Sandwich Middle School

November Newsletter

6th Grade News

6th grade November News

Hard to believe that we are in the second quarter already! Time sure flies when you are having fun! Speaking of fun….the Social Studies classes will be studying Life in Ancient Egypt and Pyramids. In Science, the students will explore the beautiful yet destructive world of rocks & minerals. While in Language arts classes, your student will be working on citing evidence, genres and identifying nonfiction text structures. Learning all about text structure will help them in all their classes. In math, students will be working on solving expressions with an emphasis being placed on order of operations. They will also be working on analyzing word problems.

Instructional Language Arts- Students have been reading the novel Maniac Magee, learning new vocabulary words, and working on summarizing what is read and also completing comprehension activities. Students are greatly enjoying the novel, as there is never a dull moment when something exciting is happening or when students are wondering what will happen next! The students have also been working on correcting sentences that have capitalization, punctuation, and grammatical errors, as well as identifying the difference between simple and compound sentences. We have had a great first quarter and are excited to dive into more fun during the second quarter.

The teachers would like to congratulate Sophia Bode and Tayton Jandt as being our Students of the Month! Their hard work and kindness have not gone unnoticed!

7th Grade News

We have officially made it through the first quarter! We have just a few reminders to help your student be successful. Please sit down with your student on a regular basis to look at Google Classroom. You can see the status of the work by going to the “classwork” tab on the top. Then, on the top left, click on the “View Your work.” Please keep in mind that Google Classroom will NOT show your student’s grade, so please check Tyler for grades. Also, please check with your child to make sure that they have the supplies that they need to be successful in school.

Students may want to bring a refillable water bottle with them to school to stay hydrated throughout the day. Please note that only water is allowed in the classrooms. Also, please make sure that your student is bringing the necessary supplies to class each day. It is very important that students charge their Chromebooks every night to be ready for the next school day. We are seeing a lot of students using up the battery in their Chromebook because games are being played throughout the day. We are doing our best to keep students off of games, but they keep finding new ways. Please reinforce the importance of wearing masks correctly while in the building. This includes covering both the mouth and the nose. We appreciate your support while we continue to navigate through this pandemic.

The 7th-grade Students of the Month are Nathan Ripsky and Tegan Stryszyk. Great job. Keep up the good work.

8th Grade News

8th Grade Newsletter

We are so proud of our 8th graders! We made it through the first quarter and they are getting back into the swing of things. Google Classroom is our students’ best organizational tool, but Tyler is still the best way to keep track of missing assignments. Please check Tyler often. You can find what each subject area is up to as you read below…

History: We are moving into Chapter 22, Overseas Expansion. Students will learn about Imperialism and how the United States acquired Alaska, Hawaii, and other island territories. This unit will include a study of the Spanish-American War and the building of the Panama Canal.

Language Arts:

The 8th Grade Language Arts classes just finished The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton. Our focus while reading The Outsiders has been the elements of literature, plot, and characterization. We told the students that many of their parents probably remember this novel from their middle school years--“Stay Gold, Ponyboy.” After completing an analysis essay on the novel, we begin “Flowers for Algernon”, and we will be focusing on figurative language.

Instructional Language Arts:

Instructional LA students just finished up The Outsiders and continue to work hard to improve their writing. We are finishing up sentence structure and moving forward to paragraph writing in our “writing bootcamp”. We are continuing to work on a variety of comprehension skills, sequencing and inference are coming up this quarter.


We are in the midst of Unit 2 Expressions and Equations. We have covered one-step, two-step, and multi-step equations. We are rolling along in chapter 3 where we have covered the constant rate of change, slope, Equations in y = mx form and slope-intercept form. We will be continuing on through chapter 3 with graphing a line using intercepts, writing linear equations, and ending the chapter with systems of equations. As the month goes on we will be moving into chapter 4 which covers functions.

Instructional Math:

Students in the instructional math class are working on Unit 1, which includes integers, number relationships and functions, and expressions and equations. Each week, the students continue to brush up their math skills through daily math minutes, online practice using iXL, and solving word problems.


We have finished our periodic table review unit and students did a great job. We will be moving into our unit on interactions of matter (chemistry) next. Please make sure students are staying up to date on their assignments because this subject matter will be a little more challenging than the 1st quarter. Students should check on Google Classroom for any missing work and on Tyler for their grades.

Students of the Month: Our 8th grade Students of the Month are Fiona Legge and Drake Robles. These are two hard working students who have great attitudes and are kind to others. They are great role models!


Just a reminder that our bell rings at 7:55 am and students should be in their classrooms by 8:00 am ready to learn. It is very important that your child arrives on time to school so they may get the best education possible and also to not disturb the education of others when coming in late to class. We appreciate your help in this matter.

District 430 News

Substitute Teacher, Paraprofessional (teaching assistant), Custodian, Bus Driver, Bus Aide

Want to be a sub teacher or paraprofessional in the district? If you have a Bachelor or Associates degree and would like to consider becoming a substitute in Sandwich CUSD 430, the DeKalb County Regional Office of Education (ROE) can answer all your questions and guide you through the necessary steps of becoming certified. Call the ROE at (815) 217-0460; or visit the ROE office at 2500 North Annie Glidden Road, Suite C, DeKalb, Illinois 60115

Substitute Custodian

If you are interested in becoming a substitute custodian, please contact a building principal:

SHS (815-786-2157) SMS (815-786-2138) HED (815-786-8498)

LGH (815-786-8812) PV (815-786-8811) WWW (815-786-6316)

Full Time or Substitute Bus Driver & Bus Aide

If you are interested in becoming a full time or substitute bus driver or bus aide, please call the transportation department at (815-786-8325).

News from the Nurse

Newest COVID-19 Guidelines

Sandwich CUSD #430 continues to follow the current guidance from IDPH and collaborate with local health departments to determine if a student will be excluded from school.

If your student has ANY of the following symptoms, please keep them and their unvaccinated household members/siblings home until cleared to return. Symptoms include: Fever (100.4°F or higher), new onset of moderate to severe headache, shortness of breath, new cough, sore throat, vomiting, diarrhea, new loss of sense of taste or smell, fatigue from unknown cause, muscle or body aches from unknown cause.

Symptomatic students may return to school after 10 days OR show results of a negative COVID-19 test. Our district offers free rapid Binax antigen testing at the schools. Please reach out to your school nurse with any questions or to make an appointment for a Binax test. Our goal is to partner with you to keep students in school - healthy, safe, and ready to learn!

Health Plans

Health plans for certain medical conditions (ex: asthma, diabetes, seizures, food allergies, etc.) need to be updated every school year. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the school nurse. REMINDER: Students who require an inhaler at school should also have a spacer/chamber available to be used with the inhaler.

Medication Reminder

Any student requiring medication during the school day needs to have a completed school medication form on file in the office. This includes all prescriptions, over the counter medications, inhalers and emergency/rescue type medications. Forms can be found on the district website or you may contact the school nurse.

November is Diabetes Awareness Month & November 14th is World Diabetes Day

In the United States, about 34.2 million adults and 210,000 people under the age of 20 have diabetes. Here are some website resources for information about Diabetes:

Flu Season

Flu season is around the corner! Protect yourself and your family this season with an annual flu vaccine for everyone who is 6 months and older. Seasonal flu activity can begin as early as October and last as late as May. Visit or contact your county's local health department for more information.

DeKalb County Health Department: 815-758-6673

Kendall County Health Department: 630-553-9100

LaSalle County Health Department: 815-433-3366

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