Middleton Weekly

Dec 14-18, 2015

Students with booksImportant Announcement

Any change in the way a child leaves school requires a written note addressed to the school office.  Please keep changes in dismissal plans to a minimum. It is difficult for children when dismissal plans are frequently changed.

Benchmark Screening

Middleton students will participate in short screening assessments. Students in 1st through 5th grade will participate in Reading-Curriculum Based Measure (RCBM) and Math Computation (MCOMP) beginning the week of January 4. First grade students will participate in the Illinois Snapshot of Early Literacy (ISEL) the week of January 4.

Following this data collection period, school teams will meet to review the data and plan for any students needing supplemental support. Test results will be sent home to families later in the winter. 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.

Access Testing For English Language Learners

From January 11 to February 5, all students in the English Learner program will be taking the ACCESS test. The ACCESS test measures each EL student’s progress in learning English. The students will be tested in Listening, Speaking, Reading, and Writing. This year the students will be taking these tests in small groups on the computer.  During this time, please make sure that your child eats a good breakfast, gets a good night’s sleep, and comes to school on time. Our students are making very good progress and we want to make sure that they show their growth on the ACCESS test. If you have any questions, please call your child’s EL teacher.

Visitor Reminders: All visitors must check in at the main office during regular school hours for the continued safety and security of all district students and staff. Valid identification (driver’s license or state I.D.) should be available to present to office staff prior to entry approval. Once you receive your visitor’s pass, please restrict your movement in the building to your pre-arranged purpose. Visitors entering the building after hours must be escorted by a district staff member to and from their meeting location. Also important to remember, is that students have been directed never to open exterior doors for any visitors, known or unknown, during regular or after school hours. This policy is to limit the risk of any individual entering our building without checking in to receive proper approval. We continue to welcome visitors at each of our district buildings, but ask that you respect our safety procedures and policies.

Yearbook Design Contest

Calling all artists! Middleton is in need of a cover for the 2015-2016 yearbook!  Would you like to design it? Contest guidelines were sent home with students this week and entries are due by December 17. If you have any questions about the contest please email Ms. Katie Sater. Good luck!

Winter Enrichment

Winter enrichment starts January 25, 2016. Enrichment brochures went home Monday, January 4, 2016, right after we returned from winter break. Registration forms and fees are due Monday, January 11, 2016. Please note that 4th grade math support has been moved from Thursdays to Mondays. This is an invitation only class. Contact enrichment coordinator Kimberly Davis by email if you have questions.

Important Notes

If a student has any outstanding fees, such as instructional, bus, lunch, library, etc., which are over $6.00, the student will not be allowed to participate in the Enrichment and any other student paid activities, until these fees are paid.

Food Drive

Help feed our needy Skokie families by donating non-perishable food items to the Niles Township Food Pantry.  The Student Council is collecting food items until December 14. Thank you for your kindness and generosity in helping our community members.

...Spirit Days...

Friday, December 18
Pajama Day

Musical Concerts

"It's the most wonderful time of the year!" Winter Music Concert time! Please join us for our upcoming Winter Concerts including:

  • 5th grade show at Middleton on December 16 (Students should arrive at 6:30 p.m)
  • 1st grade show at Middleton on December 17 at 9:00 a.m.
  • 2nd grade show at Middleton on December 17 at 10:00 a.m.

We hope to see you there!

Emergency School Closing Information

In the event of severe weather conditions or a building emergency which necessitate school closings, closings will be announced on the following radio and television stations:

  • AM Radio Stations: WGN 720, WBBM 780
  • Television Stations: CBS Channel 2, NBC Channel 5, ABC Channel 7, WGN Channel 9, FOX Channel 32, CLTV Channel 41

Listen for "Skokie School District 73½"

In addition, school closings will be posted on the District’s website www.sd735.org. You can also check online at www.emergencyclosing.com.

In the event our schools are closed, the District will activate the District's automated phone messaging system, which will call each family with a recorded message.

Please make sure the school offices have your most current contact information.

Elp Inquiry Window

Our Extended Learning Program provides honors classes for students in Math and English Language Arts in grades 4-8. Students qualify for these classes based on a variety of measures. Families are notified of this information in June (for class placement for the upcoming school year). Parents may complete a Parent Inquiry if they feel their child may benefit from a more rigorous curriculum. The Parent Inquiry window opens October 1 and remains open until April 1. Parent Inquiry paperwork is available in the main office of Middleton and McCracken, or by contacting your school’s Assistant Principal.


It's time to order your 2015-2016 yearbook! What better way to remember this school year than with a yearbook for you and your child? These are memories you'll want to keep for years to come! The school yearbook costs $20 and is available for pre-order from now until December 18. Yearbooks will be distributed in May.

How to order: You may order online or return payment in the ordering envelope your child received at school. All checks should be made payable to HR Imaging. To order online, please visit book.hrimaging.com and select John Middleton Elem School.

Community Pages

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.

PTA LogoPTA 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.

PTA in navigation bar