OUR VISION: WORLD CLASS ACADEMIC EXCELLENCE
Mrs. Smith's 7th graders had an opportunity to SKYPE with Sebastian Maroundit, founder of the "Building Minds for South Sudan" organization on October 27. The students recently completed reading "A Long Walk to Water" based on the story of the "lost boys of Sudan." Sebastian was one of those boys. What an honor to have him interact with our children electronically for the 2nd year in a row. The 7th graders raised $500 to donate to his organization!
DO THE RIGHT THING HONOREE
Congratulations to Kalee, recognized at the October 25 "Do The Right Thing" ceremony at The Shrine in Belleville. Watch Channel 4 tonight just before 6 p.m. to see the honorees!
OCTOBER SUPERINTENDENT'S REPORT
Dr. Homes' October newsletter is available by clicking here or on the image below. The PowerPoint presentation delivered by Dr. Nick Osborne at the Special Board of Education meeting on October 19, 2016, is also available here.
VOTE FOR OUR SCHOOL VIDEO BEFORE NOVEMBER 18
Our school video has earned the school $500 for being one of the first 20 submitted! Voting continues through November 18. Please encourage your family and friends to vote for our video. We are a small school with big dreams--help our video go viral!http://www.get2knowthemetroeast.com/projects/gotspirit
Smithton School Superintendent receives Racial Harmony Elite Award
We would like to congratulate Dr. Susan Homes, who received the Racial Harmony Elite Award! This award is given to someone whose humanitarian efforts brings about peace in our community. She has substantially contributed to the success of the Smithton School community by collaborating with all stake holders to provide and atmosphere where learning is maximized. The Elite in Racial Harmony stands for Extraordinary Leaders Impacting Today's Environment. We are so very proud to have her in the Smithton family!
PARCC Guide -
Dear Smithton Families:
We know many of you will be participating in this week’s Parent Teacher Conferences on Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. We appreciate the time you are taking to learn about your student’s academic as well as their social and emotional growth at Smithton School.
If your child attended Smithton School and was enrolled in Grades 3-7 last year, you will also be receiving a PARCC assessment score report for your child. Last year, for the second consecutive year, the state of Illinois required administration of the “Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers” test, more frequently referred to as the PARCC test. During parent teacher conferences, you will receive your child’s PARCC score report. Read more here.
NOTICE OF CONSIDERATION OF LEASE PROPOSALS
Size/Area: Approximately 38.31 acres
Restrictions: Agricultural farming
Term: January 1 - December 31, 2017
Proposal Deadline: November 10, 2016 at 11:00 a.m.
VETERAN'S DAY PROGRAM PLANNED FOR NOV. 10 AT 9:30 A.M.
Help Smithton students and staff honor as many veterans as we can during our 2016 Veteran's Day Ceremony on Thursday, November 10 at 9:30 a.m. Smithton families can click here to view the details and help us recognize our Vets!
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
Mrs. Norton was so thrilled to have Kindergarten students Naomi and Garrett come to her office and read the book Sock Sack. Our students really are incredible!
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!
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