Superintendent’s Comments – March 12, 2019

Dr. Lynda C. Andre
March 12, 2019

  • Approval of K-12 Science Curriculum and Purchase of New Science Instructional Materials
  • March 22 Teacher Institute Day Plans
  • School Messenger Parent Portal
  • Revised 2018-2019 School Calendar

Approval of K-12 Science Curriculum and Purchase of New Science Instructional Materials

At last night’s meeting, the District 7 Board of Education approved the revised K-12 science curriculum and the recommendation for purchase of instructional materials including textbooks, digital content, and new science equipment.

As promised during the “Prop E” Education Fund referendum, the District is on track with the plan to update all curricular areas, including the purchase of textbooks, and to restore the curriculum development cycle. The next academic area to undergo a curriculum study will be K-12 Social Science. A committee will be convened in the fall of 2019 with a planned implementation date of August 2020.

I’d like to thank the District 7 administrators and teachers on the committee, led by Director of Curriculum Cathie Wright, for completing this comprehensive curriculum revision over the course of the school year. The revised science curriculum is aligned to the New Illinois Learning Standards, which include the Next Generation Science Standards, so that our students will be receiving a standards-aligned curriculum, replacing a 10-year old curriculum. Teachers will begin professional development on the new curriculum and become familiar with the new instructional materials at the upcoming Teacher Institute Day and throughout the spring and summer. Students will receive new science textbooks for the 2019-2020 school year.

March 22 Teacher Institute Day Plans

In addition to science curriculum professional development workshops, District 7 teachers will be practicing Part 2 of the 4 E’s Program on March 22. We are very grateful to our local law enforcement partners – the Edwardsville Police Department, the Glen Carbon Police Department, and the Madison County Sheriff’s Office, for their participation in the training that will take place at each District 7 school. The 4 E’s approach to armed intruder preparedness began last October.

The District’s goal is for all 950 employees to receive training in this critical component of our emergency plans before the end of the school year. We thank our law enforcement partners in advance for their leadership and willingness to help all thirteen District 7 schools practice this training.

School Messenger Parent Portal

If you haven’t already done so, please remember to sign up for the new parent app that will consolidate all emails, phone calls, and text messages from the District into a new communications app. Parents and employees can:

  • Set communication preferences for calls, emails, texts, and more
  • Receive all kinds of school messages (classroom and group updates, activity alerts, school and district notifications) in one single app
  • Review messages on any device – smartphone, laptop, etc.

Go to to download the SchoolMessenger mobile app for Apple and Android devices or use the web-based version from your internet browser to sign up.

With the new SchoolMessenger app, parents, employees, and community members have 24/7/365 access to important school notifications such as weather and emergency alerts.

Revised 2018-2019 School Calendar

The revised last day for student attendance is: Friday, May 24, 2019.

The revised last day for teachers is: Tuesday, May 28, 2019.