Report Cards Sent Home

Posted November 26th, 2014 by Mrs. Mobley
Dear MacArthur Community,
We have had a great first trimester here at MacArthur! Please check your children’s backpacks for their report cards coming home today.
Report Cards
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 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.
Virtual Backpack
Please remember that the District 54 Virtual Backpack contains a lot of information and activities available to students and families from various agencies and clubs in the area. Check it out on the District webpage!
Cold Weather/Recess
Please remember to send your child to school with coats, gloves or mittens, scarves, and hats. It is also important to send your child with boots and snow pants when it snows. We try to get the children out every day for about 20 minutes.  Having proper cold weather gear will help your child enjoy time outside even in the winter. 
Sixth Grade Parents Only
Our sixth graders met with Mr. Todd, the assistant principal of Eisenhower Junior High. During that meeting the policies and procedures along with what a typical day is like at the junior high was reviewed. Now, it’s time for your child to choose electives for seventh grade! Families will receive more information regarding electives at the Sixth Grade Parent Night, which takes place on December 3rd. All completed student request forms should be returned to their 6th grade teachers by December 12th .
1000 Books Initiative
Mrs. Barbara Hengels from the District 54 School Board visited Miss Niedospial and Mrs. Santiago this month to recognize both teachers for reaching the goal of a 1000 book classroom. They join many other MacArthur staff members who have made it a goal to create an enriching classroom library of books for their students.
Please open the attached MacNews or las noticias de Mac for information on upcoming MacArthur events such as the Pancake Breakfast on December 6th and our annual Holiday giving tree.
Please mark your calendar to have your child wear his or her MacArthur Spirit Wear on Monday, December 1st for our monthly student celebration assembly.
On behalf of the MacArthur staff, we wish you and your family a wonderful Thanksgiving!
Danette and Michelle

Donations This Holiday Season

Posted November 25th, 2014 by Mrs. Mobley

The holiday season is upon us and we would like to join together to bring holiday cheer to our MacArthur community. This year we are asking for the following donations: warm hats, scarves, mittens, and gloves. Or a board game, book, small toy, or art supplies. These can be for any age child. The gifts will then be given to our own MacArthur families who are in need this season. Please bring all gifts unwrapped by Friday, December 12th. Thank you for helping to brighten the season for others this year.

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Posted November 25th, 2014 by dmeyer

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Wear Red Shirts on Monday, Dec. 1st

Posted November 24th, 2014 by Mrs. Mobley

When we return from Thanksgiving Break, we will have our monthly PBIS assembly on Monday, Dec. 1st. Please remind your child to wear his or her red MacArthur shirt that day.

Also, the Lou Malnati’s fundraiser for the 3rd/4th grade field trip to Springfield takes place that night as well. No need to plan your dinner, just head over to Lou Malnati’s and show the flyer to your server (or show the picture below on your phone). The 3rd/4th grade classes thank you for your support.


Grandparents and ‘Grand friends’

Posted November 14th, 2014 by Mrs. Mobley
Dear MacArthur Community,
It was so wonderful to see so many grandparents and “grand friends” this morning. We are so grateful to our PTA volunteers led by Mrs. Pearson, the hospitality chair, who work so hard to plan such great family events. Every time you support our PTA through membership or a fundraiser, you are supporting these activities at MacArthur.
We are looking forward to seeing many of you tomorrow morning at the Turkey Trot at Eisenhower Junior High. Don’t forget your canned or packaged good that helps support our District 54 food pantries.
Please be sure to open this issue of the MacNews or las noticias de Mac for information about upcoming events including the Pancake Breakfast on December 6th and updates from our specials teachers and PBIS team.
Have a great weekend!

Danette and Michelle

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Posted November 14th, 2014 by dmeyer

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Veterans Celebrated at Mac

Posted November 11th, 2014 by Mrs. Mobley

Veterans connected to the MacArthur community were invited to visit classrooms and were interviewed by the production lab team. These interviews were included in a school newscast along with a pre-recorded reading of the book The White Table. MacArthur has its own white table at the school entrance. Thank you to the veterans who attended MacArthur’s special celebration.

A Busy Week at MacArthur

Posted November 11th, 2014 by Mrs. Mobley

Dear MacArthur Community,

We are grateful to the veterans from our MacArthur community who came out to meet with our students today. Be sure to watch the ‘Toro TV broadcast’ filmed by our production team that was shown this morning. It includes a reading of America’s White Table followed by interviews with our veteran visitors. Many thanks to our staff members who planned the events and to the students for making cards to honor our veterans.

We are also looking forward to seeing many of our MacArthur grandparents or “grandfriends” this Friday, November 14 at Goodies for Grandparents. This is a great way for our students to share a little snapshot of their school day with their families and also to kick off American Education Week beginning on Monday, November 17.

As part of American Education Week, MacArthur is being recognized by the District 54 Board of Education as a 90/90 school. During the 2013-14 school year, our students performed above the 90th percentile (top 10% nationally) in meeting individual student growth targets in reading and math as measured by Measures of Academic Progress (MAP). We are so excited to share this recognition with you as we continue to ensure our students are meeting their growth targets this year.

The next round of MAP testing begins November 17, 2014. We are excited to monitor the progress of the goals we reviewed with your child earlier this year. Shortly after the conclusion of the MAP testing window, we will share those results with you.

Starting this testing season and similar to how PARCC will be administered to students in grades 3-8, the MAP test will be web-based on a secure browser. This web-based format does not change the test or how student results are calculated, but it does provide many advantages including more question types across broader ranges of levels, better proctoring tools for teachers, and additional reports for teachers so we can continuously improve our instruction based on these results.

Please feel free to contact me with any questions.

Take care,


Wear Mac shirts on Monday

Posted November 2nd, 2014 by Mrs. Mobley

Dear MacArthur Community,

Tomorrow is our monthly student celebration assembly! Please be sure to have your kids wear their Mac shirts to show their school spirit.

Also, a reminder that we will not have classes on Tuesday, November 4, due to Institute Day. Please be sure to vote!

Enjoy the sunny day!


Calling all Veterans…Calling all Grandparents!

Posted November 2nd, 2014 by Mrs. Mobley

It’s time to honor our MacArthur veterans on November 11th and our MacArthur grandparents on November 14th. Applications to attend these special events are included in the most recent editions of MacNews and las noticias de Mac. We hope you can attend.