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  •  December News


    It is hard to believe December is here and we are almost completed with a semester of learning! Thank you for all that you do to support our Python learners!  A huge thank you to all who signed up to come help or bring supplies and materials for our Winter Celebration on December 21st. We appreciate you helping to reward our students for a great 1st half of the year.    


     8th grade Foreign Language & Honors Algebra II -Last day 12/18

    The last day of classes for 8th grade students taking Foreign Language and/or Algebra II at the high schools is Tuesday, December 18th.  After this (December 19-21) they will not have their zero classes at the high schools. Students can take their assigned bus to PJHS starting on the 19th.

    Congratulations All-Illinois Junior High Band!!!

    Sam Albertson, Jenna Klokkenga, Ernst Knangu, Rolen Schlipmann, Ethan Snyder, Jonas Techmanski & alternate Jake Kellermann are among the top musicians in the State! They are the only band musicians in unit 5 to have qualified for the All-Illinois Junior High Band. They competed against 300 musicians from 83 schools. This is the highest honor a junior high band student can earn - well done!!

    Geography Bee

    Congratulations to Cam Thein, Jack Rood and Evan Poe.  Cam is the Geography Bee Champion and Jack and Evan received 2nd and 3rd place respectively. Way to go!

    8th Grade Chicago Field Trip

    Illinois Holocaust Museum ~Blue Man Group

    May 2, 2019 N-Team

    May 9,  2019 O-Team

    Taking chartered buses, we will travel to Chicago and first take in the Illinois Holocaust Museum. After a quick sack lunch, we will venture to downtown Chicago and enjoy a performance by the Blue Man Group!

    The cost of the field trip is $100 per attendee. This includes the ticket for the chartered bus, gratuities for the bus drivers, parking, expenses for the museum, and the ticket for Blue Man Group. For lunch, students will pack a sack lunch, have it on the bus, and eat the lunch on the bus as we travel to the theater. For dinner, students will need pocket money, as we will stop on the way home at the food court in Joliet.

    We understand that this is a very expensive field trip; however, it is also one the students are sure to remember for a very, very long time. The Illinois Holocaust Museum reinforces both our social studies and literature curriculums and is an invaluable life experience, and the Blue Man Group is an unforgettable living arts event.

    The payment deadline of January 18th is sneaking up on us fast.  We need to have collected enough money by this January deadline to make payments to the bus company and  the theater. If enough payments are not made, we will have to cancel the trip . Please contact Lenora Tuggle, Parkside Junior High School’s Administrative Assistant, at (309) 557-4408 if your family is unable to pay for this field trip or if you need more time to make payments.

    Thank you for your help in making this field trip a reality for your student!  We couldn’t do it without you!

    8th grade teachers

    Winter Athletic Events

    Our winter athletic teams have started their season. We appreciate and encourage students to attend these events and support their PJHS athletic teams. Our home games start at either 4:30 P.M. or 5:30 P.M. If the game starts at 4:30 P.M. the doors open to the gym at 4:00 P.M. If the game starts at 5;30 P.M. the doors open at 5:00 P.M. We ask that students NOT stay after school for games starting at 5:30 P.M., but rather go home and then come back to Parkside for the start of the event. This is due to not having any Parkside staff members available to supervise students who stay after school
    waiting for the gym doors to open.

    As we enter this busy time of year, here are a couple of reminders to student fans and their families:
    1. Students must be present for the entire school day to attend that evening’s event. Students with repeated tardies may not be allowed to attend extra-curricular events as well.
    2. Appropriate student behavior (respectful, responsible, and safe) is expected at all extra-curricular events.
    3. Students must be picked up within 15 minutes of the end of the game. A good idea is for students to call home during the last quarter of the final game to have their rides ready to pick them up when the game is over.
    4. If a student leaves the building, he or she will not be re-admitted to the event.

    5Essentials Survey

    You should have received a Skyward email indicating that you can begin taking the 5Essentials Survey for your child's school. This survey is designed to generate a detailed picture of the inner workings of your child’s school. As a parent, this opportunity will allow you to share your thoughts on the important elements of school effectiveness in a survey about your child’s school.

    If at least 20% of Parkside Jr. High School parents complete this survey, a parent supplement will also be generated. The parent data will not be reported on the State Report Card. Your participation in the parent portion of the survey will help us understand the conditions at Parkside and guide improvement. Your identity and survey responses will be kept completely confidential and will never be connected to you or your child. The PJHS Administrative Team and Staff looked very closely at the data from last year in determining building wide improvement goals for this school year!

    The parent portion of the survey is open now.  You can take this on your smart phone or tablet device as well! One person per household should take the survey. Please take a separate survey for each school where you have a child enrolled.

    Students at Parkside Junior High School will also be taking this survey. Please be aware that under the Protection of Pupil Rights Act. 20 U.S.C. Section 1232(c) (1) (A), you have the right to review a copy of the questions asked of your student(s). Survey questions can be found on the Illinois 5Essentials website (https://Illinois.5-essentials.org).

    If you do not want your son or daughter to participate, a letter will be sent home and need to be returned.  If this is done, your student will be excused from the survey.

    Upcoming Events

    12/11 - Chorus Concert

    12/12 - Late Start

    12/21 - Last Day Before Winter Break

    1/7/19 - Institute - No School

    1/8/19 - School Resumes