Opening Day in District 161: A smooth beginning to a great year!

For a medley of slides to capture the spirit of opening day at our schools, please access:

SHEF to host Family Fun Run/Walk on September 13

District 161's 5th Annual Run/Walk is set for Saturday, September, 13th from 8:00 am-10:30 am behind Hilda Walker School.  This year the route will be a true 5K and will have live music along the path for you to enjoy. Bring the entire family, your friends and neighbors to run/walk and then stay for some great music and fun free family activities immediately following.  The goal of the Run/Walk is to provide an enjoyable event, integrated with the PE curriculum, to encourage students, teachers, parents, and community members to stay active and celebrate their achievements. For more information on the Family Fun 5K ROCK-N-RUN/Walk, please visit the "District Foundation" page. To Register, please visit  "Online Payments".



STAR Enterprise testing to begin on September 8

STAR Reading Enterprise is an assessment of reading comprehension and skills for independent readers through grade 8. STAR Reading Enterprise tracks development in five domains: word knowledge and skills, comprehension strategies and constructing meaning, analyzing literary text, understanding authorís craft, and analyzing argument and evaluating text. STAR Math Enterprise is an assessment of math achievement for students in grades 1Ė8. STAR Math Enterprise tracks development in four domains: numbers and operations, algebra, geometry and measurement, and data analysis, statistics, and probability. Our Parentís Guide can be accessed at:

Parents may sign up in PowerSchool parent portal for emergency messages

It never seems soon enough to communicate our plan concerning inclement weather or a school building heating or power emergency. Parents have the ability to update contact information in their PowerSchool parent portal to select how they wish to receive emergency alerts (text, voice, or e- mail). We also post school closing information online at This online website also electronically sends the information to local radio stations (WGN 720 and WBBM 780) and to local television stations (Channels 2, 5, 7, 9 (WGN), 32 (FOX), and to CLTV) for reporting to the public.

District may exercise option to utilize Pulaski holiday as attendance day

In light of the experience of utilizing all five snow days this past winter, the District now has the option of utilizing Pulaski Day on March 2, 2015 as a school attendance day rather than a holiday should we have a similar experience in 2014-15. Should the District decide to exercise this option, parents will be informed in a timely manner.

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