporting our school community through technology, building/grounds, fiscal responsibility, and greater alignment to the resources and desired outcomes as defined within our Strategic Plan.
Each of our goals is broadly defined and will allow for the work and implementation of action plans and strategies to occur during the next three years. Additionally, by January 2017, District 115 will have a public data dashboard on our website to communicate the progress we are making on each of the strategies and goal areas.
District 115 is fortunate to have such a talented and passionate team of educators working with our students. We strongly believe that our journey as a district is sealed in the belief that one individual life influences another. As we move through our year, we all will come across students, parents, colleagues, and community members who will forever have a profound impact on our own life’s journey, and on the ultimate success of our schools and district. The professionals serving our schools are jointly committed to learning, growing, working in partnership with our community, and never being satisfied with the status quo.
It is an honor and privilege to be part of the Yorkville School Community and I am very proud to serve and support each of you as we begin a wonderful year of learning, collaborating and pursuing our continued path of excellence. Have a wonderful 2016-2017 school year!
Dr. Timothy M. Shimp
Superintendent of Schools
Yorkville CUSD 115