Principal's Letter


From the Principals

 

Dear Parents,

 

It's hard to believe there is less than a month of school left! Each year seems to fly by more quickly than the one before! According to scholastic.com, research shows that reading just six books during break is a great way to prevent "summer slide" for struggling readers. If you would like to read the full article, you can find it here... http://www.scholastic.com/parents/resources/article/developing-reading-skills/three-ways-to-prevent-summer-slide

 

In looking for great reads this summer, check out this webpage from New York Libraries

http://www.summerreadingnys.org/teens/teens-booklists/

 

For students entering 6th and 7th grades... http://www.nysl.nysed.gov/libdev/summer/readlist_tw.pdf

 

For students entering 8th and 9th grades... http://www.nysl.nysed.gov/libdev/summer/readlist_t.pdf

 

Depending on the age and development of your child, books from the tween list might be appropriate for your teen and vice versa. Consider having a family book club or taking along a book on audio for a road trip this summer.

 

Happy Summer Reading! 

 

Sincerely,

 

Mr. Mark Richter, Principal, Attea Middle School

Ms. Allyson Thorne, Acting Principal, Springman Middle School

From the Principals

Dear Parents,

 

The District’s Mission of Self-directed Learning and Intelligence

 

Over the next six weeks our students will experience of number of classroom and standardized tests.  One of the goals of all these assessments is to provide information to students about the progress of their learning so that they can own key aspects of it – hence, the District’s mission of self-directed learning.  Sadly, students sometimes see the results of these assessments either as confirmation or contradiction of a fixed notion of their ability and potential.  This is a shame, for we know that resilience and perseverance are highly valuable orientations at any stage in life.  As importantly, we also know that students have great capacity for growth and change.  But, do they really?  Do parents know what modern research tells us?  Enjoy this excerpt on “Theories About Achievement and Development” from The Skillful Teacher:

 

“Most Americans believe that intelligence is a fixed, innate entity that is endowed at birth, unevenly distributed, and determines how well a student can do.  This belief in the bell curve of intelligence has huge implications for teaching and learning: that only a few students are smart enough to learn sophisticated academic material at high standards.”

 

“Our contention is that these assumptions are flat out wrong....  We...make the case that intelligence can indeed be developed and that effective effort and good strategies are the principal determinants of academic success.  Our point is that a teacher’s beliefs about the nature of intelligence and its limits (or limitlessness) forms a powerful frame around the motivation to expand his or her teaching repertoires.” 

 

By extension, we believe that parents’ and, more importantly, students’ own beliefs about their intelligence are as critical as those of teachers.  If students believe their intelligence and capacity is fixed, they are more likely to interpret assessment results as merely confirmations or contradictions of permament notions of themselves.  Instead, they should think of the results as important data that are part of their fluid and developing intellectual capacity.

 

Source: The Skillful Teacher – Saphier, J., Haley-Speca, M.A., & Gower, R. (2008).

 

Sincerely,

 

Mr. Mark Richter, Principal, Attea Middle School

Ms. Allyson Thorne, Acting Principal, Springman Middle School

From the Principals

Dear Parents,

 

Greetings! 

 

It's hard to believe we are beginning Trimester 3 already. It seems like the year is flying right by. Spring Break will be here before we know it, and when we return, PARCC Testing will start up for students in grades 3 - 8. The D34 intermediate school window is April 11th- April 22nd and the D34 middle school testing window is April 18th-29th.

 

Please remember to make sure your child gets ample rest, wakes up on time, and eats breakfast. Students should come to school with their iPads fully charged every day, especially so on PARCC Testing days. It is also very important for students to be on time for school during PARCC Testing. The number one piece of advice to give your child is to have a positive attitude. Encourage their best effort and remind them to relax. 

 

Here is a useful link regarding several topics related to PARCC, Illinois Learning Standards, and what you can do to help your child learn even more at home - http://reallearningil.org/resources-for-families/

 

Sincerely,

 

Mr. Mark Richter, Principal, Attea Middle School

Ms. Allyson Thorne, Acting Principal, Springman Middle School

From the Principals

Dear Parents,

 

Transition season...

 

Although we are still in the thick of winter, the middle schools are well underway in our processes for transitioning students.  The most significant steps involve our students transitioning into middle school from 5th grade as well as our 8th graders transitioning out.  However, we’re always looking for opportunities to enhance or streamline our process for all of our students.  Here are some highlights of the process:

 

For incoming 6th graders:

 

·      We’ve streamlined the 5th grade teacher input form to reduce the number of fields of information to focus on the most salient details for middle school.

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From the Principals

Dear Parents,

 

We recently came across this article and wanted to share it with you. All too often good intentions for the New Year don't last as long as we'd like them to. As research tells us, people who explicitly make resolutions are 10 times more likely to attain their goals than people who don't explicitly make resolutions. With that in mind, it's never too late to assist your middle schooler develop a goal or two for 2016!

 

 

Help your child get excited about the New Year, with opportunities to improve, excel and expand her horizons. You can reflect on the past year together, praising her for all of her successes and good deeds, and then talk about the changes she'd like to make and the improvements she wants to be able

to reflect on next year. 

 

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PTA President's Letter


From our PTA Presidents

Dear Springman and Attea families,

 

Congratulations to our students, teachers, administrators and parents as we sprint toward the end of another school year! 

 

Thank you to a very dedicated PTA board for their tireless effort to make this year so successful. In addition, without the support from you, our parents, we wouldn’t be able to give back to our students and teachers, the way we do, so THANK YOU!

 

We’ve enjoyed the opportunity to lead the PTA over the past two years and look forward to supporting our incoming co-presidents Moira Hathcock and Karen Hitzeman. 

 

It has been an honor to work with all of you!

 

Truly,

Shonne Ehrhardt and Missy Amrol

SPAT PTA Co-Presidents

2014-2016

From our PTA Presidents

Dear Springman and Attea Families,

 

 Spring has finally SPRUNG!

 

 

 

The school year is winding down and we are diligently working on slating to fill open positions on the 2016/2017 PTA Board.  PTA is a great way to get involved in your child’s school experience and stay in touch with what is happening in the schools. As your PTA Co-Presidents we have found the past two years extremely rewarding by connecting with the parents, teachers, support staff, and the community to bring added value to our middle schoolers educational experience. We couldn’t have done it without YOU!

 

Over the course of this past year, PTA brought new programs into the classrooms and funded school wide initiatives.  As a result of your support for PTA fundraising initiatives, we funded nearly $25,000 in programs and activities at Springman and Attea.  Additionally, we gave over $4000 to charitable causes in our community.  If you are interested in being a part of this vital organization, please contact us at spatpta@gmail.com

 

Online registration for school and PTA will be underway this month.  Please take a moment and fill out the online PTA membership link located on the District website. April and May are very busy months in the PTA and school communities.

 

Teacher Appreciation week is just around the corner  (May 2-6)

Please contact Dianna Sirakides if you are interested in assisting with activities during that week or able to make a donation. Dianna can be reached at gem-di@comcast.net

 

Our final meeting of the year is May 10th at Attea at 9:15am. 

 

For more information on the PTA, what we do and when our meetings take place, please check out our website, SPATPTA.org.

 

 

Sincerely,

Missy Amrol and Shonne Ehrhardt

SPAT PTA Co-Presidents

From our PTA Presidents

Dear Springman and Attea Families,

 

 Springing Forward

 

In between making summer camp plans and prepping for the end of the school year - we hope you're also thinking about what you might want to do next year with the PTA?

 

We would love to hear from you about what you'd like to do.  If you haven't gotten involved with us before, it's a great way to get connected to the school, teachers and principals.  As our kids get older and we have fewer chances to get into the schools and meet teachers, the PTA is one of the best ways

                                                                                           to stay connected.  That connection is how the middle school PTA differs from the younger grades.

 

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From our PTA Presidents

Dear Springman and Attea Families,

 

 

Hello!

 

It is hard to believe how rapidly the school year is flying by. The staffs at both schools are busy preparing for the transitions, which leads us to begin to think about the transitions that will take place on our PTA Board. We have had the wonderful opportunity to serve as your PTA co-presidents for the past two years.  We have accepted the position to co-chair the PTA Council President position for next year, leaving the President (co-president) position open for next year. You may find yourself in a position to want to get involved, but may be a little unsure about how to do so. Perhaps a few words of encouragement may entice you to jump on board!

 

Being a part of the PTA, is a great way to be connected and know what is happening in the schools. PTA functions are opportunities to meet other parents and teachers, which allows you to build a rapport and discuss issues that are on your mind. It is because of parents’ ideas that PTA seeks out information, tools, and presentations that are at the forefront of our kids’ lives. By volunteering with your PTA, you put your skills and hobbies to use for a noble cause, your kids and your community. By getting involved at your kid’s school, you will be part of the solution, in helping to make a positive change. In addition, you’ll be demonstrating to your child, the importance you place on education.

 

Next year, there will be several board positions available, in addition to the President (co-president), to consider To name a few; Vice President, 2nd Vice President –Volunteers and Membership, Treasurer, Fundraising Chair, Book Fair Chair, Website and e-Blast Chair, FOCUS newsletter Chair, School Board Observer and 8th Grade Graduation Chair. If you have any interest in any of the above positions or questions about what the responsibilities include, please don’t hesitate to reach out to me or another board member!

 

We also welcome you to stop by for a PTA Volunteer Appreciation/Meet and Greet on Thursday, March 10th from 7-9pm.  Look for the invitation in the newsletter, on the website, and in other PTA and school correspondence. Know an incoming 6th grade parent?  Invite them along for the evening!

 

We hope to see you on Tuesday, March 8th  at 9:15 at Attea.

 

Warmly,

Missy Amrol and Shonne Ehrhardt

SPATPTA Co-Presidents 

From our PTA Presidents

Dear Springman and Attea Families,

 

Happy New Year!

 

Time is certainly flying by and we are halfway through the school year!

 

The next few months are busy with TRANSITION...

        *Orientations for our incoming 6th graders

        *GBS visits for our incoming 9th graders

 

This also brings forth our preparations for our next year's PTA Slate.

Please consider getting involved with the PTA. There are many positions open for next year and we need you to help keep the PTA successful!

 

Join us at the next PTA meeting:

Tuesday, February 9th @9:15am @Springman

 

Thank you!

Shonne Ehrhardt and Missy Amrol

 

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