Sipley School Parent Newsletter

Week of January 6, 2014

Extreme Cold Predicted for Monday, January 6. A Message from Dr. Skinner:

Woodridge School District 68 Families:

I hope you have enjoyed the winter break and 2014 is off to a great start for you and your family!

In case you weren't aware, the forecast calls for a high temp of -9 degrees on Monday, January 6th with wind chills in the negative double digits.

DuPage County superintendents have been monitoring the predictions of extremely cold temperatures. If there is a decision to cancel school on Monday, we will not make it until Sunday evening when we are more certain of the forecast.

We are notifying you of this potential situation so that you have time to make plans in the event school should be canceled. The safety of our students will remain a priority. We will let you know about the decision either way as early as possible on Sunday evening.

Stay warm,

Dr. Cathy Skinner

Superintendent of Schools

Emergency School Closing Information

Please do not call the school for closing information.

Please be sure that your phone and e-mail contact information is up to date in Skyward Family Access.

For more information, click here.

Upcoming Testing

January 13 - February 14 - English Language Learners (ELL) will take the ACCESS test. The test is designed to measure ELLs' social and academic proficiency in English.

January 21 - January 31 - All students take part in STAR testing.

January 21 - January 31 - All students take part in AIMSweb testing.

March 3 - March 14 - Students in grades three through six will take part in the Illinois Standard Achievement Test (ISAT).

  • Grades three through six will take part in the math assessment.
  • Grades three, four, and six will take part in the language arts assessment.
  • Grade four will take part in the science assessment.

March 24 - Aprill 11 - Students in grades four and five will take part in a performance based assessent as part of the PARCC Field Test. This assessment will be done via a computer.

Students will read passages and write several pieces to demonstrate they can:

  • Read and understand sufficiently comples texts independently;
  • Write effectively when using and analyzing sources; and
  • Build and communicate knowledge by integrating, comparing, and synthesizing ideas.

May 5 - June 5 - Students in grade five will take part in an end of the year assessment as part of the PARCC Field Test. This assessment will be done via a computer.

Students will be required to:

  • Demonstrate their ability to comprehend a range of sufficiently complex text, including literature, literary nonfiction, and informational text from history/social studies, science, and technical subjects;
  • Engage in reading of texts that require them to draw conclusions;
  • Interpret the meaning of words and phrases and technical vocabulary; and
  • Compare, integrate, and synthesize ideas presented in texts.

Nominations for Gifted Students are Opening

Please read the Identification for Gifted Services Fact Sheet for more information.

Click here for a nomination form.

Here is a link to the Gifted Program website.

Happy New Year!

I wish everyone a great 2014. If there are any questions that I can answer for parents, please let me know.

For your children,

Don Mrozik