Homewood School District 153

Remodeling at Churchill School first step on space needs

The Homewood District 153 school board agreed to plan for long-term needs in its three schools and gave the green light to a short-term remodeling job at Churchill School in the interim.
 
Classrooms surround an open space in Wing 3 of the Churchill building and accelerated math programs are now being conducted in that open space, said Superintendent Dale Mitchell.
 

District 153 adopts new science curriculum programs

The District 153 school board agreed to update its science curriculum for all grades using two programs that teachers have piloted this school year.
 
The board voted Monday, May 14, to spend $98,770 for contracts with four companies for Mystery Science curriculum and support materials kindergarten through fifth grade, and Stem Scopes for sixth, seventh and eighth grades and the purchase of technology devices for the upper grades. 
 

Hart students show off STEM talents for Illinois legislators

In the two short years the James Hart School Smart Lab has been open, students at the Homewood school have mastered technology and on May 10 they showed off projects at the Tech 2018 Illinois program at the Illinois State Capitol.

District 153 students honored at ‘Pass the Baton’ music banquet

The District 153 Music Parents Association hosted the nearly 200 students in the music programs at James Hart School in Homewood at its “Pass the Baton” banquet May 2.
 
During the program, several special awards were presented.
 

Districts to receive additional funds under new funding model

The Illinois State Board of Education has notified school districts serving Homewood and Flossmoor of the new monies they will receive under the Evidence-Based Funding for Student Success Act of 2017.
 
The measure is meant to comprehensively change the way school districts receive the bulk of state funds sending more resources to Illinois’ most under-resourced students, according to an ISBE news release.
 

Children’s author offers Churchill students a storyteller's magic words

Churchill students get lessons in writing and storytelling from the author of the Mr. Lemonchello book series.

Arbor Day celebration has children make believe they’re a tree

The first and second graders wiggled and barked and fluttered. It was all part of their pretending to be a tree on Friday, April 27, as they took part in the planting of a tree for Arbor Day, a national day that celebrates trees. 

Foundation 153 helps purchase 90 devices for students

A gift from Foundation 153 has helped purchase 90 new computers for students in Homewood District 153.
 
Beth White, technology director, said the funding helped her department purchase 60 iPads for students at Willow and Churchill Schools, and 30 laptops for students at Hart School.
 

District 153 awards tenure to 8 teachers

The District 153 Board of Education granted tenure to eight teachers who have completed four years of outstanding work in the district.
 
At its meeting Monday, April 9, the board said starting with the 2018-19 school year, these teachers will be tenured:
  • Margi Bolling, special education resource teacher/kindergarten at Willow School
  • Danielle Harrigan, special education resource teacher at Willow School   

District 153 hires McAlister as its next superintendent

The District 153 school board found its replacement for Superintendent Dale Mitchell within the district's ranks. Scott McAlister, who has been principal of James Hart School the past five school years, accepted the position as superintendent at the board meeting on Monday, April 9.

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