Pirate's Cove Newsletter

November 4th - November 11th

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Upcoming Events and Reminders

Please read the information in The Pirate's Cove Newsletter in it's entirety. This is our weekly communication to bring you up to speed on all important information.

Important information, upcoming events, and details can be found further in the "Cove".

Important upcoming dates

11/8 - Election Day - No Student Attendance

11/9 - Cherrydale Fundraiser Due

11/10 - Plank Veteran's Day Assembly

11/10 - Evening Parent Teacher Conferences 4PM - 8PM

11/11 - Morning Parent Teacher Conferences 8AM - 1PM

11/17 - Future Wolves Night

11/17 - Future Panther Night

11/23 - 11/25 - Thanksgiving Break No School

In this edition of the Pirate's Cove:

  • **UPDATED** Principal's Message
  • **NEW** Parent Teacher Conference Schedule Now Open
  • **NEW** Plank's Veteran's Day Assembly
  • **NEW** Toys for Tots Information
  • **NEW** Homework and Grading
  • Finding Transportation Information in Tyler SIS
  • Student Rights and Responsibilities Forms
  • SD 308 School Safety Document
  • Gift Cards for Plank School Store
  • **UPDATED** Plank HSA Information
  • **NEW** Cherrydale Fundraiser due on November 9th
  • **NEW** Buona Beef Fundraiser November 13th
  • Donations for Technology
  • **UPDATED** Chromebook Reminders
  • **UPDATED** Daily Announcements
  • **NEW** Future Wolves Night
  • **NEW** Future Panthers Night
  • **NEW** Student Spectator at Plank Events reminder
  • Junior High Students at Football Games
  • Yearbook Information
  • SEL Lunch Groups at Plank
  • **NEW** Conflict Resolution
  • Student Services at Plank
  • Plank Care Closet
  • Student Password Portal
  • Parent Resources
  • Attendance Information
  • Important People to Know
  • Important Resources

Principal's Message

Pirate Families!

The Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) released our annual School Report Card on Oct. 28 at www.illinoisreportcard.com. The Report Card shows how well our school is progressing on a wide range of educational goals. We are proud of our students’ Academic growth. Plank received a designation as a “Commendable” school. We have room to grow, and I am excited to see how our students perform in the coming year. Last week, we shared our IAR reports with families so they can see their child's individual performance on the state assessment data that makes up the academic portion of the School Report Card. There were some reports that didn't go home yet, and those should be sent home with students today.

Next week we have parent teacher conferences. I invite parents to engage in these conversations with the teachers at Plank. We have group and individual conferences signing up now. If you have received a link from one of your child's teachers, please follow it to schedule a time to meet. As always, our teachers want to make those home connections. If you would like a phone call, email, or in person conference, please reach out to our teachers to establish a meeting.

On November 10th, we are hosting our annual Veteran's Day Recognition Assembly. We invite parents and community members to attend our Veteran's Day assembly, starting at 12:00. We ask that guests arrive and check in our main office at 11:45 so that we can ensure seating for our recognition ceremony.

The staff at Plank Junior High is committed to serving the students and parents of the surrounding community. If you have questions, please do not hesitate to contact me, and we can work together to find solutions. I can be reached at 630-551-9400 and thaymond@sd308.org. We look forward to partnering with you and your child throughout the year.

Always in partnership,

Tyler Haymond


Plank Junior High School

Parent-Teacher Conference Scheduler is now active

Pirate Parents and Guardians,

The Parent-Teacher Conference Scheduler is now active. Requests for conferences from teachers have already been sent out on an individual basis. A Spanish interpreter is available upon request; if needed, please let a team member know when scheduling your conference.

If you would like to schedule a conference then use this link: Plank Junior High Conference Scheduler

Parent-Teacher conferences can be scheduled for:

Thursday, November 10, 4:00 – 8:00pm

*The PTC scheduler is open for Thursday conferences.

Friday, November 11, 8:00am – 1:00pm

If you are seeking a Friday conference, or if a Thursday slot is not available, please reach out to your child's teacher to schedule a time that works best for you. As always, this is not the only time that you are able to speak with your child’s teacher. At any point if you need to speak to a teacher, please feel free to reach out directly to a teacher regarding your child. Our goal is to stay connected, parents and teachers, in order to provide the best education possible for your child.

Always in Partnership

Tyler Haymond, Principal

Veteran's Day Assembly

Pirate families!

On November 10th, we will be hosting our Veteran's Day assembly. Below is a link to a Google slide so that families can honor their family members that are currently serving or have served in the United States Armed Forces.

Family Slide

We are also welcoming student family members who are currently serving or have served in the United States Armed Forces to join us in our honorary assembly. We ask that any visitors check in through the main office on November 10th starting at 11:45. Visitors will need their Driver's License or State ID to check in, and provide the name of their Plank student.

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Toys for Tots 2022

NJHS is taking over Toys for Tots this year. Here is some preliminary information:

1. Date of toy collection: Starting Monday, 11/7 through Friday, 12/9
2. Donations need to be new, UNWRAPPED toys
3. Students turn in donations to Homeroom Teacher.
4. Each toy donated will get an entry into raffle

5. Families can drop off donations in the office c/o their child's Homeroom Teacher.

The 5 winners of the raffle will get to choose a friend to help load the toys into the Fire Department vehicles, and attend a Pizza party at the school sponsored by the Fire Department.

Homework and Grading

Teachers will be regularly updating grades in Tyler. Check the Parent Portal for updates in grades. Students also have access to check their assignments, grades, and schedule in the student portal and on Google Classroom. Homework, projects, tests, and quizzes are all recorded in classes to reflect student grades. Please reach out to individual teachers if there are questions regarding student grades.

Homework is an expectation for all of our students to complete at home. Many students have a study hall, where they are able to complete any homework or receive extra help from teachers, when available. Check in with your child's teacher if you have questions regarding homework.

Finding Transportation Information in Tyler SIS

We received several questions about transportation over the last few days. You can find information about transportation in your TylerSIS portal.

1. Click on the Transportation link on the left navigation tool.

2. You will be taken to the Transportation information page where you will see find transportation information, such as times and location, specific to your student(s)

  • If you have multiple students, you are able to toggle between each of them
  • You can click the down arrow to expand the transportation information for your student(s).

Screenshot examples are below to assist.

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Student Rights and Responsibilities Form

The student Rights and Responsibilities form went live on August 1st in TylerSIS. Please be sure to read through the expectations and sign the form if you haven't already.

SD 308 School Safety Document

Here is the link for the School Safety and Security Procedures document.

School Store - Gift Cards and Donations Needed

One HOT item students can 'purchase' with their Pirate Bucks can be gift cards to local businesses. Plank - and our HSA - is not able to purchase gift cards with our allocated budget. So, we could use your help.

If you are moved to do so, please think about purchasing $5 gift cards to local businesses (McDonalds, 7-11, CVS, Subway, Dunkin Donuts, or other businesses you can think of that kids love). Any gift cards purchased can be brought to the office - ATTN Melanie Reicher.


Home and School Meetings

We will be hosting monthly Home and School Meetings both in person and with a remote option this year. Our next Home and School Meeting will take place on November 28th from 6pm to 7pm. Our virtual link is shared below.


The Home and School needs you. Come get involved! Feel free to reach out to Felice Jernstad, current president at kplankhsa@gmail.com with any questions or to let her know you'd be interested in planning school events.

HSA plans to have a table at Orientation for any families that would like to inquire, give suggestions, or join!

President: Felice Jernstad - feliceandsophia@aol.com

Vice President: Aneesh Dhodapkar - aneeshd74@yahoo.com

Treasurer: Cindy Cheney - cindy.cheney52@gmail.com

Recording Secretary - Veronica Adame - vadame5534@gmail.com

Corresponding Secretary - Michelle Peterson - shellbelles82@gmail.com

Tyler Haymond - principal thaymond@sd308.org

Lauren Munson - teacher representative, lmunson@sd308.org

Cherrydale Fundraiser due November 9th

The Cherrydale fundraiser needs to be turned in by November 9th! Here's the order link!


Buona Beef Fundraiser

Buona Beef fundraiser on November 13th. Plank families just need to show the flyer on their phone to get credit! The flyer image can be found below.

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Plank Chromebook reminders

As we continue our 1:1 initiatives for students with chromebooks, please encourage your pirate at home to:

  • Charge their chromebook and bring it every day
  • Treat them carefully. If they break the chromebook, the technology department will contact home regarding the cost of the repair.
  • Intentional damage to chromebooks are the responsibility of the student and family.
  • Use them appropriately. Our Securely web filter notifies administration of inappropriate internet searches or words and phrases that could indicate bullying, threats, or self-harm.

Plank Announcements

Announcements Slides Presentation for students.

Future Wolves Night

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Future Panther Night

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Student Spectators and After School Events

With Winter season of athletics in process, we would like to remind our Student Spectators of our expectations.

1. Have your Student ID present at games

2. Sit in the student section, unless accompanied by a parent

3. Pick up is at 6:15. Please have all rides at this time

4. Behavior expectations remain the same as they are during the school day

5. Come support your Pirate Teams!

High School Football Games

Students and Parents-

Please remember that all Junior High students must be with an adult to enter the football games. Parents cannot drop students off and leave. Backpacks can be checked and other items such as balls, skateboards, scooters, etc. are not allowed unless they are for medical reasons.

We appreciate your support and compliance with this.

2022 Yearbook Pre-Sale

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SEL Lunch Groups at Plank

Plank Junior High School's student service team will be offering Social-Emotional Learning (SEL) lunch groups. Groups are designed to meet students’ needs through fun activities, such as games, art, teambuilding, discussions, etc. Groups will meet once a week during lunch and will be facilitated by school counselors, social workers, school psychologist, and/or school speech pathologist.

*Based on the student needs assessment, the following groups will be offered this year:

Connections - students will work on social skills to help build positive relationships with their peers.

Student Empowerment – for students who are feeling sad, depressed, stressed or anxious and need help processing their feelings and learning coping strategies.

Grief Group - for students who are experiencing grief from the loss of a significant person through death.

Family Group - for students who are experiencing family struggles, such as divorce and separation of parents.

Mindful/Yoga Group - students will learn and practice mindfulness strategies and yoga to help reduce stress.

Academic Success Group - students will learn skills to improve their academic performance such as organization, study, and time management skills.

Pride Group - to provide a safe place for students who identify as LGBTQ+.

If you are interested in your student participating in a group, complete the linked permission slip and turn it into student services by Friday, September 23, 2022.

Student Services at Plank

Pirate Families,

We hope the first few days of school are off to a great start for both you and your student(s).

This year, we are fortunate to be able to add a new counselor (Ms. Fabiola Perez) to our Plank Pirate Crew. With this addition, we wanted to take some time to (re)introduce you to our Plank Student Services Team, so you know who you can go to if/when support is needed.

Plank Counselors:

Mrs. Caitlin Gannon (supporting families with last names that begin with A-H)

Ms. Fabiola Perez (supporting families with last names that begin with I-M)

Mrs. Kelly Hlavacs/Mrs. Jen Modaff (supporting families with last names that begin with N-Z)

Plank Social Workers:

Ms. Regena Alonzo (supporting 6th grade IEP students as well as our Life Skills Program)

Mrs. Maggie Slinger (supporting 7th and 8th grade IEP students as well as our Instructional Skills Program)

Please note, Mrs. Slinger is on temporary leave until mid-September. Ms. Alonzo will be working with Mrs. Slinger’s students during her absence.

Plank Restorative Practices Counselor:

Mrs. Melanie Reicher (supporting all students and staff to implement preventative measures within the Plank School community to support our Positive Behavioral Model)

Plank School Psychologist:

Ms. Stephanie Krug (monitors the completion of case study evaluations/special education reevaluations and participates in Individual Education Plan (IEP) conferences and problem-solving meetings)

Plank Speech Language Pathologist

Ms. Molly Miller (provides speech services for IEP Resource and Instructional Skills Program)

Ms. Zoe Palko (provides speech services for Life Skills Program)

The goal of our Student Services Team here at Plank is to provide comprehensive support and advocate for equity, access, wellness, and success for each and every student. If you have any questions, concerns, or would like to connect with a member from our Student Services Team, please don’t hesitate to reach out; by clicking on a team member’s name listed above, you will be routed to their direct email address.

We are looking forward to a great year!


Plank Administration

Conflict Resolution

Plank Care Closet

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Student Password Portal

For students to have self serve privileges using the district password portal, students will need to first set up their individual security questions. Follow the link for help creating security questions here - https://www.sd308.org/Page/17906

Parent Resources

Follow the links to access the parent resources that we have available.

Plank Attendance Guidelines

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Students must be called into the Attendance Line if they are not participating for all or part of the school day (Monday-Friday).

Please leave a message on the Attendance Line noting the reason for the absence. Include all symptoms or the reason for the absence if it is not illness related. Students need to be called in if they will miss a partial day. Please note the class/classes that will be missed in addition to the reason for the absences.

Teachers are keeping attendance through class period If you have questions, please reach out to the individual teachers about these procedures.

Students are considered Tardy if they are not in class on time. Class begins promptly at 8:10 AM. Students who are not in class by this time are considered Tardy.

Important People to Know



Tyler Haymond 630-551-9410 thaymond@sd308.org

Assistant Principal

Bailey Campbell 630-551-9412 bcampbell@sd308.org

Assistant Principal

Katie Jones 630-551-9411 kjones@sd308.org

Student Support Lead Teachers

Lead Special Education Teacher

Carrie Quinn 630-551-9497 cquinn@sd308.org

EL Coordinator

Lebia Chatman 630-551-9466 lchatman@sd308.org


Principal Secretary

Laurie Williams 630-551-9409 lwilliams@sd308.org

Registrar/Discipline Secretary

Camille Simmons 630-551-9418 csimmons@sd308.org

Attendance Secretary

Asusana (Susie) Montes-Mijarez 630-551-9408 amontesmijarez@sd308.org

Student Services:


Caitlin Gannon 630-551-9414 cgannon@sd308.org

Students with last names A-H

Fabiola Perez 630-551-9416 fperez@sd308.org

Students with last names I-M

Kelly Hlavacs and Jen Modaff 630-551-9415 khlavacs@sd308.org, jmodaff@sd308.org

Students with last names N-Z

Melanie Reicher 630-551-9496 mreicher@sd308.org

Restorative Practice Counselor

Social Workers:

Regena Alonzo 630-551-9405 ralonzo@sd308.org

Marguerite Slinger 630-551-9416 mslinger@sd308.org

Building Nurse:

Denise Salisbury 630-551-9402 dsalisbury@sd308.org