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A Message from Our Superintendent

Greetings to the Bellwood School District 88 Community:

It's hard to believe that the fall season is upon us, and winter is quickly approaching! We have had a smooth start to the school year. There is no place I’d rather be as I start my 38th year in public education. With the continued support of the community, the board of education, and educational staff, we will continue to collectively develop and build a culture and climate of high expectations for all.

I participated in many classroom visits at each of our schools thus far. Throughout my many visits to the schools, I have witnessed high levels of student engagement and our teachers are making inroads to ensure academic achievement and success for all students. Our administrative team is working hard to create student-centered classrooms. Research has shown us that student-centered classrooms are the building blocks and driving force behind student achievement.  

I am happy to announce that our Birth to Three Parents as Teachers Program obtained Blue Ribbon Status! Thanks to Ms. Mitchell, Mr. Glover, and the parent educators for making this happen. We are extremely proud of the many successes of all of our schools as evidenced by our fall NWEA/MAP scores, but we recognize that success requires continuous improvement. We cannot stand on past laurels if we are to prepare our students for their futures. Thanks again for the warm welcome to the Office of Superintendent!

Sincerely,

Mark Holder