News for the week of 11/8 to 11/15
On Thursday, we celebrated our recent Commendable designation with students and teachers. Several students received awards for making growth or being a top performer in their grade level. We recognized over 500 students who made growth or met or exceeded on their IAR assessment. It was great to see students applauding for each other for their academic successes, and excited to see their names on a scrolling marquee. We challenged all of our students to make it onto the marquee for next year's growth celebration. I was very proud of our students.
We also celebrated the growth of our fundraiser. We will total around $7,000 for our Student Collaboration Room! Students who sold boxes and turned in money were able to participate in our silly string event. Mr. Tubman and I were the recipients of 200 total cans of silly string from almost 150 students. Of course, our teachers wanted in the action also.
On November 11th, 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 1:50. We ask that guests arrive and check in our main office at 1:30 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. We want to provide multiple opportunities for students to showcase their talents, and grow as young adults through academics and social emotional learning. Our focus is to prepare our students to be ready for college and future careers. 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 email@example.com. We look forward to collaborating with you and your student throughout the year.
Always in partnership,
Plank Junior High School
Student Growth and Top Performers
8th Grade - Meaghan Finin
7th Grade - Ileana Pena
6th Grade - Ari Gutierrez
Congratulations to the following students on being Top Growth in their Grade level on their IAR assessment in Math.
8th Grade - Ethan Svboda
7th Grade - Brenda Trujillo
6th Grade - Cole Diederich
Congratulations to the following students on being Top Performer in their Grade level on their IAR assessment in ELA.
8th Grade - Kaitlin Gresik
7th Grade - Aiden Ploger
6th Grade - Calvin Deane
Congratulations to the following students on being Top Performer in their Grade level on their IAR assessment in Math.
8th Grade - Ava Lenell
7th Grade - Marc Townsend
6th Grade - Olivia Owles
We challenge all of our students to do their best in school, whether it is though grades, classroom performance, STAR tests, and state tests. We also congratulate the 500+ students who demonstrated growth on ELA and Math, and our students who met and exceeded on their IAR state assessment last April. Well done, Pirates!
Almost 150 students go to silly string Mr. Tubman and Mr. Haymond.
The results of 200 cans of silly string.
The teachers also got in on some silly string.
Veterans Day 2019
Please mark your calendars for Plank Jr High's annual Veterans Day Assembly starting at 1:50 PM on Monday, November 11, in our school gymnasium. We welcome all veterans and their families for this memorable and honorable event. Please share this with anyone who has served is active duty and part of the Plank Community. We also invite families to create a personal page to celebrate their family service to our country. Follow this link to Mrs. Thill's class page to find the google presentation to add a slide. We thank you for your dedicated service! Please reach out to Donna Thill or the Plank main office for more information.
Future Wolves Night
One Book, One School
Plank Home and School Messages
We love our teachers! The next Teacher Appreciation luncheon will be Tuesday, November 5 with a Western BBQ theme. Sign up to donate food, drinks, or your time, and show our teachers how much me appreciate them! https://signup.com/go/YsHJdeM
The concessions booth will be open for all of our home basketball games and wrestling matches. We need Plank parents to join our concessions team! Contact Jacquie Bucher at firstname.lastname@example.org if you are able to help with concessions.
We truly appreciate parent support in all of these events and activities!
Do you have the new box top app? The next generation of box tops is here. We still collect clipped box tops but this new app is so easy to use. Scan your receipt within 14 days and if any applicable products are bought, instant rewards.
Home and School Winter Spirit Wear
Toys for Tots
This Monday 11/4 we will be starting our annual Toys for Tots drive during homeroom. Please donate as many toys as possible from then until December 11th!
Our goal is 2000 toys this year.
Remember for every NEW UNWRAPPED toy donated, students write their name on a ticket and place it in the envelope. That gives them a chance to deliver the toys with a friend to the Fire Department on the 13th and get breakfast at the Fire Department.
Tickets will be collected each day at the end of homeroom.
The winning Homeroom will get to choose a student to smash a pie in Mr. Edwards face during the Hoops For heart Assembly!!
Please, please, please, get the word out and get as many NEW and Unwrapped toys as possible!
The Plank P.E. Department will be helping participate in the annual Toys For Tots toy drive this year. Like last year we will be giving the option for the students to donate $.25 a day to get out of warmups. All donations and optional and have no effect on students grades. The proceeds will go to the toy drive to help area families during the holidays. If you have any questions please email Mr. Edwards at JEdwards01@sd308.org.
We have a great opportunity for all the girls at Plank and I excited to share it with you. Starting Thursday, November 14, The Fusion Project will be offering their program to our girls each Thursday after school. The mission of this group is to empower young girls by building their self-esteem. They seek to help girls flourish and lower their risk of being victimized. Each week the program will focus on important issues such as bullying, anxiety, finding your voice, social media safety, healthy body image, and other relevant topics. This program has been successful in other Oswego Junior High schools and we are pleased to be able to offer this to all girls at Plank. Whether your daughter is in 6th, 7th or 8th grade, I believe this program will benefit her.
If your child is interested in the Fusion project, there will be forms available in student services. Please encourage your daughter to attend!
The program will run every Thursday 3:10-4:30 in LRC beginning November 14.
Elyssa's Mission Presentations
Students in 8th grade will be participating in Elyssa's Mission presentations. This is an evidence based program that helps to provide depression awareness and suicide prevention training for students in junior high.
This program will be presented to all students. Below are the program dates by grade level (each student will only attend one of the dates.). More information will be shared with parents the weeks before presentations at grade levels.
8th grade: November 19th and 21st during science classes
Please contact our counselors for any additional information regarding the program.
If do not want your child to participate in the Elyssa's Mission program, please contact your student’s school counselor via phone or email.
Homework and Grading
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. Again, the link to homework hotspot can be found by following the link. When students keep up with their homework, they are more likely to perform better on the tests and quizzes in the classroom.
Parent Portal in Tyler SIS
Our new student information system is Tyler SIS. This is taking the place of eSchool. Log into the link below if you are looking for updated grades, information, attendance, and the features of the former e School Home Access. Watch for updates on how parents can use the Portal on our website and in upcoming newsletters.
Tyler Parent Portal
Substitute Teachers Needed at Plank!
Parent Teen Connect
CHECK OUT PARENTEENCONNECT.ORG
ParenTeenConnect.org, a free website for parents and their teens created by the makers of the Second Step Program, is a great resource for middle school families. It provides expert advice and practical tools for dealing with real parent-teen issues.
GET TALKING WITH PARENTEEN CONNECT
At ParenTeenConnect.org, you can hear from real parents and teens about the issues that cause conflict in their lives—including screen time, independence, responsibility, and communication—and get expert advice. Visit ParenTeenConnect.org at home with your child, select a topic together, and get talking!
2019-2020 Plank Yearbook Sales are Online!
Have you placed your order for the 2019-2020 yearbook? All yearbook orders are now placed online. The deadline for reduced cost of $25 ends in December. All orders are placed online through the link located below and on the Plank Homepage. We are getting close...whomever orders the 100th yearbook will get a FULL REFUND, as a thank you. Plank Yearbook Orders 2019-2020