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Veterans Memorial Middle School

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Weekly Updates

October 24, 2021

VMMS staff has been working hard to stay focused on keeping students safe and keeping them engaged in the classroom. Please remember that if your child goes home with Covid-19 like symptoms, they may return to school with a negative covid test result or a doctor's note stating that there is an alternative diagnosis for their symptoms. It is extremely important that we get students back into school as quickly and as safely as possible. For students that are officially quarantined by the IDPH due to a positive test result or a close contact to a positive test result, they are expected to stream into their classes if they are well enough through our Google Classroom platform. It will be important for those students to stay as connected as possible to the instruction happening at school. Please encourage your child to reach out to their teachers using the Clever platform on their chromebook. Also, check out the link below for more information about the Google Classroom platform.

As we head into the new week, please make note of the following reminders below.

  • 2nd quarter will begin on Monday, October 25, 2021. Students will transition to a new Unified Arts class unless they were taking Spanish or Heritage in that block of time. Students and families are encouraged to check PowerSchool for their second quarter Unified Arts class.
  • Parent/teacher conferences will be held on Thursday, October 28th (4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.) and Friday, October 29th (8:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.). Thursday, October 28th will be an 11:15 dismissal for students and there will be NO SCHOOL for students on Friday, October 29th. Only 2 family members will be allowed to visit the school for conferences due to Covid-19 restrictions. All guests will be required to wear a mask and temperatures will be taken at the door for entry. Any guest with a temperature over 100.4 degrees will be denied entry. Thank you in advance for your support with these restrictions as we try to keep everyone safe. For more information related to conferences, please see the link below.
  • For 2nd quarter, we will be looking to resume quite a few of our after-school activities with students. Our tentative start date will be Monday, November 1st. Further details will be shared with all families and students later this week. For our sports program, we will focus on skill development this year with an emphasis on 3 sports. 2nd quarter will focus on basketball, 3rd quarter will focus volleyball, and 4th quarter we will focus on soccer. Thanks in advance for your patience as we try to provide more opportunities for our students to grow and develop as middle schoolers.
  • During homeroom this week, teachers will be sharing information with students related to Reb Ribbon Week. It is the largest drug abuse campaign prevention that takes place throughout the United States every year. We are also working on SEL goals that students at middle school should be working through. Goal 1 - Develop self-awareness and self-management skills to achieve school and life success. Goal 2 - Use social-awareness and interpersonal skills to establish and maintain positive relationships. Goal 3 - Demonstrate decision-making skills and responsible behaviors in personal, school, and community contexts.
  • Students will have opportunities to support Red Ribbon Week each day through Thursday. See link below.
  • I have been talking with students quite a bit about the power of their words. Please encourage your child to use words that lift others up and support one another. Too many times in middle school, our young people use words to tear one another down. Let's all work with our middle school students to be the change agents at VMMS to break this cycle.
  • "Bunchems" are new fidgets for children with small hands. However, it seems to be a social media craze to throw them in the hair of others. This will have consequences here a school as they usually have to be cut from the hair to be removed. Please speak with child about this if this is something in their possession.
  • All students should have a daily health screener with them as they enter the building on a daily basis. If your child needs more screeners, please have them ask their homeroom teacher. Doors to access the building will not open until 7:55 a.m. Students should not be arriving before 7:45 a.m. in the morning. Any student arriving after 8:05 a.m. should report to the main doors located on Greenwood Avenue.
  • All students should also bring and wear a mask with them daily as they enter and move around the building. We have several students coming to the door daily without a mask.
  • Students cell phones should be kept out of sight, in an inconspicuous location (locker) and they should be turned off during the school day so they do not interrupt instruction in the classroom.
  • Students should be wearing the appropriate school uniform everyday. Families, if you need support with anything related to our uniform policy, please reach out.
  • During arrival and dismissal, all drivers must be mindful of all our students that walk to and from school. Please avoid parking on Greenwood Avenue if you are able to do so.
  • For the morning drop off on Greenwood and Grunewald Avenue, please pull as far forward as possible and have your child exit the vehicle quickly. Parents should NOT be dropping off their child on the wrong side of the street and having them cross into oncoming traffic. This is happening way too often. We all need to do our part to help keep our students safe during arrival and dismissal.
  • Also, please speak with your child if they are walking to and from school about traffic safety. Many students are crossing busy streets like Western Avenue in the middle of the street instead of walking down to the crossing guard.

Thanks in advance for your support and cooperation this school year. Please do not hesitate to reach out to the school main office with any questions, thoughts or concerns. (708) 385-6630


Principal Steele

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Social Media Letter (Important) - Parents

Accessing PowerSchool for Parents/Guardians

1. Go to the district website (

2. Click on "Parents" Tab

3. Click on "PowerSchool Access" Tab

4. Sign in with your Username and Password. This is account that parent/guardian created.

5. This will allow you to access PowerSchool at any time to check your child's grades.

Important School Information

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Important Dates

Monday, October 25th - Start of 2nd Quarter

Monday, October 25th - Students are encouraged to wear RED to support our Red Ribbon Week Theme...."Happy, Brave, Drug and Bully Free"

Tuesday, October 26th - Students are encouraged to wear their favorite team jersey...."Team Up Against Drugs"

Wednesday, October 27th - Unity Day (Student are encouraged to dress down and wear "Orange" to support Unity Day. Students will be expected to pay $1 dollar at the door to support this fundraising opportunity.)

Thursday, October 27th - Students are encouraged to show their true colors. Wear red, white and blue, our school colors, to show how amazing it is to have a school community that supports you.

Thursday, October 28th - Half-Day for students and Parent/Teacher Conferences (4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.)

Friday, October 29th - No School for Students (Parent/Teacher Conferences from 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.)

All conferences will be conducted on a first come, first serve basis....further details in link above.

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Meet the P.E. Staff!

Raeann Zylman

P.E. Teacher

Why did you decide to become a PE teacher?

I received a scholarship for volleyball and wanted to stay involved in sports.

How long have you been in the education field?

I have been teaching 34 years.

Tell us about the teacher/student/family that made the biggest impact on you?

I try to make a difference in my students' lives daily.I support them in and out of school. I encourage and try to keep in contact with most students after graduation.My biggest impact is when a student named her first child after me.

What is your favorite thing about your job ?

I believe my favorite thing about this job is making a difference in a child’s life.

If you could be a superhero, what would be your superpower?

I wish I could have magic powers.

What is your favorite ice cream flavor?

My favorite ice cream is salted caramel.

If you could go anywhere in the world, where would you go?

I would love to go to Hawaii.

Jeffrey Watson

P.E Teacher

Jeffrey Andersen

P.E. Teacher