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Important Info for the 2018-19 School Year

Dear Dirksen Community,

On behalf of the Dirksen staff we want to thank you for a wonderful school year!  Each student worked hard to be a great student and citizen in our Dirksen community.  We hope that your family has a wonderful summer and we can’t wait to hear about our students’ summer adventures.

Next year will bring exciting additions and changes for our building.  We will be moving to straight grade level classrooms.  We will also be welcoming four classrooms for students with autism.  We have a few staff members who will be leaving us to follow their paths in other schools:  Mr. Wroblewski, Miss Vonderheide, and Mrs. Miller.  We wish them the best in their new opportunities!

Some important dates as you plan for the next school year:

Wednesday, August 8: School of Information Day

Thursday, August 16: Back to School Picnic from 4:00-6:00 p.m. 

Monday, August 20: First day of school for First through Sixth Grades 

Monday, August 27: First day of school for Kindergarten 

Enjoy your summer!

2018-19 School Supply Lists

The supply list for the next school year can be found under the Resources tab. You can also access them by clicking this link:

2018-19 School Supply Lists

Happy shopping!

Last Day of School Fun

On the last day of school, students and staff were treated to “Dirksen’s Got Talent.”  We enjoyed performances of gymnastics, dance, singing, instrumental pieces, and even comedy from our very own dolpins! Thank you to all of the students who were brave enough to perform!

Three students perform a gymnastics routine. Two boys sing and dance a Justin Timberlake-inspired routine. A student plays the piano.

Have a wonderful and safe summer!

May Students of the Month

At our final PBIS assembly of the year, the following students were recognized for showing all Eight Keys of Excellence throughout the 2017-18 school year. We are so proud of all our Dirksen Dolphins, and we hope you continue to practice living the Keys over the summer!

Kindergarten students holding their certificates in honor of living all Eight Keys.
Kindergarten: Chazzy P., Caden L., Ellie J.

First- and second-grade students holding their certificates in honor of living all Eight Keys.
First-Second Grade: Kylie W., Muzzammil S., Jada A., Avery  D., Imee J., Emily T.

Third- and fourth-grade students holding their certificates in honor of living all Eight Keys.
Third-Fourth: Alicia S., Anuva J., Sophia B., Irteza O., Grayson Z. (not pictured: Adil H.)

Fifth- and sixth-grade students holding their certificates in honor of living all Eight Keys.
Fifth-Sixth: Naia H., Brandon C., Katie H., Olivia F., Karina D. (not pictured: Yousef A.)

Summer Camp Offerings

School District 54 is offering several summer camp opportunities for students to enhance creativity and innovation. To learn more about these opportunities and to register, please view the SD54 Summer Camp Brochure.

Dirksen’s Happiness Video

We hope you enjoy this short video showing some of the many ways our Dirksen students and staff are shining this year!