The Third Annual Parade of Pigs event is just around the corner! Parade of Pigs is a BCEF fundraising event aimed to help enrich the creativity and innovative potential of our students. Specially painted ceramic piggy banks will first be unveiled at the District's Celebration of the Visual Arts show at 1 p.m., March 9 at GIS. They will then reside at sponsoring businesses, and in all our schools, to collect money until May 19. On Friday, May 30 the banks themselves will be auctioned at a cookout on the patio at Island Bay Yacht Club. Monies raised will help fund each school's Fine Arts Department.
Calendar for 2014-15 Approved
At the Board of Education meeting February 24, trustees voted to approve the 2014-15 Official School Calendar. The first day of school for students is August 20, and the last day (tentative) is May 28. School Improvement Days have not yet been determined. Click here for the 2014-15 calendar.
Track Practice will begin on Wednesday, March 5th for all 6th, 7th, and 8th graders. Practice will be from 3:30-5:00 at the GMS track. 6th graders will be able to stay in academic study hall in the GIS cafeteria until 3:30. All athletes must have a current physical within the last 395 days in order to tryout, practice or participate. Physicals can either be turned into the office at GMS and GIS or to the coaches the first day. If you have any questions, please contact Ryan Green at 483-2481 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org
GIS Book Fair News: Glenwood Intermediate will have our Spring Book Fair from March 5th through the 10th. The Book Fair will also be open on Sunday, March 9th during Celebration of Visual Arts Show from 1-3pm. If you would like to volunteer during our Book Fair time, please email email@example.com
PBIS ISAT Parent Statement
The students and teachers work hard in the classroom all year to prepare for the Illinois State Achievement Tests (the infamous ISAT's!). Here are a few ways to help them succeed . . . and not be afraid of these standardized tests.
Make the test a priority: Don't schedule doctor/dentist/orthodontist appointments (unless unavoidable) or trips during the ISAT testing weeks. If favorite TV shows or games come on late, let your child record them or watch on-line after school, so he or she can get a sound night's sleep. Help them unplug earlier than usual and talk with them to find out if they have any fears or concerns about the tests.
Feed and water them well: So, your child doesn't generally like to eat breakfast? Think outside the box; let them eat non-traditional healthy foods for the novelty of it. This will fuel their brains and help them recall what they need for the test. Avoid highly sugary foods that can cause a spike in energy and concentration levels followed by a dramatic drop.
Take the test seriously: DO NOT SCARE them! GIS works hard to create an encouraging atmosphere, where the test is presented as important but not the end of the world. Help your child feel comfortable that week, whether that's with comfortable clothes or encouraging words instead of disagreements before school.
A willingness on your part to make some slight changes in your routine for a short time will give confidence to any child facing ISAT week. Thank you for your support!