District 153

Grant helps Hart School teacher enhance reading materials

James Hart School teacher Jennifer Wolf is going to be redesigning her sixth grade classroom reading library using a grant from the Illinois Retired Teachers Association Foundation.
 

Technology will help Hart students create and study music

Soon there will be a new way for students at James Hart School in Homewood to make music.
 
Over the summer, Emily Kasper, Matt Johnson and Adrienne Olsen, music faculty at Hart, designed a new curriculum that will have sixth, seventh and eighth graders using technology to explore and create music in the required six-week General Music classes. 
 
The curriculum also aligns with national and state standards for music, Olsen said.
 

Homewood District 153 budget will balance with referendum funds

The District 153 school board approved a balanced 2018 budget of $22.26 million because of an additional $640,000 raised in the 2016 referendum.
 
Revenues, expected at $21.62 million, cannot meet all the expenses despite the administration’s best attempts at holding the line on costs.  The board unanimously approved the budget at its Sept. 18 meeting.
 

Homewood music icon William Luke dies

When Elaine Egdorf, chairwoman of the Homewood Heritage Committee, asked all former students of William Luke to raise their hands, half the people in the banquet hall at Calumet Country Club did so. The occasion was the 2014 Homewood Hall of Fame induction luncheon Sunday, Oct. 26, 2014, and Luke was one of five local residents being honored for his contributions to the community. Luke died on Aug. 16.

Homewood schools will begin work on new strategic plan

The District 153 Board of Education has agreed with a proposal from Superintendent Dale Mitchell to embark on a new strategic plan for the district.
 
The last plan was developed in 2012.
 

District 153 music program offers students options in voice, band and orchestra

Homewood District 153 school board president Shelly Marks believes “students develop discipline when they practice an instrument, become team players when they are part of a band, orchestra or choir, and are able to explore something they are passionate about.”   

District 153’s long-time music program thrives with parents’ support

Homewood schools have a remarkable 65 years-plus history in the annals of music education earning recognition for its programs. Parent support has been a key to keeping the programs going for so long.

District 153 superintendent sets 2021 retirement date

Dale Mitchell, superintendent of Homewood School District 153 for the last 14 years, has announced his retirement after the 2020-21 academic year. 

Applications being accepted for Homewood school board’s open seat

The Homewood District 153 school board held a special meeting Monday, May 1, to elect officers and declare a vacancy on the board.
 
Shelly Marks will continue as board president. Alex Bosch was elected vice president and Gregory Lawrence will serve as secretary.
 

Foundation 153’s Spring for Homewood Schools Gala set for April 8

Foundation 153, a volunteer group helping to fund programs in Homewood School District 153, is hosting its 12th annual Spring for Homewood Schools Gala benefit on April 8.
 
The program at Idlewild Country Club, 19200 Dixie Highway in Flossmoor, begins at 6 p.m. with a cocktail reception featuring a silent auction, hors d’oeuvres and raffles. A plated dinner and program begins at 7 p.m.
 

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