SMS Newsletter

March 2022

6th Grade News

March is here, and at last, the spring time and warm weather that we have been looking for seems within reach. During the month of March our 6th graders will have just as much to look forward to!

In Social Studies, students will be studying the beginning and the spread of Christianity and Islamic religions, then will begin our study of the Middle Ages.

Language Arts classes will be reviewing fiction and nonfiction texts to get ready for IAR testing. To prepare for the IAR test, please make sure your child still has earbuds or headphones that work, as they will need them for portions of the test. The students will also be writing narrative essays.

Science classes will be wrapping up learning about environmental concerns and how we can help preserve our planet. We have looked at different types of pollution and different ways we can reduce the human impact on the planet.

Math classes will be starting to work with both 2 and 3 dimensional shapes finding area, surface area and volume. IAR review will also be going on. If your child has lost or broken their calculator they need one for testing so please ask them if they need a replacement one. We will also be celebrating Pi Day the week of March 14th in between testing.

Students of the Month for 6th grade are Katie Miller and Damian Vega Alanis Keep up the great work!

The St. Jude Math-A-Thon is coming in March!

St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital is leading the way in helping treat and defeat childhood cancer and other life-threatening diseases. Families with a child being treated by St. Jude never receive a bill for treatment, travel, housing, or food. The hospital and research facilities also freely share discoveries, so doctors and scientists worldwide can use that knowledge to help even more children. Math-A-Thon provides an accessible way for students to fundraise for St. Jude and help kids just like them. You will be able to help sponsor middle school kids as they do math problems along with an opportunity to purchase March themed cookies from Kay’s Homemade Desserts in Somonauk. Be on the lookout for information to help the kids and family of St. Jude. If you have questions, please contact Mrs. Sellers at

7th Grade News

We have just a few reminders to help your student be successful. Please sit down with your student on a regular basis to look at Google Classroom. You can see the status of the work by going to the “classwork” tab on the top. Then, on the top left, click on the “View Your work.” Please keep in mind that Google Classroom will NOT show your student’s grade, so please check Tyler for grades. Also, please check with your child to make sure that they have the supplies that they need to be successful in school.

If you are absent, please make sure that you are checking Google Classroom and completing the work that is posted. It is important that you stay up to date on all of your work.

Students may want to bring a refillable water bottle with them to school to stay hydrated throughout the day. Please note that only water is allowed in the classrooms. Also, please make sure that your student is bringing the necessary supplies to class each day. It is very important that students charge their Chromebooks every night to be ready for the next school day. We are seeing a lot of students using up the battery in their Chromebook because games are being played throughout the day.

IAR testing will be Monday, March 28 - Wednesday, March 30. Students will be taking the Language Arts tests in the morning and the Math tests in the afternoon. The students need to make sure that they have earbuds for the tests.

The 7th-grade Students of the Month are Jacquelynn Elder and Zoe Franklin. Congratulations to you both! Keep up the good work.

8th Grade News

Once again, we would like to sing the praises of our 8th grade students. They really are doing a great job this year and we are all very proud of their progress. We teachers are so appreciative of our students’ great attitudes and willingness to take on challenges.

Please encourage your child to check Google Classroom everyday and complete the assigned work. Also, please ask your child to check Tyler everyday. We find that our Tyler program is the best way for students to stay on top of their academic progress.

History: History students will be finishing up their study of the causes and effects of WW2 and then beginning a study of the Cold War Era. This unit will include the Truman presidency, Post War conflicts, the Red Scare, and the Korean War.

Language Arts: After learning about the Civil Rights Movement, the students will be finishing up The Watsons Go to Birmingham--1963 by Christopher Paul Curtis. While reading this novel, the students are also preparing for the IAR test (state test) by reviewing and practicing reading strategies and elements of literature.

Instructional Language Arts:

Instructional LA students are finishing up their novel study, The Watsons Go to Birmingham--1963 by Christopher Paul Curtis. We will then go back to our “writing bootcamp” and individual reading passages and assessments. After Spring Break we will begin our next novel study, “The Boy in the Striped Pajamas” by John Boyne.

Math: In math class we will be finishing up with Chapter 6 Transformations and will be moving into Chapter 7 which is Congruence and Similarity. We’ve learned how to manipulate polygons by translating, reflecting, and rotating, now we will be checking using ratios to see if polygons are similar by having a constant ratio. We will also explore scale factor and solving for a missing measure through proportions.

Instructional Math: In Instructional Math, we have begun our unit on geometry and are learning about classifying and measuring angles as well as their applications to real-word situations. As always, we continue to work on our basic math skills through daily practice on Math Minutes, weekly iXL time, and periodic review of real-world problem solving strategies. A reminder: iXL problems that are assigned on Thursdays must come from the “starred” (recommended) list since these are skills that support and enhance what we are working on in our lessons.

Science: We are finishing up our unit on oceanography and marine biology. Students will be taking the Illinois Science Assessment (state testing) During the week of March 1st. We will then review the scientific method before moving on to our physics unit.

Students of the Month: The 8th grade Students of the Month are Lily Young and Dylan Johnson. These two students are responsible individuals who take pride in their work. They are a joy to have in class!

Cognia School Improvement Surveys

  • As I have previously shared, each school year, our schools give students (3-12) and parents/guardians an opportunity to provide feedback through the completion of school improvement focused surveys. The information gained from these anonymous surveys help to guide our building and district in selecting specific focus areas each year.
  • Earlier this school year you were asked to complete a "Fall Survey." It is time for our second round of surveys which will allow us to do some comparison between fall and spring responses.
  • Our spring survey can be accessed below. Thank you in advance for providing us with feedback on our building and district.

Nurse News

March is National Nutrition Month and this year's theme from The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics is: Celebrate a World of Flavors. Celebrating flavors from cultures around the world is a tasty way to nourish ourselves and appreciate our diversity. We are all unique with different bodies, goals, backgrounds and tastes! A Registered Dietitian Nutritionist can help you create healthy habits that celebrate your heritage and introduce you to new foods and flavors. Click here for more information and resources.

Dental Reminder:

Just a quick reminder that completed Proof of School Dental Exam forms are required for current sixth grade students by May 15, 2022. If you are unable to obtain the required dental exam, please complete the Dental Exam Waiver Form.

2022-2023 Registration Season Launched - Current Students

2022-2023 Registration is due April 29, 2022.

Sandwich CUSD 430 uses a fully integrated online registration system. This system can be accessed through this Tyler Parent Portal link where parents check grades, lunch account balances, and any other fees that have been or need to be paid.

For convenience, parents and students may use the shortcut to the Tyler Parent Portal on the "Taskbar" located at the bottom of the students' school issued Chromebook. Additional registration information is located on the district’s website.

A message from the office

-Please make sure your student brings a filled water bottle everyday.

-Track sign- ups are now in the office. Practice will start on March 15th after school. All athletes must have a current Physical in order to participate. Please contact Mr. Velez with any questions at

- We have many lost and found items in our front lobby. Please have your student check the lost and found for any items they might be missing.

Important Dates to Remember

March 11th - 11:10 Dismissal - School Improvement Day - End of 3rd Quarter (6-12)

March 21st - Spring Break

March 28th - School Resumes

Wrestling News

The Sandwich Middle School Wrestling team competed in the 2022 IESA Regional Tournament this past Saturday @Sandwich High School. The team took first place with 291.5 overall points.

Top 3 in each weight class will go on to compete in the Sectional Tournament this upcoming Saturday @Taylor Ridge/Rock Ridge. Sandwich had 19 qualifiers

Individual Placewinners were:

1st Place - Lucas Brown, Aiden Sinetos, Jacob Ross, Wyatt Gregory, Cooper Corder, Kai Kern, Kaylin Corbett

2nd Place - Drayden Daniels, Shane McGuane, Colton Stone, Zaza Lesko, Jacob Cassie, Jeffrey Ashley, Kaden Clevenger, Luis Murillo

3rd Place - Hunter Whitecotton, AJ Parkison, Brayden Newell, Jadin Villa,

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2022-2023 School Calendar Adopted

The 2022-2023 school calendar has been adopted setting the first day of school as August 17, 2022. School will be dismissed at 1:10 pm on this day.

The SHS Class of 2023 graduation date was set for May 21, 2023.

8th grade promotion for this year’s class is set for May 24, 2022 (additional details forthcoming from SMS for 8th grade families).

The 22-23 calendar is located on the district’s website.

2022-2023 Registration Season Launched – Current Students

Sandwich CUSD 430 uses a fully integrated online registration system. This system can be accessed through the Tyler Parent Portal link where parents check grades, lunch account balances and any other fees that have been or need to be paid.

For convenience, parents and students may use the shortcut to the Tyler Parent Portal on the "Taskbar" located at the bottom of the students school issued Chromebook. Additional registration information is located on the district’s website.

Incoming Kindergarten Registration Process – 2022-2023

The Sandwich School District will be holding Kindergarten Registration for the 2022-2023 school year the week of March 14th – March 18th from 7:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. If your child will be 5 years old on or before September 1, 2022, he/she is eligible for Kindergarten.

Additional information is located on the district’s website.

If you are unsure which elementary building your child will attend, please contact one of the following schools: Woodbury (815)786-6316, Prairie View (815)786-8811 or Haskin at (815)786-8812.

Welcome to the Class of 2035!

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