Jan 11-15, 2016
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.
Skokie District 73.5 Participates In The 5Essentials Parent Survey 2016
Beginning on January 11 teachers, parents, and students across Illinois have an opportunity to participate in the fourth annual statewide Illinois 5Essentials Survey. This survey is designed to generate a detailed picture of the inner workings of our schools.
The Illinois 5Essentials Parent Survey will be conducted January 11 through March 11, 2016. To take the survey please visit https://survey.5-essentials.org/Illinois and click the “Parent Survey” to begin. There are 17 questions and the survey should take approximately 15 minutes. If you have children in multiple buildings please complete one for each school.
Your participation in the parent survey will help us better understand our schools and guide improvement. Your identity and survey responses will be kept completely confidential and will never be connected to you or your child. If at least 20 percent of parents complete this survey, a parent supplement will also be generated. This will allow us to access to your valuable feedback.
Please help us reach at least 20 percent and participate! We will post updated participation rates in our Weekly and on the website during the survey window. Additionally we will have devices available for parents to complete the survey at events such as parent visit day and PTA meetings. Thank you in advance for participating!
Upcoming Spirit Days! Friday, January 22 -- Bulldog Pride (Middleton Spiritwear)
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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 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.