Churchill Parent News

September 2021

Greetings Churchill Parents

Extra Extra, Read all about it! Churchill will be providing this newsletter to parents to help keep them informed and share some of the exciting things that are happening in our building. This newsletter will be published monthly and will include news from in and out of the classroom by our students and staff. We are excited to share the Churchill experience with you!

Students Wrapping Up Diagnostic Testing

Greetings Churchill Parents,

This week your students are wrapping up their diagnostic testing in Reading, Writing, and Math. These test are taken at the beginning, middle, and end of each year to track student growth and provide staff with areas of strength and improvement. While the students have been working hard we certainly have a ways to go as we continue to evolve from pandemic education to getting students back into our buildings. Additionally, we will use this data to help drive our School Improvement that will in turn support our district goals.

Family Engagement Specialist

Please say hello or reach out to Mr. Eurales if you see him around school or in the community. Mr. Eurales is working with students and families to bridge the gap between home and school life. If you need any assistance don't hesitate to reach out!
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Suite360 and Social Emotional Learning

We are excited to implement Suite 360 Social and Emotional Learning into our Executive Functioning classrooms this school year!


Suite 360 began with students completing a Beginning of Year Assessment that provided Churchill with invaluable information regarding our students’ social and emotional well being.


We are currently using the Suite360 platform to work with our students on Social Emotional Learning. This learning focuses on how students can best support themselves and show empathy for others. The first week of lessons focused on Planning and Organization in which 7th graders learned how to break long-term projects into manageable chunks and 8th graders learned the difference between intrinsic and extrinsic motivation and what they can do to motivate themselves.


The second week of lessons focused on Considering Consequences in which 7th graders learned how to prioritize tasks and how to manage their time and 8th graders learned about financial literacy which included how to budget, the difference between credit and debit, and the importance of the credit score.


Angela Vanderbloom

Dean of Students/504 Plan Coordinator


Athletics and Activities Overview

Our Girl’s Basketball 7th and 8th grade teams are currently in the middle of the season. We have over 30 girls participating in basketball this school year. The girls are working hard led by coaches Jaque Gohlinghorst, Josh Biddle, Jennifer Zolper-Peck and Parnell Thomas. Upcoming home games are on Oct. 4, Oct. 6, and Oct. 7. The full schedule can be found by going to our district’s athletics website found on 8 to 18.


The Churchill Cross-Country team held the annual Galesburg Invite on September 16, 2021. The meet saw well over 200 athletes competing and runners couldn’t have asked for better weather. Congratulations to our 8th grade runner Lily who finished in 3rd place in the varsity girl’s race. She finished the course in an unofficial time of 13:59. The team looks forward to competing in the upcoming Sectional Meet on Saturday, Oct. 9 in Sterling, IL.


In girl’s golf we had Lily, Ella, Grace, and Taylor all qualify for the State Meet that was held on Thursday, September 16, 2021. The girl’s were celebrated by their peers with our traditional State Walk around the school. Out of 74 contestants the girls' results were: Ella, 23rd place with a score of 95; Grace, 19th place with a score of 93; and Taylor, 15th place with a score of 91.