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Principal’s Message

Posted December 17th, 2014 by Mr. Meyer

Good afternoon –

 

Happy Holidays from all of us at Collins! We wish our students and their families a happy and healthy holiday season. It has been a wonderful fall of learning at Collins. We are truly grateful for your continued support as we work together to ensure student success.

 

MAP Reports:

Please be on the lookout for winter MAP reports which will be going home with your child on Friday, December 19th.  Although the winter MAP assessment is just one of the many ways we use to measure students’ academic progress, we are extremely pleased at the growth being shown by individual students and the building as a whole. During student-led conferences in January, you will discuss your student’s progress towards their goals in both literacy and math.  Conference letters will be going home on January 5th .  If you have any questions regarding your conference time, please contact your student’s classroom teacher.

 

Hard Lockdown Drill:

This afternoon we conducted a hard lockdown drill with our staff and students.  Collins participates in a variety of drills each year designed to help our students and staff be prepared should an emergency arise. We practice bus evacuations, fire drills, tornado drills and lockdown drills, all of which are required by Illinois state law.  Our students and staff did an amazing job!  Our local law enforcement officers have been impressed with the response of our students and staff during the announced lockdown drills we have done over the past few years. This year again, they are asking us to step up our training by holding unannounced lockdown drills. Just like with our fire drills, no one will know when these drills will occur. However, we will announce that it is a drill, so as not to frighten our students.

 

Wishing you all a happy and safe winter break!

 

Nell Haack   and   Becky Rodriguez

Principal                    Assistant Principal

Principal’s Message

Posted December 14th, 2014 by Mr. Meyer

Good afternoon –

 

It was so wonderful seeing so many families at our Holiday Pancake Breakfast and Holiday Shoppe last Saturday.  We would like to send out a huge thank you to the many volunteers that made this event such a success.  The amount of time, planning, and elbow grease that goes into this event is tremendous and is truly appreciated by all.

Welcome Mr. Rinchiuso:

Mr. Rinchiuso will be our new art teacher starting after our winter break.  He student taught in our district and is coming with many wonderful ideas.  Mr. Rinchiuso has been in already to work with Mrs. Hardt and has met several of our students to ensure a smooth transition.  He is looking forward to working here at Collins and we are excited to have him!

Safety Reminders:

In order to ensure student safety, please be cognizant of the fact that all children need to exit their vehicles on the curb side.  Please keep in mind there are posted signs that you will want to make sure to follow.  Finally, I just wanted to remind everyone that smoking is prohibited on school grounds.

Holiday Spirit Days:

We are getting in the holiday spirit next week!  Please see the attached flyer for specifics on each day.Holiday Spirit Week 2014  Participation is optional.

Important Dates to Remember:

Dec. 18th – ½ grade Music Performance 6:15 PM and 7:15 PM

Dec. 19th -  Winter break begins @ 3:00 PM

Jan. 5th -  School Resumes

Jan. 7th – PTA meeting @ 7:00 PM

Jan. 15th & 16th – Student Led Conferences

Jan. 19th – No School – Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

 

Wishing everyone a super weekend!

 

Nell Haack   and   Becky Rodriguez

Principal                    Assistant Principal

Principal’s Message

Posted December 5th, 2014 by Mr. Meyer

Good afternoon Collins Community,

We hope to see you tomorrow at our annual Holiday Pancake Breakfast and Holiday Gift Shoppe. You are still able to purchase tickets at the door for breakfast or just come and enjoy the holiday songs our students have been practicing.  Please see the attached letter from our art teacher Mrs. Hardt along with the latest edition of the Collins Clips.12-5-14 Collins Clips

MAP Testing

Next week we will finish MAP testing on Tuesday and continue with any make-up testing throughout the week.  We are extremely proud of all of our students for putting forth their best effort.  Students will be spending time in the next two weeks with their teachers reviewing  their reading and math goals.  Progress towards these goals will be shared with you during our January student led conferences.  MAP reports will be sent home during the week of December 15th.

 

Schaumburg Parent University

The Schaumburg Parent University class is Dec. 10th.  Please see the attached flyer for more information.

 

Important Dates to Remember:

Dec. 6th – Holiday Breakfast (8:30-11:30 AM) and Holiday Shoppe (9:00-1:00 PM)

Dec. 18th – ½ grade Music Performance 6:15 PM and 7:15 PM

Dec. 19th -  Winter break begins @ 3:00 PM

Jan. 5th -  School Resumes

Jan. 7th – PTA meeting @ 7:00 PM

Jan. 15th & 16th – Student Led Conferences

Jan. 19th – No School – Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

 

Have a wonderful weekend!

 

Nell Haack   and   Becky Rodriguez

Principal                    Assistant Principal

Principal’s Message

Posted November 30th, 2014 by Mr. Meyer

Good evening,

 

I would like to wish you all a fantastic Thanksgiving break! We are very thankful at Collins to have such outstanding students, a staff committed to excellence and the overwhelming support of our amazing parents. Thank you for all that you do to ensure student happiness and success.

 

Report Cards:

It is hard to believe that our first trimester of the 2014/15 school year is already complete.  Report cards came home today in your child’s backpack.  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 take some time to celebrate your child’s accomplishments so far this school year. As always, if you have questions, please give your child’s teacher a call to talk further about the grades your child has earned.

 

MAP:

On Wednesday, December 3rd, we will complete MAP testing in the area of Reading and also begin MAP testing in the area of Math. I have attached the Math MAP schedule for your reference.  Students did a terrific job so far by putting forth their best effort. I am sure we will continue to see them work hard towards their goals.

 

Adopt-a-family:

Please see the attached flyer regarding a way to help out those in need this holiday season.adopt-a-family 2014

 

Schaumburg Parent University:

Please see the attached flyer for the latest Parent University class being offered to parents from District 54. Schaumburg Parent University Presents Youth Suicide A Community Conversation about Awareness and Prevention – Dec

 

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

Sincerely,

 

Nell Haack   and   Becky Rodriguez

Principal                    Assistant Principal

Principal’s Message

Posted November 25th, 2014 by Mr. Meyer

Dear Collins Community,

 

It is hard to believe that Thanksgiving is already next week.  Just a reminder that we do have school on Monday and Tuesday, but the rest of the week there is no school for the holiday.  We hope that you all will be able to enjoy some quality time with your families. We would like to say thank you to Mrs. Husnick, Mrs. Bradley and all the volunteers that made this past Monday’s Math Night a success.  Students and their families truly enjoyed the evening.  We had a successful first week of MAP testing and will continue testing after the holiday break.  Please see the latest edition of the Collins Clips attached.11- 21 -14 Collins Clips

 

Important Dates to Remember:

Nov. 25th -  Report cards sent home

Nov. 26th – 28th -  No School, Thanksgiving

Dec. 3rd – PTA meeting @ 7:00 PM in the library

Dec. 6th – Holiday Breakfast and Holiday Shop

 

Have a great weekend!

 

Nell Haack    and    Becky Rodriguez

Principal                     Assistant Principal

 

Principal’s Message

Posted November 17th, 2014 by Mr. Meyer

Good afternoon Collins Community,

 

It certainly seemed like a winter day today! We will continue to get the students outside during lunch recess so please help them to choose appropriate winter attire each morning.  Today was the end of the first trimester.  Report cards that reflect the first trimester’s progress will be sent home on Tuesday, November 25th with your child.

 

MAP Testing November 17th-December 16th :

I have attached the schedule for the winter MAP Reading testing.Collins Winter Reading MAP Test Schedule

 

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.

 

Updated Report Cards:

This year District 54 is implementing a new standards-based report card for all students Early Childhood through eighth grade. 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

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.

 

 

Important Dates to Remember:

Nov. 17th – Math Night 6:00-8:00 PM

Nov. 17th – Dec. 16th – MAP testing window

Nov. 25th -  Report cards sent home

Nov. 26th – 28th -  No School, Thanksgiving

Dec. 3rd – PTA meeting @ 7:00 PM in the library

Dec. 6th – Holiday Breakfast and Holiday Shop

 

Have a wonderful weekend!

 

Nell Haack    and    Becky Rodriguez

Principal                     Assistant Principal

Principal’s Message

Posted November 10th, 2014 by Mr. Meyer

Dear Collins Community -

 

We ended last week with amazing Halloween parties! A huge thank you to all the help of our PTA volunteers. Thank you so much for your efforts in creating exciting activities for our students, along with providing healthy and delicious treats. It was such fun to see all the creative costumes during our indoor parade.  Please find the latest edition of the Collins Clips attached.11-10 -14 Collins Clips

 

From our PTA Presidents:

We will be holding a general meeting for the PTA on Tuesday at 3:10 directly following school pick up to vote to approve the Nominating committee and amend the budget for the 2014 – 2015 budget.  We will meet in the library.  This general meeting will take the place of the general meeting that was to be held on December 6th.  A PTA meeting is now scheduled for December 3rd at 7:00 PM in the library.

 

MAP Testing November 17th-December 16th :

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.

 

We are excited to see the growth our students have made since the fall MAP administration.  Please feel free to contact me with any questions. We will send out the classroom testing schedule next week.

 

Illinois School Report Cards:

The Illinois State Board of Education annually releases school report cards that show how each school, each district and the state is performing on a wide range of educational goals, and also shares other information related to staff and student demographics, the school environment and more. The report card is available in two formats. The At-a-Glance version is posted on the District 54 website at http://sd54.org/schoolreportcards/. An interactive report card is available online at http://www.illinoisreportcard.com.

The Illinois Standards Achievement Tests are used to measure individual student achievement. The state of Illinois uses the results to report student achievement to the public. Please note that the tests are only one measure of student learning at a particular point in time. The results, combined with other tests (including Measures of Academic Progress – MAP), classroom assessments and teacher observations, help shape the district’s instructional program.

If you do not have access to the Internet or prefer to receive a hard copy, you may call the school at 847-357-5700. If you want copies of the report cards from more than one of District 54’s schools, please call the District 54 Community Relations Department at (847) 357-5027.

Schaumburg Parent University:

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 November.

  • Family Fitness Night on Nov. 13 at Stevenson Elementary School:  While the music is pumping, families will choose different stations to work their muscles and learn about at-home fitness opportunities.
  • How to Build a Better Plate on Nov. 19 at the District Office: Alexian Brothers Lead Clinical Dietician Kirsten Johnson will talk to parents and guardians about how to eat right, plan right and shop right.

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

Important Dates to Remember:

Nov. 10th – General PTA meeting @ 3:10 PM in the library

Nov. 17th – Math Night 6:00-8:00 PM

Nov. 17th – Dec. 16th – MAP testing window

Nov. 25th -  Report cards sent home

Nov. 26th – 28th -  No School, Thanksgiving

Dec. 3rd – PTA meeting @ 7:00 PM in the library

 

 

Nell Haack    and    Becky Rodriguez

Principal                     Assistant Principal

 

Principal’s Message

Posted October 24th, 2014 by Mr. Meyer

Good afternoon Collins Community,

 

We hope that you are enjoying the beautiful fall weather.  We had a fabulous week of learning here at Collins and celebrated meeting our school PBIS goal this morning at an all school assembly.  Ask your student for details. Please see the latest edition of the Collins Clips attached.10-24-14 Collins Clips

 

Halloween:

Halloween is quickly approaching and we want to make sure you are aware of the guidelines we follow to ensure that Halloween is fun and safe for all students.  Please read the Clips for our specific Halloween expectations.  We hope to parade outdoors this year, weather permitting.  Please remember that no goodie bags containing food items should be sent to school.  Our PTA and Room Representatives have wonderful parties planned for your children.

 

Emergency Closings:

Please see the attachments for information about how school closing will be communicated with families.

 

Schaumburg Parent University – November 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 November.

 

  • Family Fitness Night on Nov. 13 at Stevenson Elementary School:  While the music is pumping, families will choose different stations to work their muscles and learn about at-home fitness opportunities.
  • How to Build a Better Plate on Nov. 19 at the District Office: Alexian Brothers Lead Clinical Dietician Kirsten Johnson will talk to parents and guardians about how to eat right, plan right and shop right.

 

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

 

Parking Reminder:

Please be mindful of the posted signs in our parking lot.  The curb along the outer edge of the parking lot, closest to Summit, is marked as a fire lane with No Parking.

 

Important Dates to Remember:

Oct. 31st – Halloween Parade and Parties (see the Clips for details)

Nov. 4th – NO SCHOOL  - Election Day

Nov. 5th – PTA Meeting @ 7:00 PM

Nov. 17th – Math Night 6:00-8:00 PM

 

Have a wonderful weekend!

 

Nell Haack      and      Becky Rodriguez

Principal                      Assistant Principal

Senate Bill 16

Posted October 20th, 2014 by Mr. Meyer

Dear Collins Community,

A legislative proposal that would rewrite the way education dollars are distributed in Illinois threatens the financial stability of suburban schools, including District 54.

The Illinois Senate passed Senate Bill 16 this spring, legislation that would dramatically reduce state funding to District 54 by redistributing general state aid to districts in other communities. While taxes in Schaumburg Township would not be reduced, District 54 would lose an estimated $12.5 million annually or about $1,000 per student. This would represent the largest loss to any school district in Illinois, and a decline of 79.5 percent in the amount of funds we receive from the state of Illinois. If Senate Bill 16 were to become law, it would greatly impact our ability to provide a quality education to our students.

When the Illinois General Assembly reconvenes in November, Senate Bill 16 is one of the bills expected to be discussed in the House. As taxpayers and parents, we want you to be informed and aware of the financial impact on our schools. To that end, I am attaching invitations to two upcoming forums regarding Senate Bill 16.

  • On Thursday, Oct. 30, Districts 54, 211 and 15 will hold a public forum at Schaumburg High School. At this forum, district representatives will share specific information about how Senate Bill 16 will impact our schools.
  • On Tuesday, Oct. 21, State Sen. Matt Murphy and Reps. David Harris and Tom Morrison will host a legislative forum on Senate Bill 16 at the Metropolis Performing Arts Center in Arlington Heights.

I would also like to thank our PTA for the information they shared about Senate Bill 16 at our general meeting this past Tuesday.

 

Sincerely,

 

Nell Haack                 and                     Becky Rodriguez

Principal                                                 Assistant Principal

Principal’s Message

Posted October 14th, 2014 by Mr. Meyer

Good Morning Collins Community –

It was great to see you all here for our fall parent-student-teacher conferences. We would like to thank our fabulous PTA Book Fair Committee and all of the parent volunteers for making it possible to have another successful Scholastic Book Fair this past week.  Please see the latest edition of the Collins Clips that is attached to this email. 10-10-14 Collins Clips

 

Collins Special General PTA Meeting:

Please remember, on Tuesday, October 14th at 6:00 PM,the Collins PTA will be holding a general PTA meeting in the gym.  A representative from the STC will be in attendance to share an informational presentation on Senate Bill 16.  If you are interested in learning more about the bill, please attend this meeting.  I have included the link to Superintendent DuRoss’ monthly article again below about Senate Bill 16. As a reminder, if the Illinois General Assembly were to approve this bill, District 54 would lose $12.5 million, or about $1,000 per student. This would greatly impact our ability to provide a quality education to our students. Click here to read the article for more information.  We will be starting promptly at 6:00 PM.

 

Important Dates to Remember:

Oct. 13th  —Columbus Day – No School

Oct. 14th  – PTA General Meeting – Information on Senate Bill 16

Oct. 17th – Picture Retake Day 1:00-2:30 PM

Oct. 31st – Halloween Parade and Parties (see the Clips for details)

 

We hope you all enjoy the long weekend and beautiful fall weather that is predicted for today and tomorrow.

 

Nell Haack    and    Becky Rodriguez

Principal                         Assistant Principal