April 25-29, 2016
Middleton Presents... "Willy Wonka Junior"
Tickets are now on sale for our production of “Willy Wonka Junior.” The performance dates are Friday, April 29 at 7:00 p.m. and Saturday, April 30 at 1:00 and 7:00 p.m. at McCracken Middle School. Ticket price (adults and children) are $7.00 each. Ticket order forms are attached to the Weekly. Thanks for your support!
Homeroom App For Wonka Musical
We have a new and easy way to view all things Wonka! Use the Homeroom app to view rehearsal pictures and access show details and schedules at your convenience! You'll need this link to join the Wonka Family on Homeroom.
Spring Benchmark Screening
Middleton students will participate in academic (all grade levels) and social-emotional screening assessments (grades 3-5 only) in May.
- Students in 1st through 5th grade will participate in Reading-Curriculum Based Measure (RCBM) and Math Computation (MCOMP) the week of May 2.
- Second through 5th grade students will participate in math and literacy assessments, MAP Testing, the week of May 9.
- First and 2nd grade grade students will participate in Fountas and Pinnell assessments (administered by their classroom teacher) the week of May 9 or May 16. First grade students will also participate in the Illinois Snapshot of Early Literacy (ISEL) the week of May 9 or May 16.
Following this data collection period, school teams will meet to review the data and plan for any students needing supplemental support in the beginning of the 2016-2017 school year. RCBM, MCOMP, and MAP Test results will be sent home to families later in the spring. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Brittney Tiehen, District MTSS Coordinator at 847.676.8269 or Tiffany Voight, Middleton School Psychologist, at 847.676.8015.
District 73.5 Students in grades 3 through 8 will be completing a self-report social/emotional screener this spring (May 9 through 13). The purpose of this screening tool is to identify and proactively address students’ social/emotional needs. The screener will identify behavioral or emotional strengths and areas for growth. Data gathered from this screener will be used in conjunction with teacher and parent information to identify students in need of additional social, emotional, or behavioral support. If a student self-reports areas for growth, parents/guardians will be contacted by a member of student support services.
Class Placements For The 2016-2017 School Year
The process of placing children in homerooms for the following school year begins in May. Our goal is to come up with a placement for each child that will enable him/her to have an academically successful year in a social environment that is supportive of continued growth and development.
The staff has input into this process considering, but not limited to, the following factors. The following list is not in priority order:
- The child’s academic, social, emotional, and behavioral developmental levels & needs
- The identified learning style(s) of the student
- The child’s interactions with other students
- The “social dynamics” within the class
- The male/female balance in each class
Requests for specific teachers made by parents/guardians will not be taken. Parents/Guardians are welcome to submit a letter describing their child’s learning style; this will help us to determine best placement. Feel free to send a letter to Mr. Ruffino by email or Ms. McFadden by email. We ask if submitting a letter that you do so by Friday, May 20.
A great deal of thought goes into placement decisions and we appreciate parents and their cooperation as we put together the classes for the 2016-2017 school year. Class placements will be sent home on Thursday, August 18, provided all school fees are paid, residency documents are provided and registration forms are completed. The first day of the 2016-2017 school year is Wednesday, August 31, 2016.
Fertilizer At Mcnally Park
This Saturday, fertilizer will be applied to the field at McNally Park. If you have any questions/concerns contact Building and Grounds Director Marcus Holleran at 847.676.8227. Should there be rain, the application will be deferred to the following Saturday, April 30.
District 73.5 2016 Summer School
District 73.5 will offer Summer School for:
- Students entering grades 1-8 who are in need of academic support
- Students who fail a class (attendance is mandatory)
Summer School will be in session from Monday, June 13th through Friday, July 8th (no class on Monday, July 4th) at Oliver McCracken Middle School, 8000 East Prairie Road. The program runs from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. (times vary according to selected classes). Teachers communicated summer school recommendations to parents and guardians during February conferences. Official summer school registration letters were mailed home the week following spring break. Please complete the registration paperwork and return it to your child’s school by Friday, April 29. Individual student registration fees will be included in the official letter mailed home in April.
2016 Summer School Fees
There will be no fee for summer school for incoming 2nd through 6th grade students. The Title I grant will be funding these fees for summer school 2016.
- Current Kindergarten (incoming 1st grade) fees are as follows:
- Language Arts (2 hours): $245
- Math (1 hour): $135
- Current 6th-8th grade (Incoming 7th and 8th grade) fees are as follows:
- ELA (1½ hours): $190
- Math (1½ hours): $190
Bus transportation is available to and from summer school at no additional cost. Parents must identify bus pick-up and drop-off locations on the invoice statements mailed home the week of May 23rd. The park district offers a section of Camp Iwannago to align with Summer School. It is the afternoon session 220532-05. The district bus can pick up and drop off at Oakton Community Center. Contact Mrs. Nancy Ariola at 847.676.8234 or by email to find out more information. Please contact your child’s teacher with specific academic questions.
High Speed "Internet Essentials"
Income-eligible families may qualify for low-cost home Internet access through a program offered by Comcast. The program is called Internet Essentials and makes wired and wireless internet access available at a rate of $9.95 per month. A family may qualify for this reduced rate if any child in their household meets eligibility requirements for the National School Lunch Program. In addition, a community college student eligible for the Pell Grant program could qualify for this program. Please see the attached letter from the Village of Skokie for more information about the Internet Essentials program.
Worlds Of Wisdom And Wonder Summer Program
The Center for Gifted will once again be offering its Worlds of Wisdom and Wonder summer program at McCracken School. Use code HOSTSKOS16 for a 10% tuition discount.
PTA News & Information
The PTA is live on SD735.org! Look up in the bookmark bar for the PTA link and then click it to get to know your PTA, find out how you can get involved, learn about events, download/print PTA flyers, and more. Check out this week's PTA flyer and mark your calendar for these upcoming events...
- Walk to School Wednesday (Middleton)
Wednesday, May 4
- Spring Carnival and Fun Fair (McCracken)
Saturday, May 14
11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
- 8th Grade Dance (McCracken)
Saturday, May 21
- Final PTA Meeting (Middleton)
Tuesday, May 24
Visit the Community section of our website for links to Community Pages, an archive of "frequent flyer" handouts shared by our community partners for students to take home in their backpacks and folders. There's a little bit of everything for everyone: park district and public library news, scouts, athletics, community events and services, and more.