Flossmoor School District 161

District 161 slates Thursday forum on school discipline

Flossmoor School District 161 is hosting a town hall meeting on discipline Thursday, June 25, at the district administration center, 41 E. Elmwood Drive, Chicago Heights. The meeting begins at 6:30 p.m.

District 161 parents look for answers but school board withholds comment

The legalities that bind a school board meant parents left the District 161 school board meeting Monday without answers to their questions on school discipline and its enforcement.

Parker honors graduates at Thursday commencement

Three hundred students received diplomas Thursday from Parker Junior High School. In a commencement ceremony at Homewood-Flossmoor High School, graduates were honored for their achievements as they were reminded that their educational journey resumes at the end of the summer.

New Parker classrooms will be ready for coming school year

Construction crews are putting the finishing touches on a $7.5 million project that will add eight classrooms, a science room, art room and “after hours” entrance to Parker Junior High School in Flossmoor. 

District 161: Parker incident was fight between two students

Officials in Flossmoor School District 161 Friday presented an alternative version of an altercation between students at Parker Junior High School following dismissal on Wednesday.

In a letter to parents sent late Friday, Superintendent Craig Doster and Principal Lynn Westerlund said the incident in the Parker bus loading area was a fight between two students.

District 161 cuts six bus routes for younger students

After months of discussion on a realignment of Flossmoor District 161’s transportation system, school board members Monday agreed to start the new academic year with six fewer bus routes.

Orland junior high principal named to top post at Parker

Parker Junior High School has a new principal. David Kennedy, a 17-year teacher and administrator, has been appointed principal at Parker. Flossmoor School District 161 Superintendent Craig Doster announced the appointment at Monday’s Board of Education meeting.

Paredes elected new District 161 school board president

Flossmoor School District 161 reorganized its Board of Education leadership Monday, adding two new members as two other members left the board. Stephen Paredes was chosen as board president. A high school teacher and reading specialist, Paredes was first elected to the school board in 2013.

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.

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