Are you ready for some football!

November 02, 2018

Sport team wins, new academic initiatives, and a new mission.


Are you ready for some football! It's, time flies. Team, go get em in Chester. Thanks to all for surviving Halloween this past's fun but stressful for schools especially at the GS level...while a wonderful tradition, we will be asking the GS staff to look into some alternatives for celebrating this holiday in a different way as we have some safety & security concerns both inside and outside the building.


  • Varsity Volleyball - What a season!
  • Varsity Football - Week 1 Down! Go Trojans!
  • Grade School Thanksgiving Day Cards for Judy Mason Project - Way to go!
  • Dan Boynton, FBLA (Future Business Leaders of America) - Thanks for starting this!
  • Student Tutoring - Way to go these programs up and running again with NHS at the HS and HS students coming to the GS!
  • MS Partnership with NIU (Northern Illinois University) - Way to go Kris and team for starting up a relationship with NIU and a project to get STEAM engaged learning going.


  • Certainty is the enemy of growth.
  • We all love to take responsibility for success and happiness. But taking responsibility for our problems is far more important, because that's where the real learning comes from.
  • Sometimes the bad things that happen in our lives put us directly in the path of the best things that will ever happen to us.
  • When you talk, you are repeating what you already know. But if you listen, you may learn something new.

Need to Know

  • New Mission Statement & Beliefs - Way to go as the strategic planning team has recommended the following mission and beliefs to be used by the entire school district for years to come and to be adopted by the School Board:
    • Mission - Cultivate a Passion for Learning by Challenging All Students to Reach Their Unique Potential
    • Belief Statements - A passion for learning is cultivated when we:
      • Establish a Safe Environment and Respectful Culture
      • Nurture Collaborative Partnerships among Home, School, and Community
      • Provide Relevant, Challenging, and Engaging Educational Experiences
      • Support Highly Skilled and Dedicated Staff
      • Leverage our Resources with Innovation, Responsibility, and Effectiveness
  • Mandated Training Requirements - The on-line training courses will be available for you to begin completing next week for the school have until the end of the year to complete but should try and take a few at a time each month as 13 of them are required annually from the State of Illinois. We are using a new system, Bushue HR Training...and will try and work with them in the years to come to be compliant with the requirements while at the same time spreading out the timeline. You will receive an email from me with a link of where to go including your username & password. Please be on the look out for that.

In closing, the Maroa-Forsyth family is hurting with the passing of Zach Berry. While I have not been here very long, it is clear to me how much Zach meant to so many and how much the Berry family is connected to the Maroa-Forsyth school family. Zach's struggle with a metastatic brain tumor began at age 13 and for a time he seemed out of the woods with a 2nd chance on life until a new rare & aggressive form of brain cancer caused by the initial brain cancer treatments eventually took his life at the age of 25. Zach reminds us all to live each day like it is our last and to do it in a way that he did which was not in fear, simple & happy, and with love and friendship.

Here is a link with more details and the arrangements.

Take Care & Have a Great Weekend,


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