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TreeRing Green Yearbook School
Serving grades PreK-4 in the Troy School District 30C
Kathy Barker

Steve Foster
Assistant Principal


5 days ago

Principal Kathy Barker

I have been the proud principal of Troy Craughwell for the last twelve years.  Prior to becoming a principal, I was a reading specialist at Troy Heritage Trail and taught both kindergarten and first grade at three different Troy Elementary Schools - Craughwell, Shorewood, and Heritage Trail.

I was a Troy student myself from third to eighth grade and all three of my own children attended Troy.  You can say that my family loves Troy! 

My favorite thing to do when I am away from Craughwell is spending time with family and friends at our Wisconsin lake house.  I love boating in the summer and snowmobiling in the winter! 

Assistant Principal Steve Foster

I'm proud to say this begins my sixth year serving as the assistant principal at Troy Craughwell.  I have the pleasure of serving and watching the Troy Craughwell students learn and grow from the time they enter our building as 4 year old pre-schoolers until they leave us at the end of fourth grade.  

This is my 26th year in education.  I taught first, second, and third grades before joining the Troy 30-C District as an Instructional Coach.  I was an Instructional Coach for five years before becoming the assistant principal at both Troy Craughwell and Troy Heritage Trail schools. The following year I became full time assistant principal at Troy Craughwell.

I received my Elementary Education degree at Northern Illinois University in Dekalb, IL.  I obtained a master's degree in Teaching and Learning at University of St. Francis in Joliet, IL, and a second master's degree in Educational Administration at Governor's State University in University Park, IL.

In my free time I enjoy running 5Ks, spending time with family and friends, ushering and attending live theater

Principals' Post 11 9 18
Principals’ Post
November 9, 2018

Dear Craughwell Families,

The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) provides the opportunity for districts and schools to build on existing strengths and to close academic achievement gaps. ESSA creates the statewide conditions to support districts, schools, and most importantly, students who need additional assistance and resources. The Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) is beginning its comprehensive implementation of ESSA as required by the federal government. The chart below identifies Troy Craughwell’s summative designation, and the reason for the designation as defined below:

School Name Troy Craughwell
Summative Designation Commendable
Reason for Designation All Students
Type ES

To classify as Commendable: A school has no underperforming student demographic groups at or below the “all students” group of the lowest 5 percent of all Title 1 schools, a graduation rate greater than 67 percent, and whose performance is not in the top 10 percent of schools statewide. Schools that receive a Commendable School designation may apply to serve in the IL-EMPOWER network of partners.

Troy Craughwell will be honoring our family’s veterans with a light snack reception and assembly on Monday, November 12. The students and staff have created videos thanking their family members as well as all veterans. Students are asked to wear red, white and blue. We ask that if your child is a scout that he or she wear their scout uniform shirt.

The annual Vendor Fair will be taking place this Saturday, November 10 from 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. in the WBO Gymnasium. The Vendor Fair helps to support campus choir students monetarily as we take our trips in the springtime. Admission is $1. Hope to see you there!

Thursday, November 15 is Troy Craughwell’s Father/Son Event. All Craughwell boys and their father (or special adult male figure) are invited to the annual Guys Night Out. There will be games, activities, and a craft for the guys to do together. The hours of the event are 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

School Nurse, Ms Hoffman, asked me to remind families of the Department of Public Health 24 hour exclusion rules for illnesses. If a student is vomiting, has diarrhea, or has a temperature of 100 degrees or higher, the student are required to stay home for 24 hours after the onset of the symptoms they should not be sent to school. The student must be symptom free for 24 hours without fever reducing medication before they can return to school. Students that return to school within 24 hours will be sent home.

The office receives several notes each morning regarding students. When writing a note to your child’s teacher, please include her/his full name (first and last), their grade level, teacher, and date. Including all this information will ensure the note/request is handled as promptly as possible.

If you have any questions or would like to speak to either Mrs. Barker or me, you can contact the school 815-577-7313 or email us Mrs. Barker Mr. Foster

Your Partners in Your Child's Education,
Mrs. Barker and Mr. Foster

Important Dates:
Monday, November 12 - Veterans Day Assembly

Tuesday, November 13 - Fourth Grade Choir Concert - Troy Craughwell - 6:30 p.m.

Wednesday, November 14 - Mobile Dentist - Troy Craughwell
School Board Meeting - District Office - 7:00 p.m.

Thursday, November 15 - Guys Night Out - Troy Craughwell - 6:00 - 7:30 p.m.
Troy Craughwell’s McDonald’s Night

Monday & Tuesday, November 19 & 20 - Parent Teacher Conferences - By appointment only. Please contact your child’s teacher if you do not have a scheduled time.

Wednesday - Friday, November 21 - 23 - No School - Thanksgiving Break