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April 11, 2022Posted by Allison Kaleta on 4/13/2022
On Monday, April 11th, the Board of Education met for the Committee of the Whole and Regular Board meeting where the following topics were discussed.
- The Board provided an update on the Special Board Meeting that was held on April 4th, 2022. At that meeting, the Board conducted a self evaluation with a representative from the Illinois Association of School Boards regarding roles, responsibilities, and communication, specifically communication with all stakeholders. Documents from the training session can be viewed on the District 135 website.
- An update about the possible implementation of a junior high advisory period was discussed. After five meetings with the committee, which was made up of staff, parents, students and administration, a recommendation was not made to add an advisory period for the 2022-2023 school year. The committee and administration plans on taking additional time to review the advisory period, and other options similar to an advisory period, that are viable and beneficial for all students.
- The Early Childhood (EC) and Self-Contained (SC) programs were reviewed by the Director of Special Education. All EC classrooms will be housed at Centennial School for the 2022-23 school year. This will allow consistent collaboration between team members, increased opportunity for cotherapy and fluidity between the EC programming for children. This will also open up additional student and staff space at Park school. Due to enrollment and space challenges, three sections of the SC program will be housed at Prairie school and three sections will remain at Center school. This adjustment will allow Center school to regain their art and music spaces for students and staff.
- The Teaching & Learning Department provided a review of the District Consolidated Plan for this school year. This is a comprehensive report reviewing where the District can grow across the District within curriculum and student services.
- The Board of Education approved the Social Studies Techbook from Discovery Education as the new resource supporting our social studies curriculum for grades 6-8.
- A request for full time certified staff for the 2022-2023 school year was approved. The District currently employs 466 full time certified staff members. For next school year, an additional two employees were added. The additional employees are for a self-contained teacher and a social worker. Enrollment numbers and Bilingual needs will be monitored in case an additional increase in staffing is needed.
- Superintendent John Bryk noted that Teacher Appreciation week is May 2-6.
- Junior High Graduation is on Sunday June 5th, 2022, at Sandburg High School, rain or shine. Tickets are only needed if the ceremony is moved indoors due to weather. Tickets are not needed for an outdoor ceremony. More information is being released from the junior high principals.
- The Inaugural Orland 135 Walk for Water fundraiser will be taking place from April 22 - May 12 at all three junior high schools. Students will be raising money to build wells for families in Uganda who do not have access to clean water.
- The Board of Education approved the appointment of Lindsay Reipsa, current Centennial School Assistant Principal, as the new Center School Principal effective July 1, 2022.
- The Board of Education approved the appointment of Lisa Weston, current Meadow Ridge Assistant Principal, as the new Meadow Ridge Principal effective July 1, 2022.
The entire Committee of the Whole and Regular Board of Education meeting can be viewed by clicking here.
March 14th, 2022Posted by Allison Kaleta on 3/15/2022
On March 14th, the Board of Education met for the Committee of the Whole and Regular Board meeting where the following topics were discussed.
- The Teaching & Learning Department gave a presentation regarding rigor in teaching and learning. They also reviewed the Junior High Social Studies Curriculum with Discovery Education. Please reach out to Katie Curtin, at 708-364-3325, if you would like to review the curriculum scheduled for approval at the Regular Board meeting in April.
- A five-year forecast of the District’s finances was presented by the Director of Finance, Tammy Maksa.
- The Board discussed the request for a proposal to outsource the custodial staff due to the labor shortage. The Board motion to move forward with the request for proposal did not pass.
- The new 2022-2023 school year start times were approved. The new start time affects the Kindergarten-2nd grade (primary) buildings. With the schedule change, primary schools will start at 7:30 am -2:00 pm. This new start time will assist with the current bus driver shortage that is affecting all students with delayed buses arriving at school as well as returning students home after school. This will take effect for the 2022-2023 school year.
- March is National Youth in Art Month. A video was presented with art pieces from the Orland Park Public Library which has a display with OSD135 artwork on it through the month of March. To view the video, click here or you can view the art pieces on display at the Orland Park Public Library through March 30th.
- Spring Break starts Monday, March 21st-25th. There will be no school during that week and all district buildings will be closed on Friday, March 25th. Junior high students are invited to attend a free Open Gym at Century Jr High on Wednesday, March 23rd. The first session is from 10:00 am - 12:00 pm and the second session is from 12:30 - 2:30. It is free to attend and families can register their junior high students at the following link.
- Summer Camps will be held across the District in June, July and August. A Coding camp and a STEM camp will be added to the lineup this summer along with the other sports and musical camps. A list of camps, as well as dates and registration information, will be forthcoming.
- The Board approved the appointment of Jennifer Nichols as the Director of Curriculum starting July 1st, 2022 as well as Dana Karczewski as the Assistant Director of Curriculum starting July 1st, 2022.
- The Board approved the request to bid on High Point/Jerling/Orland Jr High construction projects. To assist with the construction costs, the Board motion to abate available 2021 levy funds did not pass.
- The Board of Education tabled the motion of moving the EC program to Century Jr High. An offer came from the Village of Orland Park that is being reviewed regarding the use of the Cultural Center as the new Early Childhood Center. More discussion will be forthcoming.
The entire Committee of the Whole and Regular Board of Education meeting can be viewed by clicking here.
February 14, 2022Posted by Allison Kaleta on 2/15/2022
On February 14th, the Board of Education met for the Committee of the Whole and Regular Board meeting where the following topics were discussed.
- The Teaching & Learning Department provided an update from the Measure of Academic Progress (MAP) testing that took place over the winter. MAP is a growth assessment, not a mastery assessment, that provides teachers levels and standards that a student is ready to learn. All grade levels met or exceeded the projected district growth targets for math and reading. Families can view their child’s MAP scores by logging into their Family Skyward Access. Similar to accessing report cards, in Skyward click on the portfolio tab and click MAP 2021-2022.
- A registration fee schedule was approved by the Board. Families are incentivized to register for the 2022-2023 school year as early as possible for class sizes and building assignments. Kindergarten registration for the 2022-2023 school year will open on February 22nd. Registration for current D135 families and residency verification will open on March 1st. Steps and information can be found on the Registration page of the District website.
- The Director of Buildings and Grounds, Mr. Rick Hansen, provided a proposed construction plan for High Point and Orland Jr High. In the proposal, High Point would add a gymnasium and three additional classrooms and OJH would add a fitness center to the north side of their current gym. The estimated completion date of both projects would be the summer of 2023. The Board proposed that the Finance Committee discuss this further at their next meeting and the Board will resume this conversation at the March Regular Board of Education meeting.
- The FY 2021 Audit report was presented. The District ended the year with a fund balance of $47.9 million fund balance, an increase of $8.9 million over FY 2020. The district also ended FY 2021 with a perfect financial score of 4.0. To view the report, families can visit the Business Page on the District website.
- Superintendent John Bryk reviewed the pick up and drop off procedures after a staff member was struck by a car last month. Issues ranged from cell phone usage, cars passing other cars, cars driving through bussing lanes, students being dropped off in incorrect places, cars cutting each other off, etc. The District is asking families to please follow all posted signs and have patience while picking up and dropping off their students.
- The Board reviewed a proposed school schedule change for next school year. The major adjustment is with the primary building school hours. The proposed new school hours would be 7:30 am - 2:00 pm. The change provides parents time to travel between schools to drop off students at different buildings. It will also help alleviate current transportation issues. The Board requested a survey be sent out regarding the schedule change before a decision is made. More information will be forthcoming.
- Director of Human Resources, Mrs. Suzanne Owens, provided a COVID-19 update. The District is continuing to monitor positive cases within the District. Contract tracing is no longer taking place within schools. If an outbreak occurs, the District will notify the Cook County Department of Publuc Health (CCDPH). An outbreak is defined as three or more linked cases in a group within 14 days of each other. Depending on the number of students and possible testing results, the class may move to full remote depending on the CCDPH guidance.
- A public hearing was held at the beginning of the Regular Board meeting regarding the modification of Section 17-1.5 of the Illinois School Code pertaining to a waiver of administrative expenditure limitation.
- The Board approved the appointment of Dr. Dave Snyder as the new Associate Superintendent for District 135. Dr. Snyder is currently the Director of Curriculum and will begin his new position on July 1st, 2022.
The entire Committee of the Whole and Regular Board of Education meeting can be viewed by clicking here.
January 10th, 2022Posted by Allison Kaleta on 1/11/2022
On Monday, January 10th, the Board of Education met for the Committee of the Whole and Regular Board meeting where the following topics were discussed.
- Director of Human Resources, Suzanne Owens, discussed CDC’s updated isolation and quarantine guidance. Mrs. Owens reviewed that the IDPH and ISBE are in the process of revising existing regulations and guidance. The IDPH/ISBE has indicated that updated regulations and guidance documents will be released soon. As of this email, the District will continue to follow the guidance in place prior to winter break, which is posted on the District website. More information will be forthcoming as it becomes available.
- Public Act 102-0543 states School Districts must provide an opportunity for parents to voluntarily enter new data fields for gender identity and sexual orientation in regards to their children. The District is currently exploring how this data will be collected; implementation of this law goes into effect for the 2022-2023 school year. Data collection will be for the entire student body and will be optional for parents to complete in a confidential and secure manner. More information will follow.
- The Teaching and Learning Department has been working on possibly implementing an advisory period at the junior high level. After having had four meetings*, the advisory committee is recommending that the advisory be 25-30 minutes in length. It would take place after the first period, between first and second period. It would be inclusive of SEL and academic support. This advisory period could potentially go into effect for the 2022-2023 school year.
- The possible E-Learning and Remote/Adaptive Pause learning options the District can implement due to inclement weather or COVID-19/safety issues were reviewed. Emergency/Snow Days may be used for health or safety hazards and, if used, would result in a day being added to the school calendar at the end of the year. The District can use an E-Learning Day in lieu of an Emergency/Snow Day in which the regular school schedule would be followed remotely online. If the District needs to close schools for multiple days in a row due to COVID-19, a Remote Learning/Adaptive Pause could be put into place. This must be done in consultation with CCDPH and may result in multiple days of E-Learning.
- The District is hosting another Parent Education Series, similar to last year, regarding Social Emotional Learning. The series is completely remote and can be accessed by the District 135 Facebook page or the District website, on demand. For more information, please view the linked document. The first session will be on Thursday, January 13th at 6:00 pm.
- The current 2021-22 School Year Calendar has been amended. The Non-Attendance Day has been moved from Tuesday, May 3, 2022 to Monday, May 2, 2022.
- The 2022-23 School Calendar was approved. To view the 2022-2023 calendar, visit the District website.
* It was previously communicated that three meetings were held but that was incorrect. Four meetings were held with the committee regarding the advisory implementation.
December 13, 2021Posted by Allison Kaleta on 12/15/2021
On Monday, December 12th, the Board of Education met for the Committee of the Whole and Regular Board meeting where the following topics were discussed.
- The Board of Education discussed communication regarding positive COVID-19 cases within school buildings. Starting January 5th, schools will no longer continue to send out communication to all families regarding cases unless families opt-in to receive the phone calls, text messages and emails. If families would like to continue to receive notifications, a survey will be forthcoming in order to opt-in to the communication. All families and staff will continue receiving the weekly COVID-19 metrics, usually sent out on Monday mornings.
- The Board discussed hosting a COVID-19 vaccine clinic for students. The decision was made to move forward with hosting a voluntary COVID vaccine clinic specifically for OSD135 students. More information regarding the clinic and registration will be sent to families in the future.
- Results from the Illinois Assessment of Readiness (IAR) Testing were presented. Students in grades 3 through 8 took the IAR in Math and English Language Arts in April 2021. All grades in both subjects were above the state average. Information on how the District is continuing to support student growth was also presented.
- The Board of Education approved the Substitute/Non-Union Pay Rates that will go into effect January 1, 2022.
- The District received zero violations for the 3rd consecutive year during the recent Health/Life Safety Inspection - congratulations to all staff, especially our Buildings and Grounds staff!
- Superintendent John Bryk reminded families that Tuesday, December 21st, the day before winter break, is an early dismissal for all students. School will be back in session Wednesday, January 5th, 2022.
The schedule for December 21 is as follows
- Early Childhood Program - No school
- Kindergarteners through 5th grade - 12:00 p.m. dismissal
- Grades 6 through 8 - 12:45 p.m. dismissal
November 8th, 2021Posted by Allison Kaleta on 11/10/2021
On Monday, November 8th, 2021, the Board of Education met for the Committee of the Whole and Regular Board meeting where the following topics were discussed.
- An update was provided regarding the possible implementation of an advisory class period at the junior high level. Two meetings have taken place regarding this topic, the second meeting included students. This potential advisory period may be put into effect as soon as the 2022-2023 school year. The advisory period would be a time for students to receive support and build relationships and connections with peers and staff. The next advisory committee meeting will be held on November 18th, 2021.
- November 15th is Illinois School Board Member Day. Superintendent John Bryk made a proclamation honoring the OSD135 School Board Members and their dedication to the District and Community.
- November 17th is Illinois Paraprofessional & School Related Personnel Day. The Board of Education made a proclamation honoring the District's paraprofessionals and support staff.
- The three junior high schools are now live streaming all home sporting events. Families can view the live streamed events for all schools by visiting their school’s website, and navigating to the Parent Resources tab.
- Two schools within District 135 have been recognized as Apple Distinguished Schools. Century Jr High and Meadow Ridge are two of the 23 schools in Illinois to receive this distinction. Liberty and High Point Schools have also received these honors.
- The District received a federal grant that provides funds to support connectivity and our 1:1 device program. The funds go directly to assisting the District in providing technology to students in first and fifth grade as well as internet hotspots for families who require them.
The entire Committee of the Whole and Regular Board of Education meeting can be viewed by clicking here. The next Committee of the Whole and Regular Board meeting will be held on December 13th, 2021 at Park School.
October 12th, 2021Posted by Allison Kaleta on 10/13/2021
On Tuesday, October 12th, the Board of Education met for the Committee of the Whole and Regular Board meeting where the following topics were discussed.
- The Teaching & Learning Department presented on the Multi-Tiered System of Support (MTSS) Handbook that was created by the MTSS Committee over the summer and the beginning of this school year. MTSS provides intervention, enrichment and English Language support, as well as behavioral and social-emotional support to all students. \
- The District’s Insurance Committee recommended the approval of a High Deductible Health Plan - Health Savings Account (HSA) for District staff. The Board of Education approved the option of the new health plan to take effect January, 2022. The District’s current Insurance Plan (PPO) will still be offered to staff as well.
- The Food Service Program, the Seamless Summer Option (SSO) was also discussed. The SSO Program is offered to all students free of charge. The Board is looking to reevaluate the current lunch program. The Board Advisory Finance & Operations Committee will discuss this topic in further detail at their next meeting on November 3rd.
- Transportation was also reviewed. Parents are encouraged to download the Ride 360 phone application. That is the first line of communication if a bus is delayed in the morning or afternoon. A daily conference call occurs with ABC in order for the transportation department to prevent the same busses from being delayed multiple days in a row. When possible, communication from the District is going out the day before a bus is delayed to afford families an opportunity to make adjustments. Conversations between the District and our transportation partners are continuing in order to relieve the current bus issues including possible adjustments to school schedules beginning next school year.
- Thanks to our Parents For Education (PFE) volunteer organizations for raising $70,062.93 last school year in support of our students and staff.
- October is Principal Appreciation Month. The Board of Education made a proclamation to thank the 18 Principals and Assistant Principals for their dedication and commitment to the children and staff of Orland School District 135.
The entire Committee of the Whole and Regular Board of Education meeting can be viewed by clicking here. The next Committee of the Whole and Regular Board meeting will be held on November 8th, 2021 at Center School.
September 13th, 2021Posted by Allison Kaleta on 9/15/2021
On Monday, September 13th, the Board of Education met for the Committee of the Whole and Regular Board meeting where the following topics were discussed.
- A Spring MAP Assessment presentation was given by the Teaching & Learning Department. The full presentation can be found on the District website: https://www.orland135.org/cms/lib/IL01905133/Centricity/Domain/4/Spring MAP Data 2021.pdf
- The National Driver Shortage was discussed in regards to the late bus routes in the morning and afternoon. The District is working with ABC to improve the issues as well as the communication to families. Arrival and dismissal procedures were also discussed for car riders. We ask that families review their school’s specific drop off and pick up plans to ensure the safety of students and staff during arrival and dismissal times.
- The Board Advisory Committees will resume live streaming through our district website. Each meeting will also be available for playback until the next live meeting is posted.
- Starting September 20th, lockers at the junior high level will be phased in for PE and hallway use. Changing for PE will be optional for students. Students will also have the option to use their hallway lockers at the beginning of the day, before lunch and at the end of the day.
- The Board reviewed the BinaxNOW COVID-19 test that is now available for all students and staff. Information regarding the voluntary Test to Stay program can be found at the District website: https://www.orland135.org/cms/lib/IL01905133/Centricity/Domain/4/Testing for Students Info.pdf.
Families can sign up for the testing via Skyward Family Access.
The entire Committee of the Whole and Regular Board of Education meeting can be viewed by clicking here. The next Committee of the Whole and Regular Board meeting will be held on October 12th, 2021 at High Point School.
August 9th, 2021Posted by Allison Kaleta on 8/11/2021
The Board of Education met for the Committee of the Whole and Regular Board meeting on Monday, August 9th, where the following topics were discussed.
1. Information about two different free voluntary COVID-19 testing opportunities were presented to the Board; Real-Time PCR Test through SHIELDS Illinois and Rapid Antigen Test (BinaxNOW). The SHIELD Illinois test is a preventative voluntary weekly saliva-based PCR test that is used to detect positive cases of COVID-19. Click here for more information about the SHIELD program and a video with examples of the collection process.
- BinaxNOW is a voluntary rapid antigen nasal swab test used when an individual displays COVID-19 symptoms or has been identified as a close contact, not fully vaccinated, masked at 3 feet or less. If a participant in this Test to Stay program is identified as a close contact, they would be tested at school on days one, three, five, and seven from the date of exposure and continue to remain in school as long as the results are negative; students do not need to quarantine at home as long as test results are negative. Click here for more information about the BinaxNOW testing program and a video to learn more about the collection.
- Based on interest, the District will consider implementing one or both of the free voluntary testing programs during the 2021-2022 school year. A COVID Testing Survey was sent to all families and staff yesterday.2.
2. The Board discussed the Governor's Executive Order regarding all schools to require mask wearing from Pre-Kindergarten through 12th grade. The District will continue to follow the Governor's Executive Order of a mask mandate in all District buildings for students, staff, and visitors who are age 2 and older and able to medically tolerate a face covering, regardless of vaccination status, and consistent with CDC guidance.
3. The Teaching & Learning Department reviewed the Summer School and the Extended School Year (ESY) Program that took place over the summer. The general education summer school program had 131 students participate in grades Kindergarten through 7th grade. The ESY program had 248 students participate in the program. Reports from the program will be shared with teachers for the upcoming school year to continue the progress made over the summer.
4. The Teaching & Learning Department also discussed the possibility of implementing an advisory period at the junior high level. The department presented a plan to put a committee together to explore the idea and talk about different possibilities of a junior high advisory period. The committee would meet from September 2021 through May of 2022 for possible implementation of the 2022-2023 school year. The committee would include parents, teachers and students from each junior high school. More information regarding the junior high student advisory committee can be found on slide five of the Board meeting presentation.
5. The Quarantine Learning Plan was also presented to the Board. Building substitutes will provide daily guidance and instruction to students who are quarantined due to COVID-19. Teachers will communicate the plans and schedules to substitutes for the quarantined students. Students will have 90 minutes of instruction and guidance per day with an additional opportunity to connect at the end of the day for support. More information regarding the quarantine plan can be found in the Quarantine Learning Plan Presentation that was presented at the Teaching & Learning Committee Meeting on August 3rd.
6. There will be a FY22 Budget Hearing held at the September 13th Board of Education meeting. The proposed FY22 Budget is posted at the District office until that meeting.
7. As a reminder, the first day of school is on August 25th, which is a full day of in-person learning for all grade levels.
8. All layered COVID-19 mitigation strategies that were practiced last school year will be in place at the beginning of the 2021-22 year. The District continues to plan and prepare for possible changes in guidance and will respond accordingly when the opportunity is presented. The Start of School Plan can be found at this link. Thank you for your continued support and cooperation. We look forward to seeing everyone on the first day of school, Wednesday, August 25th.
The entire Committee of the Whole and Regular Board of Education meeting can be viewed by clicking here. The next Committee of the Whole and Regular Board meeting will be held on September 13th, 2021 and be moved from the Administration Center to Century Junior High.
July 12th, 2021Posted by Allison Kaleta on 7/12/2021
The Board of Education met for the Committee of the Whole and Regular Board meeting on Monday, July 12th, where the following topics were discussed.
- The Board of Education discussed the learning model for students who are required to isolate or quarantine per COVID -19 and IDPH guidelines for the 2021-2022 school year. The isolation and quarantine authority can be found in the Illinois School Code. After multiple options were presented by the Curriculum department, the Board discussed moving away from the live-stream model that was utilized last year for students who are remote learners. For the 2021-22 school year, instruction for students who are in isolation or quarantine will be supported by a building substitute. Communication regarding remote learning while quarantining will be forthcoming.
- The new CDC and Illinois Department of Public Health guidelines were discussed. The Board is awaiting more guidance from the Cook County Department of Public Health before making a decision regarding mask use within the schools for the 2021-22 school year.
- The current national bus driver shortage was discussed. In order to conserve buses, due to the driver shortage, the paid ride program will be temporarily suspended until further notice. The paid rider program and driver availability will be reevaluated in October. In addition, students’ walking distance to bus stops may increase due to the driver shortage.
- Superintendent John Bryk noted that the Orland Park Police Department is hosting the National Night Out Against Crime on August 3rd. The event takes place from 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm at the Orland Park Village Center, 14700 Ravinia Avenue. Many local businesses attend the event as well as the local police and fire departments.
- Start of School Presentation
Congratulations to the following staff members for receiving ABCDE Awards during the month of July.
(Not Pictured) Lauren Musielewicz was nominated by Kristin Hawksworth for the value of Inspiration.
(Not Pictured) Kristina Conway was nominated by Jennifer Annel for the value of Outstanding Achievement.
(Not Pictured) Lori Mathias was nominated by Ailene and Kin Chan for the value of Effective Communication.
Amy Hevel was nominated by Lynn Kasmer for the value of Outstanding Achievement.
(Not Pictured) Cheryl Knight was nominated by Ailene and Kin Chan for the value of Outstanding Achievement.
Cheryl Anderson was nominated by Ailene and Kin Chan for the value of Respect.
Tiffany Iwinski was nominated by Aileen and Kin Chan for the value of Effective Communication.
(Not Pictured) Jennifer Miller-Corp was nominated by Denise Manning for the value of Compassion.
Paul Woodson was nominated by Denise Manning for the value of Compassion.
Jennifer Roney was nominated by Erin Fafoglia Voullet for the value of Compassion.
(Not Pictured) Cynthia Fowler was nominated by Erin Fafoglia Vuollet for the value of Compassion.
Dali Hoover was nominated by Erin Fafohlia Voullet for the value of Effective Communication.
Melissa Bessler was nominated by Jacqueline King for the value of Outstanding Achievement.
Amy Hevel was nominated by Renne Spinella for the value of Outstanding Achievement.
Laura Prisby was nominated by Renne Spinella for the value of Outstanding Achievement.
The entire Committee of the Whole and Regular Board of Education meeting can be viewed by clicking here. The next Regular Board meeting will be held on August 9th, 2021 at the Administration Center.
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