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Shabonee Newsletter 9-24-21

Shabonee Assessment Dates

District 27 has finalized its assessment schedule for the 2021-22 school year. Please note that these dates are subject to change. 

  • STAR (Grades 3-5) (Aug. 30-31, Jan. 5-6, and May 4-5)
  • Terra Nova (Grades 3-5) (Dec. 6, 7, 10 and 13)
  • Illinois Science Assessment (Grade 5 only) (March 9)
  • Illinois Assessment of Readiness (Grades 3-5) (April 18-21)

More information about District 27 assessments

STAR Testing Results  

The results from the Fall STAR reading and math assessments will be mailed home today. Expect that they will arrive in the mail over the coming days. These computer-adaptive assessments measure a student’s general knowledge in reading and mathematics. Computer-adaptive tests (CATs) continually adjust the difficulty of each child’s test by choosing each test question based on the child’s previous response. If the child answers a question correctly, the difficulty level of the next item is increased. If the child misses a question, the difficulty level is decreased. CATs save testing time and spare students the frustration of answering items that are too difficult or easy. Students typically complete the assessments in 20 to 30 minutes. The assessments are given three times during the year (fall, winter, and spring) and results are mailed home after each administration. 

PBIS Goal - Charging Chromebooks

Shabonee Dolphins are still working on charging their Chromebooks daily. We are encouraging children to develop a routine at home to complete this daily task. We appreciate the help from parents to help their children with this necessary task. We acknowledge students who charge their device every day with a special Super Charge Dolphin Dollar on Fridays. They can drop the special dollar in the office for a chance to win a prize. In addition, students will be acknowledged with music at lunch if they do not need to borrow a charger. We hope that these layered incentives will help our students get into the good habit of charging their Chromebooks!

COVID-19 Dashboard

District 27 has launched a COVID-19 Dashboard which can be found under the 2021-2022 School Year tab of the District website and also in the “More” section of the Northbrook 27 mobile app. This dashboard is updated by 9 a.m. each school day with a count of any positive COVID-19 cases that have been identified in our school buildings. The totals account for both students and staff. This dashboard contains the same information that was sent via email last school year, with some additional features such as a weekly history and total counts for the school year. Please note that contact tracing has remained in full effect. Close contacts to any positive COVID-19 case will continue to receive notification from our nursing staff, regardless of their vaccination status.

Picture Day Information (September 29) 

Save the date! Picture ordering information was emailed to parents and can be downloaded here. If your child is absent from school on picture day, they will be able to take pictures on the make-up date.  

Parent-Teacher Conferences  

Parent-teacher conferences for Shabonee will take place on October 20, 21, and 22. We are using a new system to sign up for conferences that gives parents more control over their schedules. The conference sign-up system will open on September 28 at 9:00 AM and close on October 15 at 4:00 PM. Information about how to sign-up for a conference with your child’s teachers was emailed to you on Tuesday, September 21. As always, please contact your child’s teachers or the school office if you have any questions or concerns. 

Conferences are 15 minutes so that parents can meet with both teachers together. We’ve found this structure works best given our partner teaching model. Parent-teacher conferences are just one of the opportunities to talk about mid-year progress, and parents are welcome and encouraged to reach out to their child’s teacher(s) at any time during the school year. It’s genuinely through our collaborative efforts that our students achieve success.