Author: Chris Weber

D161 recognizes elementary school music participants

In April, Flossmoor School District 161 nominated 27 students to attend the Illinois Music Education Association Elementary District 1 festival. The festival included choir and other music activities, such as drumming, ukulele, xylophone, and movement. The Board of Education congratulated the students who attended during the May board meeting. “Music[Read More…]

D161 changing grading process for next year

As the school year ends, Flossmoor School District 161 students can say a final goodbye to letter grades. All schools in the district will switch to standards based learning in the 2024-25 school year.  The transition from traditional cumulative grades aims to provide parents with more information about their children’s[Read More…]

The HF Park District plans to build tennis courts at Highlands Park to replace the courts removed for the Heather Hill detention basin. (Chris Weber/H-F Chronicle)

Flossmoor and H-F Park District continue planning for Heather Hill stormwater project 

Discussions about drainage improvements continue as officials from the Village of Flossmoor and the Homewood-Flossmoor Park District engage with the community on plans to address the village’s stormwater issues and replace recreational facilities displaced by the plan. Flossmoor Mayor Michelle Nelson recently announced on social media that the village is[Read More…]

D161 board amends budget and discusses new Parker lunch program

At a hearing on April 22, the Flossmoor School District 161 Board of Education approved amendments to the 2023-24 budget that include substantial financial updates. While there were no objections to the budget amendment from the audience, at the beginning of the meeting several parents expressed concerns and voiced dissatisfaction[Read More…]

Bremen holds its annual township meeting

Bremen Township held its annual meeting on April 9 to hear reports and make decisions on upcoming measures, as law requires. Bremen Township serves the northwest corner of Homewood, from the intersection of Western Avenue and 183rd Street. The reports from township officers mainly focused on the successes of the[Read More…]

Parker seventh graders compete in the IESA state basketball tournament

The District 161 Board of Education recognized Parker Junior High’s seventh-grade boys’ basketball team for playing in the Illinois Elementary School Association (IESA) state tournament. The 2023-24 season was the first time Parker’s seventh-grade team qualified for state. On Jan. 22, Parker defeated defending state champions Markham Prairie Hills 47-40[Read More…]

D161 recognizes excellent teachers and staff

The District 161 Board congratulated teachers and staff who received recognition through the Illinois State Board of Education’s Teacher of the Year and Those Who Excel education awards program.   Lesa Waishwell, a second-grade teacher from Western Avenue Elementary School, was recognized in the Classroom Teacher category. Social worker Gayle[Read More…]

D161 board vote will decide the fate of Flossmoor drainage plan

The Flossmoor School District 161 Board of Education will soon vote on the Village of Flossmoor’s proposal to dig a detention basin on school property.  After a lengthy discussion and many questions about the project at the February meeting, the board received a response from the Mayor of Flossmoor, Michelle[Read More…]

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