Creekside Chronicle

February 2020 Newsletter

Administrative Update

We had a great kickoff to 2020 with recognizing all of our students achieving honor roll and high honor roll. We were also fortunate enough to have our Jazz Band play and welcome our families. This is not only a way for us to recognize the success of so many students, but also a chance for Creekside to connect with the parents. During our 2nd quarter honors recognition, we were able to discuss the upcoming 8th grade activities, our PTO Dominos Fundraiser, and also our new Falcon’s Nest where we have supplies for those families in need.


Conferences

Parent Teacher conferences are just around the corner, and we would love to see you there. Conferences are held on February 13 from 2-9 p.m. and again on February 14 from 8:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. We are again using the Meet the Teacher App to schedule the conferences. If you have any trouble, please contact the main office; we are happy to help.


Student of the Month

A huge shout out to our December and January Students of the Month. These students demonstrated perseverance throughout the month and stood out to the Creekside staff. Congratulations, Falcons!

December: Emilee Aavang, Eduardo Botello, Elijah Cormican, Harley Horne, Santino Marsalla, and Arely Martinez Mondragon

January: Emma Barrett, Kristina Booth, Brooke Kashmire , Jamahl Mumford, Brett Neuhart, Vivanna Ortiz Ortiz, and Olivia Roth.

Dual Degree Program

We have had a lot of excitement with our 8th graders during the month of January. We enjoy the ability to share this exciting time with our 8th graders as they prepare for high school. If your student has not currently taken Algebra, the high school has designed a new summer course to get them ahead. This course will open up further opportunities for students as it would then put them on track for the Dual Degree Program. Contact the office, or your student’s math teacher, for more information. See more about the Dual Degree Program HERE.

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2020 Groundhog Dinner & Auction

This year's Groundhog Day Dinner & Auction will be held on Feb. 8 at Woodstock Harley-Davidson. Robert Hackbart is this year's honoree for the Sue Palmore Award of Excellence. Here at Creekside, we are excited to honor the man that opened Creekside. Mr. Hackbart did not just serve as the Principal at Creekside, he was also an administrator, teacher, and coach for District 200. One of the big changes at the auction this year is that much of the business, including the actual bidding for auction items on the night of the event, will be done online. Ticket sales are also being handled online, and there is an option to purchase tables. This year, paper tickets will not be available at the District Office nor anywhere else. Check out this link for more information and to purchase tickets.


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Flyby parent request

Parents, we want to hear from you.

Select our next topic for our Creekside Flyby (Parent Informational Video Series)

Fill out this form to request an information video on a specific topic. https://tinyurl.com/yxtxvheq

Student Services

Boundaries… how do kids learn to set some for themselves while also respecting those of others? Click here for some research and tips on how empathy, self-awareness, and modeling behavior for our kids helps them develop into respectful individuals. If you have additional questions or concerns about your child’s social emotional learning during their middle school years, please contact one of us in the Creekside office at (815) 337-5200.


Mrs. Nieman:School Counselor

Ms. Hettermann: School Social Worker

Mrs. Perry: School Psychologist

A Note form the Nurse

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6th Grade

Tributaries

It’s here! Creekside Middle School’s first edition of Tributaries, our brand new literary magazine, has arrived. We are incredibly proud of our students and their willingness to put their personal work out to the community. Our dedicated writers devoted a lot of time and effort to making our first issue of Tributaries a truly spectacular one. Congratulations to all! Tell your student to be on the lookout for details about contributing to our spring issue!

7th Grade

In DL literacy we have started a novel titled: Las cosas perdidas. We have been analyzing the implicit and explicit characteristics of the characters.

In A.V.I.D., students have been working on reflective summaries.



Mrs. Stone’s Read 180 class finished Workshop Two. They created posters to help conserve water. Be sure to check them out in the 7th-grade hallway during conferences!

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Hagfish slime icebergs, algae lollipops, plastic-eating bacteria rocks, litter-catching boat nets, boom sticks and melting metal machines: Mrs. Thornton’s advanced literacy class is hard at work developing products that benefit our environment. These innovators are in the midst of research and design. Soon, they will need to craft persuasive techniques to appeal to their audience. They’ll channel their inner Shark Tank to argue why their environmentally-friendly product should be “invested” in as opposed to another product.
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In Mr. Clement's science class, students are building microscopes. They have been researching and learning how microscopes work. They were then given a box of material and had to design a microscope using the material they were given. Using their design as a guide, they are now constructing their microscope with their team. They will finish off the project by writing a paper on how it was constructed and making an instruction video on how to use it.


Mrs. Stone’s and Mrs. Coleman’s literacy class had mystery readers come in to read memoirs.

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8th Grade

Illinois Memorial Holocaust Museum - Students will travel to the Illinois Memorial Holocaust Museum in Skokie on February 25th and 27th. This culminating activity for their unit of study on the Holocaust from World War II.


In Social Studies we have been closing out studying the decades of the 1920s(Roaring 20s) and the 1930s (Great Depression) and their impact on current day policies. Kids were given the opportunity to become experts on various topics from each decade, including Prohibition, Jazz and Renaissance Movement, Entertainment, Stock Market Crash and Causes of the Great Depression. Students investigated the possible answers to the inquiry question “Why did America change its mind on Prohibition?”



Students in Mr. Schleutermann and Mr. Ortiz’s History classes trying to answer the inquiry question:


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Students in Mr. Ortiz’s Class presenting their 1920s and 1930s expert group presentations

Congrats ...to all of the CMS kids who had work in the D200 Art Show!

Destiny Rose Martyne had her rooster chosen as ‘the best from Creekside’. All of the art is back at CMS and should be picked up immediately!

Band News

The Band Room has been busy and everyone has been working hard to get back into the swing of things. There are a lot of fun things on our horizons! Congratulations to all of the students who participated in Solo and Ensemble contest!


I’d like to invite all CMS band members to stay after school on Friday, February 7 from 3:30 - 6:00pm for a Band Only Movie Night. I’m still deciding which movie we will watch, but if your child is interested in coming, keep an eye out for the permission slip that will come home soon.


The Jazz Band will be providing half-time and down-time entertainment at the Girls Home Basketball game on Monday, February 24! The Color Guard will coordinate a show to go along with a song with us. It will be an awesome experience! Please put that on the calendar. ALL Jazz band students should be coming on Tuesdays and Thursdays until further notice.


8th grade parents: Please be sure to have Friday, April 3 and Saturday April 4 on your calendars. This date has been on my event calendar that was sent home at the beginning of the year. We are going to travel to North Central College in Naperville for the Prairie State Middle School Band Festival. The organizers have NOT YET assigned us our day, so I am unsure if it will be Friday afternoon/evening or on Saturday. PLEASE have these dates blocked out so that everyone can participate. We need everyone! We will perform in the beautiful auditorium for a panel of highly respected band directors from around the country. They will give us comments and then we will have a clinic with one of the judges. It will be an amazing experience and opportunity for our students.

Box Tops

Box Tops are going digital! No more clipping, all you need is your phone. Download the ALL-NEW Box Tops app, shop as you normally would, then simply scan your store receipts to find participating products. The app will automatically credit Creekside’s Box Tops earnings online. Printed Box Tops are being phased out and will only be accepted through this fall. If you have any clipped Box Tops, Creekside will accept them only through October 15. Here is a video link that shows how to set up your phone to easily send Creekside money from your grocery receipts. https://www.boxtops4education.com/About\


Key Dates

01 - CMS Girls Basketball Tournament - TBA

03 - Wrestling Practice 3:30 - 6 pm @ CMS Cafeteria

03 - CMS Girls Basketball Practice 7/8 grade 3:45 - 5:30 pm @ CMS Gym

03 - Girls Intramural Basketball Practice 3:45 - 5 pm @ PWE Gym

04 - CMS Wrestling Practice 4 - 6 pm @ Northwood

04 - CMS Girls Basketball vs Northwood 4 - 6:30 pm @ CMS gym & PWE gym

04 - Girls in Engineering 3:30 - 5 pm @ Innovation Studio

04 - Color Guard 3:30 - 5:15 pm @ PWE Gym

05 - CMS Wrestling 4 - 7:30 pm @ Genoa Kingston

05 - CMS Girls Basketball Practice 7/8 grade 3:45 - 5:30 pm @ CMS Gym

05 - Girls Intramural Basketball Practice 3:45 - 5 pm @ PWE Gym

05 - Color Guard 6 - 8 pm @ PWE Gym

06 - CMS Wrestling vs Cary 4 - 6 pm @ CMS Gym

06 - CMS Girls Basketball vs Parkland 4 - 6:30 pm @ Parkland School

06 - Girls Intramural Basketball Practice 3:45 - 5 pm @ PWE Gym

06 - Game Club 3:30 - 5:30 pm @ Bog & Innovation Studio

07 - Band Movie Night 3:30 - 6 pm @ CMS

07 - Wrestling Practice 3:30 - 6 pm @ CMS Cafeteria

07 - CMS Girls Basketball Practice 7/8 grade 3:45 - 5:30 pm @ CMS Gym

07 - Girls Intramural Basketball Practice 3:45 - 5 pm @ PWE Gym

08 - CMS Girls 8 grade Basketball Team 8 - 9:30 am @ CMS Gyms

10 - CMS Wrestling 4 - 6 pm @ Heineman Middle School

10 - CMS Girls Basketball vs Johnsburg 4 - 6:30 pm @ CMS Gym & PWE Gym

10 - Color Guard 3:30 - 5:15 pm @ CMS Cafeteria

11 - Wrestling Practice 3:30 - 6 pm @ CMS Cafeteria

11 - CMS Girls Basketball vs Nippersink 4 - 6:30 pm @ CMS Gyms & PWE

11 - Girls in Engineering 3:30 - 4:30 pm @ Innovation Studio

12 - CMS Wrestling 4 - 6 pm @ Marlowe Middle School

12 - CMS Girls Basketball Practice 3:45 - 5:30 pm @ CMS Gyms

13 - Teacher/Parent Improvement Conferences 2 - 9 pm

14 - Teacher/Parent Improvement Conferences 8 - 12 pm

17 - CMS Girls Basketball Practice 8 - 10 am @ CMS Gym

17 - NO SCHOOL President’s Day/Lincoln's Birthday

18 - CMS Wrestling 4 - 6 pm @ Beardsley Middle School

18 - CMS Girls Basketball vs McHenry 4 - 6:30 pm @ CMS Gym & PWE Gym

18 - Girls in Engineering 3:30 - 4:30 pm @ Innovation Studio

18 - Color Guard 3:30 - 5:15 pm @ CMS Cafeteria

19 - Wrestling Practice 3:30 - 6 pm @ CMS Cafeteria

19 - CMS Girls Basketball Practice 7/8 grade 3:45 - 5:30 pm @ CMS Gym

19 - Girls Intramural Basketball Practice 3:45 - 5 pm @ PWE Gym

19 - Color Guard 6 - 8 pm @ PWE Gym

20 - CMS Wrestling vs Lundahl 4 - 6 pm @ CMS Gym

20 - CMS Girls Basketball 4 - 6:30 pm @ Northwood Highschool

20 - Girls Intramural Basketball Practice 3:45 - 5 pm @ PWE Gym

20 - Game Club 3:30 - 5:30 pm @ Bog & Innovation Studio

21 - Wrestling Practice 3:30 - 6 pm @ CMS Cafeteria

21 - CMS Girls Basketball Practice 3:45 - 5:30 pm @ CMS Gym

21 - Girls Intramural Basketball Practice 3:45 - 5 pm @ PWE Gym

22 - CMS Wrestling - IESA Regionals 9 am - 4 pm @ Parkland School

24 - Jazz Band performs at Girls Basketball game @ CMS

24 - Wrestling Practice 3:30 - 6 pm @ CMS Cafeteria

24 - CMS Girls Basketball 8th grade Crossover vs North Division 4 - 6:30 pm @ TBA

24 - CMS Girls Basketball 7th grade Crossover vs South Division 4 - 6:30 pm @ CMS Gyms

24 - Color Guard 3:30 - 5:15 pm @ CMS Cafeteria

25 - Wrestling Practice 3:30 - 6 pm @ CMS Cafeteria

25 - CMS Girls Basketball Practice 7/8 grade 3:45 - 5:30 pm @ CMS Gym

25 - Girls Intramural Basketball Practice 3:45 - 5 pm @ PWE Gym

25 - Girls in Engineering 3:30 - 4:30 pm @ Innovation Studio

25 - Color Guard 6 - 8 pm @ PWE Gym

26 - Wrestling Practice 3:30 - 6 pm @ CMS Cafeteria

26 - CMS Girls Basketball 8th grade Conference @ Beardsley Middle School - Time TBA

26 - CMS Girls Basketball 7th grade Conference @ Heineman Middle School - Time TBA

26 - Girls Intramural Basketball Practice 3:45 - 5 pm @ PWE Gym

27 - Wrestling Practice 3:30 - 6 pm @ CMS Cafeteria

27 - CMS Girls Basketball 8th grade Conference @ Beardsley Middle School - Time TBA

27 - CMS Girls Basketball 7th grade Conference @ Heineman Middle School - Time TBA

27 - Game Club 3:30 - 5:30 pm @ Bog & Innovation Studio

28 - Wrestling Practice 3:30 - 6 pm @ CMS Cafeteria

29 - CMS Wrestling IESA REGIONALS 8 am - 4 pm @ Place TBA


Creekside Middle School

Michael Wheatley, Principal

Francesca Favero, Asst. Principal

David Riesen, Dean of Students