Tuesday, May 21, 2013
As in 2009-2010, Tom Paulsen and Frank Kesman will be serving together for the 2013-2014 school year as a replacement is sought for former principal Michael McGrory.
District 86 has confirmed the two new interim co-principals who will preside over the 2013-2014 school year while a replacement is sought for outgoing principal Michael McGrory, and it's the same two who presided over an identical situation three years ago. Tom Paulsen and Frank Kesman were confirmed for the positions by a unanimous District 86 Board of Education earlier this week. Both served as interim co-principals of Hinsdale Central during the 2009-2010 school year. “We believe the join appointment of Mr. Kesman and Mr. Paulsen as Interim Principals for Hinsdale Central High School allows the building to maintain its current level of academic excellence and student opportunities as we conduct a national search for a permanent …
Superintendent Renée Schuster said Monday the district's administration is "not happy" with the MAP results that came at the end of the first year of widespread curriculum-compacting in third grade.
The first set of District 181 third-graders exposed to newly accelerated math curriculum did not show adequate fall-to-spring growth on average, Superintendent Renée Schuster said at Monday night’s school board meeting. Though the average raw MAP test score in District 181 is high, results of the spring test show, according to Schuster’s superintendent report, that only 47.2 percent of District 181 third-graders met their individual growth targets bewteen fall 2012 to spring 2013. Individual District 181 schools had percentages that ranged from 33.8 percent hitting their targets at Prospect School, to 80 percent at Oak School. See District 181’s third-grade MAP math results here. Schuster said the district’s goal is to have more than 50 …
Monday, May 20, 2013
Superintendent Renée Schuster proposed an alternative plan Monday night after nearly 70 percent of respondents to a district survey said they did not support late starts.
Updated at 8:53 p.m. District 181's administration has dropped the idea of incorporating eight late starts into next school year's calendar after a survey on the topic revealed a lack of community support. “We had a survey and we listened,” Superintendent Renée Schuster said at Monday night’s school board meeting. District 181 administration maintains that additional collaborative time is necessary as the district's new Advanced Learning Plan and the federal Common Core curriculum are implemented, so an alternative plan to carve out that time was proposed by Schuster Monday. The new plan would address teacher collaboration more during in-day common plan time, when entire grade-levels of students are at gym, art and music classes, as well …
Wednesday, May 15, 2013
Hollywood funny man Matt Walsh was one of two inductees in 2012.
The following is a release from Hinsdale Township High School District 86: The Hinsdale South High School Foundation is now accepting nominations for its 2013 Hall of Fame induction. The Hinsdale South Hall of Fame recognizes alumni and retired staff that have honored the high school by distinguishing themselves through career achievements, outstanding community service, and significant contributions to the Hinsdale South community. “The Hall of Fame is a wonderful opportunity to recognize former students and staff of exemplary character that have carried out Hinsdale South’s vision of excellence in their careers, their communities, and in society at large,” Hinsdale South Principal Brian Waterman said. “We are excited to continue this …
Tuesday, May 14, 2013
More than $370,000 in main hallway improvements at both schools could be deferred if the board goes with the recommendation of its facilities committee.
The District 86 Board of Education’s facilities committee recommended after a three-hour meeting Thursday that the board direct administration to rebid several previously approved summer projects and defer others to future years, board member and facilities committee chairman Ed Corcoran said. Among the items that the committee wants to defer is $372,000 in main hallway renovations at Hinsdale Central and Hinsdale South that would include new lighting, flooring, and paint. “Those projects are being recommended to be deferred until we are able to review the cost for doing that on a campus-wide basis,” said Corcoran, who serves on the committee along with Michael Kuhn and Richard Skoda. Corcoran, an engineer who was elected to the board in …
Monday, May 13, 2013
Submit photos of your Hinsdale Central prom-goer and you'll be entered to win them a free photo shoot from Classic Kids Photography in Hinsdale.
Friday, May 10, 2013
Add your prom photos to our gallery and share them with the rest of the community.
Thursday, May 9, 2013
The magazine's 2013 report out this week recognizes several Illinois schools.
Wednesday, May 8, 2013
Dawn Benaitis will become the new director of curriculum, assessment and instruction after two years at Monroe.
The first major action taken by the latest incarnation of the District 181 Board of Education was to approve the hiring of a new administrator. Current Monroe School Principal Dawn Benaitis was hired Monday night to replace Kevin Russell as District 181's director of curriculum, assessment and instruction, a position created in 2012. Benaitis will take over the position on July 1, 2013, the same day Russell is set to become the district’s assistant superintendent for learning. Benaitis was hired as Monroe's principal before the 2011-12 school year. She is a member of the district's Literacy Committee and Teacher Evaluation Committee, according to a release from District 181. She assisted in the planning for pilot use of both reading and …
The Clarendon Hills resident who will take over the position held for the last two years by Michael Nelson is in the middle of his first term on the District 181 Board of Education.
Marty Turek became the newest president of the District 181 Board of Education. The Clarendon Hills resident who has served on the board since 2011 was picked to take over the president's role by a 5-1 board vote Monday night at the board's reorganizational meeting that also saw three new board members seated and three outgoing board members recognized. Michael Nelson, who has served as the board's president for the last two years but was not nominated Monday, voted "yes" for Turek along with Glenn Yaeger and new board members Gary Clarin and Jill Vorobiev. New member Mridu Garg voted "no" after nominating Brendan Heneghan, who abstained from the vote on Turek. Turek said he appreciates the support of his fellow board members. "…