There will be no school Monday, December 19 due to inclement weather. Stay warm!
The DeKalb community is invited to attend an open forum to help develop questions for a school climate research study in DeKalb School District 428. Results of this study will help guide the school board and its leadership teams in implementing a diversity plan that insures all students opportunities for equity and excellence. During the meeting, community members will be able to review district data on achievement and disciplinary trends as well as special education, gifted and English Language Learners programs. There will be two community forums. The first will be held December 8, from 6:00-8:00 pm at the New Hope Missionary Baptist Church, 1201 Twombly Road, DeKalb, Illinois. Childcare will be available at the church. If you are unable to attend the first forum, we will be holding a second forum at the DeKalb Public Library, 309 Oak Street, DeKalb, IL on December 12, 2016 from 6-8 p.m. in the Yusunas room and Zimmerman room for child care. For transportation, please contact Andria Mitchell at 815-754-2389. For further information regarding the forums, please contact Melissa Smith at 815-754-2292.
Please join us in sending off our DeKalb High School football team on their way to the Class 6A semifinals facing Prairie Ridge High School on Saturday, November 19!! Plan to arrive at DeKalb High School, 501 W. Dresser Rd., by 9:45 a.m. The team buses will be parked in the northwest parking lot and will depart heading east on Dresser Rd., and then north on N. First St. towards Bethany. Fans may line up along these streets to cheer on the players as the buses depart. The game is at 1:00 on Saturday at the Prairie Ridge High School Athletic Stadium, in Crystal Lake, IL. GO BARBS!!!
Dear District #428 Staff Members:
I wanted to touch base to thank you for the warm welcome I received during my first two weeks. I am very impressed by the good work you are doing with kids and look forward to learning even more about that work.
I had the privilege to sit down with each of the district's building leaders to talk openly and honestly about what is taking place in our schools including the issues facing our school system. Their perspectives (which strongly reflected the individual school's perspectives) and ideas for building an even greater organization. This will be an important step for us moving forward. Many of their ideas focused on developing a shared vision for the future and developing a strong trusting relationship between all stakeholder groups.
I look forward to coming out to the schools as often as I
can to meet you and learn more about your perspectives on the district and to discuss what
we need to do to meet the needs of our students and support those who serve
Dear Parents and Community
I would like to introduce
myself and share with you some of the insights I have gained in the past two
weeks while beginning the work of serving as your Interim School District Superintendent.
My name is Dr. Brad Hawk and
I come to your district as a professor at Northern Illinois University, a
retired superintendent of Burlington Central School District #301, a former
principal and teacher with over 44 years of public school experience. I am
married with 5 children and 11 grandchildren with number 12 due any day.
I feel privileged to have
been asked by the Board of Education of District #428 to step in as the interim
superintendent during a time when trust and relationship building are needed.
My experience has taught me that in order for a school district to excel, there
needs to be a relentless focus on students; a strong culture of collaboration
and trust among the staff; and transparency through a partnership with the community.
Over the past two weeks, I
have visited all the schools and done a lot of listening. My observations,
while new, are clear: District 428 is in very good hands. The principals and
assistant principals share the belief that any a school district must do all it
possibly can to ensure students are getting a high quality education. The
relationships between the teachers, staff and students are extremely strong and
highly professional. I have in fact told many of the school leaders that I
would feel very comfortable with my grandchildren being educated in District
From the perspective of the Board
of Education and from my observations, the quality of instruction and service
for students in the classrooms of the district has not been negatively impacted
by the changes and transition in leadership. The teachers, buildings staff and
principals have done an outstanding job of insuring that it has been business
as usual for our students.
I look forward to getting to
know you and hearing your perspective and will serve you and the District #428
the very best way I can.
Dr. Bradley Hawk