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.
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.
Danette and Michelle
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.
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.
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!
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.