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As I’m sure you all know, construction is complete at our four elementary schools. I am pleased to say the first few weeks of school have passed and the staff and students are truly enjoying their new spaces. Here is what I’ve heard from our elementary schools.

The early learning and kindergarten students are definitely enjoying the new early learning playground, with a soft surface that makes navigation easy, especially for walkers and wheelchairs. The kindergarten teachers enjoy being back in the same wing and having adjoining doors, making collaboration quick and easy. The new music room is also a hit with both students and staff. The sound boards absorb the sound so it isn’t too loud for students, or a distraction for other classrooms. 

Kindergarten students on playgroundKindergarten students on playground

Students are loving the bright and spacious cafeteria and the new kindergarten and music rooms. There is plenty of space for movement and discovery in the new rooms and students are definitely taking advantage of it. The new space has also opened up old spaces for repurposing. There is a new sensory room, instructional space for Reading and Math Specialists, and a dedicated art room with ample space for supplies and creativity.

student in a kindergarten roomFierke students at lunch

The new turn around space for arrival and dismissal has made that process more efficient for Kruse. The students have been taking advantage of the new playground and landscaping for both recess and class discovery time. Students were also very excited to have height-appropriate sinks in the new art room to wash their hands! With the addition, existing space was repurposed to offer more resource spaces, including a collaboration room, calming room, and sensory space.

Kruse students in art roomKindergarten students using lockers

Teachers and staff have both expressed love for the new space. All of the windows, colors, and space has made lunch, indoor recess, and performances much more enjoyable in Memorial’s new multipurpose room. The outdoor learning space has also been a hit with students taking to the “blue mounds” to read during the nice weather.

Memorial students at lunchStudents reading in outdoor learning space

On behalf of the Board of Education and everyone at District 146, I would like to thank our parents and community members for their support during the planning and construction of the new additions. The new space has already proven beneficial and will continue to help the District offer the high-quality education our community expects.   
Posted by superintendent  On Sep 23, 2019 at 8:22 AM
Even with the cold weather and early snow, construction crews at our elementary schools have continued their progress on the additions and improvements to our elementary buildings. As you know, the construction will add additional space for new full-day kindergarten program. 

All additions will be ready for the beginning of the 2019-2020 school year. It has been exciting to watch the new structures rise up and begin to take shape after several years of planning. Even from the outside, the new rooms and spaces are beginning to take shape. 

The District and school websites have pages dedicated to the construction. You can click here for detailed updates on the construction projects. 

This year is the first for our full-day kindergarten program. Students are thriving in the play-based, discovery-centered kindergarten classrooms and are actively questioning and seeking answers through investigation. 

Each classroom is an interactive place for our students to learn. The curiosity corner, math area, and construction area are used by students to spur questions; count, add, and subtract using various objects and techniques; and to compare the height and length of their creations, for example.

As always, our students are very excited for story time. After their teacher reads to them, they are guided in a discussion about their favorite characters, or how the story made them feel. They are also encouraged to become authors and write stories about themselves and their learning.

For more information on our full-day, discovery-based kindergarten program, including teacher and parent interviews, please click here

Once completed, our buildings will have enough space to accommodate the full day kindergarten program without putting a strain on the space necessary for other classes and resources. The new facilities will help the District continue to offer Learning for All.
Posted by superintendent  On Dec 14, 2018 at 11:38 AM

Last month, I invited families and community members to breakfast to talk about full-day kindergarten and the construction tied to it. Here is a summary of the information presented at the breakfast.

All four of our elementary schools will have additional space constructed. The projects at Fulton and Memorial are smaller and will go to bid in March. The projects at Kruse and Fierke are scheduled go to bid in April or May.

Space being added to each building to accommodate full-day kindergarten includes:

  • Fulton: Two kindergarten classrooms with restrooms, a music room with storage, and outdoor storage for playground materials. 
  • Memorial: A new kitchen and cafeteria, additional resource space, and a PE office. 
  • Kruse: Four kindergarten classrooms with restrooms, a kitchen and cafeteria, and additional resource space. 
  • Fierke: Three kindergarten classrooms with restrooms, a kitchen and cafeteria, and additional resource space. 

Construction will be complete for the 2019-2020 school year. The District has been working on plans to temporarily house the full-day kindergarten program for the 2018-2019 school year

Please click here for answers to some frequently asked questions regarding the full-day kindergarten program.   

The District appreciates the support and encouragement of our families as we build a brighter future for our students. Please feel free to contact me at with any questions or concerns. 

Posted by superintendent  On Feb 23, 2018 at 8:05 AM
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