Superintendent’s Message


Dear Parents, Students and Community

On behalf of the Board of Education and Staff at Pembroke School District #259, Lorenzo R. Smith School, I am happy to welcome you back to the 2016-17 school year! I trust that each of you had a terrific summer and are eager to learn new skills that will prepare you for college and careers.  I know that this year will be a great year, filled with a wide variety of learning experiences for your child.  We are looking forward to your many successes as you transition to the next grade level.  We are excited to have partnerships with Apple ConnectEd to integrate technology into our instructional delivery and most recently the Siemens Group for sustainability and Energy efficiency.  These partnerships will ensure our children can achieve their highest potential. To that end, we recognize that to be successful in school, our children need support from both the home and school. We know a strong partnership with you will make a great difference in your child’s education. As partners, we share the responsibility for our children’s success and want you to know that we will carry out our duties and responsibilities with the utmost care and diligence.

We ask that you guide and support your child’s learning also by ensuring that he/she:


1) Attends school daily and arrives on time, ready for the day’s learning experience

2) Completes all homework assignments given by teachers

3) Reads daily to develop a love for reading and to improve literacy skills

4) Shares school experiences with you so that you are aware of his/her school life

5) Informs you if he/she needs additional support in any area or subject

6) Knows that you expect him/her to succeed in school and go on to college

Because you are an integral part of your child’s education, we believe home-school communication is of vital importance.  I welcome your comments and suggestions as we move our school towards global competitive excellence.  Please feel free to contact me at school by calling the office at (815) 944 – 5448 during school hours.  I will also be available before and after school.  I encourage you to become involved in our school in a variety of ways.

Thank you in advance for your support.  By working together, we can make this a wonderful year for all.  You are a very important part of our Lorenzo R. Smith Leadership Team.  I look forward to meeting you at or before the start of School.


John F. Thomas