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PARCC Update & Spanish Speech Contest

Posted January 27th, 2015 by Mrs. Mobley

Dear MacArthur Community,

We hope your 3rd-6th grade students had a chance to share with you information about the “Booking with the Hawks” program that we are participating in again this year. Students that complete their reading logs with parent signatures by Wednesday, February 18th will earn a ticket to a Hoffman Hawks basketball game for their entire family on Friday, February 20th. We hope to see a great turnout from our MacArthur community.

Spanish Speech Contest
MacArthur School is hosting our fifth annual Spanish Language Speech Contest on May 7, 2015. Students in grades 3rd through 8th are eligible to participate in this event. Application, speech drafts written by applicant himself/herself, and video recordings no more than 3 minutes (one video recording per participant) must arrive at MacArthur School by April 17, 2015. The maximum length for speech drafts is 2 pages. The finalists will be notified via mail by April 30, 2015. Click here for applications and more information.

Concurso Anual de Oratoria
La escuela MacArthur será anfitrión este año del Concurso Anual de Oratoria el 7 de mayo 2015. Los estudiantes de 3er a 8vo grado pueden participar. Forma de inscripción, borrador del discurso escrito por el concursante, y una grabación de video de no más de 3 minutos (un video por participante) debe llegar a MacArthur School para el 17 de Abril del 2015. El discurso debe ser de dos páginas. Los finalistas serán notificados por correo para el 30 de Abril, 2015.Oprima aquí para más información.

PARCC Update
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 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 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.

Información de PARCC
Los estudiantes de tercero a octavo grado del estado de Illinois estarán tomando la evaluación PARCC por primera vez esta primavera. La evaluación PARCC sustituye a la Prueba de Aprovechamiento de los Estándares de Illinois (ISAT).

La semana pasada, el Distrito 54 solicitó y recibió la aprobación de la Junta de Educación del Estado de Illinois (ISBE) para cambiar la administración de la evaluación (PARC) a una tradicional usando un formato de evaluación de papel y lápiz para este año escolar. Aunque en el Distrito 54 hemos alineado completamente nuestra infraestructura tecnológica a las especificaciones del ISBE, los resultados de las pruebas preliminares de práctica llevadas a cabo a mediados de enero han dejado al Distrito 54 con gran inquietud referente a la confiabilidad de la evaluación en línea PARCC. Observamos múltiples errores durante las pruebas preliminares de práctica, incluyendo respuestas a preguntas de la evaluación que cambian sin que se le solicite, menús desplegables defectuosos y videos que acompañan a elementos de la prueba con defectos de descarga. Estos problemas tecnológicos no son provocados por el Distrito 54. Sólo PARCC puede remediarlos.

El personal del Distrito de 54 ha trabajado diligentemente para preparar a nuestros estudiantes con una enseñanza rigurosa para proporcionarles las habilidades necesarias para el éxito. Estamos convencidos de que la evaluación de los conocimientos y habilidades de nuestros estudiantes se debe hacer en el formato más confiable posible.

El periodo de Evaluación PARCC Basado en Rendimiento (PBA, por sus siglas en inglés) ahora será del 9 al 20 de marzo de 2015. A medida que el periodo de pruebas se acerque, voy a compartir más información con respecto a la logística del periodo de la prueba PARCC. Mientras tanto, por favor póngase en contacto conmigo directamente si tiene alguna pregunta.

Have a great week!

Danette and Michelle

Spanish Speech Contest/concurso oratorio

Posted January 26th, 2015 by Mrs. Mobley

MacArthur School is hosting a Spanish Language Speech Contest on May 7, 2015. Students in grades 3rd through 8th are eligible to participate in this event. Application, speech drafts written by applicant himself/herself, and video recordings no more than 3 minutes (one video recording per participant) must arrive at MacArthur School by April 17, 2015. The maximum length for speech drafts is 2 pages.   The finalists will be notified via mail by April 30, 2015.

Spanish Speech Contest Flyer/Poster Concurso Oratorio

Spanish Speech Contest Entry Form

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La escuela MacArthur será anfitrión este año del Concurso Anual de Oratoria el 7 de mayo 2015. Los estudiantes de 3er a 8vo grado pueden participar.  Forma de inscripción, borrador del discurso escrito por el concursante, y una grabación de video de no más de 3 minutos (un video por participante) debe llegar a MacArthur School para el 17 de Abril del 2015. El discurso debe ser de dos páginas.   Los finalistas serán notificados por correo para el 30 de Abril, 2015.

Panfleto del concurso

Aplicación en español

Kindergarten registration and other important news

Posted January 26th, 2015 by Mrs. Mobley
Dear MacArthur Community,
 
Thank you so much for supporting your child’s learning by attending conferences last week. We can already see students coming to school even more focused on meeting their goals by completing their classwork and homework with increased care and commitment.
 
Welcome: We would like to welcome Mr. Kyle Meyer (no relation) to our MacArthur staff for the coming months. Mr. Meyer is teaching art while Mrs. Martin-Bowman is on maternity leave with her beautiful new daughter.
 
Kindergarten Registration: Kinder registration will be held on February 12th. We will also be having an informational meeting on Tuesday, February 17th at 6:00 pm for parents interested in knowing more about the structure of full day kindergarten and our dual program. If you have friends and neighbors with preschool age children, please share with them these important dates.
 
Morning Drop Off: Please take extra care when bringing your children to school. I know that on cold days, we want to minimize our time outdoors but taking a few extra minutes to arrive early, use the crosswalk and follow the traffic laws will allow us to keep all our students safe.
 
5Essentials Survey:  As a way to continuously improve, District 54 has chosen to provide the optional 5Essentials parent survey.  The parent survey is only 26 questions and the state estimates you can complete it in 10 minutes. The survey is available in English and Spanish.
 
If you have more than one child at a school, you should complete only one survey for that school. In addition, only one parent or guardian per household may participate in the survey. Parents with children enrolled in multiple schools may take the survey for each school. Schools are listed alphabetically by their full names.
 
If at least 20 percent of our parents complete this survey, a parent supplement will be generated. Many thanks to our parents who have already completed the survey. The parent data will not be reported on the State Report Card.
 
To take the parent survey, please visit https://survey.5-essentials.org/Illinois/between Jan. 12 and March 13, 2015.
 
Schaumburg Parent University – February Classes
Schaumburg Parent University (SPU) 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. There are three evening programs for parents only scheduled for February in the District 54 Professional Learning Center, 522 E. Schaumburg Road in Schaumburg.
 
  • Youth Suicide: A Community Conversation about Awareness and Prevention on Feb. 5
  • Tell Me More about This New PARCC Assessment on Feb. 10
  • The In’s and Out’s of the IEP (Individualized Education Program for students with special needs) on Feb. 26
 
If you are interested in attending these event, please register at http://sd54.org/spu. Childcare will be available.
 
Finally, please take a few moments to read this week’s MacNews or las noticias de Mac to find out how to volunteer or order tickets for the upcoming Fun Fair on February 6th as well as other fun MacArthur events such as Donuts with Dads and the Science Fair.
 
Enjoy a great weekend!
 
Danette and Michelle
 

MacNews – las noticias de Mac

Posted January 23rd, 2015 by dmeyer

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The 5Essentials Survey

Posted January 13th, 2015 by Mrs. Mobley
Teachers, parents, guardians and students across Illinois are encouraged to participate in the Illinois 5Essentials Survey, to share their thoughts on the important elements of school effectiveness and help guide school improvement.
The 5Essentials Survey will be administered online on behalf of the Illinois State Board of Education. The survey identifies five indicators that can lead to important student outcomes, including improved attendance and larger test score gains. Research has shown that schools strong on these indicators are 10 times more likely to improve student learning. The five indicators are effective leaders, collaborative teachers, involved families, supportive environments and ambitious Instruction.
All District 54 parents are encouraged to take this optional survey – whether your child is in an early childhood program, elementary school or junior high.
If parents have more than one child at a school, they should complete only one survey for that school. In addition, only one parent or guardian per household may participate in the survey. Parents with children enrolled in multiple schools may take the survey for each school.
The state is not providing hard copies of this survey; however, our schools will make computers available to parents. Call your child’s school if you are interested in taking the survey at a District 54 school.
The parent survey results will only be generated by the state if at least 20 percent of parents at a school respond to the survey. Last year none of our schools met this target. If at least 20 percent of parents participate, this data will be made available to principals.
To take the parent survey, please visit https://survey.5-essentials.org/illinois/ before March 13, 2016. When searching for your school’s name, look up the full name (for example, look under J for Jane Addams Junior High School, not A for Addams).
Student Survey – for 6th through 8th grade
The state is only allowing students in grades 6 through 12 to take the survey. Students are required to take the survey at school and will be given time in District 54 during the week of Feb. 2.
Teacher Survey
All District 54 teachers will be asked to take the survey on Jan. 28. The State Board of Education is only administering the survey to certified teachers whose primary responsibility involves teaching students for the majority of the school day and year.
The identities of anyone taking a survey will be kept completely confidential and survey responses will not be linked to any individual. More information can be found online at https://illinois.5-essentials.org.
 

Conferences this Week

Posted January 11th, 2015 by Mrs. Mobley

Dear MacArthur Community,

We hope you have enjoyed a great weekend! It was good to be out in the warmer temperatures this morning.

Please open the link for the year’s first edition of MacNews and las noticias de Mac. There is information on the upcoming book fair and how to add your family photo on MacArthur’s front wall by participating in the Family Picture Night during conferences on Thursday. We hope to see many of you at the PTA meeting this Tuesday at 7:00 p.m.

We are looking forward to seeing the students back tomorrow and all of you at conferences on Thursday and Friday. Please remember that there is no class for our kinder students on Thursday and early dismissal at 11:40 for grades 1-6.

Have a great week!

Danette and Michelle

MacNews – las noticias de Mac

Posted January 11th, 2015 by dmeyer

Here are the links to the January 9th Editions of MacNews and las noticias de Mac.

Important MacArthur Information

Posted January 9th, 2015 by Mrs. Mobley

Dear MacArthur Community,

It has been such an incredible privilege to serve the MacArthur School Community as principal for the past seven years. MacArthur is an amazing school with a such a dedicated staff, involved parent community and wonderful, hard-working and respectful students. I have truly enjoyed the opportunity to see your children grow, learn and have fun each day under the care of their teachers. I am continually impressed by the collaborative work of the staff and their commitment to the success of our students.

It is because MacArthur is such a highly successful school with a positive school culture that I feel comfortable telling you that I will be stepping aside as principal of MacArthur at the end of this school year. Last night, at the Board of Education Meeting, I was appointed assistant superintendent of language and culture for District 54. I feel very fortunate to continue serving the District 54 community in this role.

District 54 will soon begin the interviewing process to hire the new principal for MacArthur. As more information becomes available regarding this process, I will keep the community informed. I will work with the new principal to ensure that he or she gets to know our students, staff and community and is ready to lead MacArthur in the coming year. I feel confident that MacArthur will be in the best possible hands at the conclusion of this process.

It has been such an honor to be a part of this caring community and I have too many wonderful memories to count. I look forward to our work together for the remainder of this school year. We still have many goals to accomplish and fun times ahead. I appreciate your continued support.

Sincerely,

Danette

Querida comunidad de MacArthur,

Ha sido un privilegio servir a la comunidad escolar de MacArthur como directora durante los últimos siete años. MacArthur es una escuela increíble con un personal dedicado, comunidad de padres involucrados y estudiantes maravillosos, trabajadores y respetuosos. Realmente he disfrutado de la oportunidad de ver a sus hijos crecer, aprender y divertirse bajo el cuidado de sus maestras cada día. Continuo estando impresionada por el trabajo colaborativo del personal y su compromiso al éxito de nuestros estudiantes.

Dado a que MacArthur es una escuela tan exitosa y con una cultura escolar positivo que me siento cómoda dejar esta posición como directora de MacArthur al final de este año escolar. Anoche, en la reunión de la Junta de Educación, fui nombrada asistente del superintendente de lenguaje y cultura para el Distrito 54. Me siento muy afortunada de continuar sirviendo a la comunidad del Distrito 54 en este papel.

Distrito 54 pronto comenzará el proceso de entrevistar para encontrar un nuevo director/a de MacArthur. Cuando más información esté disponible sobre este proceso, informaré a la comunidad. Voy a trabajar con el nuevo director/a para asegurarse de que él o ella llegue a conocer a nuestros estudiantes, personal y comunidad y esté listo/a para dirigir a MacArthur el año que viene. Me siento segura que MacArthur estará en las mejores manos al concluir este proceso. Ha sido un gran honor ser parte de esta comunidad tan cariñosa y tengo muchos recuerdos maravillosos que recordaré siempre. Estoy muy contenta de seguir en nuestro trabajo juntos para el resto del año escolar. Aún tenemos muchas metas que lograr y tiempos divertidos por delante. Les agradezco su apoyo constante.

Sinceramente,

Danette

Family Movie Night is Postponed

Posted January 9th, 2015 by Mrs. Mobley

Dear MacArthur Community,

Due to the cold weather, our Family Movie Night is cancelled this evening. It will be rescheduled by our PTA for an upcoming night later this year.

There are so many opportunities for learning provided to families in District 54. One is coming up next week so be sure to check these out!

Schaumburg Parent University – January Classes:  Schaumburg Parent University (SPU) 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. There are two classes scheduled for January that both involve parents and children learning together. Both will be held from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the District 554 Professional Learning Center, 522 E. Schaumburg Road in Schaumburg.

Family Math Night – Jan 13: The District 54 Math Team will lead parents and their children (early childhood through eighth grade) as they explore activities and games that support mathematical learning.

Family Literacy Night – Jan 21: The District 54 Literacy Team and Schaumburg Township District Library are hosting this event for parents and students in early childhood through second grade. Families will engage in a variety of fun activities that revolve around reading and writing.

If you are interested in attending either event, please see the attached flyers in English or in Spanish.. Childcare will be available. For more information about Schaumburg Parent University and to register, visit our website at http://sd54.org/spu.

A Special Invitation: On January 21st Eisenhower Junior High is sponsoring a special presentation for the parents with children in the Eisenhower feeder schools (Churchill, John Muir, Armstrong, and MacArthur). Today’s youth have integrated the use of digital devices into their daily lives and utilize social media apps to communicate with the world around them. Technology integration that encourages social interaction and self-expression presents new opportunities for youth, while at the same time challenging parents and teachers as we work together to keep youth healthy and safe. Join us, along with the Internet Safety Specialist from the Attorney General’s Office and Officer Turman from the Hoffman Estates Police Department, as we continue our efforts to protect and educate our children. Some of the topics that we will be discussing include; cyberbullying, digital citizenship, privacy, self-representation, sexting, and online predation. Please look over the flyer for more information about this event.

Take care and stay warm,

Danette and Michelle

No School – Friday, January 9th

Posted January 8th, 2015 by Mrs. Mobley

All District 54 schools will be closed again tomorrow, Friday, Jan. 9. The National Weather Service is calling for wind chill values as low as -21 in the morning, when children will be walking to school or waiting at bus stops.

We know that it’s frustrating to have three days off this week, especially after two weeks of winter break and especially for working parents. The District 54 staff wants students in the classrooms learning.

However, our number one priority every day is keeping children safe. We have about 8,000 students who ride a bus. The other 6,500 students either walk or get a ride to school. We cannot assume that all students can get a ride to school on a cold weather day. We also can’t assume that all children will be dressed appropriately for this weather.

The Hoffman Estates Park District and YMCA have announced that they will be offering child care for elementary school students when schools close for cold weather days. We hope that this will help out some of our families. For more information, visit the websites below.
Hoffman Estates Park District
Campanelli YMCA

All after-school and evening activities are canceled as well. The Rafferty Administration Center will be open. Thank you for your understanding and support.