Creekside Chronicle

May 2019 Newsletter

A Year in Review

The 2018-2019 school year is coming to an end. At this time of year, school is a busy place - at Creekside, we have the privilege of celebrating with the end of the year musical performances, the school musical, The Music Man Jr., and Track & Field just to name a few. As a staff at Creekside, we are taking time to celebrate the great instructional happenings we have been able to implement and the growth we have seen as a result . As a building we hope your students have been able to come home telling you about our new math program or our A.V.I.D. program, being able to participate in our RESPECT day, or celebrating being on Honor Roll or perhaps even sharing stories about the “cool thing they did in class”. Throughout this year, we have continued to place an emphasis on differentiation practices to assist in meeting the students’ individual learning needs. We have focused on small group instruction and have used questioning practices to support and challenge students as they work towards their goals.

Our student services team has worked diligently this year to support students in their social emotional needs. Students are invited to be a part of Connect lessons during skills labs when our social worker or counselor work with students through mini lessons on various topics. We have also been able to offer students opportunities through our S.O.A.R. program (Student’s Owning an Active Role in their learning), where students receive support with academics and executive functioning skills. We also continue to celebrate student success through our Student of the Month Breakfast and our new quarterly Honors Recognition. We hope that our Creekside Flyby has been a beneficial way to engage you in what is happening within the school. We are still a month away, but we wish you a great summer.

Are you looking for more information on academic and social emotional supports at Creekside? View the following brochure for more information.

Please be sure to Register!

Online registration information will be sent home on Monday, April 8. Every current student returning to District 200 needs to register. If you need assistance with this process, stop by Creekside, and we are happy to help you through the process. We have computers and info ready for you!

6th Grade

Science classes are exploring everyday weather patterns. Soon the students will be engaging in severe weather and learning about tornadoes. They will be building houses to explore if you should keep your windows open during a tornado! They better hold on tight :)

7th Grade

Mr. Gancedo’s 7th grade students studied the composition of the DNA by creating their own king-sized molecule. Science!


Washington DC Trip for 2019-20 8th Grade Students


Next year's 8th grade class will have the opportunity of a life time to travel to Washington DC with CMS in May 2020. We have parent meetings scheduled for Wednesday, May 15th and 16th from 6:30 - 7:00 PM in the CMS cafeteria.

May is an exciting month for 8th graders.

In an effort to reward student behavior, motivation and achievement for 4th quarter, the 8th grade team has decided to offer some end-of-year incentives. Eligible students will get a chance to attend 2 additional field trips for the end of the year. We have a trip planned to Cantigny Park on May 13th. We are also planning a last-day-of-school event which is still TBD after promotion practice. To be eligible for these rewards, students must pass all classes with a C or better. They also cannot have any office referrals or detentions. Please see the green form that was sent home for more information.


  • Another major event in May is the 8th grade dance, sponsored by the PTO. Please see the purple sheet that was sent home for more information.

  • Eighth grade promotion will take place on May 30th at 7:00 PM. Students should arrive at WHS at 6:30 PM to find their group and begin lining up.

  • May 30th will also be the last day for 8th graders. Students should NOT come to school on May 31st.


The 8th grade team has enjoyed working with this group of students this past year. We wish them great success in their future endeavors.

8th grade parents, If you are getting your child’s 9th grade physical before the end of this school year, please turn in to the nurse. It will be entered into the computer, and put into their health file, which will follow them to the high school. Then that is one less thing to worry about over the summer!! Thank you, and if you have any questions, please call 815-337-5200 Carla Schrock RN Creekside Middle School Nurse

Reality Store

Reality Story Friday, May 17 at 8:30 am: Our 8th graders are looking forward to participate in the Reality Store. Here students partake in a simulated game of “Life” where they experience what it is like to pay bills, buy a home or car, and even encounter those unexpected things that just happen. Students choose their career though the 21st Century Skills class this year. If you would like to be a part of this, please email Mr. Wheatley at mwheatley@wcusd200.org.

The District 200 Spring Art Show is here!

The show is held at the Woodstock Public Library and begins with a 6-7pm reception on April 15. The last full day of the show is May 5. All artwork from the show must be picked up at CMS in the art room by the last day of school.

Let’s Make a Difference

Many of us have been talking about the recent passing of AJ Freund and wondering how we can help. Please see the attached picture below. A family in Crystal Lake who have fostered and adopted kids are collecting items in honor of AJ. When children are removed and enter foster care, they often leave with nothing. The goal is to provide them with duffel bags full of necessities and comfort items to help them with this difficult transition.


Please consider donating some of the items listed below. You can drop them off in Mrs. Hettermann’s office at Creekside and we can get them to the family in charge of stuff the duffel.


Thank you for your consideration.

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Outdoor Classroom

Garden Club students sorted through 305 pounds of plastic caps and lids to ensure our collection was free of metal and unacceptable plastics (fast food lids for instance). These were collected by staff and students over 14 weeks from November through February. These caps were melted into three, 4-foot benches that will be used for part of the seating for our outdoor classroom (the patio area outside the main stairwell). You can see them (benches with the backs) now along with the long cinder block and composite board benches (complements of McGinness). It's beginning to take shape on that side of the stairwell.


Thanks for all your support, collecting of caps and considering your plastic use.

Congratulations to our Rotary Club Peace Essay Contest Winners

Congratulations to our award winners. Ariel Villavicencio, Mia Benston, and Sarah Sites


Flower Sale for Music Boosters:

It is time for the D200 Music Booster sponsored “Music in Bloom” Flower Sale! This is a primary fundraiser for the D200 Music Booster scholarship fund, using flowers/plants from Kolze's Nursery in Woodstock. Buy beautiful flowers (just in time for Mother's Day, or spring landscaping) and help out a great organization that does so much to support our D200 Music Programs. Pre-order now (for more options), or show up to the sale Saturday, May 11th for hanging baskets and annuals. Orders must be received no later than Saturday, May 4th!


It is time for the D200 Music Booster sponsored “Music in Bloom” Flower Sale! This is a primary fundraiser for the D200 Music Booster scholarship fund, using flowers/plants from Kolze's Nursery in Woodstock. Buy beautiful flowers (just in time for Mother's Day, or spring landscaping) and help out a great organization that does so much to support our D200 Music Programs. Pre-order now (for more options), or show up to the sale Saturday, May 11th for hanging baskets and annuals. Orders must be received no later than Saturday, May 4th!


ORDER PICKUP ON SATURDAY, MAY 11th, 8 a.m. to 12 noon at the Golden Eagle Community Bank parking lot (NE corner of Country Club and Rt. 47 in Woodstock).


Download the order form here to order by mail (or give to your music teacher), or order online (credit card or paypal) at www.d200musicboosters.org.


Questions? Please call or text 815-355-1253 or email d200musicrocks@gmail.com.


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Congratulations to our April Students of the Month!

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Young Author Winner


Congratulations to Saphire Nyberg, won for her fictional short story-“ The Hunt for the Elementals”!


A.V.I.D. Visits


On Wednesday, April 24, Creekside Middle School A.V.I.D. students paid a visit to the elementary schools to promote students who qualify to apply for the program. We are also going to be presenting the program to current 6th graders. To find out more about A.V.I.D., visit the following site. https://www.avid.org/what-avid-is

CMS Takes 4th Place out of 17 in Scholastic Bowl

Congratulations to Creekside Students for their 4th place finish in the Scholastic Bowl

Scholastic Book Fair

Scholastic Book Fair is May 6th through May 9th in the Library during school hours.


May Key Dates

5/2 CMS Track vs Heineman 4:15 - 6:15 pm at CMS

Musical Performance 7 - 9:30 pm at CMS

5/3 Student of the Month 7:30 - 8:10 am at the Bog

Musical Performance 7 - 9:30 pm at CMS

5/4 Musical Performance 2 - 6:30 pm at CMS

5/6 CMS Jazz Band Concert + Steel Pan + Dean, OES and PWE 7 - 9 pm at CMS

5/6, 5/8 & 5/9 Book Fair at Library 8:30 - 3:30 pm

5/7 CMS Track vs Marlowe 4:15 - 6:15 at Marlowe Middle School, Lake in the Hills

5/8 CMS Band Concert 7:-9 pm @ CMS

5/9 CMS Track vs NWM 4:15 - 6:15 pm at CMS

5/10 CMS Track Practice (Conf. Participants Only) 3:40 - 5:15 pm

5/10 8th Grade Dance 7 - 10 pm

5/13 FVC Track meet (boys & girls) at WNHS 4:30 - 6:30 pm

8th Grade orchestra Only - Award/Performance 7 - 9 pm at WHS

5/14 Rain Date - FVC Track meet (boys & girls) at WNHS 4:30 - 6:30 pm

CMS & PWE Choral Concert 7 -9 pm at CMS

5/14 CMS Choral Concert 7-8pm @ CMS

5/15 & 5/16 Washington DC 8th Grade Parent Meeting 6:30 - 7 pm at CMS Cafeteria

5/28 Student of the Month 7:30 - 8:15 am

5/30 8 Grade Students Last Day!! 8:30 - 3:30 pm

5/30 8th Grade Promotion (doors open at 6:30 pm) at Woodstock High School 7 - 8 pm

5/31 6th & 7th Grades Students Last Day!! Dismissal 12:15 pm


Creekside Middle School

Michael Wheatley, Principal

Francesca Favero, Asst. Principal

Eric Schleutermann, Student Facilitator