October 22nd through October 29th
Red Ribbon Week starts October 25th. Red Ribbon Week emphasizes the importance of drug and alcohol awareness. We have a number of activities and a spirit week planned for students to honor Red Ribbon Week. See the Red Ribbon Week Activities and Spirit days below.
Also, you can find some pictures of our students for Plank Unity Day below. Students and staff wore orange as a symbol of unity against bullying. We had a large number of students wearing orange on Wednesday.
Now that we are a quarter way into the school year, continue to review the expectations on our What to Expect at Plank for 2021-22 School Year presentation with your child. Continual reinforcement of our expectations for students is important to get back into the routine of school. You can find our presentation here>>>. LINK
Plank is also hiring! We are in need of several positions throughout Plank, such as Teaching Assistants, Long Term Substitute Teachers, A Dean's Assistant, and Crossing Guards. Please visit our Employment opportunities page to view all opportunities and/or complete an online application!
The staff at Plank Junior High is committed to serving the students and parents of the surrounding community. If you have questions, please do not hesitate to contact me, and we can work together to find solutions. I can be reached at 630-551-9400 and firstname.lastname@example.org. We look forward to partnering with you and your child throughout the year.
Always in partnership,
Plank Junior High School
Plank Anonymous Reporting
Plank has a system for reporting anonymously. Click the link below to fill out an incident report to let the Principal and Assistant Principals know what happened.
Additional Reporting Opportunities
Pirate's Unite Against Bullying
Important upcoming dates
10/25 through 10/29 - Red Ribbon Week (see below)
10/25 - ALICE Drill
10/28 - High School Credit Opt out forms are due
11/11 - 5 - hour Student Attendence (Parent-teacher conferences)
11/12 - NO STUDENT ATTENDANCE - (Parent-teacher conferences)
11/24, 25, 26 - NO STUDENT ATTENDANCE - Thanksgiving Break
Red Ribbon Week - October 25th through October 29th
Did you know that children of parents who talk to their teens regularly about drugs or alcohol are 42% less likely to use drugs than those who don't; yet only a quarter of teens report having these conversations. Red Ribbon Week is the oldest and largest drug prevention campaign in the nation and it is our collective opportunity to get the conversation started.
Plank Junior High School will be honoring Red Ribbon Week from Monday, October 25, 2021 - Friday, October 29, 2021. This year's theme is: Drug Free Looks Like Me. At school, students will engage in activities that promote a drug free and healthy lifestyle. To further increase student involvement, we will also be having a door decorating contest during SST time in addition to daily Spirit Days.
Please partner with us and discuss this message at home, at the dinner table, at family outings, and with friends and extended family. At the end of the week, ask your student to explain some of the things they learned through our Red Ribbon Week activities. For more information and resources to use at home, go to www.redribbon.org.
Monday - Pajama Day
Tuesday - Favorite Jersey or Sports Team
Wednesday - Wear Red
Thursday - Plaid Shirts or Pants
Friday - Orange and Black for Halloween
Parent Teacher Conferences - November 11th and 12th
All parents/guardians have the option for an in-person or virtual conference. If you sign up for Thursday through the PTC Fast portal, please indicate your preference on the system. If you are in communication with teachers for a Friday conference, please indicate your preference with the teacher.
Home and School Meetings
Home and School Volunteer Opportunities
High School Courses: Credit Opt-Out Process
If you have a student enrolled in Algebra I, Honors English I, or Spanish I and do not want your student to receive high school credit for the class (Algebra I or Honors English I only) or wish to drop the course, please click the “Opt-Out Form” link below for further information. Opt-out forms must be completed and returned to your student’s counselor by Thursday, October 28th, 2021.
Table Games for Lunch Periods
Donations can be made in the Plank Main Office.
Plank Chromebook reminders
As we continue our 1:1 initiatives for students with chromebooks, please encourage your pirate at home to:
- Charge their chromebook and bring it every day
- Treat them carefully. If they break the chromebook, the technology department will contact home regarding the cost of the repair.
- Use them appropriately. Our Securely web filter notifies administration of inappropriate internet searches or words and phrases that could indicate bullying, threats, or self-harm.
Information for the start of the school year
Please view the What to Expect at Plank 2021-2022 Presentation for additional information for the upcoming year!
Lea la presentación en español aquí Qué esperar en Plank - Estudiantes y padres Español 2021-2022
PE Uniforms/Lockers: Students will receive their locks and assigned a locker in PE during the first week of school. Information about this will come through PE.
Lunch: We will serve lunch during the school day this year. We have made some adjustments to our cafeteria seating to allow for social distancing seating for all students. If we need to use additional spaces in the building for lunch, we will accommodate the best we can and keep you informed.
Outside/Vendor Food - Outside vendor foods are not permitted in the lunchrooms this year. We cannot accept a delivery from a vendor (store or delivery such as Grub Hub) on behalf of a student. If a parent delivers outside food, the student will be able to receive their lunch, however, will need to eat in the Main Office and then return to lunch. Thank you.
Lockers: Students are using lockers this year (locker and combination located on the schedule email that was sent out earlier this week). We will encourage students to limit their locker usage to only a few times a day. We encourage students to take a look at their schedule and make a plan as to when the most appropriate time to go to their locker would be. (Example: before school/after school and before/after lunch, or, before school to pack for the first part of the day and then once in the middle of the day, and then at the end of the school day).
Backpacks: Students will be able to carry backpacks during the school day. Students are encouraged to ONLY bring the most important items they will need to participate in class and leave other non-essential items in their lockers.
Cell Phones: Just a reminder...a change in policy occurred last year regarding cell phones. Cell phones must be off and out of sight during the school day, from 8:10 to 3:10. If students need to contact home, they are able to use a school phone, with permission from a Plank staff member.
Buses: To find bus routes, click here for the transportation page on the district website. From there, click on Bus Routes on the left side of the page, then find Plank under the Junior High Arrival section. From there, look for your subdivision/area you live and find the closest stop to your home, which will also include your pick-up time. Please be at your bus stop 5 minutes prior to your pick-up time. Under the Junior High-Dismissal section for Plank, you will find the bus routes with the drop-off location and time.
Due to the many changes, larger student counts, the need for seating charts, and contact tracing, we will NOT be allowing students to ride buses other than their assigned one.
Chromebooks: Any incoming 6th grader, or new or returning student to Plank who has not received their Chromebook, will receive it during the first couple weeks of school. We have been distributing chromebooks to new students during lunches. If your child still needs a Chromebook, please reach out to email@example.com.
Chromebooks that are damaged or not working will need to be turned into the Plank LRC. A loaner will be issued from the LRC until a replacement arrives or the device is repaired. See Dr. Meyer in the LRC.
Temporary Distance Learning: Students placed on Temporary Distance Learning will receive an email from one of the health office staff at Plank or from the district with the quarantine and TDL information attached. Once that is provided, then the classroom teacher will be able to allow a student into the classroom Meet Link for Temporary Distance Learning. Please understand that this could take a day or two while the health office staff is handling daily health procedures, routines, and concerns, but also information pertaining to quarantining students. While you are waiting for a member of the health office staff to contact you, the absence of the student is still considered excused.
21-22 School Yearbook
Don't Delay, Plank Pirates! It's time to order your YEARBOOK for the 21-22 school year. The online store will be open August 9. Order now, so you don't forget and get your $5 DISCOUNT. (From December 1st, cost increases to $30. Final order deadline is January 28, 2022.)
*Optional personalization for an extra fee.
If you have any yearbook questions, please email Ms. Thill at firstname.lastname@example.org.
21-22 Plank Yearbook QR Code
Plank Athletics information
8th Grade Basketball Tryouts
Boys Basketball Tryouts are October 25th, 26th and 27th from 5:00 - 6:30 in the Plank Gym.
Set up a time to meet with the Plank Counselors!
Our Plank counseling team is using a new scheduling tool this year. It allows students and parents to directly book a meeting with us. Follow the links below to access the editable schedule to meet with one of our counselors. They also created and released the Counselors Corner Newsletter. If you have questions, reach out to our counseling team below!
Mrs. Gannon (students with last names A-L) cgannon-sd308.youcanbook.me/
Mrs. Hlavacs (students with last names M-Z) khlavacs-sd308.youcanbook.me/
Mrs. Modaff (students with last names M-Z) jmodaff-sd308.youcanbook.me/
Follow the links to access the parent resources that we have available.
- A Parent's Guide to Google Classroom - A step-by-step guide to help parents that are unfamiliar with accessing Google Classroom.
- Google Classroom Cheat Sheet for students - Shake Up Learning
- Google Suite Tutorials - A collection of Google tutorials that students will be using with their teachers during remote learning. There are dozens of resources here that cover almost anything you need to know about using Google Suite.
- Parent's Guide to Student Portal - Tyler 360 document that outlines Student Portal access and features.
- Parent's Guide to Google Suite Applications - From Google Docs to Google Meets, this is a guide for parents to use as a reference for all of the available Google Suite Applications.
Plank Attendance Guidelines
Call Asusana Montes-Mijares
Students must be called into the Attendance Line if they are not participating for all or part of the school day (Monday-Friday).
Please leave a message on the Attendance Line noting the reason for the absence. Include all symptoms or the reason for the absence if it is not illness related. Students need to be called in if they will miss a partial day. Please note the class/classes that will be missed in addition to the reason for the absences.
Teachers are keeping attendance through class period If you have questions, please reach out to the individual teachers about these procedures.
Important People to Know
Tyler Haymond 630-551-9410 email@example.com
Bailey Campbell 630-551-9412 firstname.lastname@example.org
Mrs. Katie Jones 630-551-9411 email@example.com
Student Support Lead Teachers
Lead Special Education Teacher
Carrie Quinn 630-551-9497 firstname.lastname@example.org
Guadalupe Gallardo Escobedo 630-551-9466 email@example.com
Laurie Williams 630-551-9409 firstname.lastname@example.org
Camille Simmons 630-551-9418 email@example.com
Asusana (Susie) Montes-Mijarez 630-551-9408 firstname.lastname@example.org
Caitlin Gannon 630-551-9414 email@example.com
Students with last names A-L
Students with last names L-Z
Melanie Reicher 630-551-9496 firstname.lastname@example.org
Restorative Practice Counselor
Regena Alonzo 630-551-9405 email@example.com
Marguerite Slinger 630-551-9416 firstname.lastname@example.org
Denise Salisbury 630-551-9402 email@example.com
Tyler Parent Portal login/access questions: firstname.lastname@example.org
Waiver of Fee questions: Kaitlyn Dolenak 630-636-3662
Free/Reduced Lunch Application Status: Paola Lares Luna: 630-636-3663