Butler SD 53 News

Brook Forest Art teacher Mike Divelbiss was named as the 2019 Illinois Elementary Art Educator of the Year by the Illinois Art Education Association (IAEA). The award is the highest given to art educators in the state.

Summer Newsletter

July 29, 2019

Read up on the latest news from Butler School District 53.

I look forward to working collaboratively with parents, educators, and the community to ensure high educational outcomes for all students.

The Butler School District 53 Board of Education has named Andrea Prola as the new Principal of Butler Junior High and Melissa Zaniewski as the new Assistant Principal. Both are current educators and leaders in District 53.

Superintendent Elect Dr. Paul O’Malley has released the results of the survey of faculty, parents and staff on the attributes desired in the hiring of a new principal at Butler Junior High.

Eighty-one Butler Junior High students crossed the stage to receive their diplomas during commencement ceremonies May 29. The Butler Junior High Graduation Band performed the traditional Pomp and Circumstance and the Graduation Choir performed the Class Song, For Good.

Butler School District 53 is seeking involvement from parents, staff and faculty and students in helping choose the next principal of Butler Junior High.

Butler Junior High Principal Ms. Amy Read notified the Board of Education following its meeting on May 12, 2019 that she will be resigning effective June 30, 2019. She has accepted the role of principal of Herrick Junior High School in Downers Grove School District 58, effective July 1, 2019.

With Illinois Science Education Week, we’d like to highlight science and STEM education in our schools. Science educators in Butler District 53 work hard every day to help develop students into innovative thinkers and problem solvers. They do this by building on children’s inherent curiosity.

All parents of children in the Hinsdale Central feeder schools are invited to hear a TED Talk speaker discuss protecting their children from online predators and bullying and other internet safety issues. The Parent Night is offered by Butler School District 53’s social work and technology department.

The District 53 newsletter, Newsline, was recently published and distributed to the Oak Brook District 53 community. It contains news of the appointment of new superintendent Dr. Paul O’Malley, using innovative technology to engage our students and news about the Science Fair at Brookfield Zoo, the Butler Junior High International Day and the alternative/remote learning days.

It features the District’s three- pronged goals: ambitious instruction, community engagement and exemplary value. We are proud of the strides Butler District 53 has been making in our journey of excellence and remain committed to a continuous improvement model that builds upon our historical success.

Butler District 53 students and their families are invited to learn about STEM and participate in STEM activities at Brook Forest School STEM Night. It will be 5:00-7:00 p.m. March 21 at Brook Forest, 60 Regent Dr. Oak Brook. It was originally scheduled for February but canceled and rescheduled because of extreme weather conditions.

The Butler School District 53 Board of Education has named Dr. Paul O’Malley to the district’s top administrative role as Superintendent of Schools beginning July 1, 2019. He will succeed Dr. Heidi Wennstrom, who is retiring at the end of the school year.

Butler Junior High Principal Amy Read was selected as a 2019 finalist for the distinguished Golden Apple Awards for Excellence in Leadership, it was announced Feb. 7.

Butler District 53 students and their families are invited to learn about STEM and participate in STEM activities at Brook Forest School STEM Night.

With temperatures plunging into bitter cold and school closed for two days, Butler School District 53 (Oak Brook, IL) initiated a groundbreaking alternative learning day for both teachers and students.

Registration for students entering kindergarten next fall will be held in January. Registration for students new to first grade will also be held at the same time. Parents are asked to make an appointment by calling 630-368-4520 or sending an email to registration@butler53.com.

Illinois ASCD, an association of educators dedicated to excellence in learning, teaching and leading, has awarded Butler District 53 with its Whole Child Award for Healthy - one of the five tenets of whole child learning.

The District 53 newsletter, Newsline, was recently published and distributed to the Oak Brook District 53 community. It contains news of student test scores, the appointment of new board members, initiatives of whole child learning and photos and information on the new playgrounds at both schools.

Butler District 53 released its Student Achievement and Performance Report for 2017-18.

Butler School District 53 Seeks a Superintendent who possesses the leadership skills required to respond to the opportunities and challenges presented by an ethnically and culturally diverse community...

The Butler School District 53 Board of Education at its meeting Nov. 6 approved the appointment of Dr. Sanjay Rao as a new Board member. Dr. Rao is an eye surgeon and the Director of Refractive, Cornea and Advanced Anterior Segment Surgery at Lakeside Eye Group in Chicago.

Parents, your input is important to us. Please give us the time to complete the Illinois 5Essentials Parent Survey by January 18, 2019. Your participation in the parent survey will help us understand the conditions at your child’s school and guide improvement.

School board officials are actively seeking to fill a board vacancy and invite District 53 residents to consider applying to fill the unexpired term.