Carnegie Updates

for the week of April 11th

Principal Pollard

Dear Carnegie Professionals,

PARCC testing will continue through Thursday, April 14th for all 3rd-8th grade students. All resources teachers, ESP & MSU Student Interns will serve as proctors. Testing will begin each day at 9:15 a.m. and end at approximately 11:00 a.m. During this time you are to limit student movement in the hallways. Testing Reminders:

3rd & 4th

  • Pick-up and return testing materials to Ms. Adams - Room 121
  • Complete attendance roster daily. If you have perfect attendance, you are to write perfect attendance.
  • Complete attendance roster daily. If you have perfect attendance, you are to write perfect attendance.
  • Headphones and PARCC testing folders must be picked-up from Ms. Adams-Room 121.
  • Chromebooks are to be used for testing. Room 218 & 228 should retrieve Chromebook Carts from Rooms 202 & 205.
  • Room 210 should test in Room 207 (2nd floor staff lounge) & Room 219 should test in Room 220 (Art Room)
  • Cell phones and any other electronic devices are prohibited. Please ensure safe storage of cell phones and any electronic devices.
A sub has been requested for next week. If the sub accepts the assignment, Prep classes held at 10:00 a.m. will be made-up at the afternoon. Resource teachers will begin all preps at 11:00 a.m. each day.

The After School Academic & Music Programs ended on Thursday, April 7th. ArtShould Winning Words and Chess will continue through May.

There is NO SCHOOL for students on Wednesday, April 13th. It's Parent/Teacher Conference Day. Work hours are as follows:

  • Teachers-11:45 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. (Lunch break 11:15 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.)
  • School Clerks, SECA, Security Officers & Dean of Student-10:30 a.m to 6:00 p.m.
  • Lunchroom staff MUST report to work at their usual times.
  • Part-time Workers (including Off-Duty Police Officer) DO NOT report to work.

The following documents must be distributed with Report Cards and will placed in mailbox:

  • My Voice, My School Parent Survey
  • Parent Portal Parent Letter
  • Remediation Plan (signed by teacher & parent) - Refer to Opening Day Google Document for Remediation Plan.
  • Emergency Form
  • NWEA Student Growth Goal Setting (2nd-8th signed by student & parent). Keep a copy for your data binder.
  • TRC Student Progress Report (Kdg-2nd)
  • Promotion Policy (3rd, 6th & 8th grades only)
  • Various other district documents

LSC Elections will be held on Wednesday, April 13th in the gym beginning at 6:00 a.m. The LSC teacher and Non-teaching candidates are: Mrs. Blanchard, Mrs. N. King, Mrs. Anderson and Mr. Bush. Please ensure to cast your vote!

The Speech Arts Classroom Competition must be completed by Friday, April 15th. The competition category is “Poetry”. Students are required to recite a published poem. All students are required to participate in their classroom’s Speech Arts Competition. This activity will be incorporated in each student’s 4th Quarter Language Arts grade. 2016. The Speech Arts Competition Guidelines, Scoring Rubric, Grading Scale and all other pertinent information were sent to you via Google Drive.

The Spring Fling Dance will be held on Friday, April 15th from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m for all students. Students who attend the Spring Fling Dance may be Out-of-Uniform. The cost: $7.00 per student. A payor's list will be placed in your mailbox.

Spring Break will begin on Monday, April 18th through April 22nd. Whether you are staying home or traveling, I hope you have a safe and wonderful spring break. Enjoy the time with your family and friends. I'll see everyone back on Monday, April 25th, rested and ready to resume normal school activities.

Under Article 40–2 of the CTU collective bargaining agreement, preference sheets shall be distributed to all teachers, no later than May 1 of each year. As we begin to plan for the next school year, the 2016-2017 Grade Selection Preference Form will be placed in your mailbox on Monday, April 11th. You are to place your completed form in the Principal’s mailbox on or before Friday, May 6th.

As the approach of the end of the fiscal year comes into sight, the final day to process CTU and/or any other reimbursements or any other reimbursement is due to Ms. Dabney no later than Tuesday, May 31st. See Ms. Dabney for the required reimbursement form (s).

Trent has disabled the account as too many teachers are having problems with pop ups on the Chromebooks and backgrounds changing. Anyone making changes while using the same user will effect everyone using that account. The following options are available:

  1. Best Option- have the student use their own cps username or password. If they have never logged into their email before, they will have to login from a pc onto gmail before a chromebook will allow the logon to happen. Students usernames and password are in staff shortcuts, but soon CPS will be allowing the students to change their passwords.
  2. Second Option- create a generic gmail account for your classroom (ex. 102carnegie), this way at least if someone makes an obscene background or causes pop ups you will know its someone in your room instead of the whole school.

If you have any questions, please submit a helpdesk ticket and I can come and see you.

Domain 1: Planning & Preparation

  • You are to ensure that you input one grade for each subject for the week of April 11th-15th. Gradebook feedback will be provided to you after the Spring Break.
  • There will be an IB Meeting on Monday, April 11th, Tuesday, April 12th and Thursday, April 14th from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. in Room 228. The focus will be to collaborate for the 2016-2017 Design Project. All IB and Resources Teachers should attend. You will be compensated.

Domain 2: Classroom Environment

Tip for Parent Conference Day

  • Create a welcoming classroom environment. Ensure that parents feel welcome into your class by considering the following: display current student work/projects throughout the classroom, provide student data (academic & attendance), and allocate space where parents can wait comfortably and complete the My Voice, My School survey

Domain 3: Instruction

  • April is National Poetry Month. Inspire a love of poetry and improve your students' reading comprehension with our collection of poems at different levels for K - 12th grade. K - 12 Poems & Question Sets for National Poetry Month. Each poem, or pair of poems, comes with an evidence-based question set that can help move your students to comprehension. Like all ReadWorks curriculum, they are based on the highest-quality research on reading comprehension.Happy Teaching!

Domain 4: Personal Responsibilities

  • Our attendance rate for last week was 95.99%. That's a .50% increase from the previous week. The Top Three classrooms with the Highest Attendance Rate for April and May will receive a paid field trip to: 1st Place Winner each month may choose: Willis Tower Skydeck, Legoland, Shoreline Sightseeing’s Architecture Exploration Cruise, 2nd Place Winner each month may choose: Navy Pier Children's Museum, Navy Pier IMAX Theater or John Hancock Center and 3rd Place Winner each month may choose: Lincoln Park Zoo, The Field Museum or the Shedd Aquarium.

ESP/MSU Student Interns:

  • Please adhere to your duty schedule, especially during entry and exit times. All ESP staff members must be visible on school grounds; walking the perimeters of the school. School grounds must be completely cleared during entry and exit; prior to returning inside the building. Any students that are still on school grounds, must be brought to the main office.

  • Resources teachers must be visible on the 2nd floor at your designated location from 8:45 a.m. to 9:00 a.m.

Grant Opportunity

Enhancing Student Mathematics Learning through the Use of Tools and Technology Grants

  • The purpose of this grant is to encourage the innovative use of technology and other tools to “help teachers and students visualize and concretize mathematics abstractions.
  • For 2016-17, grants will be awarded to persons currently teaching mathematics in grades Pre-K12. Materials may include, but not be limited to, books, calculators, tablets, computers, or related equipment as well as professional development in the use of the designated tools and technology.
  • Maximum amount: $3,000
  • Deadline: May 06, 2016
  • Apply at


Congrats to Mr. Murphy-Room 216-6th for being selected to attend the Poetry Foundation’s Summer Poetry Teachers Institute. Mr. Murphy will attend a five-day FREE workshop in July at the University of Illinois Chicago. He will learn a fresh approach to reading poems, invaluable materials for lessons, and ways to invigorate students instructional habits and practices.

Happy Learning!

Heartfelt Thank You

Thank you so much for the many cards, beautiful flowers you sent in memory of grandmother, the plant and the Edible Arrangement. My family and I greatly appreciate your kindness, support, and generosity in this difficult time. There are simply no words to express my heartfelt thanks for the sympathy you have extended toward my family during this time of loss. I am deeply grateful to you.