H-F student artists win top prizes, scholarships at state art exhibition

Homewood-Flossmoor High School students took top honors in a juried art exhibition and earned early $1 million in scholarships. 

The pieces were exhibited at the 6th annual Illinois High School Art Exhibition at the Zhou B Art Center in Chicago on Feb. 24. The exhibition is a not-for-profit whose mission is to enhance the creative educational landscape.

Western Avenue principal resigns, replacement sought

Western Avenue School Principal Lisa Dallacqua is resigning at the end of the school year to accept a position with East Aurora School District 131, according to a District 161 press release. Dallacqua will have been principal at Western Avenue for two years, having replaced former principal Chad Prosen in 2017.

Flossmoor swimmer wins two state titles

Mitchell Niemiec, a sixth grader at Parker Junior High, won two competitions at the Illinois Swimming State Championships. He swims with the Hammerheads Swim Club, part of the Homewood-Flossmoor Swim Club. He has been a member of the club since 2015. He now is in the 11-12 age group.

Girls STEAM Ahead network connects area youth, professionals

Nearly 150 girls attended this year's Girls STEAM Ahead event, where they learned about mentoring success stories and had an opportunity to meet women who are established in the science and technology fields.

Pride, not prejudice — Homewood businesses prepare to fly rainbow flags

As spring arrives, the streets of Homewood will hue pink and green after a long, barren winter. But blooming trees are not the only color coming to Homewood.

The Homewood Business Association’s Pride Flag Initiative will line the streets with sponsored rainbow flags in preparation for June’s Pride event.

Amid sugary treats, Homewood mayor calls Panera opening ‘bittersweet’

Every single staff member who worked at Panera Bread’s now-closed Cherry Creek location has relocated to the new Halsted Street restaurant, which opened Wednesday. Familiar faces behind the register might be the only consolation for local residents decrying closure of the older store, which had been at its Governors Highway location for at least 15 years. 

Three candidates vying for two seats on H-F Park Board

Newcomers Linda Ojode and Brit Volini and incumbent Steve Johnson are on the April 2 ballot for park commissioner. They shared their views on park operations during a League of Women Voters forum on March 14.  

H-F teacher selected 2019 Golden Apple Award winner

Uproarious cheers from students in Classroom A-19 could be heard down the hall of South Building at Homewood-Flossmoor High School Tuesday afternoon when Catherine Ross-Cook learned she is one of 10 teachers in Illinois receiving the Golden Apple Award for Excellence in Teaching.

Using pictures to tell stories, Flossmoor launches social media campaign

Photos of Maureen Mader's recent cooking class at Dunning's Market are among the growing number being collected online through the #flossmoor365 hashtag.

School districts searching near and far for top candidates

Finding good teachers is becoming more difficult. Districts 153, 161 and 233 are all willing to go outside of Illinois and the Midwest on candidate searches. The districts participated in a schools job fair March 16 that drew 29 districts from South Cook and Will counties who are looking for staff.


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