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Principal's Message

Mr. James Walton


"Excited about Students’ future!"

Hello to the Students, Parents, Families and school community of S.T.E.M. Academy!

My name is James M. Walton, Jr., humbled and privileged to be the new Principal of S.T.E.M. Academy.  I am honored to join the Dolton School District 149 family and serve in this wonderful capacity.  I am looking forward to an exciting year of learning and growing with our students, working with our professional staff and you, our parents and community members. 

I have been in education for over 20 years, and have been an administrator for 9 years. I am committed to helping every student reach her/his potential. I believe in our young people as they enter and continue their education in our academy. I look forward to this school year with great anticipation. This school year, as most school years, will be unlike any other. The excitement, the events and activities, and the great anticipation of success, excellence and achievement for each student will make this a memorable year. 

To provide a nurturing and safe environment; to become a model district; to provide a safe, collaborative and dynamic learning community that empowers and challenges our students.” These ideals set forth by our District resonate with me as an educator and a human being. I look forward to leading S.T.E.M. within this philosophy. I endeavor to continue the work with the fine staff and faculty assembled here to strengthen and deepen the major tenants of the District’s Mission, Vision and Commitment. We will be like-minded in the thought that all children can achieve academically and become successfully and socially engaged in our society in a positive manner. And when our students matriculate to high school, they will be confident, competent and prepared to continue their academic success.


Finally, I want to partner with my parents, as we commit to making this the best experience for your children.  Information about S.T.E.M. activities and events can be found throughout the year on our school website, school calendar, newsletters, information sheets, etc. If you have any questions that may arise during the school year, please reach out and contact me, my administrative assistant or any of our staff at the contact information found on our website.


We are pleased to inform you that Dolton School District 149 will continue the implementation of the Community Eligibility Provision (CEP), an option available to schools participating in the National School Lunch and School Breakfast programs, for 2017-2018 school year. Schools that participate in CEP are able to provide healthy breakfasts and lunches each day at no charge for all students enrolled in that CEP school.

Here’s to the best school year ever at S.T.E.M. Academy!

We Believe. . . Excellence, Humanization and Pride!  

Educationally yours,
James M. Walton, Jr.













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