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EARLY DISMISSAL AND SPRING BREAK

posted by Bobbi Thomsen

School will be dismissed early on Friday, March 24, 2017.  Early dismissal times are as follows:  C.R. Hanna Elementary School at 11:22 a.m., Orion Middle School at 11:28 a.m., and Orion High School at 11:32 a.m.  School will not be in session on Monday, March 27, through Friday, March 31, 2017, due to Spring Break.  School will resume on Monday, April 3, 2017.  Have a wonderful Spring Break!

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.

KINDERGARTEN ROUND UP

posted Feb 6, 2017, 8:44 AM by Bobbi Thomsen   [ updated Mar 3, 2017, 8:31 AM ]

Registration for children planning to attend Kindergarten in Orion Community Unit School District #223 in the Fall of 2017 is taking place now at C.R. Hanna Elementary School, 900 14th Avenue, Orion, Illinois.  Please stop by the C.R. Hanna Office during regular office hours (7:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m., Monday through Friday).

New this year!  ALL new Kindergarten students will register online!  Please go to the C.R. Hanna tab for a link to begin the process.

To enter Kindergarten, a child must be 5 years of age on or before September 1, 2017.

A certified or registered birth certificate from the state or county office that the child was born in will be accepted.  A hospital certificate will not be accepted.

State law requires that each child entering school for the first time have the following documentation:
1.  Physical examination with up-to-date immunizations
2.  Dental examination
3.  Vision examination by an ophthalmologist or optometrist

ALL incoming Kindergarten students will need to provide Proof of Residency.  Please note:  even if you have older children in Orion School District, you will be required to provide this information as well.

One document from Category I:
Most recent property tax bill and proof of payment
Mortgage papers
Signed lease agreement
Letter of residency from landlord in lieu of lease
Letter of residency to be used when the person seeking to enroll a student is living with a district resident

Two documents from Category II:
Driver's license
Vehicle registration
Voter registration
Current library card
Current homeowner's or renter's insurance policy
Most recent utility bill (gas, electric, and/or water)
Mail received at new residence

Registration fees will be collected in the Summer during open registration.

Please share this information with neighbors, friends and relatives who may have a child eligible for Kindergarten with the Orion Community Unit School District, which serves Orion, Osco, Andover, Lynn Center, and parts of Coal Valley.

SCHOOL BOARD ELECTION

posted Jan 19, 2017, 12:14 PM by Bobbi Thomsen

The School Board Election for Orion Community Unit School District #223 will be held on Tuesday, April 4, 2017.  Three seats on the seven-member Board of Education will be filled at the April 4 election.  All three seats will serve four-year terms expiring in April 2021.  School board elections are nonpartisan and board candidates do not indicate a political party affiliation.

Membership of the board of education is restricted to a maximum of three members from any congressional township.  The three seats with terms expiring in April 2017 are from the townships of Andover (1), Colona (1) and Western (1).  The four seats with terms expiring in April 2019 are from the townships of Colona (1), Rural (2) and Western (1).  On the basis of the existing board membership, members may be elected in the following numbers from each congressional township:

·         Not more than 3 may be elected from Lynn Township.

·         Not more than 2 may be elected from Western Township.

·         Not more than 3 may be elected from Andover Township.

·         Not more than 3 may be elected from Osco Township.

·         Not more than 2 may be elected from Colona Township.

·         Not more than 3 may be elected from Edford Township.

·         Not more than 1 may be elected from Rural Township.

·         Not more than 3 may be elected from Coal Valley I Township.

Candidates running for the four-year terms (three seats open) are Brandon Cooper (Western Township), Aaron Kayser (Western Township), and Christi Monson (Andover Township).

ORION SCHOOL BOARD SELECTS JOE BLESSMAN FOR SUPERINTENDENT

posted Aug 1, 2016, 10:59 AM by Kyle Taylor   [ updated Nov 28, 2016, 7:59 AM ]

New Superintendent, Joe Blessman 

The Orion School Board has employed the District’s next Superintendent, Joe Blessman.   Mr. Blessman comes to Orion from Brimfield Community Unit School District #309.  He has been working in Brimfield as Superintendent/High School Principal for the past three years.  Prior to Brimfield, Mr. Blessman worked as a Biology Teacher at Metamora Township High School, where he later moved on as the Dean of Students.  Joe then transitioned into the role of Superintendent/Grade School Principal for Riverview CSD #2, where he worked before moving to Brimfield.

The Board has worked extremely hard to confirm alignment of Board, Staff, and Community members on the criteria for what a superintendent means to Orion.  Some of these criteria ranged from instructional leadership, financial understanding, and acting ethically with integrity and fairness.  Mr. Blessman exemplifies all of these and many others that well qualify him to be our district leader.

Joe and his wife Jeanne, and their four children, Brock (College Freshman), Isabel (High School Sophomore), Keagan (6th grader), and Leo (20 months) will be transitioning into the district in the near future.

Joe’s official start date is July 1, 2016.  He will be replacing Superintendent David Deets, who retired June 30, 2016. 

Please help welcome Mr. Blessman and his family to our school district!


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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