Homewood School District 153

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.

District 153 assessments show students meeting, exceeding standards

Students in Homewood District 153 schools  generally are meeting or exceeding expectations, according to an analysis of testing data.
 
Midwest Analytics and Education LLC presented a report to the District 153 school board in October. In its summary, the company reported:
  • Students typically score at or above national averages
  • Grade level averages increase each year, with generally higher growth in lower grade levels

Community invited to hear Holocaust survivor share her story

  Holocaust survivor Marion Blumenthal Lazan with
  James Hart School librarian Maureen Daley at Lazan's
  presentation in Homewood in late 2015. Lazan will 

History buff takes second graders 500 years back for glimpse of Native American way of life

Willow School students recently took a trip back 500 years to learn how Native Americans lived, courtesy of historian Louis P. Aiello.

Home rule could help District 153 schools meet its budget shortfall

Homewood District 153 anticipates a $760,000 windfall to its budget if Homewood residents support the home rule initiative.
 
The village board is proposing to raise the sales tax by 0.25 percent and give the additional revenue to the other taxing bodies in Homewood — School Districts 153, 161 and 233, the Homewood-Flossmoor Park District and the Homewood Public Library.
 

‘Those Who Excel’ honors presented to District 153 staff and volunteer Richard Thiernau

Twelve staff members and a community volunteer in Homewood District 153 were honored at the 2017 Illinois State Board of Education’s “Those Who Excel” educator recognition program awards ceremony Oct. 28.

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.
 

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