Ferson Creek eNews

December 18, 2020

From the Principal...Kristy McKnight

The last day before Winter Break usually has me feeling like I've been running on a treadmill all day after drinking five pots of coffee. Today, although different, was still filled with such a positive energy and so much joy. I joined multiple online celebrations, saw dancing, singing, crafting, and there was so much laughing. The enjoyment that the staff and students get from each other didn't stop because we were virtual. Their connections continue through the little boxes on the screen!

I hope the next two weeks are filled with fun, family, memory-making, and some time away from the computer. I wish you a safe and restful winter break!

Looking forward to the new year!

Kristy McKnight

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A Few Festive Tunes!

Our orchestra and band concerts were virtual this year. You can view those performances by clicking the links below.

Ferson Creek and Corron Virtual Orchestra Concert Winter 2020

Ferson Creek and Corron Virtual Band Concert Winter 2020

Mr. O'Connell, one of our orchestra teachers, took the opportunity to record some holiday string favorites with his own children, Kelly, Sarah, and Danny. You can view the performances by clicking the links below. Enjoy!

A Charlie Brown Christmas


Chanukah, O Chanukah

Frosty the Snowman

Thank you to all of our musicians, and their teachers, for such great performances!

Lost and Found-Please Take a Look!

Jackets, hats, sweatshirts, lunchboxes and water bottles are here waiting to be claimed! Please view all of the items here and let us know if something belongs to you!

Winter iReady Diagnostic Reports

The i-Ready Winter Diagnostic Reports for both Math and Reading are being mailed home to parents the week of December 21, 2020. Included with these reports is a letter from Mr. Dave Chiszar, the Director of Assessment and Accountability, explaining the i-Ready diagnostic report and what is included in the documents. If you have any questions pertaining to i-Ready, please don’t hesitate to reach out to Dave Chiszar at David.chiszar@d303.org.

The document titled "How do I Interpret the Mid-year i-Ready Diagnostic Results Reports?" that is included in the mailing references a Green and Blue bar on the report. Your child's reports are copied in black and white, and therefore do not have green and blue for your reference. Here you will find a copy of the updated letter that instead references a "Mid On Grade Level Bar" instead of the Green bar and an "Up arrow" instead of a blue bar.

If you are missing data for your child, it may be because they didn't complete the assessment. These students will be finishing up the iReady after winter break.

D303 Has Job Openings!

It takes more adults to operate schools safely for students during the pandemic. District 303 currently has numerous job openings in a variety of job categories. If you are looking for temporary, part-time, or full-time employment, please visit the D303 Human Resources page to apply for a position.

One of the more flexible positions available is that of a D303 Substitute. You can choose to work, or not work, as your schedule permits. We are really in need of substitutes!

D303 has a Substitute Teacher's Handbook to show you the ins and outs of the job.

If after reading this, you are interested, please, reach out to Julie.Wenger@D303.org. Julie is our substitute coordinator. If you hold a Bachelor's degree, she can walk you through the process of applying for a substitute license with the state. This license affords you the opportunity to sub for teachers and teacher's assistants. If you hold a high school diploma or Associate's degree, you can apply for a Paraprofessional License. This license affords you the opportunity to sub for teacher's assistants.

After you get your license, you can apply to substitute teach in D303.

Click HERE for the application if you hold a Bachelor's degree and Substitute license.

Click HERE for the application if you hold a high school diploma or Associate's degree and Paraprofessional license.

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  • Winter Break : Monday, December 21st - Friday, January 1st
  • School Improvement Day - No Students: Monday, January 4th
  • School Resumes: Tuesday, January 5th
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