Summer is coming to a close and we’re quickly approaching the start of the 2017-18 school year. Mark your calendars now for Back to School Nights as they are early this year. The Back to School Night for elementary schools will be August 15 from 6:00 - 7:30 pm. Having an open house the day before school will give students and families a chance to meet their teacher and drop off school supplies. Liberty Junior High will host their Back to School Night on August 16 from 6:00 - 7:30 pm. We hope to see you there!
It has been another busy summer in District 111. In addition to the Burbank School Constriction Project, there have been several projects throughout the district this summer. The schools and district office are getting concrete work, asphalt sealcoating, asbestos abatement, flooring replacements and tree trimming as needed.
There are also a number of technology upgrades and improvements including reimaging of staff and student devices, security camera system upgrades, migrating e-mail to Office 365, upgrading to PowerSchool10, and increasing bandwidth and internet.
Our Student Services Department is currently working on scanning student permanent records in order to increase efficiency in searching information and reduce paper file storage. The at-risk pre-school program at Maddock School is going well and will continue again this year. Screenings for the at-risk and early childhood programs are held three times throughout the year.
The Curriculum Department has been focusing on the science curriculum this year. A team of teachers applied for and has been awarded a grant from the Museum of Science and Industry. The grant will assist in aligning the 6th, 7th and 8th grade curriculum to the Next Generation Science Standards and use components to develop existing curricula into a set of evidence based learning guides. The Dual Credit program in conjunction with Reavis High School has been expanded this year to include both Algebra I Honors and English I Honors. This expansion of the program will allow even more Burbank 111 students to participate in advanced placement classes during their junior and senior year of high school.
We are looking forward to implementing a new program for finance and human resources in conjunction with Stickney Township Treasurer’s Office, Reavis High School, and Sahs Elementary School. The current system is out of date and no longer supported. A team of staff from all locations have been looking into different options and the final selection will be approved this summer. The transition of information and staff training will take place over the next year.
The start of school is quickly approaching and I am looking forward to another productive year for District 111. I would like to invite you and your families to join us at the Back to School Rally on August 26. It is a family friendly event and a great way to celebrate the new school year.
Great things are happening in District 111!
Dr. Franzy Fleck