Please mark your calendars for Tuesday, March 31st for our annual Celebrate Dirksen event! This evening is an open house for families to come in and check out the amazing work by our Dirksen authors. Our clubs will also have tables set up in the gym to showcase their activities. The doors will open at 6:00 p.m. and we will conclude by 7:30. You certainly don’t need to stay for the entire time, but it would be great to see you pop in to check it out. We know you will enjoy it!
The window is still open for parents to take the 5Essentials Survey found here. The deadline to take the survey is March 13th. Our goal this year is to attain at least 20% participation. Dirksen School is currently at 12%.
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 be 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 March 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.
Just a friendly reminder that our parking lot is closed at the end of the day between 2:50-2:55. If you drive into the parking lot before it closes, we ask that you park in a parking space, and that cars do not pull out of their parking spaces until all of the buses pull out of the parking lot. The parking lot next to the tennis court contains handicapped parking spaces only. Parents should not park in that parking lot and wait for their children, as there are many students walking across the crosswalk to the park area. As always, our goal is to keep our children safe as they greet their parents at the end of the day.
Thank you for an incredible first week back to school! We finished off our first week with our PBIS school behavior training day, and all of our dolphins are doing a great job showing what it means to be respectful, responsible, and safe.
Run to Read: Dirksen School is proud to be the host school for District 54’s 10th Annual Run to Read on Sunday, September 28. Run to Read is a day of races offering something for everyone. The day begins with 100-yard and 400-yard dashes for children. At 8:45 a.m., we start our 5K run followed by a family walk at 9 a.m. All four events support our goal of collecting 1,000 children’s books for every classroom in District 54. To register or find out more information about Run to Read, please follow this link to the District’s website. Register by Sept. 5 to save $5 on your registration fee and reserve a race T-shirt in your size. Finisher medals are awarded to the top 3 finishers in each age group and participation medals are awarded to all children. We are hoping to have a great representation of Dirksen students, families, and staff in attendance that day. Please join Mr. Johnson and Mrs. Rodriguez out on the 5K track!
Schaumburg Parent University: District 54 is excited to once again offer our families the Schaumburg Parent University (SPU). The Parent University is designed to involve more parents in the life of the school, to strengthen family relationships, and to improve parenting skills that will ultimately result in improved student success academically, socially and emotionally. We offer two types of classes – Practical Parenting for adults only and Time Together, where families learn and play together. Most classes are free and childcare is provided.
This year we have already scheduled parenting classes about Erin’s Law on Sept. 30 and internet safety on Oct. 7, as well as Time Together STEM projects on Sept. 16 and art projects on Oct. 22. Before we plan the rest of the classes for this school year, we would like to hear from you. What classes would you be interested in taking? How would you prefer to learn about SPU? Please take this quick survey (7 questions) so that the Schaumburg Parent University can meet the needs of our community.
For more information about Schaumburg Parent University and to register, visit our website.
Letter from State Superintendent: Please read the attached letter from the State Superintendent, Chris Koch.