Congratulations To Our Retirees!

Elementary School District 159 Weekly Update Newsletter

Surprise Drive-Through Celebration For Our Retirees!

On May 29th Superintendent Alfred and Board of Education members President, Dr. William McClinton, Vice-President Mrs. Carolyn Palmer, Ms. Debra Ellis and Mrs. Regina Edgecombe made surprise visits to our 9 retirees to thank them for their contributions to our school district. The retirees received gifts and yard signs were placed in each of their yards. State Rep. Debbie Meyers-Martin also celebrated our retirees with a congratulatory letter to each of them.


Marya Yates principal, Ms. Gordon and many of her staff members led the parade to the homes of her retirees.


Colin Powell principal Mr. Payne also participated in the Marya Yates parade as well as the visits to the homes of his retirees.


The surprise visits also included retirees from Neil Armstrong and SIeden Prairie.


Colin Powell Middle School employees held a second community parade for their retirees later during the afternoon.



Congratulations Retirees! Thank you!

Marya Yates Retirees: Mrs. Stephanie Sanford, Mrs. Alice Wolff, Ms. Mary O'Quinn and Mr. James Appleton. Thank you for your service!

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Sieden Prairie Retiree: Ms. Esther Fraser. Congratulations!

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Neil Armstrong Retiree: Mrs. Barbara Ellis. Enjoy your retirement!

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Colin Powell Retirees Mrs. Barbara Manestar, Mrs. Tami Ryan & Ms. Lori Lortz! Thank you!

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See more information about our retirees in our upcoming Community Connection Newsletter in Mid-June!

"To Educate, Empower and Inspire the Whole-Child"

Educating Our Community Since 1869

Elementary School District 159 (the “District”) is located in Cook County, Illinois and serves portions of the communities of Matteson, Richton Park, and Tinley Park. The student population is served by five sites: four grade schools- Woodgate, Armstrong, Yates, Sieden Prairie and one middle school, Colin Powell. The district’s Administration Center is located on Vollmer Road on the site of the original two-room Sieden Prairie Schoolhouse, originally built in 1869.


Our District prides itself on its excellent program offerings including an award-winning band, National Champion Heritage Bowl tradition, and numerous South Suburban junior high school athletic honors. Art, music, physical education, and technology are core programs in all schools and our middle school offers strong foreign language and speech programs.

Beginning in the 2019-2020 school year, we implemented a dual-language program. In addition, our district-wide full-day preschool for all program started in Fall 2019 and is a commitment to give our youngest children their best start for learning. We provide a full range of services for students with special needs and educational programs are individually designed to meet each student’s needs.


Colin Powell Middle School underwater robotics program is among the best in the Midwest and has received awards, won several championships and has often competed against high schools over the past several years. Our middle school also has a state-of-the-art applied technology lab with a broadcast and production studio. This school-year students directed and produced the "Pride in 159" media show, which highlights the activities of the school district and keeps our community informed and up-to-date about our school district.

In our effort to provide students with every opportunity to stay abreast of technology, we also offer a 10-week Saturday coding class for elementary students. In addition, our students and staff have 24/7 access to a technology learning and working environment. We are entering the fifth year (2019-2020) of a five year 1:1 initiative which has provided every student with a mobile device

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Elementary School District 159 supports several community outreach initiatives including Red Nose Day in partnership with Walgreens, Cancer Walks, April Foods Day in partnership with the United Way and Sickle Cell research.

Our commitment to service-above-self resulted in a partnership with the Timber Ridge Mobile Community, which is an unincorporated area of Matteson. In January of 2018, we partnered with Timber Ridge to address some of their needs. Working together with their management team throughout the year, we transform a rarely used room on the premises of the administration building into the Timber Ridge Community Resource Center. We donated 8 computers, wall art, and approximately 200 books. We also received about 800 additional books donated by community members and Half Price Books. In the Summer of 2019, we partnered again to establish the Timber Ridge Adult Learning Center and provided Chromebooks, books and wall art.


Elementary School District 159 also has a strong Family & Community Engagement Program that hosts monthly workshops geared towards parent involvement and student achievement. This year we established our Free Six-Week Math Courses for Parents as well as our Free Six-Week Introductory Parent’s Spanish Course. The district’s Superintendent’s Advisory Group and PTO are key to the outreach and programs we create to achieve maximum community support.

This year, we are celebrating our 150th anniversary throughout the year with the theme, “Honoring the Past, Embracing the Future.”

The Weekly Update Newsletter is created by the Public Relations Department of Elementary School District 159. Comments and inquiries may be addressed to Mrs. Shelia Friday at info@dist159.com
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