Flossmoor School District Welcomes Fred Hunter as the New Principal of Parker Junior High School for the 2017-2018 School Year
Please welcome Fred Hunter as our new principal of Parker Junior High School. Mr. Hunter is currently serving in his eighth year as principal at Lincolnwood Elementary School in Evanston. Previously he served for three year years as assistant principal at Haven Middle School where he also taught seventh and eighth grade math for six years.
Mr. Hunter earned a bachelor’s degree in elementary education at Illinois State University and a master’s at National Louis University in Educational Leadership. He is continuing his studies at National Louis University in pursuit of a doctorate in educational leadership, and his dissertation is focused on culturally relevant pedagogy.
Educators who have worked with Mr. Hunter have indicated that he has a strong commitment to students, teachers, and parents and that he is strong at building positive school culture. Mr. Hunter believes, “it is necessary to create a learning environment that provides students with the skills needed to thrive and excel in a global job market while challenging students and staff to explore and take risks.”
While Mr. Hunter’s official start date is July 1, the district is planning to welcome him at the school with a welcome reception in the near future.
New Assistant Principal
Flossmoor School District Welcomes Jennifer Hartmann as a New Assistant Principal of Parker Junior High School for the 2017-2018 School Year
Please welcome Jennifer Hartmann as our new assistant principal of Parker Junior High School. Ms. Hartmann is currently serving in her fourth year as a social studies, writing and science teacher at PFC Omar E. Torres Charter School in Chicago. She is a Teach Plus Teaching Policy Fellow whose work group met with and presented feedback on the new ESSA law and assisted in creating the new Illinois School Accountability Tool/School Report Card that will be used in 2018 and beyond. Previously Ms. Hartmann served for nine years teaching social studies and English at Perspectives/IIT Math & Science Academy in Chicago and Rickover Junior High School in Sauk Village. Her teaching experience span grades six through twelve. Ms. Hartmann earned a bachelor’s degree in history and secondary education from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, a master’s degree in liberal arts and social sciences from the University of Chicago, and another master’s degree from Roosevelt University in educational leadership. Ms. Hartmann says she is excited to be getting back to her roots; coming to Flossmoor is like coming home for her. She believes that students are impacted by the culture of the building, and she looks forward to working to promote a positive culture at Parker Junior High School. Ms. Hartmann is focused on being solutions-orientated and is excited to take a step from being a teacher leader to an assistant principal.
Ms. Hartmann’s official start date is July 1, 2017.
New Assistant Principal
Flossmoor School District Welcomes Rebecca Williams as a New Assistant Principal of Parker Junior High School for the 2017-2018 School Year
We are pleased to welcome Mrs. Rebecca Williams as our new assistant principal at Parker Junior High School! Mrs. Williams just completed her thirteenth year of teaching science at Marquardt Middle School in Glendale Heights, IL. In addition, she was the volleyball coach for both girls and boys. Mrs. Williams earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of St. Francis, majoring in elementary education with middle school teaching endorsements in science, social studies, and language arts. She also has two master’s degrees from Benedictine University. One in Literacy Education and another in Leadership and Administration. Mrs. Williams has been described as “instrumental to the success” of her previous school and we look forward to her contributions in District 161.
Summer Educational Opportunities
Reading can be one of the many fun activities children choose to fill their summer time. Research has shown it is also much more! Children who participate in public library summer reading programs make achievement leaps during the summer and score higher on fall reading achievement tests.
Please take a look at the following Flossmoor Public Library's summer reading program and the Association for Library Service to Children's summer reading list:
May Million Reading Challenge
NEW Registration Process For 2018-2019 School Year.
Summer is quickly approaching so it's time to talk about next school year! I would like to take this opportunity to outline the NEW registration process for 2018-2019 school year.
In honoring our commitment to streamline the residency verification process, if you have a student entering Kindergarten, 3rd grade or 6th grade you must verify residency on Monday, July 9th, Wednesday, July 11th, Tuesday, July 17th, or Thursday, July 19th at the Normandy Villa Administration Center, 41 E. Elmwood Drive, Chicago Heights. A PDF containing a full schedule of dates and times can be found below.
Additionally, regardless of your students grade, if you do not own or rent but rather live with a Flossmoor School District 161 resident, the parent/guardian and the resident are both required to come in person to the Normandy Villa Administration Center, 41 E. Elmwood Drive, Chicago Heights to verify residency on Monday, July 9th, Wednesday, July 11th, Tuesday, July 17th, or Thursday, July 19th. A PDF containing information on residency requirements can be found below.
On-line registration via Family Access in Skyward is open and you should have received this information via an email blast. The following is needed to participate in the on-line registration process:
- A computer with internet access (if you don't have access to a computer, this can also be done at the public library or during one of the residency verification days held at the district).
- Skyward Family Access account- contact your child's school if you do not have access
- A valid e-mail address for the guardian completing the process
- Each student being registered must be a returning student
- If you wish to pay your fees on-line you will need a Discover, Visa or Mastercard (debit or credit). Please note: fees are at a discounted rate until July 26, 2018, they will be full rate thereafter.
Free lunch applications and waiver of fee forms will be available for parents on the district website or on residency days. Applications can also be picked up at Normandy Villa.
Lastly, all families will go to Parker Junior High on Class Assignment Pickup days to receive your student's class assignment and other pertinent information to begin the school year. Dates and times are posted in a PDF below.
Thank you for your cooperation with student registration. If you have any questions, please call Ms. Wanda Alexander at 708-647-7001.
Ronald McDonald Care Mobile
The Ronald McDonald Care Mobile from Advocate Children’s Hospital will be at the District Office on Monday, August 6, 2018 to provide school physicals for children who have no insurance or on Medicaid. Physicals and the necessary immunizations will be provided free of charge for those students on Medicaid or no insurance. Students with private insurance cannot be accepted. The completed Child History Form and Patient Information Form, along with a current vaccination record will need to be returned to the District Office (41 E. Elmwood Drive in Chicago Heights) by July 25th . You will then be contacted to confirm the time of your appointment. Appointments will be taken on a first-come basis.
Bullying Reporting Form
Recognizing the need for early response on incidents of bullying, Parker Junior High School has released a "Bullying Reporting Form" for the 2017-2018 school year.
Bullying Reporting Form