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    We Are One...


    Welcome Back to the

    2020-2021 School Year! 

    Welcome Back to another school year...a year that is vastly different from any we have experienced to date. This year we are welcoming our students back in person and via remote learning. Regardless of the platform, we continue to be committed to seeking excellence for our students and District.
    While most of you received our District magazine, "Pathways to Success." I wanted to reiterate something I wrote in May that remains true today... 
    "I miss ALL our students, as do all of our PHESD 144 staff members. The lifeblood of our district resonates in the 3,050 students we serve each and every day. The inability to see ALL of them, talk to ALL of them, hug them, smile at them, and engage them has been devastating for us AND for our students. COVID-19 has forever changed the way in which we live. I do not believe that life as we know it prior to COVID-19 will resume. As such, we are all trying to figure out our current reality."
    While we are excited about those students who came back in person this school year, we are still missing the majority of our students. As such, we will not be whole again until they have ALL returned to our school buildings. I have watched our young people express themselves via social media and been impressed with their thoughts, ideas and actions. This generation has the potential to BE the difference we have ALL been seeking and preaching. Let's join forces to ensure they are successful in all their endeavors. 
    Our moral imperative continues to be that home and school work together collaboratively to ensure that our students are challenged to grow, learn and excel in a rigorous and challenging environment; whereby our students compete and dominate in the larger global society.
    My staff and I continue to be amazed at the tremendous strides we are making in Prairie-Hills District 144! We remained renewed, excited and tenacious about moving our District to the next level of EXCELLENCE. This is our continual quest! We cannot, nor would we want to succeed without your essential partnership, input, support, dedication and commitment!
    "I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did,
    but people will never forget how you made them feel." 
    ~Maya Angelou
                  Dr. Kimako Patterson, Superintendent