District Monthly Message

April 2019 District Monthly Message


Message from Dr. Scarsella

It seems in each monthly message I am telling you how busy we are in our district. Spring is no exception, with our Board of Education taking their monthly meetings on the road to Palos South, East, and West schools.

The board members and I all agree this is our favorite time of year, as we get to honor student achievements and see firsthand the love and support you give your kids. So far, we have given certificates to Spelling Bee, Young Author, and Presidential Academic Award winners. We have also recognized Tri-M Inductees, Drama Club performers, and Illinois Computing Educators (ICE) presenters and have one more month of achievements to celebrate at Palos West in May.

We are proud of our students’ accomplishments and honor their hard work, but also recognize the support of dedicated parents, administrators, staff, and so many others who work to help make those achievements possible; talented teachers, social workers, psychologists, counselors and specialists who work tirelessly to make sure each child reaches their full potential; bus drivers who get students to and from school safely each day; custodians who make sure our schools are clean and inviting spaces in which to learn; playground aides and paraprofessionals who keep a close eye on children as they play and learn; school nurses who care for and comfort kids who aren’t feeling well; and our tireless office personnel who greet students, parents, and keep daily operations running smoothly.

I want to thank our Parent Faculty Association (PFA), Educational Foundation, and Music Parents Association (MPA) for their fundraising efforts and dedication to providing enriching programs and events that contribute to our students’ learning experiences. Students will fondly remember events like Laps for Literature, theme lunches, the Read-A-Thon, Harvest Fest, singing at the White Sox game, and more when they look back upon their days at Palos 118. And it was all made possible because of our parents.

I would be remiss for not mentioning that our district recently received two national awards from the Association of School Business Officials. For the 10th consecutive year, Palos 118 was awarded the Meritorious Budget Award which recognizes excellence in school budget preparation and presentation. And for the 17th consecutive year, Palos 118 has earned the Certificate of Excellence in financial reporting. 

Our Board of Education works tirelessly to ensure that this district offers the best possible education for its students and a safe learning environment. Tuesday night, we said a bittersweet goodbye to outgoing Board President MariJo Calacci. She was instrumental in making our school district a better place than it was eight years ago when she ran for the school board and making what seemed like unachievable goals become realities.

I am so proud of what we have all achieved together. The success of Palos 118 is truly a team effort and is reflected in our students’ accomplishments.

As we continue to prepare for another successful school year, I’m asking parents to please take a minute to fill out this survey regarding supervision for late start Wednesdays. This will assist us greatly in our planning.  https://latestartsupervision.questionpro.com


Dr. Anthony Scarsella

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