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Letters from the Principal

"I learned a new word, "Spectrumy". It was then that I realized I have been a "Spectrumy" educator my entire career. To me, it means putting the learner's experience of school as the number one priority. Their thoughts, feelings, relationships, and learning."

About Dr. Mary Beth Cunat

Dr. Mary Beth Cunat is a life-long learner and educator. She recently retired from Chicago Public Schools, after serving in multiple roles from teacher, Central Office leadership, and school administration. Her pedagogical passion has always been progressive approaches to teaching, learning, and assessment that advance student ownership of learning and a child’s love for school. This is why Spectrum is such a great fit. Mary Beth is recently a new grandma to twin girls, and they are the impetus for her move to Rockford- to lead and nurture this “educational wonderland” for the Rockford community which now includes her own family!

Letters from Dr. Cunat

Letter from the Principal: May 28, 2019

Dear Spectrum Family and Friends, There is a lot to celebrate from the 2018-19 school year. Those who came to 

Letter from the Principal: May 10, 2019

Dear Spectrum Family and Friends, See SAVE THE DATES below. We are in the final countdown. Children have more energy than 

Letter from the Principal: May 3, 2019

Dear Spectrum Family and Friends, In case you missed it, next week is Teacher Appreciation Week! Here is my list of 

Letter from the Principal: Apr. 19, 2019

Dear Spectrum Family and Friends, What an amazing school we have.  At Spectrum, inquiry, experiential learning, and student engagement are 

Letter from the Principal: Mar. 22, 2019

Dear Spectrum Family and Friends, Several dreams have come true for me recently. Our Upper Elementary and Middle School students 

Letter from the Principal: Mar. 8, 2019

Dear Spectrum Family and Friends, As I was looking at our Peace Pole, I was remembering my earlier years as 

Letter from the Principal: Feb. 22, 2019

Dear Spectrum Families and Friends, There was so much insight I was hearing about our amazingly successful Career Day this 

Letter from the Principal: Feb. 15, 2019

Dear Spectrum Families and Friends, PTO leadership asked if I might send some comment, updates, and clarification regarding school closures 

Letter from the Principal: Feb. 8, 2019

Dear Spectrum Families and Friends, As I was getting to work today, I was reflecting on the truly interesting thinking 

Letter from the Principal: Jan. 25, 2019

Dear Spectrum Families, First of all, thank you for your ongoing support and flexibility with the winter weather and field 

Letter from the Principal: Jan. 11, 2019

Dear Spectrum Families, We are in full swing, with the teachers rested and refreshed. It is typical in early January 

Letter from the Principal: Dec. 21, 2018

Dear Spectrum Community, By the time you read this, we will have witnessed what I think is a winter miracle- 

Letter from the Principal: Dec. 7, 2018

Dear Spectrum Families and Friends, I am AGAIN impressed and grateful with the level of commitment from our parents and 

Letter from the Principal: Nov. 30, 2018

Dear Spectrum Families and Friends, What do Tangrams, blowing paint raindrops on paper umbrellas, bird beak science labs, student-led self-defense 

Letter from the Principal: Nov. 16, 2018

Dear Spectrum Parents, We are very happy to report that the volunteer effort by our families is at 78%! This 

Letter from the Principal: Nov. 2, 2018

Spectrum Family and Friends, Thank you to the parents, staff, and family members who decorated vehicles for Trunk or Treat 

Letter from the Principal: Oct. 26, 2018

Dear Spectrum Families and Friends, I wanted to give you all a brief check-in during my trip in China. I 

Letter from the Principal: Oct. 19, 2018

Dear Spectrum Families and Friends, First and foremost, a huge thank you to Sonia and all the parents, teachers, staff, 

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