Creekside Chronicle

April 2019 Newsletter

Admin Update

I know the students are excited for the weather to warm up and for spring break. We wish all of you a safe and enjoyable week off. School resumes on Monday, April, 1, 2019.

Our last day of school for grades 6 and 7 will be Friday, May 31, 2019 and will be a 12:15 p.m. release day. Report cards will be sent home on April 1, and we will host an honors recognition for each grade level the second week we come back.

Online Registration Opens April 8

Online registration information will be sent home on Monday, April 8. Every current student returning to District 200 needs to register. If you need assistance with this process, stop by Creekside, and we are happy to help you through the process. We have computers and info ready for you!

8th Grade Activities

The last day of school for 8th grade students will be Thursday , May 30, 2019. Eighth grade students should not report to school on Friday May 31. Any eighth grade student who owes registration fee(s), school fee(s), lost book(s), lock(s), etc. should pay those fees by Monday, May 7 in order for your child to participate in the 8th Grade Promotion Activities and the 8th Grade Dance.

8th Grade Dance

The eighth grade dance will be held from 7:00 to 10:00 p.m. on Friday, May 10. Parents and the PTO will sponsor the dance. We ask that students “dress-up” for this dance, but the dance should not be thought of as a prom. Girls should wear skirts, dresses, or dress pants. Boys should wear a shirt with a collar and dress pants. Tuxedos and formal dresses are not appropriate nor are strapless dresses, open-backed dresses, or halter-top dresses. No jeans, shorts or t-shirts are permitted. Students are able to bring their phones to take pictures, but we ask that you remind them to avoid posting the images on social media. The PTO will also have pictures taken at the dance. We are looking for volunteers to take photos or videos during the dance. If you know someone or are willing to help, please contact the Creekside office or PTO. We discourage students from having a “date” for the dance and encourage all eighth grade students to attend. Tickets will be available for sale during school hours in the weeks leading up to the event. Please make sure that your child has transportation home at 10:00 p.m. when the dance ends.


Our eighth grade commencement will take place starting promptly at 7:00 p.m. on the evening of Thursday, May 30, 2019, at Woodstock High School. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. and students should arrive by that time. The ceremony usually lasts until about 8:00-8:15 p.m. Please use the same dress code as specified for the eighth grade dance that is described above.

The promotion ceremony will be held in the gymnasium at the Woodstock High School. No tickets are required for attendance to this event as the room capacity is up to 1800 people. Seating is first come, first served. We ask that you sit in the bleachers. Some seating will be available on the floor, but we would like to save this for those who may need special accommodations. We ask that the audience remains seated until the end of the event and all students have been recognized.

6th Grade News

Students working on learning percentage through the use of shooting percentage. Students were required to shoot a number of shots and then figure out what their shooting percentage was.

Sixth grade math students will be starting chapter 5 and 6. Click the following links for the parent letters:

Unit 5 English

Unit 5 Spanish

Unit 6 English

Unit 6 Spanish

Students in the block classes are starting Collection 4: “Making Your Voice Heard”. Please talk to your children about ways that they can make their voice heard to make change on the issues that matter to them. During this collection, students will be learning how to construct an argument using persuasive techniques. The major end of unit performance task will be presenting an argument in the form of a speech.

Book clubs are student choice book groups used in conjunction with the Collections series. The purpose of the book clubs is to encourage students to analyze the elements of literature being taught in the Collections series by holding deep discussions about books of their choosing.

Book clubs promote a love for literature and a positive attitude towards reading. When middle school students talk with one another, their discussions reinforce new information and help them connect it with existing ideas. Book club conversation allows new ideas to be presented, building up a student's understanding.


The 6th grade team will have their end of quarter reward this month. Students will be watching a movie or playing games during a portion of their day. Please ask your child if they qualified for the reward, and stay tuned for updates on the 4th quarter reward.

Science has been exploring what minerals make up their cell phones. We are also learning the progression of cell phones and how technology changes through time. The students are learning what life would be like without minerals in their life.

7th Grade News

Mr. Gancedo’s science class is studying the structure of the DNA through Socratic seminars. In the picture, they are speaking about the GMOs. One side was pro GMOs and the other against them. Quite an interesting conversation!

Mrs. Thornton’s advanced literacy students are working hard on their EPA projects. Students invented a product that benefits the planet by helping solve a current environmental problem. Then, they had to discuss their product blueprint (see below) with Mr. Gancedo, Mr. Clement or Mr. Wheatley to get it approved. Currently, students are finding research to support their claims. Ultimately, students will need to argue why their products should be purchased by the EPA.

Hey parents! Remember when you were in middle school and used to play the telephone game? Well, Mrs. Learman's skills lab class played this game with a twist last week. Our goal was 'paying attention to details', we did this first by lining up. Then, the line leader created an action, say 'brushing their teeth', and then had to pass the action to the next person in line. This continued this way throughout the line where the last person had to show us what the 'message' was. The students had a blast but it might have been more fun as the observer! If your child is in Mrs. Learman's class ask them about it.

8th Grade

Students enjoyed their time at the Holocaust Museum. They were able to learn from visual, hands on experiences throughout the museum. They also had a chance to speak with a Holocaust survivor.

Summer Geography Course Open to Incoming Freshman

The 2019 Summer School brochure for current 8th graders and high school students is now available on the high school website under the Parent tab (CLICK HERE.)

Summer School will run from June 4-27, Monday through Thursday from 7:30 am-12:30 pm

While most classes are at Creekside Middle School, some classes are available online and do not require daily attendance. See the brochure for specific details.

Check out the opportunities to get ahead, take Driver Education and/or Behind-the-Wheel, or get caught up on credits.

Registration is open through May 10, 2019.

Questions? Please contact Summer School Principal, Mrs. Williams at 815-337-5357, or talk with your child’s high school counselor.

Congratulations to our March Students of the Month!

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Spring Art Show

The District 200 Spring Art Show is coming! As spring approaches student art work is being chosen for the show. Those students are informed and their names are added to a list of participants that is posted by the art room. The show is held at the Woodstock Public Library and begins with a 6-7pm reception on April 15. The last full day of the show is May 5.


CMS Orchestra and Band students raised over $250 total through our Practice-a-Thon during February and March! Thanks to all the students who participated and the sponsors who helped encourage them to practice to raise money for this great cause! All funds will go to St Jude’s Children’s Hospital.

On Wednesday, April 17th, all CMS orchestra students will have the opportunity to hear and work with with Rock Cello Quartet Break of Reality! WHS and WNHS orchestra students will also be performing with Break of Reality that evening at Woodstock High School for $5 a ticket!

Key Dates

4/2 Track Pictures at PWE Gym 2:45 pm - 5:15 pm

4/2 PTO Meeting @ 6pm

4/5 6th Grade Honors Breakfast 7:40 am

4/8 7th Grade Honors Breakfast 7:40 am

4/9 CMS Track vs Bernotas 4:15 pm - 6:15 pm at Richard Bernotas Middle School

4/10 Late Start

4/11 CMS Track vs Beardsley 4:15 pm - 6:15 pm at CMS

4/13 Great Lake Steelpan Festival 8 am - 10 pm at CMS Gym, Cafeteria, Classrooms 134 & 136

4/16 CMS Track vs Lundahl 4:15 pm - 6:15 pm at Lundahl Middle School

4/17 CMS Break of Reality Orchestra Concert 8;30 am - 3:30 pm at WHS

CMS Track vs Nippersink 4:15 pm - 6:15 pm at Richmond Burton Community High School

4/22 POMP Tryouts 3:45 pm - 5 pm at CMS Gym

4/23 POMP Tryouts 3:45 pm - 5 pm at CMS Gym

4/24 CMS Track vs Parkland 4:30 pm - 6:30 pm at McCracken Athletic Field, McHenry

4/29 CMS Orchestra Festival Concert 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm at WNHS

4/30 CMS Track vs Cary 4:15 pm - 6:15 pm at CMS

Creekside Middle School

Michael Wheatley, Principal

Francesca Favero, Asst. Principal

Eric Schleutermann, Student Facilitator