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PUBLIC VOICE While Forrestville Valley continues to have highly qualified staff in front of our students, our goal is to retain our great Dear Editor, people. We want to let the community know As one way to attract high quality about a significant shortage we are staff for our openings throughout the experiencing in the field of education district, Forrestville Valley now offers, across the state. for any staff member employed by the To date, we have nearly 3,000 teachdistrict, tuition free opportunities for ing positions not yet filled across Illinois.  their children.   This means that area schools are This option is possible through the going without certified or qualified recent waiver issued by the Illinois State staff, and/or schools are eliminating Board of Education.   programs.  Any staff member who lives outside the boundaries of Forrestville Valley may elect to have his or her children attend

Forreston and German Valley Schools in grades K-12 at no out of district tuition cost. The district is currently seeking applicants for teachers for the 2019-2020 school year to include the following: HS science teacher, JH social studies teacher, school bus drivers, and a variety of coaching and advising positions.  Please visit our website at to learn more about these openings and how to apply. Forreston Junior/Senior High School and Forreston Grade School were both designated as Exemplary schools by the Illinois State Board of Education this

year. This designation places our schools in the top 10 percent of all Illinois public schools.   We are one of the few rural schools to offer a comprehensive Project Lead the Way STEM Curriculum through our junior high robotics class and high school engineering pathway courses.  We look forward to adding to our culture of excellence next school year. Sheri Smith Superintendent Forrestville Valley School District


Art group to host spring art show

• Friday, April 26, 2019

Eagle’s Nest Art Group will host its annual Spring Membership Art Show on Saturday, April 27 and Sunday, April 28 from 1 to 4 p.m. and on Saturday, May 4 and Sunday, May 5 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. The show will be held at the ENAG gallery is on the second floor of Conover Square Mall, 201 N. Third St., Oregon. An elevator is available. The public is invited to the opening reception on Saturday, April 28 from 1 to 4 p.m. to enjoy an afternoon of local art.  Artists will be on hand and refreshments will be served. The show consists of more than 50 pieces of art, representing a wide variety of media: oil, acrylic and watercolor paintings, glass work, pottery, gourd art, calligraphy, drawing, and jewelry. In support of the Hands On Oregon project, ENAG is selling specially marked art pieces with all of the proceeds going to help with the work of this community project.  The annual art show is dedicated to celebrating a long history of art in the community.   The Eagle’s Nest Art Group began in 1957 and continues to support the work of local artists with art shows, programs, and classes.  More information about the group will be available at the show. The shops of Conover Square will be open during show hours. The show is free. Parking is plentiful. For more information call 815-7327783 or 815-734-6594.

The Performing Arts Guild Presents

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Performance Dates: May 3-4-5, 2019 Pinecrest Grove Theatre

Performance Times:

Pinecrest Grove Community Center South McKendrie & Evergreen Mount Morris, Illinois

Friday 7:00 p.m. Saturday 7:00 p.m. Sunday 2:00 p.m.

For Information and/or Tickets call 815.734.2103 TICKETS GO ON SALE APRIL 1 Order online at, click on tickets Tickets: $14.00 Reserved, $12.00 General Admission Students and Seniors, $2.00 Discount Produced by special arrangement with The Dramatic Publishing Company of Woodstock, Illinois Dramatized by Christopher Sergel, from the book, “Cheaper by the Dozen”, by Frank B. Gilbreth, Jr., and Ernestine Gilbreth Carey SM-ST1650339

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