Illinois 5 Essentials Survey

District 161 will join the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) in the sixth statewide survey of school climate and learning conditions. The survey provides a unique opportunity for students, teachers and parents to have a voice in improving their schools. From November 15 through January 18, students in grades four through eight, teachers and parents will be asked to take a 25 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 in the district. We encourage parents and guardians to complete the survey to provide feedback to impact change in the district. All District 161 parents and guardians will receive the link to the survey on 11.15.17 and can complete the survey on any device. Surveys can also be completed during parent teacher conferences on 11.20.17 and 11.21.17. Please contact your child’s school with questions.

Upcoming Events

Parent's Cafe-Benchmark Assessment

Illinois Learning Standards

Click on the Illinois Learning Standards to download information on the content that your student(s) will be learning this year!   

Bridges in Mathematics

School District 161 is implementing a new K-5 math program: Bridges in Mathematics! Click on Bridges 2nd Edition Family Support to be directed to a site that details an overview of the math program, frequently asked questions and "Ways a Parent Can Help with Math." In addition, you can click on each grade level to find more information on overviews, a welcome letter, unit parent letters, games and additional resources. We hope you find these online resources helpful!  

Outdoor Education

Heather Hill's 5th grade classes were able to experience an amazing adventure during Outdoor Education! This experiential learning opportunity was held Monday, 10/16 through Wednesday, 10/18/17 at Camp Eberhart in Three Rivers, MI. Students had hands-on experiences in archery, survival skills, forest ecology, and animal adaptations. Students and staff also bonded through night hikes, camp songs, stories, rock climbing and horseback riding! It was a memorable trip for all! 

Kid Quotes

"My favorite activity was horseback riding because I never rode a horse before. We got to groom the horses and meet different horses. After we learned about how to clean, feed and respect them we got to ride them around the inside of the barn."    --5th grade student

Kid Quotes

I think it's important for fifth graders to go to Outdoor Ed because it's a nice camping experience. It helps with team bonding doing activities that you need to rely on each other for you to complete. It's important because in life you need to ask for help and sometimes you need to rely on someone else. It's also great because it helps kids get outdoors more. It's nice to get more exercise outside. If you just stay inside and play video games, it's not really that healthy for you." --5th grade student