Wednesday, September 7, 2011
Twitter account, teacher blogs part of District 97 web presence.
The days of sending home a printed newsletter to parents is now obsolete in Oak Park. Teachers must now communicate through blogs, wiki pages, online surveys and more. This year will be the first that all Oak Park Elementary School District 97 teachers are required to have some online presence. It's part of an initiative pushed by District 97 Superintendent Al Roberts that aims to use technology to keep parents more informed. “Keeping [the sites] updated ... is an important component of keeping [parents] engaged,” said Chris Jasculca, director of policy, planning and communication for the district. In August, the district launched a revamped website with links to individual school pages, an online calendar, searchable staff directory and …
Thursday, February 10, 2011
Additional costs, staffing among main concerns.
Despite the backing of many district teachers and the administrators, the plan to expand the River Forest Public Schools District 90 has hit a wall of opposition by the school board. No decision was reached at Tuesday’s school board meeting, but there was a serious two-hour debate by the board, teachers and administration. "I don’t see a compelling need, based on what I’ve seen,” said board member David Latham. One of the key issues was the cost – the addition of new teachers and materials for full-day kindergarten would add a total of $1.1 million in the first three years, according to an estimate by finance director Anthony Cozzi. There’s also the issue of space. Currently, District 90 can’t house any additional students from a full-day …
Friday, January 28, 2011
Residency, enrollment packets due Feb. 4.
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Friday, January 28, 2011
Registration for 2011-2012 kindergarten in River Forest Public Schools District 90 begins Feb. 4, school officials have announced. Current District 90 families can pick up enrollment packets at school offices at Lincoln School, 511 Park Ave., or Willard School, 1250 N. Ashland Ave. The registration packets should be turned into whichever school prospective students are headed for — families who reside north of Chicago Avenue will send students to Willard School, and those living south of Chicago Avenue will send students to Lincoln School. In either case, both schools will be open from 8 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. and 12:45 p.m. to 4 p.m. for the Feb. 4 registration day. Those new to the school district are asked to pick up a residency and …
Wednesday, December 15, 2010
Location, cost of new program to be discussed before next month's decision.
Full-day kindergarten may be coming next year to River Forest. The River Forest School District 90 Board of Education will examine and discuss various options at its public meeting at 7 p.m. on Jan. 4 at Roosevelt Middle School, and then likely make a decision later in the month. Oak Park's District 97 already has implemented a full-day kindergarten at all eight of its elementary schools. But River Forest, with its two elementary schools already full, is likely to face more difficulty with space than Oak Park. District 90 Supt. Thomas Hagerman said the Superintendent's Leadership Council, made up of a group of teachers, has been examining various options and visiting numerous sites to consider what might work best. Among the options are …
Friday, December 3, 2010
Early endorsements from teachers, parents bolster new program.
The full-day kindergarten program in Oak Park Elementary District 97 is being hailed as an early success, with parents and faculty from the district's eight elementary schools giving the program glowing reviews. School Board members, however, are reserving their praise for the program, which was implemented at all eight schools last year, until more time passes and academic performance stats can be measured. Elementary schools Beye, Irving, Longfellow and Whittier inaugurated the full-day kindergarten program in the district during the 2008-2009 school year; the other four elementary schools joined last year. At Tuesday night's School Board meeting, District 97 Supt. Al Roberts threw his support behind the new program, saying he hoped …