Don’t Miss The Park Forest-Chicago Heights School District 163 New Parent Information Meeting

Park Forest, IL-(ENEWSPF)- Chicago Heights School District 163 will conduct a Parent Information Meeting for parents new to the District from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m., Wednesday, March 9, 2011, at Blackhawk Intermediate Center, 130 Blackhawk Drive, Park Forest.

To make a reservation for the evening please contact Tammy Graves at 668-9470.

The District’s programs and curriculum will be discussed during the meeting. Additionally, Superintendent Joyce Carmine will share such accomplishments as:

  • Cited by Chicago Magazine to be among the best schools in Cook County
    State recognized Spotlight Schools
  • 85 percent of third grade students met/exceeded state standards in reading
  • 87 percent of third grade students met/exceeded state standards in mathematics
  • 79 percent of our students met/exceeded standards on the 2010 ISAT
  • With a 90 percent free and reduced lunch population, District 163 has beaten the odds with high achieving scores
  • Incoming fifth through eighth grade students participated in NASA’s Summer Enrichment Camp for hands-on lessons in rocketry and aerodynamics related topics
  • Illinois Math and Science Academy’s IMSA Fusion (formerly Excellence 2000+), an afterschool math and science enrichment program, has been in place at Forest Trail for sixth through eighth grade students for eight years. Over the years, eight students from the program have attended the prestigious IMSA high school in Aurora.Distance learning capabilities are in every school
  • Through our Polycom video conferencing system, the 4th grade honors class participates in an Introduction to Spanish class at Rich South High School
  • Eighth graders participate in simulated space missions at the Challenger Learning Center at Purdue University Calumet Campus
  • The District organizes the South Cook Math Bowl and has increased participation from 13 school districts to 26 in the last five years
  • 25 percent of 2009-2010 eighth graders earned high school algebra credit through classes at Forest Trail
    The honors program has been expanded to provide self-contained third through eighth grade honors classrooms.  
  • One to one student to computer ratio in District classrooms.
  • Kindergartners are exposed to the first grade curriculum; first graders are exposed to the second grade curriculum.
    High caliber staff development programs are offered each year to ensure that teachers are on the cutting edge of their profession.
  • Free evening Adult Technology Literacy classes have been offered for two consecutive years.
    The Chicago Lyric Opera brings Opera in the Classroom to District students.