District 153

Homewood schools take long view with five-year plan

Homewood District 153 is preparing a path to the future through a new five-year strategic plan.
The process began this school year with more than 400 responses to a survey, answered primarily by parents. 
 
  • 85 percent believed children in the district are receiving a good education for their tax dollars
  • Mandated classes in math, English and science were considered most important. with fine arts and foreign language in second place

Marian Lazan reaches the young generation

  Addison Trotter, 9, of Homewood, gets a hug from 
  Holocaust survivor Marion Blumenthal Lazan during 
  the question and answer session following Kazan's 
  presentation about her experiences in a Nazi 
  concentration camp. Kazan's visit in Homewood

Home rule could help District 153 schools meet its budget shortfall

Homewood District 153 anticipates a $760,000 windfall to its budget if Homewood residents support the home rule initiative.
 
The village board is proposing to raise the sales tax by 0.25 percent and give the additional revenue to the other taxing bodies in Homewood — School Districts 153, 161 and 233, the Homewood-Flossmoor Park District and the Homewood Public Library.
 

‘Those Who Excel’ honors presented to District 153 staff and volunteer Richard Thiernau

Twelve staff members and a community volunteer in Homewood District 153 were honored at the 2017 Illinois State Board of Education’s “Those Who Excel” educator recognition program awards ceremony Oct. 28.

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.”   

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