August, 21 2020
This year has started similarly to many, yet also so different. It is hard to not see students in the halls and greet them. I miss jumping into classrooms. Normally, at this time of year, our building feels alive with the energy of learning. This year, the halls are quiet with some teachers here but teaching remotely from their rooms. But the start of the year is always busy. I have been able to talk to students personally and help them understand their schedules, navigate Canvas, or assist with technology issues, and I have enjoyed these connections and these moments. These are all common things that contribute to the busy nature of the start of the year. We appreciate all of the work you have put in to support this new learning environment. It is more important than ever that we work collaboratively as a team. We are here to support you, so reaching out is key. Send us an email or call us and let us know how we can help support you.
Thank you to all of the many students and parents who submitted their first day photos. It has been amazing to see all of the smiling faces. Take a few moments to watch the video below and see all of the excitement of starting back to school at Creekside, even if it is remotely.
Michael Wheatley, Principal
Creekside Middle School
Adjustments to Remote Instruction: Parent Feedback
As I am sure you have noticed, we have made several adjustments to what remote instruction looks like. We have implemented longer periods of time where students are synchronous and interact more directly with their teachers. We have implemented more breakout rooms where students are able to interact with one another in a smaller setting and communicate and collaborate more easily as this is still a focal point of 21st century learning skills.
We’ve put together a quick survey to get your feedback. Please take the time to provide any feedback so we can assist you and your student with remote instruction.
Advisory and Social Emotional Learning at Creekside
Asynchronous Friday Schedule
This Friday is our first asynchronous Friday. We will start our day with our advisory groups. All students have an advisory class and teacher. Students need to log in at 8:30 am, and advisors will teach a mini-lesson at this time to build a sense of community and explain their role as the advocate for your child. Teachers have created appointments to support students and to communicate with you throughout the day. Students’ appointments will be scheduled by the teacher, or they have the option to sign up through Google Calendar for any open appointments. In addition to teacher appointments, students will have asynchronous skill-based work on Fridays that focuses on math and literacy skills.
From the Library
Welcome to the 2020-2021 school year in the Creekside Library. I’m very excited to share with you new and updated ways that we are serving our students. The best way to find out what is happening in the library is to check out our website. All the newest books and activities are located here.
Over the summer, a subscription to Junior Library Guild was purchased so students now have a wider variety of ebooks and audiobooks to enjoy remotely. The items can be read or listened to right from a student’s chromebook.
Book Check Out - Students will be able to request books from Destiny Discover, and the books will be delivered to homes by district employees.
Scholastic Online Bookfair - Sept. 21st - Oct. 2nd
eRead Illinois - Even more ebooks and audiobooks are being purchased through RAILS, our state’s library system.
We may not be in the building together, but the library staff is still here to share a love of reading and assist our students in any way we can. For questions, please email Jenna McCoy, CMS Library Media Specialist at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Physicals and Immunizations
6th grade physicals and immunizations are still required for this school year. We will collect any medical paperwork at Creekside between the hours of 8am-4pm on Monday through Friday.
Parent Technology Support
View the following document for more support with some of the tech tools that we use.
You are able to check your student’s academic progress, as well as attendance, school fees, etc. using the District 200 Home Access System. The Parent Portal will be active once school starts and login information will be shared with families soon. Please note, that your student will also have his/her own login to check grades, and teachers will guide students on how to access the system.
How should you and students stay informed?
We are making our best effort to make contact with you and engage students every day. Students should be staying informed through their student Canvas page which houses our school announcements. Check out the announcements each day with a kick-off from Mr. Wheatley. Important information can be found here but is only accessible to students. Students are also emailed every morning by Mr. Wheatley to provide them with any specific information necessary.
How can you stay informed as a parent?
Follow us on Social Media
Blackboard emails (emails sent through the school, just like how you got this one)