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Remote-Hybrid Model Update

We are mid-way into our first quarter! Click on "Remote-Hybrid Model Update" or READ FULL STORY link to get an update on where things stand as of today and what will be happening over the next few weeks as we lead into the second quarter.
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2020-2021 School Year to Begin with Remote Learning

After consultation with Illinois Department of Public Health and careful consideration of the health and safety of students and staff, Elementary School District 159 have made the decision to begin the 2020-2021 school year with remote learning for all students. In addition, the first day of lessons has been delayed until August 24.
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Back to School - Monday, August 24th

Elementary School District 159 calendar for the 2020-2021 school year has been amended to reflect pushing back the school year by one week. Our official reopening for the 2021 academic year is now Monday, August 24, 2020. During this time, students will return to school remotely for two weeks.  However, we are examining a hybrid model with a remote option.  Further guidance is forthcoming.
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First Day of School (Click here to access the form)

The first day of school in Elementary School District 159 has come and gone, and it flew by! Some of us experienced some challenges and struggles, but we all got through it. I want to say thank you for your calls and emails trying to clarify things for your students, and I hope we were able to provide you with solutions. Together, we will get through this and in the next few days, students "coming" to school will happen like clockwork. All students should access all of their teachers via Google Classroom. All information from teachers should be in Google Classroom, and is the 1st place students will need to check in. Once in Google Classroom, students should be able to access the Zoom link for the class. If your student is currently experiencing a problem, please click above link to register your issue.
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Open House August 19, 2020 Click here to access the Zoom link

Colin Powell Open House is Wednesday, August 19, 2020. Open House with Administrators will begin promptly at 5:30 p.m. The Administrative link is live.   The Explore Team and Each grade level will host presentations beginning promptly at 6:00 p.m., 6:20 p.m. and 6:40 p.m. Please have your student check Gmail for the Zoom link. This will be the only way to get in the meeting.
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Registration Snap Code

Students verification/registration information was sent out to the emails on file. Please register your student with the Snap Code provided. If you haven't received the code, please email If you have already registered online no further action is required.
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Student Locker PIck-Up

Another student locker pick-up for Colin Powell Middle School students will be held on Wednesday, June 3rd from 5pm-7pm. To pick-up items, come to Door 8, which is located by the gymnasium.
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Colin Powell Middle School Class of 2020 "Soaring To New Heights"

This year has been quite a challenge for our 8th graders but they continued to soar like eagles! We will celebrate the Class of 2020 with a virtual graduation next Friday, May 22nd at 6:00pm. The graduation can be seen on YouTube, Facebook, and the Villages of Richton Park and Matteson's Comcast public access channel 4.
Look for the congratulatory yards signs throughout our Elementary School District 159 community next week!
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