OUR VISION: WORLD CLASS ACADEMIC EXCELLENCE
Mr. Sehr's 5th grade students began a unit on volume by filling soap boxes with different materials (Cheerios, beans, packing peanuts, cotton balls, and unit cubes) to see which one filled the box! (Pictures above)
Can you feel the power? The 8th grade students used the PE exercise of step aerobics to calculate power in Ms. Hedrick's class recently. Students found out mathematically how much work they do stepping up 20 times. The students then timed how long it took them to do 20 repetitions (they repeated this process using slow, fast, and "regular" speeds). After collecting data and performing math calculations, it looks like they expended anywhere from 65 - 89 Watts of power doing step aerobics!
Another year of PASSING THE CONSTITUTION TEST. This annual "rite of passage" is a favorite of our 8th graders!
SMITHTON SCHOOL STUDENTS WIN FREEBURG VFW "POST LEVEL" PATRIOT PEN ESSAY CONTEST
Smithton School was asked again this year by the Freeburg VFW Post to submit essays from the students in Junior High. The theme of the essay contest was "The America I Believe In". Over 150 students submitted their essays. Smithton School got the top 3 places for grades 6, 7 and 8. First place winner is Gracie who will receive $100.00, second place winner is Brooke who will receive $50.00 and third place winner is Lilli who will receive $25.00. These three are winners at the "Post Level". Their essays will now go on to the "District Level".
Santa Claus Is Coming To Town!
The Smithton Commercial Club has arranged for Santa to pay a visit to Smithton! Be sure to stop by the Smithton Senior Center on Sunday, December 4 from 1-5pm. Check out the flyer for more information.
SMITHTON SCHOOL DISTRICT ACTIONS FOLLOWING THE STRATEGIC PLANNING PROCESS and MEETING ANNOUNCEMENT
Many of you may have read the article in last week’s Freeburg Tribune (click here to read article) that summarized the recommendations of the recent community engagement meetings held between January and June 2016. Although a consensus was not reached by the facilitating team co-chaired by community members Bob Mueller and Jason Becherer, they did suggest that the Smithton Board of Education consider undertaking a study to determine what benefits, if any, district reorganization may provide. The Illinois State Board of Education recently announced available grant funds to help offset the cost of such a study. A reorganization study typically runs from $12,000 to $15,000. The Smithton Board of Education directed me to invite Dr. Nick Osborne, a Field Service Representative for the Illinois Association of School Administrators, to discuss the steps and possible costs and benefits of undergoing such a study. Dr. Osborne will provide this informational session on October 19 at 7 p.m. in the Smithton cafeteria. The emphasis on this session is simply to provide facts so that the districts can make an informed decision about whether or not a reorganization study would be beneficial to the group. The Board has extended an invitation to Freeburg District #70, Freeburg District #77 as well as St. Libory to attend this meeting. The meeting is open to the public.
Message from the principal
The week of November 7 is National Young Readers week. I have taken the challenge of reading to every classroom from grades K-5. The challenge is promoted by the Book It! Program through Pizza Hut. I am scheduled to read to all of our students throughout the day on Wednesday, November 9. I look forward to spending time with the students, enjoying a good book.
The Character Council is holding a Hippie Day on Wednesday, November 9. Students are allowed to dress like a hippie. The fee is a canned good item, to be donated to the Lord’s Helper. I am sure that many of our students may not know exactly what a hippie is. Parents, you may need to enlighten them about the crazy days in the 70’s, if you yourselves are familiar with this era!
Girls on the Run have started their community service project this week. They are asking for donations of all sizes of clothing and blankets. The program is called Heat up the Streets, which will be providing clothing, coats, and blankets to the homeless. Now would be a great time to clean out your closets for a good cause. The service project runs until November 22. There is a barrel in our front lobby for all donations. Thank you so much in advance.
Our Veteran’s day program will be held this Thursday morning at 9:30 in the gym. The public is welcome to attend this tribute to our service men and women who are presently serving and those who have served our country in the past. This is always a very touching and moving program. Everyone is welcome.
Early release is also this Thursday, November 10. Students will be released at 11:30. Please be sure to make plans for your child. There will be NO Cougar Care this day.
No School on Friday, November 11, in observance of Veteran’s Day.
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.
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 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