OUR VISION: WORLD CLASS ACADEMIC EXCELLENCE
Congratulations to our students who were recognized by the Freeburg Kiwanis Club at an assembly this morning for their academic achievements over the past quarter. Students improving at least one grade over the course of the last quarter were celebrated (example--improved from a grade of "B" to "A" in math). Students earning STRAIGHT A'S were also celebrated by their classmates. We thank local Edward Jones representative Scott Geringer for representing the Kiwanis Club and presenting the B.U.G. (bring up grades) certificates.
Smithton School first grade teachers are the recipients of a Target Field Trip Grant for the 2016-2017 school year. The teachers received the grant based upon their commitment to bringing hands-on science experiences to their students. In May, they will take their classes to Camp Wartburg in Waterloo, IL for a day of canoeing, a pond study, and a nature hike. Pictured from L-R is Dr. Susan Homes - Superintendent, Mrs. Shana Gerberding first grade teacher, Mrs. Amanda Lance first grade teacher and Mrs. Vicki Norton - Principal
SMITHTON SINGING SENSATION
Smithton School staff member Courtney Forsyth was selected as one of ten singers for St. Louis Cardinals' pitcher Adam Wainright's Karaoke Fundraiser. The event was covered on the local television stations. Ms. Forsyth has a wonderful singing voice, and we were so excited for her moment of fame! She is pictured here with Adam Wainright and Lance Lynn from the evening.
8th GRADE NIGHT
We recognized our 8th grade basketball players, managers, cheerleaders, and mascot during last night's nail-biting win against Germantown. We thank the parents for their support and congratulate our Cougars on an exciting win!
The Smithton Public Library has posted its January and February calendars which are full of fun and excited events! Visit http://www.smithtonpl.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/January-and-February-2017-Newsletter-UPDATED-single-page.pdf for a printable copy!
2017 DADDY DAUGHTER DANCE
Click on the image below to access the order form for your tickets to this year's Daddy Daughter Dance!
Dr. Homes' Puzzling Puzzle monthly winning teams (grades 4-8) enjoyed the fruits of their labor on Friday, January 6, with concretes from Dairy Queen (thank you Chad Sanders!) and winning tokens. The competition picks back up again this week!
FREE THROW CHAMPIONS
Congratulations to our 2017 Knights of Columbus Council Free Throw Champions (left to right), Brock, Nolan, Brock, Cade, Camryn, Madi, and Maddy. These champions advance to District competition on February 12 at St. Joe's in Freeburg at noon. Good luck Cougars!
NEW FEATURE - HELLO MY NAME IS...
We are starting a new weekly "Hello My Name Is" feature to help our students, parents, and community know a little more about staff members at Smithton School. Dr. Homes agreed to be the first featured staff member. We hope you enjoy learning more about the fantastic team that make up our school!
SMITHTON OPTIMIST OF THE MONTH
Congratulations to Libby who has been selected as the Smithton Elementary Optimist Student for the Month of January, 2017. Students selected for this honor go out of their way to help others, are thoughtful and kind to others, show cooperation, follow the rules and have an optimistic outlook at all times. Libby will receive a plaque and framed Optimist Creed and will be invited to the Optimist Pancake Breakfast where she will be honored. Libby is the daughter of Cari and Paul. Some of Libby's hobbies and activities include cheerleading, Student Council, NJHS, and church. Her plans for the future include becoming a pharmacist. Her favorite motto is “be happy, smile and stay positive”. Way to go, Libby!
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.
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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.
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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