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Opinion

Bagus: District 100 welcomes students back school

The beginning of the 2014-2015 school year is approaching and I would like to welcome you to visit our website, www.bsd100.org, to obtain information and read of the great things happening in District 100!

Our back to school picnic/carnival was held on Aug. 17 at Proksa Park. All were welcomed to attend to learn more about our district and meet with the staff that were on hand from each South Berwyn school.The event was a success and we hope to continue providing this event each year. 

School District 100 piloted a Virtual Summer School (VSS) program over the summer. There are only a few schools in the country that provide this type of a virtual summer program and we are pleased to report that 675 participating students completed 483,527 minutes of math and 521,968 minutes of reading in this first pilot summer!  

Students accomplished this incredible feat from home with consistent encouragement and monitoring from their teachers, and all online! District 100 continues to be a leader in educating Berwyn’s children using technology. The VSS program will ensure that Summer Learning Loss (SLL) is dramatically decreased. Children are engaged while their parents are working and our vision of ranking within the top 25 percent of school districts in the State of Illinois as evidenced by state testing is closer to becoming a reality. 

In other news, Gov. Pat Quinn signed House Bill 3816 July 29 at Irving School. The bill will allow Illinois residents the opportunity to voice their opinion on whether millionaires should pay a little more to help ensure all students have access to a high-quality education. The legislation establishes a statewide advisory referendum on the Nov. 4 ballot to ask voters if they favor a surcharge paid by the state’s wealthiest individuals to provide much-needed funding for public education in classrooms across Illinois. This action is part of Gov. Quinn’s commitment to delivering stronger education in Illinois. Please visit our website for coverage of the event.

Jane Bagus is assistant superintendent and director of student services for School District 100

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