Dirksen TV: December 17, 2014

Posted December 17th, 2014 by Mrs. Villanova


Thank you from Make a Difference Club

Posted November 25th, 2014 by Mrs. Villanova

Our Make a Difference Club would like to extend a huge thank you to the Dirksen community for the generous book donations.  The club had set a goal to collect 100 gently used books for WINGS.  Yesterday, Mrs. Lutz delivered over 400 books to our local WINGS Shelter.  Thanks to all for making a difference in our community!

From the Desk of Ms. Kort & Mrs. Rodriguez

Posted November 25th, 2014 by Mrs. Villanova

Good afternoon Dirksen Community!

I hope everyone enjoys a restful Thanksgiving and will enjoy quality time with your families.  On behalf of the Dirksen staff, I would like to thank our entire community for your constant support. The care you show by volunteering for PTA committees, attending school events, and working with your child on homework is truly appreciated by our staff.  There is so much to be thankful for each day!

We have successfully completed the first trimester of the 2014/15 school year.  I am thrilled to announce it has been a great start to the year.  Your child will bring his/her report card home today (Tuesday, Nov. 25th).  You will notice the report card is new this year and your child has been assessed on the Illinois Learning Standards.  The new standards-based report card provides valuable information for you and your child including:

•     Student proficiency of the Essential Learning Outcomes

•     Overall academic achievement in each content area

•     Social and emotional development

•     Student specific comments from classroom teacher(s)

•     Both an achievement grade for each content area and a standards mastery grade for grades 4-6

The cover page of the new report card that will be sent home contains an explanation of the grading system and outlines what factors are taken into account when determining student proficiency.  Please celebrate your child’s accomplishments on his/her report card.  Every child is learning a great deal and we know with your encouragement and support, your child’s learning will continue to soar.

Have a wonderful, long holiday weekend with your families!
Joann Kort and Becky Rodriguez

Illinois State Report Cards

Posted November 3rd, 2014 by Mrs. Villanova

The Illinois State Board of Education annually releases school report cards that show how each school, each district, and the state is performing on a wide range of educational goals, and also shares other information related to staff and student demographics, the school environment and more. The report card is available in two formats. The At-a-Glance version is posted on the District 54 website. An interactive report card is available online. You can find Dirksen’s report card by clicking the ‘About’ tab above and choosing ‘State Report Card.’

The Illinois Standards Achievement Tests are used to measure individual student achievement. The state of Illinois uses the results to report student achievement to the public. Please note that the tests are only one measure of student learning at a particular point in time. The results, combined with other tests (including Measures of Academic Progress – MAP), classroom assessments and teacher observations, help shape the district’s instructional program.

If you do not have access to the Internet or prefer to receive a hard copy, you may call the school at 630-357-5600. If you want copies of the report cards from more than one of District 54’s schools, please call the District 54 Community Relations Department at (847) 357-5027.

Reminders for this Week

Posted November 3rd, 2014 by Mrs. Villanova

Morning Drop-off: Just a reminder that the street area to the right of the parking lot exit is designated as a drop-off only zone.  If you would like to park your car and walk your child to school please avoid this area to keep the flow of traffic moving.

Dirksen Turkey Trot: Run for fun and a great cause!  The Turkey Trot will take place at Collins School on this Thursday, November 6 from 4:00-6:00 p.m.  Students who turned in their permission slips and at least one non-perishable food item to Ms. Groberski are reminded to wear your favorite Dirksen shirt or school colors for the run. If you don’t want to run, come cheer your friends on.  Go Dirksen runners!

Mayor Larson Visits Dirksen

Posted October 21st, 2014 by Mrs. Villanova

October 018Mrs. Villanova’s morning Kindergarteners had a very special guest reader this morning. Mayor Larson visited us to read Bunny Cakes, which is this year’s Read for the Record book. Read for the Record is a national campaign to celebrate literacy. Children and adults all around the country read the same story as a part of the largest shared reading experience. You can read more about this campaign here.

We were so excited to have Mayor Larson join us for such a fun story!



Halloween Reminders

Posted October 19th, 2014 by Mrs. Villanova

Halloween is right around the corner, and can certainly be a fun time.  Here at Dirksen, we want to ensure that Halloween is safe for all students.  Attached is a letter that outlines our Halloween expectations.  A few of the big ideas are highlighted below:

  • Costumes
    -Costumes must be appropriate for school and should not include anything unsafe.
    -Students will change into their costumes during lunch.
  • Parade
    -Parade begins at 1:00 and students will walk around the perimeter of the building (weather permitting).
    -All spectators can view the parade outside.
  • Party
    Classroom parties will begin after the parade.
    Volunteers can arrive at 1:00 and sign in at the main hallway.

Chip Shoppe Fundraiser

Posted October 19th, 2014 by Mrs. Villanova

Packets went home this week with students for our Chip Shoppe Fundraiser.  The money that is raised with this fundraiser directly supports the students at Dirksen.  The order forms and money are due by Monday, October 27th, and the products will be delivered on December 3rd.  Thank you for your support with this fundraiser!

New Yearbooks

Posted October 19th, 2014 by Mrs. Villanova

Our yearbook committee is using a different vendor this year for our yearbooks, Tree Ring.  Check this and this to see the interesting features that will be offered.  These flyers also went home last week. Parents get a 10% discount if they order online by October 31. The PTA will also accept yearbook orders at school after the first of the year.

Congratulations, Mr. Kaplan!

Posted October 19th, 2014 by Mrs. Villanova

Dirksen is proud to announce that our very own evening custodian, Brad Kaplan, is the recipient of one of the 2014 Illinois State Board of Education Those Who Excel Awards.  Not only does Mr. Kaplan perform his building duties, but he goes above and beyond on a daily basis with the staff and students at Dirksen.  He was recognized at last week’s School Board meeting and will also be recognized during the Illinois State Board of Education Those Who Excel banquet on October 25 in Normal.  If you see Mr. Kaplan please congratulate him both for his award, but more importantly for his son, Connor, born last Thursday!