Willow School

Willow School students cruise to first grade

Beep! Beep! Box Car Parade coming through at Willow School! The kindergarteners stayed in their lane and obeyed the speed limit as they brought their super duper roadsters out for a spin on the grounds of the school Tuesday.

Willow’s social worker Lynn Calhoun gave hugs, support to students

When the Lynn Calhoun decided four years ago that June 2019 would be her retirement date from District 153, she didn’t really give it much thought. Now that it’s here, she realizes leaving will be difficult.

Parade cheers on Willow’s Special Olympians

There were cheers and high-fives, lots of smiles and congratulatory posters as special education students paraded with paper Olympic torches through the halls of Willow School in Homewood on Thursday.


Lisa Rost earns national certification as District 153 teacher

Lisa Rost loves teaching so much, she spent four years examining her teaching methods at Homewood’s Willow School so she could become a better teacher.
Rost is the third District 153 teacher to earn a certificate from the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards, in addition to Laura Kozel and Marisa Alborn from Churchill School. Teachers with the certificate have improved their teaching practices, helped students learn more and demonstrated a commitment to excellence, according to the national board.

District 153 board calls for major facilities study

The Homewood District 153 school board has agreed to hire Wight & Company to undertake a physical plant assessment for its three schools. 

The study is intended to give the board information it needs to determine what improvements should be made to bring school operations and maintenance up-to-date. Wight will be paid $24,000. The district expects the report by spring.

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.


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