WHD 147

Hour of Code in Third Grade 
Celebrating Computer Science Education Week! 
Mrs. Deeringer's third grade is celebrating Computer Science Week by learning how to code with Ms. Julie White at King Elementary.  Students are using the website code.org to learn block coding.  They are also creating a binary code bracelet, using code to write their name with beads on the bracelet.  Computer Science Week runs Dec. 4-10th and is an annual event that promotes the integration of technology skills into the classroom.

District 147 Congratulates our December 2017, 
Superintendent's All Stars
for their hardwork and outstanding achievements!

Members of the ALL STAR Squad are recognized as those that adhere to school rules and procedures, remain on task, and go above and beyond in and out of the classroom. Each month, teacher's in every classroom nominate a student that exhibits responsible characteristics, attends school regularly, and works hard. 

Check out the December 2017 nominees:
Rosa Parks Middle School partners with Thornridge High School for 
Junior High Achievement! 
On Friday, December, 1, 2017, 28 students from Thornridge High School presented the Junior Achievement program to Rosa Parks' 5th and 6th grade students.  Students received engaging, hands-on activities about financial literacy, work readiness, and entrepreneurship right in their classroom!

On Thursday, November 30, 2017, Rosa Parks Middle School held its STEM/Family Reading Night. Students participated in activities such as poetry, creating a pop up book, making glitter slime, and dancing popcorn.


 Quarter 1 Honor Roll and Perfect Attendance Awards Ceremony at

Rosa Parks Middle School 

The Honor Roll and Perfect Attendance Awards Ceremony was held on Tuesday, November 21, 2017 at Rosa Parks Middle School. Students who attained Honor Roll, Distinguished Honor Roll or Perfect Attendance for Quarter 1 were recognized at the assembly and received an award

Great work to all of our award recipients and we wish all students a successful and productive second quarter! 


Rosa Parks Middle School hosted a Turkey Trot and Family Fun Night held on November 16, 2017. Students, families and staff were able to run laps around the school to earn tickets for prizes and food. There was also a dance contest and basketball free throw shoot out for prizes. Participants also enjoyed arts and crafts tables, which Included sand art, coloring, and painting. There was pizza, drinks, and an ice cream station to snack on. There was also an estimation station where 3 participants came closest to guessing the correct amount of sour candy, m&ms and candy corn in a bag. 

 Students in Mrs. Taylor's class at Rosa Parks' Middle School present on the Solar System...
On November 8, sixth grade students presented their projects on an assigned planet in Mrs. Taylor's class. Students could create a PowerPoint, Poster, Song/Rap, or a travel brochure. Students did a great job on their presentations. Great work, sixth grade!





A fun-filled event for all!

The Fall S.T.E.A.M. and Family Fun Fest took place on Thursday, November 2nd, 2017 at Martin Luther King Elementary School. Students were able to enjoy a wide-variety of events and activities in Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics (S.T.E.A.M.), including: learning with 3D printing, making fall slime, using Garage Band, making autumn leaves, mastering the art of cup stacking, building pine cone turkeys, partaking in a geo-board challenge, building bridges and structures with candy pumpkins, and learning about walking on water in science. Additionally, students and families enjoyed a wonderful presentation and special appearance from Staley Da Bear with the Chicago Bears!

Staley’s presentation focused on reading and literacy. Students were able to learn about Staley’s love and enthusiasm for reading and learning, mixed with music, comedy, and lots of fun and laughter! According to the Chicago Bears website, Staley’s instruction focuses on “five essential components of reading which, according to the National Institute for Literacy include: phonetic awareness, phonics, fluency, vocabulary and comprehension” ("Tales To Tackle").

We thank our students, families, board members, teachers, and staff for coming out to enjoy such an exciting evening! 

Staley Da Bear, Families, Students, Staff and Mrs. Chapman dance to the Cha Cha Slide


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 The Rosa Parks Middle School Cultural Fest that took place on Tuesday, October 24, 2017, was a great turnout for students and families! We would like to thank all of those who dedicated their time and resources towards making the event a memorable one. Special thanks also to Ms. Debra Stachovic for her assistance with capturing some of the highlights from the event!

2nd District Congresswoman, Robin Kelly
visits Lincoln Early Center! 

On Tuesday, October 17, 2017, 2nd District Congresswoman Robin Kelly visited our Lincoln Early Learning Center to read a story to students on money and financial savings. The book, titled “Money Does Grow on Trees,” teaches younger children about money, from financial savings, to spending, and investments. Google Books notes that the book emphasizes on offering “exercises and concrete examples on everything from responsible budgeting to understanding the difference between "want" and "need" for children of every age.”

Following the story, students were able to ask questions about the book, and also about the job duties of the congresswoman. Mrs. Kelly also shared with students a little about her work and provided information about the Library of Congress, located in Washington D.C. Mrs. Kelly and her Administrative Chief of Staff, Ms. Audra Wilson, donated several books to students and the learning center’s library media center. We are incredibly grateful for Mrs. Kelly and her staff for taking the time out of their very busy schedule to read to our children, as well as, donate a gracious amount of books to our future leaders.

Students concluded the day’s activities by participating in an engaging lesson on money, saving, and spending, provided by Chloe McKenzie, Financial Advisor for BlackFem Investments, and Jihan Dubose, District Representative for Congresswoman Kelly’s office. Mrs. McKenzie taught students the importance of “growing your financial seed,” and how you can turn 1 dollar into 100 dollars, and so on.

Others in attendance at the event included Mrs. Bonnie Rateree, Board of Education President; Mrs. Johnnetta Miller, Superintendent of Schools; Dr. David Lopez, Assistant Superintendent; Mr. Ryan Whitcomb, Data/Communications Manager; Ms. Ethel Hayes, retired teacher; Ms. Taiyuan Banks-Tillmon, Principal; Mrs. R.J. Neal, Assistant Principal; Ms. Yolanda Brown, Parent Coordinator; Ms. Angie Cross, Lincoln Building Substitute; and Ms. Heather Johnson, Technology Integration Specialist.

District 147 appreciates the support of the Congresswoman’s Office, as well as Mrs. McKenzie from BlackFem, for providing such a wonderful learning opportunity for our early learners.



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Happy Holidays from D147!


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Upcoming Events
Winter Break
Sat Dec 23 2017
to Fri Jan 5 2018

 Bus Route/Crossing Guard Lists
The 2017-2018 Bus Route/Bus Stop and Crossing Guard Lists are now available online. To view the information, click the links below:

2017-2018 Bus Route/Bus Stop List
2017-2018 Crossing Guard List 
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If you have any questions regarding your son or daughter's route, please do not hesitate to contact your child's school office.

A Message from our Superintendent

Families and Community Members of West Harvey-Dixmoor School District 147:

I am humbled and honored to serve as your next Superintendent of Schools!

As a leader, my belief is that it is important to understand that academic excellence is directly connected to all other influences that a child experiences. Our mission is to create a climate of excellence by empowering all students and stakeholders to attain their highest potential both academically and socially. Just as I want the best for my own children, I believe it is my duty to make decisions that are in the best interests of the children that I serve.

Through collaboration, communication, and commitment, I aim to create a collaborative trusting, relationship with staff; dependable, respectful, and open environment for parents; and a safe, relevant, and engaging environment for students.

I believe in commitment to integrity, education, and the District’s vision of creating excellence and empowering all. I look forward to working with you, as my efforts and energy are utilized to create experiences that motivate and inspire our students, as we prepare them to excel!

I look forward to building our partnership and working with you this year!



Mrs. Johnnetta Miller

Superintendent of Schools

West Harvey-Dixmoor SD 147
191 W. 155th Place
Harvey, IL 60426
Ph: 708-339-9500
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