Plano Middle School Weekly Update
Monday, January 30th - Friday, February 3rd
Annual Illinois 5 Essentials Survey
Students and teachers across Illinois will have an opportunity to participate in the eleventh annual statewide Illinois 5Essentials Survey. This survey is designed to generate a detailed picture of the inner workings of your child’s school. As a parent, this opportunity will allow you to share your thoughts on the important elements of school effectiveness in a survey about your child’s school.
On behalf of the Illinois State Board of Education, the Illinois 5Essentials Survey will be administered online by UChicago Impact at the University of Chicago. The survey gathers data related to five indicators that can predict important student outcomes, including improved attendance and larger test score gains. These five indicators that affect and predict school success are:
- Effective Leaders
- Collaborative Teachers
- Involved Families
- Supportive Environments
- Ambitious Instruction
Prior research in more than 400 schools has shown that schools that were strong on at least three of these “5Essential” indicators were 10 times more likely to improve student learning gains in math and reading than those that were weak on three or more Essentials.
All teachers and students in 4th through 12th grade will be responding to this survey. 5Essentials Reports will be generated for schools if their teachers and/or students meet the response rate threshold of 50 percent. These reports will be sent to schools and districts in May 2023 and will also be included in the State School Report Card.
Additionally, Plano Middle School will provide the Parent Supplement survey. If at least 20 percent of Plano Middle School parents complete this survey, a parent supplement report will also be generated. The parent data will not be reported on the State Report Card.
Your participation in the parent portion of the survey will help us understand the conditions at your child’s school and guide improvement. Your identity and survey responses will be kept completely confidential and will never be connected to you or your child.
The Illinois 5Essentials Survey for students and teachers will be conducted January 24, 2023 through March 31, 2023. The Parent Survey Supplement will be conducted during that same timeframe. To take the survey please visit http://survey.5-essentials.org/illinois/survey/parent/ and select the appropriate survey to begin.
For more information about the Illinois 5Essentials Survey, or to view previous years’ Reports, please visit https://5-essentials.org/. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact 5Essentials Client Services at 1-866-440-1874 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Gaming Club Merchandise!
Orders are due by February 17th, thank you for your support!
7th grade ELA Activities
Monday - January 30th - Bubble Wrap Day
"The greatest gifts come in the most tattered wraps." - Craig D. Lounsbrough
Tuesday - January 31st - Inspire Your Heart with Art Day
"Creativity doesn't wait for that perfect moment. It fashions its own perfect moments out of ordinary ones." - Bruce Garrabrandt
HOME VS Morris/Seneca 4:30pm
HOME GAME vs Sandwich 4:15pm
Wednesday - February 1st - Freedom Day
"Liberty, when it begins to take root, is a plant of rapid growth." - George Washington
Thursday - February 2nd - Groundhog Day
"The best way to predict your future us to create it." - Abraham Lincoln
HOME MEET VS Sandwich 4:15pm
GAME @ Joliet Gompers 4:30pm
8th Grade Team 3:15-4pm
Friday - February 3rd - Bubble Gum Day
"Flattery is like chewing gum. Enjoy it but don't swallow it." - Hank Ketcham
8th Grade Tourney
7th Grade No Practice
INCLEMENT WEATHER INFORMATION / E-LEARNING DAYS
On inclement weather days, the safety of our staff and students is the most important consideration. When in-person attendance is not safe or during hazardous weather, the Plano School District will be utilizing E-Learning Days instead of “snow days.” E-Learning Days do not extend the school year calendar, but conventional snow days require additional days to be added to the end of the school year calendar.
Plano Middle School teachers will post lessons and learning activities by 9 am. This information will be accessible through class Schoology pages after 9 am. Teachers will be available through email between 9 am and noon to answer any questions and provide any clarifying instruction.
The Technology Help Desk is available to all Plano School District students. Please contact the Tech Hotline at 630/552-3178, extension 7557, if you are experiencing issues with your Chromebook. Please note that the Tech Department cannot support WiFi connectivity issues in your home or personal devices.
On inclement weather days, all buildings will be closed to provide staff time to clear the lots and sidewalks and check on the school’s mechanical systems. Practices and games will be canceled and rescheduled dates will be announced as soon as possible. E-Learning Day messages, and information about when in-person classes will resume, will be sent via email, text and posted on the district website and social media outlets. Please check your PowerSchool account to make sure your email addresses and phone numbers are correct. While you are there, check to make sure your home mailing address is up-to-date.
Remember, safety is key, so please be cautious and patient when the weather takes a turn for the worse.
February 3rd - Spelling Bee
February 17th - Early Dismissal
February 20th - President's Day
March 17th - Early Dismissal
March 27th - Spring Break
April 3rd - Classes resume after Spring Break
April 7th - Spring Holiday
April 10th - Classes resume after Spring Holiday
April 28th - Early Dismissal
How and Where do I check my students Grades?
Schoology is used as our active gradebook. To check your student's grades on a daily or weekly basis make sure you have an active Schoology account and have access to see your student's classes, assignments and grades. PowerSchool gradebook is updated for mid term and end of term grade reporting, but it is not the go to to check in on daily progress. If you do not have a Schoology account see the links below to set one up. When setting up your account if you need an access code please email your students Advisory teacher for the code or call the main office.
If your student is absent due to illness or other reasons:
To stay up to date with class work, students should check Schoology pages daily to access assignments, lessons, and activities during their absence. Contact teachers directly via email with any questions related to school work.
- Click here for a listing of all Plano MS Athletic Schedules.
- Click here for information regarding E-Learning/Inclement Weather Days
- Parents have you created a Schoology account? here
- Parents are you receiving email updates with your students grades? here
- Breakfast and Lunch Menus here
- Click here for a list of Food Pantries