ISAT results presented to Board; parents to receive student reports Oct. 3

At the Sept. 24 meeting of the Board of Education, the District reported on our ISAT results for 2014. You will be pleased to see that our student state test results continue to demonstrate the excellence of our students, teachers, and administrators. Parents of students in Grades 4-8 will receive an Individual Student Report from the spring state testing on October 3. The reports are fairly well explained but if you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us. We remain very proud of the collective high achievement of our students on this state test.

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.

‘Wall of Gratitude’ to honor staff members for their extra efforts

Parents are welcome to recognize District 161 staff members who go above and beyond! Each school and the District Administrative Center is sporting a “Wall of Gratitude” where parents, staff members, and community members can post words of appreciation and thanks for the efforts of our staff members in helping District 161 students succeed. All staff members are eligible for recognition. Recognition forms are available on the District website (bottom right corner). Each month honorees will be recognized during a Board of Education meeting as part of the implementation of Board Goal #2.

Oct. 10 is half-day Teacher In-service; students attend in morning only

District staff will be attending a Teacher In-Service on Friday, Oct. 10 in the afternoon. Professional development opportunities include additional training on the new math resources, refinement of thematic units and novels, review of the enhanced PE standards, and continued curriculum development in several areas.

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