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We know many people have questions and concerns about Common Core. Math Common Core State Standards (The New State Standards) require greater focus by teachers and deeper knowledge by students than many previous state standards. Students will need to accurately calculate equations, understand concepts rather than memorize answers, and select the best methods to solve real-world problems, while demonstrating why and explaining/defending the methods or equations they selected is accurate.
The new standards make sure students are learning and absorbing the critical information they need to succeed at higher levels. With our state and school district shifting to Common Core, We thought it would be helpful to provide some resources to help understand Common Core.
- Why Math is Different? http://vimeo.com/110807219
- Parent Roadmaps to the Common Core Standards- Mathematics www.cgcs.org/page/244
- Math Tips for Parents www.commoncore.org/parents
- Parent Resources by grade level http://www.isbe.net/common_core/htmls/resources.htm
- Go Math Resources to help at home http://www.hmhco.com/GoMathHelp/Help/Math-Help-Tips-Home
- Explore the games and materials http://gregtangmath.com/
Professional Development Focus
The district has been participating in a Consortium (Rt. 23) of local school districts to provide training in both the Math and English Language Arts (ELA) Standards during the 2013-2014 and the 2014-2015 school year. Throughout both years, the teachers have been training each other and working on curriculum and assessment tied to those standards. Each month on our half day institutes, the teachers attend a training in either Math or ELA activities and resources for use in the classroom with their students. The district feels this has been the most effective way to provide professional development that reaches the widest population of teachers and students.
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Service, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention provides the Guide, Extreme Cold: A Prevention Guide to Promote Your Personal Health and Safety. The Extreme Cold Prevention Guide combines all of the key content of the CDC Winter Weather website into one downloadable, printable file. Please click on the link to access the Guide if you wish to download the document. Printing this PDF file ensures that you will have important winter weather health and safety information available even when you're without power or Internet service.
Dear Parents and Guardians,
In the event severe weather necessitates the closing of school, the safety and welfare of all students will always be the first concern in making this decision. The biggest factor is the ability of the busses to transport students safely. Any decision to close school will be announced as early as possible via the AlertNow automated phone messaging system, as well as several local stations, including WSPL1250 AM and WAJK 95.3 FM.
The following are things to know about the AlertNow automated phone messaging system:
Caller ID will display the district’s main number (815.672.2926)when an announcement is delivered. All numbers are dialed simultaneously.
If you are not home or do not answer your phone, AlertNow should leave a message on your answering machine or voicemail. Please listen to the voicemail rather than call the District office as the first step to take.
If the message stops playing for any reason, press any key from 1-9 and the message will replay from the beginning.
Once students are in school, it will be a rare situation that we dismiss school early. This is because many students of various ages do not have an adult at home at this time of day, and parents who are working or traveling may not be aware of the closing in time to make arrangements for their child. We want to be sure the children are in the safest environment. In the event we do dismiss early, we will activate the AlertNow messaging system with detailed information regarding dismissal.
We also ask that parents monitor what their children wear to school in cold weather. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me or your child’s principal. Thank you for your assistance and have a safe winter!
Matthew J. Wilkinson
Superintendent of Schools
Mrs. Felicia Brown
Mr. Brian Cox
Mrs. Kelly Cole
Mrs. Heidi Scalf
Mrs. Christine Anderson
Ms. Jennifer Jordan
Mrs. Maria Garcia
Mrs. Tarni Siebert
Mrs. Jennifer Foreman
Mrs. Katie Sliker
Kimes- Sapphire Farris, Leodies Jordan, Nicholas Pearce, Joyce Walking, Michael Smith, Ka'Marion Hollins, Michelle Selvidge, and Bailey Curley.
Sherman- Blake Stites, Trinity Jarrell, Pierce Cunningham, Andrew Warwick, Brissa Guzman, Madysen Smith, Destany Krebsbach, and Emely Martinez.
Northlawn- Mackenzie Bayer, Sean Byars, Kelsi Fink, Natalie Cockream, Matt Olson, Justin Fechter, Makayla Kendall, and Adriana Villalobos.
Annual Family Membership-Kate and Kylie Coley (and Parents:)
Kimes Youth Membership Winners-Seth Farrell, Amorah Tall, and Nikkohl Stevens
Centennial Youth Membership Winners-Harold Carpenter, Maddox Zadkovich, and Jayden Coplin
Sherman Youth Membership Winners- Joseph Pavlick, Isaiha Talty, and McKenzie Beavers
Northlawn Youth Membership Winners- Amber Ingram, Amanda Moran, and Ricardo Tamez
-All Streator Elementary public school K-8 students will be eligible for free lunch and breakfast for the 2014-2015 school year.
-Students will still be able to choose hot lunch or to bring a cold lunch to school.
-Any extra milk or Ala Carte (NL only) will still require money in the lunch account.
-Fees will still need to be paid for book fees, band/chorus fees, uniform fees, etc., except for direct certification status, unless the parent feels they would qualify for free or reduced due to income or SNAP/TANF. An application will need to filled out for that purpose only.
-Household income applications will be available at registration.