I am pleased to share with you the new "electronic" report cards that are designed to be more user-friendly for the parent and school community, http://www.illinoisreportcard.com/. Within this new format, there is valuable information to be gleaned. Included in this electronic format are the results from the 5 Essentials Survey. At the bottom of this page is an attachment which defines the parameters and a brief explanation of the purpose of the survey as provided by ISBE (Illinois State Board of Education). Next March, parents will have the opportunity to participate in the survey.
For parents in grades 4th - 8th, when they attended the Parent-Teacher Conferences in late October, the Individual Student Report Card (ISAT) were distributed. For many parents, they noted a decrease in the Performance Levels (Exceeds, Meets, Needs Improvement, and Academic Warning). What this represents is not a decline in student learning, but rather a change in the "cut scores" that determined the Performance Level. A good analogy would be a high jumper--in 2012 if a high jumper cleared 5 feet they were given a Performance Level of "Meets", but in 2013, that same high jumper would have had to clear 5 foot 6 inches to receive that same "Meets" so the bar (or measure) was increased not the performance of the jumper.
Concurrent with the change in cut scores, is the adoption of the new Common Core Standards. The annual state tests (ISATs) that are given in March will be aligned 100% to these new standards. Teachers have been engaged in professional development over the past 18 months to assist in the transition to these new standards. In addition, the District spent over $160,000 to adopt a new reading series in grades K-5 which supports these new standards. As with all new curriculums, it takes time to learn the professional practices and instructional strategies that are associated with the series. Feedback from our staff has been very impressive and I am confident that this translates into student learning and achievement.
As a District, we are committed to student achievement and are working diligently to maintain the level of excellence that we have accomplished over the past many years. It is important to all of the educational community that we prepare our students to be college ready with educational skills. I think of the elementary experience like building a new structure--it all begins with a solid foundation. If that foundation is not strong, then the structure will never be able to stand strong and straight and will eventually show cracks and maybe even collapse. As an educational community you can help us to commit to educating these students to their fullest potential and ensuring that those foundations are laid and prepared at 100%!
Please take the time to review the links to help better educate yourselves to the performance of our schools. As always, I can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 815-568-8323.
Yours In Education,
Superintendant of Schools
Accommodations for Students and Guests Unable to Climb Stairs
The District office is located at 816 E. Grant Highway on the 2nd floor. Students and guests unable to climb stairs may call the District office at 815-568-8323 and we will be happy to set up a time to meet with you in a location of the school that best fits your needs.
Keep Your Students Information Updated
If you are withdrawing your child at any time during the school year, you must fill out the necessary paperwork releasing your child from our school district, the Notice of Student Withdrawal Form can be found as a PDF file below, please bring the form filled out the the school. MCMS 815-568-5720, Grant Intermediate 815-568-8323, Locust 815-568-7632. Please continue to notify the school(s) of any changes being made to phone numbers and addresses as they occur.
Registration Fees for 2013-2014 - ECE - $160.00 K-8 - $175.00
Lunch for 2013-2014
Lunch - $2.50 Reduced Lunch - $ .40
Breakfast - $1.50 Reduced Breakfast - $ .30
Milk - $ .45
211 Emergency Services
McHenry County has many services available to its residents. By calling the phone number 211, residents can access information about: emergency shelter, food pantries, day care, availability of rent or utility assistance, elder care, mental health services, employment services, health resources, education/vocational training, disability resources, drub/alcohol rehab, domestic abuse, disaster recovery and more. Limited translation services are available. If someone needs emergency assistance, they should call 911 or the McHenry County Crisis line at 1-800-892-8900. The 211 line is new to McHenry County and information will continue to be added.