Creekside Chronicle

September 2019 Newsletter

Welcome Back

Welcome Back!

We hope that your student has had a successful start to the school year. As a school, we started the year by focusing on what it means to BE a CREEKSIDE FALCON. Some of the words to which we hope that they hold one another accountable are kind, loyal, honest, and the difference. Ask your kids to explain what those words mean to them. We spent the first few days acclimating some of our new 6th graders to life as a middle schooler while the 7th and 8th graders got quickly back into their routines. All of our classes have begun to dive into curriculum and have developed and reviewed classroom expectations and procedures.

We would like to take the time to thank our PTO for purchasing all of our students our paper agendas. Please help to ensure your student has filled out their agenda and remind them that assignments can also be found on Canvas. All parents and students are now also able to view courses and graded assignments in home access. As a reminder grades are updated every Thursday at 4:00pm.

At Creekside, we continue to set goals with students. One way our staff works to help students reach these goals by differentiating classroom instruction. Attendance is such an important part of education. School attendance is one of the greatest indicators of academic success. See the charts below to see how school absences can add up to negatively impact a student’s education.

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Creekside Flyby


We are excited to continue with our Creekside Flyby informational video series. The content for these videos is created based on your request. If you would like an information video created on a specific topic, please fill out the following form.

View the informational videos below.

  1. Clubs at Creekside
  2. Home Access and Canvas Calendar
  3. Student Services at Creekside

Academic and Social Emotion Supports Brochure

For parents new to the school, we created a brochure that explains the levels of intervention that we have to support students both academically and social emotionally. Be sure to view our brochure below.

6th Grade

The sixth grade team members are excited to BE your child’s teachers this year and look forward to making meaningful and lasting connections with students.

6th Math

Students were introduced to their new mathematics curriculum on the Discovery Learning Math Techbook. Students worked collaboratively to learn how to utilize the many tools and capabilities of the program they will be using throughout middle school!

7th Grade

First, welcome back parents and students! The 7th grade would like to take a moment to thank you for the opportunity to help your children to grow and be the best they can be. It has been a great start to the year; the students are ready to learn and the teachers are ready to make it the best year possible.

We would like to remind parents that we are partners in educating your children. We need your help at home: ask how their day was, ask them to share something they learned, check their agenda each day, provide them time and a quiet place to work. Most importantly: help them problem solve any difficulties they are having in school. Lastly, if you have any concerns please email or leave a message for the teachers as soon as possible so we can help resolve the issues in a timely manner.


AVID students signing their contract with Mrs. Favero and Mrs. Nieman before signing the Social Contract (rules and expectations for the AVID class)

7th Grade Math: Students in Mrs. Ungaro’s class learning about growth-mindset.

8th Grade

The 8th grade teachers are excited about the opportunity to teach your children and wanted to pass on the expectations for them each day and they are:

  • Come to class prepared and ready to learn

  • Have a positive attitude

8th Grade Science: Students working on a stem challenge in science class.

Students in DL Science using their notebook to solve Metric System problems.

8th Grade Field Trip Possibilities

Northwestern Health Career Fair @ WNHS - Students will have a chance to explore various career opportunities in the health profession. Specific trip information will be forthcoming in Mid-September.

Illinois Memorial Holocaust Museum - Students will travel to the Illinois Memorial Holocaust Museum in Skokie as a culminating activity for their unit of study on the Holocaust from World War II.

Washington D.C. - 8th grade students will have an opportunity to travel to Washington D.C. for a three day trip from May 30 - June 1, 2020. If you have any questions, Click here for specific trip information.


The PE staff is looking forward to an active and engaging school year. We will be kicking off this year with Fitness Testing for all grade levels. The tests that will be completed are sit and reach, push up, curl ups, and the PACER.

Units that will be covered this fall are Flag Football, Ultimate Frisbee, and Badminton.

Student Support Services

Do you have trouble communicating with your middle-schooler? Sometimes it seems that they are not listening to you (and sometimes they really aren’t), but there are a few practical ways you can stay connected to your child during this time, as detailed in this recent article from the Washington Post "How to Talk to Your Middle Schooler" If you have questions or concerns about increasing the lines of communication with your child during their middle school years, please contact one of us in the Creekside office at (815) 337-5200.

Mrs. Nieman

Ms. Hettermann

Mrs. Perry

School Counselor School Social Worker School Psychologist
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From the Nurse

All 6th grade students and all 7th & 8th grade new students to District 200, school physicals and immunization records are due on October 15th. If they are not turned in to the school nurse by October 15th, your child will not be allowed to come to school. Please contact the nurse with questions. Ms. Carla at 815-337-5200

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Key Dates

9/2 No school

9/3 PTO meeting 6 - 7 pm

9/4 XC CMS vs Genoa Kingston, at CMS Gym 4 - 6 pm

9/5 VB 7th grade at Westfield 4 - 6:30 pm

9/7 VB 8th grade Tournament 6 Team Round Robin Tourney at CMS/PWE

Gyms 8 am - 3 pm

9/10 VB at Parkland 4 - 6:30 pm

9/11 XC CMS vsd Northwood w/ Nippersink at Emricson Park 4 - 6 pm

9/12 VB CMS vs Nippersink at CMS/PWE 4 - 6:30 pm

9/16 XC at Cary w/Lundahl at Cary JH 4 - 6:30 pm

9/17 VB CMS vs McHenry at CMS 4 - 6:30 pm

9/18 Late Start at 9:30 am

9/18 XC CMS vs Heineman, Parkland, Bernotas at Emricson Park 4 - 6:30 pm

9/19 VB vs Johnsburg at CMS/PWE 4 - 6:30 pm

9/20 First National Challenge at WHS

9/21 ILMEA Junior Band Auditions

9/21 ILMEA Junior String Auditions

9/23 XC at McHenry w/ Beardsley at McHenry Middle School 4 - 6 pm

9/24 VB CMS vs Northwood at WNS 4 - 6:30 pm

9/25 XC CMS vs Nippersink, Beardsley, Bernotas, Parkland, Northwood

at Emricson 4 - 6 pm

9/26 VB CMS vs Parkland at CMS/PWE Gyms 4 - 6:30 pm

9/27 CMS Band Pep Band Night

9/30 XC at Beardsley w/Marlowe, Nippersink at Lippold Park 4 - 6 pm

Creekside Middle School

Michael Wheatley, Principal

Francesca Favero, Asst. Principal

David Riesen, Dean of Students