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District proposes boundary changes

The District has been continuing its work to alleviate the overcrowding at Fulton. At the last board meeting the administration shared that a first step is to relocate Fulton’s Early Learning Program to Memorial. With the community’s help, the administration researched many other options, but they all proved to be expensive or impractical.

The best and most cost-effective solution is to shift attendance boundaries. This proposal allows the District to provide Fulton students with services comparable to other District 146 schools. The District’s goal is to positively impact students while practicing good stewardship of taxpayer dollars.

The District is considering boundary changes in the areas of North Brementowne and Tinley Terrace (maps below) for the 2016-17 school year and subsequent years. The changes would reassign 2016-17 pre-k, kindergarten, 1st and 2nd graders in the North Brementowne area to Kruse, and pre-k, kindergarten, 1st and 2nd graders in the Tinley Terrace area to Fierke. Next year’s 3rd, 4th and 5th grade Fulton students in these areas may finish their remaining years at Fulton, but would have the option to move to the new school.

Any student who moves to Kruse or Fierke will have their registration fees waived for the 2016-17 school year.

The North Brementowne boundary change is highlighted in red on the map. Students in pre-k through 2nd grade in this area would attend Kruse Education Center beginning August 2016.

The Tinley Terrace boundary change is highlighted in blue on the map. Students in pre-k through 2nd grade in this area would attend Fierke Education Center beginning August 2016.

Here is an overview of Fulton’s current boundary (black outline), with the proposed relocations highlighted again in red and blue.

On May 2 at 6:00 p.m., a Board Workshop will be held at the District 146 Administration Center. After hearing the community’s input, the Board of Education will consider a boundary change resolution at the May 9 regular board meeting.

The District is excited about the opportunity this change would provide. It immediately improves the learning conditions at Fulton. Meanwhile, Kruse and Fierke are eager and ready to receive their new students. The District looks forward to showing parents how impressive these schools are and how students’ experiences would be enriched at their new District 146 school.

Email any questions to Superintendent Dr. Jeff Stawick at jstawick@district146.org.

The District appreciates the community’s understanding as they continually strive to improve schools and the quality of children's education at District 146.

Beach Dance on May 13 with Mr. Gilman

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Fierke Singers attend first Annual Illinois All-State Festival

A select group of 5th grade Fierke music students traveled to Peoria on Jan. 30 to represent Fierke Education Center at the Elementary Girls All-State Choir performance and IMEA Conference. Music teacher Tom Gilman accompanied students Jillian Colangelo, Alli Reif, Sydney Button, Elena Sikorski and Shaylin Mitchell, members of the Fierke Singers choir group.

For one month leading up to the performance, the choir rehearsed challenging musical pieces with Gilman and Principal Mark French.

“The students showed tremendous commitment, showing up for rehearsals sometimes before school and sometimes after,” French said.

On the performance day at the Peoria Civic Center, the girls joined 250 choir students from around the state and rehearsed for two hours before their grand performance. The girls sang three songs of their own, and one combined song with the All-State Elementary Boys Choir and an elementary folk dance group for the finale.

“The five students represented Fierke in an exemplary manner, and came away with an experience they will never forget,” French said.

“I am really hoping this experience will inspire our singers to continue to sing in choirs at Central Middle School and beyond. I also hope to continue to motivate students to want to participate in the All-State Festival in the future!” Gilman added.

Fierke Families discover numerous ways to make the number 100 at Math Night

It was almost the 100th day of school— that means it was time for Family Math Night on Thursday, February 4 at Fierke. 116 people from dozens of Fierke families enjoyed an evening of challenging math games, finding many ways to make 100, and even math fact practice using the rock climbing wall.

It was a great evening of math fun and learning enjoyed by all. Special thanks to Fierke Math Specialist Lisa Giammona and the staff members who helped plan and organize the event: Julie Lingl, Kindergarten, Shelly DeBoer, 1st Grade, Dannielle Kijewski, 2nd Grade, Johanna Kumke, 3rd Grade, Sheri Rice, 4th Grade, Amanda Butler, LBS. Additional support was provided that evening by Jessica Rodriguez, 5th Grade and Nicole Williams, LBS.

Wilbur visits Fierke to launch One School One Book with Charlotte's Web

One School One Book is a movement designed to get an entire school community, including parents, involved in the joy of reading. Each family gets a copy of the selected book, Charlotte’s Web. The PTA is providing these copies for families to add to their home library. Following a shared schedule, the families read at home together. In the classroom there are daily events and projects that reinforce the reading and get everyone at a school excited about the book. From trivia quizzes to art, music and classroom activities, everyone shares the reading experience. This is an exciting way to share a love of reading with your children.

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