Welcome to the Parkside Principal's Message

  •  March News


    Welcome to March!  It is hard to believe we have completed three-fourths of the school year.  Spring Break is just a week away and before we know it, we will be closing out the school year.  Please take a look at some important information and dates below.


    IAR - Illinois Assessment of Readiness - April 8th - April 12th

    Parkside Junior High School will be taking the Illinois Assessment of Readiness, IAR, during the week of April 8th through April 12th.  The IAR testing experience for students, families, and teachers this year will be almost indistinguishable from PARCC last year. The actual content of the test is still PARCC content and still measures the Illinois Learning Standards.  The tests are being given to all eligible students at Parkside Junior High School. The results of these state tests will be reported to you on the School Report Card in the fall. In addition, you will receive information about your child’s performance on the tests he or she took.

    We are confident and proud of the work our teachers and students have done up to this point of the school year. This is an opportunity for our students to show us what they have learned.  It is important that students be here each day during the testing window, sleep well, eat well and arrive on time. Your help with this is greatly appreciated.

    For more information on the IAR, please see the linked parent letter.  

    ISA  - Illinois Science Assessment

    8th grade students also take the Illinois Science Assessment.  PJHS 8th graders will be taking this test on Wednesday, April 17th.  

    Winter MAP Scores

    The winter MAP scores have been imported into Skyward.  You can access them through Skyward Family Access and then click on Test Scores.  


    Our PTO is looking for new members.  If you are interested, please contact our PTO President: Angela DeJaynes - angelak83@hotmail.com 

    PJHS Wrestling

    Congratulations to our wrestlers and coaches on a great season!!!  Parkside Junior High had the most State Qualifiers of all junior high schools in the area.  

    A special congratulations to the following wrestlers:   

    Abe Rader - State Qualifier

    Zach Charlett - State Qualifier

    Brock Leenerman - State Qualifier

    Matthew Marsaglia - 5th Place at State

    Isaiah Im - 3rd Place at State


    Summer STEM Camp

    Unit 5 has partnered with the Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy to produce summer STEM camps starting this summer. We will be offering three total camps for students entering into grades 3-8 in the fall of 2019. Please see the flyer linked above.  

    Upcoming Dates:

    March 25th - 29th - No School Spring Break

    April 8th - April 12th - IAR - Illinois Assessment of Readiness

    April 10th - Late Start

    April 17th - ISA  - Illinois Science Assessment (8th Grade Only)

    April 29th - 6th Grade Orientation

    May 14th - 8th Grade Awards Night

    May 30th - 8th Grade Picnic