Homewood School District 153

Technology connects D153 students with classrooms around the world

Can you imagine Homewood students talking with students in Poland or Puerto Rico, or visiting the Edinburgh Zoo in Scotland? Those are just a few of the 22 destinations students in Homewood District 153 have been able visit and learn about through Skype the past several months.

Foundation 153 Fun Fair to raise money for classroom technology

The annual Foundation 153 spring event has changed. The old Spring Gala fundraiser has become the Fun Fair, a new approach but for the same cause.

The event for adults will take place at Idlewild Country Club, 19201 Dixie Highway, from 6 to 10 p.m. on Saturday, March 10.

Snow day adds to school year as boards approve 2018-19 calendars

That snow day schools took Feb. 9 will extend this school year by a day.
Homewood District 153 and Flossmoor District 161 will count June 7 as a make-up day. Homewood-Flossmoor High School information was not available. Schools add an extra five days to their calendars at the end of the school year in the event of emergency closings, such as the snow day.

Homewood PTA entered 33 art works in national contest

  Back row from left: Jenesys K. Harris, Homewood PTA
  President Josh Eiesenberg, District 153 Superintendent
  Dale Mitchell, Camille Byrd O’Quin. Middle row from left: 

Rotarian Rick Thiernau shares message of caring with D153 students

Homewood District 153 found a way to say “thanks” and recognize Rick Thiernau, a dedicated volunteer who has given years of service. In fall, the district’s nomination to the Illinois State Board of Education for Thiernau was accepted and he received a “Those Who Excel” award as a community volunteer. He was one of only seven people recognized across the state.

Back to paper and pencil for District 153 PARCC test takers

Student testing time for the state mandated PARCC test has been reduced from four weeks to just one week because Homewood District 153 is now able to give the test with paper and pencil.
Kathy Schaeflein, director of curriculum and instruction, said the district applied for a waiver so that the test no longer has to be administered by computer. 

Homewood schools set tax levy at $14.4 million

Homewood School District 153 approved its 2017 tax levy of $14.4 million at the Dec. 11 board of education meeting.
The district expects to collect an additional $400,000 over last year’s receipts.  It is holding the increase within the required tax cap limitations. The amount stays within the 2.1 percent Consumer Price Index limit and allows for some new property that will be on the tax rolls, said John Gibson, the chief school finance officer.

School District 153 expects substantial benefit from Homewood home rule

If Homewood voters approve a home rule referendum March 20, it will have a special benefit for Homewood School District 153.
The school board on Dec. 11 approved an intergovernmental agreement with the village and gave its approval to a resolution outlining the benefits from the proposed sales tax hike.

Homewood schools take long view with five-year plan

Homewood District 153 is preparing a path to the future through a new five-year strategic plan.
The process began this school year with more than 400 responses to a survey, answered primarily by parents. 
  • 85 percent believed children in the district are receiving a good education for their tax dollars
  • Mandated classes in math, English and science were considered most important. with fine arts and foreign language in second place

IEA grant helps D153 create Little Free Libraries

Every school in Homewood District 153 now has a Little Free Library thanks to a $750 grant from the Illinois Education Association (IEA) and four volunteers.


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