Annual Report

2015-2016 Annual Report of the Olympia Fields Education Commission 

September, 2016

­Local Educational Meetings
Representatives of the Educational Commission have attended a variety of School District Board Meetings. Teachers, Administrators and School Board members have also met with the Commission at different times throughout the year.

The Mini Grant Program
The mini grant program continued for the fifth year. This year thirteen grants were awarded. Details are attached.

Southland College Prep Charter High School
The Commission continued support for the Southland College Prep Charter High School.
The graduation of their third class took place in May of 2016.

Olympia Fields President’s Scholarship
Members of the Educational Commission facilitated the choice of a recipient of the President’s Scholarship for Olympia Fields residents.

Student Report Card
The report card document for our school districts was distributed to Olympia Fields residents in August of 2016. Copy attached

2016 College and Career Symposium

The 2016 College and Career Symposium took place May 31, 2016 at the Southland College Prep Charter High School. The successful event was sponsored by the Olympia Fields Educational Commission and Franciscan St. James Health. See attachments.
Attachments to this Report

2016 Mini Grant Details
2016 College and Career Symposium
2016 Student Report Card
Activities of the Olympia Fields Educational Commission from September 2015 through September 2016.

Olympia Fields Educational Commission Members
David Mekatski – Chairman Pro Tem
Arthur Byrd
Tonya Davis
Reggie Ford
Ernie Gibson
Doris Langon
Karen McCray
Kelvin Oliver
Don Ransford
Cheryl Rutherford
Fred Veazey
Ilene Waite
Delores Wood

Our sincere thanks for all the help we receive from Faith Stine, Gladys Foster and Naomi Perkins. They always do what we need in a timely and cheerful fashion! We really appreciate your help!

2014-2015 Annual Report of the Olympia Fields Education Commission
July 2015

Local Educational Meetings
Representatives of the Education Commission have been present at all School District 227 Board Meetings. Teachers, administrators and School Board members have also met with the Commission at different times throughout the year.

The Mini Grant Program
The mini grant program continued for the fourth year. This year fifteen grants were awarded from  among 39 applicants. Details are attached

Voters’ Forum
On February 22, 2015 a Forum was held for the candidates for the School Board for High School District 227 at the Auditorium of Rich South High School. The forum was sponsored by the Enhancement Organization of Olympia Fields and the Educational Commission. The forum was recorded and televised through the south suburban area. Flyer attached.

Southland College Prep Charter High School
The Commission continued support for the Southland College Prep Charter High School.
The graduation of their second class took place May 22, 2015.

Olympia Fields President’s Scholarship
Members of the Educational Commission facilitated the choice of recipients of the newly inaugurated President’s Scholarship for two Olympia Fields residents.

Student Report Card
The report card document for our school districts was distributed to Olympia Fields residents in April of 2015. Copy attached

2015 College and Career Symposium
The 2015 College and Career Symposium took place June 3, 2015 at the Southland College Prep Charter High School. The successful event was sponsored by The Village of Olympia Fields and Matteson School District #162. See attachments.

Attachments to this Report
Forum flyer
2015 Mini Grant Details
2015 College and Career Symposium (program and speakers)
2015 Student Report Card
Activities of the Olympia Fields Educational Commission from September 2014 through June 2015.

Olympia Fields Educational Commission Members
David Mekatski – Chairman Pro Tem
Reggie Ford
Ernie Gibson
Doris Langon
Karen McCray
Kelvin Oliver
Don Ransford
Cheryl Rutherford
Fred Veazey
Ilene Waite
Delores Wood

Visit us at: www.ofeducationcommission.com

Our sincere thanks for all the help we receive from Faith Stine, Gladys Foster and Naomi Perkins. They always do what we need in a timely and cheerful fashion! We really appreciate your help!

July 2015

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2013-2014 Annual Report of the Olympia Fields Education Commission

July 2014

Local Educational Meetings
Representatives of the Education Commission have been present at all School District 227 Board Meetings. The September Educational Commission meeting was attended by leadership of School District 227, including a School Board member, the acting Superintendent, the Assistant Superintendent of Operations, the President of the Teacher’s Union and the Principal of Rich Central High School.

Outreach

Two commissioners attended the South Holland Education Commission meeting, in response to their request. The commissioners shared information on strategies and activities which have been successful for the Olympia Fields Educational Commission.

The Mini Grant Program

The mini grant program continued for the third year. This year twelve grants were awarded from 69 applicants. Details are attached

2014 College and Career Symposium

The 2014 College and Career Symposium took place May 30, 2014 at the Southland College Prep Charter High School. The successful event was sponsored by The Village of Olympia Fields and Matteson School District #162. See attachments.

Southland College Prep Charter High School

The Commission continued support for the Southland College Prep Charter High School. The graduation of their first class took place May 24, 2014.

Report Card

The report card document for our school districts is currently in preparation.

Educational Commission Newsletter

An Educational Commission newsletter is being planned for distribution in November of 2014.

Attachments to this Report

Mini Grant Details

Middle School College and Career Symposium (agenda)

Middle School College and Career Symposium (pictures)

2014 College and Career Symposium (program)

Activities of the Olympia Fields Educational Commission from September 2013 through June 2014.Visit us at: www.ofeducationcommission.com

Our sincere thanks for all the help we receive from Faith Stine, Gladys Foster and Naomi Perkins. They always do what we need in a timely and cheerful fashion! We really appreciate you!

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2012-2013 Annual Report of the Olympia Fields Education Commission

July 2013

­Local Educational Meetings

Representatives of the Education Commission have been present at all School District 227 Board Meetings. We are also represented on the Citizens Advisory Council for SD 227. Members have attended the Campus Forums which are scheduled to discuss test scores and other matters of interest.

Report Card

The Commission produced the Report on Student Achievement 2012. This document contained information on the test results for schools in our area and instructions to get more information on these results. It was sent to all residents of Olympia Fields to keep them be informed. (Copy attached)

Voters’ Forum

On March 2, 2013, the Commission, in conjunction with the Enhancement Organization of Olympia Fields, presented a forum for the candidates for the School Board of Rich High School District 227. The forum was held at the Rich South High School Auditorium and showed the ten candidates. The presentation was videotaped and shown on local cable channels.

 The Mini Grant Program
The mini grant program continued for the second year. This year eleven grants were awarded. The requirements and reporting of results were tweaked. Details are attached.


2013 College and Career Symposium

Education for the Serious Minded morphed into the 2013 College and Career Symposium which took place April 19, 2013 at the Southland College Prep Charter High School. The successful event was sponsored by The Village of Olympia Fields, South Metropolitan Higher Education Consortium and Matteson School District #162. See attachments.

Southland College Prep Charter High School

The Commission continued support for the Southland College Prep Charter High School.
The School Board of District 227, with two newly elected Board members, announced in May that they were terminating all court cases against the Charter School and they hope to have a new era of collaboration. 

Attachments to this Report

 Educational Commission Report on Student Achievement 2012

Mini Grant Details

Middle School College and Career Symposium (pictures)

2013 College and Career Symposium (program)

Activities of the Olympia Fields Educational Commission from January 2012 to October 2012

Activities of the Olympia Fields Educational Commission from November 2012 to June 2013


Our sincere thanks for all the help we receive from Gladys Foster, Naomi Perkins and Faith Stine. They always do what we need in a timely and cheerful fashion! We really appreciate you!

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2011-2012 Annual Report of the Olympia Fields Education Commission

 October 1, 2012

Voters’ Forum

Starting in February of 2011, the Educational Commission of Olympia Fields held joint meetings representatives of the Education Committees from Matteson and Country Club Hills., and the Enhancement Organization of Olympia Fields (EOOF), with attention being centered on the spring elections. Since the trustees of Olympia Fields were running unopposed, attention was focused on the elections for school board. A forum was held on March 20, 2011 at Rich South High School. Because EOOF had experience running forums based on the model used by the League of Women Voters, they worked with the Commission to create the presentation which was televised on local cable channels.

 Southland College Prep Charter High School

Throughout the development of the Southland College Prep Charter High School, the Educational Commission acted in a supporting role, with representatives present at court cases in Chicago and Springfield, and at opening ceremonies in the fall of 2010. Our support was acknowledged by Dr. Blondean Davis when the court case against the Charter School was finally dropped by School District 227, Jan. 18, 2012.

Education for the Serious Minded

In January, 2012, work began on the college and career readiness program. Many hours were spent in brainstorming and organizational meetings. The decision was made to direct efforts toward sixth, seventh and eighth grade pupils and their parents. The locale chosen is Prairie State College. The commission partnered with the South Metropolitan Higher Education Consortium for the planning of this event. ACM Public Relations has been contracted to help effectively market Education for the Serious Minded.

Local Educational Meetings

Representatives of the Education Commission have been present at all School District 227 Board Meetings. We are also represented on the Citizens Advisory Council for SD 227. Members have attended the Campus Forums which are scheduled to discuss test scores and other matters of interest.

The Mini Grant Program

In September, 2011 the Olympia Fields Education Commission issued a request for proposals for a grant of $1,000 to all teachers employed in school districts that serve the Village of Olympia. The grant funds were to be used to support the academic success of students as evidenced by mastery of the Illinois Learning Standards in the subject identified in the grant proposal.

The commission received twenty-seven proposals. Ten proposals were selected and funded through the 2011 Mini Grant Program. The Board of Trustees was provided a copy of the 2011-2012 Mini Grant Approval Chart. A total of $10,000 was awarded; one thousand dollars for each award. The winning recipients and their principals were presented their awards at a reception on January 10, 2012. The reception was held prior to the regular meeting of the Olympia Fields Education Commission.

In order to gauge the success of the programs, all recipients were asked to submit an Impact Summary Page outlining evidence of the project’s success. Several schools attached pictures capturing active student engagement. Other statements demonstrated the multiple uses of the funds for classroom and school wide program. The grants were used to promote literacy, online numeracy skill development, historical research and related art projects, a History Fair/Expo, a greenhouse managed by third graders, and the purchase of ProBot robots.

The main lesson learned from the inaugural Mini Grant Program was that as a Commission we need hard data to show that the stated goals were met. For 2013 the impact statement will consist of guided questions and evidence requirements rather than asking for an open-ended statement. See attached.

The 2012-2013 Mini Grant Request for Proposals is currently being developed and is scheduled to reach the schools by October 10, 2012.