Welcome to Evergreen Park Elementary School District 124

Our website is your gateway to information about Evergreen Park public schools grades Pre-K through 8. We invite you to visit frequently for the latest news and information.  
School Report Cards
Click here for School Report Cards 
Middle School Transitions
Each of the following documents listed below will serve as a resource for parents and guardians to better understand the transition that will take place next school year as sixth grade students move from elementary school to middle school.

The Nature of Middle Level
Transition to Middle School
The Transition from Elementary School to Middle School

Senate Bill 16: A Letter from D124's Superintendent Dr. Robert Machak
Please click here for an update on Senate Bill 16. 
Architechtural Services RFQ
Click here to view the RFQ details

It's Official: District 124 Now Joins the Facebook Community
School District 124 is pleased to announce that we are now a member of the Facebook community! Please be sure to visit and “like” the official Evergreen Park Elementary School District 124 page by visiting www.facebook.com.
Evergreen Park's The Village Pantry Coalition to Hold Annual Food Drive
The Village Pantry Coalition will be holding its annual food drive from October 17 through December 19. To learn more about the various ways you can help to make a difference in the lives of others, please select one of the links below.

The Village Pantry - English
The Village Pantry - Spanish
Senate Bill 16- School Funding Reform Act of 2014
Senate Bill 16, the School Funding Reform Act, passed the Illinois Senate in May and is now in the House of Representatives. If this bill passes in November, School District 124 stands to lose $873,000 – or 43% - of our annual state funding. Our $873,000 loss would be redistributed to other school districts throughout the state. This bill adds no new dollars to fund schools across the state; it redistributes current funding based on “local ability to pay” formula. More than 460 school districts around the state stand to lose a percentage of their current state funding under this legislation. We are asking community members to contact our local legislators to express your concern over this potentially catastrophic loss to our District. Please contact:

-Bobby L. Rush – US Congressional District #1 – (773) 224-6500; www.rush.house.gov

-William Cunningham – Senate District #18 – (773) 445-8128
Senator Cunningham voted “no” on this bill last May and will join us here October 7th!

-Kelly Burke – Representative District #36 – (708) 425-0571; kellyb@ilga.gov
-Richard Durbin – US Senate – (618) 351-112; durbin.senate.gov
-Mark Kirk – US Senate – (312) 886-3506; www.kirk.senate.gov
-Pat Quinn – Governor – (217) 558-3085; www2.illinois.gov/gov

We will be posting more information on our website and sending information home to parents in the coming weeks. In the meantime, please visit www.isbe.net/efac and www.edgeillinois.com for more information about this legislation.
Message From State Superintendent Christopher A. Koch
Last week I attended the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) annual policy meeting. There was significant discussion on a number of topics, including implementation of new assessments and data privacy. However, much of our discussion centered on the possibility of the reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA).

The recent election has changed the playing field in Congress, with both houses under control of one party. Many observers feel that this is the best chance that we have had for ESEA reauthorization in years. CCSSO is committed to promoting reauthorization and we will advocate for quick action on the law that was last authorized in January 2002.

We met with U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan, who restated his department's desire to move forward with reauthorization of ESEA. Duncan said he feels waivers have been good not only in providing relief for states and districts, but also in providing new ideas on how to drive student improvement. Duncan seems optimistic that reauthorization is a real possibility in the last two years of this administration.

I was also elected to serve a two-year term on the CCSSO Board of Directors. I was last on the Board in 2011-12 and also served as president of the organization in 2010-11. As a member of the Board, I will help guide the organization as it advocates for education at the federal level.

Fall block administration of the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) exams begins Dec. 1. This will be the first administration of PARCC. The fall block testing is only for the high school, paper-based assessment, with about 3,200 students in Illinois participating.

PARCC released the third edition of the PARCC Accessibility Features and Accommodations Manual, a comprehensive policy document that provides guidance to districts to ensure that the PARCC mid-year, performance-based, and end-of-year assessments provide valid results for all participating students. This manual is to be used as a training tool and addresses the specific needs of students with disabilities, English learners, and English learners with disabilities.

You may access this latest edition of the PARCC Accessibility Features and Accommodations Manual at http://parcconline.org/parcc-accessibility-features-and-accommodations-manual.

Have a great week.
2929 W. 87th Street     Evergreen Park, IL 60805     P 708.423.0950     F 708.423.4292
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