Viking Newsletter

Jim Calabrese, Superintendent, Taft SD 90

April 25, 2021

Illinois Science Assessment

Students in 5th and 8th grade who attend school in-person will begin taking the state-required Illinois Science Assessment this week. Students will be able to take the assessments during their respective Science classes so our schedule should not be interrupted. Students who attend school remotely will take the assessments next week when they are scheduled to return to the building to take part in the math and reading portions of the Illinois Assessment for Readiness.

Summer School

Like all schools, Taft has and will be receiving funding from the federal government that must be used to provide students with digital devices to help provide access to learning outside of the school building, purchase PPE supplies to help mitigate the spread of COVID, enhance cleaning of the building to ensure a safe school environment, and to combat the loss of learning. In an effort to help combat the loss of learning that our students have experienced over the past year due to the COVID pandemic, Taft will hold a summer school program.

Space in the summer school program will be limited and a priority will be placed on students who will be invited to the program due to their specific learning needs. Over the next 10 days, our staff will identify students who we believe will benefit and send out invitations to those students. We will have some limited space for students who do not get invited as well. While we are placing a priority for the students we feel will most benefit from this program we also know that all of our students have experienced some learning loss, so we will make every attempt to accommodate every student who is interested in the additional learning a summer school program will offer. We will also be sending out a sign-up form to students we are not inviting, and we will begin a waitlist for those students. As we begin to understand how many students from the waitlist we will be able to accommodate, we will start accepting those students based on a first come first serve basis.

The summer school program will meet from 8:30 AM - Noon on the dates listed below. Due to the limited space, we are asking that all students who sign-up commit to all of the dates listed to ensure that our summer school program has the biggest impact on the most students possible.

Week 1 - June 1 - June 3

Week 2 - June 7 - June 10

Week 3 - June 14 - June 17

Week 4 - June 21 - June 24

Please be on the lookout for more information coming home soon. Aside from our staff sending home the various sign-up forms we will also make sure to send out more communications via email and text messages.

Old Towels Needed

As part of the upcoming Teacher's Appreciation Week, the leadership in our Student Council and BETA Club is interested in showing our staff their appreciation by washing the cars after dismissal. As part of that plan, they are in need of towels to dry the cars off. If you have any spare towels please send them to school with your students. If it is easier we can also stop by to pick them up. Please call us to let us know.
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ABC Celebration

It is hard to believe that the school year is winding down. Taft's Student Council is excited to celebrate the accomplishments this year! The annual ABC Celebration begins on Thursday, April, 22. It ends on the last day of school, Thursday, May, 27. Please see the attached for each day’s theme.


Both Ms. Abner and Ms. Gura have been hard at work with some students to create this year's yearbook. While the yearbook will look a little different it is still sure to be memorable. Please check out the flyer below to see the ordering information.

2021 - 2022 Registration

Registration for the 2021-2022 school year is now open. Please click on the button below for a link to our website.

School Calendar

4/28/21- Board of Education Meeting - 6:15 PM

4/25/21 - 4/29/21 - In-person students in 5th & 8th Grade will take the ISA

5/3/21-5/27/21 - State Testing Window - All Students in 3rd-8th Grade Students Attend In-Person Learning at Taft - 8:30 AM - 11:30 AM - No Remote Learning - Students in K-2 Follow the Regular In-Person and Remote Learning Schedule.

5/12/21 - BETA Club Induction Ceremony - 6:00 PM in the Auditorium

5/20/21 - Board of Education Meeting - 6:15 PM

5/21/21 - 8th Grade Dance and After Party

5/27/21 - Last Day of School

5/27/21 - Kindergarten and 8th Grade Graduation

5/28/21 - Timely and Meaningful Meeting (Special Education) - 10:00 AM