Homewood School District 153

Grant helps Hart School teacher enhance reading materials

James Hart School teacher Jennifer Wolf is going to be redesigning her sixth grade classroom reading library using a grant from the Illinois Retired Teachers Association Foundation.
 

Technology will help Hart students create and study music

Soon there will be a new way for students at James Hart School in Homewood to make music.
 
Over the summer, Emily Kasper, Matt Johnson and Adrienne Olsen, music faculty at Hart, designed a new curriculum that will have sixth, seventh and eighth graders using technology to explore and create music in the required six-week General Music classes. 
 
The curriculum also aligns with national and state standards for music, Olsen said.
 

District 153 presents the Dockweiler Award to three outstanding students

Three special students earned the Dockweiler Award from Homewood School District 153 for their outstanding efforts last school year.

Homewood District 153 budget will balance with referendum funds

The District 153 school board approved a balanced 2018 budget of $22.26 million because of an additional $640,000 raised in the 2016 referendum.
 
Revenues, expected at $21.62 million, cannot meet all the expenses despite the administration’s best attempts at holding the line on costs.  The board unanimously approved the budget at its Sept. 18 meeting.
 

Police say Hart student’s alleged threats considered unfounded

Threats against students at James Hart School in Homewood may have been posted online in jest, but they were taken very seriously by the Homewood Police Department and District 153 school officials.
 

8th annual Fund Run for Homewood Schools is Sept. 17

Runners, walkers and supporters will gather Sunday, Sept. 17, for the 8th annual Homewood Schools Fund Run. The race, hosted by Foundation 153, raises money for programs and school initiatives that are not paid for through the school budget. 

Homewood music icon William Luke dies

When Elaine Egdorf, chairwoman of the Homewood Heritage Committee, asked all former students of William Luke to raise their hands, half the people in the banquet hall at Calumet Country Club did so. The occasion was the 2014 Homewood Hall of Fame induction luncheon Sunday, Oct. 26, 2014, and Luke was one of five local residents being honored for his contributions to the community. Luke died on Aug. 16.

Homewood schools will begin work on new strategic plan

The District 153 Board of Education has agreed with a proposal from Superintendent Dale Mitchell to embark on a new strategic plan for the district.
 
The last plan was developed in 2012.
 

New administrators will welcome students for start of school

The Chronicle asked our newest school administrators questions to help introduce them to the community.  Although a few are familiar faces, they will be in new roles this school year. Others we are welcoming to the Homewood-Flossmoor community.

Schools will open on time despite state's education funding battle

Education officials in Homewood and Flossmoor pledged that schools will open on time, despite the state of Illinois’ school funding issues.

Legislators approved Senate Bill 1 (SB1) that would rewrite the funding formula for general state aid. Gov. Bruce Rauner threatens to veto the bill. Without approved legislation there is no mechanism in place to provide school districts with state dollars. 

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