OUR VISION: WORLD CLASS ACADEMIC EXCELLENCE
School Reopening Plan Updated 9-10-2020
I hope that you are doing well considering all of the trials and difficulties that we have all had to face. I am hoping that this news will lighten your spirits and serve as a glimmer of hope. After consulting with the ST. Clair County Health Dept. and the St. Clair ROE, as well as reviewing the Covid cases in our area, we would like to share our plan of returning our students to in-school learning using the hybrid schedule.
We are all very excited to have students back in the building but it will take a bit of time for our teachers to transition from full remote to the hybrid plan. I have included the dates and grade levels for returning to a hybrid plan.
*Please note that there is one change to our original hybrid plan. Instead of Wednesday being a full remote day, Fridays will be our full remote day. By moving the remote day from the middle of the week to the end of the week, students will have a more consistent flow of attendance. Our teachers felt very strong that this would work out extremely well for their students. Please pay special attention below to the days that our A and B groups will be in attendance. If this poses a problem in your planning, give us a call and we will do our best to accommodate your needs.
September, 21 – Students in grades K-3 will begin the A/B group plan. Students in the A group will attend school on Mondays and Wednesdays, while students in the B group will attend on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Fridays will be used for a remote learning day for all students. Teachers will push out assignments and be available to meet via Google in the morning. Students will attend a full day of school on their group’s days.
September 28 – Students in grades 4-8 will begin their A/B groups plan. The students will follow their schedule for either the A group or B group, attending full days of school.
Considerations for Parents When Considering In-Person versus Remote
Our teachers will be working very hard with our in-person students throughout each day, Monday-Thursday. They cannot be expected to spend their evenings teaching the remote students. We will have our support staff and RTi teachers checking in with our remote students to provide support, but the level of teacher time spent making videos will be much smaller than in our full remote state. All parents are being offered the in-person learning, so if a parent does choose to keep their child home, we want to make sure that those parents are aware that the intense instruction that they are currently receiving will look different. Teachers will still be sending lessons to their students but the continuous meetings with the students throughout the day is not possible. Our teachers have gone over and above to provide detailed instruction and videos to explain their expectations and lessons. They simply will not have enough time in the day to do two full time teaching positions.
We are allowing students to make the switch to in person learning if they had previously opted for remote even when our students return. Please consider having your child attend the in-person instruction if possible so they can get the most out of each day. We all know that there is no replacement for in-person learning.
A few reminders:
If your child is experiencing any of the Covid symptoms, please keep them at home, even if they are the slightest of symptoms such as a cough, sore throat or runny nose.
Students will need to return with their devices, Chromebook or iPad, and some of their school supplies.
Lunches will be served but we will continue to deliver to those who are not in attendance that particular day. One hot lunch choice and one cold lunch choice will be offered to those students who attend in person learning. Cold lunches will be delivered to students during their off days.
Masks are required to be worn in the building at all times, although students will be taking breaks from wearing masks during the day by going outside for a few minutes throughout the day. We all need a break from masks occasionally.
Students will go into the cafeteria for lunch but we will practice social distancing to our best ability.
More information and details will be shared next week. We are just so excited to share this incredible news with you at this time.
Have a wonderful evening!
Mrs. Norton, Principal
Welcome Back to School
As we all know, this is not the way that we had expected to begin our school year. Even though we are beginning in a fully remote situation, I can assure you that our teachers have been working diligently to upgrade their virtual programming along with adding new strategies and increased opportunities for students to meet face to face virtually. The work that is taking place highlights the amazing technological minds of our staff. The expansion of high-level technology is sure to please you and your child. Our teachers began reaching out to their students this week and are receiving wonderful feedback. Teachers are equipped with web cams for going live with students and/or video taping lessons in order to provide step by step instruction throughout the lessons.
How will my child obtain their school device?
Next week, Monday, August 17, a parent of a student in grades 6-8 may come to the school and pick up their textbooks and Chromebook in the gym. Tables will be arranged in the gym by grade level with the student’s name on their device and books. Pick up is from 9:00 – 2:00. If you cannot make it on the designated day, you may come on whatever day is convenient after Monday, August 17.
Tuesday, August 18, parent of student in grades 3-5, may come to school to pick up their Chromebook and textbooks in the gym from 9:00 – 2:00. Tables will be labeled with their teacher’s name and grade level. If you do not know your child’s teacher, please check on teacherease. Their teacher’s name will be listed. We cannot guarantee that the 3-5 grade items will be in the gym on Monday, August 17. Their designated day is the 18th.
Wednesday, August 19, parents with a 2nd grade student may come to school to pick up your child’s iPad, binder of paper copies of assignments, and books. Any parent who do not attend the K-1 Meet the Teacher Night on August 18, may also come on this day to pick up their device, binder, and books.
Meet the Teacher Night - August 18
We are asking that only one parent and the student in grades kindergarten and first grade, as well as any new families to our district attend on this night. Due to the need to maintain a low number of people in the building, we are asking that student’s whose last name begins with A-K arrive at 5:30 and go to your child’s classroom. If you have more than one child, we understand the need to move to other classrooms as well.
Students whose last name begins with the letters L-Z will begin at approximately 6:30, please wait in your cars until we have cleared the building of our first group and make an announcement over the outside intercom. We will call the next group as soon as we are ready. Please refrain from entering the building until we have called you and cleared the first group out.
Kindergarten and first grade students will receive their iPad, binder of paper assignments and other additional information on this night. Parents will receive step by step instruction as to how to use the Seesaw app. This app will allow you to have direct communication with your child’s teacher as well as serve as a means to deliver instruction and assignments. Your child will be able to share his/her work on this app as well. Teachers will be giving detailed directions on how to take advantage of all the wonderful features of the Seesaw app. You will not want to miss this!
If you cannot make the Meet the Teacher Night, your child’s device and materials will be placed in the gym on their teacher’s table.
*MASKS ARE REQUIRED WHEN ATTENDING “MEET THE TEACHER NIGHT” AND WHEN DEVICES ARE PICKED UP.
How will instruction be delivered to my child?
Kindergarten and first grade teachers have created binders that will have all of your child’s work in paper form. The binders will be labeled with your child’s name and stored in crates in the front foyer through the time of remote instruction, which is always unlocked. The kindergarten teachers will be providing paper work for the students on Monday, Wednesday, and Fridays each week. On Tuesdays and Thursdays, students will be provided work virtually. First grade students will have paper/pencil work on Monday-Thursday, along with digital instruction. The teachers will have a combination of live and recorded instruction. Both kindergarten and first grade students will receive their iPad, binder of paper assignments, and additional materials on Meet the Teacher Night, Tuesday, August 18. Your child is welcome to bring his/her backpack to help transport the materials home. Who doesn’t want to show off their new backpack! Their plans include a rotation of binders for the week. Parents will return the completed work in the binder and place it in the teacher’s crate in the foyer, while picking up the next week’s binder of assignments in paper form. Each teacher will provide you with the schedule of return/pick up days. As we all know, it is impossible to practice letter and number writing without the proper materials. We have you covered!
Kindergarten and first grade teachers will be available for questions or concerns via Seesaw or email. They will do their best to respond as soon as possible, but they do have families of their own and will be working to do their best during their off times as well.
Second Grade - Teachers will be providing each student with their own iPad, binder of paper assignments, and other additional materials and books. They will be available for pick up in the gym on Wednesday, August 19. The binders that these teachers are providing will NOT be required to be return weekly. Students will complete the work, take a picture of their work and send it to the teacher through the Seesaw app. These binders will provide a paper copy of the activities that will be demonstrated remotely. These teachers will also be providing live and pre-recorded lessons and instruction. As always, our teachers will be available for questions through either Seesaw or email.
Third Grade – Teachers will be providing their students with a Chromebook, a binder of supplemental materials such as practice writing sheets, and various books and materials. They will be utilizing Google Classroom for posting all assignments, where lessons and links to videos and materials will be available. Teachers will meet virtually with their students daily.
Fourth Grade - Teachers will be providing their students with a Chromebook, a binder of materials, and various materials and books. The fourth-grade teachers have devised a schedule for the student binders to be picked up and returned throughout the remote learning implementation. Crates will be placed in the foyer for the parent’s convenience. Students will complete the work assigned both digitally or through paper form. A parent may pick up the device and all materials on their pick-up day, Tuesday, August 18 in the gym. Fourth grade will be utilizing Google Classroom for assignments and instruction.
Fifth Grade – Teachers will be providing instruction through Google Classroom or email on the Chromebooks. Any paper copies needed for the next 4 weeks will be provided with Chromebooks during your child’s pickup date. They will meet daily with their students via video chat to answer questions and for further instruction as needed. If students or parents have questions outside of school hours, teachers will respond to the best of their ability that same evening or the following day. There are many fun online activities planned for their students. The Chromebooks and other supplies will be available for pickup on Tuesday, August 18.
Sixth Grade - Teachers will utilize Google Classroom to push out lessons and instructional videos. The students will be able to type in their answers and submit it back to the teacher. A digital notebook will be available for math containing notes, assignments, and videos. Each teacher will have a letter explaining how their classroom will function, but all necessary components will be digital. Teachers will be available for questions and online meetings from 8:30 – 12:30. They can also be received through email, which they will check throughout the day and evening. They may not always be readily available at night, but they will do their best to respond in a reasonable amount of time.
Seventh and Eighth Grade - The seventh and eighth grade teachers have already sent a letter to their students/parents explaining their procedures and expectations. If a student chooses, he/she can follow their course schedule, which can be found on teacherease, and see a live or pre-recorded video of the teacher providing instruction for the day’s lessons. The lessons will all be available through video, allowing the student to do the assignment at whatever time works for them. Should they have questions or need assistance, the teachers are available through email or the scheduled time during the day. Teachers are happy to meet students on a one to one basis as well, if they would need further help with their assignment.
Specialty Teachers – Art, PE and technology will be providing lessons as well. Students in grades K-2 will receive lessons and activities through the Seesaw app. Students in grades 3-8 will receive lessons and activities through Google Classroom. Your child will enjoy these fun and engaging lessons.
We will NOT be offering band, chorus, or general music at this time.
Assignments, Grades, and Accountability
Unlike during the spring months when we had to make a quick transition to remote learning and students were not held accountable for turning in all of their work, students will be expected to participate and complete all assignments. Grades will be given and students will be held accountable for turning in work in a timely manner. Most of our teachers are making the weeks’ worth of lessons available at the beginning of each week, therefore students will have the entire week to complete their work. Grades will be reflective of whether assignments are returned and completed.
Thank you once again for your patience and understanding during these unprecedented times.
Vicki Norton, Principal
Tonight the board of education voted to take the advisement of the St. Clair County Health Department and start the school year in full remote learning status. We will reconsider this plan in 4 weeks unless we have new information from the Illinois Department of Public Health and the Health Department. If they deem it possible to transition back to in person learning we will do so as soon as possible. As a result of this, the board also approved postponing the start of year with remote instruction beginning on August 20th to allow us to better plan for device distribution and our new way of operating. I appreciate your patience and flexibility as we work to make this the best situation that we can. We will be in touch in the coming week about the beginning of the school year but I wanted to let you know the decision as soon as possible.
Meet the Teacher Night for Tuesday, August 11, will be postponed as well. We will make sure that we reschedule this opportunity for our youngest learners and our newest students to meet their teachers in person as soon as we can. We want to make sure we are doing it in the best way possible.
More info to come soon,
SPECIAL BOARD MEETING
Below is the link to watch the board of education meeting tonight at 7:00 p.m. I apologize in advance if the mic is not picking up all of the sound and the camera can't pick up the entire board. This is our first time doing this type of zoom meeting in such a large space. All comments made to the board online via the chat function will attempted to be read during public comment. All e-mail messages sent to the superintendent about tonight's meeting will also be read to the board. Reminder: those in-person attendees will be limited to 50 total people in the gymnasium and everyone in attendance will be required to wear a face mask/facial covering.
You are invited to a Zoom webinar.
When: Aug 10, 2020 07:00 PM Central Time (US and Canada)
Topic: board meeting
Please click the link below to join the webinar:
Or iPhone one-tap :
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Webinar ID: 883 6435 2177
Return to School
I want to say thank you to all our families, staff, and community members for your support over the last 4 months. I am sorry this entire situation has occurred and if I could change it I would. As I shared with the board last night I know no matter what decision is made in regards to school reopening many of our families may not agree. All I can say to that is I am very sorry. As always the safety of our students and staff is something that is our top priority. We truly do want our students back in school as much as possible and will do our best to keep them and our staff safe. We will work to accomplish all of the safety requirements that are mandated by the Illinois State Board of Education and the Illinois Department of Public Health. This won’t be easy and it won’t be perfect no matter which route we choose.
Last evening the board of education approved our reopening plan. We will begin our school year in a blended/hybrid learning schedule. This will allow our students to be in school 2 full days a week with remote learning taking place the other 3 days. This will also allow us to better accomplish the mandates we have been given on social distancing, sanitizing, cleaning, and keeping our capacity of students under 50 in any one area. This should allow us to give our students some semblance of a normal school day even if it is only for two days a week. Kids should now be able to eat in the cafeteria, play on the playground, and move to their different classes throughout the day. Our goal is to make this as normal of a school year as we can. I truly believe this is a safe compromise at this point for students and staff while still giving us the chance to have some in person learning. I understand there are still many more questions than answers at this point. I also understand by doing this we are putting another extreme burden on our parents. I do not take this lightly. We plan to reassess this on a quarterly basis and will make changes if and when it is necessary.
Below is a link to the current reopening plan summary. It describes the hybrid schedule, what is expected with remote learning, and what in-person protocols will be used. Basically students will be divided into A and B groups by their last name with A students attending on Monday/Thursday and B students attending on Tuesday/Friday. On Wednesday all students will remote learn to allow our teachers to plan and touch base with our remote learners. We are working to ensure that siblings in the building and at the high school are on the same schedule. We will also work to make sure that blended families are on the same schedule as well.
Some families do not feel comfortable or safe bringing their child(ren) back to school at all. All families will have the option of full-remote learning to begin the year. We ask that parents that would like this option to contact the office by August 5 so that we can begin to plan for those students and how that will impact our in-person numbers. We will provide remote learners with Chrome books or IPads to use to access materials from teachers.
With the increasing positive cases in our region we can’t guarantee this plan won’t change over the course of the next two weeks. Our staff is at the ready and prepared no matter what may be thrown at us. As things change we will communicate that to you as soon as possible.
Again, a link to the summary is below. Thank you for your support during this difficult time,
REOPENING PLAN SUMMARY
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
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.