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On Monday, April 8th, students and staff witnessed the total solar eclipse that crossed North America and passed over Skokie. Middleton and McCracken students, looking sharp in their solar eclipse viewing glasses, gathered outside with their classmates and teachers to take in this rare and special "sky show." Staff and Board of Education members got in on the fun, too! Click or tap the photos for details or visit our Solar Eclipse photo gallery!


Dr. Hightower and Board of Education President Emily Miller will be celebrity guest baristas at Will's Place on Wednesday, April 17th from 9:00 to 10:00 a.m. Stop by for coffee, a pastry, or both served to you with a smile by Drs. Hightower and Miller!

Will's Place is a non-profit cafe in the heart of Downtown Skokie that creates meaningful employment and vocational training opportunities for adults with disabilities.


PARENT UNIVERSITY FOR APRIL. Please join Dr. Donna Smith and Heather Milligan, both NTDSE occupational therapists, as they lead our next Parent University topic on how to facilitate independence for your child. The parent training will look at how to help your child develop strategies for engagement, attention to task, following routines, navigating transitions, and building executive functioning skills. Join us on Tuesday, April 23rd between 2:30 and 3:15 p.m. in the Meyer Library. We hope to see you there!


WE NEED YOU! The PTO needs new board members for the 2024-2025 school year! To learn more, please e-mail the PTO at [email protected].
Volunteers are needed to support short shifts at the McCracken Book Fair beginning Monday, April 22nd through Friday, April 26th. SIGN UP HERE!
Sunday, April 14, 2024, from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m.
Oliver McCracken Middle School
Join us for a celebration of Skokie73.5 culture and diversity.
Enjoy food and activity showcases representing various cultures and countries.
Click or tap the flyer for more information on the PTO website and then check the video from the 2023 Taste of 73.5!
Enjoy this video clip from the 2023 Taste of 73.5!

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Visit and get to know your PTO!
Questions about this calendar or events? Please email [email protected].


Board of Education

Tuesday, April 16th

7:00 p.m.

View the agenda on BoardDocs

Finance Committee

Wednesday, April 24th

7:00 p.m.

DIST: Board of Education Regular Meeting

Apr 16, 2024 7:00 PM - 9:30 PM

Finance Committee Meeting

Apr 24, 2024 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

DIST: Board of Education Regular Meeting

May 14, 2024 7:00 PM - 9:30 PM


skokie imageCheck the SkokieNews for information and updates from the Village of Skokie.

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Scroll the Skokie Public Library Newsletter for information about library events and services for all ages and abilities.


Meyer Parent Leaders QR codesPlease join this month's Meyer Parent Leaders Zoom meeting. MPL will discuss the Meyer End-of-the-Year Bash.

Thursday, April 18, 2024
7:00 to 8:00 p.m.
The Zoom link will be sent through Seesaw to Meyer families the day before the meeting.

All parents/guardians are welcome to join the meeting!

Elizabeth Meyer Showcase and Book FairWe are excited to invite Meyer Families to the MEYER SHOWCASE on Thursday, May 2nd from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. at Meyer School. Students will share their hard work and learning with their families in their classrooms. Feel free to come by anytime between 6:00 and 7:00 p.m. Please use the main entrance. We’re looking forward to seeing you there!

Save the DateThe Meyer School SPRING SCHOLASTIC BOOK FAIR will be open Monday, April 29th through Thursday, May 2nd from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. and from 2:00 to 3:00 p.m. in the Meyer Library. Please bring a photo ID to check in at the Meyer Office by Door #1.

The book fair will be open in the evening during the Meyer Showcase on Thursday, May 2nd from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

You can also shop the book fair online at from April 29th through May 12th and receive 25% off your online purchase.

All purchases through the Book Fair will benefit our school. Thanks for supporting our kids!

"Absences Add Up!" on a background of school busesATTENDANCE REMINDERS. Did you know that missing two days of school a month, over the course of a school year, can affect a student's academic success? Please help us make school attendance a priority! Please see the FLYER for information on the importance of showing up for school on time for preschoolers and kindergartners.

Please remember the following drop-off times for students:

  • AM & Full-day Preschool: 8:25-8:30 a.m.
  • PM Preschool: 11:55 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
  • Kindergarten: 8:30-8:40 a.m.

(Click or tap the flyer to make it bigger.)




MY: Meyer Parent Leader Meeting

Apr 18, 2024 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

MY: Meyer Showcase

May 2, 2024 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM

MY: On to Kindergarten

May 23, 2024 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM


Skokie's Place for All Children in Extended Care (SPACE) will hold an Information Night on Wednesday, April 17th from 7:00 to 8:00 p.m. via Zoom. Check the FLYER for details.

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Kindergarten Superstars

Preschool Superstars


It's that time of the year for Middleton CLASS PLACEMENT reflection. If you have feedback you would like administration to consider for your child's 2024-2025 classroom placement, please complete THIS FORM or email your feedback to [email protected]. You can also send your feedback to school with your child in an envelope addressed to Mrs. Tammaru's attention.

Picture of atom with Illinois insideNext week, Middleton 5th graders will participate in the ILLINOIS SCIENCE ASSESSMENT (ISA). The ISA is a state assessment that provides us with information about how our students are performing on grade level science standards. You can help your child by having them eat a good breakfast on testing day and reminding them to get good sleep the night before. If you have any questions, please reach out to Middleton Assessment Coordinator Stephanie Larenas.

Carry out or eat in at Dengeos on Tuesday, April 16, 2024, to support the Middleton musical, "James and the Giant Peach, Jr." Show the flyer or mention Middleton when ordering and 20% of the cost will be donated to the musical.

James and the Giant Peach, Jr. tickets are now on sale! The show goes on for three performances on Friday, April 19th and Saturday, April 20th. Scan the QR code on the poster or visit the district's Vanco Events website to purchase tickets.

All of Middleton is excited to go on a "Field Trip" to McCracken next Thursday, April 18th, for a preview performance of the Middleton Musical to see their peers on stage in James and the Giant Peach, Jr.! If you prefer that your child does not attend, please return the form that was shared previously by email and sent home in print.

SAVE THE DATE for MIDDLETON LITERACY NIGHT! Each of our three schools hosts a spring event to invite parents/guardians into the building. This year, Middleton is hosting a Literacy Night on Wednesday, May 1st from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. Join the entire Middleton staff for interactive literacy activities to enjoy with your children.

Middleton's Literacy Night will also include a BOOK SWAP! Families, friends, and neighbors are invited to donate books of all reading levels. Drop them off at the Middleton front office or with any Middleton teacher from now until Wednesday, May 1st. Each student who attends Literacy Night will be invited to select two books to take home. See the Book Swap Information FLYER for details!

We hope to see you at Literacy Night!



The APRIL issue of the Middleton SEL NEWSLETTER provides information and tips for helping children develop self management.
Pastel drawing of 7 children standing with their backs to the front and their arms around each other


Bulldog Garden News
Issue #3 ~ March 2024
Read it HERE


MD: Middleton Musical (Dry Tech Rehearsal)

Apr 18, 2024 1:45 PM - 2:45 PM

MD: MIddleton Musical

Apr 19, 2024 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

MD: Middleton Musical

Apr 20, 2024 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM

MD: Middleton Musical

Apr 20, 2024 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM


Skokie's Place for All Children in Extended Care (SPACE) will hold an Information Night on Wednesday, April 17th from 7:00 to 8:00 p.m. via Zoom. Check the FLYER for details.

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ON TO 6th GRADE & 5th GRADE VISIT. Current 5th grade parents and guardians are invited to visit McCracken Middle School on Thursday, May 9th from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. McCracken administration and 6th grade team members will be present to review important information to support the successful transition of our incoming 6th grade McCracken Hornets. The team will review general information about advisory, student schedules, lockers, August Meet and Greet, PBIS and CHAMPS behavior supports, social and emotional supports, and extracurricular programming. The administration will also lead an optional tour for families at the end of the program. All of this information will also be shared digitally for families who were not able to participate. We are also looking forward to welcoming 5th grade students who will visit McCracken on Thursday, May 16th during the school day! Please review this "On to 6th Grade" parent/guardian event invitation.

Picture of Ollie the Hornet under an umbrellaSave the date for McCracken's APRIL SHOW-ERS SPRING OPEN HOUSE on Thursday, April 25th from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. at McCracken Middle School. The purpose of April Show-ers is to share our students’ learning, connect with members of our school community, and promote community engagement and Hornet pride! Please see this April Show-ers Program Schedule for more information. We look forward to welcoming you!

The SCHOLASTIC BOOK FAIR is coming to McCracken Middle School during the week of April 22nd! All McCracken students will have an opportunity to visit the book fair during the school day with their ELA classes, and families are invited to shop during the April Show-ers Spring Open House on April 25th. Purchases can also be made online. Proceeds from the McCracken book fair and online sales will benefit our students by allowing us to purchase more books for the McCracken library.

The book fair is staffed by PTO volunteers. If you would like to support the book fair by volunteering for one or more short shifts, please sign up HERE. Thank you to the PTO and Mrs. Gammeri for organizing and hosting this event.

Picture of Ollie the Hornet roasting a marshmallow over a campfireIt was great to see so many 7th grade families at the Camp MacLean Information Night held virtually last week. The annual trip to Burlington, Wisconsin is planned for May 15th through 17th and all permission forms and the $190 payment are due no later than Monday, April 22nd to allow the 7th grade team time to plan. We have hard copies of the permission forms in the office and the payments can be made online, or by check or cash through the main office.

8th GRADE PARENT/GUARDIAN GRADUATION COMMUNICATION. McCracken is providing an update to families about important graduation events coming up at the end of the school year. to celebrate our McCracken 8th grade class of 2024. Please review this Graduation Parent/Guardian Letter for information about securing tickets for the ceremony, yard signs, t-shirt orders, graduation rehearsal, our 8th grade end-of-year celebration, and more! Please see the message below from the 8th grade parent committee about the end-of-year celebration:

Help our 8th graders celebrate their year-end in style! Please consider making a donation to fund food, decorations, and a DJ for the 8th grade end-of-year celebration. Use THIS LINK to donate online and give our students a great sendoff!

APRIL ATTENDANCE INCENTIVE. McCracken students will have the opportunity to be entered into a monthly attendance raffle recognizing students who are on time to school and those who miss no more than one day per month. Each student who achieves 95% attendance will be entered into this raffle and those who have 100% attendance will be entered twice. There will be three prizes distributed to students in each grade level. We are excited to welcome students to school each day for a full day of learning. Please note that religious holidays will not count toward any absences.

Absences add up!Did you know that missing two days of school a month, over the course of a school year, can affect a student's academic success? Please help us make school attendance a priority! If you know that your child will be absent for the day, please call our school nurse, Ms. Warda, at 847-676-8235 by 8:00 a.m. on the day of the absence. Please review the McCracken Attendance Reminders for more information about the importance of consistent school attendance and keeping your child engaged in school.


Arrival & Dismissal

Please help us keep our students, staff, families, and visitors safe by following our arrival and dismissal safety reminders.


Spectator Guidelines

We are excited to host and participate in Little 9 Conference sporting events! Please review behavior expectations for students, families, and visitors.


MC: 6th Grade Volleyball

Apr 15, 2024 4:15 PM - 5:15 PM

MC: Girl's J.V. Soccer - Golf vs. McCracken

Apr 16, 2024 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Meal Menu

Halal meals available on request: Meatball and Rice Bowl, Cheese Sandwich. Kosher meals available on request: All Beef Hot Dog, Cheese Sandwich. Due to supply chain delays, Halal chicken sandwich is temporarily unavailable. Monthly meal menu at-a-glance is available HERE.

District Priorities

WELCOMING ENVIRONMENT. We will welcome and engage staff, students, families and community members in our schools.

HIRING & RETENTION. We will recruit, hire, and retain a diverse workforce and improve our human resource processes, procedures, and materials.

INFRASTRUCTURE & FISCAL RESPONSIBILITY. All financial decisions and investments will meet the needs of our diverse learners and staff and promote academic and social growth. We will provide a safe, inclusive, flexible, and innovative space for teaching, learning, and growing.

TEACHING & LEARNING. All students will engage in learning experiences that are cohesive and articulated across PreK-8, flexibly designed to engage all learners and leading to rigorous outcomes for all. We will be a future-focused, real-world learning environment that is responsive, accessible, and meaningful for all. We will become a model district on the use of data for making instructional, curriculum, and programmatic decisions.

Equity Mission Statement

WE BELIEVE that inclusivity and belonging is the foundation for equity.

ALL CHILDREN CAN LEARN, at high achievement levels, when equity is infused into every aspect of education.

WE ACKNOWLEDGE the systemic inequities present in school systems and recognize the impact they continue to have on marginalized communities.

WE COMMIT to teaching, learning, and growing in order to identify and dismantle inequitable systems and to create a community where barriers are removed so that everyone can reach their full potential.

WE BELIEVE that students succeed when they can see themselves represented in our staff, curriculum, opportunities, and our shared environment. We accomplish this through professional development, curriculum revision, community engagement, and systems evaluations.

WE RECOGNIZE the need to teach our students to identify the origins of unjust systems and empower them to use their critical thinking skills and agency to responsibly disrupt the policies and practices that perpetuate inequalities.

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