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A Message from Our Superintendent

Greetings to the Bellwood School District 88 Community:

First off, I would like to thank everyone within the Bellwood School District 88 education community for the tremendous support provided in the 2017-2018 school year. It is vitally important that we understand the importance of the support needed in order for a school district to be sustainable and productive. In the upcoming school year, we look forward to taking our school district to higher heights, knowing that we have the support of all vested stakeholders. With that said, we will continue to maximize the use of resources to ensure that students’ success remains our top priority.  

In a moment of reflection, I would like to take this opportunity to share a few formidable things accomplished in the 2017-2018 school year. For starters, we were able to balance the budget and obtain a positive credit rating. With our fiscal affairs in order, this afforded us the ability to provide multiple resources to our students and staff such as instructional supplies and materials, new textbooks, and access to updated technology. One major focal point was to redevelop our network infrastructure so that our students would be able to have a more wholesome learning environment free from internet disruptions. We procured laptops for teachers and updated student Chromebooks and computer labs in all schools. We will incorporate new technologies such as the interactive panels and projectors in the 2018-2019 school year, as well as a new peripheral security system outside all of our school buildings. Student safety comes first! 

High quality teaching and learning continue to be a most important consideration with regards to academic success. Our kindergarten students will be utilizing a new curriculum, SuperKIDS, which will give them the foundational skills necessary to become ferocious readers! We piloted this program last school year, and we were able to witness first-hand the benefits of the program. We have also engaged in a partnership with Proviso Township High Schools. With the onset of this partnership and this new innovative program, our eighth grade students will now be able to take Algebra I at Proviso West High School. Upon completion, they will receive high school credit and be able to move to more advanced math courses when they enter high school. 

I am very proud to be a member of the Bellwood community and its school system. Browse our website and learn more about who we are and what we do. If you would like to visit with me personally, my door is almost always open.

I’ll see you in the halls!

Sincerely,

Mark Holder