Viking News Update

Around the Schoolhouse

Some things fun, some things informative, ALL things Viking

Last Week, and a Look Ahead...

This past week was a real whirlwind! The Viking Strong 5K wrapped up, and Koriann's RAF was just perfectly timed. Although I didn't reply to it due to how busy the day was leading up to the weekend, I can't thank everyone enough. The outpouring of support and love was overwhelming, and today's culminating event was the perfect way to end a long journey. You can all be proud, knowing that we helped a bunch of kids heal, we supported one another through a horrible time in the life of the school community, and we will forever be Viking Strong. Make sure you check out the pics below, and also on our Facebook page.


In the meantime, last Tuesday the CL Public Library hosted an event for their local "Imagine, Write and Win" poetry contest. All of the middle school level winners were from Belinda Strebel's 7th grade classroom! Check out the link to the story and pics below! Congrats Belinda and kids! Also on Tuesday, the Bernotas Bands put on an AMAZING performance Tuesday night and then again for all of us on Wednesday morning. Congrats, Viking Bands! Well done!


This week, Spring MAP testing begins on Monday, we are hosting a joint-district BOE meeting here in the gym at 7:00pm on Monday, Teacher Appreciation Week begins with donuts from the PTO, Fishing Club continues, the 8th Grade Tea takes place Wednesday afternoon at 3:15pm in the LMC (hope to see many of you there), we have Open House on Thursday night starting at 6:30pm, two Track meets (Tuesday vs. Marlowe and Thursday @ Parkland), Music in the Parks on Saturday, and Mother's Day on Sunday. All of this in addition to the EXTRAORDINARY teaching and learning taking place! A busy week for sure!

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Viking Strong 5K

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Baby Stefani - Kyla Anne - Born Friday, 4/29/16 @ 5:30pm - 6lbs. 8oz, 20 in.

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Teacher Appreciation Week

From the Official Presidential Proclamation:

NOW, THEREFORE, I, BARACK OBAMA, President of the United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim May 3, 2016, as National Teacher Appreciation Day and May 1 through May 7, 2016, as National Teacher Appreciation Week. I call upon students, parents, and all Americans to recognize the hard work and dedication of our Nation's teachers and to observe this day and this week by supporting teachers through appropriate activities, events, and programs.


Enjoy your week, everyone! There are special treats planned for you every day this week! You are an incredible group of educators.

Joint-District BOE Meeting

Monday, May 2nd, 6-8pm

170 North Oak Street

Crystal Lake, IL

Multiple district BOE meeting, hosted by RBMS, held in the gymnasium

June '16 DC Parent Meeting

Tuesday, May 3rd, 7-8pm

170 North Oak Street

Crystal Lake, IL

For 8th graders currently enrolled to attend the DC trip this June

Faculty Meeting

Wednesday, May 4th, 2:30-3pm

170 North Oak Street

Crystal Lake, IL

8th Grade Tea

Wednesday, May 4th, 3:15-5pm

170 North Oak Street

Crystal Lake, IL

Please join us in the LMC at 3:15pm as we listen to select 8th graders deliver their Academic Achievement Award nomination speeches! I have read them all, and I know you will be so very impressed!

Open House

Thursday, May 5th, 6:30-8pm

170 North Oak Street

Crystal Lake, IL

Please send home email reminders and/or put on your websites in the way of a reminder to parents!

Teacher Professional Learning Corner

In this section, you will various articles, videos and other resources for your professional learning. I hope you find some powerful nuggets within!

Roller Coaster Physics

1:1 in the Classrooom - Research Article

Laptops in Classrooms Help Students Learn


A study from Michigan State University found students' learning improved when they were given their own laptop, or similar device. The report was a meta-analysis of studies looking at the effect of these "one-to-one" programs that give an individual device to each student.