Superintendent's Message

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Superintendent's Message

Office of the Superintendent

May 1, 2021
Dear Rich Township Families,
With the school year winding down, there are many changes that we will be implementing that will affect our families and staff. Several construction projects are planned this summer including HVAC work, roof work, the construction of large group spaces, teacher spaces, classrooms, and new manufacturing, engineering, and robotics wing. In order to prepare for summer construction to begin, both the Fine Arts and Communications and STEM campuses will transition from hybrid instruction to full remote learning for all students except for students in the transition program effective Monday, May 24, until the end of the school year.   
Teachers will report to the building on May 24.  If teachers have packed up their classrooms by May 24, they may deliver instruction remotely starting May 25 until the end of the semester.  
The week of May 24 will be synchronous instruction.  The week of June 1 will be an enrichment week. No semester exams will be given, and enrichment week will be asynchronous instruction.  
Read more to learn important information regarding summer programs, our district target review and more. Please read the following communication in its entirety for additional updates.
Summer Programs
Summer School for credit recovery will be virtual and will run from June 7 to July 15. All in-person summer programs will be held at the Rich East Campus with the exception of Extended School Year, which will be held at the transition center. AP Boot Camp will be virtual. 
The following in-person programs will run from June 7 to July 15 (6 weeks):
Senior Intensive, Star Academy, Driver’s Ed, and Extended School Year (ESY).
The following programs will run from June 14 to July 15 (5 weeks):
RAMP, Freshmen on Track, ELL, and Special Education Enrichment. This is a change from what was previously communicated. 
The International Baccalaureate (IB) summer program will be in-person and run from June 28 to July 15 (3 weeks).
District Target Review and Refreshing 
The district will be engaging all of our stakeholders including students, staff, parents and community members as we review our district targets and refresh them in order to achieve the goals outlined in our strategic plan. Community and parent stakeholder groups will be held virtually on Tuesday, May 11. Staff, administrator and student groups will be held in person on Wednesday, May 12.
Tuesday, May 11th
3:30 pm
Community Leaders
5:00 pm
Community Members
6:30 pm
The feedback from all of our stakeholder groups is critical as we improve our focus on students and student success:
Campus Leaders- includes the principal, associate principals, division and academy leads and climate and culture coordinators 
Community Leaders- includes local law enforcement, community agencies, and elected officials
Community Members- includes business owners, parents of students in private and charter schools, feeder districts and other educational institutions
District Administrators- includes all district level administrators
Parents- includes parents and legal guardians of students within district attendance boundary
Staff- includes all certified and classified staff
Students- includes all 9th- 12th grade students
If you are interested in participating in one of these stakeholder sessions, please CLICK HERE
Summer season is here; Baseball, Softball, Boys Volleyball, Boys Tennis, Boys/Girls Track, and Girls Soccer Buses are available to pick up remote students to bring them to practices starting at 4:00 pm. There are also 5:45 pm and 6:45 pm activity buses to take students home from practice. All bus route information and the athletic home page can be found on the Athletic section of the website. 
All practice information can be found by contacting the program coaches or visiting
Coach Stallings 
STEM campus 
Coach Data 
STEM campus 
Girls Soccer 
Coach Clark 
STEM campus 
Boys Volleyball  
Coach Polensky 
STEM campus 
Boys Tennis 
Coach Stein 
STEM campus 
Boys Track 
Coach Stanko 
STEM campus 
Girls Track 
Coach Green 
STEM campus 
Please contact your campus Athletic Director with any questions or concerns: 
STEM campus: Keith White; [email protected], (708) 679-5794 
Student Book Return
All students must return all textbooks, or you must pay for them. This year, textbooks will be returned curbside only at the STEM campus at Door 5.  The books will be returned in the following order: 
Senior only return: May 10 – May 13 
All other grades return:  June 1 – June 3
Upcoming Auction
We will be hosting an auction for all Rich Central, Rich East, and Rich South uniforms along with various other items, including weight room and classroom equipment.   We will provide more details and a link to purchase these items online at a later date.
Upcoming Brick Fundraiser
Construction is underway on our new football stadium and track at the Fine Arts and Communications campus. To finalize the project, we are offering a chance for our alumni and current families to purchase a Legacy brick to lay in the entry way of the stadium. We will provide more details and information on how to place your mark at Rich Township High School at a later date.
Information regarding the new combined bus routes is posted on our website. Please refer to the link below for regular updates.  
If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Ms. Koperski at the Fine Arts and Communications campus at (708) 679-3195 or Ms. Lindholm at the STEM campus at (708) 679-5815.  
Meal Account Refunds
As we approach the end of the current school year, we want to notify you of the procedures regarding student meal account refunds. All graduating seniors will automatically receive a refund of the balance on their food service meal accounts at the end of the school year. For all other students, money in their meal accounts will carry over into the next school year and can be used for future purchases, as needed. Parents preferring a refund of any balance over $1.00 can make a request by sending an email to [email protected]. Please include the student’s name, parent name and current mailing address in the request. 
Food Service
Due to our status as a Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) district, ALL STUDENTS now qualify for FREE BREAKFAST AND LUNCH DAILY at school. If your student has chosen a Hybrid Learning Model and is attending alternating in-person days in class, please encourage them to take advantage of the free meals offered to them on in-person days. We also want to remind parents that meals for alternate days of remote learning can be picked up at the Curbside Meals Distribution Program on a weekly basis. Please see the information below for the scheduled distribution days and times.
The Food Service Department is currently providing seven days of FREE breakfast and lunch for any child up to the age of 18 years. Families do not have to live in the community or attend the district schools.  There are no forms to fill out and no income requirements. This program is provided to ALL families regardless of their financial situation. 
Parents may pick up meals without children being present. Meals are distributed through contactless drive through curbside distribution at both the STEM and Fine Arts and Communications campuses. 
Please note that the location of drive through pick-up station at the STEM campus has been moved to the back of the school building. Vehicles should still line up in the front circle drive on distribution days, and security will direct the traffic, allowing only a few cars at a time to proceed to the back of the school. 
Distribution Days and Hours in May:
Monday, May 3 - 10 am – 1 pm and 5 pm - 7 pm
Wednesday, May 5 - 10 am – 1 pm
Monday, May 10 - 10 am – 1 pm and 5 pm - 7 pm
Wednesday, May 12 - 10 am – 1 pm
Monday, May 17 - 10 am – 1 pm and 5 pm - 7 pm
Wednesday, May 19 - 10 am – 1 pm
Monday, May 24 - 10 am – 1 pm and 5 pm - 7 pm
Wednesday, May 26 - 10 am – 1 pm
The next scheduled date for meal distribution is Monday, May 3.
Fine Arts and Communications – 5000 Sauk Trail – Richton Park, IL 
STEM Campus – 3600 W. 203rd - Olympia Fields, IL
For more information, visit, call 708-679-5728, or email [email protected]
Construction Update (STEM Campus)
The construction team will continue to work during the summer to prepare for the beginning of school. The projects that will be completed at the STEM campus during this project phase are listed here:
  • Classroom HVAC upgrade 
  • RTU’S replacements/relocation along with Building Automation Upgrade
  • 100 wing and English wing – Replacement flooring, ceiling, lighting and some bathroom upgrades
  • New Teacher workspace renovation in existing English wing 
  • 200 wing renovation into new Manufacture space
  • Asbestos abatement – 100 wing flooring
  • New Early Childhood space – In old wrestling space
  • Roof replacement - 200 wing  
Electrical Upgrade Information at the FAC Campus
In the early phase, the electrical upgrade project is underway. The timetable is below: 
Important Dates
May 4, 2021
ComEd set-up date; includes pole install on south end of Sauk Trail.
May 14, 2021
Airport receives new switch gear on site for electrical room
May 21, 2021 or May 28, 2021
ComEd shutdown to tie in new transformer and disconnect the old.
Please note that these updates will not impact the community. There will not be any expected power outages because of the project. 
Thank you for taking the time to read this important information. Feel free to reach out to the appropriate person if you have additional questions. 
You may also follow us on social media:
·   Facebook: @District227 @richtownshiphs
·   Twitter: @District227 @DrJohnnieThomas @richtownshiphs
·   Instagram: @district227_ @richtownshiphs
·   Superintendent's Message on our district website:
Your continued support of Rich Township High School District 227 is appreciated and vital to ensure student success. 
Dr. Johnnie Thomas 


Contact Information


Dr. Johnnie Thomas


Office 708-679-5737 

Cell 773-599-0331

Twitter: @DrJohnnieThomas



Ms. Vanessa Glenn

Executive Assistant to Superintendent  


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