Principal's Message

Principal Deborah Broadwell with a student

Fourth Quarter
2018-19 School Year

Happy Spring!

It is hard to believe we are already beginning the fourth quarter of the school year. All third through eighth grade students will engage in the Illinois Assessment of Readiness (IAR) in March and April. The IAR will assess our students’ proficiency in English language arts and mathematics. Additionally, our fifth and eighth grade students have just completed the Illinois Science Assessment (ISA). This assessment is aligned to the Illinois Learning Standards for science incorporating the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). Students, faculty, and staff have worked on the necessary skills to make sure everyone is prepared and confident in taking these assessments.

Registration packets for the 2019-20 school year will be sent home with students on Thursday, April 18. Please watch for them and call your child’s school office if you do not receive one. The registration packet should be returned as soon as possible. In order to qualify for the discount on fees, you must return your packet by Friday, May 3. For your convenience, online payments can be made through our website at

In May, students will be assessed using Measures of Academic Progress (MAP). We use MAP assessments to determine students' instructional level and to measure academic growth throughout the school year and from year to year in the areas of Math and Reading.  

Important Fourth Quarter Dates and Reminders:

  • With spring, comes spring fever. Please remind your student that there is still a lot left to accomplish during the final few months of the school year.
  • March 25 - March 29: Spring Break - No School
  • April 1: Classes Resume - Welcome Back!
  • April 5: Report Cards Issued
  • April 10: START Day – Early Dismissal
  • April 18: Board of Education Meeting
  • April 18: Registration Packets for the 2019-20 school year will be sent home with students. Please return them ASAP as this information helps us with planning for next year.
  • April 19: Special Holiday - No School
  • May 3: Deadline for Discount on 2019-20 School Year Fees
  • May 3: START Day - Early Dismissal / Eighth Grade Parties
  • May 9: South Cook Math Bowl for grades 5-8
  • May 10: South Cook Math Bowl for grades 1-4
  • May 16: Board of Education Meeting
  • May 22: District Spelling Bee 
  • May 27: Memorial Day - No School
  • May 30: District Track Meet
  • June 5:  Prairie View Graduation Ceremony at Andrew High School
  • June 6: Grissom Graduation Ceremony at Andrew High School
  • June 10: Last Day of School - Reports Cards Issued

I also wanted to let you know that Assistant Principal Sandy Hutchinson is leaving Grissom to assume leadership of Fernway Elementary School. We wish Mrs. Hutchinson continued success in her new position as Principal. Please join me in welcoming Mrs. Karyn Bissell to her new role of Assistant Principal. I am confident that Mrs. Bissell's strong track record of successful teaching and leadership experience will be a great asset to our community.

Finally, as the school year draws to a close, I'd like to express my gratitude to our faculty, PTO, and our families for their continued support and commitment to our school.  The strength of our community and the passion to provide an exceptional educational experience for each of our students is what makes our school so special. I am truly grateful to be part of such an extraordinary team.

Have a safe, restful, and enjoyable summer. I look forward to seeing you next year! 

Deborah Broadwell