The Frontier

Pioneer Community Weekly *Volume 1, Issue 9

Upcoming Events

Sat 3/18 - Regional Science Fair

Sat 3/18 - POWer! 8 - 1

3/20 - 6th Grade PARCC Testing

Tues 3/21 - 8A GBB Tourney @ Crone - 5:00

Tues 3/21 - Spring Orchestra - 6:30

Testing Information

6th Grade PARCC Testing Continues

Testing for 6th grade is almost over. Thank you to all the testers for coming each day with a positive attitude and working hard! We are proud of you. Hang in there, just a couple more days to go.

7th Grade testing information will be in next week's The Frontier.


In September and January, we administered the aimswebPlus benchmark assessment to all students. Individual student scores will be released on Friday, March 10th. For more information on what aimswebPlus is and how to access student scores, click HERE.

Pioneer Pride

Basketball Tourney

Congratulations to all our teams for winning their first games of the tournament. Both 7th and 8th grade teams advanced to the second round. 8A advances to the third round which will be held at Crone Middle School on Tuesday at 5. Come out and support our girls! Go Pioneers.

Music in Our Schools Month

This month is Music In Our Schools Month and over the last couple of weeks our Band, Choir, and Orchestra students have been working to prepare some fantastic opportunities to showcase all their hard work. Congratulations to all Select Strings, Wind Ensemble, & Jazz Ensemble students who performed at the Indian Prairie Band & Orchestra Festival at Scullen last weekend! Your musicianship was impressive.

Come out to Gregory on Tuesday to hear our Orchestra in concert.

General News

Spirit Week at Gregory

Student Council will be hosting a Spirit Week the week of March 20th. Here’s the lineup:

Monday, March 20th is Hawaiian Day

Tuesday is USA day

Wednesday is Hat day (with a $1 donation)

Thursday is PJ Day

Friday is Gregory Day!

Proceeds from hat day will be donated to the families in Gregory's neighborhood who were affected by last month's fire. Also, being sold during lunches are “Get-Out-of-Run-Day” passes. Each pass is $5 and those proceeds will also be donated.

Power of Choice Parent Materials

Life isn’t random…preparing adolescents to take control

An important part of moving our children toward independence is helping them to begin to take control of their lives. Sometimes, in an effort to protect our children and show them how much we love them, parents can move in and “take control” of our children’s lives. Use this month’s Parents Use Your Power newsletter to guide you.

Moving Toward Independence

Adolescence is a time for exploring individuality. Parents have the responsibility of providing safety and boundaries for their children as they move toward independence. Use this month’s PowerTalk activity to help your child Move Toward Independence by involving them in the process.

Summer Activity Fair

The Indian Prairie Parents' Council (IPPC) and District 204 will host the 9th Annual Student Summer Activities Fair on Tuesday, March 21, 2017 from 6:00-8:00pm at Still Middle School (787 Meadowridge Dr., Aurora, IL 60504). Exhibitors will provide information for summer programs and classes, including programs for special needs students, as well as information for volunteer opportunities for teens. HERE is the flyer with more information and a list of participating organizations. Questions? Contact

Club and Athletic News

Track Shirts

HERE is the order form to order your very own GMS Track shirt for only $9 (cash preferred). Orders will be taken by your grade level track coach until Friday, April 7th.

NVHS Cheerleading Tryouts

8th graders attending Neuqua in the fall, if you are interested in Neuqua cheerleading, tryouts for incoming freshman will be held on May 17 – 19. There will be a Mandatory Parent/Athlete Meeting on March 23rd at 6pm in the Main building LMC.

Upcoming Events

POWer 2017

Saturday, March 18th, 8am-1pm

2621 Springdale Circle

Naperville, IL

Gregory Middle School invites all of our Powerful Outstanding Women to our 4th annual Gregory girls only POWer event!

Only Gregory Middle School girls and their special adult women guests are invited to
POWer. POWer is a FREE event designed to empower Gregory Girls to believe in
themselves, discover their unique gifts and talents, and build self-esteem. Gregory and our community have come together to plan a FUN filled day of activities for Gregory girls and the special women in their lives. You can find more information and RSVP the event HERE.

Parent Diversity Advisory Council (PDAC) Meeting

Tuesday, March 21st, 7-9pm

780 Shoreline Drive

Aurora, IL

This meeting will focus on Chapter 7 of the Mindset book by Carol Dweck. The topic is: What Makes a Great Parent? Teacher? It is not necessary to have read the chapter or book. For information about PDAC or PDAC meetings, please visit the PDAC subpage.

BAM 2017

Friday, April 28th, 6-9pm

2621 Springdale Circle

Naperville, IL

Gregory Middle School invites all of our Amazing Men to our Inaugural BAM event.

Only Gregory Middle School boys and their adult male role models are invited to BAM. BAM (aka Becoming Amazing Men) is a FREE event designed to inspire our Gregory boys to develop the courage to stand up for their beliefs, see the benefits of working as a team, empower them to be responsible and active members of society and to increase their self-confidence and intellectual bravery, all while having FUN. Boys and their guests will participate in FUN hands-on activities led by community business leaders and professionals. You can find more information and RSVP to the event HERE.

Read and Write for Google Informational Night

Wednesday, March 22nd, 6-7pm

780 Shoreline Drive

Aurora, IL

Starting this year school year, Indian Prairie School District #204

purchased Read and Write for Google as a Universal Design for

Learning tool. All students K-12 (including students in the STEPS

program) have access to this tool when they sign into Google Chrome

with their IPSD Google login. Read and Write for Google is a powerful

reading and writing support that many students can benefit from.

Some features include: listening to on-screen text aloud, speech

recognition, word prediction, and highlighting study tools.

There is also a session from 1-2pm on the same day.