Hello Everyone! I hope this newsletter finds everyone staying warm and safe. It has been a pretty calm winter so far, but we still have several weeks left. Riverview has used 2 Emergency days so far this winter. Our projected last day of school, as of right now, will be June 1 st. Be aware this could change because as you know the months of February and March can bring cold, snowy, and icy weather conditions. Let’s keep our fingers crossed that we have seen the worst of our winter season for this year. Riverview has several events coming up in the next few weeks and months which we will be involved in hosting. We will be looking for volunteers to help out with these events. It is extremely important that we have parents help and support with these events or they wouldn't be possible. I have observed throughout my tenure here at Riverview that we have some great parents who are quick to step up and help out the school and sporting events. I would like to take this opportunity to thank each and every one of you who has taken time out of your busy schedule to help us out. With that being said, many of these great volunteers have students who are leaving or close to leaving Riverview for the high school. If you have not had the opportunity to help out and would like to, we would greatly appreciate your support. Riverview will be hosting the Woodford County 7 th Grade Girls Volleyball Tournament on February 20 th and 21st, the Tazwood Conference Track Meet at Metamora Township High School on April 20th, and the IESA State Track Meet at East Side Center on May 15 th and 16th. Each of these events will require several volunteers to make them successful. If you have any questions, please contact the school office. You will find information in the newsletter about the upcoming PTO event, “Lunch with Someone You Love”. I hope you consider having lunch here at Riverview and take the opportunity to visit the Book Fair with your child. It will surely make their day! Together, we can help our school put our students on the fast-track to a successful and prosperous future. Remember Riverview is a Great Place for Our Students! Sincerely, Michelle R. Lee Superintendent/Principal PARCC Testing PARCC (Performance Based Test) testing is fast approaching. It’s hard to believe that this test will be taking place from March 9-April 3, 2015. Please do not set up a vacation or make sure than any appointments are before or after school. All testing will take place throughout the day. Check with your homeroom teacher for specific dates and times. Also, it is required by the STATE that students take another PARCC test (End of the Year) from April 27 through May 22, 2015. Additional information concerning this test will be shared. Additional information concerning PARCC testing is found below: The Spring 2015 Administration of the PARCC assessment includes two separate test administration windows: the Performance-Based Assessment (PBA) and the End-of-Year (EOY), both of which will be administered in computer-based formats. The first window will be administration of the PBA, and the second window will be for the administration of the EOY. A student must participate in both windows for a complete PARCC score. The PBA administration occurs after approximately 75 percent of instructional time is complete. The ELA/Literacy PBA will focus on writing effectively when analyzing text. The Mathematics PBA will focus on applying skills and concepts, and understanding multistep problems that require abstract reasoning, precision, perseverance, and strategic use of tools. The EOY administration occurs after approximately 90 percent of instructional time is complete. For the EOY, students will demonstrate their acquired skills and knowledge by answering selected-response questions. Each test administration is comprised of multiple units, and with certain Mathematics units there are separate sections. For example, there are 2 Math PBA Units and the testing units (Grades 3-8) range from 50-60 minutes in length. There are 3 ELA PBA Units (Literary Analysis, Research Simulation and Narrative Writing) and Grades 3-8 time limits Range from 50-60 minutes. ***Headphones or earbuds will be used during the ELA sessions of the testing: Students may bring their own headphones or earbuds if parent/s prefer they use their own. We do have enough of the headphones or earbuds for their grade level use during the testing sessions. Please note: PARCC preparation is a continuous daily process at RGS and your child’s attendance is extremely important. It’s flu and fever season!! Here is a quick reminder of the “Fever Free” handbook policy. It states: Fever Free: Students should not come to school if they have had a fever (>100 degrees) within the last 23 hours. Students should remain home for 24 hours after developing the fever, however students are welcome to come to school mid-day if the 24 hours expires mid-day as well. Students should not be sent to school medicated to reduce a fever. PARCC ASSESSMENTS FACT SHEET January 2015, ISBE Division of Public Information Illinois schools will administer new assessments created through the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) in spring 2015. These assessments are fully aligned to the K-12 Illinois Learning Standards in English language arts and mathematics and emphasize academic rigor, critical thinking, problem-solving and college and career readiness for all students. Third-through eighth-graders will take the PARCC in both English language arts and math. The PARCC replaces the state’s former tests, the Illinois Standards Achievement Test (ISAT) and the Prairie State Achievement Exam (PSAE). Districts may also administer the ACT + Writing and Work-Keys on a state test administration data at no cost to students or the district. This year, well will be using the PARCC summative assessments which are designed to measure overall curriculum and program effectiveness. These assessments are standardized to allow comparison across s tudent groups. The PARCC summative assessments consist of two required components: a Performance-Based Assessment (PBA) and an End of Year assessment (EOY). The PBA component of the PARCC requires that students demonstrate their knowledge and skills through extended tasks and take the PBA when approximately 75 percent of instruction has been completed. Students take the second part, or EOY, at approximately the point when 90 percent of instruction has been completed. The EOY is composed of shorter, machine-scored questions. Note these are two separate tests but two parts(PBA and EOY) of one summative assessment and are not intended to measure the growth or academic progress gained from one part to the next. Instead, growth can be measured when compared to prior years and when other PARCC assessments become available. The PARCC system includes interim and formative assessments and those still in development and expected to be available next year (2015-2016). Budget allocations will determine what we can provide to districts. Formative assessments are designed to provide feedback to teachers on a regular basis so they can adjust instruction and improve student learning. Interim assessments are designed to identify strengths and weaknesses in curriculum and instruction. Third through eighth graders will take the summative grade level assessment in both English, language arts, and math. The Illinois PARCC Testing Windows for 2014-15 will be: Spring Regular Administration of Computer -Based Testing PBA March 9, 2015 to April 3, 2015 EOY April 27, 2015 to May 22, 2015 The PARCC differs for the Illinois’ former assessment system in a number of ways: The PARCC system aligns college and career readiness expectations from kindergarten through grade 12 for the first time in Illinois The assessments measure whether or not students have the academic knowledge and skills necessary to succeed after high school Using technology-enhanced items and various other innovations, students will get a chance to better showcase their skills and results will become available for use more quickly Students must analyze information and explain their answers The PARCC assessments take advantage of technology to include questions and other tasks that emulate the type of work that students will encounter in their classrooms on a regular basis and after high school. These assessments help to encourage schools to use technology as a day-to-day tool to enhance learning Educators from K-12 and higher education helped to develop the PARCC assessments, which are grounded in evidence to support college and career readiness. Representatives from higher education will continue to be involved in PARCC development and implementation. The multistate test offers a common metric for both educators and policymakers to gauge student performance on a level playing field. The state and local districts will continue to monitor other metrics, such as student and school progress, attendance and graduation rates, school climate and learning conditions. About 500 districts, 1,200 schools and 110,888 students in Illinois took part in PARCC field testing in spring 2014. The field test was a “practice run” to gather input from teachers and students and to identify and correct problems with this assessments system before its first official administration in spring 2015. As a result, students did not receive individual test scores. Students and test administrators completed a survey about the field test experience with preliminary results showing: Two-thirds of students taking the ELA and Math assessments reported that they prefer taking the tests on the computer. 95 percent of students taking the ELA test and 88 percent of students taking the Math test finished within the allotted time or early. More than half of all Illinois schools will administer the PARCC online in spring 2015. The ultimate goal is that all schools will eventually administer the PARCC online. Realistically, this goal will take a few more years. As schools continue to update their equipment and infrastructure, PARCC will be available as a paperbased test for schools that lack the capacity needed to test online. Implementation of computer-based testing may not occur all at one time across a district, or even within a building. Additional information about the PARCC assessments, including resources for parents, students and teachers, can be found at the following websites: The PARCC website: http://www.parcconline.org/ ISBE Student Assessments website: http://www.isbe.state.il.us/assessment/parcc.htm PARCC Practice Tests and sample questions: http://www.parcconline.org/practice-tests Sun 1 Mon Wed Thu Fri Sat 2 3 4 5 6 7 VB vs Rankin 5 pm VB @ Henry 4:15 7th, 8th, 6th Bus 3 pm VB 3:15 - 5:15 5/6 BB 5:30 - 7:00 Chess 3:15 - 4:00 6th BB @ St. Pat’s Tourney 5:15 Bus 4:00 8th grade BB Regionals TBA Fresh Orientation 8:50 –1:30 Incoming Fresh & Parent Orientation/ Registration 4 - 8 MTHS 5/6/5 BB vs Brimfield (3 games) 5:30 VB @ Oak Grove 4:00 Bus 3:00 County Spelling Bee @ Cerf Center @ Eureka College 1:00 SBowl 7:30 am 6th BB @ St. Pat’s Tourney If we win Friday the 6th we play at 8 if we lose we play at 9 8th grade BB Regionals @ St. Pat’s 5:00 pm (if we win 1st game) Bus 3:45 8 Tue SBowl - 7:30 am SC Leadership Workshop @ Rankin 5 - 8 Bus 4:15 Bus if win is 7:00 Bus if lose is 7:45 9 10 11 12 13 VB vs Robein 5:00 VB vs Hollis 4:00 6th, 7th, 8th 5/6 BB @ Oak Grove 4:00 Bus 3:00 5/6 BB 3:15 - 5:00 VB 5:15 - 7:15 SBowl 7:30 VB 3:15 - 5:15 K - 4 Valentine’s Day Parties 2:30 NO SCHOOL Teacher’s Institute VB 8th County @ Metamora Grade TBA Bus TBA 5/6 BB @ Quest Academy 5 pm Bus 4 pm VB 8th County @ Metamora Grade TBA Bus TBA BB 8th State 5/6 BB @ Peoria Academy 10:00 Bus: 9:00 Chess Tournament @ E. Peoria CJH St. Pat’s Championship game SBowl - 7:30 am SC 3:15 - 4:15 pm Lunch with Someone you love SBowl vs Metamora 3:30 BOARD MEETING 6:30 pm Family Book Fair Night 5 - 8 14 Under the Sea Book Fair 9th - 12th!!!!!! 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 NO SCHOOL President’s Day VB v Brimfield 5:00 5/6 BB v Bartonville Grade 5:30 VB 3:15 - 5:15 pm VB 7th County @ Riverview First match starts at 5:00 Last match starts at 8:00 VB 7th County @ Riverview First Match starts at 9:00 am Last Match starts at 4:00 pm 5/6 BB vs Deer Creek/Mackinaw 5:30 pm 22 23 5/6 BB 3:15 - 4:15 SBowl - 7:30 am Chess - 3:15 - 5:00 Spelling Bee Tremont Conference @8:30 24 5/6 BB 3:15- 4:15 SBowl 7:30 am VB 3:15 - 5:00 8th Grade Volleyball night 25 26 27 28 6th BB v Beverly Manor 5:30 VB @ St. Pat’s 4:30 pm 8th, 7th, 6th Bus: 3:30 5/6 BB v Norwood 5:30 VB 7th Regionals TBA VB 4:30 - 6:30 SC 3:15 - 4:15 VB v St. Mary’s 5:00 VB 3:15 - 4:45 Chess 3:15 - 5:00 SBowl @ St. Mary’s 4:15 Bus: 3:45 VB 5/6 BB 3:15 - 4:45 5/6 BB 3:15 - 4:15 SBowl - 7:30 am SBowl - 7:30 am BB SC SBowl IESA Chess Tournament @ ISU TBA IESA Chess Tournament @ISU TBA BREAKFAST Sun 1 8 15 Mon Wed Thu Fri 2 3 4 5 6 French Toast Cereal Toast Fruit Breakfast Burrito Cereal Toast Fruit Biscuits & Gravy Cereal Toast Fruit Cheese Omelet Sausage Patty Cereal Toast Fruit Breakfast Pizza Cereal Toast Fruit Milk and Juice Milk and Juice Milk and Juice Milk and Juice Milk and Juice 9 10 11 12 13 French Toast Cereal Toast Fruit Pancake Sausage on stick Cereal Toast Fruit Biscuits & Gravy Cereal Toast Fruit Cheese Omelet Sausage Patty Cereal Toast Fruit Milk and Juice Milk and Juice Milk and Juice 16 17 18 19 20 Breakfast Burrito Cereal Toast Fruit Biscuits & Gravy Cereal Toast Fruit Cheese Omelet Sausage Patty Cereal Toast Fruit Breakfast Pizza Cereal Toast Fruit Milk and Juice Milk and Juice Milk and Juice Milk and Juice 23 24 25 26 27 French Toast Cereal Toast Fruit Pancake Sausage on stick Cereal Toast Fruit Biscuits & Gravy Cereal Toast Fruit Cheese Omelet Sausage Patty Cereal Toast Fruit Breakfast Pizza Cereal Toast Fruit Milk and Juice Milk and Juice Milk and Juice Milk and Juice Milk and Juice NO SCHOOL 22 Tue NO SCHOOL Sat 7 14 VALENTINE’S DAY Milk and Juice 21 28 Sun 1 8 Mon 22 Wed Thu Fri 2 3 4 5 6 Chicken Patty Green Beans Pears Tacos Corn Strawberry Apple Sauce Chicken & Noodle Soup Grilled Cheese Peaches Pizza Boat Broccoli & Cheese Mixed Fruit Chicken Nuggets Carrots Pineapple Milk Milk Milk Milk Milk 9 10 11 12 13 Pepperoni Pizza Corn Pears Corn Dogs Peas Mandarin Oranges Milk Milk 19 Chili Grilled Cheese Crackers Cinnamon Apple Milk 15 Tue Eat With Someone You Love Spaghetti Salad Garlic Bread Oranges Milk NO SCHOOL 16 17 18 NO SCHOOL Cheese Burger Carrots Mixed Fruit Cheese Pizza Chicken ala Green Beans King on Pears Biscuit Corn Peaches 20 Tenderloin on Bun Fries Pineapple Milk Milk Milk Milk 23 24 25 26 27 BBQ Ribs Broccoli Mixed Fruit Tacos Corn Strawberry Apple Sauce Sloppy Jo Corn Chips Pears Turkey & Hot Dogs Cheese Subs Peas Green Beans Peaches Pineapple Milk Milk Milk Milk Milk Sat 7 14 Valentine’s Day 21 28 RIVERVIEW GRADE SCHOOL 2014-2015 SCHOOL CALENDAR REVISED Thursday, August 14th No School – Teacher’s Institute Friday, August 15th No School – Teacher’s Institute Monday, August 18th First Day of School 2:01 Dismissal Monday, September 1st No School – Labor Day Friday, September 26th 11:30 Dismissal – School Improvement Day Friday, October 10th No School – Teacher’s Institute Monday, October 13th No School – Columbus Day Thursday, October 23rd 11:30 Dismissal – School Improvement Day Parent/Teacher Conferences 4pm – 7pm Friday, October 24th No School -Parent /Teacher Conferences - 8am – Noon Monday, November 10th No School – Veterans Day Wednesday, November 26th No School – Thanksgiving Break Friday, November 28th No School – Thanksgiving Break Friday, December 5th 11:30 Dismissal – School Improvement Day Monday, December 22 nd No School – Winter Break Friday, January 2nd No School - Winter Break Friday, January 16th 11:30 Dismissal – School Improvement Day Monday, January 19th No School – Martin Luther King Jr. Day Friday, February 13th No School – Teacher’s Institute Monday, February 16th No School – President’s Day Thursday, March 26 th 11:30 Dismissal – School Improvement Day 4-7 Parent Teacher Conferences Friday, March 27th 8- Noon Parent Teacher Conferences – No School Monday, March 30th- No School- Spring Break Monday, April 6th No School – Spring Break Tuesday, April 28 th 11:30 Dismissal – School Improvement Day Friday, May 15th No School Monday, May 25th No School – Memorial Day Monday, June 1st Last Day of School (if no more emergency days are used) Dates to Remember: February 4th - Fresh Orientation 8:50 - 1:30 February 4th - Incoming Freshman & Parent Orientation/Registration at MTHS 4-8 February 9th - 12th Under the Sea Book Fair February 10th - Lunch With Someone You Love February 10th - Board Meeting 6:30 February 12th - Book Fair Family Fun Night 5 - 8 February 12th - K - 4 Valentine’s Day Parties 2:30 February 13th - No School Teacher’s Institute February 14th - Valentine’s Day February 16th - No School President’s Day February 24th - 8th Grade Volleyball Night Our RGS Book Fair is coming February 9-12!!! There will be something for everyone to “SEA” and lots of great books to “reel in” your attention! We will have “fin-tastic” new books, some favorite books and series, and fun and creative items available as well. Our book fair will be open during our Lunch With Someone You Love on February 10 also!! Bring in your loved ones and “sea” all of the great things available from Scholastic and RGS. We will be having our Change Wars again for the book fair, but this time it will be the “Little Fishes” (K-4) versus the “Big Sharks” (5-8). Let’s see who rules the RGS seas and help our school at the same time. Don’t forget Family Night is on Thursday, February 12 from 5-8 pm. There will be a contest, prizes, and fun. It will be a “whale” of a time!! The fair will be open everyday from 9-3. Hope to “SEA” you there!! Please Remember…… If your child is absent or going to be late to school PLEASE call the office. If there is no answer, leave a message with the students name and grade they are in. Thank you Phone number: 309-822-8550 This is the time of year the temperatures are so unpredictable. Please make sure your child(ren) have a heavy coat, hat and mittens to keep them warm from the chilly weather. We follow the Childcare Weather Watch from DCFS. At the Second Quarter Recognition Assembly on Friday, January 16, the four Student Council officers received the long-awaited whipped cream pies. The pies were delivered as a result of the student body donating over 500 items to our Spring Bay Food Pantry. Co-coordinator of the food pantry Mr. Joe Helms delivered the first pie to Student Council President Seth Bedwell. Superintendent/ Principal Ms. Lee delivered the second pie to Vice President Tyler Wehrli. Mrs. Kuehn, sponsor of the Student Council, delivered a pie to Secretary Jayci Conger, and Mr. Blackburn had the honor of giving Treasurer Brody Atherton his pie. Thank you again to all who donated items to our food drive and supporting that worthy cause. Front Row: Cara Patterson, Morgan Robinson, Bella Dorelle, Chandler Worrick, Robbie Widmer, Riley Staples, Mallory Deweese, Kadeon Ramoley Back Row: Kelsey Gale, Cole Hoffer, Matthew Robinson, Katie Williams, Jamison Haley Absent: Shayla Pollitt Student of the Quarter Front Row: Emily Warshaw, Dylan Veal Back Row: Hunter Burrows, Robert Pedroza, Jayci Conger, Jessica Dean, Ethen Smith, Grace Glas Honors 4th Grade: Carter Atherton, Kameron Davis, Amber Evans, Jersey Harrison, Chris Hearne, Cole Hoffer, Emma Ioerger, Hayden McCann, Vanessa Meixsell, Aubrey Pollitt, Drew Purple, Alayna Ruach, Lauren Schalk, Jordan Schenk, Emma Tanner, John Weber and Summer Wood 5th Grade: Lucas Doty, Riley Earnest, Josephine Hoffer, Nathaniel Johnston, Andrew Light, Marissa Widmer and Angelina Wood 6th Grade: Bowie Adams, Grace Glas, Brendan Patterson, Ethen Smith and Briaunna Tanksley 7th Grade: Tyler Bundren, Hunter Burrows, Austin Gale and Kyle Ortega 8th Grade: Seth Bedwell, Jessica Dean, Adelyn Eichhorn, Morgan Gale and Kadin Hyatt High Honors: 4th Grade: Skylar Dean, Kelsey Gale, Lily Glas and Alison Warshaw 5th Grade: Grant Ruach, Skyler Seals, Dylan Veal and Emily Warshaw 6th Grade: Brody Atherton 7th Grade: Michael Ortega, Josie Pullen and Tyler Wehrli 8th Grade: Alona Staab Perfect Attendance for Second Quarter Kindergarten: Aydin Burrows, Henry Davis, Kadeon Ramoley, Paul Reason, Shayna Schierer, Cayden Smith, Rylee Staples and Jayden Tristch Second Grade: Dylan Baitinger, Brock Clift, Kinzey Gale, Makenna Miller, Shae Seals, Sierra Spradlin and Steven Thompson Third Grade: Cecilia Deweese and Braden Hackney Fourth Grade: Carter Atherton, Kameron Davis, Christopher Hearne, Connor Keller and Jayden Ray Thompson, Fifth Grade: Quinn Besler, Breydon Clift, Riley Earnest, Josephine Hoffer, Andrew Light, James Robertson, Grant Ruach, Dylan Veal and Emily Warshaw Sixth Grade: Bowie Adams, Christopher Painter and Xander Williams Seventh Grade: Tyler Davis, Austin Gale, Kyle Ortega and Josie Pullen Eight Grade: Seth Bedwell and Robert Pedroza RGS Spelling Bee Results The 2015 Riverview Grade School Spelling Bee concluded after much stress and 12 rounds of words. Eighth Grader Caleb Harris won the Championship by correctly spelling brethren, nudging fifth grader Dustin Wehrli to the Runner-Up position. Seventh grader Jaycilynn Conger went head-to-head with fifth grader Marissa Widmer to win the Alternate (third place) trophy. Congratulations to the following 27 students who participated in the competition: 5th grade Dustin Wehrli Drew Light Joey Hoffer Marissa Widmer Riley Earnest Jaxson Dorsey Emily Warshaw 6th Grade Ethen Smith Brendan Patterson Brody Atherton Alex Worrick Chris Painter Grace Glas 7th Grade Kyle Ortega Michael Born Tyler Wehrli Mitchell McKelvey Josie Pullen Jayci Conger Hunter Burrows 8th Grade Josie Koenig Ally Wiegand Jessica Dean Michael Craft Seth Bedwell Cody Johnson Caleb Harris 2015 Variety Show RGS Has Talent Get your act together! Encourage friends! Riverview Grade School • March 21, 2015 Sign-up form and times coming in February. Group performances welcome. Keep act to under 4 minutes.
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