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This time of year is when I send a letter to all staff members signifying the end of summer and the beginning of a new school year.  I thought I would share the letter that I sent to all Dee-Mack Staff Members.  Dear Dee-Mack Family,   Welcome to the 2018-2019 school year!  This letter signifies the return to school is upon us and summer vacation is coming to an end.  It has been a busy summer here in the district! We have a beautiful new stadium project almost completed.  We have roof work and parking lot work happening at the high school. These facility upgrades will no doubt attract more families to our district, however, it is the teaching and learning that will keep students here!  I can’t say enough about the great staff we have here at Dee-Mack!!!   I am honored and excited to be leading our district alongside our strong administrative team: Mary Lanier, Mitch Holmgren, Teri March (Principal @PJHS), Matt Thomann (new AD/Asst. Principal @ PJHS), Lance Hawkins, and James Lines.   We have many exciting things happening here for our community of learners. A few of the areas include the junior high implementing 1:1 technology after a successful three years of implementation at the high school; standards-based reporting completed for grades K-3, therefore focusing on intermediate grades 4-6; and creating assessments, rubrics and templates for standards-based reporting in grades 7-12. We are excited to have Theresa Holly’s expertise and involvement in this process. We have so many great things happening at all levels and these are just snapshots of some of them.     We will start the school year with a state budget in place for the first time since 2015.  Although we have a budget, there are schools across our state taking hard cuts for Pre-K, ESSA, EBF and their overall bottom line.  We are holding steady but will continue to be conservative with expenditures. Evidence-based funding is now the way in which schools are allocated funds, therefore we will be watching closely to see if we get our mandated categoricals this year as opposed to past years.  As usual, funding education in Illinois is kind of like the weather, give it time and it will change. I will do my best to give you abreast of the latest updates as I get them.   What I really want to focus on this year as a district is “PRIDE”.  Pride in our students, school, community, and each other.  The culture we set for our students through the relationships we develop and cultivate speaks volumes about who we are as a district.  We can show pride in many ways. Pride does not mean being boastful but instills strong qualities in each hallway, classroom, and building of respect, kindness, patience, tenacity, acceptance, hope, and high expectations both academically and behaviorally. We need to champion our students and let them know we care!     We can’t do it alone or in separate buildings, we need to come together...because together we make this district great!    Enjoy the rest of your summer and see you all on August 13th!   Michele Jacobs Superintendent  
Posted by mjacobs  On Aug 05, 2018 at 2:19 PM
Dear Deer Creek & Mackinaw Families, I am so excited for the upcoming school year!  This is my first blog post and I will continue blogging stories and updates throughout the year.  I am honored and privileged to be taking on the role as your Superintendent of Schools. This is both a career and way of life for me, and I want to be a positive and effective representative for our communities. I plan to be at events and help out wherever I can.  I want to become an even bigger part of the community by attending events, meetings, and activities. If you are having an activity, meeting or event that you would like me to attend, please reach out and call our office at 359-8965. I have an open door policy - I enjoy engaging with the families and folks in our community.   As a teacher for 18 years I was able to make an impact on a classroom of learners each year; as a building principal I was able to make an impact on a building of students each year; and as the superintendent, it is my goal to make a positive impact on our collective district.  We have a lot of great programs going on in this district and I want to highlight as many students, teachers, and programs that we can. If you take pictures this year of an event, activity, program or outreach program please send them in an email ( to me so we can get them on our website. We are all in this together!   Thank you for all the support and encouragement I have already received in the first couple of weeks on the job! Superintendent Jacobs
Posted by mjacobs  On Jul 19, 2018 at 2:28 PM
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