WHITELEY WILDCAT UPDATE

September 4, 2020

Learning Material Pick-Up

We hope this communication finds you happy and healthy! On Thursday, September 10th, we will be distributing additional materials for students in each grade level. These materials are to supplement online materials while we are virtual learning. Each grade level has gathered items that will assist students while working independently on activities. The materials will be available for pick-up by our main entrance. Upon arriving at Whiteley, please place a sheet of paper in your windshield with your child’s last name, first name(s), grade level(s) and teacher’s name(s). Please do not exit your vehicle as materials will be delivered to your car. Wearing a mask is highly encouraged as well. Materials may be picked up between (8:30-11:30; 1:00-4:30). Thank you for your continued support and understanding as we navigate e-learning together. We look forward to seeing you drive by on Thursday, September 10th!


*Mr. Bubaris (¾ Gifted) and Ms. Cibulka (¾ Gifted) will have material pick-up around Sept. 23rd.

VIRTUAL MAP TESTING

Each year District 15 students in grades 2 through 8 take an achievement test called the MAP test. The MAP test measures a student’s reading and math levels, is taken by the student with a Chromebook, and takes between 20 to 40 minutes to complete.


This year, all students in grades 2 to 8 will take the MAP test during the distance learning portion of the school year. Teachers will be in contact with students to explain and walk them through the virtual MAP test taking process. Schools will scheudle a MAP test “dry run” in early September. Students will take the actual MAP test between September 14 and October 1. Your school will provide specific test dates and times to you prior to testing.


Linked below is our parent and student “cheat sheets. You will be provided with another copy closer to MAP testing. Parent/Caregiver Cheat Sheet, Student Cheat Sheet.

SPIRIT WEAR

The fall spirit wear shop is open! Our PTA will oversee the orders. You can order items from August 31st -September 13th. You can access the spirit wear shop at: https://ultim8screenprinting.com/collections/whiteley-school-available. For questions please email jackiepulkrabek@gmail.com.

TECHNOLOGY SUPPORT & NEW TECHNOLOGY FOR VIRTUAL LEARNING

For assistance with technology, parents or students should call or email the teacher or the school’s office. The school office can assist with troubleshooting or, if necessary, can replace a broken device with a loaner.

In order to help keep students safer and more scholarly online during virtual learning, District 15 has adopted GoGuardian Teacher - an instructional delivery, classroom management, and community building tool. It helps keep students on-task and helps teachers stay connected to students wherever they learn. We will be deploying GoGuardian Teacher in phases over the next three weeks. Please review this letter to learn more about this powerful learning engagement tool.


SOCIALIZATION AND CONNECTION DURING VIRTUAL LEARNING

To help support students’ social and emotional learning and well-being during this time, we have created websites for elementary and Jr. High school aged students as a resource for families. You will find activities, articles, and ideas on ways to support socialization, connection, and overall well-being. This includes fun daily activities that you can utilize with your child and family. The resources are aligned to the IL Social and Emotional Learning standards that the students are learning during school, and includes helpful information and tools for self awareness, self management, social relationships, and more.

SPECIAL EDUCATION NEEDS

If you have questions about your student’s special education needs, please contact your school administrator to schedule a time to discuss your child’s IEP.

UPCOMING EVENTS


September 7th-Labor Day -No School

September 10th-Learning Material Pick-Up

September 13th-Last Day for Spirit Wear Orders

September 18th-Student Non-Attendance Day