Flossmoor School District 161

Data shows improvements with Parker’s discipline program, principal says

Parker Junior High School Principal David Kennedy made a presentation to the Flossmoor District 161 school board this week showing that the number of disciplinary referrals declined in the first year of a new program.

During the current school year, there were 43 referrals for fighting, Kennedy said. There were 77 referrals for disrespect, 57 for abusive language and one for the use of tobacco, drugs, weapons and combustibles. The numbers show the total referrals through Monday. 

Those Who Excel nominees lauded for contributions to District 161

Flossmoor School District 161 last week saluted nominees for the annual Those Who Excel awards, sponsored by the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE). The nominees were announced and applauded at District 161’s May 9 board of education meeting.

District 161 OKs mentoring program as ‘pipeline’ for teachers to become principals

Flossmoor District 161 is looking in-house for a principal to take over at Flossmoor Hills School in 2018.

School board members Monday approved an assistant principal mentoring program to begin this fall. The program is designed to prepare a classroom teacher in District 161 to become a building principal.

Threat of violence at Parker unfounded, school officials say

Parker Junior High School officials Wednesday quickly responded to rumors about potential violence at the school before determining that the alleged threat was unfounded.

District 161 may create ‘pipeline’ for teachers to become principals

Flossmoor District 161 school board members got their first look Monday at a proposed assistant principal mentoring program that, if adopted, would prepare qualified teachers for top administrative jobs.

New Heather Hill principal vows to ‘make excellence a habit’

Heather Hill School in Flossmoor has a new principal. At a special meeting Monday, Flossmoor District 161 Board of Education members unanimously voted to appoint Keith Davis to the principal’s post.  He succeeds Patricia Fears, who is retiring at the end of the school year.

Engineering projects go on display at Saturday’s STEM Fest

Budding engineers in Flossmoor School District 161 will put their ideas and skills on display in the first-ever STEM Fest. About 20 students from across the district are taking part in the event, scheduled from 9 a.m. to noon April 30 at Parker Junior High School in Flossmoor.

District 161 honors Parker volleyball players, Science Olympiad team

The Parker Junior High Science Olympiad team. 
(Provided photos)

New bus contract lowers District 161 transportation costs by $330,000 a year

Flossmoor District 161 school board members Monday approved a transportation contract that is likely to mean savings of nearly $1 million over the next three years.

Picking new District 161 bus firm could mean lower transportation costs

Flossmoor District 161 is looking for a new school bus company after its transportation provider, Positive Connections, opted out of the current three-year contract.

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