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2021-22 School Year Information

Mission Statement

The mission of Summit Hill District 161, in collaboration with the family and the community, is to provide our students with the highest quality educational opportunities in a safe, supportive,and stimulating learning environment which will empower them to become productive global citizens and successful lifelong learners. 

Welcome Dr. McDermott to Summit Hill!!

Dear Summit Hill School District 161 Students, Staff, and Families,
I am so excited to be joining the SHSD161 team as Superintendent and enthusiastically look forward to partnering with you to make the upcoming school year a refreshing and positive experience for our entire school community. While my position officially began on July 1, I have frequented the District to visit each school, meet people, listen, learn, and begin to develop the relationships necessary for us to carry out our important work.
As I reflect on my initial interactions across the District, thank you for the warm welcome and for your trust, confidence, and partnership as we ensure that school is a place for every child, where they are known, and where they can learn and grow. The preK-8th grade years help shape our students into the adults they will become, so our work caries significant importance for our students, their families, and for the health of our entire community. The learner experience should be rigorous, supported, and enjoyable; demonstrating cooperation, collaboration and wisdom in how we approach our learners so they can safely and appropriately flourish.
It is also important that we acknowledge and celebrate the hard work of our teachers and staff, ensuring they have the tools and resources needed to carry out their work inside our classrooms and in our schools as they facilitate a relevant, student-centered learning experience. Listening and responding to our team members is critically important and helps provide ownership and voice to the kind of school system so desperately needed in today’s ever-changing world. When we all work together, our student’s learning is accelerated and everyone wins!
I look forward to meeting you and becoming a part of this amazing team. Thank you again!
Dr. Paul J. McDermott
Your Superintendent

District News

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Kindergarten registration drive continues
Click here to schedule your appointment at the Administrative Center to register your child for Kindergarten for the 2021-22 school year. For information on what documentation is needed at the time of your appointment, click the Student Registration button under our Quick Links section below.

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E-Learning Plan for five scheduled emergency days receives approval
Approval of the district's E-Learning Plan now enables student instruction to be received electronically while students are not physically present in lieu of the district’s scheduled emergency days. The E-Learning Plan contains the  requirements to ensure staff and student participation in an E- Learning day will allow the day to be counted as a day of student attendance. The plan will be implemented for a period of three years (2021-22, 2022-23, 2023-24) prior to renewal.

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July 7, 2021 Regular School Board meeting, Mary Drew Admin. Center, 7 PM
Public attendance at the meeting is allowed.  Social distancing will be maintained by all attendees and masks are required. The meeting audio will be available to members of the public who wish to attend the meeting remotely at

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The information below charts the number of positive COVID-19 cases reported to the Will County Department of Health. The information will be updated weekly on Monday by noon.
Due to privacy laws, we will not be disclosing names or any identifying information. You will be notified if needed according to the IDPH and ISBE guidelines.
Please visit the Will County Department of Public Health COVID-19 webpage ( to view extensive reports for our community.
Please click here to view the Metric Guidance information for the district.


Weekly COVID-19 Cases

Weekly Information 1/16 - 1/22 1/25-1/31 2/1-2/7 2/8-2/14 2/15-2/21 2/22-2/28 3/1-3/7 3/8-3/14 3/15-3/21 3/22-3/28 3/29-4/4 4/5-4/11 4/12-4/18 4/19-4/25 4/26-5/2 5/3-5/9 5/10-5/16 5/17-5/23 5/24-5/30 5/31-6/6 6/7-6/13
Arbury Hills 1 (1*) 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 1 2 0 0 0 0 0
Frankfort Square 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
Indian Trail 1 (1*) 2 0 3 2 0 0 1* 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
Dr. Julian Rogus 0 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 2 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 0
Hilda Walker Intermediate 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 2 1 0 0 0 1 0 1 3 1 0 0 0 0
Summit Hill Junior High 1 (1*) 2* 0 1 2(1*) 0 0 1 2 1 0 1 2 1 0 1 1 0 1 0 0

*have not been in the building prior to positive test
Total Students/Staff - 2974

COVID Metrics Tracking

Positivity Rates

Date Will County District Zip Codes Lower Value
6/12/2021 1.2% 1.2% 1.2%
6/13/2021 1.1% 1.2% 1.1%
6/14/2021 1.1% 1.2% 1.1%
6/15/2021 1.0% 1.1% 1.0%

Cases per 100K

Date Will County District Zip Codes Lower Value
6/12/2021 26.0 2.5 2.5
6/13/2021 26.0 2.5 2.5
6/14/2021 26.0 2.4 2.4
6/15/2021 26.0 2.2 2.2

Current Learning Model                                   Full In-person
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Lunch Menu

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Unit District Committee Feasibility Study

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Parent Teacher Conference Information

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Absence Numbers

Arbury Hills

(708) 479-2106

Frankfort Square

(815) 469-3176

Indian Trail

(815) 469-6993

Dr. Julian Rogus

(815) 464-2034

Hilda Walker

(815) 464-2285

Summit Hill Jr. High

(815) 469-4330

Emergency Closing Procedures

Plow on snow covered road in blizzard conditions

It never seems soon enough to communicate our plan concerning inclement weather or a school building heating or power emergency. Should the need arise, school closing will be communicated in a variety of ways:

General Guidelines

  •   We review wind chill chart from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).
    •   If the air temperature reaches -10°, we will strongly consider closing school.
      •   If a sustained wind chill of between -25° and -30° is forecast, we will strongly consider closing school.
        •   We will generally make a decision and communicate with parents around 5:30 a.m.
          •   A status update will be provided to parents the evening before.
            •   If schools are closed, all school-related activities are cancelled.