Dear Students, Parents,
Community and Staff,
is with great excitement that I welcome you and your family to Hazel Crest
School District 1521/2. It is an honor and privilege to serve as the
Superintendent for such an awesome district and amazing community. I have had
the opportunity to meet many community members, parents and students and I am
overjoyed with the level of support and involvement. I am very eager to begin
this awesome work of leading the innovative and engaging programs that will
support increasing student achievement in the 2019-2020 school year. I believe
my nine years of experience as a Superintendent will benefit this community in
As we embark upon the
new school year, we have a new opportunity to create life-long memories for our
students. I ask that you assist in this journey by ensuring your student(s) are
in attendance every day and on time. This work of preparing your child for
their future is very important and I do not take this position lightly.
Attendance is very important and I would like for us to achieve an attendance
rate of 98% daily.
& Growth. Through our
collaborative work we can and will increase the academic achievement for our
students. We are proud to offer robust opportunities for our students at all
grade levels, including STEM courses at both schools. We pride ourselves in
working tirelessly to meet the individualized needs of all of our students with
the goal of preparing them for high school and beyond. We offer full day
pre-kindergarten and kindergarten classrooms with door-to-door busing for the
safety of our children. In addition, we offer free breakfast, lunch and dinner
for our students during our academic day.
Community Engagement. I am also continuing to explore opportunities to engage our
community. Developing community relationships and making connections is vital
to the success of our District. Whether or not you have a child attending our
schools, we encourage you to take full advantage of the many activities
showcasing our students and their tremendous talents. One of the highlights I
am excited to share is the Listening Tours. This is an opportunity for the
community and parents to share their thoughts and ideas.
Please follow us on
Twitter @Crest_5, or Facebook and stay tuned to our
website, www.sd1525.org to
learn more about our upcoming Community Walk and other
opportunities to share in our success. Please welcome us in the community
as I lead the Hazel Crest School District 1521/2 on
our 1st Annual Community Walk, Saturday, September 21st.
In closing, I look
forward to a successful school year ensuring the overall growth of all students
here in Hazel Crest School District 1521/2. Please join
us at our Annual Back-to-School Bash on Friday, August 23rd from
4:00-6:00 p.m. at the District Office located at 1910 West 170th Street.
Dr. Kenneth Spells
Superintendent of Schools