The Frontier

January 28, 2022

Upcoming Events

January 30 -- Gregory PTA Ice Skating Party

February 1 -- District Spelling Bee 6:00 p.m.

February 3 -- Girls' Basketball vs Kennedy w/ 8 home & 7 away

February 5 -- Robotics Competition 8 a.m. - 2 p.m.

A Note from Mrs. Mitchell...

Okay, I’m totally over this cold weather. My strategy for getting through January and February is to distract myself as much as possible. Last weekend my sisters and I planned a spontaneous girls’ trip. Two of us live in the area and the other in Pittsburgh, so my twin and I jumped on a plane to meet our older sister in her hometown. Yes, we left cold weather and traveled to colder weather, but at least we were able to commiserate in good company. We made the best of a freezing, snowy weekend (sans husbands and kids) and tore up a golf course with Crisco’d boogie boards and saucers. To everyone’s surprise, nobody was seriously injured, not even my twin who wrapped herself around a pole. Enjoy the video. Hopefully we can all channel our inner child this weekend, and forget about our bad decision to settle in the Midwest.

Future Wildcats!

Course selection is an important first step that helps students begin high school in a positive way. Indian Prairie School District prides itself on successful transitions for our students and parents. As part of this endeavor, Neuqua Valley will be hosting an orientation/open house evening on February 2 at 7:00 PM in the NVHS gym for all current 8th graders.

At the orientation/open house, parents and students are invited to view the core and elective subject areas. Department representatives will be on hand to discuss specific course requirements and answer any questions you may have.

Today your child received a letter and a course enrollment packet/tip sheet. Please review the information and bring it with you on February 2, as it will be helpful when you visit the departments for course information.

Gregory Middle School Fundraiser

We are excited to be working with the company Pop! for our Step it Up! fundraiser this winter. Students that send 10 emails to friends and family OR raise $50 in donations will be able to participate in the Day of Awesomeness this spring. The money raised from this fundraiser will be deposited into our student activity fund. We use this fund to pay for team activities, grade level celebrations, in-house field trips, prizes, incentives and other expenses relating to student activities. The deadline to send emails and raise donations is February 9th. Keep a look out for further information regarding the fundraiser via email in the coming weeks.

iReady Testing Has Begun

iReady, our new benchmark testing that has replaced Aimsweb, has started. Teams have determined their testing schedules and have communicated these to their classes.

Please remind your child to bring headphones, something to write with, and a charged Chromebook to their testing period.

5 Essentials Parent Survey

Parents, students and teachers across Illinois will once again have an opportunity to participate in the annual statewide Illinois 5Essentials Survey. This survey is designed to generate a detailed picture of your child’s school as it relates to the important elements of school effectiveness.

On behalf of the Illinois State Board of Education, the Illinois 5Essentials Survey is administered online by the University of Chicago. All survey responses will be kept confidential. The state will provide survey results for individual schools only if a school has at least 20 percent of parents take the survey. If you have children attending more than one school, we ask that you complete the survey for each school.

To take this short survey:

1. Visit 5 Essentials Survey Link
2. Type and select “Dupage” as "County." (The county is the location of the school district's main office.)
3. Type your school's name into the "School" field and select your school.

5 Essentials Student Survey

Gregory students will have the opportunity to take the 5Essentials Survey on February 25 during Achieve. The Illinois 5Essentials Survey is implemented by the Illinois State Board of Education. This statewide survey is based on 20 years of research at the University of Chicago. It asks students about their experiences in school, giving school leaders critical student input to help develop school improvement plans.

Student participants will be required to log-in using their student ID and birth date in order to complete the survey. Students’ identities will be completely confidential. Teachers or administrators will never see individual responses to survey questions and will only receive aggregated information, such as the total percentage of students who agree homework assignments help them learn course material.

Please be aware that under the Protection of Pupil Rights Act. 20 U.S.C. Section 1232(c) (1) (A), you have the right to review a copy of the questions asked of your child. While the link to this year’s survey questions has not yet been made available, the questions are the same as last year and can be found on the Illinois 5Essentials website.

If you do not want your son or daughter to participate, please contact your child’s school by February 2, 2022.

Homework Club

Gregory has a Homework Club for students that takes place after school on Mondays and Wednesdays. Check out the Gregory Homework Club details!

CoVid-19 Information

Mask Reminders

We are asking parents to partner with us and remind students to wear their masks over their mouths and noses while in the building. If a student requires multiple reminders to keep a mask on during the school day, teachers may call home to have a collaborative conversation with parents. Thank you for your help with this!

Spectator Policy

Consistent with the Governor’s Executive Order and CDC guidelines, all individuals(vaccinated and unvaccinated) present in any District building or facility shall at all times wear a face covering when indoors, regardless of physical distancing. The mask must be worn properly covering the nose and mouth. If an individual refuses to wear a mask, they will be asked to leave the building.

We also ask those in attendance to show good sportsmanship toward the athletes, coaches, and officials. Good sportsmanship is one of the primary purposes of our athletic programs. Our athletes and coaches recognize that judgment calls are made in good faith, and they must abide by the decisions of the officials. Spectators can support their school’s team by refraining from derogatory remarks and negative cheers.

Test-to-Stay Protocol

In accordance with guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH), and the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) for schools that serve students in pre-kindergarten through grade 12, Indian Prairie School District 204 is implementing a Test to Stay program at Gregory Middle School. The program began on Monday, November 15, 2021.

Test to Stay protocols can be used to keep students in school when identified as a close contact to a positive case of COVID-19 during the school day. This allows asymptomatic, unvaccinated students to avoid quarantine or exclusion by testing on days one, three, five, and seven after exposure to COVID-19 as long as they continue to test negative and remain asymptomatic.

District 204 has contracted with Northshore Clinical Labs which will provide test kits for the Test to Stay program to be administered by nurses at our school. Parents will need to give consent for their child to participate in the Test to Stay program.

Please see the Test to Stay FAQ for more information.

CoVid Testing

If you are instructed to get a COVID-19 test or you would like to get one for peace of mind, please note the county health department requires one of the following two tests for readmission to school: RT-PCR or SARS-CoV-2-NAAT. If you have any questions, please contact the health office at your child's school.

Support for Quarantined Students

We are continuing to conduct contact tracing to determine when students and staff are considered to be a close contact to someone who has tested positive for COVID-19. In some cases, students and staff may be required to quarantine. This LINK will help families understand when a required quarantine might occur and how we will be supporting students when they are required to quarantine.

Notification of Positive COVID-19 Cases

Positive cases of COVID-19 at Gregory can be found on the District’s COVID Dashboard. The dashboard includes all positive cases of COVID-19 reported to District 204 for individuals who were on campus. The information is updated each Monday by 4 pm. If your child is in close contact with someone who tested positive, a member of the COVID-19 Response Team will notify you directly regarding the need to quarantine as a precaution. Additional information found on this page includes the current transmission level and a link to the corresponding mitigation strategies.