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SEPTEMBER 23 BOARD OF EDUCATION MEETING TO BE LIVE-STREAMED

posted by Bobbi Thomsen

The September 23, Board of Education meeting will be live-streamed tonight.  The meeting is set to begin at 7:30 p.m.  (The link will not work or go live until 7:30 p.m.)  Please click on the link listed below to view the live-stream meeting.


SCHOOL BOARD ELECTION 2021

posted Sep 21, 2020, 12:31 PM by Bobbi Thomsen

Orion Community Unit School District #223 will have three (3) School Board seats to be filled at the April 6, 2021, Consolidated Election.  Candidates who are elected will fill four-year terms expiring in April 2025.

Candidates for the office of School Board may begin to circulate nominating petitions for signatures beginning September 22, 2020.  The period for filing nominating papers runs from December 14 through December 21, 2020, at the Henry County Clerk's Office in Cambridge, Illinois.

Additional information and petitions may be obtained at the Henry County Clerk's Office in Cambridge, Illinois (or their website:  www.henrycty.com) OR the State Board of Elections' website:  http://www..elections.il.gov/.  Additional information may be obtained at the Illinois Association of School Boards' website:  www.iasb.com.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS CONCERNING SCHOOLS AND COVID-19; CURRENT COVID-19 SCHOOL DATA

posted Sep 1, 2020, 12:35 PM by Bobbi Thomsen   [ updated Sep 11, 2020, 9:45 AM ]


Please click the link listed below to view "Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) for Schools" provided by the Illinois Department of Public Health, concerning schools and COVID-19.  As always, please feel free to contact the District Office or School Offices if you have any additional questions.

Attendance Form

posted Aug 16, 2020, 7:43 AM by Kyle Taylor

Enter your attendance here.

ORION SCHOOL DISTRICT INITIAL REOPENING PLAN (Revised on July 28, 2020)

posted Jul 29, 2020, 11:20 AM by Bobbi Thomsen   [ updated Jul 29, 2020, 11:25 AM ]

Listed below are links to a newly revised Initial Reopening Plan, COVID-19 Flow Chart, and letter to parents concerning protocols in the event a student or staff member in our school district is diagnosed with the COVID-19 virus.  Also, please click on the individual school tab on this website to view each school building's specific Return to Learn Plan.  As always, please feel free to contact the District Office if you have any additional questions.  

C.R. HANNA ELEMENTARY SCHOOL AND ORION MIDDLE SCHOOL RECEIVE EXEMPLARY DESIGNATION

posted Nov 29, 2018, 8:41 AM by Bobbi Thomsen   [ updated Dec 2, 2019, 12:44 PM ]

The Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) released C.R. Hanna Elementary School's annual School Report Card on October 31, 2019.  The Report Card shows how well C.R. Hanna is progressing on a wide range of educational goals. The State Board has identified C.R. Hanna Elementary School as an “Exemplary” school for the second year in a row! The designation means that C.R. Hanna is performing in the top 10% of all schools statewide.  The rating is based on several data points, which include the 2019 IAR scores, chronic absenteeism, and student growth. C.R. Hanna Elementary School is strongest when we all work together. The C.R. Hanna staff works really hard to make the learning environment a place where students want to learn and grow.  Also, we would like to say a big “THANK YOU” to the C.R. Hanna parents for your continued support.


Orion Middle School received the Tier 1: Exemplary Summative Designation. This means that a school has no underperforming subgroups and whose performance is in the top 10% of schools statewide. Congratulations on a job well done!


ORION BOARD OF EDUCATION GOALS

posted Nov 17, 2017, 6:17 AM by Bobbi Thomsen   [ updated Nov 17, 2017, 6:21 AM ]


Goal Area 1 – Student Achievement/Curriculum

The Board of Education shall support the curriculum at each grade level within the District ensuring each grade is aligned to the Illinois standards.  Subjects of focus shall be Math, English/Language Arts, Science, Social Studies, and Health.  The Board shall assign the Administration the task to assess the district’s overall curriculum and give a status report and proposed plan moving forward.  The Board shall then determine how it will support the chosen direction.

Goal Area 2 – Programs and Services

The Board of Education shall support professional development opportunities for the staff targeted at those individuals developing skills and resources that help advance the district in its educational offerings and improve student learning.  Utilization of this shall be reported to the Board every semester including some detail on how the particular learning was shared amongst the staff organization.

Goal Area 3 – District/Community Relations

The Board of Education shall support and promote the accomplishments and informational news of the school district by holding an annual meeting sometime between now and the end of the first semester of the 2018-19 school year.  This event shall be used to inform and engage our community furthering their understanding of district and community achievements.

Goal Area 4 – Facilities

The Board of Education shall support the development and maintenance of our educational facilities through the development of both a short-term plan (5 yrs) and a long-term plan (20 yrs).  These plans will incorporate end-of-life projections of key facilities.  Development and prioritization of these plans shall begin and be driven through the Buildings and Grounds Committee. 

Goal Area 5 – Finance

The Board of Education shall be fiscally responsible in how we spend the tax payers’ money to support and provide a top quality education for our kids.  We will continue our yearly budget planning and incorporate a “what if” planning strategy into these fiscal plans.  This overall fiscal responsibility shall be measured during our annual audit which measures the days of cash-on-hand as we strive to maintain our current level or slightly increase that while still providing a high quality education for our children.

Goal Area 6 – Technology

The Board of Education shall support the definition, development, and execution of a technology plan for the district as determined by the Administration and Technology Committee.  This plan shall be focused on how the district evolves with changing technology to support the various grade levels of education.  The Board shall then determine how it will support the chosen plan.

Prevention of and Response to Bullying, Intimidation, and Harassment

posted Apr 22, 2016, 9:08 AM by Kyle Taylor   [ updated Jan 30, 2020, 1:57 PM by Bobbi Thomsen ]

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 DeBaillieLaura NelsonR.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.uslnelson@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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