Homewood School District 153

Four District 153 staff honored with Morin Award

The Jerry Morin Educational Excellence Award was presented to four outstanding Homewood District 153 staff members at the Sept. 24 school board meeting.
 
The Morin Award is given in honor of former school board member Jerry Morin, who always had a future vision and made certain the district’s plans looked into future needs that would keep the district at the cutting edge of technology in the classroom, said Board President Shelly Marks.

District 153 closes 2018 budget with a surplus

Homewood School District 153 will have a balanced budget with a surplus when the current budget year ends Sept. 30.
 
School Business Manager John Gibson said at the Sept. 24 board of education meeting this is the first year since 2011 the district’s numbers have looked so good. 
 

Three D153 students earn the Dockweiler Award for their efforts

Outstanding effort by three students in Homewood District 153 won them top honors Monday, Sept. 24, as each was presented the Tom Dockweiler Award.
 
Tom Dockweiler, for whom the award is named, retired from the board after 20 years of service. During his tenure he said it was always his desire to “raise the bar” to move the district forward. 

Expanded Foundation 153 Fund Run event provides a day of fun and fundraising

The weather Saturday morning at the start of the annual Foundation 153 Fund Run was a bit north of humid, a bit south of drizzle, but not soggy enough to dampen the spirits of between 250 and 300 runners and walkers out to support the Homewood school district.

Following the 5K race, families gathered to cheer on young runners in the 153-yard dash, but perhaps the biggest cheer went to Tori Maszak, 7, who has cerebral palsy and used a walker to compete, with help from her great-grandfather, Robert Maszak. 

Homewood School Board sets budget hearing date, approves new hires

The Homewood School Board has set a date for a public hearing on District 153’s fiscal year 2019 budget.
 
The hearing will be at 7 p.m. Sept. 24 in the James Hart Media Center, 18220 Morgan St. The board is set to take action on the budget during its regular meeting scheduled immediately after the hearing.
 
Superintendent Dale Mitchell said he does not expect to hear much debate before the budget comes to a vote, as no big changes are proposed.

New murals adorning Churchill School walls

When District 153 students in Homewood start the new school year Aug. 22, they’ll find two new murals decorating the walls of the fifth grade and third grade wings of Churchill. Principal Nikki Kerr said one message will be: “One kind word can change someone’s entire day” and the other is: “If you have to choose between being right and being kind, choose kind and you’ll always be right.”

Two classrooms designed for special uses at Churchill School

The fourth grade wing of Churchill School in Homewood will look different because of the addition of two classrooms, and it will feel different for teachers and students who will use the space.
 

Distict 153 sees helping kids learn English essential to their success

Homewood District 153 is serving a melting pot of students, and not all of them come to school with an understanding of English. Or they speak English, but their parents don’t.
 
The numbers have been increasing. Children are enrolled whose heritage is from Nigeria, Lithuania, China, Mexico, Japan, the Philippines.
 

District 153 amends budget to reflect additional state funds

Homewood District 153 is closing its books with an additional $187,000 added to the Education Fund.

The school board amended its 2018 budget at its June 18 meeting to reflect the additional money from the State of Illinois as part of the Illinois Legislature’s evidence-based funding formula approved in 2017.

Schools bid farewell to retiring employees

As schools let out in early June, staffs in Homewood and Flossmoor said their good-byes to longtime friends who retired. The Chronicle is profiling a few of these staff members who have served students for decades.

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