Springman Middle School 2023 - 2024 - September 1st
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As we approach the Labor Day weekend, we wanted to take a moment to extend our warmest wishes to you and your loved ones. This holiday provides us with an opportunity to relax, spend quality time with family and friends, and recharge before we dive into the school year. Whether you're planning a small getaway or enjoying a staycation, we hope you make the most of this well-deserved break.
However, before we step into the long weekend, we would like to share some important updates and reminders:
NWEA MAP Fall Assessment
District 34 strives to provide a comprehensive assessment program that aligns with our curriculum and informs our instructional planning and services. Teachers’ observations of student performance are complemented by various classroom and standardized assessments to provide the most thorough picture of student progress throughout the year.
District 34 utilizes NWEA’s Measure of Academic Progress (MAP) assessment in grades 3 through 8 as one achievement measure for reading and math. MAP is one of the many tools that District 34 uses to determine students’ instructional levels as well as to monitor the progress they are making throughout the school year and from year to year. We administer this assessment in the fall, winter, and spring. Testing will take place on September 7th and 8th. Please see the schedule below:
SOS Information 2023
The adolescent years are marked by a roller-coaster ride of emotions—difficult for students, their parents, and educators. It is easy to misread depression as normal adolescent turmoil; however, depression (among the most common of mental illnesses) appears to be occurring at a much earlier age. Depression—which is treatable—is a leading risk factor for suicide. In addition, self-injury has become a growing problem among youth.
To proactively address these issues, Springman is offering depression awareness and suicide prevention training as part of the SOS Signs of Suicide® Prevention Program. The program aims to increase help seeking by students concerned about themselves or a friend. SOS is listed on SAMHSA’s National Registry of Evidence-Based Programs and Practices and in a randomized control study, the SOS High School Program showed a reduction in self-reported suicide attempts by 40% (BMC Public Health, July 2007).
Our goals in participating in this program are straightforward:
To help our students understand that depression is a treatable illness
To explain that suicide is a preventable tragedy that often occurs as a result of untreated depression
To provide students training in how to identify serious depression and potential suicidality in themselves or a friend
To impress upon youth that they can help themselves or a friend by taking the simple step of talking to a responsible adult about their concerns
To help students know whom in the school they can turn to for help, if they need it
This program will be presented during the months of September and October. 7th Grade will participate on September 13th, 8th grade on Sept 20th for 8th, and 6th grade TBD. Click on the link below for more information.
Curriculum Night 2023
Dental Exam due for all 6th graders
In the first two-weeks of October, District 34 is bringing Orland Park Dental Services (OPDS) to our schools to provide dental exams to any of our students who need it. The State of Illinois requires students in 6th grade to submit proof of a dental exam. OPDS provide dental services to children on public aid as well as those with private dental insurance.
Click here to sign up.
- September 4th: No School
- September 7th + 8th: NWEA MAP Testing
- September 14th: Drill Day
- September 14th: Curriculum Night
- September 22nd: No School
- September 25th: No School
Megan Russell - Principal
Lisa Engel - Assistant Principal for Teaching and Learning
Megan Chin - Assistant Principal for Student Services
Abbey Cullen - Student Success Coordinator