OUR VISION: WORLD CLASS ACADEMIC EXCELLENCE
Good luck to our Smithton Cougars - our baseball and softball teams will both play on Saturday, October 1, in the state tournament!
EVERY STUDENT SUCCEEDS ACT - INFORMATIONAL MEETING
A series of meetings will be held across the state to provide overview informaion on the federal Every Student Succeeds Act and allow participants to share their thoughts and ideas on Illinois’ draft plan. The draft plan may be accessed at isbe.net/essa. Locations around the state include Freeport, Moline, Spring Valley, Bloomington, Mundelein, Effingham, Quincy, Peoria, Lockport, Chicago, Streamwood, Sycamore, and East St. Louis. The meeting in East St. Louis will be held at East St. Louis High School (4901 State Street) on Tuesday, September 27 from 4:30 - 6:30 p.m. You may access the invitation by clicking here.
SEPTEMBER NEWSLETTER FROM DR. HOMES
It's the second day of Fall, and pumpkins are beginning to appear around the area! This year is as busy as ever and filled with many exciting events at Smithton School. Click here for Dr. Homes' monthly newsletter which contains a few highlights as well as information from the September 20 Board of Education meeting, including:
The Smithton Commercial Club is organizing the 2016 Haunted Trail to be held at the Smithton Village Park on Friday and Saturday, October 14 - 15 from 6:30-11:00 p.m. The Haunted Trail is one of our biggest fundraisers and all proceeds go back to the community in the form of contributions. As the event has grown it is difficult to find enough people to help work the event. Since community service is important to our students, we are appealing to those students 14 and older to consider volunteering one or both days of the event. We would provide a letter to the volunteer with the number of hours worked and thanking them for their support. We are looking for “guides” (folks that like to walk) and Scareactors. Guides are responsible for leading groups of 10-12 visitors along the park walking path which is about three-quarter of a mile long past the various scenes. We need responsible volunteers who can lead all age groups through the trail and keep their groups together and moving along. Scareactors will need to wear costumes (zombie, crazy clowns, scary hillbilly, etc.) to either help scare at a designated scene or to meander along the trail to fill “dead space” and help scare the visitors. It is imperative that we select individuals who can conduct themselves responsibly in their roles. Volunteers will be asked to participate Friday, Oct. 14 and/or Saturday, Oct. 15 from 6:30-11:00 p.m. Report time is 6:00 p.m. An adult Scene Manager is in charge of each scene. Food and refreshments will be provided. All we need to make this a successful Community Event is the help of volunteers. Please contact Mark Rodriguez or Jeff Schenewerk for questions and to volunteer. Mark’s Email: email@example.com. Jeff’s Email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you scary much!
Smithton School Water Tested (Lead Free) in 2015 as Part of District's Environmental Program
There has been a great deal of news surrounding facilities in the Metro-East and around the nation where drinking water has been tested and contains high levels of lead. I want to take a moment to assure you that the safety of our school is of paramount importance to the Board of Education and to me. The water at Smithton School is safe to drink. In October 2015, we partnered with Environmental Consultants, LLC, to conduct a full environmental study of our school. The study included sampling and testing of our drinking water (fountains, kitchen, etc.) within the building. I am pleased to report that all samples collected from our school "identified lead levels at LESS THAN the limit of detection which is WELL BELOW the USEPA (United States Environmental Protection Agency) standard for safe drinking water." Not only does our environmental program check for safe drinking water, but it also allows for regular site visits by the environmental team, checks on temperature, relative humidity, carbon dioxide, carbon monoxide, ventilation and other areas that may impact student and staff health.I hope that this information will help you have peace of mind in terms of drinking water at our school and our district's approach to ensuring a safe and healthy environment.
Yours in education,
Dr. Sue Home
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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
Message from the principal
September 28, 2016
Events to Come
An Eighth Grade Informational Parent Night is being held Thursday, September 29 at 6:00 in the cafeteria. The topics to be discussed are the silent auction, the chili supper, and the eighth grade camping trip. We highly recommend all eighth grade parents to attend this informational meeting.
National Stomp Out Bullying Day is scheduled for Monday, October 3. Everyone is encouraged to wear blue .
Walk to School Day is scheduled to be held on Wednesday, October 5. To highlight the importance of physical fitness, we are encouraging students to walk to school. Those students who are bus riders and who have a signed permission slip will be dropped off at the park or Dollar General. Students will be chaperoned by a staff member and all cross walks will be monitored. Last year’s walk was a huge success and we hope to have even more students join the walk this year. Tickets will be passed out to students as they arrive to school and a drawing will be held for various items, including Subway gift cards.
Thursday, October 6 is an early release day at 11:30. There will be no Cougar Care on that day. We will also have picture re-takes on that day.
Friday, October 7 is St. Clair County Institute Day – No School for our students. We will also be honoring Columbus Day on Monday, October 10 with no school.
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 LOVE OUR SCHOOL!
Smithton School was honored as the Illinois DO THE RIGHT THING School of the Year in August 2015!
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!