Flossmoor School District 161

After election, three new District 161 board members eye change

Change is coming to Flossmoor District 161 after voters decided April 4 that Carolyn Griggs, Cameron Nelson and Misha Blackman will be new school board members. Voters also retained incumbent Stephen Paredes, the current board president.

District 161 welcomes new superintendent

  New District 161 Superintendent Dana Smith meets
  National Junior Honor Society student volunteers.

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Survey shows District 161 parents favor adding Mandarin classes

How do you say “Welcome to Flossmoor District 161” in Mandarin?

Future students may be able to translate that expression if the district adds the Chinese language to the curriculum.

No decision has yet been made by the board of education, but district administration continues to take the steps needed to add Mandarin to the current foreign-language offerings of Spanish and French. The latest was taken at the March 13 school board meeting.

Teacher learns she’s Golden Apple winner at surprise ceremony

The surprise announcement was accompanied by balloons, flowers, camera, family members, small children — and tears. Andrea Beaty learned she was named one of the Chicago area’s top teachers when a parade of well-wishers burst into the gym at Serena Hills School on Friday.

Flossmoor School District 161 announces appointment of new superintendent

A new superintendent has been named in Flossmoor School District 161. Dana Smith’s appointment to the district’s top executive position was announced at Monday’s board of education meeting. Smith will assume his new role June 1.

Flossmoor District 161 announces appointment of new superintendent

A new superintendent has been named in Flossmoor School District 161. Dana Smith’s appointment to the district’s top executive position was announced at Monday’s board of education meeting. Smith will assume his new role June 1.

Candidates discuss what’s great in District 161, how to move forward

Seven of nine candidates running for the Flossmoor School District 161 board of education Thursday responded to questions at a well-attended political forum.

In all, the candidates answered nine questions submitted by audience members in the Parker Junior High School gymnasium. The 90-minute forum was sponsored by the Homewood-Flossmoor League of Women Voters.

District 161 Golden Apple finalist recalls journey to teaching excellence

Andrea Beaty, a fourth grade teacher for Flossmoor District 161 at Serena Hills School in Chicago Heights, will be among 34 finalists recognized for this year’s Golden Apple Awards for Excellence in Teaching.

Candidates for Flossmoor School District 161

Nine candidates are running for four seats on the Flossmoor School District 161 board of education. They are Misha Lynn Blackman, LaCael Palmer Pratt, Melissa Stilts, Stephen Paredes, Carolyn Griggs, Isaac D. Harris, Jadey Ryndak, Kelli Bentley and Cameron Nelson. Paredes is an incumbent. Three other incumbents — Timijanel Boyd Odom, Lisa Harrell and Christine Marks — are not running for re-election. The following candidates responded to the Chronicle's invitation to provide a profile.

Summer school rehab projects highlighted at District 161 meeting

Several updates, ranging from repairing district facilities to possibly offering an additional foreign language to junior high students to enrollment projections for 2017-18, were all presented to the Flossmoor District 161 board of education at its committee of the whole meeting Monday.

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