Butler SD 53 News

The Butler School District 53 Board of Education and the Oak Brook Education Association (OBEA) have agreed to a new five-year contract covering the 46 full-time and 10 part-time faculty members in the District.

After five years leading Butler School District 53, Superintendent Dr. Heidi Wennstrom notified the Board of Education that she will retire at the end of the 2018-19 school year. The Board has immediately begun the process to search for a replacement.

This school year, District 53 will be utilizing our newly updated PowerSchool Parent Portal to communicate back-to-school information with parents.

Have you ever wondered how Butler District 53 stacks up to other school districts? Have you asked what is the true value of an excellent education?

Read up on the latest happenings in the community newsletter Newsline. See photos of graduates, read excerpts from their speeches, see photos from Exploremore Day and learn more about the plan to move the District to the next level of excellence.

The Butler School District 53 Board of Education has announced the appointment of Laura Bieselin as a new Board member.

Butler District 53 Superintendent Dr. Heidi Wennstrom was honored for her long-time support of education with a Distinguished Service Award of Excellence by the Illinois Chapter of the National School Public Relations Association’s (INSPRA).

Fifty-nine 8th grade students celebrated their years at Brook Forest and Butler Junior High during their May 30 commencement.

Dozens of Brook Forest and Butler Junior High students were recognized at the District 53 Board of Education meeting May 14, 2018.

Butler School District 53 Board of Education member Cabin Kim resigned from the Board, effective May 16, 2018. School board officials are actively seeking to fill the vacancy and invite District 53 residents to consider applying to fill the unexpired term.

Please update your calendars to reflect the following date changes.

Winter 2018 Newsletter

March 27, 2018

The District 53 community newsletter Newsline was recently published. Stories on the Hour of Code, new playgrounds at both schools and details on the Student Performance and Achievement Report were all highlighted. Read the stories here.

Butler School District 53 is proud to present our draft strategic planning documents. Feedback welcome.

The Board of Education heard its annual Student Achievement and Performance Report for 2016-17, which showed some remarkable test scores and student growth.

Parents, please take the Illinois 5Essentials Parent Survey by January 30, 2018. Your participation in the parent survey will help us understand the conditions at your child’s school and guide improvement.

Board Meeting Date Change

December 29, 2017

The date for the January Regular Board of Education meeting has changed from 1/8/18 to 1/22/18.

Kindergarten Registration

December 21, 2017

Registration for students entering kindergarten next fall will be held this month on the following dates. Registration for students new to first grade will also be held at the same time. (Current Butler District 53 kindergarteners do not need to register for first grade at this time.)

Butler School District 53 Board of Education Secretary Ahmad Sulaiman served as guest teacher in Brook Forest’s 5th grade classroom on Dec. 19.

Science Olympiad

December 18, 2017

Congratulations to Butler District 53’s Science Olympiad teams on their first competition of the season, which was held at the British International School of Chicago on Dec. 9.

Survey Deadline Extended

December 11, 2017

Butler School District 53 has extended the timeline for completion of its strategic planning survey to 5 p.m. Friday, Dec. 18.

If you do not want your son or daughter to participate, fill out the form and ask your child to return this sheet to his or her teacher by December 18th.

Butler School District 53 is launching a strategic planning process this fall and would like to invite the community to participate.

Please note that the survey will remain open until December 11th.

Fall 2017 newsletter

November 21, 2017

The fall 2017 newsletter has been published.

The Butler Junior High Math Team took home some big hardware and a clean sweep at two recent competitions.