The Frontier

Sept 7, 2017

Upcoming Events

Mon 9/11 - VB (8 home) vs Hill

Tues 9/12 - Soc vs Hill

Tues 9/12 - 7th Curriculum Night (7:00)

Thurs 9/14 - XC


*all sporting events start at approx. 4:00pm

General News

A+ Award - DUE FRIDAY

The Indian Prairie Educational Foundation (IPEF) is partnering with District 204 to recognize staff who go above and beyond to make a difference in the lives of students. Nominate a staff member by submitting an essay describing how the staff member has positively impacted students. Student nominations are strongly encouraged. Parents, alumni and community members are also encouraged to submit nominations. All nominations are kept for consideration until the end of the current school year. Nominees must be currently employed by District 204. To nominate a District 204 staff member visit http://www.ipsd.org/Subpage.aspx/APlus. Nominations must be received by September 8 to be considered by the September selection committee.

Second Step at GMS

Gregory is starting a new program in your child's advisory time. Second Step is an online, research-based program geared to building social skills and self-esteem in our middle school students. It is interactive, engaging and addresses the concerns of middle school children. It has a focus on goal setting, building positive relationships and managing the emotions of middle school.


Second Step lessons are divided into different units. HERE is a breakdown of each unit and the lessons found within them. You can also visit the Second Step website to view sample lessons HERE.

Help for Houston

Gregory Middle School, led by our Student Council, is taking the opportunity to “Get in the Game” by partnering with other 204 Middle Schools, the City of Aurora, the City of Houston, and supplybucket.com to collect school supplies to assist the children of Houston. Many people forget that school is starting for all students in the City of Houston on September 11th. One of the biggest struggles from Hurricane Harvey is that students will not have the necessary school supplies. To help the students with their return to school we are collecting various school supplies (SUPPLY LIST) to assist students and teachers as they bring some normalcy to their lives. This is a great opportunity to show some PIONEER PRIDE and help others.


Please do your part to “Get in the Game” by dropping off items during school hours inside the main entrance (Door 1) near the Greeter Desk. The collection runs from September 11th through the 22nd. For more information or for other ways to assist, please see the Houston Independent School District website: http://www.houstonisd.org/harvey


A special thank you goes out to www.supplybucket.com for their facilitation with the City of Aurora and Indian Prairie School District. We are proud to say that www.supplybucket.com was started by four Indian Prairie students to facilitate the collection of school supplies at the end of the school year in order to repurpose the supplies.


Thank You for Your Support in this endeavor of giving…And as Always, GO PIONEERS!

Power of Choice Newsletter

Learning Responsibility Moves Adolescents Toward Independence

Adolescence is a time for our children to begin to explore their own individuality. It’s natural for them to seek independence and their own identity. An important part of developing independence is finding a healthy balance between freedom and responsibility. Use this newsletter as a guide to help you reinforce those skills of independence and responsibility.


Using Your Power of Influence in Peer Relationships

Peer behavior, both positive and negative, has a powerful influence on adolescent decision making. When adolescents associate with positive social peers, they are more likely to engage in healthy behaviors and make responsible decisions Use this month’s PowerTalk for Families to discuss and reinforce Strategies for Dealing with Peer Pressure.

Patriot's Pen Essay Contest

The veterans of Post 3873 would like to invite students to participate in this year’s contest. The theme for this year is “America's Gift to My Generation.” HERE is the 2017-2018 Patriot’s Pen Brochure which must accompany all entries. Also HERE is a document providing essay parameters and submission tips. The deadline for submissions is October 27th, 2017. The VFW Post will select first through fifth place and award monetary prizes for each. Last year, the Naperville winner was awarded $500 for his first place essay. Nearly $1000 total was handed out in monetary prizes. They also handed out “Distinguished Writer” certificates to students at almost every school that participated. Most importantly, it means a lot to the local veterans. Last year they had over 500 essays submitted and every essay was read in its entirety. Many of them were read several times, by several members.


Any entries can be turned into Ms. Wikoff in the main office.

Aimsweb Testing

The window for aimswebPlus opens on September 5th. All Gregory students will be tested in the subjects of math and reading. The links below contain the letter explaining in greater detail the aimswebPlus benchmark assessments. Individual teams will determine their testing schedule. If you have any questions about when a test will be administered, please contact your child's ELA or Math teacher.


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Naperville Kids Marathon and Team IPEF

More than 400 students ages 5 to 12 are now registered to represent their schools and Team IPEF in the Naperville Kids Marathon. This unique fitness program encourages students to make healthy choices, learn about goal setting and see how much fun running for a cause can be. Students commit to running 25 miles (one mile at a time) before October 20 and track their miles. They run their final 1.2 miles of their marathon on Saturday, October 21 at Naperville North High School and receive a shirt and finisher medal. Register at https://www.ipef204.org/kidsmarathon/ and choose to run for our school. Cost is $44 and includes race registration and a $26 tax-deductible donation.

Sport and Club News

Athletic Pictures

Volleyball and Cross Country pictures will be on Monday, Sept 11th. Soccer pictures will be on Thurs. Sept 14th.

Volleyball Wins

Both of our 7th Graders Pioneers came out on top this week against Scullen! Way to go! What a great start to the season.

Cross Country

Cross country has had a great start to the season. The weather has been great for running and the team did a great job running against Lincoln and Still this week.

Soccer Wins

Soccer won both games this week against Crone and Scullen! Our Pioneers opened their season against Crone with a 4-1 victory. Scullen was a hard fought win that went into double overtime.

Gregory Men's Ensemble

Attention all Gregory guys! Our premier guys-only singing group, the Gregory Men’s Ensemble, needs YOU! The group is open to ALL 6th, 7th and 8th grade boys at Gregory, and best of all, no audition is required! The group sings a wide variety of tunes and is often a crowd favorite at our concerts. This is your chance to be a part of it all! Sign-ups are in the Chorus Room (Room 4A). You may swing by at any time prior to the first rehearsal to sign up and pick up a permission slip. The first rehearsal will be Tuesday, September 12 before school. See Mr. Pfenninger in the Chorus Room if you have any questions.