Indian Creek School District #425
Indian Creek High School Indian Creek Middle School Shabbona Elementary School Waterman Elementary School
Indian Creek High School
506 S. Shabbona Rd.
Shabbona, IL 60550
Indian Creek Middle School
425 South Elm Street
Waterman, IL 60556
Shabbona Elementary School
301 West Cherokee Street
Shabbona, IL 60550
Waterman Elementary School
220 North Maple Street
Waterman, IL 60556
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"CONGRATULATIONS"to the Indian Creek School Board for their 2014 national MAGNA Award!


It is my pleasure to inform you that out of nearly three hundred nationwide nominations, the Indian Creek CUSD #425 Board of Education has been selected as one of five first place recipients of a 2014 MAGNA Award for school districts with fewer than 5000 students. An independent panel of school board members, administrators, and other educators served to select the award winners. The 20th annual MAGNA Awards program is sponsored by the National School Boards Association’s (NSBA) American School Board Journal (ASBJ) with the generous support of Sodexo. These awards recognize school boards across the country for outstanding programs that advance student learning and encourage community development in schools. ASBJ initiated the Magna Awards in 1995 to recognize school boards for taking bold and innovative steps to improve their educational programs.

The Indian Creek Board is being honored for their service and leadership in the creation of the “DeKalb County R-E-S-P-E-C-T Initiative”. The purpose of this program is to promote healthy lifestyle choices and behaviors pertaining to respect for diversity and oneself, and bullying and suicide prevention for all K-12 students in DeKalb County, as well as educating adults. The program consists of 3 DVDs with age appropriate tracks and guides that focus on teaching: Respect for all, Esteem for self, Suicide Prevention Education, and Civility Training. All schools in DeKalb County will receive a copy of the program.

When the idea was presented for the creation of this program, the Indian Creek Board immediately saw it as a natural extension of our social and emotional learning curriculum and while there was no cost to the district as it was grant funded, the Board provided support and leadership in various ways and allowed the use of district buildings and grounds for both auditions and one week of filming. Student and adult actors from all over DeKalb County participated in this project. It is through the Board’s ability to visualize and support this program with its potential to positively impact the learning, lifestyles, and choices of over 16,500 students, 1400 teachers and administrators countywide that it came to fruition.

The 2014 MAGNA Award winners are highlighted in a special section in the March/April issue of ASBJ and they will be formally recognized on Saturday, April 5, at the “Best Practices for School Leaders Luncheon”, which is part of the National School Board Association’s 74th Annual Conference.

In addition to a listing in the ASBJ special March/April section, the district’s winning entry will be added to the Magna Awards’ searchable best practices database. Both can be found at as of 1:00 p.m. on March 5, 2014. To see a preview of the “R-E-S-P-E-C-T Initiative”, press “play” on the YouTube video found beneath this article.

Pamela R. Rockwood, Ph.D.





1. Schools exist for students.

2. All students can learn.

3. Education is everybody’s responsibility.

4. A standard of excellence should exist for all.

5. The district strives to create a physically, emotionally, mentally, safe and healthy environment for all.

6. Everyone deserves respect.

7. Adults lead by example: positive role models.

8. Education encourages students to be responsible for developing their academic, social, and civic potentials for life-long learning.

9. A broad and flexible curriculum has basic education as a first priority.

10. Effective communication is important.

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Projects or programs funded in whole or in part with federal grant money must credit the federal government for the federal government’s portion of the financial support. This notice informs the public that the use of federal dollars in Indian Creek Community School District #425 meets the Stevens Amendment requirement. Staff development opportunities, resource purchases and personnel have been funded in whole or in part with federal entitlement dollars
Updated November 10, 2014

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