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PARCC Update

Posted January 29th, 2015 by Mrs. Lewis

Third- through eighth-grade students throughout Illinois will be taking the PARCC assessment for the first time this spring. The PARCC assessment replaces the Illinois Standards Achievement Test (ISAT).

 

Last week, District 54 requested and received approval from the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) to move to a traditional paper and pencil administration of the PARCC assessment for this school year. While District 54 has fully aligned our technology infrastructure to ISBE’s specifications, results from field testing conducted in mid-January have left District 54 with strong concerns regarding the reliability of the PARCC online assessment. We witnessed multiple errors during field testing including answers to assessment items changing without being prompted, drop-down menus failing to function and videos accompanying test items failing to load. These technology issues are not on District 54’s end. They can only remedied by PARCC.

 

District 54’s staff has worked diligently to prepare our students with rigorous instruction to provide them with the skills needed for success. We feel strongly that assessment of our student’s knowledge and skills must be done in the most reliable format possible.

 

The PARCC Performance Based Assessment (PBA) window will now be from March 9 to 20, 2015. As the testing window approaches, I will share more information regarding the logistics of the PARCC testing window. In the meantime, please contact me directly if you have any questions.

Arrival and Dismissal Safety Reminders

Posted January 25th, 2015 by Mrs. Lewis

In the colder, snowier weather, more children are being dropped off or picked up from school.  Please keep the safety of all in mind when traveling near the school.  We are grateful for your cooperation.  Here are a few safety reminders:

  • Our parking lot is closed during arrival and dismissal (buses and daycare vans are allowed).

  • Cell phone use, even with hands-free, is prohibited in school zones.
  • Students should exit cars on the sidewalk side of the vehicle, not into the street.
  • Adults and children should use the crossing guard and sidewalks when walking up to the school.  Children model what they see, so even if you’re not walking with your child, please help us teach our students by example.
  • If you need to turn around, drive away from the school where it’s less congested.  Don’t make a three-point turn in the middle of the street or use the school or neighbors’ driveways.

Kindergarten Registration

Posted January 25th, 2015 by Mrs. Lewis

Last week, the Board of Education voted to implement full-day kindergarten in all District 54 elementary schools starting with the 2015-16 school year! This is great news for our students and families, and our staff is very excited about having our youngest learners in the building all day! Kindergarten registration will be held on February 12 from 9:00-11:00a.m., 1-2:30p.m., and 6-8:00p.m. If you have neighbors with kindergartners who may not be aware that registration is coming up soon, please let them know! We will also hold an informational evening on February 24 at 6:00p.m. for the families of incoming kindergartners.

Illinois offers 5Essentials Survey

Posted January 14th, 2015 by Mrs. Lewis

Teachers, parents, guardians and students across Illinois are encouraged to participate in the Illinois 5Essentials Survey, to share their thoughts on the important elements of school effectiveness and help guide school improvement.

The 5Essentials Survey will be administered online on behalf of the Illinois State Board of Education. The survey identifies five indicators that can lead to important student outcomes, including improved attendance and larger test score gains. Research has shown that schools strong on these indicators are 10 times more likely to improve student learning. The five indicators are effective leaders, collaborative teachers, involved families, supportive environments and ambitious Instruction.

All District 54 parents are encouraged to take this optional survey – whether your child is in an early childhood program, elementary school or junior high.

If parents have more than one child at a school, they should complete only one survey for that school. In addition, only one parent or guardian per household may participate in the survey. Parents with children enrolled in multiple schools may take the survey for each school.

The state is not providing hard copies of this survey; however, our schools will make computers available to parents. Call your child’s school if you are interested in taking the survey at a District 54 school.

The parent survey results will only be generated by the state if at least 20 percent of parents at a school respond to the survey. Last year none of our schools met this target. If at least 20 percent of parents participate, this data will be made available to principals.

To take the parent survey, please visit https://survey.5-essentials.org/illinois/ before March 13, 2016. When searching for your school’s name, look up the full name (for example, look under J for Jane Addams Junior High School, not A for Addams).

Student Survey – for 6th through 8th grade
The state is only allowing students in grades 6 through 12 to take the survey. Students are required to take the survey at school and will be given time in District 54 during the week of Feb. 2.

Teacher Survey
All District 54 teachers will be asked to take the survey on Jan. 28. The State Board of Education is only administering the survey to certified teachers whose primary responsibility involves teaching students for the majority of the school day and year.

The identities of anyone taking a survey will be kept completely confidential and survey responses will not be linked to any individual. More information can be found online at https://illinois.5-essentials.org.

Food Drive

Posted January 13th, 2015 by Mrs. Lewis

The Fairview Student Leaders are currently running a Food Drive that will benefit the Keller Food Pantry.  The last day to contribute is next Tuesday, January 20.  Please consider picking up a few extra cans of food or other non-perishable items to help this very worthy cause.

School Closed – January 9th

Posted January 8th, 2015 by Mrs. Lewis

All District 54 schools will be closed again tomorrow, Friday, Jan. 9. The National Weather Service is calling for wind chill values as low as -21 in the morning, when children will be walking to school or waiting at bus stops.

We know that it’s frustrating to have three days off this week, especially after two weeks of winter break and especially for working parents. The District 54 staff wants students in the classrooms learning.

However, our number one priority every day is keeping children safe. We have about 8,000 students who ride a bus. The other 6,500 students either walk or get a ride to school. We cannot assume that all students can get a ride to school on a cold weather day. We also can’t assume that all children will be dressed appropriately for this weather.

The Hoffman Estates Park District and YMCA have announced that they will be offering child care for elementary school students when schools close for cold weather days. We hope that this will help out some of our families. For more information, visit the websites below.

All after-school and evening activities are canceled as well. The Rafferty Administration Center will be open. Thank you for your understanding and support.

Important Dates

Posted January 8th, 2015 by Mrs. Lewis
  • Jan 13 – Rescheduled Hot Lunch
  • Jan 15 – Half-day for Student-led Conferences; students will be released at 11:40a.m.
  • Jan 16 – No school for Student-led Conferences
  • Jan 19 – No school, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day observed
  • Feb 4 – PTA Meeting, 7:00p.m. in Fairview’s library
  • Feb 6 – Variety Show, 7:00p.m.
  • Feb 11 – Half-day for Teacher Inservice; students will be released at 11:40a.m.
  • Feb 12 – Kindergarten Registration
  • Feb 16 – No School, Presidents’ Day observed
  • Feb 20 – PTA Family Dance Night, 6:00-9:00p.m.

Student-Led Conferences

Posted January 8th, 2015 by Mrs. Lewis

Student-led conferences are scheduled for next week, January 15 and 16. During these conferences, your child will share winter MAP scores and revisit the goals that were set at the fall goal-setting conference. Your child will be prepared to talk with you about his/her progress and action steps. Classroom teachers have been working with students on their presentations and will also be available to discuss your child’s progress. Please allow time to stop in at the Scholastic Book Fair on Thursday, which will be set up in the gym.

School Closed – January 8th

Posted January 7th, 2015 by Mrs. Lewis

ll District 54 schools will be closed again tomorrow, Thursday, Jan. 8, 2015, because the forecast continues to call for for dangerously low wind chills. All after-school and evening activities are canceled as well. The Rafferty Administration Center will be open and the School Board meeting scheduled for 7 p.m. will be held.

The decision to close school is not one we make lightly. Our top concern is whether we believe the more than 14,000 students we serve can get to school safely (whether they walk, take a bus or ride in a car).

District 54 makes every effort to keep our schools open, but circumstances beyond our control (such as extreme cold) sometimes dictate that we close. Thank you for your understanding and support. The decision to close schools is made one day at a time.

School Closed – January 7th

Posted January 6th, 2015 by Mrs. Lewis

All District 54 schools will be closed on Wednesday, Jan. 7, 2015, because the forecast calls for dangerously low wind chills. All after-school and evening activities are canceled as well. The Rafferty Administration Center will be open.

The decision to close school is not one we make lightly. Our top concern is whether we believe the more than 14,000 students we serve can get to school safely (whether they walk, take a bus or ride in a car).

District 54 makes every effort to keep our schools open, but circumstances beyond our control (such as extreme cold) sometimes dictate that we close. Thank you for your understanding and support. The decision to close schools is made one day at a time.