2014-2015 Highlights

    Please click here to read important information from Superintendent Doster regarding District 161 initiatives, including the five-year strategic plan. 

    School Time Changes For 2014-2015

    At the February 10th, 2014 Board of Education meeting, the Board approved time changes for our four elementary buildings and Parker Junior High School. The changes will take effect starting in the 2014-2015 school year. For more information, please click here.

    Exciting News!!

    Mrs. Klein's First Grade Class Wins National Book Challenge!

    Western Ave Elementary Class Wins National Book Challenge
    Student-created book earns national recognition and school grant.

    Flossmoor,IL, the students of Mrs. Klein’s class at Western Ave Elementary School are celebrating the publication of their book in a big way. The class was recently notified that their book, “When We Grow Up”, has been selected as a winner in the Studentreasures National Book Challenge.

    More than one million students from elementary, middle, high school and colleges participate in the student publishing project each year sponsored by Studentreasures and Nationwide Learning, LLC. Mrs. Klein’s first grade class was one of thirty selected as a winner this year. The criteria for selection include an eye-catching book cover, an interesting topic or storyline, colorful illustrations and original content.

    Mrs. Klein’s students spent several weeks collaborating to write and illustrate their book.  “When We Grow Up” is a fun book about the career’s that each child would like to have when they grow up. The first grade students incorporated various different professions in their book. The corresponding illustrations were imaginative, detailed and flowed appropriately with the text.  As a reward their classroom will receive a school grant from Studentreasures.

    Here is a link to view the students' book on video.  http://vimeo.com/98543450

    Western Avenue is proud to showcase its collection of PBIS videos. Please click here to watch our stars in action. 

    Student Song!

    Western Avenue has some fantastic talent! So, without further adu, under the direction of Mr. Hood and Mrs. Kubas, here are Dori, Audrey, Stephen, Dillion, Lucia, and Sam singing "The PBIS Bully Song." Please click link below.

    My Song.m4a

    Social Media Update

    Flossmoor School District 161 has a new Facebook page and we are inviting you to visit us there and 'like' the new page. The name of the page recently changed, so you may need to 're-like' us. We also encourage you to visit our Twitter feed below. 


    Congratulations on Receiving the Apple Distinguished Program

    Flossmoor School District 161 named Apple Distinguished Program (2013-2015)

    Flossmoor School District 161 is pleased to announce that it has been recognized as an Apple Distinguished Program for 2013-2015 for its 21st Century Learning Initiative: Personalized Learning Using Digital Tools

    The Apple Distinguished Program designation is reserved for programs that meet criteria for innovation, leadership, and educational excellence, and demonstrate Apple’s vision of exemplary learning environments.

    The selection of Flossmoor School District 161 as an Apple Distinguished Program highlights our success as an innovative and compelling learning environment that engages students and provides tangible evidence of academic accomplishment. 

    To view the letter from Apple, please click here.

    Local Weather

    Today, 8/1/2014
    High: 80 Low: 61
    Chance thunderstorms
    40% chance of precipitation.
    Tomorrow, 8/2/2014
    High: 78 Low: 61
    Chance thunderstorms
    38% chance of precipitation.

    Upcoming Events

    Wednesday, August 13
    Class Assignment Pickup
    8:30-11:30 a.m.
    1:00-3:30 p.m.
    Thursday, August 14
    Class Assignment Pickup
    1:00-3:30 p.m.
    5:00-7:30 p.m.
    Tuesday, August 19
    Class Assignment Pickup
    8:30-11:30 a.m.
    1:00-3:30 p.m.
    Wednesday, August 20
    Class Assignment Pickup
    1:00-3:30 p.m.
    5:00-7:30 p.m.
    Thursday, August 21
    New Family/Kindergarten Orientation
    4:30 p.m.
    WA gym

    Daily Announcements

    To report a student absent please call the Western Ave. Attendance Line at (708)709-7699 ext. 2054.  Please leave your name, student's name, date of absence, reason for absence and a number where you may be reached. If you are calling after 9:30 a.m. contact the school directly at (708)647-7400.

    WEATHER PROCEDURES-Outdoor recess unless:

    *Rain, or icy conditions
    Below 20 degrees or wind chill 10 degrees
    Extremely high winds