Willow School

Sock hop, poodle skirts help mark special day

Kindergarten classes at Willow School set the “way back machine” for the 1950s on Friday, Nov. 2, to mark the 50th day of classes in Homewood District 153.
There were girls who came in with pink poodle skirts and pony tails and boys wearing white shirts, rolled up jeans and leather or letterman jackets.

And how do you remember the 1950s?  With a sock hop!  

Young students march in Halloween parade at Willow School

Halloween takes on special meaning at Willow School in Homewood where the youngest of District 153’s students put on a parade for the neighborhood.
Each child comes dressed in costume, and at 8:30 a.m. they line up by classroom for a march through the school. These kindergarteners, first and second graders wave and grin for teachers and friends.

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.

Children’s author Tracy Watland shares messages of kindness

Homewood author Tracy Watland has written a delightful children’s book designed to share what she calls “the power of positivity.” Watland shared her story in February at the Family Reading Night for District 153’s Willow School students and parents. The book is available at Loulou Belle’s in Homewood or through Amazon books.

Second graders discover history at Homewood’s 125-year-old house


Willow School second graders can tell you about James Hart and the Homewood Brick Yard, the Gottschalk House and when Homewood became a village. It’s all part of the social studies curriculum teachers use to introduce students to history. But the 7-year-olds got lots of surprises when they toured the 125-year-old Dorband-Howe House in May.

Willow School students offer comments on children’s book

Comments by children at Willow School have gone international, thanks to the success of the book “The Secret Path” by author Nancy Gee.

Shifts in Homewood schools administrative ranks coming in June

The Homewood School District 153 school board is preparing for leadership changes in the next two years as two principals retire and Millennium School closes.

Willow School 2nd graders use art to learn peace

"Love is beautiful. Hate is ugly.” This simple yet powerful statement from Alayna Frangella, a second grader at Homewood’s Willow School, has been incorporated into a PEACE poster created by Michigan artist Wendy Halperin as part of the By Heart Peace Project.

Touchy-feely garden gives Willow School students insights into the basics of nature

The smell of fresh mint. The look of a tomato on the vine. The feel of digging in the dirt. The sight of butterflies and birds. The touch of a worm. Willow students in the Garden Club experience them all.

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