REMINDER: Daylight Savings Time begins this weekend. On Sunday, March 12 at 2 a.m. set your clocks forward one hour to 3 a.m.
 

Special Education Audit Report

Last spring the District started a process to evaluate special education programs across the district. The district created a Special Education Collaborative group of parents and staff and also engaged with TJ Consultants to conduct an audit. The consultants interviewed staff, observed teaching, conducted focus groups with parents, and also spoke to students who receive special education services at the junior high school level. The report was shared with the Board and the community at the Board meeting earlier this week. Click Here for the report.

"It is the perspective of the consultants of this special education review that the following recommendations are noteworthy and should be considered for more immediate action by the district/building leadership team:
1. Model actions that reflect a supportive, inclusive educational culture.
2. Related to LRE/inclusive educational practices, use a systems change framework that builds greater consensus and understanding, builds a stronger infrastructure, and initiates planned implementation that will increase the probability of systemic success and sustainability.
3. Advance a customized Multi-Tiered System of Support (MTSS) model which incorporates increasing intensities of instruction through progressive levels of intervention provided to students in direct proportion to their individual needs.
4. Advance the school, family and community collaborative partnership emphasizing genuine meaningful engagement."

The district is putting together a short-term and long-term plan with timelines. A Parent Collaborative Meeting is scheduled for March 16 at 6:30 p.m. at Hadley Junior High. All parents and staff interested in joining the conversation are very welcome to attend this meeting.

If you have any questions about special education programs or the parent collaborative group, please contact Michelle Gallo, Director of Student Services, at mgallo@d41.org.



Referendum Update - Vote April 4 
 

The Board of Education is asking the community for support of a $24.2 million referendum on the April 4 ballot. The Board voted 6-0 to bring this forward to the community to address the most pressing needs of the facilities including eliminating portable classrooms at Hadley Junior High, addressing infrastructure and improving safety.

At the Board of Education meeting on Monday night, Carole Pugh of Green Associates and Jack Hayes from FQC presented an update on our facilities plan. Click Here for the presentation. They are currently in the planning and concept design phase. If the referendum passes, the district will engage in the beginning of schematic design, generating construction documents, bidding the projects and then to pre- construction. This work takes approximately a year before any work can start on the addition and the major components of this plan.

The below chart shows the cost estimates for the proposed projects.  
 

Thank you to the community members who attended the three District 41 Referendum Information Sessions. For those who could not attend, please visit our website for more information related to the referendum, Click Here  .

The first day to mail or cast an Early Voting ballot at the Election Commission for the April 4, 2017 Consolidated General Election, is Saturday, March 18.
 
 

Evening Registrations Hours 
 
Parents who would like to register their children in person are welcome to stop by during any of the evening registration times at each of the schools. Registration must be complete by April 5. For more information about registration, Click Here.  

Abraham Lincoln                         Monday, March 13    4:30 - 7:30 pm       
Benjamin Franklin                       Tuesday, March 14   4:30 - 7:30 pm   
Churchill School                          Tuesday, March 14   4:00 - 7:00 pm       
Forest Glen School                      Tuesday, March 14   4:00 - 7:00 pm 
Hadley Jr. High School                 Tuesday, March 14   4:00 - 7:00 pm
 

Dual Language Program Registration Deadline - March 17

The deadline for families of incoming kindergarteners to register for the Dual Language Program is March 17 by 4 p.m. Contact Katie McCluskey, Director of ELL, for the registration form, at kmccluskey@d41.org. For more information about the Dual Language Program, Click Here.
  

Hadley String Orchestra Receives Special Instruction 

On Monday, February 27, 2017, the Hadley String Orchestra worked with clinician, Mr. Frank Lestina, DePaul University professor and retired Vernon Hills High School Orchestra Director. The Hadley String Orchestra is preparing for the Illinois Grade School Music Association District Organization Contest. The Hadley Orchestra will be performing in front of a panel of three judges to be critiqued on district music standards on Saturday, March 18, 2017. Mr. Lestina gave wonderful feedback to help improve the skills of the orchestra. Mr. Lestina stated that "he was very impressed with the knowledge and performance of the students. This is the type of work that I do with high school students," expressed Mr. Lestina. We thank Mr. Lestina for his work with the orchestra and his kind words. Thank you to the Music Education Foundation (MEF) for providing this wonderful learning opportunity!