Winter Weather Announcement

The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm warning beginning at midnight tonight, indicating snowfall and/or sleet and ice of 6-10 inches. These conditions have the potential to create hazardous road conditions.

As a result, classes at all District 7 schools are cancelled for Wednesday, February 2, 2022. 

This will be a true snow day and no e-learning will be taking place at this time. In addition, all extracurricular and school activities are also cancelled.


Parent-Teacher Conferences Pick-A-Time

Read a PDF of the letter below or watch the video

Dear District #7 Community:   

The District will again use Pick-A-Time to schedule PreK-12 parent-teacher conferences to be held via Zoom on Thursday, October 28, 2021, from 1 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. and Friday, October 29, 2021, from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. As in prior years, Pick-A-Time will allow parents to schedule their children’s parent-teacher conferences through the internet using the account from last year or by creating a new account. Registration will begin at 8:00 a.m. on Monday, October 18, 2021, and will end at 10:00 p.m. on Wednesday, October 27, 2021.  

Parents can access Pick-A-Time at Instructions for logging in, along with information specific to grade levels, can be found by clicking here 

Please feel free to contact your building secretary or principal if you have any questions or need support scheduling a conference. 

As we enter the second quarter of the school year, there are also several other communications we will be sharing in greater detail with our familiesOver the next four weeks, please check your email for more information regarding these items:  


October 21, 2021 


FastBridge screening for students in grades K-8 in the areas of reading and math has been completed. FastBridge provides for the efficient administration of several types of assessments used to screen, monitor, and inform instruction / intervention. Your child(ren)s report with additional FastBridge information will be sent on this date.  


October 28, 2021 


The Illinois State Board of Education is launching a parent portal with Illinois Assessment of Readiness (IAR) individual student test results, complete with access to score reports and videos explaining the individual student score reports. More information and directions on accessing the portal will be sent.  

Thursday, November 4, 2021 


SHIELD Testing began in our schools on Wednesday, October 13, 2021. In partnership with SHIELD, we will also be announcing the start of community testing.   

Wednesday, November 10, 2021 


In conjunction with the Leadership Council Southwestern Illinois, District #7 will be asking for your assistance in completing a survey to show an accurate picture of the type of broadband coverage that is available in the District #7 geographic area and where it can be improved for our families. We will also share plans for winter weather.  

 With Tiger Pride, 


Patrick Shelton, Ed.D



Superintendent Update: September BOE Recap

October 3, 2021

Dear District #7 Community:

The District #7 Board of Education met last Monday (September 27, 2021) for their regular monthly meeting, which included approving the purchase of 1,800 Dell Latitude 3310 XCTO computers with a total cost of $1,024,200.00. This purchase comes after extensive work by several individuals in District #7 to identify a device which will withstand the daily use of middle school students, but also provide the long-term sustainability needed. These devices will be distributed upon returning from winter break in January 2022, pending availability. We are extremely excited that in addition to our staff and high school students, our middle school students will also now have devices.

The 2020-21 audit was also approved. Our financial profile designation also improved, going from ‘review’ to ‘recognition’. District #7 continues to remain on solid financial ground while continuing to fulfill the promises made with the passing of Proposition E in 2017.

Other key takeaways include:

  • Approving the 2021-22 budget.
  • Approving the purchase of a Panorama Education Platform License, a social-emotional intervention and monitoring tool that will allow teachers to access data on a student’s attendance, discipline, academics and social and emotional on a personal, classroom, school and district level.
  • Approving Friday, November 12, 2021, (the day after Veterans Day) as a non-attendance day. This now makes the last day of school May 20, 2022, with a half day. Communication on this 2021-22 school calendar change was sent out last week.

We continue to work through the onboarding process for SHIELD Testing and hope to have that ready to go very soon. Students who wish to participate can still submit consent forms for testing.

District #7 continues to need substitute teachers. Information on becoming a sub is available on the district website. Even if you have occasional availability, I encourage you to apply.

Finally, we had a great turnout of nearly 150 community members at our Strategic Planning Community Kick off on September 23, 2021. It was wonderful to see the engagement of everyone in attendance as we plan for the future of District #7. Our next strategic plan community event is Wednesday, December 8, 2021 (note the change in date). We look forward to seeing you there!

With Tiger Pride,

Patrick Shelton, Ed.D.

2021-22 School Calendar Change

At the Monday, September 27, 2021, regular school board meeting, the Board of Education voted to approve a change in the 2021-22 school calendar.  

Friday, November 12, 2021, will now be a no attendance day for students. This date falls after Veterans Day on November 11, which is a holiday.  

The district has been experiencing a shortage of substitute teachers this year, which has resulted in pulling employees from their assigned locations to cover a classroom. Unfortunately, Fridays have been extremely difficult as we are pulling several people to cover classrooms. This change in the school calendar helps us alleviate any issues we may have had in covering classrooms on Friday, November 12, 2021.  

The final day of the 2021-22 school year will now be Friday, May 20, 2022, with a half day, barring the use of any emergency dates.  

Please see the revised 2021-22 school calendar to reflect this change. 

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.  

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.

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!