Friday Updates

May 31, 2024

May Board Brief

Please see this month’s Board Brief that overviews highlights from the Board of Education’s May 20 meeting.

Strategic Management Group Report

As you likely know, over the past month D101 has partnered with the Strategic Management Group (SMG) to perform a third-party system assessment on the systems, structures, management and leadership that guides our work with our students. As part of their work, SMG representatives gathered information via face-to-face focus groups and survey data from nearly 200 District 101 stakeholders, including students, teachers, administrators, Board members, parents, parent group leaders, support staff, and community partners. SMG’s Executive Summary Report can be found here. Itt is our plan to utilize this information (and other key data) as part of our continuous improvement planning aligned with our new Strategic Plan for the 2024-25 school year and beyond.

Year-End Events Were Special

McClure Graduation

A return to the “home turf” of McClure’s Gymnasium made for a festive, intimate, and special evening as we celebrated our 148 graduates Thursday evening. Mrs. Broadnax and graduating eighth-grader Ellie Stroka gave amazing speeches, the musical talents of Kelly Kruiswyk, Dawn Fiebrandt and Hannah Andrews were on full display, the eighth-grade slideshow elicited tears and laughs, and the facelift given to McClure’s gym made for an emotional and festive night for everyone in attendance. Congratulations to our newest graduates, the members of the McClure Class of 2024!

graduation

graduation

graduation

graduation

Seniors Return to Elementary Schools

Another great tradition continues, making for a special ending to the close of another school year, as our high school senior alumni of D101 returned in force for a gathering and picture together at their elementary schools. Clad in their college-bound sweatshirts and military garb, it was great to see these former Falcons, Leopards and Bulldogs..so grown up and ready to take on the next challenge of their young adult lives! Congratulations and good luck to our rising college freshmen! #AlwaysD101

Laidlaw Senior Class of 2024 in Kindergarten

Laidlaw Senior Class of 2024 in Kindergarten

Laidlaw Senior Class of 2024

Laidlaw Senior Class of 2024

Field Park Senior Class of 2024

Field Park Senior Class of 2024

If anyone has a picture of the Forest Hills Senior Class of 2024 and are willing to share, please send to bbarnhart@d101.org.

Fifth-Grade Clapouts

The annual Clap-Out tradition at Field Park, Forest Hills and Laidlaw made for a fitting ending of the school year and send-off of our fifth-graders yesterday. Congratulations and a warm welcome to our new McClure sixth-graders for the 2024-25 school year!

Retirees

And, on behalf of D101 Bookkeeper Lynn Swatek (20 years), McClure Head Custodian Jim Wolf (12 years), and me....thanks to everyone for a very nice send-off. We appreciate everyone’s kind words and well wishes! We wish each of you all the best in the years that follow....and thank you for so many great years together!

Retirees

Lynn Swatek, Dr. Brian Barnhart, Jim Wolf