Flossmoor School District 161

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.

Potential budget cuts would save $1.6 million in District 161

Faced with a $200,000 deficit – and that number possibly climbing to $1 million if there’s a severe state funding shortfall – Flossmoor School District 161 officials this week presented a long list of potential spending reductions for the 2015-16 fiscal year.

Baseball, softball, Scholastic Bowl may be added at Parker

Parker Junior High School students may be taking pitches on the ball diamond in a competitive league this fall as part of a sports expansion in Flossmoor District 161.

Flossmoor School District 161’s new school year begins on a Friday

Students in Flossmoor School District 161 will start the 2015-16 academic year on Aug. 21, a Friday. The school calendar, approved Monday by Board of Education members, extends through June 3, also a Friday.

Mardi Gras fundraiser to help District 161 STEM, arts

The District 161 PTO is sponsoring a Mardi Gras fundraiser, 6 to 9 p.m. Feb. 15 at Grape & Grain Co., 18031 Dixie Highway in Homewood. Ticket prices are $25 in advance and $35 at the door. The event is solely for persons 21 and older. Proceeds will help fund programs in the arts and STEM subjects – science, technology, engineering and mathematics.


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