School News

Fri
01
May

OSD: School district earns honors

The Oregon School District was recently named by the College Board to its “Fifth Annual Honor Roll,” which recognizes districts that increase access to advanced placement (AP) coursework, and the percentage of students passing their AP exams. 

The College Board named 26 state school districts in the list, noting that Oregon is one of 10 districts to receive the honor for multiple years. 

Fri
01
May

OSD: Familiar face named new OHS principal

Former Oregon Middle School principal Jim Pliner is coming home. 

Fri
01
May

VASD: Schedule aims for art ‘equity’ at elementaries

The elementary arts schedule likely will be harder for parents to memorize next year as schools attempt to improve “equity” among the classes at each school.

Fri
01
May

VASD: Teacher back safely from Nepal

Christine Frei was sleeping on a 15-hour flight home while people she had gotten to know in Nepal were dealing with the fallout of a devastating earthquake.

When the Country View Elementary School teacher landed back in Chicago after the three-week trip to climb Mt. Everest, she had no idea what had happened until she was bombarded by instant messages and emails. 

Fri
01
May

VASD: Board OKs Herfel, Erbach purchases

Earlier this month, voters gave the Verona Area School District the right to buy more than $8 million of land, and on Monday, the school board formally decided to pursue all of it.

Board members voted unanimously after a closed session to approve purchase options on the Erbach and Herfel properties and hire an appraiser to begin the condemnation process on the West End. 

Fri
01
May

VASD: Stoner Prairie addresses criticism of discipline model

A month after a well-attended parent meeting brought up concerns with Stoner Prairie Elementary School’s behavior program, the school is hoping to address the criticism with a new staff member and adjustments to its positive focus.

Wed
22
Apr

OSD: Board OKs new bullying policy

Spurred by two students’ stories of being bullied at Oregon High School earlier in the year, the school board revised its bullying policy Monday night. 

The board had discussed the changes at a meeting last month, and it continued to revise the document in recent weeks. Policy committee chairperson Gwen Maitzen said it was just a matter of “tweaking” some of the proposed language. 

Fri
17
Apr

VASD: Decisions loom on land buys

While Verona Area School District officials were glad to see the referendum pass last Tuesday, the work to use the land remains in front of them. 

District officials will have to work on purchase agreements with property owners and potentially make decisions about using eminent domain. Decisions about when and in what order schools will be built will also need to be made, though those are further off.

Mon
13
Apr

MMSD: Leopold revamps minority parent program


Thornton

Leopold Elementary School parents have a new way to connect through a group aimed at bringing the school community together. 

Parent liaison Jeremy Thornton began the group, called Face Time, with a focus on African-American parents at the school that is just 23 percent white students and 30 percent African-American. 

Thu
09
Apr

VASD: Voters approve referendum

Verona Area School District voters approved a referendum for the district to purchase land for future school expansion.

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