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Columbus Day, teacher recognitions, remote learning updates round out D161 discussions

October 18, 2020 - 17:15
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Columbus Day could become a thing of the past — at least in name — for Flossmoor School District 161, but officials said it deserves more discussion before making any permanent changes.

The topic was raised early during the school board's meeting Tuesday, Oct. 13, one day later than normal because of the federal holiday. Superintendent Dana Smith said the question came up in submitted public comments for the meeting.

D161 to test the waters of in-person blended model with return of some students

October 17, 2020 - 11:28
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Flossmoor School District 161 intends to move forward with bringing a limited number of students in its special education programs back into its buildings as early as Oct. 26.

Jackie Janicke, the district’s director of special education, presented a report to the school board and led a conversation about a blended model of instruction for interested families with students, giving a possible start date and a schedule for the change. 

D161 sees progress on Western Avenue, Flossmoor Hills projects

September 02, 2020 - 22:23
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Alumni may soon want to make a return trip to Western Avenue Elementary School.

“To experience Western with central air — we have been talking about that for so long,” said Michelle Hoereth, president of Flossmoor School District 161’s Board of Education.

Superintendent Dana Smith noted it “feels completely different” to walk the halls of Western Avenue on a hot day.

District 161 sees success with remote learning as it works out the kinks

September 01, 2020 - 21:09
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An all-remote start to the 2020-2021 school year wasn't Plan A for Flossmoor elementary schools, but so far so good, according to officials.

“We really did have a positive start,” Superintendent Dana Smith told members of the District 161 Board of Education at its Monday, Aug. 31, special meeting. “A number of things went really well last week.”

District 161 members to decide school option on July 13

July 06, 2020 - 22:28
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During a two-hour special meeting Monday, the members of the District 161 school board considered three options for how to reopen schools this fall.

Superintendent Dana Smith and a planning team presented the board with three options: 1) students return to the classroom; 2) a hybrid plan with students attending on certain days of the week; 3) remote learning.

Summer classroom sizes in SD 161 will be limited due to pandemic

May 16, 2020 - 20:55
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Flossmoor School District 161 is looking to limit classroom sizes during its summer academy to encourage student engagement.  

School board members and district administrators discussed plans for the summer session at a special meeting May 7, which was held remotely due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Classes will be limited to eight to 10 students during the program and will be held remotely.  

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