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July 26, 2022  

Dear District #7 families,  

Welcome to the 2022-23 school year! We are excited to welcome all our students back to school on Wednesday, August 17, 2022! Our staff has been busy preparing for another exciting year and to help our families prepare, we wanted to share some information. Please note that each school will also be sharing more specific information as well.  

Registration Reminder 

If you have not yet registered your child(ren) for the 2022-23 school year, please do so as soon as possible. In order to be guaranteed transportation, students need to be registered by Monday, August 1. All registration is being done online: If you have questions or need assistance, please contact Hadley House (618-656-1182).   

School Supply Lists 

All school supply lists for the 2022-23 school year have been posted to the District #7 website. These lists may be found on the respective school page or on the student registration page: 

Open Houses 

Open houses prior to the start of the 2022-23 school year will be as follows: 

Monday, August 15
EHS (9th-12th): 5:00 – 6:30 p.m. 
Middle School (6th-8th): 6:00 – 7:30 p.m.   

Tuesday, August 16
Primary Schools (1st-2nd): 5:00 – 6:30 p.m. 
Intermediate Schools (3rd-5th): 6:00 – 7:30 p.m.  

Kindergarten Orientation and Open House 

Kindergarten Orientation will be held on Monday, August 15 at 6:30 p.m. at your child’s primary building, except for Hamel Elementary, which will be at 5 p.m. During this time, building principals will discuss the first days of school, show you our classrooms and facilities, and answer any questions you may have about the District #7 Kindergarten Experience. In addition, please mark your calendar for 6:00 p.m. on Wednesday, August 24 for our Kindergarten Open House where teachers will be excited to meet students and parents!  

Mascot Welcome 

District #7 will hold a ‘Mascot’ Welcome for students entering grades 3, 6 and 9 on Friday, August 12. Bus transportation will be provided, and more information should be coming from each school. This will be a structured time for these students to get to know their new school and campus.   

2022-23 School Meal Program 

The federal program that has allowed school districts across the country to offer free breakfast and lunch to all students regardless of income expired at the end of June. At this time, the federal government has not extended the waivers for next school year to allow free meals for all students. As a result, schools across the nation will revert to free and reduced-price meals based on income eligibility guidelines set by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. During the 2022-23 school year, families who do not qualify for free or reduced lunch will have to pay for school meals. Students whose families are eligible for free or reduced price breakfast or lunch will be able to access meals next school year at no cost or a discounted rate.   

Wednesday Early Release/New School Start Times Reminder 

A reminder that on Wednesdays during the 2022-23 school year, schools will be dismissed early (High School at 12:50 p.m., Middle Schools at 1:35 p.m., Intermediate Schools at 2:40 p.m. and Primary Schools at 2:50 p.m.) to allow for consistent staff collaboration in identifying priority standards, utilizing common formative assessments, and determining instructional needs for students. This time will allow our teachers to collaborate with one another, plan intentionally and grow professionally.  

Another reminder that school start times for 2022-23 have been adjusted slightly. You can see those here: School Start Times 

We hope you enjoy the remainder of your summer vacation. See you next month! 

Patrick Shelton, Ed.D.