Dear Mead Community,
I hope that everyone had a great weekend! Please read below for many important Mead updates.
Third- through eighth-grade students throughout Illinois will be taking the PARCC assessment for the first time this spring. The PARCC assessment replaces the Illinois Standards Achievement Test (ISAT). Last week, District 54 requested and received approval from the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) to move to a traditional paper and pencil administration of the PARCC assessment for this school year. While District 54 has fully aligned our technology infrastructure to ISBE’s specifications, results from field testing conducted in mid-January have left District 54 with strong concerns regarding the reliability of the PARCC online assessment. We witnessed multiple errors during field testing including answers to assessment items changing without being prompted, drop-down menus failing to function and videos accompanying test items failing to load. These technology issues are not on District 54’s end. They can only remedied by PARCC.
District 54’s staff has worked diligently to prepare our students with rigorous instruction to provide them with the skills needed for success. We feel strongly that assessment of our student’s knowledge and skills must be done in the most reliable format possible.
The PARCC Performance Based Assessment (PBA) window will now be from March 9 to 20, 2015. As the testing window approaches, I will share more information regarding the logistics of the PARCC testing window. In the meantime, please contact me directly if you have any questions.
Vision screening for 8th graders will take place on Feb. 9th and rescreening on Feb. 23rd. It is important to note that vision screening at school is not a substitute for a complete eye and vision evaluation by an eye doctor. Children who wear glasses and /or are under the care of an eye doctor do not receive vision screening at Mead.
All students new to Illinois schools and special education students will receive vision and hearing screening. Please feel free to contact our school nurse anytime during the school year for a vision or hearing screening if you have a concern.
A Message from District 211 School Nurses Regarding Physical Exams for 8th Grade Students:
If your eighth grade student will be going for a sports physical and you would like that physical to count as their 9th grade physical for District 211, the physical exam must be completed on the DHS State of Illinois Certificate of Child Health Exam form revised 2/2013. Incoming 9th grade physicals will not be accepted on IHSA forms or any other form DHS form revised prior to 2/2013. Please make sure you also complete the answers in the parent portion and sign the form, this is required also in order for the physical to be accepted.
Mead Yearbook Orders-Reminder:
A reminder that yearbooks have to be Pre-ordered! Our publisher has extended the due date for our FINAL order number to Friday, Feb. 6th. No orders will be accepted after that date. You can either go to www.jostensyearbooks.com and pay by credit card or turn in an order form to the main office. Forms turned into the office can be paid by cash or checks made payable to Mead Jr. High. Cost is $35 for a basic book. Do not miss out on this memorable keepsake!!!
yearbook order form 2015
PTA STC Auction Baskets:
We are seeking donations for the STC annual auction to benefit the scholarship fund. We are donating 5 baskets full of goodies for the silent auction. We’re looking for donations for each of our baskets. Hotel, restaurant and spa gift cards are always popular. Tupperware, Pampered Chef, Tastefully Simple or other home-based business products are also welcome. If you have items you’d like to donate please contact Sky Capriolo at firstname.lastname@example.org before February 18, 2015. Thanks!
Have a great night.
Jillian Sagan and Lily Smith