Welcome to the 2019-20 school year! (Where did the summer go?)
We're off to a great start. Many thanks to those of you who--despite the rain--managed to "chalk the walks" with encouraging and inspiring words and pictures to greet our students on their first day. Your efforts lift the spirits of students and staff alike.
Our students are learning or re-learning routines and expectations, and our staff is getting to know a new classroom of learners.
What's new this year? Portables at Churchill School
You may have noticed the additions being put in place at Churchill School. These portable units will give our Churchill staff a little more space to do some of the things we think are good for kids. Best practices in education have evolved so much since our buildings were erected. Nowadays, we're offering more "specials' than ever before. In addition to rotations in music, art, and the STEM lab, Churchill students will also be attending new sessions to support their social/emotional needs and to hone basic technology skills. Moreover, we're pulling out many more small groups of students to give them the extra attention they need.
These are the types of activities that will be housed in the portable units. We are hopeful that they will be ready for students by October 1st.
What's new this year? Great new staff!
We welcomed 33 new teachers and assistants this year! You can check them out on our Facebook page.
What's new this year? Twitter
District 153 is adding Twitter to our social media platforms this year (@Homewood153). So like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter. Not on Facebook or Twitter? You can still see our posts in the social media block on the school district homepage (hsd153.org).
Starting the New Year on the Right Foot
Finally, if you haven't already done so, PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE consider becoming more involved in your schools. You can start with the following:
Thanks for your support. Let's have a GREAT 2019-20!
Dr. Dale Mitchell, Superintendent