OUR VISION: WORLD CLASS ACADEMIC EXCELLENCE
Smithton School Community,
Friday marks an important milestone in returning to school as the Governor’s phase 4 of reopening Illinois goes into effect. We have missed our students more than you know! As we work to follow state guidance on school reopening requirements, it is our goal to open school as normally as possible. That means, as of right now, we plan on beginning school on August 13 with a normal, full-day of in-person student instruction. It is important to us all that students have the opportunity to experience the high-quality education that Smithton School provides in-person this August. Not only is it important for our students’ educational foundation but equally important for their social-emotional well-being.
Some things at school will, unfortunately, have to change as we are mandated to abide by the state’s requirements. Today the state has released their highly anticipated guidance including the mandated requirements to reopen school. Now that we have received this guidance we can begin our collaborative process to finalize our reopening plan. Not all of these changes will be easy or will we be able to follow perfectly. For instance, we know that symptom checks and masks for students and staff are currently required by the state. We also know that the state's limit of 50 or less in one space will be required along with social distancing. We will strive to make our plan as flexible as possible to allow our students the comfort of having school start again with the most minimal change to their experience. This continues to be a fluid situation and I expect the state’s guidance to change and be updated.
At this time I just wanted to reach out to let you know we are doing everything to make sure school will open and appreciate your support as we review everything that will be required. We will always do our best and we appreciate your support during this transition back to in-person learning. You can be assured that in addition to your child’s education, their health and the health of our staff is our number one priority. In the coming weeks we will be surveying our parents about remote learning as well as for input on the reopening plan. Should the state mandate we must go back to remote learning we will be prepared as well. We appreciate your patience as more details about our reopening plans will be released as soon as possible. In the meantime if you have a returning 1st-8th grade student and haven't completed your online registration/information check in TeacherEase please do so. If you have any questions about registration please feel free to contact the office.
Take care, have a great rest of your summer, and GO COUGARS!
Aloha, 8th grade!
Please enjoy this virtual ceremony. Congratulations to all of the Smithton CCSD 130 graduates!!!
A huge thanks to Mrs. Gaubatz for creating this video!!!
Accessing the Building
We are required to screen visitors needing to access the building. Visitors answering yes to any COVID-19 questions will not be able to access the building. We apologize for any inconvenience.
Online registration is open for the 2020-2021 school year for returning students. Please log into your TeacherEase account and complete the online registration form. If your address has changed, please contact the school office. New students to the district please contact the office. Due to current circumstances, we are trying to limit in person contact as much as possible. All other forms will be sent home with the students the first week of school.
Kindergarten parents should have all necessary forms and are asked to bring all completed forms to kindergarten screening on July 21. You will receive a phone call this week to schedule an appointment.
We are also asking that you please pay your registration fees online through TeacherEase.com or if you're paying by check please feel free to mail in payment.
Physical, dental, eye exam, and Cougar Care registration forms are available for you to print if needed in TeacherEase. These forms may be returned with your child the first week of school.
Physical Exam: Kindergarten and Sixth Grade
Dental Exam: Kindergarten, Second, and Sixth Grade
Eye Exam: Kindergarten
Sports Physical: Seventh and Eighth Grade Students participating in school sports
If you plan to utilize our after school program (Cougar Care) please call the school office to register your child. The registration form may be printed, completed, and returned with your child the first week of school.
All 6th, 7th, & 8th graders are required to have a Smithton School PE Uniform. Please follow the link below to purchase uniforms through Winning Streak. Uniforms must be purchased online by July 26. The online store will open again between November 2 - December 11.
We are once again offering "1st Day School Supplies" at Smithton School. If you would like to purchase your child's school supplies with one click and safely from your home, please follow the link below. 1st Day School Supply orders must be placed by July 1st.
As I am sure that you have heard, per the Governor’s extension of his order, in person learning will not resume this school year. Even though the building will remain closed please be assured that teaching/learning and school will continue! I am so proud of the outstanding job that our teachers are doing in keeping your child engaged in active learning. Your child's education is our top priority along with keeping everyone safe and healthy. Even though I am heartbroken that we will not be together for the remainder of this school year, we are committed to providing the best education possible! Our last formal week of remote learning will be May 11-15. The following week will allow our teachers to plan and organize student belongings for pick up and for device/book return. Breakfast/lunch delivery will continue through the week of May 18-22.
Along with this very sad news of continued closure, comes many activities and events that will not take place. I will attempt to list the many events/activities that are being cancelled or possibly rescheduled.
Kindergarten Graduation - Cancelled
Kindergarten Play - Cancelled
Jr. High Dance - Cancelled
Show Me Dough Fundraiser - Cancelled - Please return the orders you have taken and so sorry for the inconvenience.
Rotary Field Day - Cancelled - K-8
Eighth Grade Camping Trip - Cancelled
Eighth Grade Graduation - Hopefully Rescheduled - We will be discussing this with our school board to gauge the possibility of holding this event later in the summer.
Kindergarten Screening - Rescheduled TBA. We are hoping to reschedule for July, we will call to schedule an appointment in June. If you still need to return a registration packet, please give us a call.
Athletic Awards Banquet - Cancelled
Spring Band Concert - Cancelled
Track - Cancelled
PTO Carnival and all class field trips - Cancelled
Other important topics
Fall registration for returning students will be discussed in the next few weeks and we will inform you of when this will begin.
The Return of the students' belongings is being planned for next month. We will inform you of that plan in the next few weeks. We cannot have everyone come to the school at once or gather in groups. We are working on a safe way to allow students to return their devices and pick up their belongings, possibly on a drive thru basis.
Spring Pictures have NOT been delivered. Life Touch is closed. We have no information as to how they will proceed but we are hoping to be able to deliver these pictures at the belonging pick up.
Eighth Grade Caps and Gowns pickup. Once everything is ready to go, we will let 8th grade parents know when pickup will occur.
Once again, we are so sorry for the unexpected turn of events and understand the negative impact that it has caused our students, parents, and staff. We all look forward to the day when we can be together again and resume a closer to “normal” life. We appreciate your patience as we try to develop the most safe and cautious plan in returning your child’s belongings and returning their devices. We are in unprecedented times and definitely uncharted waters. We miss all of you so much and look forward to a happy and healthy fall school year.
Per the Governor’s extension of his order, in person learning will not resume this school year. Even though the building will remain closed please be assured that teaching/learning and school will continue! Amazing things have been happening during these remote learning days and I want to thank our students and parents/families for your support and continued dedication to the education process. Our teachers and staff will continue to support you in anyway we can. I am truly heartbroken for all of our students, staff, and community. We will get through this together. Please let our students know how much we love and miss them. In the meantime we will be in touch next week with more information.
March 29th Updates
As you may have already seen, the state board of education has ruled that starting March 31 we will now refer to these at home days as remote learning days. These days will not be made up or added to our calendar year. Right now that means remote learning happens through April 7 unless it is extended. The state has also required us to publish a remote learning plan. This plan will not be any different from what we have been doing this past week.
Remote learning plan:
Thank you for your support during this unprecedented time and much love to all of you!
Friday, March 20, 2020 Update
Per the Governor’s newest stay at home order the mandated school closure has been extended until at least April 8.
The office will now be closed during this time. Food service and delivery of that food will still begin to families on Monday. Please contact us via email or voicemail if we can assist or help you and your children at anytime!
Wednesday, March 18, 2020 Update
As the School closure continues after spring break, our thoughts are with our students and families. As part of the Governor's mandated closure, we are offering lunch for any students that need support starting next week on Monday and until this mandated closure is over.
In order to know how much to prepare, please call the school either Thursday or Friday from 8:00 am to 12:00 pm or leave us a message on voicemail. We will make arrangements to deliver the meals to your front porch. Please do not hesitate to contact us if you need support for your child during this time! Our kitchen staff and administration are prepared to make meals for ANY students that are in need.
To our staff that has continued to work during this shutdown I just want to say thank you! I also want to thank each and every one of our families and community members that have been nothing but supportive during this difficult time.
If your child has medication at school that you need during this extra time off please let us know and we will make arrangements.
Our amazing teaching staff will be in contact with you in the coming days with some sort of lessons for your child to do while you are home again next week. Again, these assignments will not hurt your child’s grades if they cannot complete them. Staff, thank you in advance for all the work you will do to help our students remotely.
As always, as things change we will be in contact with you.
Monday, March 16th updates
Once again, to clarify and correct, school will be off because of the Governor’s mandated closing through March 30th.
Currently, school will resume on Tuesday, March 31st. As it stands right now, these extra missed days will be considered “Act of God” days and will not be added to the end of the school year.
No activities or sports will take place. If you were renting the gymnasium for private events/sports the gym and school will be closed until further notice.
The Smithton School office will be open Monday, March 16th from 8 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
During the remainder of spring break and mandated school closure dates the office will be open only via the phones on a limited basis from 8:00 a.m. – Noon. We ask that parents/students/staff not access the building during these mandated days off.
During the extra days off if your student needs lunch/food service please contact us in the office and we will make arrangements.
Staff will be emailing parents/students either later this week or early next week with educational opportunities to complete at home. These assignments will not be counted for a grade or held against students if they cannot complete them. These are being sent to help parents work with their students to continue with some sort of educational continuity while they are out of school.
We have been told that Charter will offer free Spectrum broadband and Wi-Fi access for 60 days to households with K-12 and/or college students who do not already have a Spectrum broadband subscription and at any service level up to 100 Mbps. To enroll call 1-844-488-8395. Installation fees will be waived for new student households.
Again, this situation is fluid and may change at any moment. We hope to be back in school on Tuesday, March 31. We appreciate your support during this time.
The Governor of Illinois has just mandated that all Illinois schools be closed from Tuesday, March 17 until at least March 27. This will extend our spring break by at least one week. All activities and sports will be canceled as well. All weekend gymnasium rentals will also be unavailable during this time.
More information will be shared as it become available!
Take care, we hope to see you all on March 30.
We've been in contact with the St. Clair County Health Department, Belleville, Illinois about precautions in order to be proactive with the recent news reports about the coronavirus. We have received the following information (pictured below) from the Emergency Response Coordinator from the Health Department and the Illinois Department of Public Health. Essentially, we will continue to operate and respond as we have been during this rough flu season.
We will continue to monitor the situation and will be following up by meeting with Health Department officials in the coming weeks. We do not wish to cause panic but always be on the side of preparedness and caution. If anything changes we will be sure to let our community know.
Have a great weekend!
Scott Connell from KSDK News was here today for an assembly for 1st-3rd grades. The students enjoyed hearing about weather. Watch Channel 5 tonight at 5 and 6 to see them on the news!!!
2020-2021 Kindergarten registration packets currently available in the main office. To qualify for Kindergarten, students must turn five years of age on or before September 1, 2020. Families may complete the packets and will be asked to return them to the school office before April 17. All incoming Kindergarten students will be screened on Thursday, April 30 and Friday, May 1. Screening appointments for Thursday, April 30 (8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.) and Friday, May 1 (8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.) will be set up by the school secretaries upon receipt of the student’s registration packet before April 17.
Kindergarten screening involves assessing students in the following areas: vision, hearing, speech, language skills, gross motor skills, fine motor skills, and cognitive skills. The screening takes about 45 minutes.
At-Risk Early Childhood Screening
Smithton School is now taking appointments for the At-Risk Early Childhood Screening for the 2020-2021 school year. The screening will be held on Friday, March 13, 2020. Your student must be between 2½-5 years.
The students will be tested in the development areas of: vision, hearing, speech, language skills, gross motor skills, fine motor skills, cognitive skills. The screening takes about 1 hour and 15 minutes.
Please call for your appointment at 233-6863 between 7:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Monday -Friday.
Do The Right Thing Award Winner
Lauren K. was selected as a Do The Right Thing of Greater St. Louis Award Winner for the month of January 2020! She was nominated by Mrs. LaFrence and selected out of hundreds of nominees! Way to go!
Thank you for being a great leader at Smithton School!!!
Thank you to Chief Neff and Officer Boeving for showing our Dare Students all about K-9 officers!
K-4 Spelling Bee Winners
100th Day of School!
Cold and flu season is here! This is a great reminder from our fantastic Nurse Nancy!
Wear Red for Heart Warriors Day!
Our amazing first grade teachers once again received a grant through Target. They will be using the grant to take the first grade students to Camp Wartburg again in May!
On to state!!!
Congrats to our regional champion girls’ basketball team! They defeated Pontiac to earn a spot in the state tourney!!! They will play at Rend Lake College in the quarterfinals on January 24th at 3:30 p.m.
Picture the Music Winners
Congratulations to Lacie B., Ava L., Hailey D., Mason M., Meghan P., Carson S., and Brock C.! Their art pieces were selected to represent Smithton School in the Picture the Music Art Competition. Students in grades K-6 listened to Waltz from Masquerade Suite by composer Aram Khachaturian and responded to the piece with paintings and drawings that express creative thought and emotion inspired by the music. Seven pieces from each school were then sent to the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra to compete with students' art pieces from other St. Louis area schools. They'll find out if they made the top 100 finalists in the competition very soon!
Our Character Council sponsored a pajama day! Students were able to wear pajamas to school for a $1 donation or a bag of candy. The school raised $433 with proceeds going to Urban Reach of St.Louis to help fill Christmas stockings for youth in need. Way to go Smithton!
K-1 Christmas Program
Smithton Optimist Student of the Month: May 2020
The Smithton Optimist student of the month for May 2020 is Mia N. Mia was chosen for this honor by the faculty and administration of the school. The guidelines used were: the student who goes out of his or her way to help others and be thoughtful and kind to others, a student who shows cooperation, follows the rules and has an optimistic outlook at all times. Mia will receive a plaque and framed Optimist Creed and her family will be invited to the Optimist Pancake Breakfast where she will be honored.
Mia is the daughter of Eugene and Becky Neighbors. Some of her favorite hobbies and activities include volleyball, shopping, hanging out with friends and traveling. Her plans in the future are to become a pharmacist. Mia's favorite
quote is "All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them.” Walt Disney
The Village of Smithton received the 2013 Governor's Hometown Award. This award recognizes promotion of a healthful & supportive environment & a high quality of life.
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Join us in supporting a safe environment for students and staff and help us take proactive steps to prevent bullying. Smithton School is committed to a continuous improvement process that helps support both academic success and emotional health. Resources and Smithton's policy on bullying can be found by clicking here.
WORLD CLASS ACADEMIC EXCELLENCE
A new "championship" banner was unveiled on during a school-wide assembly. This sign now hangs in the gymnasium to honor the amazing achievements by the entire Smithton Community last school year! Go Cougars!!!
STATE ASSESSMENT SCORES
After the statewide release of Illinois test scores in ELA, Math, and Science, we are very proud to announce that our students were at the top of all districts in St. Clair County in ELA, Math, and Science!!! Congratulations to our entire Smithton Community! This is truly a team effort!
WE ARE A SMALL SCHOOL WITH BIG DREAMS! Click on the image below to watch our video!
WE LOVE OUR SCHOOL!
Smithton School has been honored as the Illinois DO THE RIGHT THING School of the Year three times!!!
After graduation from Smithton School at the end of eighth grade, students continuing their public school education attend Freeburg High School, an excellent comprehensive 9-12 school offering students rich academics and extensive extracurricular activities.
During inclement weather, the district administration may elect to cancel school for the safety and security of students and staff. In the event that school is cancelled, parents will be notified using the SCHOOLREACH automated phone system. Additionally, school closure information will be made available on the district's website as well as the following media outlets: KMOX Radio, KTVI FOX Channel 2, KMOV CBS Channel 4, KSDK NBC Channel 5, KDNL ABC Channel 30.