Carnegie Updates

for the week of March 28th

Principal Pollard

Dear Carnegie Professionals,

On March 23rd, CTU Delegates voted for a "Day of Action" on Friday, April 1st for all CTU Members. The district has put in place the below contingency plan,

  • Parents will be asked to keep their children at home or in non-CPS programming on Friday, April 1.

  • For those who cannot do that, CPS, the Chicago Parks Department, and the Chicago Public Library will operate more than 250 contingency sites throughout the city.

    • The list of sites will be finalized and shared on Tuesday, March 29.

    • These sites will be supported by trained CPS, Parks, and CPL staff.

    • Resources to engage students in online learning, PE, and arts & crafts activities will be provided.

    • Breakfast and lunch will be provided to all students who attend contingency sites, free of charge.

    • CTA will provide free transportation to all students.

  • Additionally, essential staff (one administrator, custodian, engineer, and food service staff) will be onsite at every school to accommodate any students who go to their normal school. CPS will drop off meals as attendance is verified that morning.

An email was sent to all teachers and PSRPs on March 24th with additional information concerning April 1st. If you have any questions, please see Ms. Hegwood.

Tropical Vision Program will provide eye exams for select students on Monday, March 28th through Thursday, March 31st in Room 225. Exams will begin at 9:15 a.m. Ms. Robinson will escort students to and from Room 225.

Career Day will be held on March 29th for Kindergarten-3rd grades and March 30th for 4th-8th grades from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. A Career Day schedule will be placed in your mailbox. If additional information, see Ms. Hegwood.

The 2016 LSC Candidate Forum on Wednesday, March 30, 2016 at 4:00 p.m. in the gym. During the LSC Forum, LSC Candidates will prepare a short speech to the school community. The candidates are as follows: Teachers: Mrs. Daisy Anderson, Mrs. Nekia King & Mrs. Gina Blanchard. Non-Teacher: Mr. J. Bush.Parents: Yolanda Hatch, Chausii Roberson, Wonda Stubbs, Tina BeyMuhammad, Zaid BeyMuhammad, Brian Harris, Ethel Butler and Jameelah Shareff. Community: Delois Chatman & Chellie Fernandez.

David Butler of Nearpod will visit and observe classrooms on Thursday, March 31st starting at 1:00 p.m. Teachers are asked to select and teach a Nearpod lesson on Thursday, March 31st at 1:00 p.m and thereafter. Mr. Butler will also conduct an after school workshop at 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. in Room 201. All interested staff members, you will need to bring your laptop. Other Network 9 schools have been invited. Food will be served.

It’s that time of year again for Carnegie’s Annual School-wide Speech Arts Competition. The competition will be held on Thursday, April 28, 2016. The purpose of this activity is to give students the opportunity to engage in skill building and mastery of effective communication processes. The competition category is “Poetry”. Students are required to recite a published poem.

All students are required to participate in their classroom’s Speech Arts Competition. This activity will be incorporated in each student’s 4th Quarter Language Arts grade.

Each teacher (K-8th) will host a classroom Speech Arts Competition on Thursday, April 14, 2016. The first and second ranked students from each classroom will advance to the school-wide level competition on Thursday, April 28th . First, Second and Third place trophies will be awarded as follows: Primary (K-2nd), Intermediate (3rd– 5th) & Upper (6th-8th). The Speech Arts Competition Guidelines, Scoring Rubric, Grading Scale and all other pertinent information will be sent to you via Google Drive. The School-Wide Competition will be held on Thursday, April 28th in the Gym. Parents are invited. The Assemblies will be as follows:

  • Kindergarten-2nd - 9:30 a.m.
  • 3rd-5th - 11:30 a.m.
  • 6th-8th - 2:00 p.m.

Domain 1: Planning & Preparation

  • Lesson Plans for the weeks of March 28th through April 15th are due on Monday, March 28th at 8:45 a.m. in the main office. Lesson plans must include a Nearpod lesson(s) for Thursday, March 31st.
  • Gradebook feedback for the week of March 21st-24th will placed in your mailbox on Monday, March 28th. Gradebook feedback is aligned to Domain 4b: Maintaining Accurate Records.

Domain 2: Classroom Environment

  • Teachers must pick-up their class from designated entry door promptly at 8:45 a.m. To alleviate students wandering throughout the building at the end of day; teachers must walk their class to the exit daily. You are to ensure that all students are dismissed out of the exit door, prior to leaving. DO NOT LEAVE students in your classrooms UNSUPERVISED. You are to lock your classroom door at the end of day.

Domain 3: Instruction

  • For this week all Strategic students must be progress monitored by Thursday, March 31st. If you did not progress monitor the intensive student last week, you are to do so this week. Check your email for the updated Progress Monitoring Report.
  • You are to select and teach a Nearpod Lesson on Thursday, March 31st. As Chief Washington and Mr. Butler will visit classroom to observe the implementation of Nearpod.
  • PARCC Practice Test can be accessed via For printable PARCC Practice test you may access iReady Teacher Toolbox.

Domain 4: Personal Responsibilities

  • There will be a principal-directed this week. The focus of the meeting-PARCC & DIBELS Progress Monitoring. You are to arrive on time and bring your laptop,
  • Our attendance rate for last week was 96.63%. That's a 1.08% increase from the previous week. You are to refer to the Attendance Year-to-Date Report to familiarize yourself with students who attendance rate is below 95%. You are to inform parents via ClassDojo, Remind or email of their child's attendance rate and your goal for their child. In an effort to increase the attendance rate of those students below 94%, you are to put in place classroom incentives, ClassDojo points, school dances, etc.... Network 9 has announced a number of Attendance Incentives for schools with the highest attendance rate for April, May & June. N9 SchoolAttendance incentives TBA.
  • The Highest Attendance Incentives are: All students and teachers with perfect attendance for the last two weeks in March through June will receive a Jimmy Johns gift card. The Top Three classrooms with the Highest Attendance Rate each month will receive a paid field trip to: 1st Place Winner each month may choose: Willis Tower Skydeck, Legoland, Shoreline Sightseeing’s Architecture Exploration Cruise, 2nd Place Winner each month may choose: Navy Pier Children's Museum, Navy Pier IMAX Theater or John Hancock Center and 3rd Place Winner each month may choose: Lincoln Park Zoo, The Field Museum or the Shedd Aquarium. PLEASE ENCOURAGE YOUR STUDENTS TO COME TO SCHOOL DAILY BY SHARING THE ATTENDANCE PRIZES DAILY!

ESP/MSU Student Interns:

  • Please adhere to your duty schedule, especially during entry and exit times. All ESP staff members must be visible on school grounds; walking the perimeters of the school. School grounds must be completely cleared during entry and exit; prior to returning inside the building. Any students that are still on school grounds, must be brought to the main office.

  • Resources teachers must be visible on the 2nd floor at your designated location from 8:45 a.m. to 9:00 a.m.

"Teaching and Learning Through Technology"

Mrs. F. Boateng's 6th grade students worked collaboratively to solve absolute value problems on the Discovery Education Math TechBook.

Senorita Fuller 7th grade Spanish class created Discovery Education Board Builders in Espanol about themselves and their family.

"Spotlight on Instruction"

University of Chicago ArtShould After School Program. Lots of fun was had with Sculpey clay!

Ms. Buksa escorted several students to the Chicago Chapter of the American Recorder Society. Students performed and played in the ensemble with an adult buddy.

It's the first week of learning about food groups with a focus on fruits and vegetables for Ms. Milsap's 2nd grade students. Ms. Milsap's students learned about the farm to plate process before trying pea shoots, sunflower sprouts, and apples! Next year these students will have gardening, and in the 4th grade: cooking classes. Three years of learning all about healthy locally grown foods!

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Thank You Zeta Phi Beta Sorority!

Administrators attended Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Tau Psi Zeta Chapter "Finer Womanhood Scholarship Brunch" where Carnegie School was presented with a generous check. Funds will support student incentives. Thank you Dr. Carolyn Wadlington, Chapter President & the Ladies of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority.

Field Trips to the Museum of Science & Industry

See the Humpback Whales Omnimax film for free!

Students from economically disadvantaged schools are invited to see the Humpback Whales Omnimax film for free thanks to the One World One Ocean Foundation. Scholarships are for one bus and tickets for one classroom per application. Field trips must be made before May 26, 2016. Learn more »

Celebrate National Robotics Week at MSI-April 2 - 10, 2016

Check out the cool ‘bots -- from robotic jellyfish to robots designed by Chicago-area student and amateur teams -- at our annual celebration. University roboticists will showcase their robots and provide insight into robotics careers, and you can even watch a live robotics competition and try hands-on activities with state-of-the-art robots. Events are included in Museum Entry. Learn more » Plan a field trip »

Supplemental Resources

Discovery Education in Action
Check out the Discovery Education classrooms to see Discovery Education in Action. Click through to hear what she had to share about using the Discovery Education Science Techbook with her 9th grade class. Join DE for an upcoming webinar:

  • March 29: Literacy
  • April 26: Stations- Based Learning
  • May 31: STEM

Spring is here! Celebrate it in your classroom with passages and poems related to spring:

K - 12th Grade Passages & Poems for Spring. All ReadWorks curriculum is developed based on the highest-quality cognitive science research on reading comprehension.

Nearpod Lessons

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