Congratulations Class of 2020

Elementary School District 159 Weekly Update Newsletter

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Colin Powell Middle School Class of 2020 "Soaring To New Heights"

This year has been quite a challenge for our 8th graders but they continued to soar like eagles!

We will celebrate the Class of 2020 with a virtual graduation next Friday, May 22nd at 6:00pm. The graduation can be seen on YouTube, Facebook, and the Villages of Richton Park and Matteson's Comcast public access channel 4.

Look for the congratulatory yards signs throughout our Elementary School District 159 community next week!

Congratulations To Colin Powell Middle School Top Ten Graduates!

Colin Powell Student Kamryn Fincher Makes The News!

When Kamryn Fincher's parents learned that her class trip and traditional graduation was cancelled, they knew that she, like all of her peers would be quite disappointed. Kamryn had taken a part-time job with Cook County Commissioner Donna Miller to earn money to help pay for her class trip. Her parents felt that by contributing to the trip, Kamryn would have a better appreciation for working towards an important goal. Kamryn did meet her goal. When the trip was cancelled her parents decided to celebrate her accomplishments. They surprised her by giving her a photo shoot outside of Colin Powell. One of her pictures was sent into ABC Channel 7 and Kamryn was featured by news anchor Cheryl Burton. Congratulations Kamryn! Nice job Mr. & Mrs. Fincher!
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"To Education, Empower and Inspire the Whole-Child"

Excellence In Education 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.

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.”

#WeAreESD159 #WatchUsSoar

This newsletter is produced by the school district's Public Relations department. Comments and inquiries may be addressed to Mrs. Shelia Friday at