Middleton Weekly

Mar 28 - Apr 8, 2016

Scenes From A Middleton Week

Male student showing artwork
Female Student showing artwork
Students attending the event

Middleton students with their artwork on display at the Skokie Fine Arts Commision Students' Outstanding Artist Recognition (SOAR) reception on March 23, 2016. Photos courtesy of Ms. Anderson.

School Regulations

Please remember to follow the proper procedures when dropping off children at school. Children must be dropped off in Drake Alley.  The front door on St. Louis is not a place to drop off children as it is not designated for this purpose, and it creates unsafe conditions for our students and their families. Thank you for abiding by this rule.

PARCC Testing

PARCC testing for math and English language arts will begin on April 7 for students in grades 3-5. Students are encouraged to bring a healthy snack with them each day during testing. Students will  learn more about their daily schedules from their teachers, though each day, students will attend some academic classes, specials classes, lunch, and recess. If you have questions, please contact one of our school administrators. Read through this link for important information about the PARCC assessment.

Spirit Days

Friday, April 22
Earth Day

The student council will help lead activities/discussions around taking care of our school community and neighborhood.

Spring Enrichment 2016

Enrichment confirmation forms will be sent home on Monday April 4. Enrichment classes start the following week on April 11. If you have any questions, please contact the enrichment coordinator, Kimberly Davis, by email

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.

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.

Construction head artSchool Additions & Renovation Information

Please see the attached Community Letter for information about renovation and construction projects at Elizabeth Meyer and John Middleton schools. Additional details are available in the Community Meeting Presentation.

The public is invited to attend a presentation on the proposed building additions for Meyer and Middleton Schools:

Thursday, April 7, 2016
7:00 p.m.
Elizabeth Meyer School
8100 Tripp Avenue, Skokie

Interested residents also are invited to learn more about facility issues by touring Meyer School. Public tours are planned for 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, April 7 and 1:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 14. In order to accommodate all those who wish to take one of the tours, advance registration will be required. Please call the school at 847.673.1223 during regular business hours to make your reservation.

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.

District 73.5 2016 Summer School

Summer School LogoDistrict 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.

Yearbook Orders Extended

Supplies are going fast! Please see the attached flyer to pre-order your copy soon!

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 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. In the meantime, check out the PTA flyer for this week and be on the lookout for details about these upcoming events...

  • PTA Elections
    Tuesday, April 5 at Middleton School
    7:00 p.m.
  • Scholastic Book Fair @ McCracken
    Tuesday, April 12 through Thursday, April 14
  • Buffalo Wild Wings Night
    Friday, April 15

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. There's a little bit of everything for everyone: park district and public library news, scouts, athletics, community events and services, and more. This week, watch for information from the ELL Parent Center about the upcoming Parent Resource Fair.