Pirate's Cove

News for the weeks of 12/17 - 12/21

Principal's Message

Pirate Parents,

The end of the semester is coming next week. If you haven't already, check home access to monitor student grades. There still is a week to get any missing work in, study for tests, and get work turned in. Final Semester grades will be posted to Home Access in January.

With a new semester comes some schedule changes. Teachers and counselors may be reaching out in the coming days to discuss schedule changes for electives, study halls, support classes, and sometimes core classes.

Tyler Haymond

Plank Junior High School

2019 Plank Jr. High School Yearbook

We have extended the $25 deal for an extra week. The online website is ready for all Plank families to order their 2019 Yearbook. The cost is reduced to $25 for all orders placed before December 21. All orders are online only. Select your child’s 2nd semester homeroom teacher when ordering. Books will be distributed the final week of school in May.

Follow this link to order your yearbook today at the discounted rate today!

Box Tops Winners

Congratulations to the first semester box top winners. In October, Mrs. Beane’s class won with 86 box tops and for December, Mrs Hatch’s class won with 321 box tops. There will be 3 more turn in dates next semester and 3 more winning classes.

Toys For Tots 2018

OurToys for Tots Drive at Plank is in full swing. We are collecting toy donations until December 19th in all Homeroom classes. Our goal for the school is 2000 toys. For questions, email jedwards01@sd308.org.

Here is the link to the Toys for Tots Flyer.

Hoops for Heart

Our Hoops for Heart event will take place on 12/21. We have several events planned for our students, including a students vs. Staff and Oswego Fire Department basketball game and student awards at halftime.

Upcoming Plank HSA Spirit Night Fundraisers

Culver's Spirit Day Fundraiser

Monday, Dec. 17th, 3pm

2781 U.S. 34

Oswego, IL

Please support the Plank Fundraiser at Culver's on Monday 12/17. 10% of all Plank orders will be donated back to Plank Home and School.

Bring a copy of this flyer, a picture of it on your phone or simply mention you are there for Plank!

Click here for the Flyer

Giordano's Spirit Day Fundraiser

Thursday, Dec. 27th, 12pm

2870 W U.S. 34

Oswego, IL

Please support the Plank Fundraiser at Giordano's on Thursday 12/27. 15% of all Plank orders will be donated back to Plank Home and School. Also, $5 Off $25+ Orders only for Plank

Customers on this day with the flyer!

Bring a copy of this flyer, a picture of it on your phone or simply mention you are there for Plank!

Click here for the Flyer

Illinois 5 Essentials Survey


Parents, students, and teachers across Illinois are being asked to participate in the seventh annual 5Essentials Survey. The survey will take about 40 minutes to complete. It will help create a detailed picture of our school and gathers data on the following five indicators of our success or opportunities for improvement:

  • Effective Leaders

  • Collaborative Teachers

  • Involved Families

  • Supportive Environments

  • Ambitious Instruction

IMPORTANT: If our school has a teacher/student response rate of at least 50 percent, we will receive our 5Essentials Report in March. If our parent response rate is at least 20 percent, these results will also be included!

Please know, your identity and survey responses will be kept completely confidential. Also, families with siblings in other buildings, the 5Essentials Survey would need to be taken for both respective buildings. For example, if you have a Plank student and a Long Beach younger sibling, the 5Essential surveys to complete would be for both Plank and Long Beach.

To help us make our school better, please visit https://survey.5-essentials.org/Illinois/ to complete the survey.

Thanks for your help and Go Pirates!

Student Reminders and Parent Notifications: Cell phone usage and bringing in outside food to share

Cell Phones

We want to encourage students to maintain a strong focus on learning, as well as use their cell phones responsibly at the appropriate times. Please read the guidelines for cell phones below and join us in continually reminding our students why we have these guidelines. These guidelines are also found on page 17 in your child's planner.

  • During the school day, cell phones are to remain off and put away.
  • Cell phones may be used in the cafeteria during lunch times.
  • Cell phones may be allowed for instruction when directed by staff members only.

In the event students don’t follow the expectations, the following interventions will take place:

  • Staff will ask student to put the phone away.
  • Staff will ask to take the phone, and turn into the office.
  • IF students don’t comply a conduct referral will be written.
  • Administration will address the behavior, parents will be contacted to retrieve the phone.

Outside Vendor Food and "Table Parties"

Is not allowed to be brought in for students during lunch periods. Please do not drop off food for special student occasions or personal lunches. Students will be required to eat in the main office.

“Table parties” are also not allowed, where food items or drinks are brought and shared. Please understand this is a safety concern for students in the lunchroom.