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On behalf of the Hoover-Schrum Memorial School District 157 Board of Directors, Students, Administration, Faculty and Support Staff, welcome back! We are excited to begin the 2019-2020 school year and look forward to teaching the children entrusted in our care. It is my pleasure to welcome you to the start of the 2019-2020 school year and officially introduce myself to the greater community. I consider it a true privilege to have been appointed your new Superintendent of Schools for Hoover-Schrum Memorial. 

I am committed to building upon past practices to ensure that current and future students have opportunities to explore their interests and find their true passions. Let me take this opportunity to tell you a little bit about myself.  I have worked in the Calumet City area for 16 years as principal of TF North, so I am very familiar with our students’ siblings and family members. Prior to working at TF North, I served as principal of Proviso East and Hales Franciscan High Schools. My experience is rich in leadership and working with diverse learners.  I deeply believe in a quality of a comprehensive education for all students, which is created through a positive and healthy relationships between parents, staff, and students.
I take very seriously that you have entrusted the young people of our community to our care and expect our EXCEPTIONAL staff to give their best every day. I was fortunate enough to have had several weeks this past spring and summer to get acclimated.
I met with teachers, visited classrooms, met with community members, and diligently work with our leadership team developing work goals that will maintain our excellence and drive us toward continuous improvement. Through each conversation, I’ve learned more about sources of district and community pride, as well as areas that may need enhancement.

As I spent time over the last few months listening, learning, and observing, I kept having this reoccurring theme of “What if.”  What if our district could reach its’ potential? What if all students have an equal opportunity to learn?  These and other questions are essential to the potential pathway to our success.  I believe that growth and success first come through questioning, envisioning, and working toward a common theme.  So, I say to all of you to begin to ask the question of yourself and our students, “What if?” and ultimately, Why not?  I say to all of you, what if Hoover-Schrum Memorial was the beacon of educational excellence?  And then, I say why not? Together we can make a difference and accomplish great things. I am fully committed to creating collaborative partnerships with our students, staff, families and our communities, and leading our district as it becomes the “beacon of educational excellence” in the future one student, one teacher, and one parent at a time.

For some of these discussions and with the help of an outstanding leadership team I was able to develop four district goals to support our ultimate goals of improving student experiences and outcome.  One of my personal goals as your Superintendent is to maintain and grow a rigorous teaching and learning environment that provides every student with a sense of belonging while helping students to advance intellectually, emotionally, and socially.

Thank you for visiting our website, and thank you for your support of District 157.  If you are not a supporter, now is the time!
Dr. Evans


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Dr. Dwayne E. Evans  Ed.D. 
Superintendent of Schools



COVID-19 Updates

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District 157 Community:
 
On March 23, 2020, I was notified by a staff member that one of our parents has a confirmed case of coronavirus disease (COVID-19). The parent is currently in self-quarantine to avoid spreading the illness to others. Due to health privacy laws, the identity of the parent or the child’s school will not be released.  The parent’s child is not exhibiting any symptoms at this time.   Please respect the parent’s privacy during this incredibly difficult time.
 
As you probably are aware, the coronavirus is thought to be spread via person-to-person contact through contaminated air droplets from coughing and sneezing by an infected person. As with controlling the spread of other viruses, we urge you to speak to your family about the following prevention measures:
 
• Wash your hands regularly, especially after using the restroom and before preparing or consuming food. Using soap and hot water, wash for about 20 seconds. Be sure to also wash your fingertips.
 
• Avoid coughing or sneezing into your hands or in the air. Always try to cough or sneeze into a tissue, then throw the tissue away. If you don’t have a tissue, cough/sneeze into your arm. As much as you can, avoid touching your eyes, mouth, and nose.
 
The symptoms of coronavirus are similar to the regular seasonal influenza and include fever, lethargy, lack of appetite, and coughing. Some people with coronavirus have reported additional symptoms, such as a runny nose, sore throat, nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea. In some situations, the virus can develop into pneumonia.
 
Individuals who need medical care should call their medical providers to report their illness prior to seeking care at a clinic, physician’s office, or hospital. If you have questions, please do not hesitate to contact me via email: devans@hsdist157.org
 
 
Dr. Dwayne E. Evans
Superintendent
Hoover-Schrum Memorial School District 157

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 Dear Staff and Community Members:

 
On Friday, March 20th, Governor Pritzker issued an executive order requiring residents to “stay at home” effective Saturday, March 21 at 5:00 pm, through the end of April 7. As part of the Governor’s order, he announced that schools will remain closed, with a new projected reopening date of April 8. We recognize that this development may raise questions about the impact on students, staff, and families as well as the school’s vital role of providing meals to students and families while schools are closed. We anticipate further guidance and details from the Illinois State Board of Education next week.
 
During this stay at home order, essential school personnel may still report to work if they are practicing social distancing. We want you to know the governor’s office has assured school districts that school personnel involved in providing meals or cleaning schools will not be in violation of the governor’s executive order and that we can, and should, continue with our meal program and cleaning our schools, which has had a tremendous impact in making sure our students are not going hungry while school is closed. 
 
In addition, the governor has made it clear that, while he’s serious about using social distancing to slow the spread of COVID-19, he wants residents to still be able to work, shop at grocery stores, put gas in their cars, take walks outside and get medication from the pharmacy. Rest assured, we are committed to doing our best to provide meals and deliver continuity of education. 
 
Please use this opportunity to focus on staying safe and helping to slow the spread of the virus.  As always, thank you for your patience and support as we all work through the COVID-19 Pandemic. As you have seen, this situation is evolving rapidly. As events unfold, we will continue to communicate in a timely manner.
 
Sincerely,
 
Dr. Dwayne E. Evans
Superintendent
Hoover-Schrum Memorial School District 157


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