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Principal's Message

Ms. Gabrielle Herndon

“The function of education is to teach one to think intensively and to think critically. Intelligence plus character — that is the goal of true education.” –Martin Luther King, Jr.



November 2019


Dear Parents and Guardians,


The Illinois Association of School Boards has proclaimed November 15, 2019 as “School Board Members Day.”  This year’s theme is “Transform Vision into Reality!”  We recognize that leadership for our community, for our schools, and for our future begins with the work of our locally-elected school board members.  The dedicated “leaders” of the Dolton School District 149 Board are Darlene Gray Everett, President, Lolita Crisler-Liggons, Vice President, Bertha Jolly, Secretary, Pamela Eldridge, Member, Rayya Ghani, Member, Member, Wilbur Tillman, Member and Zacarias Castillo, Member.


On behalf of the students and faculty at Berger-Vandenberg School we would like to say “THANK YOU!” to our courageous leaders!!  Thanks to our school board every student in the district received brand new social studies books this school year.  Our school board also makes it possible for the students at Berger-Vandenberg to have reliable bus service, breakfast, lunch and a healthy snack at no cost to our families.  Our students also benefit from the school board’s vision by participating in our Aim High before school tutoring program and having access to online academic programs such as Stride Academy and the WIN Program. The entire staff is extremely grateful for the implementation of the Balanced Literacy Program and our new Reading Coach, Ms. Denise Kyles.


We truly thank you for your dedication to the students and faculty at Berger-Vandenberg School. 


“If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.” ~John Quincy Adams


Respectfully Submitted,

Ms. Gabrielle Herndon



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