Our 2019/2020 School Year is progressing very well, and our students throughout our La Moille Schools have been engaged in cutting edge curriculum. I am very proud of our dedicated teachers and staff, as kids are always our first priority!

The College Start and Career Start Programs were created last school year and have been implemented during this 2019/2020 School Year. The rationale for these innovative programs is to help our students become truly college and/or career ready. This is a major goal in the State of Illinois, and our La Moille Schools are leading the way! Students are engaged in classes that they find relevant to their pathways in life, and attendance has begun to dramatically improve. Our high school counselor and teachers have been working with students to discover what they desire to become in life, and these programs offer a jumpstart to help them meet their goals. Illinois Valley Community College and the Area Career Center are partners in this venture. Members of our educational team were asked to present at the Illinois Community College Board Convention recently, and there was tremendous enthusiasm for our programs. Teachers throughout our district are examining the curriculum to determine ways in which we can enhance our studies to provide more opportunities for students to learn about career pathways that are available in life.

Our extracurricular activities help to enhance our students' overall educational experience. Our outstanding music and art programs, excellent FFA, and a strong variety of athletic experiences continue to offer La Moille students numerous ways to develop their fine talents.

In the coming weeks and months, I look forward to seeing many of you at our school activities. We truly appreciate the amazing community support that is demonstrated at our numerous events. Please consider joining us on Friday, December 5th at our high school home game against Amboy because we will officially name our high school gym the Dean R. Madsen Gymnasium. We are so thrilled to honor Mr. Madsen and his family that evening, and we are hoping for a tremendous crowd!

Yours in Educational Service,

Jay K. McCracken, Superintendent