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Stevenson Spirit Week

Posted January 23rd, 2015 by Ms. Bushman

Next week, students are encouraged to participate in Stevenson Spirit Week!

Monday, January 26– Hat Day

Tuesday, January 27–  Stevenson Day—wear red and black for PBIS assembly

Wednesday, January 28- Pajama Day

Thursday, January 29– Sports Team Day—wear a sports team t-shirt or jersey

Friday, January 30– Mismatch Day

 

PTA newsletter

Posted January 21st, 2015 by Ms. Bushman

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Illinois offers 5Essentials Survey

Posted January 13th, 2015 by Ms. Bushman

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.

Student-led conferences

Posted January 11th, 2015 by Ms. Bushman

Student-led conferences are scheduled for 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. Teachers look forward to sharing the progress your child has made so far in the school year!

District 54 schools closed January 9

Posted January 8th, 2015 by Ms. Bushman

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.

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

District 54 schools closed January 8

Posted January 7th, 2015 by Ms. Bushman
All 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.

District 54 schools closed January 7

Posted January 6th, 2015 by Ms. Bushman
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.

Holiday Shop

Posted December 9th, 2014 by Ms. Bushman

Click here for information about Thursday and Friday’s PTA Holiday Gift Shop. The store is filled with gift items for parents, siblings, family and friends. This year prices range from $0.50 to $12.00 with most items under $5.00. Your child will be bringing home more information.

 

Principal’s message

Posted December 8th, 2014 by Ms. Bushman

Dear Stevenson Community,

We hope you enjoyed Thanksgiving and the long weekend with your families and friends. I am proud to announce that we had 19 students submit work for the PTA Reflections program. The National PTA’s Reflections program encourages students in pre-K through grade 12 to explore and be involved in the arts. The theme for the 2014-2015 school year is The world would be a better place if Students nationwide took time to reflect on the theme and create original works of art in the categories of dance choreography, film production, music composition, literature, photography and visual arts. Our art teacher, Mrs. Tocmo, was instrumental in supporting this PTA program by working with our students to think about the theme and create an original piece of art. We are incredibly proud of all of our participants.  Mrs. Filby, our Reflections Committee Chair, was moved by this year’s entries from Stevenson students.   She said that so many entries were thoughtful, included kind ideas and showed her that our students understand the larger impact of basic things like sharing, playing and being a friend, and more complex ideas like recycling and money to help the poor. Out of 19 participating Stevenson students, four have moved on to the next level of competition. We will keep you updated with the students’ progress.

Next week will be our last week of MAP testing. Students will bring home their MAP reports the week before Winter Break. Our students have worked very hard and we’re very proud of their effort! MAP results will be reviewed at student-led conferences in January.

Maria Clifford and Christi Sosin

PTA Newsletter

Posted December 7th, 2014 by Ms. Bushman

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