Kindergarten Registration for 2017-2018 **New dates!

posted Jan 9, 2017, 10:51 AM by Melissa Smith   [ updated Jan 11, 2017, 2:14 PM ]

Kindergarten Registration for 2017-2018 **New Dates!

posted Jan 9, 2017, 10:50 AM by Melissa Smith   [ updated Jan 11, 2017, 2:16 PM ]


posted Dec 19, 2016, 6:10 AM by Melissa Smith

There will be no school Monday, December 19 due to inclement weather.  Stay warm!

Change in Location for Dec. 20 School Board Meeting

posted Dec 12, 2016, 1:57 PM by Melissa Smith   [ updated Dec 12, 2016, 1:58 PM ]

DeKalb CUSD #428 Board Meeting

Location Change


The meeting location for the DeKalb CUSD #428 School Board meeting scheduled for

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

has been changed to:


DeKalb High School, 501 W. Dresser Rd.

7:00 p.m. – Forum Room


The public is invited to a performance by the DHS Madrigals at 6:30 p.m. in the DHS Cafeteria prior to the meeting. Light refreshments will be served.





Open Community Forums -School Climate Research Study

posted Dec 2, 2016, 9:42 AM by Melissa Smith

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.

DHS Football Team Send-off Saturday Morning

posted Nov 18, 2016, 3:10 PM by Melissa Smith

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!!!

DHS Dinner and a Play

posted Oct 31, 2016, 7:15 AM by Melissa Smith   [ updated Oct 31, 2016, 7:20 AM ]

Founders - Fay's BBQ Fundraiser

posted Oct 21, 2016, 11:35 AM by Melissa Smith   [ updated Oct 21, 2016, 11:39 AM ]

Letter to Staff from Dr. Hawk, Interim Superintendent

posted Oct 19, 2016, 5:10 PM by Melissa Smith

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 them.



Brad Hawk

Letter to District 428 Parents and Community Members from Dr. Hawk, Interim Superintendent

posted Oct 19, 2016, 8:45 AM by Melissa Smith

Dear Parents and Community Members:

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 #428.

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
Interim Superintendent

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