Members of the Board of Education heard a report from SHEF President Amal Lenart at a recent Board meeting. Mrs. Lenart said the Harlem Wizards event was a huge success and that SHEF has received numerous positive e-mails from parents."I am proud of our District teachers and staff for stepping out of their comfort zones to raise money for our District schools. It is always about our District kids and making our six District schools better,” said Mrs. Lenart. Revenue from the event was $52,760. Factoring in the Harlem Wizards fee and overall event expense, the net event profit was $41,714. The Board thanked Mrs. Lenart and members of the SHEF Board of Directors for all their time and energy to support District students and staff.Click here: http://www.easywebvideo.com/7fe1dc5c to view the highlight video from the game!
The District will incorporate a new component within its student re-registration process: proof of residency. Currently only parents of students new to the District must show proof of residency. Incorporating this new component into the process will help ensure we are utilizing District funds for students who are residents. Beginning in March, parents will be mailed a two-ply form. The form contains a list of documents needed to prove residency in District 161. Parents will be asked to bring the two-ply form and associated documents to the District Administrative Center between 7 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. on April 8 or 9 or between 7 a.m. – 7 p.m. on April 10. (The lines will move quickly as there will be no copying of documents – just the marking of checkboxes.) Upon completion of proof of residency, the student’s username and password for the online re-registration system will be recorded on the two-ply form. Parents will receive a copy and District personnel will keep a copy for District records. The online student re-registration system will open on April 8 which is about one month earlier than in the past. Parents who come to complete the residency check will receive a $20 off early re-registration coupon. The coupon entitles parents to a credit of $20 towards registration fees if completed and paid on or before May 30, 2014.
The Superintendent Advisory committee recently met to update members on the progress being made to revitalize the applied tech encore class at the junior high. Members had the opportunity to be the first group to begin the review process of a variety of modules to determine which would best suit our students. Input from SHJH teachers will also be sought. After the modules are determined, administration and staff will work through the processes of incorporating the modules into the encore rotation. The next advisory meeting is April 10 at 6 p.m. in the District Administrative Center. All interested parents are welcome to attend.
The District is planning summer academic enrichment offerings, the reading bridge and math bridge programs, ELL camp, band camp, and athletic camps. The bridge programs have student eligibility requirements and ELL is open to students currently receiving services. A call for staff proposals for athletic and enrichment offerings will go out next week. Once the proposals are received, the District will communicate program offerings, dates, and fees to parents.