Superintendent's Message

Dear Community Members:

The holiday season brings us traditions and rituals that bring people together. One of the most pervasive rituals that bring people together during this time of year is the act of gift-giving. Psychologists have found that “giving” is a surprisingly complex and important part of human interaction, helping to define relationships and strengthen bonds with family and friends.

In addition to the gifts that might be found under a tree or next to a menorah, are important gifts of inspiration, motivation, and confidence that we provide children in school and at home as they learn and grow. The River Trails School District community provides these gifts to each child every day by staying true to our core mission,

“Together, family, staff and community inspire our diverse student population to develop the knowledge, skills and character necessary to excel in an ever-changing world, while providing a safe and nurturing environment.”

To this end, let us remember that not all gifts are wrapped and that the power of words in helping young people feel both successful and special is one of the best gifts we can give.

Thank you for your support of the River Trails School District. Continue to stay involved in the education of this community’s youth and know that your school district staff and leadership team continues to deliver high quality education services to children.

Please enjoy all that the holiday season has to offer with your friends and family.

Sincerely,

Dane Delli, Ph.D.
Superintendent

Message from the School Board President


November 9, 2016

Dear Parents, Staff, and Community Members,

On behalf of the board of education, I am disappointed to announce that residents of the River Trails School District 26 community did not approve the referendum which would have constructed an Early Learning Center for grades pre-k and kindergarten. The voting public has spoken and the board of education will honor the decision of the community.

Over the past few months, the discussions on this referendum have been spirited, both in person and on social media. Committee members, parents, teachers, administrators and community members have contributed so much time, effort and energy to these discussions. We greatly appreciate and wholeheartedly thank them for their efforts.

In the coming weeks, the Board of Education will be regrouping to determine the appropriate next steps in addressing both pre-school education and our rapidly increasing student enrollment.

I urge you to stay involved with the process as the board of education will need to make some very important decisions in the coming months about the direction of the District.


Sincerely,
Donna M. Johnson
School Board President
River Trails School District 26



What's Happening

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Emergency School Closing Guidelines
11/18/2016
As we enter the winter months, River Trails School District 26 would like to update you on some of the factors that contribute to closing school in the event of a weather-related closing and when you can expect to be notified. We have taken your feedback into consideration and thought it productive to share this information with you in advance of any occurrence of severe weather.
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Community Garden Fall Cleanup
10/18/2016
The growing season at both the River Trails Community Garden - "El Jardin de Los Suenos" and the River Trails Park District Community Garden at Sycamore Trails - is coming to a close.
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New Science Standards
08/23/2016
We are excited to start the 16-17 school year with new science standards for grades K-8 called the Next Generation Science Standards (http://www.nextgenscience.org/). River Trails Middle School science teachers have been making changes and aligning curriculum to the new standards. Teachers in grades K-5 will begin teaching from a new science program called STEMScopes (http://www.acceleratelearning.com/).
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GoMath
Go Math!
08/23/2016
Students in grades K-5 will continue with a second year of the common core aligned math program Go Math. Go Math (http://www.hmhco.com/shop/education-curriculum/math/elementary-mathematics/go-math-k-8) is designed from the new common core math standards (http://www.corestandards.org/Math/).
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Strategic Plan
Strategic Plan
08/22/2016
River Trails School District Strategic Plan for 2014 - 2017
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