Students and Staff Benefit from Addition of Guidance Counselors

Mrs. Wieck, Friendship Junior High School guidance counselor, presented a variety of additional supports that have been put in place for students and staff this school year. Four of Mrs. Wieck’s students shared examples of their learning experiences and the skills they have learned both academically and socially. CCSD59 added one guidance counselor at each junior high school this school year as part of an ongoing effort to increase SEL support for all students.

Additionally, Mrs. Schwinn, Project Lead the Way teacher, talked about her collaboration with Mrs. Wieck on a whole class guidance lesson that focused on the importance of teamwork. She described the experience as extremely positive and continues to utilize this lesson with each new rotation of students in her classes.

Learning Spaces Update

The board of education was updated on the 21st century prototype classrooms piloted this year. One classroom at each of the three junior high schools was equipped with new flooring, furniture, writeable surfaces, display technology, and wall colors to explore how the learning space might best support students and staff in their learning. Staff and students provided feedback on the various elements of the space, and the district is now in the process of evaluating the feedback to determine possible next steps for the junior high school learning spaces as well as expanding the prototype classrooms for evaluation at the elementary level.

To read more about the prototype classrooms and the staff and student feedback, click on the link below to view the presentation slides.

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Representative Moylan Speaks to Board about School Funding Bill

State Representative Marty Moylan shared his thoughts and opposition to Senate Bill 1, which is the proposed Illinois School Funding Reform Act of 2015. Under the proposed legislation, the school funding formula would change in an attempt to provide greater equity in property tax funding across the state. Mr. Moylan stated, as a result, CCSD59 would lose approximately $6 million in revenue annually under the new formula.

In response to the proposed legislation, Dr. Fessler said “There is much to be concerned about relative to finances in Illinois, and school finance is no exception. Like many of the financial concerns legislators are contemplating, there are no easy solutions. I support exploring all possibilities, however, I think that any solution selected should provide adequacy for all stakeholders.”

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