• Dr. Corbett

    Dear Wood Dale 7 Families and Community Members,

    Thank you to all our families and staff for collaborating during the course of the COVID-19 pandemic to find the best ways to serve the children of our community.  It has been such a trying time for all of us and yet we have demonstrated the willingness to come together and do what is necessary to ensure we care for and educate our children.  I am confident that going forward into this new year we will continue to work together to assist our students in getting back on track and moving forward with their education.

    We continue to take great pride in our exemplary school district. The District 7 academic program focuses on serving the needs of all students. We accomplish this through the implementation of our comprehensive, teacher developed curriculum which is aligned to the State Standards. All District 7 students, kindergarten through 8th grade, are provided with 1:1 technology devices to be used during the school day and beyond.  Our curriculum allows for the integration of technology into instruction in ways which are authentic and meaningful to what our students are learning.  District 7 is proud to offer a Dual Language Program.  Students enrolled in this unique program have the opportunity to become fluent in both English and Spanish. 

    In addition to our outstanding academic program, our students are provided with many extra-curricular opportunities including: band, choir, athletics, clubs, and drama. District 7 places a major emphasis on family engagement and promoting the successes of our students and staff members. We encourage the parents of our students to get involved in their child’s education by supporting our schools through the PTO, and various other district committees.  There are numerous opportunities to volunteer within our district. Please contact your child’s school for more information on how you can be of assistance. We both welcome and need your involvement! I would like to inform you of some of the goals we will be focusing on in District 7 during the 2021/22 school year 

    • By June, 2022, 80% of students that are 4 year olds will be able to identify 12 letters using letter manipulatives in and around the classroom. 
    • By June 2022, 90% of kindergarten, 1st and 2nd grade students performing in the Phonics/Word Recognition Foundational Skills portion of the MAP Reading Fluency Assessment will improve their ZPD (Zone of Proximal Development) by at least 2 levels.
    • By June 2022, using the Lucy Calkins Narrative Reading Progression rubric in the area of retelling/summary/synthesis within text, at least 70% of 3rd, 4th, and 5th graders will perform in the approaching or mastery range (administered in English).
    • By June 2022, grades 6-8 will improve their average CER total score by 1.1 points from 5.4 to 6.5 on the 9 point CER Rubric.
    • By June 2022, 80% of students that are 4 year olds will be able to connect numerals 1-10 to their quantities.
    • By June  2022, 80%  of students that are 3 year olds will be able to identify any 4 basic shapes (circle, square, triangle, rectangle, oval, star) while playing Shape Bingo.
    • By June 2022, 80% of K-2 grade students will perform in the approaching or mastery range in the area of word problems.
    • By June 2022, 80% of 3-5 grade students will will perform in the approaching or mastery range in the key fraction standards.
    • By June 2022, grades 6-8 will improve their average Math Response total score by 1.4 points from 4.6 to 6.0 on the 9 point Math Response Rubric.
    • Provide family/parent education information & resources to assist families in adapting and supporting their students with learning and social emotional support during the pandemic.
    • Assure community awareness of the District 7 academic programs as well as the accomplishments of our students and staff.
    • Maintain a Financial Score of Recognition for FY22.
    • Improve Procurement in District Purchases by: (1) Implementation of a Purchase Card (p-Card) system and (2) joining government based cooperative groups to increase district purchasing power. 
    • Complete 40% of the 10 Year Life Safety Priority List by the end of FY22.
    • Review & select projects to complete from the operations & maintenance plan, to ensure an engaging and safe learning environment for all students and staff.

    Click here to link directly to the 2021/22 Board of Education Goals.

    District 7 is continuously seeking ways in which to improve our schools. If you have a question, suggestion, or concern related to the school district or any of our programs, I encourage you to contact any member of the administrative team or me at (630-595-9510) email - jcorbett@wdsd7.org.

    Please follow us on Twitter @wdsd_7 for regular updates regarding activities taking place at District 7. Search our hashtag #wdsd7 to see all the activities taking place in and out of our classrooms.

    John W. Corbett, Ed. D.
    Superintendent of Schools