Strategic Plan Community Kick Off Held

Nearly 150 District #7 community members gathered at the EHS Commons on Thursday night, September 23, to hear plans for the 2022-27 Strategic Plan and to provide input on where they hope to see District #7 in the year 2027.

This strategic plan follows the previous strategic planning process that began in December 2019 and was slated for three years from 2020-2023. However, because of COVID-19, it was hard to form planning groups and community input was not as strong as was hoped. The 2020-23 strategic plan is being used as a one-year action plan during the current 2021-2022 school year while the new one is being built for the next five years, which will take District #7 from 2022 to 2027.  

Thursday night’s community event was the first in a series of four that the public will be invited to provide input.

At the kick-off event, District #7 Superintendent Dr. Patrick Shelton outlined the planning groups and the process for the development of the new strategic plan. He also announced the goal areas, which will include:

  • Student Experiences (our students)
  • Thriving Workforce (our adults)
  • Safe and Supportive School Culture (our schools)
  • Family and Community Engagement (our community)
  • Financial Responsibility (our resources)

A new mission and vision statement for the district is also currently in development with plans to have the Board of Education adopt those in December.

Future community meetings surrounding the strategic plan will be held in November, February and April.

The goal is to present a new strategic plan to the Board of Education on May 23, 2022.  

Strategic Plan Community Kick Off

Dr. Patrick Shelton invites the District #7 community to the Strategic Plan Kick Off on Thursday, September 23, 2021, at the EHS Commons from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.

Read the letter from Dr. Shelton or watch the video.

09-12-21 Message from Superintendent, Dr. Patrick Shelton

9.12.21 Letter
SHIELD Testing Consent Form

A reminder that SHIELD testing consent/opt-in forms are due on Tuesday, September 14, 2021, along with other district reminders and updates from Superintendent, Dr. Patrick Shelton.

09-03-21 Message from Superintendent, Dr. Patrick Shelton

Please read the letter from Superintendent, Dr. Patrick Shelton, regarding SHIELD testing.  The student consent form can be found here.

08-27-21 Message from Superintendent, Dr. Patrick Shelton

Good Evening,

Please read the letter or watch the video from District #7 Superintendent, Dr. Patrick Shelton.

Thank you.

08-13-21: Message from Superintendent, Dr. Patrick Shelton

Good Evening,

Please read the letter or watch the video from District #7 Superintendent, Dr. Patrick Shelton.

Thank you.

Dr. Shelton Speaks to Fox 2 and KMOV 4

To see District #7 Superintendent speak to Fox 2 and KMOV 4 regarding students returning to in-person learning, please click the appropriate links below.

Fox 2 News Story

KMOV Story

Open House Reminder

We are excited to welcome you back for the 2021-22 school year!  Primary and Intermediate buildings are providing open houses tonight at the following times:

PreK and Primary Buildings          5:00 p.m.-6:30 p.m.

Intermediate Buildings                  6:00 p.m.-7:30 p.m.

This evening provides families the opportunity to meet their child’s teacher, drop off school supplies, and tour the building. During this time, in order to maintain the safety of all of our students, staff, and families, we encourage you to please:

  • Social distance to the greatest extent possible from other families
  • Utilize the hand sanitizer provided
  • Be considerate to others by limiting your time in the building to 20 minutes or less

We remind you that masks are required while in the buildings this evening, regardless of vaccination status.

Enjoy your evening, and welcome back!

Pep Rally Held to Welcome Back District #7 Staff

District #7 teachers and staff kicked off the start of the new school year by holding a virtual pep rally yesterday on their first day back!  Each building was encouraged to wear spirit wear and when the roll call occurred, each school cheered and showed their school spirit!

Speakers included District #7 Superintendent, Dr. Patrick Shelton, Board of Education President, John McDole, and Director of Curriculum, Tara Fox.

Although we would have loved to have everyone together to kick off the school year, it was still a refreshing way to bring all the staff back to the buildings and create a positive atmosphere across the district!

District #7 is ready to welcome back on our students on Wednesday, August 11th for the first (half day) of school!


08-09-21 Back to School FAQ

Please note that a Back to School FAQ document has been posted on our website under the 21-22 Back to School Plan.  Thank you.