Facilitated Distance Learning Academy Opens
On October 5th, District 153 welcomed about 30 students back to each of the district's three schools to aid their remote learning. The students were identified by teachers and administrators as needing specific support and resources or experiencing some kind of hardship with remote learning. The students follow their regular remote learning schedule but are supported by teaching assistants.
The Music Goes On in District 153!
In-Person Rehearsals Resume
James Hart's bands and orchestras resumed socially-distanced after school rehearsals last week. Weather permitting, the bands will practice outside.
"Socially distanced, musically connected" is the James Hart Bands' motto this year.
Wildcats Reconnect Through Exercise
Willow Hill Dance Party Enjoyed by All
Willow School's physical education teachers planned an outdoor dance party on Oct. 2nd to keep students (and their good sport parents) moving. All agreed that it was wonderful to see each other in person!
Bulldogs Get a Kick Out of Being Together
Churchill School hosted a kickball party on October 8th to give its Bulldogs an opportunity to have some fun and see classmates outdoors.
Reasons to Celebrate
Principals Appreciation Week
Being a school principal is hard work even in the best of circumstances. In the pandemic world of remote learning, the job is even tougher!

October 19-23 is Principal Appreciation Week. District 153 encourages you to leave a nice note of appreciation (click here) for one--or all--of the remarkable women leading our schools in these crazy times!
Congratulations James Hart Cross Country!
The James Hart Cross Country Teams turned in strong performances in their sectional competitions held on Oct. 15th. Our boys placed first, and our girls placed second overall. Great work, Panthers!
James Hart Boys Cross Country Team
Vincenzo Canali, Chaunto Drape, Owen Eaheart, Rasheed Fitzpatrick, Jacob Harris, Charles Jakubowski, Nicholas Leonard, Nicholas Piotrowski, Daniel Riney, Jaden Sanders, Oliver Stickney, Thaddeus Whorton
James Hart Girls Cross Country Team
Grace Barry, Lucy Bolling, Nasia Cowan, Kathryn Krupa, Morgan Lawrence, Abriana Recendiz, Lilliana Trinidad, Marlee Trojan, Cayla Tucker, Addison Woodward

District 153 Bus Liaison Celebrates 50 Years on the Job
District 153's chief bus liaison/driver, JJ Johnson, was featured on ABC7 as she celebrated 50 years with Kickert School Bus Lines. Click here to see the story. Thanks, JJ, for keeping our kids safe!
Student Picture Retake Day is
Monday, Oct. 19
District 153 has started videotaping Board of Education meetings. You can find them on our website.

Do You Need Help with Your Electric Bills?
ComEd has financial assistance programs available for customers who may be experiencing hardship due to the pandemic.

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