District Dispatch Spring 2024

From the Superintendent

It's hard to believe this spring marks the fourth anniversary of implementing our School District 197 Strategic Framework. Reflecting on our journey, I'm incredibly proud of all the work our framework has made possible.  

At the same time, it's important to note the timing of its adoption in the spring of 2020—right as the COVID-19 pandemic began to unfold. The pandemic brought challenges but underscored the importance of the goals outlined in our strategic framework. Focusing on social-emotional learning, we recognized the need to prioritize mental health and well-being for staff and students. Little did we know then how crucial these priorities would become in navigating such challenging times. Now, as we look ahead, we remain committed to building upon the foundation laid by our Strategic Framework. 

In this issue of District Dispatch, we're taking a closer look at our Strategic Framework—the planning process, our goals, and our current initiatives. From social-emotional learning and equitable systems and supports to College and Career Readiness—you'll see our commitment to nurturing, inspiring, and preparing our students in our daily work. 

Peter Olson-Skog, Superintendent

Nurture. Inspire. Prepare. Together, we thrive.