Tuesday, April 23, 2013
As a New Jersey principal takes flak from parents for banning strapless dresses from a school dance, we ask our Facebook friends how they feel about the attire issue.
Do you think the constitution protects your daughter’s right to expose her bare shoulders at a school dance? Some New Jersey parents are arguing it does in response to a principal’s unpopular decision to ban strapless dresses from a junior high school dance, reports the Chicago Tribune. The principal called strapless dresses "distracting" to boys. One New Jersey teenager fought the ban, stating in a letter, "Basically by saying 'it distracts the boys' you're also saying that it is our fault on how they control their own behavior." With prom season around the corner, dresses are a hot topic right now. We asked Southland Patch Facebook fans to share their feelings on kids, dances and clothing. Here's a sample of what we heard. Sue P. on …
Wednesday, March 20, 2013
A series of interviews and open forums awaits the three candidates.
Three finalists have been selected in Prairie State College’s search for a new president. READ: Prairie State College President to Retire in August The three finalists are (click on the names for more information): In addition to interviews, the three candidates will participate in a series of open forums set to begin April 2. The entire schedule will be posted on the PSC website beginning Monday, March 25. Get in on the action. Join Patch today.
Wednesday, February 20, 2013
No additional evidence was recovered, according to police.
A 10-year-old Chicago Heights student found a 9 mm bullet during a bus ride to school, Sun-Times Media reports. The girl was on her way to Mohawk School in Park Forest on Feb. 5 when she noticed the bullet underneath her shoe. When she got to school, she gave the bullet to a building manager. A search of the bus yielded no additional evidence. Police say the driver did not see anything suspicious throughout the morning route. Get the whole story from the Sun-Times Media.
Thursday, August 23, 2012
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Friday, August 10, 2012
On this week's edition of Patch Talk, Chicago Heights Patch Editor Chris Paicely and Homewood-Flossmoor Patch Editor Ryan Fitzpatrick talk about mysterious water bills and the quality standards of your average crayon.
Please feel free to leave feedback comments below and, as always, thanks for listening!
Monday, July 30, 2012
From Facebook to apps, Chicago Heights Patch is here to help you stay in touch with your hometown when you go back to school.
It always feels good to bring along a little piece of home when you head back to school. Whether you’re an eager freshman or a wizened senior, let Chicago Heights Patch help you stay in touch with your hometown while you’re off living the collegiate life.
Wednesday, June 15, 2011
Schoolyard confrontation calls into question zero tolerance. This mom is glad she taught her daughter how to punch.
During third-grade recess, my daughter was playing tag with a group of kids at the far end of the playground. As she ran, a boy jumped out and clothes-lined her. As she got up, he grabbed her by the throat so hard that he left red marks on the right side of her neck. Instinctively, she jabbed him in the gut and he dropped. This was the only part the recess monitor witnessed. After threatening my daughter with disciplinary action, both kids were taken to the principal who was left to sort out the confusion. After listening to eyewitness accounts of the incident, my daughter was not disciplined but was reminded of the importance of finding an adult at all times to avoid this situation in the future. If she had waited for an adult to step in…
Thursday, April 7, 2011
Leah Bailey Langston and Gregg Lunceford may be the two newest members of Flossmoor School District 161, but they've already forged a working relationship.
After years of serving behind the scenes, parent of two and volunteer Leah Bailey Langston says she's eager to formally begin her school board term April 27. "We as a district spend about six percent of our budget on general administration when the average is three percent," she reflected. "On the outside looking in, we don't know why that is. We have a lot of things behind closed doors." From lunch room to school board, she's also filled multiple hours as a volunteer, and says, whether filing, helping with the school's great books program or serving in the lunch line, she's confident that hours spent serving the school have an impact on the bottom line. "The less time teachers spend making copies, the more time they can spend teaching," …
Tuesday, March 22, 2011
The Homewood Area League of Women Voters held an open forum for all of the Flossmoor School District 161 Board of Education candidates.
Note: This article has been modified from its original form in effort to more equally represent each candidate and their responses. The Homewood Area League of Women Voters hosted a Flossmoor School District 161 Board of Education candidate forum at the Flossmoor Public Library on Monday night at 7 p.m. All six candidates were present. Audience members submitted questions and a select few were presented in front of the candidates for all to respond. Here is an overview of a few of them: Tell us something about a school in the district that your child(ren) does not attend. Andrew Weeks: Pass. Leah Bailey Langston: Serena has a wonderful, diverse population. They have some increase in their economically disadvantaged students and their “…
Wednesday, March 2, 2011
A bill that would dissolve and reform nearly all school districts in the state will not be read in a committee hearing Thursday, according legislative staff.
House Bill 1886 will not be going any further than committee. The bill was pulled by Rep. Robert Rita (D-Blue Island) Wednesday afternoon amid an avalanche of opposition to the proposed legislation. “Evidently (Rita) knew the bill was not supported,” said Brenda Merrell, legislative secretary to Counties and Townships Committee member Rep. Richard Morthland (R-Springfiield). According to legislative staff, Morthland and other members of the committee opposed the bill, including Rep. Kay Hatcher (R-Yorkville), Rep. Rita Mayfield (D-Waukegan), Rep. Dan Reitz (D-Sparta) and Committee Chair Rep. Patrick J. Verschoore (D-Rock Island). Attempts to reach Reps. Al Riley (D-Hazel Crest) and Randy Ramey Jr. (R-West Chicago), who also sit on the …