OUR VISION: WORLD CLASS ACADEMIC EXCELLENCE
BANNER PHOTO - [May 26, 2017]. Seven 7th grade girls came out to Belle Valley School to help launch the Quad STEM group's second weather balloon. The students helped start GoPros, added Mylar and duct tape to GPS sensors, and got the flight computer ready. They also held the large parachute while the balloon was inflating. The balloon was released at 10:41 am and it was retrieved in a farmer's field off of HWY 50 in Salem, IL around 2:00 pm. Fun and learning was had by all!
BMX BIKE CAMP
Ms. Hedrick shared the following pictures with us from the 2nd week of BMX camp. She writes, "A second round of BMX campers are busy calculating speed, stopping distance, and balance using BMX bikes that they built on their first day of camp. I hope that any 7th graders this following school year will think about joining this awesome STEM camp!"
#PassILBudget Grassroots Effort
Today begins a statewide grassroots effort to urge legislators to pass an Illinois State Budget. Over 390 Illinois superintendents have signed on to this initiative. I am proud to be one of those administrators to help get the word out that we can no longer sit by while our state fails to make a commitment to fund schools and important services for our citizens. I hope you will read this letter and consider contacting our local legislators in support of getting a budget passed before the legislative session adjourns this Spring. Please encourage your friends, family, and colleagues to do the same.
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