• Parent & Family Engagement

    Studies show that students are more successful when their families are involved in the educational process. Our Parent & Family Engagement Team hosts events and activities that allow Parents / Guardians to broaden their own interests, while at the same time, improving their ability to support their children in school. The school newsletter, email blast, and other forms of outreach keep everyone informed.


    Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS)

    PBIS is our approach to incentivize school safety and good behavior through prevention, not punishment. Through PBIS, students are taught about behavioral expectations and strategies - and are encouraged to be kind, to be responsible, and to be safe.


    East Side Health District school-based clinic

    East Side Health District operates a school-based health center which promotes preventative, primary, and acute care among the School District’s students. Services provided to district students are free of charge, and include: routine physical examinations, sports physicals, immunizations, health education, and education regarding personal hygiene. Referrals are also made for routine dental examinations.


    Bright Smiles school-based dental treatment

    Bright Smiles, provides in-house dental examinations, sealants, fluoride treatments, and prophylaxis to qualified school district students that present themselves for treatment with a consent form signed by a Parent/Guardian.


    Physical, Occupational, and Speech Therapy

    After an injury, physical therapists (PTs) work to decrease pain, improve movement, and help kids return to daily activities. They teach kids exercises designed to help them regain strength and range of motion. PTs also show kids and families how to prevent future injuries.

    Occupational therapy (OT) is a treatment for problems with movement and coordination. It helps children improve the motor skills involved in everyday tasks like writing and getting dressed.

    Speech therapy consists of activities meant to improve communication by addressing delays and disorders in language, articulation, oral motor dysfunction, apraxia of speech, social language, stuttering, feeding and swallowing, and cognitive skills.


    Ages & Stages Questionnaire (ASQ)

    The Ages & Stages Questionnaire is designed to identify social-emotional challenges and pinpoint developmental progress, respectively. Screening outcomes allow families and staff to determine whether to continue with their current regimen of activities, or to adopt a new course of action and include further assessments, specialized interventions, or ongoing monitoring.


    DIAL-4 developmental assessment

    The DIAL-4 developmental assessment tool evaluates students’ mastery of age-appropriate language in the areas of articulation, objects and actions, letters and sounds, and problem solving to arrive at an overall decision as to whether language development meets expectations or there are potential delays.


    Branching Minds developmental assessment

    If a teacher is concerned that a student is experiencing developmental challenges which are detrimental to his/her learning, the Branching Minds Behavior Insight Survey is used to analyze the observed classroom behaviors and generate research-backed, education-based solutions. The in-depth survey spans 5 different developmental categories, and the data generated by the online application becomes the foundation for all service referrals and interventions.


    Response To Intervention (RTI) Team

    The Response to Intervention (RTI) Team is composed of the instructional coaches, the school social worker, the data specialist, and pod leaders from each village in the school. The team meets twice per month to address any concerns regarding student behavior.


    Language Interpretation and Translation

    To meet the needs of a more diverse population in the Metro-East region and to help overcome any language and cultural barriers encountered by Spanish-speaking families, School District 189 has contracted Puentes de Esperanza to provide language interpretation and translation services for families throughout the district.


    Small-Group Reading

    Through use of the American Reading Company Foundational Skills Toolkit, students are assessed to determine where their reading readiness begins. Students are taught to read and recognize high-frequency words, reading comprehension, how to identify key ideas and details using text support, how to track print, and the essentials of phonics. 

    Free Bus Transportation

    School District 189's Transportation department provides student transportation services to resident public and private school students in accordance with Illinois State Board of Education.  All regular education students who live 1.5 miles or greater from their school will be provided bus transportation services. For more information, visit this page on the School District 189 website.