Sipley School Parent Newsletter
Week of Monday, December 14, 2015
The best preparation for tomorrow is doing your best today.
2014 - 2015 PARCC Results
Parents in grades four through six will receive the 2014 - 2015 PARCC results on Tuesday, December 15, 2015. The reports will go home in the child's backpack on Tuesday along with a letter from Dr. Skinner, our Superintendent of Schools.
The PARCC tests are only one of several measures, including report card grades and in-class performance, that are used to determine a student's academic achievement. This is the first year that we have taken PARCC and the results will create a new baseline from which to progress from and measure against moving forward.
As a school, we examine student performance measured on our report card, along with STAR and AIMSweb data to help us as we work to achieve two important elements of our Academic Transformation Plan: Individual Student Growth and Student Progress Toward College and Career Readiness. PARCC results do not impact a student's GPA.
I am a firm believer that as we implement the elements of F.O.C.U.S (see the picture at the bottom of this newsletter) into each and every lesson taught that student growth and student happiness in school will be at their highest levels possible.
When you receive the English Language Arts and Math reports, you may wonder how to read the reports. Here are a few resources to help you:
Understanding your child's test scores - http://understandthescore.org/
Understanding your child's test scores - http://www.greatschools.org/gk/common-core-test-guide/
Student practice - http://bealearninghero.org/skill-builder
If you have specific questions about the report or information about PARCC, please feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
As an Illinois Public School, we are required to teach the state-mandated Erin's Law, which was passed as a concerted effort to teach children about ways to keep them safe. It requires that we educate students on safe touches and unsafe touches, safe secrets and unsafe secrets, and how to "get away and tell a trusted adult today." The curriculum will be taught by our school social worker as it was last school year.
Parent's should have received a letter via their child recently. That letter contained information on how to opt your child out of the lesson. If we do not receive a letter opting a child out of a lesson, the child will take part in it.
Parents will receive another letter from our school as we approach the date of your child's lesson, providing you with the opportunity to discuss the topic, if you so choose.
You can read the May 2012 Erin's Law Task Force Report to the Illinois General Assembly on the Illinois State Board of Education website at www.isbe.state.il.us/reports/erins-law-final0512.pdf
School Closing Information
Parents, please be sure that your phone number and e-mail are up to date in Skyward.
In the event of a school closing you will be contacted. There is no reason to call the school to ask if school is open or closed.
Please take time to read our school closing procedures:
Parents, our students have access to YouTube, which is new. Google had announced YouTube for Schools was being eliminated and it has been decommissioned. This was one way that schools could filter content in YouTube. With this change, YouTube is completely open to students. As a district, we have filters that would prevent inappropriate content from coming up based on keyword searches.
Our teachers have shared expectations for computer usage with students and the expectation is that computers are used for the purpose of learning and not for play or for unstructured purposes. If students choose to use computers in ways that do not align with the expectations, such as going on YouTube to listen to a music video when they are supposed to research the advantages of alternate energy sources, this would be considered a form of non-compliance and be dealt with in that manner. Inappropriate use of computers may also fall under the Acceptable Use Standards - http://www.woodridge68.org/pages/Woodridge68/Departments/Information_Technology/Acceptable_Use_Standards__AUS_
Parents Picking Up Students
Student Council is running a school store and planning to use the money earned on Student Council t-shirts as well as ways to improve the school such as purchasing new recess equipment. Smelly pencils and pencil grips are 25 cents, erasers are 75 cents, and Sipley School key chains are $1.50.
School Spirit Week
The student council voted on doing a spirit week before taking off for break.
Spirit of the Holidays Week!
Monday: Time with the Family- Twin Day
Tuesday: Crazy Busy! - Crazy Hair Day
Wednesday: Relaxing - PJ/Stuffed Animal Day
Thursday: Winter wonderland - Vote on favorite hallway Day
Friday: Holiday Spirit! - Wear a Festive Shirt/Hat
Here is a Glance at the Week Ahead
Friday, December 11 - No School - Institute Day
Monday, December 14 - School Board Meeting - Our Student Council will be leading the Pledge of Allegiance this evening!
Tuesday, December 15 - Schoolwide Spelling Bee - 1:00 - Parents are invited
Wednesday, December 16 - STP Meeting in the Sipley LRC at 6:45
Friday, December 18 - Classroom parties - 1:15. We still need parents in Mrs. Dorsey's class, Ms. Curry's class, Mrs. Berger's class, Mr. Serpe's class, Mrs. Pyburn's class, and Mrs. Talavera's class. Please contact Kelly Richardson if you are able to help email@example.com!
No School December 21 - January 1
School resumes January 4