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Congratulations to the GHS Scholastic Bowl team, who won the Masonic Sectional Championship at Springfield High February 28. The team will compete at the Masonic State Tournament on Saturday, March 7 in Bloomington. GO TITANS!!
District to Conduct Safety Drill at GES
The Ball-Chatham School District, in partnership with the Chatham Police Department and the Chatham Fire Department, will be conducting a “rapid deployment/intruder drill” at Glenwood Elementary School, March 5, in the afternoon hours. Entrances will be blocked and the building will be closed to visitors on that day from noon to 3 p.m. March 5 is a School Improvement Day and, as such, students are dismissed early. Students will not be a part of this emergency/safety drill.
Parade Begins at Celebration of the Visual Arts
The Ball-Chatham Educational Foundation's spring fundraiser aims to help enrich the creativity and innovative potential of our students by collecting donations in piggy banks specially painted by some of the district’s most talented artists! Monies raised will help fund each school's art program. The ceramic pigs will be unveiled at the district’s Celebration of the Visual Arts Show on March 8th, 1 p.m. at GIS.
The pigs will then be placed at the host sites until May 22nd to collect donations from our generous community. The host sites are:
- Island Bay Yacht Club
- Chatham Library
- County Market-Chatham
- Powerworks Fitness
- Edgar's Coffee House
- Casey's General Store, and
- All Ball-Chatham schools
This year's sponsors are: Maddox Dentistry; Shelley Ebener; Jane Hay Sales & Staging; Ed Clark Photography; Chris and Joan Parks; Dr. Sarah Fowler & Chris Chambers;
Formea Insurance Group; Steven Koch, CFP, Ameriprise Financial Services; and Kevin Floyd, DDS. In-kind supporters are: China Towne, Frye-Williamson Printing, and Ben Ladage Auctions.
Order your conference champs shirt by Wednesday, March 4 at noon to GHS Office 1. Please makes checks payable to the Glenwood Athletic Boosters. Click for order form.
Beginning March 9, Ball-Chatham students in grades 3-8, and high school students enrolled in Algebra II and English III will take the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) tests. The PARCC replaces the Illinois Standards Achievement Test (ISAT) and the Prairie State Achievement Exam (PSAE). Students will complete assessments in the areas of math and English Language Arts. These assessments are fully aligned to the K-12 Illinois Learning Standards (Common Core) in English language arts and mathematics. The standards emphasize academic rigor, critical thinking, problem-solving, and college/career readiness for all students. Each school in the Ball-Chatham district has spent the last three years aligning curriculum to the Common Core. PARCC will be administered with paper and pencil in grades 3-4 and electronically (online) for grades 5-11.
Testing will take place between March 9 and 20 at the three elementary schools and between March 9 and April 3 at GIS, GMS and GHS. Students who miss any portion of the assessments will be assigned a make-up time within the testing window.
These State tests are lengthy - some can take nearly two hours to complete. You can help your child be prepared for the PARCC each day by making sure they get proper rest (at least 8 hrs.), eat breakfast (healthy and balanced), and remind them to stay calm and focused.
Illinois State Senator Sam McCann visited Chatham Elementary fourth grade students and teachers February 25 to discuss how bills become law, and the legislative process in general. Fourth graders researched Illinois history and surveyed residents in the area to help them write a bill to designate sweet corn as the official state vegetable. Sen. McCann agreed to sponsor the bill (HB0800 – Designations – State Vegetable – Corn). First reading for the bill was on February 5 and has been assigned to the Agriculture Committee for review. Keep up-to-date on the bill’s progress at:
It’s the perfect time of year to enjoy something warm, right out of the oven.
GHS and GMS Band students are selling Butter Braids and other baking goods through March 4. Sale items include:
- Butter Braid pastries in Caramel, Cinnamon, Cherry, Strawberry, Blueberry & Cream Cheese.
- Premixed cookie dough for making dozens of chunky Chocolate Chip, Snickerdoodle, White Chocolate Macadamia, Peanut Butter and M&M cookies.
- Pizzas by the pair: Pepperoni, Meat Lovers, Barbeque Chicken and Four-Cheese varieties.
The Glenwood Athletic Boosters have new spirit wear items (see attached forms) and a new website where orders can be placed. Now, you have a choice – either fill out the forms and return them to the main offices at the high school or middle school, or go online to http://grecographics.homestead.com/~shop/main.html. Please note that there are additional items on the website that are not on the order forms.
Stay Up-to-date with Contract Negotiations
The Board of Education is in the process of negotiating a contract with the BCEA. Meetings are held in closed session, and details of progress remain confidential until the contract is ratified and approved. Both the Board of Education and the BCEA agree that it is in everyone's best interest that progress be reported after each meeting.