News from Homewood School District 153/November 2, 2017
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Thank You!

Thank you to the over 400 parents, staff, and other community members who participated in our strategic long-term plan survey! The survey numbers and comments will be invaluable to the long-range plan committee during their meetings the week of Nov. 13th.

Here are some of the general numbers:

Who responded?
70% parents/guardians
21% staff
9% community
54% have lived in the school district 11 or more years;
18%, have lived in the school district  7-10 years;
11%  have lived in the school district 4-6 years;
10%  have lived in the school district 1-3 years; 
6%    have lived in the school district less than one year
72% have school-age children

Good education program for tax dollars?
85% Agree
5%   Disagree
10% Can't Say

What's most important to respondents? 
  1. Mandated programs like math, English, science
  2. Programs not legally required like fine arts, foreign language
  3. Reasonable class sizes
  4. Extracurricular activities
  5. Technology in the classroom
  6. Facilities/Maintenance/Repairs
Buildings well-maintained?
87% Agree
10% Disagree
3% Can't Say

Child's academic needs met?
76% Agree
9% Disagree
15% Can't Say

Instruction is rigorous and engaging?
81% Agree
9% Disagree
10% Can't Say

District 153 offers well-rounded education?
88% Agree
5% Disagree
7% Can't Say

Child's social and emotional needs met?
69% Agree
9% Disagree
23% Can't Say

Child feels safe at school?
78% Agree
3% Disagree
19% Can't Say

Strong parent and community participation?
80% Agree
8% Disagree
12% Can't Say

Good communication between school district and community?
81% Agree
6% Disagree
13% Can't Say

Greatest strengths of the school district?
  1. Quality staff
  2. Quality curriculum
  3. Variety of programs and services
  4.  Extra-curricular activities
  5.  Parent interest/involvement
Satisfied with child's education?
78% Agree
5% Disagree
17% Can't Say
James Hart Interact Club Making a Difference
Over $500 Raised for Cancer Support Center

The Interact Club raised over $500 for the our local Cancer Support Center by selling pumpkins (see left) to their friends and staff at lunch. The money will be donated on "Giving Tuesday," Nov.28th, to double the contribution!

Interact Club members pose with dollars they will donate on Nov. 8.
Next Up? Jeans for Troops Day, Nov. 8

On November 8th, James Hart students and staff will join millions nationwide who participate in the GI GO Fund's annual "Jeans for Troops" Day. Students are being asked to donate $1 (adults $5) to wear jeans to work or school to honor Veterans Day and support military families.

Want to help, too? You can click here to donate!
Churchill Students Exhibiting Artwork This Weekend

Need something to do on what looks to be a rainy weekend? Head over to the Izaak Walton Preserve on Saturday and Sunday! Landscape paintings inspired by our national parks and created by this trimester's art students at Churchill School will be on display.

Read the HF Chronicle story here.
This Year's Halloween Fun (in case you missed it)
Willow and Churchill Halloween Parades


James Hart Pumpkin Decorating Contest


New from Willow School Studios!

Jesse White Tumblers Visit Willow School on Oct. 27


Family Literacy Luau on Oct. 19



Upcoming Events
Future Dates

November 2 PTA Fall Book Fair, James Hart School, 6-8 PM
November 7 Fall Band Concert, JH Gym, 7 PM
November 10 Veterans Day Program and Breakfast
November 10 Early Dismiss Day
November 13 School Board Meeting, JH Media Center, 7 PM
November 14 PTA Butter Braid Pick-Up, JH Cafetorium, 5:30-7:00 PM
November 20 No School: Parent/Teacher Conferences
November 21 No School: Parent/Teacher Conferences
November 22 No School
November 23 No School: Happy Thanksgiving!
November 24 No School
November 29 Voyage to Excellence Open House, HF High School, 7:00-8:30 PM
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