Happy New Year and welcome back to what I believe will be a very successful second semester. I would like to thank our Operations and Maintenance team, bus drivers, principals, school staffs, and our parents for their support in getting us through the cold weather and keeping our schools and students safe during this time. We appreciate your flexibility and cooperation as we make adjustments to our school calendar in response to severe winter weather.
With the support of our parents and our Tinley Park community, we have developed an engaging educational environment that ensures our student's needs are met on every level and that they are moving forward in academic achievement. I want to encourage all of us to continue to raise the bar, to build on our strengths and successes, and to ensure our students are achieving at the highest levels. In the next few months, our schools, staff, and students will be preparing for testing, with the added challenge presented to us by the Common Core State Standards and the ACC Assessments. We have been working very hard to ensure that our staff and students are ready to meet this challenge, with increased professional development for teachers and instructional time for students who need it. Thank you in advance for all that you do to help our students, our schools, and our District reach our academic goals.
As always, I am so grateful and honored for the opportunity to work with you in this endeavor to ensure our students are receiving the very best education. Together, I look forward to the continued success of our children.
Michael J. Byrne, Ed.D.
Kirby School District 140