OUR VISION: WORLD CLASS ACADEMIC EXCELLENCE
BANNER PHOTO - Smithton School students Makenna and Louie were both recognized at the St. Louis County Police Headquarters this morning during the March DO THE RIGHT THING ceremony. Makenna was nominated by her teacher Ms. Koester as well as staff member Connie Schanuel. Louie was nominated by his teacher Stephanie Berry. You can watch them a few minutes before or after the 6 p.m. Channel 4 news tonight! We are so proud of them!
PICTURE THE MUSIC WINNER
Dr. Homes, Mrs. Norton, Mrs. Carter, and Mrs. Berry had the wonderful opportunity to watch 5th grader Edison honored as one of the area's top 100 "Picture the Music" winners. The ceremony was held at Powell Symphony Hall on Wednesday, March 29. Over 13,000 students participate in this program annually with over 500 final projects submitted to a panel of distinguished judges. This is the 27th year of the program, and we are so fortunate to have Art Teacher Kim Carter support this opportunity for students. This year students listened to Dvorak's Symphony 9 and then drew their impressions of the music. Participation in the "Picture the Music" program not only supports the fine arts, but allows students to focus on their listening and interpretation skills. You can listen to the music and hear a brief history of this famous piece at https://www.khanacademy.org/…/antonin-dvorak-m…/v/dvorak-one. We are proud of our fine arts program - alive and thriving - at Smithton School!
SMITHTON TEACHER CHOSEN AS COMMERCIAL CLUB'S HUMANITARIAN OF THE YEAR
Smithton and FCHS graduate Sam Brunseis, who is currently a West Point cadet in his junior year, stopped by to provide information to 6th - 8th graders on Tuesday, March 14. The students kept him busy for over 40 minutes with great questions. Thank you to Sam for taking time to visit his alma mater and for his commitment to serving our country!
County Schools Facilities Sales Tax Presentation
Dr. Homes has provided a number of opportunities for stakeholders to learn more about the County Schools Facilities Sales Tax and how it may help reduce the burden on local taxpayers while providing revenue to the district to address is building and construction needs. Click on the image below to access the PowerPoint presentation and/or view the recorded Facebook Live presentation. Read here about how Illinois ranks 50th out of 50 for funding public schools.
AN IMPORTANT DISCUSSION FOR FAMILIES
The Smithton Board of Education approved a resolution on Tuesday, February 28, proclaiming how the District will use potential county schools facilities sales tax revenue (CSFST). This move of transparency is designed to assure stakeholders that the District intends to abate taxes and invest in facility improvements with the money. Read the resolution here.
SIUE is offering a FREE overnight lock-in for 6th and 7th graders on April 22, 2017 at the SIUE campus. The lock-in will be a great opportunity for your child to meet other students from Madison and St. Clair Counties while participating in fun events like rock wall climbing, volleyball, racquetball, wallyball, basketball, indoor soccer, arts, crafts, and dancing. The purpose of this event is to engage the students in discussions of prescription drug abuse and the dangers associated with it. The SIUE School of Pharmacy faculty and students have prepared a fun night with learning activities that are sprinkled throughout the night about the issue at hand. The interactive games and sessions were created by SIUE students to allow a different dynamic to occur during this important topic discussion.
If you are interested, you can access the registration form here and submit it no later than April 7 to Dr. Kerr at 200 University Park Drive in Edwardsville, Illinois 62025. The university has indicated that space will be limited so you are encouraged to submit your registration as early as possible.
The epidemic of prescription drug abuse and heroin overdoses has likely impacted someone you know. I believe SIUE's attempt at reaching our children before they make a poor choice about "trying" drugs is an excellent way of not only giving our children a chance to experience staying on a college campus for an evening and interacting with college students, but also an opportunity the hear from folks other than those in their daily classrooms or schools on this important topic. I would highly encourage you to consider having your child and his/her friends to participate in this event.
NEW SMITHTON HALL OF FAME AWARD - NOMINATIONS DUE APRIL 1
Beginning this school year, Smithton School will recognize outstanding Smithton School alumni through a new program entitled the, “Smithton Hall of Fame.” The district will highlight notable alumni who have made exceptional strides in their career fields upon graduating from Smithton. These individuals may include authors, doctors, athletes, educators, artists, entrepreneurs, and more. As a school district it is vital to engage our community and past alumni into the current culture of our district and honor those who have helped pave the way for the younger generation. These alumni give a small glimpse into what the future can hold for a Smithton Cougar. Hall of Fame inductees embody Smithton’s vision of World Class Academic Excellence. Each year, the recipient will be inducted into the “Hall of Fame” during the spring graduation ceremony. We are now accepting nominations for the first recipient of this award. The nomination form, along with submission guidelines can be found by clicking here. The deadline for submissions for this year is April 1, 2017. We hope you will consider those individuals that may be worthy of nomination and facilitate submitting a nomination on their behalf.
2017 SUMMER CAMP INVENTION
Smithton School will host Camp Invention for the 4th time this summer from June 12 - 16. Registration is now open for all children who will be entering 1st through 6th grade during the 2017-2018 school year. For the past three years, we have been thrilled to welcome children from many districts to this exciting, hands-on adventure. You can save $25 on registration fees between now and March 20 when you register! www.campinvention.org (use promo code DISCOVER25)!
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.
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.
Visit the Smithton Chamber of Commerce website by clicking here.
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.
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WE LOVE OUR SCHOOL!
Smithton School has been honored as the Illinois DO THE RIGHT THING School of the Year twice!!
HOMERUN SCHOOL OF CHARACTER
Smithton School was honored today as a HOMERUN SCHOOL OF CHARACTER by representatives of the Gateway Grizzlies, the CharacterPlus organization, and GCS Credit Union. Enjoy these pics of the ceremony!
Smithton School was named one of six "featured schools" in the state of Illinois at the RAISING STUDENT ACHIEVEMENT CONFERENCE!
On December 16, 2014, the Smithton Board of Education adopted a resolution regarding Vision 20/20, a state-wide initiative developed through collaboration within and among public educators and professional organizations in the state. The initiative focuses on four priorities: effective educators, 21st century learning, shared accountability, and adequate and equitable funding. To read the full resolution, click here. To learn more about the Vision 20/20 state-wide initiative, visit http://illinoisvision2020.org/
"Public education in Illinois and across the country is under attack, an attack led by state and federal lawmakers, corporate interests and education agencies, many of whom are putting strings on education funding as an incentive to change. Meanwhile, some corporations and their privately funded think tanks and philanthropic organizations are crusading for more “education reforms” even as they are raising the stakes in student performance on mandated tests." http://goo.gl/k9cbeo