Pirate's Cove

News for the week of 11/8 to 11/15

Principal's Message

Pirate parents!

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 thaymond@sd308.org. We look forward to collaborating with you and your student throughout the year.

Always in partnership,

Tyler Haymond


Plank Junior High School

Student Growth and Top Performers

Congratulations to the following students on being Top Growth in their Grade level on their IAR assessment in ELA.

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!

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

Oswego East's Future Wolves Night is on November 14th from 5 to 8 PM. Join in the wolfpack as the OE staff reviews course offerings and elective classes for future freshman. See the attached PDF link below for details.
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One Book, One School

Introducing One School, One Book at Plank Junior High. The book we will be reading is Crossover, by Kwame Alexander. Throughout the next several weeks, students and staff will be reading Crossover. This will also be a featured title at our upcoming Book Fair. Crossover will be available at the book fair for $8.99 plus tax. Students will also be able to check out the book from the LRC as well as the public library (but copies will be limited from the libraries). Various activities will take place culminating in a collaborative event at our Literacy Night to be held later this year.

Washington DC Trip for 8th grade

Hey 8th Graders!!

It's not too late to sign up for the Washington DC Trip over this school year's Spring Break, March 22-24, 2020!

Email Mr. Linden (mlinden@sd308.org), Mrs. Carino (mcarino@sd308.org), or Mrs. Beane (jbeane@sd308.org) for registration information.

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 kplankhsa@gmail.com 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

Our spiritwear store is now open. This sale will continue through November 24th, with delivery before the holidays. Follow the link to order your spirit wear. See the flyer below.
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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.

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Homework Hotspot

Just a reminder that we have the homework hotspot. Student assignments are listed here for the entire building. Students also are using their assignment notebooks to write down their assignments. I recommend making a bookmark of homework hotspot on your browser so that it can be checked regularly by your child.

Student Council

Student Council will meet on November 18. Pickup time is promptly 4PM.

Fusion Project

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.

Parent Letter - English

Parent Letter - Spanish

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. 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. 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!

Plank Junior High School is looking for substitute teachers. If you have your substitute teaching certificate and you have a passion for working with children, we would be happy to have you as a guest teacher in our building! Please reach out to Human Resources by following this link. There are links to an online substitute application, handbook, and contact information all available there. I hope to see you guest teaching in our building soon!

Parent Toolkit

If you are looking for outside resources to help with your young adult, try parenttoolkit.com. There are many different options on this website that can connect you with resources to questions that many parents have.

Parent Teen Connect


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.


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

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