Message from Superintendent Dr. Scarsella
This has been a busy and exciting time in Palos 118, and I'm especially grateful this year for many reasons.
On Tuesday night at the November board meeting, I had the privilege of recognizing our auxiliary support organizations for all of their contributions that make our school district successful. The MPA hosted a stellar Harvest Fest last month that showcased the musical talents of our students; The Educational Foundation presented the board with a donation for the media centers from their Laps for Literature event; and the PFA held another successful Cardinal Chase 5K and wowed both parents and students with a Harry Potter-themed Boo Bash. It would not be Thanksgiving without taking time to pause and be thankful to these organizations for the passion and talent they devote to making Palos 118 a great place for kids to grow.
Our schools have been busy too. We've held parent teacher conferences, saluted our veterans at Palos South's Annual Veterans Day Ceremony and are currently celebrating American Education Week - a time to recognize public education and the public educators responsible for our student success. If you see one of our outstanding public educators this week, please take a moment to stop and thank them. In a time when public educators are routinely mocked, criticized and blamed for many of society’s ills, I can assure you a simple thank you has a profoundly positive impact on their day. Please join me this week in celebrating all that is right with public education at Palos 118.
So as the Thanksgiving holiday approaches, I reflect upon those that make leading this school district a joyous affair. Thank you to our dedicated staff, child-focused school board, support organizations, engaged parents, and supportive community, without whom we would not be able to accomplish so much.
I wish you a happy and safe Thanksgiving, and look forward to seeing you at the many upcoming holiday events and festivities in the weeks ahead.
Dr. Anthony M. Scarsella,
Superintendent of Schools