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WELCOME BACK TO A NEW SCHOOL YEAR!

posted Aug 15, 2017, 6:59 AM by Bobbi Thomsen

The first day of student attendance for the 2017-2018 school year is Wednesday, August 16, 2017.  School times are as follows:  C.R. Hanna Elementary School 8:00 a.m. - 2:49 p.m. (bus), 2:55 p.m. (walkers); Orion High School 8:00 a.m. - 3:03 p.m.; and Orion Middle School 8:15 a.m. - 2:53 p.m.  The first day of Pre-School is Wednesday, August 23, 2017.  Have a great school year!

NEW ORION SCHOOL DISTRICT EMPLOYEES

posted Aug 1, 2017, 8:21 AM by Bobbi Thomsen   [ updated Aug 18, 2017, 1:20 PM ]

Please help welcome our new Orion School District employees:  Ashlee Amador ~ High School Activities Director and C.R. Hanna Aide; Larry Anderson ~ High School Assistant Boys' Basketball Coach; Lynsay Bainter ~ C.R. Hanna Aide; Parker Haley ~ Middle & High School Vocal Music Teacher; Brandi Hull ~ Bus Driver; Dennis Lehr ~ C.R. Hanna Custodian; Ted Leuck ~ 8th Grade Boys' Basketball Coach; Andrew Lister ~ High School English Teacher & High School Detention Supervisor; Tori Matzen ~ High School Assistant Volleyball Coach; Emily McVietty ~ 7th Grade Girls' Basketball Coach; Samantha Rhoades ~ Extended School Program (ESP) Childcare Provider; Jamee Sovey ~ C.R. Hanna Aide; William Starcevich ~ High School Girls' Golf Coach; Brandon Taets ~ Middle School Assistant Football Coach; Marcy Wegerer ~ High School Business Teacher; Jeff Weidenmann ~ Middle School Cross Country Coach; and Travis White ~ High School Boys' Golf Coach.

Also, please help welcome back these school employees who have accepted new/or additional responsibilities this school year (new and/or additional responsibility is underlined):  Brian Bagby ~ 7th Grade Head Football Coach; Christina Carlson ~ 4th Grade Teacher; Jennifer Dean ~ 7th Grade Science Teacher, Student Council Sponsor, 8th Grade Volleyball Coach & Middle School Lego Robotics Sponsor; Alisha Labash ~ Kindergarten Teacher; Jenna Munoz ~ 2nd Grade Teacher; and Anthony Zuidema ~ Full-time Custodian.

BOARD OF EDUCATION ELECTION RESULTS

posted Apr 20, 2017, 9:14 AM by Bobbi Thomsen

The school board election for Orion Community Unit School District #223 was held on Tuesday, April 4, 2017.  Three seats on the seven-member board of education were filled at the election and will serve four-year terms expiring in April 2021.  The official election results are as follows:

            Four-year term:

            Brandon Cooper (Western Township)                 336

            Aaron J. Kayser (Western Township)                  320

            Christina S. Monson (Andover Township)          296

           

Brandon Cooper, Aaron J. Kayser, and Christina S. Monson were elected for four-year terms expiring in April 2021.  Thank you candidates for your interest in Orion Community Unit School District!

STATE & FEDERALLY REQUIRED ASSESSMENTS

posted Mar 20, 2017, 11:29 AM by Bobbi Thomsen   [ updated Mar 20, 2017, 11:31 AM ]

Federal law requires the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) to administer certain assessments to all students who attend public schools in the state.  Please click here to view a letter from the Illinois State Board of Education concerning student achievement assessment.

Prevention of and Response to Bullying, Intimidation, and Harassment

posted Apr 22, 2016, 9:08 AM by Kyle Taylor   [ updated Apr 22, 2016, 9:19 AM ]

Bullying, intimidation, and harassment diminish a student’s ability to learn and a school’s ability to educate. Preventing students from engaging in these disruptive behaviors and providing all students equal access to a safe, non-hostile learning environment are important school goals.

Bullying on the basis of actual or perceived race, color, national origin, military status, unfavorable discharge status from the military service, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender-related identity or expression, ancestry, age, religion, physical or mental disability, order of protection status, status of being homeless, or actual or potential marital or parental status, including pregnancy, association with a person or group with one or more of the aforementioned actual or perceived characteristics, or any other distinguishing characteristic is prohibited in each of the following situations:

1.  During any school-sponsored education program or activity.

2.  While in school, on school property, on school buses or other school vehicles, at designated school bus stops waiting for the school bus, or at school-sponsored or school-sanctioned events or activities.

 3.  Through the transmission of information from a school computer, a school computer network, or other similar electronic school equipment.

4.  Through the transmission of information from a computer that is accessed at a nonschool-related location, activity, function, or program or from the use of technology or an electronic device that is not owned, leased, or used by the school district or school if the bullying causes a substantial disruption to the educational process or orderly operation of a school.

Bullying includes cyber-bullying (bullying through the use of technology or any electronic communication) and means any severe or pervasive physical or verbal act or conduct, including communications made in writing or electronically, directed toward a student or students that has or can be reasonably predicted to have the effect of one or more of the following:

1.  Placing the student or students in reasonable fear of harm to the student’s or students’ person or property;

2.  Causing a substantially detrimental effect on the student’s or students’ physical or mental health;

3.  Substantially interfering with the student’s or students’ academic performance; or

4.  Substantially interfering with the student’s or students’ ability to participate in or benefit from the services, activities, or privileges provided by a school.

Examples of prohibited conduct include name-calling, using derogatory slurs, stalking, sexual violence, causing psychological harm, threatening or causing physical harm, threatened or actual destruction of property, or wearing or possessing items depicting or implying hatred or prejudice of one of the characteristics stated above

Students are encouraged to immediately report bullying. A report may be made orally or in writing to the district complaint manager or any staff member with whom the student is comfortable speaking. Anyone, including staff members and parents/guardians, who has information about actual or threatened bullying is encouraged to report it to the district complaint manager or any staff member. Anonymous reports are also accepted by phone call or in writing.

Complaint Managers:

Nathan DeBaillieScott BrineyR.C. Lowe
1100 13th Street, P.O. Box 39, Orion, IL 61273800 12th Avenue, P.O. Box 129, Orion, IL 61273900 14th Avenue, P.O. Box 159, Orion, IL 61273
(309) 526-3361(309) 526-3392(309) 526-3386
ndebaillie@orionschools.ussbriney@orionschools.usrlowe@orionschools.us

A reprisal or retaliation against any person who reports an act of bullying is prohibited. A student’s act of reprisal or retaliation will be treated as bullying for purposes of determining any consequences or other appropriate remedial actions.

A student will not be punished for reporting bullying or supplying information, even if the school’s investigation concludes that no bullying occurred. However, knowingly making a false accusation or providing knowingly false information will be treated as bullying for purposes of determining any consequences or other appropriate remedial actions.

Students and parents/guardians are also encouraged to read the following school district policies:  7:20, Harassment of Students Prohibited and  7:180, Preventing Bullying, Intimidation and Harassment

Student Management System and Parent Notification System

posted Apr 22, 2016, 9:05 AM by Kyle Taylor   [ updated Aug 29, 2016, 7:27 AM by Bobbi Thomsen ]

The district's student management system (TeacherEase/SchoolInsight) includes a suite of applications that enhances communications and the sharing of information.  Parents may access data in this system through the website:  http://www.teacherease.com    A memo was sent home with students asking parents to provide the school district with their preferred e-mail address.  The school district needs this email address to be able to send directions to you on how to create your account.  (Please click here to view memo to parents concerning providing preferred email address).  You can also contact your child’s school and provide them with an e-mail address.  Once you have activated an account, I urge you to navigate throughout the website to discover all the data that you can access and monitor.  

Credit card payment options in TeacherEase/SchoolInsight include not only lunch deposits, but also athletic and registration fees.  Through your account in “TeacherEase”, you can select to pay “Fees” on the Parent Main Page and decide what and how much to pay.  We want to thank the many parents who have been using “TeacherEase” to make lunch deposits.  We recognize that the $2 convenience fee is a deterrent for some parents to use this efficient way for us to credit money to lunch accounts.  Thus, the District will credit back this $2 fee to your child’s lunch account for each payment of $50 or more!  We would like to encourage all parents to use this option of electronic payments.  It helps the district streamline this daily operation and creates an accurate flow of funds to your student(s) accounts.

The school district uses "SchoolMessenger”, a parent notification system.  The district uses this system to notify parents of school closings, early school dismissals, and other important messages.  Please take the time, if you have not already done so, to create a “Contact Manager Account”, so we can be sure to send any voice, email, or text message to the appropriate numbers and/or -email address(s).  Please click on the SchoolMessenger tab on this website to create/customize your account.  Please use your child's TeacherEase student identification number when accessing SchoolMessenger.  (Please contact your child's school office if you do not know your child's TeacherEase student identification number.)  A SchoolMessenger account is automatically set up using the main phone number in your child's TeacherEase account.  By creating a "Contact Manager Account" in SchoolMessenger, you will have the ability to "customize" your account.  SchoolMessenger has the ability to call four different phone numbers, send emails to two different email addresses, and send text messages to two different numbers ~ for each child.  Also, SchoolMessenger contains different message categories to check (non-school hours emergency, school hours emergency, attendance, general, sports, and survey).  Please be sure to check the "general" category, as this is how most messages are sent.

Please feel free to contact your child's school office or the district office if you have any questions concerning these systems.  We will be happy to help answer your questions.

Joseph A. Blessman - Superintendent

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