2 weeks ago

Monday, 3.23 Professional Development will focus on:
1) All Grade K-8 Staff: Common Core collaboration-revisit units and scope and sequence to enhance curriculum
2) SLP’s: RTI model for speech
3) Social Workers: Inclusion Week Preparations
4) Psychologists: Facilitate "Including Samuel DVD" for the
5) OT/PT vertical articulation and preparation for transitions
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1 month ago

Your Voice is Essential! Teachers, parents and students across Illinois will have an opportunity to participate in the second annual Illinois 5Essentials Survey. This survey is designed to generate a detailed picture of the inner workings of your child’s school. As a parent, this opportunity will allow you to share your thoughts on the important elements of school effectiveness in a survey about your child’s school. Please visit the PARENT portion of the 5Essentials Survey at the following link: IL 5Essentials Survey ... See MoreSee Less

1 month ago

At the present time, all District 96 Schools will be in session on Thursday, 2.19.15. All school buildings will be open at 8:00 am for students arrival. Tardies and absences due to the cold temperatures will be excused. Should this information change; we will notify families and staff with an automated phone call as soon as possible. ... See MoreSee Less

2 months ago

Educational Speaker Josh Gunderson to Present at Riverside School District 96

The “Your Digital Life” presentation for parents will take place on the evening of
Monday, February 9th from 7:00 – 8:30pm in the Hauser Junior High Auditorium
Located at 65 Woodside Rd. in Riverside.

District 96, in partnership with the Hollywood Elementary School PTA and the Safe Environment Commission of the Village of Riverside, welcomes educational speaker Josh Gunderson the week of February 9th. With more than eight years of experience in educational theatre, Gunderson travels throughout the U.S. discussing real-life examples of positive and negative situations within the online world, specifically the detrimental effects of cyberbullying.

Gunderson will be visiting students, presenting “Your Digital Life” on February 10th and 11th. The schedule has yet to be finalized. This high-energy program shows the pros and cons of the online world in a way that keeps students engaged and entertained, but also has them thinking twice about their digital footprint.
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2 months ago

Making the decision to open/close schools is never an easy one. I consult with the three feeder Superintendents from Districts 94, 95 and 208. We touch base often and try to make every effort to communicate in a timely fashion. We monitor the weather reports and also consult with other area superintendents. There are many families who have requested to follow the high school schedule because they depend on the older siblings to supervise the younger children should school not be in session. As you may know D208 decided to remain open.

Many school districts make the calls early in the morning or late the night before depending on road conditions and/or bus circumstances. There is never a good time to cancel school. We all try to make the best decision possible in a timely manner to meet the needs of the most families we serve. Our priority is student safety and well-being.

I was notified early this morning that the district's snow plow truck stopped working. After receiving the information; I immediately called the Riverside Police Department and D208 for any assistance they could provide for clearing the parking lots. The Police and Village's equipment was already in use. Fortunately I was able to get in contact with D208's contracted plow service who was available at 7:00 am. That's when we decided not to change plans and keep schools open (as we communicated Sunday night) yet with a 10:00 am start to accommodate for the additional time needed to clear the parking lots and driveways for staff's safe arrival.

Our intention was to provide parents the option to decide what would be best for their personal family situation, keep children home or send them to school either at 8:00 am or 10:00 am. As you may know, many working families depend on our schools for the safety and well-being of their children during the school day. District-wide almost 1000 students were in attendance today and almost 400 students arrived prior to 10:00 am since all of the school buildings were open at 8:00 am with available supervision.

As a district we are not always able to meet individual needs/requests, yet please know that decisions made surrounding today were made in the best interest of children intended for a "win-win" option so parents could make the decision that was best for their family's needs without being penalized for attendance.

On behalf of the dedicated District 96 team of educational professionals, we thank you for your patience, understanding and support.
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