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Superintendent’s Message


Season Greetings:

It is amazing how quickly the year has gone by. We are half way through the school year and the holiday season is upon us. Our staff is making great strides in educating our students. We know that none of this would be possible without the support from our parents and community collaboratively working for the greater good of all students. I have had the opportunity to meet and speak with many families and community members. More importantly, I have spent time daily talking with our students and staff to develop a plan and implement initiatives to improve student achievement. 

Academic Achievement & Growth.   I am excited about the work being done to enrich the academic experiences of our children. We continue to take pride in our STEM courses at both schools; students have been very innovative in their creations.   Not only are we investing in our students but we are investing in our staff to ensure they have the tools and know-how necessary to grow 21st Century Learners. Every decision being made is student centered. Student attendance is extremely important, so let’s continue to make every effort to ensure that every student is in school and on time.

Community Engagement.   This past fall, our team participated in two Community Walks to introduce ourselves and share our story with the community.  Round two of these walks will take place in the Spring. This year we have implemented our first “Parent University” which provides sessions on STEM Education for our parents and guardians. Two classes have already been held and the excitement continues to grow. The next session will be held January 16th at Barack Obama Learning Academy at 5:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

Reach Out And Read “ROAR” is another initiative that has taken our community’s involvement in the schools to another level. This program is designed to enhance early literacy. Many figures from the communities that we serve including the Mayor, Fire Chiefs, and Police Chiefs and Officers, Clergy and Parents regularly volunteer their time to read with our children.
Our students and staff are doing some phenomenal things and we want to showcase their accomplishments and successes, as well as continue to explore opportunities for growth. We have developed the following shared vision….To Improve Student Achievement by Developing 21st Century Learners.    This vision will keep us focused and grounded to stay the course during our journey.

Don’t forget to follow us on Twitter @Crest_5, or like us on Facebook at Hazel Crest School District 152.5 and stay tuned to our website, to learn more about our upcoming events. 

In closing, school resumes on January 6, 2020; I want to wish every family and Safe and Happy Holiday Season!


Dr. Kenneth Spells

Superintendent of Schools



Dr. Kenneth Spells
Superintendent of Schools

Dr. Kenneth Spells