Flossmoor District 161

District 161 staff receive ‘Those Who Excel’ honors

Five individuals from Flossmoor District 161 were selected to receive “Those Who Excel” awards from the Illinois State Board of Education at a ceremony Oct. 19 in Bloomington-Normal.

Chalk the Walk gives D161 students a first-day boost

Students at Flossmoor District 161 schools were greeted Thursday morning with messages of love and support as part of the annual Chalk the Walk project, an effort to help all students with a positive message for the new school year.

Parker principal resigns, replacement named

The Flossmoor School Board approved the resignation of Parker Junior High Principal Fred Hunter and named Amabel Crawford as his replacement Monday during a special board meeting, according to a District 161 press release.

Hunter’s resignation will go into effect June 30, and Crawford will take on the role beginning July 1, according to board documents. Crawford is the district’s current director of learning and instruction.

Tax levy essential, but not always an easy decision for board members

Several local school board members have voted against district levies in recent years. Education editor Marilyn Thomas explores the issue, looking at what the levy is and what the rationales are for voting for or against this routine matter of school governance.

Mardell Parker, former District 161 superintendent, dies

Mardell Morris Parker, for whom Parker Junior High in Flossmoor is named, died Sunday, March 17, in Tierra Verde, Florida. He was 93.  “My dad was guided throughout his life by his strong belief in doing the ‘right thing,’ by his tremendous sense of duty to his family, his community and to the children of his school district,” his daughter Sally Parker-Johnson said.

New communications manager will oversee marketing in District 161, village of Flossmoor

Flossmoor School District 161 and the Village of Flossmoor have named a communications manager who will oversee marketing efforts and public information at both governmental units.

Students meet school officials, enjoy movie in Flossmoor Park

The second annual District 161 Back to School Meet and Greet on Friday evening marked the end of summer vacation with a family event and outdoor movie.

District 161 moves toward hiring private security at Parker

Flossmoor District 161 took a step Monday toward hiring a private firm to provide security at Parker Junior High School this fall. The board held a public hearing on the subject and also recognized Parker Junior High School students who were selected to participate in an internship sponsored by the Homewood Science Center and Izaak Walton Nature Preserve.

Parker students, staffers have heads shaved at St. Baldrick’s event

“Shavees” and their supporters raised close to $7,500 at Parker Junior High School’s first-ever St. Baldrick’s event on April 21.
 
Money raised at the event will help find cures for childhood cancer. A total of 10 people – five Parker students, three school staffers and two community members – made pledges and had their heads shaved in solidarity with children who lose their hair while being treated for cancer.
 

How Flossmoor District 161 fights the flu

Deep in the throes of flu season, Flossmoor School District 161 staff members remain vigilant, equipped with information and whole lot of antibacterial cleaner.

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