We hope everyone is doing well and enjoyed the sunshine today. Please take a few minutes to read the following updates:
Kindergarten registration for the 2015-16 school year will be held on February 12th . Registration will take place at Collins from 9:00 – 11:00, 1:00 – 2:30 and 6:00 -8:00. Please check the district website at http://sd54.org/registration for the types of documentation needed for registration. We will also be having an informational meeting on Wednesday, February 18th at 6:30 pm for parents interested in knowing more about the structure of full day kindergarten. If you have friends and neighbors with preschool age children, please share with them these important dates.
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.
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.
Important upcoming dates:
Jan. 30th – Family Pasta and Bingo Night
Feb. 4th – PTA meeting @ 7:00 PM
Feb. 11th – Half-day for Teacher In-service; No Kindergarten, 1st – 6th grade student dismissal @ 11:40 AM
Feb. 12th – Kindergarten Registration
Feb. 16th – No School – Presidents’ Day
Feb. 18th – Kindergarten Information Night @ 6:30 PM
Feb. 24th – Collins Science Fair (see Clips for details)
Feb. 25th – ¾ Music Performance @ 6:15 and 7:15 PM
Have a great evening,
Nell Haack and Becky Rodriguez
Principal Assistant Principal