November 18, 2022

Commendable to Exemplary

Dear Thornton Fractional District 215 Families and Community,

We are about halfway through the school year and the accomplishments of our students and staff are inspiring. During the October Board of Education meeting I was honored, as your superintendent, to recognize four students who achieved College Board Nation Recognition for their excellence on the PSAT/NMSQT, PSAT 10, or AP Exams. We honored two students who not only made it to the 2022 National Speech & Debate Tournament, they placed fourth in the nation for Poetry Reading (John McBeth), and eleventh in the nation in storytelling (Christiana Oluwole). TF215 has such a rich history of achievement but in a first for our district, I also recognized Leshawn Sanders who was appointed to the Illinois State Board of Education’s (ISBE) Student Advisory Council. The council of students represents districts from the entire state and will help guide the development of policies and initiatives with a student perspective. Leshawn is an excellent addition to this council.

While we celebrate individual student accomplishments, the state school report cards were recently released to the public and even faced with the challenges covid presented to the district, our students did well on the assessments. Thornton Fractional District 215 received a Commendable rating based on several measures with huge recognition to students in our special education classrooms for exceeding the state average in English/Language Arts and Math. Commendable is a good rating and everyone should be proud, however TFD215 is EXEMPLARY and that is our goal.

To support our mission of moving from Commendable to Exemplary, we have undertaken a Strategic Planning process and you can find the framework on our website at . We are now in Phase 2, and YOU will play an important role in the success of this phase by providing your input in focus groups, town halls and completing surveys. Our community school partners will provide perspective that will be woven into collaborative, data-driven goals and strategies for 2023 and beyond. Multiple platforms will be utilized for you to provide your input in January and February. Later in December we are implementing a texting notification system to provide another mechanism to communicate with our parents and community. We need you to help develop a viable solid strategic plan so please watch for more information after the winter break.

On behalf of the Board of Education and administration, we are thankful to you for your ongoing support of our students, staff and TFD215 community.


Dr. Sophia Jones-Redmond