Prospect Family Newsletter

Have a great summer!

It is hard to believe we are wrapping up the 2020-2021 school year and what a year it has been! My favorite part of the year happened on April 5th. Seeing the car line full, having the classrooms full of students, my specialists able to teach what they are passionate about, and hearing the students giggle and scream with excitement when the swings were put back up on the playground.

I would like to thank my extraordinary staff and amazing parents for supporting our students during hybrid and the smooth transition to full day. With the entire community coming together our students ended the year on top. Our spring MAP scores showed that in math, 87% of our students scored at the 69% or above. In reading, 77% of our students scored at the 69% or above. These results are quite amazing, even during a pandemic! I’m so proud of all of the hard work that was put into this unique school year!

I hope everyone has a safe and relaxing summer! I look forward to seeing you in August as we start the 2021-2022 school year.

Board of Education Meeting

Meeting Preview:

  • Spring MAP and School Improvement Plan Update
  • Special Education Update
  • COVID-19 Report
  • Staffing Report
  • Board of Education Committees
  • Consideration of approval of Madison School Principal

Technology Information

This year, all of our students will keep their iPads over the summer. Please be sure to keep them, along with the chargers, safe, clean, and dry!

  • Incoming 6th graders will swap out their 5th grade iPad with a Chromebook prior to the start of next school year.
  • Incoming 3rd graders will swap their old 2nd grade iPad for a new one on/around the first day of school.
  • New Kindergartners will receive their iPad on/ around the first day of school.

Any family who will not be returning to a D181 school in the fall will need to return their device prior to the end of the school year. If you know will not be returning to a D181 school in the fall, please contact Mary Ann Alberts in the Prospect School office prior to the end of the school year.

2021-2022 Learning Model Update

The Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) recently passed a resolution that reinforces our efforts to open the 2020-21 school year with full in-person learning. According to ISBE, beginning with the 2021-22 school year, all schools must resume fully in-person learning for all student attendance days and remote instruction be made available for students who are not eligible for a COVID-19 vaccine and are under a quarantine order. This information is very helpful as we continue to plan for the start of the school year. We are also waiting for guidance from the CDC and IDPH regarding COVID-19 mitigation strategies for the coming school year.

The District will present updates to the Board of Education and the community in June when this information becomes available. Families will be updated via the Board Summaries, which are released following Board meetings, and District 181 Weekly Update emails.

2021-2022 Student Placement Information

Math course and 6th grade ELA/ACE placement for the 2021-2022 school year was made available via Skyward for all students entering grades 3-8 during the week of May 24th. A separate email for Bridge registration was also sent to families. The appeal process guidelines were linked in the communication and is also available on our website. Please let me know if you have any questions.

AM/PM kindergarten placements will be shared with families via email early in the summer.

Finalized homeroom class placements with teacher assignments will not be available until August. I will update families once this information is finalized.

Sign up for free Surveillance Testing

We hope to add more students and staff to the Surveillance Testing program and encourage those who signed up to complete the testing. The more students and staff who sign up the more effective it is as a safety measure. It is free, easy and quick to both sign-up and participate. Thank you to those who are already participating in the program.

Our goal is to avoid any potential school closures by identifying COVID asymptomatic individuals, who can still spread the virus to others. We encourage all of our students and staff to participate in this quick and easy process. As we continue full in-person, this program adds another layer of protection and reassurance for our school community.

Testing kits will be distributed on the Wednesday following the week of signup.

Families sign up by logging in to Skyward and clicking on "Forms" to access the sign-up form. Please fill out the form on a desktop/laptop as opposed to mobile phone/tablet to ensure your form is received and the final checkbox is checked. There is no cost to participate.

Here is a video that explains the process.

Surveillance testing FAQ document:

Kindergarten Asynchronous Day - June 9

Dear Prospect kindergarten families,

On the D181 calendar, the last day of school is scheduled as a half-day on Wednesday, June 9. Because it is only a half-day, and we will be bringing in next year’s kindergarten students for an orientation that day:

  • The last day of student attendance for all D181 kindergarten students will be Tuesday, June 8.

  • Wednesday, June 9, will be an asynchronous learning day for kindergarten students.

You will receive instructional information for that day from Mrs. Bergin and Ms. Eggers.

Registration for the 21-22 School Year

Current Student Registration is Open

Dear D181 Families,

We are excited to register students for our upcoming school year and look forward to partnering with you in 2021-22. Current Student Registration opens at 9 a.m on Monday, April 12. Please see below for detailed information.

2021-22 Registration Information

All current students (those entering kindergarten through 8th grade for the 2021-22 school year) need to complete the District registration and fee payment process to enroll. Registration is scheduled to begin at 9 a.m. on Monday, April 12.

On Monday, you will receive an email with more details and a direct link to the District 181 Skyward Family Access system. With that link, you can log in, then follow the directions that will guide you through the steps to complete online registration.

Registration will consist of:

  • An Online Application completed through Skyward

  • Residency Documentation*

  • Fee Payments

  • PTO Registration and other PTO-related items

  • D181 Foundation information

*All families will be asked to complete a new Affidavit of Residency form in the online application. Renters in the District and third-party residents will have to prove residency and have a signed, notarized Affidavit of Residency form on file. Renters and third-party residents will need to email their updated documents to Angela Rangel at

Action Requested: Please Test your Skyward Login

Please make sure you can log into Skyward Family Access prior to Monday, April 12. Only the primary guardian will have access to online registration.

  • Your Login ID is first name last name, all lowercase, and one word (Example: johnsmith)

  • If your password does not work, please use the “Forgot your Login ID/Password” link on the login page to reset the password.

  • Click here to test your login.

This is an informational email only. We will send you a follow-up email on Monday, April 12, with additional registration details. We look forward to enrolling your child for 2021-22!

Questions? Please email

D181 Summer School

Summer School classes will be held daily, Monday through Friday, in person at Hinsdale Middle School.

If offered, live streaming is available to current D181 students only. Most classes are in-person only and do not offer live streaming.

Click here to view the D181 summer school catalog

Registration should be completed via the Skyward Family Access page

All District 181 students and interested age-appropriate students outside the D181 community are invited to enroll in the 2021 Summer Learning Program. Registration opens Tuesday, April 13, to all D181 residents. Registration will not be processed until payment is received. Registration ends June 4, 2021. Students are not considered registered for the Summer Learning Program until class payment is received in full.

Please note, there is limited seating in classes due to social distancing requirements. Classes will close once they reach full capacity. Please register early!

D181 Meal Pick-Up

D181 meal pickup for all families in the community (with children ages 0-18) will continue throughout the rest of the school year on Wednesdays only at Hinsdale Middle School, Door 902B on Washington St., from 4-6 p.m. The free meal packages include 7 days' worth of breakfast, lunch, and a snack.
D181 Covid Dashboard

The dashboard is updated daily at 4 pm.