6:30 PM - 11:00 PM Board of Education Meeting
Parents, did you know Roosevelt Magnet School is returning to Magnet status starting with 5th grade for the 2016-2017 school year? We are looking for students interested in a strong focus on the arts during their middle school experience. Students will be able to spend extra time on choir, band, dance, drama, orchestra or the visual arts. Beginning Wednesday, Feb. 10 and continuing through Tuesday, February 15, Roosevelt teachers will be visiting each school to audition interested fourth grade students. Current fifth through seventh grade students are also able to audition by setting up an appointment with an instructor from the student's area of interest. You can find more information by clicking on this story or by contacting Roosevelt Magnet School.
The Peoria Public Schools Board of Education named Dr. Sharon Desmoulin-Kherat the Superintendent at a special meeting on Tuesday night, January 26, 2016. The Board entered executive session at 5:00 p.m. to have a conversation with Dr. Desmoulin-Kherat prior to an official Board vote. At 6:30 p.m., the Board entered open session and Board Member Dan Adler made the following motion: “I move that the Board of Education of the City of Peoria Public School District 150 employ Dr. Sharon Desmoulin-Kherat as Superintendent of Schools contingent upon approval of a Superintendent Contract to be agreed-upon between the Board and Dr. Desmoulin-Kherat, which contract shall be effective on January 27, 2016 and have a duration of at least three years. All other terms of the Interim Superintendent Employment Agreement between the Board and Dr. Desmoulin-Kherat dated July 14, 2015 shall remain in effect until the new contract is approved.”
Peoria Public Schools will join the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) in the fourth statewide survey of school climate and learning conditions. The survey provides a unique opportunity for teachers, students, and parents to have a voice in improving their schools. From January 11 through March 11, teachers, students, and parents will be asked to take a 20-minute research-based survey to help identify strengths and weaknesses in their school’s learning environment. This survey will serve as an opportunity for schools to reflect on progress since the last statewide implementation. School-level reports will be generated if at least 50 percent of parents respond to the survey. These reports will display summary information, such as the percent of parents agreeing that they feel comfortable raising concerns to their child’s teacher.
Five representatives of Alignment Rockford (AR) visited Peoria Friday to give an overview of a collaborative process which is reinvigorating the Rockford Illinois Public Schools. The Alignment Rockford presentation introduced the concept to about 200 Peoria-area civic, educational and business leaders and is a first step toward initiating a similar process for the Peoria Public Schools. AR is an independent organization which facilitates collaboration to achieve the school district’s strategic plan. AR coordinates a process to design and pilot tactical solutions in areas of greatest strategic need for the Rockford Public Schools. AR’s mission is to coordinate community resources in order to raise student achievement, improve the health and happiness of Rockford children, and advance the economic and social well-being of the community.
Secondary education nationwide is changing to meet the needs of 21st industry and workforce, and the District 150 high school curriculum is at the forefront of this trend. When eighth grade and high school students and their parents consider high school registration at the District’s upcoming curriculum fairs, they can choose from 16 Career Clusters, each consisting of Pathways which further define the best choice for individual students. The U.S. Department of Labor offers a detailed description of the 16 Career Clusters along with job opportunities and wage projections. Our high school curriculum fairs will be held January 26, 27 and 28. If you are the parent of a Peoria Public Schools’ 8th grade or high school student, I encourage you to become familiar with the opportunities available to your student and talk to them about their goals and direction.