Flossmoor School District 161

Parker students perform musical play ‘Once On This Island’ Friday

“Once Upon This Island,” a musical play about the power of love on a Caribbean island, comes to Parker Junior High School Friday for one performance. The curtain goes up at 6:30 p.m. at the junior high, 2810 School St. in Flossmoor.

For Golden Apple finalist, it’s all about cooperation, collaboration

Janet Burke, a finalist for a prestigious Golden Apple teaching award, was honored Monday by District 161 officials and community members. Those present viewed a video that offered a look at Burke's classroom and a teaching style that is far removed from the rote desk work that many remember from their own school days.

District 161 nearly finished with budget cuts for this year

Flossmoor School District 161 officials called a halt Monday to an ambitious initiative that could have cut nearly $1.7 million in expenses from the proposed budget for next year.

Interviews continue for new Parker Junior High principal

Parents, teachers, administrators and other community members are taking part in interviews this month as Flossmoor District 161 searches for a new Parker Junior High School principal.

District 161 teacher is finalist for Golden Apple award

Janet Burke, a third grade teacher at Serena Hills School, will be honored Saturday as a finalist for the 2015 Golden Apple Awards for Excellence in Teaching. Burke is one of 30 Golden Apple finalists from throughout the Chicago area. 

Survey, community forum focus on District 161 bus realignment

Flossmoor School District 161 is seeking community input on a plan to cut the number of bus routes for elementary students, a move that could reduce the transportation budget by as much as $270,000. Superintendent Craig Doster sent a letter to community members last week informing them of the proposed bus route realignment.

District 161 recognizes students for chess, geography, spelling achievements

Flossmoor School District 161 this week honored students who excelled at chess, geography and spelling. The students were recognized for their achievements during Monday’s Board of Education meeting.


PARCC off to good start in District 161, superintendent says

PARCC-wise, it’s “so far, so good” in Flossmoor School District 161. Students in grades three through five started taking the new state-mandated exam on Feb. 25 and testing, so far, has gone smoothly, Superintendent Craig Doster said at Monday’s Board of Education meeting.

Meet your candidates: Profiles for the April 2015 local election

In January, the H-F Chronicle sent questionnaires to candidates seeking local governmental offices in the April 7 election. Most responded, giving voters an idea of who they are and what issues they believe are top priorities in local government.

District 161 candidates present their cases at Parker forum

At a Thursday forum, candidates running for the Flossmoor School District 161 Board of Education offered differing views on how to best keep local schools strong in the face of state budget cuts and constant change.


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