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Article updated: 8/26/2013 11:10 AM

District 15 students resume journey with first day back at school

Abby Riskus, 7, has difficulty reaching the top shelf of her locker to store school supplies on the first day of school Monday at Frank C. Whiteley Elementary School in Hoffman Estates.

Abby Riskus, 7, has difficulty reaching the top shelf of her locker to store school supplies on the first day of school Monday at Frank C. Whiteley Elementary School in Hoffman Estates.

 

Mark Welsh | Staff Photographer

 Tessa Ruttenberg, 7, sits in her second-grade class with all her school supplies on the first day of school Monday at Frank C. Whiteley Elementary School in Hoffman Estates.

Tessa Ruttenberg, 7, sits in her second-grade class with all her school supplies on the first day of school Monday at Frank C. Whiteley Elementary School in Hoffman Estates.

 

Mark Welsh | Staff Photographer

 Second-grade teacher Susan Bolger welcomes her class on their first day of school Monday at Frank C. Whiteley Elementary School in Hoffman Estates.

Second-grade teacher Susan Bolger welcomes her class on their first day of school Monday at Frank C. Whiteley Elementary School in Hoffman Estates.

 

Mark Welsh | Staff Photographer

 Kathy McAvoy’s fourth-grade class takes a picture on the first day of school Monday at Frank C. Whiteley Elementary School in Hoffman Estates.

Kathy McAvoy's fourth-grade class takes a picture on the first day of school Monday at Frank C. Whiteley Elementary School in Hoffman Estates.

 

Mark Welsh | Staff Photographer

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By Daily Herald report

More than 12,000 students headed back to class this morning as Palatine Township Elementary District 15 kicked off another school year.

Their return coincided with a brief letter Superintendent Scott Thompson emailed parents describing education as not so much a destination but rather a journey considering "there's always something new to learn, to do, or to be."

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Thompson also introduced a new guide to District 15's travels: the New Illinois Learning Standards Incorporating the Common Core, which are new standards for math and English designed to be rigorous and relevant to the real world.

Meeting these expectations will present a significant challenge, he said, but that's true of every trip.

"Embracing those challenges -- learning and doing new things that transform who we are and how we see the world -- that is the joy of the lifelong learner's journey," Thompson wrote.

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