A Message from the Chief Executive Officer, Dr. Ben
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Volume 5, Issue 3 A Message from the Chief Executive Officer, Dr. Ben Martindale April 2009 The 2008-09 school year has been a year filled with many positive accomplishments by the RLAS-116 staff, students, administration and Board of Education. This past August, John T. Magee Middle School opened as a second middle school. The reorganization of the grade levels at both middle schools to include grades 6, 7 and Board of Education 8 added to the challenge of the beginning of the school year, but proved to be a successful transition. This new Mr. W. Guy Finley configuration of the middle school grades provided “new” space in our elementary schools. The “new” space President helped us in being able to implement a full day kindergarten program. The feedback from staff, parents and students on the opening of John T. Magee Middle School and the implementation of the full day kindergarten Mrs. Nanci Radford program this year has been most positive. Vice President The improvements that continue to occur in RLAS-116 are also reflected in many of the successes at Round Mrs. Annette Negrete McGinley Lake High School. This past year the athletic program, the fine arts program and academic programs received Secretary many local and state awards of accomplishment. Some of these accomplishments included the Prairie Division Conference Championship in girls’ basketball, Prairie Division Conference Championship and Regional Mr. Denny Driscoll Championship in boys’ soccer, numerous successful high school band and choir concerts throughout the Ms. Tammie Hanna community and a greater percentage of our high school seniors going onto education beyond high school. The staff and students are to be congratulated on their many continued positive accomplishments. Mrs. Ann Welk RLAS-116 continues to make progress in terms of its financial growth. This year’s district budget was the eighth consecutive balanced budget. We anticipate a similar accomplishment for the next school year. Mr. Douglas Raul Williams However, we will experience the challenges of the state and national financial crisis. The Board of Education has taken action to reduce expenditures by $1.3 million dollars for next year’s budget. We remain focused on School Finance Authority making decisions that are best for students as we continue to analyze those areas of district operation that need to be altered to reduce expenditures or provide additional revenue. Dr. Douglas Parks Chair This past April, the Board of Education welcomed as a new Board Member, Douglas Raul Williams from Hainesville. The Board of Education said good bye to Tonesha Baker, Master Board Member from Round Lake Mr. George Lingel Beach. We thank Mrs. Baker for her years of service and support to the district’s programs and students. Vice Chair During the 2009-10 school year, the Board of Education will continue to work on the implementation of a successful transition of governance from the School Finance Authority to independent governance leadership. Mrs. Rosa Reyes-Prosen Specific objectives and indicators of accomplishment have been developed by both Boards and focus on the Secretary attainment and sustaining of these accomplishments. This remains a priority for the RLAS-116 Board of Mr. Hal Davis Education. Mr. Bish Krywko Both the Board of Education and School Finance Authority will also begin the review of the comprehensive facility study which will be completed at the end of the current school year. The district facility study has analyzed current and future student population projections, current building capacities and current building Principals conditions including safety, structure and any necessary future modifications. The Board’s review of this study Mr. Kurt Sinclair will determine the future focus of facility attention for RLAS-116. Round Lake Senior High School Finally, in August, RLAS-116 also plans on initiating a strategic planning study to help define future goals in all Mr. Eric Gallagher areas of district operation including fiscal, facility and educational programming. The establishment of clear John T. Magee Middle School focused future goals will also include a reexamination of the district’s vision statement, mission statement, Mr. Brian Minarcik goals, core values and beliefs. We will be requesting community participation and involvement in this process. Round Lake Middle School We are very excited to offer the opportunity for community and parent input and partnership as we make efforts on the continued path of positive improvement in RLAS-116. Ms. Keel Vetere Beach Elementary As we draw the 2008-09 school year to a close, I would like to recognize those valuable individuals who are retiring from RLAS-116. Each of the individuals listed below has been a positive influence on the students that Mr. Bill Pritchard he/she has interacted with throughout their years of service. We congratulate them on their accomplishments Ellis Elementary and wish them well in the future. Their talents and services will be sorely missed. These individuals include: Dr. Ken Rose Vicki Albright – 35 Years of Service (High School), Sharon Asmus – 36 Years of Service (Ellis), Dolores Finley – Indian Hill Elementary 25 Years of Service (Ellis), Marilyn Gruber – 29 Years of Service (Village), Sharon Rosinski – 29 Years of Service (High School), Linda Weir – 29 Years of Service (Beach), Brad Rasch – 6 Years of Service (Village), Gloria Baran Mr. Jeffry Prickett W.J. Murphy Elementary – 22 Years of Service (Ellis) and Marcia Eaker – 34 Years of Service (Round Lake Middle School). Ms. Elizabeth Sullivan In conclusion, the 2008-09 school year has been a successful year. Even though the year has been filled with Village Elementary challenges, it also has been a year that has included many positive accomplishments. We look forward to the summer transition period before we begin the 2009-10 school year. As I have indicated before, if you have any Mr. Jack Melfi questions, concerns, suggestions or comments, please do not hesitate to contact us. Early Education Center Page 2 Round Lake Area Schools District 116 Dr. Janet Elenbogen, Chief Educational Officer Spring is here and District #116 staff members are busy planning Round Lake Senior High School will offer summer school for two for the summer and next school year. The focus of planning has sessions. Session 1 runs from June 8th-June 25th and session 2 will been on the provision of appropriate support systems for students run from June 26th-July 16th. A broad array of courses will be and enrichment. offered. Our Middle Schools will offer programs beginning June 9th and will end July 16th. A portion of the programs will address Our transition team has designed support systems for key transition to high school. Our Elementary School program will be junctures in the students’ school experience. At the the Illinois Summer Bridges program. Classes will run from June 10th kindergarten-first grade transition, students are participating in field –July 16th. Our English Language Learner (ELL) Department has trips to their new school. These students will tour the school organized an enrichment program for ELL students. Transition accompanied by teachers and assistants. planning in District #116 is designed to support student success and increase positive outcomes for our students. Preparing our students The transition plan for the juncture between fifth and sixth grades for the changes that lie ahead will give them the confidence and tools will involve visits to the middle schools, 7th and 8th grade mentor to meet the challenge. visits to the elementary schools, and counselor articulation meetings. Summer School for at-risk fifth and sixth grade students will involve work in core subject areas, as well as work with student mentors, field trips, and decision-making skills. During the school year student mentors will help to assimilate students to the middle school experience. Counselors will work with 6th grade homerooms on a variety of topics (decision making skills, building friendships, homework help, etc.) Transitions to high school will focus on the needs of struggling 8th graders and will include reading, writing, note taking, and math strategies. The high school transition team is focusing on the needs of incoming freshman. Plans include the implementation of guided study halls for at-risk freshmen. Junior and senior student mentors will help students to feel more comfortable in the high school setting. Students will participate in team building activities and will be encouraged to participate in extracurricular activities. In addition to the overall transition plans, the District is planning summer school programs to meet student needs and also support transition. Our Summer school programs will provide services for students in many areas. The programs are designed to provide enrichment as well as remediation opportunities. Counselor’s Corner—Tips for Successful Parent/Teacher Conferences It’s that time of year again! It’s time to meet with your child’s 5. If there are any problems, brainstorm ways to work it out with teacher to discuss their performance thus far. If your child is the teacher and your child. Ask for ways you can help at home. struggling in school, it is extremely important to meet with his/her teachers to discuss how to help your child. 6. Keep an open mind. You may not agree with the teacher, but Here are a few tips to help you prepare for the conferences: it is important to hear what they are saying. 1. Talk to your child before the conference. Ask your child 7. Please remember to give the teacher or the school secretary any updates on addresses, emergency contacts, phone numbers, what he/she would like you to talk about. etc… 2. Make a list of everything you want to talk about, especially any Remember, you are the most important teacher in your child’s life. concerns you may have. Your input is extremely important to us!!!! 3. Arrive a few minutes early. Teachers are on a very tight If you have any questions or concerns, please contact your child’s schedule, so it is important to be on time. teacher. Remember, it is very important to talk with your child after conferences. Knowing their strengths and weakness can help 4. When talking to the teachers, stick to the topic. Teachers are them improve their academic performance. on a pretty tight schedule. Also, please try not to stay past your allotted time. Volume 5, Issue 3 Page 3 CHARACTER COUNTS! Recognition Awards The Round Lake Area CHARACTER COUNTS! Recognition Awards are coming. The Award Ceremony will be held Saturday, May 16th at 11:00 am at the Round Lake Area Park District Ranger Station. Please nominate students, staff members, and community organizations and groups. Please contact Kathy Myers at KMyers@rlas-116.org for an application. Nominees should have exemplified one or more of the Six Pillars of Character. The Six Pillars of Character are: Trustworthiness integrity, honesty, reliability and loyalty Respect valuing all people; living by the Golden Rule; honoring the dignity, privacy and freedom of others; courtesy; politeness; tolerance and acceptance of differences Responsibility fulfilling duties, accountability, pursuing excellence, and exercising self-control Fairness being just and impartial and having both a willingness to listen and an openness to differing viewpoints Caring being compassionate, kind, loving, considerate and charitable Citizenship doing one’s share, helping the community, playing by the rules and respecting authority and the law Calendar of Events May 7, 2009 June 4, 2009 Committee of the Whole BOE Meeting RLHS 7:00pm Committee of the Whole BOE Meeting RLHS 7:00pm May 21, 2009 June 18, 2009 Regular BOE Meeting RLHS 7:00pm Regular BOE Meeting RLHS 7:00pm May 22, 2009 June 25, 2009 School Improvement Day – Early Dismissal School Finance Authority Meeting RLHS 7:00pm May 25, 2009 Memorial Day – No School May 28, 2009 School Finance Authority Meeting RLHS 7:00pm May 30, 2009 High School Graduation – 10:00am June 1, 2009 John T. Magee Middle School Promotion 6:00pm Round Lake Middle School Promotion 7:45pm June 2, 2009 Last Day of School Page 4 Round Lake Area Schools District 116 Volume 5, Issue 3 Page 5 Page 6 Round Lake Area Schools District 116 Discover Spring Fun @ your library® by Elena Lara, Public Relations Coordinator The Round Lake Area Public Library is room. April 16 (TV-G), May 7 (PG-13), May Reel in a good read! Adult & Teen located at 906 Hart Road and is open 21 (G) Visit www.rlalibrary.org and to view Summer Reading Club Monday through Thursday 9:00 a.m. to full movie details, or call Kickoff: June 1st - Read or listen to 5 books 8:00 p.m., Friday and Saturday 9:00 a.m. to (847) 546-7060. Meeting Room to be entered in our grand prize 5:00 p.m., and Sunday 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 drawing! Earn prizes when you sign up AND Summer Newsletter – Page-Turner, the p.m. For information, call (847) 546-7060 when you finish your 5 books. Reading has library’s newsletter is scheduled to deliver to or (847) 546-7064 (TDD). Visit the never been so rewarding! Get your license to residents in early May. Registration for library’s website at read at the fishing shanty (Adult summer library programs begins Saturday, www.rlalibrary.org. All programs are Services). This reading club ends Saturday, May 30. August 15. free of charge. Read on the Wild Side - Youth Summer Family Concert – Sunday, May 17 at Round Lake Area Public Library Reading Club 2:00 p.m. 906 Hart Road, Round Lake, IL (Birth-14 years) Kickoff: Monday, June 8 The performing arts series, Sunday (847) 546-7060 (847) 546-7064 TDD Read on your own and win prizes! Children Sampler, will present the Buffalo Grove www.rlalibrary.org ages birth to 14 years old are invited to Encore Singers. Seating is limited. Enjoy sign-up for this annual summer reading club. musical fun and refreshments. Registration Books, audio books, and magazines all count is not required, just drop-in. Meeting as part of the reading goals. Register in Room person only at the Youth Services reference Movie Nights – Movies will be shown on desk beginning Monday, June 8 to receive a selected Thursday nights. You may bring reading bag, log, stickers, and pencils and start your own beverages and snacks. We’ll reading on the wild side! The reading club provide the popcorn! Movies are shown ends on Monday, July 27. on a large screen in the meeting Raise the Roof at Ellis School The students of Ellis school have been given a reading Challenge! A reading challenge was given to the students of Raymond Ellis Elementary School last month. Any student who read 200 minutes on their own during spring break will be invited to attend a reading party where Mr. Pritchard will be reading to students from the roof of Ellis School. The reading party will take place on Wednesday May 6th during the Ellis School book fair which will be held May 4th through May 8th. Volume 5, Issue 3 Page 7 Village School PTO Brings Fine Arts to Students Village School was transformed into an art gallery the evening of Janu- five presentations in each classroom and introduced students ary 23, 2009. It was a festive evening and was very well attended! to the styles and techniques of famous artists-Pablo Picasso, Arthur Dove, Salvador Dali, John James Audubon, and Jasper Each student had three to five pieces of art on display. The students’ floral arrangements, natural materials in baskets, were raffled off. Johns. While students escorted their families through the “galleries”, classical In late spring, as part of the fine arts program at Village, and after music was being performed in the cafeteria by the ensemble group four years of art lessons, fifth grade students will be attending a “Iventi.” Student Council members served as Museum Docents. Chicago Architectural Tour on the Wendella Boat. In late Appetizers were generously donated by local businesses and February, the first and second graders attended a performance of individuals. Peter and the Wolf at the Lake Forest Symphony. Third and fourth grade students will be attending a science play, and the Our Museum Gift Shop sold art supplies to encourage students to kindergarten students will be going on a free field trip to the RL continue creating art at home. Note cards and calendars featuring students’ artwork were sold also. Boxes of 12 note cards with Library and the park district nature center. student watercolors of birds are still available for $5.00 in the school -Shelley Trump, ArtSmarts PTO Coordinator office. -Diane Korczynski The 2008-2009 ArtSmarts Program was funded by the Village School PTO. Guest Artists, Linda Doyle, Andrea Harris, and Sandra Bacon, made RtI: What is it and how is it being implemented in our district? Response to Interventions (RtI) is the practice of providing high-quality 3. Important educational decisions: intensity and duration of instruction and interventions matched to student need, monitoring interventions are based on individual student response to instruction progress frequently to make decisions about changes in instruction or across multiple tiers of intervention. goals and applying child response data to important educational decisions. RtI should be used for making decisions about general, Description of the Three Tiered Model-Multi-Tier Model compensatory and special education, creating a well-integrated system - Tier I foundation - all students receive instruction in the first tier of instruction/intervention guided by child outcome data. (core curriculum); preventative, proactive, universal, approximately 80% of all students - Tier II - supplemental instruction and interventions in addition to RtI is based on the following core principles: core instruction whereby approximately 15% of students would - We can effectively teach all children need to receive more intensive core curriculum; students who are - Intervene early at-risk and/or are targeted group of students based on their data. - Use a multi-tier model of service delivery - Tier III - intensive instruction and interventions; individual student - Use a problem-solving method to make decisions assessments, high intensity or longer duration, approximately 5% of - Use scientifically validated interventions/instruction as available students. - Monitor student progress to inform instruction - Use data to make decisions Problem-solving method of decision making - Three purposes (1) screening applied to all children, Define problem: discrepancy between what is expected and what is (2) diagnostics to determine what children can and cannot do, (3) monitor progress occurring? Analyze problem: using data to determine why discrepancy is Three key components of RtI include: occurring. 1. High quality instruction/intervention: matched to student need that has been demonstrated through scientific research Develop Plan: student goal and monitor with integrity and practice to produce high learning rates for most students. Individual response is assessed and modifications to Evaluate: effectiveness of intervention instruction/intervention or goals are made 2. Learning rate and level of performance: Learning rate: student’s growth in achievement or behavior competencies Benefits of RtI over time compared to prior levels of performance and peer RtI provides a school-wide model of integrated instruction, growth rates. Level of performance: student’s standing on assessment, and data-based decision making assisting all students. some dimension of achievement/performance compared to Greater collaboration of teachers and staff to coordinate efforts of expected performance. Decisions about more or less intense instructional delivery, assessment and decision making and greater interventions may occur in general education classrooms or parent component of involvement in the process. pull-out programs supported by general, compensatory or special education funding.